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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 13, No. 2
    Whole #461
    January 13, 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
    * Subscribe Now to the 2010 Great Migration Newsletter
    * Research Recommendations: Numbering Your Genealogy
    * Name Origins
    * New On
    * Spotlight: Historical Society of Amherst, New Hampshire
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    NEHGS Partners with World Vital Records

    NEHGS is pleased to announce a new partnership with World Vital Records that gives NEHGS members significant savings on adding WVR as one of your online research tools. NEHGS members can now add a subscription to World Vital Records U.S. subscription for only $29.95 for the year. That’s a savings of more than 30%! Members can also choose the WVR World membership and save 20%.


    WorldVitalRecords provides access to more than 1.4 billion international and U.S. records. With thousands of databases—including birth, death, military, census, and parish records— makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. A subscription to WorldVitalRecords provides a researcher with a one stop access point where they can search records from numerous content providers in one place, saving time and money.

    For more information, visit

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    Subscribe Now to the 2010 Great Migration Newsletter

    The Great Migration Newsletter offers feature articles on a variety of topics, including the settlement of early New England towns, migration patterns, seventeenth-century passenger lists, church and land records, and much more. The Newsletter complements the individual Great Migration sketches and addresses broad issues key to understanding the lives and times of New England’s first immigrants.

    Print subscribers to volume 19 (2010) will receive a new issue of the Newsletter through the mail each quarter ($20 for a one-year subscription or $36 for a two-year subscription).

    Online subscribers access issues through, where the Newsletter is posted each quarter. They can also access past issues from volumes 11 through 18, as well as bonus biographical sketches not yet in print ($10 for a one-year subscription or $18 for a two-year subscription).

    To subscribe, please visit or call Member Services at 1-888-296-3447.

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    Research Recommendations: Numbering Your Genealogy
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    One of the more complex tasks in writing genealogy is settling on a numbering system. Many different types exist, but only a few are really suitable for publication (If you are even thinking about using the Henry system for your publication, you must forget about it immediately!).

    The National Genealogical Society has the best publication out there on the subject. Numbering Your Genealogy, Revised Edition, by Joan F. Curran, Madilyn Coen Crane, and John H. Wray, was updated by National Genealogical Society Quarterly editor Elizabeth Shown Mills in 2008. It clearly defines the differences between the NGSQ and Register styles of numbers. It also discusses other numbering systems, such as the Sosa-Stradonitz system.

    Today’s families often include adoptions, many step- and half-relatives, same-sex couples, and others that genealogists in the past didn’t deal with. One of the more useful features of this book is that it includes a discussion of non-traditional families and shows you how to include these individuals.

    NGS members can purchase the book for $14, while non-members will pay $17. At either price, it is a definite bargain and well-worth the investment. Find out more at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    FEDERAL CONSTITUTION (m): The exciting events of the Revolutionary War and the young Republic inspired many names such as INDEPENDENCE, LIBERTY, etc., which descend from the “virtue” names (often unisex) bestowed by the Puritans a century earlier. For Example, Federal Constitution Vanderburgh (1788-1868), a homeopathic doctor of Beekman, N.Y., New Milford, Conn., New York City, and Geneva, N.Y., was named by his patriotic parents James and Helena (Clark) Vanderburgh for the events of the Constitutional Convention, which took place in the year of his birth.

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    New On

    Vital Records of Salisbury, Connecticut
    This collection of vital records of Salisbury, Connecticut was originally compiled in two volumes (in 1913 and 1916) by the Salisbury Association, Inc. It contains “traditional” vital record information in the form of births, marriages, and deaths as recorded by the town clerk, and cemetery inscriptions from a variety of Salisbury cemeteries. Also included are names of Civil War soldiers buried in Salisbury cemeteries, and the names of grantors from deeds during the period 1720–1745.

    This database contains 2,377 birth, 619 marriage, 1,914 death, 28 military, and 176 deed records. Images of the original book pages are accessible from the search results page.

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    Spotlight: Historical Society of Amherst, New Hampshire
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The town of Amherst is located in Hillsborough County, in south central New Hampshire.The Historical Society of Amherst, New Hampshire, began in 1957. Its mission is “to promote the study and recording of Amherst’s rich history, and to arrange for the safekeeping of artifacts and old records.”

    Digital Image Collection
    The Society’s digital image collection contains nearly 1,400 historic photos in a searchable database. Click on the Digital Images link in the contents to access the collection’s homepage. You can browse the collection or search by keyword. Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge the photograph. A description of the time is provided. Some of these images are postcards. The messages found on them have been transcribed, as has the address information. Photographs and stereoview cards have also been digitized and uploaded to the website.

    Vital Records
    The vital records databases here include indexes to births, baptisms, marriages and deaths. The town genealogist transcribed data from various sources to compile the two sets of vital records indexes on the site. It is important to read the guides to each set of records. Click on the About the Index links on the Genealogical Indexes home page to access detailed information about the sources for the records and the types of information each of the indexes contains.

    One set of birth, marriage and death indexes has been drawn from published annual reports for the town of Amherst from the first issues published in 1885 (containing the report for the year ending 1884) through 1930 for births and marriages and 1989 for deaths. The other set of indexes have been compiled from Volume I of the Amherst Congregational Church records. They contain records of baptisms of children from 29 September 1741 through 4 June 1826 births for 1796, and deaths for a number of years between 1774 and 1815.

    Click on the ‘Resources and Links’ link in the website’s contents listing to access the following:

    A Bibliography of Publications Relating to Amherst, NH
    This six-page bibliography is intended to include all printed material relating to the town.

    Oral History and Historical Society Meeting Tape Collections
    The former consists of audio interviews, “primarily of long-time residents reflecting on life in ‘old’Amherst,” and the latter contains recordings of program presentations made through the years. Many of oral history interviews have been transcribed. Both of these resources are available in the Archives Room at the Amherst Town Library.

    Local Cemeteries
    The historical society’s genealogist has uploaded information on nearly 600 Amherst gravesites in the Amherst Town Hall Burying Ground, Cricket Corner Cemetery, and Meadow View Cemetery to Each entry includes inscription details and in most cases a photo of the gravestone.

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    Stories of Interest

    Burr Oak Cemetery Opening Online Records Database
    Authorities plan to give the public access to a searchable online database of nearly 100,000 graves at the historic black cemetery where four people are accused of digging up graves to resell the plots.

    ‘Onion Capital’ Turned Suburb Marks 150 Years
    The sesquicentennial celebration of Eagan, Minnesota, includes recognition of the century-old label as “The Onion Capital of the World.”

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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:

    • Descendants of Micum McIntire, A Scottish Highlander Deported By Cromwell and Settled at York, Maine About 1668 (Item P4-H19044)
    • Miller Family: Descendants of Frank Miller, who Settled in Waldoborough, Massachusetts (Now Maine.) in 1753 (Item P4-H19392)
    • French Family, 1555-1995: Genealogy of Thomas French and Susan Riddlesdale (Boston, 1629), and Their New Hampshire and Maine Descendants (Item P4-H11100)
    • John Chaplin (1758-1837) of Rowley, Massachusetts and Bridgton, Maine, His Ancestors and Descendants (Item P4-H05544)
    • Drowne Genealogy: Partial List of the Descendants of Leonard and Elizabeth (Abbott) Crowne of Sturgeon's Creek, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts, 1646-1941 (Item P4-H08805)

    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:


    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

    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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