These are not transcripts of church records, or even chronological abstracts of church records, rather they appear to be information taken from church records organized in brief per-person genealogical summaries. The book starts with an index showing the page where a person can be found. A typical entry for a person will look like
88. Elisha French, mem., before 1811, son of Moses and Esther (Thayer) French, born Jan. 12, 1734, died Oct. 19, 1813. Mar. Mary Ludden, March 23, 1756, dau. of John and Mary (Thayer) Ludden, born May 4, 1737 died June 20, 1805.
Presumably most this information is found somewhere in the church records since some records are less detailed, e.g.
87. Charles Andrew French, ad. 1841, son of Charles and Sally (Lush) French.
But the result obviously must reflect some genealogical input by the author in order to combine of isolated records into summaries of a single person. The author, Samuel Austin Bates, a town clerk of Braintree, who has also published several other sets of Braintree records, would have been fairly knowledgeable about Braintree families, and probably some of his personal knowledge and research slipped in. According to the title page this was prepared in order to be published in the "The Braintree Observer" and was typed into a manuscript in 1942 by the Abigail Phillips Quincy Chapter of the DAR.
The filmed images are available for "browsing" (turning page by page) online starting at here.
May be ordered through the nearest Family History Center.
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