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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 17
    Whole #424
    April 29, 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:
    * Citizen's Canes
    * NEHGS at the Southern California Jamboree
    * Research Recommendations: Massachusetts Vital Records Database Tip
    * Name Origins
    * New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight: Association for Gravestone Studies
    * Stories of Interest
    * Question of the Day
    * Settlers of the Beekman Patent
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

     

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    Citizen's Canes

    Reviled and revered, the Boston Post Canes have been a New England tradition for a century. The canes were created as a marketing opportunity by Boston Post publisher Edwin Grozier. 700 canes were distributed to towns around New England in 1909, to be passed down from oldest resident to oldest resident. The Post often published biographies of those who recieved a cane. Although the Boston Post ceased publication more than half a century ago, the Boston Post Cane tradition continues in many towns. The Boston Globe Magazine had a wonderful story by Christopher Klein on the history of the canes this week, "Citizen's Canes," which you can read at www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2009/04/26/citizens_canes/.

    The Maynard Historical Society in Massachusetts operates a blog dedicated to the current whereabouts of Boston Post Canes throughout New England. You can read more at http://web.maynard.ma.us/bostonpostcane/.

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    NEHGS at the Southern California Jamboree

    The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, run by the Southern California Genealogical Society, is one of the most successful regional conferences in the country. The 40th annual Jamboree will be held in Burbank, California, June 26–28, 2009 at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. NEHGS will have several staff members speaking, including President and CEO D. Brenton Simons presenting “What’s New at NEHGS;” Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press Christopher Child presenting “Researching New York;” and Director of Special Projects Michael J. Leclerc presenting “British Resources at NEHGS.” You can find more details about the conference at www.scgsgenealogy.com/2009jam-home.htm.

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    Research Recommendations: Massachusetts Vital Records Database Tip
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Last week I wrote about the “official series” of published pre-1850 vital records in Massachusetts. This week, I would like to give you a tip for using the database of these books on NewEnglandAncestors.org.

    While searching the database is very popular, and will produce numerous results, have you tried the Browse feature? At the bottom of the main search page for the database (which you can see at www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/Vital_records.asp) are three buttons: Search, Clear, and Browse. Search will enter the search parameters from the fields into the search engine to generate your results. Clear will clear the fields of your entries. Clicking on Browse, however, will bring you to a new page entirely.

    You will find the first page of the vital records of Abington displayed in the middle of the page. At the top, under the menu bars, you will find a series of navigation buttons and boxes. These will allow you to view pages from the original vital records of the town. You can select a town from the drop-down box. For towns that were published in multiple volumes, you can select the individual volume from the drop-down list. Within each town, you can navigate directly to specific sections, such as the introduction, births, marriages, deaths, etc. If you enter a last name, you will skip directly to that surname in the appropriate section.

    In addition to entering a last name, you can enter a page number, allowing you to skip forward and backwards in a book. There are also buttons that will take you directly to the first or last page of a book, or to the next or previous page.

    The process of uploading page images from the original volumes is an ongoing one, so if your town is not yet listed, check back often to see if it has been added. You can skip directly to this browse page by visiting http://www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/MAVR_image_browse.asp?browse=1&Rec=I. If you use it often, make sure you add this to your list of favorite bookmarks.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    SOPHIA (f): The Greek word for “wisdom” became an English personal name to large extent through French and German SOPHIE, favored in certain European royal houses; it was hugely popular into the nineteenth century.

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    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    New England Historical and Genealogical Register — Just added 2007
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/nehgsr.asp
    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database is one of the most frequently used databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org. We are working to bring the database up to date to include the most current issues of the Register. This week, we add the four issues of Volume 161, published in 2007.

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    Spotlight: Association for Gravestone Studies
    by Valerie Beaudrault
    http://www.gravestonestudies.org/

    When your family history research brings you to an ancestor’s final resting place, or, if you have an interest in the recording and caring for the gravestones in a cemetery, a visit to the website of The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) just might be in order. AGS was founded in 1977 “for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones.” It is an international organization that “promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public awareness of the significance of historic gravemarkers, and encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones.” To this end, the organization holds an annual conference every June.

    AGS is a membership organization, with such benefits as a quarterly newsletter, AGS Quarterly, a monthly eNewsletter and their scholarly journal, Markers: Annual Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies. Their website provides valuable information and answers to FAQs for newcomers to gravestone studies. There are answers to questions about the dos and don’ts of gravestone rubbing, how to clean gravestones, and the symbolism found on markers, among many others. Such resources can help to ensure that future generations can have the same opportunities we’ve had to visit our ancestors’ final resting places and glean the information from the markers as we have.

    AGS also offers other published resources such as A Graveyard Preservation Primer and the AGS Field Guide series. These publications describe “methodologies and techniques for recording cemetery data, restoring cemeteries and gravestones, photographing and rubbing gravestones, the use of graveyards as a teaching resource, and preparing legislation to protect gravestones from vandalism, theft, and demolition” and can be purchased through their online store.

    In addition, AGS has compiled a list of links to web sites relevant to the study and preservation of gravestones. Click on the External Resources link on the homepage to access them.

    There are links to websites from more than 30 states, Canada, and a number of European countries. They include state and regional gravestone associations, state cemetery preservation offices, individual cemetery websites, many of which have burial indexes, and Jewish cemeteries links. And, there are links to other resources such as carver sites, conservators’ websites, websites with information about gravestone preservation, such as The National Trust for Historic Preservation and one that deals with the issue of how to remove graffiti from historic stone.

    One of the websites that I found interesting is Boneyard Art (www.boneyardart.com/index.html), which focuses on recording maritime imagery found on coastal Maine gravestones. Click on the Sea Stories in Stone link at the bottom of the homepage the view images of the gravestones and the sea stories of twenty-four nineteenth century Mainers who are buried in the graves. This online collection was put together for a presentation at the Maine Maritime Museum as part of the museum's 2004 Brown Bag Lecture Series.

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    Stories of Interest

    Boston Honors Poe, A Native Son Who Shunned the City
    Edgar Allen Poe is more closely associated with Baltimore, but he was born in Boston. The city recently named a square at the corner of Boston Common, located near the author’s place of birth, Edgar Allen Poe Square.

    Annette Gordon-Reed ’84 Wins Pulitzer Prize in History
    Harvard Law School graduate Gordon-Reed recently won a Pulitzer Prize in history for her book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which examines four generations of a slave family owned by Thomas Jefferson.

    Confederate Veterans’ Graves Stoke Macon Teenagers Interest in Family
    Teenager Taylor Moulton has grown an interest in a tiny burial ground across the street from Macon Memorial Park Cemetery. The smaller ground contains the graves of at least four Confederate veterans.

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    Question of the Day

    Each day (M-F), David Lambert, the NEHGS Online Genealogist, will post an interesting "Question of the Day" on http:///www.NewEnglandAncestors.org to share with you. We hope these questions will be valuable and beneficial in your research. Check back daily for new questions and answers or read through our archives. What follows is a 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:
    While looking online at images of a set of 18th century Daggett gravestones I see the location listed as Tishmoo. I cannot locate this area, and was wondering if you knew where this cemetery might be.

    Answer:
    This location name is a spelling variation of a section of Tisbury, Massachusetts referred to as “Tashmoo” [reference: Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities, and towns in Massachusetts. (Boston, NEHGS, 1997), p. 115. A Daggett family cemetery is located in Tisbury at 325 West Spring Street. The dates of death should appear in the published Vital Records of Tisbury, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1850. Within the death records, the reference of G.R. 9 refers to the Daggett cemetery. Hopefully the dates from the images you have seen match this.

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    Settlers of the Beekman Patent

    The Sales Department is happy to offer free economy shipping on any volumes of the Settlers of The Beekman Patent series. This important series documents the 18th century settlement of the Beekman Patent by Palatines, Dutch and the English from Long Island and New England. The Beekman Patent was a major entry point from New England to New York and the West. This historical and genealogical study has chapters on the patent itself, the lease system, life in 18th century Beekman, Beekman patent records, Pawling records, roads, Revolutionary War history and Beekman-Livingston letters and diary. The following volumes (and one CD) are available:

    Vol.1: Historical Records
    Vol.2: Abbot to Burtch
    Vol.3: Burtis to Dakin
    Vol.4: Darbyshire to Everitt
    Vol.5: Fackert to Haas
    Vol.6: Hadden to Hunt
    Vol.7: Hunter to Leavens
    Vol.8: Lee to Millington
    Vol.9: Mills to Page
    CD: Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Volumes 1-9

    Each volume is $85.00, which includes book rate shipping. The 9-Vol.CD is $165.00, which includes shipping. To order, please visit our online store at www.newenglandancestors.org/store.asp (scroll down and look for the Beekman titles in the middle column) 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:

    Descendants of Peter Mills of Windsor, Connecticut (Item P4-H19429)
    Foster Family: California Pioneers, 1849 (Item P4-H10842)
    Descendants of John Rugg (Item P4-H22809)
    History of Royalston, Vermont, with Family Genealogies, 1769–1911 (Item P5-VT0014H)
    Campbell County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1781–1854(Item P5-VA0067H)

    You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at www.newenglandancestors.org/store.asp.

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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 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
    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.

    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 three million references.

    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 week-long program, "Come Home to New England." Research your roots with expert assistance at the extensive NEHGS library, one of the premier genealogical facilities 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.

    Newfoundland Research Tour
    Sunday, July 12–Sunday, July 19, 2009
    Discover your Newfoundland family history with NEHGS in the provincial capital of St. John's. 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; 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 Newfoundland newspapers.

    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 week-long program, "Come Home to New England." Research your roots with expert assistance at the extensive NEHGS library, one of the premier genealogical facilities 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.

    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 week-long 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 history. The main holdings of NAS include records created by the government of Scotland beginning in the twelfth century, including records of the crown and parliament; legal registers; court documents; and records of the Church of Scotland. Vital records, including births, marriages, and deaths 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.

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit http://www.newenglandancestors.org/programs_events.asp or email mailto:tours@nehgs.org.

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