Saturday, July 5, 2008

NEHGS announces new Families in 1790 series

Following in the tradition of series covering Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, NEHGS is proud to announce a new publishing venture that will cover families from western Massachusetts enumerated in the first census of the United Census. The series, to be co-edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Christopher C. Child, will cover families residing in the counties of Berkshire and Hampshire (which at that time included all territory west of Worcester County). Franklin and Hampden counties were formed from Hampshire in 1811 and 1812 respectively. The population of this area in 1790 was just under 90,000 — slightly larger than Vermont (at 85,425) and slightly less than Maine (at 96,540). The series will include family sketches for heads of household. The Society seeks genealogists who wish to contribute sketches of families of interest for the series. Each sketch will be credited to the contributor. They hope to publish the first volume in 2009.

For more details, see “Western Massachusetts Families in 1790” by the co-editors in the Summer 2008 issue of New England Ancestors Magazine, or visit Inquiries may be sent to

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