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Update to Western Mass. Families in 1790

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Western Massachusetts Families in 1790Recently added sketches: Amasa Sheldon, Bernardston; Israel Clark and Mehitable Clark, South Hadley; John Seeley, Stockbridge; Smith Marcy, Loudon; Elisha Moody, Granby; Jonathan Moody, Amherst; and Ebenezer Moody, Joseph Moody, Noah Moody, and Seth Moody, South Hadley.

This database contains genealogical sketches of families enumerated in the 1790 census for Berkshire and Hampshire Counties (in what now also includes Franklin and Hampden Counties). Each sketch begins with the head of household, their genealogical information, followed by their spouse and any further biographical information. Following this is the information about their children and their spouses. Many families migrated into western Massachusetts only to migrate further west, often through New York, and elsewhere. These sketches were submitted by NEHGS members and staff and edited by Helen S. Ullmann, FASG. Learn more about the project.

The first printed volume of this series is now available. Our database will be enlarged over time thanks to the submitted contribution of NEHGS members and staff.

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New Family Tree Samplers

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Family Tree SamplersThis database update contains photographs and genealogical information from fourteen additional family tree samplers in the collection of Marty and Dan Campanelli. The Campanelli collection of family tree samplers was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of American Ancestors magazine: Following the Threads of the Carver Fruit Tree Family Register.  The samplers included in the database contain information from the Carver family, featured in American Ancestors, and from 29 additional families.  Photos of the individual samplers may be viewed by clicking the View link on any search result.  The “Next Page” and “Previous Page” buttons on the image display page may be used to page through the photos of the samplers. 

From an introduction by Dan and Marty Campanelli, "By making these precious artifacts available in an online database, researchers and descendants can see an actual item created by an ancestor, and sometimes this very piece of needlework is the only documentation that exists for a particular family. There may be errors within a sampler’s genealogy text, perhaps because the information went through several hands: First the mother or father may have transcribed it from the family bible, gave or sent it to the daughter at school, then the instructress drew the letters and numbers with ink onto the linen, and lastly the girl stitched over the ink with her colorful thread. But these artifacts are closer to the truth since they were made in period."
 

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New Hampshire Death Records, 1901-1937

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 New HampshireOur New Hampshire vital records database now contains the records of deaths filed with the state of New Hampshire between the years 1901 and 1937. These records are currently held by the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records Administration. The collection includes more than 610,000 death records. Names of parents and spouses have also been indexed, when available.

The records held in this collection refer to the statewide index of vital records maintained by the Division of Vital Records Administration. Town clerks were required to send copies of vital records to the state beginning in 1866, although participation was limited until the Bureau of Vital Records was established in 1905. The town clerks then extracted historical vital record information to update the files at the state level, although some records were never reported. The original vital records are still held at the town level. It may be possible to obtain a copy of the original record by contacting the corresponding town clerk’s office

Copies of more recent vital records can be requested from the Division of Vital Records Administration. Births between the years 1900 and 1911, as well as marriages, divorces, and deaths to the year 1961 are considered to be publicly accessible. Researchers must demonstrate a direct interest in the requested material to obtain copies of records from later years.

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Barbour Collection Update: Ellington, Franklin and more

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Connecticut 79Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Ellington (1786-1850), Franklin (1786-1850), Granby (1786-1850), and Hamden (1786-1856). Together, these towns add more than 9,000 records to this database. Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for 84 towns in Connecticut. 

Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for the towns of Ashford, Barkhamstead, Berlin, Bozrah, Branford, Bristol, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Cheshire, Colchester, Colebrook, Cornwall, Danbury, Derby, Durham, East Haddam, East Hartford, East Haven, East Windsor, Ellington, Fairfield, Farmington, Franklin, Glastonbury, Granby, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Hartford, Hartland, Hebron, Kent, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Litchfield, Lyme, Middletown, Milford, New London, New Milford, Newtown, Norfolk, Norwalk, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Redding, Ridgefield, Salisbury, Saybrook, Sharon, Simsbury, Somers, Southington, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Suffield, Thompson, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Voluntown, Wallingford, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wethersfield, Willington, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, Woodbridge, Woodbury, and Woodstock. 


The complete Barbour collection contains information on 137 Connecticut towns. The remaining towns will be added to the database over the next year. Our library also offers the complete Barbour collection onsite.

This collection contains records of marriages, births, and deaths in Connecticut towns from the 1640s to about 1850, some towns include records up to 1870. These records were collected, transcribed, and abstracted by Lucius Barnes Barbour (Connecticut Examiner of Public Records, 1911–1934) and his team of researchers between 1918 and 1928. 

Mr. Barbour became a member of NEHGS in 1907, in which capacity he remained until his death in 1934. This set of typescripts was donated to NEHGS by Mr. Barbour's wife and children in 1938.

Other Connecticut databases include: Connecticut NutmeggerConnecticut: Early Probate Records, and Families of Ancient New Haven.

Connecticut publications available through our bookstore include: Stamford Town Records, Volume 1, 1641-1723; Colony of Connecticut Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711; and Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes.

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Vermont Marriages, 1871-1908

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 VermontWe have updated our Vermont vital records database to include marriage records filed for the years 1871-1908. These records are currently held by the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. With the addition of these records, this collection now includes more than 1.2 million birth records, more than 1.5 million marriage records, and more than 810,000 death records. Names of parents and spouses have also been indexed, when available.

The records held in this collection refer to the statewide index of vital records maintained by the Vermont State Archives. Town clerks were required to send copies of vital records to the state beginning in 1857. The state government began creating a statewide index to these records in 1919. The original vital records are still held at the town level. It may be possible to obtain a copy of the original record by contacting the corresponding town clerk's office.

Earlier Vermont vital records, ranging from the year 1720 to 1870, are not available online at this time; but, they will be added to our digital collections in the future. Records of births, marriages, and deaths that occurred in the past five years are located at the Vermont Vital Records Office.

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Rhode Island Roots Vol. 31-34

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When Rhode Island Roots began publication in 1975, the publication served both as a newsletter for the newly formed Rhode Island Genealogical Society (RIGS) and as an aid to careful genealogical research. While it was short and unsophisticated in design, Roots was a serious publication assembled by people with considerable genealogical experience. This update includes volumes 31-34, publication years 2005-2008, and adds more than 23,000 records to this collection. 

Each issue of the quarterly journal, now 52 pages, features at least one compiled genealogy along with Bible records, transcriptions of original sources, book reviews, and studies of the genealogical implications of historical events. Indices of land and Notarial records and petitions to the General Assembly, transcriptions of estimates of ratable estate, gravestones, and early census records all provide invaluable clues to Rhode Island genealogy. The authors include well-known genealogists as well as RIGS members with stories of their own families to tell. 

Other Rhode Island databases available through our digital collections include Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636-1850; Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index; and Members of the Artillery Company of Newport, Rhode Island.

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