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The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Vol. VIII

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 New York Map OutlineWe continue with our ongoing series of family sketches featured in The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Frank J. Doherty's multi-volume study. The Settlers of the Beekman Patent contains data on over thirteen hundred families who settled in the Beekman Patent, an original land grant given to Col. Henry Beekman in 1697 by the English Crown and the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County, New York. Many emigrants from New England lived in and passed through the Beekman Patent on their way west. Others, such as the Palatines and Quakers (almost all from New England), were early settlers and remained for several generations or more.

Compiler and author Frank J. Doherty has researched the settlers of the Beekman Patent for over thirty years and is considered the foremost expert on these families. He began his research after he purchased property in the town of LaGrange in Dutchess County and became interested in the history of the area. His research includes all eighteenth-century records from Dutchess County courts, probate, cemeteries, churches, stores, leases, tax lists, military, census, and other documents pertaining to the area.

The eighth volume, published in 2005, includes family sketches pertaining to the following surnames: Lee, Lent, Leonard, LeRoy, Lester, Lewis, Light, Lightheart, Linsey, Lobdell, Lockwood, Losee, Lossing, Lovejoy, Loveless, Luckey, Lyon, Mabie, Mace, Macomber, Macy, Maguire, Mainger, Mallory, Maloney, Mancius, Mandigo, Manter, Mentor, Marble, Marcy, Marks, Marsh, Marshall, Martin, Martling, Marvill, Masten, Matthews, McAuley, McCarty, McCarthy, McClave, McCollum, McCord, McCready, McDaniel, McDonald, McDougal, McDowell, McIntire, McLees, McNeal, McPherson, McWilliams, Mead, Meloy, Merrick, Merrihew, Merritt, Meyer, Myers, Miles, Milk, Millard, Miller, and Millington. The inclusion of this volume adds more than 32,000 individual name entries to this database.

Hard copies of The Settlers of the Beekman Patent are available through our bookstore, and you can find additional information about this resource here.

Other New York databases available through our digital collections include First Settlers of Albany County from 1630 to 1800, First Settlers of Schenectady from 1662 to 1800, and New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.

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Barbour Collection Update: Hartland, Norfolk and more

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Connecticut 79Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Hartland (1761–1848), Norfolk (1758–1850), Redding (1767–1852), and Salisbury (1741–1846). Together, these towns add more than 11,000 records to this database.

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, Cornwall, Danbury, Derby, Durham, East Haddam, Fairfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, Haddam, Hartford, Hartland, Hebron, Kent, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Litchfield, Lyme, Middletown, Milford, New London, New Milford, Newtown, Norfolk, Norwalk, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Redding, Ridgefield, Salisbury, Saybrook, Sharon, Simsbury, Somers, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Suffield, Tolland, Torrington, Union, Voluntown, Wallingford, Waterbury, Wethersfield, Willington, 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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Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax

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MassachusettsIn 2003, NEHGS released the first edition of this searchable database on In 2010, the same database content was moved to when that website became the new website of NEHGS. In the past year, our volunteer team has been diligently working to re-index the collection, which contains 187,000 name records and 16,600 page images. In addition, many page images which were formerly unavailable on the website have been rescanned and added to the collection. This historic collection was detailed in an article by Michael J. Leclerc in the Spring 2003 issue of New England Ancestors magazine. That article is available at, here. In 1979, NEHGS published an Index and Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Tax. Excerpts from that guide, which explains the collection content and the towns it covers, is available here.

Other tax record database collections include Rochester, NH: Tax Lists for 1790 and 1815; Tax List of New Milford, Connecticut, 1756; and Tax List of Boston, 1831.

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NYG&B Vol. 31-35

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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 31-35, containing more than 47,000 additional name records. The database currently contains volumes 1 through 35, publication years 1870 to 1904. In total, this database contains over 228,000 records. Future volumes will be added periodically.

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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Great Migration, Vol. 7, T-Y

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Great Migration DatabaseThis Great Migration database, covering surnames beginning with T through Y, is the last of seven volumes in a series documenting the watershed years of 1634 and 1635. It traces families and individuals immigrating to New England during those two years – a time of rapid migration and settlement.

Each entry for a featured individual includes:

• Place of origin, if known

• Date and ship on which they arrived in New England, if known

• Earliest known record of the individual or family

• First residence and subsequent residences, when known

• Return trips to their country of origin, whether temporary or permanent

• Bibliographical information such as birth, death, marriage(s), children, and other important family relationships, church memberships, and civil and military offices held.

The full introduction to this volume is available for download as a pdf file.  The introduction includes a description of the methodology used to create the sketches as well as thorough descriptions of the sources used. 

This database provides an index to the sketches of 203 Great Migration individuals, and the 6,978 name references contained within those sketches.  The images of the original book pages are available from the search results pages.

Our bookstore also offers hard copies of The Great Migration series and other related materials.

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Suffolk County Court of Common Pleas

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MassachusettsThe dockets and extended record books for the Suffolk County Court of Common Pleas for the period 1756 - 1776 are largely missing and many scholars speculate that the British took these volumes at the time of the evacuation of Boston in 1776. The volumes have never been located in Massachusetts, and repeated searches of the Public Record Office in London and the Provincial Archives of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have failed to turn up the missing volumes.  The file papers for the period 1692-1830, however, were "rediscovered" in 1974 in the basement of the Suffolk County Court House, and a project sponsored by a series of NHPRC grants allowed those file papers to be preserved.

In 1981, the Supreme Judicial Court took over and created what has become the Supreme Judicial Court's division of Archives and Records Preservation.  That organization compiled this index and abstract of the cases in the 1756-1776 period.  Each abstract contains plaintiff and defendant information, the type of action, number of documents in the case, date filed, year and term the case was decided, amount of damages, and the attorney or individual filing the case. If present, additional information concerning the verdict, co-plaintiffs, co-defendants, and others involved in the case is included in a notes section.  Unfortunately, no other information is available for these cases, the associated record books having been lost.

The larger collection of Suffolk County Court of Common Pleas file papers of which this index presents a part is stored at the Massachusetts Archives, Columbia Point, Boston. For information concerning use of that collection, contact the Supreme Judicial Court's division of Archives and Records Preservation.

Other court record collections offered through our online databases include Bristol County, Mass. Extracts from Court of General Sessions of the Peace, 1697-1801; Middlesex County, Mass. Abstracts of Court Records, 1643-1674; and Plymouth Court Records, 1686-1859.

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