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Vol. 11, No. 22Whole #429June 3, 2009Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudraultenews@nehgs.org
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NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.
Contents:* Digital Library and Archive Update* NEHGS on NECN* Research Recommendations: Genline.com* Name Origins* New On NewEnglandAncestors.org* Spotlight: Historic Burying Grounds Initiative (HBGI) – Boston, Massachusetts * Stories of Interest* Question of the Day* Blank Charts Now Available* Upcoming Education Programs* NEHGS Contact Information
Digital Library and Archive Update
The Society's new Digital Library and Archive has proven to be very popular with members. During the past week we have added:
You can search the Digital Library and Archive at http://library.nehgs.org/and browse lists of some of the titles at http://library.nehgs.org/ftlist. If you plan to view multiple online titles, we recommend that you begin by logging in at http://library.nehgs.org/patroninfo. Once you log in, you can click the “Search Catalog” button or the “New Books & E-books” link to start using the digital collections.
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NEHGS on NECN
New England Cable News recently interviewed NEHGS library director Marie Daly for a Memorial Day story on work the Society has been doing with Moore's Marauders, a group working to repatriate the remains of soldiers who died and were buried overseas. You can watch the video at www.newenglandancestors.org/about/videos.asp.
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Research Recommendations: Genline.comby Michael J. Leclerc
One of the groups at the recent NGS conference in Raleigh reporting changes to their website was Genline.com. For those unfamiliar with this service, Genline.com offers Swedish parish registers online. Their collection currently includes 99.9% of registers from the 1600s through 1897. Over the course of the next year, Genline is planning some exciting additions to their website.
First is the expansion of the timeframe included on the site. They are in the process of adding the birth, marriage, and death records through 1920. By the fall of 2009 they expect to have 60–70% of these records available.
Another valuable addition to the site will be the Husförhörslängder. These Household Examination records were clerical surveys to assist the Lutheran Church in keeping track of people. By the end of 2009 they expect to have 70–90% of these records available online. The records have been scanned and are in the process of being checked by volunteers for transcription errors.
Two new offerings will bring Genline.com into the social networking world. Subscribers will be allowed to annotate records with comments and other transcriptions of information in their records. Users can also “vote” on the accuracy of the transcription or commentary, allowing other users to judge the accuracy.
They are also partnering with Familjeband.se to offer access to the information on that website to subscribers for an additional fee. Familjeband.se is working with historical societies throughout Sweden to provide local history, photographs, maps, and other information on localities. In addition, they are starting to partner with organizations in areas throughout the world where large groups of Swedes settled to include information on those localities as well. The Familjeband.se partnership will be available sometime next year with a new English-language interface.
Genline.com is offering a discount to NEHGS members who would like to subscriber to their service. The regular price is 1,995 Swedish Kroner (about $267) for a one-year access. NEHGS members can subscribe now for 1,005 SEK (about $135) — a savings of almost 50%! This offer is valid through July 31, 2009. This offer is good for new Genline.com subscribers as well as those who wish to renew their subscription.
Register with Genline as a new member and enter GENCOM990 in the Special Coupon Box and redeem. If you are a current member, sign in and enter GENCOM990 in the Special Coupon Box and redeem. If you have a current subscription, your purchase will be added to your current subscription.
If you have any questions about subscribing, contact Genline.com directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free at 1-800-975-5493.
Name Originsby Julie Helen Otto
PHILEMON (m) (Greek): Philemon was the recipient of a letter from the imprisoned St. Paul.
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 nine cemeteries:
Lunenburg, Worcester County, Mass.Lunenburg South Burial Ground, 1763–1863, 495 records.Lunenburg North Burial Ground, 1761–1901, 556 records.Levi Goodrich’s Burial Ground, 1850–1877, 4 records.Thomas Arnold’s Burial Ground, 1843–1866, 4 records.
Worcester, Worcester County, Mass.Worcester Old Cemetery, 1719–1824, 340 records.Worcester Mechanics Cemetery, 1720–1871, 431 records.
Westbrook, Middlesex County, Conn.New Cemetery, 1819–1910, 452 records.Old Cemetery, 1720–1856, 320 records.Second Cemetery, 1816–1909, 479 records.
Spotlight: Historic Burying Grounds Initiative (HBGI) – Boston, Massachusetts by Valerie Beaudraultwww.cityofboston.gov/parks/hbgi/default.asp
In the 1970s the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Boston established the Historic Burying Grounds Initiative in an effort to restore the City’s historic cemeteries. According to the City’s website, HBGI is the “largest cemetery restoration program undertaken by a municipality in the United States.”
There are sixteen historic burying grounds and three “garden-style” cemeteries in Boston, dating from 1630 to 1893. Three of the sixteen are still active: Evergreen (est. 1850), Fairview Cemetery (c. 1893), and Mount Hope Cemetery (est. 1852). The Copp’s Hill, Granary, and King’s Chapel Burying Grounds are well-known cemeteries located on Boston’s Freedom Trail. To learn more about the individual cemeteries, click on “About the Burying Grounds” link in the site index. This will bring up a page with an overview of the cemeteries that fall under the HBGI and a dropdown list with the names of the 18 cemeteries. Select a cemetery to learn its address and read a brief history. The cemeteries are:
Click on the “Search Historic Headstones” link on the HBGI main page to begin a search of the database. The database contains burial records from fourteen cemeteries. As noted on the website the information in the database is based on surveys carried out by HBGI staff and volunteers during the mid-1980s. All legible grave markers were recorded.
The HBGI database can be searched by a surname or by cemetery name chosen from a dropdown list. Searching by surname will result in a list of records for individuals by that surname buried in any of the fourteen cemeteries. If you choose a particular cemetery the results will be returned in the form of an alphabetical list of all individuals buried in the cemetery. The data fields in the search results include the full name of the deceased, the date of death, if known, the cemetery name and the location of the grave. You can determine who is buried next to your ancestor by using Find on the Edit menu of your web browser. Search for the previous or next number in the location field. By clicking on the “abbreviations” link on the search results page you can access an explanation of the abbreviations used in the database. Macintosh users beware, the databse does not work with Safari, but you can use Firefox without a problem.
In addition to the above, there is one section containing an overview of the iconography of the gravestones from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries and another section on how you can help to preserve these old cemeteries. Click on the “Visiting A Burying Ground” link to find out when and how you can visit these cemeteries.
The Old Cemeteries of Boston database on the NEHGS website (which is available at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/Old_Cemeteries_Boston.asp) contains inscriptions for some the cemeteries included in the HBGI database. This database was created from Inscriptions and Records of the Old Cemeteries of Boston by Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2000). The cemeteries included here are the Central (Common) Burial Ground, the Copp’s Hill Burial Ground, the Granary Burial Ground, Hawes Burial Ground, and King’s Chapel Burial Ground. There are links to maps showing the locations of each of these burial grounds on the database main page. You must be a member of NEHGS to search the Old Cemeteries of Boston database.
Stories of Interest
Groundbreaking Held for New Genealogical Society LibraryThe Ohio Genealogical Society recently broke ground for their new 18,000-square-foot facility.
Congressman Frelinghuysen Carries on a Long Family TraditionMaxine Bellen, president of the New Jersey Technology Council, finds Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen’s inner office to be her favorite on the hill, because it is crammed with so much historic family memorabilia.
White Senator Discovers Family’s African-American RootsNorth Carolina State Senator Tony Rand and his son learned last year of African-American members of the family.
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 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:I am trying to determine what the phrase “gavelkind tenure” means in a English land transaction.
Answer:This term refers to equal division of the real estate holdings of a deceased parent among all male heirs. Any female or illegitimate children were excluded from receiving any portion from the estate under this English law, abolished in 1925.
Blank Genealogy Charts Now Available
NEHGS is happy to be offering blank genealogical charts. Click on the links below to get more information on the following charts:
5-generation descendant chart ($4.99)www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=2658492014
9-generation fan chart ($9.99)www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=622524595
15-generation pedigree chart ($4.99)http://www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=492476713
23-generation Ahnentafel chart ($7.95)http://www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=16
38-generation Ahnentafel chart ($7.95)http://www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=17
Both the 5-generation descendant chart and the 15-generation pedigree chart are shipped folded in quarters. The 9-generation fan chart, the 23-generation Ahnentafel chart, and the 38-generation Ahnentafel chart are mailed in tubes. Each tube costs $2.00 plus $4.95 for shipping. We can fit three charts in a tube. If you order online, please note that we will be adjusting the shipping cost from what appears on your order to what the actual shipping cost is. You can order online or by calling 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:
History of Early Terre Haute, Indiana, from 1816-1840 (Item P5-IN0091H)Delaware County, New York: History of the Century, 1797-1897 (Item P5-NY0153AH)History of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1639-1928, 3-volume set (Item P5-CT0205-6H)Gazetteer of Cheshire County, New Hampshire, 1736-1885, with Town Histories & Directories (Item P5-NH0154H)Wilmington, Delaware: Three Centuries Under Four Flags, 1609-1937 (Item P5-DE0008H)
You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at www.newenglandancestors.org/store.asp. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
You can view a full listing of upcoming programs: www.newenglandancestors.org/events/6816.asp.
Seminars and ToursCorrection: 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 EnglandMonday, June 22–Saturday, June 27, 2009The 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, 2009Discover 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 EnglandMonday, August 10–Saturday, August 15, 2009The 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 TourSunday, September 20–Sunday, September 27, 2009Discover 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 TourSunday, October 25–Sunday, November 1, 2009Join 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 http://www.newenglandancestors.org/programs_events.asp or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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