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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 49
    Whole #403
    December 3, 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:
    * Seeking Portrait of Hannah Mather Crocker
    * NEHGS in the News
    * Research Recommendations: The Great Google Debate
    * Name Origins
    * New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight: The DeKalb History Center
    * Stories of Interest
    * NEHGS Holiday Bundles Now Available
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

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    Seeking Portrait of Hannah Mather Crocker

    Eileen Hunt Botting is the Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. She is co-editing Hannah Mather Crocker's Reminiscences and Traditions of Old Boston with Sarah L. Houser, a doctoral student in political science at Notre Dame. Eileen wrote to us for help in locating an image of Hannah Mather Crocker:

    I am looking for a portrait or any image of Hannah Mather Crocker. She was born in 1752 in Boston, where she lived most of her life, and died in 1829 in Roxbury. Crocker was a daughter of minister Samuel Mather and Hannah Hutchinson, niece of colonial governor Thomas Hutchinson, grand-daughter of the minister Cotton Mather, and great-granddaughter of minister Increase Mather.

    Crocker inherited the famed Mather library upon her father's death. She donated or sold many of the contents of this library to the Massachusetts Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society, along with several portraits of her Mather ancestors. Crocker was the author of the first book-length treatise on women's rights in the United States, Observations on the Real Rights of Women (Boston, 1818), along with other works. Her manuscripts are held by NEHGS and the American Antiquarian Society.

    If an image of Crocker could be located, it would be used as a cover or frontispiece for the documentary edition of her 1827 manuscript Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston (Newbury Street Press, expected 2010). If you know of a portrait (perhaps hidden in an attic of one of her descendants) or any image of Crocker, please contact me at mailto:ehungt@nd.edu. You will be credited in the book for the discovery of the image, and NEHGS will arrange for its careful reproduction.

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    NEHGS In the News

    New England Cable News visited the Society last week, filming a story on NEHGS member Tyler Murray. Eleven-year-old Tyler saw a piece about the Society that aired last year around Thanksgiving, and asked his parents to bring him to Boston to investigate his ancestral ties to William Bradford. You can watch this story about young Tyler at www.necn.com/Boston/New-England/2008/11/26/Boy-uncovers-family-tie-to/1227742820.html.

    Genealogist ofthe Newbury Street Press Christopher Child was also interviewed last week by online radio show The World, a joint venture of PRI (Public Radio International), WGBH in Boston, and the BBC. They discussed Mayflower Roots. You can listen to the interview at www.theworld.org/?q=node/22862.

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    Research Recommendations: The Great Google Debate
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Back in September Google announced a commitment to “Bringing history online, one newspaper at a time.” They announced an initiative to make newspaper archives more accessible to the public, partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of back issues.

    They have worked with partners such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (the oldest continuously published newspaper in North America, started in 1754) to provide access to their archives.

    Google recently added significantly to their holdings by purchasing 20 million digitized pages from PaperofRecord.com. Among the newspapers from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Europe that this Canadian company has digitized is the entire run of the Toronto Star.

    Making materials like these available is a terrific boon to genealogical research. Newspapers, especially, are a hidden goldmine of information. These resources are not used as widely as they could or should be, as they are not usually indexed. The American Historical Newspaper databases created by Readex have been a tremendous source of marriage and death information, as well as biographical data that can be difficult to find elsewhere.

    Not everyone is pleased with Google’s work, however. In “Google vs. the Libraries,” published in the Boston Globe on Tuesday, December 2, 2008, Alex Beam criticizes their work on digitizing books and making them available to the public. The Authors Guild sued Google for royalty payments on digitized books, and has settled with the company. Beam discusses the non-profit Open Content Alliance (OCA), a group formed by Yahoo!, Microsoft, and the Internet Archive in response to Google’s efforts. OCA worked with numerous organizations, including the Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brandeis University, Boston College, and the University of California to create open access to digitized books. OCA has become the Open Knowledge Commons.

    Beam states that “Open means open access to digitized books; by inference, Google means closed.” I will agree with him on that point. He is inferring that Google means closed access. While Google does receive revenue from providing access to these materials, most of the revenue comes from ads sold by the company, not by charging for access to the material.

    Indeed, while Google searches point to results, many of Google’s partners (like the New York Times) charge to look at an entire newspaper article, the majority of such revenue going to the partner and not to Google. Beam’s concern for the content in libraries is noble, but his fear of Google does seem to be unfounded at this point.

    From a genealogist’s standpoint, greater (and more complete) access to materials is a boon to research. Provided royalty payments are made to copyright owners, it would seem that even outright charging to access the materials is perfectly legitimate. Personally, I would rather pay a small fee to access a newspaper article than to slog through years of unindexed, unabstracted pages looking for information that I am not even certain is there.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    TIFFANY (m/f): This popular name, currently associated with females, was originally used for males, and indicated descent from immigrant (and lightning casualty) Humphrey Tiffany (1630-1685) of Rehoboth, Milton and Swansea, Massachusetts. The name was first used in America for a male, Tiffany Brockway (1740-ca. 1769) of Lyme, Connecticut. and Dutchess Co., New York, son of Richard and Elizabeth (Tiffany) Brockway of Lyme, and great-grandson of the lightning victim (See Frank Doherty’s vols. on the Beekman Patent).

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    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Boston Church Records – Part 2
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/BostonChurch.asp
    The records of the churches of Boston were transcribed by Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart and published in CD-ROM format by NEHGS in 2001 as The Records of the Churches of Boston and the First Church, Second Parish, and Third Parish of Roxbury, Including Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, Admissions, and Dismissals. Church records are an important adjunct to vital records, as it is estimated that only a small fraction of Boston births, marriages and deaths prior to 1800 were recorded by civil authorities. When completed, this database will contain all of the information from the original CD-ROM, which itemizes the records of sixteen of the original twenty-one Boston churches and three Roxbury churches.

    In this second installment, we present the 48,235 records of the Arlington St. Church, Brattle Square Church, Christ Church, Hollis St. Church, and New Jerusalem Church

    Records of the remaining churches will be added in the future. The remaining churches are First Church, Second Church, King's Chapel, New North Church, New Brick Church, Trinity Church, West Church, Baldwin Place Church, Roxbury First Church, Roxbury Second Parish, and Roxbury Third Parish.

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    Spotlight: The DeKalb History Center
    by Valerie Beaudrault
    www.dekalbhistory.org/index.html

    DeKalb County, located in north central Georgia, was created in 1822 from Fayette, Gwinnett, and Henry counties. Until the formation of Fulton County in 1853, Atlanta was part of DeKalb County. Decatur, home to The DeKalb History Center, is the county seat. Click on the Online Research link on the homepage to access the website’s databases.

    Cemetery Database
    This cemetery database is comprised of cemetery records for DeKalb County that were transcribed by Franklin Garrett in 1930 and 1931. There is a Cemeteries Index and a Burial Records Index. The Cemeteries Index provides location information for each of the cemeteries. The Burial Records Index can be browsed by surname. The data fields in the search returns include name of the deceased, date born, date died, cemetery abbreviation, and source. Click on the cemetery abbreviation link to access detailed information about the location of the cemetery.

    Marriage Database
    This database indexes marriage records recorded in DeKalb County for the period from 1840 to 1900. There are two alphabetical indexes, one for brides and the other for grooms. Select a surname and click on the View Record button to view the records for all individuals with that surname. The data fields include husband’s name, wife’s name, marriage date, and book/page number.

    Freedman Record
    This database contains information about all free African-Americans residing in DeKalb County from 1851 to 1864. The data fields include full name, age, occupation, birthplace, residence, guardian, clerk’s name, and date of the register.

    1821 Georgia Land Lottery for DeKalb County
    This database contains records from the 1821 Georgia Land Lottery for DeKalb County. This was the fourth of seven land lotteries to distribute the land ceded by the Creek Nation of Indians to the United States via the Treaty of Indian Springs (January 8, 1821). There are four indexes: grantee, county of residence, military district, and land district. The data fields in the search results include the grantee’s full name; county of residence; military district; the land district; lot number; and the date the grant was claimed. In some cases you will find notes in the remarks field.

    1870 and 1910 Census Records Databases
    These databases contain surname indexes to the 1870 and 1910 federal census for DeKalb County. Select a surname from the search box and click on the View Records button. The results returned include all individuals with that surname. The data fields include name, district, page, line, age, relationship and birthplace. Click on the name link to the same information for the entire household.

    DeKalb Confederate Database
    This alphabetical database contains the names of DeKalb County’s Confederate soldiers. The data fields include full name, rank and regiment. Click on the Regiment Key link to learn more about the regiments in which these soldiers served.

    Land Records Database
    This database indexes deeds showing transfers of land recorded in the DeKalb County Courthouse from 1821 through 1903. There are three indexes, which have been organized by grantor, grantee, and District/Land Lot. Select the name from the list and then click on the View Records link to access the selected record. The data fields in the search results include grantor name, grantee name, date of transfer, deed book and page number, and price per acre, as well as land lot and district where property is located.

    Superior Court Records Database (1836–1843)
    There was a fire at the DeKalb County courthouse in 1842 that destroyed most of the records. The minute book indexed here is the only volume of official county records that survived the fire. The volume covers all cases tried in the DeKalb Superior Court between 1836 and 1843. To search the database, enter part of the name of either a plaintiff or defendant in the search box. The data fields in the search results include court term, plaintiff’s name, defendant’s name and the charge.

    Will Records Database
    This database indexes DeKalb County wills for the period from August 1839 through October 1917. The source for the indexes is from the county record books. The database may be searched by the name of the person who filed the will and by the names of the people listed as beneficiaries. The relationship of the beneficiary to the deceased is given when known. The data fields in the search results are the name of the deceased, name of the heir, date of the record, and the book/page number information.

    Stone Mountain Cemetery
    Click on the “Information on the Confederate Soldiers Buried in Stone Mountain Cemetery” link to view a document containing detailed information not only about the cemetery and the veterans buried there, but also a history of the town of Stone Mountain during and after the Civil War.

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    Stories of Interest

    A French Connection
    Kennneth C. Davis wrote this op-ed piece in the New York Times, suggesting that a commemoration of the arrival of the first pilgrims to America’s shores would be more appropriately held in June, “accompanied perhaps by coq au vin and a nice Bordeaux. After all, the first European arrivals seeking religious freedom in the ‘New World’ were French. And they beat their English counterparts by 50 years.”

    Michelle Obama’s Family Tree Has Roots in a Carolina Slave Plantation
    The Chicago Tribune ran this story by Dahleen Glanton and Stacy St. Clair on the ancestry of the future first lady.

    Michigan Family Passes Gowns Down Through the Years
    Traverse City Record-Eagle reporter Gretchen Murray tells the story of Cornelius Rukamp’s family. Baptized in 1884, Cornelius’ gown has been passed down through the years, along with others, and is still used by descendants today.

    Marine Archaeologists Find Remains of Slave Ship
    Marine archaeologists have found the remains of a slave ship wrecked off the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1841, an accident that set free the ancestors of many current residents of those islands.

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    NEHGS Holiday Bundles Now Available

    We have bundled together some of our most popular titles and slashed the prices to help you do all of your genealogy shopping in one place. Whether you are looking for one book or an entire series (or even a stocking stuffer), we have something for everyone and every price range. Bundles include books on a number of subjects, including the Great Migration, New York State, and NEHGS guidebooks.

    You will also find discounts on exciting new titles such as Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views by D. Brenton Simons and Gary Boyd Roberts' upcoming Ancestors of American Presidents, Second Edition.

    You can order online on our secure website at www.newenglandancestors.org/store/bundles.asp or call toll free 888-296-3447 and place your order with one our Member Services staff. And, if your order is over $150.00, we will take 50% off of your shipping cost!

    Happy holidays from all of us at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

     

    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 the Yeager Family of Pennsylvania (Item P4-H28200)
    The Woodmans of Buxton, Maine (Item P4-H27990)
    History of Redwood County, Minnesota
    , 2-volume set (Item P5-MN0068H)
    Centennial History of Somerset County, New Jersey (Item P5-NJ0139H)
    Abstract of North Carolina Wills, 1690-1760 (Item P5-NC0005H)

    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

    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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