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Looking for old town directories in Milton, Massachusetts in the 19th and 20th century.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I plan on researching my ancestors who lived in Milton, Massachusetts in the 19th and early 20th century.   Can you tell me what town business directories you have at NEHGS?

 

Answer:  On microfiche at NEHGS we have a variety of Milton, Mass. directories.  If you examine the Dorchester, Mass. directory for 1850 you will find Milton included [Call # F74/D5/D671].  Specifically under the town of Milton, Mass. you will find the following directories – 1885, 1897-98, 1900, 1902, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1910, 1914, 1916-17, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1926, 1929, 1945 [Call # F74/M66/m55].  These microfiche can be viewed, printed or digitially scanned at our Microtext Library on the Fourth Floor.


Military abbreviations related to a veteran killed in World War II.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am curious about the World War II report I am reading about my uncle who was died in Europe in the Army Air Corps.  This declassified report make reference to “LIA” and “DOW”.  I have heard of Killed in Action (KIA), and Prisoner of War (POW) but was wondering if you could assist me in the other terms.

 

Answer:  Killed in Action (KIA) is a slightly different classification then (LIA).  LIA stands for one who was Lost in Action but not killed during the military engagement.  The abbreviation for (DOW) refers to “Died of Wounds”.  Another abbreviation you may see associated with a death on an aviation veteran would be (KIFA), this relates to one “killed in [a] flight accident.”


Searching for New Brunswick census returns at NEHGS.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
Online Genealogist

Question: I am looking for early census records for Queens County, New Brunswick.  I will be visiting NEHGS next week and want to know what I might expect to find for the communities of Chipman, Gagetown and Johnston, N.B.

 

Answer: The earliest Canadian Census that survive for this county date from 1861, the 1851 Census returns did not survive.  There are returns for Chipman and Johnston  starting in 1861.  The community of Gagetown do not have surviving returns until 1871.  We also have digitial copies of this from our subscription to Ancestry.com.


Court Records of Essex County in the Newbury, Mass. Vital Records.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I have a reference from the Vital Records of Newbury, Massachusetts with “Preston ( Elizabeth CT. R. )”, What does the CT. R. mean?

 

Answer: The abbreviation of [CT. R] in the published volume of Newbury vital records refers to the Court Records of the Essex County Quarterly Court.   The abbreviation [CT. F] is also in this volume and pertains to the Court Files of the same court.


Searching for deeds in Maine while visiting NEHGS.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I will be visiting with my spouse NEHGS in the coming weeks.  Can you tell me what you have for deeds for Oxford and Penobscot counties?

 

Answer: In the NEHGS Microtext Department we have microfilm for Oxford County deeds we have a general index and deed volumes # 1-124 (1806-1862).  For Penobscot County we have an index 1814-1859 and deed volumes # 1-300 (1814-1860).  Oxford County was formed from Cumberland and York Counties in 1805, and Penobscot County was formed from Hancock County in 1816.  We have deeds for York, but not for Hanock and Cumberland Counties.  Feel free to contact myself or the Microtext Reference Desk if you have any further questions on our Maine holdings for deeds.


Looking for Jewish cousins in Massachusetts from the 1950's and 1960's.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert`
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  My family currently lives outside of London, England.  I understand from correspondence that our Levine and Goldstein cousins in America were buried outside Boston.  They were in Sharon, Massachusetts in the 1950's and 1960's.  Can you recommend a cemetery that would be a local cemetery for a Jewish American family.


Answer:  In Sharon, Massachusetts is the Sharon Memorial Park.  This cemetery was opened in 1948, and can be reached online at www.sharonmemorial.com  Their mailing address is 120 Canton Street., P.O. Box 276, Sharon, Massachusetts 02067 U.S.A.   They can also be reached by telephone at 1-781-828-7216.


Looking for a prisoner at Deer Island Prison in Boston during the 1920's and 1930's.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: My grand-father spent time in the Deer Island Jail in Boston between 1928-1936. I believe twice and only a few months each. How do I get information related to this to narrow down the time he was interned there.

 

Answer: The Boston City Hall Archives has the records of Deer Island Prison for the time you are looking for.  They can be reached at: City of Boston Archives, 201 Rivermoor Street,

West Roxbury, MA 02132 - (617) 635-1195; Email: Archives@cityofboston.gov

Their website is: www.cityofboston.gov/archivesandrecords/default.asp


Order of the First World War a hereditary society.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am wondering if there is an organization I can join for having Canadian and American World War I veteran grandfathers?

 

Answer:  I would suggest you apply to join the Order of the First World War.  To find out more about this organization go online to: http://www.orderfirstworldwar.com/membership.htm   They can be reached via regular mail at: James D. Partin, Registrar
ORDER OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 14497 NW 22nd Place, Newberry, FL 32669-2022.


Looking beyond the Probate Record Books on microfilm for answers.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I was able to find the probate file of an ancestor on microfilm while at the Massachusetts State Archives.  I would like to see the probate file itself, not just the record book copy from microfilm.  Do you think I have any valid argument to request a copy of the original?

 

Answer:  First off I always prefer to see the original handwritten will, and the actual signature of the person for whom it is for.   Another argument I make is the following.  If I wrote a will in 1769 but did not die until 1785, the children I listed may now be married.  So in the original probate file you may find receipts where my female children are signing off on their share of the estate with their married names.  I often will find that these important receipts were never copied into the record books.


Looking for Catville, Massachusetts

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
Online Genealogist

Question: I am wondering if there was ever a community in Massachusetts called "Catville"?

Answer: There is a section in the community in Hubbardston, Worcester County, Massachusetts by that name. Within that same community are also the village or section names of Hygienic Blanket Mills, Nicholsville, Pitcherville, Pontville, Williamsville, East Hubbardston and Hubbardston Station.

In search of a Pony Express Rider.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: A genealogy I found states that my ancestor's brother Elijah Maxfield was a Pony Express Rider in the 1860s?  Do you know of a list I can confirm this with?

 

Answer: I found Elijah Maxfield and about eighty other men who were riders online.  If you go to the website: members.tripod.com/~Data_Mate/history/Pony.txt you will find his name on this roster. 


An ancestor on the WWI Draft Registration and not serving in the War.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am confused why I can not find a World War I record for my great-grandfather.  He appears in the draft registrations I have found online.

 

Answer: When your relative signed up for the draft it did not always mean he served.  Another deception this may cause for a researcher is someone who is already in the military before the draft registration.  They may ignore the fact that the person served in World War I when they do not find them on the draft registration.  Even though many records were destroyed in the fire in St. Louis in 1973, I suggest to contact the Adjutant General in your state to see if his discharge record is on file.  In most cases a veteran's honorable discharge was filed with the Adjutant General's office of his state of enlistment.


Searching for Lynn, Massachusetts newspspapers from 1840's

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you advise me what newspapers to search for the community of Lynn, Massachusetts in the 1840's.

 

Answer:  The Microtext Department of the Boston Public Library has the following titles you may wish to search.  The Boston Public Library is a short walk from NEHGS in Copley Square.  Essex County Whig 1844-1845; Essex Democrat 1831-1832; Lynn Freeman and Essex County Whig 1840-1843; Lynn Freeman 1838-1840; Lynn News 1846-1861; Lynn Record 1830-1842.


Understanding terms from Land Deeds for measuring.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am just starting researching 1700's deeds.  Can you explain what the distance of a link, pole, chain, and furlong are?

 

Answer:  (1) Link = 7.92 inches; (1) Pole = 25 Links; (1) Chain = 100 Links, or (4) poles, or 66 Feet.  One Furlong = (10) Chains, and one mile = 80 Chains in length.


Paupers from Ireland and the records of their Immigration to Boston.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I understand that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was concerned about poor arriving during the Irish famine.  Do you have any record of this?

 

Answer: At NEHGS we have a publication online which may interest you.  The description of the database Boston, MA: Lists of Alien Passengers to the Port of Boston, 1847-1852 can be found below.  You can search this database at AmericanAncestors.org at this link: http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=97&Da=150

Description: These lists were prepared by the Superintendent of the Port of Boston for the use of the overseers of the poor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Compiled from various sources in 1851 for the period January 1, 1847 through January 1, 1851, they were issued monthly in succeeding years. Thousands of bonded passengers who arrived during these years are listed, usually including the name of the passenger, date of arrival, ship's name, their age, and place of birth. Later years included comments about the condition of the passenger upon arrival. The database does not contain information for all passengers or for all months. For more information about these lists read this introduction published by the Superintendent's office in the first volume.


Your ancestor and their Poll Tax requirement.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I was wondering what a "poll tax" was?  I came across my great-grandfather in a Poll Tax book in Wrentham, Massachusetts in 1899.

 

Answer: The Poll Tax was the tax applicable to the value of the property owned by the individual.  A person over 21 years of age who had paid their poll tax were eligible to vote. 


Researching a Submarine vessel from World War I.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you tell me a good resource besides the U.S. Navy to research a submarine my ancestor served on in World War I.

 

Answer:  One of the best resources for that sort of question is the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut.  They maintain a collection of records, and photographs of all American Submarine vessels.  Their scrapbook collection is very impressive.  To find out more go online to: http://www.ussnautilus.org/library/libraryuse.shtml


The measurement of a hogshead in Colonial America.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I would like to know what a calculation of a "hogshead" would be in 1767.  I found this in an inventory from Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

 

Answer: A hogshead refers to a barrell or contained that would hold 60 to 140 gallos of liquid within.  Since this is New Hampshire I would imagine it is not referring the a hogshead of tobacco weighing 750 to 1200 pounds.


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