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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 14, No. 15
    Whole #526
    April 13, 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 Annual Dinner Honors Ken Burns
    * Research Recommendations: The Last Full Measure of Devotion
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Indiana Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    NEHGS Annual Dinner Honors Ken Burns

    The 2011 NEHGS Annual Dinner will be held on April 29 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. Among other special guests and events planned for the occasion, we will honor Emmy award winning filmmaker Ken Burns with a lifetime achievement award. Burns is best known for his series The Civil War, Baseball, and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. A brief retrospective of his past work and a preview of a new documentary of Prohibition he is working on will be shown at the dinner, along with the premiere of a special film on American genealogy and NEHGS, “A Farseeing Vision: Connecting Families, Advancing History.” As has been the tradition the last few years, we will present Ken Burns with a fully researched, custom-bound family history.

    To sign up for the dinner, kindly register by April 21 at or call 617-226-1215 for more information. Benefits of the dinner will support the New Facade and Entryway at NEHGS.

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    Research Recommendations: The Last Full Measure of Devotion
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    One hundred and fifty years ago this week, the American Civil War started with the first shots fired on Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. More Americans were killed in the five-year conflict than in World War I and World War II combined. As the sesquicentennial arrives, memorials and remembrances abound in newspapers, magazines, television, and, of course, the internet. This week I would like to give you five free websites that you can use to research your Civil War ancestor.

    The African American Civil War Museum
    The Museum, founded in 1997, has an extensive collection of photographs, documents, and information to help us understand the contributions made by African Americans in the conflict. While the site itself does not have a large number of records, there is a resources tab to direct people to other organizations that do have records, online and off.

    The American Civil War Home Page
    Dick “Shotgun” Weeks first published this site in 1997. It contains a number of links to assist your research. Many of these links will assist you in understanding what your Civil War soldier or sailor ancestor may have gone through. Among the links are: Civil War Battles, Civil War Biographies, Civil War Medicine, Fox’s Regimental Losses, Letters About the War, and The Armies.

    The Civil War Home Page
    Not to be confused with the site above, this is one of several sites owned and managed by Michael Frosch. This site is rich with information, official records, images, and more. There is an entire section with information on reenactors as well as images from personal collections of soldiers who served on both sides of the war.

    Civil War Rosters
    This site is now run by Chuck Ewing. Although it hasn’t been updated in awhile, it does have valuable links to online rosters of various units that served in the war from the forty-four states and territories involved in the conflict. There are special links to the US Colored Troops, Civil War Monuments, Prisons, and others.

    Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
    This site, run by the National Parks Service, contains the names of 6.3 million soldiers and sailors compiled by the NPS and its partners over several years. In addition to those who served, you can get information on those who received the Medal of Honor, or who may have been imprisoned at Fort McHenry or the notorious Andersonville Prison. You can also find information on regiments that served during the war, and a listing of all soldiers who served in that unit.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    LIVY/LIVIUS (m): Roman historian of the early Roman Republic.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey was part of our ongoing series about geographic interests. It focused on those who had interests in the South Central States. Kentucky was number one with 55%. Mississippi came in last at 16%. Full results are :

    • 55%, Kentucky
    • 44%, Tennessee
    • 41%, Texas
    • 27%, Oklahoma
    • 22%, Alabama
    • 21%, Arkansas
    • 19%, Louisiana
    • 16%, Mississippi

    This week’s survey asks about whether or not you use an iPad for your genealogical research. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Indiana Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Noble County Genealogical Society

    Albion is the seat of Noble County, located in northeast Indiana. The Society was formed in 1982 “to further the interest in genealogy and family history among the county citizens, and to make Noble County history available to all.” To that end, they have made resources available online. These include:

    Birth Records Index 1882 – 1902 in Noble County, Indiana
    Click on the Birth Records link in the contents list to access them. The records in this online index are for the period from 1882 through 1893 and 1898 through 1902. Each index is an alphabetical surname list by year. While it does have limited usefulness because given names have not been included, there is an email address link so that you can contact the individuals who prepared the index with questions and to request more information.

    Noble County Newspapers
    Click on the Newspaper Clippings link in the contents list to access them a database containing transcriptions of articles appearing in various Noble County newspapers. The transcribed clippings are from forty random years between 1877 and 1977. Many of the items are obituaries and death notices. Other items detail events taking place in Noble County.

    Schools of Noble County
    There are a number of databases related to the schools of Noble County and their graduates. Click on the Schools link in the contents list to access them. They include lists of graduates of one room schools in Noble County and other area schools, enumerations for schools in Elkhart, Indiana, for 1897, and lists of graduates, and 1904 Rice Public School District No. 2 (Elkhart Township) souvenir that belonged to Mary Cathrine (Smith) Sutton.

    Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society (TIPCOA)

    Tippecanoe County is located in the northwest quarter of the state. The Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society (TIPCOA) has made some resources available on its website, including:

    Cemetery Indexes
    Tippecanoe County started keeping vital records in 1882. The Tippecanoe County Death Index covers the period from 1882 through 1920. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) originally created this index. A column with the cemetery name has been added to the index. The data fields include surname, given name, color, age, month, day, year, where they died, book and page number, veteran status and cemetery name. The deceased’s given name is an active link when there is a record and photograph on the Find a Grave website.

    Tippecanoe County Revolutionary War Soldiers
    This page contains an alphabetical list of some Revolutionary War soldiers from Tippecanoe County. Click on the name link to view a biographical sketch. This section is a work in progress. According to the website additional profiles will be added.

    Early Churches of Tippecanoe County
    This section contains a table with information about early county churches. It has been organized by township. The data fields in the database include denomination, church name & photographs, origin date & location, early founders, significant events and schools, building locations, and address & possible records available. A bibliography noting sources of materials used to compile the lists has also been provided.

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    Stories of Interest

    Ruling Spurs Effort to Form Digital Public Library
    The blow dealt by a federal judge in New York to Google’s plan to build the largest digital library in the world has stimulated those behind the Digital Public Library of America.

    Look, There’s Tiggy Legge-Bourke and Edward Innes-Ker! discusses the practice of name hyphenation in the U.K.

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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:

    • John Rockwell of Stamford Connecticut 1641 and Ralph Keeler of Hartford Connecticut 1639 (Item P35010000, $96.00)
    • Newberry Family of Windsor Connecticut in the Line of Clarinda (Newberry) Goodwin of Hartford Connecticut 1634-1866 (Item P4-H20148, $25.50)
    • Vital Records of Norwich Connecticut 1659-1848 (Item P26520700, $175.00)
    • Ye Ancient Buriall Place of New London Connecticut (Item P26520400, $37.00)
    • Thomas Barnes (C.1615-1689/90) of Hartford and Farmington Connecticut (Item P4-H01755, $29.00)

    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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