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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 3, No. 12
    Whole #47
    August 24, 2001

    - HisGen Highlights Erratum
    - HisGen Highlights Delivery
    - NEHGS Circulating Library and Sales Department Move
    - Last Call for Volunteers to Test Upgrade to
    - Product Spotlight: Legacy Family Tree 3.0 Deluxe
    - New Issue of Great Migration Newsletter Now Available
    - Researching Irish or British Ancestors? Don't miss September's Education Events
    - CT Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Announces New Online Journal
    - Available in the Bookshop

    HisGen Highlights Erratum

    The last issue of HisGen Highlights contained a mistake. It was actually whole number 46, not 47 as appeared in the masthead. We apologize for the confusion and thank those of you who wrote to inquire about the missing issue.

    Michael J. Leclerc, Electronic Publications Supervisor

    HisGen Highlights Delivery

    The last issue of HisGen Highlights was published with limited HTML formatting for those individuals whose email programs are capable of reading the coding. We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback about the new style. Some individuals, however, are still having difficulty receiving the newsletter properly. If this edition still appears with long, unbroken lines that traverse the page (or you have any other difficulties) please email us at We will do our best to solve the problem.

    I hope that you have all enjoyed the changes we have brought to HisGen Highlights this year. In order to devote more of my time to our new website and CD-ROM program, this is the last issue that I will be in charge of publishing. Future issues will be published by Lynn Betlock, the former Sales Manager and newly appointed Director of Marketing for the Society.

    Michael J. Leclerc, Electronic Publications Supervisor

    NEHGS Circulating Library and Sales Department Move

    The NEHGS Circulating Library and Sales Department have relocated to our new offices in Framingham. You may experience some delays in processing book loans and sales due to the move. Thank you for your patience during this transition as we prepare to serve you better in our new facility.

    Last Call for Volunteers to Test Upgrade to

    We are pleased to announce that we will be rolling out a major upgrade to our website very shortly. New user interfaces, a sleeker and easier-to-comprehend design, full access to our online catalog, and more research columns are just some of the features you can look forward to seeing in this new version. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us beta- test the site starting next week. What is involved? You will be given a special URL for the beta site and asked to log on and try it out. We want your assistance in locating bugs and other problems so they can be fixed before the site rolls out live. If you are interested in volunteering for this beta test, please email and put "Beta Test" in the subject line. You will be emailed additional details closer to the beta test time.

    Michael J. Leclerc, Electronic Publications Supervisor

    Product Spotlight: Legacy Family Tree 3.0 Deluxe

    News of Legacy's "free" genealogy program, Family Tree 3.0 Standard, has brought the company into the spotlight recently. I decided to try the affordable commercial version -- Legacy Family Tree 3.0 Deluxe. If you would like to try the free program, you may download it from Legacy's website at One of the most significant reasons to purchase the Deluxe version is to obtain the program on CD-ROM and the print user manual. The three hundred-page manual is very helpful and includes computer screen shots of many steps in the program.

    Legacy Family Tree has the capacity to store information on over one million individuals, and allows up to sixty children per family. The program allows you to access your data from either the Family view or the Pedigree view -- both supply a quick way to view many generations at once. By using the program's split-screen capabilities, you can compare up to seven screens at one time. This can be very useful when correcting or editing existing information.

    Legacy Family Tree offers several attractive features, including the Picture Gallery, which allows you to add an unlimited number of photos, and video and sound clips, and create narrated slide shows. The Legacy Family Tree reporting functions will generate pedigree charts, group sheets, timelines, research logs, a variety of lineage reports, and more. I especially liked the "To Do List" feature, which will save much time for a researcher searching for a list of references that need to be checked. I also appreciate the IntelliMerge feature, which allows the safe combination of duplicate data. Legacy Family Tree will import data from Personal Ancestral File and GEDCOM files and will also export data into GEDCOM, PAF, Ancestral File, and Clooz.

    My overall impression of Legacy Family Tree 3.0 Deluxe was very good, and I would recommend this user-friendly program for the beginner through advanced genealogist. Legacy Family Tree will operate on a 486 or Pentium computer using Windows 95/98/NT, and will need a minimum of 16 MB of hard drive space. The retail version of this product is available for $24.95. Order at or by calling 1-800-753-3453.

    David Lambert, Reference Librarian

    New Issue of Great Migration Newsletter Now Available

    Issue Number 4 of Volume 9 of the Great Migration Newsletter has just been published and is on the way to subscribers. A new sketch on Henry Glover, a passenger on the Elizabeth in 1634 illustrates the difficulty in linking a name on a passenger list with an individual of the same name appearing in New England several years later. In addition to reviews of recent literature, there is a focus on the town of Warwick, Rhode Island and its records, excerpted below:

    Settlement of Warwick
    The three earlier settlements within the present bounds of Rhode Island - Providence, Portsmouth and Newport - were all made by outcasts from Massachusetts Bay Colony. Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, William Coddington, John Coggeshall and their ilk all departed in some important way from the orthodoxy set down by John Winthrop and the ministers allied with him.

    Warwick too was settled by outcasts, but in this case the principals went beyond anything seen before. Samuel Gorton, the leader of the settlers of Warwick, was dismissed from Massachusetts Bay Colony, Plymouth Colony, Aquidneck (Rhode Island), and Providence.

    Realizing that they were running out of options, Gorton and his colleagues purchased a tract of land from the Indians for their own accommodation. On 12 January 1642/3, "Myantimony, Chief Sachem of the Nanheygansett," conveyed to Randall Holden, John Greene, John Wickes, Francis Weston, Samuel Gorton, Richard Waterman, John Warner, Richard Carder, Sampson Shotten and William Wardell a parcel of land "lying upon the west side of that part of the sea called Sowhomes Bay from Copassenetuxett over against a little island in the said bay, being the north bounds and the outermost point of that neck of land called Shawhomett being the south bound from the sea shore of each boundary upon a straight line westward twenty miles" [RICR 1:130-131].

    We are pleased to again bring you the ground-breaking research of Robert Charles Anderson. Your support ensures the continuation of important projects such as the Great Migration Study Project. Subscription rates are $15 for Volume 9, $28 for Volumes 9 and 10. Send subscriptions to:

    The Great Migration Study Project - Subscriptions

    101 Newbury Street
    Boston, MA 02116-3007

    Researching Irish or British Ancestors? Don't miss September's Education Events.

    Saturday, September 15, 2001, 10:00 a.m.
    Public Saturday Lecture with Irish Historian Dr. Christine Kinealy
    Elusive and Enigmatic: Searching for Obscure Irish Ancestors
    at NEHGS, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

    Join NEHGS for this very special opportunity to hear the author of such works as "Tracing Your Irish Roots" and "The Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52," as she discusses Irish genealogy and modern Irish history in a lecture entitled "Elusive and Enigmatic: Searching for Obscure Irish Ancestors."

    This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is not necessary.

    September 22, 2001
    Researching Your British Ancestors: A Saturday Conference
    at NEHGS, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

    This daylong symposium brings together genealogists to share their knowledge and expertise on British genealogical research. If you have English or Scottish ancestors, these lectures will point you towards the best resources available at NEHGS and elsewhere. Whether you are trying to trace your ancestors back to England or wonder if people you're searching for might appear in The Great Migration, "Researching Your British Ancestors" provides a substantial look at where to go next. Featured lectures to be presented are:

    • "Building a Great Migration Sketch," Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
    • "LDS Sources for English Genealogy," David C. Dearborn, FASG
    • "Bridging the Atlantic: How to Find the English Home of Your Immigrant Ancestor," David C. Dearborn, FASG
    • · "Sources for Scottish Research at NEHGS," George F. Sanborn, FASG

    Tuition is $90 for members, $95 for non-members

    For more information about our programs or how to register, please call our Education Department at (888) 286-3447, ext. 226 or locally at (617) 536-5740, ext. 226. You may also email us at

    -Jennifer Cronin, Director of Education

    CT Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Announces New Online Journal

    The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has announced that they will begin publishing a new quarterly online journal featuring scholarly articles and reviews dealing with the history of the American Revolution as it pertains to the state of Connecticut. They are actively soliciting genealogists as well as historians to make contributions to the new journal titled The Connecticut Minuteman. Below are details from the Society's press release about the journal, including information for submitting articles:

    The Connecticut Minuteman is a scholarly online journal to be published quarterly. The journal will be published on a collaborative basis by Jeffrey Bingham Mead, president of USA, and Stephen Shaw, president of Payson, LLC, and the Connecticut Society's webmaster. Mead will be serving as the journal's senior editor.

    The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (CTSSAR) seeks well-researched and factually-correct scholarly articles and reviews that address the history of the American Revolution in the state of Connecticut. Submissions may include biographies, battles and battle sites, historic buildings, and other items relevant of Revolutionary War history in Connecticut.

    The Journal uses the style guide of the Modern Language Association. (MLA) Details may be found at the web site of the MLA by clicking

    All research article submissions should be 3,000-7,000 words in length. Review articles should be 2,000-4000 words. All text submissions must be double-spaced.

    Submissions are being solicited from CTSSAR members, historians, genealogists, educators, and students.

    All text submissions should be submitted by email attachment, virus-free, using Microsoft Word software on any platform (Macintosh or IBM) to Jeffrey Bingham Mead, editor, at and Printed manuscripts may be sent to the senior editor by mailing to Jeffrey Bingham Mead, Senior Editor, The Connecticut Minuteman, c/o USA, P.O. Box 183, Honolulu, Hawaii 96810-0183.

    All images should be sent to Stephen Shaw, CTSSAR webmaster, at and Mr. Shaw's postal address is P.O. Box 440, East Haddam, CT 06423. Please note that images from private collections, libraries, historical societies, or museums must include proof of permission to publish from the originating source.

    The deadline for submissions for publication of the first edition is October 15, 2001. Manuscripts, such as a master's thesis, are welcomed. Please include all contact information in simple-text format in the text-field of your email. All submissions shall be considered on a first-come, first serve basis.

    Available in the Book Shop

    New England Marriages Prior to 1700
    by Clarence A. Torrey
    with source citations for the first time!

    New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence A. Torrey, is an essential source for all with New England ancestors. With approximately 37,000 records, Torrey's twelve-volume manuscript contains an estimated 99% of all marriages of New Englanders prior to 1700. These records include marriages that took place in New England, as well as those of individuals married in Europe before emigrating. They also include information on individuals for whom no marriage record exists, but whose marriage can be inferred from other evidence (such as the fact that they had children). This is the first version of "Torrey" to be available with a complete bibliography of source citations. Each entry is followed by a list of the sources Torrey consulted for that marriage. The frequently cryptic abbreviations are now hot-linked to a list of full bibliographic citations for these sources. This easy-to-use CD-ROM is sure to be a major resource in your New England research.

    "Torrey's citations often provide the references you need to crack early New England problems!"
    - Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG

    "Torrey is much more than marriage records. It is one of the most efficient literature-search techniques available in genealogy and should be consulted as the primary survey source for published material on any New England family of the seventeenth, eighteenth, or even nineteenth century. This CD-ROM makes it easy."
    - Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, FASG

    Sample entry:
    ABBIE, John1 & 2/wf Marah/Mary (?PERKINS) GOLDSMITH, w Richard; 25 Nov 1674; Wenham {Essex Ant. 1:14, 149; Woodruff (1925) 11; Abbe-Abbey 5; Pope's Pioneers 9; Granberry 139}

    Sample source citation:
    Granberry Jacobus, Donald Lines, The Granberry Family and Allied Families (Hartford, Conn.: E.F. Waterman, 1945)

    Last chance for members to get the introductory price $79.99 (offer valid until August 31, 2001)Regular price $89.99 Item #CD-TY

    Minimum System Requirements for CD-ROMs:
    2mb hard disk space (minimum); 4X CD-ROM or higher; SVGA monitor with 800x600 pixel display; 32 bit color or higher. PC: Pentium I or better; Windows 95, 98, NT or 2000; 32mb RAM (64mb recommended) 2mb hard disk space (minimum); 4X CD-ROM or higher; SVGA monitor with 800x600 pixel display; 32 bit color or higher. MAC: System 7.5 or higher (Folio is not guaranteed to run on System OS X); 40mb RAM (64mb recommended)

    Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700
    by Melinde Lutz Sanborn

    This supplement to Torrey's classic resource contains corrections, new discoveries, significant new biographical detail, or deletions for 700 of Torrey's 37,000 entries. This information was gleaned mostly from periodicals published since 1960. Users of the original will find this supplement essential.

    GPC. 1994. 79pp. Hardcover.
    $12.50, Item #B2-84751

    Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700
    by Melinde Lutz Sanborn

    This second supplement to Torrey also contains corrections, new discoveries, new biographical detail, and deletions from the original Torrey canon. Contains an index of more than 1,500 entries.

    GPC. 1994. 124pp. Hardcover.
    $20.00, Item #B2-847515

    You may place your order online at or by calling the Sales Department toll-free at 1-888-296-3447, from 9am-5pm 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.

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