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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 14, No. 18
    Whole #529
    May 4, 2011
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

    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.

    * Coming Soon in the April 2011 Issue of the Register
    * Research Recommendations: Outdated Terminology
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: North Dakota State University – Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints Catalog
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Coming Soon in the April 2011 Issue of the Register

    The Banisters of Oxfordshire, Boston, and Newport, with a Royal Descent for Frances Walker, Wife of Thomas2 Banister
    by Nathaniel Lane Taylor and Michael Andrews-Reading

    Hart–Cassidy Migration from the Parish of Kilmovee, County Mayo, to Fall River, Massachusetts
    by Michael F. Dwyer

    Rebecca (Hollister) (Goslee) (Buel) Hitchcock, Third Wife of John Hitchcock of New Milford and Kent, Connecticut
    by Eben W. Graves

    Pyle Connections
    by Jane Fletcher Fiske

    Philip and Hannah (Winslow) Priestley of Gloucester, Massachusetts
    by Ernest Hyde Helliwell III and John Bradley Arthaud

    George1 Barrell, Emigrant to Boston in 1638, and His Children and Grandchildren
    by Jonathan A. Shaw (concluded from 165:14)

    Some Employees and Suppliers of Services to Thomas Fayerweather of Boston and Cambridge, 1753–1802
    by Eric G. Grundset (concluded from 165:76)

    Reviews of Books

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    Research Recommendations: Outdated Terminology
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Genealogists face a constant influx of records from a different era with outdated language and terminology. When faced with evidence that your ancestor’s occupation dealt with dealbation, where would you turn next? Or if a diary states that your ancestress was fond of diet-drink, was she perpetually trying to lose weight?

    The best place to find definitions of such terms is to locate a dictionary from the time and place where your ancestor lived, and read the definition. Remember that word definitions change over time, or by location (just ask a New Englander for Sweet Tea) so it is important to keep as close as possible to the time and place. The Internet Archive is a great place to find these dictionaries online. Libraries and archives will often have physical books as well. NEHGS has numerous dictionaries dating back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

    For the record, dealbation concerns whitening, bleaching, or blanching. And diet-drink is a drink prescribed and prepared for medical purposes.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ANTOINETTE (f): A French diminutive form of a Roman family name, Antonius. The fate of Marie Antoinette (1756–1793, born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, Archduchess of Austria), Queen of France, excited pity and horror in the English-speaking world.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey was a continuation of our series on state research interests. This survey was for those who have interests in the Mountain Plains region of the U.S. Colorado was the top state, with 48% of respondents having interests there. The state in this area with the least interest was Nevada, with just 13%. Full results are:

    • 48%, Colorado
    • 32%, Montana
    • 29%, Idaho
    • 24%, Arizona
    • 21%, Utah
    • 16%, Wyoming
    • 14%, New Mexico
    • 13%, Nevada

    This week’s survey concerns Facebook and Twitter. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: North Dakota State University – Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    North Dakota State University – Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives

    The NDSU Institute for Regional Studies “collects, preserves and makes accessible unique and rare historical materials that provide resources for the study of North Dakota and the region.” Click on the Databases & Indexes link in the contents list to access a number of useful resources, some of which are described below. Many of the databases are related to Cass County, located in the southeastern part of the state.

    Databases and Indexes

    Cass County, N.D. Divorce & Civil Cases Records
    This database indexes civil and divorce case files for Cass County for the period from the 1870s through 1942. It includes more than 3,300 records. You can search the index by plaintiffs and defendants, attorneys only, or attorneys, plaintiffs and defendants. Searches can be limited by type (divorce or all cases) and by year. The data fields include the plaintiff’s name and attorney’s name, defendant’s name and attorney’s name, dates of proceedings, case number and case notes.

    Cass County, N.D. Marriage Licenses
    This index can be searched by last name and first name of the bride or groom. While it covers the period from the early 1870s through July 1944, you should note that marriage licenses were not required until 1887. The data fields in the results returned include groom’s full name, bride’s full name, marriage date, license number, and note.

    Cass County, N.D. Probate Records (1876-1949)
    This index can be searched by last name and first name. It covers the period from 1876 through 1949. The data fields in the results returned include name, case number, and notes. The notes field may contain information such as death date, place of death, place of residence, and types of documents in the file.

    Dakota Territory 1885 Census
    The census database project, under the leadership of the Institute, indexed all of the original Dakota Territory 1885 Census schedules for the counties that make up the state of North Dakota. The database contains more than 150,000 names. You can search it by last name, first name, nativity, and county and browse by occupation. The data fields include name, age, relation, occupation, nativity, address, city, enumeration district, and county. The name field is an active link. Click on it to view a transcription of the page on which the individual appeared.

    Fargo Forum Obituary Index
    This database covers the following periods: October 1892 to 1909 and from November 1982 to 1995, with partial indexing for other years. The index currently contains more than 70,000 names, with records being added on a regular basis. The database can be searched by last name, first name, city, and publication date. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, age, city, state, publication date, page, paper, and comments.

    North Dakota Naturalization Records Index
    This index was compiled at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. It has been made available as a searchable database on the Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives website. The index contains more than 200,000 names. The database can be searched by last name, first name, country of origin, and county. The data fields include last name, first name, country, papers (1st or 2nd), date, county, volume, page, and comments.

    For many of the databases described above, you can click on the link to the information page to learn more about the resource and how to order copies of records.

    Digital Collections
    Click on the Digital Collections link in the contents list to access the digital resources. The digital collections at the Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives include the Cal Olson Photograph Collection, H.L. Bolley Photograph Collection, and Fargo Public Library Photograph Collection, among many others. In addition, there is an oral history collection that might be of interest to family history researchers, North Dakota Voices from the Past. You can browse through the collection or search for a particular individual or topic. All of the digital collections can be accessed from this page, as well.

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    Stories of Interest

    U.S. Holocaust Museum to put Records Online
    The museum has teamed up with to create, a website dedicated to information on Jews and other victims of the Holocaust.

    Bartow Storm Destroys Homes and Family History
    The recent string of storms that barreled through the South have taken a huge toll. This sad story is a reminder for all genealogists to keep multiple copies of everything in different locations.

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    Classic Reprints Catalog

    Now available from the Bookstore at NEHGS, our Classic Reprints Catalog.
    More than 12,000 classic reprints available! Expand your research through a wide variety of library-quality reprints of rare and out-of-print books, including:

    • Genealogies
    • Family histories
    • Biographies
    • Local histories for the entire United States,
    • Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, and more

    Whether or not you order a reprint, this title should be on your shelf! The book comes with a coupon for $12.95 off your first classic reprints purchase of $25 or more. Order now online at or call toll free at 1-888-296-3447.

    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 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

    Public Lectures

    New Visitor and Welcome Tour
    Saturday, May 7, 2011, 10:00AM
    Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting at first. There is so much information found in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for both members and non-members. This talk introduces you to the NEHGS research library, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston. Free and open to the public (no registration necessary).

    Using American
    Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 10:00AM
    NEHGS recently launched its new website, It is full of new features, tools, resources, and content that highlights NEHGS’ growing national expertise in genealogy and family history. We now have more than 135 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. We invite you to attend this free lecture to learn more about this incredible online resource.

    The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of American Culture
    Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 6:00PM
    Join NEHGS as we welcome author Joshua C. Kendall who will speak about his recent book, The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture. Joshua C. Kendall is an award-winning freelance journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, BusinessWeek, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Free and open to the public (no registration necessary).

    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 13–17, 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. Limited spaces available.

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