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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  •  Vol. 13, No. 42
    Whole #501
    October 20, 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.

    * New NEHGS Sales Catalog
    * NARA Seeks Feedback
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Historical Periods
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Gallia County Genealogical Society, Ohio
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information



    New NEHGS Sales Catalog

    Within the next several weeks, NEHGS members will be receiving a full-color 32-page books and gifts catalog, listing a wide range of the best publications to help you with your family and local history research.

    The catalog lists important soon-to-be-published books, including a three-volume set of Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700; Manuscripts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society; New York State Probate Records, 2nd ed.; and the newest version of our catalog of Classic Reprints (formerly the Special Orders Catalog). Other publications—NEHGS and Newbury Street Press books as well as important books by other publishers— are presented by category, to help organize your shopping. You’ll also find NEHGS gift items—ties, totes, note cards, and charts—as well as listings of interesting upcoming tours.

    Remember that NEHGS members get a 10 percent discount on NEHGS products! NEHGS members will receive an email with a coupon code and instructions for ordering.

    A PDF of the catalog, with hyperlinks to product pages, is available at

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    NARA Seeks Feedback

    Last Spring, the National Archives announced that within the next two years the Northeast branch in New York City will move to the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in New York City.

    Researchers who use the National Archives microfilm and textual records are being asked to comment BEFORE 1 November about the records you most want to see remain at the new facility. Public comments are welcome regarding the preliminary list of textual records moving to One Bowling Green, and the preliminary list relating to the microfilm collection.

    Visit for more details about the move, and to provide your feedback. For questions, please contact Dave Powers, Acting Director of Archival Operations, National Archives at New York City, by phone: 212-401-1620; fax: 212-401-1638, or e-mail at

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Historical Periods
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Writing about historical periods of time is an important part of genealogical compilation. Knowing how to use these terms properly is critical. When referring to a period in time that is defined numerically, the number is lowercase unless it is a proper name. For example, one would write twentieth-century, but would properly write the Fourth Republic.

    Capitalization rule are also important for descriptive periods. Once again, descriptive terms are lowercase unless referring to a proper name. Examples include the antebellum period, colonial era, and Victorian era. Note that even when capitalizing the proper name of Victorian (after Queen Victoria), the word era remains lowercase.

    Some terms have come to traditionally refer to a certain period of time, and are capitalized by tradition. Examples include the Counter-Reformation, the Middle Ages, the Roaring Twenties, and the Gay Nineties.

    Historical events can provide a challenge. According to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (CMS): “Names of many major historical events and programs are conventionally capitalized. Others, more recent or known by their generic descriptions, are usually lowercased. If in doubt, do not capitalize.” (CMS 8.74). For more information and detailed examples about dealing with historical events and periods, consult CMS 8.70–8.83.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    PERDITA (f): From the feminine past participle of the Latin verb perdere ‘lost, destroyed, damned,’ which Shakespeare mined for the heroine of The Winter’s Tale.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about the generations of your family, starting with your parents, for whom you have images. Remarkably, more people have images of their great-grandparents than of their parents or grandparents. 79% of respondents had images of their great-grandparents, while only 74% had images of their grandparents, and 73% had images of their parents. Complete results are:

    Great Grandparents, 79%
    Grandparents, 74%
    Parents, 73%
    Great-Great Grandparents, 61%
    Third-Great Grandparents, 27%
    Fourth-Great Grandparents, 8%
    Further back then Seventh-Great Grandparents, 5%
    Fifth-Great Grandparents, 3%
    Sixth-Great Grandparents, 1%
    Seventh-Great Grandparents, 1%

    This week’s survey asks about your genealogical research experience. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Gallia County Genealogical Society, Ohio
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Gallia County is located on the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio. Gallipolis is the county seat. The Gallia County Genealogical Society has uploaded a number of resources to its website. Click on Genealogical Resources link on the home page to access the database.

    This section contains a collection of obituaries drawn from various Gallia County newspapers and other publications. They are organized alphabetically by surname. Each entry includes a transcription of the obituary, name of the newspaper, date of the obituary, page on which it appears, and the name of the individual who transcribed it.

    Military Obituaries
    This collection of obituaries of Civil War veterans was transcribed from various Gallia County newspapers. They have been organized alphabetically by surname. In addition to the obituary text, each entry contains the name of the newspaper, volume and date information, and the name of the individual who contributed the obituary. Additional information about the deceased may be included in a bracketed note.

    Military Records
    The Military Records section consists of the rosters of twelve Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and Infantry companies. Each database contains a brief history and an alphabetical list of the soldiers in each company. The data fields include name, rank in, rank out, and company. The source of most of the information presented here is the National Park Service’s Soldiers and Sailors System database.

    A census of the more than 500 Gallia County cemeteries was taken between 1976 and 1983. It should be noted that Gallia County is one of the oldest counties in the state, dating back to 1803. Click on the Cemeteries link to view an alphabetical list of cemeteries by township, with specific information about the location of each one. Click on the names of the townships under the Cemetery Locations header to view a list of cemeteries organized by township.

    The cemetery database, which contains more than 40,000 records, includes burials from every known cemetery in Gallia County. Small family cemeteries have been included. Sources for the information in the database include “old notes from visits to the cemeteries, and also from death records, funeral home records, obituaries, and contributions from many individuals who contributed new and corrected information.”

    The database is alphabetical by surname. Click on "Alphabetical Index" on the left side of the page to begin your search. A key for the abbreviations found in the database is included on the Cemetery Records main page. The data fields include surname, given name, cemetery name, township abbreviation, date of birth, date of death, age at death, and inscription. If you are unclear about where individual townships are located within the county, go to the Maps section to access the resources there. There are links from about 25% of the names in this database to photographs of the tombstones or to an external database, which has photos and, on occasion, additional genealogical information.

    Birth Records of Gallia County
    The birth records transcribed here are from volume 3, covering the years 1894 to 1903. The original records are housed in Gallia County Probate Court in Gallipolis. There are a total of six volumes of births, beginning with the year 1864 with just a handful of names. Most families don’t start registering births until 1867. Records continue through 1951. There is an overlap with the Gallia County Health Department, where births were first kept starting at the end of 1908 and continuing through to the present.

    Biographical Sketches
    In 1909, the Gallipolis Tribune published a series of biographical sketches of some of the citizens of the county. They have been transcribed on the website. Click on the name link or scroll down the page to read them.

    Ship Passengers
    The ships' passenger list, which was recently added to the website, is a valuable resource for individuals who are researching German ancestry. It was created from information found in Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776 by Israel Daniel Rupp, first published in 1876. All of the names from 320 separate ships' lists in the book have been combined into a single master list, which has been alphabetized by surname. Many early Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants subsequently made their way to Ohio.

    Other resources include the index to Hardesty’s History of Gallia County, the Delinquent Tax list for 1860, and databases related to the French 500, a group of French individuals who settled Gallipolis in 1790. Hardesty’s History was published in 1882, and, according to the website, is the only known early history of the county. The township-by-township Delinquent Tax List for 1860 was published in the Gallipolis Journal.

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    Stories of Interest

    Dig Offers Peep at Long-Gone Brothels
    From toothbrushes to jewelry to cosmetics, and parts of 19 syringes used for hygiene, the treasure trove plucked from a now-buried site near Haymarket is evidence of a thriving, racy economy that the Boston’s prim Victorian image never acknowledges.

    On Genealogy: Right Dictionaries Key to Understanding What You Find
    Bromfield Enterprise columnist Julie Miller once again provides valuable information to genealogists. This week she discusses the proper use of dictionaries in your research.

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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:

    • Ivey Family in the US (Item P4-S15873, Price: $19.00)
    • A Branch of the Jackson Correlated Family, 1730-1911 (Item P4-S15876, Price $12.50)
    • The Lt. Moses & Jemima Clement Kimball Family (Item P4-S16764, Price, $20.50)
    • John Lee of Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, and His Descendants (Item P4-S17673, Price: $27.00)
    • Leftwich-Turner Families of Virginia and Their Connections (Item P4-S17727, Price: $58.50)

    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 99–100 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 .

    Public Lectures

    The Bradfords of Austerfield: the English Roots of a Mayflower Pilgrim
    Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 6:00PM
    By way of an illustrated case study of William Bradford's home village, Nick Bunker explains how he used new primary sources to recreate the rural world from which the Plymouth Colonists came.

    About the Speaker:
    A graduate of King’s College, Cambridge, with a master’s degree from Columbia University, Nick Bunker has had a diverse career in finance and journalism. A former investment banker and reporter for the Financial Times, he now lives with his wife, Susan, in Lincolnshire, England.

    New Visitor and Welcome Tour
    Saturday, November 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
    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 with your research. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture, followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings. Make plans to start your genealogy with this great tour.

    Seminars and Tours

    Identification and Care of Photographs
    Saturday, November 13, 2010, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
    Maximum class size: 20
    Class level: Beginner to intermediate
    Instructor: Monique Fischer, Senior Photograph Conservator, Northeast Document Conservation Center

    This hands-on workshop, an introduction to the preservation of photographs, will focus on historical photographic prints, including their identification, deterioration, and conservation. Participants will learn to recognize various photographic formats and will study the preservation problems associated with each format type. The workshop will culminate with a discussion of storage concerns and an examination of photographs brought in by participants.

    Cost: $75. To register visit or call 617-226-1226.

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