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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 14, No. 36
    Whole #547
    September 7, 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.

    * Introducing the New
    * Daniel Rasmussen Lecture at NEHGS
    * A Note from the Editor: Preserving Family Collections before a Disaster
    * Name Origins
    * This Week’s Survey
    * Spotlight: Laclede County, 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


    Introducing the New

    We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website. The website, which is the central location for information about Great Migration books, the Great Migration Newsletter, and the Great Migration Study Project itself, is now easier to navigate. The site also features a new look and upgraded technology.

    The new site launch coincides with the arrival of the final volume in The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y. If you have ordered a copy, please be assured that we will be shipping our hundreds of orders out as quickly as we can. Order Volume VII, T-Y now!

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    Daniel Rasmussen Lecture at NEHGS

    American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt
    September 14, 6 p.m., NEHGS

    Don’t miss New York Times bestselling author Daniel Rasmussen speak on his new book, American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt, which the New York Times called “A chilling and suspenseful account . . .  of a signal episode in the history of American race relations.” The book tells the riveting and long neglected story of the 1811 German Coast Uprising, which began near LaPlace, Louisiana, thirty miles west of New Orleans. Based on groundbreaking original research, the work makes a significant contribution to African American history and the struggle for civil rights in this country.

    The talk at NEHGS (99-101 Newbury St., Boston) is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

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    A Note from the Editor: Preserving Family Collections before a Disaster
    by Lynn Betlock

    Like many people on the East Coast, I spent a good part of the last weekend of August waiting for the impact of Hurricane Irene. I worried about the two enormous trees in my front yard, bought batteries, and adjusted the drain spouts. More significantly, I was finally properly motivated to move many of my precious family possessions that long been in my basement — but shouldn’t have been. I certainly knew better, but when we moved into our house a lack of time and space upstairs led me to “temporarily” store many boxes of papers and photographs in the basement. A couple of years passed and the day-to-day demands of family and work life conspired to keep my boxes untouched.

    With Irene on the way, I began to picture my things ruined by a flooded basement. Not only would I suffer the loss of many irreplaceable items, I would know it would all be due to my willful neglect and lack of care. So I finally took action. I first removed a family tree quilt from its resting place in a garbage bag on the floor of the basement. (Note to all: never store a treasured object in a dark green contractor garbage bag. I don’t deserve to still have that quilt but I’m glad I do!) I ferried boxes of nineteenth and early twentieth-century photographs upstairs, and removed cartons of documents, yearbooks, and keepsakes. In the end, Irene spared our house, and I was left with a cleaner basement — and a cleaner conscience.

    Back at work on Monday morning, I exchanged emails with Carol Purinton, who wrote an article for last week’s enewsletter. I mentioned that I had cleaned my basement over the weekend and she replied that I was the fifth person she knew who had cleaned their basement during the hurricane weekend! She had spent her time scanning her father’s World War II photos. This impending disaster allowed some of us to make time that can’t seem to be found in our everyday lives to protect our family collections. (Of course, Irene did wreak havoc with some homes and communities, and people obviously suffered terrible losses, no matter their state of preparedness.)    

    Even so, my family papers and possessions could still use more organizing and protecting. I have resolved not to wait for the next hurricane to come barreling up the East Coast before I take action again.

    Web resources:

    NEDCC Offers Hints for Preserving Family Collections
    The Northeast Document Conservation Center provides preservation guidelines and a list of archival suppliers [].

    Preserving Treasures after a Disaster” and “Saving Family Treasures Guidelines
    These web pages from the Library of Congress and the National Archives offer useful advice for dealing with materials affected by a disaster — plenty of incentive for protecting family collections from harm.  

    Readers may view Wendy Dellery Hills’s account of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the fall 2006 issue of New England Ancestors magazine.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    SCOTTO(W)/SCOTTOWAY (m): Use of this given name after ca. 1700 suggests Cape Cod origins or connections – generally traceable to Harwich, Mass. – deriving from the marriage (ca. 1671) of Andrew Clarke and Mehitable Scottow of Boston and Harwich. Scotto[way] Clarke (b. 1680), son of Andrew and Mehitable, was an ancestor of Register editor Henry Edwards Scott (NEXUS 11 [1994]: 200-207). This Scotto[way] Clark’s grandson, a later Scotto Clark, m. Stephen Hopkins descendant Sarah Griffith and himself served as a sergeant in the Revolution (Hopkins silver 6:372). Scotto Cobb (b. Harwich 2 May 1743), son of Jonathan and Sarah (Clarke) Cobb, was another grandson of Scotto[way] Clark; Harwich minuteman Scottow Berry (1745-1832) was doubtless also related. Mehitable (Scottow) Clarke (1648-1712), wife of Andrew Clarke and mother of the first-named Scotto[way] Clarke, was a daughter of Thomas Scottow (d. 1661) of Boston and first wife Joan (Harwood), and a niece of the well-known Capt. Joshua Scottow (ca. 1615?-1698) of Boston (NEXUS 11 [194]: 200-207), whose daughter Elizabeth (Scottow) Savage (1647-1714) of Boston bore the apparently short-lived Scottow Savage (b. 4 Feb. 1670/1).

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked if you’ve participated in DNA testing for genealogy. 62% have not participated in DNA testing for genealogy. 8% have done an autosomal test.

    • 62%, No
    • 27%, Yes; I've had my Y-DNA analyzed (or, if female, had a male relative analyzed)
    • 20%, Yes; I've had my mitochondrial DNA analyzed
    • 14%, Yes; I've participated in a DNA study group
    • 8%, Yes; I have done an autosomal test (continental origins, relative finder, family finder, etc.)

    This week's survey asks what companies you've used for DNA testing. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Laclede County, Missouri, Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Laclede County Genealogical Society, Lebanon Missouri

    Laclede County is located in central Missouri. Lebanon is the county seat. The Laclede County Genealogical Society has made a number of databases available on its website. Click on the Databases link on the homepage to access them.

    Civil Court Cases in Laclede County
    This index covers the period from 1993 to 1996. The data fields in the database include the year, case number, the petitioner’s last, first, and middle name, and the respondent’s last, first, and middle name. A full transcript of the case can be ordered from the society for a fee.

    Palmer Funeral Home Records
    These databases contain the indexes to two volumes of funeral home records published by the society. They cover 1919 to 1926 and 1926 to 1934. The society offers the two books for sale via its website.

    Colonial Funeral Home Records
    This database contains an index to the Colonial Funeral Home records, which covers the period from 1955 to 1990. The data fields in the index include full name and year of death. A full transcript of each case can be ordered from the society for a fee.

    Colonial-Shadel Funeral Home Records
    This database is an index to the Colonial-Shadel Funeral Home records for 1970 to 1973. The data fields in the index include first, middle and last name and day, month, and year of death. Copies of records can be ordered from the society for a fee.

    Decedent Names from Wills in Laclede County
    This database contains names of deceased individuals that were extracted from wills filed in Laclede County. It covers the period from 1869 to 1978. The data fields in the index include shelf number, book and page numbers, surname, given name and date. You may request a copy of the will from the society for a fee. They will provide photocopies or burn images of the document to a CD.

    Decedent Names from Probate Books in Laclede County
    Two databases containing names of deceased individuals have been extracted from probate files recorded in Laclede County. They cover the periods from 1849 to 1859 and from 1862 to 1869. The data fields in the index include shelf number, page number, surname, and given name. You may request a copy of the probate from the society for a fee.

    Business Directory
    The 1934 Business Directory for Lebanon, Missouri, has been scanned and uploaded to the website in PDF file format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the directory. There are two versions of the directory on the website. One has been divided into four sections and the other contains the entire directory in a single file.

    You will also find a brief history of the county’s establishment, a description of populated places in the county, and the society’s latest newsletter.

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    Stories of Interest

    The Case Of The Baseball Painting Mystery
    A reporter for Boston’s WBUR radio station examines an eighteenth-century portrait that might be one of the earliest depictions of baseball.

    Teresa Foley's Research Solves 80-year Family Mystery
    Teresa Foley of Winters, California, set out to solve a family mystery – and provide her father with the name of the father he’d never known.

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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 free 1-888-296-3447.

    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:

      • Hugh Scott An Immigrant of 1670 and His Descendants (Item P4-H23226, $59.50)
      • Brief History of Jirah Isham of New London, Connecticut, and His Descendants from 1670 to 1940 (Item P4-H15852, $39.00)
      • South Carolina Baptists 1670-1805. (Item P5-SC0005H, $39.00)
      • Genealogical History of John Ludwig Kling and His Descendants 1755-1924 (item P4-H16980, $35.00)
      • A Pioneer History of Jefferson Co., Pennsylvania, 1755–1844 (item P5-PA0010H, $71.50)

    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 listing of upcoming programs.

    Seminars and Tours

    English Family History 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. The featured NEHGS expert is David C. Dearborn.

    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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