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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 13, No. 45
    Whole #504
    November 10, 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.

    * Coming Soon In the Fall 2010 Issue of American Ancestors
    * New NEHGS Scanning Service
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Indexing Tips
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Nevada in Maps
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information



    Coming Soon In the Fall 2010 Issue of American Ancestors

    Climbing Your Family Tree on A New National Resource for NEHGS Members and the Public, by Ryan J. Woods

    The Francophone Exodus to the United States, 1840 to 1930
    by Félix Lafrance

    Tracing the Origins of Joseph Hebert
    by Elizabeth Hebert

    Bringing a Photograph to Life: The Story of Joseph L. Miner
    by Margrit Myrback

    The Genealogy Services at Library and Archives Canada, with an Emphasis on French-Canadian Resources
    by Nicole Watier and Sylvie Tremblay

    Undiscovered Mayflower Lineages
    by Caleb H. Johnson

    When a Sioux Chief Met Our Grandmother: An Intersection of Two Worlds
    by Cindy Haas Griffeth and Bill Haas

    Chance Bradstreet (1762–1810), Servant of Abraham Dodge of Ipswich, Massachusetts
    by Christopher Challender Child

    Also in this issue . . .

    • Genetics & Genealogy: The Gray Family of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Clues to the Origins of Jabez Warren of Lebanon, Connecticut, and Brimfield, Massachusetts
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: Recently Acquired Genealogical Charts: Depictions of the Cooper, Folger, and Fox Families
    • Diaries at NEHGS: A Selection from the Diary of Robert Allen Hayden
    • Tales from the Courthouse: Freeing Joan Jackson: The Precarious Status of a New London Woman
    • Focus on New York: Serendipity in New York Genealogy: My Personal Experiences

    And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, notices of family association events, genealogies in progress, and DNA studies in progress.

    Subscription to American Ancestors is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at, or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Eastern time.

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    NERGC 2011 Registration Now Open

    The 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference, Exploring New Paths to Your Roots, will be held in Springfield, Massachusetts, April 6–10. Featured speakers are John Philip Colletta and Paul Milner. NEHGS staff members David Allen Lambert, Michael J. Leclerc, Judy Lucey, and D. Joshua Taylor are also among the dozens of presenters at the conference. Early Bird registration costs only $110 for all three days. Get more details and register online at

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Indexing Tips
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Whenever you write your family history, even if it is only intended for the family, it is important to include an index. How many times in your research have you picked up a book only to find that it lacks an index? I venture that most people scan through it quickly then return it to the shelf, deeming it inefficient to spend the amount of time it would take to search the book page by page.

    Introductions should be indexed, but a preface should only be indexed if it goes into depth on the subject on the work. If it is simply a discussion of how the book came to be published, do not index it. Glossaries and bibliographies are not indexed. Only index footnotes if they contain explanatory material. Do not index notes that contain only source citations. When indexing notes, include the letter n to indicate that the user should search in the footnotes on that page, e.g. 324n.

    For more information on rules for indexing, see the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, 846–49.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    PHILO (m) (Greek love, Latinized): particularly popular from mid- to late eighteenth century in western Conn. and its offshoot regions, doubtless as a result of the Great Awakening (c1740s) that emphasized the tender aspects of God’s love for His human creations. Hugely popular in Stratford, Conn. and its offshoot Newtown/Brookfield, Conn.

    Correction: A few weeks ago in Name Origins I discussed the name Pardon as a virtue name. As far as we can tell, all men named Pardon in the colonial period were descendants of Pardon Tillinghast of Rhode Island. Researcher Donna Casey recently brought to my attention her research on Pardon Tillinghast’s origins in England. Pardon was named after his father, also Pardon Tillinghast. The elder Pardon was the son of John and Alice (Pardon) Tillighast, and it appears that he took his first name from his mother’s maiden name. While the name Pardon may have been used as a virtue name in England, the American descendants likely had a different reason to use the name.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey results will be presented in next week's issue of The Weekly Genealogist.

    This week’s survey asks those with Canadian research interests to tell us what provinces they are interested in. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Nevada in Maps
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    If your ancestors lived in Nevada you might want to visit this website. The Nevada in Maps digital map collection of the Mary B. Ansari Map Library at the University of Nevada/Reno contains several types of historic and contemporary maps. The original collection focused on topographic, geologic, and mining themes. There are also nearly fifty historic maps dating from 1750 into the twentieth century. The site also includes contemporary maps of Nevada and the Great Basin area. The maps in the digital collection are primarily located in the University of Nevada Library collections at Reno and Las Vegas, the Nevada State Library, and the Nevada State Historical Society. All maps are offered without copyright or other restrictions for personal use. Click on the title link to select a collection to search. You may also search all maps by keyword or browse all maps by subject or title.

    Highway Maps (1917–2005)
    According to the website, Nevada had “no formal plan to develop or improve or maintain roads” prior to 1917. The first four original state routes were established in 1917, and the first official state highway map was issued two years later. This digital collection contains images of Nevada highway maps covering the period from 1917 through 2005.

    Historic Geologic and Mining Maps and Atlases
    The items in this digital collection, published by the U.S. Geological Survey, government surveys, and commercial sources, cover the period from 1848 to approximately 1950. You can view them alphabetically or by county or search them by keywords.

    Historic Topographic Maps
    These maps were published for the most part by the U.S. Geological Survey, covering the period from 1863 through 1968. View the maps alphabetically, chronologically, by county or state, by scale, by keyword, or via an interactive geospatial index.

    Nevada History in Maps.
    As noted on the website, historic maps of Nevada are scarce. This digital collection contains maps that show the development of the geographical area that became the state of Nevada, covering the period from 1750 through 1950. The Nevada Historical Society, the Nevada State Library and Archives, and the Special Collections Department of Getchell Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, own these maps. Click on the ‘View the Collection’ link to access the maps in the collection. You may view maps by selecting an historic period, a topic, and a geographic area. Access all of the maps at once by clicking on the ‘View all images in this collection link.’

    Plats of Nevada State Lands (1867–1927)
    This digital collection contains over 3,000 survey plat maps and covers nearly all of the state’s townships. The maps cover the period from 1867 to 1927.

    Sanborn Maps of Nevada
    This digital map collection covers the period from 1877 through 1923. There are a total of 516 maps for 29 towns in the collection, some of which no longer exist.

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    Stories of Interest

    Family Tree Loaded with Facts and Myths
    Beverly Kelley, a professor in the Communication Department at California Lutheran University, recently wrote in the Ventura Star about family history, mentioning 1896 as the “first surge of American interest in ancestry.”

    Cataloging San Diego’s Black History Through Photographs
    The San Diego History Center is launching an ambitious effort to inventory its collection of images. The collection includes images of homes, businesses, street scenes, churches, weddings, sports, political and civic functions, funerals, weddings and Black Muslim groups.

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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:

    • Documentary History of Suffield, Massachusetts, 1660-1749 (Item P27900000, Price $55.00)
    • Centennial History of the Town of Millbury, Massachusetts, Including Vital Statistics, 1850-1899 (Item P5-MA0422H, Price: $93.50)
    • History of New Paltz, New York, and its Old Families, from 1678 to 1829 (Item P5-NY0132H, Price $74.00)
    • History of Long Island, New York, from its First Settlement by Europeans to the Year 1845 (Item P5-NY0255H, Price: $61.00)
    • Annals of Brattleboro, Vermont, 1681-1895, Two-volume set (Item P5-VT0104H, Price: $121.00)

    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 .

    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 historic 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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