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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 13, No. 34
    Whole #493
    August 25, 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.

    * Holiday Closure
    * Research Recommendations: FGS and the East Tennessee Historical Center
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Concord Public Library, New Hampshire
    * Stories of Interest
    * NEHGS Tote Bags and Ties
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information



    Holiday Closure

    The Research Library will be closed on Saturday, September 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 6.

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    Research Recommendations: FGS and the East Tennessee History Center
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Last week’s Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Knoxville was a grand success. Although the physical placement of the exhibit hall removed us from the classrooms, there was still a great deal of traffic. A number of exhibitors had a great deal of interest for attendees. Maia’s Books now stocks all Heritage Books in print and had a wide selection in the booth. I am continually amazed at the quality of product at Maia’s. I picked up an excellent book at the conference dealing with German names. Bruce and Laurie Buzbee were able to answer some questions for me about the latest release of RootsMagic (one of the best database software programs I’ve ever used).

    Connie Potter, Maureen Macdonald, and their crew at the National Archives were extremely helpful in answering questions about military records, including a large number of questions about the War of 1812 pension records. On Friday evening sponsored a reception for the launch of a new FGS project, Preserve the Pensions, which will raise money to digitize these pension files. You can find more details, and sample pension files, at

    One of the highlights of the week, however, was visiting the East Tennessee History Center. The Center is home to the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, and the Knox County Archives. The convenient location on Gay Street is just two blocks from the Hilton Hotel where we stayed. I have heard good things about the Center before, but was unprepared for just how wonderful a place it is to do research.

    The Museum of East Tennessee History and a small gift shop are located on the first floor. On a mission to research some families for my book on the descendants of Josiah Franklin, I went straight to the second floor, home of the Knox County Archives (KCA). KCA houses a wide variety of county records, from the earliest days of the county to the late twentieth century. With the assistance of extremely friendly staff, I was quickly looking at original probate files from the 1950s and 1970s. A valuable set of cemetery transcriptions helped me locate the family in the Old Gray Cemetery quite speedily. had revealed stones for two family members. It turns out that they are buried in a family plot with seven known burials. The next day I was able to take a short trip to the cemetery and photograph all of the stones.

    I next moved up to the third floor, home of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection of the Knoxville Public Library. Extra staff was on hand to assist the large number of conference attendees there to research. I was quicklyseated at a microfilm reader, examining death certificates and newspaper articles that quickly identified a number of new descendants. The microfilm cabinets held a large number of records from counties across Tennessee, while the adjacent room held books from all over the state.

    At the end of the day I left, bleary-eyed, to make my way back to the hotel and some sleep, my backpack filled with photocopies of new information. One drawback of the Center is that all copying (photocopying of books or prints of microfilm) must be done by staff members. Users fill out a form with the appropriate publication information then drop off the form with the book or microfilm at a nearby desk, paying for all copies at the time of drop off. Later on, you pick up your photocopies at the front desk. While this does make for a slow process initially, you do not have to waste time standing at the photocopy machine, and you always receive excellent-quality printouts.

    If you have research in Tennessee, I strongly advise a trip to Knoxville to visit the East Tennessee Historical Center. You can find out more about it at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    PARDON (m): This Puritan "virtue name," referring to the pardon offered by Christ to the repentant sinner, is a marker name for the Tillinghast family of Rhode Island. Readers are warned that a royal line attributed in many older printed sources to the immigrant, Rev. Pardon Tillinghast, was broken in the middle 1980s.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about whether you had ever visited the NEHGS Research Library at 99–101 Newbury Street in Boston. 54% of respondents have been here, while 46% have never visited. The breakdown is as follows:

    Never visited, 46%
    Visited once or twice, 26%
    Visit every five years or so, 10%
    Visit yearly, 10%
    Visit quarterly, 5%
    Visit monthly, 2%
    Visit weekly, 1%

    This week’s survey asks about how often you use your local public library for genealogical research.

    Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Concord Public Library, New Hampshire
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Concord, the New Hampshire state capital, also serves as the seat of Merrimack County. The city includes the villages of Penacook, East Concord and West Concord. The Concord Public Library has a section on its website dedicated to the history of the city.

    Click on the Concord History link in the index on the left side of the page to open a page with links to the resources. These include full-text versions of a number of Concord histories. There are four published volumes, one manuscript and historical city reports. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files.

    Local Histories: Published
    Nathaniel Bouton's The History of Concord, From Its First Grant in 1725 To The Organization Of The City Government in 1853, With a History Of The Ancient Penacooks, published in Concord by Benning W. Sanborn in 1856. It includes a physical history and a statistical chapter.

    James O. Lyford's History of Concord New Hampshire From the Original Grant in Seventeen Hundred and Twenty-Five to the Opening of the Twentieth Century, 2 volumes, was published by the Rumford Press in Concord, New Hampshire in 1903. The second volume of this work contains church history, the history of the Concord schools, and trades and professions.

    David Arthur Brown's The History of Penacook, N. H., From Its First Settlement in 1734 Up To 1900 includes local history as “gleaned” from earlier Concord history publications and from interviews with older residents.

    Local History: Manuscript
    " A Capital for New Hampshire," by Grace P. Amsden, is an unpublished three-volume manuscript written in the 1950s. It provides “an account of important Concord persons and buildings through the middle of the 20th century. The stories related to buildings associated with Count and Countess Rumford, Franklin Pierce, Robert Rogers, Isaac Hill and other Concord notables are interesting and informative, but little known to the present Concord community.” The original manuscript, with photographs, is available at the Tuck Library of the New Hampshire Historical Society. The Concord Room of the Concord Public Library has a copy of the text.

    Historical City Reports
    The resources provided in this section include published reports of city records for the period from 1732 through 1925. For the period 1732 – 1820 there is index of names, a meetings index by year, and an appendix, which includes a roll of licensed innkeepers; a list of marriage intentions; and a 1757 Polls and Estates listing of property and other possessions of value held by local citizens. There is a gap in the records, which lasts from 1821 to 1834. There are no indexes for the years from 1835 through 1925, but the records are organized year by year.

    The final resources include a document titled “Celebrating 150 Years of Service, Concord Public Library, (1855 – 2005)” and the Henry P. Moore 1860 colorized lithograph of the southwest view of Concord, owned by the Concord Public Library, which has recently been digitized and preserved.

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    Stories of Interest

    New Databases Ease Tracking of Jewish Roots
    Three new databases compiled by Carol Clingan and others with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston are about to go public to help Jews all over the world track their Massachusetts roots.

    A Sanctuary for Women, Even Today
    The Ebell Club, a women's social club established in the 1920s in Los Angeles, is struggling to persuade modern women that it has contemporary value to them.

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    NEHGS Tote Bags and Ties

    NEHGS is happy to offer two new items in the Bookstore: the NEHGS Boat and Tote Bag and the NEHGS Seal Tie. The L.L. Bean Boat and Tote bag has the NEHGS seal and name printed in classic blue. The sturdy totes were made in Maine using heavy-duty cotton canvas, with reinforced flat bottoms plus overlapped seams double-stitched with nylon. Their color is natural with blue contrast-color 6” handles. The bags measure 12"H x 13"W x 6"D. The NEHGS Tote is $30 for NEHGS members ($35 for non-members) and can be ordered at

    Our new ties are hand-made, 100% silk, custom-designed by Vineyard Vines especially for NEHGS. The motif on the ties is taken from the NEHGS seal, designed in 1845 by Horatio Gates Somerby. The ties are available in red or light blue and measure 59” x 3 ¾”. The NEHGS Ties by Vineyard Vines are $65 for NEHGS members ($75 for non-members). Red ties can be ordered at; blue ties at

    Orders can also be placed by calling 617-226-1212. Prices do not include shipping. Massachusetts residents will be charged 6.25% sales tax. Limited quantity available.

    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:

    • 1880 Federal Census of Ashe County, North Carolina (Item P5-NC0003H)
    • Annals of the Town of Mendon, Massachusetts from 1659 to 1880 (Item P5-MA0159BH)
    • Clopper, an American Family: Its Ups & Downs Through Eight Generations in New Amsterdam, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio & Texas, from 1650 to 1880 (item P4-H06057)
    • Gazetteer and Business Directory of Bennington Co., Vermont, For 1880-81 (Item P5-VT0089H)
    • History of Piscataquis County, Maine, from its Earliest Settlement to 1880 (Item P5-ME0217H)

    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 ancestors' 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).

    Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America
    22 September 2010, 6:00PM
    Beginning his epic history in the early 1600s, Eric Jay Dolin traces the dramatic rise and fall of the American fur industry, from the first Dutch encounters with the Indians to the rise of the conservation movement in the late nineteenth century. Dolin shows how the fur trade, driven by the demands of fashion, sparked controversy, fostered economic competition, and fueled wars among the European powers, as North America became a battleground for colonization and imperial aspirations. Populated by a larger-than-life cast—including Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant; President Thomas Jefferson; America’s first multimillionaire, John Jacob Astor; and mountain man Kit Carson—Fur, Fortune, and Empire is the most comprehensive and compelling history of the American fur trade ever written. Dolin’s talk, accompanied by slides, will tell the story of fur trade in America, from East to West.

    About the Speaker: Eric Jay Dolin is the author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling In America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his Ph.D. in environmental policy, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children (

    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 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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