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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 3, No. 9
    Whole #44

    - Special Double Issue!
    - HisGen Highlights Subscriber Update
    - Great Migration Newsletter Resumed. Subscribe Today!
    - Bring a Friend to the Library!
    - Staff Openings at NEHGS
    - NEHGS Book Sale! New and Used.
    - New England Ancestors Feedback Forum
    - Make Plans Now With NEHGS Education
    - Flag Fragments from NEHGS Added to Star Spangled Banner
    - Volunteers Needed to Test Upgrade to
    - Coming to NEHGS via Public Transportation from Suburban Boston
    - Archival Anecdotes Features Articles on NEHGS and Irish Research
    - New England Ancestors to Feature Regular Column on NEHGS Manuscripts
    - Take Advantage of Our Research Services
    - Available in the Bookshop


    Special Double Issue!

    After some delays in production due to technical difficulties and retooling, HisGen Highlights is back on its biweekly schedule. Look for us in your mailbox every other Friday!

    Michael J. Leclerc, Electronic Publications Supervisor


    HisGen Highlights Subscriber Update

    We have been making some modifications to HisGen Highlights to make it easier to handle subscribing and unsubscribing, as well as distribution. We are limited in the number of emails we can send out at one time without crashing our server. We have established an account with Microsoft bCentral's Listbuilder service to better handle your needs. Starting with this issue, your subscription has been converted to this new service.

    Subscribing and unsubscribing will be handled automatically, relieving the staff of hours of time spent processing manually. We will also be able to provide html coded newsletters as well as straight text. Listbuilder will automatically send you a straight text message if your email program cannot handle html messages. This will allow us to more fully format the enewsletter, making it easier to read. And we will be able to include images of products where appropriate.

    You can access the subscribe page through the What's New or Current Publications section of our website


    Great Migration Newsletter Resumed. Subscribe Today!

    NEHGS is pleased to announce that publication of the Great Migration Newsletter has resumed with Volume 9. We have appreciated your patience while Robert Charles Anderson, FASG and his co-authors, George F. Sanborn, Jr. FASG, and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, FASG completed The Great Migration: Immigrant to New England, 1634-1635. Volume II, C-F. This volume includes more than 250 new genealogical sketches, covering the years 1634 and 1635 and is now available through our Sales Department (please see below for ordering details). With the completion of this latest volume in the Great Migration series we are resuming publication of the Newsletter.

    We are pleased to again bring you the ground-breaking research of Robert Charles Anderson. Your support ensures the continuation of important projects such as the Great Migration Study Project. Subscription rates are $15 for Volume 9, $28 for Volumes 9 and 10. . Send subscriptions to:

    The Great Migration Study Project - Subscriptions
    101 Newbury Street
    Boston, MA 02116-3007

    Volume 9 nos. 1-2 include articles on John Winthrop's medical journal, probate inventories, and the settlement of Stamford, Connecticut and Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as tips on recent literature. Below is an excerpt from the article Focus on Stamford in Volume 9, no. 1:

    The settlement of Stamford was one stage in a process which had begun in Watertown in Massachusetts Bay in 1634, moved on to Wethersfield in Connecticut in 16353 and 1636, and had many more ramifications in the years after the first move to Stamford. This process was generated by a combination of population pressure, the search for better agricultural land, and differences of expression within the Puritan community. In this first section of our examination of Stamford we will look at the larger questions of the chronology of the settlement and the immediate political consequences. In the second section we will look more closely at the first twenty men who committed themselves to the building of this plantation.

    The land which would become the town of Stamford lay within the area governed by the newly established colony of New Haven, and had been purchased by New Haven men [NHCR 1:199]. On 4 November 1640, when New Haven was not yet two years old, the colony responded to "Andrew Warde and Rob[er]t Coe of Weathersfield [who] were deputed by Weathersfield men, the 30th of the 8th month commonly called October 1640, to treat with the court at New-haven about the plantation (lately purchased by the said town) called Toquams" [NHCR 1:45]. New Haven court agreed to tthe purchase, and imposed upon the purchasers the same conditions as had been set forth earlier for the settlers of Totokett (later Branford).

    This region which the Wethersfield men had purchased was also called Rippowams, and on 27 October 1641 "Andrew Warde and Francis Bell of Rippowams [are] admitted members of this court and received the charge of freeman" [NHCR 1:58]. At this same court, "Thurston Rayner [was] chosen constable for Rippowams...but is not to be established in his office till he have received his charge from this Court and testified his acceptance thereof to this Court" [NHCR 1"58]. . . .


    Bring a Friend to the Library!
    Have a friend you want to introduce to the NEHGS Library? July is "Bring a Friend" month! For every non-member friend you bring into the library on a Thursday in July,

    you'll receive $2.00 worth of photocopies and your guest saves 50% off of the visitor day fee!

    Bring a friend July 5, 12, 19, and 26 and is valid only for Thursdays that the NEHGS Library is open in July 2001. One guest per member per visit. Only patrons who visit the Library with a member receive the 50% discount. I hope you can share the NEHGS Library with a friend!

    Chad Leinaweaver, Director of User Access Services


    Staff Openings at NEHGS

    Electronic Publications Editor

    Position Description
    The Electronic Publications Editor is responsible for assisting the Electronic Publicaitons Supervisor with major aspects of the Society''s electronic publications, including website content management and CD-ROM production. The Editor copyedits and proofreads articles and other content for the NEHGS website, and will work with other staff to provide content for CD-ROMs. The Editor will also work with member volunteers who provide transcription, conversion, proofreading, and editing services to the Society.

    The Editor will create timetables for content creation and work with authors and other departments to meet these deadlines. The Editor will also work with other support staff to use scanners and optical character recognition to convert materials in the collection to searchable text for the website and CD-ROMs, and perform other duties as assigned.

    This position requires a strong background in writing, editing and proofreading. Experience in data conversion using scanning equipment and optical character recognition programs is extremely helpful. The ideal candidate will also have experience with genealogical and/or historical resources and publications. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines is a must. Project management experience a plus.

    Position Details and Application Procedure
    This is a full-time position with benefits. NEHGS is conveniently located in the Back Bay near major subway, train, and bus lines. No parking is available. Please send resume with salary history and cover letter to Electronic Publications Editor, NEHGS, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007, or send resume with salary history and cover letter as embedded document to Michael Leclerc, Electronic Publications Supervisor at

    Director of Sales

    Position Description
    The Director of Sales is responsible for all aspects of the New England Historic Genealogical Society''s book and merchandise sales which are carried out through catalogs and advertising flyers, book sales at meetings and conferences, the NEHGS online store on its website,, and at its Family Treasures Bookshop. The Sales Director prepares an annual sales plan and budget, selects and orders books for resale, creates advertising plans for NEHGS publications and materials for resale, manages customer service and order fulfillment, and manages inventory. The Director prepares updates to the sales catalog and, working with designers and printers, insures that the catalog is timely, accurate and well designed. Other responsibilities include preparation of periodic sales reports, financial analyses and other reports for trustees, management, and other oversight bodies, as requested.

    The Director of Sales works with other NEHGS departments to ensure that the sales program supports membership and other department priorities, and in turn, benefits from collaborative activities with other departments'' programs and initiatives. Marketing activities include updates to a sales prospect file through management of names obtained through outreach and sales activities. The Director of Sales has supervisory responsibility for two sales assistants and the shipping and receiving clerk.

    The position requires a strong sales background and experience with database management, accounting software, word processing and spreadsheet software, as well as a solid understanding of inventory management and accounting practice. The ideal candidate will have experience or familiarity with genealogical resources and publications. Experience with web-based communications and ecommerce is extremely helpful. The position requires supervisory experience and the ability to delegate responsibilities for maximum effectiveness with a small staff. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Position involves frequent communication with staff, vendors and memembers/customers; tact and diplomacy are important. Analytical skills include ability to evaluate options and make decisions based on understanding of buying habits of the genealogical public. A Bachelor''s Degree is required, preferably in a humanities discipline.

    Position Details and Application Procedure
    This is a full-time position with benefits. The NEHGS Sales Department is located in Framingham, MA and is not accessible to public transportation. Free parking is available on site. The position is immediately available. Please send resume with salary history and cover letter as embedded document to or mail to NEHGS Sales Opening, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007.


    NEHGS Book Sale! New and Used.

    Save the dates! On Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th, there will be a major book sale at NEHGS (101 Newbury Street, Boston) from 10:00am - 4:00pm. For the first time in many years, NEHGS will be holding one of its famous book sales. It will feature both new, used, and remainered books, and many unadvertised specials. More information will follow in the next issue of HisGen Highlights.


    New England Ancestors Feedback Forum

    Topic #5: Genealogy Software

    What genealogical software program do you use and why (e.g., Family Tree Maker, The Master Genealogist, etc.)?

    To respond, please email, or write to "Feedback," New England Ancestors, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007. Results will be published in an upcoming issue. Please include your name as you wish it to appear if selected for publication. We regret that we cannot respond to every letter. Letters will be edited for clarity and length. Personal statements or opinions made by respondents are not verified and do not reflect opinions or policies of NEHGS.

    Carolyn Oakley, Creative Director


    Make Plans Now With NEHGS Education

    Need one-on-one assistance to finally make those coveted breakthroughs? "Come Home to New England", August 5-12

    Whether you are coming from across the country or you live right in Boston, treat yourself to a week of lectures on a variety of genealogical topics, guided research in our extraordinary library, four ½ hour one-on-one personal consultations with our staff genealogists and the opportunity to meet with other researchers with whom you can swap stories and discuss new techniques. Accommodations for our program will be offered at a hotel near NEHGS. All program fees include lodging for 7 nights but a commuter rate is available for those who wish to stay with friends or family. Lecture topics include using photographs in genealogy, writing and publishing your family history and preserving heirlooms.

    Register Now for NEHGS Goes to Salt Lake City, October 28-November 3, and November 4-11

    What makes the NEHGS Research Tour to Salt Lake City special? Why not see for yourself? We bring these irreplaceable benefits to your Salt Lake City experience:

    Personal research consultations with staff (and staff to turn to if you get deadlocked!).

    Lectures on genealogical topics designed to make the most of your research.

    Group meals, social mixers, and a historical tour of the city.

    Comfortable accomodations right next to the Family History Library 

    For the first time, participants can choose to join our program for one or two weeks.

    For more information about our programs or how to register, please call our Education Department at (888) 286-3447, ext. 226 or locally at (617) 536-5740, ext. 226. You may also e-mail us at

    -Jennifer Cronin, Director of Education


    Flag Fragments from NEHGS added to Star Spangled Banner

    On June 14, 2001 the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, opened its exhibit, "Snippings from the Star-Spangled Banner," as part of its ongoing preservation and interpretation of the nation's historic flag. NEHGS was among the six institutions who held these snippings, and those from NEHGS were put on display that morning by the Museum's Director and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Representatives of the six institutions were on hand for the press conference, exhibit opening, special tour, and luncheon; NEHGS was represented by Henry Hoff, Editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

    Henry Hoff, Editor


    Volunteers Needed to Test Upgrade to

    We are pleased to announce that we will be rolling out a major upgrade to our website later this summer. New user interfaces, a sleaker and easier to comprehend design, full access to our online catalog, and more research columns are just some of the features you can look forward to seeing in this new version. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us beta test the site in August. What is involved? You will be given a special url for the beta site and asked to log on and try it out. We want your assistance in locating bugs and other problems so they can be fixed before the site rolls out live. If you are interested in volunteering for this beta test, please email and put "Beta Test" in the subject line. You will be emailed additional details closer to the beta test time.

    Michael J. Leclerc, Electronic Publications Supervisor


    Coming to NEHGS via Public Transportation from Suburban Boston

    Boston has one of the best, cleanest, and cheapest means of public transit and it should encourage you to visit the Society Library. The subway [the "T"] and the Commuter Rail are run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and schedules, parking fees, maps, and other information can be obtained from their website [] or by calling toll-free 1-800-392-6100. 

    Commuter Rail (Purple Line)

    Map: []

    Schedule: Runs on a specified schedule posted at each train station and also at:

    Fare Cost: $2-$5 (one way depending on how far from Boston). Ticket cheaper at the station than from train conductor.
    Zone Information (costs of distance from Boston)

    Society Location: After arriving at one of the Boston Commuter Train Stations

    1) SOUTH STATION - take the Subway Red Line "inbound" for two stops to Park Street Station in order to pick up the Green Line "outbound" train to Copley Station. NEHGS is one block down Boylston Street along the park and one block down Clarendon Street to Newbury Street. We're at 99-101 Newbury St.

    2) NORTH STATION - take the Subway Green Line "inbound" to Copley Station. NEHGS is one block down Boylston Street along the park and one block down Clarendon Street to Newbury Street. We're at 99-101 Newbury St.

    3) BACK BAY STATION - You're almost there! NEHGS is down 4 blocks heading towards (and past) the tall John Hancock Building. Make right on Newbury Street. We're at 99-101 Newbury St.

    Some of the Suburban Stations with Parking:

    1) FORGE PARK / 495 STATION - [Franklin Line] for points southwest
    Route 140 off Route 495, Franklin
    Take train into Back Bay Station
    $1 plus city fees

    2) KINGSTON / ROUTE 3 - [Kingston/Plymouth Line] for points southeast
    Exit off Route 3, Marion Drive, Kingston
    Take train into South Station
    $1 parking plus city fees

    3) MIDDLEBOROUGH / LAKEVILLE - [Middleborough / Lakeville Line] for points southeast
    Route 105, Middleborough
    Take train into South Station
    $1 parking

    4) NEWBURYPORT - [Newburyport Line] for points northeast
    Boston Way & Parker Street, off Route 1, Newburyport
    Take train into North Station
    $1 parking plus city fees

    5) ROUTE 128 STATION - [Providence/Attleboro/Stoughton Lines] for points west/southwest
    100 University Avenue exit 13 off Route 128, Westwood
    Take train into Back Bay Station
    $3 first 14 hours, $10 for day


    Subway [The "T"]

    Map: []

    Schedule: Runs about every 10-15 minutes.

    Fare Cost: $1 for most stations

    Society Location: Green Line near the Copley or Arlington stations; Orange Line near Back Bay Station

    Suburban Stations with Parking:

    1) ALEWIFE -- for points north/northwest
    Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge (at end of Route 2 on the Arlington border)
    Once parked, you may take the Red Line Train to Park Street Station, change to an "Outbound Green Line Train" and get off at the Arlington or Copley stations.
    $4 per day

    2) RIVERSIDE -- for points west
    Grove Street off Route 128 at Exit 21.
    Must reserve spaces, there is a pre-charge and recommended for over-sized vehicles.
    Once parked, you may take this Green Line "D" train at the Riverside Subway stop directly into Boston, get off at the Arlington or Copley stations.
    $2.25 per day, per space

    3) WONDERLAND -- for points northeast
    1300 North Shore (Route 1A), Revere.
    Once parked, take this Blue Line train to Government Center, change to an "Outbound Green Line" train, getting off at the Arlington or Copley stations.
    $2 parking.

    4) BRAINTREE -- for points southeast
    Ivory Street between Union Street and Pearl Street, off route 3, Braintree
    Once parked, take this Red Line train to Park Street Station, change to an "Outbound Green Line" train and get off at the Arlington or Copley stations.
    $2.50 parking.

    Chad Leinaweaver, Director of User Access Services


    Archival Anecdotes Features Articles on NEHGS and Irish Research

    Archival Anecdotes, the quarterly newsletter of friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Archives in Pittsfield, Mass., features articles on research sources at NEHGS in each issue. The latest issue (March 2001) featured a reprint of Marie E. Daly's article "Irish Research Sources at NEHGS" (originally published in the premiere issue of New England Ancestors). The same issue of Archival Anecdotes also featured:

    *"Problems and Tips for Finding Your Irish Ancestors in Federal Records" by Jean Nudd

    *"An Irish Ancestor Revealed in Federal Records: Maurice Kelleher" by Arlene Jennings

    *"Developments in Irish Genealogy" by Kevin Cahill

    *"Irish Research in the NYG&BS" by Catherine M. Ellard

    *"Computer Capers: CDs & Internet Sites for Irish Genealogical Research" by C. Pryor Brown

    *"The Search Search for My Son, Michael" by Al Sullivan

    *"City Directories on Microfilm at NARA-Pittsfield"

    *"Standards for Use of Technology in Genealogical Research: Recommended by the National Genealogical Society"

    *"Area Family History Calendar"

    *"In the Bookstore"

    *"Wondering How You'll Use the 1930 Census?"

    And much more! A future issue of Archival Anecdotes will feature articles by NEHGS staff members Chad Leinaweaver and Lynn Betlock on German research sources at NEHGS. For more information on the Friends of the National Archives and its newsletter, email

    New England Ancestors to Feature Regular Column on NEHGS Manuscripts

    To better acquaint NEHGS members with holdings in our manuscripts collection, archivists Timothy Salls and Timothy Hughes will be contributing articles to every issue of New England Ancestors magazine on the resources, treasures, and recent donations to the huge NEHGS manuscript collections. The first column will be featured in the fall 2001 issue of the magazine on recently-donated Scottish records from Clan Blair.

    D. Brenton Simons, Assistant Executive Director


    Take Advantage of Our Research Services

    QUICKSEARCH assists you with your genealogical research by providing you with a list of useful sources that the NEHGS Research Service staff will search for you. These sources are described in detail and are generally those that are indexed, alphabetized, or otherwise organized in a searchable manner and available in the NEHGS research library on Newbury Street. The listing will be updated periodically to include new acquisitions and to expand our services to you.

    Tips for Ordering

    For each person you are researching:

    Decide which ancestor you want researched

    Consult the QUICKSEARCH source list and select the source you want searched for that ancestor

    For each source, fill out one order form (order forms are included in the QS source listing; feel free to make copies of the order form)

    Provide as much information as you can on the order form: names, dates, places - even if approximate

    Each variant spelling checked is considered a separate search


    Rates are based on estimated time for a "standard" search of that source.

    Members receive a 25% discount

    There are additional charges for postage & handling, international postage, faxes and rush orders


    We guarantee that the sources selected have been carefully searched for the names you have given us. We cannot guarantee that we will find your ancestors.

    Visit for more information and a complete list of QuickSearh sources, or send a SASE with $.55 postage.

    Ruth Quigley Wellner, Research Services Coordinator


    Available in the Book Shop

    Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians
    Edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills

    Written and edited by over two dozen genealogists, this new manual is intended to lead genealogists "through the thicket of education and ethics, consumer stanards and quality control, copyrights and legal contracts, scholarship and professional growth, time mangement and business practices." The major section headings are: Professional Preparation, Ethics and Legalities, Career Mangement, Professional Research Skills, Writing and Compiling, Editing and Publishing, and Educational Services. (This book was recently previewed in the Spring 2001 issue of New England Ancestors. See page 23 of that issue for a fuller description of the book.)

    "Professional Genealogy will be a reference standard. Its 29 powerfully packed chapters are a thoroughly researched and expertly presented treatment of a subject that has truly come of age. While the whole is neatly groomed to provide continuity and consistency, each chapter can stand alone as a scholarly contribution to the field."--Curt B. Witcher, MLS, President, National Genealogical Society; and Manager Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library.

    GPC. 2001. xxvi + 654 pp. Hardcover.
    $44.95* Item #B2-62870 

    The Barent Jacobsen Cool Family
    by Richard H. Benson
    A Major New Work on New York Dutch Genealogy

    This is the fascinating story of Barent Jacobsen Cool who was in New Amsterdam in 1633. His life and the lives of five generations of his descendants with the names Cole, Kool, and Cool are covered. The story starts in Amsterdam with the marriage of his parents in 1596 and follows his careers as a sailor and ship captain to his position as "Elder of the Beer Porters" when he was in charge of the wine and beer warehouse of the Dutch West India Company. A "must have" for anyone with early New Amsterdam connections!

    Newbury Street Press, 2001, 498pp. Hardcover.
    $40, (NEHGS member price $36) Item #S4-16000

    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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