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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 27
    Whole #434
    July 8, 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.

    * Two New Blogs
    * National Archives Missing Many Items
    * Research Recommendations: New at the Family History Library
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society, Colorado
    * Stories of Interest
    * Question of the Day
    * Save on Sales Orders of $50 or More
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Two New Blogs

    Two relatively new blogs may be of interest to genealogists. The State Library of Massachusetts has a blog, available at, where you can find information about collections in the library, news about acquisitions, and images of materials from their shelves. They have stories about more modern topics as well, often tying them in to historical materials. Among the recent posts are ones on historic maps of Chatham, preservation work being done on a printed pedigree chart and seals from the Vassall family, and one on essential New England books.

    The Rhode Island Historical Society’s blog at started earlier this year. In addition to information about the society’s physical locations and hours, you will find interesting posts about their collections. Recent items include a poem by James Franklin, brother of Benjamin and the first printer in Rhode Island, a 1754 pamphlet concerning the elimination of debtor’s prisons, and the first Jewish calendar printed in America.

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    National Archives Missing Many Items

    The National Archives and Records Administration has come under fire recently for a missing hard drive from the Clinton administration with sensitive records, including the Social Security Number for one of Al Gore’s daughters. But the problem of missing items has been going on for decades, if not longer. Among the more historically significant items missing are the patent for the Wright Brothers Flyer and the target maps for the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Find out more, and meet Paul Brachfeld, NARA’s inspector general, at

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    Research Recommendations: New at the Family History Library
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    I have just returned from a ten-day trip, first participating in the Southern California Jamboree and second, spending a week researching at the Family History Library. The weekend in Burbank was very hectic. The conference was very successful, bringing in about 1,500 people. It was wonderful to see our many members on the west coast, and NEHGS set a record for new members joining at a conference. I even survived a technical glitch that made my first presentation at the conference appear all in pink when projected on the screen.

    After leaving Burbank I spent a week in Salt Lake City researching my book on the Franklin family. It was very productive, but quite chaotic for a bit due to a major change in the Family History Library. FHL is in the process of replacing all of the old microfilm reader-printers. In fact, just a few days before my arrival, almost all of the machines on the U.S.-Canada floor had been removed, and new microfilm scanners put in their place.

    The new scanners replace not only the reader-printers, but the old scanners that used to be there. One major improvement is that the scanners do not require you to sign up for a one-hour block of time. You now go to the copy area, hop on a machine, scan or print, and hop off again, just like you used to do with the reader-printers.

    The new scanners handle both printing and scanning electronic images. You choose when scanning whether you wish to print the image or save it to the hard drive or a flash drive. One drawback is that you may not be able to save directly to some flash drives. You must first save the file onto the hard drive, then copy the files to your flash drive. Although it was possible for me to save files directly to my flash drive, I chose to save them first to the hard drive. In addition to scanning an image of the record, I scanned the cover of the volume, the title card showing me what item number it appeared on the film, and the film number that appears at the start of every microfilm. I then opened a window for my flash drive, created a new file and named it with a description of the record (such as Luther Homes Death Record), then dragged the appropriate files off of the hard drive and onto my flash drive. This solves two problems. I did not have to rename each file (necessary because by default the files are automatically named with a scan number, e.g. scan123.jpg). In addition, the other scans mean that when I get home I don’t need to remember the film and item number, or even the volume and page number for the original record. I have all the information recorded.

    One thing that takes major getting used to is that the new machines are entirely software driven. If you look on the scanner for buttons to forward or advance the film, you won’t find them. Everything is run through the desktop. More than two dozen icons on the screen mean it can be a bit confusing as you get used to the process. Fortunately, the library has printed handouts to help you with the process.

    Because the machines were brand new to everyone when I was there, even the staff and missionaries were getting used to them. In some ways it was interesting as we all practiced and learned together how to make things work the way we wanted them to. By the end of the week, it was much easier for everyone, but if you are planning a trip to the FHL in the near future, please remember that everyone is learning the new machines, and be tolerant as people try to assist you. The result is well worthwhile. As I reviewed my images from the trip over the last few days, they are crisp and clear and very easy to use. Despite the learning curve, these machines are a worthwhile investment by the library.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    DATEY (f): Nickname for THEODATE, especially in Hampton, N.H. and regions or families derived from it.

    THEODATE (usually f) (Theophoric name; mixed Greek [theo- ‘God’] and Latin [datum ‘gift’] ‘gift of God’; pronounced in four syllables, accented on the third): In New England, this name is common among descendants of Rev. Stephen Bachiler (ca. 1561-1660) of Hampton, N.H. (his daughter Theodate [Bachiler] Hussey [d. 1649] being the first). The name is thus akin to THEODORE [Greek], DOROTHEA [Greek], DEODATUS [Latin], DIEUDONNÉ [French], etc.

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    New On

    New England Historical and Genealogical Register — Just added 2008

    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database is one of the most frequently used databases on 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 162, published in 2008.

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    Spotlight: Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society, Colorado
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Littleton is located in the counties of Arapahoe and Jefferson, in central Colorado. The Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society, located in Littleton, has been in existence for nearly thirty-six years. There are a number of resources on its website. Click on the Online Archives link to access them.

    Obituary Index for the Littleton Independent Newspaper
    The obituary index was begun with the year 1999 and is a work in progress. As each earlier year is completed, it is added to the online index. It is likely to take quite a while to complete as the newspaper has been published since 1888. The data fields include last name, first name, death date, publication date, and page information. You must browse through the alphabetical list. The Columbine website notes that there are two other online indexes for the Littleton Independent. Links to these sites can be found on the society’s website.

    Databases for Previously Published Works

    Colorado Territory Civil War Volunteer Records
    The information contained in this database is from the original publication, Colorado Territory Civil War Volunteer Records, which was published by Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society in 1994. It is an index to twelve volumes of military issue ledger books at the Colorado State Archives. This is a surname index of details for each soldier. The database also provides the historical background of the units. You can search the database by entering a name in the search box or browse through the alphabetical list.

    An Every Name Extract from Original County Marriage Records Littleton, Colorado
    Marriage records from Arapahoe County, Colorado for the period from 1940 through 1965 have been indexed and published by Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society. There are 37,746 names of grooms and brides in the records. This database contains the records from the three published volumes of Arapahoe County Books 19 through 42. There is a combined alphabetical brides and grooms index with the following data fields: name, book number, page number, and license number. In addition there is a database containing a transcription of the records in the ledger books. The data fields in this database include name of groom, groom’s full address, name of bride, bride’s full address, book and page number, license number, marriage date, marriage address, city, county, and comments.

    An Every Name Extract from Original Interment Records of Littleton, Colorado
    This database indexes over 8,000 burial records extracted from two interment ledger books covering the period from 1869 through 1981. The records from the volumes have been combined into three separate groupings. There is an alphabetical listing of names; another listing of burials by block, lot and grave; and a combined index of the names of relatives and plot owners. There are also cemetery maps on the website. You can search the database by entering a name in the search box or browse through the lists.

    Records of Nickles-Hill-Drinkwine Mortuary, Littleton, Colorado
    The Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society has microfilmed the records of Nickles-Hill-Drinkwine Mortuary, for the period from July 22, 1915 to July 10, 1950. Seven books of records have been filmed. This database is an index to the microfilmed records. The records are alphabetical by the first letter of the surname. The data fields included here are book number, page number, surname, and given names(s). You can search the database by entering a name in the search box or browse through the alphabetical list.

    Cemeteries of Colorado — Guide to Locating Cemeteries
    This database is an index to known cemeteries throughout the state of Colorado. The database is ordered by county and alphabetically by cemetery name. The source for the information in the index is Cemeteries of Colorado: A Guide to Locating Colorado Burial Sites and Publications About Their Residents, by Donald R. Elliott and Doris S. Elliott.

    Colorado Small Cemeteries Index
    The sources used to create this database are three volumes by Donald R. and Doris S. Elliott published in 2007. The database indexes burials in smaller cemeteries throughout Colorado. You can search the database of more than 84,000 burials by entering a surname in the search box, or you can browse through alphabetically by surname or by maiden name. The index lists name and dates, burial site, and book and page number.

    Index to Our Heritage — People of Douglas County, Colorado, by Jean S. Wilson
    This database is an index to the above-named publication. In addition to indexing surnames, it refers to individuals, categories or category names such as “businesses, cemeteries, churches, church ministers, Colorado place names, creeks, ditches, doctors,” and so on.

    Church Records Indexes
    There are indexes to the records of the following churches: Littleton United Methodist Church (1894–1985); St. Paul's (1870–1919) and St. Timothy's (1951–1983) Episcopal Churches; and the First Presbyterian Church of Littleton (1883–1982). You can search the database by entering a name in the search box or browse through the alphabetical list.

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    Stories of Interest

    Siblings Reunite After 41 Year Separation
    In 1968, four half-siblings met for the first and last time. After becoming in interested in genealogy, Roy Wilkerson, Jr., decided to try to track down his aunt, whom his father had not seen since.

    Hidden History: A Writer Delves Into Racial Divides to Understand Her Family
    Danzy Senna’s memoir juxtaposes the family histories of her white mother and lback father, who married in 1968, the year after the famous Loving vs. Holman Supreme Court decision overturning miscegenation laws.

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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

    A member of my family was a Pullman porter in the 1930’s. Do you know where I can find information on this relative.

    A recent publication by Lyn Hughes entitled An Anthology of Respect: The Pullman Porter National Historic Registry has a listing of all African-American Pullman porters from the late 19th century through 1969. NEHGS is currently ordering this publication. If you would like more information on this book, go to

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    Save on Sales Orders of $50 or More

    From now until July 20, 2009, you can save $5 on every $50 of books you buy from the NEHGS Sales Department. Simply buy $50 worth of books in one order and we will take $5 off. Buy $100 worth of books in one order and we will deduct $10. No need for special codes—we will apply the discount on all orders of $50 or more.


    To qualify, orders must be:

    • Totaling more than $50 in a single order. Multiple orders cannot be combined.
    • Totaling more than $50 BEFORE shipping costs are added.
    • Totaling more than $50 after any NEHGS member discounts have been applied.
    • Made before July 20, 2009.

    So now is the time to get those books you have kept meaning to add to your collection—and save money to boot! 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:

    Milo & Brownville, Maine, Town Register: 1905 (Item P5-ME0196H)
    Souvenir History of Pella, Iowa, 1857-1922 (Item P5-IA0100H)
    History of the Certified Township of Kingston, Pennsylvania, 1769-1929 (Item P5-PA0276H)
    Historical Gazetteer of Tioga, County, New York, 1785-1788, 2-volume set (Item P5-NY0383H)
    History of Hanover, Columbiana County, Ohio, 1804-1913 (Item P5-OH0157H)

    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 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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