It is with great pleasure that I announce publication of my first journal article, "George Waitt, a Chain of Links to Malden, Massachusetts." Included in the current edition of MASSOG, the journal of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, it is the result of a year-long journey of research and refinement.
Any project of this scope relies on the cooperation, support and input of a team whose goal is to provide a quality analysis of the facts, and arrive at a well documented conclusion. During this process, I have had outstanding support from the following individuals and organizations:
- To Robert “Bob” Waitt, for writing his wonderful book about George Waitt and family of Stevens County, Washington.
- The Stevens County Historical Society, who searched their archives and found documents and newspaper articles about George Waitt.
- To Edward Lewis, of Northeast Family Research, Salem, New Hampshire, who worked tirelessly to help eliminate possible matches, and located the “deed” at the Registry of Deeds for the South District of Middlesex County, in Cambridge.
- Luana Darby, of Lineages by Luana, West Jordon, Utah, who retrieved copies of Nathaniel Waitt’s probate file from microfilm at the Family History Library.
- The Washington State Archives, Eastern Region Branch, Cheney, who helped locate the marriage records of George and Josephine.
- To the Boston Public Library and the Library of Congress for helping locate legal notices from Boston area newspapers.
- To Liz Loveland and the Boston BU Alumni group, who reviewed draft research and gave valuable input on further resources.
- Sue Waite-Langley, of WaiteGenealogy.org, whose tremendous knowledge of DNA research helped support the early hypothesis that George’s family came from the Malden, Massachusetts, area.
- To George Martin, editor of MASSOG, and to Helen Ullmann, who did the final edits, for their professionalism, and gentle suggestions.
- Finally, to Dick Waitt, for his support, encouragement, and confidence in the outcome; he was a pleasure to work with.
Dahlstrom, Steven L. "George Waitt: a Chain of Links to Malden, Massachusetts." MASSOG Vol. 37, No. 1 (2013): 24–31.