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The Online Genealogist: Researching the lack of an 1890 Boston census.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you suggest a resource for the lack of an 1890 Boston Census?

Answer: The 1889-1890 Boston City Directory is available at NEHGS on microfiche.  I would also suggest the Boston voter's lists for 1890 which can be searched on microfilm at the Boston Public Library.  These will not list children but will give you the minimum for placing a family in Boston in 1890.


The Online Genealogist: Postmaster in the family.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I discovered my great-grandmother's brother was a local postmaster in Maine.  Can you tell me where I can find out the cost to mail a letter in the 1870's to 1910's? His diaries discuss the rate changes, and I thought it would be helpful to follow along with a list.

Answer:  This website provides the costs for U.S. Postal rates for letters and postcards from the 1860's to present - http://www.akdart.com/postrate.html


The Online Genealogist: WWI Census for Connecticut.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you explain what the World War I census for Conn. was?  Also do you have it at NEHGS for viewing?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Answer: The Connecticut Census of 1917 is avaiable at NEHGS.  This census was an enumeration of all male inhabitants over the age of sixteen, and includes many interesting questions not asked in the Federal census returns.

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: Old blueprints from the Mass. State Archives

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: My ancestor helped built public buildings in Brighton, Massachusetts in the early 20th century.  Do you know where those blue prints are preserved?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Answer: The Massachusetts State Archives has hundreds of blue prints of publicly accessible buildings.  You first need to consult the card index in the reading room of the archives (this is not online).  Then you make a formal agreement with the archives in writing that you want copies. According to the Reference Desk the price is currently $30.00 per page to have a blueprint scanned.  For more information call the archives at 617-727-2816, or email - archives@sec.state.ma.us 

The Online Genealogist: The 1871 Census of Canada

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you explain to me what the other schedules are for the 1871 Canadian Census?                                                                                                                                  Answer:   The following is a list of the schedules the enumerators used to conduct the 1871 Census of Canada -

Schedule 1: Nominal return of the living at the time of thecensus.

Schedule 2: Nominal return of the deaths within the previoustwelve months.

Schedule 3: Return of public institutions, real estate,vehicles and implements.

Schedule 4: Return of cultivated lands, field products,plants and fruits.

Schedule 5: Return of livestock, animal products, home-madefabrics and furs.

Schedule 6: Return of industrial establishments.

Schedule 7: Return of products of the forest.

Schedule 8: Return of shipping and fisheries.

Schedule 9: Return of mineral products.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                  

 


The Online Genealogist: What was a G.S.M from an obit?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I was reading an obituary for my grandmother's aunt who died in 1926.  She was listed in her obituary as a honored member of the G.S.M. after losing her son in the Great War.  What does G.S.M. stand for?                                                                                                                         Answer:  The abbreviation of G.S.M. should mean Gold Star Mother.  This would reflect the reference of her son dying in World War I, also called the Great War.

The Online Genealogist: An old occupation from 1786.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  In a tax roll for a community in England I found an odd occupation from 1786.  You seem to help out with these sort of questions in your blog.  Can you tell me what a "Ullenaeger" did?

Answer:  I believe that the occupation you are referring to is an "Ulnager".  This is a person who was the examiner of woollen items before they were sold to the public.


The Online Genealogist: WWI Canadian Army patch identification.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I have a patch from WWI from my great-grandmother's sewing box.  I know it would be from Canada, and I assume it belongs to a relative.  Can you identify a patch that has a rectangle green, with a red circle above it?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Answer: The patch in question sounds like the 4th Canadian Division - 54th Battalion emblem.  To see a list of WWI Canadian patches go online here: http://regimentalrogue.com/misc/17b_1914-19_distinguishing_patches.jpg                                                                                    

The Online Genealogist: The value of currency from 1778.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  In 1778, my Litchfield, Conn. ancestor was sued for 3,000 pounds for beating up a man in a neighboring town. Three thousand pounds sounds like a great deal of money - how much would that be worth in today's terms?

Answer: In 1778 the value of 3,000pounds would be in 2011 dollars worth $ 442,656.17

The following website is where I did the conversion for you - http://uwacadweb.uwyo.edu/numimage/currency.htm

 

 

 


The Online Genealogist: What was a Flusherman?

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David Allen Lambert

David ALlen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you tell me what the old occupation of a "Flusherman" was?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Answer:   A "Flusherman" was an old term for a plumber, or one who would flush out water pipes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The Online Genealogist: A Boston Photographer in 1860's.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: My great-grandfather was a photographer I understand in Boston during the Civil War.  Can you advise a source to confirm when and where his shop was?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Answer:  First off you will want to examine the Boston City Directories on microfiche at NEHGS.  We have the run of all surviving directories from 1789 to 1981.  Also I would highly suggest examining Chris Steele and Ronald Polito's book A Directory of Massachusetts photographers,1839-1900 (Camden, Me.: Picton Press, 1993).  This volume is located on the sixth floor of our library under call # F63/D57/1993.

The Online Genealogist: East Boston Methodist Episcopal Records

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am looking for church records for my New Brunswick relatives that moved to Boston.  Can you suggest where I can locate Methodist Episcopal records for the church on Saratoga Street, East Boston?  I know my grandmother's cousins attended there around the First World War.

Answer: You can order Family History Library microfilm for the Saratoga Street Methodist Episcopal Church.  These microfilm can be rented and sent to NEHGS as your host facility.Note that in 1917 the SaratogaStreet Methodist Episcopal Church and Meridian Street M. E.Churches were merged and were renamed Union Methodist EpiscopalChurch.   The microfilm from the Family History Libraryincludes baptisms (1909-42); marriages (1909-41), and funerals(1909-1910, 1920).  You will want to order the followingmicrofilm - FHL US/CAN Film # 1508945 Items 23-24.


The Online Genealogist: Boston Passenger Lists 1848-1891

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I understand there is a free database for the Boston Passenger lists for 1848-1891?  Can you tell me where to locate it?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Answer: The database in question is on the Massachusetts State Archives website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ArchivesSearch/Passengermanifest.aspx   You can search by name, date and name of the vessel.  This database was compiled by volunteers at the Massachusetts State Archives from the index cards of the manifests.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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