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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 13, No. 49
    Whole #508
    December 8, 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.

    * Used Books Holiday Sale
    * NEHGS Holiday Closure
    * Research Recommendations: Remembering our WWII Armed Forces
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Lewis & Clark County Genealogical Society, Montana
    * Stories of Interest
    * NEHGS Bookstore Gift Certificates
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Used Books Holiday Sale

    Starting December 10, our used-book store at 99–101 Newbury Street in Boston will be completely restocked with new inventory. There will also be a 15% holiday discount on all used books from that day until January 8, 2011.

    Whether you are shopping for friends and loved ones on your holiday gift-giving list or just looking for additions to your own library collection, please stop by and browse this wide assortment of rare and not-so-rare genealogical and historical books.

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    NEHGS Holiday Closure

    The Society's administrative offices and research library will close at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, for a special function.

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    Research Recommendations: Remembering Our WWII Armed Forces
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Yesterday marked the 69th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II. My paternal grandfather suffered an accident and lost part of a finger prior to the war, and was unable to serve. Only one of his cousins, Albert Leclerc, was the right age for service. He was drafted into the military at the age of 19. He was deathly afraid of water, so, of course, he was drafted into the Navy. He was a Machinist’s Mate, Second Class, on his first mission, when his ship hit a mine and sank. He was trapped in the ship and drowned. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. He is memorialized, along with others whose remains were never recovered, at the Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.

    Many databases are now available online to help in researching your family members who served in the war. The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., honors the 16 million men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces, and more than 400,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice. The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) originally worked to create the memorial, which was transferred to the National Parks Service in 2004.

    You can find out more information about the memorial at The WWI Register of Remembrances is a combination of four databases:

    • Americans buried in ABMC overseas military cemeteries;
    • Those memorialized on ABMC Tablets of the Missing;
    • Listed on Official War and Navy Department Killed in Service rosters at NARA;
    • And those honored by public enrollment in the registry.

    You can enter the names of family members into the registry for free. Information on registration is available in the Registry section. You can find links to more WWII databases at CyndisList.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    BENJANETTA (f): Strange nineteenth-century coinage, apparently an attempt at a feminine equivalent to BENJAMIN.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about royal ancestry in the family. The largest group of respondents, 46.2%, has no known royal lineages. 28% of respondents have read undocumented materials claiming to have royal lineages in their ancestry, but have not yet documented them. Only 25% of respondents have documented royal lineages.

    This week's survey asks where your ancestors lived. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Lewis & Clark County Genealogical Society, Montana
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The city of Helena is located in southern Lewis and Clark County, Montana, in the central-western part of the state. The Lewis & Clark County Genealogical Society has made a number of resources available on its website. Click on the Online Databases Searches link to access them.

    Cemetery Records
    There are five alphabetical cemetery indexes on the website.

    Forestvale Cemetery
    The database indexes 14,746 burials for the period 1890 – July 1, 2009. The data fields in this database include name (last, first, middle), birth place, last residence, death date, cause of death, age, undertaker, lot owner, lot number, block, remarks.

    Resurrection Cemetery
    The database indexes 5,578 burials for the period for the period 1907–1993. The data fields in this database include surname, given name, and burial date.

    Sunset Memorial Cemetery
    The database indexes 5,578 burials for the period for the period 1985–2003. The data fields in this database include surname, given name and burial date.

    Montana State Veterans Cemetery Fort Harrison
    The data fields for this alphabetical database include name, section/row/plot and comments.

    Lewis & Clark County Rural Cemeteries
    The data fields for this alphabetical index include surname, given name, death date, and cemetery abbreviation. A link to a list of cemetery abbreviations is also provided.

    County Records
    This section includes indexes to births, deaths, divorces, naturalization records and probate records.

    Death Index
    This database covers the period from about 1880 through 1950. The data fields include surname, given name, death date, and book and page number.

    Birth Index
    This database covers the period from about 1860 through 1950. The data fields include surname, given name, sex, birth date, book number, page number, and comments.

    Divorce Index
    The divorce index covers the period from about 1866 through 1944. The data fields include surname, his given name, her given name, and date.

    Naturalization Records
    The naturalization records index covers the period from 1864 through 1941. The data fields include surname, given name, book, page number, date, record number, and comments.

    Probate Index
    The database indexes 12,479 records for the period from 1865–1979. The data fields include surname, first name, book number, page number, estate number, year, and comments.

    Obituary Index
    This alphabetical database is an index to obituaries appearing in the Independent Record for the period from January 1984 through December 2009. The data fields include surname, given name, obituary date, and page and column numbers.

    Lewis and Clark County Census Indexes
    Indexes to the following Lewis and Clark County federal censuses have been included on the website: 1870 (including mortality schedules), 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920.

    There are two additional resource links on the homepage. The first is the State Death Index, which is on the website of the Montana State Genealogical Society. The records in this database cover a period from before 1900 through 2002. The data fields in the alphabetical databases vary from period to period. They include some or all of the following: last name, first name, middle, sex, age, death date, county, year, index number, and comments/notes. The second is an index to the 1930 federal census of Montana. In 1930 there were 56 counties. The data fields include line number, surname, first name, county, enumeration district number, City/Township-MT, page number, sheet number, and comments.

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    Stories of Interest

    Local Genealogy Search Fees to Rise
    The Guardian is reporting that the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), pending parliamentary approval, will soon be drastically increasing ther prices. This will affect the ScotlandsPeople website, which will also see their rates rise.

    Family Health History Beats Personal Genomic Screening for Cancer Risk
    A good family history risk assessment is still a better tool for predicting disease risk than is personal genomic screening, despite advances in genomic technology.

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    NEHGS Bookstore Gift Certificates

    Not sure about what to get your favorite genealogist for the holidays? How about a gift certificate from the NEHGS Bookstore! 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.

    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:

    • Scandinavian Immigrants in New York 1630-1674 (Item P5-NY0137H, Price $47.00)
    • New York [City] Directory from 1786 Prefaced by a General Description of New York by Noah Webster (Item P5-NY0216H, Price $29.50)
    • Index of Wills For New York Co. (New York City) from 1662 to 1850.(Item P5-NY0449H, Price $49.50)
    • Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 1628-1776 (Item P5-GR0035S, Price $19.00)
    • Laurent Decamp of New Utrecht, New York 1664 and His Descendants (Item P4-H07935, Price: $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 .


    New Visitor and Welcome Tour
    Saturday, January 8, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
    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 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston.

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
    NEHGS recently launched its new Website, It is full of new features, tools, resources, and content that highlights NEHGS’ growing national expertise in genealogy and family history. We now have more than 135 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. We invite you to attend this free lecture to learn more about this incredible online resource.

    Dom's, An Odyssey
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
    Join NEHGS as we welcome guest speaker Dom Capossela, who will discuss his recent book. Dom's, An Odyssey is a story of immigrants. All Americans are immigrants whose traditions and culture influenced the course of their assimilation and impacted their descendants. Through the lens of the Italian immigration, a wild Rock and Roll party, and a tour of Boston's 1950s North End, Dom takes us on a voyage of discovery which reminds us that no matter how you season your dish, we have all eaten at the immigrant's table.

    About the Speaker
    Dom was born in Boston’s North End in 1940. He earned his B.S. in Political Science from Boston University and his J.D. from Boston College Law School. 1969 marked Dom’s admission to the Massachusetts Bar, and the opening of Dom’s – an upscale Italian restaurant.

    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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