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Subject: Re: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Family & Probate Court in Cambridge
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 11:16:15 -0400 (EDT)
My mother was born at Cambridge and I've got some there back to the 1600s.
It's been quite a few years ago but I did get my gg-grandfathers probate
through them, But things have evidently changed. I also got the deed for
their property and the person that sent it did me a big favor as I believe
it was against the rules.
I went to (&8955) County in Maine to research probate records and deeds
for the period when it was still Massachusetts. I knew how to look up the
records without any help. In the probate office I was treated very well,
when I went to the Deeds office, I knew what I wanted and politely asked
for the book that contained the information. The clerk looked like I had
called her a bad name, got red in the face and went into her boss and they
both looked at me. I was well dressed, well mannered and polite and sober.
I got the book and glanced at it and gave it back and left. I had traveled
from TN to ME to research. If there was any rule excluding anyone except
a title examiner it wasn't posted.
I didn't name the county as I was well treated everywhere else and would
If you can get anything from the Middlesex Deeds and Probate offices you
probably are lucky as a lot of places won't fool with the public anymore.
If you are close to an LDS branch library, they more than likely have
filmed the records and you can rent the films.
> I was just taking a quick look at today's "Lowell Sun" and spotted an
> article: "Burlington Woman Appointed to Do the 'Greatest Job Ever'."
> "........ Last month, Chief Justice for Administration and Management,
> Robert Mulligan, appointed the 5-ft tall spitfire from Burlington to a
> 5-year term as the new Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court,
> The new Chief Justice is Paula M. Carey.
> I'm mentioning this because it might be an excellent time for genealogy
> researchers - "all who are interested" to write to Chief Justice Carey
> offer our complaints about how difficult it is for us to obtain records
> that Courthouse ! ! !
> At the top of our requests is to ask for the ability to get information
> Probate records - - via a slow-mail letter to that Courthouse !
> What do you think ?
> Betty (near Lowell, MA)
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