Changing New England Records in the 1800s

Diane MacLean Boumenot, CG
Aug 26, 2022
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About this webinar

Just as some New Englanders left their declining farms and headed west, industrialization arrived in New England and our ancestors’ lives and records changed forever. The days when deeds and probate would solve genealogical problems gave way to a dizzying array of new census collections, state mandated vital records, poorhouse, prison and asylum records, sturdier cemetery markers, and military pensions. Let’s re-teach ourselves as we trace 1800’s ancestors.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Diane MacLean Boumenot, CG, specializes in southern New England family history research. She has published articles in several journals and in 2018 she co-authored, with Maureen Taylor, the National Genealogical Society’s Research in the
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    Cindy Knight-Palazzo
    2 years ago

    Thank you very much. Very informative.

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    Sandra Axelsen
    2 years ago

    Very well explained and organized. I am missing just one primary document for my 3 times great grandfather Alva Gee (1797-1850) born in Marlow, NH and I was hoping to get tips on where else I can find information. I will follow through on some of her suggestions, but I was also aware of her comments that NH records are sparse. There are four family genealogy books which mention him as the son of Lydia Chase and Abisha Bingham Gee…but they do not offer primary documents of his birth/baptism OR his name in deeds, probate or wills. I am at a loss as to how I can prove that line for my DAR supplement. I have proven DAR eligibility through his wife Electa Gates. Thanks for the continued educational videos. Well done!

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      Diane Boumenot
      2 years ago

      Thanks much Sandra! New Hampshire vital records were transcribed onto cards years ago, and those index cards are readily available on the internet. In some cases, the original records in the towns were then destroyed. In all cases, the original records were spotty. For someone born in 1797, a thorough and painstaking look at deeds in Marlow may provide important clues for you. REALLY thorough, for anyone with that last name. Look at what he named his eldest children; his parents names may be in there. Many New England deeds and their index sets were microfilmed by the family history library so should be online today on FamilySearch, although often you need to be at an affiliate library (but more of those affiliates are cropping up every day, keep checking). Good luck with that! — Diane

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    Peggy A Kehoe
    2 years ago

    Excellent! Thank you.


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