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  • 2000 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 25
    Whole #25
    July 27, 2000
    - Available in the New England Ancestors online Book Shop
    - Recent Library Acquisitions
    - Janet Morgan of the Alberta Family Histories Society
    - MA Society of Mayflower Descendants Seeks Executive Secretary
    - Volunteers Sought: Manuscript Inventory Project

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    Recent Library Acquisitions

    The following titles have recently been added to the collections of the NEHGS Research and Circulating libraries.  If a title is available for loan from the Circulating Library, the call number will include the word "LOAN". All other titles may be accessed by visiting the Research Library (Newbury Street, Boston).  To learn more about borrowing items from the Circulating Library, see our website www.NewEnglandAncestors.org or email bookloan@nehgs.org.

    700 years of ancestral lines in New England, England and Germany.

              Author:       Kleymeyer, Ralph T. (Ralph Theodore), 1924-

              Publisher:    [Austin, Tex.] : R. Kleymeyer,

              Call number:  CS71/K64/1999 also LOAN

     The ABC books of the Pennsylvania Germans [by Walter Klinefelter]. Abraham Harley Cassel, nineteenth century Pennsylvania German American book collector [by Marlin L. Heckman]. Marriages performed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 1748-1767 [by Fritz Braun and Frederick S. Weiser].

              Author:       Klinefelter, Walter, 1899-

              Corp. Author: Pennsylvania German Society.

              Publisher:    Breinigsville : Pennsylvania German Society, 1973

              Call number:  F146/P24/v.7

    Alward - distinguished for loyalty : a story of two Loyalist cousins and their descendants. Benjamin and Oswald Alward from Woodbridge, New Jersey, settled in New Canaan, Queens County, New Brunswick in the 1790s.

              Author:       Alward, Ford M.

              Publisher:    [Waterborough, N.B. : F.M. Alward, 1999?

              Call number:  CS90/A534/1999

    American women : the official who's who among the women of the nation, 1935-36.

              Author:       Howes, Durward, b. 1899.

              Publisher:    Los Angeles, Calif. : Richard Blank Pub. Co., 1935

              Call number:  REF CT3260/A44/1935

    Auger - Daigneau genealogy : from early records in France, Canada, New England and elsewhere to 1972 in the United States and Canada.

              Author:       Snyder, Jane Auger.

              Publisher:    Newnan, Ga. : J.A. Snyder, 1974

              Call number:  CS71/A9158/1974

    Baptisms Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Whitehall, New York : November, 1844 to December, 1997.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society,

              Call number:  F129/W73/B37/1998

    Baptisms, Sacred Heart Church, Laconia, New Hampshire, 1891 to 1996. Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1998

              Call number:  F44/L1/B37/1998

    Brown - Stanton - Evans - Sherman families and collateral lines, 1420-1987.

              Author:       Brown, Shepherd Spencer Neville, 1920-

              Publisher:    Waco, Tex. : S.S.N. Brown, 1987

              Call number:  CS71/B88/1987a

    Burials & marriages, Infant Jesus, Nashua, New Hampshire : burials, 1909-1994, marriages, Jan. 1977-Dec. 1994.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, N.H. : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1996

              Call number:  F44/N2/B87/1996

    Burials and marriages, St - Georges Church, Manchester, New Hampshire: burials, 15 January 1895 to December 1997; marriages, 1 January 1975 to December 1997.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1998

              Call number:  F44/M2/B87/1998

    Burials, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Whitehall, New York, January, 1860 to December, 1997.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1998

              Call number:  F129/W73/B87/1998

    Burials, Sacred Heart Church, Laconia, New Hampshire, November 1901 to 1996.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1998

              Call number:  F44/L1/B87/1998

    Carl Raasch : his descendants in America.

              Author:       Raasch, Robert LaVern, 1952-

              Publisher:    [Ladysmith, WI] : R.L. Raasch,

              Call number:  CS71/R865/1997

    Chasing rainbows.

              Author:       Chase, Wayne.

              Publisher:    Aurora, Ill. : W. Chase, 2000

              Call number:  CS71/C487/2000 also LOAN

    The church records of St Andrew Hubbard, Eastcheap, c1450-c1570.

              Author:       Burgess, Clive.

              Corp. Author: London Record Society.

              Publisher:    [London] : London Record Society, 1999

              Call number:  DA675/L6/v.34

    Coventry and its people in the 1520s.

              Author:       Hulton, Mary.

              Corp. Author: Dugdale Society.

              Publisher:    Stratford-upon-Avon : The Dugdale Society in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, 1999

              Call number:  DA670/W3/D9/v.38

    Deacons' accounts, 1652-1674, First Dutch Reformed Church of Beverwyck Albany, New York.

              Author:       Venema, Janny.

              Corp. Author: Dutch Church (Albany, N.Y.)

              Publisher:    Rockport, Me. : Picton Press ; Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans Pub. Co.,

              Call number:  F129/A3/D43/1998

     The descendants of Cheney Boyce, "ancient planter", and of Richard Craven, for seven generations : including the following families: Briggs, Chappell,

        Coggins, Gee, Rives, Scott, Tatum, and others.

              Author:       Brayton, John Anderson.

              Publisher:    [Memphis, TN] : J.A. Brayton,

              Call number:  CS71/B7898/1996

    Dickey family genealogy, 1600-2000.

              Author:       Riccio, Joanne Hall.

              Publisher:    [Bristol, Conn. : J.H. Riccio, 1999]

              Call number:  CS71/D55/1999

    Dictionary of American naval fighting ships.

              Author:       Mooney, James L.

              Corp. Author: United States. Naval History Division.

              Publisher:    Washington : Navy Dept., Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval History Division : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S., 1959-

              Call number:  VA61/D53/1959

    Directory of Maryland burial grounds.

              Corp. Author: Genealogical Council of Maryland.

              Publisher:    Westminster, Md. : Family Line Publications, 1996

              Call number:  F180/D57/1996

    Dr. Bodo Otto and the medical background of the American revolution.

              Author:       Gibson, James E. (James Edgar)

              Publisher:    Springfield, Ill. : C.C. Thomas,

              Call number:  E283/G53/1937

    Farming, always farming : a photographic essay of rural Pennsylvania German land and life.

              Author:       Fegley, H. Winslow (Harry Winslow), 1871-1944.

              Corp. Author: Schwenkfelder Library.

              Publisher:    Birdsboro, Pa. : Pennsylvania German Society, 1987

              Call number:  F146/P24/v.20

    Fenner - Broughton family history : the family of James Elory Fenner, 1844-1912, and Hester Adamantha (Broughton) Fenner, 1847-1922, of Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

              Author:       Fenner, Jim, 1928-

              Publisher:    Apollo, PA : Closson Press ; Brooklyn, NY : Additional copies may be ordered from J. Fenner,

              Call number:  CS71/F336/1995

    First Presbyterian Church Salisbury, North Carolina and its people, 1821-1995.

              Author:       Linn, Jo White.

              Publisher:    Salisbury, N.C. : J.W. Linn, 1996

              Call number:  F264/S25/L56/1996 also LOAN

    Fleet Street, press barons, and politics : the journals of Collin Brooks, 1932-1940.

              Author:       Brooks, Collin, b. 1893.

              Publisher:    London : Royal Historical Society, 1998

              Call number:  DA20/C17/5th ser./v.11

    Four Pennsylvania German studies.

              Author:       Biever, Dale E.

              Corp. Author: Pennsylvania German Society.

              Publisher:    Breinigsville, Pa. : Pennsylvania German Society, 1970

              Call number:  F146/P24/v.3

    Fraktur writings and folk art drawings of the Schwenkfelder Library collection.

              Author:       Moyer, Dennis K.

              Corp. Author: Schwenkfelder Library.

              Publisher:    Kutztown, Pa. : Pennsylvania German Society ; King of Prussia, Pa. : Printed and bound by Centennial Printing,

              Call number:  F146/P24/v.31

    The Gayman family : a new synthesis.

              Author:       Oakley, David R.

              Publisher:    [Chatham, Mass. : David R. Oakley], 1999

              Call number:  CS71/G312/1999

    Genealogy and family history of the Wood County, Ohio, branch of the Hedge family : and including the McCrory, Bates, Kerr, Newshott and other allied families.

              Author:       Hedge, Kenneth Keith.

              Publisher:    [S.l. : Kenneth Keith Hedge],

              Call number:  CS71/H465/1998

    The great roll of the pipe for the sixth year of the reign of King Henry III, Michaelmas 1222.

              Author:       Knight, G. A. (Gershom A.)

              Corp. Author: Pipe Roll Society.

              Publisher:    London : Pipe Roll Society, 1999

              Call number:  DA200/P66/n.s./v.51

    The Guernsey house.

              Author:       McCormack, John (John Alistair)

              Publisher:    London : Phillimore, 1980

              Call number:  DA670/G9/M33/1980

    Historic Connecticut.

              Author:       Allis, Marguerite, 1887-1958.

              Publisher:    New York : Grosset & Dunlap,

              Call number:  F97/A45/1938

    History magazine.

              Publisher:    Toronto, Ont. : Moorshead Magazines, 1999-

              Call number:  E171/H57

    History of Rutland in Massachusetts, 1713-1968.

              Author:       Murphy, Timothy Cornelius, b. 1880.

              Corp. Author: Rutland Historical Society.

              Publisher:    Rutland, Mass. : Rutland Historical Society, 1970

              Call number:  F74/R97/M87/1970

    History of the American field service in France, "Friends of France", 1914-1917.

              Author:       Seymour, James William Davenport.

              Publisher:    Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1920

              Call number:  D629/F8/F7/1920

    History of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Baltimore, Maryland.

              Author:       Prevas, Nicholas M., 1958-

              Publisher:    Baltimore, Md. : J.D. Lucas Print. Co.,

              Call number:  F189/B1/P74/1982

    Homelands and waterways : the American journey of the Bond family, 1846-1926.

              Author:       Alexander, Adele Logan, 1938-

              Publisher:    New York : Pantheon Books,

              Call number:  CS71/B7/1999

    Index to the probate accounts of England and Wales.

              Author:       Spufford, Peter.

              Corp. Author: British Record Society.

              Publisher:    London : British Record Society, 1999

              Call number:  CS434/B7/v.112-113

    Infant Jesus, Nashua, New Hampshire, baptisms, 1909 to 1994.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, N.H. : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1996

              Call number:  F44/N2/I54/1996

    Iredell County, North Carolina, earliest extant tax lists 1800, 1815, 1837 : annotated transcriptions.

              Author:       Linn, Jo White.

              Publisher:    Salisbury, NC : J.W. Linn,

              Call number:  F262/I7/L56/1997 also LOAN

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    Janet Morgan

    Judy Rempel, Webster of the NEHGS Technology Award-winning Canadian genealogy projects registry, alerted us to the passing of Janet Morgan earlier this week. Several HisGen members, trustees and staff were fortunate enough to have met Janet, a talented, friendly and lovely woman, at GenTech 2000 in San Diego in January. She and Judy received the Award from Dr. Crandall, and we were astonished to learn, much later, that Janet had temporarily delayed chemotherapy treatment to make the flight from Calgary, Alberta to California in order to attend. Our thoughts remain with her family and many friends. The following was sent along by Judy:

    "I'm very sorry to have to tell you that the AFHS has lost its most outstanding volunteer, its only Honourary Member.  Janet Morgan passed away this morning, 25 July 2000, after a determined effort to defeat the cancer that now has stolen her from us.

    Many will have known the visible efforts that Janet made for the AFHS, but for each visible contribution there were many that went unnoticed. Janet made substantial contributions (in substance and in volume), she made volunteers feel good about their efforts, and she never lost sight of the fact that this work was always worth doing.

    Those of you who feel close to Janet may wish to offer your condolences to Janet's family (husband Peter and children: Jennifer and Collin), by attending the funeral on Friday, 10AM, Pleasant Heights United Church (1112 19 Ave NW., Calgary, AB).

    See also comments on the AFHS homepage <http://www.afhs.ab.ca >."

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    Seeking: Executive Secretary, MA Society of Mayflower Descendants

    The position of Executive Secretary of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants is now open to qualified candidates. The Executive Secretary provides administrative and accounting support for the Society, a non-profit genealogical organization of 3200 members.  The position requires a thorough understanding of the Society's policies, practices, objectives and By-Laws.  The Executive Secretary reports to the Board of Assistants, which is composed of eighteen members, nine of whom are officers of the Society. 

    Qualifications
    The ideal candidate will be an independent self-starter possessing excellent communication and organizational skills, with a sound knowledge of basic accounting and bookkeeping.  The candidate must be computer literate and proficient in various software programs. Since the Society is a membership organization, the candidate must be service-oriented and be able to prioritize multiple tasks while being responsive to the various members of the Board and Committee Chairmen.  Prior experience in a genealogical organization is desirable although not necessary.  Oral and written skills are essential.  The position entails minimum supervision.  An accounting or bookkeeping certificate would be a plus. Salary is commensurate with experience.

    Application should be by letter, fax or e-mail, including references, addressed to:

    Walter H. Mayo III
    Casner & Edwards, LLP
    One Federal Street
    Boston, MA  02110
    FAX 617-426-8810
    mayo@casneredwards.com

    Responsibilities
    Acts as Manager of Society's Boston Office and supervises any clerical staff (Does not supervise Historian and Historian's staff, but works with them as a team). Assembles membership lists, membership reports, and maintains membership records for 3,200 members of the Society. Replies to mail inquiries, telephone calls, and e-mails, and follows up on all correspondence with members and interested persons. Makes bank deposits, posts cash receipts, prepares checks, and records expenses in appropriate accounts. In cooperation with the Treasurer, reconciles accounts and bank statements, using Quicken and Excel software. Maintains calendars, daily schedules and filing systems. Attends monthly meetings of the Board (no meetings in July and August) and may act as recorder. Coordinates both internal and external meetings. Interfaces with Board members, related organizations, members and prospective members. Utilizes computers for data base, word processing and financial reports.  Works with Quicken, Excel and other MS software.  A high level of operating knowledge of these programs is essential. Updates investment activity using Quicken. Receives and records all dues payments and copies all checks prior to deposit. Handles all document and merchandise sales, recording such sales with the proper accounting, and deposits related checks.  Must be aware of sales tax liability. Supports Historian's office, including but not limited to printing of genealogical papers, maintaining application tracking database, reminder letters, and assembly and mailing of membership packets. Produces and mails membership newsletter, educational and scholarship materials. Produces and maintains Society's booklets which are for sale. Provides assistance to Web Site Committee. Supervises membership mailings throughout the year. Performs other tasks not specifically identified herein as may be from time to time required in order to ensure the smooth and successful operation of the Society's office.

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    Volunteer Proof-reading Project Re-launched ;

    Its Goal: Web-enable HisGen Manuscript Inventory

    The Internet Services (IS) Department at NEHGS is pleased to announce that the Manuscript Inventory proofreading project has been re-launched. Since its inception last summer, several hundred pages of the inventory have been proof-read by Society volunteers across America. Working with the Internet Services Department at NEHGS, volunteers ensure that the Optical Chararacter Recognition (OCR) software used to convert scanned images into text files faithfully and accurately interprets content. Volunteers correct errors through the comparison of image files (in TIFF format) to Microsoft Word documents.

    In recent months the IS Department has been focused on the development of the Society's new website at www.NewEnglandAncestors.org . As development continues into Phase II, both Society trustees and managers have determined that the time is right to once again move this proofreading project forward.

    The Society is actively seeking volunteers interested in taking part in this project. Volunteers need not be Society members, though familiarity with genealogical terminology will prove handy.

    Typically, volunteers will receive ten scanned images and corresponding Word documents at a time. The proof-reader will compare the text of the Word documents to that in the scanned image files, and adjust the Word document so its contents accurately reflect that of its corresponding image file.

    Speed takes a back seat to accuracy, for obvious reasons. Those who wish to take part in this volunteer project are free to put as much time as they wish into it. All the IS Department asks is that volunteers PLEASE alert the IS Department if, for whatever reason, they will be unable to complete ten pages of proof-reading within a two-week period. This marks a slight departure from the original project's guidelines, but will assist immeasurably in overall project administration.

    Necessary equipment includes

    1.  Image-reading software with which one can view TIF files. Typically, Windows users will have this ability.

    2.  A word-processing software program with the ability to save documents in Microsoft Word format (*.doc). This is not a shill for Microsoft by any means, but a reflection of the IS Department's need to eliminate re-conversion time and the fact that most word-processing programs enable users to save documents in this file format.

    3.  E-mail accounts with enough storage capacity to handle file attachments which sometimes run to several megabytes (Mb) in size. TIF-formatted files, unlike GIF and JPG files, are generally larger, so if your mailbox is usually near-capacity, you may have trouble receiving the files.

    4.  Decompression software. We "zip" files to save aforementioned space in transfer, in order to assist those who have slower connections to the Internet when downloading. There are several free software titles which can handle "zipped" files.

    5.  Patience. Many OCR errors are subtle if not downright sneaky, such as the lower-case letter "L" being interpreted as the number "one"). As genealogists, Society staff are understandably concerned about the accuracy of these conversions, and thus all pages are proof-read twice. This means that sometimes volunteers will receive batches of files that seem perfect already, but in fact need attention just as meticulous as that given to pages which have not already been read once.

    If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact the IS Department at volunteers@nehgs.org , placing "MSS Inventory" in the subject field.  Those replying will be directed to a web page with further instructions.

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