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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 47
    Whole #401
    November 19, 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.

    * NEHGS Offers Family Discovery Package
    * New Immigrants to Canada Database
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Canadian Letters and Images
    * Stories of Interest
    * Boston Beheld
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    NEHGS Offers Family Discovery Package

    NEHGS is excited to offer a new research package to help beginning genealogists get started with their family history. The “Family Discovery Package” makes a great holiday gift for a loved one, or even for yourself. Using information that you submit, our expert genealogists will begin the work for you and provide suggestions for additional research.

    This special package includes:

    • 1.5 hours of an NEHGS expert genealogy research
    • 1 year subscription to New England Ancestors magazine
    • 1 copy of RootsMagic genealogy software
    • 2 free day passes to continue your research at the NEHGS library in Boston

    The "Family Discovery Package" can be ordered for only $99 at

    Make plans to give the gift of family this holiday season with one of the most inspiring and interesting gifts available. For more information contact the NEHGS Research Services Department at 617-226-1233 or Learn more about Research Services at

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    New Immigrants to Canada Database

    The following press release comes from Library and Archives Canada:

    Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of an online database, Immigrants to Canada.

    The database contains Canadian immigration records held at LAC, many of which relate to immigrants from the British Isles arriving in Quebec and Ontario; also included are references to settlers in other provinces. Through this new database, researchers can access references to lists of immigrants and other types of records created before 1865, such as declarations of aliens and names of some Irish orphans.

    You are invited to visit the database at

    The contributions of many LAC staff were instrumental in the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated.

    For more information, please contact Sylvie Tremblay, Chief, Canadian Genealogy Centre, by email at

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    When compiling your family history, you will often find references to ships your ancestors may have served on, the name of a train they took, or an automobile that they drove. How should these items be identified in your prose? The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition, (CMS) gives the proper rules in sections 8.124–6 (p. 355;6).

    Names of makes and classes of aircraft or models of automobiles should be capitalized, but not italicized. For example, one would refer to a Boeing 727 or Ford Explorer. The names of trains or train runs (as well as space programs) are likewise treated: Metroliner, Project Apollo.

    Names of specific ships and vessels, however, are both capitalized and italicized. One should not include the word “ship” or the vessel class or type within the name of the vessel. American and British ships often are preceded by the abbreviation USS (for United States Ship) or HMS (for Her/His Majesty’s Ship). In such cases, the abbreviation is included, but not italicized. Examples include the Spirit of St. Louis, the USS Arizona, and the HMS Bounty.

    All ships built for the U.S. Navy since 1885 are assigned a hull number. Hull numbers start with a series of letters indicating the type of ship and conclude with a serial number. When referring to a ship simply by the hull number, the entire number should be italicized (as in PT-109, USS SC-530). Smaller ships, such as amphibious landing vehicles, are individually numbered but not named.

    Ship names have often been used on many different vessels. In such cases, it is appropriate to use the hull number of the specific vessel to which you are referring at the first mention of the name, but it is not italicized. For example, one could find references to the USS Enterprise (CV-6), the most decorated ship of World War II, or the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. One might also find references to the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), a starship commanded by Captain Kirk, but they are likely to be more rare in compiled genealogies!

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ANDREW (m): St. Andrew, one of Jesus’ disciples and later an Apostle, is the patron saint of Scotland. A popular Scottish nickname is DANDY.

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    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 104,605 births recorded in 1915. At this time, our database contains only 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.

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    Spotlight: Canadian Letters and Images
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Canadian Letters and Images Project is an online archive of the Canadian war experience told through the letters and images. It was begun 2000 and is housed in the Department of History at Vancouver Island University. In 2003, the History Department at The University of Western Ontario joined the project.

    According to its website, the project’s goal is to “let Canadians tell their own story in their own words and images by creating a permanent online archive which preserves Canada's wartime correspondence, photographs, and other personal materials, from the battlefront and from the homefront.”

    The individual collections are organized alphabetically by surname. The collections can include such materials as correspondence, diaries, photographs, postcards, and other miscellaneous items. They have originated on both the home front and the battlefront. The correspondence has been transcribed, with its original spelling, punctuation, and formatting. In many cases scans of the original documents accompany the transcriptions. There are external links to online attestation papers in the holdings of Library and Archives Canada.

    This project is a work in progress. They continue to seek previously unpublished correspondence, letters or postcards and previously unpublished photographs or other personal materials connected to Canada’s wartime experience in any of these time periods to be made available through this website. Detailed information is provided on the website on how one can contribute to this project.

    The Project collections are divided into sub-collections by time periods. They are grouped as follows:

    Pre-1914 Collections: Contains all materials related to wars occurring prior to World War One, including the Riel Rebellion and the South African War. There are twelve collections documenting the service of fourteen individuals. For example, here you will find forty-three letters and two telegrams in the ‘Robert, Charles, and George Rooke’ collection.

    World War One Collections: The materials in these collections relate to Canada during the period from 1914 to 1918. There are 208 collections in this section. For George Walter Adams there are thirteen letters and 112 diary entries.

    World War Two Collections: Contains materials relating to Canada's participation in World War Two, 1939 to 1945. There are sixty collections in this section.

    Korea Collections: The materials in these collections relate to Canada's participation in the Korean War, 1950 to 1953. There is only one collection in this section. The Sheridan Lester Patterson collection contains one letter, one diary entry, three photographs, and eleven other items that include a paybook, a service book, and greeting cards.

    Post Korea Collections: Currently there are no materials in the Post Korea Collections. The materials belonging in these collections relate to Canada's activities after the Korean War, particularly peacekeeping activities.

    Special Items: This section contains items such as newspaper letter collections, interviews, and out of print publications. The following are examples of items found in these collections:

    The Cobourg World: The local newspaper of Cobourg, Ontario, The Cobourg World, published approximately 300 letters from soldiers during World War One. Newspapers across Canada regularly printed such letters.

    Dutton Advance: This collection contains more than 30 letters written by soldiers, and other news items and editorials, published in the Dutton Advance newspaper in Ontario during the period from 1900 to 1944.

    John McGuire Taylor Collection: John McGuire Taylor served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War Two. His plane was shot down in November 1941. He was a POW for the duration of the war. The collection contains an illustrated memoir written while he was a prisoner, photographs, letters, cards, and his flying log.

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    Stories of Interest

    Copy of Famed Lincoln Letter Turns Up in Dallas
    A Texas museum has discovered a copy of a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote to Lydia Bixby of Boston on the loss of her children in the Civil War. They are waiting to have the letter authenticated.

    Family Gives Genealogy Branch Home
    Mother and son Helen and Floyd Doctor have erected a new building to house the Brant County branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

    Italian Immigrants to Share Their Stories in a Film Documentary
    A genealogy course taken by Kathy Foggia inspired her to document the stories of Italian immigrants to Iowa.

    Area Woman’s Interest in Stories Behind Tokens Rooted in Family History
    Katherine Jaeger of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, has published two books on numismatics, an interest started by looking through a box left by her mother with old family papers.

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    Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views

    A landmark collection of more than sixty works from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Boston Beheld depicts a bygone era not immediately recognizable to the modern eye. A portfolio of painted views, textiles, and wallpaper, Boston Beheld presents sweeping vistas, lively street scenes, and elegant edifices, along with observations of the town by its residents and visitors. Covering the period from John Smibert’s panoramic view of 1738 through the splendor of the Bulfinch era to the devastation of the Great Fire of 1872, Boston Beheld reveals the multifaceted character of a town that has given way to a modern metropolis.

    Rarely seen works are gathered together for the first time from private collections and numerous institutions, including the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Boston Athenæum, Boston Public Library, Bostonian Society, Historic New England, Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Peabody Essex Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

    Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views is published by the University Press of New England in association with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. D. Brenton Simons, author of the award-winning Witches, Rakes, and Rogues, is President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    Boston Beheld is $35.00. We are offering free book rate/economy shipping for orders placed between before December 1st, 2008. (UPS/standard shipping will be charged at the discounted rate of $5.00.) Please note that book rate shipping can take 10 to 20 business days to arrive.

    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:

    History of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin (Item P5-WI0009H)
    History of Lewis County, West Virginia (Item P5-WV0010H)
    Illustrated History of Spokane County, Washington (Item P5-WA0003H)
    Shenandoah County Marriage Bonds, 1772-1853 (Item P5-VA0068H)
    History of Ludlow, Vermont (P5-VT0106H)

    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 99 Newbury Street unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or


    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.

    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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