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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 3, No. 14
    Whole #49

    -Free Public Lectures Coming Up at NEHGS in Boston
    -Irish Lecture Rescheduled to December 1 at Noon
    -Circulating Library Update
    -Sales Department Update
    -Bryan Sykes to Replace George Plimpton as Gentech Dinner Speaker
    -Elisabeth Lovell Bowman Awarded Grand Prize for Alexander Lovell Genealogy:    The Ancestors and Descendants of Alexander Lovell of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1619-1709
    -Interim Part Time Position Immediately Available
    -Family Reunion Announcements in New England Ancestors
    -Using LDS Films at NEHGS
    -NEHGS Goes to FGS in Davenport, Iowa (By Car)

    -Feedback Forum
    -Subscribe to the Great Migration Newsletter, volume 10
    -Corrected Information on Circulating Library Shipping
    -Contact Information

    Free Public Lectures Coming Up at NEHGS in Boston
    Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 p.m.: Blair Fuller “Art in the Blood”

    On Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m., NEHGS presents a special public lecture with Blair Fuller, author of Art in the Blood: Seven Generations of the Fuller Family. This intimate and informal history traces the lives of generations of artists in one family (with New England connections) from Revolutionary times to the present. This lecture is free and advance registration is not necessary.

    Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m.: Don Stone “An Exploration of Ancient Lineages”

    On Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m., NEHGS Advisory Council member and director of the Ancient and Medieval Descents Project, Don Stone presents a special public lecture “An Exploration of Ancient Lineages.” Come and see if you can link your ancestors to ancient times. This lecture is free and advance registration is not necessary.

    Irish Lecture Rescheduled to December 1 at Noon.

    As you may know last Saturday’s lecture by Irish historian Dr. Christine Kinealy had to be postponed due to the massive flight cancellations in the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombings.  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kinealy’s lecture “Elusive and Enigmatic: Searching for Obscure Irish Ancestors” has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 1stat noon. Our thanks to everyone for their patience with this change.

    Circulating Library Update

    As most of you know, the Circulating Library has moved to new headquarters in suburban Framingham, Massachusetts.  We are still hampered by systems problems and we currently have no email but we hope to have that resolved shortly. 

    We began to ship out orders in earnest last week and we are making good progress.  We are about three weeks late on orders, but we hope to be all caught up by the end of next week or beginning of the following week.

    Our new printed order forms have been shipped by the printer, and we expect to receive them at any time.  The new rates will go into effect beginning October 1, 2001.

    We certainly appreciate your patience in this transition period. 

    -Alex Woodle, Supervisor Circulating Library
    -Tamara Shumovskaya, Circulating Library Assistant

    Sales Department Update

    Along with the Circulating Library, the sales department moved to the new facilities in Framingham.  The new space is a wonderful expansion with added storage space and more room to move around.  We look forward to increasing our sales offerings in the future.

    As mentioned in the above report, we have encountered some difficulties during the move.  Most notably our computer system is still in the process of being installed, due to some unexpected delays from the phone company.  Since last week we have had our sales staff using computers at the main building in Boston to process the back-log of orders.  Like the circulating library, we are approximately three weeks behind but we’re also optimistic that we will clear the entire back-log next week.

    Please keep in mind that shipping delays due to the recent terrorist tragedies are still to be expected, particularly for book rate shipments.  We appreciate your patience and look forward to delivering orders as soon as we can.

    -Erin Nikitchyuk
    Director of Sales

    Bryan Sykes to Replace George Plimpton as Gentech Dinner Speaker

    Due to an unforeseen conflict involving a trip to Antarctica, George Plimpton will be unable to speak at the Gentech conference banquet on Friday, January 25, 2002, in Boston. Replacing him will be Bryan Sykes, author of the best-selling book The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry. Sykes, a professor of genetics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University, will speak on “The Tsar and I.” A popular international speaker and director of, Dr. Sykes has been featured on the Today show on NBC-TV and was an enormously popular guest at the NEHGS summer 2001 conference in Farmington, Connecticut. Please join us for what is sure to be a fascinating presentation on genetic lineages and the latest developments in human genetics research. It is not too late to register for Gentech, including the banquet presentation by Bryan Sykes. Visit for more information.

    - Sandra M. Hewlett, Gentech 2002 National Conference Chair

    Elisabeth Lovell Bowman Awarded Grand Prize for Alexander Lovell Genealogy: The Ancestors and Descendants of Alexander Lovell of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1619-1709
    NEHGS member Elisabeth Lovell Bowman, C.G. has recently won the Genealogy Grand Prize in the Connecticut Society of Genealogists’ Literary Awards.  The Literary Award entries are evaluated based on a number of criteria which the Connecticut Society of Genealogists has developed over the years.  The committee’s evaluation summary highlights a number of the book’s strengths, including the use of  will excerpts, maiden and married name surname indexes for women, an excellent list of abbreviations, citations at the end of each chapter, and well over two hundred illustrations and  photographic reproductions. The final comment on the evaluation summary pays tribute to the outstanding quality of the genealogy: “awesome – a magnificent work.”  The book was also designated a first place winner by the Heart of America Genealogical Society of Kansas City, Missouri.

    The Alexander Lovell Genealogy traces four generations of the ancestors of the immigrant Alexander Lovell, whose roots are in Guilsborough and Daventry in Northamptonshire, England.  Eleven generations in the United States are documented in Register style with extensive citations at the end of each chapter.  All known descendants bearing the Lovell name are recorded; the Lovell daughters, their husbands, and children are fully covered in their accounts. The work was published in 2000 by Gateway Press of Baltimore, MD.  It is a hardcover work of 889 pages, over sixty of which are the index.  The cost of the book is $65.00.

    The Alexander Lovell Genealogy has a fascinating history of its own.  The author’s grandfather started work on the Lovell genealogy at the beginning of the 20th century.  It was continued by the author’s father and then the author herself took on the project in 1983.  Elisabeth Lovell Bowman is a Certified Genealogist and she has been a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society since 1972.

    To place an order for the Alexander Lovell Genealogy, please contact: Elisabeth Lovell Bowman, 12 Leone Rd., Toms River NJ 08755-6321; email: 

    Interim Part Time Position Immediately Available

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society is looking for friendly, knowledgeable genealogists to serve as part time reception desk support.  These are interim positions and may be part time or full time.  Scheduling is flexible, training is provided and inquiries are welcome!

    Responsibilities include:

    • Greeting members and prospective members
    • Checking names against membership database
    • Processing book sales, membership sales and other patron transactions
    • Answering questions about NEHGS’ collections and directing patrons to the Orientation Center or to appropriate library floors
    • Answering the telephone and routing calls to staff

    Job requirements include:

    • Friendly, personable manner
    • Ability to handle several tasks at one time
    • Understanding of basic computer processes
    • Some knowledge of genealogy and NEHGS resources and willingness to learn more

    This is a paid position.  If you are interested in joining the NEHGS family in this key frontline position, we encourage you to contact Pam Swain at (617) 226-1216 or Laura Duffy at (508) 877-5790 for more information. You can also email  Or, leave your name with the receptionist on duty.  You will be called promptly! 

    Family Reunion Announcements in New England Ancestors

    Family association news is published free in New England Ancestors magazine for NEHGS members on a space-available basis. You are invited to send brief notices of reunion activities to Robert Shaw, c/o New England Ancestors, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116-3007; email: For timely publication, please submit notices at least six to nine months prior to the scheduled event. The deadlines are as follows: received  by December 15 – published in the Spring issue; received by February 15 – published in the Summer issue. Notices will be edited for length and clarity.

    Using LDS Films at NEHGS

    We all seem to hit the proverbial "brick wall" at some point in our genealogical  research, and films from the Family History Library may help you scale that wall.  NEHGS is one of only a few libraries in the country which can access microfilms for patrons' use from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Records from all over the world can be rented through NEHGS.  You can find  immigration lists, church records, probate records, censuses, land records, town records, and vital records, just  to name a few.  Many patrons here use the microfilms on a regular basis.  At any given time our LDS drawer on the fourth floor might include census records from California, emigration records from Germany and parish records from England. You can extend your research far and wide without ever leaving 101 Newbury Street.

    To learn what is available, you have several options.  You can view the Family History Library’s online catalog ( either at home or here at NEHGS.  You can also use the catalog on CD-Rom on the 4th floor here at NEHGS. You can search using these fields:

    Locality Search--for a particular place
    Locality Browse--town and parish list, county and non-Canadian province, country, U. S. state, Canadian province Surname search
    Film Fiche number search.

    After you know which film you would like to borrow, you can fill out an order form on the 4th floor.  Or if you would like to place the order without coming into Boston, you may send the film number(s) with a check or money order.  Send orders to: Bonnie Mitten, NEHGS, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116.  The cost is $6.50 per film.  Usually the films take from 2 – 6 weeks to arrive from Salt Lake.  You will be notified by telephone or email when the films arrive so be sure to include that information when you place your order.  Whether you place your order in person or mail it in, you must come into NEHGS to use the films. 

    If you have questions about the ordering process or using LDS films at NEHGS, please email Bonnie Mitten at

    -Bonnie Mitten, Reference Librarian

    NEHGS Goes to FGS in Davenport, Iowa (By Car)

    On September 11, five NEHGS staff members were scheduled to fly to the FGS conference in Davenport, Iowa.  In fact, one person was on a plane on the runway in Boston when the order came through to halt all flights.  Back at 101 Newbury Street, staff members crowded around radios and computer monitors as news came in about the unbelievable attacks in New York City and Washington, DC.  We were particularly horrified to learn that two of the planes had originated at Boston's Logan airport.  As word spread, building evacuations began.  The John Hancock Tower, the tallest building in Boston and just three blocks away from NEHGS, was evacuated, as was the New England Life Insurance building directly across the street.  At that point, it was decided that NEHGS should close as well, and all staff were sent home at 11 a.m.  Boston's Back Bay area, normally a bustling center of activity, sat empty.

    The following day those who had intended to go to the FGS conference reviewed their options.  At that point the nation's airports were all closed indefinitely.  Three of us, though, were determined to find a way to Davenport.  I brought my suitcase in to work for the second day in a row, thinking that perhaps flights would resume later in the day. When Michael Leclerc arrived at NEHGS with his luggage, he suggested we go to the Amtrak office and investigate the possibility of going by train.  Michael had two lectures to give at FGS and I was scheduled to work at our booth in the exhibit hall.  Not only did we not want to shirk our duties at FGS, I think neither of us could contemplate settling back down to "normal" at home.  So we went to Amtrak to investigate.  We were told that all trains going west for the next three days were sold out.  Since Greyhound is conveniently located at the same terminal, we went to talk to them.  To our surprise, we were told that we could leave on a Greyhound bus in two hours, at 12:30 p.m.  Our arrival time in Davenport would be at 3:00 p.m. the following day.  It would mean a 27 hour trip and we would miss most of the first day of the conference but somehow we found ourselves buying tickets nonetheless.  Then we had a mad dash back to Newbury Street to collect our luggage, solicit reading material from our co-workers and  let people know what we were planning.  We quickly got back to the bus station and stood in line for an hour before we boarded.  Then we were off, with not an empty seat on the bus.

    About two hours out of Boston, Michael received a call on his cell phone from Laura Prescott Duffy, NEHGS director of membership. Laura was at the airport in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she had hoped to be able to fly out.  When it became clear that she wouldn't be flying out Wednesday or any time in the near future, she spoke with a rental car agency representative who informed her that a one-way car rental to anywhere in the United States would be only $99.00.  Armed with that information, Laura called and asked if we would be willing to get off the bus and drive with her to Davenport. We didn’t have to think twice.  We got off the bus in Albany, ate dinner, armed ourselves with all kinds of provisions and awaited Laura's arrival.  I also managed to call my husband for the first time since this adventure began.  Noticing from the read-out on his phone that I was not calling from a Boston area code, he asked suspiciously, "Where are you calling from?"  "Albany!"  I replied.  "We're heading west!"  (Fortunately, he is not the type to get upset about such things.)  Laura arrived and at 6:30 p.m. we got back on the New York State Thruway for the long journey across New York state.

    We drove through the night across New York and into Pennsylvania and Ohio and Indiana.  Like most Americans we stayed glued to the news and talked about the implications of the attacks on the country.  We even picked up a local Boston radio station, WBZ, outside of Cleveland so we listened to the news from home from hundreds of miles away.  We saw flags proliferating and patriotic displays at Midwestern toll-booths.  As the sun began to come up we drove into Illinois and, then, a couple of hours later we reached Iowa and our final destination.  Our total journey took 21 hours, including our three hour "lay-over" in Albany.   Yet the trip passed quickly; perhaps it was the adrenaline all of us were experiencing or the sense that things were just not normal.  In any case, for me, there was something reassuring about covering all that territory on the road and seeing a good chunk of America.  It was a first-hand demonstration of how close-knit we Americans are despite enormous physical distances.

    We pulled up at the conference center at 9:30 a.m., the exact time that the exhibit hall opened.  Since I wasn't able to get into my hotel room until 3:00 p.m. anyway, I immediately went in to set up the booth.  This was a rather daunting task since before me were 25 unopened boxes that had been shipped from Boston but since people were already in the browsing in the exhibit hall I worked as fast as I could.  Michael's first lecture was scheduled for the first time slot of the conference, 11:00 a.m. so he had quite a task before him as well. Michael ended up giving three extra lectures at the conference to help fill in for those who could not be there.  All three of us from NEHGS were so pleased to be there, and many people were glad to see us there too!

    During any genealogical conference I feel a sense of community and shared purpose, not surprisingly that feeling was magnified at this conference.  The conference organizers, Jim and Paula Warren, did a tremendous job of carrying on in the face of innumerable difficulties.  They were sensitive to the fact that this conference was different than usual and they accommodated our special needs by providing a TV and an enormous American flag in the registration hall.  At the FGS Anniversary Celebration on Thursday night, we closed the evening by singing "God Bless America.”  We pulled together in our small community just as different communities all over the country were pulling together.

    The days of the conference flew by quickly and before we knew it, it was time to pack up and head home again. Since Boston's airport did not reopen until Saturday, we'd had some concern that we might have to make a return car trip.  Fortunately, all of us were able to fly back home on Sunday with no problems or delays of any kind.  We're all back home again but I don't think I would say that any of us are "back to normal".    

    -Lynn Betlock, Director of Marketing

    Feedback Forum

    Topic #6: Reliable Sources

    In an earlier feedback forum, we asked you to identify the sources that you have found to be the most unreliable. Now, we would like to know what sources you find to be the most reliable (e.g., books, CD-ROMs, websites, primary sources). Please include specific examples and titles in your answer.

    To respond, please email, or write to "Feedback," New England Ancestors, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007. Results will be published in an upcoming issue of New England Ancestors. Please include your name as you wish it to appear if selected for publication. We regret that we cannot respond to every letter. Letters will be edited for clarity and length. Personal statements or opinions made by respondents are not verified and do not reflect opinions or policies of NEHGS.

    Subscribe to the Great Migration Newsletter, volume 10

    The membership department is now accepting subscriptions for the 10th volume (2001) of the Great Migration Newsletter at $15.  The soon-to-be-published  first issue of this volume includes an article entitled “When Did the Great Migration End?,” an in-depth feature on early Windsor, and a survey of recent literature.

    To subscribe, please write to: Great Migration Newsletter, NEHGS, P.O. Box 5089, One Watson Pl, Framingham MA 01701 or call the membership department at 1-888-286-3447, from 9-5 Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.  If you have questions you may also email the membership department at

    Corrected Information on Circulating Library Shipping

    In the last email newsletter I left out some important information.  I apologize for the oversight. The following is the corrected version:

    I wanted to personally bring all of you up to date on some exciting changes coming your way in the next few weeks. 

    The first change, of course, is the circulating library's move to a new location. Our North Washington Street site in Boston served us well for six years, but we had outgrown the space. Our new venue will not only allow the library's continued expansion, but we will have room to consolidate various functions of NEHGS ultimately streamlining our operations to provide you with better service.

    Our new space is in a suburban setting in an old mill in the town of Framingham, Massachusetts. The high ceilings and open floor plan adds to its spaciousness. We are very excited about our new home. Of course, while the circulating library, sales, membership, and accounting departments have moved, all other departments will remain at the Newbury Street address.

    As with any change, the move allows us to evaluate where we are and where we would like to be. We have added hundreds of new books to our library since the 2000 Catalogs were published. I hope to publish an updated version in early 2002. I have heard from many of you about suggestions to improve the catalog and we hope to incorporate many of them.

    This month, we will begin to test a revised and much improved website for NEHGS. It will facilitate the ordering of books, it will tell you if a volume is part of a series, and it will tell you if the book is currently available, eliminating the need for reserving books for online users. The circulating library will have its very own web pages! As the website launch progresses I will be contributing comments on our holdings, posting pictures of our site and hopefully increasing our interaction.

    For the first time, those of you who mail or fax your orders can order 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 books.  On our new order forms you can choose either to select up to six books or select three and give three alternates.  If you order online, the system will tell you the availability of a book thereby eliminating the need for choosing alternates.

    NEHGS has tried very hard to keep our prices as low as possible, but rising labor, material, handling and shipping costs during the past three years have necessitated new rates.   They will become effective on October 1st, 2001: 

    Minimum Order Fee (up to three books) $15.00
    Additional Books (maximum of three additional books) $ 5.00 each
    Handling $ 1.75/ order

    Library Rate (up to three books) $5.00
    UPS (will vary from $6.00-9.00 depending upon location)
    Each additional book will cost $1.00 for both USPS and UPS shipments.


    For example:
    Three books sent by USPS will now cost $15.00 plus $5.00 plus $1.75 = $21.75.
    Four books sent by USPS will cost $20.00 plus $6.00 for shipping plus $1.75 handling = $27.75.
    Three books sent by UPS (zone 2) will be $15.00 plus $6.00 for shipping plus $1.75 = $22.75.
    Four books sent by UPS (zone 8) will be $20.00 plus $10.00 shipping plus $1.75 handling = $31.75.

    We would also ask that you purchase delivery confirmation for fifty cents when you return books by USPS.  It is less expensive than insurance, and it will allow us to trace a lost package.

    Beginning January 1, 2002 U. S. Postal Service will require us to use a new mailing machine.  This new system may have the capability to allow us to charge you the exact postage.  So the above rates may change again in a few months.  I will endeavor to keep you abreast of any further changes.

    I want to thank each of you personally for your patience during the period of our move.  We have had several unexpected obstacles to overcome, and everyone has been very kind and understanding.  As we go forward, if you have any questions, suggestions or problems, please email me (  or speak to me when you place your next order.                                                                       

    -Alex Woodle, Supervisor Circulating Library

    NEHGS Contact Information

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