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Church Records in Medway, Massachusetts

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you advise me on locating 18th century records for the Second Church of Medway, Massachusetts?

 

Answer:  NEHGS can assist you with your Medway research.  I have noticed that the Family History Library in Salt Lake City has the following microfilm - Records of the Second Church of Christ in Medway, 1750-1860.  You can order this Family History Library microfilm to be delivered to  NEHGS for your use.  The reference number you will want is - FHL US/CAN Film # 901857.  If you ahve any questions please contact our Microtext Department directly at 617-226-1239.


Looking for modern probate when it is not at the County seat.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am looking for a will for a relative who died in 1986 in Quincy.  Where would I go to get a copy of it?

Answer: A Last Will and Testament in 1986 for Quincy, Mass. would be located in the Norfolk County Probate Court.  The seat of Norfolk County is in Dedham, Massachusetts.  In recent years the Probate Court has been located in Canton, Massachusetts, though you can still get deeds at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds in Dedham.  Access is very easy when you visit, and you can still access the original probate records at the Probate court.  There are photocopiers available to make copies, scanners and digital cameras are no longer permitted

 

Norfolk County Probate Court

35 Shawmut Road

Canton, MA 02021-1408

(781) 830-1200

 


Searching a database of ships from Connecticut 1789-1939.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  In the 1809 Connecticut probate inventory of my ancestor it mentions he owned a share of a sloop called the "ABBY ANN".  How can I find out more about this vessel?

 

Answer:  The Mystic Seaport Museum maintains a database called the "Connecticut Ship Database, 1789-1939".  A search of this databse revealed that the ABBY ANN was in operation in Connecticut waters between 1807-1810.  You can do a search for the ABBY ANN and other vessels online at: http://library.mysticseaport.org/initiative/CuSearch.cfm


Sons & Daughters of World War II Veterans Genealogical Society

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Recently I learned there was a group forming for the children of veterans of American veterans World War II. Have you heard of it before, and what is the cost involved?

 

Answer: I have heard of it and have thought of joining.  My own father was a WWII veteran from the Army Engineer Construction Corps.  The organization you speak of is the Sons & Daughters of World War II Veterans Genealogical Society.  Their website can be reached at: http://www.sonsanddaughtersofww2veterans.org/index.asp   Their membership is a one time fee of $125.00


Researching the story of a U.S. Coast Guard ancestor.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: During World War II an uncle of mine served with the U.S. Coast Guard.  Can you tell me how I can find where his vessel was stationed during the war?

 

Answer:  To obtain the unit histories for the United States Coast Guard you can visit the U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office online at: http://www.uscg.mil/history/   Or you can write a letter with your request to that office at:

U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office, Commandant (CG-09224), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20593.


Visual Face Recognition Software for Genealogy

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am doing many comparisons with photographs of family members as young adults, adults and seniors.  Can you advise me on a good software package that may help me?

 

Answer:  This same question I asked recently myself of my colleague Maureen A. Taylor "The Photo Detective".  Maureen showed me a product called Visual Face Recognition.  You can compare two images side by side or overlay them.  It works very smoothly and is very reasonable at $19.95.  If you would like more details go online to www.visualfacerecognition.com

 

An old occupation from a Scottish Census of the 19th century.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  The 1861 Scottish Census shows an unusual surname for my ancestor.  This census lists him as a "Rolley Way Man".  Can you help me with this job title?

 

Answer:  The occupation "Rolleyway Man" was the individual involved in the roadways in the mines.  It would appear your Scottish ancestor may have been in fact worker in the mines of Scotland in the 19th century.  I would search earlier and later Scottish census to see how his occupation changes.


Where did your family live in 1935 ? The U.S. 1940 Census will reveal it.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Next year the 1940 U.S. Census will be available. I heard that it has a question regarding former residence? Can you elaborate on that question and tell me the other questions asked.

Answer: On April 2, 2012 the U.S. Federal Census of 1940 will be released. This census does contain a question about the individuals previous residence in 1935.

Question #17 – Residence on April 1, 1935: APRIL 1, 1935: City, town, or village having 2,500 or more inhabitants. Enter "R" for all other places.


To see the other fifty questions from the 1940 U.S. Census go online to the following online source I have as a bookmark on my own browser: http://www.1930census.com/1940_census_questions.php


Confederate Soldiers buried in Arizona.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I enjoyed your lecture on Confederate Pensions at the NGS Conference in Charleston, S.C. Can you offer me some guidance on where I might look to locate the grace of my ancestor's brother thought to have died in Arizona after the war.

Curious Items on an Inventory of a Blacksmith

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I have the 1765 inventory of my ancestor who was a blacksmith. Most items I can recognize.  Do you have an idea what a grouping described as a wormer, ladle, sponge, rammer and hand spike were?

 

Answer:  It appears your blacksmith was in posession of tools of a gunner.  The items you mentioned are distinctive accessories for operating a cannon.


Searching for a Birth Without all the Names Associated with your Ancestor

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I have searched for a birth of my ancestor George Victor Ralph Lakin in the Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1915 to no avail. Can you suggest why his birth does not show up when I have his Boston baptism?

 

Answer: You will want to search for George without one or both of his middle names. After you perform that search I would systematically examine any Lakin births from that year for simple unnamed males. It was not against the law to simply record a birth without a first name. Many children were not immediately given first names, and occasionally were corrected years or decades later. 


What was a Boardwright in the 1740's in England?

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you tell me what the occupation of "Boardwright" was in England in the 1740's?  I found this occupation in a parish record and have never seen it before.

 

Answer:  A "Boardwright " was a carpenter who made specialty items such as table and chairs. 


Looking for records on a deceased Vietnam Veteran.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am trying to locate records on my Uncle who was a memebr of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.  He only died om 2005, and I am one of his only next of kin.  Where would I locate his records?

 

Answer:  One place to try locally is the Adjutant General's Office for the State in which your uncle lived in when he got out of the service. They should have a copy of his honorable discharge, and related paperwork that will discuss his service.  For records from the U.S. Marine Corps for veterans who discharged or died after Jan. 1, 1999 you will want to write to: 

 

Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps

Personnel Management Support Branch

(MMSB-10)

2008 Elliot Road

Quantico, VA 22134-5030


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