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I am trying to find indices for the various issues of the Register.
seems to me I read some time back that these are now available on line.
can't find them! Am I just a dreamer or are they available.
Thank you for your note. The index and images for the NEHGS Register
1841-2009 can be accessed online on our website. Once you have logged in
can use this link to access the advanced search page.
You can also utilize searchable PDF files of the Register from
My wife and I want to research our New England families' ancestry--
Maxwell, Stow, Upham. Can we personally do this at your location? Is
cost involved? Thank you.
Thank you for your note. Non-members of the New England Historic
Society are welcome to come and undertake their research for a fee of
per day. If you decide you would like to become a member of NEHGS you
to 30 days to apply the $15 day fee towards membership. I would suggest
searching our online
of genealogical and historical reference materials. This allows you to
shopping list of items you may wish to examine when you arrive. This
allows you to make better use of your time at the library. We are open
public Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9-5, and on
9-9. For more information on the library you can go to our library page.
In researching my paternal grandmother's side of our family, I have come
my great-great grandfather's marriage dates but "The image is not
available." Although the "image does not exist," could the
record book be available? At the State Library of Massachusetts,
perhaps? I am
anxious to find out as it the only source which can help determine my
great-great grandmother's maiden name.
Thank you for your note. In the case of a missing image from our Mass.
Records 1841-1910 series you can request copies from the microfilm
photocopy service. Be sure to indicate the name, date, type of record
marriage), volume and page when placing your order. Learn more about our
Photocopy Service - Copies from sources in our
Library. Please provide the
book or journal article title, author, and page number/s that you need.
Use our online form to make your request. Copies
are made in accordance with copyright law. Rates are:
Copies: $.35 per page
Service Charge: Members $5.00 for
every 1-3 vital records
Non-Members $10.00 for every 1-3
Postage and Handling: $3.50 for
every 1-3 vital records
Fax Surcharge: $5.00 every 1-3 vital
Rush Charge: Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require a certified copy of
any birth, marriage or death from the aforementioned series you can
for $3.00 from the Massachusetts State Archives. The archives also has
1911-1915 available for the same certified document cost.
I do have the book Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston
The Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston 1630-1822 on CD-Rom. I
wondering what an abutter is?
In the work by Annie Haven Thwing you will find numerous transcriptions
Suffolk County deeds. These deeds will list the boundaries and abutters
plot of land owned by an individual or individuals. An abutter is the
an adjoining piece of land that borders the property described in a
The death record of one of my ancestors listed his place of burial as
Cemetery, Boston, MA. He died in 1925 in Brookline, MA. I can't find a
for that particular cemetery and was wondering if the name had been
am looking for the gravesite of Patrick Finan to obtain information on
buried with him and when.
Thank you for your note. The Calvary Cemetery has two locations you need
aware of. There is an older cemetery still in use called Mount Calvary
started in 1866, and also New Calvary Cemetery started in 1899. Both
are part of the Boston Cemetery Association.
You should contact both regarding the 1925 burial you are interested in
locating.Mount Calvary Cemetery Office
366 Cummins Highway
Roslindale, Massachusetts 02131
Calvary Cemetery Office
800 Harvard Street
Mattapan, Massachusetts 02126
My grandmother did some research back in the 1950’s which I now am going
through. Many things she cited correctly however I am uncertain on one
particular. Do you know what MAC hen a volume and page refers to? These
mostly colonial documents from Massachusetts. I know the numbers do not
correspond to the NEHGS Register.
Thank you for your note. I believe what your grandmother was referring
the Massachusetts Archives Collection. This is a collection of volumes
containing tipped in colonial documents from 1629 to 1783. These
bound into volumes in the 19th century, and are accessible on microfilm
Massachusetts State Archives. To find out more about the Massachusetts
Collection and the Mass. State Archives go to: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ARC/arcsrch/RevolutionarySearchContects.html
Could you answer a debate I have with another genealogist. They claim
a census pre-1850 that gives exact ages for families. I do not recall
seeing such a census.
Thanks for your intriguing question. Your colleague is actually
correct. The 1840 U.S. Census does list the exact age and the name for
collecting a military pension or a widow’s pension. They are often the
household, but occasionally they are listed living with another family
These names and ages appear on the second page of each enumeration
statistics for this was used to publish A census of pensioners for
revolutionary or military services, with their names, ages, and places
residence, as returned by the marshals of the several judicial
the act for taking the sixth census. (Washington, Printed by Blair
Rives, 1841). This volume can be seen online at: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/colonial/census/1840/
I am putting together the primary and secondary sources for my genealogy
finally. Are the microfilmed Maine VRs 1892-1955 considered primary, or
The vital records for the State of Maine were sent in from the City and
starting in 1892. Before that time it was up to the respective community
record vital records. The Maine VRs you mentioned are considered primary
records, since they attest to be a "true copy” of the records. To be on
the safe side I always seek out the original from the city or town. You
want to confirm that there were no clerical errors in the state copy.”
I am researching a Manley Stevens who was born at Warner, N.H. c. 1800.
at Orford, NH in 1822 for many years after that. Would there be church
at those towns? If yes would you point me to the best sources records
Thank you for your note on Church Records for Warner and Orford, N.H.
aware of what religion Mr. Stevens’s family was? I am not sure if you
aware that the First Congregational Church Records were transcribed and
available from the LDS Church. If you need to rent this microfilm you
to reference [FHL US/CAN Film: 15569 Item 11]. If this is not the
religious affiliation please let me know.
I have a record of the marriage of Edward Keeney and Patience Chadwick
in Newport, Rhode Island. The ceremony was performed by the Rev.
Eyres. How can I find out which church Mr. Eyres was connected with.
Thank you for your note. According to Frederick L. Weiss, Colonial
New England (1936) Rev. Nicholas Eyers / Ayers (b. Chipmadslade, Wilts.,
England 22 August 1691; d. at Newport, Rhode Island 13 February 1759).
served as a minister of the Second Baptist Church of Newport from
Everything seems to match with your Newport minister, but he died three
before this 1762 marriage. Rev. Gardner Thurston was the minister after
serving from 1759 until 1802. I hope this information may assist you. Is
possible the transcription of the marriage was in error?
I have heard a rumor that the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records
Statistics is changing their hours and location? Is this true?
Thank you for your note. The rumor is half correct. The location at the
moment for the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics is staying the
They are located at: 150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor, Dorchester, Mass.
building is located next to the Bayside Expo Center, in the Bayside
But the rumor is true on the hours. Effective on February 23, 2009 due
"restrictions in our budget and staffing reductions" their new hours
MONDAY: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
TUESDAY: 9:00am - 12:00pm
WEDNESDAY: NO RESEARCH HOURS
THURSDAY: 2:00pm – 4:30pm
FRIDAY: 9:00am - 12:00pm
I understand you are knowledgeable about military history. This really
is not a
genealogical question but you might know the answer. I have an old U.S.
dog tag that I dug up with a metal detector. The name is a little hard
but I am puzzled there is no serial number. How old might this dog I
Thank you for your note. Without inspecting the actual item I cannot
give a one
hundred percent answer. I can tell you that it was issued before
1918. That is when the U.S. Army implemented adding an Army serial
problem was there were too many identical names like John Smith, John
I have two relatives who I believe were on a whaling fleet out of New
Massachusetts. They disappear from the New Bedford City Directories in
1850’s. Where can I search for them?
Thank you for your note. A crew database covering the time period of
is available online from the New Bedford Public Library. This is a free
database available online at: www.whalingmuseum.org/logbooks.html
If you are interested in a photo of an image of the vessel the
Whaling Museum may be of interest. Once you discover the name of the
can see if a whaling logbook survives. To find a particular vessel in
logbook holdings go to: http://www.whalingmuseum.org/logbooks.html
A brother of my ancestors went west in the 1870’s and purchased land
government in Michigan. Is there an online source to check this or do I
write to the National Archives?
Thank you for your question. The Bureau of Land Management offers a very
website for search Land patents. Land Patents are the legal transfer of
ownership between the U.S. government and individuals. You can start
search of over by going to: www.glorecords.blm.gov/. Then click on “Search Land
Patents”. You will then be requested to enter your zip code. The
very easy to navigate around. Select the state you need then enter the
and last name of your ancestor. The search results screen will list:
Name; State & County; Issue Date; Land office location; document
and the accession serial number. You will be able to download an image
original land patent, save it to your computer and print it out. You
some cases be able to view the actual images of the Federal Land Survey
Field Notes for the individual Land Patents.
I am trying to find lists of prisoners who were held on the British
hulks in New York during the American Revolution. I have the ships'
am unable to locate specific prisoner lists except in bits and pieces. I
already tried the NYPL and New York Historical Society, and am in the
of contacting the National Archives in DC.
A good collection of the records for of American prisoners of war
covering the years
through 1793 are housed at the National Archives at Kew, England.
For your ancestor you should examine the Letters of the Admiralty
Prisoners of War (ADM 97/98 to 107, ADM 97/114/1 to 125, ADM 97/127/1
97/131). This includes petitions from prisoners. The Naval State Papers
42.57) will list some of the American seamen made prisoners of war. An
list of all American and British officers in 1781 can be found in series
Presently I would suggest you take a look at the book by Jane Cox, New
: A first time guide for family historians at the Public Record Office,
(Kew, England: PRO Publications, 1997) [NEHGS Call # Intl.
on the 1st Floor] CD1043.3/C69/1997]. The National Archives will be
two updated books and should be on the NEHGS shelves in the coming
These titles are: Stella Colwell, The National Archives – a
for family historians (February 2006), and Amanda Bevan, Tracing
Ancestors in The National Archives (March 2006). Both of these
be ordered from the bookstore on their website.
You can contact the archives at:
The National Archives
Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. England
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Can you help me sort out the division of a Massachusetts town? I am very
confused by what is the history of the Bridgewater, Plymouth Co.,
boundaries and splits of the communities. My late aunt had done
research however some of her records say North Bridgewater, West
even Brockton for the same event.
The town of Bridgewater was originally known as “Duxborrow New
until it was incorporated into a town June 3, 1656. On June 15, 1821
Bridgewater was established as North Bridgewater. North Bridgewater was
officially changed to Brockton on May 5, 1874. On February 16, 1822
portion of Bridgewater was established as the town of West Bridgewater.
finally on February 20, 1823 part of Bridgewater was established as the
A photo of mom's 1930 era Model A has a license plate that has fairly
numbers--but not the state--is there a source for tracing these old
Answer: I have never seen a
repository with early records of licensed drivers from
You may start by contacting the Dept. of Motor Vehicles in the
your mother was living at that time. From there I would ask that state
fact they archive their license plate records and their location.
My grandfather once had a beautiful map of East Boston from the 19th
This was lost years ago but I would love to find it again. This map
bird’s eye view of the East Boston landscape showing amazing detail.
would I begin to search for it?
Answer: Thank you for your
note. I had a suspicion that the Library of Congress website
might have what you are seeking. In the past I reviewed many of the
maps they had online. I believe that map you are referring to was the
drawn and published by O.H. Bailey & Company of Boston, Mass. The
quite amazing and one could easily pinpoint a 19th century family
The website where you can view and download the map is: http://memory.loc.gov/cgibin/query/h?ammem/gmd:@field(NUMBER+@band(g3764b+pm002850))
I am seeking the records of my late father who served in the U.S. Marine
from Massachusetts during the Korean War. Do you have records of
file at NEHGS?
Answer: Thank you for your
note. Being the child of a veteran you can request the
records on file from the Adjutant General’s Office. You can send an
call Michael Perna at the following address; he will be of assistance to
While examining the published set of Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors
Revolutionary War I came across a town I don't recognize. I am aware of
town of Loudon, N.H. but not a Loudon, Massachusetts? Was this a town
Maine or Massachusetts?
Answer: This community did
exist in Berkshire County Massachusetts in the 18th and
early 19th century as Loudon. The region known as Loudon, Massachusetts
to exist in 1810 when it was incorporated as the town of Otis,