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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 21
    Whole #636
    May 22, 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 Holiday Closing
    * In the April 2013 Issue of the Register
    * NEHGS Database News
    * NEHGS at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
    * Give to the NEHGS Annual Fund
    * NEHGS Library Renovations
    * San Francisco and the Wine Country: An Exclusive Tour with NEHGS
    * A Note from the Editor: Readers Respond
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist
    * Spotlight: Midwestern Historical and Genealogical Society Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Two New York Titles
    * Upcoming Education Program


    NEHGS Library Holiday Closing

    The NEHGS library will be closed on Saturday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

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    In the April 2013 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.

    Origins of Mathias and Nicholas Sension Determined
    by Jerome Lafayette Santken

    The Origins of Thomas1 Harris and William1 Harris of Providence, Rhode Island
    by Helen Schatvet Ullmann and L. Randall Harris

    Luke Mills of Northampton County, Virginia, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    by Barbara Vines Little

    The Identity of Nathan Fish of Groton and Pepperell, Massachusetts
    by Pamela Fish-Tyler

    Abigail Cobb, Wife of Ebenezer7 Fairbank, and Daughter of Ebenezer2 (Stephen1) Cobb of Cheshire County, New Hampshire
    by Patricia Sezna Haggerty

    The Two Elizabeth3 Daniels of Medfield, Massachusetts
    by Austin W. Spencer  

    The Estate of Martha Harris and Early Bacon Families of Eastern Connecticut
    by Gale Ion Harris (concluded from 167:34)

    The Earliest Shermans of Dedham, Essex, and Their Wives: Part 3: Henry Sherman the Younger and His Wife
    by Michael J. Wood (continued from 167:54)

    Also in this issue…Editorial and Reviews of Books

    Subscription to the Register is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-296-3447.

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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, volumes 36–40

    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 New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

    This week, we have added volumes 36–40, containing more than 51,000 additional name records. The database currently contains volumes 1 through 40, publication years 1870 to 1909. Future volumes will be added periodically.

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    NEHGS at the Souther California Genealogy Jamboree

    June 7–9, 2013
    Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California

    Attending the Genealogy Jamboree? Stop by the NEHGS booth, #701-3, 712, to save on essential resources, browse new titles, and chat with some of our experts. NEHGS members receive 20% off purchases at the booth and several new titles will be available for the first time, including three new Portable Genealogists with topics concerning the New York state census, immigration records, and naturalization.

    Attendees can also hear presentations by two NEHGS genealogists: Saturday, June 8, from 10 to 11 a.m., Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure will present “Naturalization: Law by Law, Court by Court” and Sunday, June 9, Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert will discuss “Using American Ancestors Website for Military Research” at the NEHGS Breakfast, 7 to 8:30 a.m. (To register for the breakfast, click here and scroll down to the second to last event on the page.)

    The last day for advance registration is Friday, May 24. For further conference details and registration information, visit

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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 and its preservation. Annual Fund donations help to keep NEHGS membership fees down, enhance our website capabilities, make our educational programs possible, and provide members with access to expert genealogists and researchers. Please consider a tax deductible gift. Give now!  

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    NEHGS Library Renovations

    Due to renovations, the fourth floor of the NEHGS library (the Microtext Floor) will be closed through June 8. A reduced number of microfilm readers will be available on the seventh floor, and staff will retrieve film for patrons.

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    San Francisco and the Wine Country: An Exclusive Tour with NEHGS

    October 4–11, 2013

    The rich history of California, the legendary allure of San Francisco, and the enchantment of northern California's wine country all beckon us for this exclusive, insiders' tour - one that promises a host of special experiences and private visits rarely, if ever, available to the general public. Highlights include private, guided walking tours of the City by the Bay, docent-led tours of museums, a visit to a rarely-seen part of Alcatraz, an excursion to the charming coastal town of Monterey, cocktails at a private penthouse residence atop San Francisco's Russian Hill, wine tastings at several of Napa's finest vineyards, and a private luncheon at the beautiful hillside Piña Napa Valley vineyards. Accommodations will be provided at some of Napa and San Francisco's finest hotels, with dinners and wine pairings at some of the best restaurants. Our guide is historian Donald Friary.

    Space is extremely limited and only a few openings remain, so please register early to ensure a place. Further information is available on our website or by contacting Steven L. Solomon at or 617-226-1238.

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    A Note from the Editor: Readers Respond
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Last week's Ask a Genealogist column on researching Yugoslavian ancestors by Libby Feil prompted a number of responses from Weekly Genealogist readers. Here is a sample:

    Kathleen Poznick of Weatherford, Texas: The recent article about immigrant relations from Yugoslavia brought to mind my trouble in locating my husband's father and grandparents in the census. They also were from Yugoslavia and, after meeting in upstate New York, moved to Michigan. Try as I might I could not locate my father-in-law in the 1920 census in Detroit, even though I knew he was born there just three years before. Luckily my husband actually remembered their address (they lived there for 40+ years) so I searched that way. We found them! First names and ages matched but the last name was completely off. We were searching "POZNICK" and I had tried various ways of spelling but it was under "POHEZK," not even close to what we had been searching. Area researchers might want to note that a large community of Yugoslavians who settled in Cleveland, Ohio, had their own newspaper. The person searching could also try the Yugoslavia message board on Rootsweb or one of the Rootsweb groups focusing on the successor states created after the breakup of Yugoslavia: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro.  

    Elizabeth Dutton of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania: Here are my suggestions for the Eastern European research problem: Try to locate and contact the ethnic church(es) and cemeteries that served the area; search line by line through the 1920 census (if it's Detroit, maybe try the relevant and nearby wards); and, if a visit to the location is not possible, work through microfilmed indexes to vital records, probate, property, etc.  

    Greg Crane of Athens, Georgia: Perhaps the person who asked the question might be desperate enough to do what I was forced to do to find one of my wife's great-grandparents. It's very time consuming, but the success is so satisfying. I did a systematic search by first (given) name. With a name like George, and all the possible variants, it might be too difficult but it is worth considering.  

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Genealogist

    AMELIA (f): Derived from the Germanic root amal-, which is of uncertain meaning, this name became popular at about the same time as the similar-sounding EMILY, which is derived probably via French EMILIE, from Latin AEMILIA, feminine of a Roman family name. (The French equivalent of AMELIA is AMÉLIE.) Amelias abounded in many German royal families, including that of Hanover, a reason for much of the name's popularity in English-speaking countries. The name may well have gained further currency due to the character of Amelia in Henry Fielding's novel (1751) of that name; the virtuous heroine is said to have been modeled on the author's wife, Charlotte Cradock.

    Amelia Potter, daughter of Stephen Potter, of Coventry, Rhode Island, married Chandler Holmes of Woodstock, Connecticut, in Woodstock on January 4, 1787 (Woodstock, Ct., Vital Records, 1686-1854 on On May 21, 1856, Pascal B. Simons of Manchester, N.H., married Amelia Henry of Goffstown, N.H., in Goffstown. (Goffstown, N.H., Town Records, on

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked when your first immigrant ancestor arrived in North America. 5,475 people responded to this survey. The results are:

    • <1%, 2000 to the present
    • 1%, 1900 to 1999
    • 9%, 1800 to 1899
    • 6%, 1700 to 1799
    • 78%, 1600 to 1699
    • 3%, 1500 to 1599
    • 1%, Prior to 1500
    • 2%, I am not sure when my earliest immigrant ancestor arrived in North America.

    This week’s survey asks if you were named after a relative. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Midwestern Historical and Genealogical Society Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Iron County Historical Society, Missouri

    Iron County is located in southeast Missouri. Ironton is the largest city and county seat. The primary resources on the historical society's website are the 1946 Ironton-Arcadia Telephone Directory, which has been digitized and uploaded, and a transcription of the tax list from the January 20 and 27, 1898 issues of the Iron County Register newspaper. The data fields in the tax list are surname, given name, and total assessed dollar value. In addition you will find school enumeration records for 1870–1906, a list of schools, teachers, and clerks for 1911–1912, and old photographs. These resources may be found under the Reference Material contents list on the left side of the homepage.

    Washington County Genealogical Society, Nebraska

    Washington County is located in the eastern part of the state on the Nebraska-Iowa border. Blair is its county seat. The Washington County Genealogical Society has made two databases available on its website.

    The 6,670 transcribed obituaries on the site are from the Washington County Genealogical Society archive in the Blair Public Library. The obituaries are arranged alphabetically. Click on the name link to view the transcription. The data fields in the index are date of death, name of the deceased, and available online. There may be multiple records from different sources for a single death.

    This database is an index to marriages from the deed books at the Washington County Courthouse from 1856 through the end of 2009. There are more than 16,400 records. The database is sorted alphabetically by groom's surname. The data fields are date of marriage, groom's full name, bride's full name, deed book number, and page number.

    Cedar Falls Historical Society, Iowa

    The city of Cedar Falls is located in Black Hawk County, Iowa. The Cedar Falls Historical Society has made a few resources available on its website. Click on the Archives and Library link under the Research tab to access them. These include transcriptions of the 1850 federal census and the 1852 state census for Cedar Falls Township. The data fields in the 1850 census include dwelling, surname, first name, age, sex, and place of birth. The data fields in the transcription of the state census are heads of family, number of males, number of females, number of voters, number of militia, and the total compared to the 1850 census. Other resources include a transcription of the 1874 Cedar Falls city directory and a Civil War roster for Company “B” of the 31st Infantry Regiment. The data fields for the roster database are last name, first name, photo (yes/no), and notes, which contains biographical information about the soldier.

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    Stories of Interest

    With Rising Seas, America’s Birthplace Could Disappear
    Jamestown, Virginia, the first successful English colony in America, “is now threatened by rising sea levels that scientists say could submerge the island by century's end.”

    Remembering the Long Lost Germans of Texas
    An interview with University of Texas professor Hans Boas, director of the Texas German Dialect Project, discusses an almost-extinct variant of German, Texas German.

    How Ken Burns Explores New England
    Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns discusses some of his favorite historic sites and natural spaces in New England.

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    Sale on Two New York Titles

    Save 20% for one week only on two New York titles published by NEHGS:

    New York Essays: Resources for the Genealogist in New York State outside New York City, Was $17.95, On Sale for $14.36

    New York State Probate Records: A Genealogist’s Guide to Testate and Intestate Records, Was $24.95, On Sale For $19.96

    Prices good through 5/22/13, while supplies last. Prices do not include shipping.

    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:

    • Index of Wills for New York County (New York City) from 1662 to 1850 (Item P5-NY0449H, $49.50)
    • Phillips’ 1881–1882 Elite Directory of Private Families and Ladies’ Visiting and Shopping Guide for New York City: Containing the Names of 25,000 Householders (Item P5-NY0217H, $54.50)
    • Vermont Historical Gazetteer: Volume III Part 1 (Orleans and Rutland Counties) and Part 2 (Rutland County) (Item P28373300, $184.00)
    • Gazetteer and Business Directory of Bennington Co., Vt., for 1880–81 (Item P5-VT0089H, $55.00)
    • Origins of Williamstown, Mass. (Item P5-MA0418H, $65.00)

    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 Program

    Last chance — register by May 25!

    Come Home to New England, June 17–22
    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 discuss and learn more about your family history.

    Details and registration

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