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The Online Genealogist: An estate for life

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you define the legal term of "Estate for Life"?  I found this in a 1768 probate from Yorkshire, England.

 

Answer: The definition of "Estate for Life" is just as it sounds.  The heir would have been able to use the property in question during their lifetime. 

 

 

The Online Genealogist: What was a Booth man.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: In 1835-1840 England I found that my ancestor was a booth man and a farmer in the parish records.  What was a booth man?

 

Answer: The occupation in England of a Boothman was that of a corn merchant.  I would suggest you search for his occupation on the early English census returns next.

 

The Online Genealogist: Warwick, Rhode Island Land and Probate

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Where will I locate 20th century probate and deeds for Warwick, Rhode Island families?

 

Answer: Probate and Deeds in Rhode Island are kept on the town level.  If you would like to contact the Probate office they can be reached probate.court@warwickri.com, or Land Records land.evidence@warwickri.com   They can also be reached by phone at (401) 738-2000 (Probate ext. 6213, and Deeds ext. 6029).


The Online Genealogist: Liberty Ships in WWII

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you refer me to a listing of the Liberty Ships in World War II?

 

Answer: My father served in the Army Engineer Construction Corps and traveled to Europe on two ships including the Charles B. Aycock.  A complete list can be found online here of the Liberty Ships: http://www.usmm.org/libertyships.html#anchor430779

 

The Online Genealogist: Pensions from the Department of Veterans Affairs

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am looking for a later issued Civil War pension. At your Civil War lecture I heard you explain about “C” or “XC” on a pension index card.  I do not recall  the reason these were not at the Archives.  I have found one I would like to request.

 

Answer: These pensions are not at the National Archives, and are under the custody of the Department of Veterans Affairs.   These are generally pensions that were considered to be closed by the year 1929.  To obtain a copy of this file write a letter to the Veteran’s Administration Freedom of Information Officer.  You will want to mention that you would like to request a pension with the permission of the Freedom of Information Act.  Supply them the soldier’s information that you have.  Make sure you state you are willing to pay the fees to copy the pension file.  Contact them at:

 

FOIA / Privacy Act Officer, Veterans Benefits Administration Officer (20M33)

Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20420


The Online Genealogist: Occupation - Band Filer in 1871 England.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: What did a "Band Filer" do for work in England in 1871.  I found this odd occupation on a British Census for my ancestors household.

 

Answer: The occupation of "Band Filer" was that of a metal worker in a gun factory, or gunsmiths shop.

 

The Online Genealogist: On a gravestone - Consort vs. Relict

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

 Question:  I recently saw in Newburyport, Mass. the gravestones of some ancestors.  It listed one as the Consort and one as the Relict of a relative.  What term does this mean, I am sorry I am new to genealogy.

 

Answer: No need to apologize.  I had the same confusion when I first saw the same type of inscription.  A CONSORT is the "wife" of a living man, and his widow would be his RELICT.

 

The Online Genealogist: New Brunswick Newspapers

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Do you have a suggestion for searching old New Brunswick Canada newspapers?

 

Answer: The late Daniel Johnson's work of vital records from New Brunswick newspapers is very well compiled.  Mr. Johnson's would publish and sell these volumes before his death in 2005.  His work is now complete and searchable on the Provincial Archives Website at: http://archives.gnb.ca/Search/NewspaperVitalStats/?culture=en-CA

 

The Online Genealogist: Boston Almshouse Records

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am looking for Boston’s Almshouse records for the 1880’s to the 1890’s.  Can you tell me where these records may be housed, or if they even survive?

 

 

Answer:  These records are well care for at the City of Boston Archives at 201 Rivermoor Street, West Roxbury, Mass.  You can call them for an appointment at tel: 617.635.1195

 

Their website is: www.cityofboston.gov/archivesandrecords. They can also be reached by email at: Archives@cityofboston.gov

 

The Online Genealogist: Library of the Society of the Cincinnatii

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

 Question: I heard that my ancestors portrait may be at the library for the Society of the Cincinnati.  Can you direct me to where they are now located?

 

Answer: The Society of the Cincinnati Library is a wonderful facility located at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.   The catalog of their holdings is available online, however you may wish to contact them directly.  This link will provide you with their contact information: http://societyofthecincinnati.org/collections/library/about

 


 

The Online Genealogist: The ABMC Services to Veterans families

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I heard you lecture on World War I and you mentioned a database for burials overseas?  I do not think I will get over there now that I am 85, and wanted to take advantage of the photo request you mentioned they offer.

 

Answer: The American Battlefield Monuments Commission will gladly photograph the gravestone of your loved one.  They will also matte it with the photograph of the cemetery and mail it, the entire cost is free.  You can make your request by first downloading and printing the form online at: http://www.abmc.gov/services/abmc7.pdf

 

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