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Volume 13, Number 2, Spring 2012

“Captivity with ye Barbarous Turks”:
17th-Century New Englanders Held Hostage

Up Front

A Special Announcement

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In This Issue

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Letters & Feedback

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Announcements
2012 Summer Dinner • Free Fun Friday • African-American History and Genealogy Day • Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th edition • NEHGS hosts Italian partnership • ASG Scholar Award • Junior League of Boston at NEHGS • New York Family History Day • The Complete Great Migration Newsletter, Volume 1–20 • The Winthrop Fleet • Guide to Published Genealogies in the Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society • Duck “ConDUCKtors” Breakfast and Tour • New searchable databases • Obituaries

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Education Programs & Tours
Behind the Scenes Tour of “Old Ironsides” • Come Home to New England • Publishing Your Family History • Fall Weekend Research Getaway • Albany Research Tour • Salt Lake City Research Tour • Boston Educational Programs

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The Online Genealogist

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Features

“Captivity with ye Barbarous Turks”: Seventeeth-Century New Englanders Held Hostage
Beth A. Bower

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From Family Myth to Historical Account: The McMillan Incident in 1814 Detroit
Patricia Dingwall Thompson

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The Path to Edward Bird: A Story of Identity, Assimilation, and Discovery
Michael F. Dwyer

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Weighing the Evidence
Henry B. Hoff

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Was Susanna (Boylston) Adams Illiterate?
Harry Faulkner

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Establishing Kinship with Family Reunion Announcements
Patricia Bravender

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Abstracts, 1706–1863: New Databases on AmericanAncestors.org
Sean Furniss

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Columns

Genetics & Genealogy
Chasing Harrimans through Y-DNA
F. Stephen Gauss

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Manuscripts at NEHGS
Serving our Members: Manuscript Reference Services at NEHGS
Judith Lucey

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Diaries at NEHGS
An Excerpt from “Inklings of Belknap Street Sabbath School, Vol. 1,” by Josiah Freeman Bumstead, 1834
Robert Shaw

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Focus on New York
Appreciating the New York State Census
Henry B. Hoff

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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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