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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 30
    Whole #645
    July 24, 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.

    * Free Fun Friday at NEHGS
    * New York State Family History Conference
    * NEHGS Database News
    * The Royal Baby: Genealogical Connections
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: St. Augustine Genealogical Society
    * Stories of Interest
    * Royally Save at the NEHGS Book Store!
    * Upcoming Education Programs

    Free Fun Friday at NEHGS

    On Fridays throughout the summer, the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday program invites the public to visit designated Massachusetts cultural attractions, from Boston to the Berkshires, for free. No registration or tickets are required. This Friday, July 26, We will open our doors to the public, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and provide library tours, talks on beginning genealogy and using, and opportunities to explore our resources.

    For more information, please contact

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    New York State Family History Conference

    September 20–21, 2013
    Liverpool, New York

    A few registration spots remain 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 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. More information.

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

    Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection)

    Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Barkhamstead (1779–1854), Colebrook (1779–1810), East Windsor (1768–1860), and Winchester (1771–1858). Together, these towns add more than 8,000 records to this database. Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for 68 towns in Connecticut.

    The complete Barbour Collection contains records of marriages, births, and deaths in 137 Connecticut towns from the 1640s to about 1850 (some towns include records up to 1870). These records were collected, transcribed, and abstracted by Lucius Barnes Barbour (Connecticut Examiner of Public Records, 1911–1934) and his team of researchers between 1918 and 1928. Mr. Barbour was an NEHGS member from 1907 until his death in 1934. This set of typescripts was donated to NEHGS by Mr. Barbour’s wife and children in 1938. Remaining towns will be added to the database over the next year.

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    The Royal Baby: Genealogical Connections
    by Christopher C. Child, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press, and Scott C. Steward, Editor-in-Chief

    His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is related to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, both Roosevelt and Bush presidents, and President Barack Obama, among many others. The royal baby is also a cousin of the wives of seven presidents, including Nancy Reagan. Other notable American kin include the actors Kevin Bacon and Humphrey Bogart; television anchorman Anderson Cooper; explorer Meriwether Lewis; poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; and celebrity chef Julia Child.

    More than any other potential British monarch, the House of Windsor’s newest member has relatives in every walk of British life, from the Prince and late Princess of Wales’s royal and noble kin to the upper middle class and working class families of the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are themselves fifteenth cousins through Sir Thomas Fairfax, who died during the reign of Henry VIII. A branch of this family moved to Virginia in the mid-seventeenth century, and many Americans are descended from the Fairfaxes.

    Learn more about the newest member of the British royal family at Explore the royal child’s Presidential and celebrity connections, test your knowledge of British royalty with trivia, and match photos of the baby’s living relatives to his family tree.

    Two additional sites may be of interest. The Bridgeman Art Library offers an online gallery that features paintings and photographs of British monarchs and their children in their younger years. The official website of the British monarchy is here.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    HERMAN BOERHAAVE (m). Dutch doctor, theorist, lecturer and medical writer (1672–1738), of Leyden; he never came to this country. Dr. James and Abigail (Barns) Potter of New Fairfield, Connecticut, named their youngest son Herman Boerhave Potter (1786–1804). Father and son died within days of each other; the expenses of both funerals were listed in Dr. Potter’s estate papers (1804–06). Dr. Potter’s inventory also included a six-volume set of Dr. Boerhaave’s lectures (New Milford Probate #2149), finally distributed to son William Cicero Potter (1773–1856), who himself later named a son Herman B. Potter (Charles Edward Potter, Genealogies of the Potter Families and their Descendants in America [1888], Part 5, p. 3.) (DAR Patriot Index, Millennium Administration [2003], 3:2156 mistakenly gives Mrs. Potter’s maiden name as "Boerhave," extrapolating from her youngest son’s middle name without taking into account her husband’s [and possibly her own] penchant for imaginative naming.)

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked if you have a Civil War ancestor. 4,828 people answered this survey. The results are:

    • 61%, Yes, I have an ancestor who fought for the Union.
    • 5%, Yes, I have an ancestor who fought for the Confederacy.
    • 17%, Yes, I have at least one ancestor who fought for the Union and at least one ancestor who fought for the Confederacy.
    • 11%, No, none of my ancestors fought in the Civil War.
    • 6%, I don’t know if I had an ancestor who fought in the Civil War.

    This week’s survey asks about your royal connections. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: St. Augustine Genealogical Society
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    St. Augustine Genealogical Society

    St. Augustine is located in northeast Florida. It is the county seat of St. Johns County. The St. Augustine Genealogical Society, which was founded in 1989, has made a number of resources available on its website.

    Wilsonville Public Library, Oregon

    The website contains a number of Florida cemetery transcription databases. You will find more than 30 databases for St. Johns County cemeteries and more than 25 for Putnam County, which is just west of St. Johns County. Click on the cemetery name link to open the database. The data fields in the "alphabetical by surname" files are last name, first name, birth date, death date, and notes. The notes field contains information such as spouse’s names, age, parent’s names, military service, and funeral home name. In many cases, directions to the cemetery are given. The gravestone icon next to the cemetery name link opens a photo of the cemetery. The cross icon indicates that the cemetery has been added to

    There are also databases on this website for cemeteries in Illinois (Clay and Jasper Counties), Kentucky (Carter, Lewis, and Fleming Counties), and Ohio (Gallia County and Jackson Counties).

    Obituaries on the site, from about 2008 through 2012, are organized alphabetically by surname. Click on a letter and scroll down the page to browse through them

    St. Johns County Records
    You will find a brief history of the city of St. Augustine on the section’s main page. In some cases St. Johns County-related records have been transcribed and uploaded to this section. For other records and topics you will find links to external sites.

    Church Records: The databases provided here are indexes to records from the following St. Johns County churches: Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Ambrose Parish, St. Augustine Cathedral, St. Leopoldi Parish and Trinity Episcopal Church. The records include births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and deaths, as well as lists of parishioners, deacons, elders, pastors, and trustees.

    Miscellaneous Records: In this section you will find information extracted from railroad records, including those for River Railway; St. Augustine city directories; St. Augustine occupational licenses lists; and voter registration lists.

    People of St. Johns County: Here you will find the Florida Biographical Index, which aids in searches for notable Florida residents and draws on a variety of publications. The index is in alphabetical order by surname. The source volumes are located in the St. Augustine Historical Society’s Reference Library.

    Vital Records:Here you will find indexes to death records from 1800 to 2011, and marriage licenses and bonds for 1800 through 1899. In addition, there are links to records transcribed from the St. Johns County Health Department records from 1890 to 1918, plus the mortality schedule for the 1885 Florida census.

    Putnam County Records
    Seven funeral home databases index Putnam County residents buried from selected funeral homes in Putnam, Duval, and St. Johns Counties. The data fields include birth date, cemetery name, death date, name of the deceased, and notes. The information in the notes field includes spouses’ names and years of marriage, place of birth, and veteran status.

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    Stories of Interest

    Search for Meaning in Scotland: Trip Turns into a Quest to Find a Forgotten Piece of Family History
    While in Scotland for golf’s Scottish Open, ESPN senior writer Wright Thompson mused upon his heritage and his hunt for family connections.

    Swedish Immigration Program Focus of Vermont Prof.’s Book
    A new book by Lyndon State College history professor Paul Searls examines a short-lived program run by the state of Vermont in the 1890s designed to help offset abandoned farms and dwindling populations with Swedish immigrants.

    Sandy’s Wake: 50 Years of Living Simply Washed Away
    Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Ward family home in Toms River, New Jersey. “The loss of the ranch-style memory-maker was more than just the loss of brick and mortar. It was the loss of a lifestyle that hearkened to the Jersey Shore of yesteryear. Here, generations of the same families spent every summer in the same Shore town, and the children played every day in the same plot of sand by the water and visited the same ice cream shop every night. It was the loss of family history and memories that felt as though they were a part of the very structure.”

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    Save 15% on these Must-Have Genealogical Classics!

    In celebration of the royal birth, NEHGS is offering 25% OFF:

    The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton: Normally $29.95, Now $22.46
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    Enter promo code HRH13 in the coupon field at online checkout. Offer expires 8/31/2013, while supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount, including the NEHGS member discount. Shipping not included.

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    **To take advantage of both of this week’s store specials, please place your order by calling toll free 1-888-296-3447.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    The Mobile Genealogist
    99–101 Newbury St, Boston

    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 genealogical research while on the go. NEHGS staff genealogist Alice Kane draws on her experiences as an independent researcher to introduce users to these helpful tools.

    Part II will cover using digital cameras and the Flip-Pal scanner for recording documents. All levels of computer experience are welcome.

    Free and open to the public. To reserve your space, email or call 617-226-1226.

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