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  • 1999 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 10
    Whole #10
    November 24, 1999
    -Society News
    -Microtext Center Additions
    -Dublin Seminar Call for Papers
    -Savings on Selected Titles
    - Website FAQs
    - From the Circulating Library Coordinator


    Society News

    The Society will be closed on November 25, 1999. Happy Thanksgiving!

    On Monday, December 6th the Education Department presents Getting Started in Your Family History at NEHGS in Boston, at noon and 7PM. For information about this event, please contact the Education Department toll-free at 1-888-AT-NEHGS (286-3447) or email

    Newbury Street Press is pleased to announce the publication of A Head Family History by John Bradley Arthaud, M.D. Its full title is A Head Family History with allied colonial Maryland families of Bigger, Boteler, Lingan, and Wilson and with allied contemporary lines of Arthaud, Braun, Clark, James, Kimmis, and Parks.


    Recent major additions to the Society's Microtext Center at Newbury Street include the following:

    -          the 1920 Census and Soundex for all New England States.

    -          Probate Records for Barnstable, Berkshire, Dukes, Essex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth and Worcester Counties in Massachusetts.

    -          Deeds for Bristol and Franklin Counties in Massachusetts.

    -          Ordinance Survey Maps for Ireland.

    The above represents over 1500 reels of film.


    The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife has announced the subject of its next annual conference, New England Celebrates: Spectacle, Commemoration, and Festivity. It will be held in June.

    The Seminar, held in conjunction with Boston University's Program in American and New England Studies, the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society and NEHGS, will occur in Deerfield, Massachusetts on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, 2000. A call for papers follows:

    The Seminar is accepting proposals for papers and demonstrations on all aspects of popular celebrations and festivities in New England and contiguous portions of New York State and Canada, 1500 to the present. The conference will focus on a wide range of ritualized observances, spectacles, and protests that involved crowds as participants or spectators, or commemorations of these observances in historical memory. These events include patriotic processions and parades; commencements; agricultural fairs; family and ethnic celebrations; dances; powwows; religious revivals; fraternal organizations; weddings, wakes and funerals; declarations of peace; battle victories; and fasts and thanksgivings. Other events include public executions; strikes; openings; state visits; Negro election days; antislavery marches; and historic reenactments. Commemorative dates include the kings' and queens' birthdays, the Fourth of July, Fifth of November nights, Christmas, Halloween, Washington's birthday, old home days, founders' days and town centennials. The conference will also consider the languages of celebration, such as drinking customs, toasts, fireworks, costumes, tableaux vivants, musical compositions, painted transparencies, memorial portraits and prints, and panoramic views of battles. Preference will be given to proposals that offer interpretations based on primary sources, such as decorative arts collections; advertising; probate inventories; portraiture and other forms of art; early prints; newspapers and broadsides; diaries, account books, personal papers, and correspondence; and oral histories and reminiscences.

    For further information about the conference or paper proposal guidelines, please email Peter Benes, Director, Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife at


    The following items are available for at least 50% off their original prices! 

    The prices indicated already reflect the discount.  Quantities are limited.  Order by calling the Sales Department, toll-free, at 1-888-296-3447, or visiting 

    Shipping Charges:  Please add $3.50 for the first book and $1.25 for each additional book or CD.  

    Tax:  MA residents must add 5% sales tax to items marked with an asterisk (*).


    1880 U.S. Census:  Cook County, Illinois (CD-ROM)

    Automated Archives.  Item # CD-35.  $5.00*

    Arkansas Marriage Records (CD-ROM)

    Automated Archives.  Item #CD-6.  $14.95*

    Genealogy of the Maulsby Family for Five Generations, 1699-1902

    By Cora M. (Patty) Payne

    1902.  Hardcover.  Photocopy.  $15.50

    Genealogy of the Kennan Family

    By Thomas Lathrop Kennan

    1907.  Hardcover.  Photocopy.  $14.00

    Notes on Historical References to the Scottish Family of Lauder

    Edited by James Young

    1844.  Hardcover.  Photocopy.  $12.00


    Website FAQs for

    Q: Is the site public yet?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Is the new Book Shop open?

    A: No. Please visit the Online Sales Catalog at or call the Sales Department, toll-free, at 1-888-296-3447.

    Q: Can I join online?

    A. Those wishing to use Membership forms to join or renew should visit <> or call, toll-free, 1-888-286-3447.

    Q: Is all data current?

    A: No. The site is still in beta-test phase. Please visit <> for the most up-to-date information, especially regarding sales items, membership information, and library holdings.

    Q: I cannot log in!

    A: Access issues should be addressed (at your earliest convenience) to the Society's Internet Services Department. Please include your name and Membership number somewhere in the e-mail. The e-mail address is still A reminder that Members only need their Membership numbers and last names (as password) to log in.

    Q: I was surfing the web, and came across a genealogy site that links to the Society's "old" site of Should I tell them to change their links?

    A: We appreciate the thought, but at this time, the most helpful method for addressing this issue is to alert the Society's Internet Services Department to the existence and location of this link. You can do that via email at  There are hundreds of sites currently linked to  and we have made a list of most of them. Given the elasticity of the web, however, it is difficult to pinpoint every one as many pages are created and deleted at a dizzying pace.

    Q: I saw a website that the Society's site should link to. Is there a procedure for alerting the Society to this fact?

    A: As you can tell, the mailbox is very active these days, but yes, that email address is the one to which you may direct any suggestions about links.

    Q: I was visiting another website / Discussion Forum and saw information there that I believe to be under copyright protection by the Society. What should I do?

    A: Again, we do not recommend contacting that site's owners directly, but would suggest that you alert us to the location involved. Copyright and intellectual rights conflicts are increasing on the Internet as a whole. Realistically, the Society does not always have the resources to protect its copyrighted works from unauthorized reproduction, whether online or otherwise.

    Those requesting permission to reprint or post material currently under copyright by NEHGS are encouraged to contact with their requests.


    From the Circulating Library Coordinator:

    We are planning to publish a new set of Circulating Library Catalogs early in the new year.  I am currently updating and editing the catalogs, and we are making a few changes which should facilitate their usefulness.  Stay tuned…

    I am beginning to add email addresses to our database as time permits.  They provide quick access to you if we have problems with your orders, or if you have queries.  This has been working well.  For those members who phone or mail in their orders, please include your email addresses.

    Recent acquisitions to the Circulating Library include genealogies on the following families: Kamm (1993), Nickerson Part IV (1973), Nourse and Boyd (1955), Owen (1929), Sackett, Weygant and Mapes  families (1897)the Smiths of Cape Breton, and Swain and allied families (1896).

    Other acquisitions include a number of books which may be helpful for your Irish research, including guides tracing ancestors in Dublin, Kerry and Mayo, three books on Sligo, Londonderry County parishes, Volumes 30-37 of Families, a guide to Greek ancestry, Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants, Revolutionary Soldiers in Virginia, A Roster of Union Soldiers for Maine and New Hampshire during the Civil War. Histories include those of Boothbay region, New Portland ME, Durham NH, Harwich MA, Marshfield MA, North Haven and Salisbury CT, early church records of Orange County NY and Lebanon County PA, and more.


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