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The American Genealogist Vol. 74-77

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The American Genealogist Vol. 74-77Newly updated on, The American Genealogist database now includes volumes 74 through 77, publication years 1999 to 2002. This update adds more than 26,000 name records to this database.

The journal now known as The American Genealogist (TAG) has been published quarterly since 1923, and represents an important body of scholarly genealogical research covering the breadth of the United States (with an early preference for New England). NEHGS is pleased to offer it as a fully searchable online database. The current TAG database covers volumes 9–77. Volumes 1–8, covering the years 1923–1932, are already available online under the name “Families of Ancient New Haven.” 

Founded by Donald Lines Jacobus, TAG is edited by a trio of NEHGS members: Dr. David L. Greene, FASG; Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, director of the NEHGS Great Migration Study Project; and Joseph C. Anderson II, FASG, who is also editor of The Maine Genealogist. These distinguished genealogists, along with dozens of highly-regarded contributors, uphold and advance the standards for genealogical scholarship so carefully articulated by Jacobus and the Jacobus “School.”

Our Digital Collections also include these additional genealogical journals: New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The Essex Genealogist, and The Virginia Genealogist.

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The Barbour Collection Update; Litchfield, Stafford & More

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Connecticut 79Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Litchfield (1719-1854), Stafford (1719-1850), Tolland (1715-1850) and Voluntown (1708-1850), birth, marriage, and death records. These towns add more than 31,100 records to this database collection.

Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for the towns of Ashford, Branford, Canterbury, Colchester, Danbury, Derby, Durham, Fairfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, Haddam, Hartford, Hebron, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Litchfield, Lyme, Middletown, Milford, New London, New Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Ridgefield, Saybrook, Simsbury, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Suffield, Tolland, Voluntown, Wallingford, Waterbury, Wethersfield, Windham, Windsor, Woodbury, and Woodstock. 

The complete Barbour collection contains information on 137 Connecticut towns. The remaining towns will be added to the database over the next year. Our library also offers the complete Barbour collection onsite.

This collection contains records of marriages, births, and deaths in Connecticut towns from the 1640s to about 1850, some towns include records up to 1870. These records were collected, transcribed, and abstracted by Lucius Barnes Barbour (Connecticut Examiner of Public Records, 1911–1934) and his team of researchers between 1918 and 1928. 

Mr. Barbour became a member of NEHGS in 1907, in which capacity he remained until his death in 1934. This set of typescripts was donated to NEHGS by Mr. Barbour's wife and children in 1938.

Other Connecticut databases include: Connecticut NutmeggerConnecticut: Early Probate Records, and Families of Ancient New Haven.

Connecticut publications available through our bookstore include: Stamford Town Records, Volume 1, 1641-1723; Colony of Connecticut Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711; and Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes.

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The Essex Genealogist & Western Mass. Families in 1790

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Essex County, MAThe Essex Genealogist, Volumes 26 & 27 added.

The leading publication for genealogical research in Essex County, Massachusetts, this quarterly journal has been published since 1981 by The Essex Society of Genealogists (founded in 1975).

Within the pages of this journal are selections of cemetery transcriptions, bible records, vital and church records relating to families from Essex County. The Essex Genealogist has had published numerous Anentafel’s (Ancestor Tables) of the ancestry of their members, as well as verbatim transcriptions of lectures over the years. 

Currently, volumes 1 to 27 (publication years 1981-2007) are available. Volume 28 (2008) will be added in 2013.

The database is searchable by first and last name; volume and page; article title; and subject.  There are now 191,649 records in this database.

Other genealogical journals available through our digital collections include the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The American Genealogist, and The Virginia Genealogist.

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Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 – Five new sketches.

Added this week, sketches of Luther Pomeroy, Chester, MA; Nathaniel Porter, Great Barrington, MA; Christopher Bowen, Partridgefield (Peru), MA; James Cody Apthrop, Partridgefield (Peru), MA; and Jonathan Remington, Adams, MA.

This database contains genealogical sketches of families enumerated in the 1790 census for Berkshire and Hampshire Counties (in what now also includes Franklin and Hampden Counties). Each sketch begins with the head of household, their genealogical information, followed by their spouse and any further biographical information. Following this is the information about their children and their spouses. Many families migrated into western Massachusetts only to migrate further west, often through New York, and elsewhere. These sketches were submitted by NEHGS members and staff and edited by Helen S. Ullmann, FASG.

Our bookstore also offers Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 in print.

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American Ancestors Magazine Vol. 13 & Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts

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 American Ancestors Magazine, Volume 13  

A 64-page magazine published by NEHGS beginning in 2010, American Ancestors contains a wealth of information for family historians. American Ancestors features a wide range of article topics and styles, and is designed to appeal to family historians of all levels. Topics include coverage of a particular region or group of people; case studies; descriptions of particular record sets; “how-to” articles; compelling historic accounts that illuminate the past; research strategies and methodology; and accounts of migration and immigrant groups. Over time, regular columns have included Jeremy Bangs’ “Pilgrim Life”; Diane Rapaport’s “Tales from the Courthouse”; David Lambert’s “Online Genealogist”; Rhonda McClure’s“Computer Genealogist”; and “Genetics and Genealogy,” as well as columns featuring Bible records, diaries, and other items from the NEHGS manuscript collection. The magazine’s “Family Focus” column features announcements of genealogies in progress, recently published books, family association news, and DNA studies in progress.  

This update to the American Ancestors magazine database adds Volume 13 (2012), bringing the total number of records in this collection to more than 14,000. 

Other journal databases included in our digital collections include the New England Historic Genealogical Register, American Ancestors Journal, and The American Genealogist.

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Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts – Three new cemeteries

NEHGS is pleased to add three new cemeteries to the Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts database. The new cemeteries include: Poali Zedeck in Everett, MA; and Puritan - Mt Sinai and Hebrew Volin in West Roxbury, MA. Together, these cemeteries add more than 1,900 records to this collection.

The records in this collection are courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives, who, in collaboration with the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts maintain records for 105 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts.  Records range from 1853 to present.

Our digital collections also includes the following databases that refer to additional cemetery records: Brooklyn, NY: Cemetery Inscriptions, 1686-1882; Long Island Cemetery Inscriptions, 1652-1910; and Northampton, MA: West Farms Cemetery.

Our bookstore also offers A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, 2nd Edition by David Allen Lambert.

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Rhode Island Roots

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NEHGS is happy to announce an agreement with the Rhode Island Genealogical Society that allows us to add Rhode Island Roots to our growing collection of nationally-renowned scholarly publications. 

When Rhode Island Roots began publication in 1975, the publication served both as a newsletter for the newly formed Rhode Island Genealogical Society(RIGS) and as an aid to careful genealogical research. While it was short and unsophisticated in design, Roots was a serious publication assembled by people with considerable genealogical experience. 

Each issue of the quarterly journal, now 52 pages, features at least one compiled genealogy along with Bible records, transcriptions of original sources, book reviews, and studies of the genealogical implications of historical events. Indices of land and Notarial records and petitions to the General Assembly, transcriptions of estimates of ratable estate, gravestones, and early census records all provide invaluable clues to Rhode Island genealogy. The authors include well-known genealogists as well as RIGS members with stories of their own families to tell. 

Other Rhode Island databases available through our digital collections include Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636-1850; Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index; and Members of the Artillery Company of Newport, Rhode Island.

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