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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 15, No. 25 
    Whole #588
    June 20, 2012
    Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudrault
    dailygenealogist@nehgs.org

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    NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.

    Contents:
    NEHGS Database News
    Irish Genealogy Study Group 
    A Note from the Editor: More on Ancestral Items on eBay (and Amazon) 
    Name Origins
    The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    Spotlight: Lanark County Genealogical Society (LCGS), Ontario, Canada 
    Stories of Interest
    Sale on Books by Maureen Taylor 
    Upcoming Education Programs
    NEHGS Contact Information

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

    Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities, and Towns in Massachusetts, 5th edition, 1997

    This week’s featured database, launched several years ago, is a hidden gem. Essential for Massachusetts researchers, Historical Data provides summary information for counties and municipalities in the Bay State. The first edition of this book was published in 1920; the 1997 version was prepared by William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, and published by NEHGS.

    This database may be searched by the name of the municipality to find related section, village, or archaic names. Or searches of section, village, or archaic names can determine the name of the associated municipality. Pages of the original book may be viewed from the search results page. These pages include information on the dates of incorporation of the municipality and any legislated changes in territorial limits.  

    A useful map of Massachusetts, with county and town boundaries marked, was created by the Secretary of the Commonwealth and is reproduced on page 4 of Historical Data. Two versions of the map are available online on the Secretary’s website: cities and towns and counties, cities, and towns.


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    Irish Genealogy Study Group

    The Irish Genealogy Study Group will meet on Saturday, June 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Education Center (second floor) at NEHGS. We will focus on research using birth, marriage, and death records. This is an informal group gathering to talk about research problems and share solutions. Everyone is welcome to come and join in. Contact Mary Ellen Grogan for more information.


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    A Note from the Editor: More on Ancestral Items on eBay (and Amazon) 
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Last week’s feature and survey about finding ancestral items on eBay prompted a number of interesting stories about online purchasing strategies and finds. Here is a selection:

    Nancy L. Morris of Walnut Creek, California: I was alerted to an eBay auction of a group of letters written by one of my ancestors during his Civil War service. Although I tried to win them, I was outbid. I then contacted the seller and asked if he would consider selling me copies of the letters, as it was the information within them that would be of most value to me. He was agreeable to this proposal, and made copies for me before he sent them to the winning bidder. He charged me a very low amount, which was probably comparable to his copy costs. I have since transcribed the eighteen letters and given copies to my sister, who has a few of our ancestor’s actual letters in her possession.

    Mary S. Dobard of Katy, Texas: Several years ago I purchased four copies of The Youth's Companion, published in the 1920s. My mother, Mary Eames, was one of the illustrators of stories on "The Children's Page." What a delight it was to find these wonderful magazines on eBay!

    Tracey Toms of Norristown, Pennsylvania: I haven't been lucky enough to find photographs of my ancestors, but I did have some luck in searching for a business-related item. My paternal ancestors were involved in Kuhl’s Dairy in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and I realized that materials from the dairy may still be around, and people collect such things. I put an automatic search into eBay, and am now the proud owner of bottle caps that came from the dairy farm my ancestors ran.

    Adrienne Fuss of Larchmont, New York: I found two postcards on eBay for a production of The Quaker Girl, a playthat my great-great uncle, John Palmer Slocum, produced about 1911 — with his name on one of them. That was a great find!


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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    MONIMIA (f): Heroine of The Old Manor House (1792) by Mrs. Charlotte (Turner) Smith (1749–1806). This novel was a huge bestseller in the last decade of the eighteenth century, and likely led to the name being bestowed upon some daughters; Hortensia Monemia (Penniman) Brayton (1795-1827) of Colchester and Burlington, Vermont, was a great-great-great aunt of the writer. Her mother, Frances (“Montezuma” / “Montresor” alias Brush) (Buchanan) (Allen) Penniman, widow of Ethan Allen, was an enthusiastic novel reader who was known to walk from her home in Colchester to the subscription library in downtown Burlington for the latest fiction. 

    The 1850 census shows about forty women and girls with variants of this name. The name MONIMIA was used as early as 1680 for by Nathaniel Otway in his play The Orphan and by Tobias Smollett in The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom (1753), also for an orphan character. The name has lost popularity over time, however, probably due to the unrelated Greek suffix –emia, meaning a blood disease.


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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked whether you have purchased an ancestral possession on eBay or other online site. The results are:

    73%, No, I have not purchased any items connected to my family online.
    23%, Yes, I have purchased one or more items.
    4%, No, I tried to purchase one or more items but was not successful.

    This week's survey asks whether you plan any genealogical travels this summer. Take the survey now!


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    Spotlight: Lanark County Genealogical Society (LCGS), Ontario, Canada 
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Lanark County Genealogical Society (LCGS), Ontario, Canada

    Lanark County is located in eastern Ontario. Its county seat is Perth. The Lanark County Genealogical Society has made a number of resources available on its website. Click on the Documents link at the top of the home page to access them.

    On the left side of the Documents main page you will find links to the resources that have been made available, which include:

    Articles 
    This section of the website contains articles from the LCGS newsletter, Lanark Log, and some submissions from website users. They are organized by place. There are articles about Almonte, Bathurst Township, Darling Township, Lanark County General, Town of Perth, and so on.

    Family Bibles
    This section contains genealogical information transcribed from family registers within Bibles. The families lived in or had some relation to Lanark County or Eastern Ontario. Most of the Bible owners are identified, and many of the Bibles are in the Perth Museum collection.

    Family Histories
    There are twenty-five family history-related documents in this section. They range from memoirs to transcribed obituaries to specific family history articles.

    Personal Letters
    In this section you will find transcriptions of personal letters. The letters date from the 1820s to the mid-1930s. The surnames mentioned in the correspondence are listed.

    Mostly Names
    This section contains information about people who lived in or had some relationship to Lanark County. The topics vary. The sources include funeral cards, broadsides in the Perth Museum, lists from gossip columns in local newspapers, transcribed land patent indexes, a published list of teachers, a church membership list, wedding guest logs, names found in a World War I autograph book, and much more.

    1905 Old Home Week
    The transcribed articles in this section, originally published in the Perth Courier between September 1904 and August 1905, report on activities related to the 1905 Perth Old Home Week. Among them is a special edition of the newspaper with sixteen pages devoted to Old Home Week. This is a great resource for family history researchers whose families lived in the Perth area.

    Mostly Photographs
    This section contains twenty-five historical photographs of Lanark County residents, submitted by various individuals. Most include information about the people pictured. There is also a collection of twenty photographs taken by Robert J. Stead, a local photographer, who died in 1919.

    Voter’s Lists — Directories
    More than ten voter lists and city directories for area cities and towns, dating from 1875 to 1940, are available.


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    Stories of Interest

    Meet Your New Cousin, the First Lady: A Family Story, Long Hidden
    This article, adapted from the newly-published work, American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, reports on some of the First Lady’s family history.

    Rooting Out a Hindu Family History the Traditional Way

    A woman raised in the U.S. went to Haridwar, India, in search of her genealogical past, as recorded by her family’s “hereditary priest.”

    Reader Finds Family History in Archival [L.A.] Times Photo
    An L.A. Times reader spotted her grandmother in a 1942 photograph that accompanied a story about Terminal Island, at the Port of Los Angeles, being named one of America's most endangered historic places  by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


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    Sale on Books by Maureen Taylor

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is offering 15% off all titles by Maureen Taylor, including her most recent book, Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats, 1840–1900. Click on the link for more information on each title. To receive your 15% discount, enter the code MT618 into the online coupon field. Coupon valid through 6/30/12, while supplies last. Prices do not include shipping.

    Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats, 1840–1900

    Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles, 1840–1900

    Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album

    The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation

    Preserving Your Family Photographs

    Classic Reprints

    • Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin of Hartford, Connecticut, 1638 and 1635 (Item P3-3760000, $102.00)
    • Vital Records of Woodstock Connecticut, 1686–1854 (Item P2-6550000, $99.00)
    • Descendants of John Owen of Windsor Connecticut, 1622–1699 (Item P4-H20532, $95.00)
    • Catalog of Barkhamsted [CT] Men who Served in the Various Wars 1775–1865 (Item P5-CT0333S, $17.50)
    • Genealogy of Edward Winslow of the Mayflower and His Descendants from 1620 to 1865 (Item P4-S27795, $25.00)

    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 sales@nehgs.org.


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    Upcoming Education Programs

    The Title Game: English Royal, Noble, and Honorary Titles
    99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
    Wednesday, June 27, 12–1 p.m.

    Americans are intrigued by hereditary titles, but the title system is complicated and quirky enough that we don’t always understand its meaning. Join NEHGS Director of Publications Scott Steward for a look at the sometimes confusing world of English titles.

    Get the answers to questions like:

    • Is Lady Jane Doe likely to be the wife of a baronet? (Probably not.) 
    • Was it Laurence Olivier, Sir Laurence, or Lord Olivier? (Answer: All three.) 
    • And just what is primogeniture?

    Free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 617-226-1226, or email education@nehgs.org

    Come Home to New England
    99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
    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.

    Tuition: $750. Register online.

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


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