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  • 2002 Archive

  • Vol. 4, No. 24
    Whole #80
    September 27, 2002

    • New Databases on
    • New Research Articles on
    • News from the Circulating Library
    • Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at NEHGS in Boston
    • An Introduction to Using at NEHGS in Boston
    • Latest Issue of New England Ancestors Magazine Now Available Online
    • Church and Vital Records in the Maritime Provinces, Part 3
    • NEHGS Goes to Salt Lake City - November 3-10, 2002
    • Careers at NEHGS
    • New Version of International Genealogical Index Now Available
    • Rivard Family Reunion - October 20, 2002
    • Favorite Ancestor Feedback

    New Databases on

    In recognition of the Irish Genealogical Conference taking place September 27th and 28th in Braintree, Massachusetts, we have selected some special Irish-related databases for those who proudly wear the green!

    An Hibernian Atlas; or General Description of the Kingdom of Ireland

    Atlases and gazetteers are an extremely useful tool for genealogists, allowing them to locate the places where their ancestors lived. An Hibernian Atlas; or General Description of the Kingdom of Ireland was originally published in London in 1798 by Laurie and J. A. Whittle. The atlas shows Ireland and its provinces, counties, and baronies as well as a number of cities, boroughs, and villages. Geographic features such as mountains, lakes, rivers, and roads are also included. In addition to the descriptions of each area, there are seventy-eight full color images to accompany them. The original volume is available to members in our Rare Books Collection at 101 Newbury Street, call number RareBook G1830/S23/1798.

    Search An Hibernian Atlas; or General Description of the Kingdom of Ireland at

    1740 Ireland Protestant Housekeepers in Counties Antrim, Derry, Donegal, and Londonderry

    The 1740 Ireland Protestant Housekeepers database is based on an original census now in the possession of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland in Belfast. The work was commissioned by a member of NEHGS at the beginning of the twentieth century and transcribed from the original by J.W. Kernohan, Secretary of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland. The only other known transcription is a typescript in the Public Records Office in Dublin. The counties of Antrim, Derry, Donegal, and Londonderry were transcribed as part of this project. The original also contains information from the counties of Armagh and Down, which are not included here. This census was conducted by the Church of Ireland, but contains information on individuals in all Protestant denominations, as well as a number of Roman Catholic families. Only the name of the head of household is given - no additional information was recorded. The transcription was digitized in the summer of 2002 and is presented here for our members' use.

    Search the 1740 Ireland Protestant Housekeepers database at

    Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850, by James N. Arnold, Volumes 5-6

    We continue to add new volumes of Arnold's Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850 to our database. This week we have added records for ten new towns.

    Now available:

    Vol 5: North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, Westerly, Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton
    Vol 6: Bristol, Warren, Barrington

    Search Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850 at

    New Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Collection

    Since its founding NEHGS has actively collected cemetery transcriptions from a wide geographic area. We are now converting thousands of cemetery transcriptions in our manuscript collections into electronic format for our members. This week we have added twenty-three new cemeteries located in the following towns: Great Barrington, MA; Somerset, MA; Dudley, MA; East Greenwich, RI; and Burrillville, RI.

    Search cemetery transcriptions from the NEHGS collection at

    Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 Database

    Fourteen new towns have been added to the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 database: Auburn, Boxford, Essex, Halifax, Holliston, Hull, Otis, Middleton, Phillipston, Templeton, Westford, Weston, West Bridgewater, Winchendon.

    Search by town, county, or in all of Massachusetts at

    Master Search

    Or master search all databases at

    New Research Articles on

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

    Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources
    Notable Descendants of Governor Thomas Dudley
    by Gary Boyd Roberts

    Member Submission - Free Non-Member Preview Article
    Bringing a Portrait to Life: The Search for Daniel H. Weeks
    by Vincent DiCicco

    News from the Circulating Library

    New, revised Circulating Library forms have arrived and we will soon be adding them to member orders. We have tried to incorporate your suggestions to make them easier than ever to use.

    You will now find the book status codes on the back of the pink sheet together with detailed information on shipping costs. The yellow and pink sheets have been changed to block out credit card numbers for your protection.

    The most important change is the addition of a book loan agreement at the bottom of the first page. We have instituted this agreement to protect our collection from any loss. It will also mean less waiting time for members who have a book placed on reserve - no longer will they discover that the book is overdue and presumed lost. Please sign this agreement when you receive it so there will be no delay in filling your order. We are in the process of adding the agreement to our online forms as well.

    Finally, let me remind our patrons that you can see if a book you wish to borrow is on loan or currently on the shelf by using our online catalog at After you find the book you are looking for, you will see buttons that say "copies" and "request." Click on the copies button to see whether the book is available, then click on your browser's "back" button and proceed with your order.

    If you have any questions for the Circulating Library staff, please contact us at


    Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at NEHGS in Boston

    The "Genealogy in a Nutshell" series continues with:

    • "Beyond the Grave: Using Cemetery Records" by David Allen Lambert, on Wednesday, October 2, and Saturday, October 5
    • "Introduction to Royal Descents for Americans" by Gary Boyd Roberts, on Wednesday, October 9, and Saturday, October 12
    • "The Health of Our Ancestors: Mortality in the 18th and 19th Centuries" by Marie E. Daly, on Wednesday, October 16, and Saturday, October 19

    All lectures take place at 10 a.m. at the Richardson-Sloane Education Center of NEHGS. Advance registration is not necessary.

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit If you have questions, please call the customer service center, toll-free, at 1-888-296-3447, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.

    An Introduction to Using at NEHGS in Boston
    October 9, 6 p.m.

    Learn how to use the NEHGS website to advance your research! In this free class, website administrator Darrin McGlinn will offer a step-by-step live demonstration of the Society's website, Participants will explore the site in depth, ask questions, and become more comfortable using a constantly growing number of online databases and research tools.

    The program will be held on October 9 at 6 p.m. in the education center at 101 Newbury Street, Boston. Advance registration is not required. This class will next be offered on Wednesday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m.

    For more information, please call 617-226-1209 or email

    Latest Issue of New England Ancestors Magazine Now Available Online

    We have recently added the fall 2002 issue of New England Ancestors to our website, While the majority of articles in the online version are only accessible to NEHGS members, we have made a selection of articles available to non-members as well. These articles include Lynn Betlock's comprehensive and informative tour of the NEHGS Research Library and Gary Boyd Roberts' tribute to the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. There are currently five issues of New England Ancestors available in their on the Society's website, each containing "free" articles for visitors to

    View the latest issue at

    Church and Vital Records in the Maritime Provinces
    Part 3: Prince Edward Island

    Prince Edward Island did not begin to keep vital statistics until 1906, and the records are known to be incomplete as late as 1940. Death records began to show parents' names in 1920. There is, in addition, a separate series of birth and death records kept by districts for the period 1906-1912, but as these are not available for research, it is impossible to say whether they include more or less detail than the provincial records. Because these do not fall under the same laws governing the regular series of vital statistics, it is to be hoped that the Public Archives will obtain these records and microfilm them for general use.

    As is the case with Nova Scotia, it is regrettable that no attempt has been made to place indices to the vital statistics online, and we hope to see this some day. However, there is a card index to baptismal records (often including dates of birth) extracted from church registers, to 1886, and also a card index to burial records from church registers, to 1906, and these have been microfilmed. These were prepared by the Department of Health, and copies of the microfilms of these are available at NEHGS.

    There are Province-wide marriage ledgers from 1831, as well as books of marriage licenses (with gaps) from the late 1700s, but all are incomplete, and are only relevant if a couple obtained a license to marry, rather than having the more usual banns called in church on three successive Sundays. There is a large collection of marriage bonds in Prince Edward Island, which were to accompany marriage licenses, but many more bonds survive than do licenses. The bonds are generally more informative, often stating relationships and places of residence, and of course carry original signatures or marks. The documents themselves in all these cases are at the Public Archives, but NEHGS has microfilmed copies of them all. The years covered go into the early 1900s.

    Because of the late start to provincial vital statistics on the island, church records take on a great importance. The Department of Health, and then the Public Archives, have made an impressive effort to locate and film church records. Fortunately, through the fine spirit of cooperation shown over the years by the Public Archives, NEHGS has been able to acquire microfilm copies of a number of the filmed church records, but there are many more available at the Archives. Through the kindness of the Diocese of Charlottetown, the Society has had for some time microfilmed copies of most P.E.I. Roman Catholic church registers prior to 1900, including some parish registers of just marriages that had previously been filmed by the National Archives of Canada.

    The materials mentioned here do not circulate because we only have one copy of them. Further information about vital statistics and church records, as well as many other research materials, can be found in the Society's publication, Genealogist's Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research, Second Edition, by Terrence M. Punch with George F. Sanborn Jr., available from the NEHGS Sales Department and through our website.

    George F. Sanborn Jr., F.A.S.G., F.S.A. (Scot.)
    NEHGS Reference Librarian (with an interest in the Canadian Maritimes)

    NEHGS Goes 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. See what one of our previous Salt Lake tour participants had to say about this special program:

    "Every one of us benefited from the guidance provided by the several NEHGS librarians on the tour as well as the local experts. All are available to us for consultation on individual research problems during the week. This proves particularly helpful to newcomers to the library. To me, however, the greatest joy of each tour is the spirit of camaraderie that so quickly develops among the participants and staff members. It is a very special experience. I recommend it to one and all."

    Don't wait until the last minute! Sign up for our research program today and experience a classic NEHGS genealogical tour that will make researching in Salt Lake City lots of fun. For more information, visit /events/events/Default.asp?id=139, email, or call 1-888-286-3447 for more details.

    Careers at NEHGS

    Two positions are currently open at the NEHGS headquarters in Boston - member services assistant and grant writer. For more information about these positions, please visit

    New Version of International Genealogical Index Now Available

    A new version of the International Genealogical Index has been released on the Latter-day Saints' FamilySearch website at All names received since the last release in January 2000 have been added to the index. In addition, the index will now be updated on a regular basis, with information added to the index as soon as it is received. Other new developments in the IGI include the linking of some individuals into families, which can be shown on family group and pedigree charts; improved search capabilities (by given name, surname, state, and other events, and across regions); source information for each individual record; and additional event information, which displays all events listed in the original submissions (these can be used as search criteria). Happy hunting!

    Rivard Family Reunion - October 20, 2002

    The Rivard Family Association (L'Association International des familles Rivard of Quebec) will be holding a family reunion on October 20, 2002, at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Waltham, Massachusetts. The founders of the association will be traveling from Quebec for the reunion and will be available to answer questions about the family's history. Andre Dufresne, author of De Rivard a Dufresne, Une historie de Famille will be the guest lecturer for the event. There is no charge to attend the meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. A group luncheon will also be held for a special price of $15.00, paid at the event. The Doubletree Guest Suites in Waltham is located off Route I-95/128, Winter Street/27B exit. For more information, contact Joe Lavigne at (781) 383-1240.

    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 in 300 words or less to Lynn Betlock at Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    "...quick and sure-footed and never looking back"
    By Mary Alice Harvey of Duluth, Minnesota

    My favorite ancestor is Lydia Bartlett. She and her twin sister Mary were born April 25, 1795 in Cumberland, Rhode Island. When the twins were about a month old, the family started their move to Danby, Vermont. Father Abner's iron-working tools and mother Drusilla Smith's spinning and weaving supplies were transported in ox carts and the older children drove the livestock. Lydia's father died of smallpox when she was six. The oldest brothers carried on the blacksmithing business, and Drusilla was able to support them well enough that all the children could continue their education. Outside of school, Lydia was most interested in growing things and the uses of medicinal herbs. In 1815, she married Isaac Allen and migrated to Erie County, New York. She sought out her Seneca neighbors, to learn what plants they used for healing. For many years she was the only "doctor" available in that area. She walked many miles through the woods with her basket of supplies and a lanthorn. She was sometimes followed by wolves or catamounts. She said her safety was dependent upon being quick and sure-footed and never looking back. She raised eight children with the help of her husband, who felt she should be free to use her God-given gift of healing.

    He "risked his life and fortune"
    By Ann Ward Freehafer Andersen of Aurora, Colorado

    I have several ancestors whom I admire but my favorite of all is Jacob Leisler. Leisler risked his life and fortune on behalf of William, Prince of Orange, in the wake of England's 1688 Glorious Revolution, which saw the Protestant William replace the Roman Catholic King James II on England's throne. Leisler's assumption of the New York government on behalf of King William III was bitterly opposed by his wife's in-laws who also sought control of the government. He was subsequently charged with treason and executed by hanging and beheading. Several years later England's King and Parliament exonerated him. His life and death provided fodder and controversy for New Yorkers for many, many years after his death. Now, after more than 300 years, his life is finally being shown in it true light - that of a true American patriot.


    Ancestor on the Move
    By Peter Roger Taylor of Anchorage, Alaska

    My favorite ancestor is my uncle, Clair Stockholm Taylor. As another researcher wrote, Uncle Clair has taken me on a wild ride through the history books and has turned me into a genealogical Columbo. Clair was a very elusive person and lived a quiet life. He was born in Charlton, Massachusetts, in 1879, the second of nine children of Fred and Edith Taylor. Fred Taylor was a prominent woolen manufacturer in Charlton from 1877 to 1908. Clair followed in his footsteps by attending Lowell Textile Institute, class of 1902, but he never graduated. He then moved to Hope Valley, Rhode Island, and married Dr. Viola Bailey in 1903. He was in the woolen manufacturing business there but moved to Worcester, Massachusetts, sometime between 1910 and 1920. He remained in the woolen business until 1930. During this time he adopted two children, a son, Paul, and a daughter, Barbara. He suddenly left Worcester in 1931 and moved to Kittanning, Pennsylvania, where he worked for the Peter Graff Company. He stayed in Pennsylvania until sometime before 1942 when he turned up in Philippi, West Virginia, for reasons unknown. He stayed there until 1950 when he and Viola moved to Jacksonville, Florida. During the 1920-1930 time-frame, Uncle Clair did very well financially. He bought a Packard motorcar for my father and owned a yacht, which my dad loved to go out on and fish off Cuttyhunk. When he and Viola both died in 1955, they were penniless and buried in the pauper section of Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida, in unmarked graves. Why their children did not purchase markers is unknown so I bought them each a simple stone when I visited their graves in 2001.

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