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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 50
    Whole #665
    December 11, 2013
    Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudrault
    dailygenealogist@nehgs.org

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    Contents:
    * NEHGS Gift Memberships
    * Give to the NEHGS Annual Fund
    * New England Quarterly Seeks New Editor/Institutional Home
    * NEHGS Database News
    * New at the Online Learning Center: Create a Holiday Keepsake
    * A Note from the Editor: The Merchant Mariners Muster & Other Online Maritime Resources
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: California and Washington Databases
    * Stories of Interest
    * Holiday Shopping Bundles Make Giving Easy!
    * Upcoming Education Program at NEHGS in Boston

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    NEHGS Gift Memberships

    This holiday season give the gift of family history! NEHGS gift memberships are the perfect present for your genealogist friend, family member, or even yourself. Click here to purchase your gift membership and ensure delivery by December 24.

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    Give to the NEHGS Annual Fund

    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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    New England Quarterly Seeks New Editor/Institutional Home

    The New England Quarterly, a storied journal with nearly a century of uninterrupted publication, invites inquiries from individuals interested in editing and colleges, universities, or cultural organizations interested in hosting the journal as of 1 July 2015, when the current editor steps down. The directors of NEQ Inc. will consider any viable arrangement (multiple editors, a partnership among multiple institutions, the participation of independent scholars, etc.) that advances the mission of the journal to publish the best that is being written about New England literature, history, and culture and their relation to the United States and the world. The search is nationwide.

    As its subtitle announces, NEQ is A Historical Review of New England Life and Letters. Although it publishes most widely in the fields of American history (political, social, intellectual, religious, economic) and literature, NEQ also includes art and architectural history. Embracing and eclectic in its approach to the study of New England, the journal is not restricted to any particular time period.

    Individuals interested in serving as editor or coeditor of NEQ should address their preliminary inquiries to the NEQ Transition Team, c/o Sarah Hudson, The New England Quarterly, 249 Meserve Hall, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, or at neq@neu.edu, no later than 1 February. A comprehensive packet of information is available for those seriously considering this exceptional opportunity. The deadline for receipt of final proposals (one electronic file and two hardcopies, addressed as above), including an institution’s initial, nonbinding offer of support, is 15 March 2014. The transition team will vet applications and send the most promising to NEQ Inc.’s Directors, who will negotiate final terms.

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

    The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 51–55

    Volumes 51 to 55 of the The Mayflower Descendant (publication years 2002-2006) are now available to search. With the addition of these volumes, The Mayflower Descendant database now contains more than 330,000 records.

    The Mayflower Descendant has been published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants since 1899. It is an essential source of information on many New England families, and its focus is not limited to those with Mayflower lineage. The journal includes transcriptions and abstracts of deeds, wills, vital records, and other original documents. In addition, it features compiled genealogies and analytical studies of genealogical problems.

    Databases in Progress
    The Barbour Collection database currently holds vital records for 76 Connecticut towns. We are continually adding additional records to this database, and the next update will include births, marriages, and deaths for the towns of Bristol, Brooklyn, East Haven, and Thompson. This release is currently scheduled to appear later this month.

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    New at the Online Learning Center

    Create a Holiday Keepsake: Ancestral Ornaments

    The holiday are a time to be with family—present and past. Remember your ancestors this year by creating a special keepsake ornament. When made with family members—especially children or grandchildren—you’ll not only create new family memories, but also share a piece of family history. Visit our Online Learning Center for printable instructions and an ornament template. Start a new holiday tradition!

    Our growing Online Learning Center contains subject guides on a variety of genealogical topics, how-to videos, webinars, online courses, 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 gmorse@nehgs.org.

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    A Note from the Editor: The Merchant Mariners Muster & Other Online Maritime Resources
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, has just launched a new online database called the Merchant Mariners Muster, “with information about common crewmembers who worked aboard Maine vessels from about 1790 to the 1920s.” The material in the database was extracted from sources in the Maine Maritime Museum library collection.Two archivists spent 18 months cataloging thousands of pages of documents in 45 separate manuscript collections. The database now contains varying levels of information on nearly 10,000 mariners, and additional data will be added as resources permit.

    I asked our staff genealogists which maritime databases they’ve found useful. David Dearborn, Alice Kane, David Lambert, Judy Lucey, and Eileen Pironti offered suggestions:

    The New Bedford [Massachusetts] Free Public Library’s Whaling Archives site contains a comprehensive index of men and ships on whaling voyages from the New Bedford Customs District from 1807 through 1925. A New Bedford Whaling Museum Whaling Crew List Database contains the names of men who left New Bedford on whaling voyages from 1807 through 1927.

    Mystic Seaport’s Seamen’s Protection Certificate Register Database includes 31,047 certificates issued between 1796 and 1871.

    The Maritime History Archive at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, has a Newfoundland and Labrador Crew Lists Database, 1864–1942, as well as other digital collections and exhibits, including links to other sites with maritime-related materials.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked what NEHGS offerings and services you have used. More than one answer could be selected. 3,493 people answered the survey. The results are:

    • 42%, I have visited the NEHGS Library in Boston.
    • 22%, I have used the manuscripts collections at the NEHGS Library.
    • 1%, I have used materials from the American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archive.
    • 64%, I have read the Register
    • 77%, I have read American Ancestors.
    • 57%, I have read or consulted books published by NEHGS.
    • 53%, I have used material compiled for NEHGS study projects such as The Great Migration, Early New England Families, and Western Mass. Families in 1790.
    • 79%, I have visited the AmericanAncestors website.
    • 79%, I have used the NEHGS online databases.
    • 39%, I have used the online library catalog.
    • 17%, I have visited and/or "Liked" the NEHGS Facebook page.
    • 17%, I have attended a local NEHGS education program.
    • 7%, I have attended an NEHGS tour.
    • 9%, I have attended an NEHGS webinar.
    • 12%, I have visited and/or used resources at the NEHGS Online Learning Center.
    • 14%, I have had a consultation session with an NEHGS genealogist.
    • 26%, I have purchased items from the NEHGS Bookstore in Boston.
    • 43%, I have ordered items from the NEHGS Bookstore, either online, by phone, or by mail.
    • 15%, I have used NEHGS research services or photocopy services.
    • 6%, I have not used any of the above offerings or services.

    This week’s survey asks if you have Maine ancestors. Take the survey now!

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    Spotlight: California and Washington Databases
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Riverview Cemetery District, Brawley, California
    Brawley is located in Imperial County, on California’s southern border. Riverview Cemetery District was formed in 1909. To initiate your search, click “Burials on the Web” in the right-hand box. This will open a new page; click “Burials on the Web” in the text, then click “here” to open the search page. You can search the alphabetical database by name and date or browse the list page by page. The deceased’s name is a link to a detailed record that may include name, date of birth, location, age, place of birth, gender, veteran, place of death, date of death, spouse name, father name, mother name, funeral director, service date, and whether cremated. You will find links to a cemetery map and photographs, if available. There is also a link to a cemetery map on the homepage.

    Obituary Index, Port Angeles, Washington
    The city of Port Angeles is located in northwestern Washington. It is the county seat of Clallam County. The North Olympic Library has made an obituary index available on its website. It covers the period from 1916 to the present. The database can be searched by name and limited by date range. The fields in the database are publication title, deceased’s name, birth/death dates, page and column numbers, and subject.

    Cemetery Database for Hoquiam, Washington
    The city of Hoquiam is located in Grays Harbor, which is on the coast. The city has made an interment database containing nearly 15,000 records available on its website. Click on the Interment Records link in the contents list to download an alphabetical index to burials. Fields in the database are last name, first name, birth date and year, death date and year, burial location fields, and notes.


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    Stories of Interest

    A Holiday Photo Book That Puts Families in an “Awkward” Position
    NPR’s Morning Edition presents a story about the Awkward Family Photos blog and the Awkward Family Holiday Photos book.

    Rhode Island Puts Trove of Historic Records Online
    The Rhode Island State Archives has made a digital collection of “scores of historic documents, records and odds and ends” available online.

    My Day: Genealogist Huihan Lie
    “Born in Amsterdam to ethnically Chinese parents, Huihan Lie runs the company My China Roots in Beijing, which traces family histories and tries to put them in the context of the time.”


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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

    Writing and Publishing Seminar
    May 15–16, 2014
    Where: NEHGS, 99–101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.

    Join the experts at NEHGS to learn best practices and helpful tips in order to turn your research into a publication. Workshops during this two-day program include goal setting, using genealogical style, working with images, and adding narrative to your genealogy. In addition, participants will learn about working with editors, publishers, and the nuts and bolts of completing family history publications. Learn from a team of skilled writers and editors with decades of experience in publishing family histories. Two one-on-one consultations with NEHGS publications staff are included in the registration.

    Registration info

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