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  • 1999 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 1
    Whole #1
    August 4, 1999
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    HisGen Highlights


    -Middlesex Wills published
    -July Register
    -NEHGS in St. Louis
    -Courses, Conferences & Seminars update
    -Society News


    Middlesex County in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay in New England: Records of Probate and Administration October 1645-December 1660 (NEHG 1999) by Robert H. Rodgers is out now. It is also known by its in-house name Middlesex Wills.

    The latest issue of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register is due by Labor Day. Features include a Middlesex Wills-related story by Gary Boyd Roberts, the conclusion of John Bradley Arthaud's study of the John Wallis Family of Cape Ann, MA, and an article by Neil Thompson, FASG, "The English Ancestry of Thomasine (Clench) Frost, First Wife of Edmund Frost of Cambridge, Massachusetts."

    If you will be attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in St. Louis this week, stop by the NEHGS booth (Numbers 93 and 94 in the exhibit hall) and say hello. We will be featuring the latest Society publications as well as books and CDs from other publishers, and NEHGS Director Ralph Crandall will meet informally with members from 12-2PM on Friday and Saturday. For more information please email

    Autumn is a busy time for the Education Department, as three major events occur within a few weeks. The fourth Boston-area Irish Genealogical Conference takes place on September 17th and 18th. Computer Resources for Genealogists, a day-long seminar on September 24th (repeated on the 25th), features guest experts Richard W. Eastman (Eastman's Online Genealogical Newsletter), Stephen B. Kyner (The Computer Genealogist) and noted computer genealogy editor Rhonda R. McClure. Marcia Melnyk's popular Genealogy 101 daytime course begins on Thursday, October 7th. Registration information is available by calling the Society's Education Department toll-free at 1-888-286-3447.

    Society News

    The name of the new NEHGS website is Society staff, Trustees and Members eagerly await its arrival. With numerous new features including columns by noted genealogists written exclusively for the new site, Discussion Groups, searchable databases and more, its arrival symbolizes the meshing of contemporary technology with the time-proven scholarship which has been a Society hallmark since before the Civil War. This project has proved complicated, involving every Staff member, and though delays have been encountered the Society still hopes to debut in October.

    Members who wish to be notified of the site's launch and of the method for "signing in" to Members Only areas are encouraged to submit their e-mail address, name AND membership number to

    The Quincy Project, which involves digitization of almost a million Vital Records from that Massachusetts city, is still in its very early stages, according to NEHGS Reference Librarian Michael Leclerc, who is working closely with municipal officials to address cost and format issues.

    Construction has begun at the Society's home on Newbury Street, with contractors now installing removable shelving in the basement as part of the initial phase of the project.

    Copyright 1845-1999 NEHGS

    It has been 20,375 days since Gary answered e-mail

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