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Vol. 11, No. 13Whole #420April 1, 2009Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudraultenews@nehgs.org
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Contents:* Online Exhibit: Bible Record for the Dudley Family of Ireland and New York City, 1737–1868* NEHGS Now on Facebook* Research Recommendations: Social Networking for Genealogists * Name Origins* New On NewEnglandAncestors.org* Spotlight: Tampico Area Historical Society & Museum * Stories of Interest* Question of the Day* The Arnolds of Smithfield, Rhode Island by Richard H. Benson Now Available* Upcoming Education Programs* NEHGS Contact Information
Online Exhibit: Bible Record for the Dudley Family of Ireland and New York City, 1737–1868
The family records of Edward Dudley, Sr. and his son Samuel Dudley of Dublin, Ireland, and New York City. Edward, born in 1770, married Mary Eves in Dublin “11th mo. 19th 1790.” The family left Ireland in 1800 and settled in New York City, where Edward was a merchant. Mary (Eves) Dudley died in New York City in 1808. Edward re-married on 6 June 1809 to Emma Clark. You can see this Bible record at www.newenglandancestors.org/online_exhibits_7823.asp.
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NEHGS Now on Facebook
The Society has entered the world of social networking. We now have a page on Facebook. Check us out and become a fan of the Society at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boston-MA/New-England-Historic-Genealogical-Society/25596854450?ref=ts#.
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Research Recommendations: Social Networking and Genealogyby Michael J. Leclerc
The latest craze in internet technology is social networking. Social networking sites allow users to interact with each other. Other sites allow this interaction as part of their overall structure. One of the biggest social networking sites is Facebook, and genealogists have suddenly gone crazy over it.
I have been on Facebook for several years, with only a small group of friends. But in the past year, many of my, shall we say “over-30,” friends have discovered Facebook. It has been a wonderful place allowing me to connect more frequently with my many friends from across the country. It has also allowed me to reconnect with friends from high school, college, and others I haven’t seen in many years.
It is easy to join Facebook, and totally free. Most advertisements are very unobtrusive. You can then start searching for friends individually by name, or by checking email addresses on your computer. You can then send a request to become someone’s friend.
You can make a friend request of anyone on Facebook, but they must approve the request to actually become friends. Many people are Facebook “friend collectors.” Others, like me, only become friends with people who are actually my friends. In fact, I didn’t realize how many friends I have until I started getting friend requests on Facebook. I’m luckier than I thought. I have considered putting up a more public page for people who know me through my articles, books, and speaking engagements in genealogy, but have not yet done this (so if you make a friend request, and I don’t reciprocate, please do not be offended).
The important thing to remember is that you can set access levels on Facebook. The default allows them access to everything (your notes, pictures, wall posts, etc.). However, there are a few people with whom I am friends that I do not wish to have access everything. Those folks have very limited access to what they can see in my profile. This is a very important feature on Facebook. For example, friends have posted pictures of me from college that I might not want my co-workers today to see. This feature allows me to limit them so they cannot see photographs, saving me from excessive ribbing at work. In addition, there is a certain amount of my personal life that I would like to keep personal (that’s why they call if a personal life).
For those genealogists new to social networking, you might enjoy a new book from Genealogical Publishing Company by my friend Drew Smith. Drew is an academic librarian at the University of Southern Florida and a director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is also co-host (with George Morgan) of the weekly Genealogy Guys podcast, which you can listen to at http://www.genealogyguys.com/.
Drew’s new book, Social Networking for Genealogists, discusses a wide variety of social networking services and how those services can be useful to genealogists. From blogs and wikis to Facebook and Second Life, you will find out how to utilize these services to help you in your research. The best part is that it is written for the layperson, not computer geeks. At $18.99, this book is a great investment to learn about these new services. You can find out more about the book at http://www.genealogical.com/products/Social%20Networking%20for%20Genealogists/5446.html.
Name Originsby Julie Helen Otto
SCHEHEREZADE [SHAHRAZAD] (f): The beautiful Sultane, whose quick thinking and storytelling ability kept her from death until her husband decided to let his wives live in the future, has lent her name to western European and American girls since 1704–17, when Antoine Galland’s French version of Les Mille et Une Nuit (usually rendered in English as The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments or The Thousand and One Nights) was published.
New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
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(Note: This database is not available to Subscription and Institutional Members.)
Spotlight: Tampico Area Historical Society & Museum by Valerie Beaudraultwww.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Home_Page.html
Tampico located in Whiteside County in the northwestern part of Illinois. It is the birthplace of Ronald Reagan. The Tampico Area Historical Society has made a number of resources available to family history researchers. The website is a work in progress. Click on the Table of Contents link to access them. The following is a sampling of these resources.
Scroll down to the first untitled table. There you will find links to transcriptions of notices and announcements that appeared in local newspapers over the years. There are anniversary and marriages announcements, divorce notices, and an extensive collection of obituaries. In addition the Tampico Funeral Home Logs for the period 1896–1976 have been scanned and uploaded to the site. In some cases newspaper photographs have been scanned and uploaded to accompany the text. You will also find a link to area maps and atlases and a history of the HY & T Railroad, which is accompanied by an album of photographs.
BiographiesThe biographies of well-known individuals from Bureau, Marshall, Putnam, and Whiteside counties have been transcribed from local histories and uploaded to the website. The original volumes were published between 1885 and 1908.
CemeteriesThe information found in this section is presented in a number of different formats. There are databases of burials in some of the larger cemeteries. There are narrative descriptions of cemeteries, their locations and conditions, and the lists of burials in them. A number of them have a single photograph on the main cemetery page. Click on the photo to open an album page showing the gravestones in the cemetery. Click on the small photo to view an enlargement with a caption.
ChurchesTo date the histories and photo albums for three local churches have been uploaded to the website.
Census, Directories, Voters/Tax PayersThere are a number of databases in this section. They include 1877 Voters/Tax Payers lists for Fairfield and Greenville Townships of Bureau County; Merchants’ directories for Bureau County for the years 1892, 1902, and 1914; Merchants’ directories for Whiteside County for the years 1902 and 1914; a list of Fairfield Township Land Owners; and the 1860 and 1870 federal census for Tampico.
HistoryIn this section researchers find historical information from a variety of sources including newspaper articles transcribed from the old issues of the Tampico Tornado and indexes, photographs, biographical information and other images from local and county histories.
MilitaryThe Military section contains a number of lists of veterans of various wars from the Civil War on. For the Civil War there is a list of veterans buried in Whiteside County, veterans listed by place of residence, Tampico Area Civil War veterans, and Illinois Union Volunteer Regiments. There are also albums containing photographs of military veterans.
Stories of Interest
National Archives Hosts Fifth Genealogy Fair, April 22–23, 2009NARA’s Archives I building at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., will be hosting its fifth annual fair highlighting Federal records for family history research.
In Newport News, Kids Learn Genealogy Through StorytellingThis story in the Daily Press talks about a storyteller and her efforts to teach children about family history through telling stories.
Whose Father Was He?Filmmaker Errol Morris tells the story of Mark Dunkleman, author of Gettysburg’s Unknown Soldier: The Life, Death, and Celebrity of Amos Humiston, and the search to identify a fallen soldier though an ambrotype of three small children found on his body after the battle.
Question 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 email@example.com. 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:In the inventory of a probate I was looking at mentioned a woman’s “dower chest”. I know what a dowry is, but what is a dower chest.
Answer:A dower chest was typically made by a girl’s father or another family member when the girl was of age to become married. Sometimes these can be quite ornate and painted with beautiful designs. My own mother had a cedar chest which was purchased by her father before she was married. She referred to this as her “dowry chest” or occasionally, her “hope chest.”
The Arnolds of Smithfield, Rhode Island by Richard H. Benson Now Available
NEHGS is happy to announce publication of The Arnolds of Smithfield, Rhode Island by Richard H. Benson. The author and winner of the 2006 Jacobus Award for The Read Family of Salem has compiled the genealogy of this large Rhode Island family — descendants of Thomas Arnold — through the fifth generation.
This title can be ordered by calling toll free at 1-888-296-3447 or by visiting www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=2445662674.
The price of The Arnolds of Smithfield, Rhode Island is $39.95 plus shipping. NEHGS members will get their 10% member discount on this title.
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:
Wynkoop Genealogy in the USA (Item P4-H28152)Descendants of George Wheeler of Concord 1638 and John Warren of Boston 1630 (Item P4-S27120)Complete History of the Rathbone Family, from 1574 to 1898 (Item P34850000)John Lazell of Hingham, Massachusetts and Some Descendants (Item P4-H17571)Zumbrun Family of Switzerland and Montgomery County, Maryland (Item P4-H28305)
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.
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.
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, 2009Discover 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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