December 30, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts— To assist family historians of all levels with ambitious New Year’s resolutions, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is granting free access from Wednesday, December 30, 2015, through Sunday, January 31, 2016, to historic vital records from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont which will be available for unlimited access during the entire month after registering for a free account. NEHGS, the most respected name in family history, has also assembled a quick guide to resources, services, and staff expertise to fulfill any genealogist’s resolutions to grow the ancestral family tree in the New Year.
Family historians can start fulfilling their New Year’s genealogy resolutions with NEHGS by visiting AmericanAncestors.org/2016.
NEHGS Can Fulfill Your Resolution
Aware of the desire by many individuals to begin the study and documentation of one’s family history in the New Year, NEHGS has many resources and services to assist a genealogist at any level of research and publishing. The Online Learning Center on AmericanAncestors.org offers a complete program of instructional resources to guide both the beginner and the more advanced. In addition, the consultation services and research services divisions within NEHGS provide excellent ways to obtain expert guidance and solutions to the frustrating and mysterious “brick walls” that inevitably appear along the journey of researching ancestral roots. And, the calendar of guided research tours and heritage tours offered during 2016 by NEHGS provides many opportunities for the ambitious and passionate genealogist to participate in intensive days devoted to research, one-on-one consultations, presentations by NEHGS genealogists and local experts, and social activities.
Free Databases This Month
The vital records on AmericanAncestors.org is a collection of valuable information regarding births, marriages, and deaths and is an essential resource for researching ancestral connections. Databases available for unlimited access this entire month after registering for a free account include:
From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives, these vital records cover the years 1841-1910. The vital records cover births, marriages, and deaths that occurred in
and not only hold the records, but also indices to them. The information from
the 1841-1910 Birth, Marriage & Death indices has been entered into a
searchable database. Each index entry includes the person’s first and last
name, the town or city where the event occurred, the year, volume number, and
page number. The database is searchable by first and last names, record type,
year, and location. Massachusetts
This database contains the records of births and marriages to 1901, and deaths and marriages to 1937, as filed with the state of
. These records are currently
held by the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records Administration. The
collection includes more than 475,000 birth records, more than 1,000,000
marriage records, and more than 915,000 death records. Names of parents and
spouses have also been indexed, when available. Town clerks were required to
send copies of vital records to the state beginning in 1866, although
participation was limited until the Bureau of Vital Records was established in
1905. The town clerks then extracted historical vital record information to
update the files at the state level, although some records were never reported.
The database is searchable by first and last names, record type, year, and
location. New Hampshire
This database contains the records of births, marriages and deaths to 2008, as filed with the state of
These records are currently held by the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.
The collection includes more than 1.5 million birth records, more than 1.8
million marriage records, and more than 1 million death records. Names of
parents and spouses have also been indexed, when available. The records held in
this collection refer to the statewide index of vital records maintained by the
Vermont State Archives. Town clerks were required to send copies of vital
records to the state beginning in 1857. The state government began creating a
statewide index to these records in 1919. The database is searchable by first
and last names, record type, year, and location. Vermont
Registration is required at AmericanAncestors.org as a FREE Guest User to gain access to these valuable resources. Guest User accounts allow web visitors to use a limited suite of AmericanAncestors.org databases and access web content such as making purchases from the online store. Unlimited access to more than 1 billion records and to other benefits is available through membership at NEHGS.
(Image caption) Throughout the entire first month of the New Year, NEHGS is offering FREE access to a popular part of its collection of vital records for
Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Access requires registration as a FREE Guest User at AmericanAncestors.org/2016. Vermont
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