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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 18
    Whole #633
    May 1, 2013
    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 Library Renovations
    * NEHGS Database News
    * Dorr Rebellion Resources
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Grosse Pointe Public Library, Michigan
    * Stories of Interest
    * Classic Reprints
    * Upcoming Education Programs

    NEHGS Library Renovations

    Due to upcoming renovations, the fourth floor of the NEHGS library will be closed from Friday, May 17, through Saturday, June 8. Several microfilm and microfiche readers will be available on the seventh floor, and the staff there will retrieve film and fiche for patrons. We ask library visitors to please bear with us during these renovations, when there will be a reduced number of readers available.

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

    The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Vol. VIII

    We continue with our ongoing series of family sketches featured in The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Frank J. Doherty's multi-volume study. The Settlers of the Beekman Patent contains data on over 1,300 families who settled in the Beekman Patent, an original land grant given to Col. Henry Beekman in 1697 by the English Crown and the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County, New York. Many emigrants from New England lived in and passed through the Beekman Patent on their way west. Others, such as the Palatines and Quakers (almost all from New England), were early settlers and remained for several generations or more.

    Compiler and author Frank J. Doherty has researched the settlers of the Beekman Patent for over thirty years and is considered the foremost expert on these families. He began his research after he purchased property in the town of LaGrange in Dutchess County and became interested in the history of the area. His research includes all eighteenth-century records from Dutchess County courts, probate, cemeteries, churches, stores, leases, tax lists, military, census, and other documents pertaining to the area.

    The eighth volume, published in 2005, includes family sketches pertaining to the following surnames: Lee, Lent, Leonard, LeRoy, Lester, Lewis, Light, Lightheart, Linsey, Lobdell, Lockwood, Losee, Lossing, Lovejoy, Loveless, Luckey, Lyon, Mabie, Mace, Macomber, Macy, Maguire, Mainger, Mallory, Maloney, Mancius, Mandigo, Manter, Mentor, Marble, Marcy, Marks, Marsh, Marshall, Martin, Martling, Marvill, Masten, Matthews, McAuley, McCarty, McCarthy, McClave, McCollum, McCord, McCready, McDaniel, McDonald, McDougal, McDowell, McIntire, McLees, McNeal, McPherson, McWilliams, Mead, Meloy, Merrick, Merrihew, Merritt, Meyer, Myers, Miles, Milk, Millard, Miller, and Millington.

    The inclusion of this volume adds more than 32,000 individual name entries to this database.

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    Door Rebellion Resources
    By Lynn Betlock, Editor

    The Dorr Rebellion was a watershed event in Rhode Island history. Events began in 1841, when Providence native Thomas Wilson Dorr sought to expand the numbers of Rhode Islanders eligible to vote. At the time, with the Charter of 1663 still in force, less than fifty percent of white male Rhode Islanders were eligible to vote. Historian Marvin E. Gettleman, author of The Dorr Rebellion: A Study in American Radicalism (1973), wrote that "The most dramatic and bitter battle of the antebellum period took place in Rhode Island, where the movement for political reform took a radical and even revolutionary character."

    The fall 2011 issue of American Ancestors magazine featured an article on the Dorr Rebellion: "Echoes from the Dorr Rebellion: the 1842 Aplin / Carpenter Correspondence," by John D. Tew. (NEHGS members can read the article online.)

    I recently became aware of the Dorr Rebellion Project website, which is a terrific resource for anyone interested in the crisis. The website includes a nineteen-minute documentary, interviews with expert scholars, an image gallery, and links to relevant articles. Organizations and individuals involved with the project include Providence College; The John Hay Library, Brown University; The Rhode Island Historical Society; The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; The Rhode Island School of Design; and Russell DeSimone.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Genealogist

    ETHELBERT (m): Derived from a compound of Anglo-Saxon æthel- "royal," "noble" + beohrt/berht "bright," this last derived from an Indo-European root *bherəg- "to shine," "bright," "white" (Calvert Watkins, The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed., 2000, p. 11). Æthelberht I of Wessex (ruled 860-865, a brief reign bedeviled by Viking raids) was the third son of Æthelwulf of Wessex. Æthelbert was preceded by an older brother Æthelbald (co-king with his father ca. 855-858, then full king 858-860), and was succeeded by his younger brothers Æthelred I (ruled 866-871), and, finally, Alfred [Ælfred] the Great (ruled 871-899). Alfred's grandson Æthelstan (ruled 924-939), the victor of Brunanburh, is the first king of all England (rather than Wessex).

    The history of the Anglo-Saxon period was not much studied until the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but New England does have the example of Ethelbert Child Lyon (1744-1787) of Woodstock, Conn., and Holland, Mass., a son of Moses and Grace (Child) Lyon of Woodstock. Moses Lyon, a Yale graduate, apparently enjoyed choosing learned names for his numerous offspring. The 1850 census shows 216 men with the name Ethelbert.

    The name ALBERT developed from ADELBERT, a cognate Germanic form of both elements of this name. (Speak "Adelbert" fast, say five times, and you'll see how that first consonant falls out; ALICE evolved in much the same way from forms such as ADELICIA.)

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked which major U.S. genealogical repositories readers have visited. 4,045 people responded to this survey. The results are:

    • 15%, Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
    • 4%, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston, Texas
    • 4%, Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas
    • 22%, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, Washington, D.C.
    • 35%, Family History Library (FHL), Salt Lake City, Utah
    • 23%, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
    • 3%, Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, Missouri
    • 26%, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
    • 30%, National Archives facilities outside of Washington, D.C.
    • 43%, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Research Library, Mass.
    • 15%, New York Public Library, New York, N.Y.
    • 9%, Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill.
    • 6%, Sutro Library, San Francisco, California
    • 23%, I have not visited any of the above repositories

    This week’s survey asks how long you've been conducting genealogical research. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Grosse Pointe Public Library, Michigan
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Grosse Pointe Public Library, Michigan

    Grosse Pointe is a small city that borders Detroit. It is located in Wayne County, Michigan. The Grosse Pointe Public Library has made a number of resources available on its website. The resources include a local history archive and an obituary index. Click on the Local History Archives icon on the homepage to access them.

    There are a number of resources in the Local History Archives. They include books, photographs, maps, and newspapers, among other resources. Click on the Books icon to access three local histories. The following volumes have been digitized and are available as PDFs: A History of Agricultural School District 1; Grosse Pointe Guide and index; and The Mansions of Grosse Pointe. Click on the Photographs icon and then the Library thumbnail to view the nearly 50 historical photographs of the Grosse Pointe Public Library. There are a dozen historical images under the Maps link.

    Click on the Grosse Pointe Obituary Index link to access the index main page. The database is an index to obituaries and other articles associated with deaths found in two local newspapers, the Grosse Pointe News and the Grosse Pointe Review. The index covers the period from 1940 through 2009 with a few records from 1930. Beginning with 1940, each segment of the index comprises a five-year period. Each section of the index is organized alphabetically. The data fields are last name, first name, middle name, date of death, printed (publication) date, newspaper title, and page.

    On the Local History Archives page, you will find a link to Grosse Pointe newspapers that have been digitized and uploaded to the library's website. The digital collection includes Grosse Pointe News (1940–present), Grosse Pointe Review (1930–1952), and Grosse Pointe Civic News (1923–1934). You can find the full text of an obituary by using the information found in the index. First, click on the thumbnail link one of the newspapers. Click on the year, then the date of publication. This will open a PDF file of the complete issue of the selected newspaper. Instructions on the website provide information on how to search for specific items. You can also search the entire database by entering a single word or an exact phrase in the search box. You can limit your search to a specific time period by selecting a decade from the drop down list.

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    Stories of Interest

    Study: Moon to Blame in Civil War Death
    A new study concludes that the light from a full moon played a part in the accidental shooting of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

    Leaving Cloister of Dusty Offices, Young Archivists Meet Like Minds
    This profile of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, a group with over 500 members, highlights some of the archivists and their collections.

    Junk Drawer Jesus and the “Flotsam” that Defines a Family
    A daughter reflects on the process of cleaning out her parents' home in East Boston.

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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:

    • History of the Town of Carlisle, Mass., 1754-1920 (Item P5-MA0408H, $39.50)
    • History of the Town of Litchfield, Conn., 1720-1920 (Item P5-CT0016H, $42.50)
    • History of the Town of Goffstown, N.H., 1733-1920 (Item P5-NH0074H, $59.50)
    • History of Tazewell County, Southwest Virginia, 1748-1920 (Item P5-VA0045BH, $69.50)
    • History of Monmouth County, N.J., 1664-1920: Historical & Biographical (Item P5-NJ0119H, $99.50)

    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

    Come Home to New England
    June 17–22 or August 5–10, 2013
    99–101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.

    One of NEHGS's most popular programs, Come Home to New England is an intensive week of family history discovery at NEHGS headquarters in Boston's Back Bay. Staff experts provide individual consultations and useful lectures to guide researchers of all levels in their family history explorations. Participants also enjoy group meals and social events, making every moment of this fun-filled week a chance to learn more about your family history

    Details and registration:
    June 17–22
    August 5–10

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