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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 30
    Whole #437
    July 29, 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.

    * Planned Outage for
    * Two for One Admission for All NEHGS Members to Historic Exhibition at The New England Quilt Museum
    * Research Recommendations: TNA's Digital Express Service
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Michigan Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * Question of the Day
    * Four New Titles in the NEHGS Store
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Planned Outage for

    Dear members and friends, please be advised that NEHGS is moving to a new datacenter. The website will be down on Monday, August 10, 2009, from 7:00 A.M. (EST) to 5:00 P.M. (EST). Thank you for your understanding while we make this necessary upgrade to our infrastructure.

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    Two for One Admission for All NEHGS Members to Historic Exhibition at The New England Quilt Museum

    Since its establishment in 1994, the Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project (MassQuilts) has documented over 6,000 quilts originating or currently owned in this state. This summer, many historically significant or esthetically appealing quilts documented by MassQuilts will be on display at the New England Quilt Museum in Massachusetts. The exhibition runs from July 17 through September 20, 2009. It brings together not only quilts, but also historic photographs and memorabilia to tell many of the compelling stories of the state's social history. The guest curator for the exhibit is noted quilt historian and lecturer Vivien Lee Sayre.

    The exhibit runs from July 17 through September 20, 2009, at the New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.. Gallery talks will be held throughout the weekend of August 6-9, to coincide with the annual Lowell Quilt Festival. For more information, visit

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    Research Recommendations: TNA's Digital Express Service
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The National Archives (TNA) of the United Kingdom has made great strides in the past couple of years with their online offerings. TNA is now offering a valuable new service for their collections through their website.

    TNA has long offered reprographic services, both onsite and online. Paper copies of documents can be ordered, as well as digital images. The process involves filling out an order form that details your request and allows the staff to estimate the cost. You tell them whether you want black and white or color images, on paper, CD-ROM, or DVD, then provide details about the items you are looking for. They will then give you a cost estimate, and you can order online.

    The new service is their Digital Express Copy Service. You can order up to 10 pages of digital images by supplying the catalog reference. You can then provide additional information in a small text box. You will then be presented with the option to purchase a digital copy, request an estimate for their regular service, or to have the document pulled and held for you for an in-person visit to Kew.

    The best part: if you place a Digital Express order by 1 P.M., Monday through Friday, you will have your order delivered to you the same day. Be sure to account for the time difference between Kew and your home when ordering documents. All this for £8.50!

    Recently I was in Salt Lake City researching some eighteenth- and nineteenth-century people in England who served in the Royal Navy. I found a book that indexed the Royal Navy lieutenants’ passing certificates at TNA. Starting at the end of the eighteenth century, candidates were required to provide a copy of their baptismal certificate. I placed a Digital Express order for the files of two of the people I was looking for.

    The next morning I checked my mail, and there was a message from TNA with links to download my images. Downloading took all of two minutes for the five images for one of the people, including his baptismal certificate. This allowed me to find baptisms for not only him, but several of his siblings, which did not appear in the IGI extractions of English parish registers.

    Unfortunately, they could not provide the images for the other person I was seeking. The materials were too large to fit on the scanners that they use for this project. They did, however, provide alternatives for obtaining the record, including using their regular reprographic service, which costs more but allows for oversize documents. In addition to size restrictions (maximum of A2 paper size), the documents must be stored onsite at Kew, and cannot be available on microfilm or in their Documents Online system.

    You can find more details about the Digital Express Service and other reprographic services from TNA at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ZERUIAH (f): A daughter of Jesse (1 Chron. 2:16).

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    New On

    The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volumes 27–31

    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 27–31. 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 23,217 names, 463 subject records and 3,696 pages.

    New Netherland Connections, Volume 12

    This week, we are adding the contents of New Netherland Connections, Volume 12, from 2007. This represents an additional 4,432 names. The remaining issue of New Netherland Connections will be added in the future.

    Begun in 1996, New Netherland Connections is a genealogical quarterly that aims to help people trying to identify and document New Netherland ancestors and their descendants. It focuses on New York and New Jersey in the Dutch colonial period (1624–1664). Each issue runs to about 28 pages, and includes feature articles, items of Dutch colonial interest, queries (of any length), and replies to queries. This database includes an index to the 41,972 names referenced in the first twelve volumes (1996-2007). Images of the original journal pages are available from the search results pages.

    Subscriptions to the printed journal may be ordered from Dorothy A. Koenig, Editor, 1232 Carlotta Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707.  She may also be contacted by email at

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    Spotlight: Michigan Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Fremont Area District Library, Michigan

    Fremont is located in Newaygo County, in the west-central part of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Gerber Baby Food was first manufactured in Fremont in 1928. The Fremont Area District Library has made a number of resources available online. To access them, click on the Local History link in the index on the left side of the homepage, then click on Local Records Database link on the Local History/Genealogy page.

    While not stated on the website, the sources for the records in the database appear to be local Fremont newspapers. The records in most of the databases are from the early twentieth century to the present.

    This database contains a list of 1800 records arranged alphabetically by husband’s surname. You can search the database by husband’s name, wife’s name, and place. The data fields in the search results also include the publication date of the newspaper.

    A list of 15,000 records arranged alphabetically by child’s surname. You can search the database by the child’s name, parents’ names, date of birth and place of birth.

    3,750 records arranged alphabetically by groom’s surname. You can search the database by groom’s name, bride’s name, place where the marriage took place, groom’s parents’ names and bride’s parents’ names. The data fields in the search results also include the publication date of the newspaper.

    Military Service
    A list of 4,500 records arranged alphabetically by soldier’s name. You can search the database by soldier’s name as well as rank. The data fields in the search results include name, rank, branch of service, newspaper headline/content, and the publication date of the newspaper.

    More than 15,000 obituary records arranged alphabetically by the deceased’s surname. You can search the database by deceased’s name, date born, date died, parents’ names, married to, date of marriage, place of marriage, survivors, and place of interment.

    Library of Michigan Newspaper Holdings,1607,7-160-17449_18643_29527---,00.html

    The Library of Michigan holdings include a comprehensive collection of Michigan newspapers on microfilm. Click on the link provided above to access an alphabetical the list of Michigan’s counties. Each county name is a link to a page containing a list of newspapers published in that county, arranged alphabetically by city and title. A range of dates for the newspapers in the collection is also provided, however, it is noted that the Library may not own every issue for each year listed there. To determine whether the Library’s collection contains a particular issue, you should search ANSWER, the Library’s online catalog.

    If you are not sure of the name of the county in which a particular city is located, the Library has provided a link to the Michigan page of the National Association of Counties website. There are a number of ways that you can access this collection. If you live near the Library, you can visit the Library of Michigan to use the microfilm collection. If you live in Michigan but are unable to travel to the Library, you can also request the materials via interlibrary loan through your local library. If you live out of state you can request copies of articles through your local library.

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    Stories of Interest

    Mourning the Death of Handwriting
    This Time magazine article discusses how people born after 1980 almost never write in cursive. And the reason: “Writing is not part of the national agenda anymore.”

    Irish Artifacts Dug Up in Baltimore County
    Archaeologists are digging through the remains of an Irish-American enclave just north of Timonium, Maryland, and making wonderful discoveries. It is, they believe, the first dig at an Irish immigrant village in the United States.

    Berlusconi ‘Hid Ancient Graves’
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, never one to avoid controversy, is now accused of hiding 30 Phoenician tombs at his villa in Sardinia. The graves date to 300 B.C.

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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

    Can you tell me if I have a fraternal connection with an item I located? While going through my great-grandfather's trunk I came across a small gold pin with what appears to be three owls sitting on a wreath. I would think nothing of it, but I also found a piece of stationery with the same emblem, but not describing the organization.

    I believe you have a membership pin for the International Order of Owls. This fraternal organization was formed in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1890. Some historians consider it another offshoot of the Freemasons; however, it was not affiliated with the Masons. A short history of the "OOO" can be found with an image of the pin you describe online at

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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:

    Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies: New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania, 1628-1776 (Item P5-REV001BH)
    History of Baxter County, Arkansas, 1873-1973 (Item P5-AR0003H)
    History of West Mystic, Connecticut, 1600-1985 (Item P5-CT0321H)
    Abstract of Probate Records at Fairfield, County of Fairfield, Connecticut, 1648-1750 (Item P5-CT0356H)
    Catalog of the Barkhamsted, Connecticut, Men who Served in the Various Wars, 1775-1865 (Item P5-CT0333H)

    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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