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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 3, No. 4
    Whole #39
    February 9, 2001

    - NEHGS Annual Meeting and Proxy Voting
    - Library News: Library User Guide
    - National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers online Certificate Program
    - Volunteer Opportunities
    - NEHGS staff at NGS Conference in the States 2001: Portland, Oregon
    - Society of Colonial Wars to Sponsor Electronic Publication of Book Series
    - Job Opening: Massachusetts Historical Society
    - Available in the Bookshop


    NEHGS Annual Meeting and Proxy Voting

    It is that time of year again. Time for NEHGS to have its annual member meeting and elect officers to the board of trustees. Due to technical difficulties, we regret that we are unable to offer electronic proxy voting this year. You will soon receive a paper ballot in the mail that you can fill out and return to us.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael Leclerc at .

    The following slate of officers and trustees has been nominated by the nominating committee of the Board of Trustees for the offices and terms indicated:

    President: John G. L. Cabot (one year), Manchester, MA
    Vice-President: Susan W. Crosby (one year), Woodbridge, CT
    Recording Secretary: Meriwether Schmid (one year), Riverside, CT
    Treasurer: Richard H. Benson (one year), Naples, FL

    Tony Burroughs (three years), Chicago, IL
    Allis Edelman (one year), Sarasota, FL
    Susan A. Gillette (three years), Toronto, ON
    John W. Grover (three years), Princeton, NJ
    Dr. Edwin M. Knights, Jr. (three years), Exeter, NH
    James T. Larkin (three years), Greenwich, CT
    Joyce S. Pendery (three years), Falmouth, MA

    The following individual has been nominated by petition for election to the Board of Trustees for the term indicated:

    William L. Principe (three years), La Canada, Flintridge, CA

    The 2001 Annual Meeting of the Society will be held at New England Financial, 501 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts on Monday, April 23, 2001 at 4:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be David L. Greene, Ph. D., C.G., F.A.S.G. Dr. Greene is the co-editor and publisher of The American Genealogist. He will speak on Needful Things: What the Future Holds for Genealogy Beyond Cyberspace. Dr. Greene will also be presented the Coddington Award of Merit for lifetime achievement in scholarly genealogy. A reception will start at 4:00 p.m. and the Annual Meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. Please consider joining us on April 23 if you plan to be in the Boston area.

    Michael J. Leclerc, Electronic Publications Supervisor


    Library News

    Many members have long absences between visits to our library and I can even count how many comment on: a) “How nice the renovation of the upper library floors looks since we did it in 1997;” b) “How nice the new 1st Floor International Library looks since we renovated last year;” or c) “How much we keep moving books and microfilm around this old building.”  Although our job is not to try and confuse all our members, we often have to do some major moving in order to maximize the disappearing space that we have in the library stacks and microfilm drawers.  As we  acquire more sources for you, alas, we lose some space somewhere.

    In order to help with all of this shifting around, the Library User Guide has maps and guides showing members where things have moved to since their last visit.  This free Guide provides an outline to what is on what floor, describes our policies, how to use the photocopiers, what call numbers are where within the library and maps of all of the library floors.  In the past I have updated the Library User Guide from time to time, but lately I find that monthly updating is necessary with all of the new microfilm we purchase and various other shifting of books.  Therefore, I decided to issue the User Guide in editions throughout the year, plainly marked on the cover page.  This way, if a member happens to visit one day in March and get a copy, she will know it is out-of-date when she sees a new edition on the web site in July.  Hopefully this way all of our members can stay current with us, and our library won’t seem to move from floor to floor with every visit.  The Library User Guide is available in hard copy free at the Front Desk on the 1st Floor at our Society, and also on our web site at .

    Chad Leinaweaver, Director of User Access Services


    Certificate in Genealogical Studies Course Offerings Expanded to Include United States, England and Ireland

    Canada’s National Institute for Genealogical Studies has teamed with the University of Toronto Continuing Education Program to provide the first program to award a Certificate of Genealogical Studies completely over the internet. They recently expanded their course offerings to include English and Irish records, and soon will add the United States to the program. Former NEHGS staff member Scott Andrew Bartley has joined their staff.  Additional information from their press release:

      In the fall of 1999, the National Institute for Genealogical Studies
     partnered with the Continuing Education Program of the Faculty of
     Information Studies, University of Toronto (FIS/CE)  to offer North
     America's first Certificate Program in genealogical studies delivered
     entirely over the Internet.

     Today, people across North America have registered for thousands of online
     certificate-level courses, taking advantage of this convenient and practical
     way of mastering the techniques of genealogical research.

     Starting with a core of eight courses in the Basic Level Certificate in
     Canadian Records in October 1999, the Intermediate Level  commenced one year
     later.  The Advanced Level will be added in October 2001.  The National
     Institute and FIS/CE also added certificates in English Records and Irish
     Records in February 2001.

      The latest country added to the growing list is the United States. Beginning
     in June 2001, students will be able to complete the Basic Level Certificate
     in American Records. 

     Kyle J. Betit has joined the team of leaders and faculty as the American
     Records Department Leader.  Betit is a professional genealogist, author,
     lecturer and consultant specializing in American, Canadian, Irish and French
     research.    He is also involved in the application of genealogy to medical
     genetics studies.

      Other leaders are Dr. Penelope Christensen-English Records Department, Brian
     Hutchison, B.Comm, CMA, CG, FSA (Scot)-Irish Records Department and Louise
     St Denis-Canadian Records Department.  

     Recognizing the diverse ethnic backgrounds of North Americans, the National
     Institute and FIS/CE anticipate adding specializations in the records of
     other countries in the coming years.

      The Basic Level Certificates are the first stage in a series of courses
     leading to the Certificate in Genealogical Studies. Individuals aspiring to
     become professional genealogists will also complete the Intermediate and
     Advanced Level Certificates plus 16 four-week elective courses from a wide
     range of elective options.

      This program is also available offline by correspondence.

      For further information, please visit these websites: National Institute
     ( and FIS/CE (

    For those who are interested in furthering their genealogical education this looks like a good opportunity. The website contains additional information on the Institute as well as the certificate program itself.


    Volunteer Opportunities

    I am delighted that more of our members have been enjoying volunteer work, both here at the Library and at home working on-line. The "brown bag lunches" that we've had in November and January have provided a opportunity for volunteers to discuss their projects and ideas and knowledge with each other, and let me know of ideas and concerns. We will continue to have these on the last Wednesday of every second month and so the next one will be on 28th March at 12.30 p.m. in the Board Room. For those of you who are not able to come in, keep an eye on this newsletter and I will report on our discussions.

    Volunteer help is always valued, and at present the librarians on the floors need members who can come into the Library and know enough about the location of resources to help patrons as well as answer the phone.

    The publishing staff here at NEHGS is in need of indexing help. If there are two or three members who work at home with a computer, and can volunteer time to index some of the work that the staff is preparing for publication, it would greatly help meet deadlines. Indexing involves reading work and indexing names. This is for anyone interested in reading "the next book out", who can be meticulous and dedicated.

    Please contact Susan R. at  or  617 536-5740 Ext. 276 if your are interested in these or other volunteer opportunities.

    Susan Rosefsky, Volunteer Coordinator


    NEHGS Staff at NGS Conference in the States 2001: Portland, Oregon

    Each year the National Genealogical Society presents one of the largest genealogical conferences in the country. Now is the time to look at registering for the 2001 conference to be held in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center. Over 200 workshops and presentations will be made by almost 100 speakers over the course of four days.

    Several NEHGS staff members will be among the presenters. Laura Prescott Duffy manages the Society’s IMLS project to do outreach and support to librarians serving genealogists. She will be presenting the GENTECH sponsored lecture A Mac User in a PC World. Assistant Executive Director D. Brenton Simons will be the featured speaker at the NEHGS Luncheon on Friday, speaking on The Art of Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England and Beyond.

    Electronic Publications Supervisor Michael J. Leclerc will be making three presentations: Charting Your Family’s Medical Legacy: Creating Genograms; From Quill Pens to Pentiums: Genealogy of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; and After Drouin, Jetté, and Tanguay: Additional Resources for French-Canadian Research.

    NEHGS Trustee (and author of Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree) Tony Burroughs will also be presenting at the conference. His topics are: One-Hour Photo: Locating and Crafting Photographs and Slides; Black Biographies, Autobiographies, and Family Histories; and Six Phases of African American Genealogy.

    NEHGS will also have a booth in the exhibit hall, displaying information about the Society and many items from our bookstore. If you live in the Portland area or are planning on attending the conference and would like to see a specific book to review it before purchasing, please contact our sales department at . They will do their best to bring a copy of their book to the conference for you to examine. You are not required to purchase the book if you decide it does not suit your needs.

    Additional information and registration materials are available on the NGS website . Attending these national conferences is a wonderful way to meet others interested in genealogy, network, and learn new techniques for research. If you do attend the conference, please stop by our booth and say hello to our staff. We are always interested and meeting our members.

    Michael J. Leclerc, Electronic Publications Supervisor


    Society of Colonial Wars to Sponsor Electronic Publication of Book Series

    Between 1975 and 1985, NEHGS, with valuable support from the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, published nine volumes of Colonial service records lists. These volumes, most of which have long been out of print, record more than 45,000 individual records of the period and also feature introductory essays by independent scholars. Now, through another generous gift of the Society of Colonial Wars, these volumes will later this year be published electronically on the NEHGS website, The transfer to an electronic medium will bring these important volumes to the attention of a new generation of genealogical researchers and historians. Coordinating the electronic publication are NEHGS staff members Robert Dunkle and Michael Leclerc. The following titles will be included:

    Massachusetts Officers in the French and Indian Wars, 1748-1763 (1975) edited by Nancy S. Voye

    Massachusetts Militia Companies and Officers in the Lexington Alarm (1976) by Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe and Donna D. Smerlas

    Bibliography of Lists of New England Soldiers (orig. 1911, repr.1977) by Mary Ellen Baker and edited by Robert MacKay

    Massachusetts Soldiers in the French and Indian Wars, 1744-1755 (1978) edited by Robert E. MacKay

    Massachusetts Officers and Soldiers 1723-1743: Dummer’s War to the War of Jenkins’ Ear (1979) edited by Myron O. Stachiw

    Massachusetts Officers and Soldiers 1702-1722: Queen Anne’s War to Dummer’s War (1980) edited by Mary E. Donahue

    Divided Hearts: Massachusetts Loyalists 1765-1790, A Biographical Directory (1980) by David E. Maas

    Massachusetts Officers and Soldiers in the Seventeenth-Century Conflicts (1982) edited by Carole Doreski

    Massachusetts Officers and Soldiers in the French and Indian Wars, 1755-1756 (1985) by K. David Goss and David Zarowin

    D. Brenton Simons, Assistant Executive Director


    Job Opening: Massachusetts Historical Society

    The Massachusetts Historical Society, a non-profit research library, manuscript repository and publisher seeks full time Administrative Assistant. Position requires ability to organize, prioritize, and carry out detailed procedures with minimal supervision.   Candidates must possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills, initiative, resourcefulness, ability to manage a heavy workload and a willingness to work as a team member.  Excellent computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office suite applications are essential.  Duties include filing, sending mailings, correspondence, organizing meetings and database maintenance. Salary commensurate with experience.  The Society offers a generous fringe benefit package.

    Send Resume and references to:
    Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154
    Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
    Or E-mail to:
    Or fax to: (617) 859-0074


    Available in the Book Shop

    The Descendants of Thomas Lamkin of the Northern Neck of Virginia
    Compiled by Dr. Harold E. Wilkins and edited by Barbara J. Mathews, CG

    Research into seventeenth century court records of Virginia’s Northern Neck led to the discovery of three individuals all named Thomas Lamkin (seemingly father, son and grandson), residing near the head of the very short Yeocomico River which empties into the Potomac River a short distance from the Chesapeake Bay. This finding, nowhere published, led to this book which is devoted to the first six generations of this family. The author believes that perhaps 90% of people in the USA with this surname, regardless of spelling, could possibly be traceable to Thomas Lamkin (c. 1620-1665) of Northumberland County, Virginia.

    Newbury Street Press. 2001. 281pp. Hardcover.
    $29.95 Member price $27.00 Item #S4-12000

    The Everything Online Genealogy Book
    By Pat Richley

    Author Pat Richley, better known as popular daily online genealogy columnist DearMYRTLE, presents a practical, down-to-earth guide to online genealogy. She covers a wide array of topics, including: getting started, searching online, using databases, vital records, surnames, adoptions, relevant history sites, maps, libraries, genealogical societies, newsgroups, mailing lists, writing a family history, and the family home page.

    Adams Media. 2000. 288pp. Softcover.
    $12.95* Item #B2-62194

    Genealogical Research in New England
    Edited by Ralph J. Crandall

    This book offers reprints, with addenda, of six articles published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register between 1976 and 1982. Written by individual scholars, each article covers a different New England state and offers a complete guide to genealogical sources in that state. In addition to a discussion of the state’s general history and genealogical evolution, the articles also include narrative descriptions of the various types of records to be found in courthouses, archives, and repositories plus detailed information regarding card indexes, manuscript collections, published genealogies, and town histories.

    GPC. 1984. 190pp. Hardcover.
    $17.50* Item #B2-64753

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