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The Register & American Ancestors Journal

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The Register and American Ancestors JournalThe New England Historical and Genealogical Register – Volume 165 (2011)

Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest in the field.

A wide variety of genealogies and source material have been published in the Register for over 160 years, with an emphasis on New England. Authoritative compiled genealogies have always been a primary focus of the Register. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal, and many more are referred to incidentally. Typically, these articles solve a genealogical problem, identify immigrant origins, or present a full-scale treatment of multiple generations.

Volume 165 adds 9,500 searchable names to our existing Register database. You can also read the Register in PDF format.

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The Register and American Ancestors JournalAmerican Ancestors Journal – Volume 165 (2011) 

American Ancestors Journal provides readers genealogical content of national scope, with an emphasis on New York State and out migrations from New England.  The editors are Henry B. Hoff and Helen Schatvet Ullmann, who are also the editor and associate editor of the Register, respectively.

Volume 165 adds 1,000 searchable names to our existing American Ancestors Journal database. You can also read the Journal in PDF format.

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Penn. Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 1 - 15

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Pennsylvania Genealogical MagazineVolumes 1 to 15 (publication years 1895 to 1945) are currently available to search. Additional volumes will be added regularly throughout the year.

The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, published by the Philadelphia-based Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania since 1895, publishes family histories, original records, book reviews, and scholarly essays.

Early volumes (1895–1947) focus on southeastern Pennsylvania and neighboring areas of New Jersey and Delaware and publish original records and documents for the use of genealogical researchers; these documents include public records, election returns, births, deaths, marriages, court records, census reports, and immigration/emigration records.

From 1948–1964, the journal primarily published biographies and family histories. In 1965, the journal expanded the focus of its scholarship to facilitate genealogical research beyond southeastern Pennsylvania and has maintained a more or less consistent balance between publishing compiled genealogies and original source materials.

From 2001 the journal has also published “genealogical summaries” to accompany all compiled genealogies and has further expanded its geographical scope to emphasize research on the European backgrounds of immigrants to Pennsylvania.

From 1895 to 1947, the magazine was called Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Mason Membership Cards Update

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Mason DatabaseNEHGS is pleased to announce the addition of 65,898 new records to the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts Membership 1733 – 1990 database. This important collection contains information on 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 November 15, 2011, data is available for Masons with surnames "A" through "T". Additional surnames will be added on a regular basis. Upon completion, the database will contain 348,678 membership cards for those masons who died, dropped, or demitted before 1990.

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


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Connecticut Vital Records Update

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Barbour CollectionNewly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Norwalk (1651–1850), Norwich (1847–1851), Stamford (1652–1852) and Stratford (1639 –1840) birth, marriage, and death records.

Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for the towns of Fairfield, Farmington, Greenwich, Guilford, Hartford, Middletown, Milford, New London, Norwalk, Norwich, Saybrook, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Wethersfield, and Windsor.

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

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.

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