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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 29
    Whole #644
    July 17, 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.

    * The Student Name Index
    * Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) Annual Meeting & Seminar
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Various Resources: Wisconsin, Oregon, and Illinois
    * Stories of Interest
    * Save 15% On These Must-Have Genealogical Books!
    * Upcoming Education Programs

    The Student Name Index
    by Richard P. Morgan

    The Student Name Index is an ongoing project directed by Richard P. Morgan of Mentor, Ohio, and hosted by the American Antiquarian Society of Worcester, Massachusetts. The Index is a database that currently contains over 400,000 names of trustees, administrators, board members, examiners, faculty, and students through 1877. The information in the database was compiled from 1,417 eighteenth and nineteenth-century printed catalogues from 128 colleges and schools from 12 states. For a listing of schools indexed, click here.

    In addition to listing the names, the Index also uses “context keywords” — subject words that denote such things as a person's sex, associated activity (e.g., trustee, professor, matron, principal, board of visitors, tutor, librarian, student), subjects taught (ranging from algebra to zoology), students' studies (e.g., law, medical), and class year. In addition, city, state, and country of residence are indexed, as well as degrees (e.g., LL.D, D.D., Esq., A.B., etc.) and honorifics (e.g., Rev., Hon., Gen.). To access the Index's search page, please click here. Many different types of search results can be found using this database. For instance, a researcher can find a specific person in a class, and also find all his classmates. Another search could reveal a person's progress through the educational system from student to tutor to professor to trustee. Students from Canada, Japan, Africa, India, and other countries can be identified and followed. The diversity of a school's students and administrators can be explored geographically, or by sex, class, studies, and other “context keywords.” Names of students and administrators who died during a school year are noted by the term “deceased.” Also noted are students who pursued specialized courses or who did not finish a course of study. Each result is linked to its citation so that the information can be verified in the printed sources.

    The Student Name Index is constantly being updated as more catalogues are discovered and their contents added to the database. For questions or comments, please contact Richard P. Morgan at

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    Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) Annual Meeting & Seminar

    Saturday, July 20, 2013 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Holy Cross College — Hogan Center, Worcester, Mass.

    The MGC 2013 Annual Meeting & Seminar will feature Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, “The Legal Genealogist,” who will give three presentations: “Breaking through the 20th-century Brickwall — Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence”; “How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists”; and “‘No Person Shall…Gallop Horses in the Streets': Using Court Records to Tell the Story of our Ancestors' Lives.”

    The seminar will also include continental breakfast and lunch; a luncheon presentation by Kimberly Toney of the American Antiquarian Society, “Worcester History as seen through the Eyes of the American Antiquarian Society”; a civil records legislative panel; genealogical vendors; door prizes; and the opportunity to network with peers and colleagues.

    Registration is $75, and, as online registration is no longer available, people can register as walk-ins on the day of the conference.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    GLORIANA (f): In his book, American Given Names: Their Origin and History in the Context of the English Language (1979), George R. Stewart notes that this name, which means “glorious one [feminine],” was coined in the late sixteenth century by courtier poets to honor Queen Elizabeth I. The name was formed by adding the feminine adjective suffix “-ana” [of or pertaining to] to a base word, in this case “gloria” [glory]. Use of this name in colonial America generally bears strong Anglican connotations - Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603, Queen from 1558) was considered to have re-founded the Church of England after the reign of her Catholic sister Queen Mary I Tudor (1516–1558, Queen from 1553).

    Gloriana (Treadwell) Pell (1731-1814), was buried in St. Paul's Churchyard in the Bronx, New York, with the following inscription on her tombstone: In / Memory of / Gloriana / Relict of Philip Pell / who departed this Life / the 10th of Septr 1814 Aged 83 / Years, 4 Months & 28 Days. (Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections on She was named for a maternal aunt, Gloriana (Thomas) Stevenson, daughter (as was Mrs. Pell's mother, Margaret Thomas) of Rev. John Thomas, rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead, N.Y. (William A. Robbins, Descendants of Edward Tre(a)dwell through his Son John (New York: Tobias A. Wright Press, 1911), pp. 74–75, 49–52).

    The best-known Gloriana Folsom is Gloriana (Folsom) Sterling, b. Stratford, Conn., 24 Dec. 1753 to Samuel and Anne (Bingham) Folsom, who had come from Ashford, Conn. to Stratford in 1743, so he could make the ironwork for Christ Church (Episcopal), Stratford. Like most Anglican/Episcopal families of the time, her parents did not record her birth with the town clerk, so it's not in the Barbour Collection. She married at Stratford, 10 March 1771, John “Sterling,” said to be son of a baronet in Scotland. He was summoned home and the good people of Stratford assumed desertion, even as daughter Mary Glorianna “Sterling” was baptized in Dec. 1771. The town was amazed when in fact he did send a ship for Gloriana and took her home to Scotland, where they produced many more children (not in Scottish OPRs, which suggests they were Scottish Episcopalians) and corresponded for many years with Stratford relatives. The whole story is given in Rev. Samuel Orcutt, The History of the Town of Stratford and City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 2 vols. (1886), 1:448-451. (The given-name term glorian* produced 33 hits — the earliest 1787 — in the index to pre-1855 births and baptisms at the Scottish government site,; among them is Gloriana Folsom Lapslie, baptized at Campsie, Stirlingshire 20 Nov. 1797 [OPR Births 475/00 0020 0297 Campsie]).

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    Spotlight: Various Resources: Wisconsin, Oregon, and Illinois
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Marshfield Public Library, Wisconsin

    The city of Marshfield is located in central Wisconsin, primarily in Wood County, with a small portion of the city extending into Marathon County. The Marshfield Public Library has made the vital events database available on its website. You can access the Marshfield Public Library Online Genealogy Index from the E-Sources tab in the menu bar at the top of the homepage. Scroll down to the Marshfield Public Library Online Genealogy Index link and click on it to open a new page with a detailed description of the database. Click next on the orange title link in the middle of the page to open the search page. The index covers the periods from 1882 through 1927 and 1990 through 2007. It can be searched by first name and last name, or you can browse the records by clicking on the desired letter of the alphabet. Searches can be limited by type of record and date of publication. The data fields in the database are name, event, newspaper title, date, and notes.

    Wilsonville Public Library, Oregon

    Wilsonville is a city in northwestern Oregon. Most of the city is located in Clackamas County, while the northern section is in Washington County. The Wilsonville Public Library has made the Northwest Heritage Index available on its website. The index containsmore than 16,000 obituaries, spanning more than 100 years, extracted from Canby, Oregon, newspapers by Canby Public Library volunteers. The obituaries are for individuals who lived in or had some connection with Clackamas County and / or northeast Marion County. Another 4,000 or so records from sources in the Wilsonville Public Library Heritage Collection have been indexed and added to the database.

    The Library has provided the index in two file formats — Microsoft Excel and PDF. Scroll down the page to view the Key to the Northwest Heritage Index. There is also a PDF file containing the key to the database. There are two data fields for each record; one contains vital information about the person and the other contains source information.

    Cook County Clerk's Office, Illinois

    Cook County, Illinois, is located on the southwestern end of Lake Michigan. Its county seat is Chicago. The Cook County Clerk's Office has made non-certified versions of vital records available through databases found on its Genealogy Unit website. There are more than six million birth, marriage, and death records for Chicago and Cook County in these databases. They date back to 1872. (The Chicago Fire destroyed all Cook County vital records prior to October 8, 1871.) Mandatory filing of vital records with the State of Illinois began January 1, 1916; records filed before 1916 were filed at the county level. In Illinois, vital records prior to the following dates are defined as genealogical vital records: birth records 75 years or older (1938); marriage records 50 years or older (1963); and death records that are 20 years or older (1993).

    You must register to view the indexes (registration is free). You may begin your search once you have logged in. The databases may be searched by last name, middle initial, first name, and year range, or by year and file number. You must select a record type. The data fields in the search results include name, married to, record type, file number, and event date. Clicking on the name link will bring you to a page that allows you to order an electronic copy for $15.

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    Stories of Interest

    Is Family Legend about a Slave Ship True?
    Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and NEHGS Researcher Kyle Hurst answer a question about verifying a compelling family story from Georgia's Lowcountry.

    Names Emerge from Shadows of 1948 Crash
    “In 1948, a plane chartered by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service fell from the sky near Coalinga, Calif. Nameless for decades, the Mexican citizens who died are finally receiving recognition.”

    HIdden from the Nazis, Long-Lost Jewish Tombstones Discovered in Vienna
    In 1943 Vienna's Nazi leadership ordered that the city's oldest Jewish cemetery be destroyed. “Desperate to save their heritage, the city's shrinking Jewish community decided to act. Defying the possibility of prison, deportation or execution, they buried the gravestones and kept them from Nazi hands. Some 70 years later, Jewish leaders in the Austrian capital say the long-lost stones have been rediscovered.”

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    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.

    Details and registration

    Salt Lake City Research Tour
    November 3–10, 2013

    Visit the world's largest library for genealogy and family history as NEHGS returns to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for our 35th annual research tour. Daily activities include individual consultations with NEHGS genealogists, lectures, and other special events.

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