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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 15, No. 10
    Whole #573
    March 7, 2012
    Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudrault
    dailygenealogist@nehgs.org

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    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:
    * Now Available from NEHGS: Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 5th Edition
    * NEHGS Database News
    * A Note from the Editor: Illustrated Family Records from National Archive Pension Files
    * Name Origins
    * This Week’s Survey
    * Spotlight: Lebanon [Indiana] Public Library
    * Stories of Interest
    * March Madness Sale
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information

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    Now Available from NEHGS: Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 5th Edition
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc
    Publisher: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston
    Copyright: 2012, Softcover, 7 x 10, 432 pp.
    Price: $24.95

    Delve deeper into your New England roots with this indispensable how-to guide and directory. Learn the ins and outs of New England research while locating records in repositories, libraries, and genealogical societies across Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This new fifth edition also features introductory essays explaining research basics and resources unique to each state, nearly eighty state and county maps, a listing of each town’s parent and daughter towns, and a new user-friendly design.

    Order your copy today! For more information, call 1-888-296-3447or email the NEHGS Book Store.

    (Please note that all backorders for the Genealogist's Handbook have been shipped as of March 7.)


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    NEHGS Database News
    by Sam Sturgis, Digital Collections Administrator, and Ryan Woods, Director of Internet Technology

    The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vols. 16–20

    Volumes 16 to 20 (publication years 1948 to 1957) have been added and volumes 1 to 20 are currently available to search. Additional volumes will be added regularly throughout the year.

    The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, published since 1895 by the Philadelphia-based Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, publishes family histories, original records, book reviews, and scholarly essays.

    Early volumes (1895–1947) of the magazine, then called Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, focused on southeastern Pennsylvania and neighboring areas of New Jersey and Delaware, and featured original records and documents, including public records, election returns, vital records, court records, census reports, and immigration records.

    From 1948 to 1964, the journal primarily published biographies and family histories. In 1965, the journal expanded the focus of its scholarship to facilitate genealogical research beyond southeastern Pennsylvania and has maintained a more or less consistent balance between publishing compiled genealogies and original source materials.

    From 2001 the journal has also published “genealogical summaries” to accompany all compiled genealogies and has further expanded its geographical scope to emphasize research on the European backgrounds of immigrants to Pennsylvania.


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    A Note from the Editor: Illustrated Family Records from National Archive Pension Files
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Weekly Genealogist reader Jacob Sievers of Somerville, Massachusetts, emailed me with a link to a remarkable collection of 220 illustrated family records that are part of the National Archives’ Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application files. Beginning last July, the National Archives began to contribute tens of thousands of files to Wikimedia Commons, and these images are among them. These family records were submitted as part of the documentation required for a veteran or a veteran’s family member to receive a pension, and then became permanently attached to the veteran’s file.

    View the collection.

    I was fascinated by the beauty and variety of these records. I saw illustrated family records, birth, baptismal, and memorial certificates — in English and German, hand-drawn and pre-printed. I looked at examples from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. And I thought about the people whose names were listed so carefully on the certificates and I wondered if they understood when they mailed them away that they weren’t going to be getting them back. Perhaps for years afterward people thought wistfully about the family papers they’d sent to Washington. But sending them to Washington also had the positive effect of preserving them and making them widely available today.


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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    WALTER SCOTT (m): Walter Scott Morse, b. Edgartown, Mass., in May 1849, son of Stephen and Sarah P. (Butler) Morse, the father a cooper (Edgartown VRs, pp. 50, 150), was named for the great Scottish poet and novelist Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832).


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    This Week's Survey

    Last week’s survey asked whether any of your ancestral surnames were changed. The results are:

    65%, Yes, one or more of my ancestral surnames were changed.
    35%, No, I am not aware of any changes in my ancestral surnames.

    This week's survey asks whether you have a family story of how an ancestor’s name was changed by an immigration official. Take the survey now!


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    Spotlight: Lebanon [Indiana] Public Library
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Lebanon [Indiana] Public Library

    The city of Lebanon, which is the county seat of Boone County, is located in central Indiana. The Lebanon Public Library has made a number of indexes available on its website through the library’s Heritage Center. The files are in PDF format. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

    Cemetery Indexes
    There are nine Boone County cemetery indexes on the website: Beck Cemetery, Bethel Cemetery, Cason Cemetery, Dover Cemetery, Moore Cemetery, Jones-Parr Cemetery, Old Eagle/Cox Cemetery, Pitzer Cemetery (also known as the Beeler Cemetery or Harmon Cemetery), and Richardson (Big Springs) Cemetery. The data fields vary from cemetery to cemetery, and include some or all of the following: last name, first name, date of birth, date of death, age at death, daughter/son of, wife/husband of, same stone, additional information, and military information. The Dover Cemetery file contains an index to the burials of veterans. The information contained in the records is as follows: full name, dates of birth and death, service information, and section/plot information.

    Newspaper Indexes
    There are a number of newspaper indexes in this section compiled from two Lebanon newspapers. The following are from the Lebanon Reporter:

    Index to Birth Notices: This index covers the period from 2010 to 2011. The data fields are last name, first name, birth date, newspaper date, page number, father’s name, and mother’s name.

    Indexes to Marriage Notices: There are two marriage notice indexes. One is for the period from 1945 through 1959. It is organized into two alphabetical databases by groom’s name and by bride’s name. The data fields are groom’s full name, bride’s full name, date of newspaper, page number, type, and notes. There is a key to the abbreviations found in the type field. The second index covers the period from 2010 through 2011. The data fields are groom’s full name, bride’s full name, date of marriage, date of newspaper, and page number.

    Index to Divorce Notices: The divorce index covers the period from 1945 through 1959. It is organized alphabetically by husband’s name. The data fields are husband’s last name, husband’s first name, wife’s last name, wife’s first name, date of newspaper, page number, and type. There is a key to the abbreviations found in the type field.

    Index to Obituaries and Death Notices: This index covers the period from 1945 through 2011. The data fields include last name, first name, date of newspaper, page number, and maiden name. There are nearly 39,000 records in the database.

    The following indexes are from the Lebanon Patriot and Weekly Patriot:

    Index of Divorce Notices appearing in 1870: This database contains four divorce records that appeared in the newspaper in 1870.

    Indexes of Marriage Notices from 1870–73: There are two marriage notice indexes, covering the period between 1870 and 1873. One database is sorted alphabetically by groom’s name, and the other is alphabetical by bride’s name. The data fields are groom’s full name, bride’s full name, type abbreviation, newspaper name, date of paper, and page/column number.

    Index of Obituaries and Death Notices: This index covers the period from 1870 through 1873. The data fields include last name, first name, death date, age at death, newspaper title, newspaper date, page number and column, born (when and where), place of death/source, father, mother, and spouse.

    Index of Personal and Real Estate Sale Notices: This database indexes personal and real estate sale notices that appeared in the newspapers from 1870 through 1873. The data fields include last name, first name, newspaper title, newspaper date, page number and column, date of sale, and type of sale.

    Professional Indexes
    In this section the library has uploaded an index of Boone County Teachers for 1883 to 1885. The data fields include teacher’s name, township, academic year, and district number. If a teacher taught in both school years, there will be two records for that individual. There are about 250 records in the index.

    Social Club Indexes
    This section contains an index to the Roster of Sojourning Members of the Boone County Lodge for the period from 1917 through 1925. The data fields include the name, age, lodge name, lodge number, location, address, and register date.

    Vital Records Indexes
    This database indexes Boone County divorces for the period between 1830 and 1879. The records were abstracted from the Civil Order and Judgment Docket Books, which are held by the Boone County Clerk’s Office in Lebanon. The data fields in the index include last name, first name, maiden name, children, and page number.


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    Stories of Interest

    In a Flood Tide of Digital Data, an Ark Full of Books
    The physical archive of the Internet Archive has collected over 500,000 texts toward a goal of ten million printed volumes.

    How Much Is Nostalgia Worth? Putting a Price on Family Bibles
    An examination of the value and collectability of old Bibles.

    World War II Love Story: Letters help Newnan couple find soldier's family
    This article traces the journey of a collection of letters written by a World War II soldier from Pittsburgh to his Georgia girlfriend.


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    March Madness Sale

    The NEHGS Book Store is offering a baker’s dozen of titles at prices up to 50% off!

    Shaking Your Family Tree by Ralph J. Crandall. Normally $19.95, Now $9.95.

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    Pepperell, Massachusetts, Vital Records to the Year 1850
    . Normally $40.00, Now $20.00.

    Irish Names and Surnames*
    by Rev. Patrick Woulfe. Normally $65.00, Now $45.00.

    New Englanders in the 1600s: A Guide to Genealogical Research Published Between 1980 and 2005 (First Edition/2005) by Martin E. Hollick. Normally $19.95, Now $15.00.

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    Medieval Welsh Ancestors of Certain Americans* by Carl Boyer III. Normally $35.00, Now $22.50.

    Prices good through March 16, 2012, while supplies last. Prices do not include shipping. Massachusetts residents should add 6.25% sales tax on starred items. No additional discounts available on these sales items. To order by phone, please call 617-226-1212.

    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 Brief History of John Valentine Kratz and a Complete Genealogical Register (Item P4-H17151, $53.50)
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    • Town History of Weare, N.H., from 1888 (Item P5-NH0205H, $37.50)
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    Search the entire Classic Reprints catalog. 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

    New York Family History Day
    Tarrytown, New York
    Saturday, March 17
    Join the New England Historic Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com for New York Family History Day on March 17 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.

    We invite you to join us for a special day of discovery and exploration. Full day registration is just $44, and includes free parking. Registration is filling up quickly! To learn more or to register, visit www.FamilyHistoryDay.com. Please note that one-on-one consultations are sold out for this event.

    Discovering American War of 1812 Veterans
    99-101 Newbury St
    March 21, 2012 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

    This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Over the past decade, the USS Constitution Museum has researched the lives of over 1,000 members of the Constitution’s War of 1812 crew. Join us as USS Constitution Museum Research Historian Matthew Brenckle presents newly discovered personal stories of the men who made “Old Ironsides” famous. Then, learn how to research War of 1812 veterans using a variety of sources with David Allen Lambert, NEHGS’s Online Genealogist and an expert in tracing military ancestors. Co-sponsored with the USS Constitution Museum. Free

    Spring Weekend Research Getaway: Discovering New England’s Records
    99-101 Newbury St., Boston
    March 29, 2012–March 31, 2012

    NEHGS Weekend Research Getaways combine personal, guided research at the NEHGS Research Library with themed educational lectures to create a unique experience for every participant. Personal consultations with NEHGS genealogists throughout the program allow participants to explore their own genealogical projects, while guided by the nation’s leading family history experts. This year's Spring Weekend Research Getaway, “Discovering New England’s Records,” offers lectures focused on getting the most out of the many records available in New England. Staff will explore techniques and strategies for using sources in print, online, and on film. Land and probate record research will also be highlighted.

    More information and registration forms can be accessed by visiting the events page on AmericanAncestors.org.


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