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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 11, No. 2
    Whole #409
    January 14, 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 Books and Other Resources in NEHGS Library Catalog
    * Research Recommendations: MeasuringWorth.com
    * Name Origins
    * New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight: North Carolina, Tennessee, and California Resources – Death and Cemetery records
    * Stories of Interest
    * Special Holiday Bundle Pricing Extended
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

     

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    New Books and Other Resources in NEHGS Library Catalog

    NEHGS has posted the most recent list of new titles added to the library collections. It includes resources on such topics as the Wright family of Virginia; baptism, marriage, and burial certificates of early Québec (on CD); individuals buried in the cemeteries of Hollis, N.H. (available to NEHGS members online via the library catalog record); The Irish Ancestor (on CD); and vital records of Stoughton, Mass.

    To see if there is something relevant to your research on this December 2008 list, go directly to the New Books page at library.nehgs.org/ftlist. You can also access the list by going to the catalog’s main search page, library.nehgs.org, and clicking the “New Books” link beneath the search box. To view more details about any title on the list, simply click the title, which is hyperlinked (underlined), and you will be taken to the full catalog record. The list is sorted in call-number order. If you would like to use any of these new resources, you may do so by visiting our Research Library in Boston or by contacting our Research Services department to have a researcher consult the resource for you.

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    Research Recommendations: MeasuringWorth.com
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    I got an email from my friend Matt Cote recently. He is working diligently on writing his family history, and ran into a problem. He wrote:

    I was trying to look for a way to calculate what "Real Estate" and "Personal Estate" values from the US Census data would be in "2008" dollars, in order to give the reader a better understanding of the family and their economic situation. I understand the concept of "the time value of money", but was in search of an online calculator to quickly determine this.

    I found http://www.measurineworth.com/, which calculates values from 1774 to the present. Seems to do what I want to do, only it does it too well. It gives me 6 different values, over a very wide range. It gave the following suggestions for the comparative value of $400 in 1860 and 2007:

    Present worth of commodities? Use the CPI: $10,289.93
    How affordable are things for the average person? Use the GDP per capita: $132,597.88
    Affording running a household? Use the Consumer Bundle: Unknown (only starts in 1900)
    Cost of a project? Use the GDP deflator: $8,021.15
    They also have the Unskilled Wage: $65,400.00
    And the Relative Share of GDP: $1,271,098.38

    Which of these numbers should I use? And how should I explain them?

    First off, let me say that the website you chose is an excellent one Matt. As it says on the homepage, measuring worth is indeed a complicated question. While price changes are easily calculated, the worth of the amount must be interpreted in one of many different ways. “The price of a hamburger is probably worth more to a starving man than to a very wealthy one.”

    I recommend reading the User Guide on the site. It will help you to understand the different variables involved, and which choice is right for you. There is a link within the User Guide to “Choosing the Best Indicator to Measure Relative Worth.” This section helps you to understand the context of each indicator. For example, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will compare the “present worth” of buying a $400 object in 1860 and the same price today. If you want to know how affordable a $400 object was to a family in 1860 and how affordable it would be today, then you would use the GDP per capita. Each of the options presented above is explained more clearly there.

    When writing your family history, just choose one or more of the contexts to explain the value of that amount of money to your ancestor at the time. The Measuring Worth website also allows you to convert British pounds as well as American dollars. Thanks for telling me about it, Matt.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    EULALIA (f): Greek [eu- good + lal- ….] i.e. ‘good news’. Also spelled ULALIA.

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    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Social Security Death Index - Free Access
    Updated through September, 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 September, 2008. Access to the SSDI is FREE to all who visit NewEnglandAncestors.org. This database now contains the names of 83,176,352 individuals, most of whose deaths were recorded after 1965.

    New England Ancestors magazine, Volumes 1–3
    www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/NEA.asp

    New England Ancestors magazine is published five times per year and is a benefit of NEHGS membership. It is the successor to the longtime NEHGS newsletter, NEXUS. We are now happy to provide access to this magazine in searchable database form. The database may be searched by first and/or last name, or by article title keywords, including author names. In this first installment, we provide access to volumes 1–3, published between 2000 and 2002. We will add additional volumes in the future.

    This first installment of the database indexes 13,998 names and 447 article titles. The magazine pages may be viewed from the search results pages and may also be directly accessed by volume, issue, and page number.

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    Spotlight: North Carolina, Tennessee, and California Resources – Death and Cemetery records
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Hickory Public Library, North Carolina
    http://www.hickorygov.com/library/

    Incorporated in 1870, the city of Hickory is located in the Piedmont region of central-western North Carolina. Located primarily within Catawba County, its borders extend into portions of Burke and Caldwell counties. The Hickory Public Library has made a number of resources available on its website. Click on the Genealogy link on the homepage to access them.

    Obituary Index
    This database, compiled by library volunteers, is an index to obituaries published in The Hickory Daily Record. The data fields include date of death, full name, and number of the page on which the obituary can be found. Copies of obituaries are available from the library for a small fee. Researchers should include in their request the complete name of the deceased, date of publication, and page of newspaper.

    Funeral Home Records
    Records of the Shuford Funeral Home are a part of the Hickory Public Library’s collections. Researchers will find an alphabetical database that indexes the funeral home records for the period from 1908 to 1957 on the library’s website. These records are listed in alphabetical order by name. The data fields include name, last residence, cause of death, date of death, date of burial, and place of burial.

    Knox County, Tennessee, Death Records
    The records found in these indexes have been made available to Hickory Public Library with permission by copyright holder. They cover the period from 1914 to 1925. The data fields include last name, first name, marital status, birth date, age, birthplace, father’s name and birthplace, mother’s name and birthplace, informant’s name, death date, place of burial, and death certificate number.


    Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society, California
    www.bakerfamily.org/legs/index.htm

    Lake Elsinore is a city in Western Riverside County in southern California. The Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society has a few cemetery and obituary resources on its website. Click on the page links to access the resources.

    Cemetery Resources
    The website’s resources related to the Elsinore Valley Cemetery include a brief history, information about cemetery hours, a map of the cemetery, a plot map of the graves, and an index to the burials in the cemetery. The data fields include the name of the deceased, sex, race, date of birth, date of death, date of burial, and plot location information.

    Researchers can access photographs of the gravestones in the Elsinore Valley Cemetery from the website’s main page. Click on the alphabetical surname links to access the image files.

    Obituary Resources
    The genealogical society has uploaded to its website twenty-eight obituaries from its collection. These obituaries have been transcribed from the original. An asterisk after the name is an indication that the individual’s final resting place is in the Elsinore Valley Cemetery. Researchers will also find a link to a 45-page, alphabetical list of obituaries in the Society’s collection. The majority of the obituaries are from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, however there have some from the late nineteenth century. The data fields in this list include last name, first name, and year of death. Copies of obituaries can be requested via email by clicking on the link in the box at the beginning of the list.

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    Stories of Interest

    Internet Database Links African Americans to Ancestors’ Voyages
    African Americans will be able to trace routes of slave ships that transported ancestors from Africa.

    Treasure Trove Sheds Light on Family History
    Read about Diane Peacock’s discovery of the true story of her ancestor Israel Venus in Shields, England.

    Hamilton County Genealogy Gets Easier – And Easier
    Read about the efforts of the Hamilton County, Tennessee county clerk’s office to make marriage records available online.

    Discovering Family History, One Creased Letter at a Time
    Greg Bean tells the tale of coming across a box of family treasures.

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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:

    History of Red Wing, Minnesota (Item P5-MN0065H)
    Twentieth Century History of Berrien County, Michigan (Item P5-MI0020H)
    Cattaraugus County, New York, Cemeteries (Item P5-NY0455H)
    History of the County of Grey, Ontario, Canada (Item P5-ON0005H)
    History of Barrington Twp. And Vicinity, Shelbourne County, Nova Scotia, 1604–1870 (Item P5-NS0003H)

    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

    Using NewEnglandAncestors.org
    Wednesday, January 14, 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.

    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.

    Finding Your Family: Best Research Practices
    Saturday, January 24, 2009 , 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
    Join expert NEHGS genealogists for a two-track seminar exploring best practices in genealogical research. Topics will include the most effective strategies for researching family history online and how to best prepare for visiting libraries and repositories. Whether you are a seasoned genealogical researcher or a new family historian, this seminar is sure to advance your research skills.
    Registration: $70 (includes continental breakfast).

    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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