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Divers: 1811 Wreck of Perry Ship Discovered Off R.I.

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

The Boston Globe is reporting that a team of divers say they've discovered the remains of the USS Revenge, a ship commanded by U.S. Navy hero Oliver Hazard Perry and wrecked off Rhode Island in 1811.The divers, Charles Buffum, a brewery owner from Stonington, Conn., and Craig Harger, a carbon dioxide salesman from Colchester, Conn., say the wreck changed the course of history because Perry likely would not have been sent to Lake Erie otherwise.

Research Recommendations: New Year's Resolutions 2011

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

In last week’s survey we asked about your resolutions for the coming year involving your genealogy. Unsurprisingly, the majority of respondents indicated that they would spend time organizing their materials (see below for further details). I am not one to make many resolutions on New Year’s Eve, but I usually make one or two. This year I have decided to make resolutions to accomplish family history goals. Two things have prompted me to get to work and come up with some goals for the year.


First, I received an email in my inbox from an NEHGS member. She recently read an article I had published a few years ago in The American Genealogist and wanted to share with me some new family connections she thinks she may have discovered. As I read the email, I immediately felt the rush of new discovery, and the thrill of a chase about to begin. It reminded me of why I got into this field in the first place. I can’t wait to help her find any connections.


Second, in visiting CNN yesterday I saw an article reprinted from Author Lian Dolan wrote an article entitled “How to Let ‘Er Rip in 2011.” Ms. Dolan’s article provides four basic tips for accomplishing your goals in 2011, which rings quite true for me. Her four tips are:

  1. Saying Yes is as Easy as Saying No
  2. Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You
  3. It’s Okay to Talk to Yourself
  4. Today is as Good a Time as Any

 Read her full article for a fuller explanation of the four steps. We are almost a full week into 2011. Have you made any progress on your resolutions? I’ll keep you posted on mine. Good luck!

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