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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 3, No. 7
    Whole #42
    April 20, 2001

    - Update on Email/Internet Problems at NEHGS
    - Henry Hoff Appointed Editor of Register
    - New England Summer Conference: Farmington CT, July 13-14
    - Upcoming program in Orange County, NY
    - Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635 Vol. II C-F Published
    - What a Sydney Search Can Tell You: Using the Online Catalog at NEHGS
    - Available in the Bookshop


    Update on Temporary Email/Internet Problems at NEHGS

    Thank you for your patience during this period of inconvenience. Our permanent T1 line for email/internet access should be up and running in two weeks. We have a temporary solution that allows us to access email. The sales department has been retrieving all orders placed so there should be no difficulties with any online orders you have placed. The membership department is now able to process normally. If you have joined or renewed and have not gotten information from the membership department, please email Cindy Wochner at

    The bad news is that there is still no internal internet connection at NEHGS. It will not be available for another two weeks. This means that there is no internet access from the computers at NEHGS. We expect to have the situation back to normal by the beginning of May.

    Michael J. Leclerc, Electronic Publications Supervisor


    Henry Hoff Appointed Editor of Register

    I am delighted to announce the appointment of Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, as editor of “The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.” Henry will officially start on Monday, April 23, and with the assistance of our interim editor, David Dearborn, will produce the July issue of the Register. Henry will edit the Register from his home in Annandale, Virginia, and will make use of the major genealogical repositories in nearby Washington, DC. Henry can be reached by email at

    Henry is well-known to the staff of NEHGS having served recently as director of development (1998-2000) and director of finance and planning (1996-1998). He has served as editor of “The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record” (1986-1997) and consulting editor of that journal (1997-present); co-editor of “The NYG&B Newsletter”  (1990-present); contributing editor, “The American Genealogist” (1984-present); editorial consultant, the “Register” (1997-1999); contributing editor, “New England Ancestors” (2000-present). He has been a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists since 1978 (president, 1986-1989), and is a certified genealogist. His genealogical articles have appeared in a host of journals since 1976.

    Please join me in welcoming Henry back to the NEHGS staff!

    I am also very happy to announce that Helen S. Ullmann, CG, will be joining the Register in a voluntary capacity as associate editor. Helen has served as a volunteer consulting editor of the Register since 1995, and is the author of numerous genealogical articles as well as an every-name index to “The Connecticut Nutmegger.” She received the 1999 Donald Lines Jacobus award from the American Society of Genealogists for her Mills genealogy. We are tremendously grateful for Helen's contribution of time and expertise to the “Register.”

    D. Brenton Simons, Assistant Executive Director


    New England Summer Conference: Farmington CT, July 13-14

    DNA and the family tree come together in a series of special lectures at NEHGS’s semi-annual New England Summer Conference at the Hartford Marriott Hotel in Farmington Connecticut.   Keynote speaker Oxford University’s Dr. Bryan Sykes, will open the weekend. In addition Dr. Bart Saxbe will conduct presentations on the interpretation of death certificates and Dr. Thomas Roderick will lecture on “Mitochondrial DNA and Genealogy.” The remainder of the conference will feature new lectures on classic research interests by NEHGS staff and special guest speaker Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, FASG.  A complete list of For more information including a complete schedule of lecures and registration information, please call the education department at 1-883-286-3447 or (617)536-5740 or email

    For more information on any of these programs or to register call the education department toll free at 1-888-286-3447, or in Boston at (617)-536-5740, ext 202. Or reach us by email at

    -Jennifer Cronin, Director of Education


    Upcoming program in Orange County, NY

    The Orange County (NY) Genealogical Society will have its annual all-day seminar on Saturday May 12, 2001 at the Goshen United Metrhodist Church, Main Street, in Goshen, NY. Guest speakers will be NEHGS assistant executive director D. Brenton Simons on "The Art of Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England and Beyond" and "Preparing to Write and Publish Your Family History" and Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS on "Same Name, Must be Same Person: Avoiding This and Other Genealogical Falacies." For more information email Marilyn Terry at


    Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635 Vol. II C-F Published

    NEHGS is pleased to announce the publication of the latest volume in the Great Migration series. The award-winning Great Migration series continues in this second volume covering the years 1634 and 1635. About thirteen hundred individuals or families are known to have come to New England in these years, amounting to twenty percent or more of the entire Great Migration. The first phase of the Great Migration Study Project identified and described all those Europeans who settled in New England prior to the end of 1633. This, the second phase, carries out the same program for the following two years. The number of immigrants to New England during these years was about fifty percent greater than the number who arrived in the previous fourteen years. And, for 1634 and 1635 more surviving passenger lists survive than for any other part of the Great Migration.

    This volume includes more than 250 new, authoritative genealogical sketches, including: Christopher CANE, Richard CARDER, Caleb Carr, Robert CARR, Thomas CARTER, Michael Carthrick, Thomas CHAMPION, Richard Champney, Clement CHAPLIN, Nathaniel  CHAPPELL, Dorothy Chester, Thomas Clark, Augustine CLEMENT, John CLOUGH, William COCKERILL, John Cogswell, Robert COKER, Isaac Cole, John COOKE, Payton COOKE, John Coolidge, John COOPER, Gilbert Crackbone, Simon CROSBY, Robert CROSS, John Crow, James Cudworth, Philemon Dalton, Penelope Darloe, Walter Desborough, Joan DRAKE, William DYER, Anthony EAMES, Philip ELIOT, Elizabeth Ellis, Ralph Ellenwood, William ELWELL, Thomas EVANS, Simon EYRE, Ralph FARNUM, John FARROW, Robert , James FITCH, John FITCH, Henry FLINT, Joseph FLOOD, Patience FOSTER, Thomas FOSTER, Henry FOWKES, William FRANKLIN, William Freeborn, Anthony Freeman, William Freethy, William French, Edmond Frost, Richard Fry, John Fuller, William Furber, and many, many more .

    A sample entry from the new volume of The Great Migration . . .


    ORIGIN: Olney, Buckinghamshire

    MIGRATION: 1635 on the Hopewell


    OCCUPATION: Fellmonger (on 1 December 1654, William Lyon, son of John Lyon of Marblehead, showed that he was apprenticed to “Edmond Farrinton of Lyn, fellmonger,” for eleven years (EQC 1:380]).

    EDUCATION: Signed by mark to Southampton documents (SoTR 1:5-7].

    OFFICES: Essex grand jury, 28 November 1654,26 June 1655 (EQC 1:372, 390].

    On 3 July 1646, Robert Mansfield of Lynn and Edmund Farrington were “freed from common training, keeping their arms complete” (EQC 1:100]. On 26 December 1648, “Edmund Farrington, on account of age, at his request,” was freed from fine for not training (EQC 1:154].

    ESTATE: In the 1638 Lynn land division, “Edmond Farrington” received 200 acres (EQC 2:270].

    On 4 July 1653, “Edmond Farrington” sold to Joseph Pope and Samuel Eborne “two hundred acres of upland & meadow within the bounds of Lin and ten acres of meadow lying in the Great Meadow about half a mile from the 200 acres” (ELR 1:19].

    On 22 May 1666, “Edmond Farrington of Linn ..., yeoman,” deeded to “my son Mathew Farrington the one-half of my cornmill with the utensils thereto belonging, with all the profits, produce & effects arising therefrom, except the toll of my son Fuller’s grist, which is well & duly to be ground toll free during the life of my daughter Elizabeth his wife. I do likewise give to my son Mathew Farrington the one-half of the mill house, houses, barn & half the upland & meadow that I bought of Nicholas Browne, & half my salt marsh in the Town Marsh,” in return for which Mathew Farrington will maintain his father and mother for the rest of their lives, and pay to “my son John Fuller, his heirs or assigns, the sum of ten pounds sterling at my decease” (ELR 2:122].

    On 3 December 1669, “Edmond Farrington of Linn ..., yeoman,” deeded to “Mathew Farrington of the same Linn ...the one-half of all & singular my tide mill at Linn aforesaid, with the housen, barn & several parcels of land thereto belonging” (ELR 6:51).

    . . . continued on page 495 of “The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, Volume 2 C-F”

    The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England: 1634-1635, Volume II, C-F

    By Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, George F. Sanborn, Jr., FASG, and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, FASG.

    NEHGS, 2001. 740 + civ pp., Hardcover. $45.00. (NEHGS Members $40.50) Item# S2-84434.


    Library News - What a Sydney Search Can Tell You: Using the Online Catalog at NEHGS

    When visiting the NEHGS Research Library, whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time regular, one of the first stops you should make is at Sydney, the library’s online catalog.  Sydney is available on each of the library’s public floors – 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th.  (Please note: the catalog on the NEHGS Web site is currently a different version from the one used on-site at NEHGS, but it is just as important for remote users to search the Web catalog as it is for on-site users to search Sydney.)

    While browsing the shelves is unquestionably a worthwhile research technique, searching Sydney will give you a much more comprehensive overview of the items the library holds in any given subject area.  By gathering in one place the records for items from all of the library’s collections and alerting you to items you do not know about or never thought to check, Sydney helps to ensure that you do not miss any resources that could be valuable in your research. 

    For example, imagine that you are looking for genealogies of the Jones family, but when you visit the library’s 6th floor (where genealogies are located) you go directly to the shelves and look only at books with the number CS71/J76 (for American genealogies of the Jones family).  You would not find books such as “The Smith – Jones Genealogy” because that would be shelved under American genealogies of the Smith family at CS71/S643, even though half of the work may consist of Jones family information.  However, a subject search in Sydney for “jones family” would locate something like “The Smith – Jones Genealogy” (as well as many other books you might not find otherwise) because the librarian who cataloged it would have included in the Sydney record a subject entry for “Jones family.” 

    Of course, the same holds true for any subject area.  For instance, if you’re looking for the military record of a War of 1812 soldier from Connecticut, it might be found in a book with a title like “Massachusetts and Connecticut War of 1812 Soldiers,” which could be shelved with Massachusetts or New England books, but would be easily located through the Sydney catalog.  Sydney would also alert you to resources in different formats – manuscripts, serials, CD-ROMs, etc. – or different library locations -  International Reference, Rare Book, Vertical File, etc.

    Last but not least, it is important to remember that the library has not filed or edited cards in its card catalog (found on the 6th floor) since September 1994, so any items we have acquired or changes we have made since that date will not be reflected there.  Instead, you will find them in Sydney, along with most of the library’s pre-1994 holdings.

    Now that we’ve explained the importance of using Sydney, give it a try!  Talk to Sydney and see what it can tell you.  If you require assistance in using the catalog, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our reference librarians.  In the next e-newsletter issue, we will discuss some basic and intermediate-level tips for using Sydney, so you can get the most out of your searching.

    Jean Maguire, Technical Services Librarian


    Available in the Book Shop

    More Early Records of the Town of Warwick, Rhode Island
    edited by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg & Jane Fletcher Fiske.

    The present edition reproduces the text faithfully and completely, including copies of all marks from the originals. An introduction places these books in the context of their time, and a meticulous every-name index offers rapid access to individual records. Between their worn covers “The Book with Clasps” and “General Record Book, No. 1” contain the raw material of Rhode Island History—deeds, town meeting records, wills, indentures, apprenticeships, correspondence, names of freemen and jurors, even “liquor entrances”—from 1664 to roughly 1719.

    NEHGS. 2001.  357pp. Hardcover.  
    $29.95 ($26.95 NEHGS members) Item #S2-80800

    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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