David T Robertson

David T Robertson

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David T T. Robertson
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David T Robertson was born 29 June 1951 in Longwood Hospital in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts[1]He lived at that address for more than 20 years and attended school at the Edward Southworth Elementary School then after four years went to the Mather School both in Dorchester. He then attended the Grover Cleveland Middle School also in Dorchester.3 David's parents thought that he had aptitude to become a electrician and encouraged him to enter the Cooperative Industrial Course at Charlestown High School in the Charlestown section of Boston.3

After graduating from Charlestown High School David attended Coyne Electrical Technical School and took and passed the state Electricians Exam and was granted a journeyman's License E21704. He also completed four years apprenticeship in an electrical service company. When he received his license his boss retired and David took over the company and operated it for the next twenty years. In 1989, David's father, who had been working for David's Electrical Service Company retired and David became disenchanted with doing Electrical Service. He closed the firm and went to work at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston.

David had been working on his own genealogy since he graduated from High School twenty years earlier. He had been enticed by his half-sister into researching his family. At first it was slow going. David's father, who knew little about his family, had come from Maine, the son of a lumberman and farmer from Bonaventure County Quebec and his mother was the daughter of immigrants from Portugal. So David soon came to a roadblock trying to access records from outside of the U.S. But he was enthralled with the study of his family and researched cousins and more in the U.S. for the first five years and then got a letter from Dr. David McDougle a professor at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec that led him to a cousin in Ontario who descended from the same Robertson Family as his paternal grandfather and the logjam was broken. His genealogical skills were soon noticed by others and he was asked to become the President of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogy.

David served in that position for the next four years while continuing the operation of Electrical Service Business. One of the highlights of his term as President was that he wrote the legislation and marshaled his bill through the Massachusetts State Legislature.

This bill opened access to vital record in Massachusetts and every five years another five years of records are released and turned over to the State Archives.

After his term as president was over David returned to genealogical research and was actively seen in Vital Records and Court Houses. He was approached by Dr. Neil Todd who asked him to join him at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Dr. Todd was in charge of the societies Enquiries Service. They would answer members letters asking for genealogical research. At first it was part-time but soon the number of requests grew to an enormous number. The Enquiries Service was very successful and their success soon became noticed. David enjoyed this research and he closed his electrical business and went to work full time to the Society. He continued working for them for five years and enjoyed the work he was doing and the Enquiries Service grew as well. At the end of this five year period David began to feel that his services were not being recognized and the library never had a plan for advancement. David left the Society and began as a private researcher. He would continue this research for longer then twenty years. He joined a firm known as Legacy of America and was their New England researcher. It was during this period that David was asked to become the Historian of the Descendants of Robert Bartlett a job that he really enjoyed. He would continue being their Historian for the next ten years. David was awarded with a life membership by the Bartlett Society.


Today, David is ill and has retired from actively doing genealogical research for hire. He presently lives in Framingham, Massachusetts.

*First-hand information. Entered by David T Robertson at registration.
1. Birth Certificate
2. Boston City Directories.
3. Diplomas.
4. Electricians License E21704 issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

David T. Robertson has eleven lines back to the Mayflower: 2 to William Mullins; 2 to Alice Unknown his wife; 2 to Priscilla Mullins; 2 to John Alden; 1 from Richard Warren; 1 from Myles Standish; and 1 from Edward Doty. He is also a descendant of Robert Bartlett.


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David T is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
CANADIAN_HISTORY
My grandfather came from Canada. I have found research in Canada much more difficult than in the States. All my lines go through my grandfather back to Gaspe and through the Miramichi area of New Brunswick.
CHANDLER
My paternal grandmother was a CHANDLER and from there it goes back to William and Annis Chandler. My connection to the Mayflower goes through my CHANDLER Family.
DE_OLIVEIRA
My mothers family was Portuguese from Madeira Island. I have made significant progress but find it hard also. Mostly, with the language barrier.
HICKLING
Descendants of William Hickling of Boston, Massachusetts and his descendants by the name Hickling and their wives and children.
LOYALISTS
It is on my Robertson Family that my connection to the Loyalists emerges. I believe there is an interesting story hidden in my ancestry. If someone thought for a moment they would understand that We would be Loyal to our government today.
MAYFLOWER
I have 11 lines back to the Mayflower. I'll be answering questions on G to G every so often. For ten years I was genealogist for the Robert Bartlett Society
OLIVEIRA
QUEBECOIS
Not my personal ancestry but lines I follow. New one St. Onge
ROBERTSON
My Robertson ancestor is my Loyalist connection. I've worked 20 years on him and finally I think I have his father.
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On 23 Jun 2019 at 09:20 GMT Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen wrote:

Please check your pending merges.

Thanks

Esmé

On 7 May 2019 at 14:46 GMT Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson wrote:

Hi. While going through Burbanks I noticed you have a lot of duplicates that you manage. Can you take a look and merge them?

On 17 Oct 2018 at 13:53 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi David T,

I’ve not heard back from you so presume you don’t want to continue in the Canada Project at this time so have gone ahead and removed your badge. If that changes anytime you would be most welcome to re-join in the future.

Susie :-)

On 13 Sep 2018 at 02:19 GMT Nicole (Hamel) Ferracci wrote:

Lillian Robertson Tenney Whitehouse was my great grandmother. Elbridge was my great grandfather their daughter Carolyn my grandmother. The tool will not allow me to merge my profile,it would seem my father Alfred R Hamel will not even merge without your check,would greatly appreciate the merge to link with Emma Brenda Keer as well as Wilfred Robertson page.

Thanks Nicole

On 31 Aug 2018 at 18:52 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi David,

I haven’t yet heard back from you to say whether or not you’d like to continue in the Canada Project. Please can you let me know if you’d like to stay, what team(s) you’d like to be in, and let me know your e-mail address so I can add you to the project Google Group? If I haven’t heard back from you by this time next week I’ll assume you no longer want to be in the project and go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to re-join at any time.

Many thanks,

Susie

On 20 Aug 2018 at 16:02 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi T,

Greg Lavoie, Dave Rutherford and I have put a lot of work into restructuring the Canada Project. Have a look at the new project page.

You'll see that we've changed the project name to the Canada Project and the badge will be changed shortly. We've done this in order to provide lots of ways for people to contribute to Canadian Profiles. We've also moved towards a team approach with top level teams being lead by Project Coordinators and sub-teams being lead by Team Leaders.

Would you like to continue in the Canada Project, and if so, which team(s) would you like to be on?

Let me know if you have any questions. Once I hear back from you I'll add you to the Google group and get you set up in your team(s).

Susie

On 7 Aug 2018 at 00:08 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Please make sure to add pre-1500 to your followed tags. This will allow you to help others with Pre-1500 profiles and will make you aware of Pre-1500 badge challenges.

On 21 Apr 2016 at 23:03 GMT Jodie Calvert wrote:

Thanks so much, David! Elizabeth Robertson is my 5x great grandmother, and she is the end of the road for that branch of my tree. I will try using those parents you suggest and see how it goes. Is she is your family tree somewhere that I could merge with her? Best wishes, Jodie

On 25 Feb 2016 at 23:21 GMT Alison Andrus wrote:

Hi David, welcome to the One Name Studies Project. For instructions on how to get started and suggestions for getting the most out of your study, see: One Name Study

For more information, contact Doug or Alison with any questions.

On 14 Oct 2015 at 21:15 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

Found a few more children for Leonard & Lydia (Chase) Fish from the Nantucket VRs. Looks like I probably got them all if his reported death date is correct, but *please* feel free to check, or add more to their bios/families! Not my direct line, so not crucial to me.

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