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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 15, No. 39
    Whole #602
    September 26, 2012
    Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudrault


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    * Name Origins
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    * Spotlight: Montgomery County Archives, Tennessee
    * Stories of Interest
    * Last Chance to Save on The Winthrop Fleet
    * Upcoming Education Programs


    Submit Your Book, Family Association, or DNA Study Notice to “Family Focus”

    If you are a member of NEHGS and have recently published a genealogy — or a book relevant to genealogists — you can submit it to be listed in American Ancestors magazine.

    To have a book listed, send a complimentary copy of the book to NEHGS Family Focus, 99–101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, and email the following information to Jean Powers:1) title; 2) author(s)/editor(s)/ compiler(s); 3) place of publication; 4) publisher/self-published; 5) year of publication; 6) hardcover/softcover/other; 7) page count; 8) specify if index, illustrations or appendixes are included; 9) description of book in twenty-five words or less; 10) contact/ordering information.

    If you are working on a book, and would like to solicit information about the families or topics you are researching, you may submit a “Genealogies in Progress” listing. Please submit the following information: 1) surname; 2) description of project in twenty-five words or less; 3) contact information.

    Family Association events and DNA Studies in Progress are also announced free for NEHGS members on a space-available basis. (The same notice will be published only once per year.) Event notices should be submitted at least six to nine months prior to the event date. To submit your brief notice (75 words or less), email Jean Powers with “Family Associations” or “DNA studies in progress” in the subject line.

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    Special Promotion for RootsTech 2013

    March 21–23, 3013, Salt Lake City, Utah

    The third annual RootsTech conference, hosted by FamilySearch, offers numerous opportunities to discover the latest family history tools and techniques, and connect with helpful experts. Attendees can choose from over 250 informative sessions and interactive workshops. The conference also features a full track of Getting Started classes and labs.

    Until October 12, 2012, NEHGS members can save $90 off a 3-day, full conference pass if they use the discount code NEHGS129 when registering. The reduced price is $129 instead of $219.

    For more information and to register, visit

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    A Note from the Editor: Ancestral Political Affliations
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    If someone were to ask me to state the political affiliations of my nineteenth and twentieth-century ancestors, I’d be certain about only a few of them. I do know that my paternal great-grandfather, who spent his working life as a conductor on the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad, was a union member and a staunch Democrat. His son, my grandfather, who seems to have been determined to be his father’s polar opposite, was very much a Republican. I know about several other ancestors’ political preferences from mentions in local newspapers — in small town news items, club columns, and obituaries. Even yearbooks have provided clues about nascent political preferences. I can make educated guesses about other ancestors, based on their ethnicities, professions, and the political leanings of their communities and states. But I think the example of my grandfather and his father is instructive: although it is tempting, I’ve learned not to expect that what was true of one individual was true of an entire family. Figuring out the differences — and the reasons behind them — always provides a richer and more interesting account.

    An article by D. Josh Taylor, “How Did Great-Grandfather Vote?: Uncovering Your Ancestors’ Political Affiliations,” from the fall 2008 issue of New England Ancestors, offers ideas about identifying your ancestors’ party preferences.

    And, on a related note, we present links to two online exhibits on past Presidential campaigns.

    Presidential Campaign Poster Gallery from the Library of Congress:
    “The presidential campaign posters in this slide show — taken from Presidential Campaign Posters From the Library of Congress: Two Hundred Years of Election Art — collect the best election images going back to the 1828 race between Democrat Andrew Jackson and incumbent John Quincy Adams of the National Republican party, which many historians consider the beginning of modern American politics, in part for its savagery.”

    Presidents and Campaigns from the Maine Memory Network:
    This slideshow “capture[s] some of the excitement of past presidential campaigns and presidential visits to the state — enthusiasm that transcends political affiliation and eras.”

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    SINKLER (m): Phonetic spelling of SINCLAIR. Sinkler Bean (1720-1798) was born at Brentwood, N.H., and died at Salisbury, N.H., son of John and Sarah (Sinkler) Bean. The 1850 census lists three other men with the first name Sinkler and 118 people with the surname Sinkler.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked how many paid genealogical websites you subscribe to, including websites you receive access to as a benefit of membership in a genealogical organization.

    8%, I subscribe to no paid genealogical websites.
    45%, I subscribe to 1 to 2 paid genealogical websites.
    39%, I subscribe to 3 to 5 paid genealogical websites.
    7%, I subscribe to 6 to 9 paid genealogical websites.
    <1%, I subscribe to more than 10 paid genealogical websites.

    This week's survey asks if any of your ancestors were elected to public office. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Montgomery County Archives, Tennessee
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Montgomery County Archives, Tennessee

    Montgomery County is located in northern Tennessee, in the western part of the state. Clarksville is the county seat.

    The Montgomery County Department of Preservation of Records, more commonly known as the Archives, was created in January 1995. The Archives “houses the historic, permanent records of Montgomery County Government and manuscript special collections” and the Records Center “stores the non-current records of various county government agencies.” Nearly all pre-1950 Montgomery County records have been transferred to the Archives. A number of collections have been made available online. Click on the database title link to open a search page.

    Deed Index
    Montgomery County’s deeds index covers the period from 1788 through 1797. It is an every name index. You can search the database by name or select search criteria from title, role, and date drop-down lists. The data fields in the results are surname, given name, title, role, date, and book/page number. Roles include grantee, adjacent, assignor by heirs, surveyor, and grantor.

    Marriage Index
    The recording of marriages began in 1838 in Montgomery County. This database is an every name index. You can search the database by name or select a role from the drop-down list. In addition to bride and groom, roles include bondsman, mother of the bride or groom, father of the bride or groom, official, and more. The index currently includes official county marriage records from 1838 recorded in Book 1, the bride and groom index through 1888 (Book 10), and also records from four other sources detailed on the website. When completed, the index will include marriages through 1953. The data fields in the search results are surname, given name, title, role, and record date.

    Voter’s List, 1891
    Because the 1890 census for Tennessee no longer exists, this database can be of use to individuals whose ancestors lived in Montgomery County in 1891. An act of the General Assembly of Tennessee authorized the “enumeration of male inhabitants of twenty-one years of age and upward, citizens of Tennessee” on 1 January 1891. You can search the database by name or select a district or age from the drop down lists. The data fields in the search results are surname, first name, district, age, race, and page number.

    Obituary Collection
    The Obituary Collection database covers the period from 1995 to 2009, with some records from earlier dates. The obituaries indexed are from various newspapers. You can search the database by name, birth date, deceased date, and city or state, or select criteria from the drop-down list containing cemetery names. The data fields in the search results are name, birth date, deceased date, city/state, and cemetery. You may purchase a copy of an obituary from the Archives for a small fee.

    Probate or Will Book
    This database in an index to early Montgomery County probate books for the years 1785 to 1813, In addition to wills and administrations the records include “bills of sale, ferry bonds, bonds of county officials, sales regarding judgments, apprenticeships, emancipations, and bastardy bonds, to name only a few.” You can search the database by name or select a person’s role or year of the case from the drop-down lists. The data fields in the search results are name, role, year, and book letter/page number.

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    Stories of Interest

    Lost Trails of Tears Segment Discovered Using Google Earth
    A portion of the Trail of Tears route used by Cherokees — who were forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee and relocated to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) — was identified when the path was being studied online.

    Holding On to Heritage Before It Slips Away
    Author Rachel L. Swarns “consider[s] the kitchen a place where traditions and family connections can be passed from one generation to the next.”

    The Race to Preserve History as It Happens Online
    Researchers at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, “found that archiving is not keeping apace with the web's fast turnover — as time progressed, the webpages linked to became increasingly unavailable.”

    Plymouth Pushing License Plate Commemorating Town’s 400th Anniversary
    The organizers of Plymouth’s 400th-birthday celebration hope to get a special limited edition Massachusetts plate design and the slogan “1620 Plymouth 2020” on 3,000 vehicles over the next two years.

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    Long Beach Public Library, California

    Long Beach Public Library, California

    Long Beach is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. The Long Beach Public Library has made resources available on its website, including the LBPL Digital Archive, which contains Long Beach City directories, high school yearbooks, and photographs from the library’s Long Beach History Collection. Click on the LBPL Digital Archive link to access the resources. Next, choose a collection by clicking on an icon.

    Long Beach City Directories

    The city directory collection covers the period from 1899 through 1969. Click on the thumbnail of a directory to open a new screen that allows for page by page browsing. You can look through the volume by clicking on the “previous” and “next” page links, which are located on the right side of the page. Click on the thumbnail of the page in the box in the center of the webpage to zoom in. Click on the PDF icon in the box to download the entire directory, which you can then browse at your leisure. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the downloaded file.

    Long Beach High School Yearbooks

    The yearbook collection ranges from the 1900s through the 1950s. The high schools represented are David Starr Jordan, Polytechnic, and Woodrow Wilson. This collection is fully keyword and name searchable. The search box is in the upper right corner of each page. The browse function operates as described above in the city directories collection

    Long Beach Photos

    This collection, containing nearly 5,000 images, covers more than 100 years of the history of Long Beach. The collection can be searched by keywords and names, using the search box in the upper right corner of each page. You can also browse through the collection, which is organized alphabetically. Click on the thumbnail to open a new page with detailed information about the image. Click on the image to enlarge it. You can share, save, and print the images, as long as you credit the Long Beach Public Library. If you would like high resolution copies of images, you may purchase then from the library. Ordering information is available on the website.

    Long Beach History Index

    This database is an index to citations related to Long Beach history found in local newspapers. The newspapers include the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Press, the Press Telegram, and several weekly newspapers as well as selected magazine articles, pamphlets, and documents. You will find references for obituaries, events, some family histories, and more. You can search the index by keyword.

    You can also research an address in the city of Long Beach through the history index database. Click on the Research a Long Beach Address link, and read the instructions on how to conduct a search. You will need to enter keywords in the search box that include the street number and street name. Do not include words such as street, drive, avenue, boulevard, et.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Stirring Up the Past: Food & Family in the NEHGS Archives
    99–101 Newbury St., Boston
    Wednesday, October 3, 6–7 p.m.
    Archivist Judy Lucey will share items from the NEHGS collection that focus on the importance of traditions surrounding food and family, including recipe books, menus, photographs, and rare account books and diaries which were also used to record family recipes. These documents, dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries, have been carefully preserved over time, first by families and now by NEHGS, and were often just as treasured as a family Bible or diary. Learn more about the treasures to be found in the NEHGS archives and the stories they tell. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to or 617-226-1226.

    Food & Family: An Evening with Chef Jeremy Sewall
    99–101 Newbury St., Boston
    Tuesday, October 16, 6–8 p.m.
    Join NEHGS and local chef Jeremy Sewall for an evening of food, family, and history. Chef Sewall will discuss how his family’s deep New England roots have influenced his food and his illustrious career. Author and historian Eve LaPlante will discuss Chef Sewall’s family connections to some of New England’s most famous early residents, including Salem witch trial judge Samuel Sewall. The evening will also include a reception and sampling of Chef Sewall’s personal approach to modern American cuisine.

    Jeremy Sewall, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has enjoyed a long and noteworthy career in restaurants around the world, but returned to New England to reconnect with his roots and his family. Sewall oversees the kitchens at both Lineage Restaurant in Brookline and Eastern Standard in Boston, as well as serving as co-owner and Executive Chef at Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston.

    Eve LaPlante is the author of Salem Witch Judge, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction and a Boston Globe paperback bestseller, as well as the biography American Jezebel, also a Globe bestseller, and the award-winning Seized. She has degrees from Princeton and Harvard and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, Country Living, and Gourmet. Tickets: $30. Includes a special gift. Register online.

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