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  • 2002 Archive

  • Vol. 4, No. 10
    Whole #66
    May 17, 2002

    • New Research Articles on
    • Genealogy 101 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    • Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures
    • "Bostonians at Home" Exhibit
    • Professional Photographer Needed
    • Nova Scotia Comes to Boston Harbor
    • Visit NEHGS in Milwaukee at the NGS Conference

    New Research Articles on

    Royal Descents, Notable Kin, & Printed Sources — Free Preview Article
    Fifty New Notable Lines and Discoveries
    Elizabeth Boyd Roberts: A Genealogical Tribute with 50 "New" Notable Kin of Stoughton, Scudder, Baldwin, Stanley, Martin (Bates-Stowe), Stebbins, Bullard, Hull, Latham (Dungan-Clarke), William Peck, Royce, Gaylord, Hale, Calkins, Cowles, Withington, Woodruff, or Alcock Descent
    by Gary Boyd Roberts
    "My mother (Mary) Elizabeth Boyd Roberts, who was born in Corsicana, Texas, December 31, 1912, died in Houston, January 24, 2002. Having twice read at funeral services a eulogy covering her life, I now wish to present a genealogical tribute treating 50 notable figures in American history who are among our distant kinsmen, and whom I have never covered before — in either American Ancestors and Cousins of The Princess of Wales, Ancestors of American Presidents, Notable Kin, Volumes One and Two, later "Notable Kin" columns in NEXUS and New England Ancestors, or this current column series."

    The Maine Old Cemetery Association
    by Russell C. Farnham, C.G.
    "In 1968, Dr. Hilda M. Fife, using the Vermont Old Cemetery Association (VOCA) as a model, saw a similar need to identify small, neglected cemeteries throughout the state of Maine. Sponsored by the Maine League of Historical Societies and Museums and the University of Maine's Department of History, Dr. Fife chartered the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA) as a non-profit organization. Initially, the primary purpose of MOCA was to locate old cemeteries in order to encourage their care and preservation, which would in turn aid in the preservation of historic information. Over the years, MOCA has worked with scout troops, Masons, various historical societies, and other organizations to clean up deserted and neglected cemeteries as they are identified. They also inspire and motivate local efforts by town or city officials to assist in this endeavor by calling attention to cemeteries in disrepair through local media channels."

    New Hampshire
    Did Your Ancestor Really Remove to New Hampshire in the 1700s?
    by Sherry L. Gould
    The early settlers of New Hampshire differed from their neighbors in Massachusetts primarily in their intentions for life in the new land. While the Pilgrims first settled Massachusetts in 1620 and the Puritans roughly a decade later, New Hampshire's first English subjects were loyal to the Church of England. Rather than religious freedom, they were interested in fishing, trading, and other pursuits aimed at returning a profit. A century of competing interests in lands granted by the neighboring provinces can be reviewed in the numerous histories of the state. This article focuses on the border dispute between New Hampshire and Massachusetts that was settled in 1741. As part of the settlement, King George II named Benning Wentworth governor at Portsmouth, over a province further separated from the Bay Colony. The settlement also changed the border, which has created lasting confusion for family historians regarding the location of their ancestors in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire during that time frame.

    African American Research in New England
    African American Family History Resources at NEHGS
    by Beth Ann Bower
    The manuscript collections of the New England Historic Genealogical Society feature a number of African American family history records for New England and beyond. This month's column highlights three examples: the genealogical notes of William G. Spear; the Capt. George W. Lane scrapbooks; and plantation records from South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi.

    Irish Research
    French Names in Ireland
    by Marie E. Daly
    Many different peoples migrated to Ireland over the course of thousands of years, and among the most notable were invaders and refugees from France, the Normans and the Huguenots. Scattered amongst the Irish and the Diaspora of modern days are many people with lines of French ancestry, including President Kennedy's maternal ancestry of Fitzgerald.

    Genealogy 101 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    Saturday, June 1, 2002

    Our classic Genealogy 101 program offers an in-depth introduction to the basic methods, tools, and sources for getting started in your family history research. This course is recommended for those who have not previously had genealogical training or who are looking to refresh their genealogical research skills.

    Course instructor Marcia Melnyk has developed new topics, so previous attendees may wish to attend again. This program will feature lectures on "Using Census and City Directories Together," "Cemetery Research and Preservation," and "Immigrant Research Strategies" as well as a one hour question and answer session.

    Genealogy 101 will be offered in collaboration with Historic Deerfield.

    For more information about this event, please contact the NEHGS Education Department at 1-888-286-3447, ext. 202, or email

    Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures

    This season's "Genealogy in a Nutshell" series continues with two new lectures:

    • "New Hampshire and Vermont Sources" by George Sanborn Jr. on Saturday, May 18
    • "Find Your Jewish Ancestors" by Alex Woodle on Wednesday, May 22

    All lectures take place at 10 a.m. Advance registration is not necessary.

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit

    "Bostonians at Home" Exhibit

    An new exhibit entitled, "Bostonians at Home: Five Boston Families, 1680-1960" opened May 1 at the Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

    The exhibition uses the stories, images, artifacts, and homes of five families (the Reveres, Otises, Prescotts, Gibsons, and Nicholses) to explore the unique history of residential development and domestic life in Boston. The exhibit was organized by the associations that operate the five historic homes connected with the families: the Paul Revere House, the Harrison Gray Otis House, the Prescott House, the Gibson House, and the Nichols House. All of the house museums are historical sites and are open to the public.

    The exhibit is on view at the Adams Gallery, David J. Sargent Hall, Suffolk University Law School, at 120 Tremont Street in Boston. The exhibit will run from May 1-September 29, 2002. The gallery is located one-half block from the Park Street subway station. The Adams Gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily.

    For more information, please visit

    Professional Photographer Needed

    NEHGS is searching for a professional photographer in the Boston area willing to donate his or her time to photograph NEHGS facilities and staff. The photographs will be used in NEHGS publications, on the website, and in marketing materials.

    If you would like to volunteer, please contact Lynn Betlock at or at 617-226-1210.

    Nova Scotia Comes to Boston Harbor, May 16-19, 2002

    Genealogists with Nova Scotia roots — especially those planning a research trip to the province — will want to consider paying a visit to Boston's Charlestown Navy Yard this weekend. The CAT high-speed catamaran ferry, which makes regular summertime trips between Bar Harbor, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, will serve as the focal point for Nova Scotia's floating travel show at the Navy Yard. Moored next to USS Constitution, The CAT will be open to the public on Friday, May 17 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m., Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is free.

    Visitors will be able to research their Nova Scotia family heritage at an interactive genealogy exhibit being set up for the fair. They will also have the opportunity to meet representatives of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police force, be entertained by members of the kilted 78th Highlanders from Halifax's Citadel, and listen to Maritime Celtic musicians perform. Costumed characters representing the history of the province will also be on hand.

    As guests explore The CAT, they will be able to speak to over 150 tourism and trade representatives about discovering Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, including the provinces' culture, history and nature-based tourism. Sponsored in cooperation with the Boston National Historical Park (National Park Service) as part of its visiting ships program, and also with the Canadian Tourism Commission, the event will be the largest Canadian tourism industry promotion in the United States for 2002. New England represents Nova Scotia's largest American market.

    Water transportation to the Charlestown Navy Yard is available from the MBTA's Dock 1 at Long Wharf in downtown Boston. The closest subway stop is Community College on the Orange Line. For information about water transportation or the subway, please visit

    For more information about the event or to request a free Nova Scotia vacation planning kit, visit or call 1-800-565-0000, operator 396.

    Visit NEHGS in Milwaukee at the NGS Conference, May 17-18

    The National Genealogical Society conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is currently in progress and will run through Saturday, May 18.

    Whether or not you are registered for the conference, you are invited to stop by and visit the New England Historic Genealogical Society booth in the exhibit hall. (The exhibit hall is free and open to the public.) This is your chance to see the most recent NEHGS publications: The Art of Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England, Mallet & Chisel: Gravestone Carvers in Newport, Rhode Island, in the 18th Century, and A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries as well as the latest NEHGS CDs: Records of the Churches of Boston and Records of Barnstable, Massachusetts.

    To highlight the resources available on our website,, we will be offering two website demonstrations per day. In addition, NEHGS will be hosting a number of book-signings at the NEHGS booth. The schedule of events is as follows:

    Friday, May 17

    • 1:30–2 p.m. Maureen A. Taylor, Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs and Preserving Your Family Photographs
    • 1:30 p.m. demonstration
    • 2–2:30 p.m. Paula Stuart Warren and James Warren, Your Guide to the Family History Library
    • 3:30–4 p.m. Tony Burroughs, Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree

    Saturday, May 18

    • 10:30 a.m. demonstration
    • 1:30–2 p.m. Marsha Hoffman Rising, Vermont Newspaper Abstracts, 1783-1816
    • 1:30 p.m. demonstration
    • 2–2:30 p.m. Rhonda McClure, The Genealogist's Computer Companion

    The NGS conference is being held at the Midwest Express Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Milwaukee). You can find NEHGS in the exhibit hall at booth number 217.

    The exhibit hall hours are as follows:

    • Friday, May 17, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

    • Saturday, May 18, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

    For information about attending the conference, visit the National Genealogical Society's website at

    We hope to see you in Milwaukee!

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