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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 13, No. 46
    Whole #505
    November 17, 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 October 2010 Issue of the Register
    * Coming Soon in the 2010 American Ancestors Journal Supplement to the Register
    * Research Recommendations: The Daily Genealogist Blog
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight:Pottsville Free Public Library, Pennsylvania
    * Stories of Interest
    * Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information



    Coming Soon In the October 2010 Issue of the Register

    The Cheshire Home and Family of William Hough, 1640 Immigrant to New England
    William W. Hough

    Reinterpreting the Vital Dates of WilliamB Hawes and His Wife Ursula from Their Memorial Brass
    John C. Brandon

    Reuniting the Family of Lt. John Waterbury (1753–1829)
    Frederick C. Hart, Jr.

    Some Employees and Suppliers of Services to Thomas Fayerweather of Boston and Cambridge, 1753–1802
    Eric G. Grundset (continued from 164:206)

    Nathaniel4 and Esther (Carpenter) (Bardeen) Bowen and Their Family
    Cherry Fletcher Bamberg (continued from 164:218)

    The Brothers William2 and Daniel2 Harris of Middletown, Connecticut
    Gale Ion Harris (continued from 164:174)

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    Coming Soon in the 2010 American Ancestors Journal Supplement to the Register

    The Shanley Family of Steuben County, New York, in the Nineteenth Century
    Meldon J. Wolfgang III

    Revolutionary War Captain Cornelius Wiltsie of Pittstown, New York
    Abbott Lowell Cummings (concluded from 2009)

    Riggs Bible Record

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    Research Recommendations: The Daily Genealogist Blog
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The surveys in our Weekly Genealogist newsletter have become wildly popular features. Thousands of people each respond to our questions, which are designed to be light and entertaining as well as informative.

    Another way readers can participate is by reading and posting comments on The Daily Genealogist blog at Just click on the comment link at the bottom of any post to leave your message about that story. While items from the Weekly Genealogist appear on the blog, you will also find other stories of interest to genealogists.

    You don’t need to be a member of NEHGS to comment on stories, but non-members do have to be a registered user for Registration is free and easy. Just click on the Free Registration link at the top of the page. To comment on any story in the blog, just click on the Comments link.

    Check out the Daily Genealogist Blog and leave your comments.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    SAREPTA (f): From a place-name in what is now Lebanon.

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    This Week's Survey

    This week we have results from the surveys of November 3 and November 10. The first survey concerned research interests in the six New England states. Remarkably, even the smallest states in New England held interest for almost half of the readership. The states, in order of interest, are:

    1. Massachusetts, 94%
    2. Connecticut, 69%
    3. New Hampshire, 52%
    4. Vermont, 51%
    5. Maine, 48%
    6. Rhode Island, 46%

    Last week’s survey asked about research interests in Canada. Surprisingly, New Brunswick lagged far behind the two leaders, Nova Scotia (48%) and Quebec (45%). The complete list in order is:

    1. Nova Scotia, 48%
    2. Quebec, 45%
    3. Ontario, 38%
    4. New Brunswick, 31%
    5. Prince Edward Island, 15%
    6. Other Provinces and Territories, 11%
    7. Newfoundland and Labrador, 10%

    In addition to our New England resources, the Society has extensive collections to assist researchers in eastern Canada, especially the provinces of Quebec and Nova Scotia. Check the catalog at for more specific information.

    Two weeks ago the Society ran its annual research tour to Salt Lake City. With almost 100 participants this year, it was a tremendous success. FamilySearch provided pedometers to the staff and participants to track their movements. I wore mine only to and from the library and within the library to see what kind of numbers I would generate. This week’s survey asks you to estimate how many steps I logged. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Pottsville Free Public Library, Pennsylvania
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The city of Pottsville, seat of Schuylkill County, is located in east central Pennsylvania. Click on the ‘GENEALOGY and local history materials and services’ link on the Free Public Library’s homepage to access the resources page.

    Online resources for Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
    The Pottsville Free Public Library’s website contains links to a number of resources useful to family history researchers with Schuylkill County ancestry. A number of sites related to coal mining are listed here, as are online vital records indexes, including the Schuylkill County Courthouse Archives Marriage Record Index for the period from 1885 through 1969. Researchers will also find W. W. Munsell's History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, published in 1881, with an every name index. It is in PDF format; you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

    Church and Cemetery Records
    The library has provided links to external websites with free cemetery and church records. In addition, there are databases for cemeteries in Shenandoah Heights on the library’s website. These cemetery listings were compiled and donated to the library by Andy Ulicny of Shenandoah. The files are in Microsoft Word 2003 format. If you do not have Microsoft Word 2003 or later, you will have to download a viewer to access these files.

    The Pottsville Free Public Library’s holdings include a number of local histories detailing information about the residents of Schuylkill County and/or the city of Pottsville. Several of them contain biographical sketches. Alphabetical indexes to eight of the local history volumes have been created and uploaded to the library’s website. Click on the title link to view the index for that title.

    Under the Census section there is a link to an alphabetical list of nearly every borough and village in Schuylkill County with its township. Click on the ‘this list’ link to open a new page with the file.

    The Pottsville Free Public Library has created partial online indexes to deaths to the Pottsville Republican newspaper and the Shenandoah Evening Herald.

    The library has nearly all of the issues of the Pottsville Republican on microfilm for the period from October 1884 to the present. The death index file currently contains nearly 125,000 names for the period October 1884–1894 and an obituaries-only for the period 1950–1971. The names appeared in obituaries, funeral notices, and/or inquest reports. If an entry was difficult to read the entry was marked "hard to read" and may be difficult to copy clearly.

    The Library has nearly all issues of the Shenandoah Evening Herald newspaper on microfilm for the period from May 23, 1891 through 1980. The index contains more than 2,000 names and death dates and page numbers from the newspaper.

    The data fields in both indexes include name, date of the article and page number. Researchers may request copies of obituaries from the Reference Department via email or mail. Please note that obituary or article requests must include an exact date.

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    Stories of Interest

    Classic Hollywood: Cemeteries of the Stars
    The author of LA's Graveside Companion points out starry graves at Hollywood Forever and Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park and Mortuary.

    Make a Family Tree
    The folks at Martha Stewart have brought another genealogy craft project to light. shows you how to make a number of different family tree projects.

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    Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views

    The perfect coffee table book for your friends and family this holiday season!

    One of many items currently available in our sales catalog, Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views offers a unique collection of more than sixty original works of art from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Boston Beheld depicts scenes from a bygone era not immediately recognizable to the modern eye. In this stunning and informative volume of full-color period images by professional and amateur artists alike, you will discover sweeping vistas, lively street scenes, and elegant edifices that reveal Boston as a youthful and vibrant town. Selected from both public and private collections by D. Brenton Simons and ranging from fine art to folk art, these works capture the multifaceted character of a sometimes quaint place that has given way to a modern metropolis with the attendant urban sprawl. Boston Beheld offers a portfolio of rarely seen views of the town John Winthrop famously called a “city upon a hill.” Bostonians are seen engaged in everyday commerce, strolling along tree-lined streets, parading on the Common, navigating the harbor, and fomenting historic events. Each image is accompanied by descriptive text highlighting famous landmarks, points of interest, and quotes from famous residents and travelers. From the North End to the South Bay, Boston Beheld offers an ever fascinating and occasionally poignant portrait of a beloved city known now only through these images and the historical record.

    $35.00 ($31.50 for NEHGS members) with free book rate shipping through 11/23. Order online or call 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:

    • History of Rockton, Winnebago County, Illinois, 1820-1898 (Item P5-IL0168H)
    • History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts, 1620-1890 (Item P5-MA0365H)
    • History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a Genealogical Register (Item P5-MA0338H)
    • History of Bolton, Massachusetts, 1738-1938 (Item P5-MA0378H)
    • History of Otisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, from 1734-1800 (Item P5-MA0322H)

    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

    Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research
    Saturdays, January 22– May 7.
    Developed in collaboration with nationally-recognized experts, the Certificate in Genealogical Research is ideal for those who wish to develop the knowledge and skills essential to conducting quality genealogical assignments. Offered on Saturdays over a 14-week period, the program provides hands-on training in basic genealogical principles, techniques, and core competencies, and leads to a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.
    NEHGS members receive a 10% tuition discount.

    For more information, visit

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