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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 12, No. 49
    Whole #456
    December 9, 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.

    * Footnote and Marquis Who's Who Now Available
    * Give the Gift of Family This Holiday Season
    * Research Recommendations: Writing in Foreign Languages
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Historical Society of the Town of Bolton, New York
    * Stories of Interest
    * Holiday Bundles
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Footnote and Marquis Who's Who Now Available

    NEHGS is pleased to announce that members may now access the Footnote and Marquis Who’s Who databases through

    On Footnote, users can search and browse millions of historic documents, many of them made available through partnerships with the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress. Among the many resources are census records, military records (including Revolutionary War pension files), naturalizations, vital records, and the Pennsylvania Archives historical records.

    Marquis Who’s Who features comprehensive profiles on over 1.4 million individuals from all fields of endeavor. It includes biographies from Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and many other Who’s Who titles. Please note: access to this database is limited to five simultaneous users. If you are unable to access it when the limit has been reached, please try again later.

    To search these new databases, visit our External Databases page at, where you will find links to Footnote and Marquis Who’s Who, along with links to 19th Century Newspapers and Early American Newspapers. You must be logged onto with your NEHGS login in order to access the databases. (These resources are not available to Institutional Members of NEHGS.)

    In other database news, please note that Access NewspaperArchive through will end on December 29, 2009.

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    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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    Research Recommendations: Writing in Foreign Languages
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Many of us researching our families trace our ancestry back to non-English-speaking countries. When entering information into our database programs, or writing in our word processors, we often need to enter characters with diacritical marks or ligatures, such as the German eszett, written as ß.

    There are different ways to write these characters. The American Standard Code for Information Exchange (ASCII) is a scheme used to encode characters based on the order of the English alphabet. The extended ASCII character set includes codes letters with diacritical marks or ligatures. You can use a site such as This site will give you PC and Mac codes to display these characters. Simply hold down the Alt-key (on a PC) or the Apple-key (on a Mac) and type in the three-digit code, and the character should display properly.

    If you have many characters to type in with these marks, you might consider using a foreign-language keyboard. Any Mac or PC can be set up to type in a different language. Just use the international settings in your System Preferences (Mac) or language settings in your Control Panel (PC). Remember to only use the add feature. Don’t change the default language unless you always want to type with the foreign keyboard. On a Mac you can even display a keyboard viewer on the screen that shows you which characters are typed by which keys.

    You can also purchase a physical keyboard that is designed for use other languages. I remember the first time I used an internet café while travelling in Berlin. I sat down on the computer and it took forever to type a single email because the keys typed different characters. But if I did a lot of writing in German, that keyboard would probably save a lot of wear and tear on my fingers. There are many websites that sell these keyboards. Just Google “foreign language keyboard” and check out the different sites. For example, offers keyboards in more than 61 different languages. Many of these keyboards have dual labeling on the keys so that you will know which character you are typing in which character set.

    Those who are used to touch-typing may find it a bit clunky at first, but remember that it is only a matter of practice. I'll bet when you first started typing without looking at the keys, you made a mistake or two. Just spend lots of time practicing.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    CONCURRENCE [CURRANCE] (f): Among three names (with EMBLEM and OLIVE) singled out by Jacobus as peculiar to Woodbury, Connecticut, “though rare elsewhere.”
    Concurrence Hurd m. Woodbury 14 April 1737 Ephraim Smedley (Cothren 3:181)
    Concurrence Martin, b. Woodbury, Conn. 18 March 1736, a triplet (with Annis and Patience), daus. of Samuel and Annis (Hinman) Martin (Cothren 1:623, 3:27).

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    New On

    The American Genealogist, Volumes 39–43

    This week, we continue our presentation of The American Genealogist (TAG), with the addition of volumes 39–43. Additional volumes will continue to be added every few weeks. The material added this week includes 29,051 name records, 1,056 title/author records, and 1,455 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.


    Social Security Death Index - Free Access
    Updated through October, 2009

    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 October, 2009. Access to the SSDI is FREE to all who visit This database now contains the names of 85,784,306 individuals, most of whose deaths were recorded after 1965.

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    Spotlight: Historical Society of the Town of Bolton, New York
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Bolton is a town in Warren County, New York, on the western shore of Lake George. The mission of the Historical Society of the Town of Bolton, New York is to “educate townspeople and visitors about the history of Bolton, Lake George, and the surrounding region.” The Society’s online resources include a collection of databases and indexes, as well as a series of sketches from a history of the county published in 1963. Some of the resources provided by the historical society are links to off-site databases. Those sites have not been profiled in this article.

    Births, Marriages and Deaths, including Cemeteries of Bolton
    One database contains marriages performed by George B. Reynolds, a Bolton Justice of the Peace. The data fields include the date of the event, bride, groom, residence, and witnesses to the marriage. Another database is the Warren County mortality schedule from the 1850 federal census. It is an alphabetical listing of all people counted in the mortality schedule from eleven towns. The data fields include surname, given name, age, sex, marital status, birthplace, death date, cause of death, duration of illness, and town.

    The Bolton Honor Roll section lists all soldiers from Bolton who died in wars from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War and on. The second database comprises the Town Clerks' Civil War enrollment list for the town of Bolton. It includes partial enrollment lists from the towns of Chester, Hague, Horicon, and Warrensburg. The third database is a listing of veterans from the 1930 U.S. Census for Bolton. Three Civil War veterans and thirty-seven World War I veterans lived there. The data fields in the database include surname, given name and birthplace. The Bolton census records databases include the 1800 and 1930 federal censuses and the 1865 New York state census.

    Land, Maps, Political, and Other
    In this section there are three databases on the historical society’s website. The first comprises an alphabetical list of names on the 1799 Assessment Roll for the town. The second is a complete listing of Bolton Landing’s town supervisors. The third database is named Sketches from History of Warren County. The series of sketches that make up this database are historical maps from the History of Warren County, edited by William H. Brown and published by the Board of Supervisors of Warren County. The sketches show how boundaries and names changed in the county over time.

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    Stories of Interest

    200 Years of Pages Turned: Nation’s Second-Oldest Bookstore Sees a Future in an Era of Change
    As it celebrates two centuries in business, The Andover Bookstore's success belies the trend of independent bookstores closing their doors.

    Who is Helen Radkey and Why is She Out to Get the LDS Church?
    Her bedrooms are piled high with box after box of file folders, evidence of her decades-long drive to undermine the LDS Church's temple ritual in which living Mormons are baptized for a person who has died.

    Man Discovers Family History
    When Joerg and Wendee Theilemann asked the Times to find the rightful heirs to a box full of personal mementos they had purchased five years earlier at a garage sale in California, nobody realized how important it would be to one family member.

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    Holiday Bundles

    Just in time for the holiday season, the Bookstore at NEHGS is offering sets of genealogy note cards at over 35% off. Adorned with beautiful full-color images of actual heritage family documents from the NEHGS manuscripts collection, these note cards are perfect for sending holiday greetings to long-lost cousins, as stocking stuffers or as a quick and easy gift for just about anyone. These cards come in a set of eight (2 each of four designs) with matching envelopes and are now priced at $5.00 per set (while supplies last). We even offer free shipping on these cards! To see the images or to order these cards, visit

    And if you haven’t started your holiday shopping, you can turn to the Bookstore at NEHGS for money-saving bundles and gifts under $15. 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:

    • History of Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties, with Illustrations & Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men & Pioneers (Item P5-CA0015H)
    • Descendants of James and William Adams of Londonderry, Now Derry, New Hampshire (Item P4-H00201)
    • Williamstown: the First Two Hundred Years, 1753-1953 (Item P5-MA0343H)
    • Fairchild and Park Families of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island (item P4-H01155)
    • Lineage of Malcolm Metzger Parker from Johannes Delang (P4-H20739)

    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 a 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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