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Ask a Genealogist: Looking for a cemetery in Conway, Massachusetts.

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Question:

I have a letter written in 1912 that states my ancestors were buried in an old Polish district cemetery in Conway, Massachusetts. Since my family was not Polish I confused why and where the cemetery is.

Answer:

In Conway, Massachusetts there is a part of town referred to as the Poland District. On East Guinea Road (in the Poland District) of Conway is a cemetery with two names.  One name is the Southwest Cemetery, and the other is the Poland District Cemetery.  I believe strongly this is the cemetery you seek.  NEHGS has two manuscripts for gravestone transcriptions for this cemetery: Call # MS70/CON/22, and MSS/SL/CON/20b.  You may also find some birth and death dates from these gravestones in the Vital Records of Conway, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1943) under reference G.R. 6.

Ask a Genealogist: Looking for a cemetery in Middlefield, Mass.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Chief Genealogist

Question: Can you direct me to the location and sources of acemetery in Middlefield, Massachusetts?  I believe it wascalled the Clark Wright Burying Ground.

Answer: The Clark Wright Cemetery dates back to the year1816.  It is located at 100 Clark Wright Road inMiddlefield.  The Vital Records of Middlefield, Massachusettsto the year 1850 include gravestone data.  If you find adeath, or a birth date with a reference in this book as G.R.4 it isthe Clark Wright Cemetery.  Also NEHGS has a manuscript of theinscriptions from this cemetery - Call # MS70/MID/11.

 


The Online Genealogist: St. Patrick's Cemetery in Natick, Mass.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: My ancestor's are buried at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Natick, Mass.  Can you tell me where the burial register might be located.   I would like to see who else might be buried with them in this lot.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Answer: This 19th century cemetery has their records stored in the rectory of the same name.  St. Patrick's Rectory, 44 E. Central St., Natick, Mass. (508)-653-1093.  Hopefully they can shed light on who else is buried with your ancestors.

The Online Genealogist: Gravestone abbreviation - Æt.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am brand new to genealogy and I am puzzled by an abbreviation.  I went to an old cemetery looking for an ancestor's gravestone.  Once in awhile I saw the abbreviation AET - with the AE next to each other.  What does this represent?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Answer: This abbreviation Æt. stand for the word Aetatis "at the age of."  An inscription might read - John Smith died February 19, 1784, Æt. 74 years.  John therefore died at the age of 74 years.

The Online Genealogist: Quaker Cemetery in Mattapoisett, Mass.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you tell me if there is an early Quaker cemetery in the town of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.  My ancestors farm was nearby, and I suspect they were members.

 

Answer: There is a Quaker cemetery in that town called the Mattapoisett Friends Meeting House Cemetery on Marion Road.  The cemetery was started in 1827, and was originally located in Rochester, Mass.  The town of Mattapoisett was incorporated from Rochester, Mass. in 1857.

 

The Online Genealogist: Extra detail in Cemetery transcriptions.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Recently examining some Vermont Cemetery transcriptions I found extra details.  These records extend back to his ancestors in the 1600's.  Obviously this is not on the gravestone or is it?

Answer:  In some cases genealogists added extra details.  In this case these inscriptions include the know ancestors of each burial in the cemetery.  As useful as this can be, it can also cause a little confusion. 

 


The Online Genealogist: Military Gravestone Abbreviations

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I saw a military marker at a cemetery with abbreviations I do not recognize.  Can you refer me to a cheat sheet?  For instance what is a "T SGT."

 

Answer:  I would suggest a a list that I found online PDF from the Veterans Administration - http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/docs/abbreviations/Ranks_Army.pdf     To answer your question regarding "T SGT." that is a Technical Sergeant.


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