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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 17
    Whole #17
    March 6, 2000
    - New Society Magazine Set to Launch
    - Circulating Library Catalog Arrives
    - Call for Volunteers
    - Magazine Feedback Question
    - New "Genealogical Thoughts" on RD600
    - Latest Acquisitions
    - MEMBER ALERT: Electronic Proxy Voting
    -  Update


    Society's New Magazine Set to Launch

    The premiere issue of New England Ancestors magazine is now being printed and will be mailed shortly to all NEHGS members. Issue #1 is a special double-length issue featuring articles on “Irish Research at NEHGS,” by Marie E. Daly, “Around New England,” by Ralph J. Crandall, “Focus on New Hampshire Research,” by George Freeman Sanborn Jr. and David Allen Lambert, David Hackett Fischer on “The History in All Men’s Lives,” and “Case Study: The Cabots of the Isle of Jersey,” by John G.L. Cabot. Columns include “The Computer Genealogist: Documenting Electronic Sources,” by Steve Kyner, “Great Migration Diary: Walter Goodwin Davis, Cordial Ghost,” by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, and several new columns, including “Pilgrim Life: Strangers on the Mayflower,” by Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs. Continuing in the new magazine are queries, family association news, and genealogies in progress. The newsmagazine succeeds and incorporates NEXUS and The Computer Genealogist, and is a benefit of membership in NEHGS.


    NEW Circulating Library Catalog

    The Spring 2000 Circulating Library Catalogs have arrived in the NEHGS Sales Department!  These catalogs list the almost 30,000 books which comprise the Circulating Library collection and explain the procedure for borrowing these items.  Those borrowing Circulating Library titles from are reminded that online orders are limited to one, two or three borrowed titles (and multi-volume sets count as more than one title) while our website's special introductory offer lasts.

    The cost for the two-volume catalog set is $15.00, plus shipping and handling.  You may place your order online at, or by calling the Sales Department, toll-free, 1-888-296-3447.  Please refer to this newsletter when placing your order.

    Volunteer on Newbury Street

    We are looking for Volunteers to help us stuff new and prospective membership packets.  We will have a stuffing party on Wednesday, March 15, 2000, beginning roughly at 9AM.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Please e-mail or call Michele F. Leinaweaver ( or 617-536-5740, ext 214) if you are able to help out. Thanks!


    New England Ancestors Magazine Feedback Question

    How do you feel about sampling vs. an every-person-count for the census?  What are your thoughts on Census 2000?  Will any among you be participating as an enumerator? Please share your thoughts with us by responding to or writing to Feedback, NEHGS, 101 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-3007


    Gary Boyd Roberts: "Genealogical Thoughts" and RD600

    As he continues work on his follow-up to Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants, NEHGS Senior Research Scholar, Librarian and Discussion Forum Moderator Gary Boyd Roberts has posted two new columns on Titled "Some Changes in Royal Descents, 1993-2000" and "New - and Deleted - Immigrants of Royal Descent," the latest columns describe in detail some of the lineages which will comprise his upcoming RD600.

    Technical Services Department Update

    The following titles have recently been added to our holdings (...and thanks to Jean Maguire in Tech Services). We hope to make this a recurring feature in HisGen Highlights...

    7th Town / Ameliasburgh Township : past & present.

              Corp. Author: 7th Town Historical Society.

              Publisher:    Milton, ON : Global,

              Call number:  F1059.5/A64 S47 1999

    Across the waters : Ontario immigrants' experiences, 1820-1850

              Author:       Hoffman, Frances.

              Publisher:    Milton, ON : Global,

              Call number:  F1058/H63/1999

    A Bowerman family history : some descendants of Thomas Boreman (c. 1623-1663) of Barnstable, New Plymouth Colony.

              Author:       Bowerman, A. L. (Ann Louise), 1933-

              Publisher:    Baltimore, MD : Gateway Press,

              Call number:  CS71/B7864/1998

     The boys from Rockville : Civil War narratives of Sgt. Benjamin Hirst, Company D, 14th Connecticut Volunteers

              Author:       Hirst, Benjamin, 1828-1909.

              Publisher:    Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press,

              Call number:  E499.5/14th/H57/1998

    Colonial entrepreneur : Dr. Silvester Gardiner and the settlement of Maine's Kennebec Valley.

              Author:       Coolidge, Olivia E.

              Publisher:    Gardiner, Me. : Tilbury House Publishers,

              Call number:  F27/K32/C66/1999

    The descendants of James and Robert Wilson 1680-1995, and related families, Gibbs, Carey, Klumph, Hanley, Smith, Place, Carpenter.

              Author:       Sloane, L. Ted.

              Publisher:    Bloomfield Hills, Mich. : Charles L. Wilson Jr.,

              Call number:  CS71/W75/1996

    Descendants of Nicholas Humes of Massachusetts : the first five generations.

              Author:       Humes, Charles Warren.

              Publisher:    Fountain Hills, Ariz. : Clipper Press,

              Call number:  CS71/H92/1996

    Descendants of Samuel Mapes (1736-1820) and Mary Smith (1739-1827) from Howells, NY.

              Author:       Boyle, Joseph.

              Corp. Author: Mapes Family Association.

              Publisher:    Knoxville, Tenn. : Tennessee Valley Pub.,

              Call number:  CS71/M295/1998a

     Descendants of Thomas Mapes (1628-1687) and Sarah Purrier (1630-1697) from Southold, Long Island, NY.

              Author:       Boyle, Joseph.

              Corp. Author: Mapes Family Association.

              Publisher:    Knoxville, Tenn. : Tennessee Valley Pub.,

              Call number:  CS71/M295/1998

    Dickerson family history : Edward E. & Albert Bixby Dickerson, their ancestors and their descendants, 1636-1996.

              Author:       Dickerson, Wilton H.

              Corp. Author: Dickerson Family Association.

              Publisher:    Baltimore, MD : Gateway Press,

              Call number:  CS71/D5495/1998

    Family Chronicle's Introduction to genealogy.

              Publisher:    Toronto, ON ; Lewiston, NY : Moorshead Magazines,

              Call number:  CS16/F36/1999

    Four pioneer families of Minnesota and their Puritan and Quaker heritage: the Hollinshead, Baker, Rice, and Kneeland families -- their stories, ancestries, and descendants.

              Author:       Hollinshead, Henry Morgan, 1919-

              Publisher:    New York : Heptagon Press,

              Call number:  CS71/H742/1998

    A genealogical glimpse of historic Port Gamble.

              Author:       Miller, Thomas F.

              Publisher:    [Anaheim, Calif.?] : T.F. Miller,

              Call number:  F899/P83/M55/1998

    Growing up way downeast : a memoir of childhood on the coast of Maine.

              Author:       Bridges, Doris A. (Doris Alina), 1900-1993.

              Publisher:    Mt. Desert, Me. : Windswept House Publishers,

              Call number:  F29/P393/B75/1997

    Hale brothers : ancestry and descendants of the three sons of Roger Hale of Glastonbury, Connecticut, Titus Hale (1802-1844), Israel Foote Hale (1804-1891), Marvin Hale (1823-1890)

              Author:       Helm, David A. (David Alexander), 1944-

              Publisher:    Wyandotte, OK : Gregath Pub. Co.,

              Call number:  CS71/H163/1997a

    Hensonville : a mountaintop history, Windham, New York.

              Author:       Hitchcock, Elwood, 1908-

              Publisher:    Hensonville, N.Y. : Black Dome Press,

              Call number:  F129/H45/H58/1998

    Institutional individualism : conversion, exile, and nostalgia in Puritan New England.

              Author:       Kaufmann, Michael W., 1964-

              Publisher:    Hanover, NH : Wesleyan University Press,

              Call number:  F7/K38/1998

    Inventing New England : regional tourism in the nineteenth century.

              Author:       Brown, Dona.

              Publisher:    Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press,

              Call number:  F9/B76/1995

    Kinfolks of Granville County North Carolina 1765-1826.

              Author:       Gwynn, Zae Hargett.

              Publisher:    Spartanburg, S.C. : Reprint Co. ,

              Call number:  F262/G85/G86/1974 also LOAN

    Lovell's gazetteer of British North America, 1873.

              Author:       Crossby, P. A. (Peter Alfred), b. 1842.

              Publisher:    Milton, ON : Global,

              Call number:  REF F1004/L912/1998

    Mapes descendants not presently connected to the lineage of Thomas Mapes of Southold, NY.

              Author:       Boyle, Joseph.

              Corp. Author: Mapes Family Association.

              Publisher:    Knoxville, Tenn. : Tennessee Valley Pub.,

              Call number:  CS71/M295/1998b

    Middlesex County in the colony of the Massachusetts Bay in New England: records of probate and administration October 1649 - December 1660.

              Author:       Rodgers, Robert H. (Robert Howard), 1944-

              Publisher:    Boston : New England Historic Genealogical Society,

              Call number:  REF F72/M7/R63/1999 also LOAN

    Plemons /  Plemmons and kin : A to Z.

              Author:       Webb, Janet.

              Publisher:    Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books,

              Call number:  CS71/P724/1997

    The Pritchard family history : the Virginia line from Thomas, Jamestown immigrant. With related lines of Tichenell, Nestor, and Meredith, and including memoirs of Ernest Markwood Pritchard.

              Author:       Cary, Emily Pritchard, 1931-

              Publisher:    Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books,

              Call number:  CS71/P9614/1999

    Quaint and historic forts of North America.

              Author:       Hammond, John Martin, 1886-1939.

              Publisher:    Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books,

              Call number:  E159/H22/1915

    The Russells of New England and their immigrant ancestors : featuring the Russell, Poore, Cooley, Clough, Arms, Childs and MacIntyre families.

              Author:       White, Franklin Heinritz, 1927-

              Publisher:    Wyoming, Ohio : White House Enterprises,

              Call number:  CS71/R965/1997

    The saving remnant : religion and the settling of New England

              Author:       Cowing, Cedric B.

              Publisher:    Urbana : University of Illinois Press,

              Call number:  BR530/C68/1995

    Short history of the Gardner & Arnold Button family : and including the Barnum Treadwell family.

              Author:       Cornish, Marilyn Button, 1936-

              Publisher:    [New York?] : M.B. Cornish,

              Call number:  CS71/B989/1998

    A special union : a psycho-social-biologic perspective.

              Author:       Moore, George, 1921-

              Publisher:    Whitestone, VA : G. Moore ; East Brunswick, NJ : R.V. Moore ; Springfield, VT : S.M. Barnes,

              Call number:  CS71/M82/1998

    Supplement to Soldiers, sailors, and patriots of the Revolutionary War, Maine.

              Author:       Fisher, Carleton Edward, 1913-

              Publisher:    Rockport, Me. : Picton Press,

              Call number:  REF/E263/M4/F54/1982/Suppl. also LOAN

    The Sutton Freelands legends and letters : including a genealogy of some of the descendants of James Freeland of Hopkinton, Massachusetts and particularly the descendants of Dr. James Freeland of Sutton, Massachusetts and their related maternal ancestors.

              Author:       Stone, Roy Freeland, 1934-

              Publisher:    Wilton, New Hampshire : privately published, (Somersworth, N.H. : New Hampshire Printers)

              Call number:  CS71/F854/1997

    The Talbot regime, or, The first half century of the Talbot settlement.

              Author:       Ermatinger, C. O. (Charles Oakes), 1851-1921.

              Publisher:    Milton, ON : Global Heritage Press,

              Call number:  F1059.5/T34/E76/1904

    Tejano legacy : rancheros and settlers in south Texas, 1734-1900.

              Author:       Alonzo, Armando C.

              Publisher:    Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press,

              Call number:  F392/R5/A46/1998

    Tracing the past in Lexington, Massachusetts.

              Author:       Worthen, Edwin B., 1879-1956.

              Publisher:    New York : Vantage Press,

              Call number:  F74/L67/W77/1998

    Vital statistics of Epsom, New Hampshire 1727-1927.

              Author:       Jones, William H., 1927-

              Publisher:    Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books,

              Call number:  F44/E6/J66/1999 also LOAN

    A Weaver's source book : uphome with Jonas and Emma.

              Author:       Houser, Mary Lou Weaver, 1944-

              Publisher:    [Lancaster, Pa.] : M.L.W. Houser,

              Call number:  CS71/W365/1997


    NEHGS MEMBERS ALERT..... Electronic Registration for Proxy Voting

    The Society is pleased to announce that for the first time, members will be able to submit their proxy vote electronically. With the Society's membership near 18,000, the cost of printing and mailing the proxy notices becomes a sizable expense. Please help us put our money into other resources which better serve you (for every 25 proxy notices that are not mailed, the Society could purchase a reel of microfilm).


    1) Go to before March 17, 2000.

    2) Enter your last name , member number and e-mail address. (NOTE: Unlike, your last name IS case-sensitive, so the first letter should be capitalized.)

    Proxy material will be posted on March 27, 2000.

    You will receive an e-mail reminder to return to and log in using your member number. You will then be able to review the proxy material and submit your vote.

    THANK YOU for voting electronically and helping us save money!


    Website Update from the Internet Services Department

    Many thanks for the feedback in reaction to the new website. Moving forward, there are two steps being finalized in the development process: the addition of the Register Index of Names database, and the relocation of the entire site to a dedicated website hosting service. For the former, we plan to create functionality and searchability which all genealogists, whether beginners or advanced researchers, will find useful. For the latter, we hope to resolve the sporadic downtime issue which is still a cause of inconvenience for some users. Moving the site from its current development server "home" to a dedicated host should greatly reduce downtime and enable the Society to safely expand the site in the future, in terms of added features, content and databases. For those who haven't yet logged in, please remember that to access members-only areas you will need both your member number and your last name (as it appears on your membership card). Also, please update your web browser's bookmarks and "Favorites" folders, as our old website at will be dismantled over the course of the next several weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail


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