Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) is one of the most celebrated American authors from Salem, Massachusetts. Among his most famous works are The Scarlet Letter (1850), Young Goodman Brown (1835) and The House of Seven Gables (1851). The actual House of Seven Gables, which is a historical landmark, still operates in Salem today. Throughout his life, he would move between Salem, Concord and Lenox, Massachusetts, returning to Salem for various reasons. Loosely involved with the Transcendentalists,

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The Peabody Sisters

The Peabody sisters were central figures in the structure of modern education, founders of the kindergarten movement, and central figures of Transcendentalism. Though each woman’s individual accomplishments were impressive, they were even stronger as a team and strengthened each other all their lives. The sisters were also closely tied to important male figures, supporting and furthering the careers of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Horace Mann, and Henry David Thoreau. The Peabody sisters grew up alongside two brothers and were raised by their

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Sarah Parker Remond

Born in Salem, Mass in 1826, died in Rome, Italy in 1894 Daughter of John Remond and Nancy Lenox Sarah Parker Remond (1826-94) was born in Salem and was the daughter of John Remond and Nancy Lenox.  John Remond was a free person of color who was brought from Curacao at the age of 10.  Her mother, Nancy, was born in Newton, the daughter of a Revolutionary War veteran.   Financial security for the family was provided by successful food catering

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I couldn’t find it on Ancestry.com? Try the Massachusetts State Archives.

Massachusetts Archives Division The Massachusetts Archives holds the official records created by Massachusetts state government. Holdings are organized by agency and date from 1629 to the present. Click here to access general information about the state archives including address, directions and hours. Genealogy Research Included in the Archives’ holdings Passenger Lists Vital Records: Pre-1841 Vital Records: 1841-1920 Vital Records: Post-1920 Census Schedules Military Records The Massachusetts Archives Collection Papers Relating to Maine Records of State Institutions Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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Newspapers on Microfilm available at the Salem Public Library

Boston Gazette December 12, 1719 – September 17, 1798 Boston Globe March 4, 1872 – December 31, 1900 January – December 1914 January 1, 1948 – Boston Newsletter October 1, 1705 – February 29, 1776 Impartial Register (includes Essex Register and Salem Register) May 12, 1800 – December 30, 1820 Salem (Evening) News October 16, 1880 – Salem Gazette February 3, 1795 – June 23, 1797 January 1820 – December 1839 October 17, 1892 – August 1908 Salem Mercury October

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Captain John Bertram

Born: February 11, Salem, MA Died: March 22, 1882, Salem, MA John Bertram was born Feb. 11, 1796 to Jean Bertram and Marie Bertram née Perchard in the parish of St. Savior, on the Island of Jersey. The island is one of the Channel Islands of the coast of Normandy, France. The Bertram family were middle class farmers who felt the prospects for their 6 children would be better in America. The family embarked from Jersey in July 1807 for Baltimore

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Researching Streets & Neighborhoods

Online Resources Maps Registry of Deeds Historical Atlases Salem 1874, 1890-1903, 1897, 1906-1938, 1911 Select “searches” from the menu bar to the left. Select “atlases” and choose the desired town from the drop-down menu. Street/House Reports and Plans By clicking on “Search Our Records,” you may also search “Plans/Engineering” in order to see reports and plans of specific streets and houses from 1741-present. Historic Districts Salem Use this map to locate Salem’s historic districts.   Print sources to be found

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Researching Houses & Buildings

Online Resources: NEW! Historic Salem, Inc. House Histories “Historic Salem’s house histories provide current residents with a general look at previous owners of their house as well as an architectural synopsis of the building. The narrative identifies the house’s early residents and the events of their lives, and relates them to the larger events occurring in Salem and beyond. It is keyed to primary and secondary sources so that you may be assured of accuracy. Appended are copies of deeds, atlases,

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Researching Family History

Researching Family History Online Resources Massachusetts Vital Records Project : a privately maintained site containing the Vital Records to 1850 for most towns in Massachusetts. Salem City Directories,  : 1836-1999 (some gaps), Yearly listing of Salem residents by address and last name. Essex Institute Historical Collection : multivolume work published by the Essex Institute to preserve the history of Essex County, its people and places. The History of Salem Massachusetts by Sidney Perley, 3 Vols. (974.45 P Sal. Coll.) Perley chronicled

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Mary Curtis Verna

Born: May 9, 1921, Salem, MA Died: December 4, 2009, Seattle, WA Spouses: Ettore Verna, Giuseppe Basile Education: Hollins College, Roanoke, VA & Juillard, New York, NY American operatic soprano Mary Curtis-Verna was born in Salem on May 9, 1921. After attending Abbot Academy (now part of Phillips Academy in Andover) she earned her bachelor’s degree in music from what was then Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. She continued her music studies at Juilliard. She began her career in Europe

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