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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 5
    Whole #412
    February 4, 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:
    * January 2009 Issue of the Register Now Available
    * National Genealogy Hall of Fame Seeks 2009 Nominees
    * Research Recommendations: 2010 U.S. Census
    * Name Origins
    * New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight: Monroe County Library System, New York
    * Stories of Interest
    * Question of the Day
    * Ancestors of American Presidents and Other Titles by Gary Boyd Roberts
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

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    January 2009 Issue of the Register Now Available

    The January 2009 issue of the Register is now available for download in PDF form at www.newenglandancestors.org/publications/register.asp. The print version will be mailed in a few weeks. As a reminder, you can help the Society save money and be more environmentally friendly by not receiving the printed version. Simply contact the membership department at membership@nehgs.org or toll-free at 1-888-296-3447 and tell them to stop sending you a printed Register. In this issue:

    Editorial

    Massachusetts Descendants of the Rev. Thomas Wilson, Author of the Pilgrims’ Christian Dictionarie: Theophilus Wilson, Martha (Wilson) Bachelor, Mary (Wilson) Treadwell, and Their Nephew Samuel Taylor
    Doris Schreiber Willcox

    Was Elizabeth2 Kilbourne the First Wife of Hugh1 Gunnison of Boston and Kittery?
    Ernest H. Helliwell III

    Revisiting the Family of Gershom2 Flagg of Woburn, Massachusetts
    Jon Wardlow

    English Origins of John Lovejoy of Andover, Massachusetts
    James R. Henderson

    Some Descendants of Nathaniel3 Mead of Greenwich, Connecticut, Through His Son Josiah4 Mead
    Gail Blankenau

    George1 Standley of Beverly, Massachusetts, and His Children
    Deborah Kimball Nowers

    The English Background of Richard Kent Sr. and Stephen Kent of Newbury, Massachusetts, and Mary, Wife of Nicholas Easton of Newport, Rhode Island
    Jane Fletcher Fiske (concluded from 162:254)

    Mary (Bulkeley) Clarke’s Birth Year Corrected
    Robert M. Gerrity

    Richard1 Godfrey of Taunton, Massachusetts, and His Children and Grandchildren
    Helen Schatvet Ullmann (concluded from 162:275)

    Reviews of Books and CD-ROMs

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    National Genealogy Hall of Fame Seeks 2009 Nominees

    The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation of the high standards advocated and achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today.

    Since 1986, when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, twenty-three outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions. The 2009 honoree will join this select group of distinguished members. This year’s selection, and the society that honored the nominee, will be feted at the 2009 NGS Conference in the States to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, 13-16 May 2009.

    Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are made by genealogical societies throughout the United States. A nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least ten years, must have been deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.

    For more details, visit www.ngsgenealogy.org/comhall.cfm or call NGS a1-800-473-0600.

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    Research Recommendations: 2010 U.S. Census
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The time is almost upon us. Just over one year from now, in March 2010, the nation’s decennial census will be conducted, theoretically counting every inhabitant in the country. As genealogists, census records are critical resources for us. Unfortunately, the 2010 census will not be as useful to future generations as twentieth-century returns were.

    The primary purpose is mandated by Article 1, Section 2, of the Constitution, requiring a headcount of every person residing in the U.S. to determine the number of representatives of each state in Congress. In addition, the data is used by state and local governments for legislative districts, school district, and other governmental functions.

    In past censuses most households received the short form questionnaire. One household in six would receive a long form with additional questions. In the last census, I was lucky enough to receive the long form, which should be very interesting for future relatives to read. In 2010, however, the long form has been abolished. Only eight questions will be asked: name, sex, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, relationship, and housing tenure. Notably missing are questions like place of birth, citizenship status, and primary language, to name just a few vital pieces of information for genealogists.

    In April 2008, the census bureau conducted a dry run in preparation for next year. Residents of San Joaquin County in California and a nine-county area around Fayetteville, North Carolina, comprised of Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, and Scotland counties, were sent questionnaires.

    The questionnaire that they received is posted on the Census Bureau’s website at www.census.gov/2010census/pdf/InfoCopy_Mailback_May_1_2008.pdf. One thing I immediately noticed is a return to the dual question of age and date of birth. Apparently the Census Bureau is incapable of calculating someone’s age by subtracting their date of birth from May 1, 2008 (the official census day).

    One potential problem for genealogists will be the large number of dead people that will be enumerated next year. Questionnaires will be mailed in March, but census day is May 1, 2008. Call me crazy, but I think that maybe one or two people might die in the United States in the months of March and April. Hundreds of thousands of individuals will be enumerated who will be dead by census day.

    The questionnaire does ask for the relationship to the head of household of everyone in the home. Unfortunately, it only asks that question for the first six individuals. If more than six people live in the home, it asks only if those individuals are related to the head of household, but does not allow you to indicate what that relationship might be.

    The directions tell you not to count anyone living away at college or in the military, and not to count anyone in a “nursing home, jail, prison, detention facility, etc.” on May 1, 2008. Question 10 for the first person (and question 7 for persons two through six) then asks if that person sometimes lives or stays somewhere else. In addition to seasonal/second residences and child custody, they include college housing, the military, in a nursing home, or in jail or person. Did they just not tell you to not count those people?

    The bureau is also recruiting people to be census takers. The first requirement is that “You are able to read, write, and speak English.” They are, however, looking for bilingual speakers for areas with large concentrations of non-English speakers. Census takers must commit to 4 days of training. All field employees must pass a test of their skills. You can see a sample of the test at http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/documents/d222_1.pdf.

    Only time will tell how useful this census will be to future genealogists. But as genealogists, we know how important it is to fill out the forms and be counted. To find out more information about the 2010 census, visit the U.S. Census Bureau at www.census.gov/2010census/.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ROXANA (f): One of Alexander the Great’s wives.

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    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Suffield, Connecticut Congregational Church Records, 1710–1836
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/Suffield_CT_Church.asp

    From the introduction to the original work:
    “Suffield was established as a new and separate town by act of the General Court of Massachusetts in October 1670. Previously it had been considered as lying within the somewhat indefinite bounds of Springfield, and it was upon recommendation of the selectmen of that town that a petition was brought to the Massachusetts authorities which resulted in the incorporation of Suffield as a Massachusetts town. A church was soon organized, as a minister is said to have been settled within two years.

    “There was long and sometimes bitter controversy between Massachusetts and Connecticut over the boundary line between the two colonies. This was ended, at least for the time being, through the acceptance by the General Court of Connecticut in May 1749 of a petition made to it by Suffield and other towns along the boundary to be taken under the jurisdiction of Connecticut. Since that date, May 1749, Suffield has been a part of Connecticut, although Massachusetts continued to lay claim to it for a score of years thereafter.”

    This database contains 5,437 records, including admissions, marriages, baptisms and dismissals. Images of the original book pages may be viewed from the database search results page.

    Social Security Death Index - Free Access
    Updated through November, 2008
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_Search/ssdi.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 November, 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: Monroe County Library System, New York
    by Valerie Beaudrault
    www2.libraryweb.org/index.asp?orgid=42

    The city of Rochester, located in western New York, south of Lake Ontario, is the seat of Monroe County. The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County has a substantial local history and genealogy collection with a number of its resources available online. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view most of these resources.

    Rochester History
    All of the articles from Rochester History, a journal that covers the history of Rochester and western New York, for the period from 1939 to the present, are available online. Researchers can either use the Table of Contents to search all articles or use the Index to search for topics found in the articles between 1939 and 2006.

    Rochester Images
    Rochester Images is a database that contains historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and manuscripts related to the city of Rochester and Monroe County. The search page can be accessed from two links on the Rochester Images main page. You can search the database by author, title or subject.

    Genealogy resources include the following:

    Life Records Database
    Life Records is a project of Rochester Public Library. The database is an index to birth, death, and marriage notices from City of Rochester newspapers. It currently contains paid death notices (1960 to 2006); birth notices (1978 to 2003); and marriage notices (1965 to 2003) from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and Times-Union. You can order a copy of the newspaper article from the library for a fee.

    Rochester City Directory
    Rochester City Directories for the period from 1827 to 1930 have been digitized and uploaded to the website. Please note that if a year is not listed in the contents, no directory exists for that year. Click on the decade link to access the available directories for that particular ten-year period.

    Rochester Newspaper Index
    Another project of the Rochester Public Library is the Rochester Newspaper Index. The database contains references to articles that appeared in the Rochester newspapers between 1818 and 1897. The indexes are divided into two time periods: 1818–1850 and 1851–1897. Articles from thirteen newspapers have been indexed for the earlier time period and five newspapers for the later time period. The list of the newspapers indexed and the abbreviations used for each one may be found in the FAQs.

    Genealogy Indexes
    Brockport Deaths: The Brockport Deaths database is a name index to death notices and obituaries that appeared in the Brockport Republic newspaper from 1856 to 1923. Copies can be ordered from the library through the Life Records database.

    Brick Church Index: This index was created from the monthly bulletins of the Brick Church. It covers the period from March 1894 to June 1931.

    Names from City Directories
    This name index was compiled from Rochester city directories for the period from 1876 through 1889. It contains 21,199 records. Copies may be printed from the online version of the city directories, which is on the website.

    A number of the indexes in this section are lists of veterans of various wars, compiled by the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. They include the Civil War Master List; roster of soldiers in the “War of the Rebellion,” taken from W.H. MacIntosh's History of Monroe County; war dead, from the Revolutionary War to the Lebanon Conflict; World War II and Korean casualties; and the World War II Master File.

    The Men’s Name Index and the Women’s Name Index are databases that index men’s and women’s names found in selected scrapbooks and clippings collections held by the Local History Division.

    Volunteers from the Western Monroe County Genealogical Society created the following indexes linked for the Ogden Farmers’ Library. Copies of the records may be obtained from the library for a fee. Ogden is in Monroe County. Spencerport is a part of Ogden. There are links from this page to the following indexes:

    • Garland Cemetery Index
    • Spencerport High School Yearbook Index (1911 through 1922, and some years in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s).
    150 Years in Ogden, 100 Years in Spencerport — a name index to the book of the same name by Earl Edgar White
    • 1892 Census — a name index to persons living in Ogden, NY in 1892
    • Brockport Deaths (1856–1923) and Brockport Marriages (1856–1917) — name indexes to death notices and obituaries and marriage announcements appearing in the Brockport Republic
    • Persons Buried in Ogden, NY and Addendum to Persons Buried in Ogden — name indexes to persons buried in Ogden from 1803 to 2004,
    • St. John the Evangelist Spencerport Baptisms — a name index to people baptized at this church from the mid-19th century through the 20th century
    • 1917 Farm Directory Index — transcribed from the American Agriculturalist Farm Directory and Reference Book, Monroe and Livingston Counties, New York: a rural directory and reference book including a road map of Monroe and Livingston Counties (1917).

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    Stories of Interest

    Skeletons in the Family Tree
    The Globe and Mail’s regular Facts and Arguments podcast focused this week on family history.

    Genealogy Can Be Found in Writings
    Karen Zach, writing in The Paper of Montgomery County in Indiana, shows how genealogy appears even in works of fiction. [as opposed to the works of fiction that appear in many genealogies. ed.]

    Family Tree Talk — Contacting Relatives
    The Family Tree Talk column in the Daily Herald-Tribune from Grande Prairie, Alberta, gives some tips on how to contact distant relatives.

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    Question of the Day

    Each day (M-F), David Lambert, the NEHGS Online Genealogist, will post an interesting "Question of the Day" on NewEnglandAncestors.org to share with you. We hope these questions are valuable and beneficial in your research. Check back daily for new questions and answers or read through our archives. Following is one question asked this week.

    Question:
    In researching my paternal grandmother's side of our family, I have come across my great-great grandfather's marriage dates but "The image is not available." Although the "image does not exist," could the record book be available? At the State Library of Massachusetts perhaps? I am anxious to find out as it is the only source which can help determine my great-great grandmother's maiden name.

    Answer:
    Thank you for your note. In the case of a missing image from our Mass. Vital Records 1841–1910 series you can request copies from the microfilm through our photocopy service. Be sure to indicate the name, date, type of record (ex: marriage), volume and page when placing your order. Learn more about our Photocopy Service.

    You are invited to submit research questions to David Allen Lambert at onlinegenealogist@nehgs.org. Please note that he will make every effort to reply to each message, but will respond on a first come, first-served basis. In some cases he may need to refer individuals to the NEHGS Research Service for more in-depth research services for a fee.

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    Ancestors of American Presidents and Other Titles by Gary Boyd Roberts

    NEHGS is happy to announce the availability of the 2009 edition of Ancestors of American Presidents by NEHGS Senior Research Scholar Emeritus Gary Boyd Roberts. This new revised edition of Roberts's popular title has been updated to include information about the newly elected 44th president, Barack Obama, as well as new information about previous presidents. Building on the comprehensive research conducted for the previous edition, Roberts has exhaustively investigated the most reliable genealogical sources. Includes 160 charts and comprehensive index. On sale for $34.95 plus shipping.

    www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=2448423519

    Also, you can save 20% on these other titles by Gary Boyd Roberts (prices on the following titles good until February 15th, 2009, while supplies last):

    Notable Kin, Volume 1, Normally $30.00 now $24.00
    www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=30

    Notable Kin, Volume 2, Normally $30.00, now $24.00
    www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=31

    Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants, Normally $75.00, now $60.00
    www.newenglandancestors.org/store/product.asp?sku=715758438

    To order any of the titles by phone, please call toll free at 1-888-296-3447. Prices do not include shipping.

    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 Bristol, Connecticut, Cemeteries (Item P5-CT0339H)
    History of Isleborough, Maine, 1764–1892 (Item P5-ME0022H)
    Early Memories of Saugatuck, Michigan, 1830–1930 (Item P5-MI0056H)
    Dover, New Hampshire, Marriages, 1623–1823 (Item P5-NH0159H)
    Abstracts of Will of Wayne County, New York, 1823–1866 (item P5-NY0468CH)

    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

    Nova Scotia Genealogy
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 10:00 AM
    Join NEHGS Online Genealogist, David Allan Lambert as he discusses the resources available at our Boston library to help you find your Nova Scotia roots.

    Researching Your Police Ancestors
    Saturday, February 28, 2009, 10:00 AM
    Do you have a law enforcement officer in your ancestry? Join Margaret R. Sullivan, Records Manager & Archivist for the Boston Police Department to learn more about discovering your police ancestors.

    New Visitor Welcome & Library Orientation
    Saturday, March 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.

    You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, 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.

    Using NewEnglandAncestors.org
    Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 10:00 AM
    With over 110 million names in 2,200 databases, NewEnglandAncestors.org is the primary internet resource for New England genealogy. This free lecture will offer an overview of the Society’s website and online databases.

    NEHGS and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) St. Patrick’s Day Seminar
    Saturday, March 14, 2009, 9:30 AM—12:30 PM
    This second annual jointly sponsored half-day seminar will feature two presentations, Irish Archives, Libraries and Genealogy Centres by Robert O'Neill, Ph.D and Public Health Records in Massachusetts: a Resource for Irish Family History Marie Daly. Robert K. O'Neill is the Burns Librarian at Boston College. He is the editor of Irish Libraries: Archives, Museums & Genealogical Centres, Marie Daly is Director of Library Services at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She is the past president and co-founder of TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) and has been researching, lecturing, and writing about Irish genealogy since 1976.
    This event is free and open to TIARA and NEHGS members.

    Digging Your Ancestors Out of American State Papers & The U.S. Serial Set
    Saturday, March 21, 2009, 10:00 AM
    You have probably heard of the American State Papers and its private claims, but have you heard of the great treasures you can find in The U.S. Serial Set? What is the Serial Set and what will you find there? Join Connie Reik, M.S.L., M.A., Government Publications Coordinator and Reference Librarian at Tisch Library, Tufts University to learn how to search these resources efficiently for maximum results.

    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).

    NEHGS Weekend Seminar—Phoenix, Arizona
    Saturday, March 21, 2009, 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
    Join expert genealogists from the New England Historic Genealogical Society for a one-day seminar devoted to best practices in family history research and presentations to help you find your New England ancestors.

    The conference will be held at The Foothills Golf Club, 2201 East Clubhouse Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Registration includes a continental breakfast and deli lunch buffet. For directions, please visit http://www.thefoothillsgc.com/.

    The featured speakers will be Michael J. Leclerc, NEHGS director of special projects and Christopher C. Child, genealogist of the Newbury Street Press. Topics will include, Internet research methodology, DNA and its uses in genealogy, migrations from Western Massachusetts in 1790 and local resources for Arizona genealogists. Registration is $55 for members, $65 for non-members. To register, please call 617-226-1226.

     

    Massachusetts Archives Research Days
    Thursday, March 26, 2009
    Spend a day with NEHGS staff amidst the rich collection of the Massachusetts State Archives at Columbia Point, Boston. Archive resources include Massachusetts vital records, 1841–1915; Alien Port Arrivals, 1848–1891; State censuses, 1855 and 1865; and the Felt Collection containing Colonial-era and Revolutionary War land grant, military, tax, legislative, estate and early divorce records. Registration also includes a one-on-one consultation with an NEHGS genealogist.
    Registration fee: $55. Please call 617-226-1226 or email rwoods@nehgs.org to register.

    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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