New and Upcoming Additions to NEHGS Database Collections
A list of recent updates to our online databases
Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest in the field. A wide variety of genealogies and source material have been published in the Register for over 160 years, with an emphasis on New England. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal, and many more are referred to incidentally.
A 64-page magazine published by NEHGS beginning in 2010, American Ancestors appeals to family historians of all levels. Major topics include useful sources, helpful research strategies, compelling historical accounts, and interesting case studies.
These abstracts were created from the online newspaper images of America’s Historical Newspapers, Early American Newspapers Series 1, 1690-1876 and from newspapers reviewed at the Library of Congress and the Library at Dartmouth College, by NEHGS member Sean Furniss. This database holds more than 21,000 records. The information provided consists solely of abstracts. These abstracts are not exact transcriptions of the wording that was used in the original printed publications. The spelling of the names and words in the abstracts was generally left the same way the names were spelled in the newspapers articles. Readers are encouraged to review the actual publications to obtain the exact text and wording from the original printed versions. Date, page, and column number citations are provided for each abstract.
Norfolk County was established in 1793 primarily from towns then located in Suffolk County. The index to the probate records was published in 1910, covering the years 1793 to 1900. Information in the index includes year of record, name, residence, type (or nature) of probate, and case number.
This study project by Scott Andrew Bartley contains modified Register-style genealogical sketches for every identifiable head of household who resided within the present-day borders of Vermont by the year 1784. A list of children, their spouse(s), and all their known vital records accompanies each sketch. The research to date has shown that the head of household occasionally died outside of Vermont and many of the children moved from Vermont to New York, Ohio, and states further west.
This database contains genealogical sketches of families enumerated in the 1790 census for Berkshire and Hampshire Counties (in what now also includes Franklin and Hampden Counties). Each sketch begins with the head of household, their genealogical information, followed by their spouse and any further biographical information. Following this is the information about their children and their spouses. Many families migrated into western Massachusetts only to migrate further west, often through New York, and elsewhere. These sketches were submitted by NEHGS members and staff and edited by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG. Our database will be enlarged over time thanks to the submitted contribution of NEHGS members and staff.
The Early New England Families Study Project has been created to fill the need for accurate and concise published summaries on seventeenth-century New England families. Using Clarence Almon Torrey’s bibliographic index of early New England marriages and its recent successors as a guide, our goal is to compile authoritative and documented sketches to be published in searchable format on AmericanAncestors.org and, potentially, in a series of books. Following the work of Robert Charles Anderson in the Great Migration Study Project, the Early New England Families Study Project will, in the next decades, deal with more than 35,000 marriages.