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Vol. 14, No. 10Whole #521March 9, 2011Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudraultdailygenealogist@nehgs.org
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Contents:* 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 www.fgs.org.
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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 www.greatmigration.org, 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 www.greatmigration.org or call Member Services at 1-888-296-3447.
Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Selecting Typeby 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 Originsby 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:
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!
Spotlight: Genealogy Society of Craighead County, Arkansasby Valerie Beaudraultwww.gscca.net/index.html
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.
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.
CemeteriesThe 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.
Among the other resources available are:
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.
Stories of Interest
Last U.S. World War I Veteran DiesThe 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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
You can view a full listing of upcoming programs at americanancestors.org/events.
How to Find Your Jewish Great-Grandparents Even Though You Know It's ImpossibleMarch 16, 2011, 10:00amWith special guest, Meredith HoffmanBeginners 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 TourMay 22–28, 2011Join 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, 2011Uncover 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, 2011Searching 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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