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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 16, No. 06
    Whole #621
    February 6, 2013
    Edited by Lynn Betlock, Jean Powers, and Valerie Beaudrault
    dailygenealogist@nehgs.org

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    Greetings from the New England Historic Genealogical Society! If you would like to unsubscribe or change your email address, please click on the link at the bottom of the email and follow the instructions provided.

    NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.

    Contents:
    * Subscribe to the Great Migration Newsletter
    * David Allen Lambert Podcast Available on Fieldstone Common Radio
    * Photos Sought for Canada’s Great War Album
    * A Note from the Editor: A Daily Dose of History
    * Name Origins
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Spotlight: The Historic Union Cemetery, Redwood City, California
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Great Migration Titles Extended
    * Upcoming Education Programs

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    Subscribe to the Great Migration Newsletter

    The Great Migration Newsletter (GMN) offers feature articles on a variety of topics, including the settlement of early New England towns, migration patterns, seventeenth-century passenger lists, church and land records, and much more. The eight-page GMN complements the individual sketches in the Great Migration books, and addresses broad issues key to understanding the lives and times of New England’s first immigrants. The first issue of 2013 will be mailed out in the next few weeks.

    Print subscribers to volume 22 (2013) receive a new issue of the GMN through the mail each quarter ($20 for a one-year subscription or $36 for a two-year subscription).

    Online subscribers access issues through www.greatmigration.org, where the GMN is posted each quarter and past issues from volumes 11 through 21 are available for viewing ($10 for a one-year subscription or $18 for a two-year subscription).

    To subscribe, please visit www.greatmigration.org or call NEHGS Member Services at 1-888-296-3447.


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    David Allen Lambert Podcast Available on Fieldstone Common Radio

    On January 10, NEHGS Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert was interviewed by Marian Pierre-Louis, host of Fieldstone Common Radio. On the show David discussed some of his favorite research topics, including New England cemeteries and Native American and African American research. Listen to a podcast of the interview.

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    Photos Sough for Canada’s Great War Album

    In 2014, Canada’s History, a national Canadian organization dedicated to public history, will be publishing a book, Canada’s Great War Album, to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and honor “the men and women who together helped win WWI.” 

    Canada’s History is seeking submissions of scanned WWI photos, letters, or mementoes of Canadians for the book. The material can be from the front lines or from the home front — but must have a Canadian subject. Images that do not make the book will be published online at CanadasHistory.ca. A submission form is available here. 

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    A Note from the Editor: A Daily Dose of History
    by Lynn Betlock, Editor

    For those seeking a daily dose of history, a number of organizations offer daily emails, webpage content, and tweets on a variety of topics. Here is a sampling:

    The Library of Congress: “Today in History is a Library of Congress presentation of historic facts highlighted by items from the American Memory collections.” Each day a new topic, perhaps a person, organization, or an event, is examined in detail, complete with images and links to further information on American Memory.   

    The National Archives: Follow a number of Twitter accounts from the National Archives, including “Today’s Document,” “Discovering the Civil War,” and a number of accounts for National Archives branches and Presidential libraries. Click here for a list. The “National Archives at Boston” Facebook page features a “this day in history” post with a photo.

    The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities: The Mass Moments project is an electronic almanac of Massachusetts history that features text or one-minute audio spots about people, places, and events from the state’s past. The website also links to background essays, primary source documents, and places to visit. There is also a Mass Moments Facebook page.

    Massachusetts Historical Society: The MHS is home to the Adams Family Papers (1639–1889), the most comprehensive and historically complete family collection held by an American cultural institution. The MHS has been featuring John Quincy Adams’s line-a-day diary entries on Twitter since August 2009. The entries summarize his life and work as minister plenipotentiary in St. Petersburg, Russia, exactly 200 years ago to the day.

    Minnesota Historical Society: “Tweeting the Civil War” presents Minnesotans’ Civil War experiences  in real-time, 150 years later. Through diaries, letters, and other first-hand accounts, the tweets convey the struggles of soldiers, their families, and others caught up in the war. Follow on Twitter or the Minnesota Historical Society’s Civil War webpage.

    Missouri State Archives: The Archives offers “your daily dose of Missouri history from the Missouri State Archives” on Twitter.

    Delaware Public Archives: “This Day in Delaware History” can be read online, sent as an email, downloaded as an audio version, or subscribed to as a podcast. 


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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto, Genealogist

    OPHELIA (f): The lovely, pathetic heroine of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ophelia Carrington, daughter of James and Patty Carrington, was born in Wallingford, Conn., on April 18, 1815 (Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 / The Barbour Collection, on AmericanAncestors.org). In the 1850 census, 1,802 women and girls named Ophelia were listed; in the 1940 census, 13,707 were enumerated with the name.      


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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about whether your ancestors – or you – had travelled on the Old Connecticut Path. 2,718 people answered this survey. The results are:

    24%, At least one of my ancestors definitely traveled on the Old Connecticut Path.
    24%, At least one of my ancestors probably traveled on the Old Connecticut Path.
    42%, I don't know if any of my ancestors traveled on the Old Connecticut Path.
    12%, None of my ancestors traveled on the Old Connecticut Path.
    4%, I have explored or walked on part of the Old Connecticut Path.
    28%, I would like to visit places along the Old Connecticut Path.

    This week’s survey asks for feedback on future potential NEHGS tours. Take the survey now!


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    Spotlight: The Historic Union Cemetery, Redwood City, California
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    The Historic Union Cemetery, Redwood City, California  

    The Union Cemetery is located in Redwood City, California, which is on the San Francisco Peninsula. It is the county seat of San Mateo County. The cemetery was established by May of 1859. By 1878 there had been nearly 400 interments, and specific large lots were designated for fraternal organizations and the Grand Army of The Republic (GAR). On the website’s main page you will find questions about an individual buried in the cemetery. Click on the Answer link to open the burial record page containing the answer to the question.

    People
    Click on the People link to open a new page to search for individuals buried in the cemetery. Then click on the Search the People Database. The database may be searched by first name, last name, year of death, and burial plot identifier. The search results include the name of the deceased, date of death, burial/plot identifier, and source of the information in the record. The date of death information varies. In many cases you will find only the year of death. Click on the name link to open a new page with more detailed information. The view location link will take you to a map showing the location of the plot. You will also find a list containing the names of individuals buried nearby and a list of individuals with the same last name buried there. In some cases you will find a transcription of the deceased’s obituary, links to external sites, photographs, and stories.

    There are a number of other links on the main People page. These include People with Stories, People with Pictures, People with Find-A-Grave pages, and “All the People with Extra Information.” Click on the links to access lists with name links. Click on an individual’s name to view his or her webpage. The Find-A-Grave list includes links to each individual’s Find-A-Grave page. You can use the Fraternal Groups with Plots in the Union Cemetery link to access the following organizations:  Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), People in the Free and Accepted Masons (Masons), United Ancient Order of Druids (Druids), and Improved Order of Red Men (RedMen). Clicking on these links will take you to each group’s pages, which contain a description of the organization, photographs, and name links for the members. Click on the link to view the members’ webpages.

    Markers
    This database catalogs many of the markers in the cemetery. The data fields include marker name, exists, photos, plot, people listed, and source. The data can be sorted by any of the fields just by clicking on the heading. Click on the “P” in the photos column to view the photograph. Each “P” is a link to a different image of the gravestone.

    Archives
    The Archives page contains links to a variety of resources, including maps of Redwood City, burial lists, newspapers and research, documents, The Journal of Local History, stories, and photographs.


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    Stories of Interest

    Richard III Dig: DNA Confirms Bones Are King’s
    “A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park has been confirmed as that of English king Richard III.” Judy G. Russell, in her Legal Genealogist blog, offers interesting commentary on this finding in two posts: “Rewriting History through DNA,” which shows the exact matrilineal line of descent, and “And the Answer Is…

    The Hunt is on for Norfolk People with Links to Abraham Lincoln
    The Eastern Daily Press of Norwich, in England, reports that: “Today, almost 204 years after the birth of America’s most-famous president, genealogist Anthony Adolph is working with the Illinois Office of Tourism to find Lincoln’s British relatives to help celebrate the UK premiere of Steven Spielberg’s epic film ‘Lincoln.’”

    Old House Holds Memories of an Era Past
    A treasure trove of family history information was uncovered in a house scheduled to be demolished in Zachary, Louisiana.


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    Sale on Great Migration Titles Extended

    Due to an overwhelming response, the Bookstore at NEHGS is extending the 15% discount offer on all Great Migration titles through February 12, 2013.

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is offering 15% of all Great Migration titles.

    • The Great Migration Begins (hardcover): Was $99.00, Now $84.15
    • The Great Migration Begins (paperback): Was $79.95, Now $67.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, Volume I, A–B: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, Volume II, C–F: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, Volume III, G–H: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, Volume IV, I–L: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, Volume V, M–P: Was $59.95, Now $50.96
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, Volume VI, R–S: Was $64.95, Now $55.21
    • The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, Volume VII, T–Y: Was $64.95, Now $55.21
    • The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620–1633: Was $29.95, Now $25.46
    • The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 1–20: Was $27.95, Now $23.76
    • The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 16–20: Was $11.95, Now $10.16

    To receive the 15% discount, enter the code BRR113 into the coupon field online — or mention it when ordering by phone at 1-888-296-3447. Prices are good through February 12, 2013, while supplies last. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, including the NEHGS member discount. Prices do not include shipping.


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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Ancestry Day with NEHGS
    Saturday, March 2
    8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.

    NEHGS and Ancestry.com are pleased to invite you to attend Ancestry Day with NEHGS on Saturday, March 2, 2013. This day-long program will offer classes and sessions to help you get the most out of your family history research. Whether you are new to genealogy or have been researching for many years, you can learn new techniques, methodologies, and make the most of the resources available at NEHGS and Ancestry.com. Details and registration  

    Washington, D.C. Research Tour
    March 10–17, 2013

    Deadline for registration is February 8!

    Discover family history resources in the nation's capital with NEHGS. Visit the National Archives and Records Administration, the Daughters of the American Revolution Library, and the Library of Congress during this intensive week of guided research, individual consultations, lectures, and group events. NEHGS experts Henry B. Hoff, David Allen Lambert, and Rhonda R. McClure will accompany the group. Details and registration.


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