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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 14, No. 2
    Whole #513
    January 12, 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.

    * Now Available from NEHGS: Descendants of John Mills
    * Congress Allows Charitable Gifts From IRAs
    * Research Recommendations: The Cambridge Room
    * New On
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Local History Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Great Migration Titles Extended
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Now Available from NEHGS: Descendants of John Mills

    Now available from NEHGS: Descendants of John Mills of Stamford, Connecticut by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG. An accomplished genealogist and author, Ullmann brings her keen eye to the descendants of John Mills, a shipwright of Stamford, Connecticut. Her interest in John Mills rose from her efforts to distinguish him from other Millses she has covered over the years. “Eventually it became clear that John was a newcomer to Stamford (the part that is now the town of Darien),” Ullmann writes, “and . . . it seems that he was probably, but unfortunately not certainly, a son of Robert Mills of York, Maine.” Many lines are traced forward into the early 20th century, often naming the children of daughters. For the most part, the men were shoemakers and trolley drivers, farmers, masons, and machinists, but a few became bankers and automobile dealers. Harriett (Mills) Merrill ran the Merrill Business College in Stamford. The book identifies many connections with other Fairfield County families.

    You can order Descendants of John Mills online at

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    Congress Allows Charitable Gifts From IRAs

    In the closing days of the last Congress, legislation was passed allowing charitable gifts to be made from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Retroactive to January 1, 2010, donors at least 70 ½ years of age may now make direct transfers of up to $100,000 from either traditional or Roth IRAs to NEHGS and have gifts count toward the minimum IRA distribution requirements. Icing on the cake for donors who take advantage of these gifts during January 2011, distributions may be used toward fulfilling 2010 as well as 2011 required IRA minimum distribution. Visit for more information.

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    Research Recommendations: The Cambridge Room
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The Cambridge Room in the public library for Cambridge, Massachusetts, houses the library’s archival and rare book collection. The collections focus on Cambridge history and include reference books, public documents published by the City of Cambridge, manuscripts, and photographs.

    The main library recently opened a major addition, and the Cambridge Room is temporarily closed to the public, but some of the collections are available online and in other areas of the library. The archivist also maintains The Cambridge Room, a wordpress blog, that talks about the collections and provides research assistance. Posts are made in several categories. You can search the site, or browse through the posts by category. Among the categories are:

    • “If This House Could Talk”
    • Baker Library
    • Cambridge Businesses
    • Cambridge Chronicle
    • Cambridge in the American Revolution
    • Cambridge Women’s History Day
    • Cambridgeport History Day
    • Famous Cantabrigians
    • On This Day in History
    • Preservation Tips
    • Tips for Researchers

    The preservation tips includes a valuable link to a Smithsonian Institute Archives video demonstrating how to remove photographs from self-stick albums.

    The research tips posts are very interesting. Browsing through them reveals book reviews, online resources, and events. One valuable resource profiled is the Zimmer Index. Compiled by Massachusetts State Librarians in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, it indexes current events of interest to citizens of the Commonwealth. Among the stories it indexes are obituaries, a valuable genealogical resource. Newspapers indexed include the Boston Advertiser, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Journal, Boston Post, Boston Transcript, Cambridge Chronicle, Dorchester Beacon, New York Post, New York Times, Somerville Journal, Springfield Republican, and the Worcester Telegram.

    The Cambridge Room is very interesting and informative, and a blog worth checking in on.

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    New on American

    New York, NY: Parish Register of All Saints' Church, 1824–1862
    This database is a digitized typescript of 10,000 parish register records including baptisms (1824–1862), marriages (1824–1862), burials (1837–1861), communicants (1837–1854), and confirmations (1838–1860). The Parish of All Saints', New York City, was organized May 27, 1824.

    The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 1–5
    Published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants since 1899, the Descendant is an essential source of information on many New England families, and its focus is not limited to those with Mayflower lineage. The journal includes transcriptions and abstracts of deeds, wills, vital records, and other original documents.

    New Englanders in Nova Scotia
    A database of 48,165 names from more than 650 families of New England Planters and Loyalists who settled in Nova Scotia beginning in 1759.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    JULIAN (m, sometimes f): A late derivative from an adjective describing the old Roman family, the Julii, which produced the first Caesars. In the Middle Ages St. Julian was patron saint of hunting.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey dealt with NEHGS education programs. The primary thing that respondents liked is the ability to research at leading repositories, with 75% indicating they enjoyed researching in leading respoitories. In a close second place with 72% are the consultations with expert staff. The piece that was enjoyed the least was group meals, with only 14% appreciating them. Full results are:

    The ability to research at a leading repository, 75%
    Consultations with expert staff, 72%
    Lectures from experts in the field, 55%
    Guest speakers/consultants who add to the expertise of NEHGS staff, 41%
    Networking opportunities with fellow genealogists, 37%
    Heritage aspects of a program that don't include research (local history tours, museums, etc.), 20%
    Group Meals, 14%

    This week’s survey asks about your online activities. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Local History Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Menomonie, seat of Dunn County, is a city in the western part of state of Wisconsin. Menomonie is home to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. Through its library and archives, the university has made a number of resources available on its website.

    Digital Collections

    Knapp Diaries
    This collection contains transcriptions of the diaries of John Holly Knapp, his wife Valeria, and his oldest son Henry. John Holly Knapp was a successful businessman in Menomonie. When he moved to the area in 1846 he purchased a half-interest in a sawmill, which grew to be one of the largest lumber companies in the world during the nineteenth century, Knapp, Stout & Co. The diaries are described as follows: “[They] cover the daily activities of his personal life as well as his participation in the management of the Knapp, Stout & Co., Company. Highlights include anything from fishing trips to his family's hasty evacuation from a hotel during the Great Chicago Fire.” The also discuss family members’ travels to Europe, the southern United States, and Asia. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view the diaries.

    Searchable Databases

    ARC Newspaper Index
    This database is an index to announcements of births, deaths, anniversaries, and probate notices from local newspapers in Dunn, Pepin, and Barron counties. It covers the period from 1862 through 1930. The index may be searched by name, last name followed by first name. The search may be narrowed by newspaper title chosen from a dropdown list. There are seventeen titles in the list. The data fields in the search results are name, publication, publication date, newspaper location, article title, notes, and cross-reference. It is not clear what the dates refer to in the newspaper location field. The information found in the notes field generally describes the type of record or event (i.e. birthday, death, probate notice, heirs of, etc.).

    County Court Records Index
    This database is an index to county records for Barron, Dunn and Pepin Counties for the period from about 1855 to 1955. The holdings indexed include circuit court records, county court records, probates, naturalizations and other county records, funeral records and indexes to biographies. The database may be searched by name. The search results are in the form of page images. Your information will be highlighted in bold on the page.

    Cemetery Indexes
    Dunn County Cemetery: This database contains information transcribed from headstones found in Dunn County cemeteries for the period from the 1850s to 1994. The database may be searched by last name, first name, and cemetery name. Please be advised that I did not find a comprehensive list of cemeteries on the website, which makes searching by cemetery name difficult. The data fields may include full name, death date, relationship (spouse of/child of), birth date, township, cemetery name, section, and notes.

    Evergreen Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery, located in Menomonie Township, is the largest in the county. Evergreen Cemetery was organized, in 1873, by Knapp, Stout & Co. The index contains all recorded burials from 1873 through 2003. The database may be searched by last name. The data fields may include any or all of the following: date of death, first name, last name, date of burial, cause of death, age at death, residency, marital status, place of birth, nation, mother’s name, father’s name, military status, where buried, final burial number, and book and page number.

    Name Index from History of Dunn County
    This database is a name index to the 1925 History of Dunn County. It was created by a University of Wisconsin-Stout student and placed on the web for local history researchers. You may search the database by last name, first name, and maiden name, which are the data fields in the search results. Click on the ‘Open Page?’ links that are in PDF format to view pages from the book that have been digitized and uploaded to the website.

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    Stories of Interest

    New Revelations About Slaves and Slave Trade
    Most students of American history understand that a dramatic re-peopling of North and South America began in the years after Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World. But they may not realize that it was Africa, not Europe, that formed the wellspring of this repopulation process.

    Family History Traced in 6,000 Photographs
    If the going rate on a picture still amounts to a thousand words, Mark McIlveen's collection of family images would produce a six-million-word tome that would make War and Peace look like a pocket novel.

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    Sale on Great Migration Titles Extended

    The Great Migration sale is so popular that we have extended it for an additional week. Everyone saves 20% off all Great Migration volumes, including: The Great Migration Begins, 1620–1633; The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–35; The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620–1633; The Great Migration Newsletters, Volumes 1–15 and Volumes 11–15. Prices good until January 19, 2011, while supplies last. To order, visit our online store.

    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:

    • Certain Members of the Lord Family who Settled in New York City in the Early 1800s: Descendants of Thomas Lord of Hartford Connecticut (Item P4-S18231, $18.00)
    • The Hollands of Paulding Co. (Georgia) 1800-1966 (Item P4-S14745, $13.00)
    • Heckeman Family (1729-1990) Including the Johann Adam Swank (1800-1990) Families [with Related Families] (Item P4-S13986, $134.50)
    • Early Connecticut Marriages as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (Item P5-CT0230H, $59.00)
    • Contributions For the Genealogies of the First Settlers of the Ancient County of Albany, New York, from 1630 to 1800 (Item P5-NY0016S, $18.50

    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 .


    Dom's, An Odyssey
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
    Join NEHGS as we welcome guest speaker Dom Capossela, who will discuss his recent book. Dom's, An Odyssey is a story of immigrants. All Americans are immigrants whose traditions and culture influenced the course of their assimilation and impacted their descendants. Through the lens of the Italian immigration, a wild Rock and Roll party, and a tour of Boston's 1950s North End, Dom takes us on a voyage of discovery which reminds us that no matter how you season your dish, we have all eaten at the immigrant's table.

    About the Speaker
    Dom was born in Boston’s North End in 1940. He earned his B.S. in Political Science from Boston University and his J.D. from Boston College Law School. 1969 marked Dom’s admission to the Massachusetts Bar, and the opening of Dom’s – an upscale Italian restaurant.

    New Visitor and Welcome Tour
    February 2, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
    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 Newbury Street in Boston.

    Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America
    February 23, 2011
    Benjamin L. Carp, Associate Professor of History at Tufts University, will discuss his recent book, Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America. Professor Carp did some of his research at NEHGS. He is looking forward to discussing, in particular, the vexing problem of verifying the identities of the men who destroyed the tea in Boston harbor.

    Seminars and Tours

    Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research
    Saturdays, January 22– May 7
    Developed in collaboration with nationally-recognized experts, the Certificate in Genealogical Research is ideal for those who wish to develop the knowledge and skills essential to conducting quality genealogical assignments. Offered on Saturdays over a 14-week period, the program provides hands-on training in basic genealogical principles, techniques, and core competencies, and leads to a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.
    NEHGS members receive a 10% tuition discount.

    Weekend Research Getaway – Effective Use of Technology
    January 27–29, 2011
    NEHGS Weekend Research Getaways combine personal, guided research at the NEHGS Research Library with themed educational lectures to create a unique experience for every participant. Personal consultations with NEHGS genealogists throughout the program allow visitors to explore their own genealogical projects, under the guiding hand of the nation’s leading family history experts.

    Our Winter Research Getaway, “Effective Use of Technology,” offers a variety of lectures surrounding “best practices” in using technology including researching online, software, and other topics relevant to any genealogist.

    London Heritage Long Weekend
    February 22–28, 2011
    Discover the rich heritage of London with NEHGS in February 2011. This unique long weekend will feature memorable events led by renowned scholars George Redmonds and John Titford, including talks, a guided tour of historic London churches, a visit to the College of Arms, optional side visits, special guests, and dinner at an exclusive private club. The weekend also includes up to three full days at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! — the largest family history event in the world. Space is extremely limited.

    In addition to events, the NEHGS English Heritage Long Weekend includes six nights lodging at the Hilton London Kensington Hotel, located at 179–199 Holland Park Avenue, London, daily coach service, and daily English breakfast for five days, and two additional group meals. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Hilton London Kensington Hotel and optional activities and all other meals not included in scheduled tour events.

    Washington D.C. Research Tour
    March 6–13, 2011
    Research in the repositories of the nation’s capital with NEHGS as we return to Washington, D.C. Researchers will visit the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, Library of Congress (LOC), and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) during this intensive week of guided research, individual consultations, lectures, and group meal events. Featured consultants include Henry B. Hoff, David A. Lambert, and Rhonda R. McClure.

    NEHGS/TIARA Irish Seminar
    March 19, 2011
    Join NEHGS and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) for a day-long seminar relating to Irish genealogy and family history. Speakers include Marie Daly, Janis Duffy, Judy Lucey, Eileen O’Duill, and Sean O’Duill who will each address topics relating to Irish records, methodologies, and strategies.
    Pre-Registration Required, $18.

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