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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 42
    Whole #657
    October 16, 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.

    * Home Movie Day
    * NEHGS to Be Featured at the Ellis Boston Antiques Show
    * NEHGS Database News
    * Lessons Learned from a Public History Project
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Bayliss Public Library, Michigan
    * Stories of Interest
    * Portable Genealogists on Sale!
    * Upcoming Education Programs


    Home Movie Day

    Home Movie Day is a free worldwide event that invites participants to see and share home movies with audiences in their communities. People can bring their own super 8, 8mm, and 16 mm films to screen or simply come and view the presentation. Film archivists inspect films for damage and professional projectionists screen them in pristine cinema conditions, with or without a soundtrack. Most Home Movie Day events will take place on Saturday, October 19. For further information and details about event locations, click here.

    The Boston Area Home Movie Day is Saturday, October 26, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at SCATV, 90 Union Square, Somerville. Films should be checked in at 11 a.m. on Movie Day, or, if possible, delivered to SCATV or the Harvard Film Archive programming office the week prior to the event. For more details about the Boston event, click here.

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    NEHGS to Be Featured at the Ellis Boston Antiques Show

    For the first time in nearly twenty years, NEHGS will present an outside exhibit that highlights our unique art and decorative art holdings. Our special loan exhibition will be open for viewing from October 24 to 27, 2013, at the Ellis Boston Antiques Show at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. Our display will include a selection of paintings, furniture, and historical artifacts that tell unique stories about notable Massachusetts families in the colonial and post-Revolutionary eras. More than forty antiques dealers from the U.S. and Europe will also be in attendance.

    For more information on the Ellis Boston Antiques Show, please visit or

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

    New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, volumes 51–54

    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 New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

    This week we added volumes 51 through 54, containing more than 49,000 additional records. The database currently contains volumes 1 through 54, publication years 1870 to 1923.

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    Lessons Learned from a Public History Project
    by Kimberly Whitworth, guest author

    Kimberly Whitworth is completing her Master’s Degree in History at Salem State University. — Editor

    Over the past year I created an online map and database of the Old Burial Ground on Academy Road in North Andover, Massachusetts. Established around 1650, the Old Burial Ground holds the remains of the founding families of Andover and their descendants. The graves marking the burials—as well as the burials themselves—are of historic significance to early New England.

    I developed the idea for this project during a graduate class I took last fall which considered the historical aspects of the New England landscape--the physical environment shaped by human interventions. [For those interested in learning more about this topic, I recommend two books: A Landscape History of New England (2011) and Common Landscape of America, 1580 to 1845 (1983).] Burial grounds certainly do not come immediately to mind as a landscape, but they are set in nature and created by human hands.

    People often think of burial grounds as static places, where nothing changes. What I realized by the end of my project is that the map I created is merely a 2013 “snapshot” of this particular landscape. During the course of my work, I had access to prior efforts to collect and catalog the burials and markers at the site. When reviewing maps and data from the 1960s and the 1990s, it became clear the site has changed over time due to a variety of factors, including environmental damage and weather, destruction wrought by tree roots, and occasional vandalism. Some stones that were recorded in the 1960s or 1990s were missing in 2013.

    The technology I used to create the map and locate each headstone is called “GIS” or Geographic Information Systems, “a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.” Each headstone on the map represents a point collected using satellite technology. Now each headstone has a latitude and longitude line associated with each point gathered. The accuracy of each point with the system used in this project is within a meter.

    The burial ground is owned by the Town of North Andover and is under the care of the North Andover Historical Commission. I was fortunate to have Town support for the project, and assistance from many departments at Town Hall. I also had the support of the North Andover Historical Society and a few dedicated volunteers who braved some of the hottest days of the summer to take “points" with me.

    Visit the Old Burial Ground website, map, and database (PDF) here.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked if any of your ancestors served in World War I. More than one answer could be selected. 4,139 people answered this survey. The results are:

    • 60%, Yes, at least one of my ancestors served in the American forces.
    • 9%, Yes, at least one of my ancestors served with an Allied force (other than the American forces).
    • 2%, Yes, at least one of my ancestors was served with a Central Powers (Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, etc.)
    • 7%, My ancestor had been drafted/was preparing to serve at the time the war ended.
    • 32%, No, none of my ancestors served in World War I

    This week’s survey asks about your online educational preferences.Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Bayliss Public Library, Michigan
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Bayliss Public Library, Michigan

    The Bayliss Public Library is located in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. The city lies on the Canadian border at the eastern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is the seat of Chippewa County. The library has made some genealogical and historical resources related to Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties available on its website.

    Click the Genealogy link to access the library’s genealogical resources. Most of the resources currently on the website relate to Chippewa County. A list of genealogical societies in all three counties has also been provided.

    Cemetery Transcriptions
    You will find transcriptions from a variety of sources for more than 50 Chippewa County cemeteries. In some cases there is more than one transcription for a cemetery.

    Biographies for nine citizens of Chippewa County have been transcribed and uploaded to the website.

    Local Records
    A number of local records have been transcribed and made available on the website. These include an 1846 Annuity List of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Sault Ste Marie Township Census for 1827, list of children between 4 and 18 in Sault Ste Marie in 1850, voters lists from 1870, and Chippewa County marriage and death records.

    Click the History Link to access the library’s history resources, including a number of local history articles. For Chippewa County you will find a local history and several newspaper articles; one article related to Luce County is also available. A list of historical societies in two of the three counties is provided.

    Click the Photographs link to view nearly forty photographs, organized by subject, from the library’s Gordon Daun Photograph Collection. The photographs may be viewed individually or as a slide show.

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    Stories of Interest

    European Origins Laid Bare by DNA
    “DNA from ancient skeletons has revealed how a complex patchwork of prehistoric migrations fashioned the modern European gene pool.’

    DNA Test Solves 80-Year Family Mystery
    Thanks to DNA testing, 80-year-old Patrick “PJ” Holland met relatives for the first time.

    125-year-old Wedding Gift Returns to Zumbrota [Minnesota] Family
    An engraved silver set of sugar bowl, creamer, and spooner given as a wedding gift in Goodhue County, Minnesota, in 1888 was purchased in an antique store in Texas and returned recently to family descendants.

    Visiting Old Family Stomping Grounds on a Heritage Tour
    This article describes two families’ explorations of ancestral homelands in Norway, Finland, England, and Scotland.

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    NEHGS Book and Gift Catalog — Start Shopping Today!

    The NEHGS Bookstore is offering a 15% discount and free shipping on our popular Portable Genealogists, which cover the following topics:

    Organizing Your Research by Rhonda R. McClure
    Building a Genealogical Sketch by Penny Stratton
    Genealogical Numbering by Penny Stratton
    Problem Solving in Irish Research by Marie Daly
    Immigration to the U.S. by Rhonda R. McClure
    U.S. Naturalization by Rhonda R. McClure
    Massachusetts State Census by David Allen Lambert
    New York State Census by Christopher C. Child

    To see the entire listing, visit the NEHGS Bookstore.

    *The discount price of $5.91 (15% off the cover price of $6.95) also includes free USPS shipping. To get the 15% discount, please enter the coupon code PG1013 into the coupon field or, if ordering by phone, mention this code when placing your order. Prices good through 10/25/13 while supplies last. Discount cannot be combined with other offers, including the NEHGS member discount.

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    Upcoming Research Programs

    Nova Scotia Research Tour registration now open!
    June 22–29, 2014

    Travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to trace your ancestors in Atlantic Canada. Let NEHGS experts David Allen Lambert and Judith Lucey, as well as local historians, guide you through the vast resources at the Nova Scotia Archives and other local repositories. The tour includes lectures, consultations, a walking tour of Halifax, group events, and a day trip to the charming harborside town of Shelburne.

    More information and registration

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