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  • 2000 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 16
    Whole #16
    February 24, 2000
    * In Honor of Black History Month...
    * Lunchroom
    * From the Circulating Library Coordinator
    * Seeking Family Reunion Info
    * Online Genealogy Books On Sale
    * Publications Update
    * Frequently-Asked Questions


    The following announces a new addition to the American Memory online collections at the Library of Congress.  From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909 Pamphlets documenting the African-American experience from slavery to the early twentieth century are the most recent addition to the American Memory historical collections.  From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909 contains 397 pamphlets written by African Americans and others on a variety of subjects relating to African-American history, including slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, and Reconstruction. The materials range from personal accounts and public orations to organizational reports and legislative speeches.  Authors include Lydia Maria Child, Alexander Crummell, Frederick Douglass, Kelly Miller, Charles Sumner, Mary Church Terrell, and Booker T. Washington.

    From Slavery to Freedom offers page images of each pamphlet as well as fully searchable transcribed texts and browse lists organized by author, title, and subject.  A special presentation highlights approximately twenty collection titles.  These include The Life of James Mars, a first-person account of slave life in Connecticut; The Influential Appeal to the Christian Women of the South by abolitionist Angelina Emily Grimk√©; a turn-of-the-century voting manual for African-American men; and a speech by Booker T. Washington advocating support for initiatives to educate African Americans.

    Although they do not offer a comprehensive history of African-American life, these pamphlets provide insight into the ideas and events of their day in a historically important physical format that often fails to survive the test of time.  Those interested in publishing will enjoy the variety of papers, type faces, and printing methods used to produce these materials.

    The African American Pamphlet Collection was accessioned in 1990-91 from a miscellaneous pamphlet collection in the Library's Rare Book and Special Collections Division.  The pamphlets were singled out for their significance to African-American history and recataloged to enhance access. The collection complements the division's Daniel A.P. Murray Pamphlet Collection, which is also a part of American Memory (URL: The online presentation of the African American Pamphlet Collection was made possible by a major gift from the Citicorp Foundation, and is part of a five-year effort to add rare and unique items from the Library's vast African-American collections to the National Digital Library.

    From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909 can be found at the following URL: Please direct any questions to



    Visitors to the Society are advised that there will be no formal lunchroom, per se, due to ongoing construction, but the Education Center can be used when it has been completed AND when other programs are not scheduled.


    News from the Circulating Library


    The 2000 edition of the Circulating Library catalog is at the printer.  We are hopeful for availability at the end of February at the earliest. I have had many calls regarding the use of our new website for searching our holdings.  I have talked with a number of you personally about some of the beta-phase programming issues, but it may be more useful to describe yourproblem to our webmaster directly by sending an email from the new site.Click on "About NEHGS" then "Our Staff".New acquisitions now on the shelf include new family genealogies of:Campbell, Crocker, Donald, Merriman(1914), McKitricks , Pepys, Putnam, Russell,Terrill, and Trickler.  New research aids and other resources include: Inventory of Church Records of the British Isles, Soldiers of KingPhilip's War, Maine Revolutionary Pensioners, A Historical Sketch ofFryeburg, Sedgewick, ME-First Baptist Church, Danville, NH, Colonial Historyof Dover, NH, vital records of Croyden, NH, Safe Thus Far: a history of Guilford Congregational Church in Guilford, VT, Founders of Groton, MA, volume 13 of Barbour Collection with towns of Franklin and Glastonbury, Emigrants to Chautauqua Cty, NY,Volumes 5-8 of the Maryland Calendar of Wills covering the years 1720-1743,Tidewater Virginia, Marriages of Henrico Cty, VA, Registers of Free Blacks of Northumberland Cty, VA, Old Houses in Princess Anne Cty, VA, History of the German Element in VA (1898), Slaveholders and their Slaves, Union Parish, LA,Cemetery Inscriptions of BellBranch and Mount Hazel, Redford Township, Wayne County, MI, and The Early History of the Catholic Church of Prince Edward Island 1721-1835 (1905).


    From the Calendar Coordinator...

    If your family reunion is taking place in New England this year we invite you to list it in the reunion section of our New England Calendar of Events page on Send pertinent information to the Calendar Coordinator. Please remember to include family name, date of event, place (reunions taking place in NewEngland only, please), contact name, e-mail address and website information (if applicable). Best wishes for a successful reunion!


    New From the NEHGS Sales Department

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy
    By Rhonda McClure

    Written by a professional genealogist specializing in New England research and computerized genealogy, this new book is an easy-to-follow guide to using cyberspace to your best genealogical advantage. McClure will teach you to search online for vital documents such as birth, marriage, and death

    certificates; refine your online searches for maximum information yield; start and maintain a computerized f amily history; and organize both your paper and computer files for easy cataloging and access. The book also includes addresses of genealogy Web sites featuring searchable databases; insider tips on accessing resources; advice on genealogy software, databases, chat rooms, bulletin boards, and Web sites; guidelines for connecting with other researchers; codes and acronyms used by professional genealogists; and guidelines for mapping out your own genealogical search plan.


    Alpha Books.  2000.  398pp.  Softcover. $16.95*  Item #B2-62208

    SPECIAL OFFER: The Genealogy Forum on America Online: A User's Guide

    By George Morgan


    AOL is the home of the Genealogy Forum, a vast and diverse repository of genealogical resources for genealogists of every experience level.  This guide will introduce you to the different types of resources found within the forum.

    Ancestry.  1998.  288pp.  Softcover. WAS $19.95*  NOW $14.96*  Item #B2-62203

    You may place your order online at or by calling the Sales Department, toll-free, at 1-888-296-3447.  A shipping and handling charge of $3.50 for the first item, and $1.25 for each additional item, will be added to your order.  Massachusetts residents will also be charged 5% sales tax.  Please refer to this newsletter when placing your order.


    Publications Department Update

    The January 2000 New England Historical and Genealogical Register is now at our mailing house. Stay tuned for the imminent release of the inaugural issue of New England Ancestors magazine, the successor to NEXUS.

    ----------------------- FAQ's

    (Editor's Note: some of the following are repeated from earlier issues for the benefit of new subscribers)

    Q: How do I log in to access members-only areas of your new website?
    A: On the home page at there are two boxes near the upper left corner. Type your membership number in the top and your last name as it appears on your membership application in the bottom box.

    Q: If I join online will I have access right away?
    A: If you use to join online, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail which contains temporary access codes for your use until a six-digit membership number is assigned by our Membership Department. If you join using our old site at , you will be able to access the members-only areas after we process your membership and you receive your information via US Postal Service.

    Q: If I don't need to use members-only content, but only wish to buy or borrow a book, why should I log in?
    A: Numerous titles in the Book Shop feature reduced prices for members, and the member's discount will be reflected in your total only if you have logged in as a member. As for borrowing books online, you will be unable to place titles from the Circulating Library into your Shopping Cart unless you've logged in.

    Q: Are you planning to add databases?
    A: Absolutely. Among the first, if not THE first (besides our existing online library catalogs) will be the Register Index of Names, containing well over two million searchable entries.

    Q: Is this newsletter for members only?
    A: Not at all; please feel free to circulate at will, though usual copyright laws apply....


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