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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 11
    Whole #626
    March 13, 2013
    Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudrault
    dailygenealogist@nehgs.org

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

    Contents:
    * NEHGS Database News
    * Give to the NEHGS Annual Fund
    * NEHGS Staff To Be Featured on the SyFy Channel
    * A Note from the Editor: The Gathering and “Return to Your Roots”
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Brighton District Library, Michigan
    * Stories of Interest
    * New Family Tree Charts and the NEHGS Bookstore
    * Upcoming Education Programs
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    NEHGS Database News
    by Sam Sturgis, Digital Collections Administrator, and Christopher Carter, Digital Collections Coordinator

    New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Update

    The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the premier genealogical journal devoted to scholarship on families residing in New York State and surrounding areas. Published quarterly since 1870 by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, The Record features compiled genealogies and transcriptions of Bible records, census records, church registers, newspaper extracts, muster rolls, wills and deeds, and proceedings of the NYG&B.

    This week, we have added volumes 26-30, containing more than 48,000 additional name records. The database currently includes volumes 1-30, publication years 1870 to 1899. Future volumes will be added periodically.

    Hampden County, Mass.: Black Families in Hampden County, 1650–1865

    This database extracts the information from Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650-1865 (2nd Edition) by Joseph Carvalho III, published by NEHGS in 2011.

    From the introduction: “Hampden County, Massachusetts, was a significant center of African American life between the years 1650 and 1865. Its location at the ‘crossroads of New England,’ close over the border from Connecticut to the south and across the wide Hudson River and a mountain range away from slavery in New York to the west, made Hampden County a haven for escaped slaves. The establishment in Springfield of the U.S. Armory in 1794 placed the town at the very epicenter of America's Industrial Revolution.” The main body of the work consists of genealogical and biographical information in alphabetical order by surname. There is a separate alphabetical list of individuals only known by their slave names.


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    Give to the NEHGS Annual Fund

    By supporting the New England Historic Genealogical Society's Annual Fund, you make an investment in your own family history research. Annual Fund donations help to keep NEHGS membership fees down, enhance our website capabilities, make our educational programs possible, and provide our members with access to expert genealogists and researchers. Please consider a tax deductible gift. Give now!  

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    NEHGS Staff To Be Featured on the SyFy Channel

    Watch the SyFy Channel's original series Haunted Collector on Wednesday at 9/8c to see NEHGS staff genealogists David Allen Lambert and Rhonda R. McClure investigate a haunted cigar bar in Boston's North End.

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    A Note from the Editor: The Gathering & ‘Return to Your Roots’
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

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    The idea of exploring an ancestral homeland is awfully compelling for many genealogists. Below are links to two sites that encourage making an ancestral pilgrimage.

    The Gathering

    “Throughout 2013, Ireland is opening its arms to hundreds of thousands of friends and family from all over the world, calling them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities.” The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a series of events, held throughout the country, and anyone with Irish connections — or an interest in Ireland — is encouraged to visit. Special events and festivals are a major part of this effort, as are local gatherings.

    Approximately seventy million people worldwide are part of the global Irish diaspora, and organizers hope many of them will make a trip to Ireland this year. The Gathering website features a genealogy page with links to resources and to Ireland Reaching Out, a ‘national reverse genealogy programme,” which aims to connect people with their place of origin in Ireland.

    Online articles and videos relate how The Gathering has drawn people to Ireland. Of particular interest are sixty “heritage and tracing your roots” stories, which offer lots of satisfying tales.

    For more information, visit The Gathering website.

    "Return to Your Roots" The April 2013 issue of National Geographic Traveler features a “Return to Your Roots” theme, allowing readers to “Meet Five Travelers Who Explored Their Ancestry.”

    Five different ancestral places are profiled:

    Ireland
    Taiwan
    Sicily
    Krakow
    Angola

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Genealogist

    CASSANDANA (f): Persian. Associated with Cyrus the Great. A musical comedy, Cyrus und Cassandana, was written in 1784 by Franz Adam Veichtner (1741-1822), then concertmaster to the Duke of Courland at Mitau, Germany.

    Apparently a combination of CASSANDRA and MANDANA, this name was used by Rev. Hosea and Ruth (Washburn) Ballou and their descendants. Their daughter Cassandana (Ballou) Wing (1803-1886) was born in Dana, Mass. Her daughter, Cassandana Frances Washburn Wing, was born in Boston, Mass., in 1825, and married James H. Shepard. Cassandra (Ballou) Wing's niece, Cassandana Ballou (b. 1821, daughter of Rev. Hosea Faxon and Mary [Ballou] Ballou), was born in Monroe, Mass., in 1821. (An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America 1888, pp. 131, 325, 328, 821, 823).


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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about whether you'd written an autobiography. 3,448 people answered this survey. More than one answer could be selected. The results are:

    • 22%, Yes, I've written a few pages.
    • 6%, Yes, I've written a chapter-length account.
    • 8%, Yes, I've written an account that contains several chapters.
    • 2%, Yes, I've written a book-length account.
    • 1%, Yes, I have published an account.
    • 26%, No, but I plan to write an autobiographical account.
    • 42%, No, I have no plans to write an autobiographical account.

    This week's survey asks whether you have visited an ancestor's country of origin for genealogical purposes. Take the survey now!


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    Spotlight: Brighton District Library, Michigan
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Brighton District Library, Michigan

    The city of Brighton is located in Livingston County, Michigan, about forty miles west of Detroit. The Brighton District Library has made a number of local history resources created by library staff and volunteers available on its website

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    Obituary Index
    The newspaper obituary index covers the period from 1880 to the present, and includes obituaries, death notices, funeral announcements, probate hearing notices, and other death-related information found in the Brighton Argus, the Livingston County Argus-Dispatch, and the Livingston Daily Press and Argus, as well as obituaries published in the Pinckney Dispatch.

    The index can be searched by last name of deceased, first name of deceased, mother's last name, father's last name, spouse's last name, date of death, and newspaper date. The data fields in the search results include the first and last name of the deceased, mother's full name, father's full name, spouse's full name, date of death, newspaper date, and newspaper title.

    Livingston County Cemetery Records Index
    Although the library has not provided information about which cemeteries and years are covered by this database, it is clear that burials from a number of cemeteries are included in the index. You can search the database by first name, last name, and year. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, birth date, death date, age, inscription, and cemetery name.

    The following indexes were created, with permission, from information published in the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine.

    Marriage Notice Index
    The Marriage Notice index covers the years 1843 through 1858, and includes marriage notices found in the Livingston Courier and the Livingston Republican newspapers. The index may be searched by groom's first name, groom's last name, bride's first name, bride's last name, and year. The data fields in the search results include groom's last name, groom's first name, bride's last name, bride's first name, newspaper date, marriage date, marriage location, and newspaper title.

    Marriage Records Index
    The Marriage Records index covers 1873 through 1883, and includes marriage record information that was originally published in the Livingston Republican. The database may be searched by groom's last name, groom's first name, bride's last name, bride's first name, and year. The data fields in the search results include groom's last name, groom's first name, bride's last name, bride's first name, newspaper date, and marriage location.

    Death Notices Index
    The Death Notices Index spans 1843 through 1859, and offers a list of death notices published in the Livingston Courier and the Livingston Republican. The index can be searched by first name of deceased, last name of deceased, mother's last name, father's last name, spouse's last name, and year. The data fields in the search results include first name and last name of the deceased, mother's full name, father's full name, spouse's full name, newspaper date, death date, and newspaper title.

    Death Records Index
    The Death Records Index covers 1873 through 1883, and contains a listing of death records extracted from the Livingston Republican. The index can be searched by first name of deceased, last name of deceased, mother's last name, father's last name, spouse's last name, and year. The data fields in the search results are last name, first name, mother, father, spouse, and newspaper date.


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    Stories of Interest

    The Original Scalawag: A Young Word Sleuth’s Ancestor Was Being Insulted Before the Insult Was in the Dictionary
    “Now imagine that you're researching one of your ancestors and you discover that not only was he called a ‘scalawag,’ but he's actually key to understanding how the epithet came about in the first place.”

    Europe’s Emigration Museums Chronicle Journey to U.S.
    This article provides information about several European emigration museums.

    An Auschwitz Survivor Searches for His Twin on Facebook
    “Menachem Bodner last saw his twin brother at age 4, when he was liberated from the infamous Auschwitz laboratory of Dr. Josef Mengele. Now, armed with proof that his brother also survived, he's watching his search go viral online.”


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    New Family Tree Charts at the NEHGS Bookstore

    The NEHGS Bookstore is now offering four new family charts! Each chart measures a frameable 17" x 22" and is printed on handsome quality heirloom parchment with richly colored designs and is shipped rolled in a colorful keepsake tube.

    Each chart is available for $5.99 plus shipping. Mass. residents add 6.25% sales tax. Please use the following links to order:
    7-generation American Country Style
    7-generation Pennsylvania Dutch Style
    3-generation Maternal chart
    3-generation Paternal chart

    View more family charts available at the NEHGS Bookstore.


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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Using AmericanAncestors.org
    Wednesday, March 20, 10–11 a.m.
    99–101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.

    The NEHGS website, AmericanAncestors.org, is full of great features, tools, resources, and content that highlights NEHGS' national expertise in genealogy and family history. We now have more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. We invite you to attend this free lecture to learn more about this incredible online resource.

    Spring Weekend Research Getaway — Organizing Your Research & Records
    Thursday, April 4 — Saturday, April 6, 2013
    99–101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.

    Spend a weekend at NEHGS delving into research, 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. Register for all three days, or choose which days to attend.


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