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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 3, No. 18
    Whole #53
    November 16, 2001

    -A New Name and a New Archive
    -New In-Depth Research Program
    -New Middlesex County Book Now Available
    -Upcoming Lectures at 101 Newbury Street
    -Looking for a Way to Publicize your Book or Service?
    -From the Volunteer Coordinator
    -Michael J. Leclerc Elected a Director of FGS
    -An Update on
    -GENTECH Librarians' Day (Part 2)
    -Special Tours Available at GENTECH 2002

    A New Name and a New Archive

    As of this issue, the NEHGS enewsletter has a new name, NEHGS eNews, and a new email address, We are missing issue #7 from October of 1999. If you still have a copy of issue number #7, please email it to

    New In-Depth Research Program

    The Research Service of NEHGS is proud to announce the latest Research Service search option. In addition to our Photocopy, QuickSearch and consultations options, we are instituting an In-Depth Research program.

    In-Depth Research is completed on a per-hour basis by our knowledgeable staff and volunteers. We can aid you in solving your "brick wall" problems or provide complete reports for those who do not have time to do their own research.

    To submit an In-Depth Research request, state the specific question you wish answered, giving us the information that you have already compiled on the person(s), citing the resources you have already searched, and authorizing the number of hours you wish us to spend researching your request.

    Our staff will carefully search relevant sources to locate the name(s) you have given us. We cannot guarantee that the information you seek is, in fact, in these sources.

    Fees for this service are as follows:
    $40 per hour + $3.50 S&H for NEHGS members
    $60 per hour + $3.50 S&H for non-members.
    (Payment is by credit card only, please no cash or checks.)

    Mail your request and your authorization for the number of hours to:
    Research Services - NEHGS
    101 Newbury St.
    Boston, MA 02116-3007

    New Middlesex County Book Now Available!

    Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Records of Probate and Administration, 1661-1670, compiled by Robert Rodgers and published by NEHGS, is now available. The second volume in a comprehensive series of transcribed probate records, the work includes approximately 300 intriguing entries that shed light on the property and relationships of the people of Middlesex County. People of all rank and occupation appear in the probate records, including farmers, tradespeople, ministers, merchants and businessmen. In the case of Sergeant John Parker (Billerica, 1667), who still owed creditors at the time of his death, exhaustive inventories were made, right down to the bacon and molasses in his cellar. An in-depth article on this book appears in the Holiday 2001 issue of New England Ancestors.

    Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Records of Probate and Administration, 1661-1670 is on sale now for $60.

    Own the previous volume in the series, Middlesex County Records of Probate and Administration, October 1649 - December 1660 for $50.

    Please include $4 shipping and handling for the first item and $2 for each additional item.

    To order:
    Please call the sales department at 1-888-296-3447 from 9-5 Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Or mail your order to: NEHGS Sales, One Watson Place, Building 4, P.O. Box 5089, Framingham MA 01701. [Please order by phone or the mail. In a couple of weeks, you may order this book from our online store as well.] If you have questions, please email

    Upcoming Lectures at 101 Newbury Street

    Come to NEHGS (101 Newbury Street, Boston) for two different programs on Saturday, December 1. Both are free to the public and will be held in the Richardson-Sloane Education Center on the second floor of NEHGS.

    •Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.:
    A Good Deed: Important Documents in Your Research
    - David C. Dearborn, FASG

    •Saturday, December 1, 12:00 noon - 1 p.m.:
    Elusive and Enigmatic: Researching Your Obscure Irish Ancestors
    - Dr. Christine Kinealy
    Rescheduled from September 15! 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.

    For more information about these lectures or any NEHGS education programs, please contact the education department at or at 1-888-286-3447, x 202.

    Looking for a Way to Publicize your Book or Service?

    If you are looking for a way to publicize your genealogical book or service, consider advertising in New England Ancestors, the popular NEHGS magazine. Each issue of New England Ancestors reaches nearly 20,000 NEHGS members.

    Our Winter 2001 issue, due to be mailed in mid-January, will also be distributed free to GenTech conference attendees in late January.

    Our next New England Ancestors advertising deadline is December 3. Don't worry if you do not have formatted or camera-ready copy - just send us the text and we will format it for you. Our ad sizes range from a full page down to a sixteenth of a page so we can accommodate whatever is most appropriate for your material.

     If you have questions or if you would like to reserve ad space in the magazine, please contact Lynn Betlock at

    From the Volunteer Coordinator

    Thank you so much to the members who have responded to my requests for volunteer help. People have been very generous, and seem to enjoy being part of a very active group. We have a small new group at the Framingham, MA, location where the circulating library, sales, and membership departments are now situated. I also have some help in the Orientation Center at 101 Newbury Street, where I am the Orientation Center Coordinator.

    If any members would like to join the Volunteer program, we have an interesting new project available to volunteers who can come in to the library at 101 Newbury Street. We also need a person who would be willing to come in when extra help is needed with mailings. I would be delighted to hear from you about your volunteer interests. Please contact Susan R. at or 617-226-1276 and leave a number where I can return your call. Thank you.

    Michael J. Leclerc Elected a Director of FGS

    Michael J. Leclerc, NEHGS Director of Electronic Publications, has recently been elected to a three year term as a director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. FGS is a non-profit organization comprised of hundreds of genealogical and historical societies, family associations, and libraries with a combined membership of over 500,000 members. FGS is actively involved in efforts to protect societies, facilitate and coordinate society activities, and monitor events significant to the genealogical community. The Federation is the collective voice for genealogists at the national level. Michael is the only representative on the board from the New England region.

    The 2002 Federation of Genealogical Societies 2002 conference will be hosted by the California State Genealogical Alliance. The conference will take place from 7-10 August, 2002, in Ontario, California. For more information about the conference, please visit For more information about FGS, visit

    An Update on

    As readers of this enewsletter are already aware, the new website debuted on Monday, November 12. We've been very pleased with all the positive feedback that we've received and would like to thank everyone who took the time to write to us with their comments.

    We have discovered one problem with the website. Those using any version of Netscape 4.7 are unable to search the Register database. As this problem has just come to light, we are still investigating what options are available to us. People should be aware that there are no problems with any previous or subsequent versions of Netscape, and that there are no problems associated with the Internet Explorer or Opera browsers.

    GENTECH Librarians' Day (Part 2)

    The GenTech Librarians' Day article published in the last NEHGS eNews was missing a vital piece of information - the date. Please note that Librarians' Day will take place January 24, 2001 - the Thursday preceding the GenTech 2002 conference. For more information about Librarian's Day, please email or visit

    Special Tours Available at GENTECH 2002
    GenTech participants can register for two different tours, each designed to showcase the New England's past. Both are suitable for genealogists, non-genealogist companions, and all history lovers!

    Tour to Salem, Massachusetts
    Date: Thursday, January 24, 2002
    Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Cost: $55 (includes transportation, museum admissions, and professional guide). Lunch is not included in the cost, but the tour leader will make recommendations for local restaurants.
    Transportation: provided by deluxe motorcoach
    Note: Space is limited. Please register early!

    Itinerary: The bus will depart from the Sheraton Boston Hotel. The group will arrive at the Peabody Essex Museum for a private tour of a museum that the New York Times described as a "cross-cultural marvel." Founded in 1799 by seafaring entrepreneurs, the Peabody Essex is the country's oldest continuously operating museum. Visitors will discover an impressive array of collections. The Asian export art collection is the world's most comprehensive collection of decorative art made for export to the West. The maritime art and history collection is considered the finest in the country. And the impressive American decorative arts, folk art, and costume collection represents more than 300 years of New England culture.

    After the museum tour, the group will visit the Phillips Library and receive an introduction to its collections of records relating to Essex County, Massachusetts. Among its most important holdings are all the Essex County court records from 1636 to 1820, including the court records from the 1692 witchcraft trials. Manuscript materials include journals, diaries, account books, farm business records, as well as business and personal records of many historic figures in Essex County.

    There will be a break for lunch. After lunch, the bus will depart from the Peabody-Essex Museum to visit the House of the Seven Gables. Explore New England's oldest mansion, climb the secret staircase, learn about the people who made this house their home, and see the seven-gabled house that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his famous novel. Those who wish to research in the Phillips Library may stay there. The bus will depart from the House of Seven Gables, stopping at the Phillips Library for pickup of researchers if needed. Passengers will be dropped off at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, and the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

    Tour to Old Sturbridge Village
    Special Advice: Wear comfortable shoes, dress warmly, and prepare for a busy day. You will be learning about early American life first-hand.
    Date: Sunday, January 27, 2002
    Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Cost: $55 (includes transportation, museum admissions, and professional guide). Lunch is not included in the cost, but meals are available in the Village.
    Transportation: deluxe motorcoach
    Note: Space is limited. Please register early!

    Itinerary: The bus will depart from the Sheraton Boston Hotel. We will drive west of Boston to Sturbridge via the Massachusetts Turnpike. Old Sturbridge Village is an outdoor living-history museum of early New England life. There are 40 buildings from the 1790s - 1840s, which were moved from all over New England and reconstructed on 200 acres of meadows and woodlands. The costumed staff brings the village to life. The miller, the candle-maker, the printer, the farmer and all the village "inhabitants" are more than eager to answer questions and explain what they do.

    Old Sturbridge Village's purpose is to provide modern Americans with a deeper understanding of their own times through a personal encounter with the New England past. The Village is a nonprofit educational institution. Its collections, exhibits, and programs present the story of everyday life in a small New England town during the years 1790 to 1840. Meet, meander - and marvel at the past come to life. Stroll around the Village and meet working farmers and craftsmen. Learn spinning with the Widow Fenno and tour the Village Common with the town gossip.

    To Register:
    If you have questions or if you would like to register for either tour, please contact Dale Myerow at 781-592-3284. Registrations are due by December 31, 2001. Confirmation notices will be sent.

    Cancellation Policy: Should the minimum number of participants for each tour not be reached, and the tour is cancelled by Dale Myerow Associates, a full refund will be available.

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