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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 18
    Whole #372
    April 30, 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.

    NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.

    * New NEHGS Officers and Trustees
    * New NEHGS Councilors
    * Research Recommendations: Names for State Residents, Part 2
    * Name Origins
    * New on
    * Spotlight: Salem Pioneer Cemetery, Salem, Oregon
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    New NEHGS Officers and Trustees

    The Society's Annual Meeting was held on Monday, April 28, 2008, at the Old South Church in Boston. Fiscal Year 2007 was one of the most successful in the Society's history. This year also marked the last for Chairman David Watson Krueger. A reception was held in his honor on Monday evening in appreciation of the tremendous support he has given to the Society during his time on the board.

    The following are the officers and trustees of the Society for the coming year (those in bold were elected at the meeting, those with an asterisk are new to the board):

    Chairman, Eric B. Schultz, Boxford, MA
    Vice Chairman, Kathleen Van Demark, MD, Rockport, MA
    Treasurer, M. David Sherrill, New York, NY
    Secretary, John C. MacKeen, Maynard, MA

    Class of 2009
    Bruce R. Bartlett, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
    Joseph Swan Junkin, Weston, MA
    Anne G. Maletta,* Greenwich, CT
    William R. Marsh, MD, Grand Island, NE
    Linda Pescosolido, Visalia, CA
    David Fitch Remington, Cape Neddick, ME

    Class of 2010
    Judith Avery, San Francisco, CA
    Richard H. Benson, Naples, FL
    William M. Crozier, Wellesley, MA
    Judith Huber Halseth, EdD, Paw Paw, MI
    Randall A. Hammond, Boston, MA
    Robert A. Jones, Boothbay, ME

    Class of 2011
    Virginia M. Hamister, Fort Myers, FL
    Carolyn A. Lynch,* Marblehead, MA
    William Francis Price, Jr.,* New York, NY
    Kristin Servison,* Brookline, MA
    Susan P. Sloan,* Boston, MA
    Warren Brinson Weeks, Jr., Lyme, NH

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    New NEHGS Councilors

    The following individuals were elected to the Society's Council of the Corporation at the Annual Meeting (those with an asterisk are new to the Council):

    Class of 2009
    Anita A. Lustenberger, CG (from Trustee), Irvington-on-Hudson, NY

    Class of 2010
    David Bruce,* Boston, MA
    James Carbine,* Baltimore, MD
    Hugh Miller,* Lake Angelus, MI

    Class of 2011
    Margaret Owen Blackstock,* Atlanta, GA
    James R. Boulden,* London, ENG
    David H. Burnham, Boston, MA
    Barbara de Mare,* Englewood, NJ
    William Griffeth,* Park Ridge, NJ
    Beverly Haughton, Los Gatos, CA
    Robert F. Hendrickson, Princeton, NJ
    Virginia Koster, Guilford, CT
    Richard Whitman Kurtz, Cape Elizabeth, ME
    Harold Hunter Leach, Jr.,* Hamilton, MA
    Carol McGee*, Princeton, IL
    Hon. Christine Miniman,* Boonton, NJ
    Jonathan Montgomery,* New York, NY
    John A. Moore, Oakland, CA
    George Marshall Moriarity, Chestnut Hill, MA
    Joyce S. Pendery, CG, (from Trustee), Falmouth, MA
    LeRoy Riordan,* Carmel, CA
    Frank C. Ripley,* Middleburg, VA
    Emily Nichols Wharton (from Trustee), Stonington, CT

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    Research Recommendations: Names for State Residents, Part 2
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Last week I wrote about names for state residents and presented a table from the U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual that listed the official government names for residents. We received many comments on that list, and many of you pointed out an error of omission. I deeply apologize to the residents of the great states of Indiana, New Jersey, and Washington for accidentally omitting their names from the table. Those names would be Indianians, New Jerseyites, and Washingtonians respectively.

    Among the messages we received was one from long-time member John Leppman, who wrote:

    Augmenting what you report in eNews no. 317, "Names for State Residents," I would suggest a useful handbook, perhaps with a little less gravity than the Government Printing Office publication from which you draw your item, but with a little more breadth and depth of content. Paul Dickson, LABELS FOR LOCALS: WHAT TO CALL PEOPLE FROM ABILENE TO ZIMBABWE (Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, Inc., 1997). As the title implies, it goes well beyond states and covers many cities, countries, and even planets. (If people's ancestors come from Venus, this is the book to use to tell what to call them.)

    Thanks for the great suggestion, John. I checked, and this book is available on for $14.95.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    DEIDAMEIA (f): An Amazon queen. Also name of the wife of Achilles, King of the Myrmidons, the great Greek hero of the Trojan War (pronunciation is given as De-i-da-MY-ah, indicating a different origin from the similar DIADEMA).

    DIADEMA (f): This name derives from the Greek for a crown or fillet that encircles the entire head (as opposed to a tiara). As such, it is related to the name STEPHEN, which derives from another Greek term for “crown,” and not to the similarly-spelled DEIDAMEIA.

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    New on

    Vital Records of Barnstable, Massachusetts

    The town of Barnstable on Cape Cod is one of the earliest settlements in Massachusetts and home to many Mayflower families and their descendants. Gustavus Aldolphus Hinckley (1822-1905) transcribed the early vital and town records, as well as the records from the Barnstable County Probate Court that dealt with residents of the town of Barnstable. In addition to Hinckley’s transcription, the Barnstable Vital Records were also transcribed and published by George Bowman in a series of 36 articles in The Mayflower Descendant, beginning in 1900 (Vol. 2, p. 212) and continuing through 1937 (Vol. 34, p. 115)

    The current presentation of the material was created by abstracting Bowman’s transcriptions in their entirety, and comparing them with the Hinckley transcriptions. This method has allowed both author's footnotes to be incorporated. Hinckley’s annotations are enclosed in brackets and italicized. Bowman’s footnotes are enclosed, in brackets, and these notes are not italicized.

    This collection of records was originally published by NEHGS in CD format as Records of Barnstable, Massachusetts in 2002. This database presents the vital records portion of that CD.

    The original Gustavus Adolphus Hinckley papers, 1883-1905, are available to members at the NEHGS research library, call number Mss 419. The Mayflower Descendant is also available, call number F68.M46. The Records of Barnstable, Massachusetts is available as call number F74.B14 R43 2002 CD.

    This database includes 13,984 births, 14,620 marriages, 7,871 deaths, and 6,959 other records. The images of the records and annotations as compiled for the CD are available from the search results pages. Because this database is presented as an index to the records, it is essential to view those record pages to understand the relationships between individuals mentioned and to see the annotations of Hinckley and Bowman.

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    Spotlight: Salem Pioneer Cemetery, Salem, Oregon
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Salem, the capital of Oregon, is also the seat of Marion County. It is located in the Willamette Valley along the Willamette River.

    Salem Pioneer Cemetery, which was established in 1854, is the largest historic cemetery in Salem. It began as a family burial plot on the property of a Methodist missionary named David Leslie. The cemetery currently covers about sixteen and a half acres. I.O.O.F. (International Order of Odd Fellows) Chemeketa Lodge #1 became responsible for the cemetery. The City of Salem purchased the cemetery from the Odd Fellows in 1985. Friends of Pioneer Cemetery was organized at that time to oversee maintenance and restoration efforts. It is estimated that there are markers for only about one-third of the more than 8,200 people buried in the cemetery.

    Click on the Cemetery Map link to open a page containing a cemetery lot map. You can click on one link to enlarge the map and on another to open a printable version of the map. The printable version of the map is a PDF file; therefore, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

    Click on the Find a Record Link to open the search page. The database can be searched by surname, first name, maiden name, ethnicity, birth date, and death date. You can also browse through the cemetery database. Just enter the first letter of the last name in the Surname search box to bring up an alphabetical list. A list of maiden names and AKA (Also Known As) names will be listed at the end. The search results are returned as a link containing the deceased’s full name, birth and death dates, and lot number.

    Click on the name link to view the detailed record. The data fields include last name, first name, middle name; nickname; maiden name; AKA 1, 2, and 3; title; gender; military service; date born; date died; date buried; ethnicity; occupation; birth place; and death place. Other fields include a notes field, obituary, tombstone inscription, and sources for the information in the record, as well as burial lot information (lot number, space number, longitude and latitude). In some cases the detailed record includes a photograph of the gravestone.

    In some cases you will find “See Also” in the Source section of a record. This notation indicates that the information from that source has not been added yet. In some cases contact information for individuals who were related to the deceased or for individuals who have provided information about the deceased is included, if those individuals have given permission to have their email or address included in the record.

    Click on the Sources/Credits link on the cemetery’s website homepage to bring up a page titled, “Where Did We Find Information? with Abbreviations for Sources Cited.” The information about the individuals buried in this cemetery comes from a wide range of sources. According to the website, the cemetery has been partially recorded several times over the years. A number of manuscripts containing burial information have been created as a result. The earliest surviving IOOF Register of Burials was begun in 1870 and it continues into 1925. It appears that the first record book or books are missing or lost. Other resources include the records of various local undertakers and funeral homes in Salem, Oregon Death Indexes, and Marion County Deeds and Probates. The City of Portland began to issue death certificated in 1881 and the State of Oregon began in 1903. Deaths were underreported for the first ten or more years of the effort. There are gaps in the death certificates. All of the 1906 certificates for Marion County are missing. Birthdates and spouse information contained in the Oregon Death Index have been added. Birthdates from the Social Security Death Index have also been added. The Daughters of the American Revolution, Chemeketa Chapter recorded and published a volume on the cemeteries of Marion County. An unpublished typescript of the IOOF Cemetery compiled by Ethel Shipman and Barbara Hanshew about 1971 was used, as were the files compiled by Spencer Leonard, a member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), containing lists of soldiers who were buried throughout the state of Oregon prior to the 1940’s and 1950’s. Biographical information about the deceased has been also gathered for the database from death notices and obituaries found in up to 16 area newspapers. More than thirty-five books and periodicals, including atlases, local histories biographies, were used in collecting information for the database, as were federal and state censuses and city directories and county and state-wide gazetteers.

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    Stories of Interest

    Positive Steps Along a Historic Paper Trail
    Times Union staff writer Brian Nearing describes the efforts of the New York State Archives to preserve hundreds of boxes of Colonial-era records damaged in a 1911 fire.

    From Saltlicks to Soul Mates: The Genealogy of Love
    The Iceland Review recently published a story by a young American, contrasting his own family history, which he can trace back to 1332, and that of his boyfriend, which can be traced back to “the vast, primordial void that existed prior to the creation of the manifest universe.”

    Dipping Into Family History in the Waters of Anzac Cove
    Simon Mann of Melbourne, Australia’s The Age reports on Ted Baillieu’s tribute to his maternal grandfather, fatally wounded on the Western front during World War I.

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    Classic Reprints

    Did you know that the NEHGS Sales Department offers library-quality copies of over 10,000 rare and out-of-print books? Some titles ordered by recent customers include:

    Merriam Genealogy in America (Item P33925000)
    Desc. of Thomas Carhart (Item P4-H05118)
    Vital Records of Farmingdale, ME, to 1892 (Item P5-ME0258H)
    History of Atlantic City, NJ (Item P5-NJ0092H)
    History of Madison County, NY (Item P28170000

    You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at

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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 May 2008:

    New Visitor Welcome & Library Orientation
    Saturday, May 3, 2008, 10:00 AM
    New members and the general public are invited to participate in an introduction and orientation to NEHGS, which includes the opportunity to describe your research and have staff genealogists offer general advice on how to proceed. The free thirty-minute introductory lecture will be followed by a tour of the library.

    Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 10:00 AM
    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.

    Where Beacon Hill Began
    Thursday, May 8, 2008, 6:00 PM
    Discover the history and the families of Beacon Hill with New England Historic Genealogical Society and Historic New England. In a three-part illustrated lecture, Christopher C. Child, genealogist of the Newbury Street Press; Scott C. Steward, NEHGS director of publications; and John Winthrop Sears, former Boston City Councilor and Beacon Hill resident, will discuss “The Changing Landscape from 1625,” “Nineteenth-Century Boston Brahmins,” and “Beacon Hill Today.” This dynamic program will present the historical context of Beacon Hill’s physical transformation, the nineteenth-century migration of families to the Hill and its establishment as Boston’s elite residential neighborhood, plus perspectives on Beacon Hill in the twenty-first century. Program attendees will also receive special discounted tickets for Beacon Hill walking tours, given by Historic New England on Saturdays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., May through October.
    RSVP at or call 617-226-1226

    Researching in Federal Records
    Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 10:00 AM
    In preparation for a Society day tour to the National Archives in Waltham, NEHGS will host Walter V. Hickey of the NARA, Northeast Region office for a tips and techniques lecture. Walter will offer a free one-hour program highlighting the use of census records, naturalization records, and passenger lists for your genealogical research.

    The Boston Italians
    May 17, 2008, 10:00 AM
    Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide and Due to Enemy Action, will offer a free talk on his new book The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to Present Day. Mr. Puleo will offer a book signing following his lecture.


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

    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.
    For more information, visit

    Salt Lake City Research Tour
    Sunday, November 2–Sunday, November 9, 2008
    Join NEHGS for our thirtieth annual research tour to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with more than 70 other participants you are invited to take part in an intensive week of research where you will be aided by expert staff. Daily programming also includes computer tutorials for accessing the library card catalog, research tips and techniques lectures, personalized consultations and group dinning events.
    For more information visit:

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