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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 14, No. 27
    Whole #538
    July 6, 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 Mocavo Features and iPad Contest
    * Research Recommendations: Flip-Pal Rocks!
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Miscellaneous Databases: Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Mocavo Features and iPad Contest just announced two new features that will launch on July 15. From their website:

    1. You can now upload your family tree to Mocavo and we’ll send you search results for your ancestors. This will save you the time and effort of having to search for each of your ancestors manually. You can upload your tree now, in GEDCOM format, and then within a couple of weeks you’ll receive a weekly or daily email (your choice) pointing you to search results for your ancestors. We think this will be a magical experience as you repeatedly find interesting content about your ancestors as we discover new material all over the Web.
    2. When uploading your family tree, you can optionally have it included in the Mocavo search engine, which will allow other Mocavo users to find your content in their search results. We’ll prominently display you as the creator and owner of your family tree whenever anyone finds it. We’ll automatically remove living persons in your tree from the search results and you can delete your tree at any time.

    To celebrate the launch of these new features, Mocavo is giving away an iPad 2 to one lucky user who uploads their family tree. For more details, visit

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    Research Recommendations: Flip-Pal Rocks!
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Many of my friends and colleagues, including Photo Detective Maureen Taylor, have long been singing the praises of the Flip-Pal to me. (You can read what Maureen has to say on her blog.) I joined my brother and his family at my parents’ house in Florida last week to celebrate their anniversary, and decided to get a Flip-Pal to scan some of my mother’s photographs.

    I ordered the Flip-Pal quite easily and had it delivered there. Within minutes of opening the box I was scanning. The lightweight scanner was so easy to use I was zipping along in no time. The scanner operates on 4 AA batteries, which avoids cumbersome electrical cords.

    One of the great things about Flip-Pal is the included software that stitches together images. Although the scanner itself has a small platen, you can make multiple scans of different areas of a large image and the software automatically stitches it together. The result is quite impressive. I had only one stitching problem, and that had more to do with the scans that I made than any limitations of the software.

    By the time I left Florida two days later, I had made more than 1,500 scans and gone through seven sets of batteries. But I had hundreds of high-quality scans of photographs and other documents, including my mother’s entire wedding album (composed entirely of 8x10” photographs). While it won’t replace your heavy duty office scanner, it will be wonderful for bringing on the road. You can find out more at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ZELOTES (m): From the Zealot movement in the time of Christ.

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    This Week's Survey


    Last week we asked about your ancestors’ involvement in the Revolutionary War. 87% of respondents had an ancestor who served as a solider for the American side. 2% of respondents are direct descendants of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Complete results are:

    • 87%, I had an ancestor who served as a soldier for the American side.
    • 39%, I had an ancestor who supported the American side through patriotic activity (providing aid, serving as a government officer, etc.)
    • 25%, I have joined a lineage society based on my ancestor's involvement in the Revolutionary War (on either side).
    • 21%, I have joined a lineage society based on my ancestor's involvement in the Revolutionary War (on either side).
    • 13%, I have ancestors involved on both sides of the conflict.
    • 9%, I had an ancestor who served as a soldier for the British side (including mercenary soldiers serving for the Brits).
    • 8%, I don't have any known ancestry involved in the Revolutionary War.
    • 4%, I have French, French-Canadian, or ancestors of another nationality who supported the American side.
    • 2%, I am a direct descendant of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    This week's survey asks about what ancestral lines you research other then your own. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Miscellaneous Databases: Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Owensboro Area Obituary Index, Kentucky

    Owensboro, the seat of Daviess County, is located on the Ohio River, about one mile from the Indiana border in northwestern Kentucky. The Daviess County Public Library has made the Owensboro Area Obituary Index available on its website. Indexing began in 1977. It is a work in progress with data being added on a daily basis. Access is free to all, but to enter the site you will have to go through a security process to ensure you are not a rogue computer program.

    The database has been divided into three time periods, depending on the amount and type of data abstracted: 1842–1919, 1920–1989, and 1990–present. Indexes for pre-1920 deaths provide a complete abstract of the vital data in each article. The database indexes obituaries from 46 counties in Kentucky and eight in southern Indiana. Additional (extensive) notes describing the pre-1920 Obituary Index have been provided for the researcher in the description of the database.

    For the period 1842–1919 and 1990–present the data fields in the detailed results include name, obituary date, age, birth date, birthplace, death date, death place, cemetery, cause of death, survivors, and comments. Click on the name link to view them. For the period 1920–1989 the data fields include name, obituary date, age, birthplace, and death place. Click on the name link to view them. A number of different newspapers have been published in Owensboro. A two-letter abbreviation in the source field indicates the name of the eighteen newspapers from which the information was extracted. The comments field includes vital and biographical information, page numbers, cross references to other articles, sex of the deceased if not noted or it is ambiguous, age detail, and other descriptive information such as race, employment, residences, military service, accomplishments, and more.

    Using the simple search form you can search by name and date. With advanced search you run three types of name searches—soundex, like or starts with. You can run a date field search by a year, month and year or a range of dates. You can search the other non-date field categories by keyword. When searching for a phrase use quotation marks for the best results.

    Pike County Marriages, Mississippi

    Pike County is located in southwestern Mississippi on the Louisiana border. Its county seat is Magnolia. The Pike County Circuit Clerk’s office has made a marriage license index available on its website. The earliest marriages included are from July 1882. The database can be searched by groom’s name, bride’s name, marriage date, book/page number and file number. The search results include a file number link, name (groom or bride) and marriage date. Click on the file number link to open a detailed record page. The detailed record includes file number, recorded date, book/page number, groom information, bride information and ceremony information.

    Marriage Indexes, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

    Shreveport is the seat of Caddo Parish, located in the northwest corner of Louisiana. The Caddo Parish clerk’s office has made marriage indexes available to the public on its website. Click on the Online Marriage Indexes link on the main page to open the Marriage Indexes page. Then click on the link of the same name on the Marriage Indexes page to access the search page.

    Please be advised that you must use Internet Explorer in order to view the images; however, the parish’s web imaging program is not compatible with the new Internet Explorer beta. It will not work properly with browsers such as Firefox or Netscape. You can view the abstracted information with any web browser.

    The indexes start with February 6, 1919. The index can be searched by last name, first name of the groom, bride or bride’s maiden name, or by book and page number. Searches can be limited by date. The data fields in the index include groom’s name, bride’s name, bride’s maiden name, date filed on, date married on, and book and page number.

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    Stories of Interest

    Who's on the Family Tree? Now It's Complicated
    New York Times reporter Laura M. Holson writes about the effects of modern medicine on genealogy, including an interesting chart of the children of a 61-year-old man in Massachusetts.

    Hidden Treasure: Chance Find, Man's Effort Bring Family's History Home
    A man buys some furniture at an estate sale from a former plantation and finds some papers more than a century old in a buffet drawer, including a bill of sale for four slaves. He puts the papers in a file cabinet, where they remain for nearly 35 years before looking for descendants to return them to the family.

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    Royal Discount

    In celebration of the first royal visit to North America since her recent marriage, the Bookstore at NEHGS is happy to offer The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton at 25% off!

    This extensively researched volume contains the ancestor table of Catherine Middleton in traditional “ahnentafel” format with sources. More than twenty charts illustrate Kate’s kinships to various figures of historical and cultural importance, including George Washington, Meriwether Lewis, World War II General George S. Patton, Jr., and director Guy Ritchie.

    The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton is normally priced at $29.95, but we are offering it at $22.46 through July 31. Price does not include shipping. Order online or call 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:

    • 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 (2Volumes) (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, 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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