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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 15, No. 49
    Whole #612
    December 5, 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
    * NEHGS Special Collections Access
    * A Note from the Editor: New Irish Resources
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Funeral Home Records — Tennessee and Pennsylvania
    * Stories of Interest
    * Discounts Offered on Two Royal Titles
    * Upcoming Education Programs


    NEHGS Database News

    by Sam Sturgis, Digital Collections Administrator, and Christopher Carter, Digital Collections Coordinator

    Rhode Island Roots — Volumes 1–5 (1975–1979)

    NEHGS is pleased to announce an agreement with the Rhode Island Genealogical Society that allows us to add Rhode Island Roots to our growing collection of nationally renowned scholarly publications. We will continue to release volumes of Rhode Island Roots throughout the coming year.

    The Rhode Island Genealogical Society first issued Rhode Island Roots in 1975. This quarterly publication contains information extracted from original documents as well as compiled genealogies of Rhode Island families. Articles include transcriptions of Bible records and family letters, book reviews, and analytical studies of genealogical material. Beginning in 2006, occasional bonus issues entitled “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records” have been published. These issues provide readers with fully indexed abstracts from Rhode Island town council records. As of 2012, these bonus issues have covered Providence, East Greenwich, Coventry, Scituate, and Warwick.

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    NEHGS Special Collections Access

    During the month of December, Special Collections access at NEHGS will be available by appointment only, except for Wednesdays from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., when no appointments are required. Any member who wishes to schedule an appointment should contact Tim Salls (617-226-1232) at least two business days in advance.

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    A Note from the Editor: New Irish Resources
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Researchers tracing Irish ancestors will be pleased to note that new Irish resources have recently been made available online.

    National Archives of Ireland Website

    In November, the National Archives of Ireland launched a new genealogy website, which offers access to Census Records for 1901 and 1911, Soldiers’ Wills from 1914 to 1917, and Tithe Applotment Books (head-of-household substitutes) from 1823 to 1837. (FamilySearch has Tithe Applotment Books from 1814 through 1855.) In years to come, the Archives plans to add the following collections: Calendars of Wills and Administrations, 1858–1922; nineteenth-century census survivals, 1821–51; Valuation Office House and Field Books, 1848–60; and census search forms for the 1841 and 1851 censuses.

    Irish Military Records

    The Military Archives is responsible for the records of Ireland’s Department of Defence, the Defence Forces, and the Army Pensions Board. The website features the Military Archives Image Identification Project and the Irish Army Census Collection, 1922 (which is in its third and final phase). (An Irish Times article provides background information on the 1922 census.) According to the website, “the Military Archives holds only the personnel records of those who served in the military of the Irish Free State from 1922, as well as material pertaining to the Irish Volunteers and the Independence movement, 1913–1921.”

    British Army records, including those for Irish regiments, can be obtained at the National Archives of England. An article entitled “Information Document on the Irish Regiments of the British Army up to 31st July 1922” can be a useful guide. Other sources of military records in Ireland are “The National Library, which holds a number of lists of Irish Personnel in the British Army from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, or Dublin City Library and Archive…which is the point of contact for the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association."

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    MEPHIBOSHETH (m): Hebrew. “And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was MEPHIBOSHETH” (2 Samuel 4:4). Mephibosheth Sanborn, b. 5, 9 mo. 1663, was the son of William and Mary (Moulton) Sanborn (Hampton VRs, 1:96, 552). Rev. Mephibosheth Cain performed marriages at Dresden, Maine, in the late 1790s. Were these men born lame, or was this a name randomly chosen from the Bible?

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked whether family history was part of your Thanksgiving. 2,904 people answered this survey. The results are:

    • 31%, Yes, we did or discussed genealogical research.
    • 4%, Yes, we discussed DNA findings.
    • 44%, Yes, we shared family stories.
    • 15%, Yes, we shared family photos or home movies.
    • 39%, Yes, we shared family recipes and/or ate foods made from traditional family recipes.
    • 37%, No, family history was not part of my Thanksgiving this year.

    This week’s survey asks how you would characterize your genealogical skill level. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Funeral Home Records — Tennessee and Pennsylvania
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Alexander Funeral Home Records, Tennessee

    The Alexander Funeral Home was established in Gallatin, Tennessee, in 1921, and later opened several branches in the surrounding area. The business is still in existence and, having merged with another institution, operates as the Alexander-Newby Funeral Home. The city of Gallatin is located in Sumner County in the north central part of the state.

    The records in this database are from two of the funeral home’s locations. The records from the Alexander Funeral Home in Gallatin cover the period from 1928 through 1968. The records from the Alexander Westmoreland Funeral Home in Westmoreland cover the period from 1958 through 1991. The records have been indexed by year. Select the Click Here to View the Individual Funeral Home Records Indexed by Years link to open a page with date range links. Click on the desired date range to open a new page with a chronological listing of records for that period. The data fields may include some or all of the following: full name, place of death, color/sex, marital status, date of birth, birthplace, date of death, age, occupation, name of father, birthplace of father, maiden name of mother, birthplace of mother, physician, cause of death, date, time, place of service, name of cemetery, clergyman, pall bearers, near relatives, and informant’s name and address.

    The records of additional Tennessee funeral homes, including the Newby Funeral Home, the Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral Home, and Cole and Garrett Funeral Home, can be searched by entering a surname in the search box on the left side of the page.

    Bastian-Maneval Funeral Home Records, Pennsylvania

    This funeral home records database is found on the Tri-Counties Genealogy and History website, which was founded in 1996 to create a local history library for three counties located on the New York-Pennsylvania border. They are Bradford and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Chemung County in New York.

    The Bastian-Maneval Funeral Home is actually located in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, but, according to the website, there are many individuals in the records who have ties to Bradford and Tioga Counties. The records in the alphabetical databases cover the years 1933 through 1936 and 1948 to 1954. Click on a letter and scroll down to view a list of names of individuals with surnames beginning with that letter. Continue to scroll down the page to view the detailed records for each individual. The data fields in the detailed record are name, residence, spouse, occupation, employer and address, date of death, date of birth, date of funeral, services at, clergyman, religion of deceased, birthplace, place of death, cause of death, contributory cause, certifying physician, name of father, his birthplace, name of mother, her birthplace, cemetery, funeral cost, and newspaper article (obituary).

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    Stories of Interest

    Borwn Team Cracks Code Used by Roger Williams in Book’s Margins
    Newly-deciphered marginal notes written by Roger Williams in a seventeenth-century book are being called &ldqup;the most significant addition to Williams scholarship in a generation or more.”

    Our View: Long Live the Art of Penmanship
    An editorial in the Herald News of Fall River, Massachusetts, argues for the continued teaching of cursive handwriting in schools.

    Old South Church Votes to Sell Rare Psalm Book from the 1600s and Silver
    The Bay Psalm Book “printed in Cambridge in 1640, was the first book published in British North America and quickly became the standard psalter used on Sunday mornings throughout the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Eleven copies of it have survived, and all are now owned by major institutions. No copy has been on the market since 1947.”

    B.C. Historical Records Available Online — for Free
    Original records from British Columbia have been &ldqup;scanned, indexed and [are] now available from anywhere in the world for printing — free of charge — through the Royal BC Museum/BC Archives website.”

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    Discounts Offered on Two Royal Titles

    In celebration of this week’s announcement of the pregnancy of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the Bookstore at NEHGS is offering The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton at a special low price of $22.95 (regularly priced at $29.95) and The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales for only $27.95 (regularly $34.95). This is a perfect time to add these two important works to your genealogical library!

    To order, please visit our website and select either or both titles. In the coupon field, enter KATE12 to receive your discount on these titles. Or call 1-888-296-3447.

    Prices do not include shipping. This offer cannot be combined with NEHGS member discounts. Valid through December 31, 2012.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother
    99–101 Newbury St., Boston
    Wednesday, December 12, 6–7 p.m.

    Historian Eve LaPlante returns to NEHGS to present her new books, Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother and My Heart Is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa's Mother.

    In Marmee & Louisa, LaPlante paints a portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time, and the fiercely independent daughter whose life was deeply entwined with her mother's dreams of freedom. Based on newly uncovered papers, this moving portrait of Louisa May Alcott's relationship with her mother seeks to transform our view of one of America's most beloved authors. (An article about the book recently appeared in the Boston Globe.) Both books will be available for sale at the event. A book signing will take place after the lecture. Free and open to the public.

    Washington, D.C., Research Tour
    March 10–17, 2013

    Discover family history resources in the nation's capital with NEHGS. Visit the National Archives and Records Administration, the Daughters of the American Revolution Library, and the Library of Congress during this intensive week of guided research, individual consultations, lectures, and group events.

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