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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 14, No. 17
    Whole #528
    April 27, 2011
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault
    dailygenealogist@nehgs.org

    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.

    Contents:
    * NEHGS Annual Dinner Honors Ken Burns
    * NEHGS and the Royal Wedding
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Checking Your Notes
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Monmouth County, New Jersey Online Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Books from the Photo Detective
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

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    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 his new documentary on Prohibition 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 in 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 at www.AmericanAncestors.org/dinner or call 617-226-1215 for more information. Benefits of the dinner will support the New Façade and Entryway at NEHGS.

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    NEHGS and the Royal Wedding

    Media Coverage
    NEHGS has enjoyed welcome attention in the media in the weeks since the publication of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton, an account of the royal bride’s ancestry and her American and British kin, written by the late William Addams Reitwiesner, edited by NEHGS staff members Christopher Challender Child and Scott Campbell Steward, and with a foreword by Gary Boyd Roberts.

    Beginning with several mentions on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and D. Brenton Simons’ interview with Jim Boulden on CNN in London, the Society’s expertise in modern-day British research – as well as its role in publishing the second of two books on the ancestry of the next generation of the British royal family – has interested media outlets around the world. In addition to mention in The New York Times, People and Time magazines, The Huffington Post, and CBC Canadian News, the editors have appeared on BBC America and Inside Edition; Boston-area channels 5 and 7 have or will run interviews in the days leading up to the wedding on Friday, April 29.

    Book Signing in Boston
    During the afternoon of April 29, the book’s editors will take part in an event at Boston’s Old State House (206 Washington Street). They will speak about the genesis of the book and sign copies; with the staff of the Bostonian Society, they will host royal-themed games and activities, watch a rebroadcast of the ceremony, sign an official wedding register, and raise a toast to the royal couple. This event lasts from 12 noon until 2 p.m.; admission to the Old State House will be free during this period. The NEHGS presentation will last from about 12:15 until 12:45; at 1 p.m., local dignitaries will offer toasts and proclamations.

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Checking Your Notes
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    As genealogists, we all know how important it is to use proper source citations for every statement of fact that is not generally known. Footnotes are the preferred method of citing sources because the information appears on the same page as the fact, and does not require paging back and forth to endnotes. Short citations are the proper way of citing a single work multiple times.

    In my book on the Franklin family, all references use short citations. A bibliography in the back of the book provides the full publication information. Each entry in the bibliography is numbered, and the source citations in the body of the text cross-reference to the numbers in the bibliography. Because there are literally thousands of citations, I chose to renumber footnotes with every chapter.

    Prior to publication, it is important to copyedit and proof all of your notes. As you are reading through the text you should review a note whenever you find the footnote indicator. Read through and make certain that this is the correct citation for that fact. Correct any obvious typographical errors or logic errors (such as a citation to a page range of 62–43).

    Next you should review the bibliography. Scan through to ensure that all entries are in alphabetical order. Again correct any typographical errors, and query any that you need to double-check.

    Once you have made all of your corrections, review the manuscript again to ensure that you did not accidentally omit any changes.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    POLYXENA (f): Greek poly- ‘many’ + xenia 'hospitality.' In the Iliad, Polyxenia was a younger daughter of Priam, King of Troy, and his wife Hecuba; she was promised to Achilles. After the fall of Troy, she was sacrificed to his memory by the victorious Greeks. In American usage this name may be disguised as “Polly Sena” or “Polly S.”

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about lineage societies. 56% of respondents are eligible for membership in a lineage society, but have not yet joined. Only 3% are members of a lineage society based on an ancestor's occupation (e.g., Flagon and Trencher). Whether eligible or not, 15% of respondents are not interested in lineage societies. The full results are:

    • 56%, I am eligible to be a member of a lineage society, but have not yet joined.
    • 25%, I am a member of a lineage society based on an ancestor's military service (e.g., DAR, Society of Colinial Wars).
    • 16%, I am a member of a lineage society based on an ancestor's immigration (e.g., Society of Mayflower Descendants, Piscataqua Pioneers).
    • 15%, Whether I am eligible or not, I am not interested in lineage societies.
    • 10%, I am not eligible for any lineage societies of which I am aware.
    • 10%, I am a member of a lineage society based on other criteria.
    • 9%, I am a member of a lineage society based on descent from a single ancestor (e.g., Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the USA).
    • 5%, I am a member of a lineage society based on an ancestor's ethnic heritage (e.g., St. Andrew's Society, North American Manx Association).
    • 3%, I am a member of a lineage society based on an ancestor's occupation (e.g., Flagon and Trencher).

    This week’s survey is for those with ancestors in the Mountain Plains states. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Monmouth County, New Jersey Online Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Monmouth County Archives, New Jersey

    Monmouth County is the northernmost county on the Jersey Shore. Freehold Borough is its county seat. A number of searchable online indexes can be found on the Monmouth County Archives website. The Archives developed this collection in conjunction with the Monmouth County Information Services Department. For most of the indexes there is a Select link at the end of the record on which you can click to request a copy of the record. The indexes include:

    Naturalizations 1804 – 1906
    This index can be searched by last name and first name. The data fields are last name, first name, application date, year granted, number, note and file number.

    Coroner Inquests 1786 – 1915
    This index can be searched by last name and first name. The data fields include last name, first name, town, date, year, cause, and comments.

    Illegitimate Children 1734 – 1897
    This database can be searched by mother’s last name and father’s last name. The data fields in the search results are mother, father, child, birth date, complaint date, and town. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically.

    Tavern Applications 1736 – 1919
    The index can be searched by name of the owner. Many of the data field names in the search results have been abbreviated and are unclear, but the data is generally self-explanatory. Copies of the tavern applications are only available onsite.

    Marriages 1790 – 1890
    This database can be searched by husband’s last name and wife’s maiden name. The data fields in the search results are husband last name, wife last name, location, marriage date, performed by, and box. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically.

    Insolvent Debtors 1755 – 1898
    This index can be searched by last name and first name. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, term, year, date, and notes. As noted on the website, these records do not contain the names of other family members. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically.

    Overseers of the Poor 1754 – 1911
    The data fields include name of individual, town, and year. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically.

    Name Changes 1887 – 1947
    This database can be searched by old name and by new name. The data fields in the search results include old name, new name, year, docket number, and notes. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically.

    Monmouth County’s Open Public Records Search System (OPRS)

    Monmouth County’s OPRS provides electronic access to “all records deemed 'permanent and public' by the New Jersey Department of Archives and Records Management (NJDARM) . . .” Select the database that you would like to search from the dropdown list on the homepage. Databases in this collection are:

    1875 Census Information
    To search this database you can select a town and/or a category name from the dropdown list. You can also enter a person’s name. The data fields in the search results are town name, category, person name and page number. There is also a link to a page image file, which is PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

    ABC Book
    The ABC Book is a deed book, supposedly covering the period from 1665 to 1696, but the earliest deed from 1669. Even though this volume is called a deed book, it also contains records of court cases, jury appointments, marriages, arrest warrants, and more. Click on the Search button to browse the individual pages of the book. Select a page to view and click on the View Selected button. Click on the Get Image button to view the document image.

    Civil War Bounty Pay
    This database does not appear to be functioning. Searches yield blank pages.

    Civil War Muster Lists
    This database contains images of Civil War muster lists for the years 1861 – 1866. Select the year you would like to view from the drop down list and then click Search. This will open a new page with lists for the various years. The data fields in the search results include year, month, and regiment. Select a file to view and click on the View Selected button. Click on the Get Image button to view the document images. Move through the multipage image files by clicking on the page numbers.

    Common Pleas 1810-1817
    This database can be searched by defendant last name (mandatory) and first name and plaintiff last name and first name. You can limit the search by the plaintiff’s town. The data fields include the search fields named above plus a comments field. Select a file to view and click on the View Selected button. Click on the Get Image button to view the document images. Move through the multipage image files by clicking on the page numbers.

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    Stories of Interest

    Last in the Line of Succesion, Ms. Vogel is Glad She isn’t Queen
    The Wall Street Journal tracked down Karin Vogel in Germany. Thanks to her descent from Sophia of Hanover, she will become Queen of Great Britain if 4,972 people die before her.

    On the Job: Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, Certified Genealogist, Kimmitt Genealogical Research
    Readers of the Worcester Telegram got insight into the world of family history when professional genealogist and NEHGS member Polly Kimmitt was profiled recently.

    Phoebe’s Quilt in the News
    Lift Up Your Hearts! blogger Linda Wightman talks about Phoebe’s Quilt, a family quilt owned by her cousin that was likely created as a wedding present in 1849.

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    Sale on Books from the Photo Detective

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is offering 20% off on 4 Titles by Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective.

    Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album (Normally $24.99, On Sale for $19.99)

    Preserving Your Family Photographs (Normally $24.99, On Sale for $19.99)

    The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation (Normally $45.00, On Sale for $36.00)

    Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles, 1840-1900 (Normally $19.95, On Sale for $15.96)

    Prices do not include shipping. Massachusetts residents add 6.25% sales tax. Prices good until May 4th, 2011, while supplies last. You can also order by telephone at 617-226-1212.

    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:

    • Records of the Town of Tisbury, Massachusetts, Beginning June 29 1669 and Ending May 16 1864 (Item P5-MA0500H, $87.00)
    • Records of the First Church at Dorchester, Massachusetts, in New England 1636-1734. (Item P5-MA0526S, $27.50)
    • Richmond Co., Virginia, Wills. 1699-1800. (Item P5-VA0034S, $22.00)
    • Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760-1800 (Item P5-ME0256H, $47.00)
    • Old Houses of the Ancient Town of Norwich, Connecticut, 1660-1800. with Maps (item P5-CT0105H, $67.00)

    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 sales@nehgs.org.

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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 jtaylor@nehgs.org.

    You can view a full listing of upcoming programs at AmericanAncestors.org/events.

    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, 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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