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  • 2002 Archive

  • Vol. 4, No. 17
    Whole #73
    August 9, 2002

    • New Databases on
    • New Research Articles on
    • The Newbury Street Press at NEHGS
    • Discount for NEHGS Members on Subscriptions to Burke's Peerage and Gentry Online
    • Upcoming NEHGS Education Programs
    New England Ancestors Feedback Forum
    • From the NEHGS Volunteer Coordinator
    • City Council Seeks Opinions on Moving Boston's Archives to Historic Building
    • Do You Have Polish Roots?
    • Favorite Ancestor Feedback

    New Databases on

    Family Genealogies database

    We are in the process of digitizing hundreds of family genealogies from our collection, and will introduce them online on a regular basis. These genealogies have been scanned in their entirety and are fully searchable, with original images included.

    The first three genealogies available are:

    • The Carpenter Family in America (1907) by D.H. Carpenter
    The Ancestry of Edward Rawson (1887) by Ellery B. Crane
    Simon Lobdell of Milford, Connecticut and His Descendants (1907?) by Julia Harrison Lobdell

    Search the Family Genealogies database here: .

    Rev. Thomas Cary Diary — 1764

    Rev. Thomas Cary (1745–1808) was one of the ministers along the Merrimack River who encouraged the patriotism of their parishioners during the Revolutionary War. He started his diary in Weston, Massachusetts, in 1762 and continued writing until 1806. This installment includes his observations from the year 1764. (Entries of the previous two years are also available in this database.) This database contains transcriptions of Cary's notes as well as images of the diaries.

    Search Rev. Thomas Cary's diary here.

    New Towns in the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 database

    Ten new towns have been added this week: Duxbury, Dracut, Edgartown, Leicester, Lynn, Medway, Oakham, Rutland, Tyringham, and Wayland.

    Search by town, county, or all of Massachusetts at

    Lexington, Massachusetts, Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths to January 1, 1898

    In addition to the "official" Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 series, several towns published their vital records independently. Beginning with Lexington, we will be digitizing these volumes and making them available on

    Search the Lexington, Massachusetts, Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths to January 1, 1898 database here.

    Master Search
    Or master search all databases at

    New Research Articles on

    Rhode Island
    Summer Reading for Rhode Island Researchers, Part Two
    by Maureen A. Taylor

    Histories of Connecticut Written Since 1960
    by Joyce S. Pendery

    Military Research
    Find Your Civil War Ancestor at the NEHGS Research Library
    by David Allen Lambert

    The Newbury Street Press at NEHGS

    In the last year, Newbury Street Press (NSP), the special publications imprint of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has published a number of new compiled genealogies which have arrived to highly satisfactory reviews and continue to break new ground in the field.

    The Newbury Street Press was established in 1996 to produce compiled genealogies, written and edited with scholarly standards in mind, for the membership of NEHGS. Newbury Street Press puts a great premium on works that have explored primary source records; that is, non-published materials that have been assembled in Register format. For more information about accepted NEHGS genealogical writing style, you will want to consult Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, to be published by NEHGS in November 2002 ($14.95). Until it is published, you should review its predecessor, Guidelines for Authors of Compiled Genealogies, by Thomas Kozachek ($5).

    Newbury Street Press books have the good fortune of being compiled and edited by experts in the field of genealogy and family history and have won numerous awards. Two books, Jonathan Watson of Dover, New Hampshire, by David Watson Kruger, and Hatch and Brood of Time, by Peter Haring Judd, have won the prestigious Donald Lines Jacobus Award for excellence in genealogy, which is awarded occasionally by the American Society of Genealogists.

    If you are considering publishing your family history, or if you are just interested in knowing more about the publishing process, Newbury Street Press is interested in speaking with you. Christopher Hartman, editorial director, will gladly answer any questions you may have. His email address is

    A general bibliography of books from the Newbury Street Press which have appeared in the past year:

    The Descendants of John Comins (ca. 1668–1751) and his wife, Mary, of Woburn and Oxford, Massachusetts and Windham County, Connecticut (Male lines traced to the ninth generation)
    by Abbott Lowell Cummings

    Patrick Cottar of Pictou County, Nova Scotia by John H. Fullerton

    The Descendants of Joseph Patrell [LaPatourel] (ca. 1730–1790) of Ware River Parish, Massachusetts by Roberta Stokes Smith, edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn

    The Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodman (1829–1912). Wife of Learner Blackman Harrison. by Harrison Black, MD

    NSP has several new books coming soon, including A Mills and Kendall Family History by Helen S. Ullmann, CG, and Ancestry of Russell Makepeace of Marion, Massachusetts by Shirley Pizziferri, et al.

    Discount for NEHGS Members on Subscriptions to Burke's Peerage and Gentry Online

    Have you visited Burke's Peerage on the web? The online version of Burke's Peerage and Gentry ( offers its subscribers a fully searchable database which includes records from the following collections:

    Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th edition — the definitive guide to the British aristocracy
    Burke's Landed Gentry Scotland, 19th edition
    Burke's Landed Gentry England & Wales, 18th edition

    This database, a major reference work covering over 1,000 years of history, holds in excess of 5,000 records which reference approximately 750,000 individuals (about 150,000 of whom are living) from Britain's titled and landed gentry families. These records are the culmination of 180 years of meticulous research by professional genealogists, spanning many centuries and generations. Today these records, updated quarterly, are searchable by name or keyword.

    Additional information beyond the database includes spotlight interviews, an article library, a monthly newsletter, "what's new" section, contributions from publishing partners, and links to relevant sites.

    Subscribers also receive exclusive access to the online magazine Atavus. Atavus contains high quality articles on genealogy, British and global history, traditions and related topics. The July/August 2002 issue of Atavus, currently posted on the Burke's website, includes the following articles:

    • The Case of the Annandale Earldom — a genealogical puzzle surrounding a claim to the Earldom
    • Ian G Brennan — Sculptor and Woodcarver to the British Royal Household
    • The New England Historic Genealogical Society — Past and Present
    • Emily Hobhouse — who set up the South African Women and Children’s Distress fund in 1900
    • Mary Queen of Scots
    • Clans of Scotland
    • US Presidents: Preface
    • Plus additional stories with a personal flavor, telling tales of family history, emotional ties and emigration.

    The September/October issue of Atavus will feature an article by NEHGS Assistant Executive Director D. Brenton Simons on "John Gore (1718–1796) of Boston, Massachusetts, and the Gore Roll".

    A Special Offer for NEHGS Members

    Burke's Peerage & Gentry ( is pleased to offer members
    of the New England Historic Genealogical Society a special discount. Save $20 on Burke's online subscription paying just $79 for annual access rather than $99.

    To receive the discount,
    1. Visit
    2. Enter voucher code NEHGS and click "SUBMIT"
    3. Click "CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE" link
    4. The subscription form will then appear with discount price. Add contact
    details and follow ordering process.

    This offer is available from August 9 to October 31, 2002.

    For further information contact Nina Hugill at

    Burke's at the NEHGS Research Library

    Please note: Visitors to the NEHGS library in Boston can access the subscription portion of the Burke's database on any of the computers on the library's fourth floor.

    Upcoming NEHGS Education Programs

    Irish Genealogical Conference in Braintree, Massachusetts, September 27–28
    Join us for two days of lectures on Irish genealogical research from some of the top experts in the field. For more information, email

    Decorative Arts Symposium on The Art of Family, October 19, 2002
    Co-sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities and the New England Historic Genealogical Society
    This symposium brings together historians and decorative arts experts to explore artifacts that document family life including mourning pieces, coats of arms, furniture, miniatures, family registers, and portraits. For more information, please visit (scroll down to the second article). To register for the symposium, please call SPNEA at 617-227-3957, ext. 270.

    Research Program to Salt Lake City, November 3–10, 2002
    Each November, NEHGS staff genealogists lead a popular tour to Salt Lake City that features guided research in the Family History Library, group lectures, personal consultations, and social activities.

    New England Ancestors Feedback Forum

    Topic #8: Which ancestral “hometown” would you most like to visit? Why?

    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 of New England Ancestors magazine. 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.

    From the NEHGS Volunteer Coordinator

    After a mid-July vacation, I have returned to find that NEHGS volunteers have been as busy as ever, despite the summer being vacation time for many. A team of volunteers has completed processing a particular manuscript collection, and we are now looking for members who can come to the library at 101 Newbury Street, and have the time and the interest to help our archivist and the staff with new tasks. This involves a regular time commitment, as each project needs to be started and completed by the same volunteer.

    If this is of interest and you would like more details, please contact me at 617-226-1276. If I am not available, please leave a message on my voicemail with a phone number and a time when you can be reached. I can be also be emailed at

    Thank you,

    Susan Rosefsky

    City Council Seeks Opinions on Moving Boston's Archives to Historic Building

    NEHGS received the following message from John McColgan, Deputy Archivist for the City of Boston:

    "On Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 1 p.m. the Boston City Council will conduct a public hearing to review the feasibility of moving the City Archives from Hyde Park to a permanent location at the Ropewalk Building in the Charlestown Navy Yard. For the past thirteen years, Boston's historic records have been housed at a "temporary" repository in Readville on the farthest reaches of the City's boundaries, about ten miles from City Hall. The Archives has long outgrown this facility, a former school building, which is inconveniently located for researchers and woefully inadequate in terms of space and other archive building requirements. Relocation to the historic Ropewalk Building potentially offers the City and its citizens protection for Boston's municipal archives, autonomously administered in a purpose-designed, conveniently located facility. The more advocates present at the hearing, the more clearly will the message be heard.

    "Everyone who can is encouraged to attend and to speak on behalf of a new facility. The City Council's Committee on Government Operations will hold the hearing in the Christopher A. Iannella Chamber, which is on the 5th floor of Boston City Hall.

    "For anyone unable to attend, the Council accepts written statements. People who wish to write their views can send them to Councilor Maureen Feeney, Chair, Committee on Government Operations, Boston City Hall, One City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02201. Alternatively comments can be e-mailed to Please reference the message 'Docket #0642'.

    "Please spread the word to others you feel would be interested in this issue".

    Do You Have Polish Roots?

    The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts are sponsoring a genealogy conference. The day-long conference will be held Saturday, September 14, 2002, at the Pulaski Club (13 Norman Street) in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

    For more information about the conference, email or visit

    Favorite Ancestor Feedback

    We continue with reader submissions to the questions "Who is your favorite ancestor? Why?" If you would like to contribute information on your favorite ancestor, please send your story to Lynn Betlock at Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    ". . . thanks to genealogy, not forgotten"
    by Shirley Thomas Denison of Somerset, Massachusetts

    I chose the story of my great-grandmother because it parallels the opening of America. Patty Webster, b. 1804, leaves Maine and moves to Ohio with her family, marrying Moses Soule there in 1823, bearing ten children — only four lived to marry (four teenagers dying from milk sickness within a two-month period). Then to Iowa and Missouri where her husband died in 1867. She then moves with her son to Oregon where, dying in 1879, she lies in an unmarked grave, but thanks to genealogy, not forgotten.

    ". . .She lived as she died. . ."
    by Lois Cech of Benicia, California

    My favorite ancestor was the "wicked witch" of our branch of the Gould family (John Gould, MBC, 1635, first generation American) until I learned otherwise.

    Marinda Patterson Gould, b. 1803, was portrayed as a wicked person by certain granddaughters who were indoctrinated by their proud mother, Phoebe Green Gould, b. 1850. She traced her descent from the Mayflower and the Hammonds of Massachusetts. Widowed in 1885 with five children, Phoebe refused Marinda's offer of help that included taking the two older children to raise on the family farm in Boulder, Colorado. "All she wanted was farm labor from Georgie and me," said my great-aunt in 1947.

    Such a terrible loss of family comfort! Yes, Marinda was a bondservant until her marriage. Yes, she was barely literate; whereas Phoebe was educated and an accomplished musician. But Marinda successfully raised nine children, help build, run and sell farms in New York, Pennsylvania, and Iowa, before settling at the age of sixty outside Boulder. Dying at age ninety-seven, Marinda's tombstone is summary: "She lived as she died: tells time when." Phoebe notwithstanding, Marinda's descendants have achieved similar educational and economic successes, even those who do not trace descent from the Mayflower.

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