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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 38
    Whole #445
    September 23, 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.

    * Back to School Exhibit
    * Reaches 60 Million Images Milestone
    * Research Recommendations: Fashionable Folks
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Oregon Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * New Books from the NEHGS Sales Department
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Back to School Exhibit

    As family historians, we gather together documents that record an ancestor’s birth, marriage and death as well as records produced as adults, such as military records, deeds and wills. We tend to leap from the birth record to the marriage and overlook the formative years. School records and other related material can provide us with interesting facts and details that fill in those gaps from birth to adulthood.

    In this month’s exhibit, the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections has selected items from their extensive collection of family papers and institutional records to pay tribute to students past and present. Visit the Back to School Exhibit at

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    ********************************** Reaches 60 Million Images Milestone

    Adding more than 1 million new records per month, will mark the month of October, designated Family History Month, with the addition of its 60 millionth image. Since its launch in January 2007, has partnered with organizations including The National Archives and Gannett to digitize and index valued historical documents and photos and make them available online.

    In less than three years, Footnote has proven itself indispensible to genealogists. Their digitized version of the Revolutionary War Pension Files is extremely popular, and used quite frequently at the NEHGS Research Library.

    NEHGS members can access for free at the research library in Boston. For more information about the website, and its contents, visit

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    Research Recommendations: Fashionable Folks
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Those of you who have been reading eNews for awhile will remember my talking about the Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor, in the past. Maureen has helped countless individuals through her books, lectures, and website, giving them the tools they need to identify family photographs.

    Maureen has a brand-new book out now, Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840–1900. This modest book is a basic guide to help you date photographs from the clues you can find in the hairstyles worn by the subjects in the images.

    As the cover says: “How they wore their locks for the photographer—whether straight or curled, clean-shaven or fringed, oiled or bewigged— will tell you a lot about them… Taylor’s tips for 'reading' the clues of clothing and hairstyles will help you discover when those pictures were taken, how old the subjects were atthe time, and how wealthy they were. Hairstyles can even tell us a great deal about their personalities: Were they conservative or up on the latest trends? Who were their heroes and role models? What was their relationship to each other?”

    The book is an easy read, with more than 100 illustrations to assist when examining your photographs. Following a brief introduction, the book is divided into decades, from the 1840s to the turn of the century. Each decade has a brief introduction, summarizing the popular styles. There follows a number of images for each decade, from dageurrotypes to photographs, formal portraits to advertisements. Each image has carries an identifying caption, and a description of the clues Maureen finds in the photograph that might help you identify others in your own collection.

    All of this is available for $17.95. Where else could you get such professional advice at such a low price? You purchase the book, or find more details and view a preview, at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    LOUISA (f): The name gained in popularity, both in sentimental fiction and in English and American real life, from the early eighteenth century on.

    LOIS (f): Not the same as LOUISA. In the New Testament (2 Tim. i.5), Lois is the grandmother of Timothy.

    LOVISA (f): Sometimes seen as alternatives for both LOUISA and LOIS.

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    New On

    ACGS Index of Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials

    This index to records of Roman Catholic Church baptisms, marriages, and burials was provided to NEHGS by the American-Canadian Genealogical Society. The original records are contained in ACGS repertories, which are available from AGCS as hard-cover publications or on CD. The index entries in this database each refer to the number of the original repertoire (e.g., "RP113"), which lists the entire record. The repertoires may be purchased through the ACGS online catalog, or individual repertoire pages may be ordered through the NEHGS photocopy service. If ordering pages from the NEHGS photocopy service, be sure to include the name of the individual, the type of record (baptism, marriage, or burial) and the repertoire number.

    This week, we conclude the release of this database with records from five churches in Massachusetts and four churches in Vermont, including 55,755 baptisms, 7,126 burials, and 46,110 marriages. Earlier this year, we released records from 21 churches in New York and 21 churches in New Hampshire.

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    Spotlight: Oregon Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Wilsonville Public Library, Oregon

    Wilsonville, a city in northwestern Oregon, is located primarily in Clackamas County, but the northern portion is in Washington County. Wilsonville was originally founded as Boones Landing. The name came from Boones Ferry, which crossed the Willamette River at that point. The name was changed to Wilsonville in 1880. Click on the Online Services tab on the homepage and then select Digital Collections to access the library’s online resources.

    The Emory and Alice Alden Digital Image Collection
    This collection contains selected images from the photographic collection of the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society. The photographs are organized into three groupings – people, river, and buildings. Select a tab and then click on the thumbnail of the image to view and enlarged image and details about the photograph. The details include the title, name of the photographer, a description, date of the photograph, subject area, and size of the image.

    Wilsonville Community Historic Views & Talk
    This collection contains images and text pertaining to a variety of aspects of life in Wilsonville, Oregon. You will find an historical map of the city and images from the past, which have been organized around themes. The themes include Business & Agriculture, Historic Buildings, People & Personalities, Schools & Churches, the Willamette River, and General Scenery. Most of these contain photographs. Click on the thumbnail of any photograph to open a page with an enlarged image and, in most cases, a detailed description of that image. It is also noted where an image shows a location found on the historical map.

    Salem History Online

    Salem is the capital of Oregon and the county seat of Marion County. It is located in the northwest part of the state, on the Willamette River.

    Salem History Online is the outcome of a grant-funded project of the Salem Public Library. As stated on the website, the Salem History Project “takes an encyclopedia approach to providing access to Salem's history of culture, events, institutions and people which has led our community into the 21st Century.” There are entries and images related to history, commerce, culture, education, maps, natural history, people, places, and transportation. Under the maps section you will find maps of Salem from as early as 1845 to the present day, links geological survey maps of area cemeteries, and maps of Marion County boundary changes over the period from 1843 through 1856.

    Also included in Salem History Online is the Oregon Historic Photograph Collections of the Salem Public Library. The historic photo collection contains thousands of photographs from seven collections that focus on the City of Salem and other Willamette Valley cities and towns. They date from the mid-1800s forward. The database can be browsed or searched. The search results contain a thumbnail of the image, the title, subject areas, and a brief description. Click on the title link to open a page with an enlarged image and more detailed information about the photograph. A search for photographs of the Willamette Rivers returns more than 650 results. There are 19 photos of Wilsonville and one of Boones Ferry.

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    Stories of Interest

    Last Lines
    As the longtime practice of writing personal letters by hand to family and friends is quickly becoming a thing of the past in the age of cellphones, text messaging, and e-mails, Boston Globe writer Milton J. Valencia sat down and penned his own letter to the lost art.

    Google Lets You Custom-Print Millions of Books
    Google Books is letting readers turn the digital version of books into print copies at bookstores around the world.

    Journalist Digs Into History of 100-Year-Old Home
    Winona Daily News reporter Matt Christensen visits the past of the brick farmhouse he rents in Minnesota.

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    New Books from the NEHGS Sales Department

    The NEHGS Sales Department is happy to offer the following titles for sale. Simply click on the link (or cut and paste into your browser) to order or find out more information.

    The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S by Robert Charles Anderson

    Minutes of the Connecticut Court of Assistants, 1669–1711, by Helen Schatvet Ullmann

    Opening the Ozarks: First Families in Southwest Missouri, 1835–1839, by Marsha Hoffman Rising

    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

    A Rabble in Arms Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen During King Philip's War, by Kyle F. Zelner

    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:

    Marriage Notices for the Whole United States, 1785-94 (Item P5-MU0001H)
    Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 (Item P5-O0001H)
    Dictionary of Ancestral Heads of New England Families, 1630-1700 (P5-GR0006H)
    Abstract of Church Records of the Town of Stamford. Connecticut, County of Fairfield from the Earliest Records to 1850 (Item P5-CT0404H)
    Genealogical Register of the Inhabitants of Litchfield, Connecticut, from the Settlement, 1720 to the Year 1800 (Item P5-CT0376H)

    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:


    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.

    Walking Tour of King's Chapel and Granary Burial Grounds
    Saturday, October 3, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
    Join David Allen Lambert, NEHGS Online Genealogist and author of A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, for a guided tour of the historical figures and 17th century history of Boston found in King's Chapel and the Granary Burial Grounds. The free tour starts from King's Chapel Burial Ground, 78 Tremont Street, Boston, at 11 AM.
    To register, email

    New Visitor Welcome and Library Orientation
    Wednesday, October 7, 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.

    Seminars and Tours

    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.

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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