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Black Families in Hampden County, MA, 1650-1865

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Western Massachusetts Families in 1790This database is based wholly upon Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650-1865 (2nd Edition) by Joseph Carvalho III, which was published by NEHGS in 2011.

From the introduction: "Hampden County, Massachusetts, was a significant center of African American life between the years 1650 and 1865. Its location at the “crossroads of New England,” close over the border from Connecticut to the south and across the wide Hudson River and a mountain range away from slavery in New York to the west, made Hampden County a haven for escaped slaves. The establishment in Springfield of the U.S. Armory in 1794 placed the town at the very epicenter of America’s Industrial Revolution. The main body of the work consists of genealogical and biographical information in alphabetical order by surname. There is a separate alphabetical list of individuals only known by their slave names."

Our bookstore also offers this resource in hard copy: Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650-1865, Revised Edition.

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NYG&B Vol. 26-30

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 New York Map OutlineThe New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the premier genealogical journal devoted to scholarship on families residing in New York State and surrounding areas. Published quarterly since 1870 by The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Record features articles with a wide variety of records such as bible records, census records, church registers, newspaper extracts, muster rolls, will and deed and proceedings of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

This week, we have added volumes 26-30, containing more than 48,000 additional name records. The database currently contains volumes 1 through 30, publication years 1870 to 1899.  Future volumes will be added periodically.

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