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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 45
    Whole #399
    November 5, 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.  


    Upcoming Staff Speaking Engagements
    BCG Recognizes Helen Ullmann and Others
    Research Recommendations: Preparing for a Trip to the Family History Library
    Name Origins
    New On
    Spotlight: Flagler County, Florida Resources Online
    Stories of Interest
    Ask the Webmaster
    Indian Deeds now in Paperback
    Upcoming Education Programs
    NEHGS Contact Information 

    Upcoming Staff Speaking Engagements

    In addition to the many NEHGS programs we participate in throughout the year, the Society's staff often have outside speaking engagements throughout the country, providing additional opportunities for you to meet us. Below are some upcoming staff speaking engagements.

    Staff genealogist David C. Dearborn and research services coordinator D. Joshua Taylor will be presenting Getting Started in Genealogy in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Saturday, November 15 (see Upcoming Education Programs below for more details). Genealogists to the Newbury Street Press Rhonda McClure and Christopher Child, Online Genealogist David Lambert, and D. Joshua Taylor will be among the expert staff teaching at the 2009 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, being held January 12–16, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City.

    Rhonda will be speaking at the Essex Society of Genealogists meeting in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, on February 21, 2009, on Embracing Technology in Genealogy. David Lambert will be their speaker on March 21, presenting Beyond the Grave: Research Massachusetts Cemeteries. He will also be speaking at the Natick Historical Society in Natick, Massachusetts, on February 8, 2009.

    Director of special projects and eNews editor Michael J. Leclerc will be one of the featured presenters on The Irish Ancestral Research Association’s Genealogy At Sea cruise, January 10 through January 18, 2009 (space still available).



    BCG Recognizes Helen Ullmann and Others

    The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) recently recognized Associate Editor of the Register Helen Ullmann, CG, FASG, for her three-year service as a trustee of the organization. Among her accomplishments was creating the list of “Ten Tips for Success” for certification applicants that appears on the BCG website. Also retiring as trustees were Claire Bettag, CG, CGL, of Washington, D.C., and Brian Hutchison, Esq., B.Comm., CMA, CG, FSA (Scot), of Nanaimo, British Columbia. Connie Lenzen, CG, retired as president of BCG after three years, but will continue to serve as a trustee. To find out more about BCG, visit



    Research Recommendations: Preparing for a Trip to the Family History Library

    by Michael J. Leclerc

    As you are reading this, I am in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library (FHL) on the annual NEHGS research tour. While being here makes research very productive, it is the steps taken prior to arrival that can make your research much more productive.

    Create a Research Plan
    What problems will you work on while you are at the library? Make a decision to focus on one or two specific problems. Then decide on secondary questions you will work on. Too much time collecting negative evidence can be frustrating. Having several problems to work on allows you to move back and forth, increasing the odds that you will find information and solve some of your problems. The Society asks tour participants to submit their research interests on a form in advance. This helps participants focus their research once at the library.

    Prepare Your Materials
    Sift through all of your unprocessed research findings to make sure you have a list of everything you have looked at for the problems you have decided to work on. This will help keep you from duplicating your research. Ever gotten home from a research trip with a bunch of “new” findings, only to find the same material in a pile from two years ago that you hadn’t put into your computer files yet? Create pedigree charts, family group sheets, and narrative reports to help you see where the holes in your documentation are. Back up electronic files onto a flash drive so that you can access them from computers in the library (even if you don’t have a notebook computer with you).

    Check the Family History Library Catalog
    Take some time to explore the catalog before you leave. Make lists of microfilms you wish to consult while you are there. If you make printouts at home, it will be cheaper than printing them off at the FHL.

    Order Vault Microfilm
    Check the location of all microfilm (this appears under the microfilm number on the right side of the details page). Some microfilm is kept in vault storage, and most be ordered. This process takes at least a day. Did you know that you can order films in advance? You can order them by telephone or online. You can find more details about ordering films at

    Taking some time to perform these four steps will make for a greatly enhanced research experience at the library. Prepare well for your trip, and you may come home with twice the material you would have otherwise.



    Name Origins

    by Julie Helen Otto

    DAN (m): Not the same as the prophet DANIEL. The much earlier DAN was a son of Jacob the patriarch, by Bilhah (maid of his favorite wife Rachel), and head of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. With thanks to Christopher Challender Child.



    New On

    Index to Massachusetts Births, 1911–1915

    We are pleased to release the index to 1911–1915 Massachusetts births in five parts over five weeks. This week, we present the index to the 104,415 births recorded in 1913. At this time, our database contains the index to these records. We do not yet have digital versions of the record pages. We plan to make these record images available in the future.

    Until the digital images are available, you may view the records on microfilm at the NEHGS Boston research library, or you may order photocopies from Research Services.



    Spotlight: Flagler County, Florida Resources Online

    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Genealogy Society of Flagler County

    Flagler County is located on the northeast Atlantic coast of Florida. Its county seat is Bunnell. The Flagler County Public Library has made some history and genealogical resources available on its website.

    Click on the Flagler History link in the site’s index to access them. This will open a page with links to a variety of resources. There are more than a dozen links to websites with information on the history of Flagler County. Some sites contain narrative histories of various aspects of the county’s history; others are museum and historical society sites.

    The library resources include the following:

    Flagler County Memories Project and the Flagler Memories Video

    In 2001 the staff of the Flagler County Public Library and members of the Friends of the Library began to develop an oral history project. The interviews present the personal memories of long-time Flagler County residents. You must download a “media” player in order to listen to the interviews. If you are unable to listen to the oral history interviews, you can read them because they are all available in written format. The Memory Project presents streaming videos on a number of topics. I was not able to access them at either high or low speed. Despite the problem I had, I was able to access ‘Searching for Old King's Road - the background on Flagler's most historic Highway’, because it is accompanied by a PDF document, accessible to anyone with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    One of these off-site links connects to the Flagler County Families website (, which I found very interesting.

    This website contains information about early families of Flagler County Florida. A man named Claude Sisco Deen, Jr., a county native whose parents were also residents of the county, compiled the data for the site. Members of his grandparents’ generation moved to the county in the early twentieth century. Some of the site’s resources include:

    Mr. Deen inventoried most of the cemeteries contained in this section. If others compiled the cemetery information, it is noted in the file. There are nine cemeteries from Flagler County, one each from Madison, St. John’s, and Volusia counties in Florida and seven from the state of Georgia. The files contain descriptions of the cemeteries and their locations, as well as alphabetical listings of the individuals who are buried in most of them. As noted on the website these cemeteries contain the remains of a significant number of Flagler Countians.

    Family Sketches
    There are a series of sketches for families that lived in Flagler County prior to or by the 1930 census: First Families of Flagler County. This is a work in progress. There are sketches for the families in the first half of the alphabet. Sketches for families with surname beginning with ‘M’ are partially completed. The names are listed for the last half of the alphabet, even though the sketches are not there.

    Military Service
    This section contains two types of information about Flagler County war veterans. There are lists of veterans of wars and conflicts from World War I through the Persian Gulf, who died in the course of their military service.

    The second veterans’ resource is an alphabetical database of sketches of veterans who served from October 1942 to January 1946. The editor of The Flagler Tribune ran a column from October 1942 and January 1946 in the weekly newspaper entitled “News About Flagler Countains in Military Service.” The newspaper column contained stories about and letters from Flagler County servicemen and women. The Flagler County Families website’s compiler, Claude Sisco Deen, Jr. extracted these stories of servicemen and women and then organized into sketches and published in a book entitled News About Flagler Countains in Military Service. The sketches that appear in the database are from the book.

    Most of the obituaries transcribed on this site are from The Flagler Tribune, a local newspaper. The index is organized alphabetically by the first letter of the surname of the deceased. The weekly newspaper was started as The St Johns Tribune in 1913. Its name was changed to The Flagler Tribune after Flagler County was created. Some of the obituaries are from newspapers other than The Flagler Tribune. Obituaries for women are listed in the alphabetical index under their maiden names, if known.



    Stories of Interest

    A History Primer Come to Life: Freedom Trail Performers Transcend the Times
    The Boston Globe recently ran this story of the guides who bring history to life on Boston’s Freedom Trail.

    Genealogy Today Launches Live Roots Meta Search Website
    Ilya D’Addezio, owner of Genealogy Today, recently announced the release of a new genealogy search engine.


    Ask the Webmaster

    Q. Could you please tell me how I may get a copy of an article from Volume 134 (1980) of the Register, "Tax Records for the Third Parish of Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1791" by Harriet (Hall) Tyson.

    A. A copy of the article can be found online by searching the New England Historical and Genealogical Register database , you can search for the article name or part of the name of the article title or keywords in the article title.


    Indian Deeds now in Paperback

    The NEHGS Sales Department proud to offer the new softcover edition of Indian Deeds: Land Transactions in Plymouth Colony, 1620-1692 by Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs. First published in hardcover in 2002, Indian Deeds makes accessible to researchers more than four hundred Native American land references from Plymouth Colony Court records. David Allen Lambert, tribal historian of the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians, says, “Research in these land deeds will offer greater insight into the genealogical identity of Wampanoag, Nauset, and Massachuset families.”

    NEHGS members can take 10% off the retail price of $29.95 for orders placed by November 30, 2008..

    To order, please go to or call us toll free at 1-888-296-3447.

    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:

    Ephraim & Pamela (Converse) Morris, Their Ancestors & Descendants (Item P4-H19764)
    Peabody/Paybody/Pabody/Pabodie Genealogy (Item P4-H20898)
    Quattlebaum Family History (Item P4-H21864)
    Lichtenwalner Family History (Item P4-H17958)
    Halladay Family, 1650-1933 (Item P4-H12918)

    You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online.


    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


    Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 10:00 AM
    With over 110 million names in 2,200 databases, is the primary internet resource for New England genealogy. This free lecture will offer an overview of the Society’s website and online databases.

    The Muse of the Revolution: Mercy Otis Warren
    Monday, November 17, 2008, 6:00 PM
    Join NEHGS and award-winning author Nancy Rubin Stuart for the “story of how Mercy Otis Warren’s dedication to original patriotic ideals of the Revolution contributed to its eventual success and then critically informed the creation of American state.” Drawn from the correspondence of Mercy Otis Warren and the letters of colonial patriots, including John and Abigail Adams, George and Martha Washington and Henry Knox, The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation is a tale not to be missed.
    Advanced registration is required. $10 admission. To RSVP please call 617-226-1226 or email

    Living in the Past: Esther Williams and Her Relics
    Wednesday, November 19, 2008 , 6:00 PM
    Donald Friary, president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and director emeritus of Historic Deerfield will present the interesting case of a woman who seemed to have added nothing to her household after the American Revolution. Based on the 1800 probate inventory of Esther Williams, widow of a Deerfield Tory, who was surrounded by old forms of furniture and French and Indian War heroes. There are no card tables or sideboards or maps of the new nation or images of Washington. She was living in the past.

    Uncovering Your Family History in Federal Documents & Publications
    Saturday, November 22, 2008 , 10:00 AM
    U.S. government publications are valuable resources for family history and historical research. But which ones are of use to family historians? Learn how to use and find U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Serial Set, and other publications in designated library collections around the country. Join Connie Reik, M.S.L., M.A., Government Publications Coordinator and Reference Librarian at Tisch Library, Tufts University to discover your family in federal documents.

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

    Correction: The dates of Come Home to New England are incorrectly stated in the recently mailed Education Programs and Research Tours brochure. The program dates are June 22-27, 2009 and August 10-15, 2009.

    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 its 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 (1710-1774), 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).

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email



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