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Vol. 11, No. 9 Whole #416 March 4, 2009Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudraultenews@nehgs.org
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Contents:* Connecticut Resources on NewEnglandAncestors.org* The Price of Digitizing Life’s Clutter* Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Decades* Name Origins* New On NewEnglandAncestors.org* Spotlight: Historic Newspaper Databases * Stories of Interest* Question of the Day* 10% of all Mayflower Families Through 5 Generations Titles (Silver Books)* Upcoming Education Programs* NEHGS Contact Information
Connecticut Resources on NewEnglandAncestors.org
This month we will be highlighting the Society’s resources for Connecticut research. Please take a moment to look through the extensive collection of databases, articles and manuscripts available at www.NewenglandAncestors.org/research/services.asp
Our current online exhibit is the Robert Chapman Letter, which offers clues to the origins of a founder of Saybrook, Connecticut. You can view the letter at www.newenglandancestors.org/online_exhibits_2892.asp
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The Price of Digitizing Life’s Clutter
From photographs to maps to documents and thousand other things, the digital life has made major changes in our lives. As genealogists, we are among the major benefactors. Author Aimee Baldridge recently published Organize your Digital Life with National Geographic. In her book she discusses how digital technology often complicates things. You can read an interview with Baldridge in the Los Angeles Times at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=x8hqazcab.0.0.eksel7bab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latimes.com%2Fbusiness%2Fla-fi-digitalcover1-2009mar01%2C0%2C7025104.story
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Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Decadesby Michael J. Leclerc
In genealogical writing, it is very common to refer to entire decades. There are only a couple of critical rules to follow, and one major (but all too common) error that you must never make!
When referring to decades, as with specific dates, always refer to the century as well as the decade. The only exception to this would be if the century is absolutely clear from the context of the paragraph. You can write the decade out in words, as in “the nineteen-forties,” but this looks clunky. If the century is unnecessary, you may write “the forties,” which is a lot easier to read. You can also use numerals instead, as in “the 1940s” or “the 40s.”
Please note that you should never use an apostrophe when referring to decades. You can only use “1940’s” when referring to something that was possessed by the decade — an extremely rare usage. Using the apostrophe is a major mistake that must be avoided at all costs if you are to be viewed as a quality researcher and writer.
Name Originsby Julie Helen Otto
DANDY (m): Scottish nickname for ANDREW.
New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
Boston Church Records — Part 3http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=x8hqazcab.0.0.eksel7bab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newenglandancestors.org%2Fdatabase_search%2FBostonChurch.asp
The records of the churches of Boston were transcribed by Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart and published in CD-ROM format by NEHGS in 2001 as The Records of the Churches of Boston and the First Church, Second Parish, and Third Parish of Roxbury, Including Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, Admissions, and Dismissals. Church records are an important adjunct to vital records, as it is estimated that only a small fraction of Boston births, marriages, and deaths prior to 1800 were recorded by civil authorities. When completed, this database will contain all of the information from the original CD-ROM, which itemizes the records of sixteen of the original twenty-one Boston churches and three churches in Roxbury.
In this third installment, we present the 60,598 records of the First Church, Second Church, King’s Chapel, New North Church, New Brick Church, and Baldwin Place Church in Boston.
Records of the remaining churches will be added in the future. The remaining churches are Trinity Church and West Church, and the Roxbury First Church, Roxbury Second Parish, and Roxbury Third Parish.
Spotlight: Historic Newspaper Databasesby Valerie Beaudrault
Suffolk Historic Newspapershttp://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=x8hqazcab.0.0.eksel7bab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fdigital.olivesoftware.com%2FDefault%2FSkins%2FSuffolk%2FClient.asp%3FSkin%3DSuffolk%26AW%3D1234744334062%26AppName%3D2
Suffolk County, an original New York county, is located on the eastern part of Long Island. The county seat is Riverhead. The Suffolk Historic Newspapers database is a searchable online collection of historic newspapers from a number of towns in the county. The project is a cooperative venture involving Suffolk County’s fifty-six public libraries, local and regional historical societies, and the local business community. The newspapers cover the period from 1839 through 1960. Currently available are The Long Islander (Huntington, 1872 – 1960); The Corrector (Sag Harbor, 1839 – 1871); South Side Signal (Babylon, 1869 – 1879); The Long Island Traveler (Southold, 1880 – 1892); The Port Jefferson Echo (Port Jefferson, 1892 – 1931); Sag Harbor Express (Sag Harbor, 1885 – 1898) and Suffolk County News (Sayville, 1888 – June 10, 1942, including Sayville Weekly News for January – April 1888). According to the website, there are plans to add an additional twenty-eight newspapers in the future, extending coverage back to 1791.
Philadelphia Press Index—Free Library of Philadelphia http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=x8hqazcab.0.0.eksel7bab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Flibwww.library.phila.gov%2Fphilapress%2Fppsearch.cfm
The Philadelphia Press was published from 1857 to 1920. It was one of the city’s oldest major newspapers. Library staff created an index for the newspaper for the period from 1898 through 1912. This index is in the process of being digitized and uploaded to the library’s website. The period from 1902 through 1912 is currently available online. You can search the database by subject and by keyword. You can enter a single keyword or two keywords connected with an AND or an OR. You can limit your search by date. The data fields in the results returned include headline, keywords, date of publication, page and column numbers, and picture.
Stories of Interest
Geniuses at Play, on the Job David Pogue of the New York Times leads you through some of the search engine’s other features.
DNA Proves Author Alex Haley had Scottish RootsRecent DNA testing on Chris Haley, nephew of Alex Haley, confirms that the family has a Scottish paternal bloodline.
Views of Boston As It Was – and As It IsThe Boston Athenaeum is running a show of Robert Campbell and Peter Vanderwarker’s landmark “Cityscapes” feature from The Boston Globe Magazine.
Touro Synagogue Tours Suspended: Museum on TrackTouro Synagogue in Newport, the oldest Jewish sanctuary in the country, has been forced to cease public tours, but plans to open a new museum at the site continue according to schedule.
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:I have noticed that some of the Massachusetts Vital Record birth indexes on microfilm at NEHGS have an asterisk next to the names. What does this indicate?
Answer:The asterisk indicates that the birth record was amended. If the event occurred before 1915, the record should be at the Massachusetts State Archives. Records after 1915 should still be with the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Statistics. If the change is due to an adoption, only the amended record will be available to the researcher.##
You will also occasionally see asterisks on marriage and death records. These are also amended records The volume number of the amended record is generally one or two digits.
You are invited to submit research questions to David Allen Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.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. You can view more questions of the day at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=x8hqazcab.0.0.eksel7bab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newenglandancestors.org%2Fresearch%2Fservices%2F7389.asp.
10% of all Mayflower Families Through 5 Generations Titles (Silver Books)
The NEHGS sales department is offering 10% off all Mayflower Families Through 5 Generations books (also known as the Silver Books). For a complete listing of available titles, please send an email with the words “Mayflower Families” in the subject to email@example.com and a listing will be sent to you, along with ordering information. Prices good thru March 8th, 2009, while supplies last.
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:
Descendants of Peter Mills of Windsor, Connecticut (Item P4-H19429)Foster Family: California Pioneers, 1849 (Item P4-H10842)Descendants of John Rugg (Item P4-H22809)History of Royalston, Vermont, with Family Genealogies, 1769-1911 (Item P5-VT0014H)Campbell County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1781-1854(Item P5-VA0067H)
You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=x8hqazcab.0.0.eksel7bab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newenglandancestors.org%2Fstore.asp.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view a full listing of upcoming programs: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=x8hqazcab.0.0.eksel7bab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newenglandancestors.org%2Fevents%2F6816.asp.
New Visitor Welcome & Library OrientationSaturday, March 7, 2009, 10:00 AMStarting 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.orgWednesday, March 11, 2009, 10:00 AMWith 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 SeminarSaturday, March 14, 2009, 9:30 AM—12:30 PMThis second annual jointly sponsored half-day seminar will feature two presentations: "Irish Archives, Libraries and Genealogy Centres," by Robert O'Neill, Ph.D., and "The Health of Our Ancestors: Public Health from the 17th through the 20th Centuries," by 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 a former 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 SetSaturday, March 21, 2009, 10:00 AMYou 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 ToursFor more information or to register for any of these events, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or email@example.com.
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.
NEHGS Weekend Seminar—Phoenix, ArizonaSaturday, March 21, 2009, 9:30 AM–4:00 PMJoin 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://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=x8hqazcab.0.0.eksel7bab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.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 DaysThursday, March 26, 2009Spend 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Spring Research GetawayThursday, April 16–Saturday, April 18, 2009Weekend 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 TourSunday, May 17–Sunday, May 24, 2009The 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 EnglandMonday, June 22–Saturday, June 27, 2009The 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, 2009Discover 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 EnglandMonday, August 10–Saturday, August 15, 2009The 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 TourSunday, September 20–Sunday, September 27, 2009Discover 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).
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