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Volume 11, Number 4, Fall 2010

Climbing Your Family Tree on
AmericanAncestors.org

Up Front

Greetings from NEHGS

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In This Issue

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Letters & Feedback

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Announcements
Under Construction • New Books from NEHGS • Free Fun Friday • History of Roxbury lecture • New Searchable Databases on AmericanAncestors.org • Subscribe now for the 2011 Great Migration Newsletter • At the July NEHGS dinner • Obituaries

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Education Programs & Tours
New England and New York • English Hertiage Long Weekend • Washington, D.C., Research Tour • Allen County Public Library Research Tour • Come Home to New England • Weekend Research Trip to Albany • Weekend Research Getaways • Online and Boston Educational Programs

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The Online Genealogist

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Features

Climbing Your Family Tree on AmericanAncestors.org: A New National Resource for NEHGS Members and the Public
Ryan J. Woods

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The Francophone Exodus to the United States, 1840 to 1930
Félix Lafrance

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Tracing the Origins of Joseph Hebert
Elizabeth Hebert

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Bringing a Photograph to Life: The Story of Joseph L. Miner
Margrit Myrback

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The Genealogy Services at Library and Archives Canada, with an Emphasis on French-Canadian Resources
Nicole Watier and Sylvie Tremblay

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Undiscovered Mayflower Lineages
Caleb H. Johnson

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When a Sioux Chief Met Our Grandmother: An Intersection of Two Worlds
Cindy Haas Griffeth and Bill Haas

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Chance Bradstreet (1762–1810), Servant of Abraham Dodge of Ipswich, Massachusetts
Christopher Challender Child

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Columns

Genetics & Genealogy
The Gray Family of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Clues to the Origins of Jabez Warren of Lebanon, Connecticut, and Brimfield, Massachusetts
George Edward Gray

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Manuscripts at NEHGS
Recently Acquired Genealogical Charts: Depictions of the Cooper, Folger, and Fox Families
Timothy G.X. Salls and Thomas R. Wilcox, Jr.

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Diaries at NEHGS
A Selection from the Diary of Robert Allen Hayden
Robert Shaw

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Tales from the Courthouse
Freeing Joan Jackson: The Precarious Status of a New London Woman
Diane Rapaport

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Focus on New York
Serendipity in New York Genealogy: My Personal Experiences
John L. Scherer

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Spotlight on New York Resources at NEHGS

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Family Focus
Genealogies in Progress, Genealogies Recently Published, Other Books & CDs Recently Published, Family ASsociations, DNA Studies in Progress

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About NEHGS

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