Brimfield, MA: Deaths and Burials, 1808-1850 Now Fully Indexed and Browsable

Excerpt of Map of Hampden County, Massachusetts, by Henry Francis Walling, 1855 (Public domain via Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of the Library of Congress).

Today we are releasing an updated version of our Brimfield, MA: Deaths and Burials, 1808-1850 database. This updated version includes the images from the collection and the index now includes full names, relationships, and locations where available.

In 1930, Walter E. and Lottie S. Corbin transcribed a record book in the possession of the Chairman of the Cemetery Commissioners. In the introduction to the transcription they note that many items in the original record book were apparently copied from previously kept records that were no longer in existence. They also note that “practically every entry in the [original] records gives the locations of that particular grave in the cemetery … the location of the grave is given here only when it contains data of genealogical value.”

Therefore, this database is more useful to those wishing to determine a date of death than to those who wish to locate the cemetery in which an individual is buried (the cemetery is often not identified). It should also be noted that the information contained in the record books may not exactly match that of the gravestone inscription.

The original text is available to NEHGS members at the R. Stanton Avery Collections room at the NEHGS Library, call number MSS A 3286.

This project was made possible by the efforts of our wonderful volunteer, Jayn Stillson.

If you would like to get involved in the database digitization and indexing process, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members, including Guest members and NEHGS affiliates. Consider membership.