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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 12, No. 44
    Whole #451
    November 4, 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.

    * Coming Soon in the Fall 2009 Issue of New England Ancestors Magazine
    * New Bookmarking and Sharing Tool in Library Catalog
    * Research Recommendations: Managing Your Online Reputation
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight:
    * Stories of Interest
    * Halloween Savings on Witches, Rakes, and Rogues
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Coming Soon in the Fall 2009 Issue of New England Ancestors Magazine

    Gold Rush Records: Clues Amidst Chaos, by Nancy Peterson

    The Quest for Sheffield Lillibridge, by Marcy Bandy

    F.S. Frost, Artist and Adventurer, by Jourdan Moore Houston

    John Emery, Argonaut, by John A. Leppman

    Betting on Land in Missouri: A Family Story, by Jim Boulden

    Sophy’s Identity Revealed, by Cliff McCarthy

    Gold Rush Nuggets, by Abbott Lowell Cummings, Gail Meyer, Lewis Girdler, Virginia Shafer, Bill Principe, Renee Pizzo

    Joseph Redknap, Great Migration Immigrant, by Robert Charles Anderson

    Written in Stone: Proof of the Hazen/Gibson Marriage, by Robin Chalmers Mason

    Genealogical Resources of Southern Rhode Island, by Robert Grandchamp

    Also in this issue . . .

    • Computer Genealogist: Follow the Motto: “Be Prepared”
    • Genetics & Genealogy: Y-DNA Tests of the Descendants of Three New England Patriarchs, Thomas Whittemore of Malden, Mass., Thomas Wetmore of Middletown, Conn., and Francis Whitmore of Cambridge, Mass.
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: Recent Manuscript Acquisitions
    • Diaries at NEHGS: Selected Entries from the Diary of Burr Beach of Lawrence, Mass., 1859
    • Tales from the Courthouse: Joanna Williams Takes the Stand
    • Focus on New York: No More Heavy Lifting: Lost in New York? Try the Archives Approach

    And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, notices of family association events, genealogies in progress, and DNA studies in progress.
    Subscription to New England Ancestors is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at, or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Eastern time.

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    New Bookmarking and Sharing Tool in Library Catalog

    As you search the NEHGS online library catalog, you will now see a “Share” button when you view the full display of a record. This is a social bookmarking tool, which we have added to make it possible for users to share links to catalog records via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and more than 100 other services. It can also be used to email a link to a friend, or even add it to your browser’s list of favorite web locations.

    To use this new feature, simply put your cursor over the “Share” button and click one of the options. A window will pop up and take you to the service you have selected. If you choose email, a brief form will appear which you complete by entering your name and an email address for the recipient, then click Send. If you select Facebook, the window will prompt you to log into your Facebook account if you are not already logged in.

    You can search the catalog at We hope this catalog enhancement will make it even easier for our users to share their search results with fellow researchers.

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    Research Recommendations: Managing Your Online Reputation
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The Official Google Blog is a great tool to use to find out more about the dominant internet search engine. This is especially helpful when you consider the number of new functions coming from this mega-website. In addition to giving tips and tricks for using Google, and the latest information about Google products and services, the blog can also give you many helpful tips for general internet use.

    I recently found an article entitled “Managing Your Reputation Through Search Results” that discussed tips for influencing how you may be perceived through online resources, information that is available about you, and how you can affect these things: think twice; tackle it at the source; and proactively publish information. You can get more details by reading the full article at You can find even more helpful articles from the blog’s main page,

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    JEAN (f): Scottish form of JANE, the feminine form of JOHN. In my family, this name was used as a modernized form of EUGENIA: my mother Jean (Blackman) Otto was named to honor her maternal grandmother, Eugenia Rachael (Everest) Follett (1839-1928).

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    New On

    The American Genealogist, Volumes 34–38
    This week, we continue our presentation of The American Genealogist (TAG), with the addition of volumes 34–38 . Additional volumes will continue to be added every few weeks. The material added this week includes 23,954 name records, 710 title/author records, and 1,373 page images.

    The database may be searched by first and last name. It may also be searched by “article title keyword(s).” This option is an “any match” search that includes article titles and authors. Finally, entering a specific year or volume number, and page number, will provide access to that portion of the journal. When search results are displayed, links to the corresponding TAG pages are provided. Once within a TAG page, additional links allow viewing of the previous or next search result, or the previous or next TAG page.

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    by Valerie Beaudrault is a repository of historic images from central Ohio. The repository draws its digital content from the collections of a number of libraries and historical societies. The databases are keyword searchable. Via this website you can search newspaper photo archives, high school yearbooks, and other publications.

    Click on the Search link to open a page from which you can search the collections. The collections on this website consist of two distinct types of databases. The first is primarily made up of photographs. These photographs are from the Citizens Journal Photo Collection. The images in this collection are from the latter quarter of the nineteenth century through the twentieth century.

    The second database is made up primarily of text pages. From the second search box you can search or browse through these text-based collections. Searches can be run on the individual collections or across the databases. The collections include 80 years of Grandview Heights High School yearbooks; Marysville High School yearbooks; the VR3 Cruise Book (1964) Naval Air Transport Squadron Three; Soldiers of the Great War, Vol. II, Ohio Section; Marysville City Directories (various years between 1877 and 1949); 483 postcards of Union County, Ohio; History of Union County Ohio, by W. L. Curry, 1915; and Union County School Annuals (1940–1942). Click on the ‘browse the collections’ link, which can be found at the bottom of the search page, to view the nearly 11,000 items in the collection.

    The Grandview Heights Public Library originally managed the grant-funded project from which this online collection was created. It is now being run by the Central [Ohio] Library Consortium, which was “created by the member libraries to establish maintain and operate a computerized library network in order to promote resource sharing among member libraries and to increase access to information for their patrons.” This relationship will allow for the addition of resources from other consortium libraries such as the Wagnalls Memorial Library, Plain City Public Library, Marysville Public Library, the Pickaway County District Public Library, and the Grandview Heights Historical Society.

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    Stories of Interest

    Family History Detectives
    Hamilton Heritage Hunters was founded in 1977. More than three decades later, this intrepid group of individuals still loves to play detective.

    Star’s Family History Goes on Display
    The family history of Oscar winner Tilda Swinton will soon be displayed in the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh, tracing her ancestry back to the famed Robert the Bruce.

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    Halloween Savings on Witches, Rakes, and Rogues

    Halloween savings on the bestselling Witches, Rakes, and Rogues: True Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder and Mayhem in Boston, 1630-1775 by D. Brenton Simons. When most people think of Boston between its founding in 1630 and the height of the American Revolution, they probably imagine a procession of Puritan ministers in black followed by patriots like Paul Revere on horseback. In his book, Brenton Simons will change a few minds and shock a few others. Witches, Rakes, and Rogues demonstrates convincingly that the narrow, twisting streets of colonial Boston were crawling with murderers, con men, and other blackguards. Bostonians may have been prayerful, but they were also prurient and violent.

    Added to this remarkable rogues gallery are several women who were tried and executed as witches. Simons also uncovers the truth about Boston's first documented serial murder. "Great stories, astonishing characters, dastardly (often quite amusing) deeds ... the research is as deep as the stories are fascinating; in sum, a remarkable achievement!" states John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of History, Yale University. Jane C. Nylander writes "What an astonishing cast of characters Brenton Simons has pulled out of prim and proper Boston! Here are people and events that seem hard to imagine. Some of these people were victims, others just plain naughty. Their stories are fascinating, and revealing."

    Hardcover, $24.95, Now $19.95
    Soft cover, $14.95, Now $11.95

    Did you know that the NEHGS Book Store offers library-quality copies of over 10,000 rare and out-of-print books? Some titles ordered by recent customers include:

    Halifax County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1753-1854 (Item P5-VA0074H)
    Fauquier County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1759-1854 (Item P5-VA0075H)
    Isle of Wight, Virginia, Marriages, 1628-1800
    (Item P5-VA0052H)
    Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1767-1864 (Item P5-VA0070H)
    History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia, 1748-1920 (Item P5-VA0045BH)

    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:

    Seminars and Tours

    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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