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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 23
    Whole #377
    June 4, 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.

    * David Dearborn Awarded Filby Prize
    * NEHGS at Southern California Jamboree
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Epithets and Kinship Names
    * Name Origins
    * Seen Elsewhere
    * Spotlight: St. Joseph County Public Library, Indiana
    * Stories of Interest
    * Special Discounted Books
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    David Dearborn Awarded Filby Prize

    NEHGS staff genealogist David Dearborn was recently awarded the presigious Filby Prize for Genealogical Librarianship. The Filby Prize is named for the late P. William Filby, former Director of the Maryland Historical Society and author of many of the core genealogical reference tools that genealogists have relied on for decades. The following criteria are used for selecting a recipient of the award:

    1. Significant contributions to patron access to information, or to the preservation of historical records.
    2. Development of an imaginative reference tool or similar outstanding contribution of enduring consequence that fills the gaps in existing information, accuracy, scope or usefulness of genealogical and local history materials.
    3. Publication of a book or a body of articles that have contributed significantly to the field of genealogy or local history and that are of an interpretative nature.
    4. Other activities that have significantly advanced genealogy and local history.
    5. Work that has encouraged others to be innovative in the field.

    The prize, sponsored by ProQuest, was presented to David at the National Genealogical Society Conference in the States in Kansas City, Missouri. The Society extends hearty congratulations to David for this significant recognition of his outstanding work in the field of genealogy.

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    NEHGS at Southern California Jamboree

    NEHGS is excited to be attending the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 39th annual Jamboree in Burbank, CA, from June 27-29. We’ll be exhibiting in booths 702 and 703, and we invite you to stop by and say hello. If you haven’t yet made plans to attend this terrific event, please do, if you can.

    NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons will be presenting "Witch’s Brew: Researching Witchcraft in New England" from his book Witches, Rakes and Rogues. Newbury Street Press genealogist Christopher Child will be speaking on "Researching New England and New York Records." The weekend culminates on Sunday morning, as Chris Child and Gary Boyd Roberts host a special breakfast where they will discuss the ancestry and interesting kinships of past presidents and current presidential candidates.

    More information on these, and all scheduled lectures, can be found on the SCGS Jamboree Web site, located here:

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Epithets and Kinship Names
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Determining when it is appropriate to capitalize a name can be a cumbersome problem. The Chicago Manual of Style answers these questions easily. Epithets, or nicknames, when used as part of or instead of a person’s name, should be capitalized. For example, Stonewall Jackson, Babe Ruth, and the Swedish Nightingale. If, however, you use the epithet in addition to the person’s full name, it should be enclosed in quotation marks either within or after the person’s name. For example, George Herman “Babe” Ruth or Jenny Lind, “the Swedish Nightingale.” One should not use parentheses to enclose the names. Temporary epithets should be lowercased, such as: the genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts (not Genealogist Roberts).

    Kinship names (aunt, uncle, mother, father, etc.) are always lowercase, unless they immediately precede a personal name or are used in place of a personal name. Nicknames (such as sweetheart, kid, love, etc.) are always lowercase. For example, one should say my aunt, Aunt Jeanne, and my aunt Jeanne.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    DIANTHA (f): Flower name popular at Stratford, Conn., and elsewhere. “Anthe” Crane, b. Stratford 4 Feb. 1767, daughter of Seth and Dorcas (Sherwood) Crane.

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    Seen Elsewhere

    The following articles may be of interest to you as a family historian. They appeared in recent genealogical and historical periodicals, all available in the NEHGS research library. If you do not have ready access to these publications, you may order copies from the NEHGS Photocopy Service.

    Family Chronicle
    June 2008
    Judith Batchelor, “English Parish Burial Registers” (49–51).
    Ms. Batchelor explains burial registers, and the extensive information one can find in them. She discusses nonconformist burials as well.

    Family Tree Magazine
    July 2008
    David A. Fryxell, “Apple Picking: Select the Right Software For You from the Crop of Mac Genealogy Programs” (46–53).
    Contributing editor David Fryxell compares six leading genealogy database programs for Macintosh computers.

    Historical Journal of Massachusetts
    Winter 2008, Vol. XXXVI, No. 1
    Institute for Massachusetts Studies, Westfield State College, Mass.
    Anita C. Danker, “A Bridge for Crispus Attucks?” (57–70).
    The story of how the nondescript little bridge in Framingham came to be named in his [Attucks’] honor raises important issues about who deserves public markers and the interests and perspectives of the individuals involved in the process of preserving and presenting a community’s past.

    NGS Newsmagazine
    Volume 34, No. 2, April-June 2008
    Debbie Mieszala, CG, “Courage on the Seas: Records of the United States Life-Saving Service” (23–27, 51).
    Learn how to find information about your ancestors who served in this government agency, which in 1915 merged with the Revenue Cutter Service to become the United States Coast Guard.

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    Spotlight: St. Joseph County Public Library, Indiana
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    St. Joseph County is located on the northern border of Indiana, midway across the state from east to west. South Bend is the county seat. The St. Joseph County Public Library has made a number of genealogical and local history resources available on its website. Click on the Local & Family link on the library’s main page to access them. The resources include lists of onsite resources, information on programs and exhibits, and how-to guides, as well as digital collections and databases. The News and Updates section also contains a series of articles and their collection of e-Newsletters in PDF format. Click on the ‘Books and more’ link to find the website’s Databases. Click on the Databases link to access the six freely accessible individual databases.

    1875 St. Joseph County Atlas
    The 1875 Illustrated Historical Atlas of St. Joseph County, Indiana has been digitized and uploaded to the website. It contains information on St. Joseph County’s townships, towns, and landowners of the time. There are also biographical sketches of early county residents. Click on the ‘Show All Records’ link to browse through the atlas page by page, or view the entire volume as a slideshow. You can search it by clicking on the ‘Search Records’ link. You can search by keywords or select an entry (or entries) from the drop-down menus of titles, subjects or categories. The search results can be sorted by page, title, subject or category.

    1936 St. Joseph County Platbook
    The 1936 Index Map of St. Joseph County, Indiana, shows all of the landowners in the unincorporated areas of the county in 1936. You can browse through the database or perform a search. To search the database you can either select an entry from the drop-down menu in the Title box or search by keywords. The search results can be sorted by page or title.

    Obituary Index
    This database is an index to obituaries in the South Bend Tribune for the period from 1913 through the present. The obituaries included here are for individuals who have or had connections to St. Joseph County. The database can be searched by name. The data fields in the search results are full name, address, city, state and year published. The search results can be sorted by any of these fields. Click on the name link to view the detailed record. Additional fields in the detailed record include notes, source, date published, article type, and section and/or page, as well as date of birth, date of death and age at death. The notes field contains information such as names of parents, where the individual dies, and marital status. Click on the “Request for Obituary Information Search” link to learn how to request a copy of an obituary or other vital event record. There is a fee for this service.

    Service Notes Book
    T wo databases are indexes to the “Service Notes” columns that were published in the South Bend Tribune during the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras. According to the website, the newspaper began a column that gave information about citizens of St. Joseph County who were “being drafted, entering the service, being promoted, or sent to different locations.” The databases cover the period from 1941 through 1979, and can be searched by name, address and branch of service. The search results can be sorted by the same three criteria. The data fields include full name, address and branch of service in which the person served.

    The following databases are part of the Hoosier Heritage: Indiana History and Genealogy Online website. These databases can be accessed via links on the Library’s Databases page.

    1910 South Bend and Mishawaka Elks Convention Book
    This database is a digitized version of the 1910 Official Souvenir book for the 9th Annual Convention of the Indiana State Association, B.P.O.E., South Bend, Indiana, features text and illustrations of people, businesses, and the local community. It can be browsed through page-by-page and searched.

    ca. 1910 South Bend YMCA Book
    This database is a digitized version of the South Bend YMCA book titled A Manhood Factory in the Center of South Bend's Greatest Industries, published ca. 1910. It features text and illustrations of people, the YMCA, and the local community.

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    Stories of Interest

    Got a Mutt? Labs Will Test Your Dog’s DNA
    In this interesting podcast, NPR reporter Sean Corcoran talks about DNA testing for mixed-breed dogs that will reveal the breeds in their ancestry.

    Genealogy Journal Has Perspective on Ancestors
    The Bangor Daily News recently ran a piece that answers the following question about research family members: If they have no descendants living, do we still need to record them?

    Brothers Follow Eagle Tradition
    From Troy, Alabama, this piece in The Messenger talks about Bryan and Michael Salmon, third and fourth of eight brothers, who are becoming Eagle Scouts. As part of the process they worked on their genealogy badge by working on a local cemetery.

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    Special Discounted Books

    The NEHGS Sales department is happy to announce the inclusion of a new section of the online store. Special Discounted Books includes titles that have been specially priced for both members (at least 25% off) and non-members (10% off). Stock is limited on these titles, and the sale prices are good for a limited time (while supplies last), so act quickly to get in on these great deals!

    You can find these discounted books at (NEHGS members must be logged in to see the member discount price).

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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

    Urban Genealogy
    Saturday, June 7, 2008, 10 a.m.
    In a free one-hour lecture, David C. Dearborn, FASG, will demonstrate research strategies for finding records in major urban centers such as New York City.

    Beyond the Death Record
    Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 10 a.m.
    David Allen Lambert, The Online Genealogist, will present a free lecture featuring his book, Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries.

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

    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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