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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 14, No. 11
    Whole #522
    March 16, 2011
    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.

    * NEHGS on American Treasures
    * Seminar: Beyond the Battlefield: New England and the Civil War
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Indexing
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Missouri Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * Used Book Sale
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    NEHGS on American Treasures

    In the new Discovery Channel series American Treasures, archaeology professors Dr. Jason De León and Dr. Kirk French travel across the country in their trusty pickup truck to conduct hands-on research into inquiries from everyday Americans who think they possess items that may have historical significance. They consult with experts and historians to learn more about not only the item itself, but its historical and cultural context: what it is, where it came from, who made it, and why. On occasion, they also meet up with fellow archaeologists to learn more about important scientific research going on across America.

    León and French came to Boston recently and interviewed D. Brenton Simons about Revolutionary War materials in the NEHGS collections, and David Allen Lambert about a military sword that he owns. That episode will air on Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. on the Discovery Channel. You can find out more about American Treasures on the Discovery Channel website.

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    Seminar: Beyond the Battlefield: New England and the Civil War

    The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, in conjunction with Historic Deerfield, Inc., and the Society of Civil War Historians, is pleased to announce Beyond the Battlefield: New England and the Civil War, a three-day conference on the region’s contributions to the American Civil War.

    The thirty-sixth annual meeting in the Dublin Seminar series, Beyond the Battlefield: New England and the Civil War will take place on the weekend of June 24 through 26, 2011, at the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and is designed for educators, historians, collectors, dealers, authors, librarians, and museum curators; students and the general public are cordially invited to attend.

    For additional details, registration form, and a list of Seminar publications, visit

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Indexing
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    One of the best resources for indexing your genealogy is Indexing Family Histories: Simple Steps for a Quality Product by Patricia Law Hatcher and John V. Wylie. Published by the National Genealogical Society in 1994, it is currently out of print but available at many libraries and genealogical societies. The following guidelines are just some of the many valuable pieces of information in the book.

    Many factors go into producing a good index, not the least of which is the formatting. When publishing 6”x9” pages, it is best to have a two-column index. Three columns work well for an 8.5”x11” book. The type style should match the text and be one to two points smaller than the main part of the book.

    A long list of subentries and page numbers separated by semi-colons written in paragraph style after the main entry is difficult to read and should be avoided. Each subentry should be indented about .25” under the main entry. Page numbers should appear immediately after the subentry, preceded by a comma. Do not right-align page numbers as this is also very difficult to read.

    An introductory paragraph is an excellent way to communicate how the index works, what items were and were not indexed, and how multiple entries were combined or cross-referenced. This will make the index crystal-clear to the reader.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    HEMAN (m): A son of Zerah, with brothers Zimri, Ethan, Calcol and Dara (1 Chron. 2:3).

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week we asked about ancestors buried in military cemeteries. 47% of respondents have a relative buried in a cemetery other than Arlington. Full results are:

    • 47%, I have a family member buried in a National Cemetery other than Arlington
    • 45%, I have no known family members buried in an American military cemetery
    • 16%, I have a family member buried in Arlington National Cemetery
    • 8%, I have a family member buried in one of the American Battle Monuments Commission cemeteries in foreign countries.

    This week we ask about your memberships in genealogical societies. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Missouri Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    McDonald County Public Library, Missouri

    McDonald County is located in the southwest corner of the state of Missouri, bordered by Oklahoma and Arkansas. Pineville is the county seat. The McDonald County Public Library has made family and local history resources available on its website. Click on the Genealogy link in the contents list on the main page to access two of them.

    McDonald County Marriage Records from 1865 to 2009
    This alphabetical index comprises all marriage licenses issued in McDonald County from October 1865 to December 2009. The data fields include the following: grantor (husband) full name, grantor’s address (city), grantee (wife) full name, grantee address (city), date the license was issued (year, month, day), and Recorders book and page information. The list is sorted alphabetically by grantor (husband’s) surname. Click on the first letter of the last name of the grantor (husband) to browse through the lists. The index can be viewed online or downloaded in its entirety to computer in a spreadsheet format. Copies of marriage licenses, the originals of which are held by the office of the County Recorder of Deeds, may be ordered for a small fee.

    McDonald County Area Obituaries
    The obituary database contains records from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Click on the first letter of the last name to browse through the lists. You can also search through the database by using your web browser’s Find function. Data fields in the index include last name, first name, middle name, maiden name, nickname/miscellaneous information, date of death, newspaper title, cemetery name, cemetery city, and cemetery state. The nickname/miscellaneous information field contains information such as occupation and the names of the deceased’s parents or spouse, military service, and deceased individual’s nickname as well as items such as a description of an unusual cause of death. Copies of original obituaries can be ordered from the library.

    Local History
    Clicking on the History link on the homepage will open a new page with access to the databases described above in addition to a downloadable local history volume, Sturges History of McDonald County, which was printed in 1897. This volume has been reconstructed from a number of sources, as a complete copy could not be found when this compilation was created. It is nearly complete. It also should be noted that the biographical listings found in Chapter 13 have been put into alphabetical order for the convenience of local and family history researchers. The document is in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

    Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri

    Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis operates seventeen cemeteries. On its website you will find information about all of them. There are maps, photographs and historical information about many of them. The database contains more than 500,000 burial records. Click on Historical button in the contents list to learn the histories of the cemeteries. There are also links to cemetery photo galleries and photo slide shows. Click on the Burial Search button to begin your search.

    The database may be searched by last name, first name, age, burial year and gender. You may search all of the cemeteries at one or choose a single cemetery to search by itself. The data fields in the search results include interment number; cemetery; first name; last name; male/female; burial date; age; and section, row and lot number. The lot number is an active link. Click on the link to open a new page with complete data on all of the individuals buried in that particular lot, which might prove to be quite useful in your family history research.

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    Stories of Interest

    A Great Institution Rises and, with it, the Healing Arts
    Boston's first general hospital did what it could for the poor; today it brings cutting edge care to the city and the world. The Boston Globe profiles Massachusetts General Hospital on its bicentennial.

    "History Time:" Caroline Emmerton's Proud Salem Legacy
    Emmerton led a group of local women in founding the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association. The iconic building stands as a tribute not only to Nathaniel Hawthorne, but to Salem's dedication to social service.

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    Used Book Sale

    The Bookstore at NEHGS will be extending the end date of its Spring Used and Remaindered book sale. The sale will now continue until Monday, March 21st. To get a list of available books, please send an email with SPRING 2011 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

    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 meals, 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 Newbury Street Press.

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