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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 13, No. 38
    Whole #497
    September 22, 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.

    * Genline Demonstration and SwedGen2010 Tour
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogy Lessons I Learned in Band
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Marshall University Special Collections, West Virginia
    * Stories of Interest
    * Beekman Patent Volume 10 Now Available
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Genline Demonstration and SwedGen 2010 Tour

    Genline Swedish Database Demonstration
    Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 12:00PM–1:00PM
    The Genline database contains Swedish church records – birth/baptismal, confirmation, marriage, death/burial, church ledgers, and household examination rolls – from the 16th to 20th century. NEHGS subscribes to Genline and makes it available to visitors at our research library. In this demonstration, Genline representative Kathy Meade will provide a guided tour of the database. She will explain how to use it (covering such topics as navigation, searching, printing, etc.) and provide tips on how to get the most out of it.

    GenLine will be stopping at NEHGS while they are swinging through the Northeast for their SwedGen 2010 Tour. The tour holds SwedGen days, which include presentations and demonstrations on using various resources for Swedish genealogical and historical research. There will be presentations on Swedish genealogical online resources, genealogical CDs and emigration plus opportunities for individual research assistance.

    Saturday, October 2, 2010, 10:00AM–4:30PM
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    The Worcester Public Library and The Swedish Ancestry Research Association will host the SwedGen 2010 Research Day at the Worcester Public Library. The event is free but registration is required for both the event and individual consultations. More details are available at, or you can Register now.

    Friday, October 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and Genline will host the SwedGen 2010 Research Day at the Free Library of Philadelphia, located at 1901 Vine Street in Philadelphia. There is a charge of $25 for the day which includes lunch. Get more details, or register now.

    For more information about SwedGen 2010, go to

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogy Lessons I Learned in Marching Band
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    While walking to work last Friday morning I received a text with the devastating news that my college band director, George Parks, had died. George was more than just a band teacher. He was a mentor, colleague, and friend to all who came in touch with him. He believed in the positive in people. He was so beloved by his students, past and present, that the morning after he died his name was the top search on Google, and more than 9,500 people joined his Facebook memorial page by Monday. He taught us many lessons over the years, applicable not only to band, but to life in general. I have used a number of them in genealogical research, and would like to share a few with you.

    "The first thing you need to be successful is a goal."
    In genealogical research we have many of them. The number of unidentified individuals can be daunting. The number of women with no maiden names can sometimes make one want to scream. Research needs to be subdivided. Create goals for yourself. Make sure that they are specific and measurable, that way you will be able to easily say that you succeeded in accomplishing that goal, and move on to the next one.

    "If you fail to plan, plan to fail."
    Genealogical research, like so many other areas of life, requires thoughtful planning. For any genealogical goal, you should develop a research plan that outlines the steps you will take and the sources you will utilize. The plan should be flexible, so that at every step of the way, as you obtain new evidence, you can update the next steps. Research plans are your roadmap. Without them, you can easily get lost, going down roads and following tangents that are far removed from your original goal.

    "Working together, you can accomplish anything."
    As a part of a band, you all must work together to successfully entertain your audience. The same holds true for genealogical research. We can each go off on our own, but we are so much more successful when working together. When researching a specific family, reach out to see if others are researching the same people. Reach out to those who have researched in that locality to discover what information and resources might be available. And find people researching in that locality so you can share experiences and resources.

    "There are no problems in life, only tests of your creativity."
    Genealogical puzzles are common. It is part of the fun, and one of the reasons we enjoy research. The thrill of the chase is half the battle. So when you are looking at a genealogical problem, try approaching it from different angles. How creative can you be about listing potential theories or potential resources to examine? Enlist the help of others, who can look at the problem with a fresh eye, and one that is not vested in all of the research you have already performed.

    "Raise your left hand in the air. Now raise it an inch higher. THAT is what’s wrong with your life!"
    Too often we think we are reaching for our goals, but we don’t stretch ourselves enough. We give up too easily, saying we’ve done our best, when we can actually reach farther. The answer is out there somewhere. Keep looking, keep stretching, keep thinking, and don’t give up.

    I'll bet you never thought you'd get genealogy advice from band practice. May of the lessons I learned in band from George apply to all areas of my life, including family history. My friends and I are forever grateful to him, and he will be greatly missed. The eyes, George, though always With Pride, for now are also filled with tears. Thank you.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    PERICLES (m): The Athenian statesman PERICLES (fl. ) was greatly esteemed in early America.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week we asked about seventeenth-century immigrants, asking when the earliest known immigrant arrived. The earliest immigrant for 63% of respondents arrived during the early Great Migration period, 1620–1632. 20% arrived in the later Great Migration period of 1632 to 1639. 8% had an ancestor who arrived after the Great Migration period, between 1640 and 1699, and 9% had no seventeenth-century immigrant ancestors.

    It was pointed out to us that we neglected to ask about pre-Great Migration immigrants, who might have settled at Jamestown or St. Augustine, so we will rectify in this week’s survey.

    This week’s survey asks additional questions about seventeenth-century ancestors.

    Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Marshall University Special Collections, West Virginia
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Special Collections department of Morrow Library at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, has made some of its collections available on the libraries website. Huntington is located on the western border of the state, along the Ohio River. While most of the city is in Cabell County, a small part is in Wayne County. It is the county seat for Cabell County.

    Cass, W.V. and L. D. Fowler Papers
    Through this collection one can learn about the history of Cass, West Virginia, by watching a video of a symposium entitled “Timber: The Life & Times of Cass, West Virginia.” There are interviews conducted with men who worked in timbering operations in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, and others who worked in the Cass timber operation. The L. D. Fowler Collection papers, found in the Durbin Mercantile Store in Durbin, West Virginia, relate to the Pocahontas Tanning Company of Wheeling West Virginia and the Durbin Mercantile Company dating back to the turn of the century (1900). The collection also contained Mr. Fowler’s diaries, letters, envelopes, documents and pictures. Click on a year to view a list of items available for that year, then select a document to be viewed as an enlarged image.

    Obituaries Index
    This collection is an index to obituaries found in the Huntington Herald Dispatch and the Charleston Gazette for the period from January 1990 through December 2005. Each year is divided into four segments. The names in the individual files are arranged alphabetically by surname. The data fields include full name and the newspaper citation. The citation includes title abbreviation, full date, section, and page number. Some months are missing from the digital collection. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

    Aleshire Family Letters
    The Aleshire Family Papers is a collection of items documenting the Reuben Aleshire family that lived in Gallipolis, Ohio. Reuben owned and operated R. Aleshire & Co., a flour milling business, in the 1800s. While the bulk of the collection is made up of letters written in the mid-nineteenth century, other items include programs, news clippings, receipts, notes on family, business, and social matters, and photographs. Click on The Register of the Aleshire Family Papers link to access a PDF document that describes the complete collection.

    The digital collection comprises ninety-two letters written by Reuben Aleshire and six of his seven children. Some were written during the Civil War and others later. Click on the family member’s name link to access his or her letters. Click on the individual letter links to view a scanned image of the letter and a transcription.

    “Do You Know My Name?”
    The Special Collections holdings include thousands of photographic images. Many of the images are identified, but others are not. During 2007–2008 an online exhibit was created where images of unidentified individuals were posted. This section contains all of those images. Special Collections contact information has been provided in hopes that someone viewing these images will be able to identify some of the sitters.

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    Stories of Interest

    Digging Into City's Past
    At one of Boston’s hallowed historical sites, from a deep pit beside Faneuil Hall, heaps of dirt are being pitched to the surface with grunts and gusto.Here, beside the north wall of the Cradle of Liberty, archeologists are inching their way, shovel by carefully placed shovel, toward a potential treasure trove of the city’s Colonial past.

    Tower's Past a Present Puzzle
    No one knows for sure who built a 28-foot tower in the hear of Newport, Rhode Island. Despite legends of construction by Vikings, Chinese explorers, Portuguese noblemen, the Knights Templar, or R.I. Governor Benedict Arnold, no one has been able to prove the origins of the mysterious tower. At a meeting of the Newport Historical Society last week, Danish researcher Jorgen Siemonsen reports that evidence now shows when the tower was actually constructed.

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    Beekman Patent Volume 10 Now Available

    The latest volume of the Settlers of the Beekman Patent series by Frank J. Doherty is now available. Volume 10 covers the surnames from Paine to Rogers, and is available as a book or as a CD-ROM. Prices are exclusive of shipping.

    Order Volume 10, Printed Volume, $85.
    Order Volume 10, CD-ROM, $34.95.
    Order Volumes 1 to 10, CD-ROM, $180.

    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 at .


    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

    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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