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  • 2002 Archive

  • Vol. 4, No. 28
    Whole #84
    October 25, 2002

    Special Announcement: Automatic NEHGS Membership Renewals Now Available
    • New Databases on
    • New Research Articles on
    • "Ask a Librarian" Answers Your Research Questions
    • A New NEHGS Book — Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More
    • Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    • Take a Research Trip to Dublin with NEHGS — July 13–20, 2003
    • LDS Offers Free Online Access to 1880 U.S. and 1881 Canadian Census Indexes
    • Historic Deerfield Offers Free Admission Throughout November
    • The Franklin County Publication Archive Index
    • Favorite Ancestor Feedback

    Special Announcement: Automatic NEHGS Membership Renewals Now Available

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    For further information, call Thomas McKenna, director of member services, toll-free at 1-888-296-3447, ext. 305, or email

    New Databases on

    For this Halloween week we are offering a particularly "bewitching" set of databases pertaining to the town of Salem, Massachusetts.

    Eighteenth Century Baptisms in Salem, Massachusetts

    This week we present the baptismal records taken from the following churches in Salem, including Salem Village (now Danvers Center) and the Middle Precinct (now Peabody): Episcopal, Tabernacle, First, North, South, and East. These records were compiled and published by James A. Emmerton in 1886.

    Search Eighteenth Century Baptisms in Salem, Massachusetts at

    A Catalogue of Members of North Church in Salem

    The founders of the North Church of Salem originally belonged to the First Church of that town. In 1771, Thomas Barnard, pastor of the First Church, was relieved of his duties, due to illness. There were great disagreements about who his successor would be, with the majority choosing a man named Dunbar and a large minority preferring the pastor's son, Thomas Barnard, Jr. While the majority proceeded to ordinate Mr. Dunbar, the ten men and forty-one women that were in the minority chose to secede from the church, and established the North Church under the pastor of their choice. The request to separate from the church was granted amicably, with the church stating in their vote to grant the seceders' request: "we herein join with them in the wish....that a spirit of love and Christian fellowship may continue between us notwithstanding our separation." This database contains the members of the church from its formation on July 19, 1772 to the time of the original volume's publication in June 1827.

    Search A Catalogue of Members of North Church in Salem at

    Salem, MA, Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    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 three transcriptions from the following Salem, Massachusetts, cemeteries — Salem Central on Hill (currently named Broad Street Cemetery) and Salem Central at Point (currently named Charter Street Cemetery). An early transcription of fifty-eight stones was taken from Salem Central on the Hill. A second transciption was taken after the change of name.

    Search cemetery transcriptions from the NEHGS collection at

    Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636–1850, by James N. Arnold, Volume 10

    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 from Volume 10, which contains the following:

    Church records for the towns and villages of Hopkinton, East Providence, Providence, Barrington, Coventry, West Greenwich, Exeter, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, Smithfield, Narragansett, South Kingstown, Newport, Pawtucket, and Wickford.

    Also included are marriages and intentions for Pawtucket, 1828–1843, and Record of Friend's marriages, births, and deaths for Westport, Massachusetts (which includes some records from Little Compton and Tiverton).

    Search Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636–1850 at

    New Research Articles on

    New Hampshire
    New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers
    by Edward F. Holden

    Ethnic Research
    Danish Research is Easy!
    by Norma Storrs Keating

    "Ask a Librarian" Answers Your Research Questions

    We have posted a new set of member questions and answers by our expert NEHGS library staff on our "Ask a Librarian" page at

    Here are this month's questions:

    Julie Hubbert asks:
    My husband has an ancestor that was a Hessian soldier by the name of von Blucker (with an umlaut above the "u"). It was later changed to Bleucher. What do you have on Hessian soldiers in the American Revolution? This ancestor apparently stayed in America. There must be societies, lists, etc.


    Janet Nelson asks:
    Is there a listing of Mayflower names anywhere online? I have a bunch of ancestors in early Massachusetts, but have no idea on any except William White who I know was on the Mayflower. Where can I find a listing to check the others?


    Herb Florance asks:
    I have been searching the Rhode Island probate records database on your website and am interested in obtaining a copy of a record from 1883. Where do I call or write for a copy of case # 13795, Disley, 1883, "guardianship" case type?


    Robert Bates asks:
    I am relatively new to genealogy, and need to search probate records for Hampden County, Massachusetts. Do I need to go to the county courthouse or are there other options for obtaining these records?

    Maxie Kravitz asks:
    I have a homework assignment to find out how the French language came to New England. Can you help me?

    Angus Clarke asks:
    I am in the process of tracing a family member who died in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1873. In a death register it lists his place of "origin" as Bath, Maine. I can find no trace of his birth in Bath, Maine, records. Could his place of "origin" be where he came from and not necessarily his place of birth as I had thought?

    Madge R. Walsh asks:
    Vital records in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New England (and elsewhere) seldom, if ever, consider a marriage ended in any way other than death. In family compendia, once in a while, desertion or abandonment may be implied, or whispered; but divorce is never, ever, mentioned. Surely there must have been some formal method providing for the dissolution of a marriage. (Annulment after children are born may have been possible, but seems hypocritical.)

    My query comes from a situation in which one of my ancestors appears to have taken a third wife while a second wife was still living (wife #3 is, of course, the one my line comes from). So far, I have found no marriage record for #3; but apparently the husband left wife #2 somewhere in New Hampshire, circa 1790, and removed himself and his new bride to Vermont. Perhaps distance was as good as divorce in those days?

    For answers to these questions and more, please visit our "Ask A Librarian" page at

    A New NEHGS Book Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More

    Since its founding in 1845, NEHGS has played a leading role in establishing genealogical guidelines and determining a genealogical writing style. NEHGS receives numerous requests each year for style guidelines, and in response produced this guide which addresses substantial changes in genealogical writing generally, and at NEHGS specifically. Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century seeks to clarify, simplify, and demystify the art of writing for a broad range of publications that address genealogical audiences. Whether you need succinct guidance on general writing rules such as abbreviations, names, dates, alternate spellings, quotations, and punctuation, or advice relating to the style of a specific publication, this book presents the facts in a clear, concise manner. Written for the needs of today’s writers, this guide also covers specifics of writing electronic articles, including hyperlinks, tables, images, and formatting.

    Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More is edited by Henry B. Hoff, editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, with chapters written by editors and writers of NEHGS publications. For a limited time, NEHGS members may purchase this book, priced regularly at $17.95, for a special introductory price of $9.95. To take advantage of the discount, first log in to and then go the product page in our book store at


    Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library

    The "Genealogy in a Nutshell" series continues with:

    • "Finding Your Rhode Island Roots" by Maureen Taylor on Saturday, October 26

    • "Congregational Church Records: Less Than Meets the Eye" by Dr. Harold Worthley on Wednesday, October 30 and Saturday, November 2

    • "Book, CD, or Web? Which Medium Fits Which Publication" by D. Brenton Simons on Wednesday, November 6 and Saturday, November 9

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

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

    Take a Research Trip to Dublin with NEHGS — July 13–20, 2003

    Experience Dublin with the New England Historic Genealogical Society in this one-week research program. The tour features guided research at various repositories in central Dublin, including the General Register Office, National Library, National Archives, and Registry of Deeds, among others. In addition, you will benefit from genealogical lectures and personalized consultations throughout the week with NEHGS director of library user services Marie E. Daly, Dublin-based independent researcher Eileen M O'Duill, MA, CGRS, and Massachusetts State Archives reference archivist Janis P. Duffy, as well as local genealogical authorities. Why travel on your own, when you can join experienced genealogists and other avid researchers who have the same interests as you?

    Some Repositories We Will Visit:

    The National Library in Dublin, within walking distance of our accommodations, contains Griffith's Valuation, microfilm copies of Catholic parish registers, local and commercial directories, Irish newspapers, estate papers, maps, old photographs and other sources that may be searched for genealogical information.

    The Valuation Office holds maps that correspond with Griffith's Primary Valuation for the twenty-six counties in the Republic of Ireland. In addition, it holds the revised valuations, which enable researchers to pinpoint their ancestors' birthplace and determine the twentieth-century ownership.

    The National Archives of Ireland keep copies of Griffith's Valuation, the Tithe Applotment Books, wills and testimony records, pre-1901 census fragments, the 1901 and 1911 censuses, and law union records of the poor.

    Lodging for this program will be provided at Trinity College, right in the heart of Dublin's cultural, retail, and entertainment center. Within walking distance are the National Museum, National Gallery, and various book stores. These comfortable on-campus rooms have private bathrooms, and are convenient to the research repositories. Many will offer unique views of the historic grounds and architecture of the college. A continental breakfast is included during the week, and participants will also enjoy a welcome dinner and a closing dinner.

    For more information and complete itinerary visit or contact Alena Tan, tours supervisor, at 1-888-286-3447 or

    LDS Offers Free Online Access to 1880 U.S. and 1881 Canadian Census Indexes

    In honor of Family History Month, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has introduced free online access to the indexes of the 1880 United States census and the 1881 Canadian census at These indexes contain over 55 million individuals and are fully searchable. The data is also available on CD-ROM from LDS.

    The 1880 census was the first to include the relationship of the head of the household to family members, as well as the birthplace of parents. It also contains marital status, birthplace, gender, race and occupation. The 1881 Canadian census contains more than 4.3 million individuals throughout the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec; the Northwest Territories, which at that time included the current provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan; the Yukon Territory; and the western part of the Territory of Nunavut.

    It took fourteen years for LDS member volunteers to complete the indexing of the 1880 U. S. census and four years to index the 1881 Canadian census. The Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota and the Institute of Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa assisted the Church with the standardization of names and localities, and the organization of the data. "It took over 11.5 million man-hours to extract this data," says Raymond W. Madsen, a manager of information records for the Family and Church History Department. "Without these extraction volunteers the entire project would not have been possible."

    Historic Deerfield Offers Free Admission Throughout November

    Founded on November 15, 1952, Historic Deerfield will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary by offering free general admission to the public throughout the month of November. General admission — normally $12 for adults and $6 for youths age 6–12 — will be waived daily from November 1 to November 30, allowing visitors to tour the museum's fourteen historic houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life at no charge.

    Visitors are asked to begin their visit to Historic Deerfield at the Hall Tavern Information Center, across from the Deerfield Inn. Information staff will ticket guests and provide a daily schedule of tours and events.

    The museum's fiftieth anniversary celebration will culminate on Sunday, November 17, with a Community Day for visitors of all ages. Special events, a children's parade, museum tours, and a community sing at the 1824 Brick Church Meetinghouse will be offered to the public free of charge. Community Day begins at 11 a.m.

    For more information about Historic Deerfield, please visit or call 413-775-7214.

    The Franklin County Publication Archive Index

    Researchers interested in Franklin County, Massachusetts, may find useful information in the Franklin County Publication Archive Index at Barbara Stewart and her colleagues at the University of Massachusetts have created the online Archive Index, which allows users to search for articles (organized by subject) from the Greenfield Courier and Gazette. Currently, the database contains over 7000 articles from the years 1870 to 1873, and you may search on a wide range of subjects, including accidents, businesspeople, cemeteries, clubs, ethnicities, criminals, war, vital statistics, and many more. Also on the website is a searchable database of local history and genealogical resources, the history of the Greenfield Courier and Gazette, and a list of links.

    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!

    "...the world's most successful 'most unlikely to succeed' couple"
    by Georgia Ernestine Paine of Pacific Grove, California

    This is the tale of my maternal grandparents, perhaps the world's most successful "most unlikely to succeed" couple. Georgiana Pope and Jacob Albert Hunziker found each other in California in 1895. "Georgie" was the posthumous daughter of Captain George Pope, descendant of Thomas Pope and two Mayflower settlers, and Anna Moroni, granddaughter of Italian ship owner Captain Nicholas Moroni and Anna Pepper, descendants of two Mayflower settlers.

    At age sixteen, Georgie was already a milliner and dressmaker, and at twenty was raising her two nieces. Her three brothers had died of "quick consumption" which, Georgie believed, was the result of "too much inter-breeding." When one niece was married and the other employed, Georgie came to California to find a "strong, healthy" father for her children. Unfortunately she was only able to carry one to full term, but that's another tale.

    In the meantime, twenty-year-old Jacob, orphaned son of German-Swiss attorney Carl Hunziker and his French-Swiss wife, Mary (Brunnar), arrived in Wisconsin. He later traveled with a group of friends to California via Death Valley. Staggering across the desert to an elusive waterhole, they were met by a group of men with rifles who demanded money for water. There ensued an enraged battle which the "good guys" won!

    Finally arriving in California, Jacob found a job with a real estate sales group. Walking east along the railroad tracks, he placed oranges on the cactus trees to advertise their "prime orange grove acreage!" He also worked for some time as a "twenty mule team" driver for the Borax mines in Death Valley.

    In 1895 Jacob met, wooed, and married the beautiful Boston lady in Riverside. Their daughter, Alberta, was born in Temescal, California, in 1899. Grandpa became a land owner there, later moving to the San Joaquin Valley where he worked for a time as a "water witch," locating and digging wells for Miller & Lux, then owners of most of the valley. Grandma died in 1923 but Grandpa continued his unusual and fascinating career, including serving as ranch manager in 1924 for famed movie actress Pola Negri. In 1940, he finally conceded, "I am tired."

    Need I say that this is not the end but barely the beginning of colorful tales about this couple!

    "Who says that history doesn't repeat itself?"
    by Philip S. Inglee of Huntington Beach, California

    Aside from serving in the Revolution, my distant grandfather and I have had parallel life experiences. Ebenezer Inglee moved to Machias, Maine, after the Revolution and became a major in the militia. I am a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was a member of the grand jury and I served as the foreman of our county grand jury. Ebenezer served as a commissioner of the poor and I am currently the chairman of a community free health clinic. Who says that history doesn't repeat itself?

    "His mother must have been very sad to see her child go off to war at the age of 14."
    by Marilyn Bolster Zimmer of East Moline, Illinois

    Many of my ancestors are interesting and I can only get it down to two favorites. John Bolster, born May 10, 1727, in Mendon, Massachusetts, and later of Uxbridge, served in the Revolutionary War for three months. Then his son, Baruch Bolster, born August 3, 1763, served in the Revolutionary War for the entire war and was a captain in the War of 1812. His mother must have been very sad to see her child go off to war at the age of 14.

    John was married to Abigail Keith and Baruch was married to Anna Loveland of Connecticut. After the Revolution father and son both moved to Guilford, Vermont. John Bolster died at the age of 84. He had gone to a nearby town to try out a new horse. He jumped a stone wall and the horse did not clear the jump. John died the next day in Hinesburg, Vermont, and the people carved "John Bolster died here June 24, 1810" on the stone wall. I have a picture of the stone wall.

    Baruch Bolster kept a journal of his experiences in the Revolution and the War of 1812. For many years it was in the Rutland Historical Society in Vermont. It has now been lost and was last known to be in the hands of Mary Andrews Bolster of Massachusetts. What a treasure this would be to have today. I have tried for years to find this journal in the hopes that it would be in some library. So far it is still lost.

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