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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 29
    Whole #383
    July 16, 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.

    * NEHGS Announces New Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 Series
    * An American Family Correction
    * Research Recommendations: Muncie, Indiana Public Library
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Cemetery Records
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    NEHGS Announces New Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 Series

    Following in the tradition of series covering Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, NEHGS is proud to announce a new publishing venture that will cover families from western Massachusetts enumerated in the first census of the United Census. The series, to be co-edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Christopher C. Child, will cover families residing in the counties of Berkshire and Hampshire (which at that time included all territory west of Worcester County). Franklin and Hampden counties were formed from Hampshire in 1811 and 1812 respectively. The population of this area in 1790 was just under 90,000 — slightly larger than Vermont (at 85,425) and slightly less than Maine (at 96,540).

    The series will include family sketches for heads of household. The Society seeks genealogists who wish to contribute sketches of families of interest for the series. Each sketch will be credited to the contributor. We hope to publish the first volume in 2009.

    For more details, see “Western Massachusetts Families in 1790” by the co-editors in the Summer 2008 issue of New England Ancestors Magazine, or visit Inquiries may be sent to

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    An American Family Correction

    Last week we discussed An American Family 1575–1945: A History of the United States Through the Eyes of One Family, published recently by NEHGS councilor James E. Carbine. The book tells the story of his and his wife’s ancestors, weaving the family’s stories into the context of greater American history. Unfortunately the URL had an error in it. You can read more about this interesting work, and order a copy of the book, at

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    Research Recommendations: Muncie, Indiana Public Library
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The Muncie Public Library in Muncie, Indiana, has a superb Local History and Genealogy Center. In addition to the vast amount of materials available onsite, the library is in the process of making records and resources available online at the Muncie Delaware County Digital Resource Library.

    Onsite you will find many finding aids and record transcriptions. There are listings for most cemeteries in Delaware County, indexes to county histories, and original and microfilm copies of land records, marriages, probate records, criminal and civil court records, wills, tax records, and Catholic Church records. There are newspaper and obituary files as well as city and telephone directories. The center maintains a file on Delaware County families as well as published family histories. The center will undertake research for you at a rate of $15.00 per hour. You can request research online. They also have an active program of events which you can find on their Local History and Genealogy Blog.

    The Muncie Delaware County Digital Resource Library contains fully-searchable databases that include images of the original records. Among the databases are: Beech Grove Cemetery Records, Funeral Home Records, Delaware County Wills, Obituaries, and Delaware County Court Records. The databases can be searched individually or as a group.

    The text balloon next to the title of each database is a link to additional information about that database. For example, you will find that the Funeral Home Records database contains records from Meeks Mortuary (from 1896), Parson Mortuary (from 1940), Stephens & Potter Funeral Home (from the early 1900s), Piepho & Sons Funeral Home (from the early 1900s), and Rohrdan Funeral Home (from the 1970s). The database is a work in progress and new records are added continually.

    When you search the databases as a group, the results page returns hits in each of the databases separately. Clicking on the link to the left of the name brings up an image of the original record. One drawback to the site is that the servers can be slow, and downloading results and images can be time-consuming, even on a high-speed connection.

    If you have ancestors in Delaware County, Indiana, the Muncie Public Library is a necessary stop for you in your research. Between their onsite and online resources, you will likely make significant progress, and learn many new things about your family.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    COLIN (m): Nickname for NICHOLAS.

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    New On

    Vital Records of Northampton, Mass.

    These Northampton vital records were copied from the original records by Walter E. Corbin.  In 2003, Robert J. Dunkle transcribed Corbin’s records for publication on CD-ROM. 

    The numbers in brackets refer to Corbin’s page number. The page number from the original record as given by Corbin appears in brackets preceded by the letter "P." In his transcription, Mr. Corbin compared the copy made in 1794 with the original and, where the original was lacking information due to wear and tear, supplied it, noting its use with red pen. We have shown these additions with the use of a smaller font size. There are also cases wherein Mr. Corbin used brackets that contained missing words or letters. These have been transcribed as he inserted them. In the case of twins, or two entries for the same parents or entry, Mr. Corbin would tie both entries together with the use of a large bracket ("{") surrounding both entries. The transcribers, not being able to use such a character, have placed a single bracket ("{") before such entries signifying that they should be tied together. In the transcription, Mr. Corbin has inserted, with green ink, certain numbers which have not been transcribed. It would appear that these numbers were used to identify certain family vital statistics which were then used when he compiled his family genealogies.

    Images of the records 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 important to view those record pages to understand the relationships between individuals mentioned.

    This database includes 8,796 births, 112 baptisms, 673 marriage intentions, 7,530 marriages, 4,325 deaths and 22,740 other records.

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    Spotlight: Cemetery Records
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Lakeside Cemetery, Ohio

    Lakeside Cemetery is located on the shores of Lake Erie in Bay Village, Ohio. Established in 1814, it was the first public burying ground in Dover Township.

    Lakeside Cemetery is a small cemetery with over 270 known burials. Approximately twenty of these individual are veterans, the larger part of whom served in the Civil War. Click on the Veterans link to view their names. The cemetery’s website has an alphabetical burial database containing the following information about the individuals buried there: location of the grave, full name of the deceased, maiden names, if known, date of birth and date of death.

    Crown Hill Cemetery and Funeral Home, Indiana

    The Crown Hill Cemetery is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. There have been more than 185,000 burials in this cemetery. In addition to the Cemetery’s website, which provides genealogists with a number of resources, the Cemetery has an on-staff genealogist to assist family history researchers. Searches will be undertaken for $5.00 per name “regardless of the amount of information found” A ‘genealogy search form’ in PDF format can be downloaded from the website. Research requests can also be made by telephone. Such requests will be answered by mail in up to 4 to 6 weeks. Click on the Genealogy link to access the resources.

    Click on the History to access a chronology of Historic Crown Hill Cemetery from its incorporation in 1863 to the present. Under the Noted Persons link you will find a list of some of the hundreds of well-known men and women who are buried there. The information provided includes their full names, birth and death dates, section and lot numbers and a sentence or two of biographical information. Among the noted persons are: John Dillinger, “notorious bank robber, declared Public Enemy No. 1;" Charles W. Fairbanks, Vice President under Theodore Roosevelt; Dr. Richard Gatling, inventor of the Gatling gun; President Benjamin Harrison and his wife, Caroline, First Lady and first President General of the DAR; and Charles Black, drummer boy and youngest U.S. Army soldier at the age of 8 and ½ (Civil War).

    Click on the Burial Locator to access the cemetery’s search page. You can search for individuals by last name and, for common last names, limit the search by month and year. There is also an advanced search function. The data fields in the results returned include name and burial date, as well as section, lot and sub-lot numbers.

    The Crown Hill National Cemetery is a 1.4 acre cemetery located within the 555 acre Crown Hill Cemetery. More than 2,000 soldiers from all wars in which the United States participated, up through the Vietnam War, are buried there. The “Confederate Mound” is the final resting place for more than 1,600 Confederate prisoners of war. They died while imprisoned at Camp Morton from 1862 through 1865. Most died at City Hospital and were buried in City Cemetery (later known as Greenlawn). After Greenlawn closed they were moved to Crown Hill Cemetery in 1931. An Indianapolis police officer, Stephen Staletovich, led a project to identify the Confederate veterans. It resulted in the placement of bronze plaques bearing the names of all Southerners who died at Camp Morton. The cemetery offers a book for sale that details the history of the soldiers and Camp Morton. There is contact information on the website.

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    Stories of Interest

    Is Google Making us Stupid?
    A thoughtful (and scary) article from The Atlantic magazine on how the internet is changing the way human beings read and think.

    Orphaned British Pensioner Uncovers 1,500-Year-Old Family Tree
    76-year-old Roy Blackmore has spent almost three decades researching his ancestors, tracing his roots back 1,500 years. He has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for the title of the world’s largest documented family tree. Read more of the story in the Telegraph.

    Cub Fans Will Get Cemetery That Looks Like Wrigley Field
    Sports Illustrated reports on the efforts of a Chicago man and the Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago to build “Beyond the Vines” — a 24-foot, ivy-covered wall designed to look like the one in dead center at Wrigley Field.

    Genealogy Disaster Plan a Precaution Worth Taking
    Noted genealogist Julie Miller discusses plans for saving your research in the event of a disaster in the Broomfield Enterprise.

    Holocaust Siblings Meet After 66 Years
    Wssewolod Galezkij and Irene Famulak were separated in 1942 when the Nazis took her to a labor camp. After 66 years of separation, they were recently reunited in the Ukraine.

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    Sale on Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales

    Save 20% on The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, for Twelve Generations, by Richard K. Evans.

    An exhaustively researched account of the late Princess’s forebears, tracing her ancestors from the British Isles to northern and eastern Europe as well as the United States and the Far East. Presented in ahnentafel format, the book also profiles more than thirty historic personages in Diana’s lineage.

    Regularly $34.95, Now $27.95. Price good from July 16 through 23, 2008.
    Order online at or by calling toll free 1-888-296-3447. Price does not include shipping.

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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

    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 techniques for publishing your findings from expert genealogists, and experienced authors and editors. 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, 10:00am
    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:

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