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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 14, No. 12
    Whole #523
    March 23, 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.

    * Google Books Project in Trouble
    * Seminar: Beyond the Battlefield: New England and the Civil War
    * Research Recommendations:
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Salem Public Library, Ohio
    * Stories of Interest
    * 50% Off Notecards
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Google Books Project in Trouble

    As in many other areas of life, Google has become ubiquitous for genealogical research. Particularly beneficial has been online access to books that are not easily accessible in other ways.

    Google's plan to digitize every book ever published and make them widely available was derailed on Tuesday when a federal judge in New York rejected a sweeping $125 million legal settlement the company had worked out with groups representing authors and publishers. You can read more in the New York Times article Judge Rejects Google's Deal to Digitize Books.

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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:
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    As mentioned above, Google has become a vital resource for genealogical research. Last week saw the launch of a new website designed to take the best features of Google and make them easier to use for genealogical research. Cliff Shaw, CEO and founder of Mocavo, has a long track record of creating valuable products for genealogists. The GenForum message boards (now available on,, and Family Tree Legends software are just some of his significant contributions to the field. is the world’s largest free genealogy search engine. It provides access to free genealogy content on the web. Mocavo indexes publicly accessible websites and sends searchers directly to the sites. It is a great way to do one-stop searching of websites like the Internet Archives, Find a Grave, state archives and historical societies, Ellis Island, and more.

    The best thing about Mocavo is that it specifically targets genealogical websites, automatically removing extraneous results (like Facebook pages, etc.) that appear in Google searches. This function is extremely helpful, especially when researching a very common name. While there are times I wish to cast a wide net with a Google search, it is very nice to have a search engine that filters out all of that noise for me.

    For the best results, put names in quotes. Mocavo will automatically search for instances of “firstname lastname,” “lastname, firstname,” and even “firstname middlename lastname.” You can do “or” searches (looking for this “or” that) by utilizing the pipe symbol |. The | is usually above the Enter key on an American computer keyboard. Similarly, you can omit certain words by using the minus sign (or dash).

    While I found many results I have already seen on Google, I have been overjoyed to see the results limited to genealogy results only. In researching my book on the descendants of Josiah Franklin, I’m sure you can imagine how many non-genealogical sites make mention of Benjamin Franklin!

    The site is currently very centered on North American materials, but this is starting to change. Materials from GenUKI are available, and the Ireland Genealogy Project just announced that their materials will soon be indexed and available through Mocavo.

    Mocavo is always looking for new information to index, and users can suggest websites for the site to index. Everything from large archives and websites to individual family blogs have been indexed, bringing additional traffic to many sites. Unfortunately, a few groups, such as USGenWeb, have restricted access to Mocavo’s indexing, and these materials are unavailable. While it is understandable why groups with gated access (such as,, and have not been indexed, it is difficult to understand that those with free and open accessibility would not want to provide greater access to their materials. Mocavo is totally free for users, and does not pretend to own any of the content; it only makes it easier for users to find information. Even more perplexing is that USGenWeb, for example, while precluding access from Mocavo, freely allows Google’s indexer to crawl the site and bring users in. One would think that they would want more genealogy-specific users to find them. is an excellent addition to the genealogical researcher’s toolkit. I’m certain it will only become increasingly valuable (and popular) as more sites are indexed and users discover how tremendously useful this resource is.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    LOTHARIO (m): Italianized form of Frankish (CH)LOTHAR (cf. CLOTAIRE). Generic name for a rake, from the name of a young male libertine in The Fair Penitent (1703) by Nicholas Rowe.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about membership in genealogical societies small and large. 89% belong to a large national organization, while 4% did not belong to any genealogical societies at all. Full results are:

    • 89%, I belong to a large, national organization (such as NEHGS or NGS).
    • 36%, I belong to a local genealogical society (such as the DuPage Co. Gen. Soc.).
    • 35%, I belong to a statewide genealogical society (such as OGS or NYGBS).
    • 24%, I belong to multiple local genealogical societies.
    • 23%, I belong to a one-name society (such as the Nickerson Family Association).
    • 15%, I belong to multiple statewide genealogical societies.
    • 13%, I belong to a genealogical society specializing in my ethnic background (such as AAHGS or AFGS).
    • 4%, I do not belong to any genealogical societies.


    This week we ask about your genealogical interests in the South Atlantic states. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Salem Public Library, Ohio
    by Valerie Beaudrault
    Salem Public Library

    Salem, Ohio, straddles the border between the counties of Columbiana and Mahoning in the northeastern part of the state. The library has made a number of resources available on its website.

    Salem Public Library Obituary Index
    This database indexes obituaries appearing in the Salem News from 1963 to 2010. Current (2010) obituaries are being added on a regular basis. Obituaries for 1962 are being added as well and will be posted online when the data entry has been completed. Issues for a number of months during this period are missing. They are January–March 1964, March–April 1966, September–October 1969, and July–August 1974.

    The database can be searched by the last name of the deceased. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, date of birth, and date of death. There is also a link to a detailed record, which includes some or all of the following information: date of birth, birth place, date of death, age at death, date obituary appeared in the newspaper, maiden name, parents' names, mother’s maiden name, and date of marriage, as well as the spouse’s name, maiden name, and date of death for up to three spouses. You may order a copy of the original obituary in PDF format from the library via email.

    Grandview Cemetery Database
    This database indexes the burial records of Grandview Cemetery in Salem. It can be searched by the last name of the deceased. The data fields in the search results include full name, address, and date of death. Click on the View Details link to view a detailed record, which includes some or all of the following information: name, address, age, race, sex, marital status, military service, place of birth, dates of death and burial, location of the grave (section, lot and grave numbers), lot owner’s name, lot and interment book information, funeral home, and next of kin. You will also find a link to a cemetery map showing the locations and numbers of the various sections of the cemeteries.

    The Hise Journals

    The Hise Journals were written during between 1846 and 1884, by Daniel Howell Hise (until Daniel's sudden death in November 1878) and by his nephew / son-in-law (from January 1879 until the nephew's death in August 1884). The final volume, which ran from mid-September 1883 is missing. The rest have been transcribed and are available in PDF format on the Salem Public Library website. The introduction to the transcribed journals details the long work that went into making them available through the library. Click on the Hise Family Photos link to access family photographs. Next, click on the Hise Journals link to open the PDF document of approximately 1,400 pages of journal entries. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the journals.

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    Stories of Interest

    The Mystery of Gatineau's Abandoned Graves
    The Outaouais Genealogical Society is pushing the city of Gatineau to preserve abandoned graves, once in the country but now part of the growing city.

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    50% Off Notecards

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is happy to offer its newest notecards for an astounding 50% off! Beautiful images of actual heritage family documents from the NEHGS manuscripts collection adorn these full-color notecards. You’ll find yourself reaching for them again and again for thank you notes, a quick “hi” to cousins, genealogical inquiries, or stocking stuffers. These cards are in packets of eight (four each of two designs). Normally $8.50 per set, these sets are now $4.25 for a limited time. To order, visit

    Offer good until April 1, 2011, while supplies last. MA residents add 6.25% sales tax. Shipping costs will be adjusted depending on how many sets are ordered.

    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:

    • Scandinavian Immigrants in New York 1630-1674. with Appendices on Scandanavians in Mexico South America Cananda New York Plus Germans in New York (Item P5-NY0137H, $47.00)
    • New York [City] Directory from 1786 Prefaced by a General Description of New York by Noah Webster An Appendix of the Annals of New York City 1786. (Item P5-NY0216H, $29.50)
    • Ancestry of Rev. William Howe Whittemore Bolton Connecticut 1800 - Rye New York 1885 and of His Wife Maria Clark Whittemore. New York 1803 - Brooklyn 1886 (Item P4-S27387, $22.50)
    • Index of Wills For New York Co. (New York City) from 1662 to 1850. (item P5-NY0449H, $49.50)
    • Descendants of Claude Le Maitre who Came from France and Settled at New Netherlands Now New York in 1652 (item P4-H08025, $46.00)


    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

    Seminars and Tours

    Embracing the Power of Technology for Family History
    May 1, 2011
    The New England Historic Genealogical Society is proud to present, “Embracing the Power of Technology for Family History,” a special seminar with The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith.

    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, 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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    NEHGS Contact Information

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