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Thwing Collection: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822

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MassachusettsFrom the introduction to the CD-ROM: "When Annie Haven Thwing (1851-1940), the daughter of a Boston coal merchant, reached her mid-thirties, she became curious to know "where my ancestors lived, who were their neighbors, and what the neighborhood was like." She found it impossible, however, to contain her project, and she spent the next thirty years researching the geographic and built environment of Boston from 1630 to 1822. Tracing people and their properties through deed, probate, and the recently printed town records, enlisting church records, diaries, and graveyard epitaphs, Thwing painstakingly built an index consisting of some 125,000 catalog cards. These she used to publish, in 1920, her classic The Crooked and Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822. Four years before, she had given her card index to the Massachusetts Historical Society, where it occupied seventy-four library drawers in the catalog room. Although arranged only by subjects' names, the index has proved a valuable resource for historians and genealogists."

Additional information about this collection, which contains more than 73,000 records, can be found in an article Lynn Betlock wrote for The Daily Genealogist blog.

Download a PDF version of the Introduction to the CD-ROM version of this database, with an explanation of the various field names.

Download a PDF version of Annie Thwing's The Crooked and Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston - 1622-1822.

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Boston, MA: Taking Records, 1800

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MassachusettsSince the 1800 Boston census records do not survive, the 1800 Boston tax lists, or "taking books," are particularly valuable. Additional information may include: occupation or employment status; mental or physical disability; whether "at sea"; and, sometimes, race or ethnicity. The original 1800 tax lists are held at the Boston Public Library's Rare Book Department. The database includes 4,648 records.

Other Massachusetts tax records databases include Boston, MA: Tax List of Boston, 1821; Boston, MA: Tax List of Boston, 1831; and Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax.

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New York Church Records

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 New York Map OutlineThe Holland Society of New York was founded in 1885 to record the history of New Netherland, a 17th century colonial province that corresponds to present-day New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, and parts of Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The NEHGS library collection contains this society's year books that were published between 1886 and 1929. These resources contain articles relating to historical records of the region as well as the functions and proceedings of the society itself.

This week, we have added databases pertaining to two articles published in this resource. "Record of Burials in the Dutch Church, New York" (1727-1803) was originally published in 1899. It contains more than 3,500 individual name records. "Some Early Records of the Lutheran Church, New York" (1697-1771) was originally published in 1903. It contains more than 3,000 individual name records relating to marriages and baptisms. Names of parents and spouses have been included for both record sets, when available.

New York, NY: Parish Register of All Saints' Church, 1824-1862 is another database referring to New York church records available through our website.

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Rhode Island Census Collection: 1865-1935

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This database collection includes the census returns for the years 1865, 1875, 1885, 1915, 1925, and 1935. These records, organized by town, contain information about each individual residing in a household, and most years state the relationship between each person and the head of household. (Relationship information is not available in the 1865 or 1935 censuses.) Other details provided in most years include age, gender, race, place of birth, and occupation. The 1865 census includes information on military service, and educational status is recorded in the 1865, 1875, and 1935 censuses. The 1935 census also mentions details about the medical history of an individual’s family. Together, these six censuses include more than 2.75 million records.

Rhode Island state censuses were taken every ten years between 1865 and 1935. State census records were taken to supplement the federal census, and they can include additional or more detailed information to further document your family history. The Rhode Island State Archives houses microfilm copies of all the state’s census records, and the Rhode Island Historical Society’s holdings also include microfilm copies of the state censuses for 1865-1885. The NEHGS library in Boston also has microfilm copies of each of the state censuses included in this database. 

Other Rhode Island databases available through our digital collections include Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636-1850; Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index; and Rhode Island Roots.

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New Hampshire Vital Records to 1901

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 New HampshireThis database contains the records of births, marriages, and deaths filed with the state of New Hampshire through the year 1901. These records are currently held by the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records Administration. The collection includes more than 475,000 birth records, more than 500,000 marriage records, and more than 300,000 death records. Names of parents and spouses have also been indexed, when available.

The records held in this collection refer to the statewide index of vital records maintained by the Division of Vital Records Administration. Town clerks were required to send copies of vital records to the state beginning in 1866, although participation was limited until the Bureau of Vital Records was established in 1905. The town clerks then extracted historical vital record information to update the files at the state level, although some records were never reported. The original vital records are still held at the town level. It may be possible to obtain a copy of the original record by contacting the corresponding town clerk’s office

We will be adding records of marriages and deaths to 1937 in the upcoming calendar year. Copies of more recent vital records can be requested from the Division of Vital Records Administration. Births between the years 1900 and 1911, as well as marriages, divorces, and deaths to the year 1961 are considered to be publicly accessible. Researchers must demonstrate a direct interest in the requested material to obtain copies of records from later years.

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Family Tree Samplers

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Family Tree SamplersThis database contains photographs and genealogical information from 16 Family Tree Samplers in the collection of Marty and Dan Campanelli.  The Campanelli collection of family tree samplers was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of American Ancestors magazine: Following the Threads of the Carver Fruit Tree Family Register.  The samplers included in the database contain information from the Carver family, featured in American Ancestors, and from 15 additional families.  Photos of the individual samplers may be viewed by clicking the View link on any search result.  The “Next Page” and “Previous Page” buttons on the image display page may be used to page through the photos of the samplers. 

From an introduction by Dan and Marty Campanelli, "By making these precious artifacts available in an online database, researchers and descendants can see an actual item created by an ancestor, and sometimes this very piece of needlework is the only documentation that exists for a particular family. There may be errors within a sampler’s genealogy text, perhaps because the information went through several hands: First the mother or father may have transcribed it from the family bible, gave or sent it to the daughter at school, then the instructress drew the letters and numbers with ink onto the linen, and lastly the girl stitched over the ink with her colorful thread. But these artifacts are closer to the truth since they were made in period."

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Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1840

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MassachusettsThis database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.  The collection contains the records of 30,807 Essex County probate cases filed between 1638 and 1840. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records.  The cases range in length from one to over 1,200 pages, with a total of over 400,000 individual file papers.

Other Massachusetts probate records databases include Middlesex County, MA: Index to Probate Records, 1648-1909Barnstable, MA: Probate Records 1685–1789; and Worcester County, MA: Index to Probate Records, 1731-1881.

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