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Journals are a daily record of the financial activity of the City of Boston. They record the financial transactions of the City in the order in which they occurred. All entries appear in chronological order; an alphabetical index often appears at the front of each volume.
The Ledgers are a record of the financial activity of the City of Boston by department or account. As opposed to the Journals, which record all activity chronologically, the Ledgers record all transactions by department or account on a monthly or yearly basis.
The Auditor for the City of Boston also serves as the Auditor of Suffolk County. The Suffolk County auditing records consist of receipts and expenditures, expense journals, account ledgers, payment records, court and county medical examiner financial records, as well as county payroll records.