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  • 2002 Archive

  • Vol. 4, No. 19
    Whole #75
    August 23, 2002

    • New Issue of the Great Migration Newsletter Online on
    • New Databases on
    • Library Closed on Saturday, August 31
    • Ask a Librarian: Your General Research Questions Answered by NEHGS Staff Experts
    • New Research Articles on
    • Coming Soon in the Fall 2002 Issue of New England Ancestors
    • For Vermont Researchers
    • Careers at NEHGS
    • Announcing the Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogy Society
    • Favorite Ancestor Feedback

    New Issue of the Great Migration Newsletter Online on

    Subscribers to the Great Migration Newsletter Online will be pleased to know that the latest issue (volume 11, number 3) of the newsletter is now available on Article titles and extracts from the latest issue are shown below.

    "Patterns exist at all levels, and sometimes just two or three families will make a specific migration, and even this can be instructive in our understanding of early New England society. As we shall see, even the migration of a single family can have repercussions beyond the bounds of a single household."

    Editor's Effusions
    "Massachusetts Bay General Court was constantly pestering the towns during the 1630s to compile a record of the lands in each town, and each town responded differently. In Cambridge, there are several surviving inventories, although the dating is not totally clear. Charlestown has a surviving inventory for 1638, and Boston for 1645. In the latter two cases these inventories are called the Book of Possessions, and this is a useful generic term for this class of records."

    Focus on Watertown (Grants of Land, Inventories of Land, Proprietary Shares)
    "In this issue we will concentrate on the proprietorial process as it worked itself out in the early years of Watertown. First we will review some of the lessons learned ten volumes ago. Then we will look at the consequences of the various grants and later transfers of land, and how these were reflected in the Watertown land inventories and Middlesex deeds. This will give us the opportunity to examine in detail several more of the individual proprieties."

    Recent Literature
    "David Kendall Martin, 'Joseph (2) Baldwin, Jr. of Milford, Connecticut, and Hadley, Massachusetts, 'The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 156 (2002):103–11. While searching for the first wife of Samuel (3) Allen of Deerfield, Martin encountered the Baldwin family of Milford, descending from Joseph (1) Baldwin who appeared in that town by 1639. The author discovered many errors in published accounts of the Baldwin family, and here discusses a number of records generated by the immigrant, and then provides a comprehensive treatment of his son Joseph (2), whose daughter Mary was the first wife of Samuel Allen."

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    New Databases on

    Rev. Thomas Cary Diary, 1765

    Rev. Thomas Cary (1745–1808) was a minister in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He started his diary in Weston, Massachusetts, in 1762 and continued writing until 1806. This new installment includes his observations from the year 1765. (Entries of the previous three years are also available in this database.) The database contains transcriptions of Cary's notes as well as images of the diaries.

    Search Rev. Thomas Cary's diary at

    New towns in the Massachusetts vital records to 1850 database
    Eleven new towns have been added this week: Becket, Brockton, Charlton, Hamilton, Hanson, Ipswich, Middlefield, Stow, Sutton, Walpole, and Washington.

    Search by town, county, or all of Massachusetts at

    Master Search
    Master search all databases at

    Library Closed on Saturday, August 31

    Please note that the NEHGS library will be closed on Saturday, August 31, in observance of Labor Day. (The library will also be closed on Monday, September 2 — the library is always closed on Mondays.) For information on library hours and upcoming holiday closings please visit

    Ask a Librarian: Your General Research Questions Answered by NEHGS Staff Experts

    We are pleased to announce a new monthly feature called “Ask a Librarian,” in which NEHGS library staff will answer general questions from members about research methods, sources, techniques, and much more! Three to five questions will be selected to be answered each month and featured on the home page of for a week. All selected questions and answers will be archived in a special area of the website at the end of the feature week.

    Please keep your queries general; questions about specific individuals and lines should be directed to NEHGS Research Services. Due to the size of the library staff, not every question can be answered. If your question is selected, you will be notified via email. For more details on this exciting new feature please visit the Research page of at /research/main/.

    If you have a question for our expert staff, email Please enter the subject or topic area of your question into the subject line of the email, i.e. "Vermont Research," "Census," "Repositories," "Sources" etc. and include your membership number in the text of the email. Please note that this opportunity is available to NEHGS members only.

    New Research Articles on

    Read All About It! Maine Newspaper Collections
    by Russell C. Farnham

    Genealogies in Vermont Town Histories, Part Three
    by Scott Andrew Bartley

    Coming Soon in the Fall 2002 Issue of New England Ancestors

    Lynn Betlock takes readers on a floor-by-floor tour of the NEHGS Library.

    Robert Charles Anderson introduces two personalities of the Great Migration: William Hatch and William Hannum.

    Abbott Lowell Cummings describes how he recovered an eighteenth-century maiden name — that of the first wife of Jonathan Root of Southington, Connecticut.

    Michael J. Leclerc highlights one of the newest NEHGS publications: The Search for Missing Friends on CD-ROM.

    Russell C. Farnham shares interesting details about members of the Longfellow family.

    Gary Boyd Roberts offers part one of his genealogical tribute to the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Also in this issue:

    • New England Online: Massachusetts Vital Records Debut Online at
    • The Computer Genealogist: The Case for Improvement in Online Education
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: The Melville Papers at NEHGS
    • Pilgrim Life: An Unknown Seventeenth-Century Map of New England
    • NEW! Genetics & Genealogy, edited by certified genetic counselor and NEHGS trustee Anita A. Lustenberger, CG. This issue’s column, by Robert V. Rice and John F. Chandler, explains how DNA analyses of Y-chromosomes have shown that only one of the three sons of Gershom (3) Rice was a descendant of Edmund (1) Rice.

    And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, and notices of family association events, genealogies in progress, genealogies and other books recently published, and member queries.

    Subscription to New England Ancestors is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at, or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447.

    For Vermont Researchers

    Vermont Newspaper Abstracts,1783–1816

    All Vermont genealogists should be aware of a valuable resource for researching ancestors in the Green Mountain state: Vermont Newspaper Abstracts,1783–1816 by Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, CGL, FASG.

    This reference provides extracts from five early Vermont newspapers that contain potential genealogical data. These records include births, marriages and deaths, runaway (apprentices, servants, wives and children) notices, divorce petitions, advertisements, lost items, court cases and estate notices. More than 11,000 references to Vermont residents are included for this time period. The abstracted newspapers are Vermont Gazette, The Vermont Gazette: Epitome of the World, Epitome of the World, The World, and The Green-Mountain Farmer. The book is hardcover, 449 pages in length, and sells for $34.95 plus shipping and handling.

    To order, visit or call 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday. If you have questions, please email

    Genealogical Society of Vermont October Program

    The Genealogical Society of Vermont will hold an Irish-themed program in Rutland on October 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mary Lee Dunn will speak about her research on a group from a single Irish town who emigrated together in the nineteenth century, many coming to Rutland area. Kyle Betit of Salt Lake City will speak on Irish research. Registration for this program is open to both GSV members and non-members. For more information, please visit or email

    Careers at NEHGS

    Two positions are currently open at the NEHGS headquarters in Boston — development assistant and part-time book publications production assistant. For more information about these positions, please visit

    Announcing the Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogy Society

    The first organizational meeting of the Western Massachusetts Jewish Genealogy Society will be held at 8 p.m. on Monday, September 2, 2002, at 8 Bixby Court in Northampton, Massachusetts. This meeting is free and open to the public. Space is limited so those who wish to attend are asked to register. To register, or for more information, please contact Jonathon Podolsky at 413-585-9614 or

    People are encouraged to call or email if they have questions or would like to be notified of upcoming events. The society is open to people at any level of expertise with an interest in learning more about Jewish genealogy.

    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!

    ". . .he led me into more unusual sources."
    By Mary Eysenbach of New London, New Hampshire

    John Baker is my favorite because he has led me into more unusual sources. He was probably the John Baker born May 4, 1755, in Ashford, Connecticut, to Robert and Deborah (——) Baker of origins undiscovered. This John had a brother Robert. A Thetford, Vermont, deed said John was of Mansfield, Connecticut, and a Robert Baker, also of Mansfield, showed up in Thetford at the same time. John served in the Revolution, including Valley Forge. Shortly after moving to Vermont and having a family John was declared insane — Viet Nam veterans might relate to his problems. Tracing the family in Vermont took me into the poor records, and early indenture records of Thetford — including that of my great-great grandmother who was indentured as a servant at age ten months [sic].

    My favorite ancestor
    By Robert Bayard Severy of Weymouth, Massachusetts

    My favorite ancestor is Anna Muirson Johnson Bellamy (1839–1922) of Oswego, New York, and Dorchester, Massachusetts, who kept a diary almost every year. In 1991 I gave a slide lecture on her diary at the Dorchester Historical Society, and my mother, Josephine McClintock Bellamy Severy, (1914–2001), had the events of her birth in her grandmother's hand on the screen. Anna met Lucy Stone, Phillips Brooks, and attended the wedding of Robert Lowell's parents.

    ". . . I'm proud to be part of these lines"
    By Debbie Leser of Rolling Meadows, Illinois

    I have two favorite ancestors. One is a group of women who came to New France (Canada) to marry men who were unknown to them and populate the area. They were called the Filles du Roi daughters of the King). They came from France with a stipend from the King. I have nine of these women who started my various French Canadian lines.

    My other favorite is Joseph Stebbins, who was taken with his parents and siblings by the French and Indians to Canada on a forced march from Deerfield, Massachusetts, during the Deerfield Massacre in 1704. He started the Stebenne line in Canada. Only his parents and one brother came back to Deerfield.

    They are my favorites because of the courage of these men and women who settled this part of the country — when in order to stay alive you had to stay out of the way of wars and the Indians. They persevered, and today I'm proud to be part of these lines.

    My favorite ancestor — Anne Dudley Bradstreet
    By Evelyn C. Lane of Essex, Massachusetts

    Anne Dudley Bradstreet, leaving a life of privilege in England, came to the colonies where the living was far from easy. She lived first in Cambridge, then Ipswich, then Old Andover (now North Andover). She was the mother of eight children. She was a very devoted wife and mother. Yet she found time to write poems on a great variety of subjects. Many of her poems bear out her love and devotion to her family.

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