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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 15, No. 41
    Whole #604
    October 10, 2012
    Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudrault


    Greetings from the New England Historic Genealogical Society! If you would like to unsubscribe or change your email address, please click on the link at the bottom of the email and follow the instructions provided.

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

    * NEHGS Database News
    * Upcoming Conferences
    * A Note from the Editor: A Featured Blog
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Colorado Cemetery Indexes
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs


    NEHGS Database News
    by Sam Sturgis, Digital Collections Administrator

    Connecticut Vital Records Update

    Search Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection)

    Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): birth, marriage, and death records for Canterbury (1703–1850), Groton (1704–1853), Lebanon (1700–1864), and Plainfield (1699–1852).

    Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department at NEHGS, this database currently contains records for the towns of Branford, Canterbury, Colchester, Danbury, Derby, Fairfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, Haddam, Hartford, Killingworth, Lebanon, Lyme, Middletown, Milford, New London, Norwalk, Norwich, Plainfield, Preston, Saybrook, Simsbury, Stamford, Stratford, Stonington, Suffield, Wallingford, Waterbury, Wethersfield, Windham, Windsor, Woodbury, and Woodstock.

    The complete Barbour Collection contains records of marriages, births, and deaths in 137 Connecticut towns from the 1640s to about 1850 (some towns include records up to 1870). These records were collected, transcribed, and abstracted by Lucius Barnes Barbour (Connecticut Examiner of Public Records, 1911–1934) and his team of researchers between 1918 and 1928. Mr. Barbour was an NEHGS member from 1907 until his death in 1934. This set of typescripts was donated to NEHGS by Mr. Barbour's wife and children in 1938. Remaining towns will be added to the database over the next year.

    Families of Western Massachusetts in 1790—Additional Sketches

    Sketches for Moses Bartlett, Joseph Byram, John Hamilton, Obadiah Hamilton, Jonathan Miller, John Miller, and Winslow Richardson were added to the database. This database contains genealogical sketches of families enumerated in the 1790 census for Berkshire and Hampshire Counties (in what now also includes Franklin and Hampden Counties). Each sketch begins with the head of household and includes genealogical and biographical details. Following this is information about children and children”s spouses. Many families migrated into western Massachusetts only to migrate further west, often through New York. These sketches were submitted by NEHGS members and staff and edited by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG. Learn more about the project and the recently published volume with fifty sketches at the Western Massachusetts in 1790 webpage. Our database will be enlarged over time thanks to the submitted contributions of NEHGS members and staff.

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    Upcoming Conferences

    The Genealogy Event
    Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, New York
    October 26–27, 2012

    NEHGS will be participating in The Genealogy Event, which will feature a variety of exhibitors, learning opportunities, and forty sessions. (Those purchasing tickets before October 22 can pre-register for sessions.)

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

    Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 21–23, 2013

    RootsTech offers the opportunity to discover the latest family history tools and techniques and connect with genealogical experts. The conference features more than 250 sessions and workshops, a new Getting Started track, and over 100 exhibitors.

    NEHGS members can save $90 off a 3-day, full conference pass by using the discount code FGS129 when registering. This discount is available until Oct. 31, 2012.

    For more information or to register, please visit

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    A Note from the Editor: A Featured Blog
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Our latest blog profile features “I Think We’re Related” by Sally Mack. Here Sally introduces her blog:

    I have been blogging since 2008, mostly sharing the things I love—photography, writing, lampworking, and building a kayak. But, by far, my most favorite blog is the genealogy blog that I started early in 2011 after my father passed away. I wanted to make sure that all the information that I found on his family would be available to my family and those who are seeking it.

    I started researching my father's family seriously in 2000, when the family got together to celebrate my father's 80th birthday in Nova Scotia, the birthplace of his father. In 2010 I attended Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate Program online. That definitely turned me into a much better researcher. Nowadays I practice the art of genealogical research as often as I can, and sometimes it appears in my blog. I do enjoy the standard research—town records, libraries and archives—but I really get a thrill when I find things that belonged to my relatives, or stories and photographs on the Internet. I am a big fan of researching with Google.

    The journey into the past is never ending for me—there will always be questions and, hopefully, corresponding answers. I really enjoy sharing my searches and my discoveries through my blog. I know that my children will have the family information at their fingertips, and will hopefully continue the tradition.

    As an extra bonus, I have met new relatives through my blog that I probably would never have known. That is a thrill—to have contact with a relative who read my blog and wanted to share what they knew, too.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    MINERVA (f): Roman name for the Greek goddess ATHENE, popular in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century New England, as well as in the rest of the country (often seen in the nickname form MINNIE). Nearly 14,000 women in the 1850 census were named Minerva. They include Minerva Bangs (born abt. 1840) of Prescott, Massachusetts; Minevra Cashdollar (born abt. 1839) of Etna, Ohio; and Minerva Royce (born abt. 1765) of Berkshire, Vermont.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked if you have any ancestors in common with U.S. presidents.

    • 12%, Yes, I have ancestors in common with one U.S. president.
    • 26%Yes, I have ancestors in common with 2 to 4 U.S. presidents.
    • 11%, Yes, I have ancestors in common with 5 to 9 U.S. presidents.
    • 6%, Yes, I have ancestors in common with 10 or more U.S. presidents.
    • 16%, No, I do not have any ancestors in common with U.S. presidents.
    • 29%, I don't know if I have any ancestors in common with U.S. presidents.

    This week's survey asks where you currently reside. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Colorado Cemetery Indexes
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Hillside Cemetery, Silverton, Colorado

    Originally a mining camp, the town of Silverton is the county seat of San Juan County. It is located in the southwestern part of the state. The Hillside Cemetery website is the result of the work of Freda Carley Peterson, who spent years researching and compiling the burial records of San Juan County. She has written books about burials in Hillside Cemetery and stories about those buried there. Excerpts from her book, The Story of Hillside, may be viewed by clicking on the Excerpts link in the contents list.

    The website contains two databases that are alphabetical indexes to more than 3,000 documented burials in San Juan County. (As noted on the site, the earliest known county burial took place in 1872.) Click on the Burial Surnames tab in the contents list to open a new page with links to the burial listings. The first is Burial Surnames at Hillside Cemetery. Click to choose a letter link which will lead you to a PDF file containing burial information for individuals whose surnames begin with that letter. The data in the records may include the following information: name of the deceased, cause of death, spouse’s name, parent’s name(s), age, date of birth, date of death, veteran status, occupation, and place of burial. Click on the Burial Surnames outside of Hillside Cemetery link to open a new page with a short list of individuals buried in two other cemeteries in San Juan County.

    The website also has a photo gallery that contains 100 captioned images of gravestones in the Silverton Hillside Cemetery. Click on the Photo Gallery link to access them.

    Brush Memorial Cemetery, Brush, Colorado  

    The City of Brush is in Morgan County, which is located in northwest Colorado. It was incorporated in 1884. The city was named to honor a cattleman named Jared L. Brush, who served as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. Jared Brush sold the land for the cemetery to the city in 1893. The Jared L. Brush Cemetery was established in 1895. The cemetery is divided into three sections—North Cemetery, South Cemetery, New North Cemetery—and a columbarium.

    Click on the Interment Directory link to download a PDF file containing a list with more than 7,000 records of burials in the cemetery. The list is organized alphabetically by the surname of the owner/deceased. The remaining data fields in the index are section-block, lot, grave, born, deceased, and comments. The comments field includes the names of other related individuals, removals, veteran status, and inscriptions.

    You will also find links to PDF maps of each section and the columbarium. Each map sheet has a section for recording grave location information. There is also a link to the cemetery’s Find A Grave webpage. You will also find photographs of many of the cemetery’s gravestones on this site.

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    Stories of Interest

    Piecing Together “The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle”
    In 1989, East Germany’s secret police tore up millions of files compiled as a result of decades of spying on its citizens. Today, with these files in huge demand, "archivists are now using groundbreaking computer technology to reconstruct those shredded files."

    Half-brothers Meet for the First Time, Thanks to Toronto Daily Star Article
    “That Gary, 68, should ever meet his half-brother, Keith Haakon Fackrell, 54, from Australia, would have been improbable, were it not for the Internet, a curious wife and daughter, a photo in a 1945 Toronto Daily Star story, and, well, fate.”

    Viking Legacy in Galway to Be Studied
    A new DNA “study will reveal whether Galway’s medieval families are genetically linked to Normans or to Vikings, and it will investigate the extent to which the Vikings intermarried with the native population.”

    More information on the study and on Viking settlers in Ireland is available on the study's website.

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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:

    • 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, which aims to compile 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 seventeenth-century Boston. Visit for more information. The program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to or 617-226-1226.

    New Visitor Welcome Tour
    99–101 Newbury St., Boston
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 10–11

    This orientation and tour introduces you to the NEHGS research facility. Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, records, and expert staff to help you navigate it all, NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history. Free and open to the public.

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