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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 13, No. 4
    Whole #463
    January 27, 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.

    * Coming Soon in the January 2010 Issue of the Register
    * Special Footnote Subscription Offer for NEHGS Members
    * Research Recommendations: News from FamilySearch
    * Name Origins
    * Spotlight: Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society, Washington
    * Stories of Interest
    * Free Shipping on Beekman Patent
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    Coming Soon in the January 2010 Issue of the Register

    Identifying Elizabeth (Stockwell) (Tyler) Hodges (ca. 1739–1833) of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Vermont, is the lead article in this issue. Based on more than two decades of research, authors Joan A. Hunter and Ruth E. Youngquist have successfully identified Elizabeth Stockwell and her first husband, Nathaniel Tyler, as well as their eight children and the children’s spouses. As with many New England families, there are compilations on both the Stockwell and Tyler families. However, the Stockwell compilations are not entirely satisfactory, and the Tyler compilation does not treat Nathaniel’s generation completely.

    Marian S. Henry proves the identity of Hannah Partridge, Wife of Edward2 Gove of Hampton, New Hampshire, based on court records, both published and unpublished. Numerous published works had claimed Edward’s wife was Hannah Partridge, but only two had even alluded to evidence.

    Once Madeline McLaughlin Allen found that the 1889 Goodrich genealogy was badly inconsistent about her ancestor, Solomon Goodrich, she started working on the Ancestry of Solomon4 and Susannah (Delamater) Goodrich of Sharon, Connecticut. She also documented the couple’s nine children and their spouses. Because Sharon is on the New York border, many of the Goodrich spouses (including Susannah Delamater) were from Dutchess County, particularly the town of Amenia.

    In The Immigration and Marriage of William1 Carpenter of Amesbury, Wiltshire, and Providence, Rhode Island, author Eugene Cole Zubrinsky argues successfully that “Thomas Carpenter of Amesbury, carpenter,” who immigrated on the James in 1635, was actually William Carpenter of Amesbury, carpenter, later of Providence.

    Peter and Jane (_____) Freeman of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Their Descendants in Maine: An African-American Family, by Bruno Giles, completes the third generation and lists their children, including several Civil War soldiers. In an appendix the author treats the family of Sampson Freeman of Ipswich and Maine.

    Authors Bryson Caldwell Cook and Janet Stacey Porter treat the rest of the children of Nathaniel Porter (1692–1758) of Farmington and Bethlehem, Connecticut. By careful analysis, they tentatively identify the five previously unidentified children of Nathaniel’s son, John Porter of Goshen, Connecticut.

    In the conclusion of Humphrey Blake (1494?–1558), and His Descendants in New England and South Carolina: Blake, Richards, Selleck, Torrey, and Wolcott, author Clifford L. Stott treats four immigrant Torrey brothers and their children, as well as David1 Selleck and his children. An appendix, “The Origins of Humphrey Blake,” discusses the possible origins of Humphrey Blake, based on the quartered arms of his great-grandson, Robert Blake, General-at-Sea.

    Finally, we present the Clough Bible Record, from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections at NEHGS.

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    Special Footnote Subscription Offer for NEHGS Members

    We hope our members have enjoyed the brief period of free access to Footnote through for the past two months. Footnote has encountered unforeseen technical challenges on their end such that they will be unable to continue to provide access via after January 31, although it will continue to make the site available at the NEHGS library in Boston.

    While Footnote hopes to be able to offer access through the NEHGS website at some point in the future, for now they are providing a unique and never-before-available individual subscription to our members. Until February 28, 2010, all current NEHGS members can purchase an annual subscription to Footnote for only $29.95 (a significant reduction in the regular price of $79.95). This is a one-of-a-kind offer to the complete Footnote collection that Footnote hopes will signify their deep appreciation of NEHGS as an organization. To learn more about this offer, please visit

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    Research Recommendations: News from FamilySearch
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    I’ve just returned from two weeks in Salt Lake City, where I spent much time researching at the Family History Library, as well as teaching at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. During my time there I was fortunate to attend a luncheon for professional genealogists held by FamilySearch.

    They spent some time reviewing their extensive plans for participating in the National Genealogical Society’s 2010 Family History Conference, which will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City from April 28 to May 1, 2010. In addition to their regular computer stations in the exhibit hall, they plan to make available a number of computer stations at the conference that will provide access to all online databases available at the Family History Library.

    Other regular conferences relating to FamilySearch and genealogy, such as the BYU Technology Conference, have been rescheduled to occur in conjunction with the NGS conference, bringing in even more attendees. The exhibit hall is filling fast, and promises to have a large number of vendors.

    NEHGS will have a booth in the exhibit hall, as always. Assistant Archivist Judy Lucey will be the speaker at our luncheon, and David Curtis Dearborn will be giving an NEHGS-sponsored lecture. You can find more details about the conference at

    In addition to the NGS conference, the group informed us of some of their upcoming plans for One of the more exciting announcements they made is that they plan to launch a formal website for their record search area. Currently called the Record Search Pilot on, this area has images and indexes for millions of names from around the world.

    Under the leadership of people like Jay Verkler and David Rencher, has done an excellent job over the last few years in understanding how they can do more to assist genealogists in their research. The transformation from error-riden information in user-submitted databases to providing access to high-quality original information is remarkable. If you haven’t look at the site lately, you should definitely check it out at And make sure to check back regularly, as they are constantly adding new data.

    The launch is scheduled to include another 250 million names, brining their total up to a billion names available. Quite an impressive achievement! Look for more news about this in Summer 2010.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    MAISIE (f): Lowland Scottish name formed from MARGARET via its Gaelic form MAIREAD.

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    Spotlight: Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society, Washington
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), located in the central part of Washington state, covers the geographic area of Chelan and Douglas counties. WAGS has made a number of research resources available on its website.

    The obituary index covers the period from 1880 through December 5, 2009. The database currently contains nearly 100,000 records. The obituary database can be searched by name, page, year, and newspaper title. The search fields are the same as the data fields in the search results table. Records may be viewed one by one in Form View, rather than in a list. Click on the record number in the search results to access Form View. Copies of obituaries may be ordered for a small fee.

    There are three searchable cemetery indexes on the website, covering Chelan, Douglas, and Grant counties. The cemetery databases can be searched by name, sex, birthplace, years/month/day, date of death, place died, place interred, arranger owner, grave location, and miscellaneous. The search fields are the same as the data fields in the search results table; however, you will have to scroll across the page to view the data in all of the fields in the table view. Records may be viewed one by one in Form View, rather than in a list, by clicking on the record number in the search results. Generally the information available here is the name of the deceased, date of death, and place interred. For additional information on an individual you can make a research request. You will also find a list of cemeteries located in each of the three counties, which have been compiled by WAGS members.

    Funeral Home Records
    The records from the Jones & Jones Funeral Home in Wenatchee, Washington, have been entrusted to WAGS. There are nearly 16,000 records in the collection, covering the period from 1929 through 1986. WAGS has indexed these records and made a searchable index to them available. You can also browse the alphabetical-by-surname list to find the name for which you are looking. The data fields in the index include full name and year of burial. Copies of Jones and Jones record information may be ordered for a fee. All requests must be on the request form provided.

    In addition you will find a partial index to Chelan County marriages (primarily surnames beginning with the letter A), an alphabetical list of Civil War Veterans, and a guide to the Chadbourne Collection.

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    Stories of Interest

    A Super Bowl That Eluded Patriots
    Bowl Sells for $5.9 Million
    A silver punchbowl owned by Joshua Loring, a Boston Tory who fled during the American Revolution, was auctioned by Sotheby's last week. The story of the bowl, expected to fetch between $400,000 and $800,000, but sold for $5.9 million, is an interesting one.

    Decorate Your Home with Memories and Family History
    Designer Erin Loechner discusses ways to decorate your home with family history research as well as memorabilia.

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    Free Shipping on Beekman Patent

    The NEHGS Book Store is happy to offer free shipping on all orders for The Beekman Patent series. This important series documents the 18th century settlement of the Beekman Patent by Palatines, Dutch and the English from Long Island and New England. The patent was a major entry point from New England to New York and the West. This historical and genealogical study has chapters on the patent itself, the lease system, life in eighteenth-century Beekman, Beekman patent records, Pawling records, roads, Revolutionary War history and Beekman-Livingston letters and diary.

    Volumes 1 through 9 are available for $85.00. A CD containing all 9 volumes is available for $165.00. To see the full list of available Beekman Patent titles, visit

    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:

    • Town of Arlington, Massachusetts, Past & Present: Narrative of Larger Events & Important Changes in the Village, Precinct & Town from 1637 to 1907 (Item P5-MA0364H)
    • Gleanings from Col. and American Records of Parker and Morse Families, 1585-1915 (Item P4-H20727)
    • Parker In America, 1630-1910, Genealogy, Biography and History (P4-H20745)
    • Floyd - Jones. Thomas Jones, Ft. Neck, Queens Co. Long Island, 1695, and His Descendants: the Floyd-Jones Family, with Connecticut from the Year 1066 (Item P4-H10596)
    • History of the Town of Waitsfield, Vermont, 1782-1908, with Family Genealogies (Item P5-VT0005H)

    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:


    New Visitor Welcome & Library Orientation
    Wednesday, February 3, 10:00 A.M.
    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. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, records, and other items, NEHGS can provide researchers of every level some of the most important sources of information.

    You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, who can offer some advice on how to proceed. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture and will be followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings. Make plans to start your genealogy with this great tour.

    An Introduction to African-American and Cape Verdean Genealogical Research Techniques
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 6:00 PM
    Join us for an introduction to research methods and sources for African-American and Cape Verdean ancestry, including primary and secondary sources available in the collections of New England Historic Genealogical Society and beyond.

    Researching African-Americans in Pre-Civil War New England
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 6:00 PM
    This lecture will discuss the primary and secondary sources available at NEHGS for researching your African-American ancestors. Discussion on how to best utilize materials such as vital records, probates, deeds, and newspapers will show you how to further expand your knowledge of your pre-Civil War New England ancestry. A wide range of sources from family manuscripts to internet resources will give you the clues to trace your family tree.


    Seminars and Tours

    Online Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research
    Boston University’s Online Certificate in Genealogical Research will help you reach the next level of professionalism. Whether you are a serious amateur, a budding professional, or an expert with a CG®, this rigorous 14-week program will help you take your genealogical work to the next level. NEHGS members get a 10% tuition discount.

    Winter Research Weekend Getaway
    February 4–6, 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 dinners to share your progress. For more information visit

    Technology Seminar
    March 26–27, 2010
    Explore the important relationship between technology and genealogy with NEHGS experts. You will have hands-on training learning how to customize your internet experience, build your own electronic databases, and gain valuable insight into using genealogical software for the preservation and sharing of your family history. For more information visit

    Irish Genealogy Research Tour
    May 23–30, 2010
    Discover your Irish heritage with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. This weeklong guided research tour will give you access to a treasure trove of records in Dublin and the benefit of consultations with some of the foremost experts in Irish genealogy. Your tour features guided research at various repositories in central Dublin, including the General Register Office, National Library, National Archives, and Registry of Deeds, among others. Daily programming includes tutorials, research tips and techniques lectures, personalized consultations and group dinning events. For more information visit

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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