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The Weekly Genealogist Vol. 13, No. 45Whole #504November 10, 2010Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudraultdailygenealogist@nehgs.org
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Contents:* 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 AmericanAncestors.org: A New National Resource for NEHGS Members and the Public, by Ryan J. Woods
The Francophone Exodus to the United States, 1840 to 1930by Félix Lafrance
Tracing the Origins of Joseph Hebertby Elizabeth Hebert
Bringing a Photograph to Life: The Story of Joseph L. Minerby Margrit Myrback
The Genealogy Services at Library and Archives Canada, with an Emphasis on French-Canadian Resourcesby Nicole Watier and Sylvie Tremblay
Undiscovered Mayflower Lineagesby Caleb H. Johnson
When a Sioux Chief Met Our Grandmother: An Intersection of Two Worldsby Cindy Haas Griffeth and Bill Haas
Chance Bradstreet (1762–1810), Servant of Abraham Dodge of Ipswich, Massachusettsby Christopher Challender Child
Also in this issue . . .
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 https://americanancestors.org/membershipproduct.aspx, 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 www.NERGC.org.
Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Indexing Tipsby 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.
Name Originsby 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.
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 Mapsby Valerie Beaudraultwww.delamare.unr.edu/maps/digitalcollections/nvmaps/
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 AtlasesThe 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 MapsThese 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 NevadaThis 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.
Stories of Interest
Family Tree Loaded with Facts and MythsBeverly 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 PhotographsThe 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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
You can view a full listing of upcoming programs at americanancestors.org/calendar.aspx .
Seminars and Tours
Identification and Care of PhotographsSaturday, November 13, 2010, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM Maximum class size: 20Class level: Beginner to intermediateInstructor: 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 www.AmericanAncestors.org or call 617-226-1226.
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