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  • 1999 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 6
    Whole #6
    October 18, 1999
    - (Another) Award for the Newbury Street Press
    - Public Lecture Series Continues
    - Irish Maps Now Available
    - Website Q & A


    Please join NEHGS in congratulating Jeanne Brooks Gart, C.G. on receiving the Award of Excellence Certificate from the Anna Ford Family Book Contest 1999 for her Newbury Street Press book The Families of Joseph and Charlotte (Shelton) Ayers. This work covers ancestors and descendants of Joseph and Charlotte (Shelton) Ayers of Knox County, Tennessee and Macon County, Missouri, including sections on Ralph Shelton of Middlesex County, Virginia, Reuben M. Dunnington, William Daniel and Marvel Moseley.


    Chad E. Leinaweaver is our speaker as the Society's Public Lecture Series continues with "'What's On This Floor?', Tips on Using the Society's Local History Collection." The lecture is on Tuesday 19 October at 5:30 p.m. in the Sixth Floor Reading Room.


    The Sales Department is pleased to introduce a special series of Irish County Maps, as well as a full map of Ireland, which have been reprinted by Quintin Publications from a series originally produced in 1901.  The 32 county maps are among the most detailed ever produced.  They are divided into Baronies, Civil Parishes, and Roman Catholic Parishes.  Each depicts castles, churches, cross roads, courthouses, junctions, lakes, barracks, bridges, harbors, Roman Catholic churches, chapels, convents, cemeteries, schools, stations, and many different geographical features.  All towns, villages, market towns, roads, and even some factories are indicated. 

     In addition to the map of Ireland, the following counties are available:  Antrim, Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Fermanagh, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, King's, Leitrim, Limerick, Londonderry, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Queen's, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Waterford, West Meath, Wexford, and Wicklow.

    The 19" x 25" maps are beautifully printed in black on high quality paper and are folded in quarters.  Each map is $5.95*, plus $1.00 postage and handling (*MA residents must add 5% sales tax).  Please specify either the Ireland Map, or the county you are requesting.  You may order by calling the Sales Department, toll-free, at 1-888-296-3447, or through our secure online ordering system at  Please refer to this newsletter when placing your order.


    Some Website Q & A's

    Q: Where is it?

    A: Within a week the beta version will be located at . For the moment it is at As is often the case with projects of this magnitude there have been bumps in the road. The Society appreciates your patience.

    Q: Will the old site ( still work during the beta testing phase?

    A: Yes, every area will work.

    Q: Will more content be added to the new site?

    A: Yes. We wish to emphasize that the purpose of a "beta" version is to flush out trouble spots in the mechanics of the site as a whole. This involves both whole and incremental updating of databases from a host of sources and departments. The initial content found in the beta is not designed to be a comprehensive example of the "finished" product.

    Q: Does the Members Log-In box function?

    A: Its functionality is limited during this phase. For this period, the log-in is 'NEHGS' and the password is 'beta'.

    Q: How do I access Members-Only Areas after the login  becomes activated?

    A: Once the log-in area is activated, your last name will be your password. Members will only need their Membership numbers and last names to log in. The log-in area is located on every page near the upper left corner. Membership numbers are found on the mailing label of every Register and NEXUS. There is no character limit to the password, which simply means that even if your last name is very long, it will work.

    Q: What is in the Members-Only Areas?

    A: Several Discussion Forums, moderated by experts from within the Society's staff, along with "State Briefs" columns written by established genealogical experts, and more….

    Q: Does the Online Store function on the beta site at this time?

    A: Not yet, but until it does, will enable you to continue making online purchases.

    Q: How many Discussion Forums will there be?

    A: To start, half a dozen main areas will exist, with plans for at least ten. For those unfamiliar with how Discussion Forums operate, we suggest perusing the GenForums at for an idea of the look and feel of these groups.

    Q: Will Discussion Groups be moderated?

    A: Yes, and the moderators are all NEHGS-based genealogists with expertise not only within the Forum topics they moderate, but in an extensive array of genealogical specialties.

    Q: I have questions about the new site….to whom should I send e-mail?

    A: NEHGS' Internet Services Department may be reached at any time at

    In light of the imminent launch, there will be a special edition of HisGen Highlights next week, again focusing on the new website. See you then!


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