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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 12, No. 48
    Whole #455
    December 2, 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.

    * North Bennet Street School Exhibition
    * APG Elects New Board
    * Research Recommendations: New Databases from NSDAR
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Seattle Municipal Archives, Washington
    * Stories of Interest
    * Holiday Bundles
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    North Bennet Street School Exhibition

    The Concord Museum and the North Bennet Street School are celebrating the school’s 125th anniversary with a juried exhibition of the work of fifty-nine alumni. Included in the special exhibition are over sixty examples of furniture, jewelry, musical instruments and bookbindings, as well as illustrations of the work of the preservation carpentry, carpentry and locksmithing programs.

    The work of NEHGS preservationist Deborah Rossi is one of the items selected by the jury, a variation on a theme of a Carolingian binding which falls into the period of the Middle Ages.

    A Dedication to Craft: North Bennet Street School at 125 years is on exhibit at the Concord Museum through March 21, 2010. For more details, visit

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    APG Elects New Board

    The Association of Professional Genealogists recently elected new officers and board members. Laura G. Prescott, former NEHGS director of marketing, was elected president of the organization, and NEHGS councilor Kenyatta D. Berry was elected vice-president. Andrew M. “Drew” Smith of Florida was elected secretary, and Gordon Gray was re-elected to his position as treasurer.

    Board members elected were Suzanne Russo Adams, Debra Braverman, Alvie L. Davidson, Mary Clement Douglass, Pamela S. Eagleson, Jay Fonkert, Michael Goldstein, James Ison, Carole Riley, and Craig Roberts Scott.

    The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents nearly 2,000 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring, and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy, local, and social history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries.

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    Research Recommendations: New Databases from NSDAR
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has long been a valuable resource for genealogists. The dedicated women who have been members of this organization have done much to transcribe and preserve records. For more than a century they have assisted researchers in proving their descent from those who fought for the American side in the Revolutionary War.

    Their GRC database has long been available for free, indexing the vast number of records transcribed by the Genealogical Research Committee. To date more than 20 million names have been entered into the database, and this represent only 20% of the books in the collection.

    To this has now been added more than 7 million names abstracted from almost 500,000 DAR membership applications. These names are searchable by the name of an ancestor who fought in the Revolution, or by the name of a descendant. The searches are linked, so that once you find an ancestor you can look at the descendants, and vice versa.

    The Descendants database search redacts the most recent names and information on the application, but provides all pertinent information on places and dates of birth, marriage, and death. Unfortunately the sources are not included in the database, but given the sheer volume of data to be abstracted this is not surprising. The applicant’s national membership number is included for easy reference to published lineage books. Copies of applications can be ordered from NSDAR for $10.

    Another new database is called “Resources,” and links to information abstracted from published works (such as county histories, periodicals, etc.) and the Revolutionary War Pension Index. This last index is important because it includes the names of everyone listed in the pension, not just the pensioner or widow. It does not, however, index all existing Revolutionary War pension files.

    NSDAR is to be commended for the tremendous effort behind providing this information, and for allowing it to be accessed by the general public for free. As a membership-based organization they did not have to do so. You can find more information about these databases at, or go directly to to start searching.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    DEPENDENCE (m/f): A Puritan name referring to mankind’s absolute dependence on God.

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    New On

    American Ancestors Journal

    American Ancestors Journal  provides readers genealogical content of national scope, with an emphasis on New York State and out migrations from New England. This first issue is thirty-six pages long, and future issues may be longer. The editors are Henry B. Hoff and Helen Schatvet Ullmann, who are also the editor and associate editor of the Register, respectively.

    This database contains 761 names and three tables of contents. The pages of the original journal may be viewed from the search results page.

    Vital Records of Woodstock, Connecticut, 1686–1854

    From the introduction to the book:
    “Woodstock was incorporated as a town in 1690 by Massachusetts, although the first settlement there was as early as April, 1686, and was known as New Roxbury or Quatosett. The land was granted in 1663 by the Colony of Massachusetts to the town of Roxbury and practically all of it’s first settlers came from there.

    “Woodstock was a part of Massachusetts until May, 1749, since which time is has been under the jurisdiction of Connecticut.”

    This database contains the records of 6,716 births, 463 marriage intentions, 4,029 marriages, and 1,537 deaths. The pages of the original book may be viewed from the search results page.

    Records of the First Congregational Church, Preston, Connecticut, 1698–1898

    These church records were taken from pp.129–199 of The Bicentennial Celebration: First Congregational Church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698–1898.

    The database contains the records of 698 admissions, 1,388 baptisms, 491 deaths, 866 marriages, 581 memberships, and 138 other records. The pages of the original book may be viewed from the search results page.

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    Spotlight: Seattle Municipal Archives, Washington
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Seattle Municipal Archives was established in 1985. The Municipal Archives holdings “document the history, development, and activities of the agencies and elected officials of the City of Seattle. Holdings include over 6,000 cubic feet of textual records; 3,000 maps and drawings, 3,000 audiotapes; hundreds of hours of motion picture film; and over 1.5 million photographic images of City projects and personnel.” Some of the collections that could be of use to family history researchers have been made available on the website — photographs and maps.

    Photograph Collection
    The photographs in this collection date from the 1880s to the present. The subjects covered include public works projects, city events, city sites and facilities, and elected officials. The index contains more than 110,000 records. The search results include thumbnail images and descriptions of photographs. You can limit your search by time period and/or neighborhood district.

    The Seattle Municipal Archives also has a series of online exhibits and education programs, in addition to a Flickr page on which many of its photographs are displayed. Exhibit/education subject areas include:

    • A City at Work: Images from the Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection
    • Strength & Stamina: Women in the Fire Department
    • Pike Place Market Centennial, Annexed Cities, Women in City Government
    • Historical Postcards

    Municipal Archives Map Index
    Click on the Collection Databases link under the Featured Links on the homepage to open a new page where you will find the link to the Map Index. The maps database currently indexes records for over 1500 maps. They cover the period from 1890 to 1990. There are digital images for about three-quarters of the maps in the index. You can limit your search by specifying maps and/or neighborhood district. The data in the search results returned includes a description and digital image.

    City of Seattle Annexed Cities Reference
    There is a reference guide to the eight small municipalities annexed by Seattle between 1905 and 1910, nearly doubling the city's physical size: Ballard, Columbia, Georgetown, Ravenna, South Park, South Seattle, Southeast Seattle, and West Seattle. There are online indexes to the ordinances for six of the cities. Of greatest interest is the “interactive annexation tool” that provides a look at all annexations for the period from 1869 through 1975. Click on the link to access an interactive map.

    Seattle City Clerk's Neighborhood Map Atlas
    Under Reference Tools on the Seattle Municipal Archives Online Tools main page, you will find a link to the Neighborhood Map Atlas. There is a detailed city map and a list of neighborhoods with map links, as well as maps of North Seattle, Central Seattle, and South Seattle. The Seattle City Clerk's Office Neighborhood Map Atlas was designed for “subject indexing of legislation, photographs, and other documents in the City Clerk's Office and Seattle Municipal Archives.” It was not or intended to be an "official" City of Seattle neighborhood map, but instead the purpose of this atlas is to define neighborhood district names and boundaries related to document indexing and retrieval for the site’s databases. It is also useful to the general public for the purpose of locating events and family within the city.

    Seattle Municipal Archives Gazette
    The Gazette is published electronically by the Seattle Municipal Archives three or four times annually. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the most recent issues. The e-newsletter highlights events, new accessions, and other activities in the Archives. Anyone can subscribe by providing an email address.

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    Stories of Interest

    Matriarch Retains Genealogical Details
    Partlow, Virginia, resident Madeline Curtis is the matriarch of her family. At 93 she can recite many details about her ancestors, including who married whom, when and where, and what the bride wore--down to the color of trim on her gown and the flowers on her hat.

    N.J. Woman’s Search for Relatives’ Burial Sites in Union Hits a Hurdle
    Deborah Cogill was recently diagnosed with epilepsy. He neurologist informed her how genetics might play a part in her illness, and she started to investigate her ancestry for signs of the disease. Until she encountered a cemetery in the town of Union that would charge her $75 to find one ancestor’s burial place and $45 for each additional person.

    History Rings True: Heirloom Finds its Way Back to Yankton After 95 Years
    A freak car accident in California resulted in a World War I veteran’s high school class ring being returned to his South Dakota alma mater after almost a century.

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    Holiday Bundles

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is happy to announce the return of our popular Holiday Bundles. We have taken some of your favorite NEHGS books, bundled them together and slashed the prices to help you save money on your holiday gift giving. We even have a list of exciting gifts for under $15 that make great stocking stuffers.

    For the entire list of holiday bundles and gifts, visit

    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:

    • Ancestors and Descendants of Jonathan Abell, who Came from Connecticut and Settled in Schenectady Co., New York, About 1812 (Item P4-H00138)
    • Stonington Chronology, 1649-1949, Being a Year-By-Year Record of the American Way of Life in a Connecticut Town. (Item P5-CT0220H)
    • The Descendants of Richard and Hannah Huggins Woolworth, who Landed at Newbury, Massachusetts, 1678, Removed to Suffield, Connecticut, in 1685 (Item P4-H28050)
    • Nash Family, or Records of the Descendants of Thomas Nash of New Haven, Connecticut, 1640 (Item P4-H20040)
    • Genealogical Register of the Descendants in the Male Line of David Atwater, of New Haven, Connecticut, to the 6th Generation (Item P4-H01068)

    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

    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

    Online Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research
    Boston University’s Online Certificate in Genealogical Research will help you reach the next level of professionalism. Whether you are a serious amateur, a budding professional, or an expert with their CG®, this rigorous 14-week program will help you take your genealogical work to the next level. NEHGS members get a 10% tuition discount.

    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

    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 customize 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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