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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 10, No. 25
    Whole #379
    June 18, 2008
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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

    * NEHGS at Southern California Jamboree
    * Massachusetts Archives to Offer Genealogy Classes
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Brackets
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Warren County Library System Local History and Genealogy, New Jersey
    * Stories of Interest
    * Great Migration Newsletter Discount
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    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 other scheduled lectures can be found on the SCGS Jamboree Web site, located at

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    Massachusetts Archives To Offer Genealogy Classes

    The Massachusetts Archives will be holding two genealogy workshops, on Wednesday August 6th and Wednesday August 20th from 10 AM to noon. These sessions are for those looking to learn more about how to use the Archives' records for genealogical research, and for beginning genealogists. Participation is limited to 15 people. The sessions are free, but reservations are required. For more information, or to reserve a space, call 617-727-2816.

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Brackets
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Brackets are used to enclose any material that the quoter wants to insert into a quotation. They are also used to add explanatory information to clarify intent. Parentheses should never be used for this purpose. When quoting passages, parentheses should only be used within the quotation marks if that is the way it appeared in the original.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    MICHAL (f): Hebrew. Despite the similarities, this female name is not a misspelling for the male name MICHAEL, nor a variant of its feminine form MICHELLE. King Saul’s daughter Michal, an early wife of King David, was evidently not given to frivolity; although she saved the life of her husband from her father’s revenge, she later saw David publicly dancing and playing [his harp, presumably] in honor of God, and “despised him in her heart” (1 Samuel, 1 Chronicles). Colonial parents probably had her earlier loyalty to her husband in mind when choosing this name.

    One early example is Michael Bloice and wife Michal Jennison (b. ca. 1640, Watertown, Mass.),who had daughter Michal Bloice. The younger Michal married John3 Adams (ca. 1651-1724; Peter2, Henry1).

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    New on

    Vital Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850

    Lancaster was incorporated in 1653, and is the oldest town in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Lancaster was one of many towns destroyed during King Philip’s War. In 1676, Mary Rowlandson and two of her children were captured during an attack and held for ransom. Ms. Rowlandson’s description of her experience was published in 1682 as The narrative of the captivity and restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, a facsimile of which is available at our Boston research library, call number E87 .R89 1903.

    This database contains 5,911 births, 5,096 baptisms, 3,540 marriage intentions, 3,846 marriages, 5,207 deaths, 1,733 church admissions, 195 church dismissals, 88 church memberships, and 14 deacon listings. Images of the original book pages may be viewed from the search results page.

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    Spotlight: Warren County Library System Local History and Genealogy, New Jersey
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Warren County is located in northern New Jersey on the Pennsylvania border. Belvidere is the county seat. The Warren County Library System has uploaded a few online genealogical resources to its website. Click on the Local History button to access these resources.

    Obituary Index
    The obituary index is drawn from the Belvidere Apollo, a weekly newspaper published in the county seat from 1826 to 1953. The newspaper was published as Belvidere Apollo, Intelligencer, and Apollo-Journal. A devoted library volunteer read through every available issue of the Apollo to find death notices, obituaries, and news stories containing information about deaths to compile the Obituary Index. The index contains the names of all individuals listed in the “DIED” column of the paper, the names of people mentioned throughout the rest of the paper who have clear ties to the Warren County area regardless of where they died and individuals who died in New Jersey.

    The index has been divided into four separate alphabetical volumes by date. They cover the period from 1826 through 1899. Click on the first letter of the surname in which you are interested and scroll to the name you are seeking. The data fields in the index include the full name of the deceased, the date on which the obituary appeared in the paper, the page number (for all years), and the column number beginning with the third volume.

    Indexes to Some Local Publications
    Over time, the Warren County Library Systems plans to create name and place indexes to various local history publications. They currently have one such publication indexed and uploaded to the website. It is the White Township History from the Days of the Indian to the Present 1664–1964. There is a personal name index with the individual’s name and the page numbers on which it appears. In addition there is an index to Places, Structures, and Miscellaneous Entries.

    The library also provides Links to Other Helpful Sites, highlighting off-site websites with data related to Warren County. These include Warren County Cemeteries; Baptisms, Burials, and More; the Beers Atlas of Warren County, New Jersey, 1874; Postcards of Warren County and Surrounding Areas; John O'Brien's Warren County, New Jersey Quick Reference Guide; Warren Journal Items, 1848–1858; and Warren County Church and Town Histories and Warren County Cemeteries by John O'Brien, which lists the active and inactive cemeteries in Warren County and provides information on where inscriptions can be found.

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    Stories of Interest

    107-Year-Old NH Man to Lead Andover Alumni Parade
    C. Yardley Chittick, the last surviving member of the Phillips Academy Class of 1918, led the alumni parade at the academy last weekend. Chittick once turned down a job offer from Thomas Edison.

    Siblings Find Biological Mother After 65 Years
    This story, from The Times in Munster, Indiana, talks about a posting on a genealogy bulletin board that led an Indiana brother and sister adopted in the 1940s to their mother in California.

    Philadelphia Owns Up to More of Its History of Slavery
    Associated Press reporter Kathy Matheson discusses efforts by Christ Church to spotlight the congregation’s slave past. Among the parishioners who owned slaves were George Washington and Betsy Ross.

    Volunteers Maintain Hiking Trails, Save Local History
    The Citizen, of Laconia, New Hamphsire, reports on volunteers groups preserving trails in the Belknap Mountain Range and their coordinated efforts with the Thompson-Ames Historical Society of Gilford to preserve the local history of the area.

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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

    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
    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.
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