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A gravestone abbreviation in Latin.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: The tombstones located in the old family cemetery outside Wysox, Pennsylvania all utilize the same letter "E" which I do not understand the meaning.  Example:

M.L.

Son of

Moses & Esther

Woodburn,

died Jan. 20

1815

E. 21 y. 8 m.

& 15 d's

 

 

 

 

Answer:  I believe what you have is a misreading of the common Latin abbreviation for Anno Aetatis Suae (Latin) meaning “in the (specified) year of his (or her) age.”  Commonly Aetatis is abbreviated with a connected capital letters (A & E) creating the  marking = Æ.  This abbreviation is found on many early gravestones before the age of the deceased.


The 1771 Direct Tax List for Massachusetts

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Does NEHGS have any of the original records for the 1771 Direct Tax list for Massachusetts?  I have used the published format but would like to see the original someday.

 

Answer: The original manuscript used for the published The Massachusetts Tax Valuation List of 1771 (Camden, Me: Picton Press, 1998) can be accessed on microfilm from the Massachusetts Archives.  NEHGS has possession of most of the Massachusetts 1798 Direct Tax records that were being discarded in the late 19th century, some portions had been destroyed before we obtained the collection.  For contact information for the Massachusetts State Archives http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arccon.htm


Seeking a divorce record in Maine after 1892.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you direct me to where I can locate a divorce that occurred in York County Maine in 1912. 

 

 

Answer: Divorce records from 1892 through the present can be obtained from the Maine Office of Vital Records in Augusta, Maine. The current fee for a certified copy is $15.00.

At NEHGS we have an index on microfilm for Maine Divorces, but to obtain the files you will need to contact the office directly:

 

Office of Vital Records

244 Water Street, SHS #11

Augusta, ME 04333-0011

Tel: 1-207-287-3181

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/faq.htm#certificates


Ministers in Boston before 1846.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am looking for an early Boston Minister I can not locate.  Can you refer me to a reference that can find a Methodist named Rev. Beman?

 

Answer: There is a listing of ministers in Boston up to the year 1846 published in the NEHGS publication: A Researcher's Guide to Boston (Boston, Mass., 2003), pgs. 99-107.  The minister you mentioned is perhaps Rev. Jeheil C. Beman who was a Methodist Minister at the Zion Church.


Size of a Company, Regiment, Brigade, Division and a Corps during the Civil War.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you explain to me the size that a "company" and a "regiment" would consist of during the Civil War?

 

Answer:  The following from a military manual from the era gives troop strength as follows: A "Company" consisted of 100 men; "Regiment" consisted of at least ten companies, or 1,000 men; "Brigade" consisted of 4,000 men; "Division" consisted of 12,000 men, and finally a "Corps" consisted of 36,000 men.


Church Membership in reference to Burial Records.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am unclear as to what an abbreviation in early church records from Canton, Massachusetts stands for.  In the context of burials occasionally I see "ChhM" listed in parenthesis after the date or age.

 

Answer:  After reviewing the microfilm for the records you mentioned I noticed that "ChhM" stands for Church Membership.  This indicates when an individual was buried that they were a member of the church, by baptism or signing the Church Covenant.


The occupation of an Upright Worker in 1861 England.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you tell me what the occupation of an "Upright Worker" was in the 19th century.  I found reference to this for an ancestor in the 1861 Census in England.

 

Answer:  This was an occupation that I had not seen before.  Though it sounds simply that your ancestor was a good worker, this actually was another name for a chimney sweeper.


The Ancient Order of Hibernians

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you tell me what the “AOOFH” organization was that my Patrick Callahan was a member when he died in 1892. While reviewing an obituary for this Watertown, Massachusetts ancestor I was surprised to find his affiliation with a group.

 

Answer: The abbreviation is the uncommon usage of A.O.H. (Ancient Order of Hibernians).  The fraternal order in the United States was started in 1836 in New York City in the old Five Points neighborhood.  The organization originally assisted Irish born immigrants in America.  It also helped fight religious discrimination for those immigrants, and to deter attacks against the Catholic Church in the middle of the 19th century.

 

The Hibernian Hall in Watertown still exists.  They can be reached at : Hibernian Hall – Watertown, 151 Watertown Street, Watertown, MA 02172, (617) 924-9541.


The E. Anthony Daguerreian Manufactory in New York.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I understand from that one of my ancestors produced brass frames for daguerreotype photographs in New York.  He worked for the Anthony company that was in business before the Civil War.

 

Answer:  The E. Anthony Daguerreian Manufactory company did exist in New York during the time frame you mentioned. There is a very interesting illustrated history of this company from 1854 online from the Daguerreian Society - A Comprehensive and Systematic Catalog of Photographic apparatus and material, and manufactured, imported and sold by E. Anthony, No. 308 Broadway, New York.  With an introduction on the manufacturer of daguerreotype apparatus and material.  Illustrated. (New York, H.H. Snelling,  1854): http://www.daguerre.org/resource/anthony/anthony1.html


The Boston Globe Newspaper Database (1872-1979) at NEHGS.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I have heard recently that one can search the images of the Boston Globe online at NEHGS.  Can you confirm this and tell me year ranges available are?

 

Answer: NEHGS has recently started to offer the The Boston Globe database for in house use only currently.  This database from ProQuest covers the Boston Globe from 1872-1979.  This database is keyword searchable, and is a very quick way to search for obscure Boston news stories.  I have used this database for small and large articles for both genealogy and local history to much success.  This database has proven itself in my own research when I test it against even obscure death notices.

 


New Hampshire Town Records

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you explain the abbreviations I saw on the New Hampshire Town Records index on microfilm at NEHGS.  When I looked up Jonathan Gilman I saw page numbers for various towns, but also MR and FR.

 

Answer:  In the New Hampshire town records you will often just see volume and page associated with a given person. These references from the town records can be varied entries.  Most entries deal with taxes, town offices the person held, and sometime cattle marks. However if you happen to find a reference with M.R. or F.R. this contains genealogical information with vital statistics.  M.R. stands for a Marriage Record, either a marriage intention or license, or the actual marriage ceremony itself.  An entry with F.R. stands for Family record, and contains various births, marriages and deaths relating to a couple, and or their immediate family.  At NEHGS we have microfilm for most of the New Hampshire cities in town covering the 17th through early 19th century for the Town Records series.


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