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  • 2000 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 35
    Whole #35
    December 29, 2000
    - January 2001 Hours of Operation
    - Available in the Book Shop
    - Education Events
    - Meet the Author: R. Andrew Pierce
    - HTML Edition of HisGen Highlights
    - Recent Library Acquisitions
    - Network Admin Sought


    January Hours

    The Society is closed on Monday holidays, including New Year's Day. Please note our January 2001 hours:

    - The Society is closed from Saturday, December 30th, 2000 through Friday, January 5th, 2001 for New Year's and Inventory.

    - We're open Saturday, January 6th, 2001.

    - We're open Saturday, January 13th, 2001 prior to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday.

    - We're closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15th, 2001.

    During times of inclement weather, we strongly recommend phoning ahead to confirm whether the Society will remain open.


    Available in the Book Shop

    Colonial Families of Martha's Vineyard
    By Charles Edward Banks

    This volume is excerpted from the compiler’s three-volume set, The History of Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts.  According to Banks, the work consists of the “complete genealogies of every family resident of Martha’s Vineyard (Dukes County) from 1641 through the beginning of the 19th century, transient and permanent residents inclusive.”  It contains an every-name index exceeding 12,000 names.

    Clearfield. 1925, reprinted 1999. 571pp. Softcover.
    $45.00* Item #B2-66700

    Ancestral Lines, 3rd Edition, 206 Families in England, Wales, The Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
    By Carl Boyer

    This massive work deals primarily with families centered on Rehoboth, Massachusetts (50); Portsmouth and Block Island, Rhode Island (31); Albany and early New York City, NY (26); and Chester Co. , PA. (19).  “ Particularly noteworthy for its coverage of Rhode Island families, this work also includes major discussions of Bowens, Leonards, Remingtons, Shermans, and Tallmans of New England. ” - Gary Boyd Roberts

    C. Boyer. 1998. 960pp. Hardcover.
    $70.00* Item #B3-00100

    The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual
    By the Board for Certification of Genealogists

    This official manual by the Board for Certification of Genealogists provides a standard by which all genealogists can pattern their work. The manual provides guidelines that allow genealogists to ensure they are conducting, and receiving, reliable research.

    Ancestry. 2000. 113pp. Softcover.
    $16.95* Item #B2-62873

    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.  (Please note that the Sales Department will be closed New Year's Day) The shipping and handling charge is $3.50 for the first book and $1.25 for each additional book. MA residents will also be charged 5% sales tax on books.  Please refer to this newsletter when placing your order.


    Don't Miss These Popular Events!

    Saturday Seminar in Boston: “Worth a Thousand Words: Photographs and Genealogy”January 20, 2001

    Photographs can be a rich source of information for genealogists, unlocking clues to the past and giving life and color to our present projects. From dating and identifying, to scrapbooking and the Web, photography and genealogy is a vital partnership. In this one-day intensive seminar, attendees will get the complete “picture” on how to fully utilize family photos, and gain insight into photographs from the NEHGS collection as well.

    Special guest speaker Maureen Taylor will conduct workshops entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story: Identifying Family Photographs," “Building a Family Photography Collection” and “Recent Trends in Family Photographs: Computers, Scrapbooks, and the Web." Society librarian David Allen Lambert will present “Faces from the Past: Selected images from the NEHGS Archives."  Participants can even email photographs for possible use in the seminar. The fee for the all-day program is $90 for members, $95 for non-members. 

    Washington Tour  March 18-25, 2001

    Be sure to join us for our popular trip to the nation's capital, where each genealogist is sure to find a wealth of opportunity to further his or her research. Program participants will be comfortably bused to the National Archives, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, and the Library of Congress each morning and evening.  NEHGS staff genealogists Jerome E. Anderson, Michael J. Leclerc, Chad Leinaweaver and Gary Boyd Roberts will be available at these three sites for individual assistance and scheduled personal research consultations during the length of the program. The staff from the National Archives, the DAR Library and the Library of Congress will present orientations at the beginning of the week to demystify the vast resources at these repositories and acquaint you with the rich resources available. For those already familiar with these libraries, our three invited speakers will re-familiarize participants as well as offer updates on their collections.   One of the highlights of this year’s tour will include a visit to Mount Vernon, where our group will enjoy a private tour of the historic house and gardens.  Due to the popularity of this program, we recommend that you register early in order to guarantee a place with our group.

    For registration and other  information on either of these programs call the education department toll-free at 1-888-286-3447  or email


    A Conversation with Andy

    The Stones Speak: Irish Place Names From Inscriptions in Boston’s Mount Calvary Cemetery
    By R. Andrew Pierce

    The idea for R. Andrew (Andy) Pierce’s first book, The Stones Speak, came from his desire to find more placename sources for Irish ancestry. While Andy indicated, in a recent visit to the HisGen Highlights office, that Irish sources already include Naturalization Records at the National Archives in Waltham, he delineated an important distinction between those and stone markers, insofar as most other sources say just “Ireland”.

    There are over 1000 placenames detailed in The Stones Speak, taken from this cemetery’s stones which date from the 1860’s up to the mid-20th century. Checking against death records, Pierce found that some people buried there came from farther away than the surrounding Boston neighborhoods, though he states that it is likely that people living in Jamaica Plain (JP), West Roxbury, Dorchester and the South End comprise most of its inhabitants.

    Asked to compare his book with those of other contemporary researchers seeking to create similar links, Pierce cited Marie Daly’s forthcoming book on Charlestown, plus her existing title on Mount Auburn Catholic Cemetery in Cambridge. “There are two people in New York who have done similar work as well,” he said. “Joseph M. Silinonte has done Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn; Rosemary Ardolina did another on Calvary Cemetery in Queens. Plus, Dave Lambert’s upcoming book is a guide to all the Boston-area cemeteries, so that will be extremely useful for people doing this sort of research.”

    So what was the specific inspiration for his book? “I had a lot of clients from the JP -West Roxbury area,” Pierce explained, “and I wanted to make more breakthroughs on them. (I) went to the cemetery to check it out.”

    Pierce has been a frequent contributor to NEXUS, now New England Ancestors magazine. He penned two series….one on JFK’s ancestry and another on Death Records of Irish People born before 1800. But an article he penned in the early 1990s on St. Mary’s cemetery in Milford was the piece that got the ball rolling.

    “I’d like to encourage people to get out and do Irish-Catholic cemeteries, because Irish cemeteries will have placenames on the stone,” Pierce explained. “Mass(achusetts) VRs are good, but it’s another way of showing an entire family in one place, and extends a family over a period of time, all on one stone, aside from census records which are more of a snapshot of one day.”

    Future titles by Pierce include one on St. Mary’s Cemetery in Dorchester, tentatively due in 2002 and written in partnership with Henry Scannell, Microtext Librarian of the Boston Public Library.

    The Stones Speak is available through our Book Shop at or by calling toll-free 1-888-296-3447.


    HTML Edition of HisGen Highlights

    In our never-ending attempt to keep pace with evolving technology, HisGen Highlights is taking steps to offer more robust and media-rich versions of this e-newsletter through an HTML edition, starting with Volume II, Number 37 in late January 2001.

    Many e-mail programs allow the viewing of HTML-formatted pages in the body of e-mails. This feature is capable of being enabled or disabled using the e-mail program's individual settings.

    We expect to expand this newsletter to include publication via wireless devices such as PDAs and cel phones, so this HTML edition represents a necessary, if incremental, step toward attainment of that goal. HTML before XML before WAP, for you code warriors.

    If you would be interested in receiving the HTML edition of this newsletter, please respond to and type HTML in either the Subject or Body fields.

    PLEASE NOTE: Doing so will NOT immediately prevent your receipt of this existing, non-HTML edition of the e-newsletter. If you wish to subscribe to the HTML edition,  please do NOT reply to this (non-HTML) edition with the DUPLICATE message or you WILL be UNSUBSCRIBED altogether. We will publicize the method by which you may subscribe to ONLY the HTML edition, but that will not happen until February. This is very important in order to maintain your free subscription without interruption.

    All versions of HisGen Highlights will remain free to both Society members and non-members. A non-HTML, "text" edition of the newsletter will be published for those who do not wish to receive the HTML edition.

    The first HTML edition will arrive in late January, in the second issue after this one. For those who wish to receive the newsletter in its existing format (Rich-Text Format), you need do nothing.

    If you have questions, please direct them to the above email address. Please, no phone calls. Given staff resources, all telephone queries will be referred to the above e-mail address.

    We appreciate your patience as we implement this expanded, formatted option, and we very much look forward to HisGen Highlights' third year of keeping you abreast of Society news. Happy New Year!


    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

    The 150th anniversary of the organization of the First Church of Christ in Pomfret, Conn., October 26, 1865 : sermons, historical papers, addresses, with appendix.

              Corp. Author: First Church of Christ (Pomfret, Conn.)

              Publisher:    Danielsonville [Conn.] : Transcript Print, 1866

              Call number:  RareBook F104/P8/F57/1866

    1850 census, Peoria County, Illinois.

              Author:       O'Dell, Patti Combs.

              Corp. Author: Peoria Genealogical Society

              Publisher:    [Peoria? : Peoria Genealogical Society, 1987

              Call number:  F547/P4/O34/1987

    A 1998 "Sawyer - Fickett" update to "Downeast Dicksons", published 1987.

              Author:       Dickson, Katharine, 1904-

              Publisher:    Henniker, N.H. : K. Dickson, 1998

              Call number:  CS71/D5535/1987/Suppl.

    Abbreviations and acronyms : a guide for family historians.

              Author:       Sperry, Kip.

              Publisher:    Orem, UT : Ancestry, 2000

              Call number:  REF CS6/S64/2000 also LOAN

    Ancestors of May Irving Morgan : including among others the families of Jones, Morgan, Culp, Cline, Fitch and Mather.

              Author:       Stein, Marianne deCherigny Seabrook.

              Publisher:    Wadmalaw Island, SC : Harold R. and Marianne S. Stein,

              Call number:  CS71/M848/1999 also LOAN

    Andrews and Fountain ancestors.

              Author:       Fountain, Lee B.

              Publisher:    [S.l. : L.B. Fountain], 1988

              Call number:  CS71/A57/1988

    Arkansas links : a comprehensive guide to genealogical research in the Natural State.

              Author:       Norris, Rhonda S. (Rhonda Shepherd), 1953-

              Publisher:    Russellville, AR : Arkansas Genealogical Research,

              Call number:  F410/N67/1999 also LOAN

    Army records for family historians.

              Author:       Fowler, Simon.

              Publisher:    London : PRO Publications ; [s.l.] : Crown Pub.,

              Call number:  CS415/F68/1998

    Barb Protestant Cemetery, East Hawkesbury Township, Prescott County, On..

              Author:       Cotton, Ross G. H., 1926-

              Publisher:    Pointe Claire, Que. : Quebec Family History Society, 1995

              Call number:  CS88/B27/C68/1995

    Beneath the clouds of the promised land : the survival of Nova Scotia's blacks.

              Author:       Pachai, Bridglal

              Publisher:    Halifax, N.S. : Black Educators Association of Nova Scotia, 1987-

              Call number:  F1040/N3/P33/1987

    Biographies of the Civil War veterans who came to Pipestone County, Minnesota.

              Corp. Author: Pipestone County Genealogical Society (Pipestone County, Minn.)

              Publisher:    Pipestone, Minn. : Pipestone Pub. Co.,

              Call number:  F612/P55/B56/1991

    Births, deaths, marriages and other genealogical gleanings from newspapers for Crawford, Vernon and Richland counties, Wisconsin, 1873-1910.

              Author:       Erickson, Vernon D.

              Publisher:    Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books,

              Call number:  F587/C8/E75/1997

    British connections : the journal of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

              Corp. Author: International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

              Publisher:    Salt Lake City : The Society,

              Year:        2000-

              Call number:  CS410/I5a

    The Butler family.

              Author:       Daniels, Marcia Butler.

              Publisher:    [Wheaton, Ill. : M.B. Daniels, 1999

              Call number:  CS71/B986/1999

    Calendar of the items in a volume titled Township of Dorchester early proprietors papers at the Norfolk County registry of deeds.

              Author:       Ingram, David B.

              Publisher:    [Foxborough, Mass. : D.B. Ingram], 1999

              Call number:  V.F. F74/D5/I54/1999

    Catalogue of the North Church, Hartford. Together with its history, articles of faith, and by-laws.

              Corp. Author: North Church (Hartford, Conn.)

              Publisher:    Hartford [Conn.] : Printed by E. Gleason, 1845

              Call number:  RareBook F104/H3/N67/1845

    Catalogue of the North Church, Hartford. Together with its history, articles of faith, and by-laws.

              Corp. Author: North Church (Hartford, Conn.)

              Publisher:    Hartford, Conn. : P. B. Gleason and Co., 1839

              Call number:  RareBook F104/H3/N67/1839

    Catalogue of the officers and members of the Pearl Street Congregational Church in Hartford, February, M.DCCC.LIV.

              Corp. Author: Pearl Street Congregational Church (Hartford, Conn.)

              Publisher:    Hartford, Conn. : Case, Tiffany & Co., 1854

              Call number:  RareBook F104/H3/P43/1854

    Catalogue of the surviving members of the First Congregational Church in Coventry, Conn. January 24, 1839 : together with some historical notices, &c. prefixed.

              Corp. Author: First Congregational Church (Coventry, Conn.)

              Publisher:    Hartford : Printed by John L. Boswell, 1839

              Call number:  RareBook F104/C75/F57/1839

    Celebration in Green's Farms : the historical discourse delivered at the celebration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the church in Green's Farms, held Oct. 26, 1865.

              Author:       Relyea, B. J. (Benjamin J.), 1819-1901.

              Publisher:    New York : Jno. P. Prall, 1865

              Call number:  RareBook F104/G74/R45/1865

    The census book : a genealogist's guide to federal census facts, schedules and indexes : with master extraction forms for federal census schedules, 1790-1930.

              Author:       Dollarhide, William.

              Publisher:    Bountiful, Utah : Heritage Quest, 1999

              Call number:  Microtext HA214/D65/1999 also LOAN

    A centennial discourse delivered January 26th, 1864 : the one hundredth anniversary of the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church, Hamden, Conn..

              Author:       Thayer, David Haven.

              Publisher:    New Haven [Conn.] : Printed by Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor,

              Call number:  RareBook F104/M92/T53/1864

    Charlestown : footsteps thru history.

              Author:       Sigler, Ruth.

              Publisher:    [S.l. : R.M. Sigler],

              Call number:  V.F. F74/C4/S54/1972

    Civil registration of births, deaths and marriages in Ireland : a practical approach.

              Author:       Blumsom, Catherine.

              Publisher:    [Belfast?] : Ulster Historical Foundation,

              Call number:  REF CS483/B58/199- also LOAN

    Collection of descendants of John Webster and his wife, Mary Shatswell, of Ipswich, Mass. : as recorded in the vital records of Essex Co., Mass. wills, deeds, old Norfolk Co. records at Salem, Mass., with a few records taken from Hoyt's "Old families", History of Plymouth, N.H., History of Hudson, N.H., family records, etc..

              Author:       Johnson, Henrietta Dolloff.

              Corp. Author: Webster Family Association.

              Publisher:    [Sanbornton, N.H.? : W.H. and K.S. Webster for the Webster Family Assoc., 1999]

              Call number:  CS71/W38/1932 also LOAN

    Colonial Schenectady in maps.

              Author:       Staffa, Susan Jane.

              Publisher:    Schenectady, N.Y. : [s.n.], 1985

              Call number:  V.F. F129/S5/S72/1985

    The confession of faith and covenant of the Congregational Church in Middlefield (Fourth Congregational Church, Middletown) : with a brief historical sketch, an outline of the principles and usages of Congregationalism, and a catalogue of members.

              Corp. Author: Fourth Congregational Church of Middletown (Middlefield, Conn.)

              Publisher:    Middletown [Conn.] : C.H. Pelton, printer, 1844

              Call number:  RareBook F104/M58/F68/1844

    The confession of faith and covenant of the Congregational Church in Rockville, Ct. : with an historical notice and a catalogue of its members. 1847.

              Corp. Author: Congregational Church (Rockville, Conn.)

              Publisher:    Hartford [Conn.] : Printed by D.B. Moseley, 1848

              Call number:  RareBook F104/R7/C66/1848

    The confession of faith and covenant of the First Church of Christ in Unionville, Ct. : with a catalogue of the members from March 30, 1852 [i.e.1841] to Jan. 1, 1853.

              Corp. Author: First Church of Christ (Unionville, Conn.)

              Publisher:    Hartford [Conn.] : Press of Case, Tiffany and Co., 1853

              Call number:  RareBook F104/U55/F57/1853

    Confession of faith and covenant, adopted by the First Church in Farmington. With a catalogue of the members, from April 19, 1796, to July 1, 1825.

              Corp. Author: First Church of Christ (Farmington, Conn.)

              Publisher:    Hartford : Printed by P.B. Gleason, 1825

              Call number:  RareBook F104/F4/F57/1825

    Confession of faith and covenant; together with standing rules and practical principles adopted by the First Church of Christ in Glastenbury [i.e. Glastonbury], Connecticut : with an appendix containing some notices of the history of the church and a catalogue of the resident members, January 1, 1834.

              Corp. Author: First Church of Christ (Glastonbury, Conn.)

              Publisher:    Hartford [Conn.] : Printed by P.B. Gleason, 1834

              Call number:  RareBook F104/G5/F57/1834

    The confession of faith, covenant, and rules of discipline; together with a catalogue of the officers and members of the First Church in Fairfield, Ct..

              Corp. Author: First Church of Christ (Fairfield, Conn.)

              Publisher:    New Haven : Printed by B.L. Hamlen, 1839

              Call number:  RareBook F104/F2/F57/1839

    Connections abstracts and index, volumes 01 through volume 17.

              Author:       McKay, Margaret.

              Corp. Author: Quebec Family History Society.

              Publisher:    Pointe Claire : Quebec Family History Society, 1997

              Call number:  CS88/Q4/C64/Index/1978-95

    Cite St. Charles, Quebec church register, 1855-1874 (Wesleyan Methodist).

              Author:       Lancaster, Shirley E. (Shirley Ellen), 1936-

              Publisher:    Thornhill, Ont. : S.E.L. Enterprises,

              Call number:  CS88/H83/L36/1995

    The Cudworth family.

              Author:       Daniels, Marcia Butler.

              Publisher:    [Wheaton, Ill. : M.B. Daniels, 1999

              Call number:  CS71/C966/1999

    Descendants of Richard Stark, b. 1665, grandfather of General John Stark.

              Author:       Schroeder, Rodney Gordon, 1922-

              Publisher:    Holland, Mich. : R.G. Schroeder, 1993

              Call number:  CS71/S795/1993b

    The descendants of Richard Stark, b. 1665.

              Author:       Schroeder, Rodney Gordon, 1922-

              Publisher:    Holland, Mich. : R.G. Schroeder, 1993

              Call number:  LOAN CS71/S795/1993a

    The deserters : military and naval deserters as settlers in Australia and New Zealand, 1800-1865.

              Author:       Sexton, Rae.

              Corp. Author: Australasian Maritime Historical Society.

              Publisher:    Lobethal, S. Aust. : Australasian Maritime Historical Society, 1998,

              Call number:  CS2003/S49/1998

    Drogeo land : [being a tale of the Wawenock country - land of men, strong and unafraid].

              Author:       Mountfort, Anne.

              Publisher:    [Damariscotta, Me. : Lincoln County News, 1936?

              Call number:  V.F. F27/L7/M68

    Drummer on foot.

              Author:       Cameron, William D.

              Publisher:    [Antigonish, N.S. : The Casket Printing & Pub. Co., 1999

              Call number:  F1039/A25/C36/1999 also LOAN

    Emigrants from Hamburg to Australia, 1855.

              Author:       Kopittke, Eric.

              Corp. Author: Queensland Family History Society.

              Publisher:    Brisbane : Queensland Family History Society, 1999

              Call number:  CS2003/K67/1999

    Family histories index = Index d'histoires de familles.

              Author:       Fortin, Francine, 1951-

              Publisher:    [Lachine, Quebec] : F. Fortin,

              Call number:  Z5313/C22/Q434/1994

    The family tree of H.M. Queen Victoria.

              Author:       Arnold, Jacques.

              Publisher:    West Malling, Kent : P. Arnold, (1999 printing) 1998

              Call number:  CS418/A76/1998

    First Congregational Church [of Philadelphia].

              Corp. Author: First Congregational Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)

              Publisher:    [Philadelphia : The Church, 1838?

              Call number:  RareBook F158.62/F47/F47/1838

    A gazetteer of the state of Pennsylvania.

              Author:       Gordon, Thomas Francis, 1787-1860.

              Publisher:    Apollo, PA : Closson Press, 1999

              Call number:  F147/G66/1999

    Genealogical journal of Oneida County, New York.

              Publisher:    Boise, ID : The Family Tree,

              Year:        1997-

              Call number:  F127/O5/O44

    Genealogical records : the Ontario register, 1780s-1870s [computer file].

              Publisher:    Novato, CA : Br

              Call number:  Microtext F1056/O67/1997 CD

    Hamburg passengers from the Kingdom of Poland and the Russian Empire : indirect passage to New York, 1855-June, 1873.

              Author:       Moser, Geraldine

              Publisher:    Washington, DC : Landsmen Press,

              Call number:  E184/J5/M67/1996

    Hawthorn-Dale Cemetery memorial stone inscriptions.

              Author:       Truesdell, Carol Cleland.

              Corp. Author: Quebec Family History Society.

              Publisher:    Pointe Claire, Quebec : Quebec Family History Society,

              Call number:  CS88/M66/T78/1992


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