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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 14, No. 25
    Whole #536
    June 22, 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.

    * New NEHGS Entryway and Monday Library Opening
    * Research Recommendations: The Great Migration Newsletter
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Campbell County Public Library Systems, Wyoming
    * Stories of Interest
    * Discount on Mayflower Titles
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New NEHGS Entryway and Monday Library Opening

    Please join Mayor Thomas M. Menino and NEHGS Board Vice President Carolyn Lynch at NEHGS on Monday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. for a ceremony celebrating the new façade and entryway of the Society. Our historic headquarters on Newbury Street will be transformed by the project, more warmly and openly welcoming our members and guests and more clearly communicating our important nonprofit mission. For more information on the new entryway project, or to follow its progress, please visit

    The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. and be followed by refreshments in the Treat Rotunda. As a special benefit to those attending the ceremony, the library at NEHGS, which is normally closed on Mondays, will be open for research with a limited staff. The normal $15 day fee will be waived for nonmembers. To attend the ceremony, rsvp is required to

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    Research Recommendations: The Great Migration Newsletter
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    The Great Migration Study Project (TGMSP), which started in 1988, is a leading scholarly project in the field of genealogy today. For twenty-three years TGMSP has provided the definitive work on the earliest settlers of New England. To date, ten volumes have been published, covering the period from 1620 to 1635. Later this year, publication of the eagerly-awaited seventh volume of The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634–1635 will complete the current series. In addition to the books, The Great Migration Newsletter (TGMN) is now in its twentieth volume.

    People often ask the difference between the books and TGMN. The books provide biographical sketches with the most up-to-date scholarly information on of the immigrants. TGMN, however, is a slightly different animal. TGMN provides the context for your ancestors, and contains many discussions of the activities of TMGSP. Among the topics you will find in TGMN:

    • Information on the ships that carried the immigrants to the New World
    • Research methodology behind TGMSP
    • Reviews of published literature on the time period
    • Profiles of early settlements
    • Profiles of early ministers and churches
    • Editor’s Effusions, where Robert Charles Anderson discusses any number of topics

    TGMN is a critical resource for anyone researching seventeenth-century New England ancestors. Reading TGMN will allow you to understand your ancestors with more context than just dates of birth, marriage, and death. And the resources discussed in its pages will often be helpful to those researching seventeenth-century ancestors who arrived after the Great Migration period.

    The first fifteen volumes of TGMN have been compiled and published in a single volume by the Society, and is available for just $24.95 ($22.46 for NEHGS members). You can find out more information about The Great Migration Study Project and The Great Migration Newsletter at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    PHILATHEA (f) (Greek-derived compound love of God): This Greek derived name ran in the family of Rev. Ebenezer Gould of Greenwich, N.J.; Middletown, Conn.; and Granville, Mass. A more common name with the same meaning is THEOPHILUS.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about your summer genealogy plans. 41% will be catching up on reading genealogical journals, magazines, and books. Just 14% plan to attend a conference, seminar, or other genealogical education event to build research skills. Complete results are:

    • 41%, I will be catching up on reading genelaogical journals, magazines, and books.
    • 35%, I will spend increased time research at local repositories, cemeteries, etc.
    • 33%, I will be travelling to locations at a distance where my ancestors lived.
    • 33%, I will visit cemeteries at a distance where my ancestors are buried.
    • 27%, I have no special plans for genealogical research this summer.
    • 27%, I will be travelling to visit repositories at a distance.
    • 14%, I will be attending conferences, seminars, and other genealogical educational events to build my research skills.

    This week's survey asks about your use of Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Campbell County Public Library Systems, Wyoming
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Campbell County is located in the northeastern corner of the state of Wyoming. The Campbell County Public Library has made a number of online genealogy resources available on its website.

    Newspaper Indexes
    The library has compiled online indexes to births, divorces, deaths, and marriages from various Campbell County newspapers including the Campbell County Record (CCR); Gillette News (GN); and Gillette News-Record (NR). The Gillette News-Record is also available online. Its archives start in December 2001. Copies of birth announcements, marriage announcements, and obituaries may be ordered from the library. For all of the newspaper indexes, use the dropdown box to choose the year or years through which you would like to browse.

    Births Indexes
    The births indexes cover the periods from 1905 through 1934 and 1987 through 2010. The index is sorted by last name. The data fields include the date of the newspaper, headline of the announcement, page number, subject, and the newspaper title’s abbreviation. The information in the subject field includes items such as the surname, gender of the child and the parents’ full names.

    Divorces Indexes
    The divorces indexes cover the periods from 1920 through 1922 and 1992 through 2010. The index is sorted by last name. The data fields include the date of the newspaper, headline of the announcement, page number, subject, and the newspaper title’s abbreviation. The information in the subject field always includes the full names of both parties.

    Marriages Indexes
    The marriages indexes cover the periods 1904 – 1905, 1913 – 1917, 1920 – 1925, 1928, and 1998 through 2010. The index is sorted by date. For years through 2004, the data fields include the date of the newspaper, headline of the announcement, illustration, page number, subject, and the newspaper title’s abbreviation. For the period from 2005 through 2010 some of the data fields have changed. They now include bride’s name and groom’s name fields. The information in the subject field includes the word marriage and a number of names, including those of the bride and groom.

    Obituaries Index
    Deaths are found in the obituaries indexes, which cover 1892 (one record), 1905 – 1909, and 1913 – 2010. The index is sorted by last name. The data fields include the date of the newspaper, headline of the announcement, illustration, page number, subject, date of death, date of birth, place of death, mortuary name, interment place, cremation, and the newspaper title’s abbreviation. The information in the subject field always includes the word obituary and the full name of the deceased and others mentioned in the obituary.

    Local (Gillette) Cemetery Records
    The cemetery records database on this web site is the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette. It is a Burial Plot/Section Report by sorted alphabetically by the last name of the deceased. It provides the full name of the deceased, plot number, date of birth, date of burial (not date of death), age, sex, veteran status, and other plot information. The records, provided by the Campbell County Cemetery District, will be updated yearly. You will need free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this database.

    Fox Funeral Home Records
    The Fox Funeral Home opened in 1907. It was the first funeral home in Gillette. These records in this database are for the period from 1907-1947. Each entry in this index is taken directly from the digitized image of the funeral record. The data fields in the database include date, name of deceased, cause of death, notes, date of death, address, occupation of deceased, place of death, father, his birthplace, mother, her birthplace, body shipped to, single or married, religion, date of birth, CD number. The CD number corresponds to the image number, and researchers may request a copy of an image from the library using this number.

    Rockpile Museum Biographical Records
    The Campbell County Rockpile Museum has provided the library with these records. It is a collection of newspaper clippings, original documents, pictures, miscellaneous items and obituaries. The database is a work in progress. The alphabetical index reflects the contents of each biographical record.

    Campbell County Marriage Index
    The Campbell County Genealogical Society and the Campbell County Public Library reference staff have developed an index to marriage records available in the Campbell County Clerk’s office. You can use this index to identify volume and pages numbers to order marriage records from the Clerk’s office.

    Local History Index
    The Local History Index is an alphabetical subject database that comprises a range of topics from Campbell County and some nearby locations. The information contained in the index was gathered from local newspapers, magazines and brochures. Topics include businesses, organizations, industries, churches, cemeteries, hospitals, parks, people, government, law enforcement, post offices, school buildings, geological and historical landmarks, extreme weather, unusual events, serious crimes, significant fires, historical firsts, population statistics, building construction and demolition. Click on the link to view the index for the period from 1905 through 1969.

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    Stories of Interest

    Jewish Slave Traders, Civil War Heroes, Spies and Foot Doctors
    Eric Ginsburg says, "It’s not surprising that most people don’t know about Jewish involvement in slavery or the Civil War, because it’s not a narrative held up in most historical accounts of the time or by the Jewish community. But I’m Jewish, I majored in history, and I live in the South. How did I miss this?"

    Dedicated John is History Private Eye
    Jacky Howe knew her husband John would love the challenge of identifying living descendants when she brought home a photo album with images dating to the nineteenth century. Weeks later, he was able to reunite the album with a descendant.

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    Discount on Mayflower Titles

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is happy to offer 10% off all Mayflower Families Through Five Generations titles (also known as the “Silver Books”) for one week only. To request a list of titles, prices and ordering information, please email Rick Park.

    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:

    • Scandinavian Immigrants in New York 1630-1674. with Appendices on Scandanavians in Mexico South America Cananda New York Plus Germans in New York (Item P5-NY0137H, $47.00)
    • New York [City] Directory from 1786 Prefaced by a General Description of New York by Noah Webster An Appendix of the Annals of New York City 1786. (Item P5-NY0216H, $29.50)
    • Ancestry of Rev. William Howe Whittemore Bolton Connecticut 1800 - Rye New York 1885 and of His Wife Maria Clark Whittemore. New York 1803 - Brooklyn 1886 (Item P4-S27387, $22.50)
    • Index of Wills For New York Co. (New York City) from 1662 to 1850. (item P5-NY0449H, $49.50)
    • Descendants of Claude Le Maitre who Came from France and Settled at New Netherlands Now New York in 1652 (item P4-H08025, $46.00)

    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

    July New Visitor and Welcome Tour
    Wednesday, July 6, 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, 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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