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Vol. 15, No. 26 Whole #589June 27, 2012Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudraultdailygenealogist@nehgs.org
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Contents:* NEHGS Database News* Upcoming Genealogical Conference Registration Deadlines * A Note from the Editor: Free eBooks for Genealogy Research * Name Origins* The Weekly Genealogist Survey* Spotlight: Montana Resources * Stories of Interest* Sale on Charts Extended * Upcoming Education Programs* NEHGS Contact Information
NEHGS Database News by Sam Sturgis, Digital Collections Administrator, and Ryan Woods, Director of Internet Technology
New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, volumes 16–20The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the premier genealogical journal devoted to scholarship on families residing in New York State and surrounding areas. Published quarterly since 1870 by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Record features compiled genealogies and transcriptions of Bible records, census records, church registers, newspaper extracts, muster rolls, wills and deeds, and proceedings of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.This week, we have added volumes 16–20, containing 33,000 additional name records. The database currently contains volumes 1 through 20, publication years 1870 to 1889. Future volumes will be added periodically.
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Upcoming Genealogical Conference Registration Deadlines
The early registration deadline for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council Conference — to be held Saturday, July 21, at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. — is fast approaching. Before July 1, MGC members pay $60 and non-members pay $75. Everyone, regardless of membership status, pays $85 after midnight on July 1st. (July 1st is also the day that online registration closes.) For more information, visit www.massgencouncil.org/.July 1 is also the early registration deadline for the FGS/Alabama Genealogical Society conference — to be held August 29 to September 1 at the Birmingham Convention Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Before July 1, the price is $195 for the four-day conference; The price increases by $50 after July 1. For more information, visit www.fgs.org/2012conference/.
A Note from the Editor: Free eBooks for Genealogy Research by Lynn Betlock, Editor
A recent survey question on eBooks prompted member George McKinney of Santa Rosa, California, to write an article about the availability of free eBooks.
Free eBooks for Genealogy Research
eBooks — or electronic books — exist in a variety of digital formats and can be read on your computer, smart phone, or eReader (Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.). Different eReaders utilize different digital formats, but, in most cases, an eBook can be converted to work on your device by using calibre-ebook.com.
A number of websites offer free eBooks — generally out-of-copyright books or works made available by their authors. Categories of particular interest to the family historian are family genealogies, compendiums of genealogical facts (such as military records), directories, and local histories. Here are some examples of free eBooks I’ve used in my own research:
History of the Families of McKinney-Brady-Quigley, 1905History of Southwest Virginia, 1746–1786, Washington County, 1777–1870, 1903 Commemorative Biographical Record of Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut, 1903San Francisco City Directory, 1850Sources of free eBooks for genealogical research
Family History Books is a collection of over 40,000 books made available by FamilySearch. All books on this site are free and relate to genealogy.
Google Books is provided by Google. This site contains literally millions of books. After you enter your search terms, you can limit your search to free books by clicking “Free Google eBooks” halfway down the left side of the page. Further down the column, you can also select a custom date range, or choose a 19th, 20th, or 21st century search. The non-profit Internet Archive offers a wide range of volumes. To limit a search to books, select “Texts” from the drop-down menu labeled “All Media Types.” The NEHGS website, AmericanAncestors.org, offers free eBooks for members. From the homepage, click on Library, then Library Catalog, and then enter your search terms in the "Search the Digital Library & Archive only" box. You can also browse through available eBooks by clicking the "Browse the Digital Library" link found at the bottom of the library catalog pages.
Name Originsby Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist
ZERUIAH / ZERVIAH: (Zeruiah is the original name but in earlier centuries U and V — if not pronounced alike — were often written with the same letter, thus ZERVIAH [zer-VYE-ah or zer-VEE-ah] is also seen.) A ZERUAH was the mother of King Jeroboam I, but the American colonial name seems to be derived from an earlier woman, King David’s sisterZERUIAH, mother of Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Jeroboam’s mother’s name is derived from the Hebrew for “having a skin disease” (which, one would think, might limit its popularity), while David’s sister’s name means “YHWH [God] has let flow” (Carol Meyers, Toni Craven and Ross S. Kraemer, eds., Women and Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000), p. 168). Zerviah Gould, born 15 April 1780, recorded in Cumberland, R.I., was the eighth child of Jabez Gould and Esther Sweetland who were married in Attleboro, 2 September 1766. Zerviah was likely named for her mother's sister, Zerviah Sweetland. Jabez, who was of Wrentham, Mass., at the time of the Revolution, removed to Hallowell, Maine, in 1787, and later settled in Belgrade, Maine. “Sophia" Gould married (intention) 26 April 1808, Fayette, Maine, Aaron Bachelder. In the 1850 census for Fayette, Sophia Bacheller is listed as age 69, born Massachusetts. A wider context of circumstantial evidence points to her being one and the same as Zerviah.
SOPHIA can be pronounced with either long or short “I,” depending on the time and the person, so one can see how the name Zerviah might have evolved into Sophia. “Sophia” [Greek for ‘wisdom’ and very popular from the middle/late eighteenth century] may have struck an individual Zerviah’s ear and seemed more fashionable than her own (phonetically somewhat similar) Biblical name. Context (how time, place, wider cultural, social and/or religious currents, and individual quirks combine) is everything with names. Ultimately, it hinges on that most mysterious factor, individual personal taste of long ago.
The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week’s survey asked whether you plan on traveling for genealogical purposes this summer. The results are:62%, Yes, I plan to visit a library, archive, historical society, or cemetery to do research..40%, Yes, I plan to visit an ancestral town or city.30%, No, I do not plan to travel for genealogical purposes.30%, Yes, I plan to visit with relatives who share my interest in genealogy.12%, Yes, I plan to attend a genealogical conference.This week's survey asks if you are a member of NEHGS. Take the survey now!
Spotlight: Montana Resources by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor
The Missoula Cemetery, Missoula, Montana
The city of Missoula is located in western Montana. It is the county seat of Missoula County. A group of Missoula businessmen formed the Missoula Valley Improvement Company in December 1884. Not long thereafter land was surveyed for a cemetery. In 1901, the cemetery was sold to the city of Missoula. There have been nearly 21,000 burials in the cemetery. Missoula Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in the state.
Click on the first letter of the last name of the deceased to open a PDF file containing a list of all individuals buried in the cemetery whose surname begins with that letter. The data fields in the index include last name, first name, age, date of death, grave location (grave #, lot #, block #), and interment number. Please note that you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files. You may order a copy of the record by completing a Release Form. There is a link to the form on the Interment Listing page.
Parmly Billings Library, Billings, Montana
The City of Billings is located in south central Montana. It is the county seat of Yellowstone County. The Parmly Billings Library has made resources available on its website. They include the following:
There are two indexes to the Billings Gazette newspaper. The first is a vital statistics index of over 13,000 names, which covers the period from 1882 through 1902. It is organized alphabetically by last name. Click on the set of letters that includes the first letter of the surname of interest. The data fields in the index are full name, date, type of event, place, and newspaper title. As I looked through the index, I realized that it is an index of much more than just vital statistics. In addition to births, marriages, deaths (obituaries), and divorces, there are references to delinquent taxes, registered voters, students, naturalizations, business licenses, prisoners, pardons, and more. Please note that the index files are in PDF format and you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files.
The second Billings Gazette index covers 1930 through 1939. The typed index pages were scanned and uploaded to the site. The files are in PDF format. One file covers the entire period, and is extremely large. I had difficulty downloading it. There are three smaller files, each containing a portion of the index, that did not cause me any problems.
The library has digitized and uploaded four Billings city directories for 1883, 1894, 1900–1901, and 1903–1904. These files are also in PDF format.
Petroleum County Cemeteries, Montana
Petroleum County is located in central Montana. Winnett is the county seat. It is about 95 miles north of Billings. According to the 2010 federal census, the county’s population was 494. This website contains a number of databases listing burials in Petroleum County cemeteries, including Ashley Cemetery, Flatwillow Cemetery, Shay Cemetery, Wallview Cemetery, Winnett Cemetery, and a number of private cemeteries. The data included in most records is full name, date of birth, and date of death. In some instances, there are photographs of the gravestones.
Stories of Interest
The Hunt for the Mystery DiaristScholars at the College of William and Mary worked to determine the identity of a Norfolk, Virginia, doctor’s wife whose 1902 diary was purchased on eBay in 2009.How a Reunion of 100 Comes TogetherA Jerome, Idaho, woman writes about the steps involved in planning her Trappen family’s reunion. A related story discusses the Trappen family history.How to Dig Up Your House’s HistoryThis article offers tips and guidelines for tracing the history of your home.
Due to popular demand, the Bookstore at NEHGS has extended the discount on four of our most popular charts for one more week! The 9-generation fan chart, the 15-generation pedigree charts, and both the 23- and 38-generation Ahnentafel charts are 15% off thru July 4, 2012. To order, please use the links below. Offer is good while supplies last. Prices do not include shipping.*
*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.
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Upcoming Education Programs
New Visitor Welcome Tour99-101 Newbury St., BostonWednesday, July 11, 10–11 a.m.
This orientation and tour introduces you to the NEHGS research library. You will have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert staff genealogists, who can offer you advice on how to proceed. Free.
Using AmericanAncestors.org99-101 Newbury St., BostonWednesday, July 18, 10–11 a.m.
The NEHGS website, AmericanAncestors.org, is full of great features, tools, resources, and content — and more than 200 million searchable names from New England, New York, and beyond. We invite you to attend this lecture to learn more about this incredible online resource. Free.
Discovering Early Charlestown99-101 Newbury St., 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, 1629-1692, is published by NEHGS. Discover how rigorous scholarship and research methods can bring 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.
For more information please visit the events page on AmericanAncestors.org.
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