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A town with only one cemetery in Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am trying to locate the records for cemeteries in Milton, Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War.  Can you tell me the publications that cover them?

 

Answer: There are not many communities in Massachusetts that can claim only one cemetery.  This is the case for Milton, Massachusetts however.  The Milton Cemetery whicih is located at 211 Centre Street in Milton dates back to 1672.  The office can be reached at 617-698-0200.  At NEHGS we have the following items that may be of interest on this cemetery.  An article by William B. Trask which appeared in the NEHGS Register, (7:89-92).  We also have a book titled Milton Cemetery, a catalogue of the proprietors of lots, together with a record of ancient inscriptions on all tablets in the cemetery prior and including A.D. 1800. (Boston, MA: David Clapp & Sonsm 1883) [NEHGS Call # F74/M66/M43/1883]. At NEHGS we also have a manuscript of inscriptions [NEHGS Call # MS70/MIL/932A].


A Last Will & Testament coveyed by word of mouth in 1782.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am trying to determine what legal term for a Last Will & Testament that was conveyed by word of mouth in 1782.  I have a copy of a letter from New Hampshire in which the deceased had previoulsy conveyed his estate in front of two witnesses.  But the state did not approve it the verbal will.

 

Answer:  This type of probate is referred to as a "nuncupative will".  In the case where a written will is not present, and is conveyed by word of mouth. 


When a P.R. is not a Probate Record.

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David Allen Lambert

Daivd Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I was searching published Massachusetts vital records to the year 1850 and came across "P.R. 3".  Is this referring to a Probate record with a low docket number?

 

Answer: The published Vital Record series for Massachusetts includes "P.R." for "Private Records".  These are usually journals, diaries and account books containing vital records.  In some cases this represents the only occurance of that birth, marriage or death in the records of the city or town.  One of the hard problems a genealogist faces is tracing down the descendants of the person who provided the source in the first place.  Often a book will indicate a source such as "P.R. 23 - Bible record in posession of Mrs. Mildred Jones".  The next step is finding the descendant of Mildred Jones, since the book may have been published in 1912.


Masonic Records in New Jersey.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: NEHGS has a wonderful database of Massachusetts Masons.  Can you direct me to where I can find Masonic records for the state of New Jersey ca. 1870?

 

Answer:The Grand Lodge of New Jersey would have the records of the brother Masons in the Grand Secretary's office.  Each lodge annual returned the records of those who took degree work, and would be registred within their Grand Lodge.  Send a note to the NJ Grand Lodge at - The Grand Secretary's Office - care of this email grandlodge@njmasonic.org


In 1890 what did a Long Song Seller do in London?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you tell me what a "Long Song Seller" did in London in 1890.  I found this as the occupation of a great-great-uncle and not sure what it is.

 

Answer: The occupation of a "Long Song Seller" was one who sold sheet music.  Not a dealer of sheet music in a store, but one who sold it from a street booth as a vendor.


In search of my ancestors on blue photo paper.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am trying to determine what these blue photos in my family collection are?  They look like they are pictures of my great-grandparents around the time they were married in 1902.

 

Answer:  The photograph you have decide is a process known as a Cyanotype.  The process creates a cyan-blue image.  The time frame I see these in vogue ranges 1890's to the 1910's.  So your date of 1902 fits in quite nicely.  The process was the first way of adding a non-sepia color to an image, without hand coloring.


Determining what a Revolutionary War Bounty Coat was.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I have noticed that my ancestors during the Revolutionary War received a "Bounty Coat". Hope you can assist me with this query.

 

Answer: This reference is to a physical coat that was given to a soldier in lieu of money in 1775. The following passage explains:


"On the 5th of July, 1775, a resolve was passed to provide each of the non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the army authorized to be raised under resolve of April 23, 1775, with a coat, and 13,000 were ordered to be provided by the towns and districts, in accordance with a regular apportionment. This gift of a coat was considered in the nature of a bounty, and later, at the time of their distribution, the men in service were permitted to choose between acceptance of the coat or a sum of money in lieu thereof." [Source: Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (Boston: Wright and Potter, 1896) 1:xvi].


In search of a 19th century Masonic Lodge in Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I have found a card in your database Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons membership Cards, for my second great grandfather Ephraim Adelbert Maddocks. I have contacted the Mass lodges with the name Putnam and they did not exist when Ephraim joined.  I looked into Maine where he was born and they also did not have anything with the name Putman. Connecticut is the only one left I can think of. Would you be able to tell me where the lodge is located?

 

Answer: According to The Massachusetts Grand Lodge Library the current lodge called – Moses Michael Hays and is located in Needham, Massachusetts.  The Putnam Lodge existed until July 27, 1978 when it merged with Moses Michael Hays Lodge.  A list of all other lodges that merged with Moses Michael Hays are listed below.  The lodge was not named for a town but for a person. Putnam Lodge was chartered in East Cambridge, Mass. in 1855, and then shortly after moved to East Boston, Mass. 1856.  The Lodge existed when your ancestor was a member, and was still active under that name until the merger in 1978.

Moses Michael Hays =  Putnam, Temple, Brotherhood, Sharon, Freedom, Adelphi-Noddle’s Island


My ancestors Chariots listed in a 1744 Administration.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I was rather surprised to look at the inventory in a 1744 Administration for my ancestor in Essex County, Massachusetts.  This inventory listed a variety of things but was surprised to find he owned "2 fine chariots".  In my expertise I think of chariots as something the Roman Soldiers used in battle.   Can you explain what this was?

 

Answer: A chariot in the 18th century for a New Englander would not be the two wheel Roman chariot of a century ago.  In this case it was a fancy four wheel carriage used by wealthy individuals.  These were often driven by a coachman and required one or more horses.


Determining what a genealogist in 1898 was referring to in a letter.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  My great-grandfather corresponded with a professional genealogist in England in 1898.  In the letter it refers to a missing probate file from the 1630's for a relative.  The genealogist simply says "the P.C.Y. file for him is no longer surviving" - any idea what he was referencing?

 

Answer: The P.C.Y. is the abbreviation for the Prerogative Court of York.  This court handled the probate for southern England from the 14th century until 1858.


What did a Mocado Weaver do for work in 1667.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am curious what the occupation of a mocado weaver consisted  of.  I found it on a probate record from Hampshire England in 1667.

 

Answer: A Mocado weaver was one who was a weaver of wool which had the appearance of velvet.  This was produced for clothing in the 16th and 17th centuries.


How to refer to vital records occuring in Sunderland, Mass. before incorporation.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am researching the Root family, ancestors of my wife’s.  One of them settled in the town of Sunderland, Massachusetts in a part known as Hunting Hills.  This town became the town of Montague.  I’m undecided as to what town I should record as a place of birth if the year is on or before 1753. 

 

Answer:  The town of Sunderland annexed part of its territory on January 25, 1754 to become the town of Montague.  I would refer to all births that are registered in Montague before Jan. 25, 1754 to refer to them as Sunderland.  The town of Sunderland was formerly called Swampfield from February 17, 1714 to November 12, 1718.  The original area of Swampfield was formerly a plantation of land established by the inhabitants of Hadley in 1673.


Deeds in the early 1920's in Dublin, Ireland.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am looking for where to write for deeds for land owners in Dublin, Ireland in the early 20th century.

 

Answer: I would recommend contacting the Registry of Deeds / Land Register in Dublin.  Their website is www.landregistry.ie – and their mailing address is Registry of Deeds, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, IRELAND.


Cataloging your family photos after scanning.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you recommend a good way to  catalogy my old photographs after I scan them.  I am not sure if I should assign name or dates.

 

Answer:  When I scan photographs I assign a specific number and collection name.  For instance if I am scanning photos that belonged to my Uncle Ronald Lambert I would catalog the images as RLAMBERT-001.  Each photo would be assigned a numerical value in order of the scanning.  If I scanned a variety of copies of the same photo I would call them – RLAMBERT-001A, RLAMBERT-001B, etc.  Then per photo I would make an entry in a word processing file for example.  RLAMBERT-001: Photograph of Uncle Ronald Lambert in the U.S. Marines while stationed in Japan, 1956.  In photo is a friend identified as “John Smith” on the reverse of photo.  I would then save this file and print it out.  Making a reference bibliography of all my images.  I am sure there are a multitude of ways to catalog your images after you scan them, but this is the personal way I have found most useful.


Looking beyond a civil registration marriage in Boston, Mass.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Recently becoming a genealogist I have a question about Massachusetts marriage records.  I found the 1872 marriage of my ancestors in Boston, will I find more information on the original marriage record from the city of Boston? 

 

Answer: A copy of the marriage record from the city clerk’s office in Boston was returned at the end of each year to the Secretary of State’s Office starting 1841.  This annual copy is what NEHGS offers to member online, and is the state return.  The original church record from the clergyman may contain additional facts, most important would be the witnesses. Using Boston city directories you can determine the officiating clergyman’s associated church or synagogue.  This will be the first step in locating the church records, please let me know if you have any further questions.


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