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From: "ROB WHITE" <>
Subject: Re: [GM-L] Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, MA
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 10:27:32 -0500
I am not familiar with subject. Could someone advise me as
to how far back it goes. I am researching Benj. White and wife
Mary (Pratt?) who had 6 children 1696 to 1710. I am descended
from #6, Benjamin,Jr, b.1710 Braintree. Benj. Sr. died 1728
> [Original Message]
> From: Dale H Cook <>
> To: <>
> Date: 3/16/2003 12:06:37 PM
> Subject: Re: [GM-L] Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, MA
> On Sun, 16 Mar 2003 11:18:47 -0500 "Diane L. Badger"
> <> writes:
> > Has any one purchased the above CD from NEHGS? I have a copy that I
> > have been using for some research and I am wondering if this is a
> > scan of a book as opposed to a photocopy of a book.
> Diane -
> Sprague was never a book. His data was kept on over 6,000 hand-written
> index cards. I do not yet own the CD but have worked with images of
> Sprague's original cards. If the CD contains a transcription, rather than
> images of the cards, it is likely that the transcriber worked from the
> NEHGS microfilm of the cards.
> > It appears that
> > several times during the listing that Braintree VR shows up as
> > Braintree, VT and that strange characters appear in front of some of
> > the names in the family listings. I have seen these types of
> > characters before when I have scanned documents for work. If
> > someone did scan this book they did a lousey job editing.
> Since the cards were hand-written it is most unlikely that scanning and
> OCR software were used. Sprague did use some symbols in front of names,
> such as "+" which, I believe, he used in the conventional sense of
> indicating that an individual had issue. As far as the quality of editing
> goes, keep in mind that the source material was written by Sprague in his
> own hand in cursive script, and can, in places, be rather difficult to
> Strictly speaking there is no such thing as "Braintree VRs" unless the
> original record books of the Town Clerk are meant. Instead the "VT" might
> indicate Samuel A. Bates, "Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640-1793"
> (Randolph MA, 1886). "VT" is probably a transcription error for "VR",
> meaning Bates. In my database I indicate Bates as "Braintree TRs."
> Dale H. Cook
> Member, NEHGS
> USGenWeb Plymouth County MA Towns Host:
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