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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 3, No. 17
    Whole #52
    November 2, 2001

    -Shaking Your Family Tree, 2nd Edition, Now Available!
    -Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures
    -The Hatch and Brood of Time wins the Donald Lines Jacobus Award
    -Giving the People What They Want! The Latest Update on the Library Acquisitions List
    -Request From the Volunteer Coordinator
    -Canadian Immigration Research Seminar at Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland
    -Preview of Upcoming October Register Articles
    -Genealogical Film at the Boston Jewish Film Festival
    -Librarians' Day at GenTech 2002
    -Edition of SAR Patriot Index CD to Contain Photos

    Shaking Your Family Tree, 2nd Edition, Now Available!

    The classic handbook, Shaking Your Family Tree: A Basic Guide to Tracing Your Family's Genealogy, is back in print in a completely revised and updated edition. Dr. Ralph J. Crandall of the New England Historic Genealogical Society explains how to research and organize a family history using the latest information available.

    Chapters include:

    · Discovering clues within the family
    · Using the Internet NEW CHAPTER!
    · Using library resources
    · Birth, death, and marriage records
    · Church records
    · Cemetery records
    · Wills, inventories, and other records
    · Court records NEW CHAPTER!
    · Land records
    · Census records
    · Military records
    · Immigrant ancestors
    · How to organize and publish your family genealogy

    In addition, this engaging 224-page guidebook contains lists of important reference materials and genealogical compendia, as well as approximately 100 black and white illustrations taken from the manuscript collections at NEHGS. It features a new easy-to-read design, making Shaking Your Family Tree a perfect book to take along on research trips.

    Shaking Your Family Tree: A Basic Guide to Tracing Your Family's Genealogy, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Ralph Crandall is available for purchase now. The book is $19.95 plus $4 shipping and handling. To place an order, call the NEHGS Sales Department at 1-888-296-3447 from 9-5 Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures

    Come to NEHGS (101 Newbury Street, Boston) for our continuing series of one-hour lectures on a variety of genealogical topics. These "nutshell" classes are free to the public and are held in the Richardson-Sloane Education Center on the second floor of NEHGS.

    •Wednesday, November 7, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Writing and Publishing Your Family History by Christopher Hartman, Newbury Street Press Project Supervisor

    •Wednesday, November 14, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.: An Introduction to the NEHGS Manuscripts Collection by Timothy Salls, Archivist

    For more information about these lectures or any NEHGS education programs, please contact the education department at or at 1-888-286-3447.

    The Hatch and Brood of Time wins the Donald Lines Jacobus Award

    The Hatch and Brood of Time: Five Phelps Families in the Atlantic World, 1720-1880 by Peter Haring Judd has just received the 2001 Donald Lines Jacobus Award, given by the American Society of Genealogists. The Hatch and Brood of Time was published by Newbury Street Press in 1999. More information will following in an upcoming issue of New England Ancestors.

    The winner of the previous Donald Lines Jacobus Award, Jonathan Watson of Dover, New Hampshire, by David Watson Kruger, was also published by Newbury Street Press.

    For more information about either book, or to place an order, please contact the NEHGS sales department at 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    Giving the People What They Want! The Latest Update on the Library Acquisitions List

    After we announced our plans to present the new acquisitions list in a more limited format, we heard from many members who requested that the list remain in its traditional format (i.e., a complete and unedited list of all recent acquisitions). Due to this member feedback, we have reconsidered and will again offer the lists in the traditional format. Because the extensive length of the traditional lists prevents us from including them in our enewsletter, we plan to post them in a separate section on our new website. We are now experimenting to find the best way to do this. We also hope to include a link to the web page in the enewsletter each time a new list has been added. Please stay tuned for developments. The lists will soon be coming your way!

    We were pleased to learn the extent to which our membership has found the acquisitions information to be valuable in doing research. If you have any further suggestions or comments about this service, please continue to contact me at Thank you.

    -Jean Maguire, Technical Services Librarian

    Request From the Volunteer Coordinator

    We are looking for one or two volunteers to help out in the first-floor orientation center at the NEHGS library in Boston. Anyone who has used the library enough to be familiar with where the resources are, and can help those people who are just starting to work on their family history would manage this easily. During quiet times, volunteers can do their own work, bringing books from the library down to the orientation center.

    If this interests you, and you have a little extra time, please contact Susan R. at or 617-536-5740 ext.276 and leave a message. Thank you from your Volunteer Coordinator.

    Canadian Immigration Research Seminar at Western Reserve Historical Society

    On Saturday, November 17, 2001, NEHGS Director of Electronic Publications Michael J. Leclerc will speak on Canadian genealogy topics at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland. The Western Reserve Historical Society is located in Cleveland's University Circle, five miles east of downtown at 10825 East Boulevard.

    Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., and the seminar will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Topics include:

    Home to Canada: Tracing Your Immigrants Back to Canada
    Very often vital records give only the place of birth as "Canada". Learn sources and techniques for tracing your ancestor back across the border.

    Canadian Resources Part 1: Ontario and the Maritimes
    Canada has a treasure trove of resources for the family historian. Once you have your ancestor traced back to his or her origins in Canada, where do you go next? This first section will focus primarily on the records of Ontario and the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada.

    Canadian Resources Part 2: Québec
    The history of European settlement in Canada goes back over four centuries to the early French settlements in Québec and Acadia. Recordkeeping in Québec is still based on the system of French law, not English as in the rest of the provinces. Whether your ancestors are French or not, if they lived in Québec they were subject to the different laws.

    Canadian Research Online
    The internet brings information overload to a whole new level. Learn to find quality information from a variety of online sources.

    The cost is $30 for Western Reserve Historical Society members and $35 for non-WRHS members. The registration deadline is November 10th, after which $5 will be added to the cost. Checks, made payable to WRHS Genealogical Committee, should be sent to: WRHS Canadian Seminar, P .O. Box 1832, Mentor OH 44061-1832. Space is limited. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Limited food and beverages are available in vending machines across from the gift shop.

    For more information about the seminar, contact co-chairs Sharon & Brent Morgan at 216-382-7297 or registrar Nancy Leinweber at 440-257-9245.

    Visit the website of the Western Reserve Historical Society at Their genealogy page can be found at

    Preview of Upcoming October Register Articles

    The families of immigrants from England in the Revolutionary era and afterwards have rarely been compiled for American genealogical journals. Todd Farmerie has researched in English sources the family of William Haswell, father of immigrant Anthony Haswell of Bennington, Vermont. Anthony was one-time Postmaster of Vermont and the publisher of the Vermont Gazette, one of the newspapers included in Vermont Newspaper Abstracts 1783-1816, published earlier this year by NEHGS.

    Who was Thomas Burnap, husband of Mary Pearson? George Perbix noticed that two men named Thomas Burnap died in Reading, Massachusetts, in 1691 - and that the 1925 Burnap-Burnett genealogy misidentified which one had married Mary Pearson in 1663.

    Great Migration colonists are always of interest to many members. Leslie Mahler has expanded on the English origins of Thomas Hett in Lincolnshire.

    Michael Paulick has examined English records for John Robinson, pastor of the Pilgrims, in Norwich 1603-1607, and found the baptisms of his two oldest children there. The article describes the substantial Dutch and Walloon presence in Norwich at the time, and suggests this was an important influence on Robinson who became pastor of the Pilgrims in Leiden in 1609.

    In this issue we begin Robert Battle's long article on the English ancestry of Anne (Derehaugh) Stratton of Salem. Her daughter married John1 Thorndike, for whose family see the recent article in the Register 154 (2000):459-76, written in connection with A Thorndike Family History: Descendants of John and Elizabeth (Stratton) Thorndike, published by the Newbury Street Press earlier this year. The Derehaughs were a Suffolk family, also ancestral to Henry1 Bright of Watertown. Anne's mother, Mary (Wright) Derehaugh, was descended from Margery (Wentworth) Waldegrave, for whom royal descents have been traced.

    The account book and family record of Robert Cook of Needham is an unusual recent acquisition by NEHGS that provides remarkably complete information on Robert Cook's children.

    We publish Part Two of Sarah Shoenfeld's work on the Home for Aged Colored Women in Boston. The amount of biographical detail given continues to be extraordinary, not only for residents, but also for applicants who were rejected. Upon legal advice, the Home rejected two applicants because they were white.

    We hope you enjoy these articles and benefit from their methods, sources and information.

    - Henry B. Hoff, Editor of the Register

    Genealogical Film at the Boston Jewish Film Festival

    A 2001 documentary film of genealogical interest, "The Sweetest Sound," will have its Boston premiere on Sunday, November 4 at 6 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts.

    In this intimate and lively personal essay, documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner dives headlong into the name pool in search of the treasures and dangers hidden inside the two words that make up his name. Along the way, the filmmaker confronts his parents about the origins of his name and conducts on-the-street interviews with outspoken New Yorkers. He also tracks down and invites every Alan Berliner in the world to his house for dinner. His guests include Belgian filmmaker Alain Berliner, L.A. celebrity photographer Alan Berliner, and Massachusetts dermatologist Allen I. Berliner. Other research includes visits to The New England Holocaust Memorial, Ellis Island, and the AIDS Quilt. Viewers are sure to come away with a greater sense of the power and magic embedded in a name, and of the ways in which one's identity is shaped by one's name.

    Tickets to this sixty minute film are $9. For further information, please visit the Boston Jewish Film Festival's website or call their offices at 617-244-9899.

    For more information about the film and the filmmaker, you can visit the filmmaker's website at The film can be purchased for $19.95 online at

    Librarians' Day at GenTech 2002

    Attention librarians and others interested in library resources for genealogy! Librarians' Day returns as a special event for GenTech in 2002. Four experts will share strategies, secrets, and skills to familiarize librarians with today's genealogical resources. A networking session and a forum for sharing successful ideas will conclude the day.

    GenTech Librarians' Day 2002 will take place at the Hynes Convention Center, the main conference venue. Box lunches are included in the fee and a special reception at the Massachusetts Historical Society will follow. Credit for continuing education is available.

    Schedule of Events

    9:30-10:00 Registration

    10:00-11:00 What You Can Do When Your IT Person Isn't Looking: Computer Tactics for the Genealogy Librarian - Chad Leinaweaver
    Drawing upon five years' experience helping patrons at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Chad will cover some basic computer strategies as well as review fundamental software programs in general and genealogical software programs in particular including specific applications and CD databases. He'll also offer tips on how to keep your publicly-used systems as maintenance-free as possible.

    11:15-12:15 Automated Databases: Judging Subscription Websites for Value - Mary Ellen Grogan
    Subscription websites have cost and value to librarians in both time and money. Mary Ellen will evaluate some key sites by focusing on quality, content, relevance, ease of use, and credibility of the provider.

    12:30-1:30 Box Lunch (included in registration fee)

    1:45-2:45 The Ideal Library Website for the Genealogical Researcher - Cyndi Howells
    An ideal library website for the genealogical researcher is also an ideal website for the library. The first exposure that many online researchers will have with your library and its services or collection or research materials will be the library's website. In the same way that the Internet should be viewed as a tool for the researcher, the website should be viewed as a tool for the library.

    3:00-4:00 Going Beyond Researching Online in Family History - Alice Eichholz
    The Internet is a wonderful resource for librarians and researchers in accessing family history materials formerly available only within archives and libraries. The Internet is also serving as an important conduit for adult education. Learn how these two aspects of the Internet intersect to provide a powerful process of education in family history.

    4:00-4:45 What Do You Do? A forum for sharing genealogical stories from the trenches
    What does your library do for genealogists? Do you have an idea that will benefit others? If you'd like to briefly talk to your colleagues about a success story or program, please email a description to so we can put you on the agenda for this informal forum.

    Reception, Massachusetts Historical Society
    A special event hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, exclusively for Librarians' Day registrants. Enjoy refreshments and a tour of this extraordinary repository for New England history, located only two blocks from the Hynes.

    Librarians' Day registration is $75 ($85 after 12/31/01) for the entire day including lunch and the Massachusetts Historical Society reception. The New England Historic Genealogical Society is local host of GenTech 2002. For registration information, please email

    If you think your local librarian would be interested in this event, please pass this information along.

    More information about GenTech 2002 and Librarians' Day is available at

    Next Edition of SAR Patriot Index CD to Contain Photos

    In preparation for the release of a photo edition of its Patriot Index CD, the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is calling for photo submissions from SAR members or anyone who might have contributions to make to this important historical resource. This new photo CD, slated for release in 2002, will add thousands of new entries to the SAR Patriot Index database, as well as photos of tombstones and pertinent information about patriot ancestors and their spouses.

    The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is a patriotic, historical, and educational organization dedicated to preserving the memory of those patriots who, by their services during the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people. The Patriot Index project is inspired by the SAR's mandate to encourage historical research, including the acquisition and preservation of service records of the individual patriots of the Revolutionary War.

    The new edition of the Patriot Index CD will contain over 700,000 family history records and other information on patriots who served during the Revolutionary War. The CD will contain the patriot's name, the service they performed, and in many cases, their entire lineage down to present-day members of the SAR. Data is presented in standard genealogical format, (i.e., as a lineage-linked database), so that descendants, where applicable, can easily trace back to their patriot ancestors.

    As an ongoing project of the Patriot Index Committee of the SAR, data for the Patriot Index is compiled from ancestral cards on file at SAR National Headquarters, primary and supplemental applications from state archives, and new member applications as they are approved by National Headquarters. The SAR partnered with Progeny Software Inc. in 1998 to convert the Patriot Index data to the convenient CD format.

    Since the main source for the photos to be included on new Patriot Index CD will be genealogists, the SAR is calling on all family historians to participate in this exciting project. In addition, local SAR and DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) chapters are encouraged to locate and photograph the tombstones of Revolutionary War patriots located in their general area, as well as to provide permanent documentation of these aging tombstones.

    Submissions can be made in either electronic or hard copy format. Copies of photographs should be sent to:
    SAR Patriot Index Committee
    3 La Costa Court
    Ormond Beach, FL 32174-3811
    These photos will be scanned and, if requested, returned promptly.

    Electronic submissions of scanned photos can be e-mailed to Electronically submitted photos should be scanned at 300 dpi or better so that they view well. Any popular picture format, such as JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, etc. is acceptable.

    Please include the following information with each photo so that it may be properly identified with the appropriate patriot ancestor in the SAR Patriot Index database.
    -- Name and address of member or submitter
    -- email address (if available)
    -- SAR/DAR National Number (if appropriate)
    -- Name of patriot ancestor
    -- Name and location of cemetery
    Please ensure that all photo submissions are suitable for publishing, meaning (a) that the person or organization submitting the photo legally owns it, and (b) that the inscription on the tombstone can be read (or at least partially deciphered).

    The 1999 Edition of the CD can be ordered from the NEHGS Sales Department for $39.95 plus shipping. 

    For more information on the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and the SAR Patriot Index CD, visit the SAR's web site at

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