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What were the 1855 boundaries of Boston's (Ward 1 & 2) in Boston.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: What were the 1855 boundaries of Boston's (Ward 1 & 2) in Boston.

 

Answer: NEHGS has microfiche of Boston City Directories 1789-1981.  In the 1855 Boston City Directory (p. 373) are listed the boundaries of all ten wards of Boston.  In regards to the specific two you requested:

 

WARD 1.  "Beginning at the water, on the southerly side of the Eastern Packet Pierl thence across Commercial Street to Richmond Street, across Hanover Street to Salem Street; thence by the centre of Cooper Street, crossing Charlestown Street to Beverly Street; thence by the centre of Beverly to Causeway Street; thence across Causeway Street, and in the same direction with Beverly Street, to the water; thence by the water to the point begun at"

 

WARD 2 : "All East Boston and the islands"


Loyalist resources in Fredericton, N.B., Canada.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Next spring I am planning a trip to New Brunswick to research my Loyalist ancestors home sites.  Can you recommend a research facility near Fredericton besides the Archives?

 

Answer:  You will want to also visit while at the Archives the nearby Harriet Irving Library on the campus of the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.  They have over 4,100 microfilms and microfiche relating to Loyalists from Atlantic Canada.  They can be reached online at www.lib.unb.ca/collections/loyalist.


In search of the meaning of an occupation from the English Census of 1861.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  In the 1861 Census of England I find my ancestor was a "Ponderater" for his occupation.  Can you explain what this might have been for a job?

 

Answer:  Your ancestor's job as a Ponderator was to be the inspector of weights and measures.  This occupation and other old occupations can be found online at:  http://www.worldthroughthelens.com/family-history/old-occupations.php


Church records at the Archives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am looking for a variety of Catholic and Anglican church records for Nova Scotia.  I have used the films at NEHGS, however I am trying to plan a trip this fall to do some research myself in Nova Scotia.  Can you offer some suggestions?

 

Answer:  The Archives of Nova Scotia at 6016 University Avenue in Halifax is a good place to start.  They have a database of their microfilm holdings of church records online at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/churches/   Do note that you can only examine and make notes from the records.  If you present a letter of permission from the church in question you can make microfilm copies at .50 cents per page when you visit.  You can also obtain a listing of the Anglican, Catholic and other church archives contacts online at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/churches/churches.asp


Researching 19th century undertaker records.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you tell me what sort of details a typical 19th century New England undertaker would record on a client.

 

Answer:  I have seen some examples of early receipts from 19th century undertakers in probate cases.  If you are lucky enough to locate one the files or the ledger books of an undertaker may be very rewarding.  Generally a simple ledger book recording the name and the cost of the funeral is typical.  In some cases details regarding the location of the burial and the inventory of funerary items and services.


In search of a gravestone for an ancestor buried on Martha's Vineyard Island.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I was planning a trip to Martha's Vineyard for later this month.  Can you advise me as to how I can find a gravestone from 1711 for my ancestor John Coffin?

 

Answer:  The early cemeteries have long been online to search before www.findagrave.com was even available.  The Tower Hill Cemetery in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard is where his gravestone still stands.  For a direct link to his gravestone go online to: http://history.vineyard.net/cemetery/th/th29.htm   Incidentally he was the brother of my ancestor, and the son of Tristram and Dionis (Stevens) Coffin.


What was an Arkwright in 18th century England?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  What was the occupation of an Arkwright?  I saw this in an inventory from 1705 in England.

 

Answer: An Arkwright was a craftsman who made wooden chests.


Looking for my ancestor the printer in Providence, R.I.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am trying to determine if there might be business records for my ancestor John Locklin of England in the 19th century.  He was a newspaper printer in Providence, R.I. in the 19th century.

 

Answer:  At NEHGS we have a volume in our collection with the title - Printers and Printing in Providence 1762-1907 (Providence: Prividence Typographical Union, n.d.) [Call # RI/PRO/23 (old classification)].  This book has biographies and work histories of printers in the appendix.  Included is one for your ancestor - JOHN J. LOCKLIN, born Lancashire, England, Feb. 8, 1854; learned printing at Journal Job office, beginning in 1869; initiated into Providence Union July 13, 1872; worked on Evening Press and in Journal office; now employed at latter office.  If you would like a photocopy of this page please send a request online at: http://web1.americanancestors.org/form.aspx?ekfrm=75


The Dower Right of Hannah Jones in the 18th century.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am trying to understand what my ancestor Hannah Jones' 18th century Dower right gave her.

 

Answer:  Your ancestor Hannah Jones' was given this right because she was a widow.  The dower right was her legal portion given from her husband's estate.  This portion of the estate was her possession during her lifetime.


Looking in cemeteries in Prince Edward Island.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am looking for gravestone inscriptions from Prince Edward Island Canada.  Can you offer a source I can check when I visit NEHGS?

 

Answer: The first place I would check is the microfilm of the P.E.I. Master Name Index which has typed index cards containing many inscriptions from local cemeteries. The call number for these sixty rolls of microfilm are CS88.P74 P7 1985.  We also have a large collection of published resources for P.E.I. that will contain inscriptions as well.


Early settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am trying to locate a list of the original inhabitants of Newbury, Massachusetts from the 1630-1650 era. 

 

Answer: A listing of those settlers arriving earliest to Newbury can be found on the website for The Sons & Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury.  One of many of my own ancestors is on this list of the earliest proprietors before December 1642.  Those from the earliest settlement are indicated with a red font online at: http://sonsanddaughtersofnewbury.org/


A Leominster, Massachusetts Cemetery search.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I found a funeral home record that states my ancestor was buried in Leominster, Massachusetts at the "Main Street Burying Ground" in 1897.  Can you clarify where this cemetery is located and how to contact them?  I live in Idaho and may visit this location when I come to New England in the fall.

 

Answer:  The only cemetery I have in my book A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (Boston, NEHGS, 2009) that fits your description is the Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster.  This cemetery is located at 357 Main Street, and was opened in 1842.  You can call the cemetery office at 978-534-75834.  Some of the inscriptions are included in the book by Esther K. Whitcomb, Inscriptions from Burial Grounds of the Nashaway Towns: Lancaster, Harvard, Bolton, Leominster, Sterling, Berlin, West Boylston, and Hudson, Massachusetts. (Bowie, MD, Heritage Books, 1989) - NEHGS call number  F74/L2/I57/1989.


Daniel Thurston family of Newbury, Massachusetts for an online database.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I was thinking about working on a database of all the descendants of my Newbury, Massachusetts colonist.  His name is Daniel Thurston and I have already started to scan the old 1892 genealogy.  Do you think there would be much demand?

 

Answer:  Your idea is a very good idea.  However you may wish to team up your efforts with another genealogist who has over 10,000 entries online at: http://thurston_family.tripod.com/daniel.htm   I am almost certain they might like the assistance.


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