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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 53
    Whole #407
    December 31, 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:
    * New Quebec City Passenger Lists Database
    * Research Library Holiday Hours
    * Research Recommendations: Happy New Year
    * Name Origins
    * New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight: Jackson County Genealogy Library, Oregon
    * Stories of Interest
    * Special Holiday Bundle Pricing Extended
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

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    1911 UK Census Coming Soon From FindMyPast.com

    http://www.findmypast.com/ is working with The National Archives of England and Wales to bring the 1911 United Kingdom Census for England and Wales to the public. Starting in 2009 researchers will be able to obtain partial information from the census, and view images of the original records. Full access will not be available until 2012. Access will be through a dedicated website. Those who register with FindMyPast may be eligible to be part of the beta test of the site. Find out more at http://1911census.co.uk/.

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    Research Library Holiday Hours

    The Society's research library at 101 Newbury Street will close early on New Year's Eve, and be closed on New Year's day. The hours for the holiday week are as follows:

    Wednesday, December 31, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Thursday, January 1, Closed
    Friday, January 2, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday, January 3, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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    Research Recommendations: Happy New Year
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    It is New Year’s Eve again: time to take stock of the genealogical accomplishments of the past year, and to prepare for 2009. On New Year’s Eve it is very common to look back at all of the year’s unfinished tasks and make a resolution that they will be finished before twelve more months come to pass.

    This year, try to focus on all that you did accomplish. Did you find any new individuals or families to add to your family tree? How many of your ancestors have you fleshed out beyond dates of birth, marriage, and death? Did you read articles in genealogical magazines and journals? Did you attend genealogical lectures this year? How much of your family history have you written in prose? How many facts did you enter into your database? Were you able to file some of the mountains of paper you accumulated during the year? Were you able to do the same thing with the digital files on your computer?

    This New Year’s Eve, take a few moments and write down your genealogical accomplishments in 2008. You may surprise yourself with how much you actually did achieve. And, if you’re anything like me, you are often so focused on the here and now, and perhaps the things that didn’t get done, that you fail to recognize what you did do.

    I sat down for a few minutes to think about what I accomplished genealogically in 2008. During the past year I made more than thirty genealogical presentations in six states, two countries, and at sea. I wrote three articles and countless announcements for New England Ancestors magazine. Two of my articles were published in the Register, and two more in The American Genealogist. Three of the books I managed for Newbury Street Press were published, and one more will return from the printer in a matter of weeks. With my colleague Chris Child, I helped laucnh a new major study project for the Society: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. I was interviewed numerous times for radio, newspaper, and television. And I added more than 250 pages to a book I am writing on the descendants of Josiah Franklin, father of Benjamin Franklin.

    The most useful part of evaluating your list of accomplishments? You can say “Whew! I can’t believe all the things I did get done.” Now it is time to take the next step. Spend some time over the next few days and make a list of goals for your genealogical research in 2009. Make sure that they are quantifiable. Stay away from words like more and less. If I say I want to write more next year, and I write three more words than I did this past year, I have the goals technically achieved, but did I really do what I wanted to do? Make your list realistic as well. Don’t come up with 45 things, unless you can achieve them all in twelve months. I recommend listing 5-10 things at most. Write them down and tack them up over your desk where you have to look at them every time you sit down. Don’t let it get buried under pedigree charts and census printouts! Make sure you look at your list regularly, and you will likely put more effort into accomplishing your goals. That way, next December 31, you can look at that list and say “Wow! Look at everything I did this year!” Then you can make your list for 2010. Happy New Year!

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    MIRANDA (f): Latin, the feminine gerundive form of the verb mirare, which means "to wonder/be amazed." The name was popularized by the charming heroine of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. The rise of the name in America from the mid-eighteenth century on is at least partly due to the softening of strict Puritan ideals, the acceptance of more secular English literature, and the growth of the publishing industry. Miranda Potter (1760-1782) was a daughter of Dr. James and Abigail (Barns) Potter of New Fairfield/Sherman, Conn.

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    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Plymouth Church Records 1620–1859
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/plymouth_church.asp

    The contents of this database were originally published by NEHGS and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts in CD-ROM format in 2003.

    From the introduction to the CD-ROM:
    “Originally published in 1920 as volumes twenty-two and twenty-three in the Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts series, Plymouth Church Records 1620–1859 is one of the most informative sources about the members of the First Church of Plymouth from the arrival of the Mayflower to the brink of the Civil War.”

    This database is searchable by name or subject and contains 17,395 names and 6,017 subject records. Images of the original pages may be viewed from the search results page.

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    Spotlight: Jackson County Genealogy Library, Oregon
    by Valerie Beaudrault
    Jackson County Genealogy Library, Oregon
    http://www.rvgslibrary.org/

    The Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL) is operated by the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, an all-volunteer organization located in the Rogue River Valle in Southern Oregon. I was informed of this resource-filled website by eNews reader Melinda Henningfield. Thanks, Melinda!

    The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society has made a number of indexes available on the Jackson County Genealogy Library website. Copies of the records contained in many of the databases described below may be ordered from the library for a fee.

    Vital Records
    The Vital Records databases include birth announcements gathered from local newspapers and birth records from the Jackson County Courthouse for the period from 1863 through 2007+. The Marriage Database indexes marriage records gathered from the Jackson County Courthouse are for the years 1853–1946 and wedding announcements gathered from Jackson County newspapers are for the years 1942–2006. The Divorce Database indexes three volumes of records that cover the period 1856–1949. An index to a published volume of records for the Conger Morris Mortuary in Medford, Oregon, for the years 1904–1922 can also be found here.

    As noted on the website, the index shows whether the library can provide a copy of the death certificate from materials in their collections. The Death Index contains records of Jackson County deaths for the period from 1906 to 1926. Death Certificates from local Jackson County records for the years 1904–1943 have also been indexed. Volunteers are currently working to expand this collection. The final database is an index to Volume 14 of the diary of Moses Allen Williams, a Presbyterian minister who lived and preached in Jacksonville, Oregon, from 1858 until his death in 1897. Reverend Williams included in his diary the names of many local residents and vital events related to them.

    Family Records
    Currently, there are two indexes in this section. One contains a list of the surnames of pioneers and early settlers of the Rogue Valley. The other contains five-generation family history charts submitted to the Rogue Valley Genealogy Society by its members.

    Early Records
    The library’s Early Records from the mid-nineteenth century include juror lists (1854–1899), attendance records for the Roosevelt Elementary School (1889–1891 and 1895–1897), and the diary of William Hoffman that records the family’s trip from Indiana to Oregon and his life in Jacksonville, Oregon, as well as DLC Surveyor Records, Hospitalization records, and a militia muster roll that have been combined into the Pioneer People index.

    Cemeteries
    Rogue Valley Genealogical Society volunteers have gathered data on deaths and/or burials occurring in Jackson County, Oregon, from “mortician records, donation land claims, diaries, death certificates, headstones and obituaries.” They have amassed a card file containing more than 30,000 names. Through the library, this resource is being made available to researchers online. The online version of the index now contains more names than the original card file index. The database currently includes more than 3,000 linked headstone photographs. The data fields in the index database include last name, first name, middle name (which may include maiden name), and suffix, as well as year of birth, year of death, cemetery, and source of the information, if known. If a photograph has been taken of the headstone you will see a camera icon in the Photograph column. Click on the icon to view a photo of the headstone.

    Land Records
    Currently, the deed index is the only JCGL resource available online. More will be added in the future. The deed index covers the period from 1853–1899. There are two databases — Grantor and Grantee — that have been organized alphabetically by last name. Copies of deeds and maps showing the location of the property can be ordered from the library.

    Newspapers
    Over the years, newspaper clippings from Jackson County and other Oregon newspapers have been gathered and organized into 27 volumes by library volunteers. The clippings in these volumes are from about 1890 to 1980. You will find clippings about early Oregon history, obituaries, and events such as reunions and anniversaries. A surname index for these volumes is available on the website.

    Obituaries
    You will find four obituary indexes for the following newspapers: the Ashland Daily Tidings, the Medford Mail Tribune, and the Upper Rogue Independent (1953–2006); Medford Sun (1910–1925); Gold Hill News (1910–1927); and Central Point Herald (1 of 5 volumes). A fifth database, which indexes obituaries donated to the library by patrons over the years, covers the period from 1867 to 1988.

    Naturalizations
    The library has five volumes containing copies of Declarations of Intention filed in Jackson County between 1833 and 1929. The Naturalizations database is an alphabetical index to these volumes.

    Court Records
    The library has four volumes containing abstracts of court records from the Oregon State Archives. The abstracts indexed in the database cover the period 1855–1920. The types of records included are wills, probates, guardianships, and estate files. The databases are organized by volume, with the records organized alphabetically by surname.

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    Stories of Interest

    Pondering the “Family” in Family History
    James M. Beidler’s column in the Lebanon Daily News often offers thought-provoking commentary. His end-of-year column offers some interesting perspectives.

    Let Your Genealogy Software Do Much of the Work For You
    Tampa Bay Tribune correspondent, and former Association of Professional Genealogists president Sharon Tate Moody offers several ways to get your software to do more for you.

    Von Trapps Reunited, Without the Singing
    Read in the New York Times about Maria von Trapp’s grandson Sam, and his father Johannes, and their legacy.

    He Rode the ‘Orphan Train’ Across the Country
    CNN reports on Orphan Train rider Stanley Cornell and the Children’s Aid Society of New York.

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    Special Holiday Bundle Pricing Extended

    Didn’t get exactly what you wanted for the holidays? Then you’ll be happy to know that the NEHGS Sales department has extended the special pricing on all holiday bundles through January 4th. To see all our special bundles designed to save you time and money, visit www.newenglandancestors.org/store/bundles.asp.

    Bundle pricing good through Sunday, January 4th, 2009, while supplies last. Prices do not include shipping.

     

    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.

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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 & Library Orientation
    Saturday, January 3, 2009, 10:00 AM
    Starting 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.org
    Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 10:00 AM
    With 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 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.

    Finding Your Family: Best Research Practices
    Saturday, January 24, 2009 , 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
    Join 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 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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