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The Online Genealogist: What was a Fleshewer?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

 Question: What was a Fleshewer as an occupation in 1861?  It is listed in an English tax record receipt I found.

Answer: A Fleshewer was another name for a meat Butcher according to my old occupation listings.

 

The Online Genealogist: Death record of a drowned sailor.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  My ancestor drowned off the coast of Boston in 1897.  I know this from oral tradition, and a yellowed fragile news clipping.  Why can't I locate a death record for him?

 

Answer:  I would imagine that the ancestor's body was not recovered.  If this is the case then it explains for the lack of a record.  Unless a body was located a certified death record would have not been issued.  You may search for a memorial service in the church he attended, or a cenotaph in the cemetery were his family was buried.  A cenotaph will mark the grave of a individual not interred at that location.

 

The Online Genealogist: Williamsburg, Mass. Vital Records

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: What resource for early 1820's Williamsburg, Massachusetts vital records does NEHGS have?  I will be visiting this coming week.

Answer: You will want to visit the NEHGS Microtext Department on the fourth floor.  We have microfiche of the Williamsburg vital records from 1771-1899.  This is part of the Holbrook microfiche collection.  The call number is: F74.W815 H6 1987

 

The Online Genealogist: Norfolk Co., Mass. Deeds Online.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: When I visited at NEHGS I noticed you had Norfolk County, Massachusetts probate recprds.  However I am looking for 19th and early 20th century deeds.  Do I need to go to the court house or order them from the Family History Library?     

 

Answer: You can do either of those two options.  However, I would recommend you visit the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds online.  They have deeds and index page images since 1793 well into the late 20th century.  You can begin your search online here: http://www.norfolkresearch.org/ALIS/WW400R.HTM

 

The Online Genealogist: Indian Campaign Medal

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: My great-grandfather was in the U.S. Army and was awarded a medal 30 years after for his service in the 1870's.  The medal has been lost, but if he was in the Indian Wars what did he receive?

Answer: I would imagine your ancestor received The Indian Campaign Medal for service between 1865-1891.  This medal was established by the War Department per general orders of January 21, 1907.  The medal can be seen online here in full detail: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/53/US_Army_52024_Indian_Wars_Service_Medal.jpg


The Online Genealogist: Military Census of Conn. in 1917.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Does NEHGS have a military census for Connecticut around World War I?

 

Answer: Yes we have the microfilm of the Connecticut Military Census of 1917.  This wonderful collection will even tell you if your ancestors had experience with boats.  To find out more about this census visit the Microtext Department at NEHGS on the 4th floor.  For a description of this collection go online to: http://www.cslib.org/milcens.htm

 

The Online Genealogist: An ancestor was a Dorcas by trade.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: My third great grandmother Gertrude was a "Dorcas" by occupation.  Can you explain what this was?

 

Answer: Your ancestor was a seamstress, which was also referred to as a dorcas.

 

The Online Genealogist: In search of a shipwreck in 1861.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Are you aware of a shipwreck carrying passengers that sunk in 1861 off Boston.  The name I believe of this ship was the MARTIANE?

 

Answer: The passenger vessel MARITANA sank November 3, 1861.  The ship struck at Shag Rocks, south of the Brewster Islands.  To learn more about this and other Boston harbor shipwrecks go online to: http://bostonshipwrecks.org/content/maritana

 

The Online Genealogist: French & Indian War Muster Rolls

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you advise where the original French & Indian Muster Rolls are for Massachusetts?

 

Answer: The original French and Indian War era muster rolls are on file with the Massachusetts State Archives.  These records have not been digitized yet, and can be viewed on microfilm.  In some cases the original records can be consulted.  They can be reached online at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/

 

The Online Genealogist: Occupation of a Pitman

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: In the 1871 Census in Scotland my ancestor is listed by occupation as a Pit Man.  Can you explain what that is?

 

Answer: Your 19th century ancestor was no doubt a coal miner.  Another term was a "pitman" for one who worked in the coal pits.

 

Last widow of the War of 1812

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I believe my ancestors' sister who died in 1929 was the last War of 1812 widow?  Can you confirm who it was and when they died.

 

Answer: The last War of 1812 widow was Carolina King who died June 28, 1936.  Amazing to think she was alive 124 year after her husband fought in the war.

 

Confederate Pension records from Tennessee.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you direct me to Confederate pensions from Tennessee?

 

Answer:  To contact the Tenn. State Archives write or visit: Tennessee State Library and Archives Public Service Division, 403 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243-0312 - Tel: 615-741-2764 They can be reached via the internet at: www.tn.gov/tsla/ , and you can also find a Pension Index online athttp://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/military/pension.htm

 


Early 19th century State Census for Maine

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Is there an early state Census for Maine in the 19th century?  I believe I heard someone lecture about it at NEHGS about a decade ago.

 

Answer:  Yes there is a state census for part of Maine for 1837. This is not a complete transcription, however you may find what you are seeking online here:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~meandrhs/history/usdebt/census/maine/1837.html


Hugh Ditson of Colonial Billerica, Massachusetts

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you tell me if there has been any recent work on the life of Hugh Ditson of Haverhill, Massachusetts?  He married in 1694 to Sarah Ross.

Answer:  According to Martin E. Hollick's new edition of New Englanders in the 1600s. (Boston, NEHGS, 2012) the most recent is the following.  In The Essex Genealogist volume 27, pages 67-70, 107-119, 160-67; and 28:17-28.  This can be used at NEHGS, or requested from our NEHGS photocopy service.  We are placing the The Essex Genealogist online, however currently we have vols. 1-20 online at: http://web1.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=396


Indian minister at Nemasket in the 18th century.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I understand my ancestor Rev. Peter Thacher was a clergyman to the Indians in Massachusetts.  Is there a reference that will say where?

 

Answer:  Rev. Peter Thacher was ordained in Middleboro, Mass. in 1709, and was associated with three Indian Pryaing towns and churches before he died in 1744.  His main association was with the Nemasket Church in what is now Lakeville, Mass.  Sadly the original church records for this church no longer exist.  This source is from Harold Field Worthley's work An Inventory of the Records of Particular Congregational Churches of Massachusetts Gathered 1620-1805. (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1970).


Alberta Canada Vital Records

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am looking for a a death record for a relative in Alberta, Canada in 1918.  Are these on microfilm, or do I have to order it from Alberta?

Answer: These records have not yet been microfilmed or digitized from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  You can order the certificate from Alberta for $39.64 online at: http://www.e-registry.ca/services/alberta-vs-documents.htm


Queens County New York Naturalization Record Indexes.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Is there a good place to search online for Queens Co., New York naturalization records of the 19th century?


Answer: I would suggest searching first online at The German Genealogy Group site at: http://www.theggg.org/Queenssearch.asp   This website has a variet of New York City related databases for vital records and naturalization records to name a few.


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