Fellows > Current > Helen Schatvet Ullmann

helen-u-210Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG, B.A. Mt. Holyoke College, ’59, major in history; M.A. Northeastern University, ’69, degree in literature, mostly American. She is associate editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, editor of Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, a project of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and copy editor for MASSOG and the Connecticut Nutmegger. She was born in the Norwegian colony (Bay Ridge) in Brooklyn, New York. Her grandfather, Einar Schatvet, was born in Fet, Norway. (Schatvet is the name of a farm in Fet.) Einar’s wife’s father, Axel Theodor Olsen, was born in Holmestrand, Norway. She has done extensive research on their ancestors, indexed many Norwegian church and probate records, and given them to the Family History Library. Otherwise her ancestry is southern New England.

She married in 1959 Laurence “Laurie” Emery Ullmann, Amherst ’59; Harvard Business School ’61; Harvard Graduate School of Education, ’66, retired high-school physics teacher and a good genealogist himself. Their son is deceased but they have three daughters, all teachers. Helen and Laurie were directors of the Nashua, N.H., Family History Center for about seven years.

Selected Articles:

“A Phillips Line in Groton & Pepperell, Massachusetts: Town Meeting Records Solve a Problem,” NEHGS Nexus, preliminary issue, Dec. 1983, pp. 3–4 (my first attempt in print).

“Asker and Bærum, Akershus, Norway, Some Parish Records Indexed,” vol. 1: “Christenings and Marriages 1726–32; Deaths 1726–1815.” Vol. 2: “Deaths 1726–1815, by Residence; Wives 1726–1815.” 1984. FHL microfiche #6,030,193–194.

“Sylvanus Eaton (1734 – c. 1791/2),” Mayflower Descendant 39 [Jan. 1989]:17–20.

“Our Knoph/Knoff Line in Norway, Denmark and Prussia,” printout. 1991. FHL microfilm #1,697,545, item 24.

“Beyond the Printed Genealogy: Some Descendants of Sherebiah3 Ballard,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 146 [1992]:107–29.

“The Fictional Jasper Soper, Supposedly of Windsor, Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 67 [1992]:211–14.

“Hubbell Steevens of Killingworth, Connecticut,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 150 [1996]:157–79.

“Isaac2 and Mary (Root) Bronson of Waterbury, Conn.,” The American Genealogist 71 [1996]:206–14.

“The Three Messengers, Henry, Andrew and Edward: Clearing the Decks,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 152 [1998]:353–72.

“Richard Mills, Seventeenth-Century Schoolmaster in Connecticut and New York,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 154[2000]:189–210.

With Kathryn Smith Black, “Some Marriages from Records of the First Congregational Church in Thompson, Connecticut, 1796–1850, including Some corrections to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 155 [2001]:295–317.

“Hartford District Probate Records from 1750, as Abstracted by Lucius Barnes Barbour,” transcribed and published in The Connecticut Nutmegger 34–46.

“My Norwegian Great-Grandmother’s Sampler,” New England Ancestors 3(2) (Spring 2002):30–31.

“Eunice3 Taft of Worcester County, Massachusetts, her Three Husbands, and Some of her Descendants,” The American Genealogist 77 (2002):66–74.

“Linking Children to Parents with a Surveyor’s Chain: The Sibleys of New Salem, Massachusetts,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 90 (2002):191–210.

With George F. Sanborn, Jr., FASG, “Some Descendants of Robert1 Mason of Boston, Massachusetts,” The New Hampshire Genealogical Record 20 (2003):131–40; 21 (2004):57–64, 102–12.

“Captain Richard3 Carder of Warwick, Rhode Island, and Stonington and New London, Connecticut, With the Marriage of Samuel3 Richardson of East Haddam, Connecticut,” The American Genealogist 79 (2004):100–08.

With L. Randall Harris, “The Origins of Thomas1 Harris and William1 Harris of Providence, Rhode Island,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 167 (2013):96–104.


Naugatuck, Connecticut, Congregational Church Records, 1781–1901 (Baltimore, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 1987). FHL microfilm 1,440,696, item 6.

Nutmegger Index (Camden, Me.: Picton Press, 1996).

Descendants of Peter Mills of Windsor, Connecticut (Camden, Maine: Penobscot Press, 1998). Won the 1999 Donald Lines Jacobus Award.

A Finding Aid for Rhode Island Town Records in Arnold’s Vital Record of Rhode Island, Beaman’s Rhode Island Vital Records: New Series and the Rhode Island Genealogical Register (Acton, Mass., 2000).

A Mills and Kendall Family History: American Ancestry and Descendants of Herbert Lee Mills and Bessie Delano Kendall (Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2002). Winner of the 2003 Connecticut Society of Genealogists Brainard T. Peck Award for Family History.

Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes, Volumes 3 and 4, 1663–1687, 1697 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005). Won a prize from the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.

[Editor for:] Shirley Louise Purtell Bickel, Descendants of Richard Coman of Salem, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island (Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2006).

Some Descendants of John Sibley of Salem, Massachusetts (Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2006).

The Pierponts of Roxbury, Massachusetts (Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2007).

Colony of Connecticut, Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669–1711 (Boston: NEHGS, 2009).

Descendants of John Mills of Stamford, Connecticut (Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2010). Won a prize from the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.

Descendants of Roger Billings of Dorchester, Massachusetts (Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2012). Won a National Genealogical Society prize.

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 (Boston: NEHGS, 2012; vol. 2 coming in 2016).

Descendants of Anthony Smith of Waterbury, Connecticut (Boston: Newbury Street Press, forthcoming in 2016).