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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 24
    Whole #639
    June 12, 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 Participating in Blue Star Museums
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * A Note from the Editor: A Featured Blog
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Cemetery Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Great Migration Book Sale


    NEHGS Participating in Blue Star Museums

    NEHGS is participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and 2,000 museums and cultural institutions across America. These organizations will offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at

    To visit NEHGS through this program, just check in at the front desk with active military credentials.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    The Lewis Hine Project: Tracking Down the Lives of Child Laborers
    Saturday, June 22, 2–3 p.m.
    99–101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.

    In 1908, the National Child Labor Committee hired Lewis Hine to take photographs of children in or near their workplaces, in order to make as many influential people as possible aware of their plight. For the last seven years, Joe Manning has been identifying some of the 5,000+ child laborers that were photographed by Lewis Hine, and then tracking down and interviewing their descendants. So far, he has succeeded in telling the stories of more than 300 children. Manning will show some of these photographs (most taken in New England), tell the children's stories, and talk about the exciting process of searching for descendants, most of whom were not aware of these pictures of their parents or grandparents.

    Free. Call 617-226-1226 or email to reserve a space.
    Click for more information about Manning's Lewis Hine Project.

    Come Home to New England - last chance for early registration!
    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 the camaraderie of group meals and social events.

    Early registration ends June 15!

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    A Note from the Editor: A Featured Blog
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Our latest blog profile features Filiopietism Prism, written by John D. Tew, who wrote an article for the fall 2011 issue of American Ancestors magazine, “Echoes from the Dorr Rebellion: The 1842 Aplin/Carpenter Correspondence.” (NEHGS members can read the article online.) Here, John introduces his blog:

    Filiopietism Prism went live on New Year's Eve 2012. It was inspired by Nutfield Genealogy, and a generous invitation from its author, Heather Wilkinson Rojo, to contribute a guest post in February 2012.

    I have been interested in my family history since I was a teenager. My initial interest came from discovering that the “Rhode Island Pirate,” Thomas Tew, hailed from Newport, where my ancestors resided. Although various sources have linked him to my ancestors, no proof has been found and I continue to pursue all new leads. After this original encounter with genealogy, I began to slowly and sporadically collect family information and photographs in file folders and boxes. Following the birth of our two sons, my interest deepened and got more organized. This, coupled with a general interest in history, prompted me to begin writing a family history and eventually led to the decision to start a blog.

    Filiopietism Prism is largely focused on my New England ancestry because both my paternal and maternal lineage go back to the early colonization of New England - the Mayflower on my mother's side and the 1640 arrival of the Tews to Newport, Rhode Island on my father's side. The blog allows me to share information, photographs, and resources I have accumulated and reach out to others who have similar interests. It has also led to the discovery of a few distant cousins.

    I like to explore lost traditions I have discovered through my genealogy pursuits (such as May baskets). I also have developed two regular features: Saturday Serendipity (which passes on interesting genealogy and history reads) and Samaritan Sunday (which presents stories of strangers helping strangers with genealogy-related assistance).

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ARMIDA (f): One of the main female characters in the epic Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso (Italian Renaissance); the story also inspired several operas, such as those by Jean-Baptiste Lully (1686), J.-W. Glück (1777) and G.A. Rossini (1817):

    She was a beautiful sorceress, with whom Rinaldo [one of Charlemagne's paladins, based on his nephew, the hero Roland] fell in love, and wasted his time in voluptuous pleasure. Two messengers were sent from the Christian army with a talisman to disenchant him. After his escape, Armida followed him in distraction, but not being able to allure him back, set fire to her palace, rushed into the midst of a combat, and was slain. (Brewer, p. 64).

    Armida Potter (1765–1798, daughter of Dr. James and Abigail [Barns] Potter) m. New Fairfield North (Sherman, Conn.) Congregational Church 23 Nov. 1797 Bennett Pickett (1764–1854), and apparently died bearing an only child, Armida Pickett (1798–1826) who herself died unmarried. Why Dr. and Mrs. Potter (several of whose offspring bear imaginative names) named one for an apparently love-crazed sorceress, we cannot now determine; certainly such a choice reflects eighteenth-century America's discovery of non-Puritan literature and ideals. Perhaps Dr. Potter shared his reading material with the neighbors, as the name is more common than usual in the Sherman/New Milford area. For example, Armida Giddings (1773–1827, daughter of Jonathan and Mary [Baldwin] Giddings), later wife of David Gaylord, was one of several siblings bp. New Fairfield North 26 May 1776; other local Armidas were her niece, Armida Giddings (1815–1818, daughter of Samuel Giddings by his first marriage to a cousin, Lydia Giddings) and Mrs. Gaylord's sister-in-law Armida (Sanford) Giddings (1796–post 1881, daughter of Ebenezer and Jerusha [Buck] Sanford), second wife of Samuel Giddings above.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey if you've donated family papers or memorabilia to a museum, historical society or genealogical society. 3,565 people responded to this survey. The results are:

    • 35%, Yes, I have donated material.
    • 28%, Not yet — but I intend to.
    • 37%, No, I have not donated material.

    This week’s survey asks how many generations of your patrilineal line (your father’s father’s father, etc.) you have successfully traced. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Cemetery Databases: California and Georiga
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Mission City Memorial Park, Santa Clara, California

    Santa Clara is located in Santa Clara County — which is home to Silicon Valley — in northern California. The city of Santa Clara owns and operates Mission City Memorial Park cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in the state. The first recorded burial occurred on September 13, 1864, and there were just over 1,400 burials prior to 1900. The cemetery has been known by many different names over the years: Santa Clara Burial Ground, Santa Clara Protestant Cemetery, and Santa Clara City Cemetery. It was renamed Mission City Memorial Park in 1972.

    You can take a self-guided walking tour through Mission City Memorial Park by clicking on the “view the walking tour brochure online” link. The brochure contains information about the cemetery's history and many of the notable people buried there.

    Browse the burial index, available on the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society website, here. The database is organized alphabetically by surname. The data fields in the index are last name; first name; middle name; birth date; death date; age (years, month, days); sex; place of death; location (cemetery section); and burial location (coordinate, tier, row, number). There is a map of the cemetery on both the city website and the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society website.

    Riverside Cemetery, Macon, Georgia

    The city of Macon is located in central Georgia. It is the county seat of Bibb County. Riverside Cemetery was established in 1887. More than 18,000 people have been buried there, including many Confederate and Union Civil War veterans. Click on the History link in the contents banner to learn more about the cemetery's history. To view a sectional map of the cemetery, click on the Map link in the contents banner.

    Click on the Genealogy link to open the burial database search page. Records have been kept since the cemetery's establishment in 1887. The name field contains a hyperlink to a detailed record for the individual are name; date of birth; date of death; interment date; spouse or parent; and surviving relatives. In addition, a section titled Lot Information includes lot designation, names of others buried in the lot, and a map. Many obituaries are provided; click on the View Obituary link. Photographs of gravestones are also accessible.

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    Stories of Interest

    Mt. Washington Hoping to Solve Pre-1900 Photo Mystery
    The Mt. Washington Auto Road is seeking to identify the stage drivers in an historic photograph.

    The Perfect Birthday Gift for T. Boone Pickens: History
    “What do you give a legendary Texas billionaire on his 85th birthday? Well, a complete stranger mailed T. Boone Pickens a trunk of Civil War-era letters written by his ancestors.”

    Hatbox Letters Mystery: Forgotten Notes Forge Bonds
    “What began as a trivial consignment purchase 15 years ago ended with a pair of siblings obtaining a priceless link to their past.”

    In Praise of an Irish Genealogy Blog
    Irish Times genealogy columnist John Grenham recommends Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News.

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    Great Migration Book Sale

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is offering 15% off all Great Migration titles.

    • The Great Migration Begins (hardcover): Was $99.00, Now $84.15
    • The Great Migration Begins (softcover): Was $79.95, Now $67.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1643–1635, Volume I, A–B: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1643–1635, Volume II, C–F: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1643–1635, Volume III, G–H: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1643–1635, Volume IV, I–L: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1643–1635, Volume V, M–P: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1643–1635, Volume VI, R–S: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1643–1635, Volume VII, T–Y: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620–1633: Was $29.95, Now $25.46
    • The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 1–20: Was $27.95, Now $23.76
    • The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 16–20: Was $11.95, Now $10.16

    To receive the 15% discount, enter the code GM613 into the coupon field online (or mention it when ordering by phone at 1-888-296-3447).

    Prices are good through June 21, 2013, while supplies last. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, including the NEHGS member discount. Prices do not include shipping.

    Classic Reprints

    Did you know that the NEHGS Bookstore offers library-quality copies of over 10,000 rare and out-of-print books? Some titles ordered by recent customers include:

    • History of Barnstable County, Mass., 1620–1830 (Item P5-MA0365H, $105.00)
    • History of Swanzey, N.H., from 1734 to 1890 (Item P5-NH0025H. $59.50)
    • History of the Town of Carlisle, Mass., 1754–1920 (Item P5-MA0408H, $39.50)
    • Pioneer Days and Later Times in Corning (N.Y.) and Vicinity, 1789–1920 (Item P5-NY0077H, $57)
    • Keating and Forbes Families and Reminiscences of C.A. Keating, A.D. 1758–1920 (Item P4-H16359, $38.50)

    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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