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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 17, No. 04
    Whole #671
    January 22, 2014
    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.

    * New at the Online Learning Center
    * NEHGS Database News
    * NEHGS Featured in Antiques and the Arts Weekly
    * RootsTech 2014
    * Irish Genealogy Study Group
    * Ask a Genealogist
    * Spotlight: Rutland Historical So
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale of Genealogical Classics
    * Upcoming Education Programs


    New at the Online Learning Center

    Sign up for the FREE webinar: Find Your 17th-Century New England Ancestors with NEHGS

    Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 3-4 p.m. EST (2 p.m. CST; 1 p.m. MST; 12 p.m. PST)*
    Presented by: David Dearborn, Senior Genealogist at NEHGS
    Level: All levels; Intended Audience: NEHGS members and guest users with early New England roots

    Learn the basics of researching your early New England ancestors using NEHGS resources—both on-site and online. Join Senior Genealogist David Dearborn as he discusses key reference works, records, and databases available to NEHGS members and guest users. Our webinars fill up quickly—sign up today!

    *If you are unable to attend the live event, you can watch a recording of the presentation at our Online Learning Center, available within a week of its broadcast.

    And be sure to check out our NEW Subject Guide on 17th-Century New England Research, which includes a listing of key resources and records, how-to videos, and tips for finding your early New England ancestors.

    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

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

    Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection)

    Newly added to Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection): Ellington (1786–1850), Franklin (1786–1850), Granby (1786–1850), and Hamden (1786–1856). Together, these towns add more than 9,000 records to this database. Compiled from an original Lucius Barnes Barbour typescript in the NEHGS special collections, this database currently contains records for 84 towns in Connecticut.

    The complete Barbour Collection contains records of marriages, births, and deaths in 137 Connecticut towns from the 1640s to about 1850 (some towns include records up to 1870). These records were collected, transcribed, and abstracted by Lucius Barnes Barbour (Connecticut Examiner of Public Records, 1911-1934) and his team of researchers between 1918 and 1928. Mr. Barbour was an NEHGS member from 1907 until his death in 1934. This set of typescripts was donated to NEHGS by Mr. Barbour’s wife and children in 1938. Remaining towns will be added to the database over the next year.

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    NEHGS Featured in the Antiques and The Arts Weekly

    This week the antiques newspaper Antiques and The Arts Weekly showcases NEHGS in a cover story written by contributing writer Fran McQueeney-Jones Mascolo. Fran met many NEHGS staff members during our recent special exhibition at the 2013 Ellis Boston Antiques Show in October, and was inspired to write this article. She later interviewed Jean Maguire, NEHGS Library Director, and Tim Salls, NEHGS Manager of Manuscript Collections, for this feature. Tim provided her with many photographic images and the archival descriptions of the items featured in the article. To read the story, visit

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    RootsTech 2014

    February 6–8, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah

    NEHGS is a sponsor of RootsTech, a family history and technology conference held each year in Salt Lake City. If you are attending the conference, please stop by the NEHGS booth, #926, at the RootsTech Expo.

    NEHGS will be featured at two RootsTech events:

    NEHGS Genealogist Alice Kane will present “A Mobile Genealogist: Using Evernote for Genealogy Research” on Thursday, February 6, at 1 p.m.

    On Saturday, February 8, the NEHGS luncheon will feature NEHGS Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure and Web Content Coordinator Andrew Hanson-Dvoracek, both speaking on “—What’s New in Family History Research at NEHGS.”

    During the conference, you can follow NEHGS at RootsTech via our Facebook page and via our new blog at And follow us on Twitter @AncestorExperts.

    Visit the RootsTech website to explore more topics, speakers, and conference offerings.

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    Irish Genealogy Study Group

    The Irish Genealogy Study Group will meet on Saturday, January 25, 2014, between 9:30 a.m. and noon in the second floor Education Center at NEHGS. The study group gathers to talk about research problems and share solutions. Everyone is welcome to come and join in, and people can attend part or all of the session. (The NEHGS Library is open for research from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Contact Mary Ellen Grogan at for more information.

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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 have been unable to locate the graves of two family members. The FamilySearch database, “Massachusetts, Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910,” shows that my ancestor died in Holyoke in 1886, with “So. Had. Falls” listed as his place of burial. His two-year-old daughter, who died in 1884, is also supposedly buried at So. Had. Falls. I have searched through all the listed interments on Find-A-Grave and local websites, but have found no records. Is it possible that the Massachusetts records are incorrect?

    Answer by Genealogist Alice Kane: The Massachusetts death records usually provide accurate information about burial locations. Find-A-Grave offers users the opportunity to create virtual memorials for their deceased family members and does not have a complete record of all burials at the cemeteries featured. The Find-A-Grave coverage should not be considered comprehensive. Owners and administrators of cemeteries do generally have complete records of all burials, except in cases where disasters may have destroyed records.

    Your ancestors may have been buried in a Catholic cemetery. Cemeteries owned and operated by a Catholic diocese, parish, or cemetery association often do not release records to the general public, and must be contacted directly for information. David Allen Lambert’s A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, 2nd Edition, notes four Catholic cemeteries in South Hadley—Mater Dolorosa, Notre Dame, Precious Blood, and St. Rose; the last two were in operation when your ancestor died. All four are maintained by the Springfield Diocesan Cemeteries, Inc. and the office at Notre Dame Cemetery (63 Lyman Street, South Hadley, MA, 01075; phone: 413-420-0001) maintains records for all four cemeteries. The three other cemeteries in South Hadley are Evergreen Cemetery, Old South Hadley Burial Ground Site, and the South Hadley Village Cemetery—also known as the South Hadley Falls Cemetery. Evergreen still exists and all burials at the Old South Hadley Burial Ground (established in 1728) were removed to Evergreen in 1902-1903. The Village Cemetery is operated by a private association with ties to the town of South Hadley.

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    Spotlight: Rutland Historical Society, Vermont
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Rutland Historical Society, Vermont
    The city of Rutland is located in central Vermont. It is the Rutland County seat. The Rutland Historical Society has made a number of resources available on its website; click the following links in the Menu to access them.

    Historical Resources
    This section provides links to Rutland Historical Society holdings as well as Internet Archive resources. Rutland Historical Society resources include Rutland Royals scrapbooks (1939–1941), Civil War resources (including lists of Rutland men liable to military duty and veterans buried in Rutland cemeteries), town reports, vital records (transcribed from the Rutland Herald), and voter lists. Internet Archive resources include Rutland directories (1872–1986), church records, town reports, and yearbooks.

    History of Rutland
    Click the History of Rutland link for a summary of the city’s history from the eighteenth century to the present. To read the full entry for each period, click the "continued" link at the end of the paragraph.

    Image Gallery
    The gallery contains a selection of images from the Rutland Historical Society’s collection. Three individual collections are presented on the website. In addition the society posts a mystery photograph in hopes that website users will successfully identify the person in the photo.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about using tax records. 3,813 people answered the survey. The results are:

    • 53%, Yes, I have used tax records in my genealogical research.
    • 12%, I do not recall if I have used tax records in my genealogical research.
    • 35%, No, I haven’t used tax records in my genealogical research.

    This week’s survey asks about planning your online estate. Take the survey now!

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    Stories of Interest

    Time to Plan Our Online Estates
    “We’re doomed. Seriously. One of these days it’ll be all over for us. But not for our photos, Facebook postings, e-mails, and music files. Barring a global nuclear inferno, the stuff we store online will be around long after we’re dead. It’s good news for friends and loved ones who want something to remember us by. Except they may not be able to get at it, unless you make the right moves now.”

    State Library’s Tough Calls On What to Save, What to Shred
    “Emily Johnson Dickerson died at her home in Ada, Okla., last week. She was the last person alive who spoke only the Chickasaw language.”

    WWI Soldier Diaries Placed Online by National Archives
    “Diaries from British soldiers describing life on the frontline during World War One are being published online by the National Archives…About 1.5 million diary pages are held by the National Archives and a fifth have been digitised so far.”

    Mass. Woman Recaptures Jewish-American Love Story
    Inspired by a friend’s family history, Patricia Klindienst “has fashioned an exhibit at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst that tells a love story that survived revolution, mob violence and a trans-Atlantic journey, and relates well a classic chapter of the American immigrant experience.”

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    Sale on Genealogical Classics

    In our third week of helping you keep your New Year’s genealogical resolutions, the Bookstore at NEHGS is offering thirteen genealogical classics at 20% off!

    To receive 20% off, simply enter the coupon code TWG114 in the coupon field online or mention this code when calling toll free at 1-888-296-3447.

    Prices good through January 31, 2014, while supplies last. Discount cannot be combined with other offers, including the NEHGS member discount. Prices do not include shipping.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Writing and Publishing Seminar
    When: May 15–16, 2014
    Where: NEHGS Research Library, 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. More information and registration

    Nova Scotia Research Tour
    When: June 22–29, 2014
    Where: Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to trace your ancestors in Atlantic Canada. Let NEHGS experts David Allen Lambert and Judith Lucey, as well as local historians, guide you through the vast resources at the Nova Scotia Archives and other local repositories. The tour includes lectures, consultations, a walking tour of Halifax, group events, and a day trip to the charming harborside town of Shelburne. More information and registration

    Albany, N.Y., Research Tour
    When: July 23–27, 2014
    Where: Albany, New York

    Our extremely popular trip to Albany is now in its fourth year. Join NEHGS as we explore the vast resources of the New York State Library and the New York State Archives in Albany. The trip includes library orientations, individual consultations, expert lectures, a reception, and a group dinner. More information and registration

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