More genealogical records are being added all the time to online websites such as and the LDS Church-sponsored site, is a free site, and, while a subscription database, can be used for free at public libraries in Maine that have online access.

In relating my search for information on New Hampshire ancestor Henry True Hildreth, born 1787-88 there, I do want to share that I found reference to his service in the War of 1812 on, the document listed as “Records of Men Enlisted in the US Army Prior to the Peace Establishment, May 17, 1815.”

Private Hildreth was listed as 5-foot-11, with light hair, light eyes and light complexion. He was 26 years old when he enlisted Jan. 23, 1813, and he said he was born in Hopkinton, though I do not find his birth in Hopkinton records.

He served in Capt. J. Flanders’ Co., 1814-15, according to Book 561, and enlisted for one year. He was discharged at Saskelly Harbor on Jan. 23 or 24, 1815, his term having expired.

The fact that sources such as websites continue to add genealogical information is a hint to one of the most important things we can do with such data — mark each item with the date we found it. Why is the “when” so important?

Here’s an example. Say I perused a book in 2010 in hopes of discovering Hildreth’s parents. Then I perhaps discovered the names of two of his siblings in 2012. In looking back over my pages of sources on the Hildreths, it could then occur to me that I should re-check the 2010 source in case the first names of Henry Hildreth’s siblings also were contained there, indicating which people might be worth more research.

In addition to “when,” we also should, of course, write down “what” we find and “where” we find it.

Also mark a resource even if you find nothing in it. Otherwise, you may find yourself rereading the same book or website again and again throughout the years, even without reason to recheck it. Often, that’s not time well-spent.

It is worth looking up a name in Google or some other search engine, because you never know where a name will pop up — or parts of a name.

In Googling “Henry True Hildreth,” I found myself reading from the “History of Washington County, Ohio” online. I didn’t find Hildreth per se, but I found some possible tips.

The section on the town of Marietta listed Dr. Samuel Prescott Hildreth and Dr. George O. Hildreth among local physicians. Even more interesting, there was a Dr. Jabez True.

True was the son of the Rev. Henry True, according to the article, and was born in 1760 in “Hamstead,” New Hampshire. True moved to Marietta as a member of the Ohio Company in 1788. Thus we have a Henry True who had been in New Hampshire before Henry True Hildreth was born.

Further, Samuel P. Hildreth, who also became something of a historian in his part of Ohio, had been born in Methuen, Massachusetts, but had practiced in Hamstead, New Hampshire, before moving to Ohio in 1806.

In another book found online through Google Books at, “The Life and Times of Azro B.F. Hildreth of Chelsea, Vt.,” I found Samuel P. Hildreth listed as the son of Dr. Benjamin Hildreth of Methuen, who had a brother who settled in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, the county where Hopkinton is located.

Searching for Henry True also led me to connections in the town of Union, and then a reference to a Capt. Henry True who served in the American Revolution from New Hampshire, then was a member of the militia in the Maine town of Belfast in 1791, and went on to be listed in “Searsport Sea Captains” by Col. Frederick Frasier Black.

Hildreth and True are both prolific names in New England, not surprising when you consider that immigrant ancestor Richard Hildreth came to Massachusetts in 1640.

It’s clear there are numerous paths to follow in my search for Henry True Hildreth.

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