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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 3
    Whole #357
    January 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.

    * 2008 Member Survey
    * New on
    * New From Newbury Street Press: The Trimble Family
    * Name Origins
    * Sale on Carl Boyer Titles
    * Research Recommendations: Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
    * Spotlight: Cemetery Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    2008 Member Survey

    As many of you may already know, every two years NEHGS has sent out member surveys to learn more about what you think and how we might better meet the needs of all our members. The information gathered over the years has been an extremely valuable tool for NEHGS as we seek to improve all areas of member services and benefits.

    With that, I would like to invite you to participate in the 2008 member survey. Since this year’s survey is electronic there is nothing to mail back. I ask that you please click through the link below and take a few minutes to fill out the survey. We’ll do the rest.

    Your honest feedback is greatly appreciated. It helps NEHGS direct appropriate efforts and resources as we seek to improve and further develop the overall experience for you, our members.

    Many thanks,

    D. Brenton Simons,
    President and CEO

    Take the 2008 NEHGS Member Survey

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    New on

    Vital Records of Randolph, Maine to 1892

    From the introduction to the book:

    “The Town of Randolph, Kennebec County, was incorporated under the name of West Pittston, March 4, 1887. It comprised all that part of Pittston lying north of the south line of the Worromontogus stream. March 17, 1887, before its organization, its name was changed to Randolph.”

    The records in this database are for the period 1747-1892. The database contains records of 1,246 births, 685 marriages, and 852 deaths. Images of the original typescript pages may be viewed from the search results page.

    The original book may be viewed at the NEHGS Boston research library, call number F29.R3 R3.

    Enhancements to the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 database 

    Our ongoing project to add page images and corrections to our ‘Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850’ database continues this week.

    This week, we are re-releasing the enhanced and corrected vital records of Norton, Sutton and Wrentham. We will continue to release enhanced records on a town-by-town basis as our volunteer team completes the work. When searching records of these towns, you’ll find an ‘image’ link on the search results page that will display the image of the original VR page.

    Also, be sure to try the “Browse” feature for the page images, accessed via the “Browse” button on the Mass. Vital Records to 1850 page. Page images may be browsed by selecting a town and record type, and optionally entering a surname or page number. For instance, to browse for births for the surname “Smith” in the Arlington vital records, select ‘Arlington’, ‘Birth’, and type ‘smith’ in the ‘Last name or Page #’ field. Click the ‘Go’ button and you’ll see the first page of ‘Smith’ births. The ‘Previous page’ and ‘Next page’ buttons will move one page at a time, and the ‘First page’ and ‘Last page’ buttons will jump to the beginning or end of the current record type.

    We are also re-releasing the Lexington, Mass. Record of Births, Marriages, and Deaths to January 1, 1898, which is found at

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    New From Newbury Street Press: The Trimble Family

    The Trimble Family: Descendants of Joseph Trimble of Pennsylvania and Maryland, with a Genealogy by Patricia Law Hatcher, FASG, is the product of research done by two generations of family members. In addition, current Trimbles have contributed a dozen essays to this book, drawing on memories and family papers. Appended to this is a genealogy of Trimble descendants by the editor, Patricia Law Hatcher.

    6x9, Hardcover, 144 pages, $39.95.
    Buy Now

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ZEKE (m) – Nickname formed from EZEKIEL.

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    Sale on Carl Boyer Titles

    The NEHGS Sales Department is pleased to offer five titles by author Carl Boyer III at discounted prices, through January 31, 2008.

    Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell: Who Died in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony, 20 June, 1663, with English Ancestral Lines of Other Colonial Americans
    This new book is a companion to Weis' Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists. It contains details of additional English ancestral lines for Robert Abell, who died in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony, in 1663. It is also of real value to those researching many of the royal and noble English families published in Weis' work. Published in 2001, 344pp.
    Normally $35.00, now $25.00

    Medieval English Ancestors of Certain Americans
    Mr. Boyer treats the baronial ancestry, roughly 1050 to 1300, that is shared by most Americans of royal descent. The accounts of wars, captures, castles ransacked, offices held, and abbeys founded introduces the reader to the wide panorama of Norman/English history from the Conqueror until the reign of Edward I. Published in 2001, 327pp.
    Normally $35.00, Now $25.00

    Medieval Welsh Ancestors of Certain Americans
    This pioneering work responds to a tremendous need. So many genealogists trace lines to medieval England but give up on their Welsh lines. Unfamiliarity with the language, the naming system, the geography and history of Wales causes many to abandon the search. In addition to biographies and history, this book has a list of more than 95 key figures in Welsh history. Data cross references to the Medieval English Ancestors books. Published in 2004, 431pp.
    Normally $40.00, Now $27.50

    Ancestral Lines From Maine to Virginia
    Nine years of research culminates in this work, which covers fifty-seven families in The Netherlands, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Ohio, Missouri, California and the Eastern seaboard. Published in 2003, 247pp.
    Normally $25.00, Now $17.50

    Ancestral Lines, Third Edition, 206 Families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
    This massive work deals primarily with families centered on Rehoboth, Massachusetts (50); Portsmouth and Block Island, Rhode Island (31); Albany and early New York City, New York (26); and Chester Co., Pennsylvania (19). Some of the covered families have been the subject of much new research. It includes extensive citations, a bibliography, and name and place indexes. Published in 1998, 960pp.
    Normally $70.00, Now $50.00.

    To order, please call 617-226-1212 or visit us online at Shipping is not included

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    Research Recommendations: Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    With more than 4,000 volunteers across the United States and around the world, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness ( is one of the most active free genealogical websites available. Volunteers have agreed to perform a genealogical task at least once per month in their local area. While the research is performed for free, users are required to reimburse any costs experienced by the volunteer, such as parking fees, postage, photocopies, printing, etc.

    Users are asked not to request information if they live within traveling distance of the locality, described as within 50 miles of the location of your request. You may request one or two items concerning one or two ancestors. Volunteers may request prepayment for expenses expected to be incurred.

    RAOGK volunteers do information lookups and document retrieval. They do not normally do in-depth research. Volunteers are only obligated to do one lookup per month, although many do more. You may be placed on a waiting list if that volunteer has other requests to fill before you. If you make more than one request per month of a researcher, they may request a research fee.

    Find a volunteer by browsing a table of states, then towns. Foreign countries are listed in a separate table after the U.S. states. Clicking on a state (or country) name will bring you to a page listing localities covered, the names of the volunteers who will research in that locality, and the kinds of tasks that they will perform for you. Clicking on a volunteer’s name brings you to an easy-to-fill-out form. Enter your name, your email address (entered twice for verification) and your request, then press send. You should receive a response from the volunteer with 2 to 14 days.

    If you use RAOGK regularly, consider making a donation to support the group’s efforts. Remember that it is entirely volunteer driven, and there are expenses to maintain the website and communications contacts. You can donate right on the website.

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    Spotlight: Cemetery Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Elmbank Cemetery, Ontario

    The Elmbank Cemetery is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Elmbank/Fifth Line Cemetery opened in 1833. It served as the final resting place for many early Catholic settlers living in rural areas northeast of Toronto. The cemetery closed in 1939. From the time the cemetery was closed, it was located within the secure zone of Pearson International Airport, which has the largest passenger volume in Canada and is among the busiest airports in the world. Plans were later made to expand existing airport facilities to reduce terminal and runway congestion. This would directly affect the old cemetery. An application was made to the Province of Ontario to permit the relocation of the Elmbank Cemetery to the consecrated ground of Assumption Cemetery in Mississauga.

    The cemetery relocation was completed by October 2001. The new cemetery was set up as close as possible to the original. A genealogist, Brian Gilchrist, was given the responsibility of seeking out living descendants to inform them of the relocation and gather genealogical information and recollections of descendants. The genealogical research to identify descendants of the deceased still continues, even though the relocation is complete. The Elmbank/Fifth Line Mission cemetery is the largest historic cemetery in Ontario ever to be relocated.

    Click on ‘the people’ link, which will open the Genealogical Research Program. Then, click on Existing List of Burials link to access the database containing the alphabetical list of known burials in Elmbank Roman Catholic Cemetery and any information learned about these individuals in the course of the genealogical research carried out by Mr. Gilchrist.

    Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries, Wisconsin

    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries website contains a Burial Records database. The database contains the records of its eight Catholic cemeteries—All Saints, Mount Olivet, Calvary, Resurrection, Holy Cross, Saint Adalbert, Holy Trinity, and Saint Joseph—within four counties in Southeastern Wisconsin. As noted on the website, it does not contain the more than 100 parish-operated Catholic cemeteries located within the ten counties of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

    Click on the Genealogy link to access the burial records database. It is searchable by last name, first name and date of death. Search results are returned in the form of the deceased’s complete name. Click on this link to view the detailed record. The data fields include name, date of death, date of burial, age at death, marital status, last address, funeral home, cemetery, and location of the grave. Beneath the detailed record is a link, which will enable you search for nearby graves using block, section, row, lot and grave number indicators. This is feature can help you to identify the individuals buried in the vicinity of your family member.

    There are also short biographical sketches for selected famous people who are buried in the eight Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries.

    Famous Economists
    Did you ever wonder where all the famous economists were buried? If so, you should check out Famous Economists' Grave Sites. This website is maintained by Malcolm Rutherford, Department of Economics at the University of Victoria. British Columbia. This web page contains information on the gravesites of famous economists. Where possible original photographs are included.

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    Stories of Interest

    Ancestral Allure
    This week’s New York Times magazine included an interesting article by columnist Virginia Heffernan. Heffernan says that “The dewy and innocent milkmaid at the center of Thomas Hardy’s tragic novel 'Tess of the d’Urbervilles' is destroyed not by rape or heartbreak; what does her in is genealogy.”

    Family Album: Following the Trail
    Violinist Daniel Hope was born in South Africa to an Irish father and a mother with German roots. The world-renowned musician has written a book that “folds his personal history into an epic of families displaced to South Africa by famine in Ireland and the Nazis in Germany.”

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    From the Online Genealogist

    I am looking to obtain an obituary from a newspaper in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada from 1979. Since my local library does not have these papers, can I order these online?

    I contacted the Victoria, B.C., library regarding your request. The newspaper you will need is the Victoria Times. The paper is not currently online for the year you need. You can make a request for the obituary via your public library through InterLibrary Loan. The Victoria public library will supply you with a photocopy from their microfilm as an Interlibrary Loan request. You simply need to request your own public library to send a note on your behalf to They request that your library's name and address is on your request so staff do not assume the request is coming from an individual.

    David Allen Lambert is the Society’s Online Genealogist. If you would like to ask him a question, contact him at or visit his blog at For more information about the Online Genealogist visit Please note that he will make every effort to reply to each message, but will respond on a first-come, first-served basis.

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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

    The following programs will be held January 2008:

    By Faith Alone
    Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 6:30 pm
    Join NEHGS for a special evening with distinguished journalist and CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth as he discuses his new book, By Faith Alone: One Family’s Epic Journey Through American Protestantism. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception. A minimum $15 donation is requested. Please RSVP at 617-226-1226.

    Lafayette in America 1824 and 1825
    Monday, January 28, 2008, 6:30 pm
    In conjunction with members of the French Heritage Society, Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire, the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut, and the Consulate General of France in Boston, NEHGS will co-host a talk by author Alan Hoffman on his new unabridged English translation of Auguste Levasseur’s Lafayette en Amérique en 1824 et 1825. A book signing and reception will follow. A minimum $20 donation is requested. Please RSVP at 617-226-1226.

    New Visitor Welcome & Library Tour
    Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 10:00 am
    New visitors will participate in an introduction and orientation to the Society, including the opportunity to describe their research and have staff genealogists offer general advice on how to proceed. The free thirty-minute introductory lecture will be followed by a tour of the library.

    Temples of the Arts and Sciences: Stories from British Historic Houses
    Monday, February 11, 2008, 6:00 pm
    Join NEHGS, the Royal Oak Foundation, and the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA for an engaging look at the rich legacy of British historic houses. Curt DiCamillo, Executive Director of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, will present his award-winning work on the importance of English country homes and their roles in diplomancy, scientific discover, and cultural advancement. To register, please visit or call 800-913-6565, exta. 201.

    Researching in Scotland
    Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 10:00 am
    David C. Dearborn, FASG, will present a free lecture offering tips and techniques for Scottish reseach based on his recent trip to Scotland and England.

    The Corpse in the Cellar
    Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 10:00 am
    Join NEHGS and Marilynne K. Roach, author of The Salem Witch Trials: a Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, for an engaging tale of two sheriffs, the law, and what do with the corpse of debtor. A preview of Ms. Roach’s talk can be found in a previous issue of New England Ancestors magazine, Fall 2007, vol.8, no. 4 “The Corpse in the Cellar”


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

    Weekend Research Getaway
    #1 Thursday, February 7–Saturday, February 9, 2008
    #2 Thursday, April 10–Saturday, April 12, 2008

    Weekend Research Getaways in Boston are among the most popular NEHGS programs in recent years. Escape to 101 Newbury Street and experience a guided research program, with one-on-one consultations and special access to the collections. Whether you are a first-time participant or have participated in a guided research program before, an on-site visit to NEHGS with our expert staff is sure to further your research. Bring your charts and expect some breakthroughs!
    Registration fees: $300 for the three-day program; $100 for a single day.
    For more information visit

    Technology and Genealogy Seminar
    Friday, February 22–Saturday, February 23, 2008
    NEHGS is proud to offer a two-day in-depth seminar exploring the important relationship between technology and genealogy. NEHGS staff experts will provide lectures, demonstrations, and discussions focusing on key aspects of technology in family history research. Topics will include internet search techniques, evaluations of genealogical software, use of PDAs in genealogical research, how scanning can improve your data collection, organizing your research with Microsoft, and digital assistance in the publishing age. Participants will also have an opportunity to enter a drawing for software packages, including Adobe Photoshop Elements and ACDSee PhotoManager.
    Registration fee: $150
    For more information visit


    Quebec Research Tour
    Sunday, June 15–Sunday, June 22, 2008
    Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by joining NEHGS staff experts Michael J. Leclerc and Pauline Cusson for a research week in Montreal, Quebec. This unique opportunity will allow participants to take advantage of two premier Canadian repositories, the Société Généalogique Canadienne-Française (SGCF) and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). These archives hold documents from the earliest settlement of Quebec through the English period, down to the twentieth century. Participants will receive one-on-one consultations, providing guidance and suggestions for research. Whether your ancestors spoke French or English, the archival records will help you to break through your brick walls and discover where they came from.
    Registration Fees (includes seven nights lodging at the Hôtel Les Suites Labelle): Single, $1,550; Double, $1,350; Double with non-participant, $1,850; Commuter, $775 (no lodging).
    For more information visit


    Great Migration Tour to England
    Tuesday, August 5–Friday, August 15, 2008
    Based in Chelmsford, England, this inaugural Great Migration tour with Robert Charles Anderson will visit the historically significant locations in Essex and Hertfordshire associated with the families who migrated to New England in 1631, 1632, and 1633. The primary focus of the tour will be the migrations and activities connected to four influential ministers of the period: Thomas Hooker, John Eliot, Thomas Weld, and Roger Williams.
    Registration fees: Registration is full. To be added to the wait-list, please contact Ryan Woods at

    Other 2008 Tours
    Massachusetts Archives Research Day

    Thursday, March 27, 2008
    For more information visit

    National Archives Research Day
    Thursday, May 22, 2008

    Come Home to New England
    #1 Monday, June 23–Saturday, June 28, 2008
    #2 Monday, August 11–Saturday, August 16, 2008

    Salt Lake City Research Tour
    Sunday, November 2–Sunday, November 9, 2008

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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