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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 14, No. 34
    Whole #545
    August 24, 2011
    Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudrault


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    NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.

    * A New England Scots-Irish Study
    * Changes Focus
    * A Note from the Editor: Writing Articles for American Ancestors magazine
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Missouri Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * Pre-order The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    A New England Scots-Irish Study

    Is your Scots-Irish family from New England? If so, you are invited to participate in a study of 21st-century Scots-Irish being conducted by Michael Roe, a professor at Seattle Pacific University (IRB #091002001R. Exp date: 8 June 2012) and a research fellow at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. For the past decade, Dr. Roe has been researching present day Scots-Irish in the U.S.

    The study is designed to collect personal and family stories of New England Scots-Irish. Dr. Roe is looking for men and women, 18 years of age or older, to participate who are (1) of Scots-Irish ancestry rooted in New England, (2) consider themselves to be Scots-Irish, (3) are interested in their Scots-Irish history and family stories, and (4) are willing to describe their experiences — to be storytellers in fine Scots-Irish tradition.

    Participants will respond in writing to a series of questions about their family roots and their present day activities, opinions, and identities as Scots-Irish. Confidentiality will be maintained. The entire experience should take no more than one hour — although participants can spend additional time if they choose. Past participants enjoyed describing their Scots-Irish roots, and so our expectation is that this study will be a positive experience.

    In previous studies the Scots-Irish participants primarily located their family histories and traditions in the South. It will be an important contribution to understanding Scots-Irish identity and to the wider literature on the Scots-Irish to have a strong contingent of participants whose roots are in New England.

    To participate, please contact Dr. Roe at the email address, mailing address, or phone number below:
    Michael D. Roe, Ph.D.
    Dean and Professor of Psychology

    Seattle Pacific University
    Seattle, WA 98119
    Phone: (206) 281-2252

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    ********************************** Changes Focus

    On August 18,, a subscription site noted for making a variety of original records available to genealogists, issued the following statement: "Today we announced our intention to create the finest and most comprehensive collection of U.S. Military records available on the internet and changed the name of the site from Footnote to Fold3.”

    The announcement listed several upcoming military record collections planned for the site — such as World War II “Old Man’s Draft” cards, War of 1812 pension files, and Mexican War service records — but also noted that “We don’t plan to remove any non-military content from the site with the exception of some third-party newspaper content that may be removed at the owners’ discretion. The city directories, naturalizations, vital records, Native American records and other non-military content that we have created for the site will be available on Fold3.”

    For more information on these changes, please see

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    A Note from the Editor: Writing Articles for American Ancestors magazine
    by Lynn Betlock

    Last week I wrote about value of genealogical article writing and offered some opinions on approaches and topics. This week I describe the article process at American Ancestors and provide some suggestions of what to do and what not to do.

    Many people submit articles and article proposals to American Ancestors, generally via email at We review the submissions, sometimes ask for more information, and select a few for publication. Once an article is selected, we agree on a deadline with the author, schedule the piece for a particular issue, and assign a word count. The author signs a letter of agreement.

    Next, the article goes through an initial edit, which can be quite substantial. The author might be asked to supply additional information, clarify material presented, or delete sections. Two more editors review the article, which is then formatted in the publishing software we use for the magazine. The author is asked to supply relevant images and if additional images are needed, staff members find them. A number of proofreaders (usually three or four) review the article toward the end of the process, and the author receives a PDF of the completed article to review a few days before press time.

    View the writer’s guidelines for American Ancestors magazine.

    Pitfalls to avoid:

    • Don’t submit an article tailored for family members without some rewriting.
    • Don’t use pet names (i.e. “Nana” or “Grandpa”).
    • Don’t use placeholders (brackets or an xx) to signify that information is missing and will be filled in later.
    • Don’t send a word processing file that presents challenges. Microsoft Word is best.

    Practices to follow:

    • Familiarize yourself with a magazine’s articles before you submit to the publication.
    • Space is at a premium in a print publication; think carefully about what to include.
    • Ask yourself, “Would readers enjoy this article if they were not related to the subjects?”
    • Ask someone not familiar with the story’s cast of characters to read the article. If your reader has a hard time following the story and keeping track of who is who, reevaluate how you’ve presented the material. 
    • When you cite sources, use a standard modern style and be consistent. We use The Chicago Manual of Style or the online Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide.
    • Don’t embed images in the text. Generally embedded images aren’t usable; images should be emailed separately.

    After you finish your article, set it aside for a few days and read it once more before you submit it.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    MANILA (f): Manila Dewey (Stafford) Browne (b. 12 June 1898) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, daughter of Leroy and Priscilla (Allen) Stafford of Cheneyville, Louisiana, “received her name in response to her father’s patriotic enthusiasm during the Spanish-American War, her birth having occurred about the time of Admiral Dewey’s famous victory over the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay” (George Mason Graham Stafford, Three Pioneer Rapides Families: A Genealogy [New Orleans, 1946], pp. 369, 371).

    Of 459 persons named Manila in searchable census indexes for 1900, 248 were born in 1898 or thereafter (seen 9 June 2006 on

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked who, if anyone, introduced you to genealogy. 42% of respondents became interested in genealogy on their own, and 18% were introduced to family history by a parent. Less than 1% was introduced by a grandchild. Complete results are:

    • 42%, No one introduced me; I became interested in genealogy on my own
    • 18%, My parent(s)
    • 17%, Another relative
    • 13%, My grandparent(s)
    • 6%, A friend
    • 2%, Someone at a local genealogical or historical society
    • 2%, My son or daughter
    • Less than 1%, A librarian
    • Less than 1%, My grandchild

    This week's survey asks what genealogy television series you’ve watched. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Missouri Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Obituary Index, St. Louis Public Library, Missouri

    The independent city of St. Louis is located at the middle of Missouri’s eastern border. The St. Louis Public Library offers an obituary database and other resources on its website. First click on the Reference & Research link and then on the Genealogy link to open a new page with the obituary database links.

    The St. Louis Obituary index was compiled from the death notices, burial permit listings, and obituary articles found in the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper. The obituary index currently contains names from the St. Louis Post Dispatch for the years 1880–1930, 1942–1945, 1960–1969, and 1992–2009. There are more than 750,000 records in the database.

    Click on the ‘Obituary search’ link to access the search page. You can search the database by last name and/or first name. If you know the deceased’s birth and/or death date you can enter the information into the ‘b’ and ‘d’ search fields. The data fields in the search results include full name, newspaper title, the first date of publication on which the death notice or obituary (year/month/day) was published, and page number. If there is a burial permit, that data follows the newspaper information. You can also browse through the obituaries year by year. Click on the ‘Obituaries by year’ link to open a page with links to the records by year. Click on the year link to open a new page. Then click on the first letter of a surname to view a list of all individuals whose names begin with that letter.

    Click on the Gateway Family Historian link to view and read issues of the Gateway Family Historian newsletter, a publication of the St. Louis Public Library.

    Index for the Obituary and Death Notice Collection at the Adair County Historical Society, Missouri

    Adair County is located in northeast Missouri. Kirksville is its county seat. The Adair County Historical Society has made an obituary and death notice collection available on its website. The index comprises more than 35,000 names. The obituaries and death notices have been extracted from the Kirksville Daily Express, Kirksville, Missouri, and cover the period from March 1979 through December 31, 2010. Some records fall outside that date range, particularly some older ones published in the Unionville Republican. A detailed description of the index’s contents can be found on the database search page. The alphabetical by surname index includes the surname and given name for deceased individuals, plus the volume and page number of the death record. Copies of obituaries and death notices can be ordered from the Adair County Historical Society for a fee.

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    Stories of Interest

    Finding Friends & Family in the Commons
    A section of Flickr Commons allows users to note family connections they’ve spotted within the collections of the massive photo-sharing site. A related article on, “What’s Grandpa Doing on Flickr?,” highlights some of these finds.

    Climbing on the Family Tree: the Joys of Searching for your Roots
    “Tom McMillan vaguely wanted to know 'where I came from.' Then he began to dig around. What he found was 'riveting, fascinating, head-slapping and jaw-dropping.'”

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    Pre-order The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is accepting pre-orders for the final volume in The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 series! You can order your copy of Volume VII, T-Y today for the pre-publication price of $54.95!

    You may also purchase the entire seven-volume set at the reduced price of $375 (a $50 savings).

    To order by phone, please call toll free1-888-296-3447.

    Please note that Volume VII will ship in mid-September. Orders for the seven-volume set will be held until the seventh volume is available to be shipped. Prices do not include shipping. Prices are good through October 31, 2011. As these specials offer already discounted prices, there will be no additional NEHGS member discounts offered on these items through October 31, 2011.

    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)
      • 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)
      • Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760-1800 (Item P5-ME0256H, $47)
      • Old Houses of the Ancient Town of Norwich, Connecticut, 16601800. with Maps (item P5-CT0105H, $67)

    You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online. 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 call 617-226-1226 or

    View a full listing of upcoming programs.

    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 continuing 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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