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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 32
    Whole #386
    August 6, 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.

    * Coming Soon in the July 2008 Issue of the Register
    * Obama Family Tree Series Reporter Wins Award
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: URLs and email Addresses
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Pennsylvania Library Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * Save on Great Migration Compendia
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Coming Soon in the July 2008 Issue of the Register

    Henry B. Hoff

    The English Origins of Elizabeth Dowse, Wife of Governor Samuel Allen of New Hampshire
    Martin E. Hollick

    Gowen1 Wilson of Hingham, Exeter, and Kittery
    Ken Stevens

    The Mays of Washington, Massachusetts, and the Parents of Nancy (May) Fletcher and Susan (May) Seagers
    Christopher Challender Child

    Richard1 Godfrey of Taunton, Massachusetts, and His Children and Grandchildren
    Helen Schatvet Ullmann

    A Husband for Abigail4 Pattee: James1 Lamb of the 8th Regiment of Foot (Fraser’s Highlanders)
    Virginia M. Ryan and Marie Lollo Scalisi

    Richard Scarritt of New London and Branford, Connecticut
    Diane LeBlanc Delbridge

    Identifying Mercy, Wife of Thomas4 Hinckley of Harwich, Massachusetts, as Mercy (Bangs) (Hinckley) Cole
    Glade Ian Nelson

    New England Articles in Genealogical Journals in 2006
    Henry B. Hoff

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    Obama Family Tree Series Reporter Wins Award

    Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reporter Scott Fornek has been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists' 2008 Salute to Excellence National Media Awards for his examination of the family history of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society, which conducted substantial research on Obama’s ancestry, is mentioned in the article, along with a quote from staff genealogist Christopher Child. The article provides links to the 5-part special report, which includes more than 30 sketches of various Obama ancestors. You can read the article in the Chicago Sun-Times online at,CST-NWS-otreemain09.article

    Earlier this year, NEHGS released a story that showed Senator Obama and actor Brad Pitt are distant cousins. Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie are also cousins, as are Senator John McCain and First Lady Laura Bush. NEHGS staff has done extensive research on many public figures and politicians.

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: URLs and email Addresses
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    URLs (uniform resource locators, or addresses) and email addresses can cause a great deal of consternation in print form. These items should never be underlined in print form. If your word processor automatically inserts a hyperlink as you type, either reset your preferences so that this does not happen or go back and remove the hyperlink. For example, you can right-click on a hyperlink in Microsoft Word and select the option to “remover hyperlink.”

    URLs usually begin with http (hypertext transfer protocol) or ftp (file transfer protocol). The Chicago Manual of Style states that you should never capitalize these abbreviations, even if they appear at the beginning of the sentence.

    Even more importantly, if a URL must be broken at the end of a line, you should NEVER insert a hyphen. Hyphens are characters that can be used in a URL, and if you insert one where there is not one, the user will not be able to find the address. You should never break a URL at a hyphen, as this may cause confusion to the reader. URLs should be broken after a single or double slash (/ or //) or before a tilde (~), period, comma, hyphen, underline, question mark, number sign (#), or percent symbol (%). You may break a URL either before or after an equals sign (=) or an ampersand (&).

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    AGLAË/AGLAIA (f) (B23): With Thalia “the verdant” and Euphrosyne “the inner joy,” Aglaë “the brilliant” figures as one of the Three Graces of classical mythology and literature. This name is used less in English than in French.

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    New On

    New Netherland Connections, Volume 4

    The week, we are adding the contents of New Netherland Connections Volume 4, from 1999. This represents an additional 3,161 names. The remaining issues of New Netherland Connections will be added in the future.

    NEHGS is pleased to be able to offer the contents of New Netherland Connections as a searchable database on Begun in 1996 and continuing, New Netherland Connections is a genealogical quarterly that aims to help people trying to identify and document their New Netherland ancestors and their descendants. It focuses on the Dutch colonial period (1624–1664) in New York and New Jersey. Each issue has feature articles, replies to queries, items of Dutch colonial interest, and queries (of any length), and runs to about 28 pages. This database includes an index to the 10,765 names referenced in the first three volumes (1996–1998). The images of the original journal pages are available from the search results pages. Remaining volumes will be added to the database in the future.

    Subscriptions to the printed journal may be ordered from the editor, Dorothy A. Koenig, at 1232 Carlotta Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707, or by email at

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    Spotlight: Pennsylvania Library Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Altoona Area Public Library, Pennsylvania
    Altoona is located in Blair County in the central part of the Commonwealth. The Altoona Area Public Library has made available online some of its resources related to genealogy and local history.

    Altoona Mirror Obituary Index
    The database indexes obituaries from the local newspaper, the Altoona Mirror. Photocopies of obituaries may be requested in writing from the library’s Reference Department for a small fee. The index is searchable by last name, first name, and maiden name. The data fields include last name, first name, middle name, maiden name, descriptor, and the date(s) on which the obituary appeared in the newspaper. The descriptor field contains such information as the individual’s title (Miss, Mrs., Mr.) and other descriptive information about the deceased (baby).

    Altoona Library Digitization Project – Local History Preservation
    The Altoona Area Public Library has begun to preserve its past by digitizing local histories and uploading them to their website. The library’s staff has begun scanning books from their Pennsylvania Room collection into the computer and uploading the information in an accessible format. Books currently available include: A History of Blair County Pennsylvania, by Charles B. Clark, Esq. (Charles B. Clark, Esq.: Altoona, PA, 1896.); A History of Methodism in Altoona, by Homer C. Knox (Altoona, PA., 1909.); Altoona Mirror Souvenir Booklet, Altoona Mirror (Altoona Mirror Printing Company: Altoona, PA., 1912.); and a number of books about the area’s natural history written by Henry W. Shoemaker. Volumes that will be made available soon are Illustrated Altoona: A Complete Pen-picture of the city of Altoona Pennsylvania at the Close of the Year 1895, by Clark, Charles B., Esq. (Board of Trade: Altoona, PA, 1896.) and Story of Altoona, the Mountain City: Railroad, Industrial and Commercial Center Population 65,000, by Clarence E. Weaver (Clarence E. Weaver: Altoona, PA, 1911.).

    New Castle Public Library, Pennsylvania

    New Castle is located in Lawrence County. It is near the Commonwealth’s western border about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh and 18 miles east of Youngstown, Ohio. The New Castle Public Library has a Marriage/Obituary Database, which is accessible from a link on the library’s Genealogy/History Room webpage. Click on the Genealogy/History link in the index list on the library’s homepage to open genealogy page.

    The database contains more than 250,000 records that have been gathered from a number of local newspapers, primarily the New Castle News. The earliest records gathered from the New Castle News are from 1880. There are two links through which you can access the index. One is for onsite searches and the other, which most of you will be using, is for offsite searches. Click on the appropriate one to open the search page. The search fields are last name, first name, spouse, parent, newspaper, page, date of marriage announcement, and date of death announcement, which are identical to the data fields in the database. Should you want to, you can sort the search results by data field by clicking on the field name. Click on the page icon at the left of the record to view the detailed record for each individual. Photocopies of obituaries and marriage records may be requested in writing from the library for a fee.

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    Stories of Interest

    Fascinating Family History for Olympic Diver Ishimatsu
    15-year-old Haley Ishimatsu, a member of the U.S. Olympic diving team at Beijing, will be representing a country that imprisoned her grandparents and dropped an atomic bomb on her ancestral hometown.

    The Family Tree Project
    The Family Tree Project is a non-profit group working with the Shared Abundance Foundation to reunite more than 200,000 raised in orphanages who are looking for others from those institutions with whom they were raised.

    The Four Staples of Ontario Genealogy: A Healthy Way to Get Started
    Bay Today columnist Tammy Tipler-Priolo provides tips for researching your ancestors in this Canadian province.

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    Save on Great Migration Compendia

    NEHGS members can save 20% on either the Complete Great Migration Newsletters, Volumes 1-15, or the Complete Great Migration Newsletters, Volumes 11-15. Non-members can save 10%.

    Order Volumes 1-15 at
    Order Volumes 11-15 at

    Discounts good through August 13th, 2008. Prices do not include shipping. NEHGS members must be logged in to see member discount.

    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:

    History of Henderson County, Kentucky (Item P5-KY0005H)
    History of Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, 3 volumes (Item P5-MN0011H)
    Old Schenectady, New York (Item P5-NY0351H)
    Sullivan County, NY, Gravestone Inscriptions (Item P5-NY0377H)
    History of Swanzey, NH, from 1734-1890 (Item P5-NH0025H)

    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

    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

    Getting Started in Genealogy
    Saturday, September 13, 2008
    Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, CT
    Join NEHGS and Historic New England for a day-long seminar that will teach you basic techniques for exploring your family history. Getting Started in Genealogy will teach you strategies for using libraries, repositories and genealogical websites to locate vital record information, census records, immigration documents, and more. You will also learn how to organize a pedigree chart and document your discoveries for future generations. If you have an interest in becoming your family’s historian, this program is not to be missed.

    Registration fee: $45 for members; $55 for non-members.

    Massachusetts Archives Research Day
    Thursday, September 18, 2008
    Spend a day with NEHGS staff amidst the rich collection of the Massachusetts State Archives at Columbia Point, Boston. Archive resources include Massachusetts vital records, 1841–1915; Alien Port Arrivals, 1848–1891; State censuses, 1855 and 1865; and the Felt Collection containing Colonial-era and Revolutionary War land grant, military, tax, legislative, estate and early divorce records. Registration also includes a one-on-one consultation with an NEHGS genealogist.
    Registration fee: $55.

    Families of Western Massachusetts in 1790
    Saturday, September 20, 2008
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
    Western Massachusetts was a crossroads of migration. In 1790 the population of Berkshire County was 30,291, and that of Hampshire County 59,681, making a total of just under 90,000 — slightly larger than Vermont’s 85,425, and slightly less than Maine’s 96,540. New Hampshire was significantly larger, with a population of 141,855. Join Michael J. Leclerc and Christopher C. Child, editors of the upcoming NEHGS publication Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 for a day-long program examining the history of Western Massachusetts and hear how you can participate in this exciting new book series.
    Registration fee: $75

    National Archives Research Day
    Thursday, October 9, 2008
    The National Archives (NARA), Northeast Region facility in Waltham, Massachusetts, holds a treasure trove of genealogical material. NARA holds both microfilm and original records of the Federal Government dating back to 1790. Highlights of the collection include census records 1790–1930, Revolutionary War records, and an extensive collection of passenger arrival records for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. NEHGS staff will be on hand to provide consultations and assist you with your research. Registration includes lunch.
    Registration fee: $75

    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:

    Getting Started in Genealogy
    Saturday, November 15, 2008
    Gov. John Langdon House, Portsmouth, NH
    Join NEHGS and Historic New England for a day-long seminar that will teach you basic techniques for exploring your family history. Learn strategies for using repositories and websites to locate vital record information, organizing a pedigree chart, and documenting your discoveries. If you have interested in becoming your family’s historian, this program is not to be missed.
    Registration fee: $45 for members; $55 for non-members.

    Washington, D.C. Research Tour
    March 8-15, 2009
    NEHGS returns to the nation’s capital to explore it’s wealth of genealogical resources. Staff will be providing daily consultations at three repositories throughout the city: the Library of Congress, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Library and the National Archives and Records Administration. An orientation will be offered at each repository at the beginning of the week. Program registration includes two group dinners to socialize and share research. Registration fees (includes seven nights’ lodging at the State Plaza Hotel): Single, $2,700; Double, $2,300 per person; Double with non-participant, $2,950; Commuter, $850 (no lodging).

    English Family History Tour
    May 17-24, 2009
    The English Family History Tour to London is an essential research trip for genealogists with British Ancestry. Based at the Society of Genealogists (SoG), researchers will be offered daily classes providing historical context and research methodology tips for working with the extensive record collection of the SoG. The library’s holdings include more than 120,000 books and microforms featuring census indexes; family histories; biographies; service, professional, and trade directories; an apprenticeship index (1770-1774), school and university lists, will and marriage license indexes; runs of Burke’s Peerage and Landed Gentry; a large number of manuscripts arranged by surname; and a miscellaneous card index of 3 million references. Registration fees: (includes seven nights’ lodging at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury) Single, $4,850; Double, $4,550 per person; Double with non-participant, $5,550; Commuter, $2,300 (no lodging).

    Newfoundland Research Tour
    July 12—19, 2009
    Discover your Atlantic Canada family history with NEHGS in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Join expert genealogists at St. John’s premier facilities, including the Provincial Archives – “The Rooms,” the Maritime History Archive at Memorial University, the Registry of Deeds, and A.C. Hunter Library. Together these repositories hold vital records, church records, all census records, voter lists, probate, and land grants the Keith Matthews collection (list of all people who worked in fishery from 16th century to 1850), ship lists, crew lists, logbooks, Irish and English parish records and original newspapers of Newfoundland.
    Registration fees: (includes seven nights’ lodging at the Fairmont Hotel) Single ocean view room, $3,250; Single city view room, $3,100;Double, $2,700 per person; Double with non-participant, $3,550; Commuter, $850 (no lodging).

    Scottish Family History Research Tour
    September 20—27, 2009
    Discover the origins of your Scottish ancestors with the inaugural NEHGS research tour to Edinburgh. This weeklong intensive research program will be based out of Scotland’s two premier genealogical repositories, The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) and the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS). Together these neighboring repositories house the major collections of government and vital records for more than 700 years of Scottish ancestry. The main holdings of NAS include records created by the government of Scotland beginning in the twelfth century, including records of the crown, parliament, legal registers, courts documents, and records of the Church of Scotland. Vital records including birth, marriage, and death from 1855 and parish registers from 1553 to 1854 are maintained by the GROS. Program registration includes lodging at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and opening and closing dinners. Registration fees: (includes seven nights’ lodging at the Sheraton Grand Hotel) Single, $4,750; Double, $4,450 per person; Double with non-participant, $5,350; Commuter, $2,300 (no lodging).


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