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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 12, No. 46
    Whole #453
    November 18, 2009
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.

    * Give the Gift of Family This Holiday Season
    * Subscribe Now to the 2010 Great Migration Newsletter
    * Research Recommendations: Harvard University's Open Collection Program
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: The Hueytown Historical Society, Alabama
    * Stories of Interest
    * Research Library Holiday Closure
    * A Family Becoming American
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Give the Gift of Family This Holiday Season

    Give an NEHGS Gift Membership between now and December 31st, 2009 and save up to 20%. With the holidays fast approaching there has never been a better time to give your favorite genealogist access to all the many benefits of membership in the New England Historic Genealogical Society.Visit to learn more and give a gift.

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    Subscribe Now to the 2010 Great Migration Newsletter

    The Great Migration Newsletter offers feature articles on a variety of topics, including the settlement of early New England towns, migration patterns, seventeenth-century passenger lists, church and land records, and much more. The Newsletter complements the individual Great Migration sketches and addresses broad issues key to understanding the lives and times of New England’s first immigrants.

    Print subscribers to volume 19 (2010) receive a new issue of the Newsletter through the mail each quarter ($20 for a one-year subscription or $36 for a two-year subscription).

    Online subscribers access issues through, where the Newsletter is posted each quarter. They can also access past issues from volumes 11 through 18, as well as bonus biographical sketches not yet in print ($10 for a one-year subscription or $18 for a two-year subscription).

    To subscribe, please visit or call Member Services at 1-888-296-3447.

    The latest issue of the Newsletter, Volume 18, Number 4, is now available to subscribers at

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    Research Recommendations: Harvard University's Open Collection Program
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Harvard University, the oldest university in the country, has some of the most extensive historical collections in the world. Unfortunately, these collections are often limited to use by faculty, students, and alumni of the university. Their Open Collections Program (OCP), however, is a collaborative effort of the university’s faculty, librarians, and curators. The materials in the OCP are freely accessible to anyone on the internet. This online collection offers “virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard repositories.”

    The OCP has compiled several extensive collections since 2002. One of the most interesting for genealogists is “Immigration to the United States, 1789–1930.” While the collection stretches from the signing of the Constitution to the start of the Great Depression, the greatest focus is on the nineteenth century. The collection includes 1,800 books and pamphlets, 9,000 photographs, 200 maps, and 13,000 pages from manuscript and archival collections.

    You can search the collection by keywords, or browse through individual items. The browse function allows you to view items by genre (books and pamphlets, photographs, or manuscript material) or by subject (topics, themes, people, organizations, or timeline). The topics are divided into dozens of categories and sub-categories. Themes include the Chinese Exclusionary Act, Scandinavian Immigration, and the Settlement House Movement. Both sides of immigration are illustrated with organizations such as the Children’s Aid Society, North Bennet Street School, and the Immigration Restriction League.

    This collection can teach you a great deal about the immigration process, reasons for emigration/immigration, first-hand experiences of immigrants, and the historical context of immigration. One of the books available online, for example, is America’s Race Heritage: An Account of the Diffusion of Ancestral Stocks in the United States During Three Centuries of National Expansion, and a Discussion of its Significance by Clinton Stoddard Burr, published in 1922. In discussing later immigration, Burr states:

    “But from the year 1845 the crest of the immigration flood shows waves and troughs directly corresponding to economic or other variations in foreign countries, or to industrial conditions in the United States. The first great influx occurred in the decade from 1845 to 1854, when the potato famine in Ireland and the revolution in Germany brought many thousands to this country. The gold rush to California also attracted thousands, from England and other countries of Europe. Then followed a depression during the War of the Rebellion, recovery following only after the signing of the peace.” (p. 91)

    Stoddard also imparts the view of many nativists of the time when he states:

    “If we could recall the years, how many of us would wish the South to be populated in part with Negroes? Yet an even more rampant danger, from so-called white people of lowest quality, now threatens our native white stock; for we may segregate the Negro because of his remote racial type, but the qualities of low class Europeans will gradually and inevitably demoralize our body politic through introduction of a new heredity character and temperament among us.” (p. 168)

    Stoddard was clearly a bigot, prejudiced against individuals of many ethnic backgrounds. However, an understanding of this point of view will allow you to greater understand your immigrant ancestors' experience in their new home. It will also allow you understand better the entire immigration and naturalization process.

    In addition to the general background of the immigration experience, the collection does have some primary records that may be of use to genealogists. For example, among the material from the North Bennet Street Industrial School are the records of the kindergarten run by the school at the turn of the century. One can find many North End immigrant families in the pages. Entries can provide a great deal of information. The September 1912 entry for Catherine Delao, for example, shows that she lived at 14 Moon Street, was born 20 September 1909, her parents were Leonard and Rosalie — Leonard was dead and Rosalie worked at dressmaking out of her home — and there were four children in the family.

    In addition to the immigration collection, other collections in the OCP include: Women Working, 1800–1930; Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics; Expeditions and Discoveries: Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age. You can find out more at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    CLARINDA (f) formed from Latin clara ‘clear, bright’ + progressive suffix –INDA.

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    New On

    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register — Just added 2009
    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database is one of the most frequently used databases on This week, we add the four issues of Volume 163, published in 2009. This update adds 8,952 names, 55 table of contents entries, and 390 browsable page images.

    The Virginia Genealogist, Volumes 16–20
    Edited and published by John Fredrick Dorman from 1957 to 2007, The Virginia Genealogist has a reputation for quality research and genealogical information not available elsewhere. Topics include compiled genealogies, personal property tax lists (which serve as useful substitutes for non-existent census records), and other local record abstracts, including court orders, deeds, wills, marriage registers, and other county sources. Also included are a wide variety of transcriptions and abstracts of Bible, church, military, and mercantile records.

    Our Virginia Genealogist database currently contains Volumes 1–20. This update adds 46,055 names, 13,954 subject and article titles, and 1,951 browseable page images.

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    Spotlight: The Hueytown Historical Society, Alabama
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Hueytown is located in Jefferson County, situated in central Alabama. The Hueytown Historical Society is “dedicated to the discovery, collection, and preservation of all things related to the history of Hueytown, Alabama, and the surrounding community; to the encouragement, promotion, and sponsorship of historical research and the public dissemination of that research; to the acquisition of physical artifacts and documents and provision for their public display; and to the presentation of educational programs and other activities for our citizens and visitors about our past history and our heritage.”

    The Society has made a number of resources available on its website. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view many of the files on the Hueytown Historical Society website, which include:

    This collection contains databases for seventy-two cemeteries; fifty-two are located in Jefferson County, nineteen in Walker County, and one in Tuscaloosa County. There are more than 23,200 gravestone records in the databases. Information may include location, directions, approximate number of markers with names, oldest date on a marker, date census was completed, cemetery designation (i.e. county), as well as other miscellaneous information.

    Church Histories
    There are eight church histories on the website. Some churches also have photographs, transcribed newspaper articles, and historical documents, in addition to the history.

    Federal Censuses
    Transcriptions of a number of federal censuses from 1850 through 1880 for several townships and precincts in Jefferson County can be found on the website. The files are in PDF format. In some cases annotations have been provided in the Remarks field.

    The Military section contains information on soldiers from 1836 through the Vietnam War. They include, but are not limited to, a muster roll of Jefferson County Mexican War soldiers (1846), 1907 census of Confederate soldiers living in Jefferson County, regimental histories, company rosters, and other information about a number of Confederate infantry companies, a Spanish American War muster roll, and a transcription of the World War II diary of Willard Lee Hogan.

    Family Histories
    In this section there are histories of families that lived in the southwest Jefferson County area before 1880. They are organized alphabetically by surname. The histories are in a variety of formats — primarily descendant reports and narratives, as well as links to external sites and a family timeline.

    On the Hueytown Historical Society website’s homepage you will find links to an index of photographs found on the website. The data fields for this index include file name, category, description, contributor, and date contributed. Categories include people, church, places, schools, and students.

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    Stories of Interest

    LDS Genealogy Program Marks 115 Years
    This article explores how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to the forefront of family history throughout the world as the Genealogical Society of Utah marks 115 years in existence.

    A Race Against Time to Save History
    The battle in New England to save pre-1800 gravestones being lost to the ravages of time and neglect.

    Old Boston, New Ways
    The revered Boston Athenaeum, long the province of elite families, is now promoting membership to all.

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    Research Library Holiday Closure

    The NEHGS Research Library will close at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, November 25, and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day, November 26. The Library will be open regular hours, from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. ON Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28.

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    A Family Becoming American

    A Family Becoming American, Volume 1: Krüger is a meticulous and exhaustive account of the Krüger, Utecht, Plegel, Wischnack, and Jacobsen families, tracing their nineteenth-century movement from West Prussia to New Hampshire, Iowa, Nebraska, and California, and brings them down to the present day. The author has used a myriad of sources in Europe and North America to trace the genealogical and personal history of these allied families, and in the process has produced a model publication, one covering vital statistics as well as the historical and personal backgrounds of his subjects. The book begins with a 100-page historical essay on the Krüger/Krueger/Kruger family in Germany and America, followed by genealogies of all known descendants, and concludes with appendixes on several allied families in Exeter, New Hampshire, whose history parallels that of the Krüger family.

    A Family Becoming American, Volume 1: Krüger is available for $49.95 (NEHGS members receive a 10% member discount), plus shipping. Order online at
    or call us toll free at 1-888-296-3447.

    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:

    Winders of America: John of New York, 1674-5; Thomas of New Jersey, 1703-34; John of Maryland, 1665-98 (Item P4-H27771)
    John Alden of Ashfield, Massachusetts, and Chautauqua Co., New York: His Alden Ancestors and His Descendants (Item P4-H00363)
    Index of Wills For New York Co. (New York City), from 1662 to 1850 (Item P5-NY0449NY)
    Family History in the Line of Lt. Benjamin Ogden of New York (1735-1780) and His Wife, Rachel Westervelt (Item P4-H20421)
    Pioneer History of Orleans County, Containing Some Account of the Civil Divisions of Western New York, with Brief Biographical Notices of Early Settlers. (Item P5-NY0023H)

    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 D. Joshua Taylor at 617-226-1226 or

    You can view a full listing of upcoming programs:

    Seminars and Tours

    Winter Research Weekend Getaway
    February 4-6, 2010
    NEHGS’ “Weekend Research Getaways” are among the most popular programs we offer. Escape to 99 Newbury Street in downtown Boston and experience a guided program with one-on-one consultations and expert reviews of your research. Whether you are a new genealogist or a longtime member, this three-day onsite visit to NEHGS is certain to advance your research — and you make new friends too. Registration includes breakfast, daily lectures, and group dinners to share your progress. For more information visit

    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

    Technology Seminar
    March 26–27, 2010
    Explore the important relationship between technology and genealogy with NEHGS experts. You will have hands-on training learning how to customizing your internet experience, build your own electronic databases, and gain valuable insight into using genealogical software for the preservation and sharing of your family history. For more information visit

    Irish Genealogy Research Tour
    May 23–30, 2010
    Discover your Irish heritage with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. This weeklong guided research tour will give you access to a treasure trove of records in Dublin and the benefit of consultations with some of the foremost experts in Irish genealogy. Your tour features guided research at various repositories in central Dublin, including the General Register Office, National Library, National Archives, and Registry of Deeds, among others. Daily programming includes tutorials, research tips and techniques lectures, personalized consultations and group dinning events. For more information visit

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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