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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 50
    Whole #404
    December 10, 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:
    * Subscribe Now to the 2009 Great Migration Newsletter
    * Seeking Gold Rush Stories
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Quotations
    * Name Origins
    * New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight: Maine and North Dakota Cemetery Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * NEHGS Holiday Bundles Now Available
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

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    Subscribe Now to the 2009 Great Migration Newsletter

    The Great Migration Newsletter offers feature articles on a variety of topics, including the settlement of early New England towns, migration patterns, seventeenth-century passenger lists, church and land records, and much more. The Newsletter complements the individual Great Migration sketches and addresses broad issues key to understanding the lives and times of New England’s first immigrants.

    Print subscribers to volume 18 (2009) receive a new issue of the Newsletter through the mail each quarter ($20 for a one-year subscription or $36 for a two-year subscription).

    Online subscribers access issues through http://www.greatmigration.org/, where the Newsletter is posted each quarter. They can also access past issues from volumes 11 through 17, as well as bonus biographical sketches not yet in print ($10 for a one-year subscription or $18 for a two-year subscription).

    To subscribe, please visit http://www.greatmigration.org/ or call Member Services at 1-888-296-3447. The special two-year subscription prices are not available online; to subscribe for two years, please call Member Services.

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    Seeking Gold Rush Stories

    For a California Gold Rush-themed issue, to be published later in 2009, the staff of New England Ancestors magazine would like to hear from those with ancestors who traveled from New England to participate in the Gold Rush. Please send a paragraph of information on your Gold Rush ancestor(s), outlining the details and briefly mentioning relevant family stories, documentation, or photographs concerning the Gold Rush, to magazine@nehgs.org. Some submitters will be asked to write accounts for publication in New England Ancestors magazine or NewEnglandAncestors.org.

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Quotations
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Quotations can be troublesome in documents. Genealogists are often faced with bizarre spellings or wording, especially in documents created prior to the twentieth century. Remember, however, that quotations must be reproduced exactly as they appear in the original source. If the quotation sounds awkward or incorrect, you do have a few options.

    You can add the italicized word "sic" in brackets after the word/s, thus: [sic]. This is a warning to the reader that you are aware of the bizarre spelling or phrasing, and are only reproducing what you saw in the original. Of course, if you are transcribing an entire paragraph or more, the sic should be understood. In order to ensure that the reader knows that it appeared in the original, you may choose to put an editorial word or two in brackets after the offending word or phrase. You may also choose to footnote the troublesome words, and offer your explanation in the note.

    For ancient documents with very odd spellings, it may be helpful to the reader to include a modern spelling of the word in brackets after the offending word. You might also choose to put a modern spelling of the sentence after the quote.

    You might decide to leave the odd word/s as they are, with no acknowledgement whatsoever. While it is perfectly correct to do so, this may lead to confusion on the part of your reader. It would probably be better to remove the direct quote and paraphrase the wording, than to leave the meaning unclear.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    BENJAMIN (m) (Hebrew): Last son of Jacob the patriarch, by his favorite wife Rachel, who died at the child’s birth; he was head of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. One of the most common male names in colonial America.

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    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    New England Historical and Genealogical Register — Just added 2005
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/nehgsr.asp

    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database is one of the most frequently used databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org. We are working to bring the database up to date to include the most current issues of the Register. This week, we add the four issues of Volume 159, published in 2005.

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    Spotlight: Maine and North Dakota Cemetery Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Maine
    www.mthopebgr.com/database.asp

    Bangor became a city in 1834. Two years later, in 1836, Mount Hope Cemetery was established. Since that time, over thirty thousand individuals have found a final resting place here. It is the second-oldest garden cemetery in America, after Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mount Hope Cemetery will turn 175 years old in April 2009.

    According to the website, Mount Hope Cemetery embraces two separate cemetery organizations. One part is a city-owned or public cemetery; the other part is limited to members of the Cemetery Corporation. The cemeteries are so closely related that they are viewed as one. The approximately 300-acre cemetery is located on the banks of Penobscot River.

    The database can be searched by name. It is best to search by last name. It is also possible to limit your search by entering last name followed by a comma, and then the first name of the individual for whom you are looking. The data fields in the search results include full name; date died; where born; age in years, months, and days; family; where buried; lot number; tomb; burial date; cremation; and armed services. The database is updated daily.

    There is an annotated cemetery map with information on some of the well-known individuals buried in the cemetery, and a photo gallery as well.


    Cemetery Database, City of Dickinson, North Dakota
    http://www.dickinsongov.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7BD40E86AD-1357-43F0-93AD-21CC8C33593C%7D

    Located in the southwestern part of the state, the city of Dickinson serves as the seat of Stark County, North Dakota.

    In the early 1980s, the City assumed responsibility for all of the cemeteries within its borders, including three former Catholic cemeteries. Due to the many requests they receive for burial information, Dickinson has made available the complete database of the four cemeteries located in the city.

    The database is made up of nine alphabetical files in PDF format. If you do not already have it, you will need to download Adobe Reader to view the data files. The data fields in the database include last name, first name, cemetery abbreviation, section, block, lot, grave, date of birth, date of death, and comments. In the database, the cemeteries are indicated by single letter designations: St. Wenceslaus Cemetery = W, St. Joseph's Cemetery = J, St. Patrick’s Cemetery = P, and Dickinson City Cemetery = D. Information in the comments section includes the family name for the lot in which individuals without a surname were buried, name of spouse or parent in the cases of young children, and the use of the term ‘pre-need’ to indicate lot/grave ownership by someone who is still living. They have noted on the website that databases are large and may take those with slower Internet connections awhile to download.

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    Stories of Interest

    Most of Us Are Mutts In One Way or Another
    An interesting piece on ethnic self-identification from the Boston Globe opinion page.

    Plans Blocked to Open ‘Sound of Music’ Villa
    Plans to open a hotel in the von Trapp family home have been suspended due to complaints from local residents.

    Family Matriarch Bought Husband
    “She saw him. She bought him. Then she married him.” Read the full story in the Connecticut Post.

    Topsfield Library Finishing Genealogy Project
    The public library in Topsfield, Massachusetts, started a project to preserve cemetery records this summer.

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    NEHGS Holiday Bundles Now Available

    Still looking for the perfect genealogical gift? Check out the NEHGS Holiday Sales Bundles. You can even place preorders for our forthcoming books (including Ancestors of American Presidents, 2nd Edition; Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, 2nd Edition; The Winslow Families of Worcestershire, 1400-1700; and Ringing the Gotchnag), and we will send you a gift announcement for you to present to the lucky recipient! Simply mention “Gift announcement” in the comments section of your order (or when you call toll free at 1-888-296-3447) and we will send a gift announcement now; the book will ship directly to the recipient when it becomes available. We even have gifts under $15 that make great stocking stuffers or “thank you” gifts for that someone who has helped you with your research. Check out all our terrific offers at www.newenglandancestors.org/store/bundles.asp today!

    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:

    The Valentines in America, 1644-1874 (Item P4-H26022)
    Peter Graber Family Record, 1839-1948 (Item P4-H12168)
    History of the Town of Unity, Maine (Item P5-ME0232AH)
    Register of New Netherland, New York, 1626-1674 (Item P5-NY0480H)
    Pioneer Irish of Onondaga (New York) (Item P5-NY0314H)

    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

    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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