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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 13, No. 23
    Whole #482
    June 9, 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.

    * Survey Results
    * All 1901 and 1911 Census Records for Ireland Now Available
    * Research Recommendations: New Hampshire State Papers
    * Name Origins
    * Spotlight: Free Databases: Land Records
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Question of the Day
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Survey Results

    Last week we brought back our popular question feature with a survey on journal readership. Many of you responded, with some interesting results. As expected, almost everyone (98%) receives the Register. In addition, 25% receive NGSQ and 17% get TAG. About 20-25% of TAG and NGSQ readers fully read the journal. 70% of respondents read only select articles from the Register, with 20% doing so for TAG and NGSQ. The percentage of individuals not reading the journal, but only searching it as an electronic database, are as follows: Register, 54%; TAG, 45%; Record 20%.

    This week’s question is about repositories. Which repositories have you visited or do you visit regularly?

    Take the survey!

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    All 1901 and 1911 Census Records for Ireland Now Available

    The National Archives of Ireland, in conjunction with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, Library and Archives Canada, the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, and the Irish Railway Records Society has now completed a project to digitize the 1901 and 1911 censuses. The final records were released recently, and now all thirty-two counties in Ireland are available to search for free at

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    Research Recommendations: New Hampshire State Papers
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The New Hampshire Sate Papers series contains an inordinate amount of material for researching early families in that state. This forty-volume set, published over more than 75 years, contains very valuable data for genealogists. Among the more important items are abstracts of all probate records between 1635 and 1771, court records between 1640 and 1692, and service rolls for those who gave service in the Revolutionary War. There is also a great deal of information on the founding of the various towns, as well as legislative journals which include petitions from groups and individuals.

    The New Hampshire State Archives makes PDF versions of these volumes available for download from their website for free. In addition to the 40 volumes, an additional PDF is available that contains a cumulative index to the entire set created in 2004. This index was not published in book form.

    You can download these books at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    DENNIS (m/f) French, derived via Latin from Greek Dionysos, god of wine.

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    Spotlight: Free Databases: Land Records
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Cabarrus County Register of Deeds, North Carolina

    Cabarrus County is located in the south-central part of North Carolina. Its county seat is Concord. Indexes and images of documents from 1792 to present may be found on the Cabarrus County Register of Deeds remote access site. Subdivision plats, condo plans, and North Carolina right of way maps can also be found on this site.

    As noted on the homepage, “(t)he records on this site are unofficial records made available for informational purposes only. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the Register Of Deeds does not certify the authenticity or the completeness of any record or of the information presented.”

    To access the database, click on the ‘Acknowledge Disclaimer to Begin Searching Records’ link. This will open a new page with links to scanned index books and land record images. The index books cover the period from January 1, 1791, through December 31, 1982. Click on the Scanned Index Books link on the left side of the page to view the index. To search the index, select type of record (Land or Highway Maps), select the Sub-Type (Grantor or Grantee), choose a date range, and then choose Human or Corporation from the dropdown list and enter a name in the search box.

    The search results for the older deeds are returned as a list of surnames found in the index. Click on the surname link to view the page. To view the document, go to the View Image menu on the top right of the page. Select the type of document from the drop down list and then enter the book and page number in the search boxes. Click on the View link to read a digitized image of the document. You can then use the previous and next page links to move through the books. Please be advised that these documents are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader to view them.

    Cumberland County Register of Deeds, North Carolina

    Cumberland County is also located in south-central North Carolina. Its county seat is Fayetteville. The Cumberland County Register of Deeds remote access site contains the following: indexes to land records from 1754 to July 14, 1985 (scanned index books) and land record images starting with Book 1 (beginning in 1754) through the present.

    Cumberland County provides a similar disclaimer to that provided by Cabarrus County with regard to the accuracy of records. Click on the Disclaimer link to access the data. Detailed instructions tell you how to search the database. To view the instructions, click on the ‘click here’ link at the end of the section describing the Scanned Indexes. The process of searching the Cumberland County database is similar to that described above, except that you do not have to choose a record type. Be sure to click on the search button to initiate your search of the index and on the view button to open a new browser window to display the document.

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    Stories of Interest

    The Hero They Never Knew
    Mary Gunther rarely spoke of her husband, a Malden native, and her daughter stopped asking because of the tears that would follow. But this year, 66 years after her father’s death, Mary Susan DiGrandi savored D-day’s anniversary for the first time.

    3 Generations of Minnesota Family Share Birthday
    Three generations of Coon Rapids women are now part of a very unique club. They all share the same birthday: June 1.

    Beachcomber Stumbles Upon Historic Shipwreck
    With a metal detector and shovel in tow, Ray Midgett has uncovered everything from antique coins to wedding rings. Yet his biggest discovery came in December when he located the remains of a historic shipwreck, the oldest ever found off the coast of North Carolina.

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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 Mower County, Minnesota (Item P5-MN0006H)
    • A Century & A Quarter of History: Geneva, NY, from 1787-1912 (Item P5-NY0098H)
    • The Schwenkfelders in Pennsylvania: A Historical Sketch (Item P5-PA0138H)
    • History of Hartford, VT, July 4, 1761-April 4, 1889 (Item P5-VT0025H)
    • History of Rochester and Monroe County, NY, from Earliest Historic Times to the Beginning of 1907, 2-volume set (Item P5-NY0136H)

    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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    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

    When my family left England for America in 1913 they left a handful of siblings behind. It is rumored that one was an office and pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War I. What service records might survive?

    The National Archives in Kew has information on more than 100,000 WWI Royal Air Force Officers available online, covering those who were killed in action or discharged before 1920. You can search by last name, given name, and service date range. The service record will occasionally record the awards he received, and the type of aircraft he flew during the war.

    You can find the database online at*&queryType=1.

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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 (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
    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 a 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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