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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 14, No. 29
    Whole #540
    July 20, 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.

    * NEHGS on Chronicle
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Essential Resources for Writing and Editing
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Wyoming Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    NEHGS on Chronicle

    A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of working with a crew from Chronicle, a longtime news show on Boston’s WCVB Channel 5. They talked with us about the Society, its work, and its members. They interviewed Brenton Simons, Josh Taylor, Chris Child, and David Allen Lambert, as well as some of our members. Michael Leclerc also worked with the three hosts to trace their ancestry.

    Last evening the show aired for the first time. You can now view it on the WCVB website. The episode was titled “Roots,” and is divided into four segments. The links below will bring you to each segment:

    Segment 1

    Segment 2

    Segment 3

    Segment 4

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    Research Recommendations:Genealogical Writing: Essential References for Writing and Editing
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    As you know, I spend a great deal of time writing and editing. The Weekly Genealogist alone has thousands of words in each issue that must be reviewed and put together, not to mention articles for the Register, American Ancestors magazine, NEHGS and Newbury Street Press books, etc. There are five books on the shelf next to my desk that I turn to time and again for assistance. I present them in alphabetical order, not in order of importance, as I check each one regularly.

    The Chicago Manual of Style, Sixteenth Edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010)
    The largest and best resource for all aspects of writing. CMS is used throughout the publications department as our editorial gold standard.

    Amy Einsohn. The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, Second Edition (Berkeley, Calif.; London: University of California Press, 2005)
    This work has taught me a great deal about proper editing of manuscripts. In addition to the instructive text, there are exercises with answer keys to help you understand how to properly edit.

    Michael J. Leclerc and Henry B. Hoff. Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, Second Edition (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011)
    Although it might appear to be self-serving, I really do use this book a great deal, especially when I am showing people how to use Microsoft Word for writing. That chapter, written by Alvy Ray Smith, is worth the entire book. I also constantly reference the appendices with abbreviations and symbols commonly used in genealogy.

    Elizabeth Shown Mills. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007)
    This book by one of the leading experts in the field of genealogy is incredibly useful. With the wide variety of materials available to us as resources, this example-filled tome can help you determine the proper way to cite almost anything you would use in your research.

    Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin Co., 1995)
    Despite the resources available electronically, I often want to know what this classic reference will tell me about a word and how I might otherwise express the sentiment.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ORIGEN (m): Latin for church father.

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    This Week's Survey


    Last week’s survey asked about where you get "how-to" information. The top three resources are non-profit genealogical websites, such as and, 92%; commerical websites, such as, 88%; and print books, 85%. Only 26% get their information from blogs. There is a sharp divide between the top five resouces (which include non-genealogical websites and print magazines), and the remaining resources. Complete results are:

    • 92%, Non-profit genealogical websites (e.g., FamilySearch,\
    • 88%, Commercial genealogical websites (e.g.,,
    • 85%, Print books
    • 74%, Non-genealogical websites (e.g., Google,, etc.)
    • 68%, Print magazines
    • 39%, Other digital resources
    • 39%, e-books and magazines
    • 36%, Other print resources
    • 36%, Free Commercial Websites (e.g.,
    • 33%, Wikis (e.g., Wikipedia, FamilySearch Research Wiki)
    • 26%, Blogs (e.g., EOGN, Dear Myrtle)

    This week's survey asks about how you spend your volunteer time in genealogy. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Wyoming Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Cheyenne Burial Listings

    Cheyenne is the capital city of Wyoming and the seat of Laramie County. It is located in the southeastern part of the state. The City’s cemetery records are managed by the City Clerk’s Office. The databases for burial listings in these cemeteries can be found on the city’s official website. Because these files are in PDF format you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    Cemetery databases include the following city cemeteries: Lakeview Cemetery, Beth El Cemetery, the International Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Cemetery, Serenity Gardens (Columbarium). There are also databases for Mount Olivet and Mount Sinai, which are private cemeteries. The cemetery at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base is not included in this collection of databases. Burials in these alphabetical databases date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Data fields include name of the deceased, date of death and location of the plot in the cemetery.

    Cheyenne Genealogical & Historical Society

    The Cheyenne Genealogical & Historical Society's mission is to “stimulate and encourage family history research through a variety of endeavors and to provide members and the genealogical public with a diversity of resources.” From this website one can access the gravesite database for the Carpenter Cemetery, which is located in Carpenter, Laramie County. The first burial took place in 1909. Many burials in this cemetery do not have gravestones. Some stones have no dates, only names. The information in the database came from the original cemetery record book, obituaries from the local newspapers, death records, and birth records. The data fields do not have headers. They include full name, birth date, death date, interment date, and a notes field containing such information as where born, name of husband, wife, or parents, age, occupation, military service, and grave location.

    Albany County Obituary Index, Albany County Genealogical Society

    Albany County is located in southeastern Wyoming, just west of Laramie County. The Albany County Genealogical Society has made available a series of obituary indexes abstracted from a number of Laramie, Wyoming, newspapers and covering the period from 1868 to 1964. Deaths occurring in Albany County, deaths of former residents of Albany County, or individuals who were buried in Albany County are included. Wives’ maiden names are included when known. The name field might include additional information.

    Index of 1868 to 1899 Obituaries: Individuals who were buried in Albany County are included in this database. The data fields in the database include name of the deceased, newspaper abbreviation, and year / month / day of publication. The name field might also include the age of the deceased, date of death, where buried, occupation, and / or cause of death. Some months of newspaper records in 1899 are missing.

    Index of 1900 to 1940 Obituaries: Some months of newspaper records in 1900 are missing. Data fields include name of the deceased, newspaper abbreviation, page number, column, and date of publication.

    Index of 1941 to 1957 Obituaries: There are more than 5,200 records in this alphabetical database. Data fields include name of the deceased, newspaper abbreviation, page number, column, and date of publication.

    Index of 1958 to 1964 Obituaries: There are more than 2,550 records in the alphabetical database. Data fields include name of the deceased, newspaper abbreviation, page number, column, and date of publication.

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    Stories of Interest

    Why are 3,000 Victims of 9/11 Missing from Social Security Death List?
    Get a better understanding of how the Death Master File works in this Daily Republic report on possible reasons for the omission of the 9/11 victims from the records.

    1776 Treaty With Indian Tribe was a Sister of Declaration of Independence
    The Treat of Watertown, signed at Watertown, Massachusetts, just 15 days after the Declaration of Independence, was the first international treaty between the United States and another sovereign nation. The treaty was consummated at the direct request of General George Washington, and includes wording taken from the Declaration.

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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:

    • Abstracts of Wills of Greene County, New York, Volume I 1800-60 (Item P5-NY0433-1S, $18.00)
    • A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, Massachusetts, Containing Boston Births from A.D. 1700 to A.D. 1800 (Item P26826000, $63.00)
    • Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement of Virginia Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta Co. 1745-1800. (Augusta Co.) Volume III (Item P5-VA0045-3H, $65.00)
    • The Ancestors of Charity Haley 1755-1800 Wife of Maj. Nicholas Davis of Limington, Maine (Item P4-H12861, $30.00)
    • Descendants of Deacon Aaron Baldwin of North Branford, Connecticut 1724-1800 with Brief Account of His Ancestors (Item P4-H01485, $29.00)

    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

    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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