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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 28
    Whole #643
    July 10, 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
    * Researching in New Brunswick
    * New Brunswick Research Tour
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Cemetery Databases: Kentucky, Nebraska, and California
    * Stories of Interest
    * 15% Discount on Three NEHGS Titles

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

    New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, volumes 41–45

    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 NYG&B.

    This week, we have added volumes 41-45, containing more than 58,000 additional records. The database currently contains volumes 1 through 45, publication years 1870 to 1914. Future volumes will be added periodically.

    Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts

    NEHGS is pleased to add four new cemeteries to the Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts database. The new cemeteries are Anshe Dowig, Congregation Beth Israel, Sons of Abraham, and Staro Constantinov cemeteries in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

    The records in this collection are courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society - New England Archives, who, in collaboration with the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts, maintains records for 105 Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. Records range from 1853 to the present.

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    Researching in New Brunswick
    by David Allen Lambert, NEHGS Chief Genealogist

    New Brunswick is rich in history, and holds a wealth of original documents that may help researchers with roots in this Atlantic Canadian province unlock their ancestral stories. This fall, NEHGS will return to New Brunswick for a research tour with experts David Allen Lambert and Rhonda R. McClure.

    The Saint John Free Public Library houses countless print and microfilm sources that document the province's inhabitants, which have included a sizable population of Loyalists and a significant number of nineteenth-century Irish immigrants. Sources include provincial records, Canadian census, vital records, teacher's returns, funeral home records, province-wide newspapers, maps, and pamphlets. The library also has indexes to nineteenth-century newspapers, as well as rare historical scrapbooks. The family history files offer a treasure trove of compiled genealogies. Other collections of note include: almshouse records (Saint John); burial permits (1889–1919); typescripts of church records; Custom House port records; freeman certificates; land petitions (1783–1857); Saint John city directories (1857, 1963–1982); Saint John register of voters; and shipping records (Port of Saint John) 1878–1949.

    Another useful repository is the Archives of the Catholic Diocese of Saint John. The Diocese serves the counties of Saint John, Kings, Queens, Sunbury, York, Charlotte, Carleton, and Northumberland. The archive contains the majority of the Catholic parish sacramental records before 1900. These records are also available to researchers on several hundred thousand family group sheets. (Records of interment after 1900 are available but other post-1900 sacramental records must be acquired from the parish.) The diocesan newspaper, The New Freeman, available on microfilm, is indexed and contains many post-1900 marriages and obituaries. Other resources at the Archives include membership lists, pew rental books, and parish minute books. An article by former diocese archivist Peter D. Murphy which further profiles this archive can be found online.

    New Brunswick's earliest European settlers were the Acadians. At the Université de Moncton the efforts of the Centre d'études acadiennes (Acadian Studies Center) have helped preserve their stories. Genealogical resources from the earliest settlement through the Dérangement of 1755-1758 and beyond are available. During the tour, Stephen A. White, genealogist and author of the Genealogy Dictionary of Acadian Families, will speak on “Genealogy Resources in New Brunswick.”

    The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in Fredericton is a genealogist's dream come true. Significant holdings of church records and province-wide newspapers can be researched on microfilm available only at PANB. More than 1,000 family history folders can help piece together many of the families of both Acadian and nineteenth-century origin. Government records (land, vital, military, etc.) and more than 3,000 manuscripts make a research visit here a must. County guides are available online.

    Tucked away in the “Old Gaol” in Saint Andrews is the Charlotte County Archives. Its genealogical and historical collections include thousands of original documents on individuals, groups, and businesses in Charlotte County, as well as family histories, ship logs, maps, newspapers, letters, diaries, and an extensive collection of more than 15,000 photographs.

    We hope you consider joining us to discover your New Brunswick roots on this upcoming trip.

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    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'études acadiennes, and more.

    For more details and to register, click here.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    ALEXANDRINA (f): Feminine of ALEXANDER + productive suffix '-ina.' Perhaps the most famous bearer never used it in public (yet was nicknamed 'Drina' as a child): [Alexandrina] Victoria (1819–1901), Queen of Great Britain from 1837, daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent and Marie Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; her first given name honors her godfather, Tsar Alexander I (1777–1825), who happened to be on a visit to England at the time of her birth, was drafted as a baptismal sponsor, and whose name was tacked on at the last minute.

    Alexandrina Cruikshanks of Chelsea, Massachusetts, the 22-year-old daughter of Alexander Cruikshanks, married George Gremaine on April 27, 1864, in Charlestown, Massachusetts (Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910, on Alexandrina McNabb, daughter of William and Mary McNabb, was born on February 13, 1887, in Providence, Rhode Island (Providence, RI: Alphabetical Index of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1836-1930, on

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked if you have visited any Revolutionary War sites and battlefields. 3,918 people responded to this survey. The results are:

    • 23%, No, I have not.
    • 16%, Yes, I have visited one.
    • 40%, Yes, I have visited two to four.
    • 14%, Yes, I have visited five to nine.
    • 7%, I have visited too many to count!

    This week’s survey asks about your use of Facebook and Twitter. Take the survey now!

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

    City of Elizabethtown, Kentucky

    The city of Elizabethtown is the county seat of Hardin County, which is located in the central part of the state. The city has made its cemetery database available online. There have been more than 6,000 burials in the cemetery. To begin, click on the Search link. You can search the database by first name, last name, section, lot, and grave designation. There is an additional option to search by keyword. You can also choose the sort order for the search results. The data fields in the search results may include any or all of the following: name of person, date of birth, date of death, section, lot number, lot owner, relation to lot owner, other information, and longitude/latitude. Click on the List All link to view a complete alphabetical listing of burials in the Elizabethtown Cemetery.

    City of North Platte, Nebraska

    The city of North Platte is the county seat of Lincoln County, which is located in the southwestern part of the state. The public service department of the city of North Platte is responsible for managing the city's cemetery. A burial database has been made available on the city's website. The North Platte Cemetery Association was established in 1872 and plots were first offered for sale in June 1873. The database is organized alphabetically by surname. Click on the desired letter link to open a new page with burial records. The data fields in the search results include lot, space, last name, first name, date of birth, date of death, and place of burial. There is also a link to a cemetery map showing the location of the various sections.

    City of Downey, California

    The city of Downey is located in southeast Los Angeles County, about thirteen miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The city has made the Downey Cemetery District database containing birth and death information available on its website. The database, which comprises about 6,000 records, can be searched by first or last name. The search results are displayed three records at a time. Use the forward and backward arrows to move from page to page. The data fields in the database are last name, middle, first name, date of birth, date of death, section, lot, grave, and ashes.

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    Stories of Interest

    Preserving History, and Uncovering Secrets, at Green-Wood Cemetery
    Volunteers at Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery are working through the first phase of a massive archive project, which is expected to be completed later this year with the creation of a searchable bibliographic database.

    Essay: Walking in My Grandfather's Footsteps
    In Scotland's Sunday Herald, columnist Tom Shields writes about his journey to Belgium to pay his respects to his grandfather, who was killed at Ypres in June 1916.

    The Civil War Relived
    “From one end of the line to the other, New Englanders from farms, city streets, and college campuses were well represented during the three-day battle ending July 3, 1863.”

    Czechs Discover Passion for Family History, Says Genealogy Researcher Blanka Lednická
    A Czech version of Who Do You Think You Are? has prompted interest in genealogy in the Czech Republic. Here, Radio Prague interviews a Czech professional genealogist.

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    Save 15% on Three NEHGS Bestsellers

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is offering a 15% discount on three must-have books for genealogists:

    The Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th Edition, Normally $24.95, on sale for $21.21.

    New Englanders in the 1600s: A Guide to Genealogical Research Published Between 1980 and 2010 (Expanded Edition), Normally $21.95, on sale for $18.66.

    Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, 2nd Edition, Normally $11.95, on Sale for $10.16.

    To receive the discounted prices, please enter the coupon code MUST713 when ordering online. Sale prices are good through July 19, 2013, while supplies last. This discount may not be combined with any other discounts, including the NEHGS member discount. 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:

    • Genealogy of the Van Brunt Family of New York, 1653–1867 (Item P4-H26046, $28.50)
    • Early History of Ransom County, North Dakota, Including References to Sargent County, 1835–1885 (Item P5-ND0006S, $15.00)
    • Eaton Family of Nova Scotia, 1760–1929 (Item P4-H09279, $50.00)
    • Family History of Jeremiah Fenton (1764–1841) of Adams Co., Ohio, and His Descendants (Item P4-H10236, $43.50)
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    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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