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The Online Genealogist: Joining the United Empire Loyalists

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you tell me the requirements for joining the United Empire Loyalists?

Answer: According to their website this is the official criteria:Either male or female, as of 19 April 1775, a resident ofthe American colonies, and joined the Royal Standard prior to the Treaty ofSeparation of 1783, or otherwise demonstrated loyalty to the Crown, and settledin territory remaining under the rule of the Crown; or a soldier who served inan American Loyalist Regiment and was disbanded in Canada; or a member of theSix Nations of either the Grand River or the Bay of Quinte Reserve who isdescended from one whose migration was similar to that of other Loyalists.

 

 


The Online Genealogist: New Brunswick, Canada death records in the 1950's.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am looking for a death record for the sister of my great-grandfather.  She died in New Brunswick, Canada between 1950-1957.  Can you tell me what might exist to locate this record online?                                                                                                                                          Answer: The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick currently offer death records through 1961 online.  Death registration for New Brunswick begins after 1887, the following online database will allow you to also see the record: http://archives.gnb.ca/Search/VISSE/Default.aspx?culture=en-CA

The Online Genealogist: 1871 Canada Census form.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you explain to me where I can find a 1871 blank form for the Canada Census?  I have to understand some of the columns a little better.

Answer: You can download a .PDF file from the FamilySearch website for the 1871 Census form  - https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/da/Canadian_Census_Form_1871.pdf   This form is also useful for the 1881 Canada Census

 


The Online Genealogist: Occupation of a Besom Maker.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: In a parish record I find in 1756 my ancestor was a "besom maker."  I was wondering if you know what one was?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Answer: A person who was a Besom maker was a craftsman who made brooms from twigs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The Online Genealogist: A burial in Saugus, Massachusetts in 1855.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: The Massachusetts Vital Records show the death ofElizabeth Heart in Saugus in 1855. Does an index of burials in theSaugus exist?  Where is she buried?

Answer:  In the Massachusetts State records in the 1850'sthe did not list cemeteries by name the cemetery on the statecopy.  However the clerk's record in Saugus should say thecemetery.  I wrote the book A Guide to MassachusettsCemeteries, in 1855 there would have been only two cemeteriesfor Saugus.

The Old First Parish Cemetery (aka) Center Cemetery (est. 1741)located on Main Street in Monument Square.  NEHGS has amanuscript of some of the inscriptions in our Archives -[CallNumber - MS70/SAU/10].

Riverside Cemetery (est. 1844), 164 Winter Street.  Thiscemetery would no doubt be the likely location.  They can bereached by telephone at 781-231-4170.


The Online Genealogist: Abbreviations for Mass. Vital Records to 1850.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: While reviewing old photocopies my aunt made from the Mass. Vital Records series to 1850, I am a little puzzled.  What do the abbreviations: C.R., G.R., G.S., and P.R. stand for?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Answer: Those abbreviations stand for a variety of sources outside of town clerk vital records.  Often when vital records were not available the author(s) would utilize the following: C.R. = Church records; G.R. = Gravestone Record; also G.S = Grave Stone Record; and P.R. = Private record (usually a family bible or account book owned privately by a local family).

The Online Genealogist: Pension Acts of the 1870's relating to the War of 1812

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am curious if you can define the pension acts passed for War of 1812 veterans in the 1870's?  I understand this is when my ancestor qualified, but I am not sure under what criteria.

 

Answer: The following is a definition of the Pension Acts of 1871 and 1878.

 

The Pension Act of 1871 provided pensions for veterans who served at a minimum sixty days.  It also permitted pensions for widows if they had married before 1815.   The Pension Act of 1878 provided pensions for veterans who served at least fourteen days.  This was also applicable to widows of veterans with that minimum service. 

 


The Online Genealogist: Gravestone abbreviation - Æt.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am brand new to genealogy and I am puzzled by an abbreviation.  I went to an old cemetery looking for an ancestor's gravestone.  Once in awhile I saw the abbreviation AET - with the AE next to each other.  What does this represent?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Answer: This abbreviation Æt. stand for the word Aetatis "at the age of."  An inscription might read - John Smith died February 19, 1784, Æt. 74 years.  John therefore died at the age of 74 years.

The Online Genealogist: Boston Selectmen Records 1810's

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealoogist

Question: I am in search of Boston Selectmen records from 1810-1819.  Can you advise if I will find these at NEHGS?

Answer: The published records of the Boston Selectmen from 1799-1810 are published in The Boston Record Commissioners Reports (vol. 33), and the records 1811-1818 (vol. 38), and 1818-1822 (vol. 39).  You can locate these records at NEHGS on the Fifth Floor Local History library under call # F73.1/B74


The Online Genealogist: What was a London Lighterman?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: In a London City directory for 1835 I find my ancestor listed with an unusual occupation.  He was listed as a Lighterman, what was that for an occupation in 1835?                                                                                                                                                                                       Answer:  A lighterman was the occupation of one who brought goods from a vessel to shore, on a flat barge.

The Online Genealogist: Thomas Macy of Nantucket Island

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I recently found out I am related to Thomas Macy of Nantucket from the seventeenth century.  I hate relying on online information, so I hope NEHGS can tell me the latest published material on him.

Answer: I believe you are referring to the Thomas Macy who died on the Island of Nantucket in 1682.  You will want to see the following work on Macy in the book by William Jessup Cleaver, The Ancestry of Allen Grinnell Cleav er and Martha Irene Jessup: 172 Allied Families (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1989), pgs. 618-623.


The Online Genealogist: Who was the Out Crier in my family tree?

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you tell me why my ancestor was paid a fee of £3in 1718 for being an Out Crier?  It sounds like the fable of the little boythat criedwolf.                

 

Answer: The occupation name "Out crier" is no longer commonlyused anymore.  However the current occupation for anAuctioneer is still very popular in this century.  He was paid £ 3 for his services in 1718 to carry out an auction no doubt.

 


The Online Genealogist: Indiana divorce during the Civil War.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I believe my Civil War ancestor returned from the war and filed for divorce.  This was from his first wife, and was shortly thereafter married to my ancestor in 1865.  I am having a cousin in Indiana check into this.  But I am not sure what court to look at.

 

Answer:  Divorce proceedings were filed with the county circuit courts. Within the circuit court of the county, the Court of Common Pleas handled divorces from 1853 to 1873. If you provide me with the county I can get you an address for your cousin.


The Online Genealogist: Quaker Cemetery in Mattapoisett, Mass.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you tell me if there is an early Quaker cemetery in the town of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.  My ancestors farm was nearby, and I suspect they were members.

 

Answer: There is a Quaker cemetery in that town called the Mattapoisett Friends Meeting House Cemetery on Marion Road.  The cemetery was started in 1827, and was originally located in Rochester, Mass.  The town of Mattapoisett was incorporated from Rochester, Mass. in 1857.

 

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