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New Database: Barrington & Argyle, Nova Scotia Vital Records

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Nova ScotiaThis database includes records of births, deaths, marriages, and local family histories from the 1710s through the 1900s for Barrington & Argyle, Nova Scotia. It also includes information on the original proprietors of nearby towns Liverpool, Annapolis, and Yarmouth.

Barrington was established in 1759 and settled extensively by New England Planters and Loyalists. Argyle was granted township in 1771.

The records for Barrington are registers kept by town clerks Samuel O’Doane Junior and Senior, who recorded births, deaths, and marriages from the 1710s through 1856.

The records related to Argyle range from the 1770s through the first decade of the twentieth century. In addition to births, marriages, and deaths, the Argyle records include the genealogies of prominent local families.


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Database Update: The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 6 –10

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The Mayflower DescendantWe are pleased to update "The Mayflower Descendant: A Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History" database to include volumes 6 through 10.

Published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants since 1899, the Descendant is an essential source of information on many New England families, and its focus is not limited to those with Mayflower lineage. The journal includes transcriptions and abstracts of deeds, wills, vital records, and other original documents. In addition, it features compiled genealogies and analytical studies of genealogical problems. Volumes 1 -10 (1899-1908) are available to search now. Additional volumes will be added throughout the rest of 2011.

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The national collection of genealogical journals on also includes:


New England Historical and Genealogical Register: Published quarterly since 1847, the Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. It has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays. All volumes, 1-164 (1847-2010), are available to search.


The American Genealogist (TAG) : Published since 1923, TAG represents an important body of scholarly research covering the breadth of the United States, with an early preference for New England.  This database contains volumes 9- 48 (1932-1972). Volumes 1-8 are available in the database “Families of Ancient New Haven.”

The Connecticut Nutmegger: Published since 1968, the Nutmegger is the ‘journal of record’ for the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, and includes vital records, probate records, bible  records, headstone records, memorials and other useful research for families with Connecticut ties. This database contains volumes 1-41 (1968-2008).

New Netherland Connections: Published since 1996 by Dorothy A. Koenig, this journal focuses on the Dutch colonial period (1624-1664) in New York and New Jersey. Each issue has feature articles, replies to queries, and items of Dutch colonial interest. Particular attention is paid to identifying the European origins of New Netherland settlers. Volumes 1-12 (1996-2007) are available in this database.

The Virginia Genealogist: Published from 1957 to 2006, this journal includes compiled genealogies, personal property tax lists, court orders, deeds, wills, marriage registers, and other county sources from Virginia. This database currently contains volumes 1-35 (1957-1991).

Essex Antiquarian: Published from 1897 to 1909, this journal includes articles focused on biography, genealogy, history, and antiquities of Essex County, Massachusetts. All thirteen volumes are available to search.


American Ancestors Journal: An annual supplement to the Register, this journal, first published in 2009, includes genealogical scholarship focused on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with an emphasis on New York State and out migrations from New England. The database contains both volumes of the journal.


American Ancestors Magazine: (formerly New England Ancestors Magazine): A 64-page magazine published by NEHGS beginning in 2000, this quarterly publication features a wide range of article topics and styles, and is designed to appeal to family historians of all levels. Topics include coverage of a particular region or group of people; case studies; descriptions of particular record sets; “how-to” articles; compelling historic accounts that illuminate the past; research strategies and methodology; and accounts of migration and immigrant groups. All eleven volumes (2000-2010) of the magazine are available to search.

New Database: Masons Membership Cards, 1733 -1990

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Grand Lodge of Masons in MANEHGS is pleased to announce a new online database: Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts Membership Cards, 1733 1990.

This database contains information on 348,678 masons from original membership cards of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Massachusetts. Membership card data includes date of birth, place of birth, occupation, and residency information.

The Grand Lodge is the main governing body of Freemasonry within Massachusetts, and once maintained Lodges in other jurisdictions overseas, namely Panama, Chile, the People's Republic of China (meeting in Tokyo, Japan), and Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The database includes information from all former jurisdictions of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 1733-1990.

Founded in 1733, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts is the oldest Masonic lodge in the United States and the third oldest Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (the United Grand Lodge of England, 1717; the Grand Lodge of Ireland, 1725). 

As of January 7, 2011, data is available for Masons with surnames starting with letters "A" through "D". Additional surnames will be added on a regular basis.


Substantial support for the creation of this database was generously provided through the work of the dedicated NEHGS volunteer corps.


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NEHGS Featured in The Improper Bostonian

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The Improper BostonianRemember that children’s book Are You My Mother? The image of the little bird questioning a steam shovel is permanently etched in my mind, and the story was likely one of my favorites because I was sure who my mother was. Same goes for my father. I was even lucky enough to know all four of my grandparents, three of whom lived well into their 90s, and one until 103. Beyond them, what I knew about my ancestors was mostly gleaned by piecing together fragments of conversation overheard during holidays or from the romantic, Scotch-fueled reminiscences of relatives. Looking back past the third generation, I was no different than the baby bird...


Read full Improper Bostonian article: Family Ties by Jonathan Soroff

New Database: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Vol. 1-7 [Dutchess Co., NY]

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Beekman PatentNEHGS is pleased to launch, The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, a newly formatted and updated database featuring Frank J. Doherty’s groundbreaking work, The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York: An Historical and Genealogical Study of All the 18th Century Settlers in the Patent.

The Settlers of the Beekman Patent
contains data on over thirteen hundred families who settled in the Beekman Patent, an original land grant given to Col. Henry Beekman in 1697 by the English Crown and the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County. Many emigrants from New England lived in and passed through the Beekman Patent on their way west. Others, such as the Palatines and Quakers (almost all from New England), were early settlers and remained for several generations or more. The area of study includes the towns of Beekman, Dover, LaGrange (part), Pawling (including Quaker Hill), and Union Vale.

Volumes 1 through 7 contain Beekman Patent families Abbot to Leavens as well as all early information on the Patent including the lease system, town records, and Revolutionary War records.

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