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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 15, No. 35
    Whole #598
    August 29, 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 Holiday Closure
    * NEHGS Database News
    * Memorial to 1692 Salem Witch Trial Victims to be Re-Dedicated
    * A Note from the Editor: Readers Respond
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Various Massachusetts Cemeteries
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    NEHGS Holiday Closure

    The Research Library will be closed Saturday, September 1, 2012, in observance of Labor Day. The Society's administrative offices will be closed Monday, September 3. The library and offices will be open regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Tuesday, September 4.

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

    The American Genealogist, vols. 69–73

    Newly updated on, The American Genealogist database now includes volumes 69 through 73, publication years 1994 to 1998.

    The journal now known as The American Genealogist (TAG) has been published quarterly since 1923, and represents an important body of scholarly genealogical research covering the breadth of the United States (with an early preference for New England). NEHGS is pleased to offer it as a fully searchable online database. The current TAG database now covers volumes 9–73. Additional sets of five volumes are scheduled to be added periodically throughout 2012. Volumes 1–8, covering the years 1923–1932, are available online under the name Families of Ancient New Haven.

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    Memorial to 1692 Salem Witch Trial Victims to be Re-Dedicated

    The Salem Witch Trials Memorial on Charter Street in Salem will be re-dedicated at a public ceremony on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 4 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice, marks the memorial’s twentieth year and celebrates its renovation this summer. Gregory Allen Williams, who was recognized for his heroism during the Los Angeles riots and received the first Salem Award at the memorial’s dedication, will return to Salem to speak at the ceremony, which will include twenty descendants of witch trial victims.

    “More than six million people have visited the Salem Witch Trials Memorial since its dedication,” says event chair Patty MacLeod. “This speaks to the importance of Salem’s history and to our responsibility to maintain this place in hallowed memory of the victims of the Trials.” Commissioned by The Salem Witch Trials Tercentenary Committee and the City of Salem in 1992, the memorial has received critical national acclaim for its design from the American Institute of Architecture, and the Boston Society of Architects. Visitation to the memorial continues to increase.

    Questions about the event can be directed to Patty MacLeod at

    (The events of 1692 are also recognized at the Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial, in Danvers, Massachusetts, across the street from the site of the original Salem Village Meeting House where many of the witch examinations took place.)

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    A Note from the Editor: Readers Respond
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Recent Weekly Genealogist surveys have asked about summer houses, family reunions, and family associations. Here are some reader comments on these topics:

    Pam Tice of New York, N.Y.: My family’s been vacationing in South Wellfleet, Massachusetts, for more than 100 years. I've been researching the area and the families that have lived there for some time, and now I have started a blog ( to share my research. I'm focusing on the five miles or so surrounding the old cottages, and am using my interest in history combined with skills I’ve developed researching various family histories.

    Mildred Clough of Redwood City, California: I am a part owner of a summer home bought 103 years ago by my grandfather on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont. I put the history together in a book with pictures and a bit of genealogy of the five generations that have enjoyed it. The house was about nineteen years old when my grandparents bought it and it has grown in all directions to accommodate the growing family in the years since then.

    Marlene Case of Foxboro, Wisconsin: My son, daughter, grandson, and I attended a family reunion in Westerville, Ohio, this summer, which celebrated the 100th birthday of my cousin, Arlene Edwards Melander. Through discussions with family members, and some research at the Ohio Genealogical Society, near Westerville, I connected with a heretofore unknown cousin in Illinois, who helped me not only break through a brick wall to find my grandfather's grandfather, but to find a patriot in my grandfather's mother's Lipe line. Not only was I able to scan lots of photos of our Edwards and Lipe ancestors, but I am now eligible to join the DAR! It was a most enjoyable and productive reunion.

    Kari Lemons of Mountain View, California: We attend a different kind of reunion every summer in the Colorado Rockies. My two children are adopted from Cambodia. We attend Colorado Cambodian Heritage Camp, which this year included 69 adoptive families representing all the states, 41 college-age Cambodian counselors, and a group of 30 Cambodian-Americans who assist the camp with cooking, music, native dance, native art projects, and in many other ways. During the five years we have attended my children have stopped hating their brown skin, gained pride for their birth country, and now as teens are learning what it means to be Cambodian-American. This is our family reunion every summer.

    Karen Festa of Byfield, Massachusetts: I thought I would share how my "family association" came to be. I first started gathering information about my family in 2000, and when I retired from teaching in 2009, I was able to pick up the small threads I had and begin to develop them. I reconnected with a cousin and we shared information. This led to contacting other cousins and getting together periodically to share information, stories, pictures, and food. I began to put together a picture history of the family with some basic facts about each person and his or her individual family, and we decided to expand this into a book. The information and photographs cover our parents, grandparents, and the names of our great-grandparents, as well as our generation and our children’s generation. My personal journey has developed through the interest of my cousins, finding relatives in our families, and gaining enough confidence in my research methods to begin delving into the possibility of researching in Poland. It's been quite an adventure.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    DOLOR (m): Latin dolor ‘pain’, ‘grief’; pronounced “dollar.” Perhaps Dolor Davis, born in East Farleigh, Kent, by about 1599, had some circumstance surrounding his birth (such as the death of one or both parents or of some other family member) which gave rise to his unusual given name, with its sad meaning. Davis, a house carpenter, married Margery Willard in 1624, and immigrated to New England in 1634, living in Cambridge, Scituate, Barnstable, Concord, and again in Barnstable. Dolor Davis died between 13 September 1672 and 19 June 1673. (He did not name any of his three sons Dolor.) [Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–35 (Boston: NEHGS, 1999), 292–297.]

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked whether you currently belong to a family association.

    21%, Yes, I belong to one.
    14%, Yes, I belong to two to five.
    <1%, Yes, I belong to six or more.
    12%, No, but I have in the past.
    53%, No, I have never belonged to a family association.

    This week's survey asks if you had ancestor who was tried for witchcraft. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Various Massachusetts Cemeteries
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Cemetery Records, Amherst, Massachusetts

    The town of Amherst is located in Hampshire County in western Massachusetts. This database comprises burial records from the North and West Cemeteries. Much of the historical information and the photographs of gravestones were contributed to the project by The Association for Gravestone Studies. To find a burial in the database choose a surname from the dropdown list. This will open a new page with the names of all individuals with that surname buried in the cemeteries. The data fields in the search results are “Map It!,” cemetery name, grave location, full name, lifespan (birth and death years), age, and deed. The deed field contains the name of the lot owner, if known. Click on the “Map It!” link to view the location of the burial plot on a GIS map.

    Spring Grove Cemetery, Andover, Massachusetts

    Spring Grove Cemetery is located in Andover, a town in Essex County. There is a burial database on the town’s website. Click "Spring Grove Cemetery Lot Search" to launch the surname-searchable database. Data fields in the search results include last name, first name, middle initial, age, sex, interment date, section, lot, and an active link to burial information for all individuals in a particular lot.

    St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell, Massachusetts

    St. Patrick’s Cemetery is located in Lowell, a city in Middlesex County. The cemetery, originally known as the Catholic Burial Ground, was established in 1832. Many of the city’s Irish residents were buried there (click the History link to learn more).

    Click the Genealogy link to access the burial database, which covers 1895 to 2011. The records from 1832 to 1894 are incomplete and are not online at this time. Click the first letter of a surname to open a PDF of search results. The data fields in the search results are last name, first name, middle initial, age, date interred, century, yard, range, section, lot, grave, and funeral director. The numbers entered in the century field are the first two numbers of the century — 18 indicates the 1800s, not the eighteenth century. The burial listings database is a work in progress and will be updated from time to time.

    St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury, Massachusetts

    Tewksbury is located in Middlesex County. St. Mary’s Cemetery was established in 1961. Click on the Genealogy link to access the burial database, covering 1961 to 2011. Click the page image to open the alphabetical database in PDF format. The data fields in the search results are last name, first name, middle initial, age, date interred, section, lot, grave, and funeral director. The burial listings database is a work in progress, and it will be updated from time to time.

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    Stories of Interest

    Wanted: Someone Who’s Proud to Be Old
    The Windham, Maine, town clerk is finding it difficult to bestow the Boston Post Cane to one of its citizens. Awarded to the town’s oldest resident, the Boston Post Cane was given to 700 New England towns in 1909 and has been a New England tradition ever since. (For more information visit The Boston Post Cane, a website maintained by the Maynard [Mass.] Historical Society.)

    In Andalusia, on the Trail of Inherited Memories
    How to Investigate a Family Mystery
    In two separate articles, journalist-turned-genealogist Doreen Carvajal writes about her discovery that her family was descended from secret Sephardic Jews in Spain, and about how to elicit and then share information on sensitive family topics.

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    Classic Reprints

    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:

    Genealogy of John Howe of Sudbury and Marlborough, Massachusetts (Item P4-S15177, $73.50)
    Ancestors of Charles Dana Bigelow and His Wife, Eunice Ann Howe (Item P4-H02700, $38.00)
    Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. III: New York (Item P5-NY0122S, $45.00)
    Index to Probate of Wills, Kings Co., New York, Jan.1, 1850 to Dec. 31, 1890 (Item P5-NY0454H, $37.50)
    Wills of the Smith Family of New York and Long Island 1664-1794 (Item P3-5325000, $33.00)

    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

    New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America
    99–101 Newbury Street, Boston
    Wednesday, September 12, 6–7 p.m.
    Author Michael Hoberman will discuss his book New Israel / New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America. The New England Puritans’ fascination with the legacy of the Jewish religion has been well documented, but their interactions with actual Jews have not received sustained historical attention. This event is cosponsored with the American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives.
    Free. Please RSVP to or 617-226-1226.

    Writing and Publishing Seminar, Part I
    99–101 Newbury Street, Boston
    Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    If you’re ready to turn your family history research into a publication, join the experts at NEHGS to learn best practices in publishing your findings. NEHGS offers guidance on writing and publishing your family history project in this two-part seminar. Workshops in Part 1 include defining your project, writing in genealogical format, working with images, and adding narrative to your genealogy. Part 2, to be held on February, 23, 2013, delves into the editorial process and book production, and offers a chance to meet with publishers/printers and consult with experts.
    Space is limited, and registration is filling fast! Tuition: $110 for Part 1.

    NEHGS Comes West
    Seminar in Berkeley, California
    Friday, October 26, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
    Consultations (by appointment) at the California Genealogical Society, Oakland
    Saturday, October 27, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
    NEHGS is coming to the Bay Area! We are pleased to partner with the California Genealogical Society for a full-day seminar and opportunities for one-on-one consultations with senior researcher Rhonda R. McClure and online genealogist David Allen Lambert.
    Click here for more information and to register.

    For more information on NEHGS programs, please visit the events page on

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