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Volume 13, Number 3, Summer 2012

Beneath the Lid of the Melting Pot:
Dr. Bryan Sykes on DNA USA

Up Front

A Special Announcement

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In This Issue

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Letters & Feedback

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Announcements
Annual Meeting and Benefit Gala Dinner • New Trustees and Councilors • Register and Great Migration Study Project celebrations • New Lowell genealogy wins two national awards • New searchable databases • New books • Employees of the Year • Obituaries • An interview with David H. Burnham

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Education Programs & Tours
Writings and Publishing Your Family History • Weekend Research Getaway • Uncovering Voices from the Back Stairs • Salt Lake City Research Tour • Boston Educational Programs

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The Online Genealogist

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Features

Beneath the Lid of the Melting Pot
Bryan Sykes

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Slavery and Freedom in a Colonial Connecticut Town
Grant Hayter-Menzies

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Breaking Down the John Pickering Brick Wall
Bill Griffeth

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Hitting the Genealogy Trail: Researching the Cooke, White, and Robbins Families from Massachusetts to Iowa
Anne Kaufman

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Magnifying a Life: Researching Captain John F. Appelman
Katherine Dimancescu

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Introducing Western Massachusetts Families in 1790
Helen Shatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG

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A Continental Collection: Surprising & Superb
Gary Boyd Roberts

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Columns

Research Case Studies at NEHGS
Obtaining Dual U.S.-Irish Citizenship
Suzanne M. Stewart

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Genetics & Genealogy
My Journey in Autosomal Testing
Christopher Challender Child

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Manuscripts at NEHGS
Funeral Home Records in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections
Timothy G. X. Salls

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Diaries at NEHGS
From the Diary of Nedwiga Regina (Shober) Gray, October 1890
Robert Shaw

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Focus on New York
Seen Elsewhere: New York-Related Articles in 2010–2011 Issues of Some Non-New York Journals
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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