Though I have not posted very often these past few months, I’d like to welcome all the new subscribers to the blog that have joined lately! It seems we all have a common interest in the Vanderbilt family and I encourage everyone to let me know their background and offer suggestions for content to post here.
One item I would like to share is that I learned from another geneablogger that the LDS FamilySearch Record Search Pilot has a new database currently in progress that when complete, will cover marriages in Massachusetts from 1841-1915. Currently, they indicate the collection is about 27% complete.
I entered “Vanderbilt” since I knew there were some relatives of the Commodore that lived in MA (at least two of his grandchildren died in Massachusetts – his daughter Phebe’s daughter Sophia Vanderbilt Cross Morse and his son William Henry’s daughter Emily Thorne Vanderbilt Sloane; and former MA governor William Henry Vanderbilt III is a descendant) and found a few relevant entries. So far, I see
- Miverva Vanderbilt (b. 1881 in Brooklyn, NY) married to Charles V. Roberts on July 1, 1911 in Boston
- Charles Vanderbilt (b. 1887 in France) married to Clara E. Mell on September 4, 1901 in Methuen, MA
- John Vanderbilt (b. 1860 in Lynchburg, VA) married to Ella T. Walker on October 16, 1907 in Boston
- William D. Vanderbilt (b. 1872 in Brooklyn, NY) married to Sarah W. Sanderson on Oct. 8, 1907 in Greenfield, MA
Whether or not there are any connections to the Commodore remain to be seen, but it can be fun exploring! The site lets you see and save original microfilm images. When I looked at the information for Charles & Clara for example, I learn their age, addresses, occupation, parents and more. It is definitely worth keeping an eye on this resource.