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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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The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 46-50

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The Mayflower DescendantVolumes 46 to 50 of the The Mayflower Descendant (publication years 1996-2001) are now available to search. Additional volumes will continue to be added regularly throughout the year. With the addition of these volumes, The Mayflower Descendant database now contains more than 300,000 records.

The Mayflower Descendant has been published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants since 1899. It is an essential source of information on many New England families, and its focus is not limited to those with Mayflower lineage. The journal includes transcriptions and abstracts of deeds, wills, vital records, and other original documents. In addition, it features compiled genealogies and analytical studies of genealogical problems.

Other databases related to New England families during this time period include the following: Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633; Early Families of New England; and the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

Some of the publications available through our bookstore related to early New England families include the following: New Englanders in the 1600s; Genealogical Notes: First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts; and Mayflower Births and Deaths.

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NYG&B Record Vol. 51-54

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 New York Map OutlineThe New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the premier genealogical journal devoted to scholarship on families residing in New York State and surrounding areas. Published quarterly since 1870 by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Record features compiled genealogies and transcriptions of Bible records, census records, church registers, newspaper extracts, muster rolls, wills and deeds, and proceedings of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

This week, we have added volumes 51-54, containing more than 49,000 additional records. The database currently contains volumes 1 through 54, publication years 1870 to 1923. In total, this database contains over 494,000 records.

Other New York databases include: New York: Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships, 1787-1835New York: Long Island Cemetery Inscriptions, 1652-1910; and New York: Albany County Deeds, 1630-1894. 

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Irish Immigrant Advertisements, 1831-1920

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IrelandThis database, which was originally published on CD-ROM and later as a database on, has been completely re-indexed and now includes images of the original book pages. The database includes 86,000 names and 4,900 pages from the original eight volumes. 

Beginning in 1831 and over the course of the next eighty-five years, the nationally distributed Boston Pilot newspaper printed some 45,000 “Missing Friends” advertisements placed by friends and relatives. No one knows how many of these families found each other as a result of the ads, but these nineteenth-century notices continue to help families today find their ancestors. These advertisements typically referred to the exact place of origin of the seeker and/or the sought. Many of the ads also describe the process and route of immigration, and even the name of the passenger ship. Many advertisements refer to women, for whom determining exact origin is even more difficult, due to the lack of naturalization records. So the Missing Friends advertisements help fill a great gap in nineteenth-century records for a mobile, impoverished, immigrant population. 

This valuable database comes to you through the generosity of NEHGS Councilor, Thomas R. Crowley.

Other Irish databases include: Aghadowey, Ireland: Session Book of Aghadowey, 1702-1725An Hibernian Atlas; or General Description of the Kingdom of Ireland; and Cork, Ireland: Index to the Marriage Licence Bonds of the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland.

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