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Vol. 10, No. 52Whole #406December 24, 2008Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudraultenews@nehgs.org
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Contents:* New Quebec City Passenger Lists Database* Research Library Holiday Hours* Research Recommendations: Happy Holidays* Name Origins* New On NewEnglandAncestors.org* Spotlight: Worthington Memory, Ohio* Stories of Interest* California Gold Rush Story Submissions* Special Order Books* Upcoming Education Programs* NEHGS Contact Information
New Quebec City Passenger Lists Database
Library and Archives Canada recently announced the launch of Quebec City Passenger Lists Index 1865–1900. In addition to the passenger’s name, the lists include the passenger’s age, country of origin, occupation, and destination. This index also provides access to digital images of the original passenger lists for the port of Quebec City during the last third of the nineteenth century. Please note that not all images have yet been uploaded, and you must select the box on the search page to have the images displayed. You can search the database at www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/passengers-quebec-1865-1900/index-e.html?PHPSESSID=usucjilrthhatg3u6uochekml6.
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Research Library Holiday Hours
The Society's research library at 101 Newbury Street will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and be closed on Christmas day and New Year's day. The hours for the holiday week are as follows:
Tuesday, December 23, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Wednesday, December 24, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Thursday, December 25, ClosedFriday, December 26, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Saturday, December 27, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 30, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Wednesday, December 31, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Thursday, January 1, ClosedFriday, January 2, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Saturday, January 3, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Research Recommendations: Happy Holidaysby Michael J. Leclerc
The holidays are filled with family and traditions. Holiday traditions can be generations old or relatively new. Even as traditions are changed to incorporate the blending of families through the generations, pieces of each family’s ancestry can be seen.
A product of two full-blooded French-Canadian families, my own family’s traditions reflect those of Catholic Quebec. Gathering at my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve with all of the aunts, uncles, and cousins, waiting for Santa to bring presents to us, I got to meet many of the extended family: my grandparents’ siblings and cousins. Christmas Day would be spent with both sides of the family, with tables over-laden with food. My particular favorite is tortiere (meat pie). Different regions of Quebec prepare it with different combinations of pork and beef, and my father’s side always had it prepared differently from my mother’s. I still make my mother’s tortiere, from a recipe handed down from my grandmother, and her mother before her.
Through the years I have been lucky to experience holiday traditions from many different backgrounds, as my family of choice has grown to include friends from a wide variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. I have Jewish friends who celebrate Hanukkah each year using a menorah handed down through their family. African-American friends celebrate Kwanzaa with a potluck feast on Kuumba. Indian friends grew up with Diwali, a festival of lights where lamps are placed all over the house and garden to guide Lakshmi to bring good physical and mental health as well as material good fortune in the coming year.
This year, as your family gathers to celebrate their holidays, take note of the family traditions. Make sure that future generations know where certain items or foods come from. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has a page on their website dedicated to holiday traditions from around the world. You can find out more about how your family in the old country might have celebrated the holidays at www.msichicago.org/scrapbook/scrapbook_exhibits/catw2004/holiday_traditions.html.
This year brings a new tradition for me. My family of birth is spread around the country, and for the first time I will spend Christmas Eve without them. I will be with members of my family of choice, celebrating at the Arlington Street Church in Boston, singing at their candlelight services. I look forward to seeing these traditions (and starting some new ones of my own).
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, or Festivus, I hope that your holidays are wonderful, and that you get to share a bit of your genealogical knowledge with other family members. Don’t forget to take notes on all of the stories being shared by other family members!
Name Originsby Julie Helen Otto
MARVELLUS (m): When they named a son Marvellus Hall (1752-1775), Seth and Abigail (Albee) Hall of Bellingham, Mass. may have aimed for the elegant Latin Marcellus; but his birth, marriage and death records all give the home-grown spelling above, with its own sentimental meaning.
New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
Plymouth Court Records 1686—1859 (Part 2)www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/Plymouth_Court.asp
The material in this database was originally published in CD-ROM format by NEHGS and the Pilgrim Society in 2002. This second installment of the database contains 66,304 names from volumes 9 through 16.
From the introduction to the CD-ROM:
"Court records are one of the most under-utilized resources in genealogy. NEHGS and the Pilgrim Society present here, for the first time, the records of two Plymouth County courts: the Court of General Sessions, 1686-1827, and the Court of Common Pleas, 1686-1859. These abstractions were transcribed from over 35,000 cases. The Court of Common Please handled civil litigations while the Court of General Sessions handled administrative and minor civil matters. All court cases are contained here, except for those dealing with serious crimes, insolvencies, divorces, probate, and equity. Hidden in these transcriptions are familial relationships as well as other information to help you flesh out your ancestors' lives."
Images of the original transcriptions may be viewed from links on the search results page.
Spotlight: Worthington Memory, Ohioby Valerie Beaudraultwww.worthingtonmemory.org/index.cfm
Worthington, a northern suburb of Columbus, is situated in Franklin County, Ohio. Founded in 1803 by the Scioto Company, it was named in honor of Thomas Worthington, a future Ohio governor.
Worthington Memory is a collaborative project of the Worthington Libraries and the Worthington Historical Society. The purpose of this partnership is to “collect and preserve local history materials through the creation of a digital library, providing greater access to and enhanced public awareness of Worthington, Ohio's rich history.”
The Worthington Memory collection includes digital images of historic artifacts, documents and photographs. There is also a cemeteries database and an online index to local nineteenth- and twentieth-century newspapers, as well as a timeline of Worthington history, oral histories, and photographs documenting Worthington's 200th anniversary.
Click on the Search icon to run a search of Worthington Memory’s collection of nearly 1,400 items dating from 1803 to the present. Enter a keyword or keywords into the search box and click on the search button. You can use Advanced Search to limit your search by format or date, to search by library subject heading, or to perform a full text search of the documents in the collection. Researchers can also browse the Collection by clicking on the Browse the Collection icon. You can browse the collection by general category or by decade.
There are two database collections that might be of particular interest to genealogists and family history researchers. Use the dropdown Shortcut list on the lower right side of the main page to select one of the databases.
Cemeteries DatabaseThe records for three cemeteries comprise the database: the Flint Road Cemetery, St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, and the Walnut Grove Cemetery. All three can be searched at once or they can be searched separately. There are two search options. The first is a search by surname. Enter the surname alone or surname followed by a comma and first name or initial. The results returned include a summary noting the number of records for that surname in the cemetery or cemeteries. The detailed results may include any or all of the following: the full name and gender of the deceased, age, date of birth, place of birth, death date, burial date, veteran status, lot owner’s name, and burial location. The second is an obituary search. As noted on the website, this searches the obituary field in the Flint Road and Walnut Grove Cemetery databases, and the tombstone transcription field in the St. John's Church Cemetery database. Names should be entered as ‘first name last name’ order for this type of search. The search results again include a summary noting the number of records for that surname in the cemetery or cemeteries and a detailed record with the fields noted above, plus the name of the funeral home and an obituary/comment field. There is also a link to the Walnut Grove and Flint Union cemetery website.
Worthington News IndexThis database indexes more than 61,000 articles from the following newspapers: Public Opinion (Westerville), This Week in Worthington (1/5/2000 – 2/2/2000; 1/2003 – present), Western Intelligencer (Worthington) (3/6/1812 – 3/10/1813), Worthington News (3/12/1925 – 2/5/1942; 1/4/1950 – 8/30/1956; 1/2/1975 – 12/25/1975; 1/3/1990 – 6/10/1992), Worthington News (SNP) (1/5/2000 – 4/17/2002; 8/7/2002 – present), Worthington News this Week, and Worthington Suburbia News (SNP). The database can be searched by article title, keyword, and date. Select the newspaper you would like to search and/or a subject from the list in the dropdown boxes. The search results include the article title and author, keywords, microfilm roll, newspaper title, publication date, page number, location, and subject categories. There is also a camera icon in the record should a photograph or illustration accompany the article.
Stories of Interest
Investigating Santa Claus’s Family HistoryTammy Tipler-Priolo discusses her search for Santa (and Pére Noël) at BayToday.ca.
What to do With All Those Christmas CardsDiana Lynn Tibert talks about the genealogical use of holiday greetings.
My Tucson: Family Tree’s New Branches RevealedValerie Golembiewski wishes everyone a Happy Rama Hana Kwans Mas as she relates the story of connecting with cousins and discovering her grandfather’s Jewish heritage.
What is it Like to Live in Santa Claus, Indiana?Just how did the town get such an interesting name?
California Gold Rush Story Submissions
The editors of New England Ancestors magazine received an overwhelming response to last week’s call for Gold Rush accounts. They would like to thank all of those who took the time to share their stories, and let them know to expect a response by email around the first of the year.
Special Order Books
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 Miami County, Indiana (Illustrated) (Item # P5-IN0058H)History of Deer Park in Orange County, New York (Item # P5-NY0081H)History of Franklin County, Ohio, 2-volume set (Item # P5-OH0066H)Records of the First Church in Beverly, Massachusetts, 1667-1772 (Item # P5-MA0372H)Kane and the Upper Allegheny, Pennsylvania (Item # P5-PA0272H)
You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at www.newenglandancestors.org/store.asp.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view a full listing of upcoming programs: www.newenglandancestors.org/events/6816.asp.
LecturesNew Visitor Welcome & Library OrientationSaturday, January 3, 2009, 10:00 AMStarting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting at first. There is so much information found 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.
Using NewEnglandAncestors.orgWednesday, January 14, 2009, 10:00 AMWith over 110 million names in 2,200 databases, NewEnglandAncestors.org is the primary internet resource for New England genealogy. This free lecture will offer an overview of the Society’s website and online databases.
Seminars and ToursFor more information or to register for any of these events, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or email@example.com.
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.
Finding Your Family: Best Research PracticesSaturday, January 24, 2009 , 9:30 AM–4:00 PMJoin expert NEHGS genealogists for a two-track seminar exploring best practices in genealogical research. Topics will include the most effective strategies for researching family history online and how to best prepare for visiting libraries and repositories. Whether you are a seasoned genealogical researcher or a new family historian, this seminar is sure to advance your research skills.Registration: $70 (includes continental breakfast).
Winter Research GetawayThursday, February 5–Saturday, February 7, 2009Weekend 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, 2009NEHGS 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 GetawayThursday, April 16–Saturday, April 18, 2009Weekend 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 TourSunday, May 17–Sunday, May 24, 2009The 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 EnglandMonday, June 22–Saturday, June 27, 2009The 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, 2009Discover 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 EnglandMonday, August 10–Saturday, August 15, 2009The 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 TourSunday, 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:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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