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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 14, No. 6
    Whole #516
    February 9, 2011
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault
    dailygenealogist@nehgs.org

    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.

    Contents:
    * NERGC Early Bird Deadline Approaching
    * Earliest American Broadside Family Register Now Online
    * Research Recommendations: Ohio Memory Project
    * Name Origins
    * This Week's Survey
    * Spotlight: Library Databases: Ohio and Minnesota
    * Stories of Interest
    * Save 20–35% On African-American Titles
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

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    NERGC Early Bird Deadline Approaching

    NEHGS is one of twenty-two participating organizations of the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) 2011. NERGC will be held April 6–10, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts. More than sixty top speakers from the United States, Ireland, and Poland will be speaking at the conference, including NEHGS staff members David Allen Lambert, Michael J. Leclerc, Judy Lucey and D. Joshua Taylor. Keynote speakers include John Philip Colletta and Paul Milner. Other events at the conference include the Society Fair, special workshops, Special Interest Groups, an Exhibitor Hall, the Ancestors Road Show and much, much more.

    Save $25 by registering before the February 15th Early Bird Deadline. For more details, visit www.nergc.org.

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    Earliest American Broadside Family Register Now Online

    Family records for the Bollinger, Cooper, Dunham, Harris, Marsh, Melley, Nason, Partridge, Quicksell, and Roche families have been added to the NEHGS Digital Library and Archive. The register of the children of Rudolph and Elisabeth and Catherine (Blum) Bollinger dates from 1763 and is the earliest known American broadside family register. It was printed by the Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Bollinger register has long been a treasure of the NEHGS collections, and we are pleased to make it available online for our members to view.

    If you plan to view multiple items in the Digital Library, we recommend that you begin by logging in at http://library.nehgs.org/patroninfo. Once you log in, click the “Search Catalog” button or the “New Books & E-books” link to start using the digital collections. On the “New Books & E-books” page, you can browse a list of the family records in the Digital Library by selecting “Online Family Records.” The records are presented in order by surname.

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    Research Recommendations: Ohio Memory Project
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Nearly 50,000 new items were made available when the Ohio Memory Project launched a new website. Ohio Memory is a collaborative project of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio. The project’s mission is “to provide access to historical treasures of Ohio, bringing together primary sources from all parts of the state.” The focus is on information that celebrates state and local history; encourages cooperation between archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and other cultural organizations; and allows the global community to discover and explore Ohio’s rich past.

    You can browse the collections by subject, place, or contributor. You can also search by keywords, exact phrases, or individual words. Browsing under the word actress revealed photographs of Ethel Barrymore as well as the Gish sisters. Marching Bands brought images of musicians from the 1920s to The Ohio State University in the 1960s.

    If you have Ohio ancestry, this is a great website for adding social context and history to their lives. You can find out more at www.ohiomemory.org.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    OMAR (m): Omar ibn al-Khattab, second Caliph of Baghdad, succeeded Abu-Bekr in 634 A.D. but was murdered in 644 A.D. by Firoz, a Persian slave. Omar’s daughter Hafsah was third wife of the Prophet Mohammed.

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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about family health history information. 38% of respondents have gathered information, but have not yet compiled the data. 6% have gathered no data, but plan to do so in the future. The full results are:

    • 38%, I have gathered information on family health issues, but have not yet compiled the data.
    • 25%, I have compiled a family health history and shared it with my health care provider.
    • 24%, I do not plan to compile a family health history at this time.
    • 7%, I have compiled a family health history but have not yet shared it with my health care provider.
    • 6%, I have have gathered no data for a family health history, but plan to do one.

    This week’s survey asks how you handle researching the lines of adopted individuals. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Library Databases: Ohio and Minnesota
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Dayton Metro Library, Ohio

    The city of Dayton, seat for Montgomery County, is in located southwestern Ohio. The Dayton Metro Library has made two newspaper indexes available on its website. Click on the Research & Databases link in the site’s contents list to access the library’s online resources.

    Dayton Newspaper Index
    This database indexes newspaper articles of significance to local Dayton area. The newspapers indexed here include the Dayton Daily News, Dayton Journal Herald, Dayton City Paper, Dayton Magazine, Downtowner, and Impact Weekly for the period from 1985 through 2003. This database is an index only, with basic information about the story listed and where it can be found in the newspaper. Full-text articles are not available online. You may contact the library by phone or email to learn more information on obtaining a copy of an article.

    The search fields include keyword, article title, newspaper title, and date published (month, day, year). The search results are returned in order by date, but you can change the sort order by using the drop-down box at the end of the form. The data fields in the search results are article title, newspaper title, date, and citation.

    Dayton Obituary Index
    This databases indexes obituaries and death notices appearing in Dayton newspapers for the periods between 1850 and 1890, 1920 and 1931, and from 1985 through the present. Currently, this index only includes records from the Dayton Daily Journal. Full-text articles are not available online. You may contact the library by phone or email to learn more about how to get a copy of an article you find.

    The search fields include keyword, last name, first name, newspaper title, date published (month, day, year), and newspaper citation (volume, issue, page, column). The search results are returned in order by date, but you can change the sort order by using the drop-down bo']x at the end of the form. The data fields in the search results are name of the deceased, newspaper title, date, citation, and note. Information in the Note field includes, but is not limited to, family relationships, date died, age when died, cause of death, and information about services for the deceased.

    Duluth Public Library, Minnesota

    The city of Duluth, located in northeastern Minnesota, is the seat of St. Louis County. The Duluth Public Library has made two indexes available on its website. Click on the Electronic Resources link in the site’s contents list to access the library’s online resources and scroll down to the Genealogy section.

    Obituary Index
    This database indexes obituaries printed in the Duluth News-Tribune and Duluth Herald for the period from 1962 to the present. The search boxes include name search, city search, and year and month of death. You also have the option to determine the number of records returned, between 500 and 1,000, and how they are sorted, by name or city. Copies of obituaries may be ordered from the library. They may be requested by mail or by using the online form provided.

    Duluth-Area War Casualties and POWs — World War II and Korean War
    This database contains information on military personnel from the Duluth area who were killed or captured during World War II and the Korean War. As noted on the website, the database is incomplete and is a work in progress. The data fields in the search results include name, address, rank, service branch, date of incident (killed, captured, etc.), and a brief description of what happened. Each record has at least one citation to an article about the individual that appeared in the Duluth News Tribune or the Duluth Herald. The records are full text searchable. The search fields are keyword(s), rank, branch of service, or date range. You also have the option to determine the number of records returned, between 10 and 50. You must enter text in the keyword field (name, citation, town). There are instructions on how to enter information in the search field. Copies of article may be ordered from the library.

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    Stories of Interest

    Civil War 150
    The Washington Post has ongoing special coverage of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

    A'Lelia Bundles: Family History
    A'Lelia Bundles grew up knowing that the women in her family were special, but it wasn't until she was in college though, that she realized just how much her grandmothers contributed to the world.

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    Save 20–35% On African-American Titles

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is happy to announce the arrival of three long anticipated titles:

    Twenty Families of Color in Massachusetts by Franklin A. Dorman, Normally $29.95, Now $23.96

    Finding Oprah’s Roots, Finding Your Own by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Normally $19.95, Now $13.00

    The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed, Normally $19.95, Now $15.00

    Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African-American Family Tree by Tony Burroughs Normally $21.00, Now $16.80

    In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Normally $27.50, Now $17.85

    Prices do not include shipping. Discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts. Prices good through 2/15, while supplies last. For a full description or to purchase any of these titles, visit AmericanAncestors.org or call toll free 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:

    • 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 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 sales@nehgs.org.

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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 jtaylor@nehgs.org.

    You can view a full listing of upcoming programs at americanancestors.org/calendar.aspx .

    Lectures

    Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America
    February 23, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
    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

    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.

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