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  • The Weekly Genealogist
    Vol. 14, No. 43
    Whole #554
    October 26, 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.

    * NEHGS Database News
    * Irish Genealogy Study Group at NEHGS
    * Nominations Sought for the 2012 Genealogy Hall of Fame
    * A Note from the Editor: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
    * Name Origins
    * This Week’s Survey
    * Spotlight: Florida Obituary and Cemetery Indexes
    * Stories of Interest
    * Last Chance to Buy the New Great Migration Volume at the Introductory Price
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    NEHGS Database News
    by Sam Sturgis and Ryan Woods

    New Netherland Connections, volumes 14 & 15
    This week we are adding 6,990 names (from volumes 14 and 15, 2009 and 2010) to our New Netherland Connections database. This concludes the run of New Netherland Connections, which ceased publication in December 2010

    Begun in 1996, New Netherland Connections was a genealogical quarterly that aimed to help people trying to identify and document New Netherland ancestors and their descendants. The publication focused on the Dutch colonial period (1624–1664) In New York and New Jersey. Each issue of approximately 28 pages contained feature articles, queries and replies to queries, and items of Dutch colonial interest.

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    Irish Genealogy Study Group at NEHGS

    NEHGS member Mary Ellen Grogan is organizing an Irish Study Group for people who wish to share genealogical problems, offer research methods and solutions, and exchange general information. The sessions will be educational and fun. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    The group will meet on the fourth Saturday of the month (beginning this Saturday, Oct. 29), at 9:30 a.m. in the NEHGS Education Center, second floor, 99-101 Newbury St., BostonContact Mary Ellen for more information.

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    Nominations Sought for the 2012 Genealogy Hall of Fame

    The National Genealogical Society is seeking nominations from the genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. The NGS Genealogy Hall of Fame program increases appreciation of the high standards advocated and achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today.

    Since 1986, when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, twenty‐four outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions. The 2012 honoree will join this select group of distinguished members. This year’s selection, and the society that honored the nominee, will be feted at the 2012 NGS Family History Conference to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, 9–12 May 2012.

    Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are made by genealogical societies and historical societies throughout the United States. Nominees must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least ten years, must be deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.

    Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are due by 31 January on an official nomination form. A list of previous inductees is available online.

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    A Note from the Editor: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

    Last Saturday marked the grand opening of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s state-of-the-art new quarters on the third floor of the Boston Public Library's historic McKim Building in Copley Square, Boston. The Map Center was created in 2004 in an unusual public-private agreement between the BPL and map collector-philanthropist Norman Leventhal. This partnership has enabled public access to the 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases in the Library's collection.

    The Boston Public Library is located at 700 Boylston Street, just two blocks from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Through December 31, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center presents the exhibition Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. “This multimedia display takes a geographic and cartographic approach to exploring and illuminating the causes of the conflict, the conduct of the War and how the War was remembered in later years. It showcases fifty historic maps interwoven with forty photographs, paintings, prints, diaries, political cartoons, music and press of the period, all from the Boston Public Library's special collections.”

    Many of the Norman B. Leventhal’s Map Center’s resources are available online. Visitors to the website can view the extensive collections and browse by location, subject, date, publisher, author, and projection. Collection highlights include maps of colonial Boston and New England, of the Golden Age of Dutch cartography, and of the American Revolution. Also featured are nineteenth-century county and town land ownership maps, urban fire insurance and real estate atlases, and bird’s-eye views. Three virtual tours are also available: “Boston and Beyond: A Bird's Eye View of New England,” “Faces and Places,” and “Journeys of the Imagination.”

    Maps can be downloaded (in moderate and high .jpeg resolution), and copies of maps published prior to 1923 can be purchased; these fine art reproductions are printed with archival inks on archival paper. When viewing a map, you can click on the Buy a Map link. Your choices will include four different print sizes as well as a mug or mousepad.  


    Final Thoughts on “Tax Photos”

    With this issue of The Weekly Genealogist, we conclude our look at taxable property databases that include photographs. Two readers have provided additional websites.

    J. Hansen writes: “The "Property Search" link on the auditor’s website for Hamilton County, Ohio (which includes Cincinnati), allows for searches for specific addresses. Be sure to follow the directions and DO NOT put "street," "road," etc., in the search box, just the name of the street where indicated. DO put in E, W, N, S, in the appropriate box. If you click on the various links on the left, you can access a current image, find information about ownership and taxes, and use a zoomable map. The more you explore this site, the more there is to see.”

    Another reader writes: “I frequently use the Directory of Iowa Assessors website. I believe 66 of Iowa's 99 counties have information online. Many provide photos of homes and include the years they were built (at least in Fayette County). Some counties may be searched by name or address. The upper right-hand corner contains links to similar databases for a few other Midwestern states, but Iowa seems to have the best coverage.”

    More databases of this type are no doubt available. I recommend checking auditor and assessor websites for ancestral towns, cities, and counties of interest.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ADONIRAM (m): In Hebrew, the approximate meaning is “My Lord is exalted.” Adoniram, son of Abda, appears in a personnel list of Solomon’s officials in 1 Kings 4:6, and is an overseer of tribute, or conscript, crews for building the Temple and other projects. An early bearer of the name in New England was Adoniram Treadwell, b. Woodbury, Conn. 14 January 1700. The name became very popular early in the nineteenth century in tribute to Rev. Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), a native of Malden, Mass. (If your ancestor is Adoniram J., the “J.” is very likely “Judson”). This name was often abbreviated as NIRAM, as in the case of Niram Blackman (1762-1812) of Brookfield, Connecticut.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked where you had done genealogical research. The results are:

    • 95%, Cemetery
    • 86%, Local library
    • 82%, City or town clerk’s office/county courthouse
    • 76%, Genealogical society
    • 76%, Family History Library/Family History Center
    • 70%, Local or state historical society
    • 60%, State archives
    • 58%, Site of an ancestor’s home or business
    • 53%, National Archives
    • 52%, Church/religious archives
    • 39%, University library
    • 33%, Special library
    • 21%, Other

    This week's survey asks whether you have published a printed family history. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Florida Obituary and Cemetery Indexes
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Obituary Index, Genealogical Society of Collier County, Florida
    Collier County is located on the southwestern coast of Florida. Naples is the county seat. Volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Collier County indexed obituaries and death notices published in the Naples newspapers. There are nearly 60,000 records in the index, which covers the period from July 28, 1927, to January 2008. Some unspecified periods are missing from the microfilm and, therefore, have not been indexed.

    Click on the link above the first paragraph to access the database. You can search the database by clicking on the search link, or you can browse the alphabetical database records list by clicking on the ‘List All’ link. The database can be searched by surname, given name, date of death, and newspaper date of issue and page number. You can also search by keyword and sort the results by any of the data fields.

    Obituary Database, Lee County Genealogical Society, Florida
    Lee County is located on the southwestern coast of Florida, just north of Collier County. Fort Myers is its county seat. The Lee County Genealogical Society has made an obituary database available on its website. Click on the Lee County Deaths link in the contents list to access the alphabetical database. There are more than 65,000 records in the index from the Fort Myers News-Press. You can search the database by last name. The data fields include last name, first name, age, newspaper title, date of death notice, and date of obituary. Click on the eye symbol under the actions header to open the detailed record page. Additional data fields include age, town, newspaper section and page number, photo, obituary publication dates, and a notes / comments field.

    St. John’s Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida
    Pensacola is a seaport located in the Florida panhandle. It is the county seat of Escambia County. St. John’s Cemetery is located in Pensacola. The cemetery was established in 1876. The Friends of St. John’s Cemetery Foundation has made a burials database available on its website. Click on the ‘About’ link to learn the cemetery’s history. Click on the Burials link to access the database search page. The search fields include last name, birth year, and death year, as well as section and lot designations. The data fields in the search results include name, birth date, death date, section, lot, space, maiden name, spouse’s name, birthplace, and comments. Click on the name link for additional information. Click on the Section link to open the St. John’s Cemetery Locater Map. To zoom in on a location on the map, click once and move your cursor over the image or double click on the map to open a new page and click again to enlarge it. Click on the Heritage link in the menu bar to access lists of burial records by categories including clergy, government, journalism, prominent citizens, and medical.

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    Stories of Interest

    Science and Genealogy Unite to Profile Typical Irish Person
    Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Genealogical Society of Ireland plan to build an “Irish DNA atlas,” which “will map individual families to their ancestral homes, but will also show up the subtle genetic differences between being from Bantry as opposed to Ballinasloe.”

    Love of Family History Drives Tennessee Man to Alaska in Quest for Gold-Searching Ancestor
    A genealogist traveled to the remote Alaska burial site of his ancestor who died in 1899 on a gold rush expedition.

    A Melodic Emblem Falls Out of Tune
    In Paris, four major bells on the northern towers of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, rung every fifteen minutes since 1856, are scheduled to be melted down and replaced in 2012.

    This Book Belongs To ___: The Lost Art of Bookplates
    A new volume on bookplates leads to musings on the history of these miniature works of art.

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    Last Chance to Buy the New Great Migration Volume at the Introductory Price

    This is the last week to order The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII: T-Y at the discounted rate of $54.95. After 10/31/11, the price will be $64.95. Order online, or call toll free at 1-888-296-3447. Prices do not include shipping.

    Classic Reprints

    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:

    • A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, Massachusetts, Containing Boston Births from A.D. 1700 to A.D. 1800 (Item P2-6826000, $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)
    • Abstracts of Wills of Greene County, New York, Volume I 1800–60 (Item P5-NY0433-1S, $18.00)

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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. View a listing of upcoming programs. For more information, please contact call 617-226-1226 or

    Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research
    January 21 – April 28, 2012 - Charles River Campus
    Boston University’s Certificate in Genealogical Research helps participants reach their goals of professionalism. Designed to accommodate a range of backgrounds — serious amateurs, budding professionals, or experts with CGs® — this rigorous 14-week weekend program will help advance genealogical work to the next level. NEHGS members receive a 10% tuition discount.

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