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Vol. 1, No. 7Whole #7 October 22, 1999- Canadian VRs Slammed Shut?- Website Q & A...the Sequel!-Deaths in the Town of Boston, 1700-1799 Debuts at NEHGS
***A recent item crossing our desks at Newbury Street raised some concern onthe part of those who frequently utilize French-Canadian Vital and CensusRecords. NEHGS staff Reference Librarian Michael Leclerc, who specializes inFrench-Canadian genealogy, said that "The loss of access to these recordswould be a critical blow to genealogical research of New Englanders." Wehave re-printed contents of the e-mail letter verbatim:
"Dear Fellow Genealogists in the United States:
Millions of Americans from all over the United States find their search forroots leads back into Canada and thus they turn to surviving Canadian vitaland census records in order to extend or complete their family trees. Theloss of public access to all post-1901 Canadian census records is thereforea blow to genealogists on both sides of the American-Canadian border.
Withdrawal of public access stems from a clause inserted in a 1905 lawwhich in the view of the Canadian government guarantees perpetualconfidentiality of census records. Unless this law is changed there willnever be another Canadian census made available to genealogists.
Canadian genealogists are fighting this recent government decision andare inviting American genealogists with Canadian roots to have their sayas well. Canadian Senator Lorna Milne feels strongly that all thoseaffected by this decision whether citizens of this country or not have aright to be heard. She is asking Americans and all other non-Canadians towrite her if they are concerned about the loss of these irreplaceable oldrecords and she will be their voice in Canada's Parliament. She intends toread some of the letters in the Senate Chamber when this issue is debatedlater this year. Letters may be sent to her by email (please include postaladdress) or via regular mail at:
Senator Lorna Milne, The Senate of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A4 Canada Email: Farquhar@netcom.ca
Americans can also contribute by signing a special "Petition of Support"which will be presented to Parliament by Senator Milne. Copies of thispetition are available on the web where they can be downloaded andprinted out:<http://www.globalgenealogy.com/census/petition.htm> "
***NewEnglandAncestors.org….More Frequently-Asked Questions….
Q: I still can't find it!A: It is at its IP address and will be changing to its final URLNewEnglandAncestors.org this week. For now, it is at <http://126.96.36.199>Q: Is there a place where I may look over all these questions at once?A: Go to <http://www.nehgs.org/newsiteFAQ.htm> for contents of this and theprevious issue's FAQs.Q: May I log in using my Membership Number and password (last name) yet?A: Yes, but please bear in mind that Members-Only content, includingDiscussion Forums, is still under development.Q: May I purchase from the new site's online store or borrow a book from theCirculating Library?A: Not yet. Until the official launch, we will be continually testing theseimportant areas. You will still be able to access the Sydney database at ourcurrent site www.nehgs.org<http://www.nehgs.org> for Circulating Libraryneeds, and will still be able to make purchases there as well.Q: Will the new QuickSearch service be a part of the new site?A: Absolutely, though, as is the case with the above question, you shouldrefer to the existing website www.nehgs.org<http://www.nehgs.org> forQuickSearch details.Q: Are the Manuscript Inventories in a Members-Only area?A: The Inventories are available to all, but accessing Manuscriptsthemselves remains a Member privilege.Q: Are there plans to put Manuscripts online?A: The Society is investigating this possiblity, exploring the costsinvolved and the web-enabling of these often extremely fragile items, manyof which are several hundred years old.Q: I would like to have an event posted in your Calendar. How does one dothat?A: Press releases and notices for events of genealogical interest should beemailed to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, with the word "CalendarEvent" placed in the subject line. Via Postal Service, please address yourletter to NewEnglandAncestors.org Calendar, 101 Newbury Street, Boston MA02116. All the usual contact and event detail information applies.Q: Will there be a Queries Section?A: Queries will be an entire separate Discussion Forum for Members only.Like all Forums, it will feature detailed instructions for formatting yourquery and posting.Q: What about old NEXUS Queries?A: At this time we plan to add Queries which have appeared in NEXUS since1995.Q: After I log in, the name that appears is not mine. Is there a problem?A: Probably not, unless the name that appears is not a member of yourfamily. When joining NEHGS, there is a Main Name entered into our Membershipdatabase, and on the new website that name is programmed to appear. So ifyou have a family membership you may see the name of another family memberafter logging in. If you very much need to change the main name, pleasee-mail the Membership Department at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.Q: Will the email addresses of staff at NEHGS change?A: No. Thus all emails will still end with "@nehgs.org".Q: I saw something that would be perfect for your "Genealogy in the News"section. How do I go about alerting you to it?A: All such notices are welcome, the appropriate contact address email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
***The Sales Department is pleased to announce the availability of a new NEHGSpublication, Deaths in the Town of Boston, 1700-1799, by Robert J. Dunkleand Ann Smith Lainhart. This two-volume set is an exhaustive accounting ofdeaths recorded in Boston from 1700 to 1799, keyed to a list of more than 50sources including town histories, vital records, newspapers, articles in theRegister, manuscripts, and diaries. Foreword by Dr. Ralph J. Crandall.NEHGS. 1999. 1,137pp. Hardcover.
Deaths in the Town of Boston (Item # S2-76720) may be purchased for $75.00(NEHGS members, $67.50), plus $4.75 shipping and handling. Please call theSales Department, toll-free, at 1-888-296-3447. Please refer to thisnewsletter when placing your order.***
NOTE: This is a special edition of HisGen Highlights, published to answermore questions about the new web site. There will be another(regularly-scheduled) issue next week, and after that we will resumeevery-other-week publication.-------------------------------------------------------------Copyright 1845-1999NEHGS. All rights reserved.