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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 3, No. 21
    Whole #56
    December 3, 2001
    Contents:

    Holiday Hours at the NEHGS Research Library
    Curl up with NewEnglandAncestors.org during your Winter Break
    The NEHGS Events Calendar Online
    NEHGS Hosts Nancy Lusignan Schultz, Author of Fire & Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent
    The Circulating Library's "Most-Borrowed Books" List
    NEHGS Research Services
    New Books from Newbury Street Press
    New from the NEHGS Book Store
    Visit the Boston Public Library during GENTECH 2002


    Holiday Hours at the NEHGS Research Library

    As always, the NEHGS Research Library is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

    In addition, the Library will be closed the following days next week:

    Tuesday, January 1
    Wednesday — Saturday, January 2-5 (closed for inventory)

    A link to the NEHGS library hours and closings can be found at /libraries/reference/.


    Curl up with NewEnglandAncestors.org during your Winter Break

    Put your winter vacation time to good use by visiting NewEnglandAncestors.org and becoming acquainted with all of its features.

    • Explore the Register database - containing over 70,000 pages of printed material.

    • Search The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III database .

    • Participate in online discussion forums and post queries

    • Peruse over 100 research columns full of helpful information and advice on genealogical topics ranging from notable kin to genetics.


    The NEHGS Events Calendar Online

    The http://www.newenglandancestors.org/default.asp website provides full listings and descriptions of upcoming NEHGS events and programs. The events calendar has the most up-to-date information available - the program details are posted online before the printed publicity is released. It is your best source for news on NEHGS programs and events!

    Take a peek at events to get a preview of upcoming events. Learn about our 2002 programs in Stamford, Connecticut; Washington D.C.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cleveland, Ohio; Peabody, Massachusetts; and Deerfield, Massachusetts, just to name a few! And mark your calendar for our popular Irish conference, to be held this year on September 27 and 28 in Braintree, Massachusetts.

    For more information about any NEHGS education programs, please contact the education department at 617-536-5740, ext. 202 or email education@nehgs.org.


    NEHGS Hosts Nancy Lusignan Schultz, Author of Fire & Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent

    Join us on Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at 6 p.m. when NEHGS welcomes Nancy Lusignan Shultz for a reading and discussion of her book, Fire & Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent. This special event will be held at NEHGS, 101 Newbury Street, in Boston.

    This critically-acclaimed non-fiction account of the 1834 destruction of the Ursuline convent in Charlestown, Massachusetts, by a mob of Protestant men was researched partially at the NEHGS library and reviewed in the holiday 2001 issue of New England Ancestors.

    Here are some excerpts from reviews of Fire & Roses:

    ". . . painstaking scholarship and stylish, vivid description. . . A scholarly study that is also gripping drama."
    Kirkus Reviews

    "Schultz is to be commended for her riveting historical study, which is plotted like a novel, with tight pacing and fully realized characters."
    Publishers Weekly

    "In this vivid account. . . Schultz describes the tensions in early 19th century Boston, which was a hotbed of cantankerous bigotry. . . Schultz, who has thoroughly researched the Ursulines and Catholic history during this troubled era, writes an in-depth account of [that bigotry's] high cost. . . With a sharp eye for detail, she shows how the hard, poor life of the Charlestown bricklayers contrasted with the genteel, religious environment of the school on Mount Benedict. . . Schultz vividly describes the fears of the nuns, the prejudices of the community and the hysteria that culminated in one of the most awful events in our city's history. The volume succeeds as a well-researched summation of the convent burning and its aftermath."
    —John Cronin, Boston Herald

    This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not necessary. For more information about this event, call 1-888-286-3447, ext. 202, or email education@nehgs.org.

    The book Fire & Roses can be ordered from the NEHGS Book Store. The item number is B2-63600. The cost is $25 plus $4 shipping and handling.

    To order, call 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Orders can also be mailed to: NEHGS Sales Department, One Watson Pl, Building 4, P.O. Box 5089, Framingham, MA 01701. [Please order by phone or mail. In a couple of weeks, you may order this book from our online store as well.] If you have questions, please email sales@nehgs.org.


    The Circulating Library's "Most-Borrowed Books" List

    The opportunity to borrow books from the Circulating Library is one of the most popular benefits of NEHGS membership. In the Circulating Library office in Framingham, Massachusetts, library books are constantly coming and going. We've discovered that some books come and go more frequently than others. Here is the list of the most-frequently borrowed Circulating Library books.

    (The date in parentheses indicates the book's original publication date.)

    The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut,1635-1891, Volume II: Genealogies and Biographies by Henry Reed Stiles (1892)

    Vital Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Volume II - Marriages and Deaths (1926)

    Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Lands, Grants, and Possessions-Also the Proprietors' Book and the First Book and Supplement of Births, Deaths and Marriages (1894)

    A Genealogical Memoir of the Lo-Lathrop Family in this Country, Embracing the Descendants, as Far as Known, of the Rev. John Lothropp, of Scituate and Barnstable, Massachusetts, and Mark Lothrop, of Salem and Bridgewater, Massachusetts. . . by the Rev. E.B. Huntington (1884)

    The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut,Volume I: The Narrative History by Sherman W. Adams and Henry R. Stiles (1904)

    John Shaw of Plymouth, Massachusetts: The Descendants of John Shaw of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Who Died in 1694, and his Wife Alice who Died in 1654 compiled by Margaret Johnson Drake, based on a manuscript by Benjamin Shurtleff (1972)

    Morse Genealogy: Comprising the Descendants of Samuel, Anthony, William, and Joseph Morse and John Moss Being a Revision of the Memorial of the Morses Published by Rev. Abner Morse in 1850 by J. Howard Morse and Miss Emily W. Leavitt (1903)

    Barker Genealogy by Elizabeth Frye Barker (1927)

    Families of Early Guilford, Connecticut by Alvan Talcott (1984)

    The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut,Volume II: Genealogies and Biographies by Henry R. Stiles (1904)

    Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Volume I - Births (1910)

    Vital Records of Mendon, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (1920)

    Vital Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Volume I - Births (1925)

    Vital Records of Swansea, Massachusetts to 1850 (1992)

    Have you borrowed books from the Circulating Library lately? Consider borrowing some from this list, or from any of the other 30,000+ available titles.

    If you would like to order by phone, please call 1-888-906-3447 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    To order by mail, write to: NEHGS Circulating Library, One Watson Pl, B-uilding 4, P.O. Box 5089, Framingham, MA 01701.

    If you have questions about the Circulating Library, you can email bookloan@nehgs.org.


    NEHGS Research Services

    Are you:

    Trying to find an elusive ancestor?
    Trying to find a date of birth, marriage, or death?
    Trying to find a photocopy of a published article?
    Trying to find a professional genealogist to talk to about your research?

    If you seek research assistance, our professional staff can help! Our researchers are professional librarians and scholars with decades of experience. Discounted rates are available for NEHGS members.

    QuickSearch — This service provides focused searches in specific sources. The QuickSearch Source List is posted on our website, /research/services/?page_id=650&attrib1=1&page_id=659&attrib1=1&seq_num=2.

    In-Depth Research — This service provides per-hour research by our expert staff. Please state the specific question you wish answered. It is important that you give us the information that you already have 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.

    Photocopies Service — This service provides copies from sources in our library. Please provide the book or journal article title, author, and page numbers that you need. Copies are made in accordance with copyright law.

    Consultations — This service provides a personal consultation with one of our knowledgeable librarians to provide you research advice and direction.

    Smart Start — This service provides first-time visitors to the library with a tour tailored to their research.

    You can order these services online in research services or mail your request and your credit card information to: Research Services — NEHGS, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116-3007. Due to the great demand for our services, please allow 4 to 6 weeks for research to be completed.

    If you have questions, please contact jtalor@nehgs.org.


    New Books from Newbury Street Press

    Descendants of John Comins (ca.1668-1751) and his Wife Mary, of Woburn and Oxford, Massachusetts and Windham County, Connecticut,
    By Abbott Lowell Cummings

    John1 ("Woburn John") Comins, founder of an extensive American family, is of unknown parentage and the place and exact date of his birth have not been determined. John and wife Mary Comins removed early in the eighteenth century with their young family from Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to Windham County, Connecticut. Both "Woburn John" and his sons spread further into Worcester County, Massachusetts, to the north, and Tolland County, which adjoins Windham County on the west. This relatively small area has remained "home base" for all who claim descent from John and Mary Comins. This new book traces male lines to the ninth generation.

    Author Abbott Lowell Cummings states: "The record I have sought to project in these pages is largely a genealogical record, but one which includes in addition to the innumerable births, marriages, and deaths, a skeletal outline of the movements and principal achievements of the people involved."

    Newbury Street Press. 2001. Hardcover. 817 + xlix pp. $65 plus $4 shipping and handling. Item number S4-90100.

    The Descendants of Joseph Patrell (ca.1730-1790) of Ware River Parish, Massachusetts,
    By Roberta Stokes Smith

    This book relates the story of Joseph Patrell (LaPatourel) who emigrated from the Isle of Guernsey in the Channel Islands off the coast of France and settled in Ware, Massachusetts, in the 1750s. Although we don't know why or when Joseph came to the colonies, he was in Massachusetts by 1747 and served in King George's War, the Seven Years War, and other campaigns. He was apparently of modest means, but managed to adequately provide for his wife Esther and their children throughout his lifetime.

    Roberta Stokes Smith, the emigrant's third-great-granddaughter, provides a substantial examination of this family, from its origins in Guernsey, to Ware and Hardwick, Massachusetts, and ultimately to Essex and other towns in Vermont.

    Newbury Street Press. 2001. Hardcover. 384 pp. The price is $45 plus $4 shipping and handling. Item number S4-90300.

    To order:
    Please call the sales department at 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 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 mail. In a couple of weeks, you may order this book from our online store as well.] If you have questions, please email sales@nehgs.org.


    New from the NEHGS Book Store

    The Genealogist's Computer Companion,
    By Rhonda McClure

    Electronic research is key to genealogical research, but most of us are not using the available resources as effectively as we could. This new handbook guides you through the daunting and ever-increasing number of computer resources, and shows you how to blend this online research with real world sources. Professional genealogist Rhonda McClure helps you master the basics of online research and turn your computer into an efficient, versatile tool.

    This book will teach you how to:

    • access library catalogs and databases
    • use genealogy software to organize your ancestors and family research
    • preserve your precious records, documents, and photographs electronically
    • use online resources to prepare for on-site library research
    • verify your internet findings with library source material
    • access newsgroups, bulletin boards, mailing lists, and commercial sites.

    Betterway. 2001. Softcover. 183 pp. $18.99 plus $4 shipping and handling. Item number B2-62210.

    To order:
    Please call the sales department at 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 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 mail. In a couple of weeks, you may order this book from our online store as well.] If you have questions, please email sales@nehgs.org.


    Visit the Boston Public Library during GENTECH 2002
    In addition to attending the GENTECH 2002 conference itself, conference participants can also take advantage of the proximity of NEHGS and a number of fine local research repositories. One of the finest is the Boston Public Library. It is located only two blocks from the Hynes Convention Center, where the GENTECH conference will be held.

    The Boston Public Library contains extensive collections of interest to the genealogical researcher, including many genealogies and local histories; hundreds of city directories; colonial and Massachusetts newspapers, 1704+; indexes to obituaries in Boston and New England newspapers (1704-1840; 1875+); passenger arrival lists, with indexes, for New England, New York, and some Atlantic and Gulf ports; indexes to New England naturalization petitions; and an index of family coats-of-arms, chiefly from the British Isles, with more than 200,000 entries. This is only a sample of their holdings - the library's vast collections contain much more for the genealogical researcher.

    To learn more about the genealogical resources of the Boston Public Library, visit The Boston Public Library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Please address inquiries about the Boston Public Library to:
    700 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02116
    Phone: 617-536-5400
    Web: http://www.bpl.org/

    For information about GENTECH 2002, please visit http://www.gentech.org/.

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