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  • The Weekly Genealogist

  • Vol. 17, No. 07
    Whole #674
    February 12, 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 Holiday Closure
    * Added Benefits for NEHGS Members
    * NEHGS Database News
    * New at Online Learning Center
    * Ask a Genealogist
    * Spotlight: Gallatin County Genealogical Society, Montana
    * The Weekly Genealogist Survey
    * Stories of Interest
    * Sale on Select Connecticut and New York Titles
    * Upcoming Education Programs


    NEHGS Holiday Closure

    Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection)

    The NEHGS Library will be closed on Saturday, February 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Library will reopen as usual on the following Tuesday.

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    Added Benefits for NEHGS Members

    You asked, and we listened! NEHGS members can now take advantage of:

    • New online courses available exclusively for members
    • Access to online educational opportunities, with more resources added each week
    • Priority event registration
    • Increased complimentary consultation time for contributing members
    • Newly added research services discounts for contributing members

    We want you to get the most of your NEHGS membership! To learn more, visit

    For more information on writing and publishing your family history, check out our NEW subject guide, Writing & Publishing Your Family History.

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

    New Hampshire Marriages, 1901 to 1937

    Our New Hampshire vital records database now contains the records of marriages filed with the state of New Hampshire between the years 1901 and 1937. These records are currently held by the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records Administration. The collection includes more than 180,000 marriage records. Names of parents have also been indexed, when available.

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

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    New at the Online Learning Center

    Introducing Online Courses

    Bridging the Atlantic: From New England Back to England Saturday, March 8, 3 p.m. EST Instructor: David C. Dearborn, FASG, Senior Genealogist

    You’ve found your New England immigrant. Now what? Trace your English ancestry without having to hop the pond! Learn about key resources and records and how to access them, and research strategies for when you hit a brick wall. This course includes a 1.5-hour online seminar, exclusive access to a recording of the presentation, virtual handouts, and a Q&A session with the instructor. Cost: $30. Register today!

    Getting Started in Genealogy
    Saturdays, March 15, 22, & 29, 3 p.m. EST
    Instructor: Rhonda McClure, Genealogist

    How do you get started in genealogy? There are plenty of websites, libraries, and printed sources out there, but access to all that information can leave a beginner feeling overwhelmed. Let NEHGS Senior Researcher Rhonda R. McClure help you navigate the first steps in tracing your family history. This course includes three 1.5-hour online seminars, exclusive access to a recording of each presentation, handouts and worksheets, assessment, and in-depth Q&A sessions with the instructor. Cost: $65. Register today!

    *Only NEHGS members can enroll and participate in online courses. Not a member? Join today!

    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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    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: What is the best way to search families in Italy?

    Answer by NEHGS Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure: When researching your Italian ancestry, you should first exhaust all records in the United States in order to determine your ancestors’ comune (town) in Italy. The bulk of the records of interest to genealogists--birth, marriage, and death records--are located at the Stato Civile office in the comune.

    You will need to verify that the place your ancestors are from is an actual comune, as opposed to a frazione (hamlet). The frazioni do not have town halls and the recording of their vital statistics takes place at the comune associated with the frazione.

    You can usually identify a comune using Google. I Comuni Italiani has lists of both the comuni and also the frazioni (the pages are in Italian.) Dizionario dei Comuni delle Circoscrizioni Amministrative delle Frazioni e delle Localita (Casa Editrice La Tribuna: 2011) may also provide helpful information. Similar to a gazetteer, this alphabetical listing of all comuni and frazioni in contemporary Italy identifies town, province, and other important regional information.

    Once you have identified the locality in Italy, check’s catalog to see if the comune’s records have been microfilmed. Some records may be available online as browsable images.If the records are not digitized online, you will need to submit a request for the microfilm to be sent to your local FamilySearch Center. (FamilySearch microfilm can be sent to NEHGS.)

    If the records are not microfilmed, you will need to contact the comune by email. Search for the comune’s site using the Italian phrase “comune di [comune name]”. For the more remote comuni, it may be necessary to contact the office in Italian. If you are not fluent, you can copy and paste phrases from the Italy Letter Writing Guide.

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    Spotlight: Gallatin County Genealogical Society, Montana
    by Valerie Beaudrault, Assistant Editor

    Gallatin County Genealogical Society, Montana

    Gallatin County is located in southwestern Montana. Its county seat is Bozeman. The Gallatin County Genealogical Society has made a number of resources available on its website in PDF format. The following are some available databases.

    Divorce Index
    This alphabetical-by-plaintiff index to Gallatin County divorces covers 1890 through 1992. The data fields are plaintiff name, defendant name, day-month-year, and “volume, registration number, and book.”

    Funeral Home Records
    This alphabetical-by-surname index to the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home in Bozeman includes more than 3,000 records. The data fields are surname, first name, death date, and ROF page number.

    Naturalization Petitions Index
    This index to naturalization petitions filed in Gallatin County covers December 10, 1906, through January 14, 1974. (The volume covering November 10, 1962, to February 13, 1963, is missing.) The data fields are surname, given names, volume/page number, and repository.

    Obituaries Index
    This alphabetical index to obituaries in local newspapers and on newspaper websites covers 1980 through August 2013. The data fields include surname, given name, maiden name, obituary date, source, and page number.

    Vital Records Index
    This nearly 14,000-record database is an alphabetical index to birth, marriage, and death records of Gallatin County from 1871 through 1982. The data fields are surname, given names, event (birth, marriage, death), source newspaper, source date, page, and repository. The source and repository abbreviation key appears on page 460.

    Voter Registration
    This alphabetical index to Gallatin County voter registrations from 1889 to 1894 includes nearly 6,000 records. The data fields include surname, first name, registry date, age, where born, and book number/year.

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    The Weekly Genealogist Survey

    Last week’s survey asked how many different ethnicities/nationalities there are in your ancestry. 4,668 people answered the survey. More than one answer could be selected. The results are:

    • 5%, One
    • 11%, Two
    • 18%, Three
    • 21%, Four
    • 15%, Five
    • 11%, Six
    • 6%, Seven
    • 4%, Eight
    • 1%, Nine
    • 1%, Ten
    • 1%, Eleven
    • 1%, Twelve
    • 2%, More than twelve
    • 3%, I don’t know

    This week’s survey asks about the longest marriage in your ancestry. Take the survey now!

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    Stories of Interest

    Collecting the Letters of Wartime
    “NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Andrew Carroll, the director of the Center for American War Letters, about his personal collection of wartime correspondence from every American conflict, going back to 1776.”

    Project Delves into Descendants of P.E.I.’s Fathers of Confederation
    Designed to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which led to Canadian Confederation, genealogists and historians are researching and documenting the descendants of the men who represented P.E.I. at that historic event. (For more on the Charlottetown Conference, click here.)

    Adopted as an Infant, Fairhaven Woman Reunited with Family 80 Years Later
    A Fairhaven, Massachusetts, woman, who had been left as an infant with the Salvation Army in 1933, met members of her birth family for the first time.

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    Sale on Select Connecticut and New York Titles

    The Bookstore at NEHGS is offering 20% off select titles on Connecticut and New York research.

    To get your 20% discount, enter the code NYCT14 into the coupon field online, or mention it when ordering via phone at 1-888-296-3447.

    *Prices good through 2/21/14, while supplies last. Prices do not include shipping. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, including the NEHGS member discount.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Organizing Your Family History: Expert Strategies from Start to Finish
    When: Sunday, April 27, 2014, 9:30 a.m-3:30 p.m.
    Where: 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.

    One of the biggest challenges faced by genealogists is organizing our research. Using organized files, documents, and source information can lead to more effective research, new successful finds, and a greater understanding of family history. In this one-day seminar, part of NEHGS’s Annual Meeting Weekend, NEHGS experts will offer strategies for organizing your research as you go, using technology to keep track of your genealogical information, gathering your research for publication, and preparing your family treasures for donation.

    More information and registration

    NEHGS Heritage Tours
    Join us on two exclusive tours with expert guide Donald Friary.

    Nantucket: “That Famous Old Island”
    Thursday, June 12 to Sunday, June 15, 2014

    Experience Nantucket’s incomparable beauty and rich history. Explore its whaling heritage, handsome architecture, artistic traditions, and natural wonders. Walk elegant Main Street and picturesque Siasconset, visit a working cranberry bog, and venture through a wildlife refuge to Great Point Lighthouse. The tour includes dining at some of the island’s finest restaurants and two cocktail receptions hosted by friends of NEHGS.

    More information and registration

    Coastal Maine: Remarkable History, Magnificent Beauty
    Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Encounter the legacies left by Maine’s noteworthy inhabitants on this late summer tour of New England’s eastern frontier. Learn of nineteenth-century Maine life as presented by writer Sarah Orne Jewett and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Author and agronomist David Buchanan will showcase Maine’s agricultural heritage at his experimental farm. Explore the settings that inspired great artists from Winslow Homer to the Wyeth family, and enjoy a walking tour of “the prettiest village in Maine.” You’ll be surrounded by the undeniable beauty of the seacoast and the vital links to the maritime industry that have shaped Maine’s daily life for centuries.

    More information and registration

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