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  • 2000 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 18
    Whole #18
    March 31, 2000

    - Latest Acquisitions
    - Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Special Offer
    - Genealogy 101 On the Road & Salt Lake City Updates
    - Electronic Proxy Voting
    - Sixth Floor Reading Room Hours Temporarily Changed
    -  Update
    - HisGen Highlights Update

    Technical Services Department Update

    Recent Acquisitions from the NEHGS Technical Services Department include:

    1881 British Census and National Index : England, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Royal Navy  [computer file]

              Corp. Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

              Publisher:    U.S. :  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,

              Year:        1999

              Call number:  HA1124/1881 CD

    The ancestry of Dr. Franklin B. McClung.

              Author:       McGuire, Joan S. Guilford (Joan Sheridan Guilford), 1928-

              Publisher:    Franklin, NC : Genealogy Pub. Service,

              Call number:  CS71/M128/1999

    The Bellews of Mount Bellew : a Catholic gentry family in eighteenth-century Ireland.

              Author:       Harvey, Karen Jeanne.

              Publisher:    Dublin ; Portland, OR : Four Courts Press,

              Call number:  CS499/B27/1998

    Cemetery inscriptions of Baldwinville and Templeton Massachusetts.

              Corp. Author: Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Westminster, Mass. : Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society,

              Year:        1999

              Call number:  F74/B12/C46/1999

    Cemetery Inscriptions of Hubbardston Massachusetts.

              Corp. Author: Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Westminster, Mass. : Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society Publications Committee,

              Year:        1999

              Call number:  F74/H8/C46/1999

    Cemetery Inscriptions Of Phillipston,  Massachusetts.

              Author:       Frenette, Yves.

              Corp. Author: Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Westminster, Mass. : Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society Publications Committee,

              Year:        1999

              Call number:  F74/P56/C46/1999

    Chelsea settlement and bastardy examinations, 1733-1766

              Author:       Black, John.

              Corp. Author: London Record Society.

              Publisher:    London : London Record Society,

              Year:        1999

              Call number:  DA675/L6 v.33

    A chronology of the Clan Linn in the twentieth century : containing a fragmentary genealogy of the direct descendants of Hugh Linn who immigrated to America in 1788.

              Author:       Linn, Roger Bower.

              Publisher:    Correctionville, Iowa : R.B. Linn,

              Call number:  CS71/L989/1993

    The coming of the Arabic-speaking people to the United States.

              Author:       Younis, Adele L.

              Publisher:    Staten Island, N.Y. : Center for Migration Studies,

              Year:        1995

              Call number:  E184/A65/Y68/1995

    Cyndi's List : a comprehensive list of 40,000 genealogy sites on the Internet.

              Author:       Howells, Cyndi.

              Publisher:    Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co.,

              Call number:  CS21/H65/1999 also LOAN

    The descendants of Thomas Pier : a record of the descendants of Thomas Pier, a late 17th century inhabitant of Lyme, Connecticut.

              Author:       Pierre, Joseph H. (Joseph Horace), 1929-

              Publisher:    Bowie, MD : Heritage Books,

              Year:        1995

              Call number:  CS71/P616/1995

    Dictionnaire genealogique des familles acadiennes : premiere partiee 1636 …1714, en deux volumes.

              Author:       White, Stephen A.

              Corp. Author: Universite de Moncton. Centre d'etudes Acadiennes.

              Publisher:    Moncton, N.-B. : Centre d'etudes acadiennes, Universite de Moncton,

              Year:        1999

              Call number:  CS88/A25/W552/1999

    Family history Rhode Island genealogies, #1, 1600s-1800s [computer file]

              Author:       Roberts, Gary Boyd, 1943-

              Publisher:    Novato, CA : Broderbund,

              Call number:  Microtext F78/F36/1997 CD

    The genealogy forum on America Online : official user's guide.

              Author:       Morgan, George G., 1952-

              Publisher:    Salt Lake City, Utah : Ancestry,

              Call number:  LOAN CS21/M66/1998

    Genealogy of the Dodge family of Essex County, Massachusetts, and allied families.

              Author:       Dodge, Robert L. (Robert Livingston), 1921-

              Publisher:    Lakewood, CO : Dodge Family Association,

              Year:        1998

              Call number:  CS71/D645/1998

    Genealogy online : researching your roots.

              Author:       Crowe, Elizabeth Powell.

              Publisher:    New York : McGraw-Hill,

              Call number:  LOAN CS21/C76/1998

    Genealogy online for dummies.

              Author:       Helm, Matthew.

              Publisher:    Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide,

              Call number:  LOAN CS21/H45/1998

    The great migration : immigrants to New England 1634 - 1635.

              Author:       Anderson, Robert Charles, 1944-

              Publisher:    Boston : Great Migration Study Project, New England Historic Genealogical Society,

              Year:        1999-

              Call number:  R.Rm. REF F7/G742/1999 also LOAN

    The internet for genealogists : a beginner's guide.

              Author:       Renick, Barbara, 1950-

              Publisher:    La Habra, CA : Compuology,

              Call number:  LOAN CS21/R46/1998

    Isaiah Green and Elizabeth Tefft of Charlestown, Rhode Island and Stonington, Connecticut : with eight generations of their descendants.

              Author:       Watson, Judith Ann Green, 1946-

              Publisher:    Baltimore, MD : Gateway Press,

              Call number:  CS71/G8/1999 also LOAN

    Lifestyle and culture in Hertford : wills and inventories for the parishes of All Saints and St Andrew, 1660-1725

              Author:       Adams, Beverly.

              Corp. Author: Hertfordshire Record Society.

              Publisher:    [Hertfordshire?] : Hertfordshire Record Society,

              Year:        1997

              Call number:  DA670/H49/H48 v.13

    Matthew Ryan of Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland & Mary Schmitz of Dommeldingen, Luxembourg : both of North Star Township, Brown County, Minnesota.

              Author:       Northrup, Mary Ruth, 1919-

              Publisher:    Baltimore, Maryland : Gateway Press,

              Call number:  CS71/R98/1998

    Ohio marriages recorded in county courts through 1820 : an index.

              Author:       Nathan, Jean.

              Corp. Author: Ohio Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    [Columbus?] : Ohio Genealogical Society,

              Year:        1996

              Call number:  F490/O452/1996

    Padgett -- Carter -- Busby -- Thompson : the ancestors of Thomas George Padgett, M.D. and Linda Carol Padgett, Ph.D.

              Author:       Frech, Alberta Joan Busby Padgett, 1929-

              Publisher:    Baltimore, MD : Gateway Press, Inc.,

              Year:        1999

              Call number:  CS71/P124/1999 also LOAN

    Parchemin s'execute-- : nouvel instrument de recherche en histoire et en genealogie.

              Author:       Lafortune, Helene, 1955-

              Corp. Author: Archives Nationales du Quebec.

              Publisher:    Montr‚al : Archiv-Histo,

              Year:        1994

              Call number:  Microtext CS81/L34/1994

    Passenger and immigration lists : Italians to America, 1880-1893 [computer file]

              Publisher:    [Novato, CA] : Broderbund / The Learning Co.,

              Call number:  Microtext CS68/P38/1999 CD

    A practical guide to the "misteaks" made in census indexes.

              Author:       Saldana, Richard H.

              Publisher:    Bountiful, Utah : Heritage Quest,

              Call number:  CS16/P73/1987 also LOAN

    Publishing your family history on the Internet.

              Author:       Wilson, Richard S.

              Publisher:    Cincinnati, Ohio : Betterway ; London : Hi Marketing,

              Year:        1999

              Call number:  LOAN CS21/W55/1999

    The registers of Flixton : part 1 : 1570-1730  part 2 1731-1812.

              Author:       Perkins, John P.

              Publisher:    [Manchester] : Lancashire Parish Register Society,

              Year:        1998,

              Call number:  CS435/L3/v.145,146

    The registers of St. Michael's on Wyre, 1707-1765, and of Copp Chapel, 1728-1837.

              Author:       Clayton, Albert J.

              Corp. Author: St. Michael on Wyre (Parish : Lancashire, England)

              Publisher:    Newport, Shropshire : Printed by Advertiser Printing works,

              Year:        1998

              Call number:  CS435/L3/v.143

    The registers of St. Thomas, Ashton-in-Makerfield : baptisms 1828-1873.

              Author:       Bulmer, J. R. (John R.)

              Corp. Author: St. Thomas (Church : Ashton-in-Makerfield, England)

              Publisher:    [Manchester, Eng.] : Lancashire Parish Register Society,

              Call number:  CS435/L3/v.142

    The registers of St. Thomas, Ashton-in-Makerfield : baptisms, 1810-1827, burials, 1806-44

              Author:       Bulmer, J. R. (John R.)

              Corp. Author: St. Thomas (Church : Ashton-in-Makerfield, England)

              Publisher:    [Manchester, England] : Lancashire Parish Register Society,

              Year:        1997

              Call number:  CS435/L3/v.141

    The Royal Irish Constabulary : a short history and genealogical guide : with a select list of medal awards and casualities.

              Author:       Herlihy, Jim

              Publisher:    Dublin : Four Courts Press,

              Call number:  CS484/H47/1997

    Searching for cyber-roots : a step-by-step guide to genealogy on the World Wide Web.

              Author:       Bonner, Laurie, 1964-

              Publisher:    Salt Lake City, Utah : Ancestry,

              Call number:  LOAN CS21/B73/1997

    Tracing your Greek ancestry : reference to Cyprus.

              Author:       Mattheou, Antonia S.

              Publisher:    New York : A. Mattheou, (Astoria, N.Y. : Printed by Petallides Pub.)

              Year:        1992

              Call number:  LOAN E184/G7/M37/1992

    The wild geese of the Antrim MacDonnells.

              Author:       McDonnell, Hector, 1947-

              Publisher:    Dublin ; Portland, OR : Irish Academic Press,

              Call number:  CS499/M16/1996

    Writing life stories.

              Author:       Roorbach, Bill

              Publisher:    Cincinnati, Ohio : Story Press,

              Year:        1998

              Call number:  LOAN CT25/R66/1998

    [New England] organization index to pension files of veterans who served between 1861 and 1900 [microfilm] : service organization.

              Corp. Author: United States. Veterans Administration. Contact and Administrative Services. Index Division.

              Publisher:    Washington, D.C. : Microfilmed by Veterans Administration, C.O. Microfilm Section,

              Call number:  UB373/P46/1949 Microfilm


    New from the NEHGS Sales Department

    Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, December 1620

    Published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants

    Volume 11, Part 3: Edward Doty through his children Isaac, Joseph, and Mary

    2000.  344pp. + Index.

    $25.00*  Item #B2-85040

    Volume 19: Thomas Rogers

    2000.  298pp. + Index.

    $25.00*  Item #B2-85040


    Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants

    By Walter Goodwin Davis and Adelaide Haley

    1930.  50pp.  Hardcover.

    NOW $5.00*  Item #B2-05963

    You may place your order online at . Look in the "Mayflower" and "Special Sale Items" categories, or call the NEHGS 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.


    Genealogy 101 in New Hampshire, plus a Salt Lake Update

    Live too far from Boston to attend our popular Genealogy 101 course?  NEHGS is offering Genealogy 101 On The Road throughout New England, a condensed version of our course on beginning and intermediate genealogy.  Marcia D. Melnyk, NEHGS lecturer and professional genealogist, will teach you how to get the most out of researching your family history, as well as help you with your research questions with personal, 20 minute consultations.  Register now for our program in Concord, New Hampshire: April 29th at the Tuck Library, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH.  Registration fee: $40 for members of NEHGS, $50 for non-members.  Please contact Jayne Triber for more information about this program at: or call (617) 536-5740 ext. 227.

    Also, just a reminder that spaces are limited for our trip to Salt Lake City.  Our program this summer is from June 18-25 and includes extraordinary benefits and events at the renowned Family History Library. Experienced and well-known genealogists from our staff will assist participants in their research, and personal research consultations with staff are offered throughout the week. Other program activities include lectures on various genealogical topics, a reception and dinner, and an historical tour of the city.  Hotel accommodations this year are at the Wyndham Hotel, one and a half blocks from the library and historic Temple Square.  Program fees vary depending upon occupancy. 

    Single: $1,125;

    Double (shared with another researcher): $810;

    Double (shared with a non-researcher): $1,125 (Non-researcher add $350); and

    Commuter: $500.

    For registration or more information on this program, please call the Education Department at (617) 536-5740 ext. 226 e-mail us at .


    Electronic Proxy Voting

    Proxy material has been posted on the Board website .

    Those who registered earlier by email should have received an e-mail reminder to return to and log in using your member number. You will then be able to review the proxy material (including a list of nominees) and submit your vote. All this entails is confirming whether you will (or will not) be attending the Annual Meeting, and that if you will not, you ascribe your voting privileges, by proxy, to the Secretary and President of the Board of Trustees.

    Thanks to the several thousand members who registered electronically and helped reduce printing costs!


    Sixth Floor Reading Room Hours Altered to Accommodate Genealogy 101

    The Sixth Floor will be closed from 5:45-9:00 PM on the following Thursday evenings:

    April 27th; May 4th, 11th and 25th


    Website Update from Internet Services

    For those who may not have received earlier instructions, to log into members-only areas of the site, you will need your six-digit member number and your last name, as it appears on your membership application. At the home page there is a place where this information may be entered into two boxes (on the left side of the page).


    While we finalize expanded "help" copy to be included in the "Search Our Library" section, there are a few pointers which may be of assistance at this time:

    - AUTHOR searches should match the protocol used in many public libraries, that is, LAST-COMMA-FIRST.

    -Going to the What's New >>> New in the Library section, and looking at the item details of the entries in that section will give researcher a much better idea of the formatting and specific terminologies  that our Librarians employ when cataloging titles. Close perusal of this section will reveal how SUBJECT fields are listed and sometimes abbreviated, the role of Call Numbers,  how one can tell whether a "found" title represents a manuscript, atlas or rare book, and a myriad of other insights.


    Several members have written with questions about file attachments in the Forums area, and there is a specific post in the ERRATA Forum which details the process for attaching files. The usual precautions apply, as far as...

    1. checking any file you plan to attach with an anti-virus software BEFORE attaching it.

    2. running your anti-virus software on any attached files you plan to save on your computer.

    (Extra credit if you can identify the person in the file attached to the aforementioned post in the Errata Forum)


    We continually modify our publication schedule, but if you're not sure which columns are the newest, consult the "ABOUT THESE COLUMNS" item at NE & Beyond >>> Research Columns for the newest additions and Table of Contents. Please note that hyperlinks from this page lead to the abstracts, not the actual columns and their corresponding, freely-downloadable PDF versions. We are modifying the member log-in mechanism in the hope of creating direct links from the Table of Contents to the actual columns and PDFs, and not to the abstracts.


    That is the name of the Society's "old" website. Please update your web browser's bookmarks and "Favorites" folders to, as our old site is being dismantled very soon.

    An automatic re-direct feature will remain at, transparently moving users from the the "old" home page to the new one at


    As we continue to address overall site stability, we will soon be moving to a dedicated web server. Our website developer has assured us that there will be no downtime during this conversion. We fully expect any nagging issues of stability, speed and performance to be resolved by moving the site from its current home on our contracted website company's development server.


    Where Has HisGenHighlights Been?

    Several things happened almost simultaneously, causing a delay in the release of Issue 18. The infamous Boston 'Big Dig' project was responsible for a power outage and surge which rendered an important internet router useless at North Washington Street, effectively cutting off the Sales and Circulating Library Departments from e-mail and web access. In the interim, staff had to use phones and the Newbury Street offices to correspond and fill orders, a process which was ultimately successful, yet difficult. The Society's new IT Manager came on board (welcome, Valery Kobrin), electronic Proxy Voting arrived (just as the person who created that procedure left) and in general, things have been fairly interesting in the past several weeks.

    We are now back on track, and HisGen Highlights has returned to its every-other-week publication schedule. Thanks for waiting!


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