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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 14, No. 23
    Whole #534
    June 8, 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.

    * Visit NEHGS in Burbank, California
    * Research Recommendations: The NEW Cyndi's List
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Special Collections, Thomas Tredway Library, Augustana College, Illinois
    * Stories of Interest
    * Discount on Great Migration Titles
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Visit NEHGS in Burbank, California

    Join NEHGS staff members, volunteers, and friends at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree in Burbank, CA, June 10-12, 2011, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Browse new NEHGS publications for sale, chat with Brenton Simons (President and CEO), David Allen Lambert (Online Genealogist), Gary Boyd Roberts (Senior Research Scholar Emeritus), Tom Champoux, and Kelly McCoulf at the NEHGS booth in the Jamboree exhibition hall, bring your charts and discuss your ancestry, and attend informative NEHGS lectures. For information on how to register, please visit

    NEHGS events at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree:

    NEHGS book sale and genealogical consultations
    (Exhibition hall) Fri, June 10 12p.m.-7 p.m. NEHGS staff/volunteers
    Sat, June 11 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Sun, June 12 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

    “Using” Fri, June 10 3-4 p.m. David Allen Lambert

    “Researching your Union Civil War Ancestors” Sat, June 11 11:30-12:30 p.m. David Allen Lambert

    “Tales from the Reference Desk: Comical Stories …” Sun, June 12 7:30-9:30 a.m. David Allen Lambert

    “State Census Records and Census Substitutes …” Sun, June 12 12:30-1:30 p.m. David Allen Lambert

    Book signing
    (Exhibition hall) Sat, June 11 2-3 p.m. Gary Boyd Roberts

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    Research Recommendations: The NEW Cyndi's List
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Have you check out Cyndi’s List lately? And by lately, I mean since yesterday? The venerable Ms. Howells has spent a considerable amount of time designing a brand new website from the ground up. Cyndi worked with fusionSpan of Maryland to make improvements and implement new technology into the website.

    The new homepage i well organized and easy to read. It has a rolling genealogy news feed, and a link to The Cyndi’s List Daily, a Twitter feed, and Facebook links. The Categories page is very easy to maneuver; finding subjects is a breeze. Category pages now have sub-categories that display 20 links (with the ability to page forward and back through the pages).

    The What’s New section allows users to browse through new and updated links by the date they were created or updated. The new database on which the website is designed will make it much easier for Cyndi to create and update links. Indeed, she hopes to be able to review, approve, and categorize new links within 24 to 72 hours of submission.

    Cyndi’s List has been a go-to website for genealogists for years. Serious researchers always check her pages to find information to help with research problems. What is truly amazing to me is that with all the effort she puts into the site, she still leaves it available to everyone for free on the internet. If you find it helpful, consider making a donation to help support Cyndi’s efforts to keep the website free and available to everyone. There is a convenient link in the navigation bar that can be accessed from any page in the site.

    Check out the new Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet today!

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    PATTY (f): In colonial times this female name is almost always a nickname for MARTHA, the very few exceptions being (perhaps) a handful of Patiences. The forms MATTY and PATTY derive from MARTHA by the same linguistic processes that form MOLLY/POLLY from MARY and MAGGIE/MEG/PEGGY from Margaret. PATRICIA, the female form of the Roman family name that also produced the male PATRICK, was not used in this country until late in the nineteenth century.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey about the British Isles revealed some interesting statistics. 89% of respondents had pre-1850 immigrants from England. The lowest percentage, 6%, were those with post-1860 immigrants from Wales. Complete results are:

    • Pre-1850 immigrants from England, 89%
    • Pre-1850 immigrants from Scotland, 55%
    • Pre-1850 immigrants from what is today the Republic of Ireland, 33%
    • Post-1850 immigrants from England, 32%
    • Pre-1850 immigrants from Wales, 31%
    • Pre-1850 immigrants from what is today Northern Ireland, 31%
    • Pre-1850 immigrants from Ireland, but I don’t know which part, 28%
    • Post-1850 immigrants from what is today the Republic of Ireland
    • Post-1850 immigrants from Scotland, 15%
    • Post-1850 immigrants from what is today Northern Irleand, 11%
    • Post-1860 immigrants from Ireland, but I don’t know which part, 9%
    • Post-1850 immigrants from Wales, 6%

    This week's survey asks about whether or not you have ancestors on the Mayflower. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Special Collections, Thomas Tredway Library, Augustana College, Illinois
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Augustana College, in Rock Island, Illinois, is located on the Mississippi River on the Illinois-Iowa border. Rock Island, together with Moline, Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, are known as the Quad Cities. The primary mission of Special Collections of Augustana College is to “collect, preserve, and make available materials, which serve the teaching and research needs of Augustana College and the local community.”

    Click on the Digital Images link in the contents list on the Special Collections homepage to view a list of available resources. The following may be of interest to family history researchers. Click on the title link to access the individual resources.

    Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive
    The Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive is a searchable database containing thousands of images from a number of local history collections. It covers the period between the 1860s through the 1950s. The founding partners, who started work in 2002, are Augustana College Special Collections, the Davenport (Iowa) Public Library Special Collections, and Musser Public Library in Muscatine, Iowa. More recent partners include the Putnam Museum in Davenport, the Rock Island Historical Society, the Galesburg Public Library (Illinois), the Buffalo Historical Society (Iowa), Palmer College of Chiropractic (Iowa), Bettendorf Family Museum (Iowa), and the Rock Island Public Library (Illinois).

    You can browse the image archive by repository, run a simple search by keyword, or run an expanded search. The search results include a thumbnail of the image, its title, subjects under which it is categorized and a brief description of the image. Click on the thumbnail or the title link to enlarge the image. In most cases additional details about the photograph have been provided.

    Civil War Diaries
    This collection contains images and transcriptions from the diaries of Gould D. Molineaux and Basil H. Messler, two Civil War soldiers from Illinois. Both served in the Union Army in the Vicksburg, Missouri, area. Gould Molineaux participated in the siege of Vicksburg in 1863. His diary covers 1862, 1863, and 1865–1866. The Messler diary covers the period from February 1863 through January 1865. Information and maps showing troop movements have also been provided here.

    Early Pioneer Biographies
    This section contains transcriptions of a number of interviews with “Western Illinois pioneers” gathered during the early part of the twentieth century by amateur local historian John Hauberg. Mr. Hauberg interviewed many members of the Old Settlers' Association. His papers are in the collections of the Special Collections. The papers contain more than 350 pioneer interviews, fifteen of which have been included on the website. You will also find a biographical sketch of John Hauberg. Click on the Early Pioneer Biographies link to access them.

    Quad City Views
    This is primarily a collection of postcard images of the Quad Cities. They sorted by city and type of scene. There are images of Rock Island, Moline, and Davenport area churches, street scenes and parks.

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    Stories of Interest

    Be on the Lookout for Genealogical Scams
    Daniel Klein warns readers of the Jersey Journal to beware modern genealogy scams.

    Genealogy Project Attracts 50 Tourists
    Instead of waiting for those of Irish heritage to trace their roots, Ireland Reaching Out has identified those who left southeast Galway and has tracked their descendents. The pilot project has been running since November. Volunteers from 30 parishes in the area have identified those who left and have contacted their descendants through the internet.

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    Discount on Great Migration Titles

    For one week only, The Bookstore at NEHGS is happy to offer a 20% discount on all Great Migration titles.

    The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1633 (Normally $99.00, Now $79.20)

    The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635
    Volume I, A-B (Normally $59.95, Now $47.96)
    Volume II, C-F (Normally $59.95, Now $47.96)
    Volume III, G-H (Normally $59.95, Now $47.96)
    Volume IV, I-L (Normally $59.95, Now $47.96)
    Volume V, M-P (Normally $59.95, Now $47.96)
    Volume VI, R-S (Normally $64.95, Now $51.96)

    The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633 (Normally $29.95, Now $23.96)

    The Complete Great Migration Newsletters:
    Volumes 1-15 (Normally $24.95, Now $19.96)
    Volumes 11-15 (Normally $11.95, Now $9.56)

    Prices do not include shipping. Offer good through 12 noon EST, June 15th, 2011. You can also order by telephone by calling Rick Park 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 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

    Talking Back To Your Ancestors: Reweaving the Family Narrative
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 6:00PM
    Using as a case history her own experience with her father’s papers, Dr. Barbara B. Reitt will describe what she learned in a four-year search for truths long hidden by the family and what compelled her to respond to her late father’s memoirs by researching and writing a biography of his grandmother. Her talk will be followed by discussion among audience members of their own approaches to problems lurking in their family papers.

    Dr. Reitt, who has a doctorate in American Studies, recently retired after more than 40 years as an editor of academic and scientific books. She has been researching her family history for more than 20 years and is currently teaching a course in beginning genealogy as part of the Five College Learning in Retirement association in the Pioneer Valley.

    Using American
    Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 10:00AM
    NEHGS recently launched its new website, It is full of new features, tools, resources, and content that highlight 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.

    Seminars and Tours

    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.

    Salt Lake City Research Tour
    October 30 – November 6, 2011
    You won't want to miss our thirty-third annual research tour to the world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following a continued tradition of excellence, NEHGS staff will guide you through a week of research, consultations, lectures, group meals, and other activities as you explore the collections of the largest genealogical library in the world.

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