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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 28
    Whole #382
    July 9, 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.

    * Join NEHGS at the FGS Conference In Philadelphia
    * An American Family 1575–1945: A History of the United States Through the Eyes of One Family
    * Research Recommendations: Preparing for a Genealogical Research Trip
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Genealogical Writing: Percentages
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Join NEHGS at the FGS Conference In Philadelphia

    The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) annual conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 3–6, 2008. The Philadelphia Convention Center will be host to a large number of presentations by professional genealogists, archivists, authors, and other experts, providing the latest information on how to research your family history. Hundreds of booths in the exhibit hall will be filled with the newest books, products, and software to assist you.

    NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons will be speaking at the Society’s Saturday luncheon about “What’s New in New England and New York Genealogy.” Staff members Rhonda McClure and Judy Lucey will be working in our booth in the exhibit hall with the latest information on NEHGS publications and programs.

    You can find out more details about the conference at

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    An American Family 1575–1945: A History of the United States Through the Eyes of One Family

    NEHGS councilor James E. Carbine recently published An American Family 1575–1945: A History of the United States Through the Eyes of One Family. The book tells the story of his and his wife’s ancestors, weaving the family’s stories into the context of greater American history. It starts with the migration of John Robinson and the Pilgrims (and Thomas Brigham and the Puritans) from Europe to the New World, tracing hundreds of years of history. It ends with the Carbine family Christmas dinner in 1945.

    You can read more about this interesting work, and order a copy of the book, at

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

    I have often referred to The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publshing and Corporate Communications by Amy Einsohn. For those starting out on their writing, it is an excellent resource for writing skills, and editing as well. Writers can never totally copyedit themselves, but an understanding of basic copyediting skills will make you a better writer.

    In her chapter on numbers and numerals, Einsohn gives an excellent treatment of percents. Dealing with percentages can be tricky, and it is critical to express them in the proper way. When a quantity doubles in size, there is an increase of 100% (not 200%). The new quantity is 200% of the original. Conversely, a 50% drop occurs when a quantity is cut in half.

    In addition, remember the difference between increasing by percentage points versus percentage increases. For example, increasing from 50% to 55% is an increase of 5 percentage points. An 5% increase of 50% would be 50.025%.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    PARNEL (f): Despite a similar spelling, this name is completely different from – and much older than – PAMELA. PARNEL derives through medieval French from PETRONILLA, the feminine diminutive of PETER. By early modern times in England the name had acquired a disreputable imputation but was still used in some families, such as early generations of the Bostwicks of New Milford, Conn. Parnel Bostwick, b. Stratford, Conn. 15 April 1702, daughter of Zechariah Bostwick, m. there 22 July 1727 Joseph Brown.

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    New On

    Vital Records of Charlestown, Mass. to 1850

    Vital Records of Charlestown was compiled and edited by Roger D. Joslyn and published by NEHGS in three volumes: Volume 1 (1984), Volume 2, Part 1 (1995) and Volume 2, Part 2 (1995). These volumes are now out of print. From the introduction to volume 1: “This [database] contains civil vital record entries of Charlestown, Massachusetts — births, marriages, and deaths from the 1630s to the late 1790s and intentions of marriage from 1726 through 1849. Church, cemetery, and other private records of these events are not included nor are Charlestown events recorded in other towns. The information in this book was compiled from the following three major sources: the Massachusetts Bay Colony records, containing the earliest Charlestown records; the Middlesex County, Massachusetts, records, mostly copies of town records, but also providing many events not found in the town books; and the Charlestown town records, consisting of the ‘Ancient Volume’ 1 of births, marriages, and deaths and three volumes of marriage intentions.”

    This database includes 14,082 births, 11,914 marriage intentions, 11,358 marriages, and 8,145 deaths. Images of the original book pages are available from the search results pages.

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    Spotlight: Cemetery Records
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Lakewood Cemetery is located in the city of Minneapolis, at the southern end of the Uptown area. It is a private, non-sectarian cemetery. Notable interments in the cemetery include former Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Senator Paul Wellstone.

    According to the cemetery’s website, Lakewood, which was established in 1871, was modeled after the rural cemeteries of nineteenth century France. The superintendent of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was hired to develop the plans for the grounds at Lakewood. Click on the History link to learn more.

    Burial Search
    Click on the Burial Search link to search the cemetery database. The records in the database date back to the year the cemetery opened, 1872. Because the number of records returned in a last name search may be very large, the website’s search notes advise researchers with dial-up internet connections to include the individual’s first initial, first name, or year of death to lessen the amount of time required to process the request. The data fields in the search results include full name, age, date of death, place of death, place of death, disposition date, and site I.D. There is a detailed description of what the numbers and letters mean in the site I.D.

    Click on the Map link to access cemetery maps and an online Self-Guided Tour of the cemetery. There are two versions of the map, one of which is in PDF format map and requires Adobe Reader. You shold note that the numbers on the maps represent Section numbers. The Self-Guided Tour requires you to have Flash Player version 5 or higher.

    For clarification of information found in the search results, or for more information, you can contact the cemetery at 612-822-2171.

    Silverbrook Cemetery, Niles, Michigan

    The Silverbrook Cemetery is located in Niles, a city in the southwest corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula, near South Bend, Indiana. In addition, working to promote and restore the Cemetery, the Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery have set up a website with a number of useful research resources. These resources include a photo gallery and a graves database.

    Photo Gallery
    The Photo Gallery is a work in progress. Once you have accessed the Gallery’s main page, click on the Enter Gallery button to view the photographs. You can search the gallery for a specific image, view the photos as a slide show, or look through one of the albums: Graves, Monuments, Veterans, and Restoration. The Graves album is organized by section: Bond, Old, City, New, and Garden of Memory. The Veterans album is organized by the war in which the veteran served.

    On the left side of the Gallery’s main page buttons with links to actions you can take with the photographs. You can print them, send them to an RSS news feed, or send them to a photo printing service. You can also print photographs on your own printer. These photos will have a light "" watermark on them. You can contact the Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery’s photo editor, if you need a photo without that watermark.

    Graves Database
    Click on the Search Graves link to access the nearly 20,000 record cemetery database. The database can be searched by last name, first name, date of birth, date of death, date of internment, grave location (section, row, lot, grave), and funeral home. The above is the complete list or the data fields in the returned search results.

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    Stories of Interest

    The Roofers Are Coming, The Roofers Are Coming
    Boston Globe correspondent John M. Guilfoil talks about the renovations to the Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington. The house was built by John Hancock’s grandfather. Hancock himself was present in the house the night of April 18, 1775, when Paul Revere arrived on his famous ride.

    David [Davey] Crockett’s Descendants Will Have Reunion July 10–12
    Not all of his descendants were born in Tennessee, but members of the Direct Descendants of David Crockett and Kin will gather in Greene County for a reunion next this week.

    Meandering Migration Patterns Can Unlock Our Family History
    Tammy Tipler-Priolo’s column in discusses how to use migration patterns for clues to finding your ancestors.

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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:

    Concord, MA, Births, Marriage, & Deaths, 1635-1850 (Item P5-MA0038H)
    History of Herkimer County, NY (Item P28155000)
    History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties, PA (Item P5-PA0080H)
    Desc. of George Puffer of Braintree, MA, 1639-1915 (Item P4-H21816)
    Gen. of Some of the Desc. of Edward Fuller of the Mayflower (Item P32090000)

    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

    Preserving Family Records
    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 10:00 am
    NEHGS archivist Timothy G.X. Salls will offer tips and techniques for protecting your family heirlooms. Whether you are organizing papers, electronic files, photographs, or books, come discover new ways to keep your records safe.

    Writing Your Family History Seminar
    Saturday, July 19, 2008, 9:00am4:00pm
    Advance your genealogical research and contribute to scholarship in the field by learning from expert genealogists, and experienced authors and editors, techniques for publishing your findings. NEHGS will offer a hands-on interactive seminar addressing genealogical writing for family historians at all stages of research. Whether you have just begun your genealogy, or have already added to the canon of scholarly works, this two-track daylong seminar will provide tips and insight.
    Registration fees: $75. For more information call 617-226-1226 or email

    Researching with Revolutionary War Records
    Wednesday, July 23, 2008, 10am
    Discover tips and techniques for finding your Revolutionary War ancestors with David Allen Lambert, The Online Genealogist.


    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.
    For more information visit:

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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