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  • 2000 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 26
    Whole #26
    August 8, 2000
    - Computer Resources for Genealogists Seminar
    - American Memory Online Map Collection
    - Available in the Online Book Shop
    - Celebrating Poet Ann Bradstreet
    - News from the Circulating Library
    - Recent Library Acquisitions


    Computer Resources for Genealogists
    Friday September 15th or Saturday, September 16th, 2000
    Location: The Women's Educational & Industrial Union, 356 Boylston Street Boston, MA

    Internet and computer resources for family historians are constantly changing.  With so many options, using your computer for genealogical research may be a daunting task.  NEHGS' Computer Resources for Genealogists seminar is designed to introduce and expand your knowledge of the many resources available to the family historian. Register  early for our very popular day-long seminar on either Friday September 15th OR Saturday September 16th, 2000. 

    Lecture Topics

    - The latest and best sites on the Internet

    - Using electronic sources in your research            

    - Planning and strategies for computer genealogy

    - Software and hardware resources

    - Ask the experts: an open question and answer session

    Speaker Biographies

    Tony Burroughs, lecturer and writer, teaches genealogy at  Chicago State University, is the author of  Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the Family Tree. Tony is a board member of APG, NEHGS, GENTECH and a former computer consultant.

    Richard W. Eastman is the creator of Eastman's Online Genealogical Newsletter, a weekly  publication sent by email to more than 20,000 subscribers.  He is also the author of Your Roots: Total Genealogy Planning on Your Computer published by Ziff-Davis Press.

    James Bryan "Beau" Sharbrough, programming consultant and lecturer, is the founder of the FGS web site, the Lexicon Working Group and president and founder of  the  GENTECH web site.   He is also a member of both the Liberal Arts Development Council and the Philosophy Department Alumni Advisory Council at Texas A&M University.


    8:45-9:30AM  Registration

    8:45AM-4:30PM  Book and CD-ROM Sales (Held Friday in the Filene Room,  Saturday in the Lamb Lounge)

    9:30-10:30AM   "The Internet: Hype versus Substance." Learn to evaluate the different Internet resources for genealogists. Tony Burroughs

    10:30-11:30AM   "Send Me a Disk, Okay?: Sharing Genealogical Information with Your Relatives." Learn the do's and don'ts of combining your files with someone else's. Update on GENTECH GEDCOM TestBook Project.  Update on software developers' plans for merging files. James Bryan "Beau" Sharbrough

    11:30AM-1PM   Lunch on your own

    1-2PM   "How to Create Your Own Genealogy CD-ROM Disks." Learn how to publish your research electronically.  We will also review the best hardware and software available today.   Richard W. Eastman

    2-3PM   "Improving the Quality of Genealogical Documents."  Discover how to enhance poor quality originals, photocopies, and microfilm with inexpensive imaging technology. Tony Burroughs

    3-3:30PM   Refreshment Break

    3:30-4:30PM   "Ask the Experts" - Speakers Panel.   Our speakers will briefly discuss their choices for the best new computer resources for genealogists this year. The panel will then entertain questions from  the audience.

    Selected CD-ROM Resources at NEHGS     

    - PERSI (Periodical Source Index).                  

    - Family Pedigrees: United Ancestries, 1500-1990.  

    - Family Pedigrees: Everton Publishers, 1500-1990.

    - The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1847-1994).                                           

    - World Family Tree, vols. 1-22 (Pedigrees submitted to Broderbund).

    - Index to Griffith's Valuation.

    - Biography and Genealogy Master Index.            

    - Canadian Genealogical Index 1600s-1900s.            

    - RAB du PRDH 1766-1799 (Index to baptisms, marriages and burials in Catholic Churches of Quebec).

    - US Census Indexes, including Colonial America 1607-1789; 1790-1880 (each 10 years), selected counties; 1870 African-Americans in the 1870 Census; Mortality Index 1850-1880.        

    - LDS Family Search (Resources compiled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

    - Family History Library Catalog (as of April 1997 and 1997 Addendum).                             

    - Family History Library Vital Records Index  for the British Isles, North America and Australia. Ancestral File (as of January 1996) .                         

    - IGI (International Genealogical Index; entire set of CD-ROMs) 1993 version, 1997 addendum.

    - Military Reference: US Soldiers 1784-1811.            

    - The Civil War - Compilation of the Official Records of the Union  and Confederate Armies.

    - US Military Index: Personnel who died in Korea and Viet-Nam, 1950-1975.

    Internet access and free access to are available in the fourth floor Microtext Center.

    Many more CD-ROMs are available; please visit the Microtext Center!

    To register by phone, call the Education Department at: 617-536-5740, Ext. 202 or toll-free at 1-888-286-3447.


    American Memory Online Map Collection

    The most recent addition to the American Memory online collections "The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789" presents an important historical record of the mapping of North America and the Caribbean online. Advancements in mapmaking tools and the onset of the French and Indian War and, later, the American Revolution, created a flurry of activity in European and North American mapmaking and publishing. This online collection will include well over two thousand different maps and manuscripts, with easily as many or more unnumbered copies, many with distinct colorations and annotations.  This collection can be found at the following URL:

    Almost six hundred of these items are original manuscript drawings, a large number of which are the work of such famous mapmakers as John Montresor, Samuel Holland, Claude Joseph Sauthier, John Hills and William Gerard De Brahm. They also include many maps from the personal collections of William Faden, Admiral Richard Howe and the comte de Rochambeau, as well as large groups of maps by three of the best eighteenth-century map publishers in London: Thomas Jefferys, William Faden and Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres. Historical cartographers can compare multiple editions, states, and impressions of several of the most important maps of the period, follow the development of a particular map from the manuscript sketch to the finished printed version and its foreign derivatives, and examine the cartographic styles and techniques of surveyors and mapmakers from six different countries: Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Italy and the United States.

    Most of the items presented here are documented in Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789: A Guide to the Collections in the Library of Congress compiled by John R. Sellers and Patricia Molen van Ee in 1981. The online essay "Mapping the American Revolution and Its Era" is taken from this bibliography.

    Please direct any questions about this collection to .

    (Editor's Note: The above appears on several ListServs)


    Now Available in the New England Ancestors Online Book Shop

    Inscriptions and Records of the Old Cemeteries of Boston
    By Robert J. Dunkle and Ann Smith Lainhart

    In this comprehensive new work, the authors have collected every inscription found for the four historic Boston burial grounds: Copps' Hill, the Common, King's Chapel, and the Granary.  The inscriptions include many from gravestones that no longer survive.  Brief histories of the burial grounds are provided.

    NEHGS.  2000.  900pp. Hardcover.
    $60.00.  Member price $54.00.  Item #S2-76710

    Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume 20, Part 1, Henry Samson
    Compiled by Robert Moody Sherman, FASG, and Ruth Wilder Sherman, FASG, and edited by Robert S. Wakefield, FASG

    This new volume thoroughly covers four generations and also names the fifth generation of Samson descendants.

    General Society of Mayflower Descendants. 2000.  156pp + index.  Hardcover.
    $25.00*  Item #B2-85038

    You may place your order online at or by calling the Sales Department toll-free at 1-888-296-3447, from 9-5 Eastern time, Monday through Friday.  A shipping and handling charge of  $3.50 for the first book and $1.25 for each additional book  will be added to your order.  Massachusetts residents will also be charged 5% sales tax on books not published by the Society.  Please refer to this newsletter when placing your order.


    Celebrating Ann Bradstreet Week

    The 350th Anniversary of the Publication of the First Book of Poetry written in America

    The week of September 9-16, 2000 marks the 350th annivarsary of the publication of Ann Dudley Bradstreet's The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America. Published in London in 1650, it enjoyed great success, and was the first book of poetry written in America. Commemorative activities will occur in towns where she lived, beginning with her arrival in Salem, MA in 1630 and ending in Andover, MA where she died in 1672.

    Born in England ca. 1612, daughter of Thomas Dudley (Steward to the Earl of Lincoln), Ann was raised in the Earl's household, where her talent for reading and writing was encouraged. At 16 she married Simon Bradstreet and in 1630 the two Puritan families left England (aboard the Arbela) for the Bay Colony, where both her father and husband would later become governors. She raised eight children in the wilderness, and continued to write at a time when women's intellectual capacities were scorned.

    Major events during the week include the Bradstreet / Dudley family reunion at First Church in Ipswich on September 9th from 2-4PM ( ), and a lecture by Pultizer Prize-winning historian and Harvard professor Laurel Ulrich at the Peabody Essex Museum on September 14th at 7:30PM, along with a week-long series of exhibits, re-enactments, tours, lectures, concerts and more.

    Further information may be obtained by e-mailing the Stevens Memorial Library at , or via fax at (978) 688-9507.


    News from the Circulating Library

    RE: Online Borrowing

    The Circulating Library has Rev. Solomon Townsend of Barrington, RI, His Ancestors and Descendants.  Apologies to author Robert W. Townsend for not including it in our 2000 catalog.  Its call number is CS/71/T75/1997.

    Our new website has generated numerous calls on how to use our search engine.  When searching for author, please type in last name, comma, first name.  When using call number omit first forward slash (eg. instead of typing CS/71/, type in CS71/).  Unfortunately, this current order system does not tell you if there is a multi-volume set, nor does it provide anyplace to put a volume number if you do know it.  This will be corrected in a later edition.  If you are having problems, give us a call.

    Books shipped to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and overseas are going to have to be shipped by air mail parcel post (or UPS air in some cases), because the turnover rate on one order is taking up to two to three months.

    You may place up to three orders of three books at one time    If we see that you already have a large number of books outstanding, we will hold your order until they are returned.  The borrowing period is two weeks from time of receipt.  We would appreciate the prompt return of our books so that people waiting can have a turn.  Thank you for your cooperation!


    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 or email

    The Kellogg family : a new synthesis.

              Author:       Oakley, David R.

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

              Call number:  CS71/K291/1999

    Leadership : a short history of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

              Author:       Paul, Oglesby, 1916-

              Publisher:    [Mass.? : O. Paul], 1999

              Call number:  RA982/B7/P48/1999

    A Leland journey : an historic account of the Elder John Leland and Lemuel Leland families, with excursions into the lives of the families Case, Goodwin, Nickerson, Noble, Powell, and Wilder.

              Author:       Congdon, Dale R.

              Publisher:    New Hope, MN : Dale R. Congdon,

              Call number:  CS71/L538/1998

    Liverpool town books, 1649-1671.

              Author:       Power, Michael.

              Publisher:    Liverpool : Record Society of Lancashire and Chesire, 1999

              Call number:  DA670/L19/R3/v.136

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

              Author:       Seymour, James William Davenport.

              Publisher:    Boston : American field service, 1921

              Call number:  D609/U6/S49/1921

    Military and naval recognition book; a handbook on the organization, insignia of rank of the world's armed forces; etiquette and customs of the American services.

              Author:       Bunkley, Joel William, b. 1887.

              Publisher:    New York : D. Van Nostrand Co., 1942

              Call number:  UC530/B8/1942

    Neville - Jones - Giles - Spencer - Harrison families and collateral lines, 1600-1992.

              Author:       Brown, Shepherd Spencer Neville, 1920-

              Publisher:    Waco, Tex. : S.S.N. Brown, 1993

              Call number:  CS71/N5/1993

    Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Whitehall, New York, marriages, 1843 to December, 1997.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

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

              Call number:  F129/W73/N68/1998

    Old Jersey houses and those who lived in them. Volume II, From 1700 onwards.

              Author:       Stevens, Joan, 1910-

              Publisher:    Chichester : Phillimore, 1977

              Call number:  DA670/J5/S74/1977

    Old Sydney.

              Author:       MacKinnon, J. G.

              Publisher:    Belleville, Ont. : Mika Pub., 1973

              Call number:  F1039.5/S9/M33/1918

    Oley Valley heritage : the colonial years, 1700-1775.

              Author:       Pendleton, Philip E., 1954-

              Corp. Author: Pennsylvania German Society.

              Publisher:    Birdsboro, Pa. : Pennsylvania German Society ; Oley, Pa. : Oley Valley Heritage Association, 1994

              Call number:  F146/P24/v.28

    Our Becker ancestors.

              Author:       Willahan, L. Thelma.

              Publisher:    [West Valley City, Utah : L. T. Willahan, 1997

              Call number:  CS71/B4374/1997

    Our Vaughan ancestors : Vaughan-Cory.

              Author:       Willahan, L. Thelma.

              Publisher:    [West Valley City, Utah : L. T. Willahan], 1997

              Call number:  CS71/V367/1997

    Parnell : a biography.

              Author:       Haslip, Joan, 1912-

              Publisher:    New York, Frederick A. Stokes company, 1937

              Call number:  DA958/P2/H37/1937

    Payne - Golding family history : Wiley Payne (1851) & Nancy Jane Golding (1858) : their ancestry to colonial Virginia : their descendants through c1995 : selected collaterals.

              Author:       Payne, Aubrey Hampton.

              Publisher:    Waban, Mass. : WabAnawan Pub., 1999

              Call number:  CS71/P146/1999

    A pedestrian tour through the islands of Guernsey and Jersey.

              Author:       Walmesley, William Gerard, b. ca. 1783.

              Publisher:    Chichester : Phillimore, 1992

              Call number:  DA670/G9/W35/1992

    Pewter in Pennsylvania German churches.

              Author:       Herr, Donald M.

              Corp. Author: Pennsylvania German Society.

              Publisher:    Birdsboro, Pa. : Pennsylvania German Society, 1995

              Call number:  F146/P24/v.29

    The picture-Bible of Ludwig Denig : a Pennsylvania German emblem book.

              Author:       Denig, Ludwig, 1755-1830.

              Corp. Author: Pennsylvania German Society.

              Publisher:    New York, N.Y. : Hudson Hills Press in association with the Museum of American Folk Art and the Pennsylvania German Society : Distributed in the United States ... by Rizzoli International Publications,

              Call number:  F146/P24/v.23 also LOAN

    Politics and society : the journals of Lady Knightley of Fawsley, 1885 to 1913.

              Author:       Gordon, Peter, 1927-

              Corp. Author: Northamptonshire Record Society.

              Publisher:    Northampton : ARS, 1999

              Call number:  DA670/N69/N9/v.40

    Recollections of Old Buxton, Maine.

              Author:       Cousens, Alice C.

              Publisher:    Farmington, Me. : printed by the Knowlton & McLeary Co., 1972

              Call number:  F29/B96/C68/1972

    Der Reggeboge. The Rainbow.

              Corp. Author: Pennsylvania German Society.

              Publisher:    Birdsboro, Pa. [etc.] Pennsylvania German Society.

              Call number:  F160/G3/R44

    Repertoire, St - Edmond's Church, Manchester, New Hampshire.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, N.H. : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1994

              Call number:  F44/M2/R48/1994

    The revolt of French Canada, 1800-1835 ; a chapter in the history of the British Commonwealth.

              Author:       Manning, Helen Taft, b. 1891.

              Publisher:    [New York] : St. Martin's Press, 1962

              Call number:  F1053/M36/1962

    Scottish covenanters and Irish confederates : Scottish-Irish relations in the mid-seventeenth century.

              Author:       Stevenson, David.

              Publisher:    Belfast : Ulster Historical Foundation, 1981

              Call number:  DA803.3/S74/1981

    Selections from Arthur Graeff's Scholla.

              Author:       Graeff, Arthur D. (Arthur Dundore), 1899-1969.

              Corp. Author: Pennsylvania German Society.

              Publisher:    Breinigsville, Pa. : Pennsylvania German Society, 1971

              Call number:  F146/P24/v.5

    Shrouded memories : true stories from the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

              Author:       Ramsey, Floyd William, 1931-

              Publisher:    [Littleton, N.H.] : F.W. Ramsey, 1994

              Call number:  F41.3/R36/1994

    Some Cumberland County, Nova Scotia cemeteries : including Shulie, Maccan, Ragged Reef, Nappan, Minudie, Fenwick, Barronsfield, West Amherst, River Hebert, Fort Lawrence.

              Author:       Hill, Susan A.

              Publisher:    Amherst, N.S. : Printed by S.A. Hill,

              Call number:  F1039/C8/H55/1997

    St-Basile-le-Grand, Madawaska County, New Brunswick, marriages, 1791-1977.

              Author:       Cyr, Louis, 1895-1985.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, N.H. : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1995

              Call number:  F1044/M3/C97/1995

    St-Francois-Xavier, Winooski, Vermont, burials, June, 1868 to December, 1994.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1997

              Call number:  F59/W73/S74/1997

    St-Francois-Xavier, Winooski, Vermont, marriages, June, 1868-December, 1994.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1997

              Call number:  F59/W73/S73/1997

    St Patrick, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, baptisms : June 1885 to December 1998.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1999

              Call number:  F44/J2/S77/1999

    St Patrick, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, burials : May 1887 to December 1998.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1999

              Call number:  F44/J2/S772/1999

    St Patrick, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, marriages : August 1885 to December 1998.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1999

              Call number:  F44/J2/S771/1999

    St. Columba, Schenectady, New York : marriages, April, 1908 to October, 1974.

              Corp. Author: American-Canadian Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Manchester, NH : American-Canadian Genealogical Society, 1999

              Call number:  F129/S5/S73/1999

    Stewart Irwin & Sarah Richey : the fruit of their American dream.

              Author:       Raasch, Robert LaVern, 1952-

              Publisher:    Decorah, Iowa : Anundsen Pub. Co.,

              Call number:  CS71/I725/1998

    The story of the Irish people.

              Author:       O'Faolain, Sean, 1900-

              Publisher:    New York : Avenel Books : Distributed by Crown Publishers, 1982,

              Call number:  DA925/O43/1982

    The Terwilliger family in America.

              Author:       Terwilliger, George B.

              Publisher:    [Crown Point, Ind. : G.B. Terwilliger], 1989

              Call number:  CS71/T332/1989 also LOAN

    Unlocking the files of the FBI : a guide to its records and classification system.

              Author:       Haines, Gerald K., 1943-

              Publisher:    Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, 1993

              Call number:  HV8144/F43/H35/1993

    War years, C.S.A. : 12th Mississippi Regiment, Major S.H. Giles, Q.M. : original letters, 1860-1865.

              Author:       Giles, S. H. (Simmons Harrison), 1827-1870.

              Publisher:    Hillsboro, Tex. : Hill College Press ; Waco, Tex. : Available from S.S.N. Brown, 1998

              Call number:  CS71/G472/1998

    Westernized Yankee : the story of Cyrus Woodman.

              Author:       Gara, Larry.

              Publisher:    Madison : State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1956

              Call number:  CT275/W665/G37/1956

    The Wild River wilderness.

              Author:       Wight, D. B. (Denman Bartlett)

              Publisher:    Littleton, N.H. : Courier Printing Co., 1971

              Call number:  F42/W66/W54/1971 also LOAN


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