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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 3, No. 1
    Whole #36
    January 13, 2001
    HisGen Highlights
    2-36 January 13, 2001

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    Available in the Book Shop


    A Thorndike Family History: Descendants of John and Elizabeth (Stratton) Thorndike

    Edited by Scott C. Steward and John Bradley Arthaud

    Forty years have passed since the publication of Morgan Hewitt Stafford's Descendants of John Thorndike of Essex County, Massachusetts.  For this completely revised genealogy, Scott C. Steward and John Bradley Arthaud re-examined numerous primary sources, including all early Essex County deeds, to bring the work up to twenty-first century scholarly standards. Additionally, Steward presents new scholarship on the Thorndike family origin in England.

    The name of Thorndike is distinctive.  All early people of the name in New England, and probably the majority of people in America today bearing the surname, trace to John (1) Thorndike.

    NEHGS. 2000. 503pp. Hardcover.

    $49.95; NEHGS member price $45.00.  Item #S4-40000

    The Gods of the Hills: Piety and Society in Nineteenth-Century Vermont

    By T.D. Seymour Bassett

    This new book offers a comprehensive examination of the varieties of religious experience that flourished in Vermont up to the modern era, including those of the Mormons, Catholics, Episcopalians, Congregationalists, Methodists, Baptists, Jews and the un-churched majority who were bound with the rest of the people in a powerful civil religion loyal to town, state, and country.

    “Much more than a dry discussion of religious doctrine, this magisterial volume sparkles with cogent analysis and insightful  discussion of the main themes of Vermont social history from the 1750s to 1900.  Its permanent place on the shelf of important Vermont books is assured.” - J. Kevin Graffagnino, former curator of  Special Collections at the University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library.

    Vermont Historical Society. 2000. 324pp. Softcover.

    $26.95* Item #B2-84230

    Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and Its Symbols, 1650-1815

    By Allan I. Ludwig

    “Ludwig’s insights are as original and inspirational as they were in 1966, and this book still provides the best single source for images of New England gravestones, with its hundreds of beautiful photographs...Students, scholars, and anyone who brakes for old graveyards will welcome this indispensable book.” - David Watters, former editor of Markers

    This carefully researched, beautifully illustrated work was the first to consider gravestone art in depth. It has been reissued with a new preface outlining changes in the field since the book first appeared.

    Wesleyan University Press. 1966, repr. 2000. 514pp. Softcover.

    $29.95* Item #B2-62327

    You may place your order online at or by calling the Sales Department toll-free at 1-888-296-3447, from 9-5 Eastern time, Monday through Friday.  The shipping and handling charge is $3.50 for the first book and $1.25 for each additional book. MA residents will also be charged 5% sales tax on books not published by the Society.  Please refer to this newsletter when placing your order.


    Recent Library Acquisitions

    The following titles have recently been added to the collections of the Research and Circulating libraries. If a title is available for loan from the Circulating Library, the call number will include the word "LOAN". All other titles may be accessed by visiting the Research Library at 101 Newbury Street in Boston.  To learn more about borrowing items from the Circulating Library, see our website or e-mail

    Abstracts of the administration accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland.

              Author:       Skinner, V. L.

              Corp. Author: Maryland. Prerogative Court.

              Publisher:    Westminster, Md. : Family Line Publications, 1995-

              Call number:  F180/S542/1995

    The acta of Hugh of Wells : Bishop of Lincoln 1209-1235.

              Author:       Smith, David M. (David Michael), 1946-

              Corp. Author: Catholic Church. Diocese of Lincoln (England.) Bishop

              Publisher:    [Lincoln?] : A Lincoln Record Society Publication published by the Boydell Press, 2000

              Call number:  DA670/L69/R5/v.88

    African-Americans in Boston : more than 350 years.

              Author:       Hayden, Robert C.

              Publisher:    Boston : Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston,

              Call number:  E185.93/M3/H39/1992 also LOAN

    An alphabetical listing of burials and gravestone transcriptions of Groffdale Mennonite Church Cemetery, West Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

              Author:       Martin, Darvin L.

              Publisher:    Apollo, PA : Closson Press, 1996

              Call number:  F159/W372/M37/1996

    Ancestors and descendants of Samuel Gay (1663-1753), Roxbury and Swansea, Massachusetts and Lebanon, Connecticut.

              Author:       Traver, Jerome D. (Jerome David), 1936-

              Publisher:    Williamsburg, Va. : J.D. Traver, 1999

              Call number:  CS71/G285/1999

    Berks County church records of the 18th century.

              Author:       Wright, F. Edward.

              Publisher:    Westminster, Md. : Family Line Publications, 993-

              Call number:  F157/B3/W75/1993

    Bollettino ufficiale dell'Istituto del Sacro Romano Impero.

              Corp. Author: Istituto del Sacro Romano Impero.

              Publisher:    Firenze : Istituto,

              Call number:  V.F. CS400/I88

    British autobiographies : an annotated bibliography of British autobiographies published or written before 1951.

              Author:       Matthews, William, 1905-

              Publisher:    [Hamden, Conn.] : Archon Books, 1968

              Call number:  DA16.8/M38/1968

    Bucks County, Pennsylvania church records of the 17th & 18th centuries.

              Author:       Wright, F. Edward.

              Publisher:    Westminster, Md. : Family Line Publications, 1994-

              Call number:  F157/B8/W75/1994 also LOAN

    Bucks County, Pennsylvania deed records, 1684-1763.

              Author:       Davis, John David

              Publisher:    Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 1997

              Call number:  F157/B8/D18/1997

    Chauncey Metaphor Chase of Athol, Massachusetts, 1816-1900 : his ancestors and his descendants.

              Author:       Chase, Edward W., III

              Publisher:    West Suffield, Conn. : E.W. Chase, 1999

              Call number:  CS71/C487/1999

    Czechoslovak surname index.

              Corp. Author: Czechoslovak Genealogical Society (St. Paul, Minn.)

              Publisher:    St. Paul, MN : Czechoslovak Genealogical Society,

              Call number:  CS2830/C94 also LOAN

    The descendants of John Perry of Roxbury, MA : listing the first five generations with the children comprising the sixth generation : including full descent of the compiler's sixth generation ancestor, Abner Perry of Holden, MA.

              Author:       Perry, Ross Gamble.

              Publisher:    [Arlington, Va.] : R.G. Perry, 1999

              Call number:  CS71/P462/1999

    A dictionary of books relating to America, from its discovery to the present time.

              Author:       Sabin, Joseph, 1821-1881.

              Publisher:    Mansfield Centre, CT : Martino Fine Books,

              Call number:  Z1201/S22/1998

    Early Amish land grants in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

              Corp. Author: Pequea Bruderschaft Library.

              Publisher:    Gordonville, PA : Pequea Bruderschaft Library, 1990

              Call number:  F157/B3/E27/1990

    Early Anglican Church records of Cecil County.

              Author:       Peden, Henry C., 1946-

              Publisher:    Westminster, Md. : Family Line Publications, 1990

              Call number:  F187/C3/P43/1990 also LOAN

    The family Rafuse, 460 years : appendix 1999.

              Author:       Mahon, Audrie, 1920-

              Publisher:    Halifax, N.S. : A.C. Mahon,

              Call number:  CS90/R27/1999

    Family tree magazine [Cincinnati, Ohio].

              Publisher:    Cincinnati, OH : F&W Publications, 2000-

              Call number:  CS1/F36

    Full sail for Philadelphia : the Etter family reunited.

              Author:       Booth, Lela H., 1908-

              Publisher:    Windsor, Ont. : Electa Press, 1997

              Call number:  CS71/E845/1997

    The Giddings family in North America.

              Author:       Giddings, Ralph Leander, 1918-

              Publisher:    Fort Collins, CO : Parkview Pub. Co.,

              Call number:  CS71/G453/1998

    The Groton register : a record of the families of Groton, MA, 1652-1865+.

              Author:       Skeate, Elinor F. (Elinor Freda), 1937-

              Publisher:    Kennewick, Wash. : E.F. Skeate,

              Call number:  F74/G9/S592/1998

    A guide to genealogical research in the Berks County Register of Wills Office.

              Author:       O'Brien, Joyce.

              Corp. Author: Berks County (Pa.) Register of Wills.

              Publisher:    [Berks County, PA : Register of Wills,]

              Call number:  V.F. F157/B3/O27/1990

    A history of Megantic County : downhomers of Quebec's Eastern Townships.

              Author:       Barry, Gwen Rawlings, 1942-

              Publisher:    Lower Sackville, N.S. : Evans Books, 1999

              Call number:  F1054/M45/B37/1999 also LOAN

    History of Wilkinson County.

              Author:       Davidson, Victor, b. 1889.

              Corp. Author: Daughters of the American Revolution. Georgia State Society. John Ball Chapter, Irwinton.

              Publisher:    Baltimore, MD : reprinted for Clearfield Company by Genealogical Publishing, 1997

              Call number:  F292/W75/D38/1930 also LOAN

    History of York County, Pennsylvania.

              Author:       Day, Sherman, 1806-1884.

              Publisher:    Laughlintown, Pa. : Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services,

              Call number:  V.F. F157/Y6/D39/1987

    How to search in Canada : resources for adoptees, birth parents and relatives when accessing information to reunite families separated by adoption.

              Author:       Marshall, Joan.

              Publisher:    Nepean, Ont. : SearchLine, 1989

              Call number:  REF HV875.58/C3/M37/1989 also LOAN

    In search of a new Eden : Johannes Etter in America, 1735.

              Author:       Magee, Joan.

              Publisher:    Windsor, Ont. : Electa Press, 1996

              Call number:  CS71/E845/1996

    Index to the Ontario Genealogical Society's Bulletin, 1962-1970 & Families, 1971-1997 : selected subjects.

              Author:       Reid, Roger William Gaffield, 1932-

              Corp. Author: Ontario Genealogical Society.

              Publisher:    Milton, Ont. : Global, 2000

              Call number:  CS80/F3/v.1-36/Index

    Judicial cases concerning American slavery and the Negro.

              Author:       Catterall, Helen Tunnicliff, 1870-1933.

              Publisher:    New York : Octagon Books, 1968

              Call number:  KF4545/S5/C3/1968

    Macclesfield in the later fourteenth century : communities of town and forest.

              Author:       Tonkinson, A. M.

              Publisher:    Manchester [England] : Published for the Chetham Society by Carnegie Publishing, 1999

              Call number:  DA670/L19/C5/3rd ser./v.42

    Maryland genealogical library guide.

              Author:       Heisey, John W.

              Publisher:    Morgantown, PA : Masthof Press,

              Call number:  REF F180/H45/1998

    Monumental inscriptions of Wiltshire : an edition, in facsimile, of Monumental inscriptions in the county of Wilton.

              Author:       Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872.

              Corp. Author: Wiltshire Record Society.

              Publisher:    Trowbridge : Wiltshire Record Society, 2000

              Call number:  DA670/W69/W52/v.53

    Peasant, lord, and merchant : rural society in three Quebec parishes, 1740-1840.

              Author:       Greer, Allan.

              Publisher:    Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press,

              Call number:  F1054/R5/G74/1985

    Port, a short history of Port Medway, Nova Scotia.

              Author:       Letson, E. Marguerite (Ella Marguerite), 1887-1985.

              Publisher:    [Port Medway, N.S. : D. Harper, 1985

              Call number:  F1039.5/P67/L48/1985 also LOAN

    Portuguese Spinner : an American story : stories of history, culture, and life from Portuguese Americans in southeastern New England.

              Author:       McCabe, Marsha.

              Publisher:    New Bedford, MA : Spinner Pub.,

              Call number:  F15/P8/P67/1998

    The registers of St. Margaret's, Hollinwood, 1769-1837.

              Author:       Cadman, George H.

              Corp. Author: Lancashire Parish Register Society.

              Publisher:    [Lancashire] : Lancashire Parish Register Society, 2000

              Call number:  CS435/L3/v.148

    Searching family history at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

              Corp. Author: Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Special Collections Department.

              Publisher:    Buffalo, N.Y. : Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Special Collections Department, 1999

              Call number:  F127/E6/S43/1999

    A series of population maps of the Colonies and the United States, 1625-1790.

              Author:       Friis, Herman Ralph, 1905-

              Publisher:    New York : American Geographical Society, 1968

              Call number:  5th fl. REF HB3505/F7/1968

    St. John's Cemetery gravestone inscriptions.

              Author:       Amaral, Gil.

              Publisher:    [Mass.? : the authors, 99-?

              Call number:  F74/N5/A53/199-

    A Swiss family from Oberried, the Etter family.

              Author:       Magee, Joan.

              Publisher:    Windsor : Electa Press, 1998

              Call number:  CS999/E88/1998

    Trade in strangers : the beginnings of mass migration to North America.

              Author:       Wokeck, Marianne Sophia.

              Publisher:    University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press,

              Call number:  E184/A1/W65/1999

    William Worcestre : the topography of medieval Bristol.

              Author:       Worcester, William, 1415-1482?

              Publisher:    Bristol : Bristol Record Society, 2000

              Call number:  DA690/B8/B8/v.51

    Writings on Irish history, 1993 & 1994 : incorporating addenda from previous years.

              Author:       Cassidy, M ir¡n.

              Corp. Author: Irish Committee of Historical Sciences.

              Publisher:    Dublin : Irish Committee of Historical Sciences and Irish Historical Studies, 1999

              Call number:  DA910/W76


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    - Weekend Seminar in San Diego, California, March 2 and 3

    - Genealogy 201, Boston,  Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17 and 31

    - Research Program to Washington, D.C., March 18-25

    - Evening Lecture, Boston  "Life in the Pilgrims' Leiden"  with Jeremy Bangs  April 4

    - Saturday Conference "Researching Your Infamous Ancestors"  April 21

    - Genealogy 101 on the Road,  Deerfield, MA   Saturday, April 28

    - Come Home to New England, Boston   June 3-10

    - Summer Conference, Farmington, CT    July 13-14

    - Come Home to New England,  Boston   August 5-12

    For information on any of these programs please call the education office toll-free at 1-888-286-3447, in Boston at 1-617-536-5740 or email us at


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