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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 13, No. 48
    Whole #507
    December 3, 2010
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * RIP William Addams Reitwiesner (1954–2010)
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Proofreading Tip
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Miscellaneous Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Bundles 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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    RIP William Addams Reitwiesner (1954–2010)

    William Addams Reitwiesner of Washington, D.C., died from complications of cancer on Friday, November 12, 2010. Bill’s survivors include his mother, Homé McAllister Reitwiesner, brothers Andrew McAllister, John Stevens and Henry Pfister Reitwiesner and sister Dorothy Billopp Reitwiesner. Survivors also include his nieces and nephews, Robert, Daniel, Justin, Becky, Theodore and Thomas Reitwiesner.

    After graduating from high school in 1972, Bill went to work at the Library of Congress. This was the only job he ever held. The main reason he worked there was to have access to the wealth of information stored therein.
    Bill’s true passion was genealogy and he was well known for researching the ancestry of royals and other famous persons. With Gary Boyd Roberts, he wrote and published American Ancestors and Cousins of The Princess of Wales. His genealogies of American politicians were used in popular media usually without proper attribution to him. Much of Bill’s genealogical research can be found on his website,

    Bill had a deep love of music. He was a long-time participant and member of the board of the Friday night Contra Dance at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo. He played bass for many years in an amateur bar band in the Annapolis area.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the New England Historic Genealogical Society (

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Proofreading Tip
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Nobody is perfect when writing. Even the most experienced writers and editors make mistakes. It is an axiom of publishing that you cannot proofread and edit yourself. That is why there are so many typographical, grammatical, and other mistakes on blogs and private websites. Most people don’t take the time to proofread or edit themselves. The best way to overcome this is to have an experienced editor/proofreader read your words prior to publishing them.

    Failing that, there is an abundance of free or inexpensive software available that will read your documents aloud to you. Have your computer read your word processing document, and listen to what it is saying (the second part might be easier said than done). It is critical to listen to every word the computer says, as missing even a syllable means you might let a typographical or grammatical error remain in your writing. See how many problems you correct with software before you publish.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    TENTY (f): A nickname for Puritan ‘virtue name’ CONTENT. Tentey Tiffany, b. Attleborough, Mass. 28 April 1795, daughter of Joseph and Charlotte (Capron) Tiffany, married there 1 December 1814 John Adams Read of that place. She was named for paternal aunt Tenty Tiffany (10 February 1770–10 October 1789), daughter of Ebenezer and Molly (Carpenter) Tiffany of Attleborough (Attleborough VRs, pp. 264, 579, 729).

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about ancestral foods at your Thanksgiving celebration. We were curious about how many readers served foods from their ancestral countries of origin at this American celebration. Only 7% of respondents served food from their family traditions. 9% were unsure about the origins of some of the foods served at their holiday celebration. 84% of respondents served only traditional American food at their table.

    In honor of Bill Reitiesner, this week’s survey asks about any royal lineages you have documented in your family. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Miscellaneous Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    History Museum of East Otter Tail County, Minnesota

    The History Museum of East Otter Tail County was established in 1998. It is located in Perham, Minnesota, which is in the west central part of the state. The museum has made local history and genealogy resources available on its website. Among these resources are a cemetery records index, two volumes of East Otter Tail history books, the Perham Register of Births and Deaths from 1882 to 1900, and an index to the Enterprise-Bulletin newspapers, which date back to 1883. There is a single search page for this group of databases. Click on the Search link to open a new page with links to access them.

    Click on a database link to open the search page for that database. You may search the databases at one time or you may choose to search a single database. For the Enterprise-Bulletin newspapers, you can further limit your search by article or event type (e.g., births, marriages, obituaries, news stories, and news bits). Enter keywords in the search box, then click on the submit button. You may limit your search by date, as well.

    There is also a collection of historical photographs, which is searched separately. Click on the Search Historical Photographs link to begin a search of this collection. Enter a keyword, phrase, or four-digit year in the search box. You can also search for photographs from a specific date or date range by entering starting and ending years in the date search boxes.

    Because the area is home to many Finnish-Americans, there are two databases with Finnish connections. The first is a twentieth-century newspaper titled New York Mills, which has search portals in both English and Finnish. The database contains births, marriages, deaths, news stories and “News Bits.” The other link is to the History of the Finns in Minnesota (1957). You can perform a keyword search of this volume. The search results are in the form of page number links. Click on the page number link to open the transcription of the book to the specified page.

    The Hebrew Cemetery, Leadville, Colorado

    Leadville, situated at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet, is the seat of Lake County in north-central Colorado. The Hebrew Benevolent Association Cemetery in Leadville established the Hebrew Cemetery in the early 1880s. It is the resting place for some 132 individuals, including “the last 'old time' Jewish Leadville native, Minette Miller (1894–1981).” Only 59 original markers remain. Click on the ‘People’ link to learn more about the historic Jewish community of Leadville. This information has been gathered from a variety of sources. Click on the ‘Interred’ link to access an alphabetical list of individuals buried in the cemetery. The data fields include last name, first name, middle name, born, died, age, block, lot, grave, marker, and notes. The notes field includes information such as parents’ names and alternate surname spellings.

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    Stories of Interest

    In Spirit, A Father Rejoins the Thanksgiving Table
    Steve Taylor was in junior high when his father’s Air Force plane went down in England. His mother took her four young children back to California and rarely spoke of him again. All those years, Steve, has wondered about his father. After more than 50 years, an English village helps him to fill in the blanks about his dad, an “officer and a gentleman.”

    Digital Technology Lets Libraries Share Their Fragile Treasures With The World
    The Los Angeles Times reports on large-format scanners that are allowing repositories to make digital copies of materials for use online.

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    Bundles for the Holidays

    The NEHGS Bookstore Holiday Bundles are back! To see all of our money saving bundles for 2010, including gift certificates and stocking stuffers, visit our online store.

    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:

    • Genealogy of Charles Angel Sr. Pioneer of Frederick Co. Maryland (Item P4-H00804, $41.00)
    • Newaygo White Pine Heritage: A Pictorial History of the Lumbering Era Along the Muskegon River in Newaygo Co., Michigan, 1837-1899 (Item P5-MI0012S, $18.00)
    • History of the Family of Benjamin Snow: Descendants of Richard Snow of Woburn, Massachusetts (Item P4-S24066, $61.50)
    • The Utah Expedition, 1857-1858: Letters of Capt. Jesse A. Gove of Concord, New Hampshire, to Mrs. Gove & Special Correspondence of the New York Herald. (Item P5-NH0141H, $49.50)
    • The Descendants of Peter Garland, Mariner, of Charlestown, Massachusetts 1637 (Item P4-S11445, $28.00)

    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

    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.

    Washington D.C. Research Tour
    March 6–13, 2011
    Research in the repositories of the nation’s capital with NEHGS as we return to Washington, D.C. Researchers will visit the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, Library of Congress (LOC), and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) during this intensive week of guided research, individual consultations, lectures, and group meal events. Featured consultants include Henry B. Hoff, David A. Lambert, and Rhonda R. McClure.

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