Western Massachusetts Families in 1790
Now that our second volume of Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 has been published, we continue to edit more sketches and post them online at AmericanAncestors.org in the category “Genealogies, Biographies, etc.” under the title “Families of Western Massachusetts in 1790.”
In response to our original invitation, we received about 250 sketches. Fifty of them appear in the first published volume, and seventy-five more are in Volume 2. Most are sketches submitted under original guidelines, but a few have been submitted by new authors.
During the editing process, it becomes apparent that more material on each family is easily available in the NEHGS library or online. We augment the sketches using land and probate records, Revolutionary War pension files, and other sources. Now that the Massachusetts, Vital Town Collection (informally known as the Holbrook microfiche) is online at Ancestry.com, we are looking at that in order to cite original town records much of the time. Many are also available at FamilySearch.org, sometimes indexed, sometimes browsable.
Anyone is welcome to study the sketches in our published book or on our website and submit sketches for different families. Sketches accepted for inclusion will be posted online and included in a future print volume.
If you do submit a sketch, please note the kind of research we undertake and source citations we use; the goal is for a sketch to require minimal editing. (There are several people who submitted sketches whom the editor has not been able to contact. We would like to hear from them.)
Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG,
Editor, Families of Western Massachusetts in 1790