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NYG&B Record, Vol. 11-15

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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 11-15, containing 40,000 additional name records. The database currently contains volumes 1 through 15, publication years 1870 to 1884.  Future volumes will be added periodically.

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Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts

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American Jewish Historical SocietyNEHGS is please to add eight new cemeteries to the Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts database. The new cemeteries include: Kehillath Jacob, Mohliver, Olita, Sons of Benjamin, Polonnoe and Pultusker cemeteries in West Roxbury, Massachusetts,  Framingham-Natick cemetery in Natick, Massachusetts and Agudas Achim cemetery in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

The records in this collection are courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives, who, in collaboration with the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts maintain records for 105 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. Records range from 1853 to present.

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Mason Database Complete

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Masons 79NEHGS is pleased to announce the completion of our Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts 1733 – 1990 membership database. This final installment of 31,055 new records represents surnames “U”-“Z”. 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).

Data is now available for Masons with surnames "A" through "Z". The complete database contains 348,766 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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Pennsylvania Gen. Magazine

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Pennsylvania 79Volumes 16 to 20 (publication years 1948 to 1957) of The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine are newly added online to Now, volumes 1 to 20 are available to search. Additional volumes will be added 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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