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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 15, No. 47
    Whole #610
    November 21, 2012
    Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudrault


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    * Happy Thanksgiving from NEHGS
    * In the October 2012 Issue of the Register
    * In the 2012 American Ancestors Journal Supplement to the Register
    * NEHGS Database News
    * Irish Genealogy Study Group
    * A Note from the Editor: Thanksgiving, Past, Present, and Future
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Porter County Public Library, Indiana
    * Stories of Interest
    * Upcoming Education Programs


    Happy Thanksgiving from NEHGS

    The Society's offices and research library will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, and will be closed on Thursday, November 22, for Thanksgiving Day. The research library will be open regular hours on Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24. The Society's administrative offices will be open with minimal staff on Friday, November 23.

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    In the October 2012 Issue of the Register

    The current issue of the Register is available online. Members who receive the print journal will see it in their mailboxes soon.

    The Earliest Shermans of Dedham, Essex, and Their Wives: Part I: Henry Sherman the Elder and His Wives
    by Michael J. Wood

    The Ancestry of Mary Whitten (Whiting), Wife of Ichabod Crippen
    by  Henry Z Jones, Jr.

    Rediscovering Matthew Fuller (Died 1752–53) of Colchester and Salisbury, Connecticut
    by Frederick C. Hart, Jr.  

    Sampson1 Dunbar and His Family
    by The Dunbar Research Team (continued from 166:204)

    Also in this issue . . .
    Editorial, Additions and Corrections, Reviews of Books, Index of Subjects in Volume 166, Index of Persons in Volume 166, and Annual Table of Contents of Volume 166.

    A subscription to the Register is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online  or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447.

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    In the 2012 American Ancestors Journal Supplement to the Register

    The current issue of American Ancestors Journal is available online. Members who receive the print journal will see it in their mailboxes soon.

    (American Ancestors Journal, an annual supplement to the Register introduced in October 2009, provides genealogical content of national scope, with an emphasis on New York State and out migrations from New England. American Ancestors Journal is bound with the October Register, but has its own separate index.)

    Identifying Judith Hone, Wife of John2 Armistead of Virginia, with Hone and Aylmer Ancestry of Presidents William Henry and Benjamin Harrison
    by  Patricia Law Hatcher  

    William Berry (1753–1839) and His Children and Grandchildren in Massachusetts and New York
    by Harold Henderson (concluded from 165:378)

    Nathan Holden of New York City and Staten Island
    by David Kendall Martin

    Also in this issue . . .
    Editorial and Index of Persons

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    NEHGS Database News
    by Sam Sturgis, Digital Collections Administrator, and Christopher Carter, Digital Collections Coordinator

    Connecticut Vital Records Update

    Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Ashford (1710–1851), New Milford (1712–1860), Newtown (1711–1852), and Pomfret (1705–1850).

    Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for the towns of Ashford, Branford, Canterbury, Colchester, Danbury, Derby, Durham, Fairfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Guilford, Haddam, Hartford, Hebron, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Lyme, Middletown, Milford, New London, New Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Ridgefield, Saybrook, Simsbury, Stamford, Stonington, Stratford, 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.

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    Irish Genealogy Study Group

    The Irish Genealogy Study Group will meet on Saturday, November 24, 2012, between 9:30 and noon in the Education Center (second floor) at NEHGS. This is an informal group gathered to talk about research problems and share solutions. Everyone is welcome to come and join in. Contact Mary Ellen Grogan for more information.

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    A Note from the Editor: Thanksgiving, Past, Present, and Future
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Thanksgiving, our secular feast day, inspires us to share our bounty and reflect on our blessings. Thanksgiving is also about celebrating family and the past. These characteristics dovetail very nicely with genealogical pursuits, and because the holiday frequently brings extended family together, Thanksgiving can offer great opportunities for asking questions, relating family lore, and reminiscing.

    One of my NEHGS colleagues is bringing family scrapbooks from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s to his family’s Thanksgiving so members of the older generation can identify people in old photographs, answer questions, and add more detail to what he knows. His family is fortunate to have home movies from the 1920s, and they are planning on watching a selection.

    Another colleague will be sharing information about the recent discovery of a perfect 67-marker DNA match. She is also the family photographer and takes photos during the holidays and at various gatherings. She distributes them digitally, mails prints, and includes them in her own family photo album.

    I’ve participated in many types of Thanksgiving celebrations over the years: small gatherings, large multi-generational extravaganzas, ones spent in foreign cities (Guadalajara, London, Montreal, and Reykjavik), and even one at the Grand Canyon — with all the hikers wishing each other a happy Thanksgiving as they passed on the trails. I’ve decided that each Thanksgiving consists — to a greater or lesser degree each year — of both savoring memories and making new ones. As genealogists, I think our role is to preserve some of these cherished (and perhaps not so cherished) memories for the future. 

    A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!   

    Below are three Thanksgiving links of interest:

    America’s Hometown Celebrates Thanksgiving
    “Hundreds of people from Massachusetts and beyond took a pilgrimage to Plymouth on Saturday, Nov. 17, to celebrate America's original Pilgrims. The Thanksgiving celebration included a parade that was a walk through the country's history, with people dressed up representing each time period and war from the 1600s to the present.”

    We Asked The Expert: How to Be a Pilgrim
    “Think your commute is bad? Historical interpreter Kate Moore's 40-minute drive from Cape Cod to Plymouth sets her back nearly 400 years.”

    Explore Plimoth Plantation
    These images allow website users to experience a virtual trip to Plimoth Plantation.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    PRISCILLA (f): The name Priscilla is said to be derived from the Latin Prīscilla, a feminine diminutive of prīscus, meaning ancient. (Note the long “i.”) [Calvert Watkins, American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 3rd ed., 2011.] Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance to the Bible indicates that in the Bible Priscilla is the wife of Aquila and is a co-worker with St. Paul. She’s referred to five times (Acts 18:2, 18:18, 18:26; Romans 16:3, 1 Corinthians 16:19) as Priscilla, and once as Prisca (2 Timothy 4:19). This woman must be the model for the Puritan name. Mayflower passenger Priscilla (Mullins) Alden (born circa 1602) was immortalized in The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (Some of the history and lore behind the story of Priscilla Mullins, Miles Standish, and John Alden is available on the website of the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts.)

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked whether any of your ancestors served in major American military conflicts. 3,940 people answered this survey. The results are:

    • 84%, The American Revolution (1775-1783)
    • 54%, War of 1812 (1812-1815)
    • 10%, Mexican War (1846-1848)
    • 79%, Civil War (1861-1865)
    • 17%, Spanish-American War (1898)
    • 53%, World War I (1914-1918)
    • 72%, World War II (1939-1945)
    • 27%, Korean War (1950-1953)
    • 24%, Vietnam War (1959-1975)
    • 1%, None of my ancestors served in any of the conflicts listed above.
    • >1%, I don't know if any of my ancestors served in any of the conflicts listed above

    This week’s survey asks what traditional Thanksgiving dishes will appear on your table this year. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Porter County Public Library, Indiana
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Porter County Public Library, Indiana  

    Porter County is located in northwestern Indiana. Valparaiso is its county seat. The Porter County Public Library has made a number of genealogy resources available online.

    Obituary Index
    The Obituary Index, which covers 1938 through January 2011, is searchable by first and last name. Names must be entered in both search boxes to perform a search. The information has been extracted from the Vidette-Messenger and Vidette Times newspapers. The data fields are last name, first name, middle initial, maiden name, age, death date, paper (date published in the newspaper), from (where the deceased is from), and index number.

    Marriage Index
    The Marriage Index, which covers 1921 through 1946, is searchable by first and last name. Names must be entered in both search boxes to perform a search. The data fields are bride or groom, last name, first name, marriage date, and book and page numbers

    Porter County Herald Index
    The Porter County Herald was published in Hebron, Indiana. Vital records and articles for 1933 through 1938 are included in this database. (Issues for some dates are missing.) It is searchable by first and last name, both of which are required to perform a search. The data fields are last name, first name, newspaper date, and page number.

    1920–21 Milk Producers Association in Porter County
    This alphabetical database contains a list of members of the association. The data fields are first name, last name, and page number.

    Index to Divorces
    The Index to Divorce contains more than 8,000 records. They are organized alphabetically by surname. The data fields are last name, first name, entity, dependents, court, case number, and case type. The entity field contains information about whether the individual in the record is the plaintiff or the defendant.

    Guardianship Court Cases
    There are over 5,000 records in the Guardianship Court Cases index. The data fields in this alphabetical index are surname, given name, entity, “guardianship for,” court, case number and case type. Data in the entity field lists the status of the named individual – guardian, person, decedent, defendant, or respondent.

    Combined Probate Estates
    There are nearly 12,500 records in this database, which is organized alphabetically by surname and covers from the early twentieth century to the early 1960s. The data fields are surname, given name, date of death, entity, court, case number, and date filed. “Entity” refers to whether the individual is the administrator or the decedent.

    Genealogy Digital Library
    Click on the Genealogy Digital Library on the homepage, then click the Enter Here link, which will bring you to the search page. The Genealogy Digital Library contains two volumes — The City of Homes, Schools and Churches: a Pictorial Story of Valparaiso, Its People and Its Environs (1905) and Souvenir Book of Valparaiso, Indiana (1911). Search the database by entering a keyword or browse by subject or title. Clicking on the browse by subjects link will provide you with an alphabetical subject list. Clicking on the browse by titles link will give you access to the two digitized volumes. Click the book's image to the left of the title to select individual pages.

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    Stories of Interest

    Confucius' Family Tree Goes Digital
    “The original paper collection of the family tree containing a record of all 83 generations of Confucius' offspring of over 2 million people is currently 43,000 pages long and takes up 80 books, but it will be able to fit on a thumb drive after being digitized.”

    Man Finds “Twin” in 16th-Century Painting
    “Max Galuppo of Temple University was walking around the Philadelphia Museum of Art with his girlfriend, Nikki Curtis, when Curtis spotted his doppelganger in the Italian artwork, titled ‘Portrait of a Nobleman with Dueling Gauntlet.’”

    “Your Loving Dot” Lives — 1940s Love Letters Find Their Way Home
    “Katheleen Chaney recently found a packet of letters, tied with a pink ribbon, near her home in Atlantic Highlands, N.J., as she and her son, Patrick, took a walk to assess the damage done by Sandy.”

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Winter Weekend Research Getaway — African American Family History Research
    99–101 Newbury St., Boston
    Thursday, January 31 — Saturday, February 2, 2013

    Spend a weekend at NEHGS researching, meeting with staff genealogists, learning from themed lectures, and enjoying group meals. Explore the rich offerings of the NEHGS Research Library and benefit from the knowledge of expert genealogists. This year's Winter Weekend Research Getaway focuses on African-American family history research. Register for all three days, or choose particular days to attend.

    Hartford, Connecticut, Research Tour
    Wednesday, April 10–April 14, 2013
    Explore the repositories of Hartford, Connecticut, at the Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Historical Society. NEHGS staff and local experts will provide consultations, lectures, and the information you need to get the most out of Hartford’s genealogical offerings. The program includes individual consultations, expert lectures, a reception, and a group dinner.

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