American Ancestors New England Historic Genealogical Society - Founded 1845 N.E. Historic Genealogical Society Seal View Your Shopping Cart Join NEHGS
  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 10, No. 9
    Whole #363
    February 27, 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: Changes to
    * New on
    * NEHGS Annual Dinner
    * Name Origins
    * Boston and Beyond: A Bird’s Eye View of New England
    * Research Recommendations: Online Storage
    * Spotlight: Hood County, Texas, Genealogical Society
    * Stories of Interest
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Coming Soon: Changes to

    NEHGS is excited to announce the release of the newly designed We are planning on launching the site in the weeks to come. The new site will offer a cleaner design, easier navigation, and simplified search capabilities. Over the next year we will be continuing to improve our site by improving our databases to make them faster and easier to search, as well as making the site more user-friendly by creating a more personalized feel for our user community. We hope these upcoming and future changes continue to make your experience with NEHGS a positive one

    Return to Table of Contents


    New on

    The Essex Antiquarian – Volume 13 (1909)

    This week we are releasing the thirteenth and final volume of The Essex Antiquarian, "An illustrated ... magazine devoted to the biography, genealogy, history, and antiquities of Essex County, Massachusetts," which was published and edited by Sidney Perley between 1897 and 1909. The journal was published monthly from January 1897 to June 1901, then quarterly from July 1901 to October 1909. Each yearly volume contains 200–220 pages consisting of genealogical articles and a variety of photographs, maps, illustrations, gravestone inscriptions, all pertaining to Essex County.  The thirteen original volumes of The Essex Antiquarian are available in our Research Library, call number F72.E7 E74 1897–1909.

    Return to Table of Contents


    NEHGS Annual Dinner

    New England Historic Genealogical Society invites you to attend our annual dinner to benefit the Society's Bringing Your Heritage Home Campaign on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at the Algonquin Club, in Boston, Massachusetts. Guest speaker Mary Beth Norton, distinguished scholar and author of In The Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, will discuss how her own genealogical research on her own family informed her work on the Salem Witch Trials.

    Contact the Development Office for more information at (617) 226-1217.

    Return to Table of Contents


    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    Sub-Categories of Names
    FLOWER NAMES (f) – Although ROSE has been a reasonably popular English name since medieval times (when that flower was seen not only as a symbol of the Virgin Mary, but as a poetic metaphor in the courtly love tradition and as a badge denoting political faction), names such as DAISY, IRIS, HYACINTH, etc. did not gain wide currency until the mid-nineteenth century. A rare exception is VIOLET; colonial New England bearers of this name can usually be traced genealogically to Violet (Charnould) Shepard, wife of Edward Shepard of Cambridge, Mass.

    Return to Table of Contents


    Boston and Beyond: A Bird’s Eye View of New England

    Ingenious mapmakers in the nineteenth century imagined cities and towns as they would look to a balloonist or bird flying high over them. The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is currently exhibiting a collection of these works at the McKim Building.

    As the high-flying observer looks down as though from 2,500 feet on the mapped area, the town “below” appears in a kind of historical snapshot, revealing factories, homes, parks, churches and cemeteries, and even architectural details. The story that unfolds is of the growing economic vitality and urbanization of Boston and the New England region while America matured into a late 19th century global giant. The Boston area craftsmen who made these elaborate images were the leaders of the bird’s eye view vogue and the exhibit will showcase their diaries, field sketch notes, and manuscript drawings.

    The exhibit is open daily and runs through June, 2008. For more details visit

    Return to Table of Contents


    Research Recommendations: Online Storage
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    All computer users know how important it is to have backups of all critical files. Few of us have never experienced a corrupted file or accidently deleted materials that were essential, not to mention viruses or the Microsoft Blue Screen of Death. In addition to copying important files, it is critical to store copies away from your home.

    For Mac users, Apple introduced a wonderful new feature this winter called Time Machine with their Leopard operating system. I have an external hard drive attached to my system. The first time you plug it in, Time Machine copies your entire hard drive. After that it runs in the background and every hour it copies files that have changed since the previous backup. They even have new hard drives called Time Capsules that work wirelessly with your system. With Time Machine I can look back at past versions of a document by simply flipping through to a previous backed up version.

    This backup is important, but it is equally vital to keep copies of your most critical files off site. The Time Machine setup is excellent, but should there be a fire in my home it will not matter as both computer and external hard drive will likely burn (or melt).

    This is where online backup services come in very handy. In the old days it was necessary to copy your files to a disk and carry those disks to work, or a friend’s house, or your bank deposit box. Now you can simply copy your files to remote servers over your internet connection. The added benefit of this is that you can then access those files from any internet-connected computer.

    Apple offers .Mac, which among its many features offers online storage to all users. iDisk offers 10gb of storage for your files, and you can add additional storage for an additional fee. And you don’t need to be a Mac user to use iDisk. It works with Windows machines as well.

    To find other services, type “online storage” into your search engine, and you will be presented with a number of choices in a wide variety of price ranges. Do it today, before an accident befalls your computer and you lose years of research.

    Return to Table of Contents


    Spotlight: Hood County, Texas, Genealogical Society
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Hood County is located in central Texas. Its county seat is Granbury. The Hood County, Texas, Genealogical Society has made a wide range of historic records available on its website. To access them, click on the links in the contents on the left side of the homepage.

    Birth Records
    The birth records in this database were was extracted from the "Register of Births, Hood County Texas, 1903–1928." The information provided in these records includes certificate number, place of birth, description of the child (name, sex, date of birth, etc.), parents’ names and address, and physician’s name and address. There is also a database of physicians and midwives practicing in Hood County during this time period. The data fields include surname, address, and years practiced.

    Cemetery Records
    The first database in this section is the Texas Historical Commission’s listing of cemeteries and gravesites in Hood County. There are nearly fifty databases containing cemetery records on the website. For some cemeteries you will also find “location” maps.

    Court Records
    There are two indexes to Hood County Loose Court Papers on the website. One is an index to criminal records for the period from 1879 through 1957. The other is an index to civil records for the period from 1873 through 1941. You can order photocopies of selected files.

    Death Records
    The death records include the 1880 Mortality Schedule for Precinct 1, indexes to death records for the period 1903–1998, index to Martin’s Funeral Home Records (1921–1968), and obituaries from 1995 to 2006. There is one index to the death records organized alphabetically and another organized by date.

    There are three separate marriage databases on the web site. They cover the period between 1854 and 1900. The 1866–1875 database contains records gathered from a variety of sources —“family tree records, some were from biographies, and others were from various genealogical records.” The original records were destroyed in a fire at the courthouse in 1875. The marriage records indexes for the period 1876–1900 are listed alphabetically by bride and groom. The data fields include groom’s name, bridge’s name, date of the marriage, book and page number and an ID number for person who performed the ceremony. There is a key to the minister’s ID numbers.

    Military Veterans
    This section includes a list of Hood County military veterans of all wars and three Civil War related indexes — a list of Hood County Confederate veterans, a Roster of Company C, 10th Infantry (Confederate), and a roster of Hood County Confederate soldiers who died in a Yankee prison camp in Illinois.

    Historic Newspapers
    The websites contains transcriptions from 37 issues of Hood County newspapers. They are from a variety of dates over the period from 1873 to 1958.

    Scholastic Records
    The information in these databases was extracted from ledgers of the Hood County School Superintendent's Office that located are at the Hood County Genealogical Society. You will also find some class photographs in this section.

    Tax Records
    This section contains indexes to tax records for thirteen years between 1876 and 1899. You can browse through the alphabetical lists or perform a search of all of the indexes.

    In addition researchers will find census transcriptions, indexes to miscellaneous governmental records, brief histories of 25 Hood County churches, and lists of landmarks and “vanished” communities. There are also databases containing business directories, Hood County vehicle registrations (1907–1917), and a number of telephone directories. At the end of the indexes page you will find a list of more than 100 databases that were added to the site since October 1996. They are not sorted into categories. They include indexes to tax records, naturalizations, docket books, bonds books, and more. Many of the records can be ordered from the Hood County Genealogical Society.

    Return to Table of Contents


    Stories of Interest

    By Any Other Name
    The News-Press reports that Edward Ludwig Krumreig XVIII of Cape Coral, Florida, died last week. Unfortunately he died just weeks short of seeing the birth of his great-grandson, Edward Ludwig Krumreig XXI.

    The New Genealogy
    Ronald Roach discusses changes in genealogical research, especially as relates to African-Americans, in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

    Return to Table of Contents


    From the Online Genealogist

    Whom do I contact, presumably in Ottawa, about birth and death information in Ontario? I am looking for information on relatives of mine who were born in the late 1800's and died about 1920.

    Thank you for your note. To obtain Vital Records in Ontario go to This website for the Ontario Archives handles Vital Records for the following time period: Births: 1869-1910; Marriages: ca. 1801-1925; and Deaths: 1869-1935.

    You can also access Ontario Vital Records through (if you are a Canadian resident) or a world subscription to for Americans. This would require a subscription to this online service. Currently online they have: Births: 1869-1909; Marriages: 1857-1924; and Deaths: 1869-1934. Their coverage is only slightly behind the coverage offered by the Archives.

    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.

    Return to Table of Contents


    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 March 2008:

    New Visitor Welcome and Library Tour
    Saturday, March 1, 2008, 10:00 am
    New visitors will participate in an introduction and orientation to the Society, including the opportunity to describe their research and have staff genealogists offer general advice on how to proceed. The free thirty-minute introductory lecture will be followed by a tour of the library.

    DNA and Genealogy
    Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 10:00 a.m.
    You’ve read about it in magazines and seen it on television, but can DNA help your family history research? Discover what DNA studies can do for you from staff expert Christopher C. Child.
    This one-hour lecture is free and open to the public.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 10:00 a.m.
    With over 110 million names in 2,200 databases, is the primary internet resource for New England genealogy. This free lecture will offer an overview of the Society’s website and online databases.

    St. Patrick’s Day Seminar: Irish History and Research
    Saturday, March 15, 2008 10a.m.–12p.m.
    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, NEHGS and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) are pleased to offer a free half-day seminar featuring two lectures: “Landlord Assisted Emigration from Ireland” by Marie E. Daly, NEHGS library director, and “Online Resources for Irish Research” by Mary Ellen Grogan, Vice-President of TIARA. Following the lectures, attendees will be invited for a library orientation. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist you in your Irish research throughout the day. In addition, a special Irish exhibit from the NEHGS manuscript collection will be on display courtesy of Judith Lucey, NEHGS assistant archivist.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or email


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

    Massachusetts Archives Research Day
    Thursday, March 27, 2008
    Spend a day with NEHGS staff amidst the rich collection of the Massachusetts State Archives at Columbia Point, Boston. Archive resources include Massachusetts vital records, state censuses, military records, and much more. Registration also includes one-on-one consultations with NEHGS genealogists.
    For more information visit

    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

    Family History in England, Scotland, and Ireland
    Saturday, April 26, 2008
    Discover your ancestors of England, Scotland, and Ireland with three leading genealogists, Else Churchill, Marie Daly, and David Dearborn. This one-day seminar will identify and demystify the best record sources for finding your 17th, 18th, and 19th century forebears. The seminar will conclude with a roundtable discussion where you can pose your specific genealogical problems.
    Early Registration: $95. Standard Registration: $110.
    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

    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

    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.

    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

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

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

    Return to Table of Contents


    NEHGS Contact Information

    We encourage you to email this newsletter to others who might be interested. To subscribe or view back issues of eNews, please visit

    NEHGS eNews, like all of our programs, is made possible through the generous contributions of our members. For more information about giving to NEHGS visit

    To view the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, please visit

    To become a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, please visit

    Copyright 2008, New England Historic Genealogical Society
    101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Return to Table of Contents

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 - 101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA

© 2010 - 2014 New England Historic Genealogical Society