Contains both town records and births, marriages, and deaths. From the catalog description:
[v. 1] The first and second books of town proceedings, with the land grants and possessions, and the first book and supplement of births, deaths and marriages.--[v. 2] The third book of town proceedings, and the second book of births, marriages and deaths to the end of 1737; also plan and register of burials in Arlington street burying ground.--[v. 3] The fourth book of town proceedings, and the second book of births, marriages and deaths from 1738 to 1822.--[v. 4] East Congregational and precinct affairs, 1697 to 1737; also record book of the pastors, 1686 to 1819.--[v. 5] The fifth book of town proceedings, 1745/6 to 1769 and the sixth book of town proceedings, 1769-1792, including notes of Watertown lands; grants and possessions, by J. G. Bartlett, and additions and corrections to v. 1-4 of Watertown records, by Elizabeth F. Bartlett.--[v. 6] The sixth book of town proceedings, 1769-1792.
The first four volumes, the ones containing the vital records, were published by the Watertown Historical Society between 1894 and 1906. These records contain 4,548 births from 1632-1823; 2,560 baptisms from 1652-1819; 2,804 marriages and 970 marriage intentions from 1642-1825; 946 deaths from 1630-1818; and 358 burials from 1666-1899. The records also include 6 church admissions from 1691.
An earlier source is Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts and Watertown records., which is not so much a book of records as it is an extensive set of family genealogies as suggested by the title.
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