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Vital Records from The NEHGS Register: Vol. 82-165

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Created through a joint venture with Ancestry.com, this database indexes references to births, marriages, and deaths originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. This collection currently includes records from volumes 82 through 165 and holds more than 180,000 records.

Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The Register has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays. Authoritative compiled genealogies have been the centerpiece of the Register for more than 150 years. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal and many more are referenced in incidental ways throughout. These articles may range from short pieces correcting errors in print or solving unusual problems to larger treatments that reveal family origins or present multiple generations of a family.  

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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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Massachusetts: 1855 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 provide a complementary resource to 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 1855 census, an individual’s town of birth was recorded for most residents in the towns of Abington, Andover, Brimfield, Brookline, Carlisle, Dennis, Enfield, Harwich, Holland, Ipswich, Marshfield, New Ashford, North Attleboro, Pembroke, Provincetown, Shutesbury, Wayland, Wellfleet, Westport, Wilmington, and Yarmouth. This database holds more than 1.1 million records.  

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NEHGS NEXUS: New England Across the United States

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Published between 1983 and 1999, NEXUS (New England Across the United States) was the bimonthly newsletter of the New England Historic Genealogical Society that later evolved into New England Ancestors (now American Ancestors) magazine. NEXUS featured a variety of articles pertaining to genealogical research, including Gary Boyd Roberts' "Notable Kin" column. Other topics covered matrilineal studies, interviews with industry professionals, news of the society, and research queries. 

This database is searchable by first and last name; volume and page; article title and keyword. Currently, Volumes 13-16 (publication years 1996-1999) are available. Earlier volumes will be uploaded throughout the year. The database currently holds more than 36,000 records.   

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

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Rhode Island Vital Records 1636-1850

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In 1891, James N. Arnold began publishing a series of vital records books for the towns of Rhode Island. The series would go on to include church records and newspaper records, ultimately filling twenty-one volumes with information. This re-indexing of our original 2002 database includes records from Volumes 1-6. Together, these volumes contain more than 185,000 records. These records are indexed by name, date, location, and event type. Names of parents and spouses have also been indexed, when available.

All 21 volumes are available for viewing at the NEHGS Research Library, call number F78.A75. Additional volumes will be added to this online collection throughout the year.

Other Rhode Island databases available through our digital collections include Rhode Island Roots; Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index; and Members of the Artillery Company of Newport, Rhode Island.

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The Maine Genealogist Vol. 28-31

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Published since 1977, The Maine Genealogist is a quarterly journal that features scholarly articles, often written by members of the Maine Genealogical Society, founded in 1976. Beginning as a newsletter for the society, the publication evolved into The Maine Seine, published until 1990, and became a notable source of surname queries, transcriptions from original records and manuscript materials, articles, and book reviews. The title was changed to The Maine Genealogist in 1991, and each issue, now 48 pages, continues the mission of preserving the genealogical record of Maine towns and families.

This database is searchable by first and last name; volume and page; author, article title and keyword. Currently, Volumes 28-31 (publication years 2006-2009) are available. Earlier volumes will be uploaded throughout the year. The database currently holds more than 24,000 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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