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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 35
    Whole #443
    September 2, 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.

    * RIP Edward M. Kennedy, 1932–2009
    * Submit Your Book, Family Association, or DNA Study Notice to "Family Focus"
    * Research Recommendations: Arlington National Cemetery
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Tallmadge History Digital Exhibit of the Akron-Summit Public Library, Ohio
    * Stories of Interest
    * NEHGS Holiday Closures
    * Pre-Order New Great Migration Volume VI: R–S
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    RIP Edward M. Kennedy, 1932–2009

    Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Lion of the Senate, passed away last week after his courageous battle with cancer. Over the years, the Society has published a great deal of information on the Senator’s family, including, of course, the recently published Ancestors of American Presidents, 2009 Edition. Below are links to several articles on the Kennedy family which you can read on

    Edward L. Galvin. “The Kennedys of Massachusetts” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 137 [1983]:211–224.

    Richard Andrew Pierce. “Patrick Kennedy of Dunganstown, Co. Wexford, Great-Grandfather of the President” NEXUS 7 [1990]:102–4.

    Richard Andrew Pierce. “Murphys and Barrons of Cloonagh, Parish of Owenduff, Co. Wevford: Further Ancestors of President John F. Kennedy”, March 12, 1992.

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    Submit Your Book, Family Association, or DNA Study Notice to “Family Focus”

    If you are a member of NEHGS and have recently published a genealogy — or a book relevant to genealogists — submit it to be listed in New England Ancestors magazine.

    Books are listed in two columns – “Genealogies Recently Published” (for family histories and compiled genealogies) and “Other Books Recently Published” (other types of genealogical or historical books, such as source records, town histories, guidebooks, etc.).

    To have a book listed in New England Ancestors, you will need to submit a complimentary copy of the book to NEHGS plus the following information: 1) title; 2) author(s)/editor(s)/ compiler(s); 3) place of publication; 4) publisher/self-published; 5) year of publication; 6) hardcover/softcover/other; 7) page count; 8) specify if index, illustrations or appendixes are included; 9) description of book in twenty-five words or less; 10) contact/ordering information.

    If you are working on a genealogical book, and would like to solicit information about the families or topics you are researching, you may submit an entry for the “Genealogies in Progress” section of the magazine. Please submit the following information: 1) surname; 2) description of project in twenty-five words or less; 3) contact information.

    For more information or to submit your publication, contact Jean Powers by email at Please submit forms by email and do not use “all caps” in any part of your text. Book donations may be mailed to Family Focus, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007.

    Family Association events and DNA Studies in Progress are also announced free for NEHGS members on a space-available basis. (The same notice will be published only once per year.) Event notices should be submitted at least six to nine months prior to the event date. To submit your brief notice (75 words or less), contact Robert Shaw by email at with “Family Associations” or “DNA studies in progress” in the subject line or by postal mail at 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007.

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    Research Recommendations: Arlington National Cemetery
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    As I write this, my home state is in mourning for the loss of our beloved Senator Ted Kennedy. By the time you see these words, this great man will be buried next to his brothers at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. It is fitting that he will rest in such a place of honor, where he can be seen by the public whom he served so well for so long.

    In addition to President John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline (Bouvier) (Kennedy) Onassis, and his brother Robert F. Kennedy, the famous burials at Arlington National Cemetery are numerous. President William Howard Taft is buried there, as other fellow chief justices of the Supreme Court Earl Warren, Warren Burger, and William Rehnquist. The most decorated U.S. soldier of WWII, Audie Murphy, is there. Several veterans of the Revolutionary War were re-interred there. Explorers Robert Peary and Admiral Robert Byrd are there. Numerous astronauts are there, including the commingled, partial remains of the seven lost on the Space Shuttle Challenger January 28, 1986: Capt. Michael J. Smith, Lt. Col. Francis R. Scobee, Dr. Judith A. Resnik, Lt. Col. Ellison S. Onizuka, Mr. Gregory B. Jarvis, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, and Mrs. Sharon Christa McAuliffe. Three of the astronauts lost on the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003, are also buried there: Capt. David M. Brown, Capt. Laurel Blair Salton Clark, and Lt. Col. Michael P. Anderson.

    One of the most famous tombs in America, The Tomb of the Unkowns, is here. It is also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but has never received an official name. The Tomb saracophagus was placed over the grave of the Unknown Soldier from Word War I. The Unknowns from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam are located next to it, marked by marble slabs flush with the plaza. The Tomb is guarded 24 hours a day. The remains of the Vietnam Unknown were exhumed in 1998. DNA testing proved the remains to be those of 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie. A decision was made thereafter that the crypt that contained his remains would stay vacant. What many don’t know, however, is that these unknowns are only a few of the 5,000 unidentified remains interred in the cemetery.

    But the Arlington National Cemetery is not just for the famous. More than 300,000 graves are in the cemetery. The first burials occurred during the Civil War. Currently, an average of 28 funerals are held each day, totaling more than 7,000 each year. Burial is limited to certain members of armed forces and veterans, as well as their spouses and minor or dependent children. Those interred here come from all over the country.

    If your ancestor served in the armed forces, whether in war or peace, and you cannot locate his or her grave, it may be at Arlington. To locate a person’s gravesite (or niche in the Columbarium), you may telephone or visit the customer service desk in the Visitors' Center. The telephone number is (703) 607-8000. Except for Christmas Day, the Visitors' Center is open every day of the year. The hours open to the public are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., April 1 through September 30 and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., October 1 through March 31.

    More than 4 million people visit the cemetery each year. Perhaps on your next visit to Washington, you might stop in and visit a family member interred in this most famous of American burial grounds. For more information about the cemetery, or locating those interred there, visit

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    MALVINA/MELVINA (f): A character in the Ossianic poems (1760-63), an early pseudo-Celtic pastiche/forgery by James Macpherson. Also the Argentine name for the Falkland Islands.

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    New On

    The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volumes 32–36

    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 32–36. 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 27,209 names, 356 subject records and 3,696 pages.

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    Spotlight:Tallmadge History Digital Exhibit of the Akron-Summit Public Library, Ohio
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Tallmadge, located in northeastern Ohio, is a suburb of Akron, in Summit and Portage counties. The city is located in what was the Connecticut Western Reserve, land in the Northwest Territory that had been claimed by Connecticut. Tallmadge was one of the first communities to be established in Summit County. If your ancestors traveled through or lived in Tallmadge, Ohio, you should explore this website.

    The library’s exhibit is drawn from a collection of collection of historical documents and other materials related to the history of the city and the surrounding area. The materials, assembled by Frank E. Lawrence (1894–1995), a former president of the Tallmadge Historical Society (THS), include “original documents, letters, journals, photographs, maps, blueprints, newspapers, publications, and other materials. The earliest documents are dated 1811 and many of the materials are from the late 1800s.” Tallmadge History Digital Exhibit contains images of a variety of items in the collection. They have been organized around subject areas. Subject areas include:

    Establishing & Growing Tallmadge
    Reverend David Bacon, a native of Connecticut founded the city. In 1806 he purchased 12,000 acres from a number of investors, including Benjamin Tallmadge. There are 25 images in this section.

    Business & Industry
    In addition to farmers, early businessmen included blacksmiths, carpenters, grist and lumber millers, and tanners. Coal was also an important industry for many years. Carriage-making was also an important early industry. This section contains sixteen images.

    Buildings & Architecture
    New Englanders who settled in Tallmadge brought the architectural and building style tastes popular in New England towns with them to the Western Reserve. This section contains images of homes, churches and town buildings.

    School Days
    From the city’s earliest days, education was important. David Bacon’s 1807 plan for the community included an academy and six district schools. The first school was established in 1809, and The Tallmadge Academy, established just a few years later, in 1815. In 1827, Tallmadge established the first school for deaf-mute children in Ohio. There are twenty images related to the students and schools in Tallmadge, including a photograph of the railroad car, which was used temporarily when the Bettes Corner School burned down.

    Daily Life in Tallmadge
    This section contains images related to the daily lives of Tallmadge’s early residents. They include photographs, diaries, and annual accounts prepared by THS since the year 1858. The section contains 25 images of people and places around Tallmadge, as well as images of pages from a diary and a letter.

    Click on the subject heading to access the images in the collection. In addition to a detailed description of the image, the following information has been provided for each of the images in the collection: title, author/creator, date, “related information,” size of the image, subject, and source of the image. Click on the image to enlarge it to full size.

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    Stories of Interest

    Wealth of New Genealogy Resources to be Launched at Central Library
    The Local Studies Department of the Central Library in Waterford, Ireland, has become an affiliate of the Genealogical Society of Utah, allowing local researchers to access Family History Library records. More importantly, the department has acquired the Roman Catholic parish registers for both the city and county of Waterford.

    Stones Back on 9 Springfield Twp. Graves
    Springfield Township, Ohio, workers have returned nine headstones to their rightful sites in one of the area's most historic graveyards, trustee Mike Frye said Monday. The action comes after township work crews displaced headstones at the Nave Cemetery this month, upsetting members of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Workers may never be able to find the right spots for other markers, trustees said.

    City of Industry Historian Receives National Award for Book on Local History
    Homestead Museum Collections Manager Paul Spitzzeri received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History in May for his book about the Workman and Temple Families of Southern California from 1830-1930. The AASLH awards individuals who "make the past more meaningful to all Americans," according to its website.

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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:

    Snively Genealogical Memorial, 1659-1882 (Item P4-H24033)
    Black Rock, Seaport of Old Fairfield, Connecticut, 1644-1870 (Item P5-CT0316H)
    History of Norfolk, Connecticut, 1744-1900, Litchfield County (Item P5-CT0120H)
    Centennial History of Litchfield, Illinois, 1853-1953 (Item P5-IL0034AH)
    History of Lapel and Fischersburg, Indiana, from Pioneer Days to August, 1938 (Item P5-IN0097H)


    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:


    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

    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 and California Genealogical Society President Jane Lindsey along with 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 experts, 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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