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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 13, No. 36
    Whole #495
    September 8, 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 at BCAE
    * Research Recommendations: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Hawaii State Archives
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information





    The New England Historic Genealogical Society is teaming the Boston Center for Adult Education for a three-week course on genealogy. Rhonda McClure will be presenting Researching Your Family History with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Sessions will provide information for gathering home sources, preparing research plans, using online and offline sources, and organizing your materials.

    The class will run on three successive Wednesdays:
    September 15 at NEHGS
    September 22 at the BCAE computer lab
    September 29 at NEHGS

    Tuition for the class is $110. BCAE members pay $81. NEHGS members can receive a 20% discount by using the code NEHG at checkout. Register online at, or by telephone at 617–267–4430.

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    Research Recommendations: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    At long last, the University of Chicago Press has released the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS). The Press accurately bills it as “The essential guide for writers, editors, and publishers.” No writer or editor should be without the CMS.

    People often ask about books: “Is this new edition worth buying when I have the last edition?” The answer to this question regarding CMS is “Absolutely!” Major changes and updates have occurred, especially in the realm of digital writing and publishing. Among the updates are :

    • Comprehensive updates reflecting the latest style and usage, technology, and professional practice
    • Expanded coverage of electronic publications, including procedures for proofreading web-based and other electronic documents
    • Electronic-editing checklist for editors and writers
    • Expanded section on bias-free language
    • Expanded coverage of fair use and electronic rights, including an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy
    • New section on parallel structure
    • New and improved hyphenation guide, presented in an easy-to-use tabular format
    • An introduction to Unicode, the international computing standard for letters and symbols required by the world’s languages, including tables with Unicode numbers
    • More references to organizations that publish their own guidelines and standards online
    • Newly uniform stylistic treatment of elements in the two major systems of documentation
    • Updated advice on DOIs versus URLs, including more examples
    • More tips for citing blogs, podcasts, and other electronic sources
    • Streamlined advice on citing legal and public documents
    • Thoroughly revised coverage of production processes, including an overview of electronic markup and XML
    • An updated glossary that includes more terms related to electronic publishing
    • Expanded headings on numbered paragraphs and more cross-references for ease of navigation, especially online
    • A logical and intuitive reorganization by chapter and paragraph that brings together closely related concepts wherever possible, to help readers find what they’re looking for
    • Firmer rules and clearer recommendations, to help authors and editors make the right choices

    Another major change is an online version of CMS that is fully-searchable. With the online version, you can add notes, bookmarks, and create style sheets in your personalized version of the manual.

    The 15th edition of CMS was published in 2003. The world of electronic writing and publishing has undergone dramatic shifts in that period, and this new version is indispensible in helping you navigate this world. I can’t recommend this new version strongly enough.

    The print version is available through bookstores for $65. The online subscription is $35 per year. The University of Chicago Press is currently running a special offer for new subscribers to the online edition. With a one- or two-year subscription, you will receive $5 off the subscription and 50% off the purchase of the print version. That means you can get both the book and a one-year subscription for $62.50 (less than the price of purchasing the book alone). More details are available at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    CATHLEEN/KATHLEEN (f): Irish form of CATHERINE. Note the intervocalic R to L shift.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about certification and accreditation. 99% of respondents are neither certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists nor accredited by the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. 1% are certified. 1 person reported being accredited and another person reported being both certified and accredited.

    10% plan to become certified at some point and 5 individuals reported that they plan to become accredited. 3% reported that they plan to become both certified and accredited. 87% reported that they had no plans to be either certified or accredited.

    This week’s survey asks about your and your ancestors’ military service from colonial times through the conflict in Vietnam.

    Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Hawaii State Archives
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Hawai'I State Archives is located in the state capital of Honolulu. They have made some digital collections and genealogical indexes available on their website. Click on the Digital Collections link under Quick Links on the homepage to access them.

    All of the indexes may be searched by name or browsed through page by page. Click on the appropriate link above the Search box to browse an index. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the index pages or cards. The indexes include:

    Genealogy Index
    The indexes were prepared by Hawai?i State Archives staff and contain information extracted from a variety of records preserved by the Archives. The information provided in the indexes includes the book/volume, section, page, or case number of the original record. There are indexes to marriage records (1826–1929), divorce records (1848–1915), deaths through probate indexes and wills (1852–1916), naturalization records (1844–1894), denization records (1846–1898), and passports (1845–1874). Denization records “document the admission of an alien to residence or conferred certain limited rights or privileges of citizenship.”

    Passenger Manifest Indexes
    There are four alphabetical indexes in the collection. They are a Chinese passenger manifest index, which contains nearly 40,000 documents; two Japanese passenger manifest indexes, which contain more than 30,000 records in these indexes; and an index to Portuguese passenger manifests for the period from 1843–1900.

    Land Indexes
    This section contains 2 partial indexes to land records. One is organized by ‘people names.’ It covers the period from 1838 to 1918. In general, more index cards from the end of the alphabet (R–Z) have been digitized and uploaded to the website than from the beginning (A–Q). The second one is organized by place names. It contains records for individuals with surnames beginning with the letters A, E, and U. Records are being added periodically.

    Name Index
    This is an index to records and letterbooks of the Hawaii Interior Department and Foreign Office and Executive, some private collections, library books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers and periodicals. Some newspapers for the period from1836 to 1950 are also included. The Name Index is organized alphabetically by personal or business name. Currently only surnames beginning with A through Bishop are in the collection. Entries are being added on a monthly basis.

    Digitized Records
    Some records and photographs have been digitized and uploaded to the website, including:

    Judiciary Records
    This collection includes frequently used Hawaiian Kingdom probate case files. Currently only First Circuit Court Probate Case Files for the Estate of W. P. Leleiohoku, and the Estate of Kamehameha IV have been digitized and uploaded to the website. Using Acrobat Reader 8 or higher to view these documents is recommended.

    Mahele Book
    The Mahele Book has been digitized and uploaded to the website. Written in Hawaiian, this book documents the source of all land ownership titles in the Hawaiian Islands in 1848.

    Photograph Collection
    A selection of photographs in the state archives collection has been digitized and uploaded to the website.

    Tax Ledgers
    The Tax Assessment and Collection Ledgers for Hamakua and Hilo for the period from 1847 through 1900 are in the digital collection. The ledgers include the following information: the name, age, and residence of taxpayers, type of property (personal or real), property value, and taxpayer exemptions. The majority of the ledgers for this period are in Hawaiian. Some are in both Hawaiian and English. After 1899 all the ledgers are in English.

    Vital Statistics Collection
    The Vital Statistics Collection includes births, marriages and deaths for the period 1826–1929. All of vital statistic records for Kauai, Molokai and Niihau are online, as are all of Maui's birth and death records. A few marriage records are also available. The documents may be browsed by name or by location by clicking on the appropriate button.

    World War I Service Records
    This collection contains images of index cards, which document the World War I service history of Hawaii residents and some non-Hawaii residents, who were in the armed forces during World War I. The records cover the period from 1919–1926. The source of the information found on the cards is enlistment records.

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    Stories of Interest

    BrightSolid Revamps ScotlandsPeople Genealogy Website
    The Scotland Courier reports on updates to the website, now operated by BrightSolid.

    Century Farms: A Slice of History, Threatened
    National Public Radio reports on the dangers faced by America’s Century Farms, those farms that have been operated by the same family for more than 100 years.

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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 Rockton, Winnebago County, Illinois, 1820-1898 (Item P5-IL0168H)
    • History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts, 1620-1890 (Item P5-MA0365H)
    • History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a Genealogical Register (Item P5-MA0338H)
    • History of Bolton, Massachusetts, 1738-1938 (Item P5-MA0378H)
    • History of Otisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, from 1734-1800 (Item P5-MA0322H)

    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 .


    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).

    New Visitor Welcome and Tour
    October 6, 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.

    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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