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  • 2002 Archive

  • Vol. 4, No. 2
    Whole #58
    January 25, 2002

    NEHGS Bookstore Winter Warehouse Sale, February 8–9
    New From NEHGS Publications
    Space Still Available in Winter "Come Home" Program
    New Research Articles on
    New "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Season
    Preview of Upcoming January Register Articles
    Gravestones and Cemeteries: A Genealogical Seminar
    New Website for the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Archives
    Call for Papers for the 2003 New England Regional Genealogical Conference

    NEHGS Bookstore Winter Warehouse Sale, February 8–9
    Hot deals for a cold month! Join us for a special sale of books on the second weekend in February.

    Friday, February 8, 1–5 p.m.
    Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

    Books are in new condition and start at just $1! The sale will be held in our new Framingham mill location at the intersection of Concord and Central Streets in the Saxonville area of Framingham, Massachusetts. Contact us at or toll-free at 1-888-296-3447 for more information. Book dealers, call Erin in the sales department for information on our special dealers' reception and preview. Please note: this is an on-site sale only.

    Directions: The NEHGS book warehouse is located in the Saxonville area of Framingham, north of Route 9, in the mill complex at the intersection of Concord (Rt. 126), Central, and Elm Streets. Parking behind the complex can be accessed from Watson Place. Watch for the flashing yellow traffic lights.

    New From NEHGS Publications

    Records of Barnstable, Massachusetts (CD-ROM)
    Transcribed by Robert J. Dunkle from the Gustavus Adolphus Hinckley Collection
    The town of Barnstable on Cape Cod is one of the earliest settlements in Massachusetts and home to many Mayflower families and their descendants. Gustavus Adolphus Hinckley (1822-1905) transcribed early vital and town records, as well as the records from the Barnstable County Probate Court that dealt with residents of the town of Barnstable. Transcriptions from eighteen cemeteries in Barnstable as well as the records of the West and East Parish churches offer valuable opportunities to find individuals not included in the vital records. Records of Barnstable, Massachusetts makes available the most extensive compilation of records for any town on Cape Cod.
    Item #SCD-RBM, $39.99 plus $1.50 shipping and handling.

    The Records of the Churches of Boston (CD-ROM)
    Transcribed by Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart
    It is estimated that only 30% of all seventeenth-century births and 43% of all eighteenth-century births are recorded in the vital records of Boston. Only 8% of all deaths in Boston between 1630 and 1810 were recorded. This makes the records of Boston's churches critical for finding this otherwise lost information. Many of the church transcriptions extend well into the 1800s. All available extant records, many never before in print, are presented here in a single collection for the first time! Sixteen of the twenty-one churches then in existence are represented: First, Second, First Baptist, Old South, King's Chapel, Brattle Street, New North, New South, New Brick, Christ, Federal Street (Now Arlington Street), Hollis Street, Trinity, New, Second Baptist, and Baldwin Place churches, as well as the First Church, Second Parish, and Third Parish of Roxbury.
    Item #SCD-BCR, $39.99 plus $1.50 shipping and handling.

    Seventeenth-Century Records of the Town of Scituate, Massachusetts, Volume Three
    By Jeremy D. Bangs
    This volume concludes Dr. Bang's transcriptions of original town records of Scituate, which included Norwell, parts of Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Hanson, Hingham and Cohasset. It covers minutes and treasurer's reports from town meetings, intentions of marriages, earmarks, and strays. In addition, this volume contains thirty-one appendixes composed of insightful personal letters.
    Item #S2-74630, $60.00 plus $4.00 shipping and handling.

    To order any of these products, follow the links provided online or call, toll-free, 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m–5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

    Space Still Available in Winter "Come Home" Program

    It's not too late to register for our "Come Home" program this February! Save $100 on registration fees this winter, and receive all the benefits of our classic program, including daily lectures, one-on-one personal research consultations, special access to the NEHGS library, etc. Call now for details!

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit /events/main/. To register or inquire about our programs, please contact the Education Department, toll-free, at 1-888-286-3447, ext. 202, or email

    New Research Articles on

    Vermont Research:
    Vermont Warnings Out
    By Scott Andrew Bartley

    In the most recent Vermont article, "Vermont Warnings Out", you will learn how Vermont, the last New England state to be settled, passed warning out laws to deal with the poor and transient. Scott Andrew Bartley covers the series of laws that were created and debated, and how the wording of such laws created controversy throughout the state. Warning out records were in place from 1769 to 1787 and again from 1801 to 1817. Because the people appearing in warning out records rarely owned land, and because the recording of Vermont vital records dropped off significantly after 1810, these warning out records could very well be the only indication of a person's existence. If you are researching for family in Vermont during this time period, this article is a must read; if not, you will nevertheless be interested in the fascinating story behind these laws.

    "The distinctly New England tradition of warnings out has its roots back to 300 A.D. with the order by Diocletian that all Roman citizens remain where they were born. However, most genealogists look to England for the origins of early New England ways. Local authorities in England were given the right to expel undesirables in 1495 and defined what a legal settlement was in the Poor Law of 1530. The Acts of 1597, 1601, and 1662 refined these laws. Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay grappled with the same issues immediately after settlement began. Religion was often the issue that started any action, but the issue of handling the town's poor eventually encouraged the frequent use of warnings out."

    Massachusetts Research:
    Trouble in the Family: Researching Massachusetts Institutions for the Poor, Mentally Ill, Chronically Ill, and Disabled
    By Ann S. Lainhart
    In my book Digging For Genealogical Treasure in New England Town Records, I spent considerable space describing how the towns took care of their poor, disabled, or ill inhabitants. Into the twentieth century each town was responsible for the care of their "recognized inhabitants"; these included the needy people born to recognized inhabitants, the women who married recognized inhabitants, or those who lived in a town and paid taxes for a certain number of years. But by the nineteenth century there were a growing number of people, especially in the cities, who had no connection to any particular town, so state resources and some private organizations were formed to handle those who could not take care of themselves.

    Member submissions:
    A Set of Guidelines and Tips for Those Beginning New England Genealogical Research
    By Cornelia Lippitt Taylor
    You cannot simply put a nickel in the parking meter and go into a library, an archive, or a web page and expect to find all there is about your ancestry. Before you start to do research, you must do your homework. Ask all your family members what they know — but never trust them (not even your mother!) without doing further research. Make notes and organize the information into family group sheets, pedigree charts, and timelines. Take the time to study the geography and the history of the region you are researching.

    NEHGS member Cornelia Lippitt Taylor of Walnut Creek, California, submitted the above article which now is posted on We appreciate her contribution and would like to encourage others to submit articles for the NEHGS website. If you would like to submit an article, please email

    New "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Season

    This season's "Genealogy in a Nutshell" series begins with three new lectures:

    "Find your Scots-Irish Ancestors" on Wednesday, January 30

    "Picture This: Photography and Genealogy" on Saturday, February 2

    "Gems of the NEHGS Manuscripts Collection" on Wednesday, February 6

    All lectures take place at 10:00 a.m. There is no need to register in advance.

    To register or inquire about our programs, please contact the Education Department, toll-free, at 1-888-286-3447, ext. 202, or email

    Preview of Upcoming January Register Articles

    In contrast to the October 2001 issue of the Register, which had a relatively large number of articles, this issue has an unusually small number of articles, most of which are quite long. This happens to most editors, from time to time, for various reasons, usually involving continued articles.

    The first article, Almira (Bisbee) Bailey and her family in Vermont, upstate New York and Wisconsin, is a good example of the type of article I am seeking (except for its length). Note Gloria Jackson's careful analysis and sifting through the evidence. Her approach was to examine the Federal census records first, and then find the relatives to confirm her theory.

    Note the features this family had that might be applicable to your own upstate New York or Midwest genealogical brick wall problem:
    •Family traditions were muddled.
    •Federal census records suggest who was Almira's father, but the Bisbee genealogy does not cover that branch of the family.
    •Almira's parents left few records, but her aunts, uncles, and siblings left many records, particularly land records.
    •Almira and her sisters stayed in close contact throughout the nineteenth century. The author examined local newspapers in Wisconsin for social columns 1895-1901 for items about cousins visiting from Minnesota. A Minnesota obituary pinpointed where in Vermont this branch of the Bisbee family had lived.

    Justine Laquer's article, Who Was Dorcas Throop, Wife of David(4) Hibbard of Coventry, Connecticut, neatly solves a "maiden name" problem by finding the one available widow of the right name, along with the clues that confirm her remarriage.

    We finish Robert Battle's article on the English ancestry of Anne (Derehaugh) Stratton of Salem in this issue. This second and final installment shows her royal descents and mentions some of her notable relatives, both living (Prince Charles and his ex-sister-in-law, the Duchess of York) and dead (Prime Minister Robert Walpole and Admiral Horatio Nelson). The author's detailed research is exhaustive, including sources only available in England. For anyone researching gentry families in East Anglia, this is a model article.

    This is the third and final installment of Home for Aged Colored Women in Boston by Sarah Shoenfeld. The Home continues to attract more applicants than it can admit, and the biographical material continues to be interesting. In 1895 there are newspaper articles about two centenarian residents; they later died at 104 and 107.

    —Henry B. Hoff, Editor of the Register

    Gravestones and Cemeteries: A Genealogical Seminar

    Saturday, February 9, 2002, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    NEHGS, 101 Newbury Street, Boston

    Join us for series of dynamic lectures designed to teach researchers of all skill levels how to best utilize gravestone and cemetery resources. Whether you are searching for the grave of your ancestor or want to interpret information from gravestones, you are sure to benefit from this special program.

    Featured lectures are:
    • Utilizing Cemetery and Gravestone Resources at NEHGS,
    David Allen Lambert, NEHGS microtext librarian and author of the forthcoming publication, A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (February 2002)

    • A New Look at Old Records: Searching for Your Ancestor's Gravestone,
    David C. Dearborn, FASG, NEHGS reference librarian

    • Understanding 17th-20th Century Gravestones,
    Laurel K. Gabel, head of the research department for The Association for Gravestone Studies and co-author of Gravestone Chronicles I and II

    •Memories in Stone: Reading Cemetery Landscapes,
    Janet Heywood, Vice President of Interpretive Programs at Mount Auburn Cemetery

    Seminar fees are $90 for NEHGS members and $95 for non-members. Please note that early registration is recommended.

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit /events/main/. To register or inquire about our programs, please contact the Education Department, toll-free, at 1-888-286-3447, ext. 202, or email

    New Website for the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Archives

    In December of 2001, the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Archives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, launched a very useful new website: The Friends organization, which supports the Pittsfield branch of the National Archives, publishes a quarterly newsletter, Archival Anecdotes, and offers genealogical classes and workshops.

    The latest issue of Archival Anecdotes is devoted to the soon-to-be-released (April 1, 2002)1930 census. If you plan on doing any research at all in the 1930 census, I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of this issue. The articles include "Preparing to Use the 1930 Census," "A Snapshot of the Year 1930," a comprehensive listing of the 32 "Questions Asked on the 1930 Census," a sample blank entry form, and the highly interesting "Excerpts from the 1930 "Instructions to Enumerators". The issue also includes an article by NEHGS reference librarian David Allen Lambert on "State and Colonial Censuses Available at NEHGS." To purchase a copy of this issue of Archival Anecdotes, please visit for more information.

    Also in preparation for the release of the 1930 census, the Friends will be offering 1930 census workshops at the National Archives in Pittsfield. These one-session classes, an hour and a half in length, will be given frequently between now and April. For more information about the classes, please visit

    In addition, you can use the Friends' website to:
    •Learn more about the holdings of NARA-Pittsfield
    •Check the hours of the Archives
    •Get driving directions to the Archives
    •Read selected articles from past issues of Archival Anecdotes
    •Learn about Friends services and benefits
    •Access links to other sites for genealogical research

    The address for the Friends website is

    Call for Papers for the 2003 New England Regional Genealogical Conference

    Sea Crest Resort and Conference Center, North Falmouth, Massachusetts
    November 6–9, 2003

    The seventh New England Regional Genealogical Conference will be held November 6–9, 2003, at the Sea Crest Resort and Conference Center on the shore of beautiful Buzzards Bay in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. The conference theme will be "New England — America's Melting Pot" and lectures will highlight the immigration of diverse ethnic and racial groups into and out of New England (beginning in 1620) and the lives and activities of these settlers.

    Lecture proposals are now being accepted. The submission deadline is June 29, 2002. In addition to tracks on New England immigrant groups and their activities, there will be tracks on general genealogical topics and software demonstrations.

    Possible lecture topics include reasons for immigration, the immigration experience, research in an ancestor's country of origin, techniques for locating and researching immigrant ancestors, New England records created by and about immigrants, settlement patterns of various ethnic and racial groups, religious affiliations and activities of immigrants, out-migration from New England, the work of immigrants, immigrants and minorities in the military, immigrant organizations and aid societies, maps, city directories, state and local censuses, passenger ship lists, and naturalization records. Lecture proposals on general genealogical skills and methodology are also sought, as well as topics suitable for workshops.

    Each session will last one hour, including questions and answers. Camera-ready syllabus material, due June 30, 2003, is required for each presentation. The syllabus will be distributed at the conference.

    Any number of proposals may be submitted, and more than one proposal may be selected. All speakers will receive complimentary conference registration for their first lecture and a complimentary evening banquet ticket for each additional lecture.

    Include the following information with each one-page proposal:

    •At the top of the page, speaker's full name, mailing address, phone number, fax number, email address
    •Title of the presentation and a brief, comprehensive outline and/or abstract of the presentation
    •Short summary of the presentation for the conference brochure
    •Two or three sentence speaker biography for the brochure
    •Resume of recent, previous lectures given or of special interests
    •A list of special equipment needed for the presentation (slide projector, overhead projector, tables, etc.)

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