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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 20
    Whole #427
    May 20, 2009
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.

    * Colonial Society Publishes Governor Bernard Papers
    * Boston University Offers Second Genealogy Certificate Program
    * Research Recommendations: Pharos Tutors
    * Name Origins
    * Holiday Closure
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Ontario Public Library Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * Question of the Day
    * Ancestors of American Presidents
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Colonial Society Publishes Governor Bernard Papers

    Colin Nicholson, Lecturer in United States History at the University of Stirling, Scotland, will travel to Boston to celebrate the publication of the first volume of the papers of Francis Bernard, who was governor of Massachusetts in the crucial decade of the 1760s. This 544-page book reveals much new evidence about the Town of Boston and the Province of Massachusetts at the end of the last French and Indian War. His correspondence with Lord Jeffrey Amherst, his reports to the Board of Trade in London, and his messages to royal officials on both sides of the ocean tell us of a maturing society and economy in a growing conflict with its mother country. The man for whom Bernardsville, New Jersey and Bernardston, Massachusetts were named was increasingly at the center of forces that he could not control. Many of his papers are here published for the first time, making available to historians and to the general public a window into the political life of New England in a formative period.

    The Papers of Francis Bernard: Governor of Colonial Massachusetts, 1760-1769; Volume 1:1759-1763, edited by Colin Nicholson is now available from the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. There will be a book launch at the Society's home at 87 Mount Vernon Street in Boston on Thursday, May 21, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

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    Boston University Offers Second Genealogy Certificate Program

    Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized experts, the Certificate in Genealogical Research is ideal for those who wish to develop the knowledge and skills essential to conducting quality genealogical assignments. The program provides hands-on training in basic genealogical principles, techniques, and core competencies, and leads to a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. The summer acclerated format offers the program on 14 weekdays.

    This program starts on June 15, 2009 at the Boston University School of Management at 595 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston and runs through July 2. NEHGS members who register for the course receive a $250 discount. The program director is Melinde Lutz Sanborn, FASG. Other instructors include Elissa Scalese Powell, CG; Sharon Sargeant; Thomas W. Jones, PhD, FASG, FUGA, FNG; and Richard Andrew Pierce.

    For more information, visit

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    Research Recommendations: Pharos Tutors
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    I’ve just returned from spending a week in Raleigh, North Carolina, with several of my colleagues at the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society (NGS). We were lucky to meet many members from around the country, many of whom don’t get the chance to visit Boston often. The conference itself was a great success, and I’m looking forward to the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, this fall, and to the NGS Conference next year in Salt Lake City. Many exhibitors were in evidence, with all manner of books, products, and services to offer. Over the next few weeks I hope to talk about some of these with you.

    It was great to see Sherry Irvine, former president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, in a booth discussing her latest venture. Pharos Tutors runs online educational courses, with more than 20 courses offered throughout the year. Pharos courses specialize in records of the United Kingdom. They work with The National Archives of the United Kingdom, the Guild of One Name Studies, and the Society of Genealogists (London).

    Their website,, states that Pharos “exists to teach the best and most rewarding ways to search for ancestors in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, and to help others discover as much as possible about the lives of their ancestors.” They offer a free course to help you discover more about the learning process. A list of recommended reading can be found on the Pharos Bookshelf.

    Courses last from two to six weeks, but most last for five weeks. Each week a new lesson is sent to you via email. Weekly chat sessions are offered for each class, as well as the opportunity to participate in discussion forums. They estimate about 4 to 5 hours are required for each weekly lesson.

    A detailed listing of courses available is available on the website. Courses run from the general to very specific. Among the courses offered are:

    • Military Men and Women: Records of Britain’s Armed Forces 1750–1920
    • Old Handwriting for Family Historians
    • Researching Irish Ancestors Before 1820
    • Scotland 1750–1850: Beyond the OPRs
    • Searching for Wills and Administrations in England and Wales
    • The Parish Chest: There Was More to Life than Baptism, Marriage, and Burial
    • Your Family in England 1714 to 1830

    Pharos Tutors may be just the group to help you with your online learning. Among the items I found in the website are “Irvine’s Genealogy Laws.” While many of them, such as “The history of a record is as important as its contents,” are very important, I think the last one sums up the practice of family history the best:

    Nothing is finished in genealogy.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    SIMEON (m): One of the twelve sons of Jacob (his mother was the patriarch’s first, unloved wife Leah).

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    Holiday Closure

    The Research Library will be closed Saturday, May 23, in observance of Memorial Day. The administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, for the holiday.

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    New On

    The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volumes 17–21

    This week, we continue the presentation of a collaborative effort of The Connecticut Society of Genealogists and New England Historic Genealogical Society – additional searchable volumes of The Connecticut Nutmegger.

    The Connecticut Nutmegger has served as the “journal of record” for the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. (CSG) for forty years. During this time it has captured a wealth of information for genealogists. Vital records, probate records, bible records, headstone records, memorials and other useful records have been published and made readily accessible for genealogical research. Well-documented family histories and genealogical articles, covering hundreds of families — mainly with Connecticut ties — have been presented. Published articles include commentary on and corrections to previously published family lines, vital records and town histories. Book reviews, research tips, queries and other valuable tools for genealogists have been presented.

    Additional volumes will be added to this database over the next year; this week we present volumes 17–21. Additional sets of five volumes will be added periodically. The database search facility is very similar to that of the Register and allows searches by last and/or first name, or by subject keywords. Images of the original pages may be seen from the search results page. It is also possible to browse the pages of the Nutmegger by entering a year (or volume number) and a page number. This fourth installment indexes 31,129 names, 575 subject records and 3,818 pages.

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    Spotlight: Ontario Public Library Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Welland Public Library

    Welland is a city in southern Ontario, Canada, in the Regional Municipality of Niagara. It is less than 15 miles from Niagara Falls. The Welland Public Library has made a number of genealogy and local history resources available through its website.

    Local History Resources

    The local history resources include an extensive collection of historical photographs and newspaper clippings related to the Welland Canal. In many cases the newspaper clippings have been digitized; however, for some the images are not available. The data fields for all clippings include the date, newspaper source, article headline and a brief description of the information contained in the article. This is a joint project of the Welland Public Library and the Wainfleet Township Public Library.

    There is also a link to a site that chronicles the development of Welland’s industrial and ethnic history. As noted on the website the primary focus of this site is to provide online access to the library’s collections of photographs, newspaper clippings, and documents related to the city’s industrial growth and development and changes in its ethnic fabric over time.

    Genealogy Resources

    The site’s genealogy-related resources include two databases; one is a newspaper index and the other is a surname index. They can be searched together or separately. The newspaper index returns results from the Welland Tribune for the period from 2000 to the present. The genealogy index returns results from a number of area newspapers from 1872 to 1934 and from 1990 to the present. There is an abbreviation at the end of each entry in the search results that will tell you the type of record you are viewing. For example, there are births (B), marriages (M), deaths (D), business notices (Business), and political articles (politics). Under the Genealogy link you will also find a page with alphabetical listings of Welland and Lincoln County cemeteries.

    Niagara Falls Public Library, Niagara Falls, Ontario

    Niagara Falls is located on the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region of southern Ontario, across the river from Niagara Falls, New York. The Niagara Falls Public Library has made a newspaper index available on its website. The database is an index to birth, marriage and anniversary announcements, death notices, and news articles related to the city of Niagara Falls that can be found in the Daily Record, the Evening Review, and the Review, as well as other area newspapers. The index covers a period beginning with 1908. Detailed information on the years indexed can be found by clicking on the link on the main Newspaper Index page. Enter a keyword, headline word, or subject word to run a simple search. The advanced search function allows one to limit the search by date, by type of article, or newspaper source. Researchers can also browse the collections by name (creator or contributor) or by subject. Some of the articles in the search results have been scanned and are accessible online, but most of them are not.

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    Stories of Interest

    New Search Engines Aspire to Supplement Google
    New search engines that are popping up across the Web strive to make searches faster, smarter, more personal and more visually interesting.

    New Services Promise Online Life After Death
    These services provide ways to allow loved ones to access your email, websites, and other online materials after you pass away.

    On Full Steam: A Lifelong Hobby Focuses on Boiler-Powered Vintage Car
    89-year-old Lynnfield, Mass., resident Arthur Funai has been restoring a 1904 Grout Steam Car since 1956.

    Monhegan Island’s Way of Life is Endagered
    The year-round community on Monhegan Island in Maine, founded in 1839, is in danger of extinction.

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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:/// 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 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

    There is a flag marker at my ancestor’s grave plot in Brockton, Massachusetts. Next to the main headstone is a footmarker for a grand-aunt by marriage with a bronze flag holder with the initials "D.U.V.C.W." What does this stand for?

    Your grand-aunt was a daughter of a Civil War veteran. The marker’s initials stand for Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. You may wish to search for an obituary in the Brockton Enterprise for more details on the post she belonged to. The Enterprise is available on microfilm at the Boston Public Library and the Brockton Public Lilbrary.

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    Ancestors of American Presidents

    Have you purchased your copy of Ancestors of American Presidents, 2nd Edition? If not, you might want to get one before the prepublication price ends! On June 1st, the price of this bestselling work by renowned author Gary Boyd Roberts will go back to $39.95, but until then, you can get your copy for $34.95. Prices do not include shipping. You can place your order either by calling us toll free at 1-888-296-3447 or by visiting

    Don’t miss out on the savings—order before June 1.


    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 Jacob Hochstetler, Immigrant of 1736 (Item P4-H14601)
    L. Herman Rowlee (1746-1818) and His Descendants (Item P4-H22779)
    Descendants of Jacob Wolman, Sr., 1715-1778 (Item P4-H27900)
    Swedish Settlements on the Delaware, 1638-1664 (Item P5-PA0024H)
    Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 (Item P5-O0001H)

    You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at If you would like a list of FAQs and search tips for the Classic Reprints catalog, simply send an email with "Classic Reprints" in the subject line to

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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

    You can view a full listing of upcoming programs:

    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.

    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.

    Salt Lake City Research Tour
    Sunday, October 25–Sunday, November 1, 2009
    Join NEHGS for our thirty-first annual research tour to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with more than 70 other participants, you are invited to take part in an intensive week of research where you will be aided by expert staff. Daily programming also includes computer tutorials for accessing the library card catalog, research tips and techniques lectures, personalized consultations and group dinning events.

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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