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Mason Membership Cards, Surnames I-L

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Masons Database Update I - LNEHGS is pleased to announce the addition of 36,011 new records to the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts Membership 1733 – 1990 database. This important collection contains information on masons from original membership cards of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Massachusetts. Membership card data includes date of birth, place of birth, occupation, and residency information.

The Grand Lodge is the main governing body of Freemasonry within Massachusetts and once maintained Lodges in other jurisdictions overseas, namely Panama, Chile, the People's Republic of China (meeting in Tokyo, Japan), and Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The database includes information from all former jurisdictions of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 1733-1990.

Founded in 1733, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts is the oldest Masonic lodge in the United States and the third oldest Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (the United Grand Lodge of England, 1717; the Grand Lodge of Ireland, 1725). 

As of February 7, 2011, data is available for Masons with surnames "A" through "L". Additional surnames will be added on a regular basis. Upon completion, the database will contain 348,678 membership cards for those masons who died, dropped, or demitted before 1990.


Substantial support for the creation of this database was generously provided through the work of the dedicated NEHGS volunteer corps.



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Virginia Genealogist, Vols. 1 - 40

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Virginia MapThe Virginia Genealogist database, newly updated, now includes volumes 1 through 40, publication years 1957 to 1996. Edited and published by John Fredrick Dorman from 1957 to 2006, The Virginia Genealogist has a reputation for quality research and genealogical information not available elsewhere. Topics include compiled genealogies, personal property tax lists (which serve as useful substitutes for non-existent census records), and other local record abstracts, including court orders, deeds, wills, marriage registers, and other county sources. Also included are a wide variety of transcriptions and abstracts of Bible, church, military, and mercantile records.

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Amherst, MA: Vital Records

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Corbin Collection MapCompiled from the Corbin Collection, this database contains vital records for Amherst, Massachusetts from the 1660's to 1955, including 2,353 records of birth, 183 baptisms, 1,696 marriage intentions, 4,403 marriage records, and 486 records of death.

The Corbin Collection is long considered to be one of the most definitive sources for western Massachusetts research. Transcribed by Walter E. Corbin and Lottie (Squier) Corbin, the collection includes transcriptions of vital records, cemeteries, town histories, town records, and other sources, making it one of the most comprehensive and valuable manuscript collections for western Massachusetts in existence.


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Jewish Cemetery Association

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Jewish Cemetery Association of MassachusettsNEHGS, together with the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM), and the American Jewish Historical Society of New England (AJHSNE) has made available for the first time, a comprehensive database of Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. Currently, the database contains the records of 13 cemeteries. More records will be added weekly until all 106 JCAM cemeteries are online. The names in this extensive database cover the years 1844 to the present, and, when completed later this year, will offer access to more than 100,000 names of Jewish Americans buried in Massachusetts.

NEHGS President and CEO, D. Brenton Simons, said, “For genealogists and researchers, this database is a tremendous resource and provides unique access to a set of names vital to Jewish family research. We are pleased to work with AJHS and JCAM in this way. The Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts is a marvelous society for those with Jewish ancestry and we know countless people will benefit from having it available online.”

“This is one of the first of many benefits that will accrue as a result of our strategic partnership with NEHGS,” said Justin Wyner, chair of the Boston Board of Overseers of the American Jewish Historical Society. “This additional resource is of significant genealogical importance. AJHSNE now makes its home inside the NEHGS research center in downtown Boston.

According to JCAM’s Executive Director Stanley Kaplan, “This partnership with NEHGS and AJHS provides people with access to where their loved ones are resting, a source that is known for genealogy,” said Kaplan. “We have broadened …our reach within the community.”

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Enfield, NH: Vital Records, 1761 - 1940

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Enfield, New HampshireEnfield, NH: Vital Records, 1761 - 1940 contains 26,403 records of birth, marriage, and death from the founding of the town to 1940.

Enfield, New Hampshire was incorporated in 1761 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth. First named Enfield by settlers from Enfield, Connecticut, the town was renamed Relhan in 1766 to honor Dr. Anthony Relhan Following the American Revolution, the New Hampshire town was renamed Enfield in 1784.

The transcription from which this databases was created was compiled from survivingtown records and supplemented with information from probate and land records, tax lists, censuses, newspaper items, correspondence, genealogies, and other resources.

Compiled by George McKenzie Roberts in 1957, this collection is especially valuable because many of the town records prior to 1851 were destroyed by a number of fires.


Roberts' original transcription also included cemetery records, which can be found in our cemetery transcriptions database. In total, only four copies of this typewritten, unpublished manuscript were produced — in addition to the copy at NEHGS, one is kept in the Enfield Public Library and two were given to the New Hampshire State Library

The original text may be accessed at the NEHGS Research Library. The call number is Mss 996


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