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Ask a Genealogist: Revolutionary War Pension records at NEHGS

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Question:

When I visit NEHGS this week will I be able to research the pension files of my Revolutionary War soldiers?  Or do I need to order microfilm ahead of time.

Answer:

NEHGS offers many subscription databases for you to utilize during your visit to our research center in Boston.  Any patron computer will have access to FOLD3, and HeritageQuest. Both of these websites have images of the Revolutionary War pensions.  The images offered on FOLD3 are a much sharper resolution, and contain the entire file itself.

Ask a Genealogist: Looking for a cemetery in Conway, Massachusetts.

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Question:

I have a letter written in 1912 that states my ancestors were buried in an old Polish district cemetery in Conway, Massachusetts. Since my family was not Polish I confused why and where the cemetery is.

Answer:

In Conway, Massachusetts there is a part of town referred to as the Poland District. On East Guinea Road (in the Poland District) of Conway is a cemetery with two names.  One name is the Southwest Cemetery, and the other is the Poland District Cemetery.  I believe strongly this is the cemetery you seek.  NEHGS has two manuscripts for gravestone transcriptions for this cemetery: Call # MS70/CON/22, and MSS/SL/CON/20b.  You may also find some birth and death dates from these gravestones in the Vital Records of Conway, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1943) under reference G.R. 6.
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