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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 13, No. 12
    Whole #471
    March 24, 2010
    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.

    * Biennial Member Survey
    * Seen Elsewhere
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Titles
    * Name Origins
    * Spotlight: Obituary Indexes
    * Stories of Interest
    * Question of the Day
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Biennial Member Survey

    NEHGS invites all members to take our biennial member survey at The survey will be available until Sunday, March 28 at 6:00pm EDT. Your feedback helps us better understand areas of content, interest, specialty, and research as we work to provide our members with the best possible experience.

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    Seen Elsewhere

    Occasionally we run a list of interesting articles in periodicals in the Society’s Research Library. Following is a list of articles from recent issues that you may find interesting in assisting you with researching your ancestors in the British Isles. You can order copies of single article through our Photocopy Service.

    Quarterly Journal of the Genealogical Society of Virginia, Inc.
    Volume 30, Issue 1. March, April, May 2010
    “Wills and Probate Records: Scotland” by Eleanor Pugsley [p. 4–5]
    A short, to the point article that explains how to find “Grants of Confirmation.”

    The National Archives
    London Special 2010
    “Born, Married and Buried in London” by Peter Day [p. 14–17]
    Discusses various resources at the London Metropolitan Archives, some of which are becoming available on

    “Family History Services — With a Smile” by Stuart A. Raymond [p. 56–57]
    Exploration of the online resources available through the Society of Genealogists in London.

    “Mapping the Metropolis” by Peter Christian [p. 60–63]
    Lists a variety of online resources for maps of London, some of them dating back centuries.

    The Journal of the British Records Association
    Volume XXXII, Number 19, October 2008
    “Destroying Records, Keeping Records: Some Practices at the East India Company and at the India Office” by Antonia Moon [p. 114–25]
    This article about what does and doesn’t survive (and why) may help you research your colonial and nineteenth-century ancestors who worked for the East India Company.

    Genealogist’s Magazine
    Volume 29, Number 12, December 2009
    “The Parish Registers of Churches Lost After the Great Fire of London” by J.J. Goldsmith [p. 435–41]
    Excellent discussion of the impact of the Great Fire of 1666 on the churches of London, and how this may affect researching your colonial ancestors.

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Titles
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    A friend and colleague recently asked me about capitalicizatoin, italicization, and titles. The issue of titles and subtitles in writing can feel daunting, but the rules are not that complicated.

    When quoted in text or listed in a bibliography (or source notes), titles of books, journals, and other freestanding works are italicized. Titles of articles, chapters, and unpublished works are set in roman type between quotation marks. Subtitles always begin with a capital letter, and type style is the same as the title. On title pages of works, punctuation is often left off the end of lines, especially when text is set in large type. When quoting such a work, you should add the punctuation as if it is there in the original. This is an especially common problem among nineteenth-century genealogies and local histories. For example:

    The "Parting From America" chapter of Susan Hardman Moore's Pilgrims: New World Settlers and the Call of Home presents an interesting take on the subject of returning immigrants.

    According to the fifteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, when citing newspapers and periodicals, an initial the should be set in lowercase roman, even if it is part of the official title. If the title starts a sentence, it should be capitalized and roman. Foreign-language titles, however, maintain the article in the original language if it is part of the official title:

    I read an interesting article in the New York Times yesterday.
    That reporter from the Boston Globe really knows his stuff.
    I read Le Monde when travelling on the continent.

    If the name of the newspaper or periodical appears in the name of a building, prize, etc., it should not be italicized:

    Evening Times Book Award
    Tribune Tower

    Titles of book series and editions are capitalized, but not italicized.

    Black’s Law Dictionary, Fourth Edition

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    CINDERELLA (f): Derived from French cendrillon, or ‘cinder.’ French fairy tale. “Sindarilla” Adams m. Simsbury, Conn. (by Rev. Ambrose Todd) 2 May 1799 Grove Case.

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    Spotlight: Obituary Indexes
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Beaufort County Library Newspaper Obituary Index, South Carolina

    Beaufort County is located on the southeastern-most tip of South Carolina. The city of Beaufort is the county seat. The Beaufort County Library has made an obituary index available on its website.

    Most of the index is drawn from the library’s microfilmed newspaper collection. With some of the newer local newspapers started since 2006—Beaufort Today, Bluffton Today, and Hilton Head Island Today—there are no microfilm archives. For these papers the obituaries published in the online version are the source.

    The library’s newspaper collection includes newspapers from 1862 to the present. Currently, the obituary index contains 18,794 records from eighteen Beaufort County newspapers between 1862 and May 15, 1984, and October 2007 to the present. It is an ongoing project with new records being added on a regular basis. For the most complete index records, click on the Obituary Index Beta version link in the center of the page.

    The data fields in the beta version of the index include the deceased’s title; last name; first name; nickname; ‘see also;’ notes; newspaper title; day, month, and year the obituary was published; and reference (page number). You may order a copy of an obituary from the library for a fee.

    Williamson County Public Library Obituaries Database, Tennessee

    Williamson County is located in central Tennessee. Franklin is the county seat. The Williamson County Public Library has made an obituary database available on its website. This database is available through two different links, depending on whether you are in or outside of the library. Click on the appropriate link to access the database.

    There are nearly 45,000 records in the database. The index has been organized alphabetically by first letter of the surname of the deceased. The data fields in the index include last name, first name, year, month, and day of death, newspaper name, location of the source newspaper, an abbreviated version of the obituary text, full name, and the newspaper date. Click on the View Obituary link to read the full text of the obituary, if it is available.

    Crandon Public Library Local History Obituary Index, Wisconsin

    The Crandon Public Library has made an obituary database available on its website. This index was begun by local and library volunteers and converted to an online database by the library. The index currently covers the years from 1909 – 1923, 2001 – 2003, and 2005. This is an ongoing project. There are nearly 1,800 records in the index. The data fields include last name, first name, age, newspaper, and date of publication. Click on the column header to sort the records.

    Enter a surname in the search box to bring up a list of individuals with that name. You may request a copy of the obituary from the library for a small fee. As noted on the website, you may also request a copy of an obituary for someone who died in years not included in the index, if you have an approximate date of death.

    Obituary Database, Los Angeles Public Library, California

    The Los Angeles Public Library has made available on its website an index to newspaper and periodical articles containing obituary information on renowned actors, authors, journalists, and librarians. You can search the database by name, occupation, date of death, and cause of death. The data fields in the results returned may include full name, including married name, maiden name, and nickname; sex, occupation, death date, age, place of death, and information source.

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    Stories of Interest

    The Rainbow Tree Genealogy Becoming Important for Gays
    Jarrett D. Terrill writes of his father’s genealogical work, and the changes being made in the field in general as recognition of peoples’ relationships continues to be incorporated into software and other products.

    Heirloom ‘Mein Kampf:’ Return to Germany?
    Boston Globe correspondent Hinda Mandell follows up on her recent story of the World War II heirloom in her family, and how she is now considering a trip to Germany to identify the descendants of the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Tefs of Lübeck, Germany.

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    Question of the Day

    You are invited to submit research questions to David Allen Lambert at Please note that he will make every effort to reply to each message, but will respond on a first come, first-served basis. In some cases he may need to refer individuals to the NEHGS Research Service for more in-depth research services for a fee. You can view more questions of the day at

    I have noticed that some of my Vermont relatives' birth certificates have the following annotation and are dated several years after the person was born: "This certificate is filed pertinent to the Acts of 1939 as amended by No. 63 of the Acts of 1941." For instance, my mother was born in 1927 and adopted the same year, but her birth certificate was signed in 1941. I would like to find out more about this Act and amendment, but have not had any luck searching online.

    The actual text of the Acts and Resolves of the Vermont General Assembly are not available online for that year. You can obtain copies from the Vermont State Archives ( The acts you are looking for are in series SE-005. The container ID for the 1939 acts is SE005-00039, and for 1941 is SE005-00040.

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    Classic Reprints

    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 Red Wing, Minnesota (Item P5-MN0065H)
    • Twentieth Century History of Berrien County, Michigan (Item P5-MI0020H)
    • Cattaraugus County, New York, Cemeteries (Item P5-NY0455H)
    • History of the County of Grey, Ontario, Canada (Item P5-ON0005H)
    • History of Barrington Twp. And Vicinity, Shelbourne County, Nova Scotia, 1604–1870 (Item P5-NS0003H)

    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

    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. The next class will begin on May 10, 2010, with a registration deadline of April 23. For more information, visit

    Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research (Intensive Summer Program)
    Weekdays, July 12–July 29, 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. This intensive summer program is offered Monday through Friday over a 14-day 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

    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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