One of my more popular lectures, or at least one often
delivered, is a general description of NEHGS holdings on New England. Since we
own only somewhat less than everything in print on this region, I have also
labelled this lecture "The New England Core in Print." Much of it--the best
classic genealogies, the best town histories, the best journals, and the best
19th century immigration material-- have been covered in the last four columns.
Even more--on new compendia and databases, English origins, royal descents,
Mayflower sources, multi-ancestor works, and new "town"
genealogies--are covered in the bibliographical essay on recent progress in 17th
century genealogy which I contributed to the Sesquicentennial issue (Oct. 1996)
of the Register. Another section, on new sources for the 1750-1850
"century of lost ancestors" became the article I submitted to the 75th
anniversary issue (Aug-Oct. 1997) of The American Genealogist. The
major other sections of this talk cover what might be called printed primary
records--vital data, census indexes and transcriptions, and will indexes and
abstracts. Our census holdings I can briefly summarize as all of New England
through 1910 (with Soundex Indexes for the 1880 and 1910) plus NH through
1920. We have some of the 1910 census for the rest of the country, much
material through 1850, and films for scattered other states. Copies of all New
England censuses, 1790-1920, plus all Soundexes, are at the local federal
records and archives center (the National Archives) in Waltham.