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Vol. 11, No. 14Whole #421April 8, 2009Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudraultenews@nehgs.org
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Contents:* Now Available: The Winslow Families of Worcestershire, 1400–1700* Resurrecting a Storied Past* Research Recommendations: Wayback Machine* Name Origins* New On NewEnglandAncestors.org* Spotlight: Local History and Genealogy Resources, Oshkosh Public Library, Wisconsin m * Stories of Interest* Question of the Day* Classic Reprints* Upcoming Education Programs* NEHGS Contact Information
Now Available: The Winslow Families of Worcestershire, 1400–1700
NEHGS is pleased to announce the publication of the latest Newbury Street Press title, The Winslow Families of Worcestershire, 1400–1700. Author Brandon Fradd spent years with other researchers tracing the origins of Governor Edward Winslow’s family in England. Poring through parish registers, Bishops' transcripts, court records, and a variety of other source materials, the end result is the most extensive treatment of the Winslow family's origins to date.
The first part of the book provides analysis of the Winslows, along with the allied Greville and Buck families. Fradd discusses the question of whether the family were yeomen or gentlemen, and separates fact from fiction in previously published material. The second part includes extensive abstractions of original records, as well as notes on the Winslow families of Kempsey (including Draycott, Kerswell), Earls Croome, Upton-upon-Severn, Hanley Castle, Pinvin and Mathon, and Severn Stoke.
The book is available for $44.95 plus shipping. NEHGS members receive a 10% member discount. To order, please call toll free at 1-888-296-3447 or visit www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=2445663657.
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Ressurecting a Storied Past
Christ Church in Boston, also known as The Old North Church, is famous for being the location of the lanterns hung to signal Paul Revere to start his famous ride. The Old North Foundation has sponsored a project to study the tombs in the crypt beneath the church. With the help of a funerary archaeologist, they are discovering fascinating information about the individuals buried there, and life in old Boston. You can read more about this fascinating project, and watch a short video, at www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/04/06/resurrecting_a_storied_past/?s_campaign=8315.
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Research Recommendations: Wayback Machineby Michael J. Leclerc
If you hear “Wayback Machine” and immediately start thinking of Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman, you are definitely in my age bracket (and if you don’t know who they are, you can find out at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Peabody or watch Peabody and Sherman on YouTube). However, the Wayback Machine is also a valuable internet resource that allows you to see websites as they used to appear.
The Wayback Machine is run by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit founded to preserve access to digital materials. You can use it to see websites as they were on a specific date. This can be especially helpful if you are looking for a website that has since disappeared, or changed URLs, and you can no longer find it. Search the Wayback Machine for the URL, and it will return a list of dates on which pages were archived. By looking at those pages, you might be able to find keywords that will help you find a newer version of the site (or you might be able to see the pages as they originally appeared and get the information as you saw it previously).
It is important to note that not all sites are archived by the Wayback Machine. For example, site owners can block the Wayback Machine from accessing their site. You can search the Wayback Machine at www.archive.org/web/web.php.
For a blast from the past, look at these popular genealogy websites as they used to appear:
The first NEHGS website in November 1996 http://web.archive.org/web/19961112014155/http://nehgs.org/
Ancestry.com in January 1998http://web.archive.org/web/19990208003330/http://ancestry.com/
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter in August 2003http://web.archive.org/web/20030726031008/www.eogn.com/home/
FamilySearch.org in May 1999http://web.archive.org/web/19990508210319/http://www.familysearch.org/
National Archives and Records Administration in January 1999http://web.archive.org/web/19990125091028/http://nara.gov/
Name Originsby Julie Helen Otto
JOACHIM (m): Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary.JOAQUIN (m): Spanish form of JOACHIM.
New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collectionswww.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/cc.asp
This week we are adding inscriptions from the following cemeteries:
New York: Tioga County, Hope Cemetery, Newark Valley. 1727–1880, 999 records.New Jersey: Bergen County, First Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Hackensack. 1768–1906, 1,343 records.Massachusetts: Norfolk County, Scott’s Crossing Cemetery, Bellingham. 1730–1893, 154 records.Massachusetts: Norfolk County, Center Cemetery, Bellingham. 1727–1909, 654 records.
Burials in Gloucester, Massachusetts Cemeterieswww.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/Gloucester_Burial_Cemetery.aspFirst Parish Burial Ground. 1661–1925, 725 records.
Massachusetts State Census Transcriptions for 1855 and 1865www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/census_1855_1865.aspThis week we add the final towns transcribed by Ann S. Lainhart: Charlestown, Concord, Marborough, and Wayland, representing an additional 66,341 records.
Spotlight: Local History and Genealogy Resources, Oshkosh Public Library, Wisconsin by Valerie Beaudraultwww.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org/localhistory/genealogyresources
The city of Oshkosh is located in Winnebago County, in east-central Wisconsin. The Oshkosh Public Library offers a number of local history and genealogy resources on its website. Click on the Local History link to open a drop down list through which you can access the library’s digital collections.
Oshkosh Vital Records IndexThe Oshkosh Vital records index is a project of the Oshkosh Public Library and the Winnefox Library System. This index covers vital events published in the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper, which was founded in 1861. The database covers 1861 through 2007. Between 1868 and 1909 both daily and weekly editions of the newspaper were printed. Since 1909 the newspaper has been a daily paper. Fill in one or more of the fields below:
The database can be searched by last name and first name. You can limit your search by date and to a specific record type. The records include birth announcements, marriage licenses, marriage announcements, anniversaries, milestone birthdays, and obituaries. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, event, newspaper title, and the date event appeared in the newspaper, plus page and column numbers. In some cases there are links to more detailed records. You can request a photocopy of the article. Just click on the ‘Request’ link.
Click on the Local History link to access the library’s Digital Collections page, where you will find:
Historic Oshkosh BusinessesThis collection contains photographs, newspaper articles, postcards, pamphlets and catalogs for eight businesses that prospered during early-to-mid-twentieth century in Oshkosh. There are 98 items in this collection. The database can be searched by keyword.
Winnebago County Rural SchoolsThis collection contains photographs of school buildings in thirteen towns from across the county. They date from the early 1950s. The collection is a cooperative project of the Forrest Polk Library of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the Oshkosh Public Library. You can browse the collection or search the database by town or by keyword.
Local History BooksOshkosh Public Library has digitized a number of twenty-five local history books on a variety of topics. They were published between 1887 and 1919. You can search the books by keyword or browse through the volumes individually, page by page.
Oshkosh Online City DirectoriesThe Oshkosh Public Library has digitized twenty-nine city directories and uploaded them to its website. The directories are from years between 1857 and 1922. You can browse through the directories. The digital directories have been divided into the following sections: surnames, businesses, and street directories. You can also search the directories. Tips on using the collection have been provided.
Oshkosh Public Library’s Photograph Collections
Online Photo AlbumThis photo collection provides “A Look at Life in Oshkosh Through the Eyes of Those Who Live Here.” It is the library’s digital photo and video album through which is plans to “preserve images of Oshkosh community life through photos and videos taken by residents and visitors."
Main Street Oshkosh This photo collection contains 43 images of scenes around the city of Oshkosh.
Other CollectionsThe Oshkosh Atlases and Histories collection is part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. Clicking on the collection’s link to access all of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections resources.
Stories of Interest
Family History with RootsThe Gamel family farm of Rio, Illinois, recently received the Sesquicentennial Farm designation from the state, an honor reserved to those few farms in continuous operation by a single family for more than a century and a half. The farm, originally settled by George and Mary Gamel in 1849, is today owned by Gerald and Iva Gamel, and has never been owned outside of the family.
A Cancer Mutation’s Colonial RootsResearchers at the University of Utah have traced the origin of a rare form of colon cancer to Colonial Massachusetts immigrant George Fry and his wife.
A Family History on the Jews of KurdistanAriel Sabar, in My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq, discusses the history of Jewish families in this area of the world, a fascinating story of co-existence that ended with the founding of Israel in 1948.
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:Often while reading old deeds I come across the measurement of rods, poles, and chains. Can you tell me what this would roughly translate into feet or inches?
Answer:The unit of measurement for rods and poles are the same and equal 16 and one half feet. A chain was 100 links or 66 feet. And four rods or poles equal the distance of a surveyor’s chain.
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 Brownville, Maine, 1824-1924 (Item P5-ME0070H)Blair County, Pennsylvania: First Hundred Years, 1846-1946 (Item P5-PA0282H)Early History of Ransom County, North Dakota, Including References to Sargent County, 1835-1885 (Item P5-ND0006H)History of the Town of Orwell, New York, 1806-1887 (Item P5-NY0320H)History of New Paltz, New York, and its Old Families, from 1678 to 1829 (Item P5-NY0132H)
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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