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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 13, No. 40
    Whole #499
    October 6, 2010
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault
    dailygenealogist@nehgs.org

    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.

    Contents:
    * NEHGS Holiday Closure
    * Family History Day
    * Research Recommendations: Bibliothèque at Archives Nationales de Québec
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: In Search of Your Canadian Past: The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project
    * Stories of Interest
    * Beekman Patent Volume 10 Now Available
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

     

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    NEHGS Holiday Closure

    The Society's administrative offices will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2010, in observance of Columbus Day. The Research Library will be open regular hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9.

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    Family History Day

    NEHGS and Ancestry.com invites you to join us for our second Family History Day on Saturday, October 16, 2010, at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center 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 Ancestry.com can help you find your family.

    Whether you're new to family history or have been researching for many years, this unique event promises to deliver a learning experience for every genealogist. The day features more than a dozen lectures, including getting started in genealogy, organizing research materials, getting the most from your NEHGS and Ancestry.com memberships, and best practices in family history research.

    Make plans to join us for an incredible day of family history fun. Our first "Family History Day" sold out quickly. SPACE IS LIMITED, so we encourage you to register now to guarantee your spot. Learn more at http://www.familyhistoryday.com/.

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    Research Recommendations: Bibliothèque at Archives Nationales de Québec
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    I’ve just returned from Montreal, where we spent the last week on our tour to the Societé Généalogique Canadienne-Française (the largest French-Canadian genealogical society in Québec) and the Bibliothèque at Archives Nationales de Québec (BANQ, the provincial library and archives). The participants had a wonderful time, with one breaking down a major brick wall that opened up almost two dozen new lines for her. While on the tour I had the opportunity to use BANQ'swebsite extensively for the first time in a long while, and was impressed with changes they have made.

    First, the good news and the bad news for those of you who do not speak French. The good news is that there is a link at the top of the page to change to an English version of the site. The bad news is that not all pages are available in English.

    The Iris Catalogue provides access to materials in the libraries, as well as books at the archive centers. It is partly bilingual. A simple search page allows you to search for books, music, films, newspapers and magazines, images, or all categories.

    Search results give you an image and a short bibliographic citation. Clicking on any of the results brings you to a page with a full bibliographic citation and description of the work. Below this is a list of the libraries and archive centers that have a copy of that item, and what the call number is for that location. Remember that many of the books are written in French; therefore their titles appear in French even if you are looking at the English portal.

    Unfortunately, many of the items in Iris cannot be borrowed through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). Instead, if you go to the Services tab, you will find a link to the ILL area, and a special catalog search for items that can be borrowed. The good news is that this search is a province-wide one, through the catalogues of libraries, universities, and other repositories. You may find even more items than you previously thought available that you can have brought directly to your local public library.

    The Pistard Archives link brings you to a finding aid for materials in the archive centers. The simple search (recherche simple) will search all areas for your search terms. The advanced search (recherche avancée) allows you to refine your search. The first box, Centre d’Archives, allows you to search all branches of the archives, or limit your search to a specific location. The second box, Recherche Dans, allows you to search in Titles (Titres); Government Branch of Organization [that original held custody of the item] (Mention de Responsibilté); Scope and content (Portée et Contenu); keywords (Termes Rattachés); or Description of the Contents (Descriptions des Contenants).

    The next section, Mot(s) ou Expression(s), allows you to do Boolean searches for specific words using And (Et), Or (Ou), and Not (Sauf). You can limit your results to exact words or only to scanned documents. The next section, Cote, allows you to limit your search to specific record groups. The last two sections allow you to limit your search by date or by Contenant (which is a group division number for items in the archives).

    The archives has placed digitized images of a number of items into Pistard to assist researchers. One major set of records becoming available online are the indexes to the Québec notarial records. You can search these indexes to find if your ancestor had contracts recorded by a particular notary. Some of the these items also include scanned images of the original notarial records. For those that do not have records available online, you can send an email to the archives requesting a copy. NEHGS also has a large number of notarial records available on microfilm, and you may be able to obtain a copy of a record through Photocopy Services if you have an exact citation, or through Research Services if you do not.

    Whether your ancestors spoke French, English, or another language, if they lived in the province of Québec the materials at the BANQ will be invaluable for your research. Some of these records are searchable from a distance, but a trip to the regional archives where your ancestors lived will bear tremendous fruit for you, as many records (such as militia, land, and court records) are available only in the original. Visit the BANQ website at http://www.%20banq.qc.ca/to open up new avenues of research.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    BYRON (generally m): This name commemorates the Romantic poet and hero of Greek independence George Gordon, 6th Lord Byron (1788-1824), whose writings were enormously popular. Note, however, that girls named Harriet Byron are so called not for Lord Byron, but for one of the two heroines (the other being Clementina della Porretta) of Samuel Richardson’s far earlier Sir Charles Grandison (1753/4).

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey was about online sharing of family information. The largest group, 37%, shared online by posting to family discussion forums. 25% of respondents upload Gedcom files to websites. 14% of respondents run a website for their family. 11% post information through social media, such as Facebook. 5% write a blog for their family. The remainder use various and sundry small ways of sharing online.

    This week’s survey is about non-English Speaking ancestors. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: In Search of Your Canadian Past: The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project
    by Valerie Beaudrault
    http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/CountyAtlas/

    The County Atlas pilot project was started in July 1998. It originally comprised ten atlases. There have been two additional phases of the project and it now contains forty-three atlases, covering the entire Ontario map. This is a project of McGill University Libraries.

    Click on the County Atlases tab to learn detailed information about the atlases in the collection, the publisher, and what is included in them. Click on the Primary Sources and Other Sources tabs on the County Atlases page to read the list of atlases and other sources used in the project.

    The County Atlas Digital Project contains a searchable database of the property owners' names, which appear on the township maps in the county atlases. The township maps have been scanned and uploaded to the site. There are links from the maps to the property owners' names in the database. Click on the Search tab on the homepage to open the main search page. There are two search options for this collection: People and Maps.

    Click on the People tab to access the search boxes. With this option you may search the database by name and narrow your search by county, township, town, birthplace, and occupation. The data fields in the results returned include last name, first name, county, township, town, occupation, and birthplace. There is also a link to the full record. Click on the word GO to open the detailed record page. Additional data included here are year settled, post office, township, county, and atlas date, as well as concession and lot information. In addition, the Locate on Map links to the maps show the concessions and lots owned by the person.

    Click on the Maps tab to open a new page with the 1880 map of Ontario counties. You can choose a county, township, and/or town from the dropdown lists and click on the ‘Get Map’ button to access the map of your choice. Click on the county image to open a new page with a map of the entire county. Click on a township to view the map. A link below the map generates an index of the property owners in the county. The results returned have the same data fields as noted above. Copies of the maps may be ordered from the library.

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    Stories of Interest

    Family History: Research Ancestors at Asheville Area Cemeteries
    The Asheville Citizen-Times provides some ideas of using the temperate fall weather to explore cemeteries, a perfect way to celebrate Family History Month.

    Genealogy Buff Creates
    Herb Schwede has documented about 70,000 gravesites from tombstone data that he's collected from visits to about 360 cemeteries.

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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.

    You can also order these items and any other volumes of the Settlers of the Beekman Patent series by calling toll free at 1-888-296-3447.

    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:

    • A History of Digby County, Nova Scotia (Item P528557000, Price $26.00)
    • History Of Queens County, Nova Scotia (Item P5-NS0001H, Price $47.00)
    • Forests and Clearings: History of Stanstead County, Province of Quebec, with Sketches of More Than Five Hundred Families (Item P5-PQ0001, Price $56.50)
    • Loyalists and Land Settlements in Nova Scotia (Item P5-NS0005H, Price: $27.00)
    • The Chignecto Isthmus (New Brunswick) and Its First Settlers (Item P5-NB0001H, Price $44.00)

    You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at http://www.americanancestors.org/store/. 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 sales@nehgs.org.

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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 99–100 Newbury Street unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please contact D. Joshua Taylor at 617-226-1226 or jtaylor@nehgs.org.

    You can view a full listing of upcoming programs at americanancestors.org/calendar.aspx .

    Seminars and Tours

    Family History Day
    October 16, 2010
    NEHGS and Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com can help you find your family. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register soon to guarantee your spot. To learn more, or to register, visit http://www.familyhistoryday.com/.

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