Friday, August 05, 2016

Reader Query: Robert Hazard and Mahitable Clark

Subject: William Hazzard
From: Angie

Very strange. In trying to learn more about the AGBI index, I saw your example of how this index has helped you. William Hazard/Hazzard was the brother of my 4th great-grandparent. I am currently looking for more information on this line. Robert Hazard and Mehitable Clark are my 6th great- grandparents. I am trying to find more on Robert and Mehitable especially about her parents. I have retrieved info from the Blackwell genealogical research and from history books as well as Vital records. I know that they lived in Russell, MA and that Mehitable is buried there. I was hoping to find more info on where James (father of William) may be buried and more on his wife Sally Andrus (supposedly buried in St. Joseph, MI). I have info for Sally’s parents. I know that her father was Jacob Andrus and Huldah (last name unknown). I have a copy of Jacob’s will and James is mentioned in it.

I feel there may be a connection between Lucy Buck and Robert Hazard and the Hazards of Addison County or Chittendon County, Vermont. My Ancestry DNA has matched me with someone that is a descendant of Stewart Hazard (Broome County, NY) so I believe I am on the right track.

Ol' Myrt here is not an expert on New England research, but this blog post may spark responses from my other DearREADERS. My step-mother's Hazzard line goes back to Massachusetts and I suspect to Rhode Island. You mention the AGBI (American Genealogical and Biographical Index) is digitized and available at:

Of course, this is all "second hand" info and must be verified by original documents. I'm pleased to  read you are working with not only history books but vital records and at least one will. May I suggest your expand your search to include probate records wherever possible? These are usually in textural format at local courthouses. Land and tax records may also come into play.

I recommend looking at the home on the web of the venerable New England Historic Genealogical Society. For instance, I spotted several mentions of Mehitable Clark in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, though their births clearly predate 1790.  

You may also find something in the Internet Archives' scanned copy of The Hazard family of Rhode Island 1635-1894 : Being a genealogy and history of the descendants of Thomas Hazard, with sketches of the worthies of this family, and anecdotes illustrative of their traits and also of the times in which they lived by Robinson, Caroline E., 1833-1907; Updike, Daniel Berkeley, 1860-1941, published in 1895. This title is searchable at Ancestry here:

Of course, Ol' Myrt here recommends:
  • Cyndi's List
  • Click Search, the select Records. Be sure to browse records, in addition to searching by name. 
  • FamilySearch Wiki - Search by town, county, state and country to discover the names of relevant records sets that may be online, on film or fiche, and in textual format at archives and libraries.

For information on developing sound research practices, I recommend: 
Genealogy standards known as the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard) summarized on the Board for Certification of Genealogists website here:
I also recommend owning and studying Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones available in from the publisher at:
(book format) and from Amazon in Kindle format.

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