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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 10, No. 10
    Whole #364
    March 5, 2008
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

    Greetings from the New England Historic Genealogical Society! This newsletter has been sent to people who asked to receive it. If you would like to unsubscribe or change your email address, please click on the link at the bottom of the email and follow the instructions provided.

    * Coming Soon: Changes to
    * New on
    * Coming Soon in the Winter 2008 New England Ancestors Magazine
    * Name Origins
    * Free Shipping on Great Migration Titles
    * Research Recommendations: Microsoft Office Online
    * Spotlight: Public Library Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Coming Soon: Changes to

    NEHGS is excited to announce the release of the newly designed We are planning on launching the site in the weeks to come. The new site will offer a cleaner design, easier navigation, and simplified search capabilities. Over the next year we will be continuing to improve our site by improving our databases to make them faster and easier to search, as well as making the site more user-friendly by creating a more personalized feel for our user community. We hope these upcoming and future changes continue to make your experience with NEHGS a positive one.

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    New on

    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register – January 2008

    This January 2008 issue of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is now available for download in PDF format for all NEHGS members.

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    Coming Soon in the Winter 2008 New England Ancestors Magazine

    New England Missionaries Abroad: The Allen and Wheeler Families in the Ottoman Empire
    by Jonathan Conant Page

    Lucy Thurston, Missionary Wife
    by Betty Fullard-Leo

    Onward Christian Soldiers: Researching New England Missionary Ancestors
    by Rhonda R. McClure

    By Faith Alone
    by Bill Griffeth

    Zebina the Privateer: Pirate or Patriot?
    by Barbara Sears McRae

    “That Merciless Element”: Introducing Perished in the Flames: Victims of Deadly Fires in New England Newspapers & Diaries 1675–1830
    by Christopher Benedetto

    An Irish Family Story
    by Thomas R. Wilcox, Jr.

    Also in this issue . . .
    • Computer Genealogist: Google Books and Google Scholar
    • Computer Genealogist Spotlight: Immigration Sources Online from Harvard University
    • Genetics & Genealogy: DNA Q&A
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: Preserving a Family’s Legacy: The Thaxter Parks Spencer Collection
    • Diaries at NEHGS: The Diary of Martha Ann Kuhn
    • Bible Records at NEHGS: The Jesse Ives Bible Record
    • Tales from the Courthouse: Drinking with the Drummer

    And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, notices of family association events, genealogies in progress, and DNA studies in progress.

    Subscription to New England Ancestors is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at, or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Eastern time.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ADELINE (f) (of Norman French origin, from Germanic root adel- ‘noble’ + productive suffix –ine, -ina): Heroine of The Romance of the Forest (1791) (Mrs. Ann [Ward] Radcliffe, 1764-1823); also the title character of the controversial Adeline Mowbray (1804) by Mrs. Amelia (Alderson) Opie (1769-1853). Norman, revived early 19th c.; also popular due to song “Sweet Adeline.”

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    Free Shipping on Great Migration Titles

    The NEHGS Sales Department is offering FREE book rate shipping on all Great Migration titles. This offer is good on The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1633 (three volumes); The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-35 (five volumes); The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633; and the Complete Great Migration Newsletters (Volumes 1-15 and Volumes 11-15). The free shipping is for economy/book rate shipping only. Economy shipments can take 10-20 business days to arrive, depending on location. Customers must choose economy shipping on all online orders or request it when purchasing by phone.

    Offer good for ONE WEEK ONLY, from March 5 through 12, 2008.

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    Research Recommendations: Microsoft Office Online
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    For those of you who use Microsoft Office products, such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the Help and How-to section of Microsoft Office Online may prove very helpful to you. You can find assistance for the 2007 Office System, Office 2003, Office XP, and Office 2000.

    The Demos Showcase shows you how to beter perform specific tasks. Some examples of demos available:

    • Copy formatting in a single click with Format Painter
    • Get rid of revision marks, once and for all
    • Rotate graphics in Office products
    • Take Office into your own hands with inking
    • Take control of page breaks in your Word document
    • Headers and footers from top to bottom

    The Training section offers a large number of self-paced training courses that you can take for free. They offer everything from very basic to very advanced assistance. Some are video courses while some are audio only. Examples of courses include:

    • Add graphics and keep them where you want them.
    • Revise documents with Track Changes and comments
    • Work with the keyboard
    • Create a document outline
    • So that’s how! Great Word features
    • Decorate documents with backgrounds, borders, and text effects

    As if that weren’t enough, there is even site help for the Office Online Site! You can sign up for RSS Feeds of tips and tricks for using Office products.

    If you use these products, you can learn how to take advantage of more of their powerful features. Visit

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    Spotlight: Public Library Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Louisville Public Library Obituary Database, Ohio

    Louisville is located in Stark County, in the northeastern part of the state of Ohio. The Louisville Public Library has an online obituary database. The database indexes nearly 25,000 records obituaries from the Louisville Herald, the weekly newspaper for Louisville, Ohio. The Louisville Herald began publication in March 1887 and is still being published today. The names of Louisville residents or people with a Louisville connection that were printed in the Canton Repository, but not in the Louisville Herald, have also been included.

    Click on one of the two database links on the Genealogy Information page to access the database search page. The database can be searched by last name, first name, ‘died no earlier than’ or ‘died no later than.’ The results returned include the record number, name of decedent, birth date, and death date. Click on the record number or name link in the search results to view a detailed record. The data fields in the detailed record include record number, last name, first name, maiden name, birthplace, age at time of death (years), date of death, father, spouse, location of burial, obituary date, and obituary source. Click on the other names in the record to open a search page pre-populated with that individual’s name. A photocopy of the obituary can be ordered from the library for a small fee.

    Marshfield Public Library Genealogy Index, Wisconsin

    Marshfield is a city in central Wisconsin. While mostly located in Wood County, a small portion of the city extends into Marathon County. The Marshfield Public Library gathers genealogical and local history materials on Wood County and the bordering counties of Marathon & Clark. Scroll down on the library’s Genealogy page to locate the Marshfield Genealogy Index link. Click on the link to access the search page.

    Marshfield Genealogy Index
    Many library volunteers have worked on the index for more than 20 years. Records of births, deaths and marriages have been extracted from newspapers on microfilm. The index is a work in progress, with new events being added each month.

    There are more than 200,000 records in the database. They are from the following Marshfield newspapers and cover various periods between 1882 and 1927, as well as 1990 – 2007.

    Marshfield Times: February 1882 – October 1919
    Marshfield News: September 1889 – August 1920
    Marshfield Herald: May 1911 – August 1927
    Marshfield News Herald: Various periods, 1990-2007

    The database can be searched by first name and last name. The search can be limited record type and date published. You can also browse through the database by clicking on a letter in the alphabetical list. The search results returned include full name, event type, newspaper title, and date on which the obituary appeared. Page and column numbers have also been included in the ‘Date’ field. Each record has a Notes field, containing very brief notes from the article. If a name is spelled two different ways in the article, both names appear in the index. Catholic nuns all appear in the index with Sister as the surname. A key to the abbreviations found in the Genealogy Index has also been provided.

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    Stories of Interest

    Genealogy: Digging Into Your Roots
    For those of you who may have missed the African American Lives series on PBS, ABC’s Good Morning America has an online story covering the show and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    You’re Not the Only One Keeping Tabs on Your Childhood Home
    Associated Press reporter Melissa Kossler Dutton discusses how people keep track of the homes they grew up in long after they’ve gone.

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    From the Online Genealogist

    I have a number of ancestors who lived in the Braintree and Quincy, Massachusetts area in the late nineteenth century. Do you know which newspapers covered those towns so I may search for obituary notices?

    One of the older Massachusetts papers is the Quincy-published Patriot Ledger. Since 1837 this daily newspaper has served the South Shore, including the two towns you mentioned. You will also be pleased to know that for $1.00 per request you can contact the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy and they will search the newspaper and supply you with a copy of the obituary/death notice. Send your request Attention: Reference Department, 40 Washington St., Quincy MA 02169. They require you to list the name of the deceased, death date, and city for each requested obituary. The librarian will search one week from the date of death.

    David Allen Lambert is the Society’s Online Genealogist. If you would like to ask him a question, contact him at or visit his blog at For more information about the Online Genealogist visit Please note that he will make every effort to reply to each message, but will respond on a first-come, first-served basis.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Each year the Society presents a number of dynamic lectures, seminars, and tours for genealogists and the general public. Programs are held at 101 Newbury Street unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or

    The following programs will be held in March 2008:

    DNA and Genealogy
    Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 10:00 a.m.
    You’ve read about it in magazines and seen it on television, but can DNA help your family history research? Discover what DNA studies can do for you from staff expert Christopher C. Child.
    This one-hour lecture is free and open to the public.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 10:00 a.m.
    With over 110 million names in 2,200 databases, is the primary internet resource for New England genealogy. This free lecture will offer an overview of the Society’s website and online databases.

    St. Patrick’s Day Seminar: Irish History and Research
    Saturday, March 15, 2008 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, NEHGS and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) are pleased to offer a free half-day seminar featuring two lectures: “Landlord Assisted Emigration from Ireland” by Marie E. Daly, NEHGS library director, and “Online Resources for Irish Research” by Mary Ellen Grogan, Vice-President of TIARA. Following the lectures, attendees will be invited for a library orientation. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist you in your Irish research throughout the day. In addition, a special Irish exhibit from the NEHGS manuscript collection will be on display courtesy of Judith Lucey, NEHGS assistant archivist.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or email


    Seminars and Tours
    For more information or to register for any of these events, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or

    Massachusetts Archives Research Day
    Thursday, March 27, 2008
    Spend a day with NEHGS staff amidst the rich collection of the Massachusetts State Archives at Columbia Point, Boston. Archive resources include Massachusetts vital records, state censuses, military records, and much more. Registration also includes one-on-one consultations with NEHGS genealogists.
    For more information visit

    Weekend Research Getaway
    Thursday, April 10–Saturday, April 12, 2008
    Weekend Research Getaways in Boston are among the most popular NEHGS programs in recent years. Escape to 101 Newbury Street and experience a guided research program, with one-on-one consultations and special access to the collections. Whether you are a first-time participant or have participated in a guided research program before, an on-site visit to NEHGS with our expert staff is sure to further your research. Bring your charts and expect some breakthroughs!
    Registration fees: $300 for the three-day program; $100 for a single day.
    For more information visit

    Family History in England, Scotland, and Ireland
    Saturday, April 26, 2008
    Discover your ancestors of England, Scotland, and Ireland with three leading genealogists, Else Churchill, Marie Daly, and David Dearborn. This one-day seminar will identify and demystify the best record sources for finding your 17th, 18th, and 19th century forebears. The seminar will conclude with a roundtable discussion where you can pose your specific genealogical problems.
    Early Registration: $95. Standard Registration: $110.
    For more information visit

    National Archives Research Day
    Thursday, May 22, 2008
    The National Archives Northeast Region in Waltham, Massachusetts, holds a treasure trove of genealogical material. Join NEHGS staff experts for a day of guided research and consultations at NARA. Highlights of the collection include federal census records 1790-1930, Revolutionary War records and extensive passenger lists.
    Registration fee: $75 per person (includes lunch).
    For more information or to register, please call Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or visit

    Quebec Research Tour
    Sunday, June 15–Sunday, June 22, 2008
    Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by joining NEHGS staff experts Michael J. Leclerc and Pauline Cusson for a research week in Montreal, Quebec. This unique opportunity will allow participants to take advantage of two premier Canadian repositories, the Société Généalogique Canadienne-Française (SGCF) and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). These archives hold documents from the earliest settlement of Quebec through the English period, down to the twentieth century. Participants will receive one-on-one consultations, providing guidance and suggestions for research. Whether your ancestors spoke French or English, the archival records will help you to break through your brick walls and discover where they came from.
    Registration Fees (includes seven nights lodging at the Hôtel Les Suites Labelle): Single, $1,550; Double, $1,350; Double with non-participant, $1,850; Commuter, $775 (no lodging).
    For more information visit

    Come Home to New England
    #1 Monday, June 23–Saturday, June 28, 2008
    #2 Monday, August 11–Saturday, August 16, 2008
    The staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society invites you to participate in our classic intensive week-long program, Come Home to New England. Research your roots with expert assistance at the extensive NEHGS library, one of the premier facilities for genealogical records in the world. Whether you are a first-time participant or have enjoyed this program in the past, you are sure to benefit from a visit to our library and extended time with our staff of professional genealogists as they welcome you “home” to New England. Throughout the week of guided research, you will have the opportunity for one-on-one consultations, daily lectures and special extended library hours. Registration fee $750, $125 for non-participating guest.

    Great Migration Tour to England
    Tuesday, August 5–Friday, August 15, 2008
    Based in Chelmsford, England, this inaugural Great Migration tour with Robert Charles Anderson will visit the historically significant locations in Essex and Hertfordshire associated with the families who migrated to New England in 1631, 1632, and 1633. The primary focus of the tour will be the migrations and activities connected to four influential ministers of the period: Thomas Hooker, John Eliot, Thomas Weld, and Roger Williams.
    Registration fees: Registration is full. To be added to the wait-list, please contact Ryan Woods at

    Salt Lake City Research Tour
    Sunday, November 2–Sunday, November 9, 2008

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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