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Sharing a story of an accused witch on Halloween.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  With Halloween this week I would like to know what only sources you can direct me to.  I am trying to explain to my twelve year old daughter about her unfortunate ancestor Rebecca Nurse who was hanged at Salem in 1692.  I thought to take a moment on Halloween to reflect on her ancestor, when many people think of candy I want her to learn a little about her relative.

 

Answer: I would highly recommend visiting the website - Salem Witch Trial, Documentary Archive and Transcription Project http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/   They have many of the documents connected with Rebecca Nurse's trial, as well as the proceeding for the other victims and accused persons.  I would also suggest taking your daughter to the Rebecca Nurse homestead in Danvers.  This 17th century home is still standing is a wonderful way to experience the life of Rebecca first hand - http://www.rebeccanurse.org/


Researching the Domesday Book of 1085.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: In a small referencce in a 19th century genealogy it mentions my family was in the Domesday book.  Is this something that I can find on microfilm at NEHGS?

 

Answer: NEHGS does not have microfilm of the Domesday Book.  We do however have a variety of indexes and translations to the historic Domesday book from 1085 A.D. at NEHGS.  You can also browse and search this reference online from the National Archives in London at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/domesday.asp


Looking for War of 1812 Records for a New Hampshire veteran.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  What records should I examine when I visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City when I research my War of 1812 veteran from New Hampshire?

 

Answer: The first series of microfilm you should investigate would be the Index of Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812. (FHL Microfilm).  If her perhaps had a pension you can search the published volumes of White, Virgil D., Index to War of 1812 Pension Files. (Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Co., 1989). And if you suspect that he may have had Bounty Land for his service examine War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrant, 1815-1858. (FHL Microfilm).


Tombs under the old Trinity Church in Boston before the Great Fire of 1872.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I understand that there were tombs undernearth the old Trinity Church in Boston.  Not the current edifice but that was destroyed in the great Boston Fire in November 1872.  Where were the tomb burials moved to?

 

Answer:  This question was something I investigated a few years ago.  According to the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. many of the burials were reinterred at their cemetery.  Their is a plot within Mount Auburn which is still the property of Trinity Church currently containing these reburials.


Researching quit claim deeds in New York State.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Recently I have just started using deeds to uncover my New York ancestors.  Can you explain to me what a “quit claim” deed was? 

 

Answer:  A “Quit Claim Deed” is a document that transferred the interest the seller [a.k.a the grantor] had in the property.  It does not guarantee however that the seller [grantor] had the sole ownership of the property.  Some property under this designation was owned in part, and multiple owners could exist to sell of their portion of the land. 


How to determine how close that distant cousin is actually related to you.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am confused what level of relationship a 3rd great-grandson and (myself) a great-grandson of a common ancestor is related.  Can you explain this relationship?

 

Ancestor:  You would be Second Cousins twice removed with this relative.  I have seen many versions of the a Relationship Chart online, a simpe image search on Google.com will produce some examples to print off. One example I have bookmarked is http://www.islandregister.com/cousin.html.  If you have any other questions please let me know at any time.


Searching for a 19th century photographer in Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Could you refer me to a source for photographers in Massachusetts from the 19th century?

 

Answer:  The best resouce for identification of Massachusetts photographers would be the book by Chrs Steele and Ronald Polito, A Directory of Massachusetts photographers, 1839-1900. (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1993).  This book is available to use at the NEHGS library on the 6th floor.


What was a Jobmaster in 19th century England?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you reveal the meaning of what a "Jobmaster" was in 19th century London, England?

 

Answr: A "Jobmaster" was someone who suppliied carriages and horses for hire to the general public.  Often this person would supply the driver for said horse and carriage, as well as delivering packages for customers.


What was No. 37 South Burying Ground in Boston?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I recently received my third great grandfather's death certificate. The place of burial says  37 South B GD, he died in 1843. Can you please tell what cemetery it is? Boston Parks & Recreation and the archivist at City Hall couldn't help.  

Answer: The cemetery reference you speak of is Tomb # 37, at the South Burying Ground (aka) South End Cemetery.  It is located on Washington St., near East Newton St., South End.  Inscriptions for the few gravestones in this cemetery are published in Gravestone Inscriptions and Records of Tomb Burials in the Central Burying Ground, Boston Common, and Inscriptions in the South Burying Ground, Boston. (Salem, Mass., 1917).  Since tombs are generally numbered with the owner(s) name you may not find anything with your ancestors name upon it. 


Tavern account books of the 18th century.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Would you know a good reference for finding out tavern measurements in the 18th century?  I am transcribing a ledger and account book and need a good reference on early liquid measurements.  Do you know for instance what a "flagon" was considered in serving capacity?

 

Answer:  A flagon is equal to one gallon of liquid.  This and other old terms can be found in the book by Colin R. Chapman, Weights, Money and Other Measures used by our Ancestors. (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004). 


Looking for old place names in Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I was looking through a diary of a relative who travelled through Plymouth County, Massachusetts in the mid-19th century.  Can you identify where she is speaking of when she mentions "Bird Island" "Silver Shell" and "Hamlin's Corner"?

 

Answer:  These locations are all located in the town of Marion in Plymouth County.  Marion was incorporated as a town on May 14, 1852 from part of Rochester, Mass.  This an other Section or Village names for Massachusetts can be located in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Historical Data relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1997). 


Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Winners.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am searching for a listing of those Civil War Soldiers that received the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Can you supply me with a listing?

 

Answer:  There is a free database online from the National Parks Service for CMOH winners.  You can search by first, middle, and last name of the veteran.  You can also select the state or country.  This database can be searched online at www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/medals.htm


Unlocking New Hampshire Town Records.

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David Allen Lambert
NWHGA Online Genealogist

Question: Recently when looking at the New Hampshire Town Record index at NEHGS on microfilm I was confused by an abbreviation.  I was running late and did not have time to ask so I hope you can help.  What does F.R. and M.R. mean in the index films?

 

Answer:  The New Hampshire Town Records series contains Town and Vital Records recorded in the same volumes.  The index abstracted names from vital records as well as tax lists, cattle marks, and town office appointments for example.  F.R. = Family Record: This can be a birth, marriage, or death record of an individual of family group.  M.R. = Marriage Record:  This is the marriage intention or marriage record of a couple.


What was a Pykemonger in 18th century England?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I found a reference in a 1746 British Administration case for a relative owing money to a "pyke monger".  I am not clear what that occupation was?

 

Answer:  A Pykemonger was a Fish seller.  This merchant would sell usually a variety of fish but generally the breed of fish known as a pike.


Researching an indenture certificate in Colonial Massachusetts

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Searching for cemeteries in Dover, Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: This fall I plan to visit my ancestral villages including Dover, Massachusetts.  This is where part of my family lived and died between 1820-1880. Can you tell me about the cemeteries that I might find when I visit Dover?

 

Answer: The town of Dover, Massachusetts has two cemeteries according to my research in A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, (Boston, MA, NEHGS, 2009).  Dover was incorporated in 1784 from Dedham, Massachusetts.  The oldest cemetery in Dover pre-dates the incorporation of the town, being orginally a Dedhmam cemetery.  The oldest is known as the Highland Cemetery which is located at 54 Center Street in Dover.  This cemetery dates from as early as 1729.  The second location was not consecrated until 1998.  This is St. Dunstan's Church Memorial Garden located at 18 Springdale Avenue.


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