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  • 1999 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 9
    Whole #9
    November 15, 1999 1-9 November 15, 1999

    - A Message From the Circulating Library
    - Website FAQs
    - "The Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research"
    - Christmas Special Order Deadlines


    From the Circulating Library Coordinator...

    My name is Alex Woodle and I am the new Coordinator, replacing Tim Salls who has moved to the Manuscripts Department in our Newbury St. headquarters.  Over the course of the next few months we will be streamlining the operations of the Circulating Library, integrating our computer databases to increase efficiency and tracking orders to determine which books are most frequently borrowed. This will assist our Acquisitions Program, too.

    In addition, I wish to begin a dialogue with our members through this newsletter and our new website (currently in beta testing phase).  Thus I hope that our members will assist us in determining how to make our library meet our members' needs, both in service and through its holdings.

    There are a few tips I would like to offer which will ensure that your orders are filled in a timely manner. We ask that you make sure that your orders are legible and that the call numbers are correct. Whether ordering via the Internet or the mail, please make sure you have enclosed your check or correctly recorded your credit card number.  It is very easy to make a mistake, so please take a moment to check your order before sending it to us.

    Today I received a call from Marianne Seabrook Stein of Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, offering to donate to the Society a copy of her recently completed family genealogy entitled The Ancestors of May Irving Morgan including among others the families of Jones, Morgan, Culp, Cline, Fitch and Mather. Many of these families have New England origins.  She told me that her project began four years ago centered on her family records.  Two years ago she joined the Society when her local library could not supply her with the needed works to continue her research.  She began using the resources of the Circulating Library and in the past two years has completed her work.  This genealogy begins in the 1500s and stops at 1960.  She told me there are many other branches of her ancestry for future research.  We thank you, Marianne, for your generous donation, and look forward to providing the resources to assist you.

    Recent acquisitions in the Circulating Library include genealogies on the following families: Farwell (1929), Capt. John Frazier (1910), Hanna Family (1905), Josiah Harris (1903a), Johannes Heintz and his descendants (1918), William and John Johnson (1940b), Thomas Kirby (1986), Ledyard Family in America (1993), Marsh (1886), Nicolas Martiau (1932), The Morse Society Newsletter Vols.1-66 & 70-84 +Index (1973), Parthemore Family (1885), Talmadge (1909), Witherell (1976) and the Woodmans of Rhode Island (1989).

    The Circulating Library’s email is


    Website FAQ's

    Q: Is there an online source for questions about the Society's new website?

    A: Yes, it is available at You will find questions from previous newsletters there.

    Q: Is the new site's store open?

    A: Not yet, as we are completing tests on the transaction capabilities. The existing website remains operational for your online purchase needs.

    Q: May I post to the Discussion Forums?

    A: By all means, yes. Please bear two things in mind: We will be continually adding comments from Moderators as the beta test progresses, and these are Members-Only areas. Several of the moderators are as of this writing in Salt Lake, but that should not prevent Members from posting in the hope that other members may be able to answer questions. The Society will be posting a set of general rules regarding issues of scope, protocol and clarity this week. Please note that to access the Forums members must first log-in.

    Q: I try to use the same password for several different online accounts, so it is often inconvenient for me to find my membership number if I don't have a copy of the Register or my Membership Card handy. Will I be able to create and modify my own log-in name and password?

    A: The Society does plan to add this feature in the future. In the meantime, our Internet Services Department reminds members that it is beneficial to periodically change ALL their passwords, regardless of your Internet Service Provider, in order to safeguard privacy. And as inconvenient as it may be, it is also good practice to NOT use the same password for different accounts.


    The Sales Department is pleased to announce the arrival of the fourth edition of "The Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research," by Marcia D. Melnyk.  A complete revision of the Society's popular research guide, this latest edition includes a new chapter devoted to New England regional research, as well as chapters on each of the six New England states.  It also includes a state-by-state listing of research repositories, with collection holdings, hours, and directions.  An indispensable resource for anyone planning research in New England!

    NEHGS.  1999.  224pp.  Softcover.

    "The Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research" may be purchased for $19.95 ($17.96 for NEHGS members), plus $3.50 for shipping and handling.  Please call the Sales Department, toll-free, at 1-888-296-3447, or order through our secure online ordering system at  Please mention this newsletter when placing your order.



    You must place your order for photoduplicated genealogies and local histories by November 17, 1999, to guarantee delivery before December 25th.  Please call the Sales Department, toll-free, at 1-888-296-3447, or visit our website at


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