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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 12
    Whole #419
    March 25, 2009

    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
    Bible Record for the Bowes Family of Ireland, 1823–1891
    U.S. Baby Boomlet
    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Compound Words
    Name Origins
    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    Spotlight: Library Databases: Obituary Indexes
    Stories of Interest
    Quesiton of the Day
    A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, Second Edition, Now Available
    Upcoming Education Programs
    NEHGS Contact Information

    Bible Record for the Bowes Family of Ireland, 1823–1891

    This Bible shows the family records of James Bowes and his brother John of Lisdowney, County Kilkenny. James married Catherine Riely in Boston on 3 February 1841 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. His brother John Bowes was married to Hannah Grace on 8 February 8 1850 by Rev. Kane at St. Bridget’s Church in New York [City]. The brothers resided in Boston, though John and his family eventually moved to Canton, Massachusetts. You can see this Bible record at www.newenglandancestors.org/online_exhibits_7822.asp.

    U.S. Baby Boomlet

    Two bits of news reported by the Federal Government this week are interesting for genealogists. More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than in any other year in the history of the country. Even more fascinating, however, is the following statistic: of the 4,317,119 births in 2007 reported by the Federal Government, 40% (more than 1.7 million) were born out of wedlock. The question for genealogists is: how many of those out-of-wedlock births record the name of the father? You can read more of this story at www.comcast.net/articles/news-health/20090318/MED.Baby.Boomlet/.

     

     

    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Compound Words

    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Compound words can be found in several forms in writing: open, hyphenated, or solid (closed). An open compound is written as two words, such as high school or seventh grade. Hyphenated compounds are linked by a hyphen, such as half-life or seventeenth-century. Solid, or closed, compounds, are written as one word, such as schoolteacher.

    Whether your words are open, hyphenated, or solid is usually a function of how they appear in the sentence. When used as nouns, they are usually open. For example:

    Benjamin Franklin was a major political figure in the eighteenth century.

    When used as an adjective, however, the words should usually be hyphenated. The above sentence, rewritten to use the time period as an adjective, would appear thus:

    Benjamin Franklin was a major eighteenth-century political figure.

    Hyphens can also be used to link several adjectives together to make it easier for the reader to understand:

    Benjamin Franklin always remembered the happy but all-too-brief life of his son Francis Folger Franklin.

     

    Name Origins

    by Julie Helen Otto

    CLOTILDE (f): Clotilde (6th c. A.D.), wife of Clovis, King of the Franks, who converted that Merovingian king to Christianity.

     

      

    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, Volume III, G-H.
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/Great_Migration_G-H.asp

    The third volume of the ground-breaking series The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634–1635 is now available on http://www.newenglandancestors.org/. This volume, originally published in 2003, covers surnames beginning with the letters G through H. The online database includes information on where these immigrants came from, which ships brought them to New England, who they married, their financial status as revealed by their estates, and return trips to their countries of origin.

    This series follows The Great Migration Begins, which covered New England migration between 1620 and 1633. During those first years, only a few hundred people stepped on the shores of New England in any given year. But in 1634 and 1635, that number surged, with as many as 2,500 people immigrating to New England in each of those years. With that surge came new families, new businesses, and new towns, including Concord, Weymouth, Newbury, and Hingham, Massachusetts, as well as Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windsor, Connecticut.

    “This series represents some of the most important research we have ever published,” said NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons. “The earliest history of our country started with these pioneers, and this compendia offers information on them that is available nowhere else.”

    The goal of the Great Migration Study Project is to create comprehensive biographical and genealogical accounts of all immigrants to New England from 1620 to 1640, from the arrival of the Mayflower to the decline of immigration resulting from the beginning of the Civil War in England. The Project was conceived by Robert Charles Anderson and was proposed to the New England Historic Genealogical Society early in 1988. This volume was written by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG.
    All volumes in the Great Migration series are available for purchase at www.NewEnglandAncestors.org/store.asp or by calling Rick Park at 617-226-1212.

     

    Spotlight: Library Databases: Obituary Indexes

    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Medina County District Library Obituary Index, Ohio
    www.mcdl.info/obits.asp
    Medina County is located in northern Ohio. The Medina County District Library’s website offers researchers an obituary index to assist in their family history research. The records in the database have been drawn from obituaries, death notices, and probate notices published in the Medina County Gazette. The index covers the period from the 1850s to the present. Prior to the 1870s, unless you were a prominent individual in the Medina County area, it is unlikely that a death notice or obituary would appear in the newspaper. Click on the ‘Current status of the Obituary Index’ link to learn more about the records that are missing or not yet added to the database.

    You can search the database by first name and last name and limit the search to a particular date range. The data fields in the search results are last name, first name, other, date published, newspaper title, article type, and page and section indicator. You can change the sort order of the search results by clicking on a column header.

    Appleton Public Library Obituary Index, Wisconsin
    www.apl.org/history/obit/index.asp
    The city of Appleton is located on the Fox River in Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties in Wisconsin. It is about 100 miles north of Milwaukee. The Appleton Public Library obituary database is an index to obituaries and death notices from nine Appleton newspapers. It is a work in progress. The records currently available in the database are for the period from January 1, 2001 to March 11, 2009; 1856–60; 1863; 1920–21; 1940–41; 1948–51; 1960–68; 1981. There are also some records for the years 1853–1855 and 1870–1871.

    The index can be searched by last name and first name. You can also choose to include maiden names in your search. The data fields in the search results include last name (maiden name), first name, birth date, death date, newspaper title, date of the notice, and section and page number. Click on the last name link to view a detailed record. The data fields in the detailed record include full name, maiden name, spouse name, date born, date died, place of birth, and newspaper citation information, as well as cemetery name and location. Photocopies of the individual’s obituary can be requested from the library.

    W. A. Rankin Memorial Library Obituary Index, Kansas
    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kswarml/
    Neodesha is located in Wilson County, which is in southeastern Kansas. The W. A. Rankin Memorial Library’s website offers researchers an obituary index with approximately 8,625 names. The database currently contains records for the period from about 1870 to the present. There are gaps from 1984–1994 and 1996–1998. It is an ongoing volunteer work in progress that involves converting several drawers of card files to an electronic database.

    The index is arranged in sections alphabetically by surname. Click on the surname range containing the name of the individual for whom you are searching. This will open a new page. The data fields include last name, given name, place, cemetery, death date, newspaper abbreviation, date of publication, page number and notes. There is a key to the newspaper abbreviations on the obituary index main page.

     

    Stories of Interest

    Genealogy Research Benefits From a Map
    John P. O’Connor’s column in the Springfield Republican discusses how maps can be helpful in solving genealogical mysteries.

    Tracing Family Tree Turns into Title Search
    A Greenwood, Indiana man’s genealogical research shows he is the probable heir to the Stirling of Glorat baronetcy in Scotland.

    Lincoln’s Twisted Family Tree
    Is there a living descendant of Abraham Lincoln today?

    Quesiton of the Day

    Each day (M-F), David Lambert, the NEHGS Online Genealogist, will post an interesting "Question of the Day" on NewEnglandAncestors.org to share with you. We hope these questions are valuable and beneficial in your research. Check back daily for new questions and answers or read through our archives. What follow is one question asked this week. You are invited to submit research questions to David Allen Lambert at onlinegenealogist@nehgs.org. Please note that he will make every effort to reply to each message, but will respond on a first come, first-served basis. In some cases he may need to refer individuals to the NEHGS Research Service for more in-depth research services for a fee. You can view more questions of the day at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/services/7389.asp.

    Question:
    I am trying to find lists of prisoners held on British prison hulks in New York during the American Revolution. I have the ships’ names but am unable to locate specific prisoner lists except in bits and pieces. I have already tried the New York Public Library and the New-York Historical Society, and am in the process of contacting the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

    Answer:
    A good collection of records on American prisoners of war covering the years through 1793 is housed at the National Archives at Kew, in England.

    You should examine the Letters of the Admiralty Medical and Prisoners of War (ADM 97/98 to 107, ADM 97/114/1 to 125, ADM 97/127/1 and ADM 97/131). These records include petitions from prisoners. The Naval State Papers (SP 42.57) list some American seamen made prisoners of war. An exchange list of all American and British officers in 1781 can be found in series WO 40/2.

    I also suggest that you read Jane Cox’s, New to Kew?: A First Time Guide for Family Historians at the Public Record Office, Kew (Kew, England: PRO Publications, 1997), available at NEHGS. The National Archives will soon release two updated books which should be on the NEHGS shelves in coming months. These titles are Stella Colwell, The [British] National Archives — a Practical Guide for Family Historians (February 2006), and Amanda Bevan, Tracing Your Ancestors in the [British] National Archives (March 2006.) Both titles can be ordered from the National Archives bookstore at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/.You can contact the archives at The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. England; tel.: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444.

     

      

    A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, Second Edition, Now Available

    NEHGS is happy to announce the arrival of the long-awaited A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, Second Edition, by NEHGS Online Genealogist David Allen Lambert. For each known cemetery in the state, this newly revised guidebook gives the year of consecration or oldest stone or burial, location, printed and manuscript sources for the records, and contact information. Includes citations to published transcriptions of gravestones listings and a full index of cemeteries. David has spent years accumulating corrections and additions to this work, and extends his tremendous gratitude to the many individuals, such as Marsha Hoffman Rising, Penny Stratton, and Judy Lucey, who assisted him so greatly in the process.

    The book is priced at $17.95 plus shipping. NEHGS members can take 10% off by logging into the NEHGS website using their membership number.

    To order, visit www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=2445661632 or call us toll free at 1-888-296-3447.

    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:

    Genealogical Data from Bristol, Connecticut Cemeteries (Item P5-CT0339H)
    Descendants of Richard Woody of England and Massachusetts (Item P4-H28026)
    Descendants of Robert Taylor of Pennsylvania (Item P4-H25209)
    Records of the First Church of Rowley, Massachusetts (Item P5-MA0088H)
    Centennial History of Kutztown, Pennsylvania (Item P5-PA0208H)

    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 rwoods@nehgs.org.

    You can view a full listing of upcoming programs: www.newenglandancestors.org/events/6816.asp.

    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.

    Massachusetts Archives Research Day
    Thursday, March 26, 2009

    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, 1841–1915; Alien Port Arrivals, 1848–1891; State censuses, 1855 and 1865; and the Felt Collection containing Colonial-era and Revolutionary War land grant, military, tax, legislative, estate and early divorce records. Registration also includes a one-on-one consultation with an NEHGS genealogist.
    Registration fee: $55. Please call 617-226-1226 or email rwoods@nehgs.org to register.

    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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