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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 13, No. 1
    Whole #460
    January 6, 2010
    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.

    * Family History Day
    * New Article on
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Word Tips and Tricks
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: The Walker County Genealogical Society, Texas
    * Stories of Interest
    * Puritanism: A Very Short History
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Family History Day

    Mark your calendars for Family History Day, sponsored by NEHGS and February 20, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The day will include six lectures presented by and NEHGS experts as well as additional features including:

    One-on-One Consultations with an Expert Genealogist — Free
    Hit a brick-wall in your research? Sit down with a professional genealogist who can help answer your research questions during free consultations offered throughout the day. Genealogists from NEHGS will be on hand to help you outline resources for getting started, breaking through brick walls, organizing, writing, and other tasks.

    Digitize Your Family Records — Free is excited to provide Family History Day attendees the opportunity to have their family photos and historical documents scanned on their professional scanning equipment. It’s a unique opportunity to have your family history records digitized!

    Registration is $30 and includes parking at the hotel. For more information or to register visit

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    New Article on

    The Register often receives articles that, although quite valuable, are too long, or otherwise cannot be placed in the journal. Because they are still vaulable, we occasionally publish these works on the website. This week we present "A Line from John Guild of Dedham to Wrentham, Massachusetts, and Beyond," by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CGSM, FASG. You can read the article, and download a PDF version, at

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Word Tips and Tricks
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    As we are beginning a new year, I know that all of you readers have resolved to write up at least some of your family history in the coming year. Those of you who just thought in your head “There is no way!” get to do it as well. Just tell that little voice to go away. One of the great pleasures of genealogical research is getting to share it with others. Make sure you take some time this year to write up some of your research findings so you can share it with others. Even a die-hard Mac user like myself can admit that as much as Microsoft may have problems, their Word program is still so full of advanced features not duplicated in other software that it is still my program of choice for genealogical writing. (Please, Apple, add the indexing and auto-numbering features already!!!) Here are some tips and tricks to assist you in your writing this year.

    When writing, you will discover many phrases that you type over and over again. This is especially true in source citations (I have lost track of the number of times I have written “Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850” and “Vermont Vital Records, 1870 to 1908,” in my Franklin book). Take advantage of the AutoText feature to have Word automatically insert phrases into your document. I have a number of AutoText phrases, such as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, in my program. Select the text that you want to store as an AutoText entry, then select Insert from the drop-down menu, go to AutoText, and select New. A popup window will appear. Create a unique name (of at least four characters). In my example, I highlighted the phrase “Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850” and titled it mvrs. Now, whenever I type mvrs, Word prompts me to click the Enter key if I wish to have the phrase appear. Try it! You’ll be surprised how simple it is.

    You can change the text by inserting the AutoText into the document and making the changes you want. Then create a new AutoText entry and give it the same name as the old version. This will change the text that is automatically inserted. If you need to rename the AutoText rather than changing the text itself, go to the Tools menu and select Templates and Add-Ins. Then click on the Organizer button and select the AutoText tab. Scroll down to the AutoText title you want to change and click the Rename button. Type a new name for the AutoText, click OK, then close the box. Voila, you have renamed your AutoText.

    Here is a tip for copying text. Say you want to select a bunch of text, but leave some of it out. The process is simple. Select the first stretch of text. Next, hold down the Control key, go to the next section, and select the additional text. Right-click and select Copy (or select Copy from the Edit menu), move your curser to where you wish to insert the text, and Paste it in. Didn’t I tell you it was easy?

    Many people are afraid of writing, for many reasons. Take the time to learn more about the features of your word processor, and see how it can take much of the burden away from you. And resolve to get some writing done this year.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ORLANDO (m): An Italian form of ROLAND. Hero of the epic poem Orlando Furioso (1532), by the Italian Renaissance poet Lodovico Ariosto (1474-1533).

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    New On

    Vital Records of Gardiner, Maine to 1892

    From the introduction:
    "The town of Gardiner was incorporated February 17, 1803. It comprised all of the town of Pittston which lay west of the Kennebec River. The act incorporating Gardiner as a city was approved August 11, 1849, and was accepted by the legal voters at a town meeting November 26, 1849.

    February 24, 1834, a part of Hallowell known as the Bowman-Point Tract, was annexed to Gardiner.

    August 8, 1850, a part of Gardiner was incorporated as a separate town by the name of West Gardiner.

    April 3, 1852, a part of Gardiner was taken to form part of a new town by the name of Farmingdale."

    This database contains the records of 5,291 births, 9,635 marriages, and 4,820 deaths. Images of the original book pages are acessible from the search results page.

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    Spotlight: The Walker County Genealogical Society, Texas
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Walker County Genealogical Society was established in 1965. Its mission is to “further knowledge about genealogical research, assist others with their family lines, and exchange knowledge gleaned from experience in a variety of research areas.” Walker County is located in east central Texas. Huntsville is the county seat.

    Walker County Cemetery Databases
    The society has made available on its website digitized versions of indexes and listings for cemeteries located in Walker County. There are three index volumes and three associated volumes of listings. They cover the following: South Walker County, North Walker County, and Black Cemeteries. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view the files. The Walker County Genealogical Society originally published the volumes. A third volume of Walker County Cemeteries has been published recently and is available for purchase from the society. It covers Huntsville city cemeteries and prison cemeteries.

    Walker County History Books Online
    Two volumes of Walker County history have been digitized and made available to researchers through the society website. The books are entitled, The Walker County, Texas, History Book (1986) and Huntsville and Walker County, Texas - A Bicentennial History (1976). The project, which is a joint effort involving the Walker County Genealogical Society, The Huntsville Public Library and Stephen F. Austin State University, is part of the Texas Tides Project. You will find a link to the Texas Tides Project in this section.

    Walker County Treasures Website
    The genealogical society has placed a link to the Walker County Treasures website on its homepage. This site comprises nine digital collections containing both photographs and documents. There is the African American Heritage Collection, Bible Records Collection, Sam Houston Memorial Museum Documents and Images Collections, Springfield Collection, W. M. Woodward Collection (documents and images), Eastham-Ball Collection, Cattle Brands Collection, and the Time and Places Collection. The Bible Records collection contains nearly 700 files. The W. M. Woodward collection contains both images and documents, including Bible records. There are captions for all photographs and, in most cases, more detailed descriptions of the images.

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    Stories of Interest

    URSUS Web Site Handy for Genealogical Resources
    Bangor Daily News staff columnist Roxanne Moore Saucier discusses the usefulness of the URSUS catalog.

    A Family Tree Uprooted by a 60-Year Secret
    Fethiye Cetin, a prominent member of the Armenian-Turkish community, and one of Turkey’s leading human rights lawyers, discusses the revelation of her Christian past, after discovering her grandmother was one of thousands of Armenian children kidnapped during the Armenian genocide.

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    Puritanism: A Very Short History

    The NEHGS Book Store is now offering for sale Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction by Francis J. Bremer. This book is highly recommended by Robert Charles Anderson, author of The Great Migration series. And, for a short time, when you order Puritanism, you can take $5 off any volume of The Great Migration series. This $5 discount is in addition to any NEHGS member discounts (so we will give you your 10% off PLUS $5!) and can be applied to The Great Migration Begins: 1620–1633 3-volume set; The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635 series; or The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620–1633.

    To order Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction, visit

    One $5 discount allowed per order. The $5 discount will not show up on any online orders but will be applied when orders are shipped. $5 discount is not applicable to the Great Migration Newsletter or Newsletter compendia. You must purchase Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction at the same time as one of the Great Migration volumes in order to receive the discount. $5 discount is valid from January 6 through January 16th, 2010.

    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:

    • Ancestry of Fanny Barnes and Her Husband Thomas Knight: Family Relationships in Connecticut, Massachusetts and L. Island, 1620-1820 (Item P4-H01719)
    • David Benton and Nancy Pitts, Their Ancestors and Descendants, 1620-1920 (Item P4-H02559)
    • Samuel Blade Benton, His Ancestors and Descendants, 1620-1901 (Item P4-H02571)
    • Fifty Ancestors of Henry Lincoln Clapp, who Came to New England, from 1620-1650, Parts I and II (Item P4-H05778)
    • History of Harwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, 1620-1900, Including the Early History of That Part Now Brewster (Item P5-MA0481H)

    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:


    Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 10:00 A.M.
    With over 110 million names in 2,200 databases, is the primary internet resource for New England genealogy. This free lecture will offer an overview of the Society’s website and online databases.

    Lafayette: Symbol of Franco-American Friendship
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 6:00 PM
    Join members of the Massachusetts Lafayette Society and the New England Historic Genealogical Society for Lafayette: Symbol of Franco-American Friendship, presented by Alan R. Hoffman. A book signing will follow the lecture.

    New Visitor Welcome & Library Orientation
    Wednesday, February 3, 10:00 A.M.
    Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting at first. There is so much information found in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for both members and non-members. This talk introduces you to the NEHGS research library, located at 99 Newbury Street in Boston. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, records, and other items, NEHGS can provide researchers of every level some of the most important sources of information.

    You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, who can offer some advice on how to proceed. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture and will be followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings. Make plans to start your genealogy with this great tour.

    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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