Posted by: webmaster | January 8, 2008


NEHGS ADDS MORE THAN 3.2 MILLION SEARCHABLE NAMES ONLINENew databases provide access to nearly 400 years of information.

New England Historic Genealogical Society is thrilled to announce the addition of more than 3.2 million names to its searchable online databases during 2007 to help its more than 20,000 members around the country with their family history research. NEHGS has more than 100 volunteers around the country who help scan and digitize parts of the vast collection housed at NEHGS’ 7-story research library located at 99 Newbury Street in Boston. Because so many of NEHGS’ members are not in New England, offering access to so many important databases and information is critical to the NEHGS family.

NEHGS’ Web site,, contains the most complete set of electronically searchable pre-1910 Massachusetts vital records available anywhere. Some of the new databases now available online include Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, early New York probate records, Connecticut vital records, Massachusetts census records (1855-1865), and New York calendar of wills, 1636-1826. In addition to creating new searchable databases, the NEHGS team is also conducting a project to add downloadable scans of original page images to the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 database. This project was begun in January 2007 and is approximately 50% complete, with 41,700 page images added so far. This project will be completed by the end of 2008.

Among the 485,000 records added to this VR collection are the pre-1850 vital records of Plymouth, Yarmouth, Middleborough, Falmouth, Boston, Dorchester, Dedham, Watertown, Truro, Hanover, and Worcester. With the addition of 231,000 pre-1835 New York State probate abstracts from the William A. Eardeley collection, also NEHGS offers the largest electronically searchable set of New York probate records. We are also expanding our searchable collection of Connecticut vital records with the publication of pre-1850 data for the towns of New Haven, Mansfield, and Woodbury, CT. NEHGS will be adding significantly more Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, and Maine records in 2008. Another 2007 addition to our website is the content of the NEHGS Register for the years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. This extends our collection of searchable Registers to 159 volumes, starting with the first volume, from 1847.

Genealogically yours,

David Allen Lambert


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