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The Daily Genealogist Spotlight: Resources in Arizona and Massachusetts

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Pioneer & Military Memorial Park Cemeteries Database, Arizona

Maricopa County is located in south-central Arizona. Phoenix is its county seat. Pioneer and Military Memorial Park (P&MMP) at 14th Avenue and Madison Street, Phoenix, Arizona, is home to a number of cemeteries: AOUW Cemetery, City Cemetery, IOOF (Odd Fellows) Cemetery, Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Loosley Cemetery, Masons Cemetery, Porter Cemetery, and Rosedale Cemetery. Additional burials in the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park include removals from Old Phoenix Cemetery. The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association, Inc. has made a burial listing database for these cemeteries available on its website.

The database is organized as an alphabetical by surname list. Click on the first letter of the surname to open a new page with the burial listing. The data fields in the database include last name, first name, death date, age, cemetery name, and marker.

The website has additional helpful resources. You will find links to online burial listings for many of the cemeteries in this list, and a list of all cemeteries and gravesites known to exist in Maricopa County, under the List of Cemeteries in Maricopa County link. There is also a link to a list of Historic Cemeteries of Arizona.

Marblehead Museum and Historical Society, Massachusetts

Marblehead is located on the Atlantic coast in Essex County in northeastern Massachusetts. The Marblehead Museum and Historical Society has made some of the resources from its archives available on its website. Click on the Archives tab to access them. They are in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and view them. Click on the Archival Documents link to open the page with links to download the documents.

The digitized resources include the following:

Published Volumes

Old Marblehead Sea Captains and the Ships in Which They Sailed, by Benjamin J. Lindsey, Treasurer (1915), a document compiled and published for the Marblehead Historical Society

A Discourse on the Disasters at Sea, September 19, 1846, delivered by Rev. Edward Lawrence, Pastor of The First Church in Marblehead, 1848

Short History of Marblehead, by Jonathan H. Orne, an excerpt from The Standard History of Essex County, compiled by the Essex Institute, 1878

Other Resources

The Louis Russell genealogy and “Marblehead Tales,” which includes two stories on Lafayette’s visit to Marblehead’s Lee Mansion.

A number of maps of Marblehead, including the 1700 Marblehead Composite Map, Harborside, an 1850 map, and interactive maps based on the research of Sidney Perley’s description of the town in 1700.

“Marblehead in the 1600s” and “Marblehead’s Maritime History: The Ship’s Pass,” presentations created by Standley Goodwin

Ship’s Passes: Vessels involved in foreign trade were required to register with their District Customs Collector. Once they had registered, Ship’s Passes were issued to them. The passes were signed by the sitting U.S. President and the Secretary of State. Some of the eighteen early Ship’s Passes in the museum’s collections have been digitized and uploaded to the website.

The Daily Genealogist Name Origin: GAD

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Staff Genealogist

GAD (m): A son of the Biblical Jacob; his mother was Zilpah (maid of Jacob’s favorite wife Rachel). Jacob’s son was also ancestor of the Hebrew tribe of Gad, first mentioned in the Book of Numbers. The prophet Gad, who assisted King David, was a different man (1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Chronicles).

I have noticed a higher incidence than usual of Gads in the Connecticut Valley. Gad Hitchcock, 15 Feb. 1765–22 June 1829, son of Noah and Silence (Burt) Hitchcock lived in Brimfield, Mass.; Gad Hunt (April 14, 1773–March 13, 1835), the son of Gad and Elisabeth (Woodward) Hunt, lived in Coventry, Connecticut. Gad Cooley (1767–1854) of Lower Canada and Mooers, N.Y., was an ancestor of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Andrew Blackmun.

Eighty men in the 1800 U.S. Federal census had the first name Gad. Seventy-nine were from New England or New York. The exception was Gad Lamb Sr. of Tioga, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, but further research revealed that he had been born in Wilbraham, Mass. (in the Connecticut Valley), Nov. 9, 1744, to Daniel and Martha (Ashley) Lamb. At this early date, use of the name Gad thus strongly suggests a New England or New York origin.

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