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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 34
    Whole #441
    August 26, 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.

    * Final Days To Become An NEHGS Member For Life And Save
    * NEHGS City Directories in the Digital Library and Archive
    * Research Recommendations: New Features for the Register Online
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Canadian Cemetery Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Library Holiday Closure
    * Pre-Order New Great Migration Volume VI: R–S
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Final Days To Become An NEHGS Member For Life And Save

    NEHGS reminds you that for the first time our Life and Life Benefactor memberships are being offered at special, discounted prices. During the month of August our Life Membership, available to individuals aged 62 or over and regularly priced at $3,000, is available for $2,500. Our Life Benefactor Membership, regularly priced at $6,000 and available to individuals at any age, is available for $5,000.

    In addition to the many benefits our individual members already enjoy, our Life and Life Benefactor Memberships include the following added benefits:

    • A 3.5 hour tutorial with our expert staff
    • An historic Life Member certificate with raised gold seal
    • A sterling silver NEHGS member lapel pin
    • Complimentary subscriptions to the Great Migration Newsletter
    • Tax deductions to the extent permitted by law

    Contact Member Services by email at or by phone at (888) 296-3447 for more details. Hurry, this special offer will end on August 31st, 2009 when prices return to their regular rates.

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    NEHGS City Directories in the Digital Library and Archive

    The following city directories have recently been added to the NEHGS Digital Library and Archive. You can browse a list of the directories at 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.

    • Baltimore: 1827
    • Madison, Wis.: 1858
    • New York, N.Y.: 1815, 1838
    • Richmond, Va.: 1855

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    Research Recommendations: New Features for the Register Online
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    One of the premier databases on is the entire run of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The leading journal of record for genealogy has been available for searching (by name) and browsing (by volume and page number) on the website since 2001. We have recently released new features that will allow you to use the database in new ways.

    You can now search or browse the entire run of the register by article titles. The main search page has a keyword search page for article titles. Enter any word, not just names, and you will see a list of articles that have appeared in the Register that contain that word in the title.

    On the right side of the page is a link called Browse the Register. Clicking on this link opens a control panel from which you can access the table of contents of any issue of the journal. The page defaults to the table of contents for the first issue, published in January 1847. Along the top of the page is a series of buttons, one for each decade. On the left side of the page is a list of the years in that decade. Each year has a button for the January, April, July, or October issue. On the right side of the page is the table of contents for that issue. The article titles are hot-linked to an image of the first page of the article. Just above the page is a link to that page in the Register database, which will allow you to read the entire article.

    You must be logged in to the website as a member in order to use these features. You can search the article titles at You can browse the tables of contents at If you have any difficulties with these functions, contact

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ADA (f): Norman, derived from the Germanic root adel- ‘noble.’ Not the same as ADAH below. With a host of related names (e.g. ADELAIDE, ADDIE, ADELIA, etc.), it enjoyed wide popularity in the middle- and later-nineteenth century.

    ADAH (f): Hebrew ‘adornment’, thus different from the Norman ADA above. (1) One of the wives of Lamesh (Gen. 4:19, 23). (2) One of the wives of Esau (Gen. 36:4).

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    New On

    The American Genealogist, Volumes 24–28

    This week, we continue our presentation of The American Genealogist (TAG), with the addition of volumes 24–28. Additional volumes will be added every few weeks. The material added this week includes 28,122 name records, 720 title/author records, and 1,494 page images.

    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: Canadian Cemetery Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Wingham Cemetery, Ontario

    Wingham, Ontario is located about 27 miles east of the shores of Lake Huron. In 2001 it became part of the Township of North Huron, a municipality in Huron County.

    The first burial ground in Wingham opened in 1866. As the town grew northward, it was felt that a larger cemetery was needed farther from town. In 1876, land was purchased outside the Town Plot, and the graves were removed to this location, site of the present-day Wingham Cemetery. In May 1913 the congregation of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church purchased one acre of land south of the Wingham Cemetery to be used for burial purposes. In July 1954 a delegation from the Sacred Heart Parish asked the town council to take over the care of the Catholic cemetery and to operate it in conjunction with the town’s. The council agreed if a charge of $15 was paid for permanent care for each grave in their cemetery. In May 1958 the deed for the Roman Catholic cemetery was signed over to the town; proper records and a cemetery plan were set up and the staff assumed responsibility for the care of the property.

    Click on the search “stone” to begin your search for specific individuals buried in the Wingham Cemetery. Select ‘first name’ or ‘last name.’ Next select ‘begins with’ or ‘contains’ from the drop down boxes. Then, enter a name in the text entry field. Finally, click on the search button to find the grave. The record includes the following data fields: last name, first name, middle names, interment date, date of death, birth date, section, range, lot, and comment. It appears that a larger percentage of the records contain only name and grave location information, and not information like date of death, birth date, or interment date. There is also a map of the cemetery that can be accessed by clicking on the map link.

    City of Winnipeg, The Municipal Cemeteries Branch, Manitoba

    The Municipal Cemeteries Branch is part of the Planning, Property, and Development Department of the city of Winnipeg. As part of their services they maintain the three City-owned cemeteries: Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona. The Cemeteries Branch has provided interment services for more than 125 years, beginning with Brookside Cemetery. The operation of the St. Vital and Transcona Cemeteries was transferred to the Cemeteries Branch in 1978.

    Click on the “Learn more” link for any of the cemeteries to access a page with links to the individual databases. At the bottom of the cemetery page you will find links to the Burial Search pages.

    Brookside is one of the oldest cemeteries in Winnipeg. The first interment took place in 1878. This cemetery is the final resting place of “politicians, statesmen, noted athletes, decorated war heroes and people from all walks of life.” It is also home to Canada’s oldest and largest Military Field of Honour. More than 6,000 interments have taken place St. Vital cemetery since 1937. The Transcona Cemetery was opened in 1914. It is the final resting place of approximately 5,000 deceased persons. The cemetery has a separate Field of Honour where veterans and service men and women of WWI and WWII and Service men and women are interred.

    The records in all of the cemetery databases are organized in alphabetical list by first letter of the deceased’s surname. The data fields in the records are Last Name, First Name, Burial Order #, Section-Lot-Grave, Date of Death, and Date of Burial. There are links to site plans for all of the cemeteries. You will need to consult both the database and the site plan in order to locate a grave.

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    Stories of Interest

    Two U.K. Villages Claim Obama’s Ancestors Hailed from Here
    Genealogist to the Newbury Street Press Christopher C. Child was interviewed by the European version of Stars and Stripes about the President Obama’s ties to the United Kingdom.

    In Fall River, A Legal Ax to Grind
    The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts, which includes a museum dedicated to the events of August 4, 1892, has won a legal case granting it a merchandising license from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, granting it exclusive rights to the Lizze Borden name.

    Memphis Filmmaker Willy Bearden Mines Family History for First Full-Length Feature Film
    Inspired by a family story he first heard from his mother, Bearden recently finished shooting "One Came Home," an ambitious period piece set in Mississippi just after World War II that he hopes to debut in theaters early next year.

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    Library Holiday Closure

    The NEHGS Research Library will be closed on Saturday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.

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    Pre-Order New Great Migration Volume VI: R–S

    The NEHGS sales department is happy to begin accepting pre-publication orders for the next volume of The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635. This sixth volume in the series covers the letters R and S, and is 774 pages long. The regular price of this volume is $64.95, but you can pre-order the book for $54.95 until October 31, 2009.

    NEHGS is also offering a special price on purchases of all six volumes of this series, covering A through S. Normally $364.70, you can get the entire series for $310.00. Individual volumes of the first five books are available at a cost of $59.95 each. NEHGS members will receive their 10% member discount on these earlier volumes. Other titles from The Great Migration Study Project include:

    The Great Migration Begins: 1620–1633, 3-volume set, Normally $125.00, Now $99.00 (discounted 25% for everyone)
    The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620–1633, $29.95 ($26.96 for NEHGS members)
    The Complete Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 1–15, $24.95 ($22.46 for NEHGS members)
    The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 11–15, $11.95 ($10.76 for NEHGS members)

    Please note that the new volume will not be available for shipment until mid-September, 2009. All pre-orders will be held until the books arrive in our warehouse and are available for shipment. If you order all six volumes, we will ship the available volumes now and the new volume when arrives. Please note that prices do not include shipping.

    You can pre-order The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1634, Volume VI: R-S, at

    To place an order for all six available volumes at the discounted price, please visit

    All Great Migration volumes can be found at

    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:

    Descendants of John Stubbs of Cappahosic, Gloucester County, Virginia, 1652 (Item P4-H24879)
    Genealogy of the Swallow Family, 1666–1910 (Item P4-H24987)
    History of Buchanan County, Iowa, 1842–1881 (Item P5-IA0074H)
    Alphabetical Abstract of the Record of Births in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1844–1890 (Item P27762500)
    A History of Rehoboth, Massachusetts: Its History for 275 Years, 1643–1918

    (item P5-MA0260AH)

    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, September 2, 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 staff genealogists, 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.

    Wednesday, September 9, 2009 10 AM
    With over 110 million names in 2,200 databases, is the primary internet resource for New England genealogy. This free lecture will offer an overview of the Society’s website and online databases.

    Seminars and Tours

    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.

    Getting Started in Genealogy –Greenwich, Conn.
    Saturday, October 3, 2009 10 AM to 2 PM
    Learn strategies for using libraries, repositories and genealogical websites to locate vital record information, census records, immigration documents and more. Learn how to organize a pedigree chart and document your discoveries for future generations. This lecture/lunch program is in conjunction with the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich. The program includes tours of the National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House
    To register, please email or call 617-226-1226.

    The Gods of Copley Square: Dawn of the Modern American Experience
    Wednesdays, October 7–October 28, 2009, 6–7:30 PM
    Back Bay Historical/The Global Boston Perspective has asked the New England Historic Genealogical Society to partner with it in presenting a series of historical lectures by Douglass Shand-Tucci in which Victorian Copley Square will be detailed for the first time through the exploding worlds of art and science, religion and architecture, medicine and psychology.
    Visit for more information.

    NEHGS Weekend Seminar—Oakland, Calif.
    Friday, October 23—Saturday, October 24, 2009
    Join NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons, California Genealogical Society President Jane Lindsey, and other NEHGS staff on Friday, October 23 for a seminar and dinner program in Oakland, California, devoted to helping you find your New England Ancestors. Michael J. Leclerc and Christopher Child, NEHGS genealogists will present talks on Researching Your New England Ancestors online; Western Massachusetts Families in 1790; and more. Capping off the day will be a dinner and presentation "The Lighter Side of Genealogy." On Saturday, October 24, NEHGS genealogists will hold research consultations for New England genealogy at the California Genealogical Society library.

    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.

    Other Programs

    Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research
    Saturdays, September 12—December 19, 2009
    Developed in collaboration with nationally-recognized expers, the Certificate in Genealogical Research is ideal for those who wish to develop the knowledge and skills essential to conducting quality genealogical assignments. Offered on Saturdays over a 14-week period, the program provides hands-on training in basic genealogical principles, techniques, and core competencies, and leads to a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.

    NEHGS members receive a 10% tuition discount. For more information, visit

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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