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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 48
    Whole #663
    November 27, 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.

    * Happy Thanksgiving from NEHGS
    * Coming Soon in the Fall 2013 Issue of American Ancestors
    * NEHGS Database News
    * New at the Online Learning Center
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: Ohio Resources
    * Stories of Interest
    * Holiday Shopping Bundles Make Giving Easy!
    * Upcoming Education Programs


    Happy Thanksgiving from NEHGS

    All of us wish everyone in our NEHGS family a very happy Thanksgiving! Our offices and research library will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, and remain closed on Thursday, November 28, for Thanksgiving Day. The research library will be open regular hours on Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30. The Society's administrative offices will be open with minimal staff on Friday, November 29.

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    Coming soon in the Fall 2013 Issue of American Ancestors

    Celebrating Centuries of Food and Family: Stories and Records Behind the Recipes, by Judith Lucey

    Researching Irish Domestic Servants, by Marie Daly

    “Your Ever Grateful, “Birdie’”: Letters from Irish Domestic Servant Ann Mulheran, 1859–1864, by Lynn Betlock

    “She Will Not Be Left to Make Her Way Alone in the World”: The Boston Female Asylum, 1800–1866, by Ann S. Lainhart

    Where Did Accused “Witch” Bridget Bishop Live?, by Marilynne K. Roach

    Discovering the Life of Thomas H. Jones, a Slave for Forty-Three Years, by Beverly Hector-Smith

    Newly Discovered American Cousins of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George Alexander Louis, by Gary Boyd Roberts

    Also in this issue…

    • Genetics and Genealogy: Briggs Families of New England: A DNA Study
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: Preparing Collections for Donation to NEHGS
    • Focus on New York: Developing Acceptable Alternatives for First Names in Colonial New York

    And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, the NEHGS cartoon, notices of family association events, genealogies in progress, and DNA studies in progress.

    A subscription to American Ancestors magazine is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, join online at or call, 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

    Rhode Island Roots, Volume 26–30

    When Rhode Island Roots began publication in 1975, it served as both a newsletter for the newly formed Rhode Island Genealogical Society (RIGS) and as an aid to careful genealogical research. Although it was short and unsophisticated in design, Roots was a serious publication assembled by experienced genealogists. This update includes volumes 26-30, publication years 2000-2004, and adds more than 24,000 records to this collection.

    Each issue of the quarterly journal, now 52 pages, features at least one compiled genealogy along with Bible records, transcriptions of original sources, book reviews, and studies of the genealogical implications of historical events. Indices of land and notarial records and petitions to the General Assembly, transcriptions of estimates of ratable estate, gravestones, and early census records all provide invaluable clues to Rhode Island genealogy. The authors include well-known genealogists as well as RIGS members with stories of their own families to tell.

    Databases in Progress
    We will now be reporting regularly on upcoming database additions and enhancements. We will soon add a database of Rhode Island state census records. The Rhode Island Census Collection will include household information from towns across Rhode Island for the years 1865, 1875, 1885, 1915, 1925, and 1935. We will also be updating our Vermont Vital Records database to include birth records from the years 1871-1908. These records will include parents' names, when available.

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    New at the Online Learning Center

    Webinar Recording: Maximize Your Search Results, Part I

    Thank you to everyone who attended last Wednesday's webinar, "Maximize Your Search Results, Part I." Web Content Coordinator Andy Hanson-Dvoracek discussed the basics of performing a search on our website, described the types of databases, and offered advice on how to manage records and begin to narrow search results. If you missed the webinar or would like to review the material, you can watch a recording here.

    Part II of this webinar series will be held December 18, 3 p.m. EST and will cover intermediate-level search techniques--how to use wildcards and Soundex, search our online journals and periodicals, save searches, and more. If you haven't already registered you can do so here.*

    For more information on how to get the most out of your NEHGS online database searches, consult our subject guide Using

    *Space is limited! If you are unable to attend the live event, you will be able to watch a video of the webinar on our website. The link will be shared through The Weekly Genealogist.

    Our Online Learning Center offers educational resources for both guest users and NEHGS members. Access archived webinars, online courses, how-to videos, subject guides, 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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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked if you have any ancestors who were Mayflower passengers. 5,010 people answered the survey. The results are:

    • 50%, Yes, I have one or more ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower.
    • 7%, According to family lore, I have one or more Mayflower ancestors but I have yet to prove it.
    • 17%, I don't know whether any of my ancestors arrived on the Mayflower.
    • 26%, No, I do not have any ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower.

    This week’s survey asks about your Thanksgiving dinner traditions. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Ohio Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Obituary Database, Williams County, Ohio

    Williams County is located in the northwest corner of Ohio. Its county seat is Bryan. The Williams County Public Library has made an index to local obituaries available on its website. The entries in the obituary database range from 1862 to 2013, but there are significant gaps in coverage and not all years are included. Search by name or keyword. Results include the full name of the deceased and year of death. Click the surname to view the detailed record, which includes full name, obituary date(s), the newspaper source abbreviation, and page/column number. You may request a copy of the obituary from the library. The index is a work in progress and not all local newspapers are included.

    Delaware County Cemeteries, Ohio

    Delaware County is located in central Ohio, in the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city of Delaware is its county seat. The Delaware County Genealogical Society has made a burial database for the county's cemeteries available on this website. The database contains more than 75,000 records of burials. Click on the first letter of the surname to open an alphabetical-by-surname list of individuals buried in cemeteries throughout Delaware County. The data fields in the database are last name, first name, date of birth, date of death, father's name, and cemetery name. There are also links to web pages with cemetery locations, maps, and names of Delaware County veterans killed in action.

    There is a separate link to Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. The index contains more than 129,000 records. The data fields are name, date of birth, date of death, father's name, and other. The letters found in the “other” field indicate whether obituary, military, or death record information is available for the individual.

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    Stories of Interest

    The Holidays Can Help Your Family Research
    Henry Louis Gates Jr. and NEHGS researcher Eileen Pironti offer some ideas about how to advance your genealogical research at holiday family gatherings.

    A Colonial Goldmine
    “The Colonial Archives of North America project (CANA) will draw on collections at Harvard and at partner historical societies, archives, and libraries. Among them are the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Boston Public Library, the New York Public Library, and Montreal's Bibliotheques et Archives nationales du Quebec, which already has digitized much of its holdings.”

    24,000-Year-Old Body Shows Kinship to Europeans and American Indians
    “The genome of a young boy buried at Mal'ta near Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia some 24,000 years ago has turned out to hold two surprises for anthropologists.”

    What Happens to Your Facebook Page When You Die?
    “With nearly half of all American seniors now using social media to stay connected with friends and family, determining what happens to their interactive pages has taken on new urgency.”

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    Holiday Shopping Bundles Make Giving Easy!

    Have you been looking for your great-great-grandmother? We may have found her—in the Bookstore at NEHGS!

    The Bookstore at NEHGS has brought back the ever-popular Holiday Gift Sets! We have “bundled” together some of our most popular titles and slashed the prices up to 30% to help make your gift buying easy and affordable. Books, charts, gift certificates, stocking stuffers—even gift memberships are available. Everything you need for the genealogist in your life—even if it is you!

    Start shopping today! And who knows—maybe this year you'll find that relative you've been searching for!

    Special pricing available through December 31, 2013, while supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other discounts, including the NEHGS member discount. Prices do not include shipping.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Mobile Genealogy
    99–101 Newbury Street, Boston

    Part I, Using Dropbox and Evernote
    Saturday, January 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Part II, Imaging on the Go
    Saturday, February 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Join NEHGS for a two-part lecture series introducing technology and equipment for organizing and conducting genealogy research while on the go. Alice Kane draws on her experiences as an independent researcher and NEHGS genealogist to introduce users to these helpful tools.

    In Part I, Alice will present an introduction to Dropbox and Evernote for information storage, organization, and notetaking.

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

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

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