ROOTS-L ArchivesArchiver > ROOTS > 1988-11 > 0595611541
From: Alf Christophersen 02 45 41 97 <>
Subject: Letter from Soc.Roots on Usenet Netnews
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 88 16:39:01 ECT
Subject: treasure found!
Date: 14 Nov 88 00:17:34 GMT
Organization: Digital Equipment Corporation
While cleaning up a mess of books left over from last summer's move, I
found a book entitled "History of Worcester, Massachusetts, with various
notices relating to the history of Worcester County" by William Lincoln,
published by Moses D Phillips in 1837, Worcester. What the mice haven't
eaten is in bad shape but looking through it tells me that it contains
one heck of a lot of genealogical information. Unfortunately, it's all
mixed up and there are no indexes. The print is very small considering
when it was printed and it runs to almost 400 pages.
It also contains a lot of good notes. Would you like to know who planted
the first potato in New England and where he planted it? There are at
least two chapters that give brief biographies of persons in the 1700s
and early 1800s. (I haven't got to that part yet.)
I am starting to extract what I can in a series of text files but it's
tough going. The author included every list he could get his hands on.
What I need are two things:
1. Some one who lives near Worcester, Mass. to go to the local library
or records center to see if this book is available to genealogists. If
so, has anyone extracted the data from it and published it already? It
could take a couple hundred hours to do it and I don't want to reproduce
work that has already been done. If possible, could I get some opinion
of the availability of genealogical info on the time and area?
2. I would like to hear from people who are doing (or have) done research
about people in the area *prior* to 1836. I'll extract data about them
first and mail it out or post it. The thing contains thousands of names;
too many to try and list. Almost all seem to be English and from
surrounding areas: Sudbury, Woburn, Marlbourough, Bay Colony, etc.
I have encountered a list of Scots and Irish who arrived in Boston
in 1718 with stories about what happened to them. Some mention is made
of the French.
Most of the material so far seems to be not who begat who, although
there is quite a bit, but who was where and when did he get there.
The book is footnoted and a lot of references are made to other documents
and maps as sources.
One comment: I can not Xerox any portion of it. I don't think the book
can take the abuse.
work: (719) 548-3067
home: (719) 528-6716
Colorado Springs, Co
|Letter from Soc.Roots on Usenet Netnews by Alf Christophersen 02 45 41 97 <>|