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What was the career of Patrick Golden on the 1870 census?

I think the occupation written is: Painter (House) Although not capitalized, there are two entries for Keeps house in the following few rows that you can use to compare the "ouse" ending to ...
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What does "Int. Reads" mean on list of marriages from around Boston about 1794?

I believe that this refers to the Intention. At that time, the couple wishing to be married would file an intention to be married. This would be published in the home town of both sets of parents and ...
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Finding marriage record using Massachusetts Marriage Index?

You can find the images for the marriage register on FamilySearch. Log in to FamilySearch and select Search > Catalog. Select "Search by Place" and type Massachusetts. Select "United States, ...
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Finding parents and precise Date of Birth for child born in Massachusetts in 1919?

The information in the index makes it straightforward to find the original birth record, if you know of what it is an index. In this case, it is quite self-explanatory, this is an index of centrally-...
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Whether to trust (and what to record) from handwritten record of birth with one date and type written page with two dates?

I'll answer the question from the question title first -- if a single source gives you two dates, yes, you need to record both of them, along with any other identifying information that tells you ...
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Seeking specific Massachusetts family history book?

For other researchers who merely want to do research on William Story and his descendants and are not as particular about having the physical book, a related book by a different author has been ...
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Seeking specific Massachusetts family history book?

The description of the book at the website of Genealogical Publishing Company (genealogical.com) says : The Descendants of William Story of Ipswich, Massachusetts Robert L. Pratt, M.D. ...
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The significance of A.M. after a given name?

I suspect this refers to his degree – Master of Arts (Artium Magister), now more commonly abbreviated as M.A. In the vital records you found this entry in, there is another John Rogers (d.1782), a ...
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Finding 1925 Catholic baptism record from Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Many online collections of Roman Catholic records do not include "recent" records. A better way to proceed might be to try to identify the parish and contact them for help, since you are looking for a ...
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Annual report of the Town of Plymouth, MA [1925]

As you may know, what you are looking at are the Town Reports for the town of Plymouth. Almost every town in New England publishes a town report every spring for Town Meeting(usually March). Many ...
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What does the date in the Social Security Applications and Claims Index really show?

You don't say where you found this record, but a common way to find this information is via Ancestry's database U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Ancestry's About the ...
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What does "Int. Reads" mean on list of marriages from around Boston about 1794?

The "Int." refers to an "Intention to Marry", a declaration made before marriage that a couple intends to wed. As Jack explains in his answer, such "Intentions" were made public (in smaller ...
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Why would relatives in Massachusetts cross New Hampshire border to be married?

In the comments on the post Have you searched and searched for the marriage without finding it? by Arlene on Arlene Eakle's Genealogy Blog, a comment posted on February 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm by ...
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What is the meaning of Xed out entries in Massachusetts vital records?

This volume appears to be a state copy of information originally held in town registers. If you haven't done so already, place this image in context by browsing the pages around it. The controls on ...
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Reading surname from US, Massachusetts Boston - Crew Lists, 1917-1943?

From the original images, the nationality looks like 'Swedis' (probably 'Swedish', obviously). For the surname, the best fit appears to be "Nystrom", although I'd like to see more examples of the ...
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Searching for birth record for Lucy Pratt Stowell b circa 1813 Norfolk/Plymouth Co, MA

A birth record simply might not exist. Not everyone registered their children's birth with he town clerk, even though that was the law. I'd recommend broadening the question. Instead of looking ...
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What were the rules about Massachusetts town marriage intentions ca 1811?

My go-to source for that time period in Massachusetts is Samuel Freeman's manual for town clerks, which goes by the absurdly long title, The Town Officer: Or, The Power and Duty of Selectmen, Town ...
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Finding death record using Massachusetts Death Index?

Vital records in Massachusetts are created and held at the town level. Unlike many other states where records are privatized for decades after the events, the records are mostly open to the public (...
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Finding marriage record using Massachusetts Marriage Index?

Case 1: NEHGS/AmericanAncestors.org: AmericanAncestors.org (NEHGS)'s database Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910 is available to browse as well as search. Choose the Browse box at the right-...
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Understanding how to use Massachusetts Marriage Index

I do not know the format for the records from 1947. Earlier marriages are recorded in register books. Marriages up to 1920 are online (you can view 1916-1920 at AmericanAncestors.org). As a test ...
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Understanding how to use Massachusetts Marriage Index

It appears to be similar to the system for marriages in the UK, where there are generally 3 or 4 names, from 2 couples, on each page in the volume. I found an image of a page from the Index to ...
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