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Vol. 14, No. 4Whole #514January 26, 2011Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudraultdailygenealogist@nehgs.org
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Contents:* Coming soon in the January 2011 Issue of the Register* Congress Allows Charitable Gifts From IRAs* Research Recommendations: Familysearch.org Problems* Name Origins* This Week's Survey* Spotlight: Ohio Library Databases* Stories of Interest* Three New Titles from NEHGS* Upcoming Education Programs* NEHGS Contact Information
Coming Soon in the January 2011 Issue of the Register
George1 Barrell, Emigrant to Boston in 1638, and His Children and GrandchildrenJonathan A. Shaw
The English Ancestry of Elizabeth Usborne, First Wife of Abraham1 Cruttenden of Guilford, ConnecticutLeslie Mahler
The Parents of Isaac4 Johnson, Husband of Margaret Miller of Middletown, ConnecticutChristopher Challender Child
Identifying the Descendants of Joseph and Michael Cross of Salem, MassachusettsF. Stephen Gauss
Isaac1 Cummings (1601–1677) of Watertown, Ipswich, and Topsfield, Massachusetts, and His AncestryDavid Butler Cummings
Nichols Bible Record
Reuniting the Family of Lt. John Waterbury (1753–1829)Frederick C. Hart, Jr. (concluded from 164:265)
Nathaniel4 and Esther (Carpenter) (Bardeen) Bowen and Their FamilyCherry Fletcher Bamberg (concluded from 164:280)
The Brothers William2 and Daniel2 Harris of Middletown, ConnecticutGale Ion Harris (concluded from 164:291)
Some Employees and Suppliers of Services to Thomas Fayerweather of Boston and Cambridge, 1753–1802Eric G. Grundset (continued from 164:272)
Reviews of Books
NEHGS Members can view a PDF of the January issue on AmericanAncestors.org.
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In the closing days of the last Congress, legislation was passed allowing charitable gifts to be made from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Retroactive to January 1, 2010, donors at least 70 ½ years of age may now make direct transfers of up to $100,000 from either traditional or Roth IRAs to NEHGS and have gifts count toward the minimum IRA distribution requirements. Icing on the cake for donors who take advantage of these gifts during January 2011, distributions may be used toward fulfilling 2010 as well as 2011 required IRA minimum distribution. Visit AmericanAncestors.org/ira/ for more information.
Research Recommendations: FamilySearch.org Problemsby Michael J. Leclerc
As part of moving content to the new FamilySearch.org website, the Family History Library Catalog was recently launched on the new site. While at the library teaching at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy a couple of weeks ago, we discovered a major problem with this new catalog. It is incomplete, a situation which the development team is working to address.
On the home page of the new FamilySearch.org is a link that says “Go to the previous site.” Click on that link and use the catalog on the old site for your searches. Unfortunately, that site is only being supported modestly, and will often run slowly and with problems. Despite those frustrations, it is better to use that catalog to ensure that you have the best knowledge of what is available through the library. Hopefully this problem will be fixed soon.
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Name Originsby Julie Helen Otto
ZIMRI (m): A son of Zerah, brother of ETHAN and HEMAN (1 Chron. 2:3). Samuel and Mary (Baker) Allen of Salisbury and Cornwall, Conn. took this verse literally. Three of their six sons — Ethan Allen, the hero of Ticonderoga; Zimri Allen; and Heman Allen — were named from this one verse.
This Week's Survey
The survey two weeks ago asked about your online activities. The results are below. Reading books and articles is extremely popular. Discussion forums, which used to be wildly popular, are now falling out of favor. And very few respondents watch genealogy-related videos or participate in webinars.
Read books and ArticlesGenealogy related, 19%Non-Genealogy, 2%Both, 72%Don’t use, 6%
Participate in Discussion ForumsGenealogy related, 19%Non-Genealogy Related, 4%Both, 14%Don’t use, 63%
Watch VideosGenealogy related, 4%Non-Genealogy, 27%Both, 29%Don’t use, 38%
Participate in WebinarsGenealogy related, 14%Non-Genealogy, 7%Both, 8%Don’t use, 69%
Run a WebsiteGenealogy related, 9%Non-Genealogy, 5%Both, 4%Don’t do, 80%
Last week’s survey asked about your use of online trees. The vast majority of respondents, 74%, use online family trees for clues, but don't download them into their files or add them to their tree. 5% have linked other online family trees directly into their family trees without verifying all sources by checking the original — an extremely dangerous practice that will certainly lead to much pruning of the tree at some point. The full results are as follows:
74%, I use online family trees for clues, but don't download them into my files or add them to my tree.26%, I have uploaded my family tree, and it is available to the public.16%, I have downloaded online family trees into a separate file in my database so I can later verify the information.10%, I have uploaded my family tree, but it is private and not publicly accessible.8%, I don't use online family trees.8%, I have linked other online family trees directly into my family tree only after verifying all sources by checking the original.5%, I have linked other online family trees directly into my family tree without verifying all sources by checking the original.
This week’s survey asks about national institutes. Take the survey now!
Spotlight: Ohio Library Databases by Valerie Beaudrault
Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, Ohio
Stow and Munroe Falls are cities in the east-central portion of Summit County, located in northeastern Ohio. The mission of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Local History Archives is “to preserve the history of the communities of Stow and Munroe Falls, Ohio.”
The library has made an obituary index available on its website. Click on the Local History Collection link and scroll to the bottom of the page to access the Obituary Index. Click on the Obituaries link to open the database search page. The index may be searched by a number of name options: Last name, First name, Middle name. Maiden name, Spouse last name, and Spouse first name. You may also browse the database by clicking on the “complete list” link above the search box.
The data fields in the search results are name, including maiden name; spouse, age, place, and date of death. The list may be ordered alphabetically by name, by age or by date of death by clicking on the data field header. Click on the name link to open a detailed record, which also includes the name of the publication in which the obituary appeared and the date of publication. The earliest records in the index are from the mid-nineteenth century.
Back on the Local History Collection page, you will also find an Area History link. Click on the link to view short narratives describing the Stow-Munroe Falls area history.
Extension Library District of Huron County, Ohio
Huron County is centrally located in northern Ohio. The Extension Library District of Huron County, which serves the communities of Greenwich, North Fairfield, Wakeman, and Willard, the main library. The library has made two indexes available on its website.
Willard Area Births and ObituariesAccording to the website, the birth and obituary databases each contain more than 10,000 records. Both operate in the same manner. Click on the Magnifying Glass icon, which is located above the displayed records, to open a detailed search form. Click on Show All Records to clear your search and on the “More Details” icon to open a details record page. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the controls that will allow you to move from one page of records to another.
Click on the Birth Announcement link to access the index. The Birth Announcement index may be searched by the following: last name, first name, birth date, parent(s) name(s), and newspaper title, date, and page number. The earliest records appear to be from 1950. The data fields in the search results are last name, first name, birth date, parents, and more data. Click on the name link to view a detailed record, which also includes the newspaper title, date of publication, and page number on which the announcement appeared.
Click on the Obituary Index link to access the obituary database. The earliest records appear to be from the mid-1960s. The Obituary Index may be searched by the following: last name, first name, date of birth, date of death, and newspaper title, date, and page number. The data fields in the search results are last name, first name, death date, and more data. In some cases the deceased’s age at death rather than date of death appears in the death date field. Click on the name link to view a detailed record, which also includes the newspaper title, date of publication, and page number on which the obituary appeared.
Stories of Interest
Flooding Damages Athenaeum CollectionsThe Boston Globe is reporting the temporary closure of the Boston Athenaeum after thousands of books as well as antiques and works of art were damaged from a water leak on the first floor.
Cunning, Care, and Sheer Luck Save Rare MapThe Brooklyn Historical Society recently unveiled a newly-preserved treasure. One of only four known copies of a 1770 map of New York City.
Three New Titles from NEHGS
The Bookstore at NEHGS is happy to announce the arrival of three long anticipated titles:
Manuscripts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, First Comprehensive Editionedited by Timothy G.X. Salls and Judith Lucey
New York Probate Records: A Genealogist s Guide to Testate and Intestate Records, Second Editionby Gordon Remington
The Classic Reprints Catalog
For a full description or to purchase any of these titles, simply click on the above links or call toll free at 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:
You can search the entire Classic Reprints catalog online at http://www.americanancestors.org/store/. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view a full listing of upcoming programs at americanancestors.org/calendar.aspx .
New Visitor and Welcome TourFebruary 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 AmericaFebruary 23, 2011Benjamin 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
London Heritage Long WeekendFebruary 22–28, 2011Discover 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 TourMarch 6–13, 2011Research 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 SeminarMarch 19, 2011Join 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.
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