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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 46
    Whole #661
    November 13, 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
    * New at the Online Learning Center
    * Rhode Island History Online Directory Initative
    * Ask A Genealogist
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Terrace Public Library, British Colombia, Canada
    * Stories of Interest
    * NEHGS Bookstore Sale on Must-Have Titles
    * Upcoming Education Programs


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

    Early Families of New England Update

    This update includes eleven new sketches for the families of Thomas Andrews (m. 1641), William Gaylord (m. 1641), Humphrey Johnson (m. 1641), Isaac Johnson (m. 1636), Henry Kimball (m. 1641), John Leverett (m. 1639), Richard Lyman (m. 1641), Robert Shelley (m. 1636), Hilliard Veren (m. 1641), Henry Winthrop (m. 1629), and John Winthrop (m. 1630).

    The Early New England Families Study Project was created to fill the need for accurate and concise published summaries on seventeenth-century New England families. Using Clarence Almon Torrey’s bibliographic index of early New England marriages and its recent successors as a guide, the goal is to compile authoritative and documented sketches to be published in searchable format on The Early New England Families Study Project focuses on individuals who immigrated between 1641 and 1700, and will be grouped by year of marriage rather than immigration.

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    New at the Online Learning Center

    Thank you to all the NEHGS Guest Users who made last Wednesday’s webinar such a success! "Expand Your Research Using NEHGS Online Databases" focused on our free website resources -- selected online databases, how to access them, and the basics of searching them. If you missed the event or would like to review the material, you can watch a recording here.

    Our Online Learning Center offers resources both for guest users and NEHGS members. Check our website for archived webinars, online courses, how-to videos, subject guides on a variety of genealogical topics, and more. Stay tuned for more resources in the coming weeks and months! If you have questions or feedback, please contact Online Education Coordinator Ginevra Morse at

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    Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative (RHODI)

    The Rhode Island Historical Society recently launched the Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative (RHODI) website. A comprehensive list of history and heritage organizations within the state, RHODI is intended to be a one-stop portal for visitors interested in determining where to do genealogical research, visiting a historic house, or learning more about local history. Organizations can be searched by name, city/town, theme, type, subject areas, and items in collection.

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    Ask A Genealogist

    We occasionally feature "Ask a Genealogist" questions posed to our staff genealogists and their answers. For more about Ask a Genealogist, click here. —Editor.

    Question: My Massachusetts ancestor served in the Civil War. I recently received his complete military history record from NARA. The documentation shows that he was admitted to the Lincoln Hospital in Washington, D.C., on May 24, 1864 (a notation reads “sick and wounded”). At the end of his service, he mustered out at the Delaney House, also in Washington, D.C., on July 30, 1865. Where can I find information about these institutions? Are there any medical or military records that would explain in more detail why he was admitted?

    Answer by Senior Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure: Lincoln Hospital refers to Lincoln General Hospital, which operated from 23 December 1862 through 30 July 1865. Now a residential area in Washington, D.C., the hospital was located at East Capital and 14th Streets. You can find a picture of the hospital by visiting the Historical Medical Sites in the Washington, D.C. Area webpage.

    Records for military hospitals can be found in Record Group 94, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780s–1917, of the National Archives. According to the Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States (1995), compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al., the relevant information can be found under sub-heading 94.12, “Records of the Record and Pension Office (RPO) of the War Department, 1784–1919,” in section 94.12.3, “Cards Containing Medical Records and Vital Statistics.” The carded medical records include: name, rank, organization, complaint, name of admitting hospital, date of admittance, and perhaps other information. Such cards exist for men in the regular army, 1821–84, as well as for those who served in volunteer organizations in the Mexican and Civil Wars, 1846–65.

    In addition to the carded medical records, section 94.12.5, “Other medical records,” includes records of field hospitals for the years 1821 to 1912. Although Lincoln Hospital was a large hospital, it was dismantled at the end of the war and might be included in this collection of medical records.

    Please note that at the present time, none of these records are available online.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked what style you use most often when writing up a family sketch. 3,206 people answered this survey. The results are:

    • 10%, I use Register style
    • 5%, I use NGSQ or modified Register style.
    • 12%, I use the quasi-Register style generated by my software program.
    • 5%, I use another style.
    • 24%, I use a style I created.
    • 44%, I don’t write family sketches.

    This week’s survey asks whether you or your ancestors served in any major American conflicts from 1775 through 1975. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Terrace Public Library, British Columbia, Canada
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Terrace Public Library, British Columbia, Canada

    The city of Terrace is located on the Skeena River in western British Columbia. The Terrace area has been home to the Kitselas people, a tribe of the Tsimshian Nation, for thousands of years. The Terrace Public Library has made a number of local history resources available on its website: Click the Local History tab and then the Online Resources tab to access them.

    Felber Photo Gallery
    Joe Felber immigrated from Switzerland to British Columbia in the 1920s and ultimately settled in Terrace. He worked for a number of mining companies over the years. The online collection of his photos contains 294 images.

    Eleanor Muehle Newspaper Archive
    Issues of the Herald, a local newspaper published under various titles over the years, have been digitized. The database covers 1900 through 2013. You may search the archive by keyword, and searches may be limited by years of publication. The fields in the search results are newspaper title, publication date, volume and issue numbers, and a snippet of the article. Click the snippet to view an image of the newspaper page.

    Terrace: Images and Reflections of the Skeena River Valley area
    The “Stories” section is a collection of more than forty stories of people, places, and events related to the Terrace area written by a number of individuals. In many cases the stories have been illustrated with photographs.

    The “Pictures” section includes family albums, army pictures, historical photographs of Terrace and Usk, and more. The photographs are generally captioned.

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    Stories of Interest

    Who is Pfc. Clarence Merriott, and Why Was his Purple Heart for Sale?
    After Vietnam veteran Matthew Carlson bought a WWII Purple Heart at a swap meet in Arizona, he set out to find the story and family behind the medal.

    Veterans Day 2013: Veteran, 107, Credits Whiskey for Long Life
    “Veterans Day will be bit different for Richard Overton. The man believed to be the nation’s oldest living veteran spends most days smoking cigars and enjoying his whiskey. But today? He’s spending Veterans Day with President Obama.”

    What We Found at Hart Island, the Largest Mass Grave Site in the U.S.
    “It’s a place where few living New Yorkers have ever set foot, but nearly a million dead ones reside: Hart Island, the United States’ largest mass grave, which has been closed to the public for 35 years. It is difficult to visit and off-limits to photographers.”

    “Roots” Remake in Works from History Cable Network
    Plans are underway for an eight-hour version of the original 12-hour miniseries.

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    NEHGS Bookstore Sale on Must-Have Titles

    The NEHGS Bookstore is offering 15% off on five essential titles:

    Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 5th Edition: Normally $24.95, Sale price $21.21

    New Englanders in the 1600s: A Guide to Genealogical Research Published Between 1980 and 2010: Normally $21.95, Sale price $18.66

    A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, 2nd Edition: Normally $17.95, Sale price $15.26

    New York State Probate Records: A Genealogist’s Guide to Testate and Intestate Records: Normally $24.95, Sale price $21.21

    Classic Reprints Catalog: Genealogies, Local Histories, and More: Normally $12.95, Sale price $11.01

    To get your 15% discount, enter the coupon code TWG1113 into the coupon field, or mention it when calling 1-888-296-3447.

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    New Visitor Welcome Tour

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    This free orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston. If you can’t attend in person, take a look at our library guide.

    The New Visitor Welcome Tour is free and open to the public.

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