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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 40
    Whole #447
    October 7, 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.

    * An Evening with Dr. Bryan Sykes
    * Massachusetts Society of Genealogists Conference
    * Research Recommendations: New Civil War Database from New Jersey State Archives
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Newspaper Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * New Books from the NEHGS Sales Department
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    An Evening with Dr. Bryan Sykes

    Dr. Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, a world-renowned geneticist, and author of The Seven Daughters of Eve and other popular books, will be the featured speaker at a dinner in Boston for our members to discuss his current American DNA studies and research collaboration with NEHGS members. Our dinner will give you the opportunity to meet Dr. Sykes, hear about his current travels in America studying DNA patterns, and hear his remarks on "The Golden Age of Genetics" in which we find ourselves today.

    Everyone is invited to join us at a restaurant near the Society on Tuesday, November 3. The evening will start at 5:30 with a reception followed by a talk from Dr. Sykes and dinner.

    To register for the dinner, please visit our website at

    or contact Kelly McCoulf at or 617-226-1220.

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    Massachusetts Society of Genealogists Conference

    The annual meeting and conference of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) will take place Saturday, October 24, 2009, from 9 AM to 4 PM at the First Parish Church (Hall), 24 Vernon Street, Framingham. Speakers include Michael Chesson, Ph.D., speaking on "Civil War Medicine, with a Focus on Dr. J. Franklin Dyer, Surgeonn for the 19th Massachusetts Infantry"; Melinde Lutz Sanborn, FASG, "Lost Babes: Birth Records and Maiden Names in Fornication Cases;" and MSOG Vice-President Connie Reik, "World War II in Federal Publications."

    For more details, including registration information, visit

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    Research Recommendations: New Civil War Database from New Jersey State Archives
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The New Jersey State Archives recently launched a new Civil War Database on their website. Produced in conjunction with the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association and funded by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Civil War Treasury Vouchers, 1861–1865, includes almost 16,000 payment receipts for military expenditures and wartime purchases made by the State of New Jersey for the war effort.

    The vast majority of these receipts deal with payments to soldiers, their widows, and families, for service. There are almost 114,000 index entries for the 15,770 documents in the collection. The database is searchable by any combination of first name, last name, regiment, county, and year. Name spelling variations are automatically searched, but a link is available to another database, created from William S. Stryker’s Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861–1865, if you wish to check manually. The Stryker database is hosted by the New Jersey State Library.

    You can easily order a copy of any of the documents by clicking on the Select link. Once you have selected all of your records, print the order form and mail it with a check or money order to the archives, and they will send you copies of the documents.

    Remember that your ancestor need not have lived in New Jersey to have been paid for services. Some individuals were credited for service to states in which they did not reside. In addition, individuals living on the borders of New Jersey in other states may have served for New Jersey. Check out this valuable new resource, and others on the website of the New Jersey Division of Archives and Records Management at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ACHSAH (f): Hebrew ‘ankle ornament,’ a daughter of Caleb given in marriage to OTHNIEL for his taking of the city of Debir (Joshua 15:16, 17; Judges 1:12, 13).

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    New On

    The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volumes 37–41

    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.

    This week we present volumes 37–41. As volume 41 represents 2008, this database is now complete. (Volume 42 (2009) will be added when the index for that volume is available.) 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 eighth installment indexes 39,512 names, 354 subject records and 3,170 pages.

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    Spotlight: Newspaper Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Alaska Newspapers Index, Alaska State Library

    The Alaska News papers Index can be found on the Alaska State Library’s website. Sixteen different newspapers from 8 separate locations have been indexed in this online collection. The dates range from 1901 through 1999. The newspapers were published in Fairbanks, Juneau, Chena, Tanana, Nenana, Hot Springs, Rampart City, and Fort Adams.

    There are currently 209,002 records in the database. Select the title of the newspaper you would like to search from the dropdown list. There are several newspapers from Fairbanks and Tanana. There are entries in the dropdown list that will allow you to search all of the newspapers in either location at one time. The abstracts and author fields are only available for the Juneau Empire. For all other newspapers your can only search the headline field and limit the search by year. The data fields in the search result include publication, abstract, date, headline, author, page, and column number.

    Georgia Historic Newspapers, Georgia

    The Georgia Historic Newspaper Database grew out of the Georgia Newspaper Project. The project is managed by the University of Georgia Libraries. The goal of the Georgia Historic Newspaper Database is to “convert every Georgia newspaper to digital format and to make this resource available free of charge as a searchable text database in GALILEO.” GALILEO is Georgia's Virtual Library, which is an initiative of the University System of Georgia.

    The database is a work in progress. It currently includes three newspapers: The Cherokee Phoenix (1828–1833), The Colored Tribune (1876), and The Dublin Post (1878–1881, 1884–1887).

    You can run a basic search, a proximity search, a Boolean search or a title/publication search of the newspaper database. The search results are returned issue by issue with links to the digitized page images. Additional information is provided to indicate the page and column number for the article on which the search term appears. Click on the page link to view the newspaper page.

    Historic Missouri Newspaper Project, Missouri

    The purpose of the Historic Missouri Newspaper Project was to scan and index at least ten years of no less than five historic Missouri newspapers. It was funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant through the Missouri State Library. They have used Olive Software to accomplish this. The project participants were the Central Methodist College Library, the Kansas City Public Library, the Lincoln University Library, the Office of Library Systems of the University of Missouri, the State Historical Society of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Columbia Library, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism

    With the Olive Software’s Active Paper Reader you must first choose the either a dial-up or broadband connection, depending you the type of internet connection you use. When you click on the button the search page will open.

    There are thirteen newspapers in the collection, dating from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth centuries. Issues for each title have been digitized and may be viewed in full. The number of years per title ranges from one year to ten years. The newspapers are full-text searchable. The search results show the date of the issue, newspaper title and a snippet of the article containing the keyword(s) you entered. Click on the article snippet to open a new window with the complete article. You can also browse through the issues one by one. From the Home tab you can chose the publication, year and month, and then the date the issue came out. If you click on an article on the page it will open a new window with an enlarged image.

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    Stories of Interest

    Supply Limited, Demand Eternal, Graveyards Fill Up
    Boston Globe Reporter Peter Schworm reports on the numerous towns facing a shortage of cemetery space, and how families with longstanding ties to communities are being forced to find an eternal resting place far from home.

    Lakota Descendant Tells Tales of Custer Lore, U.S. Indian Wars
    Donovin Sprague, a descendant of Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, spoke recently about the tribe’s history and the respect they have for General George Armstrong Custer, whom they defeated at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

    History of Circular Wayne Cemetery Traced to Family of Seven Brothers
    The Wing Cemetery in Wayne, Maine, is tied to members of the Wing family who settled the town early.

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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.

    A Family Becoming American, Volume 1: Krüger by David W. Kruger

    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

    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:

    Burke’s Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland (Item P5-BU0003H)
    German Allied Troops in the North American War of Independence, 1776-1783 (Item P5-GE0002H)
    Colonial Clergy if the Middle Colonies: New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, 1628-1776 (Item P5-REV001BH)
    A History of West Mystic, Connecticut, 1600-1985 (Item P5-CT0321H)
    History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642-1880. with Biographies and Genealogy (Item P5-CT0002H)

    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 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.

    Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research
    Saturdays, January 9—April 17, 2010.
    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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