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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 13, No. 50
    Whole #509
    December 15, 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.

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    * Newbury Street League's First Holiday Stroll
    * Research Recommendations: Je Me Souviens/I Remember
    * NEHGS Holiday Closures
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Pennsylvania Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * NEHGS Holiday Gifts
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Subscribe Now to the 2011 Great Migration Newsletter

    The Great Migration Newsletter (TGMN) offers feature articles on a variety of topics, including the settlement of early New England towns, migration patterns, seventeenth-century passenger lists, church and land records, and much more. The eight-page TGMN complements the individual sketches in the Great Migration books, and addresses broad issues key to understanding the lives and times of New England’s first immigrants.

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    Newbury Street League's First Holiday Stroll

    If you are doing last-minute holiday shopping, join NEHGS on Saturday, December 18th, as we participate in the Newbury Street League’s First Annual Holiday Stroll. This is a special event inviting everyone to visit Newbury Street for holiday shopping and fun. The event includes special discounts and offers at participating venues, live music, Santa and his team of elves walking the street handing out flyers and information, free Duck Tour rides, and special locations for gift wrapping.

    NEHGS will be one of the Newbury Street gift-wrapping locations and will provide free admission for the day. We will also be serving free hot chocolate and cookies! You may even want to check out our bookstore for some great gift ideas. Please feel free to visit us as we celebrate the holiday season! For more information, visit

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    Research Recommendations: Je Me Souviens/I Remember
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    This week’s survey question is about the longevity of different generations of your family. It was inspired by my paternal grandmother. On Friday, December 17, 2010, Marie Laura (Dube) Leclerc will turn 99 years old. As far as I have found, she is the longest-lived member of her family ever, and by a wide margin. Prior to her, the eldest-living member of her family was her maternal great-grandfather, François Rodrigue, who died at the age of 87 in the summer of 1887.

    Mémère’s mother (François’ granddaughter), Alphonsine Tondreault, died in 1928 at the age of 52. When I was starting my genealogical research, I talked to mémère about her parents. The conversation went like this:

    Me: “How long did your father live after your mother died?”
    Mémère: “Oh, he lived for a few years, then he passed away too.”
    Me: “Do you remember how long about?”
    Mémère: “I’m sorry, I don’t remember.

    Knowing that my great-grandmother died in 1928, I started looking for the death of my great-grandfather in that year, moving forward in time. He died in 1965, thirty-seven years after his wife passed away. I then had a conversation with Mémère about the definition of “a few years.”

    My grandfather passed away a decade ago. Her last two surviving siblings both died in 1981 — three decades ago. She has outlived all of her siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and even three sons-in-law. I think often about how difficult these past ten years must have been for her, as there was no one left with whom she could share memories of the first decades of her life: growing up, getting married, the births of her eldest children.

    I’m glad that I asked her many questions while she was still able to remember and answer them. Unfortunately, it is now too late to ask her any more, as her memories are mostly gone. But this weekend my family will gather to celebrate her long life. She has six children, three daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, thirteen grandchildren, nine grandsons- and granddaughters-in-law, eighteen great-grandchildren, three great-grandsons- and granddaughters-in-law, and five great-great-grandchildren. All told, we are fifty-eight descendants and our spouses spread around the globe. I wonder what ages we will reach.

    This holiday season especially, take the time to talk to your elderly relatives and get as many stories as you can from them. Enjoy their company, and their stories. One day they will all be just memories for you to pass on to your descendants.

    Joyeux anniversaire, Mémère. Je me souviens, et passera sur vos histoires.

    Happy Birthday, Mémère. I remember, and will pass on your stories.

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    NEHGS Holiday Closures

    The Society will have special operating hours for the holidays. Please note the difference between the administrative office hours and the library hours.

    Friday, December 24, 2010: Administrative offices closed; Research Library open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 25, 2010: Administrative offices and Research Library closed.
    Friday, December 31, 2010: Administrative offices closed; Research Library open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Saturday, January 1, 2011: Administrative offices and Research Library closed.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    EFFIE (f): Nickname for EUPHEMIA. There is also a Dutch name, Aefje, that is presumably related to Euphemia/Effie. In the nineteenth century, EFFIE was often used as a name in itself, and grew much more popular than its ‘parent’ name.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about people who live in areas where their ancestors lived. For the purposes of the survey, area was defined as living within 50 to 100 miles of where your ancestors lived, and ancestors being defined as your grandparents’ generation or earlier.
    The largest group of people, 52%, do not live where their ancestors lived. 25%, however, live in the same area where their ancestors have lived since colonial times. The full list of responses is:

    52%, I have no ancestors in the area where I currently live
    25%, My ancestors have lived here since Colonial times
    17%, My ancestors have lived here since about the Civil War
    17%, My ancestors have lived here since about 1900
    9%, My ancestors have lived here since about the Revolutionary War

    This week’s survey asks about your parents’ longevity versus their parents’ longevity. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Pennsylvania Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Johnstown Area Genealogical and Historical Society

    Johnstown is located in Cambria County, in central Pennsylvania. The Johnstown Area Genealogical and Historical Society was founded in 1980 “to provide access to materials on the history of the region and to enable members to research their family backgrounds and trace their roots.” Click on the Research link to access the society’s online resources.

    Digital Collection
    This section contains digital images of photographs and postcards found in the Society’s collections. The twenty-four photographs include groups of students, scenic images, and buildings in Johnston. There are images of the fronts and backs of thirteen postcards. Currently, most are from the first two decades of the twentieth century. The Socity has noted that materials will be added to the Digital Collections periodically.

    The online obituary databases include seven spreadsheets listing obituaries that appeared in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat for the years from 2001 through 2007. They are in Microsoft Excel format. In addition there are three Somerset County Obituary Indexes for the period from 1817 through 2006. They are in a variety of Microsoft Office software formats.

    This alphabetical database contains the Immigration and Naturalization Index for Cambria County for the period 1835–1991. The data fields in the database include last name, first name, declaration number, petition number and comments. Most often, the information in the Comments column includes ‘aka’ (also known as) names and places where the declaration was filed. These files are in .PDF format, and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

    Burial Database, Beaver Cemetery and Mausoleum

    The borough of Beaver is the county seat of Beaver County, located in western Pennsylvania. The Beaver Cemetery and Mausoleum has a searchable burial database on their website. Click on the search button to access the search page. Enter a last name in the search box. You can narrow your search by adding the person’s first name. The data fields in the burial records include birth and death dates, place of death, funeral director, veteran, cremated, cemetery section, lot/crypt number, and grave tier number. In some cases there are additional notes about the deceased in the Memo field. The information provided in this field includes specific military service, parents’ names, spouse’s name and children’s names.

    Obituary Database, Adams Memorial Library, Latrobe
    Latrobe is in Westmoreland County, which is in west central Pennsylvania. The Adams Memorial Library has made an obituary database (called the Dead-a-Base) available on its website. Dead-a-Base is an index containing obituary and death notice listings from the Latrobe Bulletin from their first issue on December 18, 1902, to the present. The data fields in the index include full name, date of death and date on which the obituary appeared in the newspaper. Copies of obituaries may be ordered from the library for a fee.

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    Stories of Interest

    Civil War Collections Preserve History
    The Tennessee State Library and Archives is working with the Tennessee State Museum on a project funded by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission to collect images of Civil War-era items from all of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The images will be preserved in the archives and some will be part of an online exhibition.

    McGraw and Richie to Uncover Family History on Who Do You Think You Are?
    NBC has announced that Tim Mcgraw and Lionel Richie are among those who will appear on the new season of Who Do You Think You Are?

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    NEHGS Holiday Gifts

    It’s not too late to shop for your favorite genealogist! We have a variety of holiday bundles and stocking stuffers.

    Still don’t know what to get? How about an NEHGS Bookstore Gift Certificate? These ertificates make an excellent holiday gift for the hard-to-buy-for genealogist in your family. Available in $10, $25, $50 and $100. To order a gift certificate in any amount, please call 617-226-1212.

    To order 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:

    • John Rockwell of Stamford, Connecticut 1641 and Ralph Keeler of Hartford, Connecticut 1639 (Item P35010000, $96.00)
    • Newberry Family of Windsor, Connecticut in the Line of Clarinda (Newberry) Goodwin of Hartford, Connecticut 1634-1866 (Item P4-H20148, $25.50)
    • Born Married and Died: A Record of Births Marriages and Deaths in the Town of Sharon, Connecticut 1721-1879 (Item P26521400, $31.00)
    • The Bicentennial Celebration First Congregational Church of Preston, Connecticut 1698-1898 (Item P26521000, $38.00)
    • History and Descendants of John and Sarah Reynolds (1630?-1923) of Watertown, Massachusetts and Wethersfield, Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut (Item P4-H22200, $91.50)

    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 .


    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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