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Looking for a divorce in Arkansas during the Great Depression.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  My great-aunt is rumored to have married and divorced in Arkansas during the Great Depression.  If I do not know the county can I still get the record statewide?

 

Answer:  According to the Arkansas Department of Vital Records you can obtain a record of divorce from them.  They maintain records of divorces for Arkansas since 1923.  For more information go online to: http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/certificatesVitalRecords/Pages/MarriageandDivorceRecords.aspx


What was a Jagger in 17th Century England?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I noticed on my ancestors 1659 burial record his occupation is listed as a "jagger".  I am not sure what this was, or if it was an old cause of death.

 

Answer: Jagger is a surname now derived from an occupation.  A jagger's occupation was one who sold fish in an open market, or off a boat.


Massachusetts Archaeological Society

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I know there are many Archaeological journals for English history, but has there ever been one for Native American studies in Massachusetts.  I understand the late Russell Gardner published some accounts of my Native American ancestry in such a publication.

 

Answer:  The publication I am certain you are referring to is the Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.  They are based out of Middleboro, Massachusetts, and have their museum and offices there.  I knew the late Russell Gardner and I recall that he was associated as a member like I have been with this organization.  They have scanned into PDF format all their bulletins from 1939-2010.  Most of the content is regarding the rich archaeological past of of Massachusetts, but social anthropological and genealogical topics are included.  To order the CD-Rom of the Bulletin or get more information reach them online at www.massarchaeology.org


G.A.R. Records from Dedham, Massachusetts

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I have a relative who lived in Dedham, Massachusetts after the Civil War.  I am trying to locate the records of the Grand Army of the Republic post for that town, can you help me?

 

Answer:  The Dedham Historical Society at 612 High Street in Dedham has the records you seek.  In their possession is the biographical sketch book of all members of Massachusetts G.A.R. Post # 144 (Charles Carroll Post).  They can be reached at 781-326-1385, or online at www.dedhamhistorical.org

 

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Researching Torpedo Boats in the early 20th century.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I have been researching the reference in my ancestor's military file that he served on "TB-15".   I am not entirely sure of what the vessel was can you assist me?

 

Answer:  The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/ lists the "TB-15" as Torpedo Boat No. 15 the Talbot. The Talbot was constructed and launched in 1897, and was sold for scrap in 1944.  To learn more about this vessel go online to:  http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/tb15.htm


Researching families in Colonial Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I was advised at one point about a typescript on early Portsmouth, New Hampshire families in the 18th century.  Can you tell me what I need to search when I come to the library on Saturday?

 

Answer:  The collection you will want to examine is on microfilm in the NEHGS Microtext Library (4th floor).  The compilation by Agnes Bartlett from the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, N.H.  The call number for this New Hampshire collection on microfilm is - F44/P8/P67.


Middleton, Massachusetts Cemeteries in the 18th century.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: This summer I am planning a trip to Middleton, Massachusetts.  Can you advise me where the 18th century local cemeteries are I might visit?

 

Answer:  The first place I would contact is the Middleton Cemetery Department.  They can advise you if a cemetery needs to be unlocked, and perhaps if they have burial records.  The following cemeteries I have identified as 18th century burial grounds that you may choose to vist - Jacob Fuller Cemetery (1779) South Main Street; Oak Dale Cemetery (1748) Main Street; Old Fuller Family Burying Ground (1738) Mt. Vernon Street; Old Richardson Burying Ground (1798) located at Haswell Park; the Tomb of the family of Rev. Elias Smith (1775); Symonds Burying Ground (1778) on Thomas Road. The Middleton Cemetery Department can be reached at (978)-777-0407.


Records from the Pitts Street Chapel of Boston, Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you tell where the records of the Pitts Street Chapel that operated in Boston are now?

 

Answer:  The former Pitts Street Chapel records are now in the basement archives of Boston City Hall.  The records 1835-1845 have been microfilmed by the Family History Library and can be rented from NEHGS.  The reference to the microfilm is FHL 856702 Item 4.  The Chapel structure stood near where Boston City Hall.  This link will show you an image from the Boston Public Library Collection taken ca. 1860 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/5474352390/sizes/o/in/set-72157625975297662/


What did a Matchet Forger do for work?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I came across an occupation in a 17th century English Last Will & Testament.  Can you tell me What was a Matchet Forger did for work?

 

Answer:  The job of the Matchet Forger was to make knives.  This occupation and others from early English records I reference occasionally from a website: http://www.worldthroughthelens.com/family-history/old-occupations.php


Early Fall River, Massachusetts census and town records before 1800.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am confused why I can not find Fall River, Massachusetts in the 1790-1800 U.S. Census?  Was this lost in a fire at some point?  Also finding early town records appears to be difficult for me as well.

 

Answer:  Fall River became a town from Freetown, Massachusetts in 1803.  This will explain why are not finding pre-1803 town records, and also the pre-1810 federal census for Fall River.


Old cemetery in Mendon, Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealoist

Question:  I have a diary reference to an ancestor buried at the old cemetery on the Providence Road in Mendon, Massachusetts.  Can you identify it from that description?

 

Answer:  The only cemetery I have listed on the Providence Road in Mendon is Pine Hill Cemetery. Pine Hill dates back to 1757, and NEHGS has two manuscripts of the inscriptions.  You can also find some of the inscriptions in the Vital Records of Mendon, Mass. to the year 1850, under the source G.R. 8.


Early Canadian Passenger lists in 1840's.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I believe that my Irish ancestors came in the 1830's and mid 1840's into New Brunswick Canada.  What surviving arrival records are there in Canada I can check.

 

Answer:  Sadly the records of the Famine era into New Brunswick may have been lost.  There are records for some passenger vessels manifests recorded in the 1830' from the Customs House in St. John, N.B. online at: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/saintjohnindex.htm


1837 Census of Porland, Maine

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  You mentioned Montana State Census, can you tell me where I can find an early state census for Portland, Maine prior to the Civil War?

 

Answer:  In 1837 tbhere was a household census for seven wards in Portland.  It is not online, however you can examine it at the Maine State Archives in Augusta, Maine.  Their is also one for Bangor, and the Maine Historical Society in Portland has the Eliot, Maine census for that year.  If there were other communities for this unique census it is unclear what became of them.  The families were arranged by head of household, and then by age category for those under 4 years of age, and those 4 to 21, and those that were over 21 years old.


Finding a Montana State Census substitute for 1864.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I understand there was a census or sorts taken during the Civil War in Montana.  Can you tell me how to locate it?

 

Answer:  At the time of the October election of 1864 a poll of registered voters was taken.  This has not been filmed by the LDS Church, however can be accessed by contact the Montana Historical Society Library in Helena, Montana. http://mhs.mt.gov/


Selectmen records from West Newbury, Mass.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealoist

Question: My ancestor was appointed a Selectmen in the 1830’s in West Newbury, Massachusetts.  Where can I find about his being appointed to this town office?

 

Answer:   I would suggest renting the LDS Microfilm for the Town Records of West Newbury.   The microfilm I would suggest you examine is titled “Proceedings of town meetings, 1819-1856” on Family History Library microfilm  FHL US/CAN Film 890241 Items 1-2. NEHGS can be contracted to rent or any other Family History Library microfilm for your use, please call 617-226-1239.


Divorces in Massachusetts during the 1870's.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:

I have sought divorce records for years without success. I am looking for the divorce of Jeremiah Lucius and Mary (Field) Lucius in the 1870’s.  He never remarried but she married an Edward Saltus in the 1870’s. They are found living in Worcester county and she and her second husband in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.  To file for divorce in that period, where would the case be filed?

 

Answer: All divorces in Massachusetts prior to 1922 were handled by the Supreme Judicial Court.  To make a request for a divorce you will need to specify the county and the date range.   All requests are handled by Elizabeth Bouvier, Archivist of the Supreme Judicial Court Archives. 

 

Elizabeth Bouvier, Archivist

Judicial Archives

16th Floor

High Rise Courthouse

3 Pemberton Square

Boston, MA 02108

 


Church records of Deerfield, Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Onlilne Genealogist

Question:  Recently I was at NEHGS and copied pages from the Vital Records of Deerfield, Massachusetts to the year 1850.  I suppose I should have read the pages more carefully.  I am at a loss as to the abbreviations I have found.  Can you tell me what source in the book that CR2 and CR4 is referring to?

 

Answer: The abbreviation C.R. generally refers to Church Records as a source in published vital records.  In the Deerfield book you used the following are the abbreviations for the Church Records: C.R.1 = First Congregational Church; C.R. 2 = Second Congregational Church, South Deerfield; C.R. 3 = Monument Church, South Deerfield; and C.R. 4 = Orthodox Congregational Church. 


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