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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 25
    Whole #640
    June 19, 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
    * Two Early Conference Regisration Deadline Approaching
    * A Note from the Editor: The 1950 Federal Census
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Larchmont Historical Society, New York
    * Stories of Interest
    * Great Migration Book Sale Extended
    * Upcoming Education Programs

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

    Rhode Island Roots, vol. 16 –20

    When Rhode Island Roots began publication in 1975, the journal served both as a newsletter for the newly formed Rhode Island Genealogical Society (RIGS) and as an aid to careful genealogical research. While it was short and unsophisticated in design, Roots was a serious publication assembled by people with considerable genealogical experience. This update includes volumes 16-20, publication years 1990-1994, and adds more than 15,000 records to this collection.

    Each issue of the quarterly journal, now 52 pages, features at least one compiled genealogy along with Bible records, transcriptions of original sources, book reviews, and studies of the genealogical implications of historical events. Indices of land and notarial records and petitions to the General Assembly, transcriptions of estimates of ratable estate, gravestones, and early census records all provide invaluable clues to Rhode Island genealogy. The authors include well-known genealogists as well as RIGS members with stories of their own families to tell. We will continue to release volumes of this journal throughout the year.

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    Two Early Conference Registration Deadlines Approaching

    FGS 2013 Conference
    August 21–24, 2013
    Fort Wayne, Indiana

    The early registration deadline for the FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) conference is July 1. If you register by that date, you will save $50 off a full four-day registration or $20 off a single- day registration. If you attend the conference, be sure to stop by the NEHGS booth to browse new titles and meet some of our staff members. NEHGS Genealogist Marie Daly will be speaking on “Researching Irish Ancestors Online.” Visit the FGS conference website to explore topics, speakers, and conference offerings.

    New York State Family History Conference
    September 20–21, 2013
    Liverpool, New York

    Early registration deadline is July 1. At this first ever statewide genealogical conference for New York, attendees will have an opportunity to advance their skills in researching New York State families and to build general genealogical research skills. The conference includes twenty lectures in two parallel tracks; a Thursday evening reception; two luncheons and a dinner banquet; and exhibits by vendors and societies, including NEHGS. The conference is organized by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the Central New York Genealogical Society. For more information, visit

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    A Note from the Editor: The 1950 Federal Census
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    It may be hard to believe but preparations are now underway to prepare the 1950 census for public viewing. When the 1940 census was released, tools on Stephen Morse’s One-Step website helped researchers locate addresses when a name index did not yet exist or was faulty. On the day the 1940 census was released — April 2, 2012 — the One-Step site received over 2.25 million hits. The One-Step tables “developed for these utilities were also used by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on their 1940 website, on their initial 1940 offering, and the NY Public Library’s digitized 1940 phone book website.”

    An announcement from Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub introduces the One-Step site’s Project 1950:

    “If you wondered how we produced free locational tools for the opening of the 1940 census on the Morse One-Step site, wonder no more and be part of the team to do the same thing for 1950. We have opened up ‘Project 1950’ to prepare searchable ED definitions and street indexes for the opening of the 1950 Census in 2022. With the help of about 125 volunteers we produced our 1940 tools, and now are looking for about 200+ volunteers to help with Phase I (transcription of Enumeration District definitions) and Phase II (creating urban area street indexes) for 1950. An explanation of the two phases and what needs to be done can be found at It may seem too early to be doing this, but it took us over seven years to produce the 1940 tools that were used by…millions of researchers.”

    There will be differences between the 1950 census and the 1940 one. The 1950 census contains less information than the 1940, and it was the first census to enumerate Americans abroad. It was also the first to be partially tabulated by computer, the UNIVAC I. To learn more about the 1950 census, visit the National Archives 1950 overview.

    While the One-Step website ( offers many helpful census tools, it also provides useful assistance for accessing a variety of other records. Look for information on Ellis Island and passenger arrivals; Castle Garden years (1855–1891) plus other New York arrivals; other ports of immigration; Canadian and British census; New York census; births, deaths, and other vital records; calendar, sunrise/sunset, and maps; dealing with characters in foreign alphabets; Holocaust and Eastern Europe; and genetic genealogy (DNA).

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    FLAVEL (m): John Flavel (ca. 1630–1691), an English Presbyterian writer, was author of several devotional works, such as Husbandry Spiritualized (1669) (New Century Encyclopaedia of Names [1954], p. 1573). Flavel Bliss, the son of Ellis and Thamar Bliss, was born July 8, 1765, in Hebron, Connecticut (Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 [The Barbour Collection], on Tuillia Aldrich and Flavel Patterson were married on February 4, 1808 in Providence, Rhode Island (Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636-1850, on

    The 1790 census shows four men with the name: Flavel Clark of Lebanon, Connecticut; Flavel Manley of Sandisfield, Massachusetts; Flavel Moseley of Hampton, Connecticut; and Flavel Roan of Northumberland, Pennsylvania. In 1850, there were 178 men with the name, mostly in the Northeast or Old Northwest, and, in 1940, 233 men from all parts of the United States were enumerated with the name.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked how many generations of your patrilineal line (your father’s father’s father, etc.) you have succesfully traced. 4,605 people responded to this survey. The results are:

    • <1%, One (you)
    • <1%, Two (your and your father)
    • 3%, Three (you, your father, and grandfather)
    • 11%, Four
    • 17%, Five
    • 13%, Six
    • 9%, Seven
    • 7%, Eight
    • 6%, Nine
    • 7%, Ten
    • 6%, Eleven
    • 6%, Twelve
    • 3%, Thirteen
    • 2%, Fourteen
    • 8%, Fifteen or more
    • <1%, I don’t know.

    This week’s survey asks whether you were enumerated in the 1950 census. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Larchmont Historical Society, New York
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Larchmont Historical Society, New York

    Larchmont is one of two villages located within the town of Mamaroneck, in Westchester County, New York. The Larchmont Historical Society has made some local resources available on its website.

    Larchmont and Mamaroneck Cemeteries
    The Larchmont and Mamaroneck Cemeteries section is a collection of photographs of the gravestones in six cemeteries. Click on the link in the contents list to access the database. You can browse the photographs by cemetery by clicking on the cemetery name and address link or you can search the database by family name or keyword. You can select one or more cemeteries to search by clicking on the cemetery name. If you do not select a cemetery, the photographs returned in the search results will be drawn from all of the photo databases in the society’s photo collections.

    Historic Photo Collections
    To access this collection click on the Historical Photograph Collection link in the contents list. There are more than a dozen photo collections, including a number of fire company history collections, a collection related to local politics, street images from Mamaroneck and Larchmont, and the Larchmont Times collection. The Larchmont Times collection covers the period from April 20, 1901 through March 1902. There is also a separate database of newspaper advertisements for that period. Click on the site link to access a page with direct links to the databases. Next, click on the specific database link to open a new page with thumbnail images of each newspaper. Click on the thumbnail to select it and click a second time to enlarge it.

    New York Soldiers of the Great War
    This database was created from a 1920 publication, Soldiers of the Great War, which was an official attempt to identify, with photographs, all the members of the U.S. armed forces who died during World War I. The Larchmont Historical Society has posted on its website all of the pages related to New York soldiers. The database can be searched by the soldier’s surname or residence. The search results will be displayed as scans of the relevant pages from the book. Click on the image of the individual to bring up a full-page image with the following information: name, residence, and cause of death or injury. These pages may be downloaded. Click on the Download a page link for instructions.

    Slavery in Mamaroneck Township
    This interesting webpage contains resources related to documenting the historical record of slavery in Mamaroneck. There are lists of slaves and slaveholders from a variety of sources, some digitized documents, and links to off-site resources.

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    Stories of Interest

    DNA Helps Man Unlock Mystery of his Birth Father’s Identity
    “Richard Hill’s search for the identity of his birth father reads like a good mystery, filled with false leads, dead-ends and a high-tech finish.”

    Hunt is on in Gujarat for a Distant Cousin who Shares Prince William’s Indian Blood
    Recent genetic testing “revealed that Eliza Kewark, Prince William’s great, great, great, great, great grandmother, was of Indian origin.”

    All Spruced Up, Abigail Adams’s Birthplace Ready to Reopen
    “It’s been cut in half and moved twice — once pulled by oxen — threatened with demolition, and chewed by termites. But on June 30, a newly renovated Abigail Adams birthplace will reopen to the public, whole and in better shape than it’s been in years.” More about the birthplace, in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, is available here.

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    Great Migration Book Sale Extended

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is extended the 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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    Upcoming Education Programs

    The Mobile Genealogist
    99–101 Newbury St, Boston

    Part I, Using Dropbox and Evernote
    Saturday, June 29, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

    Part II, Imaging on the Go
    Saturday, August 17, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

    The Mobile Genealogist is a two-part lecture series introducing technology and equipment for organizing and conducting genealogy research while on the go. NEHGS staff genealogist Alice Kane draws on her experiences as an independent researcher to introduce users these helpful tools. Part I will present an introduction to Dropbox and Evernote for information storage, organization, and note-taking. Part II will cover digital cameras and the Flip-Pal scanner for recording documents.

    All levels of computer experience are welcome at both sessions. The program is free and open to the public. To reserve your space, email or call 617-226-1226.

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