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The NEGHS is the odest society of it's kind in America

But first......................A quote from the Society and some information:

"In 1845 the group of Bostonians who founded the New England Historic Genealogical Society were reacting to profound societal change in New England. The great westward movement was in full swing, to the extent that writers were lamenting that some New England towns were nearly depopulated. Fearful that the history and traditions of the area would soon be irretrievably lost, NEHGS gave its attention to the region's two most fundamental institutions, its families and communities. Since 1845, the Society has never wavered from its special mission, and happily so, because today the family and community are again enduring a period of great change and upheaval, as they struggle to accommodate to vast economic, social, and cultural shifts. Through our continuing interest in preserving and studying New England's families and communities, we are also learning what is so valuable about these twin institutions; and how the conduct of our ancestors' lives and affairs can be applied to today's challenges. . . .


The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the country's oldest genealogical organization. The five charter members (Charles Ewer, Lemuel Shattuck, Samuel G. Drake, John Wingate Thornton, and William H. Montague), a group of merchants and book dealers, envisioned an association devoted to "collecting, preserving, and publishing (occasionally) genealogical and historical matter relating to New England families".

A circular written in 1846 further reveals a philosophy and a set of goals that will resonate with today's genealogists. "The minds of men are naturally moved to know something of their progenitors - those from whom they have derived their being; and there seems to be an increasing interest in this subject; many are trying to trace their genealogy back at least to the first settlers - the early pilgrims of this country.  The Society proposes to cultivate this taste, and give such a direction to these inquiries as well as facilitate their labors, and render them of practical importance to individuals and the public. We wish, by united action, and through the aid of our extensive collections of printed and manuscript works, to furnish the means to every person descended from an early inhabitant of New England, of tracing his genealogy and history."

In February of 1846 NEHGS moved into its first home, a rented room on the third floor of a building in Court Square in downtown Boston.  This was the first in a series of buildings that the Society was to occupy over the next several decades.  Over time, the Society's quarters had to grow in order to keep up with the increasing number of books and manuscripts that were being added to the NEHGS library collections."

Well a member of the Society, I have found more information that I thought possible.  Their online search is worth the cost of joining.

..........john buczek webmaster of this sight

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Some images of interest; these are but a few that relate to the family you may be researching:

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Genealogy of Edward Holyoke

Axtell information also MAYNARD

Maynard information also STARR

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