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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 32
    Whole #647
    August 7, 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.

    * In the July 2013 Issue of the Register
    * NEHGS Database News
    * NEHGS Author Roger Thompson on Fieldstone Common Radio
    * Treasure Family Photos Campaign at
    * NEHGS Library Closing Early on August 13
    * Old Connecticut Path Update
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Harvey County Genealogical Society, Kansas
    * Stories of Interest
    * Save 15% on Three NEHGS How-To Writing Guides
    * Upcoming Tour

    In the July 2013 Issue of the Register

    The current issue of the Register is available online. Members who receive the print journal will see it in their mailboxes soon.

    The Hedge, Ward, and Taylor Ancestry of Captain William Hedge of Yarmouth, Massachusetts
    by Matthew Hovious

    Passengers from the Hopewell from Weymouth, England, to New England, 8 May 1635
    by Ernest Hyde Helliwell, III

    Who Was Joel Holcomb of Wallingford, Connecticut?
    by Chip Rowe

    John Grow of Ipswich, Massachusetts: An Update
    by Michael Grow

    Abigail Cobb, Wife of Ebenezer7 Fairbank, and Daughter of Ebenezer2 (Stephen1) Cobb of Cheshire County, New Hampshire
    by Patricia Sezna Haggerty

    The Earliest Sherman of Dedham, Essex, and Their Wives:
    Part 4: Edmund Sherman the Younger and His Wife
    by Michael J. Wood

    New England Articles in Genealogical Journals in 2011
    by Henry B. Hoff

    Also in the issue…Editorial and Reviews of Books

    Subscription to the Register is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-296-3447.

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

    Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 — Eleven new sketches

    This database contains genealogical sketches of families enumerated in the 1790 census for Berkshire and Hampshire Counties (in what now also includes Franklin and Hampden Counties). Each sketch begins with the head of household and includes genealogical and biographical details as well as information about children and children’s spouses. Many families migrated into western Massachusetts only to migrate further west, often through New York. These sketches were submitted by NEHGS members and staff and edited by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG.

    Recently added sketches: Aaron Dresser, Montague; Oliver Dresser, Wendell; John Hulet, Lee; Nehemiah Ide, Stockbridge; Justin Olds, Belchertown; Isaac Phelps, Loudon; Jacob Rich, Warwick; Daniel Slate, Bernardston; Jonathan Slate, Bernardston; Zebediah Slate, Bernardston; and Edward Wright, Chester.

    Sharon, Mass.: Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery

    This database of burials and interments at Sharon Memorial Park was supplied by the cemetery’s management. Founded in 1948, Sharon Memorial Park is considered New England’s largest Jewish memorial park. The database contains over 37,000 names.

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    NEHGS Author Roger Thompson on Fieldstone Common Radio

    Tune in to Fieldstone Common Radio this Thursday, August 8, from 1-2 p.m. to hear Marian Pierre-Louis interview Roger Thompson about his book, From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1692 (NEHGS, 2011). Listen to the live show or, if you miss it on Thursday, a recording of the interview on Fieldstone Common.

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    Treasure Family Photos Campaign at

    Family photos offer vivid depictions of the lives of our ancestors. These images are invaluable pieces of our family history and can help uncover the mysteries of our past. However, photographs are also fragile objects that can easily be lost, damaged, or destroyed. Preserving photographs is critical to ensuring that future generations will be able to continue exploring and cherishing their family stories.

    With this in mind, NEHGS announces our support of MyHeritage’s Treasure Family Photos campaign. MyHeritage has created a dedicated website offering resources and information to genealogists and families worldwide about preserving and researching family photographs.

    The Treasure Family Photos site offers an array of resources:

    • Learn about researching old family photos from renowned photo expert Maureen Taylor
    • Upload and tag photos on your online family tree, then share them with family members
    • Digitize your old photo collections using helpful scanning and preservation tips
    • Search for you ancestors in the world’s largest international collection of old family photos
    • Enjoy fun and creative family photo activities with kids

    Learn more at the Treasure Family Photos campaign website.

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    NEHGS Library Closing Early on August 13

    The NEHGS Library will be closing one hour early, at 4 p.m., on Tuesday, August 13, in order to allow staff members to participate in our annual staff outing. We thank our visitors for noting the change and planning accordingly.

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    Old Connecticut Path Update
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    Readers may remember the Old Connecticut Path website featured in the January 23rd issue of The Weekly Genealogist. Jason Newton, the site’s creator, recently launched an Old Connecticut Path Tours webpage.

    Many requests led to the creation of these free driving tours. Jason Newton writes, “Old Connecticut Path Driving Tours are designed to provide a way to guide visitors to routes along quieter roads that link historic places along the Old Connecticut Path. Visitors to Massachusetts and Connecticut who would like to rediscover parts of the Old Connecticut Path for themselves will find that the tours lead through small towns, scenic vistas, historic sites, and forest greenways. The pace of travel is slower, allowing time to enjoy the beauty of the land. Links to places where you can get out and walk along the Old Connecticut Path are also provided for those who wish to get a taste of the world the early pioneers traveled through.”

    The first tours posted follow country roads that parallel the Path over the following routes: Webster, Mass., to Woodstock, Conn.; Woodstock to Eastford, Conn.; Eastford to Westford, Conn.; and Westford to the Willimantic River. Coming soon will be Tolland to Windsor, Conn.

    More tours, maps, pictures, and videos will be added over time.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Staff Genealogist

    DIONIS (f): From the Latin DIONYSIA, itself a feminine of the Greek DIONYSOS, the Greek god of wine and the wilderness. The French forms DEN(N)IS (m, rarely f) and DENISE (f) are much better known in the present day. The writer’s ancestor [Lady] Dionis (Ley) Harington (1597–1674), daughter (by his first wife Mary Pettie) of James Ley (1554–1629), later 1st Earl of Marlborough, was named for her paternal grandmother Dionisia (St. Maur) Ley (fl. 1554) of Teffont Ewyas, Wiltshire. In America, the name is often but not exclusively seen in descendants of Dionis (Stevens) Coffin (b. 1610 Brixton, England– d. 1676, Nantucket, Mass.), and in certain Long Island families.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked whether you collaborate on your genealogical research. 4,471 people responded to this survey. The results are:

    • 15%, I often work very closely with others on my genealogical research.
    • 55%, I sometimes work with others on my genealogical research.
    • 30%, I rarely work with others on my genealogical research.

    This week’s survey asks whether you have attended a family reunion. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Harvey County Genealogical Society, Kansas
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Harvey County Genealogical Society, Kansas

    Harvey County is located in south central Kansas. Its county seat is Newton. The Harvey County Genealogical Society has made a number of resources available on its website. Click on the title links on the homepage to access the databases.

    The website contains a database of obituaries for residents and former residents of Harvey County. The data fields in the index are last name, maiden name, given name, birth date, birthplace, date of death, and death place. Click on the "view" link to open a new page containing the text of the obituary. Other information may include age and burial location, as well as the source (title of the newspaper in which the obituary appeared) and date of publication.

    Here you will find databases for more than thirty Harvey County cemeteries. Click on the cemetery name link to view alphabetical lists of individuals buried in that cemetery. The data fields are last name, given name, birth date, date of death, and burial location information (section, row, stone). Click on the "view" link to open a new page containing a photograph of the tombstone. (In a few cases, the cemetery transcriptions are offline.)

    This section includes four databases. The veterans’ databases consist of alphabetical lists of Civil War veterans buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, and Confederate and Union Civil War veterans buried in Harvey County cemeteries. The highlighted names indicate residence or burial in Harvey County. An alphabetical index to World War I draft registrations lists last, first, and middle names, and birth date. The final database is an index to World War II Casualties from Harvey County, which was transcribed from the World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing, State of Kansas War Department, June 1946.

    Click on this link to read brief histories of Harvey County churches. The descriptions have been organized alphabetically by denomination and then by town.

    Schools and Teachers
    This section contains alphabetical lists of graduates from two high schools: Burrton High School (1886–1978) and Newton High School (1886–1901); a list of students from Henry M. Rudecill Music and Art Studio (1890–1935); and a list of schools in Harvey County with links to histories and photographs.

    Townships and Towns
    This section contains general information and short histories of the county’s towns and townships.

    Census Indexes
    There are two census indexes on the website, compiled by members of the Harvey County Genealogical Society. One is an alphabetical index to the 1875 Kansas state census for Harvey County. The data fields are name, township, page number, line number, birthplace, and birth year. The second indexes Harvey County residents in the 1880 federal census. The data fields in this index are residence, last name, first name, birth year, and birthplace.

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    Stories of Interest

    In the Digital Age, the Family Photo Album Fades Away
    “For our parents and grandparents, it was easy enough to organize, assemble and pass along a handmade book that told the story of their children’s lives in photographs. But the digital world has seriously complicated that rite of passage.’

    Nebraska Woman Takes on Monumental Task
    Shannon Nolte, of Lincoln, Nebraska, first studied how people are memorialized after death. Now she rescues and restores broken gravestones.

    Thousands Buried Beneath Philly Gravestones
    “Underneath the swing sets of an urban playground in the Queen Village neighborhood of South Philadelphia are the forgotten remains of an estimated 3,000 African-Americans.”

    Family Reunions
    OnPoint Radio recently featured family reunions and the program can be accessed online. The website also provides further resources: a slideshow, listener stories, and a reading list.

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    Save 15% on Three NEHGS How-To Writing Guides

    Ready to start writing? Save 15% on three how-to genealogical writing guides from the NEHGS Bookstore.

    Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century (Regularly $11.95, on sale for $10.16)

    Portable Genealogist: Genealogical Numbering (Regularly $6.95, on sale for $5.91)

    Portable Genealogist: Building a Genealogical Sketch (Regularly $6.95, on sale for $5.91)

    Prices good through August 15, 2013, while supplies last. Prices do not include shipping costs for Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century. (The Portable Genealogists include free shipping.) Cannot be combined with any other discounts, including the 10% NEHGS member discount.

    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:

    • 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)
    • History of Cherry Valley, New York, from 1740 to 1898 (Item P5-NY0071H, $19.50)

    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 Tour

    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.

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