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Standard Guest Databases
- Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850
- Social Security Death Index
- Irish Immigrant Advertisements, 1831-1920
- New York Wills, 1626-1836
- Index of Revolutionary War Pensioners
- New England Ancestors Magazine
- American Ancestors Magazine
- Rhode Island Roots journal
- Mass Historical Data Relating to Cities and Towns
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