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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 4
    Whole #411
    January 28, 2009
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault
    enews@nehgs.org

    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.

    Contents:
    * New From NEHGS Books: Ancestors of American Presidents, 2009 Edition
    * NEHGS 2009 Holiday Schedule
    * Research Recommendations: British History Online
    * Name Origins
    * New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight: Pearls In Our Past, A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
    * Stories of Interest
    * Special Order Books
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

     

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    New From NEHGS Books: Ancestors of American Presidents, 2009 Edition

    More than thirty years in the making, this authoritative work presents ancestor tables for each president from George Washington to Barack Obama. Building on the comprehensive research conducted for the previous edition, NEHGS Research Scholar Emeritus Gary Boyd Roberts has exhaustively investigated the most reliable genealogical sources of presidential ancestry. The book includes:

    • Ancestor tables for all presidents
    • Royal descents of each president and first lady
    • More than 150 charts outlining kinships between presidents
    • Charts showing kin and “kin of kin” to Pocahontas, presidential Mayflower lines, and connections to European royal families
    • Comprehensive name and place indexes

    6 x 9 hardcover, 864 pages, $34.95 ($39.95 after June 1, 2009)

    Praise for the first edition:

    “This impressive work incorporates all the published scholarship to date on presidential ancestry. . . . Highly recommended.” –The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

    “This book should be a staple in the library of every serious genealogist.” – North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal

    To order, email sales@nehgs.org, call 617-226-1212, or visit our website, http://www.newenglandancestors.org/.

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    NEHGS 2009 Holiday Schedule

    Following is the 2009 holiday schedule for the NEHGS research library:

    Library Closed
    January 1, Thursday, New Year’s Day
    February 14, Saturday, Presidents Day
    May 23, Saturday, Memorial Day
    July 4, Saturday, Independence Day
    September 5, Saturday, Labor Day
    November 26, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day
    December 25, Friday, Christmas Day
    January 1, Friday, New Year's Day

    Library Early Closures
    November 25, Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, 3:00 PM
    December 24, Thursday, Christmas Eve, 1:00 PM
    December 31, Thursday, New Year's Eve, 1:00 PM

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    Research Recommendations: British History Online
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Those researching their British ancestors will be interested in the British History Online (BHO) website. A project of the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, BHO is a digital library of many printed sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. In collaboration with the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Victoria County History, BHO provides a wealth of valuable information for genealogists.

    The site is searchable, but browsing through it will give you a better idea of the vast resources included. You can browse by region, such as London, Midlands, North, East, South East, South West, Scotland or Wales (for those unfamiliar with Britain, the Places tab explains what counties are included in each region); or by time period, from the 11th and 12th centuries through the 19th century (or by certain regnal years, from Henry VIII through Anne). You can also browse by subject, such as local history or ecclesiastical and religious history.

    The Local History section contains a plethora of information. In addition to the Victoria County Histories, you will find gazetteers, dictionaries, feet of fines, lay subsidy records, and assize rolls. Trying to find a specific location? Check the Historical Geography section. Among the many resources available to you here are Ordnance Survey Maps for selected areas of Great Britain. You can find both the 1:10,560 series begun in 1840, and the 1:2,500 series. Make sure you read the Historical Legend section before you look at any of the Ordnance Survey maps. They will explain to you how to read the writing, symbols, and contours of the maps so you understand what you are looking at.

    The Parliamentary section contains a wealth of information on the House of Lords and the House of Commons, and various acts, ordinances, and laws passed. You will also find a number of diaries of members of Parliament, which can add to your understanding of the time and place in which your ancestor lived.

    The Sources section will allow you to browse materials on the site, subdivided into five categories: Primary Sources, Secondary Texts, Guides and Calendars, Gazetteers and Dictionaries, and Maps. Remember that the term Primary Sources is used in an historical, not a genealogical, context. All of the materials on the site have been published before. Primary Sources refers to published transcriptions and abstractions of original records.

    In addition to browsing, you can search any text on the site in the Text Search area. Among the popular searches recently conducted on the site are Birmingham, Hampton Court, John Garrett, ordnance, papillon, property of the Duke of Bolton, Warren Farm, and witchcraft.

    The website has a clean, easy-to-use design. The homepage lists recently updated materials, and a list of items that will be forthcoming this year (which includes the Calendar of State Papers through the eighteenth century).

    While a great deal of the material is free to use, some is available only by subscription. Included in this material is the Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Scotland, and Ireland. Subscriptions are £30 per year.

    British History Online can be found at http://british-history.ac.uk/. Any serious British researcher will find this site invaluable.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    THALIA (f): In Greek mythology, Thalia is the Muse of Comedy; another Thalia “the Verdant” (with Euphrosyne “the Inner Joy” and Aglaë “the Brilliant”) is one of the Three Graces.

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    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    New England Historical and Genealogical Register - Just added 2006
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/nehgsr.asp
    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database is one of the most frequently used databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org. We are working to bring the database up to date to include the most current issues of the Register. This week, we add the four issues of Volume 160, published in 2006.

    Social Security Death Index - Free Access
    Updated through October, 2008
    www.newenglandancestors.org/research/Database/ss/default.asp

    The SSDI, taken from the U.S. Social Security Administration's Death Master File, is one of the key resources available to genealogists today. It contains those individuals who were assigned Social Security numbers and whose death was reported to the SSA. Data is now current through October, 2008. Access to the SSDI is FREE to all who visit NewEnglandAncestors.org. This database now contains the names of 83,372,302 individuals, most of whose deaths were recorded after 1965.

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    Spotlight: Pearls In Our Past, A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
    by Valerie Beaudrault
    www.hartfordmichigan.com/hartfordhistory/index.htm

    I recently came across this website that promotes the City of Hartford, Michigan, through looking at its past. The website offers researchers resources related to the city’s past that are image-based and cover a variety of subject areas. According to the site’s webmaster, the “(i)nformation for this web site was gathered from personal interviews, newspaper articles, scrapbooks, personal photo albums, and other documented materials - many available to the public at the Hartford Public Library or Van Buren County Historical Museum.” Hartford is located in Van Buren County in the southwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Some of the resources are the following:

    Business
    This section contains historical photographs of businesses located in Hartford and Keeler, Michigan. Some contain information about the business, its history and place in the community.

    Community Folk
    This section contains photographs of residents of Hartford and Keeler, Michigan. Generally a narrative accompanies the photographs and places these people in the context of their community.

    Churches
    This section contains brief histories for the following churches located in Hartford, Keeler, and Lawrence: the Baptist Church, 1858–1918; the Christian Church, 1898–1920; the Congregational Church, 1918–1922; the Full Gospel Assembly, 1945–present; the Hartford Federated Church, 1931–present; and the Methodist Church. According to the website a database of past and present church membership is in the process of being set up for each church in our community.

    Historic Homes
    This section contains both images of four historic homes in Hartford and the histories of the homes and the families who lived in them.

    Military photos, letters and histories
    This section provides information and photographs of the men and women who served in wars from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq who hail from Hartford and Keeler, Michigan. There are lists of names with biographical information and photographs, if available.

    Obituary Index
    This section contains obituaries for individuals who lived in Hartford or were active in the Hartford community. The obituaries have been transcribed, mostly from local newspapers, and uploaded to the website. The earliest are from 1914 and the latest from 2009.

    Schools
    In this section researchers will find information about the school systems in Hartford and Keeler, Michigan. Resources for the Hartford Public Schools include a database containing information about graduating classes from 1883 through 2008. In addition there are image collections, which include class composites, miscellaneous school and class photos, and photographs of memorable teachers. Resources for Keeler include a few photographs.

    Transcripts on the History of Hartford
    This section contains transcriptions of three histories of Hartford, Michigan. A History of Hartford, by Charles A. Spaulding, can be downloaded as either an .rtf or a PDF document. Recollections of a Busy Life, by Eli Fayette Ruggles (ca. 1904), has been transcribed and uploaded to the website. The third is Early History of Hartford and Lawrence, by Katherine Minshall.

    There is also a section containing aerial maps of Hartford and statistical information about the city. Other sections cover social events and venues (parades and floats), tragedies that occurred in Hartford (mostly fires), and cemeteries in the city (photographs and a map).

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    Stories of Interest

    Obama’s Roots Lead Back to Cape
    The Cape Cod Times recently ran a story on the president’s ties to Massachusetts, including a quote from Chris Child.

    Kenya to Launch Obama Family Tree
    The Kenyan government has launched a study to document the lineage of President Obama in Africa.

    Painting Preserves Local Family History
    Arizona resident Scott Norton recently purchased a painting of his ancestral home in Nebraska, discovered by his daughter-in-law at an art exhibition in Omaha.

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    Special Order Books

    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:

    Genealogical Data from Connecticut Cemeteries (Item P5-CT0385H)
    Hazzard’s History of Henry County, Indiana, 1822-1906: Military Edition, 2-volume set (Item P5-IN0054H)
    Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, New York (Item P5-NY0381H)
    History of Vinton County, Wonderland of Ohio (Item P5-OH0080H)
    History of Rusk County, Texas (Item P5-TX0011BH)

    You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at www.newenglandancestors.org/store.asp.

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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 rwoods@nehgs.org.

    You can view a full listing of upcoming programs: www.newenglandancestors.org/events/6816.asp.

    Lectures

    Author Talk: Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views
    Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
    The Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (between Massachusetts Avenue and Charlesgate East)

    NEHGS CEO D. Brenton Simons will speak on his new book, Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views, published jointly by NEHGS and the University Press of New England, which contains more than sixty images of Boston and environs rendered during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This acclaimed new book "gives both social and historical context to some of the finest views of Boston ever created. It's a pleasure to see these 'antique' representations of the city, many of them not on public display, collected in one informative and beautiful edition" (Malcolm Rogers, Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).

    The Ayer Mansion is the only extant example of a domestic exterior and interior designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Built for Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Ayer between 1899 and 1902, the building is now a residence for women enrolled in Boston-area colleges and universities.

    Wine and cheese will be served from 6:30 p.m. The lecture begins at 7:00 and costs $40 per person.
    To r.s.v.p., please contact Irene Dorgan at ayermansion@gmail.com.

    Author Talk: Museum of Human Beings
    Saturday, January 31, 2009, 10:00 AM
    Join author Colin Sargent for a reading of his new historical novel, Museum of Human Beings, based on the life of Sacagawea’s son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau.

    “As every schoolchild learns, Sacagawea was the Indian guide who led the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific. She carried her infant son on her back. Museum of Human Beings is a stylish look at the fate of Sacagawea’s baby son--a work of imagination that draws on the extraordinary details of Charbonneau’s life. This memorable novel will captivate all who read it.” From the Library Journal and the Boston Globe. For more information about the book, visit http://www.museumofhumanbeings.com/.
    This event is free and open to the public.

    Seminars and Tours
    For more information or to register for any of these events, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or rwoods@nehgs.org.

    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 June 22–27, 2009 and August 10–15, 2009.

    Winter Research Getaway
    Thursday, February 5–Saturday, February 7, 2009
    Weekend Research Getaways in Boston are among the most popular NEHGS programs in recent years. Escape to 99 Newbury Street and experience a guided research program with one-on-one consultations and special access to the collections. Whether you are new to genealogy or have participated in an NEHGS research program before, a visit to our Boston library to experience our expert staff and vast collections will surely further your research. Since 1845 the NEHGS library has collected a vast number of compiled genealogies, local histories, census records, vital records, deeds, probates, and military records. The library has the latest in print, microtext, CD-ROM, and Internet resources. NEHGS also provides a highly trained research staff of professional genealogists who are eager to help you in your genealogical endeavors. While the strength of our collection is in American, English, Irish, Scottish, and Canadian records, with documents spanning seven centuries and covering more than 110 million names, we are able to provide important and essential information on more than just early American families. In addition to our rich archive, we have more than a dozen full-time professional genealogists who have significant experience and knowledge of German, Italian, African-American, Caribbean, French, Native-American, Jewish and Latin American records.
    Registration fees: $300 per registrant for full three-day program; $110 per registrant for single-day program. Registration includes a continental breakfast daily and two group meals.

    Washington, D.C. Research Tour
    Sunday, March 8–Sunday, March 15, 2009
    NEHGS returns to the nation's capital to explore its wealth of genealogical resources. Staff will be providing daily consultations at three repositories throughout the city: the Library of Congress, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Library and the National Archives and Records Administration. An orientation will be offered at each repository at the beginning of the week. Program registration includes two group dinners to socialize and share research.
    Registration fees (includes seven nights' lodging at the State Plaza Hotel): Single, $2,700; Double, $2,300 per person; Double with non-participant, $2,950; Commuter, $850 (no lodging).

    Spring Research Getaway
    Thursday, April 16–Saturday, April 18, 2009
    Weekend Research Getaways in Boston are among the most popular NEHGS programs in recent years. Escape to 99 Newbury Street and experience a guided research program with one-on-one consultations and special access to the collections. Whether you are new to genealogy or have participated in an NEHGS research program before, a visit to our Boston library to experience our expert staff and vast collections will surely further your research.
    Since 1845 the NEHGS library has collected a vast number of compiled genealogies, local histories, census records, vital records, deeds, probates, and military records. The library has the latest in print, microtext, CD-ROM, and Internet resources. NEHGS also provides a highly trained research staff of professional genealogists who are eager to help you in your genealogical endeavors. While the strength of our collection is in American, English, Irish, Scottish, and Canadian records, with documents spanning seven centuries and covering more than 110 million names, we are able to provide important and essential information on more than just early American families. In addition to our rich archive, we have more than a dozen full-time professional genealogists who have significant experience and knowledge of German, Italian, African-American, Caribbean, French, Native-American, Jewish and Latin American records.
    Registration fees: $300 per registrant for full three-day program; $110 per registrant for single-day program. Registration includes a continental breakfast daily and two group meals.

    English Family History Tour
    Sunday, May 17–Sunday, May 24, 2009
    The English Family History Tour to London is an essential research trip for genealogists with British ancestry. Based at the Society of Genealogists (SoG), researchers will be offered daily classes providing historical context and research methodology tips for working with the extensive record collection of the SoG. The library's holdings include more than 120,000 books and microforms featuring census indexes; family histories; biographies; service, professional, and trade directories; an apprenticeship index (1710-1774), school and university lists, will and marriage license indexes; runs of Burke's Peerage and Landed Gentry; a large number of manuscripts arranged by surname; and a miscellaneous card index of 3 million references.
    Registration fees: (includes seven nights' lodging at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury) Single, $4,850; Double, $4,550 per person; Double with non-participant, $5,550; Commuter, $2,300 (no lodging).

    Come Home to New England
    Monday, June 22–Saturday, June 27, 2009
    The staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society invites you to participate in our classic intensive weeklong program, "Come Home to New England." Research your roots with expert assistance at the extensive NEHGS library, one of the premier facilities for genealogical records 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.
    Registration fees: $750 per registrant; $125 per non-researching guest.

    Newfoundland Research Tour
    Sunday, July 12–Sunday, July 19, 2009
    Discover your Atlantic Canada family history with NEHGS in St. John's, Newfoundland. Join expert genealogists at St. John's premier facilities, including the Provincial Archives — "The Rooms," the Maritime History Archive at Memorial University, the Registry of Deeds, and A.C. Hunter Library. Together these repositories hold vital records, church records, all census records, voter lists, probate, and land grants the Keith Matthews collection (list of all people who worked in fishery from 16th century to 1850), ship lists, crew lists, logbooks, Irish and English parish records and original newspapers of Newfoundland.
    Registration fees: (includes seven nights' lodging at the Fairmont Hotel) Single ocean view room, $3,250; Single city view room, $3,100; Double, $2,700 per person; Double with non-participant, $3,550; Commuter, $850 (no lodging).

    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 weeklong program, "Come Home to New England." Research your roots with expert assistance at the extensive NEHGS library, one of the premier facilities for genealogical records 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.
    Registration fees: $750 per registrant; $125 per non-researching guest.

    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 weeklong 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 ancestry. The main holdings of NAS include records created by the government of Scotland beginning in the twelfth century, including records of the crown, parliament, legal registers, courts documents, and records of the Church of Scotland. Vital records including birth, marriage, and death 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. Registration fees: (includes seven nights' lodging at the Sheraton Grand Hotel) Single, $4,750; Double, $4,450 per person; Double with non-participant, $5,350; Commuter, $2,300 (no lodging).

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit http://www.newenglandancestors.org/programs_events.asp or email mailto:tours@nehgs.org.

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