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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 15, No. 24 
    Whole #587
    June 13, 2012
    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
    A Note from the Editor: Ancestral Items on eBay
    Name Origins
    The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    Spotlight: Local History Archives, Park County, Colorado 
    Stories of Interest
    Bookstore Sale 
    Upcoming Education Programs
    NEHGS Contact Information


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

    The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–35, volume 6, R-S, by Robert Charles Anderson

    This Great Migration database, covering surnames beginning with R through S, is the sixth of seven volumes in a series documenting the watershed years of 1634 and 1635 — a time of rapid migration and settlement.

    Each entry for a featured individual includes:

    • Place of origin, if known
    • Date and ship on which they arrived in New England, if known
    • Earliest known record of the individual or family
    • First residence and subsequent residences, when known
    • Return trips to their country of origin, whether temporary or permanent
    • Bibliographical information such as birth, death, marriage(s), children, and other important family relationships, church memberships, and civil and military offices held.

    The full introduction to this volume is available for download as a pdf file. The introduction includes a description of the methodology used to create the sketches as well as thorough descriptions of the sources used. 

    This database provides an index to the sketches of 201 Great Migration individuals, and the 7,539 name references contained within those sketches. The images of the original book pages are available from the search results pages.

    For more on the Great Migration Study Project, visit

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    A Note from the Editor: Ancestral Items on eBay 
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Prompted by the recent discussion in The Weekly Genealogist on ancestral possessions, Richard Chamberlin of Irvine, California, wrote to say that he found two family items on eBay. “One is a photo of my great-grandmother Susie Davis of San Franciso, ca. 1880, that my sister found and purchased. The other is a memorial album honoring my great-great-grandmother Louisa Perry Glazier, who died in Sturbridge, Mass., in 1888. In addition to pictures of her and one of her sons, the album contains more than thirty photos of relatives (but sadly only a couple of them are labeled). I discovered that the album was bought by a speculator at an estate sale in Fall River, Mass., about 2003 but the seller didn’t know whose estate it was. The album cost $56, but I was happy to pay it.”

    NEHGS Staff Genealogist David Dearborn, who has long studied all branches of the Dearborn family, found a large framed charcoal portrait of Samuel8 Dearborn (1831–1895) of Fryeburg, Maine, about ten years ago on eBay. He purchased the portrait for $140 from a seller in Queens who was not connected to the Dearborns. Unlike with many items auctioned on eBay, the subject of the portrait could easily be identified. A previous owner had pasted a copy of Samuel Dearborn’s July 1895 obituary on the bottom corner of the frame. Although David is not closely related to this particular Dearborn, Samuel Dearborn is one of the clan and now has a place of honor on a wall in David’s house.

    The grandparents of NEHGS Director of Research Services Suzanne Stewart owned The Washington, an inn located in Wells Beach, Maine. Before her grandparents bought the inn, it had been called The Minnetonka. Suzanne found and purchased a postcard of The Minnetonka on eBay.

    I have saved searches on eBay for several of my ancestral surnames — and for specific high school yearbooks I’d like to purchase — but so far I’ve never found any items connected to any of my direct ancestors. However, I continue to be optimistic!

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    CREUSA/CRUSA (f): There were several Creusas in Greek mythology, including one of the less well-known daughters of Priam, King of Troy, by his wife Hecuba. Probably the best known, however, was Creusa, daughter of Erechtheus, King of Athens in legendary times. Seduced by the god Apollo, she bore a son, Ion, whom she tried to kill to conceal her shame, but without success. It was fortunate that she failed — Ion gave his name to Ionia (a region in Greece/Asia Minor); the Ionian Sea and Ionian Islands (including Ithaca), off Greece; the Ionian column, dear to our Greek-Revival ancestors; Ionia Co., Michigan; and towns of this name in Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, and elsewhere, to name a few. Creusa married a lord named Xuthus, by whom she bore a son Achaicus — whose name sounds derived from the same root as Achaia/Achaea(n), first defined as a district in the Peloponnesus bordering on the Gulf of Corinth, north on Elis and Arcadia; later as a Roman province “corresponding approximately to modern Greece.” (Clarence L. Barnhart, William D. Halsey et al., New Century Encyclopedia of Names, 3 vols. (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1954) 1:1127-28 (Creusa); 28 (Achaea, etc.).

    Crusa Cook, daughter of Stephen and Joanna (Scott) Cook, was born at Bellingham, Mass. 14 March 1775 (Bellingham VRs, p. 24). The late eighteenth century saw a great revival of the classical tradition in all branches of the arts and letters, including popular culture.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked how you read books electronically. The results are:

    50%, Laptop or desktop computer
    32%, I do not read books electronically.
    24%, Amazon Kindle
    16%, Tablet (including the iPad) 
    8%, Barnes and Noble Nook
    7%, Smart phone (including the iPhone)
    <1%, Sony Reader
    <1%, Kobo E-reader
    <1%, Other

    This week's survey asks whether you have purchased an ancestral possession on eBay or other online site. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Local History Archives, Park County, Colorado 
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Local History Archives, Park County, Colorado

    Park County is located in central Colorado with Fairplay as its county seat. A variety of resources are available on the website of the Park County Local History Archives.

    The Park County Local History Archives has a collection of more than 3,000 photographs. A sampling of them may be found on the website. Click on the Photos link in the site’s contents list on the left side of the homepage. This will open the Park County Local History Archives Photo Gallery page. Click on a topic from the list on the left to view the images.

    Oral History
    Interviews of Park County residents can be found in the Oral History collection. The Park County Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (PCHPAC) and the Park County Local History Archives were involved in the creation of the collection. Sixty-four interviews were conducted and nineteen have been completely transcribed and uploaded to the website. The transcription process continues, and excerpts from the remaining interviews have been placed on the website. Click on an individual’s name to open a new page containing the transcription.

    An index to obituaries published in Park County newspapers references more than 1,600 records. The deaths occurred during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The data fields in this alphabetical by surname index are name (full name), birth date, birth place, death date, death place, and source. The source field includes the title of the newspaper in which the obituary was published and the date it was published. The obituary file is in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

    There are five cemetery databases on the website: the Buckskin Cemetery, Como Cemetery, Fairplay Cemetery, and two databases with data from various cemeteries. The files are in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. The records are sorted alphabetically by surname. The data fields vary and may include name, birth date, death date, inscription, cemetery name, grave location, and notes/comments/remarks.

    The marriage record data was extracted from the original marriage books at the Park County Clerk’s Office. The records cover the period from September 1881 through August 1950. The data fields in the alphabetical by groom’s surname database are groom’s full name, where from, bride’s full name, where from, date of marriage, place of marriage, and book and page number. There are more than 1,000 records in the index. The marriage records database is in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

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    Stories of Interest

    Richard Krebs Meets His German Double
    When Richard Krebs of Wayne County, Pennsylvania, did an online genealogy search, he discovered Richard Krebs of Lower Franconia, Bavaria, who is the same age and bears a strong resemblance to him.

    Help Sought to Solve Civil War Photo Mystery
    “The Museum of the Confederacy is appealing for the public's help in identifying the subjects of eight photographs picked up on the battlefields of the Civil War. “

    Keep Your Apps, I Prefer Memories
    A Spokane, Washington, columnist prefers her original recipe cards with spots, fingerprints, and spidery handwriting over digital recipe storage.

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    Bookstore Sale

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is offering four of its most popular charts at a 15% discount! This offer is good on the 9-generation fan chart, the 15-generation pedigree chart, and the 23- and 38-generation Ahnentafel charts. To order, please use the links below. Offer is good through 6/22/12, while supplies last. Prices do not include shipping.*

    9-Generation Fan Chart

    15-Generation Pedigree Chart

    23-Generation Ahnentafel Chart

    38- Generation Ahnentafel Chart

    *Please note that we will lower the shipping prices on orders for multiple charts once the order has been shipped. Adjustments will be made to the credit card used to place the order.

    Classic Reprints

    • Gove Book: History and Genealogy of the American Family of Gove and Notes of European Goves (Item P4-H12150, $111.00)
    • Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630-1674, with Appendices on Scandinavians in Mexico, South America, Canada, New York, Plus Germans in New York (Item P5-NY0137H, $47.00)
    • Index to Probate of Wills, Kings County, New York, from January 1, 1850 to December 31, 1890 (Item P5-NY0454H, $37.50)
    • Centennial History of the Town of Nunda, 1808-1908, with a Preliminary Recital of the Winning of Western New York (Item P5-NY0159H, $66.00)
    • History of Levi Greene of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, and His Descendants (Item P4-H12381, $74.00)

    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

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Come Home to New England
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    August 6–11

    Join us for one of NEHGS’s most popular programs, Come Home to New England. This is an intensive week of family history discovery and education at the Society’s headquarters in Boston’s Back Bay. NEHGS experts provide individual consultations and useful lectures to guide researchers of all levels in their family history explorations. Participants also enjoy group meals and social events, making every moment of this fun-filled week a chance to learn more about your family history.

    Register by this Friday, June 15 to receive early registration rates!

    Tuition: $675 early registration through June 15; $750 after June 15. Register online.

    Discovering Early Charlestown
    99-101 Newbury Street, Boston 
    Wednesday, July 25, 6–7:30 p.m.

    Colonial historian Roger Thompson presents a survey of the genealogical and historical sources he used in both the U.S. and the U.K. to trace individual families and groups who settled in 17th-century Charlestown, Massachusetts, with examples from specific case studies. Professor Thompson’s most recent work, From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1629–1692was published by NEHGS. Discover how rigorous scholarship and research methods brought this vibrant world to life.

    The lecture will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

    Fee: $10 NEHGS members, $20 nonmembers. Registration required. Space is limited. Register online.

    More information can be accessed by visiting the events page on

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