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Volume 16, Number 4, Fall 2015

Golden Age Pirates & New England Captives

Up Front


In This Issue

Programs & Tours

Connecting Families. Advancing History.

Staff Profile

Ask Our Genealogists


A Long Shadow of Doubt: Pirates and Captives in Atlantic History
Gregory N. Flemming

For Rememberance and Amusement: Mid-19th-Century Images of the Cutler Family
Maureen Taylor

Elizabeth King Horton’s Fight for Half-pay Pension
Stephen D. Sanford

The Letter that Led to a Lost Swedish History
Anne Hanson

Mary Ann Goodrich’s Sampler: Chronicling the Beginning and End of a Wethersfield Family
Dan and Marty Campanelli


Jewish Heritage Center Spotlight
“How Can We Ever Forget Massachusetts?’ Abraham Ratshesky and the 1917 Halifax Relief Effort
Stephanie Call

Manuscripts @ NEHGS
Preserving One Family’s Story: The Button-Treadwell Family Reunion Collection
Judy Lucey

Focus on New York
Clues from the Coroner
Meldon J. Wolfgang III

Obituaries Family Focus
From our collections Index of Persons