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Search our Probate Databases for Free - This week our probate databases are available for free to everyone.  We have 32 databases which fall under the Court, Land, and Probate Records category.  We’ve pulled together some material to better help you understand these collections on americanancestors.org/features/probate. Get a clear definition of what a probate record is, and how they can help be...
Bristol County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1880 - We are now offering a new database, Bristol County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1880.  This database was created from digital images contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. The collection contains the records of 29,531 Bristol County probate cases filed between 1686 and 1880. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and...
Update to Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 - We have added six new sketches to Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. This database focuses on families listed in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, an area which includes parts of modern Franklin and Hampden counties as well.  Sketches are submitted by NEHGS researchers and members and edited by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG,...
New Middleborough and Florida, Massachusetts records - We’ve updated Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850.   Middleborough – V1 and Middleborough – V2 are now searchable by parents’ and spouse’s names.  Florida – V1 is new, containing births, marriages and deaths. The Middleborough records come from Barbara Lambert Merrick and Alicia Crane Williams’s Middleborough, Massachusetts Vital Records, a compilation of transcribed records originally...
Update to North American Cemetery Transcriptions - Ten new volumes have been added to the North American Cemetery Transcriptions from NEHGS Manuscripts database covering cemeteries in Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire. Our hard-working volunteers have captured over 1,700 page images, 50,000 records and 200,000 searchable names in this update! Through these efforts, you can now view and search these new volumes: CT,...
New sketches: Early Vermont Settlers to 1784 - Early Vermont Settlers to 1784 now has five new sketches, enumerated below.  This database focuses on families that lived in Vermont prior to the end of the Revolutionary War, as identified in Donald Alan Smith’s thesis “Legacy of Dissent: Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Vermont 1749 to 1784” (Clark U., Ph.D., 1980). These five new...
Update to Hampshire County Probate File Papers - This update to the Hampshire County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1660-1889 adds 6,538 additional case records and 175,000 individual file papers.  This database is possible through our collaboration with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives and the Hampshire County Probate & Family Court.  The collection contains the records of Hampshire County probate cases filed between...
American Ancestors Magazine Vol. 17 2016 - American Ancestors Magazine is NEHGS’s quarterly magazine, containing a wealth of information for family historians.  Volume 17 (all issues published in 2016) is now available to be searched on our website.  Featured articles include how to choose the right genealogical software, how to research your Irish ancestors, and all about Bill Griffith’s new book The...
New Catholic records from Salem and Roslindale - We now have volumes online illustrating the early history of Catholics in Salem. This latest update to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 includes records from Saint Mary’s Church and Immaculate Conception of Salem.  St. Mary’s was the earlier church, which was replaced by Immaculate Conception as the parish grew.  These...
New Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston volumes - We have two new additions to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900. Saint Joseph’s Parish in Boston served the Irish community in the West End.  The following volumes are included in this update: St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1862-1876 St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1877-1879 St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1879-1882...