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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 14, No. 10
    Whole #521
    March 9, 2011
    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.

    * Registration Opens for FGS 2011
    * Subscribe Now to the 2011 Great Migration Newsletter
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Selecting Type
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Genealogy Society of Craighead County, Arkansas
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Registration Opens for FGS 2011

    Registration opened this week for the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Pathways to the Heartland, which will be held September 7–10 in Springfield, Illinois. NEHGS will once again be participating in the conference. Staff members Michael J. Leclerc, Rhonda R. McClure, and D. Joshua Taylor will be making presentations. We will also be in the exhibit hall with the latest books from the Society, website demonstrations, and answers to your genealogical questions.

    For more information about the conference, visit

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    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.

    Print subscribers to volume 20 (2011) receive a new issue of the TGMN through the mail each quarter ($20 for a one-year subscription or $36 for a two-year subscription).

    Online subscribers access issues through, where TGMN is posted each quarter. They can also access past issues from volumes 11 through 19, as well as bonus biographical sketches not yet in print ($10 for a one-year subscription or $18 for a two-year subscription).

    The first issue of 2011 will be available in a few weeks. It features an examination of “Two William Whites,” of Ipswich and Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, and an extensive “Focus on Newbury.”

    To subscribe, please visit or call Member Services at 1-888-296-3447.

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Selecting Type
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Part of publishing compiled genealogies is selecting an appropriate font and typeface to use. Font and type selection can make the difference between a polished work and one that looks less clean and more amateur. Fortunately there are a few simple rules to follow in selecting your fonts that can make you shine like a star.

    There are two major types of type. Serif fonts have small accents, called serifs, on the end of the strokes in the letters. Serif fonts are used for body text in printed works because the serifs help the eye to keep the travelling along the lines in long blocks of text.

    Times and Times New Roman have been the default fonts in word processing programs for years. As such, they now have an amateurish look about them. Neither should be used in publishing your family history. There are a number of serif fonts that will make your work look much more professional. Garamond and Palatino, for example, are two fonts that are commonly used by the Newbury Street Press when publishing books.

    Sans-serif type is more straight, and do not have the serifs on them. The name comes from the French “sans” which means “without.” Another term for this type style is Gothic, although this is now an outmoded term. Sans-Serif fonts are traditionally used for headlines instead of body text. Sans-serif fonts have also become the standard for electronic publishing (CDs, websites, etc.). Serif fonts do not display well on many computer monitors, and so are rarely used in electronic publishing. Arial was the default sans-serif font in word processing programs for many years, so again should be avoided in your publishing. Calibri is an excellent choice for a sans-serif font.

    Emphasizing text should also be used sparingly. If everything is bold or italicized, nothing will stick out. And avoid italics in electronic publishing. It can be very difficult to read on computer monitors, especially on smaller monitors.

    When selecting a font from your word processor or web page creation software, you will often be provided with a wide variety of choices. Remember that just because you have 100 fonts in your word processing software, it doesn’t mean that you should use them all in a single document. As a rule, try to choose a single serif font and a single sans-serif font for your work. Specialty fonts (that make your type look like the wild west, for example) should be used sparingly, if at all.

    Smashing Magazine published a helpful story in December 2010 entitled “What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    MILLICENT (f): Anglicized form of MELUSINE. I have rarely seen MILLICENT in colonial New England (except for certain branches of the Lockwoods of western Connecticut and eastern N.Y.).

    MILLIE (f): If your untraceable ancestor with the first name “Milly” dates from the mid-eighteenth through the nineteenth century, consider that she may actually be an AMELIA, PARMELIA, or some similar name with middle element –mel-. I have rarely seen MILLICENT or MILDRED (the formal names most often associated with this nickname in modern times) in VRs of colonial New England.

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    This Week's Survey


    Last week’s survey asked about pedigree collapse in your ancestry. We asked, within twelve generations, the number of multiple descents you had from an ancestor or ancestral couple. 49% of respondents had 1 to 5 multiple lines. The lowest percentage, 2%, was the group with 20 to 25 multiple lines of descent. Complete results are:

    • 49%, 1 to 5 multiple lines
    • 17%, 5 to 10 multiple lines
    • 14%, No multiple lines within 12 generations
    • 9%, 10 to 15 multiple lines
    • 5%, more than 26 multiple lines
    • 4%, 15 to 20 multiple lines
    • 2%, 20 to 25 multiple lines

    Two weeks ago we asked about your genealogical interests in the Mid-Atlantic states. This week we ask about the Midwest. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Genealogy Society of Craighead County, Arkansas
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Craighead County, located in northeastern Arkansas, has two county seats: Jonesboro and Lake City. The Genealogy Society of Craighead County has made a number of resources available on its website. Click on the County Records link on the banner at the top of the page to access these resources.

    Newspaper Obituary Indexes

    Monette Weekly Sun: This database covers the period from 1962 through October 31, 1968, when it ceased publication. The information provided includes the full name of the deceased, the date of the newspaper, page number and column number. In some cases additional information is provided, such as residence of the deceased, cause of death in unusual circumstances (murder/suicide), notation of a photograph, and probate.

    The Jonesboro Sun: This alphabetical database indexes death notices found in Jonesboro newspapers between 1885 and 2010. There is a separate index for obituaries published in 2011. There is an explanation of how the index is organized and a list of newspaper title and column abbreviations. You should read this prior to using the index. In addition to death notices and obituaries, the index also includes the names of individuals who were described as critically ill or not expected to live. If known, the name of the cemetery in which the deceased was buried is included.

    Vital Records

    Divorces: These indexes are organized by district. The Lake City Courthouse is in the Eastern District. There are three databases that index the Lake City Chancery Books for the period from 1884 to 1950. There is a single database for the Jonesboro Courthouse, in the Western District. It covers the period from 1878 through 1897. Data fields include plaintiff, defendant, date of the divorce, book and page number.

    Marriage Records Index: The marriage records indexes are also organized by district. The grooms and brides indexes for the Eastern District cover the period from 1883 through 1954. Data fields include groom’s name and age, bride’s name and age, date of marriage, book number and page number. The grooms and brides indexes for the Western District cover the period from 1878 through 2003. Data fields in the database include groom’s name, bride’s name, year, book and page number.

    The cemeteries page contains separate alphabetical databases for more than eighty Craighead County cemeteries. Tombstone information has been transcribed and cemetery location information has been provided, at times including maps. The format for the data varies from cemetery to cemetery.

    Additional Resources

    Among the other resources available are:

    • a transcription of a portion of the 1906 Jonesboro business directory on the website
    • transcriptions for the 1860, 1870, and 1880 U.S. Censuses for Craighead County
    • a map of county townships
    • a PDF file containing history of the county written as part of a 1917 project by the women’s clubs of Arkansas to prepare a history for each county in the state

    Many of the website’s resources can be searched from a keyword search box on the lower part of the homepage. You can use this Search Engine to search all pages created and maintained by the Genealogy Society, including the Jonesboro Sun obituary index and the Craighead County marriage index.

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    Stories of Interest

    Last U.S. World War I Veteran Dies
    The end of an era. Frank Buckles, the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, passed away Sunday at 110. Buckles "died peacefully in his home of natural causes" early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.

    How Well do You Know the History of Mount Auburn Cemetery?
    For more than 170 years, the Mount Auburn Cemetery has been the final resting place for thousands of individuals from the greater Boston area. Find out more about the history of the cemetery in the Boston Globe.

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    Classic Reprints

    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:

    • Biographical Sketch of Samuel Rowell and Notices of Some of His Descendants with A Genealogy for Seven Generations 1754-1898 (Item P4-H22773, $44.50)
    • Seven Generations Descendants of Alexander Harroun of Colrain Massachusetts 1691-1784 (Item P4-H13503, $41.00)
    • Winders of America John of New York 1674-5; Thomas of New Jersey 1703-34; John of Maryland 1665-98 (Item P4-S27774, $19.50)
    • Leconte History and Genealogy with Particular Reference to Guillaume Leconte of New Rochelle and New York and His Descendants (2Volumes) (Item P4-H17640, $171.00)
    • Descendants of the Earle and Morris Families of New York and New Jersey (Item P4-H09201, $25.50)

    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 99–101 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


    How to Find Your Jewish Great-Grandparents Even Though You Know It's Impossible
    March 16, 2011, 10:00am
    With special guest, Meredith Hoffman
    Beginners and those who know the basics and want to know learn more will explore strategies and hints for researching Jewish, and other, ancestors. Online and local resources will be examined. Find out how to get started researching your roots, where to find records of your immigrant ancestors, how to find people if they've changed their names, how to find the village that your ancestors came from, and more.

    Seminars and Tours

    Allen County Public Library Research Tour
    May 22–28, 2011
    Join NEHGS on our inaugural visit to Fort Wayne, Indiana as we discover one of the world’s largest genealogical collections at the Allen County Public Library (ACPL). With more than 350,000 printed volumes and over 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche, ACPL is a destination for every genealogist. Includes individual consultations, group meal functions, lectures, and other events. Featured consultants include Christopher Child, Michael J. Leclerc, Judy Lucey, and Rhonda McClure.

    Come Home to New England
    June 13–17, 2011 and August 14–20, 2011
    Uncover the treasures at 99-101 Newbury Street and “Come Home” to the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society. As one of the society’s most popular programs, “Come Home to New England,” features an intensive week of research, lectures, individual consultations, group meals, and other activities.

    Weekend Research Trip to Albany
    July 14–16, 2011
    Searching for ancestors from New York state? Join NEHGS as we explore the vast resources of the New York State Archives in July 2011. The weekend includes individual consultations, lectures, and a group dinner. Featured consultants include Henry B. Hoff, editor of the Register and Christopher C. Child, Genealogist of the Newberry Street Press.

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