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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 23
    Whole #638
    June 5, 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 Database News
    * David Lambert Featured on RadioBoston
    * Latest Issue of The Great Migration Newsletter Now Available
    * NEHGS Library Renovations
    * NEHGS at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
    * San Francisco and the Wine Country: An Exclusive Tour with NEHGS
    * Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Website
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Illinois Cemetery and Obituary Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Westward Migration Books
    * Upcoming Education Program


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

    The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 41–45

    Volumes 41 to 45 of The Mayflower Descendant (publication years 1991–1995) are now available to search. Additional volumes will continue to be added regularly throughout the year. With the addition of these volumes, The Mayflower Descendant database now contains more than 280,000 records.

    The Mayflower Descendant has been published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants since 1899. It is an essential source of information on many New England families, and its focus is not limited to those with Mayflower lineage. The journal includes transcriptions and abstracts of deeds, wills, vital records, and other original documents. In addition, it features compiled genealogies and analytical studies of genealogical problems.

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    David Lambert Featured on RadioBoston

    NEHGS Chief Genealogist David Lambert was featured yesterday on RadioBoston, a hour-long program produced by WBUR, Boston's NPR news station. The topic of the day was Genealogy's Renaissance.

    To listen to the program, visit RadioBoston.

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    Latest Issue of The Great Migration Newsletter Now Available

    The April–June Great Migration Newsletter (Vol. 22, No. 2) is now available to online subscribers at (The print version was mailed to subscribers last week.) The lead article, “Walter Norton and Increase Nowell,” examines the backgrounds of the two men and shows that their “families were almost certainly known to one another in the early days of the reign of Queen Elizabeth.” The issue also contains a “Focus on Cambridge,” which analyzes an undated list of early Cambridge land grants containing fifty-nine names. As always, the issue contains a recent literature survey and Robert Charles Anderson's “Editor's Effusions.”

    Subscribe to the online or print Newsletter here. If you have any questions about The Great Migration Newsletter, please contact Member Services at or 1-888-296-3447.

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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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    NEHGS at the Southern 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 browse our publications and chat with some of our experts. NEHGS members receive 20% off purchases at the booth and several new titles will be available, including three new Portable Genealogists on the New York state census, immigration records, and naturalization.

    Attendees can also hear NEHGS Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure speak on “Naturalization: Law by Law, Court by Court” on Saturday, June 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. (Registration is now closed for the NEHGS Sunday breakfast at which Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert will cuss “Using American Ancestors Website for Military Research.”)

    For further conference details and registration information, visit

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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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    Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Website
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Readers with Vermont ancestors — or those interested in the history and culture of the state — should explore the resources available at the Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial website. It offers a ten-page PDF, Vermont & the Civil War: A Visitor's Guide, which “describes 46 places to visit. The guide will take you to New England's best documented stop on the Underground Railroad, the factory where the gun milling machines that armed the nation were produced, and the resort where Mary Lincoln and her children summered in 1864.” The site also includes links to information about various aspects of Vermont's Civil War history as well as a link to the Vermont Historical Society's page on Researching the Civil War from a Vermont Perspective.

    Those interested in pursuing the topic further will want to investigate a new book by Howard Coffin, Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today's Vermont. “Coffin takes the reader through every town in the Green Mountain State to document more than 3,000 sites that were in some way touched by the Civil War and are extant today. Not a theme-park guide to quaintly preserved structures, the sites identified here are homes where soldiers lived and died, hospitals where they were treated, and halls where abolitionists spoke passionately.” Howard Coffin is also the author of Full Duty: Vermonters in the Civil War.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    AQUILA (m) (Latin 'eagle'). In Christian iconography the eagle is the symbol of the Gospel of St. John. A man named Aquila was associated with St. Paul; a later Aquila (fl. early half 2nd century A.D.) translated the Hebrew Bible into a very literal Greek. Both men are said to have been natives of Pontus [in Asia Minor], the latter prob. a native of Sinope in that region (Henry Wace and William C. Piercy, A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature to the End of the Sixth Century A.D., with an Account of the Principal Sects and Heresies [London: John Murray, 1911, repr. Peabody, Mass.: Henderson Publishers, 1994], pp. 38–39).

    Aquila Chase (1618–1670) was an early settler of Hampton, N.H. (1640) and Newbury, Massachusetts (1646). John Carroll Chase and George Walter Chamberlain, Seven Generations of the Descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase (Derry, N.H., 1928, rev. ed. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1983, 1993), note that the exact parentage of the immigrant Aquila Chase and his brother Thomas seem to be still unknown; although several earlier English Aquila Chases have been identified in Chesham, Bucks, and in London, no positive matches have been found for the immigrant. The other seventeenth-century immigrant to New England bearing this rare given name was Aquila Purchase of Kingweston, Somerset, and Dorchester, Mass., brother-in-law of Bernard Capen of Dorchester in Old and New England. Both Chase and Purchase were likely named for Aquila, husband of Priscilla, mentioned by St. Paul.

    The 1790 census lists 21 men named Aquila, with occurrences from Vermont to South Carolina, with the largest number in Maryland. In 1850, there were 111 men with the name, and, in 1940, there were 77.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about your summer genealogical travel plans. 3,786 people responded to this survey. The results are:

    • 61%, Yes, I plan to visit a library, archive, historical society, or cemetery to do research.
    • 41%, Yes, I plan to visit at least one ancestral town or city.
    • 28%, Yes, I plan to visit relatives who share my interest in genealogy.
    • 12%, Yes, I plan to attend a genealogical conference.
    • 31%, No, I do not plan to travel for genealogical purposes this summer.

    This week’s survey asks if you’ve donated family papers or memorabilia to an institution. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Illinois Cemetery and Obituary Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy Illinois

    The city of Quincy is located along the Mississippi River on the western border of Illinois. It is the county seat of Adams County.

    In 1875 the German Evangelical Salem Church established Green Mound Cemetery in Quincy as a private cemetery for members of Salem Church and other area Lutheran churches. A new section of the cemetery was opened in 1897, and was named New Greenmount Cemetery. Soon after, the cemetery was opened to the general public. In about 1909, the name Greenmount Cemetery began to be used exclusively.

    More than 30,000 individuals are estimated to have been buried in Greenmount Cemetery. The cemetery office has kept interment records since April 1906, although there are some earlier records. Cemetery lot purchase records have been maintained since 1875 and may be found in the cemetery office. Click on the History link to learn more.

    To search the burial database, click on the Search/Info link. Enter a last and/or first name in the search boxes. The data fields in the database are first name; middle name; last name; AKA (also known as); maiden name; date of birth; date of death and date of interment; age; stone information; and link to a page containing burial location information. Burial location information includes block, lot, section, and grave numbers. Click on the Plot Map link on the homepage to view the cemetery map.

    Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon, Illinois

    The city of Mattoon is in Coles County, located in the central part of Illinois. The Mattoon City Council purchased land for a city cemetery in 1862 and the cemetery, named Dodge Grove, was opened in spring 1863. It is estimated that more than 20,000 burials have taken place in Dodge Grove Cemetery, including three Civil War generals and approximately 260 Civil War soldiers.

    Scroll to the bottom of the webpage to find a cemetery map and an alphabetical database of burial records, which has been updated to February 20, 2013. These files are in PDF format. The data fields in the index are last name; first name; age; death date; section; division; grave space; lot owner; and funeral home.

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    Stories of Interest

    Photos Uncover Travels of Frontenac [Missouri] Couple, Thanks to Facebook
    Jeff Phillips purchased thirty boxes of old slides in an antique shop and then turned to Facebook to identify the couple in the images.

    RTE Sells Genealogy Roadshow Format Rights to PBS for US Remake
    RTE, Ireland's national television and radio broadcaster, has licensed its popular “Genealogy Roadshow” program to PBS. “A new version of the programme, in which a team of travelling experts attempt to piece together ordinary people's family histories, will now premiere in the US in September.”

    Most European Males Descended from Farmers
    Dr Patricia Balaresque, first author of a study which looked at the most common genetic lineage in European males, said that “…more than 80% of European Y chromosomes descend from incoming farmers. In contrast, most maternal genetic lineages seem to descend from hunter-gatherers.”

    100 Years after Death, 2 Civil War Veterans Are Finally Laid to Rest
    Two brothers, Civil War veterans, were recently given a military burial and interred at Arlington Nation Cemetery, due to the efforts of volunteers with the Missing in America Project, which aims to locate and bury the unclaimed remains of veterans.

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    Sale on Westward Migration Books

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is offering a 15% discount on three westward migration books:

    Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, Normally $29.95, on sale for $25.46

    The Expansion of New England: The Spread of New England Settlement and Institutions to the Mississippi River, 1620-1865; Normally $17.95, on sale for $14.36

    Opening the Ozarks: First Families in Southwest Missouri, 1835-1839 (four-volume set), Normally $150.00, on sale for $127.50

    To receive your 15% discount, please use the coupon code WEST613. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or discounts (including the 10% NEHGS member discount). Prices good through 6/14/13, while supplies last. MA residents add 6.25% sales tax on Opening the Ozarks. 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:

    • Early Pennsylvania Births, 1675–1875 (Item P5-PA1835S, $16.50)
    • Centennial History of Oregon 1811-1912, 2-volume set (Item P5-OR0002H. $255.00)
    • Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its People 1808–1908 (Item P5-MO0039H, $199.00)
    • Recollections of Life in Ohio from 1813 to 1840 (Item P5-OH0121H, $29.50)
    • Maineville, Ohio, History: 100 Years as an Incorporated Town, 1850–1950 (Item P5-OH0210H, $29.50)

    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 Program

    New Brunswick Research Tour
    September 22 – October 1, 2013

    Travel to New Brunswick, Canada, to find your family history in Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton, and Saint Andrews. Let NEHGS experts David Allen Lambert and Rhonda McClure and local historians guide you through the Saint John Free Public Library, the Archives of the Diocese of Saint John, Charlotte County Archives, New Brunswick Provincial Archives, the Centre d'etudes acadiennes, and more.

    For more details and to register, click here.

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