Rollin Hillyer Cooke (1843 - 1904) Interesting occupation...

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Interesting fact on his death record shows occupation as genealogist! This would make him a 19th century genealogist. Does he have any of his work available? How amazing as I’ve seen many records and never one for a 19th century genealogist!

see The Berkshire Eagle Pittsfield, Massachusetts 10 Dec 1904, Sat • Page 1

Also The Berkshire Eagle Pittsfield, Massachusetts 21 Apr 1904, Thu • Page 8

Ok my next thought is this is he a Notable?

Note: his wife is Rose Terry a poet who is a Notable

WikiTree profile: Rollin Cooke
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World Cat identifies a number of books authored by him
by Shirley Gilbert G2G6 Mach 3 (38.7k points)
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I didn’t know much about him or his work until now. Amazing! Tragic how he passed. His work is a true treasure for us all

Good source shows his works available

Thank yousmiley

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Hi, Andrew,  Yes, I have heard of Rollin Cooke. I live around the corner from the Pittsfield Library (the Berkshire Athenaeum), which has a lot of his works. (Check the online catalog). If you have a specific question, try e-mailing the Local History Department. Or when the library is open again, I can look something up for you. Here is the website.

by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Mach 7 (78.9k points)
Thank you so much
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I just looked him up in the 1900 census. He is living in Pittsfield at 19 West Street, which was the Wendell Hotel. The census taker has listed each resident as "head", though the transcriber as listed the first one as "head" and the others as "hired." The other residents near him in the census list are hotel employees. Rollin's occupation is genealogist, though the transcriber had no idea what to make of that.
by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Mach 7 (78.9k points)
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Some of his published works are here on There may be others published as articles in journals, you could check for example the NEHGR and Essex Antiquarian to see if he published there.

by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (188k points)
Wow! He was a busy guy. Lots of work on Hayes family
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Very nice, Andrew!

I have connected him to his parents, Charles Cook and Mary Jane Lewis.
by James Paxton G2G6 Mach 1 (12.1k points)

Thank you yes

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I saw that he was working on the Phelps family. I wonder if he has Phelps ancestry. 

One of the sources I have been using for the Phelps family of Simsbury is the work by O.S. Phelps and A. T. Servin. I saw in the introduction that they acknowledge the help of Rollin H. Cooke for assistance in the final arrangement and revision of the work. 

[The Phelps family of America and their English ancestors : with copies of wills, deeds, letters, and other interesting papers, coats of arms and valuable records : Phelps, Oliver Seymour, b. 1816 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive The Phelps Family of America Preface]. 

by James Paxton G2G6 Mach 1 (12.1k points)
My guess is that he paid the rent by selling his services to families like the Phelps family who hoped for an ancestor with a coat of arms. If the shoemaker's children go barefoot, do the genealogist's ancestors go unknown?

Wow! Good job connecting him to the Hillyer family. He’s my 3rd cousin ! I sorta figured he was related to my Hillyer side just didn’t know how until now laugh

This is so interesting! Thank you I love the insights provided smiley

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