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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 25
    Whole #432
    June 24, 2009
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

    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.

    * NEHGS Designated A "Best Website" By Family Tree Magazine
    * Crosby Family Online Exhibit
    * Research Recommendations: Congregational Library Necrology Database
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Michigan Genealogical Societies
    * Stories of Interest
    * Question of the Day
    * Free Shipping on Beekman Patent Titles
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    NEHGS Designated A "Best Website" By Family Tree Magazine

    Each year Family Tree Magazine makes their picks for the 101 best websites for genealogy. For the tenth anniversary of the awards this year, they selected the top ten websites in ten categories, such as vital records, maps, storing and sharing, local searches, etc.

    The Society is pleased to report that was selected one of the “Top 10 Big Web Sites,” alongside such major sites as,,, and

    To see the other 100 sites, visit

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    Crosby Family Online Exhibit

    Our latest online exhibit highlights one of the many collections of family papers which are carefully preserved in our manuscript department. Family papers can consist of genealogical research, photographs, letters, diaries, and other material collected over time.

    The Crosby family papers were donated by Delinda Trowbridge, whose husband Thomas is a descendant of Wallace William Crosby and Catherine Edwards of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The collection contains family pedigree charts, some genealogical research material, photographs, and other personal family treasures. The better part of the collection consists of family correspondence written between 1874 and 1910.

    Visit the Crosby Family Online Exhibit and discover more about this wonderful collection.

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    Research Recommendations: Congregational Library Necrology Database
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The Congregational Library in Boston, Massachusetts, has an outstanding collection of materials for Congregational churches, ministers, missionaries, and more in their home at 14 Beacon Street, across from the State House. As part of an effort to make their materials more accessible, the Library has created a necrology index of obituary listings for more than 25,000 clergy and missionaries spanning more then 200 years, available at

    The database is easily searched by first and last names and year of publication. In addition to first and last names, the database may include prefixes and suffixes (such as Rev. or M.D.), middle initial, maiden name, and parents' names. You will then see the issue, volume, month, page, year, and publication name for any hits.

    The actual obituaries have not yet been placed online, but visiting the digital resources section of the website at shows links to many of the publications available on the Internet Archive and/or Google Books, allowing you to view the obituary on those sites. If you cannot find the issue of the publication for an obituary online, you can request a copy from the Congregational Library.

    For the many people who had ministers and missionaries in their ancestry, this database will be a fantastic tool for discovering biographical information on your ancestor.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ARCHELAUS (m): Greek, “chief [of the] people. He was a son of Herod and succeeded his father, but was a tyrannical and unsuccessful ruler. He is mentioned only once in the Bible, and is in no way characterized. The name may be classical rather than Biblical, since its Biblical association is actually against it” (George R. Stewart, American Given Names: Their Origin and History in the Context of the English Language, p. 59). The name occurs in several obscure ancient contexts both pagan and Christian, but probably owes its later use to its spoken similarity to HERCULES.

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    New On

    ACGS Index of Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials

    This index to records of Roman Catholic Church baptisms, marriages, and burials was provided to NEHGS by the American-Canadian Genealogical Society. The original records are contained in ACGS repertories, which are available from AGCS as hard-cover publications or on CD. The index entries in this database each refer to the number of the original repertoire (e.g., "RP113"), which lists the entire record. The repertoires may be purchased through the ACGS online catalog, or individual repertoire pages may be ordered through the NEHGS photocopy service. If ordering pages from the NEHGS photocopy service, be sure to include the name of the individual, the type of record (baptism, marriage, or burial) and the repertoire number.

    The database currently contains records from 21 churches in New York State, including 149,132 baptisms, 51,669 burials, and 93,771 marriages. Records from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont will be added in the future.

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    Spotlight: Michigan Genealogical Societies
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society, Michigan

    The Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society covers a large geographic territory in parts of four Michigan counties: Ingham, Livingston, Jackson, and Washtenaw. These counties are located in the south central portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula. A number of small farming communities are found in the Stockbridge area. These include Gregory, Unadilla, Plainfield, Millville, Pinckney, Parkers Corners, Waterloo, Munith, Lyndon Center, Stockbridge, Hell, Bunker Hill, Fitchburg, Dansville, White Oak, and Pleasant Lake.

    Death Index
    The Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society has created an index to death notices recorded in the Stockbridge newspapers. The index covers the period from 1880 through 1966, with the exception of the years 1956–1959 and 1968–1999. The index is organized by increments of ten years, with the exception of the first period, which covers 1880 through 1910. The data fields include first name and last name only. Researchers can order copies of the death notice for a fee.

    Marriage Indexes
    The society has created both a marriage index for the Stockbridge area, which covers the period 1838–1867. There are two indexes, one organized alphabetically by bride’s surname and another organized by groom’s surname. The data fields include bride's last name, bride's first name, bride's residence, groom's last name, groom's first name, groom's residence, date of marriage, place of marriage, county, and record volume and page number. This is a work in progress.

    Ingham County Genealogical Society, Michigan

    Ingham County Democrat Newspaper Index
    This database is an index to death, burial and funeral notices, obituaries, notices of postmortems, murder trials, and life insurance pay-offs found in the Mason Michigan Democrat newspaper during the period from 1876–1915. It is a work in progress. The alphabetical index is in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader to view them. First click on the first letter of the surname to open the PDF file. Once open you can search for a particular surname by using the Find function under the Edit menu. The data fields in the index include surname, given name, maiden name, news date, page number, and column.

    Maple Grove Cemetery Index
    Maple Grove Cemetery is located in the City of Mason. More than 8,000 individuals have been buried there. While the earliest burials date to 1848, the cemetery database indexes 4,517 burial permits, burial transit permits, disinterment and re-interment permits for the period 1932–2005. The data fields include last name, first name of the deceased, year the permit was issued, and the sequence number of permit.

    Dobie Road Cemetery, Ingham County, Michigan
    According to the website, the Dobie Road Cemetery is “referred to as 'Ingham County Home Cemetery (Ingham County Poor Farm)' in the 'Michigan Cemetery Atlas' produced by the Library of Michigan." The readings used to create this index were taken by "Team Explore” 6th Graders at Kinawa Middle School in Okemos, Michigan from 2002 to 2004. The data fields include number, side/row/letter, first name, last name, birth year, death year, and death age in years, months, and days.

    Jackson County Genealogical Society

    The Jackson County Genealogical Society has uploaded to its website two alphabetical death index databases for Jackson County. They cover the periods 1886–1899 and 1900–1901. A copy of the record can be ordered for a fee.

    Click on the Township Resources link to find information regarding townships within Jackson County. There is currently information on only two of the townships, as the site is under construction. For Columbia Township there is a list of Union veterans of the Civil War interred at the Jefferson Burying Grounds. For Hanover Township there is a list individuals who died out-of-state and were buried in the township. The data fields include county & state, township or city, date of death, first name, last name, age, and place of burial.

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    Stories of Interest

    Vermont Village Schoolhouse Closes After 208 Years
    The Hancock Village School, founded in 1801, will close its doors at the end of the current school year, a victim of decreased enrollment and increased expenses.

    A Student Sleuth Haunts the Grounds Where a College Once Burned
    Bonnie J. McCubbin has become an expert on Cokesbury College, an early Methodist school in Maryland, and has developed a theory on who set the school on fire one cold December night in 1775.

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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

    Are there records available for the Newton Home for Orphans and Destitute Girls, and, if so, are they available from a distance? My great-grandmother is listed in the 1880 census residing in this home. It was located on Hovey St., Newton, Massachusetts.

    The records for this home for girls are not in the holdings of the NEHGS library, nor do they appear in the collection of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The records may, however, survive at the Rebecca Pomroy Foundation in Newton. According to their website,, the Newton Home for Orphan and Destitute Girls was opened in 1872. After the death of its first matron, the home was chartered in 1884 as the Rebecca Pomroy Newton Home for Orphan Girls, with a mission to "care for, train, and educate destitute and orphan girls, and aid them in procuring means of self-support."

    In 1939, the charter was amended to include "the establishment and maintenance of a community center in Newton, and to offer and provide health-building, educational and recreational opportunities and guidance to people of all ages in the community." In 1955, the organization’s name was changed to "The Rebecca Pomroy Foundation, Incorporated," and it began to take its current form. You can contact the Rebecca Pomeroy Association by mail at Rebecca Pomroy Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box 66066 ,Auburndale, MA 02466, or by e-mail at

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    Free Shipping on Beekman Patent Titles

    NEHGS Sales is happy to offer all Settlers of the Beekman Patent titles with free economy (book rate) shipping. Volumes 1 through 9 are available for $85.00 each and the CD containing all 9 volumes is available for $165.00. These titles can also be sent via UPS for $3.50 per volume.

    To see a full listing of Beekman Patent books or to order this volume or any other Beekman Patent book or CD, please visit the NEHGS store at or call 1-617-226-1212.

    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:

    Genealogical Data from Bristol, Connecticut Cemeteries (Item P5-CT0339H)
    Descendants of Richard Woody of England and Massachusetts (Item P4-H28026)
    Descendants of Robert Taylor of Pennsylvania (Item P4-H25209)
    Records of the First Church of Rowley, Massachusetts (Item P5-MA0088H)
    Centennial History of Kutztown, Pennsylvania (Item P5-PA0208H)

    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:


    New Visitor Welcome & Library Orientation
    Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 10:00 AM
    Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting at first. There is so much information found in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for both members and non-members. This talk introduces you to the NEHGS research library, located at 99 Newbury Street in Boston. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, records, and other items, NEHGS can provide researchers of every level some of the most important sources of information.

    You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, who can offer some advice on how to proceed. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture and will be followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings. Make plans to start your genealogy with this great tour.

    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 August 10–15, 2009.

    Getting Started in Genealogy
    Saturday, July 11, 2009 9:30 AM–1:00 PM
    The New England Historic Genealogical Society and Historic New England invite you to the Nickels-Sortwell House in Wiscasset, ME for a half-day seminar to learn techniques and methodology for exploring your family history.

    Getting Started in Genealogy will teach you strategies for using libraries, repositories and genealogical websites to locate vital record information, census records, immigration documents, and more. You will also learn how to organize a pedigree chart and document your discoveries for future generations. If you have an interest in becoming your family’s historian, this program is not to be missed!

    Register now at or call 617-226-1226.

    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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