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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 48
    Whole #402
    November 26, 2008
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault
    enews@nehgs.org

    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.

    Contents:
    * Coming Soon in the Holiday 2008 Issue of New England Ancestors
    * Family Tree Magazine Podcast Interviews D. Brenton Simons
    * Research Recommendations: A Genealogical Thanksgiving
    * Name Origins
    * New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight: Catholic Cemetery Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Settlers of the Beekman Patent
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

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    Coming Soon in the Holiday 2008 Issue of New England Ancestors

    Crossing Borders: Slavery and Two New England Families
    by Rev. David Allen Pettee

    Slavery in Rhode Island
    by Christy Mikel Clark

    Reflections on the Great Migration Study Project
    by Robert Charles Anderson

    Presenting Boston Beheld
    by Penelope Stratton

    “For the Benefit of the Rising Generation”: Reclaiming Hannah Mather Crocker’s Lost History of Boston
    by Eileen Hunt Botting

    Researching Newfoundland Ancestors
    by Judith Lucey

    Discovering Family Treasures . . . The 10th NERGC Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire
    by D. Joshua Taylor

    Discovering My Revolutionary Connections
    by Carl W. Carruthers, Sr.

    The Diary of Reverend Thomas Cary of Newburyport, Massachusetts
    by Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FASG

    Also in this issue . . .
    • Computer Genealogist: Repositories Going Digital
    • Genetics & Genealogy: Results of a Y-Chromosome DNA Study on Surnames Sisson and Sissons
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: The Hardinge Family Collection
    • Diaries at NEHGS: Excerpts from the Journal of William Freeman
    • Tales from the Courthouse: Fighting for Freedom: True Tales of Slave-Ship Insurrection
    • Index of persons
    • Index of advertisers

    And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, notices of family association events, genealogies in progress, and DNA studies in progress.

    Subscription to New England Ancestors is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at www.newenglandancestors.org/membership/main/, or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Eastern time

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    Family Tree Magazine Podcast Interviews D. Brenton Simons

    NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons was interviewed recently by Lisa Louise Cooke, host of the Family Tree Magazine monthly podcast. Brenton discussed the Society’s research library and the many treasures it holds.

    You can hear the podcast on the Family Tree Magazine website at www.familytreemagazine.com/episode6.

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    Research Recommendations: A Genealogical Thanksgiving
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    We here in New England take a particular shine to the annual Thanksgiving holiday, with its origins in Plymouth Colony. As the holiday approaches this year I am reminded of the many things in the genealogical community for which I am grateful.

    I am grateful for organizations like NEHGS, which puts on dozens of educational programs, seminars, and tours to help teach me new skills. On the recent Salt Lake City tour, I was privileged to work with dozens of members from around the country, and to help introduce them to a wide variety of resources. I also appreciated having them test my knowledge and skills to assist them in their research.

    I am grateful for the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies, whose national conferences each year provide incredible opportunities to brush up on old skills and learn new ones. I look forward to next year’s conferences in Raleigh and Little Rock.

    I am grateful for individual genealogists, like Maureen Taylor, who do so much to share their time and expertise with me. Through her website, photodetective.com; her magazine articles, such as those in Family Tree Magazine; and her lectures, like the one she will give at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society on December 6, I have learned so much more about photographs and have been able to identify several of my family photographs whose subjects were previously misidentified.

    I am so grateful for my colleagues in the Publications Department at NEHGS, from whom I have learned so much. Scott Steward, Penny Stratton, Chris Child, Rhonda McClure, Rick Park, Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, Carolyn Oakley, and Henry Hoff have done so much to help me with writing, editing, and subject ideas. One of the great pleasures of my work at the Society is having them to talk with about ideas for eNews, lectures, magazine and journal articles, books, or just plain research. I am grateful for Valerie Beaudrault and her never-ending support in getting eNews out every week, and for all of my other colleagues at the Society who work so hard to provide excellent resources for our members. And I am grateful for D. Brenton Simons, David Kruger, and Eric Schultz, whose dynamic leadership has done so much to allow the Society to grow this year.

    I am also grateful for my colleagues and friends in the professional genealogical community: for Aaron Goodwin, Patricia Law Hatcher, Cyndi Howells, J. Mark Lowe, Kathy Hinckley, Bobbie King, Jake Gehring, Laura Prescott, Mary Ellen Grogan, and the dozens of other friends who do so much to teach us and to offer advice and opinions when needed.

    As you gather with family and friends for this Thanksgiving holiday, think about who has helped you with your family research this past year. In our busy lives, and especially at this busy time of year, we don’t always have the time to express our gratitude. But take a moment to think of them, and remember how much they have helped you (and, no doubt, how much you have helped them).

    Finally, thank you to all of you who read eNews. I hope you find it interesting and informative. And I am grateful that you take the time out of your busy schedule to read it each week.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    HARRIET/HARRIOT (f): Originally a diminutive of the French form of Henri, later altered to match that name’s nickname Harry. HARRIET became hugely popular in the late eighteenth century. Harriet Westbrook (d. 1816), first wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    New Netherland Connections, Volume 7
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/NewNetherlandConnections.asp

    The week, we are adding the contents of New Netherland Connections, Volume 7, from 2002. This represents an additional 3,052 names. The remaining issues of New Netherland Connections will be added in the future.

    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 19,911 names referenced in the first six volumes (1996–2001). The images of the original journal pages are available from the search results pages. The remaining volumes will be added to the database in the future.

    Subscriptions to the printed journal may be ordered from Dorothy A. Koenig, Editor, 1232 Carlotta Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707.  She may also be contacted by email at dkoenig@lmi.net.

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    Spotlight: Catholic Cemetery Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Maine Catholic Cemetery Committee Database
    www.portlanddiocese.net/genealogy_main.php

    The idea for developing an online database for the cemeteries in the Portland Catholic diocese was generated by the cemetery managers. They saw a need to develop a tool to assist genealogists and family members in finding their long lost loved ones. This project has the support of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. The present-day Diocese of Portland includes the entire state of Maine.

    The database is a work in progress. The records of 8 of the 65 cemeteries in the diocese have been digitized and uploaded to the website: Calvary in South Portland; Mt. Pleasant in Bangor; and St. Francis in Waterville; Notre Dame in Springvale; St. Ignatius in Sanford; St. Joseph and St. Mary’s in Biddeford; and St. Peter’s in Lewiston.

    The database can be searched by name only. You must use the full surname or given name of the deceased person, not just a few letters, in order to generate results. Choose a cemetery from the dropdown list and enter a name in the search box. The search results returned contain the full name and year of death. Click on the name link to access the detailed plot record. The fields in the detailed record include: name, maiden name, residence, parents' names, section, block, lot, row, grave number, age, date died, mausoleum, columbarium, and notes. The notes field includes such information as military service of the deceased. The amount of information in the individual records varies greatly.

    Catholic Cemeteries Commission, Nova Scotia
    www.ccchalifax.com/index.html

    The Catholic Cemeteries Commission oversees three Catholic Cemeteries in Halifax and Sackville, Nova Scotia. They are as follows:

    Holy Cross Cemetery. This cemetery, located in Halifax, was opened in 1843. There have been approximately 23,000 burials in the cemetery.

    Mount Olivet Cemetery. Also located in Halifax, this cemetery opened in 1896. It is the final resting place for victims of the Titanic and the Halifax Explosion. There are about 25,000 interments in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

    Gates of Heaven Cemetery. This cemetery, which opened in 1938, is located in Sackville, Nova Scotia. Among its residents is Premier Angus L. MacDonald.

    Click on the Interment Search link to access the database search page. The database can be searched by name, cemetery, and plot. For a name search, enter the deceased’s first name and/or last name and click on the submit button. Entering “John” and “Smith” will bring up all individuals with the last name “Smith” and everyone with the first name “John” who have been buried in all three cemeteries. By choosing the cemetery search, you can bring up the names of all persons buried in a particular cemetery in alphabetical order. Searching by plot will bring up everyone in all of the cemeteries buried in a plot with that designation.

    The search results returned for a name search include first name, last name, age, and cemetery. For a cemetery or plot search, the grave number is substituted for the age field. Click on the individual record to bring up the detailed interment record. The data fields in the detailed record include: full name, interment date, age, status, nativity, cemetery name, section, plot, grave number, funeral home, and cremation. The place of nativity and funeral home name are often abbreviated, without a key to identify them. The status field includes a number of types of information such as occupation, marital status, financial status (pauper), and name of spouse.

    There are also hand drawn maps of the Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Mount Olivet Cemetery. You will need Adobe Reader to view the maps.

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    Stories of Interest

    Famed 54th Massachusetts Reactivated
    The infantry unit depicted in the Matthew Broderick film Glory has been reactivated and designated the ceremonial unit for the Massachusetts National Guard.

    Polish Tests “Confirm Copernicus”
    Researchers in Poland have used DNA testing to identify the remains of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

    She’s at Home with History
    NEHGS member Marian Pierre-Louis, founder of Fieldstone Historic Research, was recently profiled in the Boston Globe about her work on genealogical and house histories.

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    Settlers of the Beekman Patent

    NEHGS is happy to offer free shipping on all volumes of the Settlers of the Beekman Patent series. This important project documents the 18th-century settlement of the Beekman Patent by Palatines, Dutch, and the English from Long Island and New England. The Beekman Patent was a major entry point from New England to New York and the west. This historical and genealogical study has chapters on the patent itself, the lease system, life in 18th-century Beekman, Beekman patent records, Pawling records, roads, Revolutionary War history and Beekman-Livingston letters and diaries.

    The following volumes are now available:

    Volume 1: Historical Records
    Volume 2: Abbot to Burtch
    Volume 3: Burtis to Dakin
    Volume 4: Darbyshire to Everitt
    Volume 5: Fackert to Haas
    Volume 6: Hadden to Hunt
    Volume 7: Hunter to Leavens
    Volume 8: Lee to Millington
    Volume 9: Mills to Page

    Each volume is $85.00. A CD with all 9 volumes is also available for $165.00. To place an order, please go online to http://www.newenglandancestors.org/store.asp or call toll free at 1-888-296-3447. Massachusetts residents add 5% sales tax.

     

    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 Early Terre Haute, Indiana, from 1816 to 1840 (Item P5-IN0091H)
    History of Oxfordshire, England (Item P5-GB0003H)
    Family Record of Ziegler, Zeigler and Zigler (Item P4-H28269)
    Tousey Family in America (Item P4-H25623)
    Lichtenwalner Family History (Item P4-H17958)

    You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at www.newenglandancestors.org/store.asp.

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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 rwoods@nehgs.org.

    You can view a full listing of upcoming programs: www.newenglandancestors.org/events/6816.asp.

    Lectures

    New Visitor Welcome and Library Orientation

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting at first. There's so much information located in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for both members and non-members. This talk introduces you to the NEHGS research library, located at 99 Newbury Street in Boston. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, records, and other items, NEHGS can provide researchers of every level some of the most important sources of information.

    You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, who can offer some advice on how to proceed. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture and will be followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings. Make plans to start your genealogy with this great tour.

    Researching Your Newfoundland Ancestors
    Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    This presentation is meant to serve as a basic introduction for those who are beginning to, or have recently begun to search for Newfoundland ancestors. In the this hour-long lecture, Judy Lucey, assistant archivist at NEHGS, will explain what information can be gleaned from U.S. records regarding your Newfoundland roots as well as what kinds of Newfoundland records are available to family historians. In addition, Judy will address how to conduct distance research through the Internet and published sources.

    Topics discussed will include the use of census records, civil registrations, church records, newspapers, as well as compiled sources such as the Gertrude Crosbie Collection, and E.R. Seary's Family Names of the Island Newfoundland.

    Irish-American Catholic Genealogy
    Saturday, December 13, 2008, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
    Join Michael Brophy, professional genealogist, author, and lecturer for a practical guide to finding the origins of your Irish ancestors. Michael will present research methods and record sources available to you without the time and expense necessary to travel to Ireland. The discussion will include vital records, census records along with unique census substitutes for 19th century Ireland. In addition, you will learn about the vast Irish resources available at NEHGS, the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, and the National Archives.

     

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

    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.

    Winter Research Getaway
    Thursday, February 5–Saturday, February 7, 2009
    Weekend Research Getaways in Boston are among the most popular NEHGS programs in recent years. Escape to 99 Newbury Street and experience a guided research program with one-on-one consultations and special access to the collections. Whether you are new to genealogy or have participated in an NEHGS research program before, a visit to our Boston library to experience our expert staff and vast collections will surely further your research. Since 1845 the NEHGS library has collected a vast number of compiled genealogies, local histories, census records, vital records, deeds, probates, and military records. The library has the latest in print, microtext, CD-ROM, and Internet resources. NEHGS also provides a highly trained research staff of professional genealogists who are eager to help you in your genealogical endeavors. While the strength of our collection is in American, English, Irish, Scottish, and Canadian records, with documents spanning seven centuries and covering more than 110 million names, we are able to provide important and essential information on more than just early American families. In addition to our rich archive, we have more than a dozen full-time professional genealogists who have significant experience and knowledge of German, Italian, African-American, Caribbean, French, Native-American, Jewish and Latin American records.
    Registration fees: $300 per registrant for full three-day program; $110 per registrant for single-day program. Registration includes a continental breakfast daily and two group meals.

    Washington, D.C. Research Tour
    Sunday, March 8–Sunday, March 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).

    Spring Research Getaway
    Thursday, April 16–Saturday, April 18, 2009
    Weekend Research Getaways in Boston are among the most popular NEHGS programs in recent years. Escape to 99 Newbury Street and experience a guided research program with one-on-one consultations and special access to the collections. Whether you are new to genealogy or have participated in an NEHGS research program before, a visit to our Boston library to experience our expert staff and vast collections will surely further your research.
    Since 1845 the NEHGS library has collected a vast number of compiled genealogies, local histories, census records, vital records, deeds, probates, and military records. The library has the latest in print, microtext, CD-ROM, and Internet resources. NEHGS also provides a highly trained research staff of professional genealogists who are eager to help you in your genealogical endeavors. While the strength of our collection is in American, English, Irish, Scottish, and Canadian records, with documents spanning seven centuries and covering more than 110 million names, we are able to provide important and essential information on more than just early American families. In addition to our rich archive, we have more than a dozen full-time professional genealogists who have significant experience and knowledge of German, Italian, African-American, Caribbean, French, Native-American, Jewish and Latin American records.
    Registration fees: $300 per registrant for full three-day program; $110 per registrant for single-day program. Registration includes a continental breakfast daily and two group meals.

    English Family History Tour
    Sunday, May 17–Sunday, May 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).

    Come Home to New England
    Monday, June 22–Saturday, June 27, 2009
    The staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society invites you to participate in our classic intensive weeklong 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 fees: $750 per registrant; $125 per non-researching guest.

    Newfoundland Research Tour
    Sunday, July 12–Sunday, July 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).

    Come Home to New England
    Monday, August 10–Saturday, August 15, 2009
    The staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society invites you to participate in our classic intensive weeklong 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 fees: $750 per registrant; $125 per non-researching guest.

    Scottish Family History Research Tour
    Sunday, September 20–Sunday, September 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 http://www.newenglandancestors.org/programs_events.asp or email mailto:tours@nehgs.org.

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