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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Fall River Public Library, Fall River, Massachusetts

 

Fall River is in Bristol County in southeastern Massachusetts. The Fall River Public Library has made an obituary index of the Fall River Herald News available on its website. Click on the Obituary Index link in the contents bar to access the database. The index currently covers the period from 1950 through 2010. The database is a work in progress.

 

The obituary index is organized by year. The files are in Microsoft Excel file format. Click on the year link to download a file. The data fields in the index are last name; first name; maiden name, if known; name of the spouse, if any; and the date the obituary appeared. The index will display in database format, sorted by last name, first name, and the date the obituary appeared in the paper.

 

Bennington Town Clerk’s Office, Vermont

 

Bennington is in southwestern Vermont in Bennington County, on the Vermont-New York border. The Bennington Town Clerk’s Office has made vital records, cemetery records, and other genealogical information available on its website. Links to these resources may be found in the contents list at the left side of the page beneath the Vital Records tab.

 

Cemetery Databases


Click on the Burial Information link to access the records. There are two cemetery databases. One is arranged alphabetically by cemetery name and the other is alphabetical by last name of the deceased. The databases are in Microsoft Excel file format. Click on the link to download the file. The data fields in the database are name of deceased; date of birth; date of death; name of spouse, if married; name of parents; age (years / months / days); and name of cemetery.

 

Vital Records


Click on the Genealogical Information link to access the vital records databases. The databases are in Microsoft Word file format. There are four alphabetical vital records databases – births, deaths, and marriages. They cover the period from 1763 to 1850. The data fields in the births index are name, gender, book / page, date of birth, and the names of the father and mother. The data fields in the deaths index are name, gender, book / page, age (years / months / days), and the names of the deceased’s father and mother. The data fields for the two marriage indexes are the same, but the order of the first two fields is reversed depending on whether it is organized by bride or groom. The data fields are bride, groom, book, page, and date of marriage.

 

Early Town Records


Book A-1 of the early Bennington town records have been transcribed and uploaded to the Town Clerk’s website. There are three files in Microsoft Word file format. The first file covers the first twenty pages of the original town records book. The original book then starts over at page 1 and the first 200 pages comprise the second Microsoft Word file. The third file covers the rest of the book.


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