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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 14, No. 1
    Whole #512
    January 5, 2011
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault
    dailygenealogist@nehgs.org

    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.

    Contents:
    * RootsTech Early Bird Registration Deadline
    * Congress Allows Charitable Gifts From IRAs
    * Research Recommendations: New Year's Resolutions 2011
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Obituary and Cemetery Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Great Migration Titles
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

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    RootsTech Early Bird Registration Deadline

    The deadline is close for the RootsTech Conference Early Bird registration. The conference, which will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, will take place February 10–12, 2011. Genealogists and family historians will join technology creators (such as Microsoft, Dell, FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, and brightsolid) for a three-day family history and technology conference. Other sponsors of the conference include NEHGS, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the National Genealogical Society.

    The Early Bird discount registration fee of $99 is only available through January 7, 2011. After that, registration rises to $150. For more details, or to register, visit www.rootstech.familysearch.org.

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    Congress Allows Charitable Gifts From IRAs

    In the closing days of the last Congress, legislation was passed allowing charitable gifts to be made from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Retroactive to January 1, 2010, donors at least 70 ½ years of age may now make direct transfers of up to $100,000 from either traditional or Roth IRAs to NEHGS and have gifts count toward the minimum IRA distribution requirements. Icing on the cake for donors who take advantage of these gifts during January 2011, distributions may be used toward fulfilling 2010 as well as 2011 required IRA minimum distribution. Visit AmericanAncestors.org for more information.

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    Research Recommendations: New Year's Resolutions 2011
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    In last week’s survey we asked about your resolutions for the coming year involving your genealogy. Unsurprisingly, the majority of respondents indicated that they would spend time organizing their materials (see below for further details). I am not one to make many resolutions on New Year’s Eve, but I usually make one or two. This year I have decided to make resolutions to accomplish family history goals. Two things have prompted me to get to work and come up with some goals for the year.

    First, I received an email in my inbox from an NEHGS member. She recently read an article I had published a few years ago in The American Genealogist and wanted to share with me some new family connections she thinks she may have discovered. As I read the email, I immediately felt the rush of new discovery, and the thrill of a chase about to begin. It reminded me of why I got into this field in the first place. I can’t wait to help her find any connections.

    Second, in visiting CNN yesterday I saw an article reprinted from Oprah.com. Author Lian Dolan wrote an article entitled “How to Let ‘Er Rip in 2011.” Ms. Dolan’s article provides four basic tips for accomplishing your goals in 2011, which rings quite true for me. Her four tips are:

    1. Saying Yes is as Easy as Saying No
    2. Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You
    3. It’s Okay to Talk to Yourself
    4. Today is as Good a Time as Any

    Read her full article for a fuller explanation of the four steps. We are almost a full week into 2011. Have you made any progress on your resolutions? I’ll keep you posted on mine. Good luck!

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    HASDRUBAL (m): Brother of the Carthaginian general Hannibal.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey discussed any New Year’s resolutions you were making for your genealogical research in the coming year. 69% of respondents resolved to organize their files and research papers. 50% of respondents resolved to write up some of their research in the coming year. 11% of respondents were not making any resolutions this year, and 2% were making resolutions, but none involving genealogy. Full results are:

    I will organize files and papers full of research that have piled up, 69%
    I will write up some of my family history, 50%
    I will share genealogy stories with my family, 36%
    I will take a research trip to a location where my ancestors lived, 35%
    I will attend a conference or other genealogical education program, 26%
    I will take a research trip to a distant repository I have been promising to go to, 21%
    I have other genealogical resolutions not listed above, 21%
    I am not making any resolutions this year, 11%
    I will join a new society, 10%
    I am making resolutions this year, but they do not include any around my genealogy research, 2%

    This week’s survey asks about NEHGS education programs. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Obituary and Cemetery Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Dansville Public Library Obituary Database, New York
    www.dansvillelibrary.org

    Dansville, New York, located in western New York, at the western end of the Finger Lakes region, was founded in 1795. Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross there.

    The Dansville Public Library has an obituary database on its website. It covers the period from 1960 through 2010. The local newspaper is The Genesee County Express, abbreviated in the database as GCE. Click on the Obituaries link to open the database search page. The database can be searched by name or keyword and sorted by name or death date. The data fields in the search results are full name and date of death. Click on the name link to view a transcription of the obituary. Each transcribed obituary contains the newspaper title abbreviation, date of publication, and number of the page on which the obituary appeared. You can also browse through the obituary database by month and year.

    In addition, there is a section of the library’s website devoted to the history of Dansville. Click on the history link to access the articles, which include a Dansville timeline, the story of Clara Barton’s times there, and a history of the local airport, to name a few.

    Washington, New Hampshire, Historical Society
    www.ultimate.com/washington/whs

    Washington is a small town in Sullivan County, which is located in southwestern New Hampshire. The Washington Historical Society was founded in 1982. The historical society has made a number of cemetery databases available online. The data is drawn from notebooks kept at the Historical Society Museum.

    The cemeteries included in the alphabetical indexes are as follows:

    Old Cemetery, Millen Pond Road
    The data fields for this index are last name, first name, maiden name, parents’ names, date born, date married, spouse’s name, date died, and age at death.

    New Cemetery, Millen Pond Road
    The data fields for this index are last name, first name, maiden name, parents’ names, spouse’s name, date died, and lot/row location.

    Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery
    The data fields for this index are last name, first name, maiden name, parents’ names, date born, date married, if known, spouse’s name, date died, and age at death.

    East Washington Burial Ground.
    The data fields for this index are last name, first name, maiden name, relation (i.e. daughter of, wife of, etc.), date born, date died, and age at death.

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    Stories of Interest

    Genealogy Travel Satisfies Many
    To begin a new year, many travelers are factoring old years. They are journeying online and in person — the route to their roots.

    Century of Toledo Funeral Home Records Unseals History for Black Community
    Inside the expansive rooms of the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home at Nebraska and City Park avenues, tucked away in old boxes, filing cabinets, and on dusty basement shelves, there lies a veritable Toledo treasure.

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    Sale on Great Migration Titles

    For one week, everyone saves 20% off all Great Migration volumes, including: The Great Migration Begins, 1620–1633; The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–35; The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620–1633; The Great Migration Newsletters, Volumes 1–15 and Volumes 11–15. Prices good until January 12, 2011, while supplies last. To order, visit our online store.

    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:

    • Abstracts of Wills of Greene County, New York, Volume I 1800-60 (Item P5-NY0433-1S, $18.00)
    • A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, Massachusetts, Containing Boston Births from A.D. 1700 to A.D. 1800 (Item P26826000, $63.00)
    • Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement of Virginia Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta Co. 1745-1800. (Augusta Co.) Volume III (Item P5-VA0045-3H, $65.00)
    • The Ancestors of Charity Haley 1755-1800 Wife of Maj. Nicholas Davis of Limington, Maine (Item P4-H12861, $30.00)
    • Descendants of Deacon Aaron Baldwin of North Branford, Connecticut 1724-1800 with Brief Account of His Ancestors (Item P4-H01485, $29.00)

    You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at http://www.americanancestors.org/store/. 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 sales@nehgs.org.

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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 99–101 Newbury Street unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please contact D. Joshua Taylor at 617-226-1226 or jtaylor@nehgs.org.

    You can view a full listing of upcoming programs at americanancestors.org/calendar.aspx .

    Lectures

    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.

    Using AmericanAncestors.org
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
    NEHGS recently launched its new Website, AmericanAncestors.org. 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.

    New Visitor and Welcome Tour
    February 2, 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 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.

    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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