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American AncesTREES: New Hint Sources on American Ancestors

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An American AncesTREES view including available hints.

Today we are announcing that we have updated all of the Massachusetts Probate File Papers databases so that they now provide hints for American AncesTREES. In addition, we have made the searchable version of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese available for hinting. This addition includes the following databases:

This update increases the number of databases providing hints to 22, and provides hints on over 1.6 million people that include over 2.6 million records.

You can get a complete list of databases that provide hints from the Database List A to Z screen (under Search). If you do a search for the term Hinting,  you will see the full list.

American AncesTREES is available to all members. You can learn more information about it here

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New Database: GU272 Descendants, 1785-2000

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GU272 Memory Project

We are extremely happy to announce a new database today; GU272 Descendants, 1785-2000. This database provides the indexed genealogies of the descendants of the 272 Slaves sold by Georgetown University (The GU272) in 1838, and was produced in a partnership with the Georgetown Memory Project. The article published in American Ancestors Magazine provides more information about these enslaved people and this project.

This database is organized into volumes. Each volume is based on a Register-style report on the descendants of the original families. The volume name includes the name of head of the family followed by the group number in parenthesis. For example: “Campbell, Adaline (Group 34)” contains the report of the descendants of Adaline Campbell, who is the 34th family. The final volume, titled Source Documents, contains indexed images of birth, marriage, and death certificates for people who are documented in the Register reports in the earlier other volumes.

The GU272 Descendants database contains 50 volumes with nearly 1,000 images and over 10,000 records and 32,000 searchable names. The database is indexed with name, date, location, record type, and family members where available. This database will also create hints for American AncesTREES.

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members, including guest members. Membership options

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Archdiocese of Boston: St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) now searchable

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St. Thomas Acquinas. Painted in 1476 by Carlo Crivelli. Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we’ve added 6 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 for St. Thomas Aquinas in Bridgewater. This update adds 709 pages and over 28,000 names to search.

Father Roche, when he was the pastor of Abington, would come regularly to offer Mass to the Catholics in Bridgewater in the homes of local residents. In 1858 he started the construction of the church. The parish was named after St. Thomas Aquinas (patron of Catholic schools, colleges, and universities) because of the Normal School nearby as well as the fact that Fr. Roche was a Dominican like St. Thomas. Bridgewater was instituted as an independent parish in the middle of 1863 and Rev. Lawrence S. McMahon was appointed the first pastor. The church is located on 103 Center Street.

These are the new volumes for St. Thomas Aquinas

  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Baptisms 1865-1881
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Baptisms 1882-1905
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Baptisms and Marriages 1853-1856
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Confirmations 1885-1922
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Confirmations 1885-1940
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Marriages 1863-1908

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteer Kayla Hinrichsen . If you are interested in helping this project, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership

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The Mayflower Descendant for 2013 Now Available

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Cover of the Autumn, 2013 Issue

Volume 62, for the year 2013, has been added to The Mayflower Descendant database and is fully searchable. This update adds approximately 220 new pages and 1,700 searchable names.

Mayflower Descendant has been published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants since 1899. It is an essential source of information on many New England families, and its focus is not limited to those with Mayflower lineage. The journal includes transcriptions and abstracts of deeds, wills, vital records, and other original documents. In addition, it features compiled genealogies and analytical studies of genealogical problems.

The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteer David Anderson. If you have some time and would like to get involved in the digitization and indexing process please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Database News: Enhanced Connecticut: Early Probate Records, 1635-1750

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Map of the colony of Connecticut circa. 1766, by Park, Moses Lansdowne, William Petty, Marquis of, 1737-1805. Public Domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

We have re-indexed the database Connecticut: Early Probate Records, 1635-1750. This database is now searchable by first name and last name, date, and location. All records are of type Probate Record.

Charles William Manwaring spent the last years of his life abstracting the early probate records of the Hartford, Connecticut, Probate District and publishing them in three volumes that are reflected in this database. For those that are interested in reading the original probate documents, the volume and page numbers are in the pages of this database and are displayed in the record details as Original Volume and Original Page.

Connecticut today is comprised of many different probate districts. But originally Connecticut Colony (as distinct from New Haven Colony) probate records were all kept by the colony as a whole. Then in 1666, after the union of the two colonies, probate matters were conducted by four newly formed counties, Hartford, New London, New Haven, and Fairfield. In May 1719 the colony began splitting towns off of the Hartford district to form new districts, first Windham, then Woodbury, and so on. Thus Charles W. Manwaring’s abstracts of Hartford District probates, which began in 1635, at first included the whole colony, but by 1750, when his third volume concludes, the district was considerably smaller.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our team our volunteers, specifically David Anderson. We genuinely appreciate the work of all our volunteers who make these databases possible. If you have some time and would like to get involved please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Enhanced Madison, CT: Vital Records, 1718-1890

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Stone Bridge, Neck River, Madison, CT; postcard (1901-1907). Public Domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

 

We have revamped the database Madison, CT: Vital Records, 1718-1890. This database now contains the page image of the original manuscript, and it is searchable by first name and last name, record type, and family members (where available).

This database is indexed from birth, marriage and death records transcribed by Louise R. Allen in 1935. Madison was first settled in 1641 and was known as East Guilford until it was incorporated as a separate town in 1826.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our team our volunteers, including; Ron Wilson, Meg Mills, Judi Schauner, and Edna Curtin. We appreciate the work of all our volunteers. If you have some time and would like to get involved please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Vital Records from The NEHGS Register Update for Volumes 2 & 3

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Today we are releasing volumes 2 and 3 (1848-1849) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. This update includes over 23,000 records and 93,000 searchable names; almost 8 times as many as the original index for these volumes.

This ongoing project will unlock the value of all the information captured in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register since the first publication in 1847. We are reviewing every published article add extracting a broad set of records for those articles that are genealogical in nature. So, in addition to birth, marriage, and death records there are now records of type; residence, immigration, military records, church dismissals, and more. The indexing we create is at the same level we have used for the Archdiocese of Boston and the Mayflower Silver Books. It includes spouses, parents, and locations.

Users of American AncesTREES will also benefit by being able to get hints from the newly indexed volumes in their family trees.

We will release each re-indexed volume of the register as it is completed. This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteers Barbara Holt, Charlie Watson, Diane Arbuckle, Fran Danico, Jan Lundquist, Jeanne Brown, Julie Nathanson, Karen Ristic,, Kay Sencabaugh, Linda Peterson, Margaret Parker, Meghan McDonagh, Nancy Borman, Patricia Dalpiaz, Ray Ristic, and Richard Wood. If you would like to part of the team working on this rewarding project to revamp the index to the NEHGS Register, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The Register has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays. Authoritative compiled genealogies have been the centerpiece of the Register for more than 150 years. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal and many more are referenced in incidental ways throughout. These articles may range from short pieces correcting errors in print or solving unusual problems to larger treatments that reveal family origins or present multiple generations of a family. The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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New Database: Early Vermont Settlers Index Cards, 1750-1784

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Green Mountain Boy Memorial in Rutland Vermont, 1915. Public Domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

We are very happy to announce a new database today that is related to our Early Vermont Settlers Study Project; Early Vermont Settlers Index Cards, 1750-1784.

This database contains the indexed images of the index cards prepared by Donald Alan Smith for his thesis, Legacy of Dissent: Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Vermont, 1749 to 1784 (Clark Univ., PhD., 1980). This information represents one of the key resources for the NEHGS study project Early Vermont Settlers to 1784.

The index cards in this database provide excellent information about personal data on individuals (only a few women) who lived within the borders of present-day Vermont. The index cards are not standardized in their format but do follow a general layout. The upper left of the card is the name of the settler, sometimes with several spellings. These names have been standardized for the ease of finding them. The upper right is the town or towns of settlement. This index records the first town settled in Vermont only. Sometimes that town’s name does not appear here, but it found in the settlement date area.  Detailed information on the layout and abbreviations can be found in the database description that appears below the search form on the link above.

The  Early Vermont Settlers Index Cards database provides over 12,000 pages of index cards, organized into 18 volumes, and over 12,100 searchable names. The database supports the following searchable fields:

  • First and last name
  • Year
  • Location

In cases where the card relates directly to people in one of the sketches from the database Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784 https://www.americanancestors.org/search/databasesearch/1565/early-vermont-settlers-1700-1784, a link is provided to the sketch in both the record display page and the transcript page.

This new database is made possible by the indexing effort Scott Andrew Bartley, who is also responsible for the Early Vermont Settlers Study Project. We genuinely appreciate the support of everyone who helps create online databases. If you are interested in joining the team, for even a few hours a month, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership

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American Ancestors Magazine Volume 19 (2018) Added

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A preview of the GU272 Memory Project portal

We have updated our American Ancestors Magazine database to include volume 19 covering the year 2018. This update providdes over 280 new pages and 3,400 searchable names.

The image above is taken from the article A Community Betrayed. The Fate and Legacy of Slaves Sold by Georgetown University, which begins on page 24 of volume 19.4. The image is a preview of the forthcoming GU272 Memory Project portal; which will contain a wealth of research tools designed for GU272 descendants and others interested in African American family history. The two main components of the site will be a new database and a collection of oral histories.

The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

A 64-page magazine published by NEHGS beginning in 2010, American Ancestors contains a wealth of information for family historians. American Ancestors features a wide range of article topics and styles, and is designed to appeal to family historians of all levels. Topics include coverage of a particular region or group of people; case studies; descriptions of particular record sets; “how-to” articles; compelling historic accounts that illuminate the past; research strategies and methodology; and accounts of migration and immigrant groups.The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteer David Anderson. If you have some time and would like to get involved in the database digitization and indexing process please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

The entire run of New England Ancestors is available at our NEHGS Boston research library, call number F1.N49.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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New Print Page Range Capability

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New Print page range button on the Record Detail Page

 

The most requested feature for our search capabilities over the last couple of years is to be able to print more than one page from a database at a time. This is most valuable when your search results are from one of the Probate File Papers databases or from one of our Journal databases, since the information you want is typically spread over multiple pages.

We are very happy to make the Print Page Range capability available today. With it, you can simply enter the number of consecutive pages you would like to print and press Print! So now for those multi-page articles or Probate case files you can get all the images at once. Also, you also have the option of producing a PDF; if your browser supports that as a print option.  The screen below describe how you can use this new capability.

 

Button location: This new option appears on the Record Detail (see above) and the Image page as shown below.

Print Page range on the Image display page.

 

 

Enter the number of pages to print: When you click the Print Page range button, you will have the opportunity to specify the number of pages you would like to have printed. Just enter the number and select Print. You will need to know the number of pages to print.  The cover of each Probate File papers indicates the number of pages in it.  For journal articles you will need to read to the end, the return the the beginning.  lease remember that it takes time to download multiple large image files, so be patient.

Form to enter the number of pages to print.

 

Pages appear in a pop-up: When the pages have been formatted, they appear in a new Tab. So, you must have pop-ups enable on your browser or you will not get to see the results. After the pages have appeared, the browser print window will allow you to print the pages.

Print page range apears in a separate tab

 

 

Print to PDF: Most web browsers provide you a print to PDF option. So, if you change the browser print option to that you can produce a PDF of the article or probate case file. Here is a sample of possible options from the Chrome browser.

Chrome option to print to PDF

We hope that you enjoy this new capability. Please contact us at webmaster@nehgs.org if you have any questions.

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