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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 49
    Whole #664
    December 4, 2013
    Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudrault


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    * Ask A Genealogist
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    * Spotlight: Warren County Genealogical Society, Ohio
    * Stories of Interest
    * Holiday Shopping Bundles Make Giving Easy!
    * Upcoming Education Program at NEHGS in Boston


    NEHGS Gift Memberships

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    By supporting the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Annual Fund, you make an investment in your own family history research and its preservation. Annual Fund donations help to keep NEHGS membership fees down, enhance our website capabilities, make our educational programs possible, and provide our members with access to expert genealogists and researchers. Please consider a tax deductible gift. Give now!

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    Now Available in the October 2013 Issue of the Register

    New Evidence for the English Origins of Nicholas Robbins, by Christopher Robbins

    The Family of Rebecca (Meriam) (Prescott) Parks of Concord, Massachusetts, and Malone, Franklin County, New York, by Edward M. Hawley

    Abigail Cobb, Wife of Ebenezer7 Fairbank, and Daughter of Ebenezer2 (Stephen1) Cobb of Cheshire County, New Hampshire, by Patricia Sezna Haggerty (continued from 167:212)

    The Earliest Shermans of Dedham, Essex, and Their Wives: Part 5: Edmund Sherman and His Second Wife, by Michael Johnson Wood (continued from 167:224)

    Who Was Joel Holcomb of Wallingford, Connecticut?, by Chip Rowe (concluded from 167:198)

    Also in this issue…

    Editorial, Additions and Corrections, Reviews of Books, Index of Subjects in Volume 167, Index of Persons in Volume 167, and Annual Table of Contents of Volume 167

    Now Available in the 2013 American Ancestors Journal Supplement to the Register

    Margaret A. (Lester) (Chapman) (Glazier) Crandall of Franklin County, New York, and Her Family, by Judith C. Harbold and Cherry Fletcher Bamberg

    Muller Family Record: Netherlands, Island of St. Martin, New York City, by Sarah Martin Bridges

    Identifying Judith Hone, Wife of John2 Armistead of Virginia, with Hone and Aylmer Ancestry of Presidents William Henry and Benjamin Harrison, by Patricia Law Hatcher (concluded from 166:364)

    Also in this issue…

    Editorial, Additions and Corrections, and Index of Persons

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

    Rhode Island Census Collection: 1865–1935

    This database collection includes the census returns for the years 1865, 1875, 1885, 1915, 1925, and 1935. These records, organized by town, contain information about each individual residing in a household, and, for most years, state the relationship between each person and the head of household. (Relationship information is not available in the 1865 or 1935 censuses.) Other details provided for most years include age, gender, race, place of birth, and occupation. The 1865 census includes information on military service, and educational status is recorded in the 1865, 1875, and 1935 censuses. The 1935 census also mentions details about the medical history of an individual’s family. Together, these six censuses include more than 2.75 million records.

    State census records were taken to supplement the federal census, and they can include additional or more detailed information to further document your family history. The Rhode Island State Archives houses microfilm copies of all the state’s census records, and the Rhode Island Historical Society’s holdings also include microfilm copies of the state censuses for 1865 through 1885. The NEHGS library in Boston also has microfilm copies of each of the state censuses included in this database.

    Databases in Progress
    We are currently working on the Rhode Island Roots genealogical journal, volumes 31–34, publication years 2005-2008. This release is scheduled for January 2014. This winter we will also add a Vermont Vital Records database of births, marriages, and deaths that occurred between 1871 and 1908. This database will index the names of parents and spouses, when available.

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    New at the Online Learning Center

    Subject Guide on Getting Organized

    Learn tips for organizing your research, your findings, and your files with this new subject guide by NEHGS expert genealogist Rhonda McClure. Whether you’re new to genealogy or have been researching for years, researchers of all levels are sure to find a new tip or tool!

    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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    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: I am trying to complete an application for the Mayflower Society. I need a document that ties Melissa Sexton Carpenter (1810–1899) to her mother, Tamsin Clark Sexton (1774–after 1850), wife of William Sexton (1771–1849). Melissa’s baptismal record in Ellington, Connecticut, lists only her father, not both parents. The family moved to Bradford County, Pennsylvania, about 1828 and I haven’t been able to locate Tamsin after she appeared in the 1850 census there, although some histories claim that she lived to be nearly 100 years old. Melissa died in Nichols, Tioga County, New York, although she spent most of her life in Bradford County, just across the state line. Since I don’t know where or when Tamsin died, I don’t know how to find a record of Melissa as her daughter.

    Answer by Genealogist Alice Kane: First, have you checked Melissa’s marriage and death certificates, as well as any obituaries for Melissa? These records might list her mother. Second,Tamsin may have been living with a different child at the time of her death, so researching the residences of ALL of Tamsin’s children might be helpful in finding her place of death. Similarly, locating the siblings of Tamsin Clark and researching their probates may prove worthwhile. A probate record might yield a bequest naming children of sister Tamsin or niece Melissa Sexton/Carpenter. Land records may also be helpful as transactions in this time period often occurred within families, and the consolidation of land to one of several heirs required the others to sign an agreement to relinquish their rights of ownership. Reviewing and validating the histories saying she lived to nearly age 100 may also provide clues.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about your Thanksgiving dinner traditions. More than one answer could be selected. 4,187 people answered the survey. The results are:

    • 89%, I have classic Thanksgiving dishes: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, etc.
    • 7%, I have at least one ethnic food from an ancestral homeland.
    • 19%, I have at least one family dish (not widely considered a Thanksgiving classic) made from a recipe that has been passed down through the generations.
    • 15%, I have begun my own traditions and introduced new foods into my Thanksgiving menu.
    • 5%, I do not have any Thanksgiving traditions.

    This week’s survey asks about your use of NEHGS offerings and services. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: Warren County Genealogical Society, Ohio
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Warren County Genealogical Society, Ohio

    Warren County is located in southwestern Ohio. Its county seat is Lebanon. The Warren County Genealogical Society (WCGS) has made a number of indexes to resources in the Society’s library available on its website. The online index buttons are titled Cemetery, Census, Churches, Court, Funeral Homes, History, Land, Maps, Military, Misc., Newspapers, Obits, Resources, Schools, Taxes, and Vitals. An overview of three indexes follows:

    The online cemetery collection comprises indexes to most Warren County cemeteries. Click the Cemetery button, then the Alphabetical Index button, then the first letter of the name of the cemetery. Click the cemetery name link for an alphabetical burial database and a detailed description of the cemetery. Select the Township index to view maps showing cemetery locations in a number of Warren County townships.

    The society has a substantial collection of obituaries of individuals with a relationship to Warren County. In the beginning the collection was made up primarily of obituaries from the Western Star newspaper, but its scope has expanded over the years to include other Warren County newspapers. There are two sets of obituary indexes on the website. One database, indexed alphabetically by decade, covers 1870 through 1989. The other database, indexed alphabetically by year, covers 1810 through 2010. The by-year database is a work in progress with new obituaries added regularly. The data fields are surname, given name, year, page number, and newspaper title.

    Click on the Vitals tab to open a new page containing links to birth, marriage, and death indexes. The databases contain approximately 33,000 birth records, 50,000 marriage records, and 25,000 death records. Select a tab to begin your search. Copies of original records can be ordered from WCGS.

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    Stories of Interest

    Persistence in the Genes: Connecting the Dots to the Mayflower
    “Thanksgiving is a busy time for the [Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New York]. Marking the Pilgrims’ first harvest celebration motivates some to dig through the attic. But gaining entry to the society is a demanding journey that for many ends in disappointment.”

    Psalm Book Fetches Record $14.2M at NY Auction
    Printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1640, it now holds the record for the world’s most expensive book.

    Vilna Shul Descendants Honor Their Heritage
    “Descendants of original emigr√© members of the Beacon Hill synagogue, located by genealogical research, gathered to honor its heritage.”

    National Library of Ireland Teams Up with Google for Online Exhibition
    The National Library of Ireland has partnered with Google Cultural Institute and is now displaying three online photographic exhibitions.

    National Library of Ireland Teams Up with Google for Online Exhibition
    “Some startling genetic discoveries and a good dose of curiosity have linked [Australian] Mike Anderson to family in America and revealed the epic journey of his own ancient ancestors.”

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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 Program at NEHGS in Boston

    Getting Started in Genealogy
    February 5, 12, and 19, 2014
    Where: NEHGS, 99–101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.

    How do you get started in genealogy? There are plenty of websites, libraries, and printed sources out there, but all that information can leave a beginner feeling overwhelmed. Let an NEHGS expert help you navigate the first steps in tracing your family history. NEHGS Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure will share her knowledge and helpful strategies for beginning your family history journey in this three-part course. Sessions are held at the New England Historic Genealogical Society from 6-8 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays-- February 5, 12, and 19, 2014.

    Registration info

    If you cannot attend in person, watch for an upcoming online course in early 2014!

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