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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 29
    Whole #436
    July 22, 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.

    * New Bible Records and Books in the Digital Library and Archive
    * The Correspondence of John Cotton, Jr. Reception
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Equal Variants
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: The Victoria Regional History Center, Texas
    * Stories of Interest
    * Question of the Day
    * Four New Titles in the NEHGS Store
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    New Bible Records and Books in the Digital Library and Archive

    The following bible records and books have been added to the NEHGS Digital Library and Archive. To browse lists of the items available online, please visit If you plan to view multiple items in the Digital Library, we recommend that you begin by logging in at Once you log in, you can click the “Search Catalog” button or the “New Books & E-books” link to start using the digital collections.

    • Bible records from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections at NEHGS for the following families:
      Bowes, Bugbee, Chamberlain, Duffy, Fellowes, Gould, Hooton, Hutchinson, Klein, Lewis, Milesi, Molineux, Newbold, O’Brien, O’Reilly, Palmes, and Sullivan.
    • Local history and vital records:
      The Birthplace of Vermont : A History of Windsor to 1781, by Henry Steele Wardner, 1927.
      Barnes' Mortality Record of the Town of Woodbury [Connecticut]: From the Settlement of the Town of Woodbury in 1672 to the Present Day, compiled by Leon M. Barnes, 1898.

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    The Correspondence of John Cotton, Jr. Reception

    Sheila McIntyre and Len Travers, editors of the recent Colonial Society of Massachusetts publication The Correspondence of John Cotton Jr. (1639-1699), will be honored at a reception at the Society's home at 87 Mount Vernont Street, Boston, on Thursday, July 23, 2009, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

    The second son of one of the most famous clergymen of New England’s founding generation, Cotton was a missionary to Native Americans on Martha’s Vineyard and pastor of the First Church in Plymouth, Massachusetts for over thirty years. His career was marred by repeated charges of sexual improprieties with his parishioners, first in Wethersfield, Connecticut and later in Plymouth. He died of yellow fever in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Cotton wrote during an era when it was freely understood that letters would be circulated far beyond the immediate addressee. Thus, both his letters and those addressed to him read more like newsletters than personal correspondence, and they document the most dramatic events of the late seventeenth century, including the savagery of King Philip’s War, the discontent with and the eventual overthrow of the Dominion of New England, and the absorption of the Old Colony into the province of Massachusetts Bay. Filled with often intimate detail, most of the letters in this collection are being printed for the first time, together with a biographical introduction and ample annotations to assist the general reader.

    The reception honoring the book’s editors is open to the public and signed copies of the books will be available for $49.50. Copies of The Papers of Francis Bernard and of the John Cotton Jr. Correspondence may also be obtained through the University Press of Virginia (

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Equal Variants
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    There are a number of words in the English language that can be correctly spelled in multiple ways. When the spellings of such words are just as common in one form as another, they are considered equal variants. Examples of equal variants are afterward/afterwards, gray/gray, and catalog/catalogue. Other equal variants come about because of American vs. British English; and example would betheater and theatre.

    When writing, it is not important which equal variant is used. What is important is that you are consistent throughout that work (be it an article, chapter, essay, or an entire book). Once you have selected a variant for a work, you need to add it to your style sheet and stick with it for the rest of the piece.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    APOLLOS (m): A French name, [from the Greek sun god]; in colonial New England anglicized to PAUL. The young Huguenot Apollos Rivoire quickly became Paul Revere on his arrival in Boston; the career of his son, silversmith and patriot Paul Revere, Jr. (1734-1818) is well known.

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    New On

    The American Genealogist, Volumes 19–23

    This week, we continue our presentation of The American Genealogist, with the addition of volumes 19–23. Additional volumes will be added every few weeks. The material added this week includes 27,701 name records, 812 title/author records, and 1,541 page images.Volume 20 includes a 51-page supplement titled “Additions and Corrections to History and Genealogy of Families of Old Fairfield”. This supplement is included in the database as “Volume 20a.”

    The database may be searched by first and last name. It may also be searched by “article title keyword(s).” This option is an “any match” search that includes article titles and authors. Finally, entering a specific year or volume number, and page number, will provide access to that portion of the journal. When search results are displayed, links to the corresponding TAG pages are provided. Once within a TAG page, additional links allow viewing of the previous or next search result, or the previous or next TAG page.

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    Spotlight: The Victoria Regional History Center, Texas
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Victoria, located thirty miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, is the seat of Victoria County, Texas. The Victoria Regional History Center is a department of the Victoria College — the University of Houston —Victoria Library (VC/UHV). The Center “acquires, preserves, and makes available to students, faculty and the public, archival records of enduring value that document the histories of the institutions on the Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria campus as well as those records that preserve the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Texas, particularly the region of Texas that includes Victoria and surrounding counties.” The library’s holdings include an extensive collection of books, maps, and other published materials as well as county records, personal papers, business and association records, newspapers, and photographs.

    Regional Historical Resource Depository
    The VC/UHV Victoria Library is one of 25 depositories established by the Regional Historical Resource Depository program of the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Click on the Regional Historical Resource Depository button to access the following databases.

    Teachers' Daily Registers, Office of the County Superintendent of Schools
    The Teachers' Daily Registers record students’ names, class attendances, and grades for a school year. The Victoria Regional History Center holdings comprise 3,300 register volumes for Victoria County rural schools for the period 1888–1976. The data fields in the index include the name and number of the school district, the teacher’s name, and the school year and the shelf and box number where each volume is archived.

    Indexes & Finding Aids
    Click on the Indexes & Finding Aids button to access the resources.

    Historical Photograph Digitization Project
    In 2001, the library received a grant to digitize negatives related to “a pictorial record of the arrival and assimilation of immigrants to the Victoria area.” Area immigrants came from Ireland, Germany, Alsace, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Italy, and a number of other countries. 3,500 negatives were scanned and imported into a document imaging/records management system. Researchers can view, download, and print these photographs. The photographs are arranged in subject categories. You can browse through the subject categories and individual photographs. You can also search the photo collection.

    Fimble File of Newspaper Clippings
    The Fimble collection contains three scrapbooks of obituary notices and other clippings from the Victoria Advocate and other area newspapers, for the period from 1901 to about 1944. Sidney R. Weisiger acquired the scrapbooks and then indexed every name mentioned in every clipped article therein. The data fields in the index include the named person in the clipping, relationship of named person to the clipping subject, subject of the clipping and article type, source and date of the newspaper clipping, and location of the clipping in Fimble Collection (volume-page-column).

    Sidney R. Weisiger Collection Index
    This collection contains Sidney R. Weisiger's notes, clippings, and other materials collected in his local history writing and research. A personal name and subject index to the collection was created as part of a thesis titled "A Descriptive study of the Sidney Roper Weisiger Local History Collection" by Vera Johnson. A searchable index has been created from this work. Researchers can search by name, place, or subject. The search results indicate the box and folder location of the materials and provide a link to any available transcription or image files.

    Indianola Immigrant Database
    The Indianola Immigrant Database was a project of the Victoria County Historical Commission. Its purpose is to provide a record of the individuals and families who arrived in Texas through the port of Indianola. Indianola, Texas was founded as Indian Point in 1846. It was close to the landing place for German immigrants brought into Texas sponsored by the Adelsverein in 1844. As noted in last week’s eNews article on Fredricksburg, Texas, the Adelsverein was the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas. The port of Indianola was devastated by a hurricane in 1875, then rebuilt and destroyed by another hurricane in 1886. It was abandoned by 1887.

    There were no official ships' passenger lists for the port. This database is an effort to record Indianola immigration using family history, printed histories, and other sources. Enter a word in the search box to begin. The data fields for the results returned include last name, first name, date of birth, date of death, and date of arrival. Click on the name link to view a detailed record, which may include the following information: last name, first name, date born, place born, date died, place died, spouse, date married, immigrating children, later children, date arrived, destination, ship, and notes.

    If you have German American ancestors who lived in Texas, you should definitely check out the page containing German American Resources at the VC/UHV Library.

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    Stories of Interest

    Icon, Revealed: Newly Discovered Image Offers Fresh Insights About Medical Miracle
    The story of Phineas Gage, who survived a three-foot iron bar piercing his skull, has intrigued medical researchers since the incident occurred in 1848.

    Rockport Takes Stewardship of Historic Lighthouse
    The town of Rockport, Massachusetts, has taken ownership of the Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse from the U.S. Department of Interior. Built in 1835, the lighthouse joins two others built in 1771 that the town also owns and operates.

    Data Helps Descendants of Slaves Reclaim History
    Virginia Governor Tim Kaine spoke at a recent event at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia announcing the online availability of information from the Freedman’s Bureau records.

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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

    While visiting a cemetery in Brooklyn, New York I came a cross a small bronze flag holder with the intials AUSWV. Do you know what fraternal orgainzation that might be associated with? I thought it may be Australian War Veterans perhaps, but it had an American flag.

    The AUSWV is an American organization. This acronymn stood for the American Union Spanish-America War Veterans, a fraternal organizations established those who served in the war.

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    Four New Titles in the NEHGS Store

    The Society is happy to offer four new titles in our bookstore. Click on the links below each title to see a full description. To order, you can click the links or call toll free at 1-888-296-3447. Prices do not include shipping.


    Minutes of the Connecticut Court of Assistants, 1669–1711, transcribed by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG. Hardcover, 707 pages, $34.95 ($31.46 for NEHGS members). Item S24813700
    (Please note that this title will not be available until mid-August)

    A Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen During King Philip’s War by Kyle F. Zelner. Hardcover, 324 pages, $50.00. Item B27878000

    Searching for Ichabod: His Eighteenth-Century Diary Leads Me Home by Julie Foster Van Camp, Soft cover, 242 pages, $13.99. Item B23300000

    An American Family 1575-1945: A History of the United States of America Viewed Through the Eyes of One Family by James Edmond Carbine & Marianne Lemly Carbine. Hardcover, 393pp, $25.00. Item B26406400

    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:

    Family History in the Line of Lt. Benjamin Ogden of New York (1735-1780) and His Wife, Rachel Westervelt (Item P4-H20421)
    People's History of Kingston, Rondout & Vicinity, the First Capitol of New York State (1820-1943) (Item P5-MY0196H)
    Winders of America: John of New York, 1674-5; Thomas of New Jersey, 1703-34; John of Maryland, 1665-98 (Item P4-H27771)
    Iroquois Folk Lore, Gathered from the Six Nations of New York (Item P5-NY0036H)
    Muster Rolls of New York Provincial Troops, 1755-1764 (Item P5-NY0105H)

    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.

    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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