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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 14, No. 3
    Whole #514
    January 19, 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.

    * NERFC Deadline Approaching
    * SCGS Jamboree Memorial Grant
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Citing Microfilm
    * New On
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Obituary and Cemetery Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Great Migration Titles
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    NERFC Deadline Approaching

    NEHGS is a founding member of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC), a collaboration of 18 major cultural agencies. NERFC expects to grant at least 11 awards in the 2011–2012 cycle. Each grant provides a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions. The Colonial Society of Massachusetts will underwrite a project on the history of New England before the Revolution. The Bostonian Society/Women’s Club Fellowship is awarded for research in women’s history, especially involving the history of women in Boston and environs. NERFC participating organizations for this cycle are:

    Baker Library, Harvard Business School
    Boston Athenaeum
    Bostonian Society
    Colonial Society of Massachusetts
    Connecticut Historical Society
    Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
    Harvard Law School, Special Collections
    Houghton Library
    Maine Historical Society
    Massachusetts Historical Society
    Mystic Seaport
    New England Historic Genealogical Society
    New Hampshire Historical Society
    Rhode Island Historical Society
    Schlesinger Library
    Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College

    For more details, visit Deadline for applications is February 1, 2011.

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    SCGS Jamboree Memorial Grant

    Student genealogists interested in attending the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree are invited to apply for the 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant established by friends and family to honor Suzanne’s Freeman’s lifetime of service to young people and to assist young genealogists seeking to advance their genealogical education.

    To honor her support of the SCGS Jamboree, the first Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant will be awarded to a student attending the 2011 Jamboree. The grant includes a check for $500 toward conference expenses.

    Applicants need not be a currently registered student, but must have been enrolled at a college, university, or secondary school within the last twelve months, and be between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five.

    Complete guidelines and application are available online at The Family Curator blog. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2011; the award recipient will be announced March 1, 2011.

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Citing Microfilm
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Questions about citation format are quite common when I am speaking about writing your family history. One of the most popular is how to cite microfilm versions of records, especially Family History Library microfilm.

    The first part of the citation should be the title of the original work. If you are citing a microfilm version of a published work, a complete bibliographic citation should be given (author, title, place of publication, publisher, year of publication). After that, you should cite the publisher of the microfilm. You may also choose to include the repository where you examined the film, and the call number of the film. This is especially important for microfilm materials that may not be widely available (for example, microfilm of a manuscript where the only microfilm copy is at the repository that holds the original).

    If you are looking at original records, use the title given on the title page of the original. If there is no title page, you may need to use the title given to the record in the catalog. Many microfilms have multiple volumes on a single reel. You should always include the item number in the citation, to make it easier for the person following you to find the record on the film.

    Sample Citations:

    Roberts, Gary Boyd. “Genealogical Notebooks of Gary Boyd Roberts Used in Compiling the Mowbray Connections, 1965–1975” [New England Historic Genealogical Society, CS55.R63 1965, Roll 13].

    Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate, 8:52–56 [FHL Film No. 584129, Item 1].

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    New on

    Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts Membership Cards, 1733–1990
    This database contains information from membership cards of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Massachusetts, with information on 348,678 masons. The Grand Lodge is the main governing body of Freemasonry within Massachusetts, and maintains Lodges in other jurisdictions overseas, namely Panama, Chile, the People's Republic of China (meeting in Tokyo, Japan), and Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

    Founded in 1733, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts is the oldest Masonic lodge in the United States and the third oldest Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (the United Grand Lodge of England, 1717; the Grand Lodge of Ireland, 1725).

    The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Vol. 1–10 [Dutchess Co., NY]
    The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, a newly formatted and updated database featuring Frank J. Doherty’s groundbreaking work, The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York: An Historical and Genealogical Study of All the 18th Century Settlers in the Patent.

    Volumes 1 through 7 contain Beekman Patent families Abbot to Leavens as well as all early information on the Patent including the lease system, town records, and Revolutionary War records.

    The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 6–10
    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.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    TITUS (m): New Testament. Much used by the Hinmans of Woodbury, Conn.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about your online activities. The results of that survey will be reported next week. This week’s survey asks about using online family trees. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Obituary and Cemetery Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia

    The City of Vancouver, British Columbia, has made the Mountain View Cemetery database available on its website. Mountain View Cemetery, established in 1887, is one of the oldest cemeteries in the Vancouver metropolitan area. Click on the History link to read a detailed narrative of the cemetery’s founding and development over the years.

    Click on the Genealogy Resources link in the contents list to access database. The database comprises an alphabetical list of burials. The list was transcribed from the official cemetery records. The data fields in the database include name of the deceased, date of death, date of burial, and location of the grave. Click on the Cemetery Maps link on the alphabetical listing page to view maps. By clicking on each section of the overview map you will be able to view more detailed maps so that you can locate a grave. An explanation on how to interpret the maps has been provided.

    In addition to the alphabetical listing your will find the following burial databases for Mountain View Cemetery: mayors of Vancouver, Vancouver firefighters and police officers who died while on active duty, interesting citizens, WW1 and WW2 military burials, and Fraternal organizations at Mountain View. For many of the entries in these databases you will find links to biographical and photographs.

    There are also stories of local disasters: Rogers Pass Slide Disaster of 1910, a slide in the pass killed 62 men, 30 of whom are buried at Mountain View; New Westminster Railway Disaster of 1909; the Lakeview Tram disaster of 1909, the worst transit accident in Vancouver's history, and a list of burials from the SS Sophia, which sank at Vanderbilt Reef Alaska in October 1918.

    City of Edmonton Cemeteries Database, Edmonton, Alberta

    The City of Edmonton has made a searchable cemeteries database available on its website. The more than 60,000 burials listed in the database took place 25 or more years ago. The following cemeteries have been indexed: Beechmount, Clover Bar, Edmonton, Little Mountain, and Mount Pleasant. The burials for two cemeteries, Northern Lights and South Haven, have not been included.

    First, click on the “How do I obtain the service?” link and then on the Cemetery Location Link to open the database search page. The database may be searched by first name and/or last name. You may search all of the cemeteries at one time or select a specific cemetery to search using the dropdown list. The data fields in the search results are last name, first name, burial date, cemetery name, section, block and plot.

    Brochures for self-guided walking tours of three Edmonton cemeteries: Mt. Pleasant, Edmonton and Beechmount, have been provided. These files are in PDF file format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

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    Stories of Interest

    Virginia Textbooks Full of Errors
    CNN reports on history textbooks with dozens of significant errors, including incorrect dates for the American Revolution and World War I, as well as creating a non-existent battle of the Civil War. The author’s excuse: “I found it online.”

    4th-Grader Researches Family Tree
    KYFR in Bismark, North Dakota reports on Jayce Lee, a fourth-grader very interested in family history who has traced his family back eight generations so far.

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    Save 20% on Five Titles

    Save 20% on five of our most popular titles! One week only!

    Ancestral Lines, Third Edition, 206 Families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Normally $70.00, Now $56.00

    Art of Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England, Normally $75.00, Now $60.00

    Bond's Genealogies and History of Watertown, Second Edition, Normally $49.95, Now $39.96

    Medieval English Ancestors of Certain Americans, Normally $35.00, Now $28.00

    Ancestral Lines From Maine to Virginia, Normally $35.00, Now $28.00

    Offer good through January 26, 2011, while supplies last. Prices do not include shipping. Cannot be combined with any other discounts. Phone orders can be made by calling 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:

    • Newberry Family of Windsor Connecticut in the Line of Clarinda (Newberry) Goodwin of Hartford Connecticut 1634-1866 (Item P4-H20148, $25.50)
    • Gathering of the Descendants and Kinsmen of John Lee, One of the Early Settlers of Farmington Connecticut Held in Hartford, Connecticut 1884 (Item P4-H17646, $31.50)
    • Olcott Family of Hartford Connecticut in the Line of Eunice Olcott Goodwin 1639-1807 (Item P4-H20448, $28.50)
    • Sergeant Francis Nicholls of Stratford Connecticut 1639 and the Descendants of His Son Caleb Nicholls (item P4-H20211, $28.00)
    • Thomas Newell who Settled in Farmington Connecticut 1632 and His Descendants (Item P4-H20175, $52.00)

    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 .


    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

    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.

    Spring Research Getaway – Writing and Sharing
    March 24 — 26, 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 Spring Research Getaway, “Writing and Sharing,” offers lectures exploring opportunities to share your family history through a variety of publications. Topics will examine methods to share information online, best practices for sharing and publishing information, compiling a surname-based genealogy, editing tips for genealogists, and others.

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