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Ask a Genealogist: Worcester, Mass. marriages online.

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Question:

When I search for Worcester, Massachusetts marriages I only find Worcester County?  I am trying to locate members of a particular family in the city of Worcester in the Mass. Vital Records 1841-1915.

Answer:

When you search the Mass. Vital Records 1841-1915 for Worcester, Mass. you will want to enter in: Worcester, Worcester.  This is also true for Norfolk in Norfolk Co., and any other towns which have the same name as the county.

Ask a Genealogist: Portsmouth, N.H. Family Research.

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Question: Do you have any suggestions for researching my 18th century ancestors in Portsmouth, New Hampshire?

Answer: NEHGS offers published histories of Portsmouth on the 5th floor. For primary sources you can examine Portsmouth vital records on microfilm, and you may want to examine Rockingham County Probates and Deeds for Portsmouth pre-1771. At NEHGS we also have a typescript collection by Agnes Bartlett on microfilm. This collection is simply called Portsmouth Family Records. It is on three rolls of 35mm microfilm located on the 4th floor at NEHGS. The call number for this collection is F44.P8 P67.


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: 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: No Marriage Intention Recorded

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I have reviewed some early Massachusetts published vital records and found some ancestors marriages recorded. It states "intention not recorded". If the intention was not recorded I would like to know how the information was compiled ?  Is there any record that may house more information such as grooms parents name for a marriage listed, but not recorded?

 

Answer: In this case the intention of marriage was not recorded in that town.  In many cases the marriage intention was filed in the town of the groom or the bride.  Prior to 1850 an intention of marriage in Massachusetts would list the names of both parties, and the date of the intention.  If the person was African-American or Indian this may be indicated, if they were someone’s slave they will list the slave owner.  But the only other fact you see is the residence of the other person if they were not living in the town the intention was filed at.  Only on a rare occasion when the bride or groom is underage is a parent listed giving their permission in the early records.


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