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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 6
    Whole #360
    February 6, 2008
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

    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.

    * Coming Soon in the January 2008 Register
    * New on
    * Luncheon Honors NEHGS Volunteers
    * California Genealogical Society Hosts Maureen Taylor
    * Name Origins
    * Sale on NEHGS Speaker Titles
    * Research Recommendations: Immigrant Ancestors Project
    * Spotlight: Gallia County Genealogical Society, Ohio
    * Stories of Interest
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Coming Soon in the January 2008 Register


    Identification of the Unnamed Daughter of John1 and Elizabeth (Thomson) Cogswell Who Remained in England
    Priscilla Colstad Greenlees

    The Probable English Origins of Thomas Betterley
    Lawrence McGrath, Esther Whitney Mott, and Phylicia Salisbury

    Mary3 Hemenway, Wife of George2 Lawrence of Watertown, Massachusetts
    Michael J. Leclerc

    Jeremiah1 Rogers of Dorchester and Lancaster, Massachusetts
    Henry B. Hoff, Michael J. Leclerc, and Helen Schatvet Ullmann

    Dorcas (_____) Lippitt of Providence, Rhode Island, and Her Descendants
    Cherry Fletcher Bamberg

    Wolston1 Brockway of Lyme, Connecticut, With Further Analysis of His Associations
    Gale Ion Harris

    A Jordan–Silvester Connection Revealed
    Ernest Hyde Helliwell III

    Joseph5 and Phoebe (Millington) Rounds of Clarendon and Monkton, Vermont
    John Bradley Arthaud and Marcia (Yannizze) Melnyk

    Ancestry of Bennet Eliot of Nazeing, Essex, Father of Seven Great Migration Immigrants to Massachusetts
    William Wyman Fiske (continued from 161:259)

    Reviews of Books and CD-ROMs

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    New on

    Social Security Death Index - Free Access
    Updated through December, 2007

    The SSDI, taken from the U.S. Social Security Administration's Death Master File, is one of the key resources available to genealogists today. It contains those individuals who were assigned Social Security numbers and whose death was reported to the SSA. Data is now current through December, 2007. Access to the SSDI is FREE to all who visit This database now contains the names of 79,492,640 individuals, most of whose deaths were recorded after 1965.

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    Luncheon Honors NEHGS Volunteers

    The Treat Rotunda was filled to overflowing on November 28, 2007, as the Society recognized the work of its many volunteers: those who give their time, their skills and their effort freely. Yet the assembled represented only a quarter of the total NEHGS volunteer cadre, which now stretches across the United States, into Canada, and over to Greece.

    NEHGS chief operating officer Tom Wilcox joined library head Marie Daly in thanking the volunteers for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Society. In sharing program accomplishments, they underscored the vital role that volunteers play in all facets of the organization, thus aiding in our mission to “collect, preserve, and interpret materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.”

    During fiscal year 2007, volunteers provided over 18,400 hours of service — the equivalent of nine additional fulltime employees. Volunteer hours grew 68% over the previous year, with the greatest increase centered in the electronic publishing (E-pub) program. In noting program accomplishments, Mr. Wilcox made special mention of the efforts of Susan Rosefsky, who retired as volunteer coordinator in June and was in attendance at the luncheon.

    Nearly three quarters of all volunteer hours were devoted to the editing, transcribing and proofing of town, church, and other records that are posted to the NEHGS website. The E-pub volunteers, working from home computers, have made our unique collections far more accessible to members via the Internet.

    The 50 volunteers who are based at Newbury Street assist with membership mailings, help library patrons, catalog archival documents, respond to research requests, restore and maintain the NEHGS collection, as well as proofread and edit publications. There were substantial increases in Manuscript and Technical Services volunteer hours, not surprising given the Society’s renewed emphasis on collection and preservation.

    Great company and great food made the annual luncheon an enjoyable event, but most importantly, offered the opportunity to reflect on and recognize the great contribution our NEHGS volunteers make throughout the year. Thank you, one and all!

    Interest in joining the volunteer cadre jumps each time an article appears in NEHGS eNews or other publicity that mentions the diverse opportunities the program offers. Volunteer coordinator Helen Herzer is the contact point for inquiries at 617-226-1276 or

    You can view photos from the 2007 luncheon at

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    California Genealogical Society Hosts Maureen Taylor

    The California Genealogical Society and Library celebrates 110 years of helping people find their roots at a day-long program with Maureen Taylor, nationally known "Photo Detective," at the Concord Hilton on Saturday, February 9, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Maureen will present four seminars exploring ways to identify and preserve photographs to enhance our family history:

    Tales from The Photo Detective
    Identifying and Dating Family Photos
    Preserving Family Photographs
    Reading Immigrant Clues in photos

    $45.00 price includes all seminars, lunch and silent auction. Private consultations are available. Contact CGS in advance to make arrangements.

    Founded February 12,1898, in San Francisco, the California Genealogical Society, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that seeks to aid, educate and encourage research in family history, has been located in Oakland since 1998. The society maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records and disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops, online catalogue, website and a new blog.

    For further information about this event, visit the CGS website at and download the event flyer and registration form. For information about Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, visit

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    Sound Shifts to Watch For
    R-to-H and R-to-D changes (these explain the derivation of surnames HIGGINS and HUTCHINSON, and DOBBINS and DODGE, from RICHARD and ROGER respectively).

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    Sale on NEHGS Speaker Titles

    NEHGS Sales Department is excited to offer the following titles, all by authors who have recently given talks and lectures at our Boston facility. There are limited quantities of many of these titles, so be sure to act quickly! Order online with the links provided or call 617-226-1212. Prices do not include shipping. Prices good through February 29, 2008, while supplies last.


    Dwelling Place of Dragons: An Irish Story, by Marjorie Harshaw Robie, 2006, 399pp, softcover, Sale price $21.00

    Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community & War, by Nathaniel Philbrick, 2006. 460pp, hardcover, Sale price $25.00

    Washington’s Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer, 2004, 564pp, hardcover, Sale price $29.00

    The King’s Three Faces: the Rise and Fall of Royal America, 1688-1776, by Brendan McConville, 2006, 322pp, softcover, Sale price $20.00

    By Faith Alone: One Family’s Epic Journey Through 400 Years of American Protestantism, by Bill Griffeth, 2007, 288pp, hardcover, Sale price $21.00

    Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States, by Auguste Levasseur, Translated by Alan R. Hoffman, 2006, 603pp, hardcover, Sale price $28.00

    The Boston Massacre, by Robert J. Allison, 2006, softcover, 72pp, Sale price $11.00

    Also available, the exciting new title:

    Pilgrims: New World Settlers & The Call of Home by Susan Hardman Moore, 2007, hardcover, 316pp, Sale price $35.00

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    Research Recommendations: Immigrant Ancestors Project
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The Immigrant Ancestors Project ( is the flagship project of Brigham Young University’s Center for Family History and Genealogy. BYU is working to create an $8.5 million endowment to fund the project in perpetuity. BYU provides faculty salaries and building space for the project.

    The project uses students and volunteers to microfilm and transcribe emigration records. These records frequently contain information on birthplaces that is often omitted in the immigration and naturalization records of destination countries. The project currently focuses on emigrants from England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, and Spain. Project participants are creating a fully searchable database with the names of millions of emigrants based on the registers in countries of departure. Remember that these are emigration records and include all those who left ports in these countries, not just those who went to the United States or Canada. Many individuals in Great Britain, for example, emigrated to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

    In addition to the searchable database, a number of helpful resources are also available. The Resources section, for example, provides a Research Resources tab that has a list of helpful books for German research, and extraction guides to the French and Spanish records. These guides will help you to understand the extraction process, and also what types of information might be available. There is also a searchable bibliography with hundreds of resources to assist you in your research.

    The volunteer center provides a vast amount of resources for volunteers working on abstracting records. Many of these resources are available for free to the public. For example, Abbreviation Charts provides lists of Spanish abbreviations as well as a list of British abbreviations for common Christian names and other popularly-used abbreviations. Lists of Common Names provides common given names and surnames for Germans, Italians, Portuguese, and Spanish. There two Handwritten Alphabet lists — one for German and the other for Spanish. Occupations List has a list of German occupations, as well as a multilingual list of occupations and trades. The Lists of Towns section contains lists of towns in England, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, and Wales. Some lists are specific to certain regions of the countries, such as the list of City Districts in Naples, Italy, or the List of towns in Asturias, Spain. All of these resources are in PDF format that you can download to your computer.

    The Immigrant Ancestors Project is a valuable resource. Remember that it is mostly made of up of volunteers. After visiting, make sure you express your appreciation to those working on the project, or consider volunteering to help them with abstracting.

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    Spotlight: Gallia County Genealogical Society, Ohio
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Gallia County is located in southeastern Ohio bordering on the Ohio River. Gallia County is one of the oldest counties in the state, dating back to 1803. The Gallia County Genealogical Society has uploaded a number of resources to its website.

    This section of the website contains a collection of obituaries drawn from various Gallia County newspapers. They are organized alphabetically by surname. Each entry includes the obituary, name of the newspaper, date of the obituary, page on which it appears, and the name of the individual who transcribed the obituary.

    Military Obituaries
    This collection of obituaries of Civil War veterans was transcribed from various Gallia County newspapers. They have been organized alphabetically by surname. In addition to the obituary text, each entry contains the name of the newspaper, volume and date information, and the name of the individual who contributed the obituary.

    Military Records
    The Military Records section consists of the rosters of twelve Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and Infantry companies. Each database contains a brief history and an alphabetical list of the soldiers in each Company. The data fields include name, rank in, rank out, and company.

    A census of the cemeteries of Gallia County was taken between 1976 and 1983. As it happens there are more than 500 cemeteries in Gallia County. On the Cemeteries main page you will find the list of Gallia cemeteries by township with specific information about where each one is located.

    The cemetery database, which contains more than 34,000 records, includes burials from every known cemetery in Gallia County, including those in small family cemeteries. Sources for the information in the database include “old notes from visits to the cemeteries, and also from death records, funeral home records, obituaries, and contributions from many individuals who contributed new and corrected information.”

    The database is alphabetical by surname. Click on "Alphabetical Index" in the index on the left side of the page to begin your search. A key for the abbreviations found in the database is included on the Cemetery Records main page. The data fields include surname, given name, cemetery name, township abbreviation, date of birth, date of death, age at death, and inscription. If you are unclear about where individual townships are located within the county, go to the Maps section to access the resources there.

    Additional Resources
    Other resources on the website include the index to Hardesty’s History of Gallia County, the Delinquent Tax list for 1860, and a number of photo albums. Hardesty’s History was published in 1882, and, according to the website, is the only known early history of the county. The township-by-township Delinquent Tax List for 1860 was published in the Gallipolis Journal.

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    Stories of Interest

    African American Lives 2
    PBS debuts another genealogy special on February 6 at 9:00 pm. Among the famous individuals whose families will be profiled are Morgan Freeman, Tina Turner, Maya Angelou, Chris Rock, and Louis Henry Gates, Jr. You can read more about the special in the Tampa Bay Tribune.

    Difference Maker
    The Star Press of Muncie, Indiana, recently ran a story on Patricia Al-Wahailia, head of the Local History and Genealogy Center of the Muncie Public Library. The story not only profiled her, but also discussed many of the resources available in the center.

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    From the Online Genealogist

    My great-aunt died mysteriously in New York City about 1905. I would really like to obtain her death record. I know you do not have microfilm of New York records in your library; however, is there a way I can locate an online index to deaths in New York City from the city?

    Actually there is an index for NYC deaths on the internet already, thanks to the hard work of the Italian Genealogical Group volunteers. The death index is complete for all boroughs of New York from 1898 to 1948. This database also includes earlier death indexes for the boroughs of Manhattan 1891–1897 and Brooklyn 1895–1897. You can access the above indexes at

    David Allen Lambert is the Society’s Online Genealogist. If you would like to ask him a question, contact him at or visit his blog at For more information about the Online Genealogist visit Please note that he will make every effort to reply to each message, but will respond on a first-come, first-served basis.

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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 101 Newbury Street unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or

    The following programs will be held in February 2008:

    Temples of the Arts and Sciences: Stories from British Historic Houses
    Monday, February 11, 2008, 6:00 pm
    Join NEHGS, the Royal Oak Foundation, and the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA for an engaging look at the rich legacy of British historic houses. Curt DiCamillo, Executive Director of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, will present his award-winning work on the importance of English country homes and their roles in diplomancy, scientific discovery, and cultural advancement. To register, please visit or call 800-913-6565, exta. 201.

    Researching in Scotland
    Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 10:00 am
    David C. Dearborn, FASG, will present a free lecture offering tips and techniques for Scottish reseach based on his recent trip to Scotland and England.

    The Corpse in the Cellar
    Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 10:00 am
    Join Marilynne K. Roach, author of The Salem Witch Trials: a Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, for an engaging tale of two sheriffs, the law, and what do with the corpse of debtor. A preview of Ms. Roach’s talk can be found in the Fall 2007 issue of New England Ancestors magazine, vol.8, no. 4 “The Corpse in the Cellar.”


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

    Weekend Research Getaway
    Thursday, April 10–Saturday, April 12, 2008
    Weekend Research Getaways in Boston are among the most popular NEHGS programs in recent years. Escape to 101 Newbury Street and experience a guided research program, with one-on-one consultations and special access to the collections. Whether you are a first-time participant or have participated in a guided research program before, an on-site visit to NEHGS with our expert staff is sure to further your research. Bring your charts and expect some breakthroughs!
    Registration fees: $300 for the three-day program; $100 for a single day.
    For more information visit

    Technology and Genealogy Seminar
    Friday, February 22–Saturday, February 23, 2008
    NEHGS is proud to offer a two-day in-depth seminar exploring the important relationship between technology and genealogy. NEHGS staff experts will provide lectures, demonstrations, and discussions focusing on key aspects of technology in family history research. Topics will include internet search techniques, evaluations of genealogical software, use of PDAs in genealogical research, how scanning can improve your data collection, organizing your research with Microsoft, and digital assistance in the publishing age. Participants will also have an opportunity to enter a drawing for software packages, including Adobe Photoshop Elements and ACDSee PhotoManager.
    Registration fee: $150
    For more information visit

    Quebec Research Tour
    Sunday, June 15–Sunday, June 22, 2008
    Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by joining NEHGS staff experts Michael J. Leclerc and Pauline Cusson for a research week in Montreal, Quebec. This unique opportunity will allow participants to take advantage of two premier Canadian repositories, the Société Généalogique Canadienne-Française (SGCF) and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). These archives hold documents from the earliest settlement of Quebec through the English period, down to the twentieth century. Participants will receive one-on-one consultations, providing guidance and suggestions for research. Whether your ancestors spoke French or English, the archival records will help you to break through your brick walls and discover where they came from.
    Registration Fees (includes seven nights lodging at the Hôtel Les Suites Labelle): Single, $1,550; Double, $1,350; Double with non-participant, $1,850; Commuter, $775 (no lodging).
    For more information visit

    Great Migration Tour to England
    Tuesday, August 5–Friday, August 15, 2008
    Based in Chelmsford, England, this inaugural Great Migration tour with Robert Charles Anderson will visit the historically significant locations in Essex and Hertfordshire associated with the families who migrated to New England in 1631, 1632, and 1633. The primary focus of the tour will be the migrations and activities connected to four influential ministers of the period: Thomas Hooker, John Eliot, Thomas Weld, and Roger Williams.
    Registration fees: Registration is full. To be added to the wait-list, please contact Ryan Woods at

    Other 2008 Tours
    Massachusetts Archives Research Day

    Thursday, March 27, 2008
    For more information visit

    National Archives Research Day
    Thursday, May 22, 2008
    The National Archives Northeast Region in Waltham, Massachusetts, holds a treasure trove of genealogical material. Join NEHGS staff experts for a day of guided research and consultations at NARA. Highlights of the collection include federal census records 1790-1930, Revolutionary War records and extensive passenger lists.
    Registration fee: $75 per person (includes lunch).
    For more information or to register, please call Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or visit

    Come Home to New England
    #1 Monday, June 23–Saturday, June 28, 2008
    #2 Monday, August 11–Saturday, August 16, 2008
    The staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society invites you to participate in our classic intensive week-long 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 fee $750, $125 for non-participating guest.

    Salt Lake City Research Tour
    Sunday, November 2–Sunday, November 9, 2008

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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