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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 24
    Whole #378
    June 11, 2008
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault
    enews@nehgs.org

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

    Contents:
    * In Memoriam: Waldo C. Friedland, 1923-2008
    * NEHGS Fathers Day Online Exhibit
    * Research Recommendations: Connecticut Society of Genelaogists
    * Name Origins
    * New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight: Wisconsin and New York Library Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * Great Migration Newsletter Discount
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

     

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    In Memoriam: Waldo C. Friedland, 1923-2008

    Waldo C. Friedland of Libertyville, Ill., a Patron member of NEHGS, died May 14, 2008, age 84, after a brief illness. A member since 1987, he was an avid genealogist and a member of the Founder’s Society of NEHGS for lifetime giving of $1 million or more. His gift of $1 million to the Society in 2003 was among the largest in NEHGS history and was used to expand content on http://www.newenglandancestors.org/. “Waldo was a major philanthropist in the field of genealogy although very few of our members had ever met him. He was a soft-spoken and modest gentleman who did not seek public recognition, but he loved NEHGS and valued its staff” said NEHGS President and CEO, D. Brenton Simons. “His quiet generosity has made so many wonderful things possible. It was an honor to have him as a friend and supporter.”

    A native of Menasha, Wis., Waldo Friedland earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Iowa State University and in 1951 joined Abbott Laboratories. He was one of the post-World War II scientists who helped build Abbott Laboratories from a small, privately held Midwest drug company into the global giant that it is today. He retired from the firm in 1982, having been awarded many patents in his name.

    Dr. Friedland’s wife Lucille predeceased him in 2007. He is survived by sons Paul and David, daughters Mary, Nancy, Elizabeth, and Susan, and four granddaughters.

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    NEHGS Fathers Day Online Exhibit

    In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued a presidential proclamation that established Father's Day as a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday was officially recognized by the United States Congress on April 24, 1972 (36 U.S.C. 109) during the presidency of Richard Nixon. The R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department contains many collections of family papers with original records that document individuals and their families. To celebrate Fathers Day, we are featuring a selection of items from our holdings concerning fathers. You can visit the exhibit at www.newenglandancestors.org/online_exhibits_fathers_day_exhibit08.asp

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    Research Recommendations: Connecticut Society of Genealogists
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    When researching your ancestors, it is always helpful to contact genealogical societies located in the area where your ancestor lived. For example, if you are researching Connecticut ancestors, you will find the Connecticut Society of Genealogists (CSG) helpful. They recently celebrated a major milestone. Founded on April 20, 1968, CSG is now forty years old. From a small meeting at the Connecticut Historical Society in March 1968, CSG had 330 charter members by the end of that year. Today CSG includes some 3,000 members around the world.

    By 1975, CSG was hiring staff and occupied space in the Gideon Welles House in Glastonbury. In March 1977, they purchased their first building, on Main Street in Glastonbury. By 1988 the staff and membership were very crowded, and the Society purchased its current home at 175 Maple Street in East Hartford. This building now houses the organization’s staff offices, a research library, and meeting and classroom space. After less than ten years CSG was able to pay off the mortgage completely, and since 1997 they have owned their home outright.

    In 1969 they started publication of The Nutmegger, today known as The Connecticut Nutmegger. This journal, filled with compiled genealogy and record transcriptions, is a leading source of information on Connecticut Families. This year, as part of their fortieth anniversary, CSG started publication of a new member magazine, Connecticut Genealogy News. This magazine is designed to complement, not replace, the Nutmegger. The magazine will include more “how to” stories and information about the Society, leaving the Nutmegger to continue its fine tradition of publishing source materials and compiled genealogies for research. The inaugural issue of Connecticut Genealogy News contains a feature tracing the past forty years of the Society’s history, and a piece on the ethnic diversity of Connecticut ancestry.

    CSG has been very active in the field since the very beginning. For twenty-one years the Society has presented awards for the best publication in four areas: genealogy, family history, genealogical resource, and fledgling essay (for students in grades 9–12). CSG was a founding member of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the New England Regional Genealogical Conference.

    The Society’s website, http://www.csginc.org/, has a great deal of information about the organization, and resources for researching your Connecticut ancestors. Plans are under way to expand the website and provide more material to members online.

    Over the past few years, CSG has examined the way it does business and made changes according to the realities of the times. They have changed their program and publications strategy to be more inclusive and provide for their members at a distance. The Society has excellent leadership that should be considered a prime example to other societies of how to grow and strengthen your organization and your membership in the internet age.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ASHER (m): Son of Jacob the patriarch by Zilpah, ASHER was head of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

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    New on NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Simsbury, Connecticut, Vital Records, 1665-1886
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/Simsbury_vr.asp

    “Simsbury (Hartford County, Connecticut) was so named in 1670, having been previously known by its Indian name of Massaco. It was quaintly described in the records of the Connecticut General Assembly as 'an appendix to the towne of Windsor,' whence most of its early settlers came. In 1676 the town was burned by the Indians. The inhabitants, who had previously fled to Windsor, returned the following year and renewed the settlement.”
    This database contains 4,417 births, 49 baptisms, 1,729 marriages, 820 deaths and 3 communion records. The images of the original book pages may be viewed from the search results page.

    Social Security Death Index - Free Access
    Updated through March, 2008
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/ssdi.asp

    The SSDI, taken from the U.S. Social Security Administration's Death Master File, is one of the key resources available to genealogists today. It contains those individuals who were assigned Social Security numbers and whose death was reported to the SSA. Data is now current through March, 2008. Access to the SSDI is FREE to all who visit NewEnglandAncestors.org. This database now contains the names of 81,999,835 individuals, most of whose deaths were recorded after 1965.

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    Spotlight: Wisconsin and New York Library Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Vital Statistics Index
    www.fdlpl.org/vital.html

    Fond du Lac County is located at the southern end of Lake Winnebago in southeastern Wisconsin. The county seat is the city of Fond du Lac. The Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Vital Statistics Index is available on the Fond du Lac Public Library’s website.

    The indexing of Fond du Lac newspapers began in 1944, at the behest of the library board. The card index includes much more than vital statistics and covers the period from 1846–1970. Volunteers from the Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society began collecting obituaries during the 1970s and during the 1980s began to develop computer indexes to the library’s card format collection. This online database indexes records from all of these sources. It includes the following vital events: marriages, “milestone” anniversaries, funerals, and obituaries published in Fond du Lac newspapers from 1846 through 1994, and from 2005 forward. Click on the “Fond du Lac newspapers” link in the welcome paragraph to view a chronological list of newspapers and relevant dates for each one.

    The database can be searched by last name or first name and can be limited by date (Any, Before, After, or Between). You can search through All Records at one time or limit the search by record type. Search results are returned in alphabetical order by last name and will include all variations of that name. For example, if you enter “Greene” you will first see a list of individuals named “Green” followed by those with the surname “Greene.” Search tips are provided to help with the execution of more advanced searches. You can request a photocopy of the newspaper clipping by mail or email.

    Onondaga County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Databases
    www.onlib.org/dbtw-wpd/Textbase/databaselist.html

    Onondaga County is located in the west central part of the state of New York. Its county seat is Syracuse. The Onondaga County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Department has produced and uploaded three databases to its website.

    1855 New York State Census for Onondaga County
    1865 New York State Census for Onondaga County
    The 1855 New York State Census for Onondaga County index includes the city of Syracuse and some or all of the towns of Clay, Cicero, Dewitt, Geddes, Manlius, and Salina. The index contains 5,432 records. The 1865 New York State Census for Onondaga County includes the city of Syracuse and some or all of the towns of Geddes, Lysander, Manlius, Onondaga, Salina and Van Buren. Both census databases can be searched by the following: last name, first name, middle name, title, visitation number and “town-ward-district number.”

    Onondaga County WPA Files
    Individuals working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression compiled the original card index from the newspaper files of the Syracuse Public Library and the newspaper files of the Historical Scrap Books of the Onondaga Historical Association. The original index has been digitized and uploaded to the library’s website. It covers the period from 1814 through 1900 and contains nearly 53,000 records.

    The index can be searched by any number of the following: last name, first name, notes, event date, source, and date appeared in the source document. The basic search results are returned in alphabetical order by event type. The data fields include event (type), last name, first name, notes, event date, source, page citation, date of publication, and record number. The Notes field includes a variety of information such as age at death, where died, location of funeral, and biographical information about an important individual.

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    Stories of Interest

    Using Family History to Improve Your Health
    The staff of the Bangor Daily News discusses resources for those doctors’ questions about illness in your family.

    Finnish Genealogy 101
    Art Jura familiarizes readers with family associations in Finland on the VillageSoup.com, a collaboration between the Knox County Times and the Waldo County Citizen in Maine.

    Former Architect Branches Into Studying Genealogy
    Retired architect Harvey Henry and his wife Gloria discuss their own research, and a side project they work on called the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project, in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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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 rwoods@nehgs.org.

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

    Come Home to New England
    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 www.newenglandancestors.org/events/3468.asp.

    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: www.newenglandancestors.org/events/247.asp.

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit http://www.newenglandancestors.org/programs_events.asp or email mailto:tours@nehgs.org.

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