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1754 Slave Census for Massachusetts

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I recently read a book by Alexandra Chan, Ten Hills Farm, about slavery in New England.  She accessed the Massachusetts 1754 slave census, and I wonder if you have that resource. If not, do you know where I might access it?

 

Answer:

The Massachusetts Slave Census of 1754 is a statistical census that enumerated only adult male and female slaves.  This was a return by each town of the whole number of slaves, they did not name slaves by name.  The names at the bottom of the document are the names of the Selectmen reporting, not the slave owners.  This census is available on microfilm from the Massachusetts State Archives - http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arccol/colidx.htm

 

 


Seeking early families of North Bridgewater, Mass.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am looking for my Holbrook family from Brockton, Massachusetts in the 1860's.  Can you refer me to a good history of that community to help me?

 

Answer:  The city of Brockton was not always known by that name.  Until 1874 Brockton was North Bridgewater, Massachusetts.   Bradford Kingman authored a good genealogy of families and history of the community in a volume at NEHGS.  You will want to refer to:

History of North Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts : from its first settlement to the present time, with family registers. (Boston, 1866) Call # [F74.N812 K56 1866a].


Clark's Alley in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts in the 1820's.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I have a question for you. John Bartley was a tailor in Boston for many years.  For several years his shop was located on Pearl Street.  However the 1829 Boston Directory has his establishment located on Clark's Alley for which I am having difficulty locating. 

     

Answer: 

The area you mention was located in the North End of Boston near 170 North Street.  According to A Record of the Streets, Alleys, Places, Etc. in the City of Boston. (Boston, 1910), p. 116.    

Clark’s Alley, Boston (1824) from Hanover Street to Ann (now North) Street, south of Richmond Street; confirmed as a public way, Sept. 15, 1834; a portion near Hanover Street now built over and the remainder [in 1910] was called Keith’s alley [in] 1868. 

 


Eccesiastical Records at the Massachusetts State Archives.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I recently located an an early reference to the history of my church.  It appears that it may be from a record at the State Archives.  This seemed to relate to a series of records on religious mattersto churches in the 18th century in Massachusetts?

 

Answer: I worked at the Massachusetts State Archives in the late 1980's and I recall the collection you mean.  It is part of the Mass. Archives Collecton under "Ecclesiastical" covering 1637-1774 in five volumes.

Volume 10: Ecclesiastical, 1637-1679; Volume 11: Ecclesiastical, 1679-1739; Volume 12: Ecclesiastical, 1739-1749; Volume 13: Ecclesiastical, 1749-1756; Volume 14: Ecclesiastical, 1757-1774.  There is a searchable index to these records on the Mass. State Archives website at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ArchivesSearch/RevolutionarySearch.aspx


World War I Medal from Pennsylvania

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  While going through my ancestors belongings I located his Pennsylvania World War I medal.  How can I find out the details on his receiving this?

 

Answer: To located the records you seek contact the Pennsylvania State Archives.  They have the application files for these World War I medals available in the archives.  The following description from their website describes this particular record group. "These cards were originally submitted by veterans and their survivors who applied for service medals in accordance with the Act of April 21, 1937, P.L. 331, Sections 1 and 2. Information provided about each veteran consists of name and serial number, place of residence at time of entry into service, date and place the veteran entered into service, rank, military unit to which attached, place and date of honorable discharge, and the signature of the applicant. Also present are the initials of the person by whom the remittance was received and of the person acting on behalf of the Adjutant General, and each card is stamped with the date of approval. The reverse side of each card shows the name of the veteran or survivor applying for the medal, and the residence to which the medal was to be mailed". 

 

For more information on these cards and how to reach the Pennsylvania State Archives go online to: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/military_records/3186/world_war_i/388672


A Fewterer and his occupation in early England history.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: In the 1712 probate of my ancestor from England he leaves money to a friend.  This friend's occupation is one I have never heard of before a "phewturer".  Have you heard of this before?

 

Answer:  The occupation you list as "phewturer" is no dount the occupation of a "Fewterer"  A fewterer was the man who was the keeper of the dogs used in hunting, such as fox hunts.  There is a Fewterers Guild online has a brief history available at: http://www.fewterersguild.org/history.php


Searching for Lynn, Massachusetts City Directories.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am searching for my ancestors who lived in Lynn, Massachusetts in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Does NEHGS have any of these available online or in the library?

 

Answer: NEHGS has a collection of Lynn, Mass. city directories covering the years 1841-1965.  These are not online however you can use them on microfiche in our Microtext library.  We have the ability for you to scan to a CD-Rom of flash drive, or print the pages you desire.  The call number for this collection of microfiche is F74/L98/1981.


Looking for members of the New York Grand Lodge of Masons.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  How can I search on American Ancestors for various ancestors that were New York Masons?

 

Answer: NEHGS only has the database of Masons from Massachusetts since 1733.  However you can obtain Masonic records from the Grand Secretary's Office.  The New York records are not open for free however.  There is a $35.00 fee for a genealogical search from the Grand Lodge of New York.  For more information go online to: http://www.nymasoniclibrary.org/library/genealogy.htm


Catholic Cemetery search in Oxford, Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I received a death record from 1871 from Oxford, Massachusetts.  However I am unclear as to what Catholic cemeteries exist in that town.  As the author of a book on Massachusetts Cemeteries I thought you might be able to help.

 

Answer: In Oxford there is only one Catholic cemetery.  St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery was consecrated in 1858.  It is located Federal Hill Road in Oxford, and the records are held by the rectory.  You can contact St. Roch's Rectory at  (508) 987-8987.


Funeral Home Records in San Francisco before the Great Earthquake.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I heard you mention at a lecture one time about locating online records for funeral homes in San Francisco.  My question is regarding the years it actually covers?  Do any funeral home records survive the great earthquake of the early 20th century?

 

Answer:  Yes the Funeral home records I speak of are on Ancestry.com  The records cover 1895-1985 for some of the San Francisco funeral homes.  If you visit NEHGS we offer access in our research center to search this and other online databases.


Hebronville, Massachusetts - looking at Bristol County, Massachusetts for answers.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  In 1893 my ancestor was married in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He was twenty-nine years old and his birthplace and residence is listed as Hebronville.  I have heard of Hebron, Conn. but since there was no other state listed I assume it must be in Massachuetts?  Do you know of this community?

 

Answer:  Thank you for your note.  I had not heard of this before, nor had my colleague David C. Dearborn.  It turns out this little community is a section of Attleboro, Bristol Co., Massachusetts according to a 19th century listing.  Sometime a Question of the Day can even educate the staff who has to answer it.


Images of Massachusetts Births 1953 to 1986 at the Department of Vital Statistics

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Is it true that the Registry of Vital Records has digitized some of the Birth records and have them online?

 

Answer:  They have scanned all the births recorded in Massachusetts from 1953 to 1986. They are not online for searching however.  The records are on an intranet at the Mass. Department of Vital Records for researchers.  You can not print or save them, however these are clear PDF image scans. For more information on the hours and location and fees go to: http://www.mass.gov/dph/rvrs


From Milkman to Trolley Conductor in Roxbury.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: In 1896 my James Kenney was a milkman, and in 1900 he is listed as a Conductor for the B.E.R.R.?  I am not sure what he may have been in charge of?

 

Answer: In 1900 your ancestor was an employee of the Boston Elevated Railroad / Railway.  It was the parent organization of the "T" which many visitors today use the Green Line subway to reach NEHGS.  This streetcar line was operational only a few years when your ancestor went to work for it.  Before that time it was a horse drawn railway, before the streetcars became a common sight on the Boston streets.


Civil War Soldiers who received the Medal of Honor.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you refer me to a place to research a Civil War Medal of Honor winner?  I am looking for a couple Massachusetts soldiers.

 

Answer:  A quick reference to those in the Civil War who obtain that honor is on the National Parks website.  This site is commonly used to search soldiers and brieft military histories of units. You can find a listing of Civil War Medal of Honor reciepients at: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/medals.htm


Whaling Ships from New England

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  One of my ancestors served on a Whaling vessel in New Bedford in the 19th century.  Do you know where I can see one when I visit New England this summer?

 

Answer:  The vessel I would refer you to see is at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.  However the CHARLES W. MORGAN whaling ship is under renovations at the moment.  To find out more go online to: http://www.mysticseaport.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=FCF87004-65B8-D398-72F3FBDB1166241C


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