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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 15, No. 40
    Whole #603
    September 26, 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: More on Ancestral Political Affiliations
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight:
    * Stories of Interest
    * Save 20% off Five Titles by Gary Boyd Roberts
    * Upcoming Education Programs


    NEHGS Database News
    by Sam Sturgis, Digital Collections Administrator

    Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Volumes 26–30  

    Volumes 26 to 30 (publication years 1969 to 1978) of the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine are newly added online to Volumes 1 to 30 are now available to search. Additional volumes will be added throughout the year.

    The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, published by the Philadelphia-based Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania since 1895, features family histories, original records, book reviews, and scholarly essays.

    Early volumes (1895–1947), under the name Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, focus on southeastern Pennsylvania and neighboring areas of New Jersey and Delaware, and reproduce original records and documents for the use of genealogical researchers. These documents include public records, election returns, births, deaths, marriages, court records, census reports, and immigration/emigration records.

    From 1948 to 1964, the journal focused on biographies and family histories. In 1965, the journal expanded the focus of its scholarship to facilitate genealogical research beyond southeastern Pennsylvania, and has maintained a more or less consistent balance between publishing compiled genealogies and original source materials.

    From 2001 the journal has also published “genealogical summaries” to accompany all compiled genealogies and has further expanded its geographical scope to emphasize research on the European backgrounds of immigrants to Pennsylvania.

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

    In response to last week’s note on ancestral political affiliations, several readers wrote in with some stories and useful tips:

    John D. Tew of Purcellville, Virginia: Don Benoit, a cousin who I found through genealogical research—our great-grandfathers were brothers—related a family story that helped me determine someone’s politics. When Don's father was born in 1933 in Oneco, Connecticut, Don's great-grandfather, Elisha Tew, age 76 or 77, reportedly walked the six miles to Oneco from his home in Rhode Island. Upon seeing his new grandson, Elisha announced, "I can now die a happy man because I have a grandson and there is a Democrat as president!" The story provided a pretty good indication about where Elisha's political loyalties rested.  

    Ann Andersen of Aurora, Colorado: You can sometimes find your ancestor’s political affiliation by determining which newspaper printed their obituary. A number of towns had at least two newspapers with different political leanings.  

    Janet Pease of Arvada, Colorado: You might also be able to tell ancestral political affiliations by the names of children. My grandfather, born in 1880, had the middle name Garfield, and his older brother's middle name was Fremont—both “Republican” names. Grandpa, however, became a Roosevelt Democrat during the Great Depression and never wavered from his choice!  

    An interesting article, “Would a Rose by Any Other Name Still Be a Democrat? How Your First Name Can Predict Your Politics,” based on lists of donors to the Obama and Romney campaigns, argues that “names are a strong predictor of support for one party or the other.” Here are some of the findings: “People named William have a 57 percent chance of supporting the Republicans, while Willies are the most Democratic name on the list at 93 percent. . . People named Liz are extremely Democratic, with only 11 percent donating to Republicans. But 26 percent of Elizabeths give to the GOP, and Betty is one of the most Republican women’s names on the list.” You can also enter your own name and view the results.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    CALLISTHENES (m): Permenio Callisthenes Shaw, son of Jonathan Shaw Jr. of Raynham, b. 7 Oct. 1779, took his second name from Callisthenes, the official historian of the court of Alexander the Great (356–323 B.C., ruled from 336). Callisthenes, a nephew of Alexander’s tutor, the philosopher Aristotle, died after becoming involved in a conspiracy to kill Alexander. His history of the reign, since lost, was one of the principal sources for the later historians Arrian, Quintus Curtius, Plutarch, and their successors.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked if any of your ancestors were elected to public office.

    68%, Yes.
    15%, No.
    17%, I don’t know.

    This week's survey asks whether you have any ancestors in common with U.S. presidents. Take the survey now!

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    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor  

    The city of Peabody is located in Essex County, in northeastern Massachusetts. Peabody was a center for New England’s leather industry, and was home to many manufactories and tanneries. Its nickname is Tanner City.

    The PeabodyMassArchives website is a collaboration between the city of Peabody, the Peabody Institute Library, the Peabody Historical Society, and the George Peabody House.

    Public Records
    Click on the Public Records link to open a page from which you can access the site’s collection of Peabody birth, marriage, and death records for 1855 to 1880. Click on a record type to open a new page. On the left side of the page you will find an alphabetical list linked to pages in the vital records index. Click on the appropriate link to view the index page. Once you find a record of interest, note the page number. Return to that record’s main page and, on the right, click on the appropriate link to view the record.

    Click on the Manuscripts link to view the South Danvers Ladies’ Soldiers Aid Society letters collection. Peabody resident Eunice Cook formed the society in 1861, and the members raised funds and supplies for use by the United States Sanitary Commission. Cook received letters from many individuals who aided the wounded. Fourteen letters have been uploaded to the website. Click on the image title (date and correspondent’s name) to download a PDF of a letter. To download a transcription, click on transcription link.

    Peabody Paragraphs
    The Peabody Paragraphs page can be accessed by clicking on the Periodicals link in the menu bar at the top of the homepage. The Peabody Paragraphs articles were featured in the Salem Evening News, and provided readers with information about everyday life in Peabody. The column included political and social news and even gossip. The Peabody Institute Library has scrapbooks containing the articles from 1915 to 1939. Currently, articles from September through December 1915 are available on the website. To view an article, click on the date link. A new page will open with a digitized image of the article.

    Photo Galleries
    There are a number of photo galleries on the website. Click on the “Photo Galleries” link in the menu bar at the top of the homepage for access. Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge them. The collections include Peabody in Pictures (photographs of Peabody from a century ago); Leather Work (photographs of Peabody’s leatherwork factories and leather workers); Century Chest (photographs and messages from a time capsule that the people of Peabody assembled in 1902); and two galleries with photographs and other images of George Peabody, the nineteenth-century entrepreneur and philanthropist for whom the city was named.

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    Stories of Interest

    The Great New England Vampire Panic
    “Two hundred years after the Salem Witch Trials, farmers became convinced that their relatives were returning from the grave to feed on the living.”

    Budget Cuts to Hobble State Archives in Georgia
    This article discusses not only the Georgia Archives but the general state of archives nationwide. The Georgia “closing is simply the most severe symptom of a greater crisis facing permanent government collections in nearly every state, professional archivists say.”

    Bible Discovered on Gabriola a Family “Treasure”

    A tattered family Bible donated to a Gabriola, British Columbia, library found a new home with an Australian descendant of the book’s 1742 owner, Richard Pentecost. 

    Should Gravestone Information Go High-Tech?
    Today’s gravestones options include a plaque with a quick-response matrix barcode, which allows access to a webpage with the person's biography, obituary, photos, and even video.

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    Save 20% off Five Titles by Gary Boyd Roberts

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is offering a 20% discount for the following titles by renowned genealogist and scholar Gary Boyd Roberts:

    To receive a 20% discount on these titles, please enter GBR2012 into the online coupon code (or simply mention this coupon code if ordering by phone). Prices are good through October 10, 2012, while supplies last. This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts. Prices do not include shipping. Massachusetts residents will be charged 6.25% tax.

    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:

    • Henrico County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds 1780–1861 (Item P5-VA0073S, $29.00)
    • Ancestry of Lt. Amos Towne of Kennebunkport, Maine (Item P4-H25638, $28.00)
    • List of Persons Whose Names Have Been Changed in Massachusetts 1780–1892 (Item P5-MA0148H, $49.50)
    • Maine Wills, 1640–1760 (Item P2-6567000, $137.00)
    • Fryeburg, Maine: An Historical Sketch (Item P5-ME0032H, $37.50)

    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

    The Midwife's Daughter: Retrieving the Life of Sarah (Frost) (Blower) (Lynn) (Gunnison) (Mitchell) Morgan
    99–101 Newbury St., Boston
    Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10–11 a.m.

    Using a combined genealogical and biographical approach, Robert Charles Anderson will discuss the complicated case of Sarah Morgan to illustrate the challenging issues involved in researching women, especially those with multiple marriages, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

    Robert Charles Anderson is the director of the Great Migration Study Project, a compilation of detailed biographical and genealogical accounts of immigrants to New England between 1620 and 1640.

    This program is part of this year's Boston Charter Day celebrations featuring the role of women in 17th-century Boston. Visit for more information. The program is 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, the 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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