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The Maine Genealogist: Vol. 20-23

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Published since 1977, The Maine Genealogist is the quarterly journal of Maine Genealogical Society, founded in 1976. Beginning as a newsletter for the society, the publication evolved into The Maine Seine, published until 1990. The title was changed to The Maine Genealogist in 1991, and each issue, now 48 pages, contains scholarly articles on Maine families, emphasizing the solving of long-standing problems and primary source documentation.

This database is searchable by first and last name; volume and page; author, article title and keyword. This update adds volumes 20-23 (publication years 1998-2001), containing more than 16,000 records. Earlier volumes will be uploaded throughout the year. The database currently holds more than 62,000 records.   

Other journal databases available through our digital collections include New England Historical and Genealogical Register; The American Genealogist; and The Mayflower Descendant.

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Massachusetts: 1865 State Census

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Massachusetts took state censuses in 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925, 1935, and 1945. General summaries have been published for most of these censuses, but the actual town-by-town census schedules exist for only 1855 and 1865. The original schedules for 1855 and 1865 are currently held by the Massachusetts State Archives. The original schedules for the other years appear to have been lost.

The 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts state censuses complement the United States federal censuses, allowing researchers to trace a family every five years between 1850 and 1870. The state census can also occasionally provide additional information not present in the federal census, such as town or county of birth.  For the 1865 census, a person's town of birth was recorded for most residents in 96 individual towns. This database holds more than 1.2 million records.  

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Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871

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MassachusettsThis database was created from digital images and an index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.  The collection contains the records of 45,383 Middlesex County probate cases filed between 1648 and 1871. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records.  The cases range in length from one to over 1,500 pages, with a total of over 668,000 individual file papers. This database is freely accessible to the general public.

Other Massachusetts probate records databases include Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881Barnstable, MA: Probate Records 1685–1789; and Worcester County, MA: Index to Probate Records, 1731-1881.

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Update to Connecticut Vital Records

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Connecticut 79Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Naugatuck (1836-1852), Portland (1838-1854), Rocky Hill (1839-1853), and Westbrook (1836-1855). Together, these towns add more than 11,000 records to this database. Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for 128 towns in Connecticut. 

Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for the towns of Ashford, Avon, Barkhamstead, Berlin, Bethany, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bozrah, Branford, Bridgeport, Bristol, Brooklyn, Burlington, Canaan, Canterbury, Canton, Chaplin, Chatham, Cheshire, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Colebrook, Columbia, Cornwall, Danbury, Darien, Derby, Durham, East Haddam, East Hartford, East Haven, East Lyme, East Windsor, Ellington, Fairfield, Farmington, Franklin, Glastonbury, Goshen, Granby, Greenwich, Griswold, Groton, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Hampton, Hartford, Hartland, Harwinton, Hebron, Kent, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Litchfield, Lyme, Madison, Manchester, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlebury, Middletown, Milford, Monroe, Montville, New Canaan, New Hartford, New London, New Milford, Naugatuck, Newtown, Norfolk, North Branford, North Haven, North Stonington, Norwalk, Norwich, Orange, Oxford, Plainfield, Pomfret, Portland, Preston, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Salisbury, Saybrook, Sharon, Sherman, Simsbury, Somers, Southbury, Southington, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Suffield, Thompson, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Voluntown, Wallingford, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown, Westbrook, Westport, Weston, Wethersfield, Willington, Wilton, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, Wolcott, Woodbridge, Woodbury, and Woodstock. 

The complete Barbour collection contains information on 136 Connecticut towns. The remaining towns will be added to the database throughout the year. Our library also offers the complete Barbour collection onsite.

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.

Other Connecticut databases include: Connecticut NutmeggerConnecticut: Early Probate Records, and Families of Ancient New Haven.  

Connecticut publications available through our bookstore include: Stamford Town Records, Volume 1, 1641-1723; Colony of Connecticut Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711; and Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes.

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