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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 13, No. 47
    Whole #506
    November 24, 2010
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.

    * Using
    * NEHGS Holiday Closures
    * Research Recommendations: Thanksgiving
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Miscellaneous Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Gift Certificates for the Holidays
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information




    This web tutorial for using, the new online home NEHGS, covers basic navigation, search options and tips, filtering and sorting results, using the image viewers, and customizable profile features. You can view the tutorial on the homepage.

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    NEHGS Holiday Closures

    The Society's offices and research library will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, and will be closed on Thursday, November 25, for Thanksgiving Day. The research library will be open regular hours on Friday, November 26, and Saturday, November 27. The Society's administrative offices will be open with minimal staff on Friday, November 26.

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    Research Recommendations: Thanksgiving
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Another year has passed, and Thanksgiving is once again upon us. It is a time for gathering with families of birth and families of choice to share and reflect on times past, and to enjoy and make new memories for the future. Holidays like this are an opportune time to share your genealogical research, and to pry more information from the memories of family members.

    In addition to the specific genealogical questions (e.g., where was great-grandmother born?), take the time to gather information that will help you understand the stories of your family better. Here are some questions to ask family members when you are gathered around the table:

    • What is the first Thanksgiving that you remember?
    • How did you celebrate Thanksgiving as a child?
    • Where did you spend the holiday? Your house? Your grandparents’ house? Other places?
    • What foods did they serve?
    • Was there any special traditional food handed down through the family? [see this week’s survey question below].
    • How did you celebrate your first Thanksgiving together after you were married/started living together?

    Every year at Thanksgiving I think back on all that has occurred in the last twelve months; how things have changed and what I have learned. There are so many things I am grateful for:

    • My colleagues and friends in the United Kingdom and in Canada who have helped me with my research, and taught me new skills;
    • The participants in NEHGS education programs, who listened and learned how to break down brick walls, and who challenged me to improve my own skills as I helped them find new resources;
    • The people who work in the genealogy field, who have brought incredible new electronic resources, books, software, programming, and other tools to help us in our research;
    • The people at NGS and FGS who put on massive national conferences, each year improving up on the last;
    • My colleagues and friends at NEHGS, working together to help each other and our members, sometimes frenetic, sometimes laughing, sometimes pulling our hair out, and always appreciating the way we help each other;
    • The readers of eNews and The Weekly Genealogist, who have provided so much constructive and positive feedback, and make the work worthwhile;
    • Most importantly, I am grateful to my family and friends who support me in this crazy field of genealogy where I have been working for so long (even when they don’t understand why I’m so obsessed with dead people).

    To each and every one of you, I say thank you for what you have brought to me this year. Enjoy the holiday, and pick up lots of good genealogy information this weekend!

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    NIRAM (m): Probably an abbreviation of ADONIRAM. It enjoyed popularity from the late eighteenth century in western Connecticut.

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    This Week's Survey

    This week's survey concerned the pedometers given to us on the Salt Lake City research tour a couple of weeks ago. The question was how many steps I took as an NEHGS consultant during the week, wearing it only to and from the library, and during the days of giving consultations (Monday through Saturday). The guesses were as follows:

    60,300, 33%
    70,200, 31%
    45,100, 18%
    80,000, 10%
    25,500, 5%

    The majority guessed correctly, that I took 70,200 steps. I credit that (along with the new restaurants in the area that serve healthy food in realistic portions) with the fact that I returned to Boston having gained less than half a pound on this trip. Participant Marion Henry won the prize for most steps, taking more than 80,000 during her week.

    This week’s survey concerns traditional family foods served on your holiday table this Thanksgiving. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Miscellaneous Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Cranbury Public Library, New Jersey

    Cranbury Township is a small town in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The Cranbury Public Library has a number of databases on its website. Of particular interest to genealogists and family history researchers is The Cranbury Press newspaper database, which covers the period 1886 –1926. Click on the Newspapers link on the Databases by Subject page to locate the database link.

    Searching and viewing the newspaper is done through Active Paper by Olive software. Click on the appropriate button to access the database, depending on the speed of your internet connection—dial up or broadband. Database users can browse through the individual issues or search for keywords. Click on the Advanced Search button to open the search page. Searches can be limited by date range or by article type—articles, pictures, and ads. You can also choose a sort order. Click on the thumbnail images to read the articles in the search results.

    Ute Cemetery, City of Aspen & Pitkin County, Colorado

    The town of Aspen is located in central Colorado in Pitkin County. In 1880–1881 prospectors settled the area. In June 1880, "Colonel" Kirby, a prospector from Texas, died in Aspen and became the first to be buried in what became Ute Cemetery. According to the website it is estimated that there are at least 200 graves in the cemetery, over half of which are unmarked. Only three burials have taken place there since 1930. The cemetery was abandoned and fell into disrepair. In the late 1990's a restoration process began. The restoration was completed in 2003. In the process biographical information was collected about many of the persons buried there and the property was documented in detail.

    You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the List of Recorded Burials. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to open the PDF document containing the master list of recorded in Ute Cemetery, Aspen, Colorado. This alphabetical list contains the names of individuals buried in the cemetery, as well as the biographical information gathered about them.

    The Clallam County Genealogical Society, Washington

    Port Angeles is the seat of Clallam County, located in northwestern Washington. The Clallam County Genealogical Society (CCGS) has made an obituary database available on its website. Click on the obituary database link to access the search page. The alphabetical database covers the period from 1888 through 1970 and contains more than 14,000 records for individuals whose death notices or obituaries appeared in the Port Angeles Evening News, The Daily News, The Sequim Press, andvarious other early publications. Some pre-1904 issues of the newspapers are not available. You may order a photocopy of a death notice or obituary from The CCGS Library by mail using the order form found on the website.

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    Stories of Interest

    Giving Thanks
    The Maine Memory Network has put together a presentation of various types of Thanksgiving observances that have been held in Maine, from declarations of days of thanks for health, harvest and military victories to school children dressing as Pilgrims and Indians.

    Listening to the Dead
    Adam Riordan asks “Why are we so fascinated by dead strangers?” in The Guardian.

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    Gift Certificates for the Holidays

    The NEHGS Bookstore is happy to announce the availability of gift certificates for the holidays! These gift certificates make an excellent holiday gift for the hard-to-buy-for genealogist in your family. Available online in amounts of $10, $25, $50 and $100. For other denominations, please call 617-226-1212.

    $10 gift certificates
    $25 gift certificates
    $50 gift certificates
    $100 gift certificates

    For a gift membership, please call 1-888-296-3447.

    To browse our online store, click here:

    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:

    • Genealogical and Biographical Sketches of the Ancestors and Descendants of Richard Sears, the Pilgrim (item P4-H23310, $29.50)
    • By the Name of Rice. An Historical Sketch of Deacon Edmund Rice the Pilgrim (1594-1663) and of His Descendants (item P4-H22272, $27.00)
    • Descendants of Polly and Ebenezer Alden who were Sixth in Descent from John Alden the Pilgrim (Item P4-H00351, $31.50)
    • Cape May, New Jersey, County Mayflower Pilgrim Descendants. (Item P5-NJ0069H, $45.00)
    • Ogden Family in America (Elizabethtown Branch) and Their English Ancestors John Ogden the Pilgrim and His Descendants 1640-1906; Their History Biography and Genealogy (Item P4-S20430, $79.50

    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 .


    December New Visitor and Welcome Tour
    December 1, 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

    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.

    Weekend Research Getaway – Effective Use of Technology
    January 27–29, 2011
    NEHGS Weekend Research Getaways combine personal, guided research at the NEHGS Research Library with themed educational lectures to create a unique experience for every participant. Personal consultations with NEHGS genealogists throughout the program allow visitors to explore their own genealogical projects, under the guiding hand of the nation’s leading family history experts.

    Our Winter Research Getaway, “Effective Use of Technology,” offers a variety of lectures surrounding “best practices” in using technology including researching online, software, and other topics relevant to any genealogist.

    London Heritage Long Weekend
    February 22–28, 2011
    Discover the rich heritage of London with NEHGS in February 2011. This unique long weekend will feature memorable events led by renowned scholars George Redmonds and John Titford, including talks, a guided tour of historic London churches, a visit to the College of Arms, optional side visits, special guests, and dinner at an exclusive private club. The weekend also includes up to three full days at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! — the largest family history event in the world. Space is extremely limited.

    In addition to events, the NEHGS English Heritage Long Weekend includes six nights lodging at the Hilton London Kensington Hotel, located at 179–199 Holland Park Avenue, London, daily coach service, and daily English breakfast for five days, and two additional group meals. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Hilton London Kensington Hotel and optional activities and all other meals not included in scheduled tour events.

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