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  • 2000 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 28
    Whole #28
    September 16, 2000
    - News from the Publications Department
    - Special Events: Genealogy 101, Salt Lake City Research Trip
    - Available in the Online Book Shop
    - Recent Acquisitions
    - Library of Congress Uploads Washington Diaries


    News from the Publications Department

    The Publications Department will send periodic announcements detailing what books are upcoming and what titles are available through our Sales Department.  Please do not hesitate to e-mail with any questions.

    The Stones Speak: Inscriptions from Boston's Mount Calvary Cemetery by R. Andrew Pierce. This book is currently at the printer. (David Allen Lambert came up with the title!).  A welcome addition to the sparse resources for Irish research. The longing of many Irish immigrants for their homeland is apparent in the inscriptions on their gravestones. This is Mr. Pierce's first published book, an ambitious compilation of information on all the stones in Mount Calvary Cemetery that include names of Irish birthplaces.

    Now Available:

    Inscriptions and Records of the Old Cemeteries of Boston compiled by Dunkle & Lainhart

    "The effort to record and publish surviving inscriptions from gravestones in the old burial grounds began long ago, and the results hold many discrepancies."

    The Historic cemeteries within Boston are King's Chapel Yard, Copp's Hill Burying Ground,  the Granary Burying Ground, the Yard on Boston Common (also called Central), and Hawes in South Boston. Included are maps and histories of each burial ground.

    Upcoming Publications:

    A Guide to Cemeteries Located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by David Allen Lambert

    This publication lists all known cemeteries in the Commonwealth, from the small family graveyards to large urban cemeteries. Physical location, date of origin and contact information for each cemetery is included. A bibliography of printed and manuscript sources for inscriptions available at NEHGS and DAR in Washington D.C. is also included.

    The Early Records of the Town of Warwick

    Warwick was one of the four original towns in Rhode Island. Its first book of town records was published in 1926 by the Rhode Island Historical Society, but the second, called "The Book with Clasps" and covering the years from 1668 to 1681, has remained in its original form at the Warwick Town House, closed to anyone unable to decipher difficult seventeenth-century handwriting. The recent discovery of a transcriptions made in the 1950's by the late Marshall Morgan, brought to the attention of NEHGS by John E. Sterling, has made possible the publication of this book. This work covers the period of King Philip's War, during which the town was burned by Indians, and provides personal information about several Warwick families. It has been carefully checked against the original book by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, and has an index and a map.

    Work continues on the CD-ROM of Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700. We hope to have it ready for Christmas -- a gift indeed for those who have put such effort into its preparation, and (we hope) for researchers who have been patiently awaiting its completion.


    Upcoming Special Events

    Genealogy 101

    If you haven't yet taken this classic, intensive course, why not sharpen your research skills with this invaluable program? Marcia Melnyk, a popular lecturer nationally and a professional genealogist, will teach you how to get the most out of researching your family history. This program will not be offered again until next year so don't miss this opportunity! Classes meet on Thursdays, 10AM-12:15PM beginning October 5th.  An extensive course syllabus is included in the cost of tuition. For more information please call our Education Department at (617) 536-5740 ext. 202 (toll-free at 1-888-286-3447), or e-mail Carmelita at

    Salt Lake City Research Trip

    Time is running out if you wish to be part of the Research Trip to Salt Lake City. The program runs from October 29th through November 5th and remains one of our most beloved. Don't miss out on doing Salt Lake research the NEHGS way! For more information please call our Education Department at (617) 536-5740 ext. 226 (toll-free at 1-888-286-3447), or e-mail Alena at


    Now Available in the New England Ancestors Online Book Shop

    Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History
    By Katherine Scott Sturdevant

    This new book helps researchers bridge the gap between genealogy and history. Readers will receive guidance on how to weave historical facts with genealogy to form a compelling family history narrative. The author provides intriguing case studies, charts, sidebars and exercises to illustrate how to construct a more complete picture of ancestors' lives. And she demonstrates how browsing antique shops, used book stores and the Internet can also help recreate the past.

    Betterway. 2000. 176pp. Softcover.
    $19.99* Item #B2-62837

    Books You Need to Do Genealogy in Ontario: An Annotated Bibliography, Second Edition
    By Ryan Taylor

    This highly recommended book includes information about 2200 Ontario-related publications, as well as practical advice about the usefulness of  those publications.

    “Through his careful attention to detail, meaningful annotations, and depth of coverage, Ryan Taylor has made this publication essential for those doing Ontario genealogical research.” - Curt B. Witcher, Past President, Federation of Genealogical Societies

    Round Tower Books. 2000. 320pp. Softcover.
    $25.00* Item #B2-85566      

    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.


    Recent Library Acquisitions

    The following titles have recently been added to the collections of the 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 at 101 Newbury Street in Boston.  To learn more about borrowing items from the Circulating Library, see our website or e-mail

    Genealogical tables of Jewish families : 14th-20th centuries : forgotten fragments of the history of the Frankel family.

              Author:       Frankel, Louis, 1868-1935.

              Corp. Author: Memorial Foundation of Eva and Henry Frankel.

              Publisher:    Munchen : K.G. Saur, 1999

              Call number:  CS409/A2/F713/1999

    Genealogie de la famille Audet - Lapointe, 1664-1964.

              Author:       Lapointe, Joseph Alfred, 1898-

              Publisher:    [Quebec : s.n.], 1964-

              Call number:  CS90/A92/1964

    The genealogy of the descendants of Urbain Baudreau dit Graveline.

              Author:       Allard, Norman.

              Corp. Author: Boudreau, Thomas.

              Publisher:    Palmer, Massachusetts : Van Volumes ;

              Call number:  CS71/G775/1998

    The Greenman family in America. 1st supplement.

              Author:       Greenman, Peter Holden, 1933-

              Publisher:    Block Island, R.I. : Greenman Family Association, 1999

              Call number:  CS71/G8146/1998/Suppl.1

    A history of early Orleans.

              Author:       Barnard, Ruth L.

              Corp. Author: Orleans Historical Society.

              Publisher:    Taunton, Mass. : Published for the Orleans Historical Society, Orleans, Massachusetts, by W.S. Sullwold, Pub., 1975

              Call number:  F74/O74/B37/1975

    The History of Farley, Iowa : heart of the cornbelt.

              Corp. Author: Farley Historical Society.

              Publisher:    [Farley?, Iowa] : Farley Historical Society,

              Call number:  F629/F22/H57/1996

    A history of the Scottish people : 1560-1830.

              Author:       Smout, T. C. (T. Christopher)

              Publisher:    London : Fontana, (1987 [printing]) 1972,

              Call number:  DA760/S66/1969

    An index of the land claim certificates of Upper Canada militiamen who served in the War of 1812-1814.

              Author:       Lauber, Wilfred R.

              Corp. Author: Ontario Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Toronto : Ontario Genealogical Society, 1995

              Call number:  F1056.8/L38/1995

    Index to volume 1 and volume 2 of A collection of the sufferings of the people called Quakers : for the testimony of a good conscience ... : taken from original records and other authentic accounts, by Joseph Besse, London, 1753.

              Author:       Sullivan, Audrey Graninger, 1916-

              Publisher:    Fort Lauderdale, FL : Genealogical Society of Broward Co., Fla.,

              Call number:  BX7630/B4/1753/Index

     Indian Springs Cemetery in Punta Gorda, Florida : from 14 Dec. 1886 to 01 Jan. 1994.

              Author:       Lambert, Betsey.

              Corp. Author: Charlotte County Genealogical Society. Cemetery Committee.

              Publisher:    [Port Charlotte, Fla. : The Society, 1994

              Call number:  F319/P95/I5/1994

    Ireland to North America : emigrants from West Cork.

              Author:       King, Joseph A., 1925-

              Publisher:    Lafayette, Calif. : K & K Publishers ; Toronto : P.D. Meany Publishers,

              Call number:  E184/I6/K562/1994

    John Littleton of Accomack Co., VA : his family and descendants.

              Author:       Candage, Charles Samuel, 1916-

              Publisher:    McKinney, TX : B.J.L. Berry,

              Call number:  CS71/L78134/1999

    The journal of Major John.

              Author:       Coggeshall, Ivan Stoddard, 1896-1990.

              Corp. Author: Coggeshall Historical Association.

              Publisher:    Struthers, Ohio : Coggeshall Historical Association, 1982

              Call number:  CS71/C676/1982a

    Legacy to Buxton.

              Author:       Robbins, Arlie C. (Arlie Clara), 1922-

              Publisher:    North Buxton, Ont., Canada : A.C. Robbins,

              Call number:  F1059.5/N8115/R63/1983

    Marriages and baptisms of St. Michael Catholic Church, Swansea, MA (Ocean Grove) 1922-1995.

              Author:       Letourneau, Armand.

              Corp. Author: American French Genealogical Society

              Publisher:    Pawtucket, RI : The American-French Genealogical Society, 1996

              Call number:  F74/S995/M37/1996

    Men of Upper Canada : militia nominal rolls, 1828-1829.

              Author:       Elliott, Bruce S.

              Corp. Author: Ontario Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Toronto : Ontario Genealogical Society, 1995

              Call number:  F1056.8/M46/1995

    Mortuary records with genealogical notes of the town of Spafford, Onondaga County, New York.

              Author:       Collins, George Knapp, b. 1837.

              Corp. Author: Onondaga Historical Association.

              Publisher:    Sarasota, Fla. : Aceto Bookmen, 1997

              Call number:  F129/S742/C72/1997

    Nach Amerika!

              Author:       Jansen, Norbert.

              Publisher:    Vaduz : Historischer Verein fur das Furstentum Liechtenstein; Zurich : Chronos, 1998

              Call number:  E184/L55/J36/1998

    Native people of southern New England, 1500-1650.

              Author:       Bragdon, Kathleen Joan.

              Publisher:    Norman : University of Oklahoma Press,

              Call number:  E78/N5/B73/1996

    The North Woods journal of Charles C. Hamilton : an Englishman in Wisconsin's lumber camps, 1892-93.

              Author:       Hamilton, Charles C. (Charles Conrad), 1873-1964.

              Publisher:    Rudolph, WI : River City Memoirs,

              Call number:  F587/A8/H36/1992

    People and professions of Charleston, South Carolina, 1782-1802.

              Author:       Hagy, James William.

              Publisher:    Baltimore, MD : Clearfield Co.,

              Call number:  F279/C4/H34/1992

    The plantation of Ulster : British settlement in an Irish landscape 1600-1670.

              Author:       Robinson, Philip S. (Philip Samuel), 1946-

              Corp. Author: Ulster Historical Foundation.

              Publisher:    Belfast : Ulster Historical Foundation, 1994

              Call number:  DA990/U46/R63/1994

    Poor, ignorant children : Irish famine orphans in Saint John, New Brunswick.

              Author:       Murphy, Peter, 1963-

              Corp. Author: D'Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies.

              Publisher:    Halifax, NS : D'Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies, Saint Mary's University, 1999

              Call number:  F1044.5/S14/M87/1999 also LOAN

    Pour rester au pays : etude sur l'emigration des Canadiens-Francais aux Etats-Unis. Causes. Remedes.

              Author:       Bilodeau, Georges Marie, b. 1895.

              Publisher:    Quebec : L'Action sociale,

              Year:        1926

              Call number:  F1027/B55/1926

    Records of baptisms, marriages, burials solemnized by George Goldthwait Ingersoll, minister of the First Congregational Society in Burlington, Vermont.

              Publisher:    Sarasota, Fla. : Aceto Bookmen, 1995

              Call number:  F59/B9/R43/1995

    Records of First Baptist Church of Sennett, Cayuga County, New York and history of Cayuga County, New York : with data from town of Sennett, and 1867 directory of individuals, from Cayuga County, 1868 directory by Hamilton Child.

              Author:       Jennings, Laura O.

              Publisher:    Sarasota, FL : Aceto Bookmen, 1995

              Call number:  F129/S625/J46/1995

    Registers of signatures of depositors in the Augusta, Georgia, Branch of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company.

              Author:       Walker, Alice O., 1949-

              Publisher:    Augusta, Ga. : Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 1998-

              Call number:  F294/A9/W35/1998 also LOAN

    Revised master index to the New York state Daughters of the American Revolution genealogical records volumes.

              Author:       Worden, Jean D.

              Corp. Author: Daughters of the American Revolution. General Peter Gansevoort Chapter (Albany, N.Y.)

              Publisher:    Zephyrhills, Fla. : Jean D. Worden, 1998

              Call number:  F118/R455/1998

    The roster of Union soldiers, 1861-1865. Indiana.

              Author:       Hewett, Janet.

              Publisher:    Wilmington, NC : Broadfoot Pub. Co., 1999-

              Call number:  REF E494/H49/1997/v.27-28

    The roster of Union soldiers, 1861-1865. Minnesota M546-1-M546-10, Iowa M541-1-M541-29.

              Author:       Hewett, Janet.

              Publisher:    Wilmington, NC : Broadfoot Pub. Co., 2000

              Call number:  REF E494/H49/1997/v.29

    Ships and seamen of the American Revolution : vessels, crews, weapons, gear, naval tactics, and actions of the War for Independence.

              Author:       Coggins, Jack.

              Publisher:    [Harrisburg] : Stackpole Books,

              Call number:  E271/C64/1969

    Silhouettes franco-americaines.

              Author:       Dion-Levesque, Rosaire, 1900-

              Corp. Author: Association canado-americaine.

              Publisher:    Manchester, N.H. : Association Canado-americaine, 1957

              Call number:  F15/F85/D56/1957

    Sligo in New York : the Irish from County Sligo, 1849-1991.

              Author:       Ridge, John T.

              Publisher:    New York : County Sligo Social & Benevolent Association,

              Call number:  F128.9/I6/R53/1991

    St Martin, Jersey : the story of an island parish.

              Author:       Blackstone, Chris.

              Publisher:    Chichester, West Sussex : Phillimore, 1999

              Call number:  DA670/J5/S76/1999 also LOAN

    Stokes County, North Carolina, 1815 tax list : annotated transcriptions.

              Author:       Linn, Jo White.

              Publisher:    Salisbury, N.C. : J.W. Linn, 1997

              Call number:  F262/S8/L56/1997 also LOAN

    The surnames of Ireland.

              Author:       MacLysaght, Edward.

              Publisher:    Blackrock, Co. Dublin : Irish Academic Press, 1985

              Call number:  REF CS2415/M24/1985 also LOAN

    A tapestry of ancestors woven from Ireland, Givens, Lott, Bottum, and associated families.

              Author:       Ireland, D. Virginia Givens.

              Publisher:    Portsmouth, NH : Peter E. Randall, 1999

              Call number:  CS71/I65/1999a also LOAN

    The wandering Irish in Europe : their influence from the Dark Ages to modern times.

              Author:       Culligan, Matthew J., 1918-

              Publisher:    Baltimore, Md. : Clearfield,

              Call number:  DA910/C85/1999

    West Williams Township : a proud heritage.

              Corp. Author: West Williams (Ont.). History Book Committee.

              Publisher:    Aylmer, Ont. : West Williams Township, History Book Committee, 1999

              Call number:  F1059/W47/W47/1999

    Whiddons from England to America : the direct line of descent from William Whiddon (ca 1660-ca 1722) to David T. Whiddon (1916-1992).

              Author:       Whiddon, David T., 1916-1992.

              Publisher:    Grandin, Fla. : Laura Tully ; Jacksonville, Fla. : Printed by Automated Printing, Inc.,

              Call number:  CS71/W622/1998 also LOAN

    While the women only wept : Loyalist refugee women in Eastern Ontario.

              Author:       Potter-MacKinnon, Janice, 1947-

              Publisher:    Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press,

              Call number:  F1058/P68/1993

    Woodside, Queens County, New York : a historical perspective, 1652-1994.

              Author:       Gregory, Catherine.

              Publisher:    New York : Woodside on the Move,

              Call number:  F128.68/W66/G74/1994

    The workhouses of Ireland : the fate of Ireland's poor.

              Author:       O'Connor, John.

              Publisher:    Dublin : Anvil Books ; Minneapolis : Irish Books & Media, 1995

              Call number:  DA950/O26/1995


    LoC, University Press of Virginia Add Washington Diaries to Website

    (press release)

    The National Digital Library Program and the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress and the University Press of Virginia are pleased to announce the release of the documentary edition The Diaries of George Washington on the American Memory Collections website at . The Diaries are the work of the editors of The Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia. Also included in this release is the remainder of Series 4, General Correspondence, completing the online presentation of the George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress.

    George Washington's diaries (1748-1799) offer a unique window into the daily life of the most celebrated founder of the United States. Unlike Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and Benjamin Franklin, Washington kept a daily diary for much of his life, from his first surveying trip in 1748 until December 13, 1799, the day before his death. The Library of Congress holds thirty-seven of fifty-one known diary volumes and diary fragments. The published documentary edition includes all fifty-one diaries and diary fragments. This release makes all these materials available to the public as searchable text and as bitonal and grayscale page images.  The Diaries are one of six series in the documentary edition The Papers of George Washington published by the University Press of Virginia.

    The documentary edition provides diary introductions and annotations that identify all persons mentioned in the texts, explain their relationship to Washington and his activities, and are often accompanied by portrait reproductions.  The editors have identified the slaves and white artisans Washington employed on his farms, as well as the plants, crops, implements, and mechanical devices with which he experimented. Historical background about major events in Washington's life clarifies and enriches the significance of the diary texts. The volumes feature a variety of maps and illustrations.

    During the course of his life Washington kept many different kinds of diaries: travel diaries; diaries devoted to specific events; and most consistently daily diaries of weather, work, and events at Mount Vernon and his various farms.  He kept diaries during his visit to Barbados in 1751-52 with his half-brother Lawrence who was seeking to recover his health; and for his expeditions to the Ohio River region in 1753-54, during the preliminary phases of the French and Indian (or Seven Year) War. He began his Revolutionary War diary at Yorktown in 1781, lamenting "not having attempted it from the commencement of the War. . . "  At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, Washington sent to Mount Vernon for his current diary volume so he could maintain it while he presided over the convention's proceedings. Significant diaries for Washington's presidency from 1789-1796 survive in the form of journals of presidential tours of New England in 1789 and of the South in 1791.

    Washington began keeping daily diaries of his life at Mount Vernon by 1760. Mount Vernon became his property in 1758, and eventually it consisted of five separate farms. Washington was devoted to its expansion and development, and the "diaries are a monument to that concern," as the editors of the documentary edition note (vol. I, p. xxvi). Often kept in the blank pages of published Virginia almanacs, Washington's entries record family, neighborhood and local events; weather; and most importantly his transition from planter to farmer, from his early frustrating efforts with the cash crop tobacco to a commitment to diversification and production for a domestic market and his abiding interest in experimentation with the latest agricultural methods. Shortly before his death, Washington was drafting yet another plan for crop rotation and new farming operations.

    The definitive transcriptions, introductory essays, and rich annotation provided by The Diaries of George Washington offer a unique opportunity to explore the thoughts, activities, and historical world of one of our nation's essential founders. The online presentation of these materials now makes them available to a much wider audience than ever before.

    Please direct all questions to .


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