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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 14, No. 19
    Whole #530
    May 11, 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 Spring 2011 Issue of American Ancestors
    * Research Recommendations: The Genealogy Guys
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: East Texas Research Center (ETRC) of the Stephen F. Austin State University Library
    * Stories of Interest
    * New Titles from NEHGS Books
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Coming Soon in the Spring 2011 Issue of American Ancestors

    The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine Now Online
    by Aaron Goodwin

    A Genealogist’s Guide to Seventh Day Baptists
    by Shellee A. Morehead, Ph.D.

    John Winthrop, Jr., and the Alchemy of Colonial Settlement
    by Walter W. Woodward

    A Light in the Window: The Story of Rev. E. W. Dunbar (1823–1893)
    Sherill Baldwin

    Letters to Jackie: Locating Correspondents through Historical and Genealogical Research
    by Ellen Fitzpatrick and Sarah Thorson Little

    A Royal Wedding and Significant Birthdays
    Gary Boyd Roberts

    Smashing a Brick Wall — And Uncovering the History of Jean Papineau
    by Oliver Popenoe

    Also in this issue:

    • Genetics & Genealogy: Autosomal DNA Testing: A Genealogical Breakthrough
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: Women in the NEHGS Archives: Two Pioneers in American Genealogy
    • Letters at NEHGS: Letter from George Phillips to John Winthrop, Jr., ca. 1676
    • Tales from the Courthouse: Wounded “With the Poynt of an Ax”: A Colonial Crime
    • Focus on New York: Tracing the Origins of New Netherlanders in Continental Europe
    • And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, notices of family association events, genealogies in progress, and DNA studies in progress.

    Subscription to American Ancestors is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447.

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    Research Recommendations: The Genealogy Guys
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Podcasts are an interesting way to learn more about sources, methodology, and what’s new in the field. The longest running podcast in genealogy is run by the Genealogy Guys, Drew Smith and George Morgan. Drew and George are longtime genealogists and both currently serve on the board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. I have had the pleasure of knowing them for many years, and find their podcasts to be friendly, and full of valuable discussions and news.

    They are always interesting and informative. Recent podcasts have included new of a new live radio program from the Federation of Genealogical Societies, a review of the new genealogy-specific search engine, and an interview with Audrey Collins, Family History Specialist at The National Archives of England and the United Kingdom.

    George and Drew were in Boston for an NEHGS education program the weekend of the Society’s annual meeting. That Saturday they recorded a podcast before a live audience, answering questions and talking to people in the audience, including myself and D. Joshua Taylor. You can listen to that podcast, and previous podcasts, at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ALEXANDER (m): The Latinized form of Greek ALEXANDROS (an alternate name of Paris, Prince of Troy). The name owes its popularity, however, to the brilliant Alexander II the Great, King of Macedon (356-323 B.C., ruled from 336), who conquered most of the then-known world in 13 years.

    ZANDER (m): Phonetic nickname for ALEXANDER.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about social media websites. 56% of respondents have a Facebook page, but only 4% follow Twitter. 5% don't tweet or have a Facebook page, but do use other social media websites. 40% of respondents do not use any social media websites.

    This week’s survey is the final follow-up survey for our state interests survey. It applies only to those who have research interests in the West and Pacific areas of the country. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: East Texas Research Center (ETRC) of the Stephen F. Austin State University Library
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The East Texas Research Center (ETRC) "collects, preserves, and provides physical and virtual access to East Texas’ unique cultural history.” Many of the resources here are, in fact, finding aids to the Center’s collections. Some of the collections have been digitized. Click on the name links to access them.


    The ETRC has more than 800 hand-drawn, photocopied, and printed maps in its collection. The maps are primarily of counties, towns, and cities in east Texas. Click on the ETRC Map Collection link to open a new page containing 128 digitized images of the maps in the collection, which are available for viewing online. The collection includes plat maps, highway maps, and state maps from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

    External links to Texas General Land Office, with its collection of more than 10,000 maps from as early as the 1820s, and the Historic Maps of Texas collection of the Texas State Archives have been provided. There is also a link to the Digital Sanborn Maps, which was not functioning when I visited the site.

    The ETRC’s on-site holdings include an obituary index for the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel newspaper obituary index for the period from 1971 to the present. Currently, there is an online alphabetical index for the newspaper for the period from 2003 to 2005. The data fields include name, first notice date and page number, and second date and page number.

    There are a number of digital image exhibits related to Nacogdoches’ history that can be accessed under the Exhibits section. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

    ETRC in Digital Archives & Collections
    Community in Digital Archives & Collections
    Click on either of the Digital Archives & Collections links to open a page where you can access a number of digital collections using the drop down list. The following are a few of them.

    The Community and East Texas Research Center collections together contain approximately 1,500 images. Here you will find an 1801 Indentured Servant Contract, images of a variety of different types of currency, school yearbooks, financial records, photographs, and more.

    Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors
    This collection contains digitized funeral registers for the above named funeral home for the period from 1904 through 1952.

    Oral History Collection
    This collection contains audiotaped interviews with thirteen individuals from East Texas. Topics covered include war related experiences at home and abroad (World War I and World War II) and the experiences of teachers and students in local schools. Click on the thumbnail image at the left of the page to listen to the recording. Under Collections in the ETRC main page you will find a link to an inventory of all of the oral histories in the center’s collection by subject and by name of the interviewee.

    Oak Grove Cemetery
    Go back to the main page to access the Oak Grove Cemetery exhibit. Oak Grove Cemetery is an early Nacogdoches cemetery. You will find a history of the cemetery and an interactive map with photographs of historic graves. Photographs of the gravestones of signers of Texas Independence and historic people buried there are also included.

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    Stories of Interest

    Genealogical Research Takes Paw Paw Woman Around the World in Search of Family History
    NEHGS Trustee Judith Halseth was recently profiled in the Kalamazoo Gazette regarding the genealogical research that has taken her to Ireland, England, and Scotland to find her family.

    Inventing a Genealogy for the Digital Age
    After the death of his father, information designer Nicholas Felton created a unique tribute to his father using the information and objects he left behind to create a visual synopsis of his life.

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    New Titles from NEHGS Books

    Manuscripts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, First Comprehensive Edition
    edited by Timothy G.X. Salls and Judith Lucey

    New York Probate Records: A Genealogist's Guide to Testate and Intestate Records, Second Edition
    by Gordon L. Remington

    For a full description or to purchase any of these titles, simply click on the above links or call toll free at 1-888-296-3447. NEHGS members will receive a 10% discount on these two titles. To receive a coupon code to get the NEHGS member discount, please send an email to

    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:

    • Biographical Sketch of Samuel Rowell and Notices of Some of His Descendants with A Genealogy for Seven Generations 1754-1898 (Item P4-H22773, $44.50)
    • Seven Generations Descendants of Alexander Harroun of Colrain Massachusetts 1691-1784 (Item P4-H13503, $41.00)
    • Winders of America John of New York 1674-5; Thomas of New Jersey 1703-34; John of Maryland 1665-98 (Item P4-S27774, $19.50)
    • Leconte History and Genealogy with Particular Reference to Guillaume Leconte of New Rochelle and New York and His Descendants (2 volumes) (Item P4-H17640, $171.00)
    • Descendants of the Earle and Morris Families of New York and New Jersey (Item P4-H09201, $25.50)

    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

    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.

    London Research Tour
    September 25 – October 2, 2011
    Discover the wealth of information available in London's repositories as NEHGS returns to London in 2011. Participants will take part in two group dinners, consultations, and guided research through the Society of Genealogists (SOG) and the National Archives (UK). Daily educational activities include lectures and tours by the experts at the National Archives (UK), SOG, and NEHGS. Featured NEHGS experts include David C. Dearborn and Christopher C. Child.

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