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  • 1999 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 11
    Whole #11
    December 14, 1999
    -Holiday & Inventory Closings
    -Scouring Shelves: Inventory Time
    -Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs
    -Website FAQs


    The Society will be closed on the following dates:

    December 24th through December 27th (Holiday)


    December 31st through January 8th, 2000 (Holiday & Inventory)


    Inventory Time

    According to Lynne Burke, head of Technical Services at NEHGS, the upcoming library inventory will be the first and most comprehensive in over four years. Staff and volunteers, working in tandem, go through the shelf list cards located in the Technical Services Department. What are shelf list cards? If the Society's collection were to be located on one very, very long shelf, they would be arranged in the order in which they are represented in the shelf list cards, not the card catalogs which are alphabetized by author, title and subject. "It's a team effort, and very important for keeping the collection in good order," Lynne said this week. "And having open shelves, it's that much more important. People still try to re-shelve books, thinking that they're doing us a favor, and that's one way that mistakes occur."

    Items not found using the shelf list cards are compiled into lists. Once misfiled items are located, the final list is pored over by those staff who comprise the Collection Development Committee. Some missing books are irreplaceable while in other cases the committee chooses not to replace them. "In a number of ways, this is the most important facet of inventory," Lynne said. "Whether we decide to replace certain books, if those books are replaceable or not, it also gives us a good read on our own security policies."

    Microfiche will also be inventoried, though microfilm will not be included in this sweep due to the fact that is is already frequently handled, and comparatively easy to locate if misfiled.  "Microfiches are slender and easy to misfile, "Lynne said. "If some are misplaced, they could be lost for years."


    The NEHGS Sales Department is pleased to announce the availability of Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs, by former NEHGS Director of Library User Services Maureen A. Taylor.

    Everyone keeps old family photographs, whether in frames, albums, or shoeboxes.  These photos house a treasury of genealogical information, revealing unique details about your ancestors’ lives, personalities and everyday realities.  This new guide will teach you how to identify different types of family photographs and to determine their date, locations, and in some instances, their photographer.  Case studies of actual photographs illustrate how other details, such as poses, props, dress and setting can lead to new genealogical discoveries.

    Betterway Books.  1999.  224pp.  Softcover.

    Item #B2-62944

    Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs may be purchased for $18.99, plus $3.50 for shipping and handling (MA residents must add 5% sales tax).  Please call the Sales Department, toll-free, at 1-888-296-3447, or order through our secure online ordering system at  Please mention this newsletter when placing your order.

    There's still plenty of time to place Christmas orders with the NEHGS Sales Department!  And if you are puzzled about what to get your favorite genealogist, a gift certificate to the Sales Department makes the perfect gift.  In most cases, we can ship orders out within 48 hours. We offer Next Day, Second Day and Three Day UPS service, as well as standard UPS and mail options. To place an order, call the Sales Department at 1-888-296-3447 from 9-5 Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or order online anytime at


    Website FAQ's

    Q: Is the site still in beta testing phase?

    A: Yes. It is located at , but it has not been officially launched.

    Q: Does the Book Shop work?

    A: Yes, you may make purchases therein.

    Q: Can I borrow books at this site?

    A: Members who wish to borrow from our Circulating Library should still use the order form at while we address billing issues on the new site.

    Q: How do I log in?

    A: You need your membership number, found on the mailing label of NEXUS and the Register, and your last name as it appears on your membership application.

    Q: Last week the Forums vanished, then reappeared. What's going on?

    A: De-bugging is what's going on, as we continue to address log-in issues, speed issues and privacy issues.

    Q: Can I post to the Forums?

    A: Yes, and you may also set your preferences to be automatically notified of any posts in response to your post. Over the course of the next few weeks, much more detail about the Forums will be found in the Forums themselves.

    Q: I recently joined, but my information does not enable me to log-in.

    A: We have sent an updated membership info database, we await its uploading, and are de-bugging this area as well. If you wish temporary access, please email, and please have your membership number handy.

    Q: If I join online do I have to wait for access?

    A: No. Those who join online will receive an email with "temporary" account log-in information. That provides access for several business days, or until your information is processed by our Membership Department.


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