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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 13, No. 19
    Whole #478
    May 12, 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.

    * Coming Soon in the Spring 2010 Issue of American Ancestors
    * William W. Treat Memorial Service
    * Research Recommendations: NGS 2010 and the New FamilySearch
    * Name Origins
    * Spotlight: Hartford Historical Society, Vermont
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Select Titles
    * 'Kate' From Titanic is Buried in West Roxbury Cemetery
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Coming Soon in the Spring 2010 Issue of American Ancestors

    Genealogy Goes Primetime: Who Do You Think You Are?
    by D. Joshua Taylor

    Brooke Shields with Gary Boyd Roberts
    by Gary Boyd Roberts

    NEHGS Goes to London: A Perspective on “Who Do You Think You Are?” Live in London
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Researching in British Archives: Three Case Studies
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    From Family Folklore to Fact: Proving a Scottish Immigrant’s Royal Ancestry
    by John L. Scherer

    A Family’s Search for Its Irish Roots: The McDonald Family of County Monaghan and Brockton, Massachusetts
    by Judith Lucey

    An Introduction to Welsh Research
    by Carl Boyer, 3rd

    Zipporah Potter Atkins: The Only Seventeenth-Century African Woman to Purchase Land in Boston
    by Vivian R. Johnson

    An Adulterous Minister, his Raving-mad Neighbor, and a Hunchback Soldier: The Correspondence of John Cotton, Jr. (1640–1699)
    by Sheila McIntyre

    Zebulon Wade, Pirate or Privateer?
    by Richard H. Benson

    Also in this issue . . .
    • Genetics & Genealogy: DNA Resolves a Wilder Ancestral Mystery
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: “Men of Industry, Sobriety and Integrity”: John Quincy Adams Reflects on His Ancestry
    • Diaries at NEHGS: Selections from the Diaries of Emily Wise
    • Tales from the Courthouse: A Brother’s Vow: “To Git Her Free”
    • Focus on New York: Migration Pathways to and from Dutchess County, New York, 1683–1820

    And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, notices of family association events, genealogies in progress, and DNA studies in progress. Subscription to American Ancestors is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at, or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Eastern time.

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    William W. Treat Memorial Service

    Friends of William W. Treat, who died January 10, 2010 in Naples FL, are invited to join in a celebration of his life on June 13, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. at Phillips Church, Front Street, Exeter, NH. A reception will follow in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the William W. Treat Scholarship Fund of the Treat Foundation (c/o Mrs. Joey Stroble, P. O. Box 800, Stratham, NH 03885) or to a charity of one’s choice.

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    Research Recommendations: NGS 2010 and the New FamilySearch
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The 2010 National Genealogical Society conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, was definitely one for the record books. Not just in attendance (which saw more than 2,600 registered attendees), but in the different ways many organizations were thinking. For example, several groups (including NEHGS) were involved in “scavenger hunt” scenarios, where participants would have to get a stamps from several booths to enter drawings for free prizes.

    FamilySearch definitely won the prize for the “coolness” factor. After registering for a FamilySearch user id, and stamping cards at booths for the FamilySearch Partners, Wiki, and Indexing programs, registrants were able to get free t-shirts (the most tasteful I've seen in ages) and enter a contest to win a high-end iPad. One iPad was given away each day of the conference, and an additional one was given away at the banquet.

    The highest point of the week, however, was without a doubt the Celebration of Family History event, held at the LDS Conference Center on Thursday evening. Henry Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, presented a moving tribute to family history, including multiple references to the vision and hard work of the men who founded the New England Historic Genealogical Society in the nineteenth century. The program also included pre-taped video stories of individuals researching their family history, and rousing music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

    The main speaker of the evening was historian David McCullough, who discussed the importance of history in our lives. Among his remarks, he noted that “teachers are doing the work that matters more than anybody else in society.” In discussing family members, he pointed out that if family members are "not forgotten, they are not gone; if they are not forgotten, then they are still here.” He also encouraged the audience to “take heart in the fact that there are still more public libraries in these country than there are McDonalds” restaurants. Nobody in attendance that evening will soon forget the incredible experience of being in that theater.

    One of most exciting things in the exhibit hall was the ability to view the beta version of the new FamilySearch website. It is quite clear that their staff has been working quite hard to create a new platform for researching ancestors. Hundreds of millions of new names were added to the databases on the site as the week went along, and computer monitors were crowded with people eager to try the new site out.

    The main page has a simple search area for first, middle, and last names; birth year and place; and death year and location. Above the search area are links to trees (from the Ancestral File) , searching the Family History Library Catalog, and a list of All Collections available online. Clicking on the All Collections link allows users to see a list of all databases on the site, grouped alphabetically, by record type, by date range, or by region of the world. You can also limit the databases to only those which have images of original records linked to them.

    Four links at the top of every page allow users to immediately jump to learning tools (such as the wiki, videos, and text-based assistance); information on the FHL in Salt Lake City, and family history centers around the world; the indexing project, and a blog for news and updates from FamilySearch.

    The site is a work in progress (thus the “beta” label), but is a wonderful step forward in research. Searching individual databases is a little clunky, and there does not appear to be a browse feature at the moment, an extremely important feature necessary to overcome the problems of names missing from the index (through typographical error, difficulty reading handwriting, or a number of other ways). Much of the data published on CD a decade ago is now available here, but the original source of the data is difficult, if not downright impossible, to determine. And the Pilot Site on the current FamilySearch is still operational. Some material has been brought over to the new site, but much remains, so for the time being it is necessary to search both sites to ensure you have seen all available data.

    The FamilySearch team should be very proud of the work they have done, and continue to do. I look forward to seeing the final version of the new FamilySearch website. You can check out the beta version at, but you must have a new FamilySearch id to work on the site. Registration is free and easy (although the password requirements are stringent).

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    DOD, DODGE (m): This medieval or rural English nickname for ROGER (remember the English rhyming slang ‘Roger Dodger’) also appears in surnames such as DODD(S), DODGE, DODSON, etc.

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    Spotlight: Hartford Historical Society, Vermont
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The town of Hartford is in Windsor County, Vermont. It is located on the New Hampshire border. Hartford is composed of five villages: Hartford, Quechee, West Hartford, White River Junction, and Wilder.

    The Hartford Historical Society was founded in 1987. Its goals are to “foster interest in local history, to serve the public as well as its members, and to encourage the preservation of the material culture of the Town of Hartford.” The society has made a number of resources available on its website. Adobe Reader is needed to view most of the resources, which are in PDF format.

    Click on the Historic Resources link in the home page contents list to access one set of the available resources. Each of these is in PDF format. They include:

    • Beer's 1869 Hartford Map
    • Child's 1883–84 Windsor County Gazetteer (Hartford Section)
    • Gateway of Vermont — Hartford and its Villages
    • History of the North Hartford Church
    • Tucker's History of Hartford

    In addition to the items listed above there are two PowerPoint slideshows on the website. They are focused on the history of the Quechee Mills and West Hartford. The slideshows include text and images. You will need PowerPoint to view these files. There is a link on the page so that you can download PowerPoint Viewer, if you do not have it.

    Click on the Genealogy link to access the site’s resources of genealogical interest. There are links to a variety of forms that you can use in the course of your family history research, in addition to the following:

    General Resources
    The historical society has provided reference documents on such topics as Vermont Cemetery and Burial Law, Vermont Public Records Law, and a Guide to Vermont’s Town Clerks, Treasurers & County Clerks.

    Hartford Area Specific Resources
    These resources include an index to the West Hartford Congregational Church’s membership for the period from 1830 to 2006, as well as a number of cemetery databases. The data fields in the West Hartford Congregational Church’s membership database include last name, maiden name, first name, year/date joined, year/date transferred by letter, year/date expelled or dropped, year/date died, and comments. There is the West Hartford Cemetery Index, which provides the following information: surname, given name, maiden name, date of birth, date of death, age at death, comments, and source for the information provided. You will also find five cemetery databases, which include tombstone photographs in addition to the following information: last name, given name, birth date, death date, age (year, month, day), notes and other. These indexes are for Center of Town Cemetery, Delano-Savage Cemetery, Tucker Cemetery, Russtown Cemetery, and Wright's Tomb.

    Windsor County Resources
    The Windsor County resources include the Gazetteer and Business Directory of Windsor County for 1883 – 1884; the obituary archive for the Valley News covering the period from 18 March 2006, and abstracts of marriage and death notices from The Vermont Chronicle for the period from 1826 – 1882, which includes notices for Windsor County. The index for the Vermont Chronicle may be checked for free. Digitized copies of the notices are available for a fee.

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    Stories of Interest

    Genetic Testing Kits To Be Sold At Drugstores
    The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Walgreens will begin selling personal genetic testing kits starting Friday, May 14, 2010. The FDA is currently examining the claims made by Pathway Genomics in their marketing materials. CVS plans to have the kits in their stores by August.

    Trying for a High Note for Hingham’s 375th
    The town of Hingham, Massachusetts, plans a variety of activities to celebrate its 375th anniversary, including a 375-voice chorus.

    Tired of Indignities, Town Makes Itself Heard
    The tiny of town of Erving has a distinction no other Massachusetts town can claim. It recorded a 100% response rate to the 2010 U.S. Census.

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    Sale on Select Titles

    NEHGS is happy to offer a one-week discount on ten popular titles. These books have been discounted up to 50%. Sales prices are good through May 19th, 2010, while supplies last. Massachusetts residents please add 6.25% sales tax.

    Opening the Ozarks: First Families in Southwest Missouri, 1835–1839 (4–volume set) by Marsha Hoffman Rising
    Normally $189.90, Sale price $125.00

    Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, First Edition, Edited by Timothy Salls
    Normally $24.95, Sale Price $12.50

    The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
    Normally $18.95, Sale Price $14.95

    Cambridge Cameos by Roger Thompson
    Normally $19.95, Sale Price $12.50

    Vital Records of Pepperell to 1850
    Normally $30.00, Sale Price $15.00

    The Complete Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 1–15 by Robert Charles Anderson
    Normally $24.95, Sale Price $19.95

    In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
    Normally $27.50, Sale Price $19.50

    Ancestral Lines, Third Edition, 206 Families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania by Carl Boyer III
    Normally $70.00, Sale Price $45.00

    Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter by Susan Nagel
    Normally $39.99, Sale price $19.99

    Champlain's Dream: The European Founding of North America by David Hackett Fischer
    Normally $40.00, Sale Price $15.00

    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 Rockton, Winnebago County, Illinois, 1820-1898 (Item P5-IL0168H)
    • History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts, 1620-1890 (Item P5-MA0365H)
    • History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a Genealogical Register (Item P5-MA0338H)
    • History of Bolton, Massachusetts, 1738-1938 (Item P5-MA0378H)
    • History of Otisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, from 1734-1800 (Item P5-MA0322H)

    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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    'Kate' From Titanic is Buried in West Roxbury Cemetery

    Catherine “Kate” Buckley was the inspiration for Kate Winslet’s character in the movie Titanic. The real-life Kate was the only third-class Irish passenger whose body was recovered and buried on land. On May 22 Kate’s grave will be given a memorial stone in a public ceremony at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in the West Roxbury section of Boston. Read more of the story at

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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:


    Applying to Lineage Societies
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 10:00 AM
    Join expert genealogist Christopher C. Child as he shares techniques for applying to lineage societies including the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Society of Colonial Wars, Society of Mayflower Descendants, and other. Discover acceptable documentation and other important information for preparing your application.

    New Visitor Welcome & Library Orientation
    Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 10:00 AM
    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 (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

    Come Home to New England
    June 14 – June 20, 2010
    August 9 – August 15, 2010
    Experience NEHGS first-hand during a week of guided research at our library in Boston during Come Home to New England. Daily lectures including a tour of the research library, technology topics, and general methodologies provide a unique research experience for any genealogist. Group dining events, one-on-one consultations and extended library hours ensure you a successful and meaningful week of research at NEHGS.

    Quebec Family History Tour
    September 26 – October 3, 2010
    Discover the records of Quebec during a week of research in Montreal Researchers will explore the Société Généalogique Canadienne-Française (SGCF) and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). Daily consultations with expert genealogists, lectures, and group meals will provide you with the tools and resources necessary for a successful and beneficial week in Montreal.

    Salt Lake City Research Tour
    October 31 – November 7, 2010
    Join NEHGS for our annual research tour to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. You are invited to join fellow researchers and NEHGS members for as week of intensive research aided by expert staff. Lectures relating to organizing your materials, accessing the library catalog, and other research tips and techniques are included along with group dining events and personal consultations.

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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