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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 13, No. 33
    Whole #492
    August 18, 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.

    * NEHGS Launches New Website
    * Introducing The Daily Genealogist
    * Research Recommendations: Scanning vs. Photographing Followup
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Wake County Public Libraries, North Carolina
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    NEHGS Launches New Website

    We are pleased to announce the launch of, the new home of NEHGS’ growing online regional and national genealogical resources. This new site provides access to some of the most important research tools and resources available.

    The site features a new image viewer, faster navigation and search results time, and more unique content. The expanded scope allows greater opportunity for NEHGS to bring unique content to its members and the public while establishing new and beneficial collaborations with likeminded non-profit organizations and important commercial entities. It brings together our well-established New England and New York content, along with new resources that are national in scope.

    We invite all our members and friends to begin using our new site today. Your login is your email and your password is your NEHGS member number. If you would like to provide feedback on the new site and its features, please let us know at

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    Introducing The Daily Genealogist

    With the arrival of comes a new way of getting news out to our readers. On August 4, 1999, the Society launched our first electronic newsletter, HisGenHighlights. It was a brief newsletter, sent to members, discussing news of the Society. In 2001, the newsletter changed its name to eNews. Over the past decade, coverage expanded to include general genealogy news, and regular columns by Michael, Valerie, and Julie appear each week.

    This week we introduce our new blog format, The Daily Genealogist. Each weekday you will see one of the features you are used to reading in eNews: Research Recommendations, Spotlight, Name Origins, Bookstore Sales, Surveys, Society news, etc. The new format will allow us to increase reporting on genealogy news, and to get news items out to our readers more quickly. We will continue to send an email each Wednesday. The Weekly Genealogist will contain items that have run in the blog during the past week. The eNews archive will remain available on the website.

    You need do nothing to continue to receive the email. All current subscribers will continue to receive it. If you have any problems or questions, please contact us at We hope you enjoy this new feature, and look forward to your feedback.

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    Research Recommendations: Scanning vs. Photographing Followup
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    In my column last week, I discussed the merits of scanning vs. photographing materials. It seems I left out a significant caveat. Make sure that whatever material you are working with is not damaged by the manner in which you digitize it.

    For example, daguerreotypes, glass-plate images, or others that are contained in individual boxes and frames should be left in the frame or box when scanning or photographing. Either method is fine, but you are likely to get a better image with your camera.

    Images such as these are easily damaged or destroyed. If something absolutely must be removed from a frame or box, consult a professional, such as Photo Detective Maureen Taylor, to advise you on the best procedure. In almost all cases, this would involve hiring a professional archivist, photo restorer, etc., to do the work for you.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    REUBEN (m): One of the twelve sons of Jacob (his mother was the patriarch’s first, unloved wife Leah). With thanks to my colleague Christopher Challender Child.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked you about your subscription to eNews. The first question asked how long you have subscribed. The largest group have been subscribers between 1 and 3 years, with 31%. Another 25% have been readers for 3 to 5 years. Complete results for this question are:

    1 to 3 years, 31%
    3 to 5 years, 25%
    5 to 7 years, 12%
    1 year or less, 11%
    7 to 10 years, 9%
    10 to 12 years, 8%

    The second question asked how frequently you read eNews. 90% of respondents read eNews every week. 5% read it every other week, and 2% read it monthly.

    This week’s survey asks about your in-person visits to NEHGS.

    Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Wake County Public Libraries, North Carolina
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Wake County is located in central North Carolina. In the special collections of the Wake County Public Libraries , researchers will find the Olivia Raney Local History Library Collections. A number of its resources have been made available online.

    Elizabeth Reid Murray Collection
    Wake County historian Elizabeth Reid Murray donated her research collection to the library. One of the resources from this collection, a database of street names, has been made available on the website. This database contains information regarding 600 Wake County streets and their origins. The data fields include street name, history, and citation.

    Dictionary of North Carolina Biography Index
    This index is an alphabetical list of the individuals named in the six-volume set of the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. Each record contains the full name of the individual, place of birth, places of residence, and life span, if known. To search by name, click on the first letter of the surname. There is also a geographical index to the Dictionary. With this database, click on the place name elow to find who was born there. Volunteers and staff of the Olivia Raney Local History Library created the index.

    Farmers & Landowners 1891
    This database was abstracted from Branson's Directory of Raleigh with Wake County Farmers (1891). Each record in the index contains full name, post office, number of acres and dollar amount. The index is ordered by township and alphabetically by surname. To search the listings in the township version of the database, click on the township name. To search by name, click on the first letter of the surname.

    Hutchison Diary
    This section contains the 1815 diary of Susan Davis Nye Hutchison, a teacher in the Female Department of the Raleigh Academy. It has been transcribed exactly as it was written. Click on the month link to read the entries of that month.

    Oakwood Confederate Burials Index
    This database contains is an alphabetical index to Confederate Section Burials at Oakwood Cemetery in the city of Raleigh. The data fields include last name, given name, grave number, rank, company, regiment, unit and birth and death dates. To search this index, simply click on the first letter of the last name. An explanation of abbreviations is provided.

    Raleigh City Directory 1899–1900
    This database contains an alphabetical index to individuals listed in Maloney's 1899–1900 Raleigh, North Carolina, City Directory. There is a separate alphabetical index for African Americans. To search by name, click on the first letter of the surname. The data fields include full name, occupation or other information, and address. An asterisk (*) next to the name denotes that the individual is married. Click on the abbreviations link to access an explanation of some abbreviations found in the database.

    A Wake County Diary
    This section includes the diary of an unknown young man who lived in Wake County during the nineteenth century. It has been transcribed exactly as it was written.

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    Stories of Interest

    Hoping to Unearth Irish History, They’ll be Digging Again in Lowell
    Archeologists are poised to excavate the St. Patrick’s church lawn in search of clues to the early Irish settlement and how its inhabitants lived day to day in their new country, from the food they ate to the hearths they cooked over and the pipes they smoked.

    Gravesite Plaque Honors Revolutionary Hero
    Last Saturday the Merrimack Historical Society welcomed residents, officials and descendents of Matthew Thornton from across the country Saturday to dedicate a plaque in honor of the town’s favorite son. Thornton, a Revolutionary doctor, judge and New Hampshire lawmaker who lived in Merrimack the latter part of his life, was one of three New Hampshire residents to sign the Declaration of Independence.

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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:

    • Halifax County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1753-1854 (Item P5-VA0074H)
    • Fauquier County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1759-1854 (Item P5-VA0075H)
    • Isle of Wight, Virginia, Marriages, 1628-1800 (Item P5-VA0052H)
    • Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1767-1864 (Item P5-VA0070H)
    • History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia, 1748-1920 (Item P5-VA0045BH)

    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 at .


    September 8, 2010, 10:00AM
    With over 110 million names in 2,400 databases, is a primary internet resource for American genealogy and family history. This lecture offers an overview of the Society’s website and online databases. Free and open to the public.

    New Visitor Welcome and Tour
    September 11 2010, 10:00AM
    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. Free and open to the public.

    Windows to the Past: Newspaper Research
    September 15, 2010, 10:00AM
    Newspapers contain more than obituaries—they record many important events in our ancestor's lives and can be a substitute for missing vital records. Learn how to access them online and off in order to reap the huge rewards that are hidden in their pages. Free and open to the public.

    About the Speaker: Elissa Powell has been doing genealogical research since 1985, and has been helping others find their ancestral roots since 1990. The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) certified her in 1995 as a Certified Genealogical Records SpecialistSM (CGRS), and changed her designation in 2005 to Certified GenealogistSM (CG). She is one of about a dozen certified associates residing in the state of Pennsylvania. She is a past Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2006 – 2009).

    Seminars and Tours

    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.

    Fall Research Getaway “Preserving and Organizing Your Family Records”
    October 13 –15, 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 gatherings to share your progress.

    Family History Day
    October 16, 2010
    NEHGS and invite you to join us for our second Family History Day on Saturday, October 16, 2010, at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston. Come and explore the world of genealogy, listen to engaging lectures, meet with expert staff, digitize your important family documents, and learn more about how the incredible resources at NEHGS and can help you find your family. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register early to guarantee your spot. To learn more, or to register, visit

    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 email

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