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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 13, No. 30
    Whole #489
    July 28, 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.

    * Quebec Family History Tour
    * This Week's Survey
    * Research Recommendations: Saving Your Favorite Pages
    * Name Origins
    * Spotlight: Montana State Genealogical Society
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Carl Boyer Titles
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Quebec Family History Tour

    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.

    If your ancestors lived in Quebec, it doesn’t matter whether they were French or English, Catholic or Protestant, or any other type of resident, there is no better place to research than Montreal. The provincial archives includes many records that have never been microfilmed. Bilingual staff are exceedingly friendly and will help with all of your research needs.

    Join NEHGS director of special projects Michael J. Leclerc and former director of membership Pauline Cusson as they guide you through the records. The complex system of notarial contracts will be demystified for you. Join us September 26 through October 3, 2010, in the heart of Montreal for this exciting research opportunity.

    For more information, visit

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    This Week's Survey

    Our eNews surveys are getting more and more popular every week. We are so glad you enjoy them. Last week we asked about your oldest immigrant lines in America. An astounding 82% had ancestors who arrived between 1600 and 1699. The remaining distribution is:

    1800 to 1899, 7%
    1700 to 1799, 5%
    1500 to 1600, 4%
    1900 to 1999, 1%
    Over the ancient land bridge, 1%

    This week’s survey concerns your genealogy education. How do you learn more about resources, methodology, etc.?

    Take the survey now!

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    Research Recommendations: Saving Your Favorite Pages
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Remember the days when websites were simple and had only a few pages? It was so easy to find what you were looking for. Websites today can be complex structures with hundreds or thousands of pages. Even if you do know where the information you are looking for is located, it often involves clicking through several pages to get there.

    Fortunately, there are shortcuts around this process. Depending on the browser you use, they may be called bookmarks, favorites, or something else. You can subdivide your bookmarks into folders. For example, I have bookmark folders for news, maps, and vital records.

    One of my favorite uses is to circumvent basic search pages on websites. I often want to use the more advanced search features when researching, and having to go to a home page, then a search page, then an advanced search page can take time (even longer if any of those pages is slow in loading). Using bookmarks allows me to jump right to the advanced search page.

    Saving a bookmark is easy. Just navigate to the page you wish, then select from the bookmarks, favorites, or tools menu (depending on your browser). Choose to save the page (either in the main menu or into one of the folders). You can even save page to the menu bar of your browser.

    I have direct links on my toolbar for, advanced search, advanced search, and my online email. Another tip is to change the name of the page when saving it to your menu bar (for example, instead of, I called it FHL). The Safari browser even displays images of the pages in the main window for you to browse through. Clicking on the image jumps you right to the page.

    Using bookmarks/favorites is a great timesaver, and it allows you to skip over pages that you have no interest in viewing.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    EMILY (f): This name, derived from the Latin AEMILIA [feminine form of a Roman nomen or family name] via the French ÉMILIE, is different from AMELIA, which attained popularity at much the same time but has as its root the Germanic "amal."

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    Spotlight: Montana State Genealogical Society
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Montana State Genealogical Society (MSGS) was founded in 1989 to promote the “study of genealogical and historical research within the State of Montana.” The Society’s library is located in the Lewis & Clark Public Library in Helena, the state capital and county seat of Lewis and Clark County. It is located on the southern border of the state. The MSGS website contains some online resources, which are accessible from the homepage.

    Click on the Montana State Death Indexes link to open a page from which you can access the Pre-1954 death indexes. Then click on the title link to access the Earliest Montana Death Records through 2002.

    The Montana Bureau of Vital Statistics and MSGS collaborated to computerize the Pre-1954 death indexes. The Bureau arranged for the copying of the original vital records books and provided those copies to the Society. Many early deaths in Montana were not recorded on the local or state level. The earliest death in the index was recorded in 1882. These data files are grouped in one file for the pre-1900 dates and in ten-year increments for the period from 1900 on. The data fields for these indexes include Index Number, Last Name, First Name, Middle Name, Sex, Age, Location, County Number, County Name, Item Number, Day, Month, Year, Date of Death and Comments. Definitions for the 56 Montana County Codes have been provided on the database webpage. It should be noted that the records for the period from the early 1800’s to 1918 have no county designations. To get this information you will need to contact the Montana Bureau of Vital Statistics.

    The Montana State Death Index 2003 to 2007 is only available on a CD, which can be purchased from MSGS. The files are in Excel format, and contain more than 41,000 Montana death certificates filed during this five-year period.

    Norske Marriage & Naturalization Records
    Part 1- Eastern Montana Marriage Records Index

    This database is indexes marriage records of Blaine, Daniels, Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley and Wibaux Counties of Montana, which were included in the book Norske In Montana by Richard Fretheim. As described on the website, the database is a “continuation of the search for the records of those Norwegian immigrants and Norwegian /Americans who came to the Territory/State of Montana during the settlement years.”

    The data fields in the records (for both grooms and brides) are as follows: name, place of residence, age, place of birth and parents' names, date and place of the marriage, county of issue and document number of the marriage license.

    Part 2 - Eastern Montana Naturalization Records

    This database indexes naturalization records of Daniels, Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley and Wibaux Counties. They represent ten of the twelve counties included in Norske In Montana.

    The data in the records includes Identity (name, place and date of birth), Route (last foreign residence (LFR), place and date of departure, name of ship(s) taken, place and date of entrance to the United States), and Document number (place and date filed of the Declaration of Intention or Petition for Naturalization and number and date of the Certificate of Naturalization). The researcher should note that, for the period from 1900 to 1930, naturalization documents for a single individual might be found in as many as three different courthouses, while residing at the same address.

    1930 Census Index for Montana

    The 1930 census index is organized by county. Montana had 56 counties in that year. Click on the County Link to access each index. The data fields in each index are: line, surname, given name, county number, enumeration district number, city/township, page number, sheet number, and comments. It is a work in progress.

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    Stories of Interest

    Celebrating 111 with Swedish and Scrabble
    The granddaughter of Swedish immigrants is among the oldest Americans and will likely celebrate on a $300 version of Scrabble provided by Hasbro’s CEO.

    How to Lose a Legacy
    An “heirloom” is an object steeped in family history, handed down from generation to generation…but who’s to say you actually want this stale old stuff?”

    The Federal Government is Senseless on the Census
    The Globe and Mail editorializes on the changes to the census the Harper government wishes to bring to the annual enumeration in Canada in 2011.

    Some Jews in France Wish to Revert to Family Names
    After WWII, officials urged Jewish emigres to change their names to sound more French. Two generations later, Jews are feeling a need to reconnect with their roots.

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    Sale on Carl Boyer Titles

    NEHGS members save 25% on 5 titles by Carl Boyer, III. Not a member? You can still save 15% on these titles.

    Ancestral Lines from Maine to Virginia

    Medieval English Ancestors of Certain Americans

    Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell

    Ancestral Lines, Third Edition, 206 Families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

    Prices good until August 4th, 2010, and do not include shipping. NEHGS members must be signed in for 25% discount to show. Offer good while supplies last.

    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:

    • Desc. of Reinold & Matthew Marvin of Hartford, CT,1638 & 1635, sons of Edw. Marvin of Gt. Bentley, England (Item P4-S18696)
    • Ancestry of Mary Isaac, c.1549-1613, wife of Thomas Appleton of Little Waldinfield, co. Suffolk, & mother of Samuel Appleton of Ipswich, MA (Item P4-S15837)
    • Hist & Gen of the Desc of John Lawrence Hester & Godfrey Stough, 1752-1905 (Item P4-S14271)
    • History of Keokuk County, Iowa (Item P5-IA0034H)
    • Chronicles of New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1667-1931 (Item P5-NJ0125H)

    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

    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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