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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 17, No. 05
    Whole #672
    January 29, 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.

    * NEHGS Database News
    * New at the Online Learning Center
    * Genealogist Position Open at NEHGS
    * Ask a Genealogist
    * Spotlight: Colorado Resources
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Stories of Interest
    * Portable Genealogist Titles on Sale
    * Upcoming Education Programs


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

    New Hampshire Deaths, 1901 to 1937

    Our New Hampshire vital records database now contains records of deaths filed with the state of New Hampshire between 1901 and 1937. These records are currently held by the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records Administration. The collection includes more than 610,000 death records. Names of parents and spouses have also been indexed, when available.

    Copies of more recent vital records can be requested from the Division of Vital Records Administration. Births between 1900 and 1911, as well as marriages, divorces, and deaths to 1961, are publicly accessible. Researchers must demonstrate a direct interest in the requested material to obtain copies of records from later years.

    Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 — Eleven new sketches

    This database contains genealogical sketches of families enumerated in the 1790 census for Berkshire and Hampshire Counties (which now also includes Franklin and Hampden Counties). Each sketch begins with the head of household and includes genealogical and biographical details as well as information about children and children’s spouses. Many families migrated into western Massachusetts only to migrate further west, often through New York. These sketches were submitted by NEHGS members and staff and edited by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG.

    Recently added sketches: Amasa Sheldon, Bernardston; Israel Clark and Mehitable Clark, South Hadley; John Seeley, Stockbridge; Smith Marcy, Loudon; Elisha Moody, Granby; Jonathan Moody, Amherst; and Ebenezer Moody, Joseph Moody, Noah Moody, and Seth Moody, South Hadley.

    Family Tree Samplers

    This database update contains photographs and genealogical information from fourteen additional family tree samplers in the collection of Marty and Dan Campanelli. A sampler from the Campanelli collection was featured in the winter 2012 issue of American Ancestors magazine: "Following the Threads of the Carver Fruit Tree Family Register." This article is available to NEHGS members and guest users.

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    New at the Online Learning Center

    Watch “Get Most from NEHGS…from Home!

    Did you know that you can borrow e-books from the NEHGS library? Read and download digital versions of thousands of books? Consult with our experts by phone? Learn how to access the resources and expertise at NEHGS without traveling to Boston by watching a recording of the webinar, “Get the Most from NEHGS…from Home!” (57:07 mins., presented live January 22, 2014, by Jean Maguire, NEHGS Library Director).

    For more information on accessing our library remotely, what resources we have, or preparing a visit to our library and archives, check our NEW subject guide Using the NEHGS Library.

    And be sure to sign up for our next 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 (1601–1700) 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.

    Our growing Online Learning Center contains subject guides on a variety of genealogical topics, informative 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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    Genealogist Position Open at NEHGS

    The NEHGS Library has an open position for a full-time Genealogist. The job description has been posted on our Careers page. This is an exciting time to work at NEHGS. Our Genealogists participate in a variety of activities, meet lots of people, speak at national conferences, carry out interesting research projects, and help develop our collections. Application instructions are provided in the description on our website.

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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: Where in Rhode Island can one get copies of vital records and naturalization records, from the mid-1800s through about 1950?

    Answer by Genealogist Alice Kane: The Rhode Island Department of Health (Office of Vital Records, 3 Capitol Hill Room 101, Providence, RI, 02908; 401-277-2812) holds the state copies of birth, marriage, and death registrations from 1853 to 1964. The office is open to the public Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. FamilySearch has a detailed description of Rhode Island vital records.

    Naturalizations decreed in Rhode Island are held by the National Archives at Boston (380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA, 02452-6399; phone 781-663-0144; The archive is open for research Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) copied and indexed New England naturalization records decreed between 1791 and 1906; FamilySearch has a digital database of the WPA index cards. The information from the database’s index card image (applicant’s name, certificate no., court name & location, and date of naturalization) can be used at the National Archives at Boston to retrieve a copy of the petition. Naturalizations decreed after 1906 are available from either the National Archives at Boston or from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), depending on when naturalization was granted. FamilySearch has recently added a browsable image database of New England naturalization petitions from 1787 through 1931 (Connecticut petitions are not included at this time). You can use this database to view the petitions referenced in the WPA index card database. Since images are still being added to this new collection, consult the National Archives at Boston if you do not find a petition in the FamilySearch database, then the USCIS if that National Archives branch does not have it. The USCIS’s genealogy page provides information about requesting naturalization records in their custody.

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    Spotlight: Colorado Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Otero County Genealogy & History, Colorado
    Otero County is located in southeastern Colorado. Its county seat is La Junta. The Otero County Genealogy & History website contains a number of resources. Click the Genealogy tab in the menu bar to open a new page with links.

    Cemetery Records & Information
    Click the Cemetery Records & Information link to access the cemeteries page, which provides descriptive and location information and burials databases for some Otero County cemeteries. Click the surname letter to access the burial indexes. In most cases you will also find links to photographs of the gravestones.

    Census Records & Information
    This section of the website contains transcribed indexes to the 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses for Otero County. The database is an index to the names of the heads of household, and persons living in households with a different last name from that of the head. The data fields include name, age, birthplace, district, precinct, division, page, sheet, and notes.

    School Records
    This section contains transcriptions of yearbooks for La Junta High School from 1914 through 1920. The database includes a list of school faculty with the titles of courses they taught and the names and genders of students in the senior class.

    Marriages Licenses, Ouray County, Colorado

    Ouray County is located in southwestern Colorado. Its county seat is the city of Ouray. A marriage license database is available on the official website of Ouray County. Scroll to the bottom of the page to locate the index link. This chronological index contains nearly 4,000 records and covers 1877 through 2012. The data fields are the date of the license, groom’s name, bride’s name, and marriage date.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked about planning your online estate. 3,589 people answered the survey. The results are:

    • 7%, Yes, I have designated someone to carry out my instructions about my online presence after my death.
    • 58%, No, but I plan on making such arrangements.
    • 35%, No, I do not intend to make plans regarding my future online presence.

    This week’s survey asks what activities or experiences have inspired your genealogical pursuits. Take the survey now!

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    Stories of Interest

    Mum’s the Word: Daughter Pulls the Truth Out of Her Mom’s Arranged Marriage
    “Thirty-nine years ago, a 22-year-old woman arrived in Canada from Hong Kong. She was alone, anxious and barely able to speak English. She had come to marry a man she had never met…That woman is my mother.”

    Mystery Girls in Iconic Photo Comes to Life
    Massachusetts researcher Joe Manning [who spoke at NEHGS last June] has tracked down descendants of 350 people pictured in photographs taken by social reformer Lewis Hine at the beginning of the twentieth century. This article focuses on the identification of a girl at a North Carolina mill in 1908. For more about Manning’s Lewis Hine Project, visit Mornings on Maple Street.

    Diary’s Mysteries Take Venice Man to Germany
    Skokie Man Recovers History of Ancestors Killed in HolocaustThese two articles tell the stories of how two non-Jewish Germans helped the children of Holocaust survivors learn about their mothers’ lives and families. Both researchers will be presented with the Obermayer German Jewish History Award, which honors efforts to preserve and record Jewish history, heritage, and culture.

    Which Artworks Should We Save? Cash-Strapped Italy Lets Citizens Vote
    “When it comes to Italy’s enormous art heritage, officials are often faced with an unbearable choice: Which pieces should be saved when the government can’t afford to save them all? Now, thanks to an online vote, it’s up to Italian citizens to answer that tough question.”

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    Portable Genealogist Titles on Sale

    For the final week of helping you realize your New Year’s genealogical resolutions, the Bookstore at NEHGS is offering 20% off on all Portable Genealogist titles.

    Our Portable Genealogists help you make the most of your research time and energy by putting all the “how-tos” and “what-to-look-fors” at your fingertips. Written by NEHGS experts, these genealogical guides present essential information and helpful examples in clear, concise language. Topics include:

    • Organizing Your Research
    • Immigration to the U.S.
    • U.S. Naturalization
    • New York State Census
    • Massachusetts State Census
    • Building a Genealogical Sketch
    • Genealogical Numbering
    • Problem Solving in Irish Research

    Each Portable Genealogist is four pages, laminated and three-hole punched for easy storage in a three-ring binder. Click here for a full listing and descriptions.

    To get your 20% discount, enter the code PG2014 into the coupon field online (or mention when ordering by phone at 1-888-296-3447). USPS shipping is included in the price.

    * Discount cannot be combined with any other offer, including the NEHGS member discount. Prices good through 2/8/14, while supplies last.

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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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