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  • 2003 Archive

  • Vol. 5, No. 25
    Whole #118
    June 13, 2003
    Edited by Lynn Betlock and Rod D. Moody

    Greetings from the New England Historic Genealogical Society! This free newsletter has been sent to NEHGS members and friends who have subscribed to it, or submitted their email addresses on various membership and sales department forms and website notices. NEHGS recognizes the importance of its members' privacy, and will not give away, sell or lease personal information. If you would like to unsubscribe, please click on the link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions provided.

    © Copyright 2003, New England Historic Genealogical Society


    • Summer Conference Reminder!
    • New Databases on
    • Volume 12, Number 2 of the Great Migration Newsletter Online Available to Subscribers
    • New Research Article on
    • Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    • New Resources Available at the NEHGS Library
    • NEHGS President David Kruger in the News — in Germany
    • Announcing the NEHGS Planned Giving Program
    • From the Volunteer Coordinator
    • "Genealogy in a Nutshell Lectures" Available Through Circulating Library
    • Courage, Patriotism, Community, on the Library of Congress Website
    • Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback
    • NEHGS Contact Information

    Summer Conference Reminder!

    It's hard to believe, but the NEHGS Boston Summer Conference is less than four weeks away! "New England Research in the Early 21st Century" will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, at the John Hancock Conference Center in Boston. If you've been waiting to make your plans, don't delay. The conference center can only accommodate 200 participants and we are nearing capacity. If space is available on the days of the conference, we will accept walk-in registrations. Because of the limited size of the facility, we may need to turn unregistered hopefuls away. Monday, July 7, will be the last day we accept registrations by phone, fax, mail, or online. After that date, please call 888-296-3447 for walk-in status.

    Registration for the conference has produced some interesting statistics. This is the first time we've implemented online registration for an NEHGS event and nearly 60% of total conference registrations have come in via the website. While Massachusetts and New Hampshire are at the top of the list in number of registrants, 55% of the attendees are coming from outside of New England. There will be a diverse group of NEHGS members and non-members from around the country attending the event, learning, exchanging ideas, and enjoying the company of other genealogists who share New England connections.

    When you are in Boston for the conference, plan to visit the NEHGS Library. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. From July 13 through August 24, the library will also be open on Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. In addition, many popular repositories are nearby and there are always plenty of attractions to occupy a spouse, friends, or children if you want to turn your visit into a family vacation.

    More information about the conference, including speaker and topic information, registration costs, and meals, is available at

    New Databases on

    General Index of the Land Records of the Town of Hartford, Connecticut, 1639–1839

    This grantor/grantee index of the land records of Hartford was compiled and published by the town in 1873. Included in the index are the names of the grantee and grantor, volume and page number of the record, character (warrantee, mortgage, distribution, quitclaim, lease, assignment, execution, chattel, etc.), and date of action.

    To order the record of an individual found in the index, researchers must write to the city clerk of Hartford. More information can be found at the City of Hartford website. The Connecticut State Library keeps land records on microfilm from the 1600s to the early 1900s, which can be viewed at the library.

    It should be noted that although the title of the original publication indicates that the records only go to 1839, the volume itself actually includes a number of records from later years.

    Search the General Index of the Land Records of Hartford at /research/database/hartfordct/.

    Some Early Records of the Town of Springfield, Maine, 1834–1891

    The town of Springfield, in Penobscot County, Maine, was established in 1834. These abstracts were taken from the town clerk's records in 1967, and include the following:
    • Marriages from 1834 to 1890
    • Marriage intentions from 1834 to 1891 that were not recorded as marriages
    • Names and birth dates of town residents at the time of incorporation (1834)
    • A short sketch of Company D, Eleventh Regiment, Maine Infantry Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, with enlistments from Springfield
    • Early settlers and their families, with genealogies

    Please note that there are a few typographical errors in the original 1967 transcription of these records. As a result, you may encounter dates in this database that fall outside of the range specified in the title.

    Search the Early Records of Springfield at .

    Family Genealogy — History and Genealogy of the Carpenter Family of America

    This genealogy of the Carpenter family of Providence, Rhode Island, was written by Daniel Hoogland Carpenter in 1901. The book's introduction notes that "There were three distinct families bearing the name of Carpenter who made early settlement in America. They each were from England, and by way of distinction have been termed The Providence Family, The Rehoboth Family, and The Philadelphia Family. . . It is our province in this volume to make record concerning The Providence Family, the earliest of the three families to make settlement in the New World.

    "The first person bearing the name of Carpenter who made permanent settlement in America was William Carpenter, son and heir of Richard Carpenter of Amesbury, Wiltshire, England. His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of William and Christiana (Peak) Arnold. She was born at Cheselbourne, Dorsetshire, November 23, 1611. They were married a short time before their sailing for America."

    Search the Carpenter family genealogy at

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions from the following cemeteries in the town of Somers, in Westchester County, New York:

    Presbyterian Cemetery
    Todd Cemetery
    Green Family Cemetery
    Hallock Cemetery
    Mount Zion Cemetery
    Ivandale Cemetery

    Search the Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    Master Search

    Master search all databases at

    Volume 12, Number 2 of the Great Migration Newsletter Online Available to Subscribers

    Great Migration Newsletter Online subscribers may now access the latest issue — Volume 12, Number 2 — on Highlights include "Focus on Correspondence," in which Great Migration editor Robert C. Anderson explains how private correspondence can provide some of the most valuable information available on Great Migration participants. An overview of major collections is also presented, along with several examples of important clues and information contained in letters. Other features include a profile of constables in early New England and a review of recent literature.

    NEHGS members may subscribe to Volume 12 now and receive access to four issues to be posted on a quarterly basis, biographical sketches available only to online subscribers, and access to the Great Migration Newsletter Online archive, which contains all of the issues of Volume 11 plus the bonus sketches from 2002. All of this can be yours for only $10 per year!

    Subscribers to the Great Migration Newsletter Online may access the new issue by visiting

    To subscribe to the Great Migration Newsletter Online go to

    New Research Article on

    Family Health and Genealogy
    Methods and Sources For Genealogists Compiling Family Health Histories – Part 3
    By Norma Storrs Keating

    "In part three of 'Methods and Sources for Compiling Family Health Histories' we will continue to explore selected genealogical resources that illustrate the kinds of family health information available not only in the usual places but in some rarely used documents going back as far as the early 1800s."

    Read the full article at/articles/research/?page_id=659&attrib1=1&seq_num=212.

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

    The 2003 "Genealogy in a Nutshell" series continues with:

    • "Best Sources for Mayflower Research" by Gary Boyd Roberts on Saturday, June 14

    • "Searching Compiled Genealogies to Prevent Duplication" by Christopher Hartman on Wednesday, June 18 and Saturday, June 21

    • "Gems of the NEHGS Manuscript Collection" by Timothy Salls on Wednesday, June 25 and Saturday, June 28

    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.

    New Resources Available at the NEHGS Library

    Franklin County, Massachusetts, Probate Records

    The probate records for Franklin County, Massachusetts, are now available on microfilm in the Fourth Floor Microtext Library.

    The forty-five reel collection consists of the following:

    • Probate docket index for the years 1810–1965

    • A cross reference record book index to the probate dockets # 1–18800.

    • Probate record books from 1812–1894 (vols. 1–71)

    The call number for this collection is F72/F8/M46.

    HeritageQuest Online

    NEHGS library visitors can now access the databases on HeritageQuest Online, which include the fully-indexed 1860, 1870, and 1910 censuses with images.

    If you have any questions about these resources, please email David Lambert at

    NEHGS President David Kruger in the News — in Germany

    Recently a story about NEHGS President David Kruger and his search for his German ancestral roots was featured in the Minden, Germany, newspaper Mindener Tageblatt. Mr. Kruger and his wife Jean were in Germany in May as part of an NEHGS tour. Translated into English, the headline of the article reads, "Umlaut Lost, But Prosperity Won . . . US genealogist with connections to East Westphalia — Lippe / Great-grandfather emigrated from West Prussia / Krüger changed into Kruger." The story provides details about Mr. Kruger's genealogical quest and relates how his ancestor emigrated with his wife and five children to New Hampshire in 1882.

    To read the article (available only in German), please visit

    Announcing the NEHGS Planned Giving Program

    Have you, like many of our members, ever considered contributing to the future of NEHGS by making a planned gift to the Society through your estate? Are you interested in learning more in general about estate planning options? Or would you like to ensure that your genealogical collections are preserved and protected at NEHGS after you are gone? To answer some of these questions and more, NEHGS will initiate a Planned Giving Program later this year to offer practical advice on making gifts of lasting impact in a field of study you care about. Interested members will receive a free quarterly newsletter written specifically for the NEHGS community by Dawn Smith Maloney, a certified financial planner at American Express Financial Advisors. Among the topics to be addressed will be basic estate planning techniques that allow you to minimize estate taxes and avoid probate expenses, creating gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts or wealth replacement trusts, and much more.

    For more information or to receive the newsletter when it is available, please contact D. Brenton Simons, NEHGS Assistant Executive Director, at 617-226-1203 or by email at

    From the Volunteer Coordinator

    Boston-area volunteers were treated to a "brown bag lunch" with Gary Boyd Roberts last week at 101 Newbury Street. A large group attended, and the volunteers enjoyed a talk that provided a broad outline of Gary's work. These lunches are generally held on Wednesday at the end of every second month. If any volunteers are planning a visit to Boston over the summer, please get in touch with me; I would love to see you.

    We have a new volunteer opportunity. On the morning of Wednesday, July 2, our collections conservator, Deborah Rossi, would like assistance at the Groton (Massachusetts) Town Hall. She needs four volunteers to help her assemble loose papers in chronological order. This is an hands-on project and conversation will be part of it. If any Groton-area members or volunteers who are able to travel to Groton will be available on this date and would enjoy a volunteer get-together, please contact me at or at 617-226-1276.

    Thank you,
    Susan Rosefsky, Volunteer Coordinator

    "Genealogy in a Nutshell Lectures" Available Through Circulating Library

    NEHGS has been recording its "Genealogy in a Nutshell" lectures on cassettes so that members may borrow them through the Circulating Library. The current holdings include the following:

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Preparing Your Family History for Publication by Christopher Hartman.
    Call Number CS16/H355/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. The Health of our Ancestors: Mortality in the 18th and 19th Centuries by Marie E. Daly.
    Call Number CS49/D35/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. A Good Deed: Important Documents for Your Research by David C. Dearborn.
    Call Number CS49/D43/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Beyond the Grave: Using Cemetery Records by David Allen Lambert.
    Call number CS49/L36/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Introduction to Royal Descents for Americans by Gary Boyd Roberts.
    Call Number CS55/R54/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Sons of Liberty: Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors by David Allen Lambert.
    Call Number CS63/L36/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. The Maternal Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln by Christopher C. Child.
    Call Number CS71/H2419/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. A Varied Mosaic: Researching Your Ancestors in Nova Scotia by George F. Sanborn, Jr.
    Call Number CS88/N64/S26/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Case Studies in New England Native American Research by Marc Choquet.
    Call Number E98/G44/C46/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Researching Your French-Canadian Ancestors by Michael J. Leclerc.
    Call Number E184/F85/L43/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Genealogical Mining in the Granite State [N.H.] by George F. Sanborn, Jr.
    Call Number F33/S26/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Researching Your Vermont Ancestors by Scott Andrew Bartley.
    Call Number F48/B37/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Researching Your Ancestors in Rhode Island by Maureen A. Taylor.
    Call Number F78/T365/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Deciphering Old Handwriting by Jerome E. Anderson.
    Call Number Z115/A5/A53/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2002. Newspaper Sources at the Boston Public Library by Henry Scannell.
    Call Number Z6945/S33/2002 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2003. Guidelines for Publishing Your Family History by Christopher Hartman.
    Call Number CS16/H354/2003 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2003. Evaluating Genealogical Evidence: When is Enough? By Marshall Kirk.
    Call Number CS16/K48/2003 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2003. Masonic and Fraternal Organization Records by David Allen Lambert.
    Call number CS49/L364/2003 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2003. Preparing for Your Genealogical Research Trip to Ireland by Marie E. Daly.
    Call Number CS483/D35/2003 Sound cassette.

    • NEHGS Nutshell Lectures 2003. The Mill English of the 19th Century by David C. Dearborn.
    Call Number E184/B7/D43/2003.

    All of these cassette tapes can be found in our online library catalog at To find a lecture, go to the library catalog on and select “search the Library Catalog”. You can type a lecture title or keyword in the title field. (Typing in the word "nutshell" will produce no results in this type of search.)

    You can also look up all of the available nutshell tapes by doing an advanced search. On the left side of the library catalog screen, choose the advanced search option. On the next screen, use the drop-down menu in the “1.” field and select “series”. Click on the search button. On the next screen, type the word “nutshell” into the series box. All available tapes will be displayed. Click on the number on the left side to see the full citation for the tape. Once the full citation is displayed, you can borrow the tapes through the Circulating Library by clicking on the request button in the lower right-hand corner and following the instructions from there.

    Please note: You must be a member of NEHGS to borrow items through the Circulating Library.

    If we can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at or by telephone at 1-888-296-3447, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time).

    — Alexander Woodle, Circulating Library Director

    Courage, Patriotism, Community, on the Library of Congress Website

    The following announcement is excerpted from a recent Library of Congress press release:

    In honor of Memorial Day and in celebration of the American spirit, the Library of Congress is launching a new website highlighting its collections of veterans’ stories, patriotic music, and community life. The new site, called Courage, Patriotism, Community, is accessible at

    Courage, Patriotism, Community comprises three online presentations:

    Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project ( features selected stories from the Library’s Veterans History Project in the American Folklife Center. Created by an act of Congress in 2000, the Veterans History Project provides veterans and the civilians who supported them the opportunity to record for posterity their wartime experiences. These poignant stories are told through video, audio, and written personal accounts from twenty-one veterans and civilians. Also included are photographs, diaries, and scrapbooks — all digitized and presented on the website.

    Patriotic Melodies: Selections from I Hear America Singing ( illustrates the close connection between patriotism, music, and the expression of the American spirit; it features some of the nation’s most beloved patriotic tunes as well as the story behind the creation of each melody. Included are national songs (“The Star Spangled Banner,” "America") military theme songs (“Anchors Aweigh,” "The Army Goes Rolling Along"), and songs drawn from musical theater (“Over There,” “Yankee Doodle Boy").

    Community Roots: Selections from the Local Legacies Project ( documents America’s local festivals, community events, and other grassroots activities. For the purpose of the online presentation, one local tradition has been selected to represent each state, the District of Columbia, the territories, and trusts. These include Buccaneer Days in Texas, which celebrates a time in history when pirate ships sailed the Gulf waters, and the World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast — serving some 40,000 — in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Visit Courage, Patriotism, Community at


    Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback

    Here is the latest reader submission to the questions "Who is your favorite ancestor? Who is your favorite black sheep ancestor? Why?" If you would like to contribute information on your favorite and/or black sheep ancestor, please send your story in 300 words or less to Lynn Betlock at Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    Hester (Ingersoll) (Gurley) Jones, My Eighth Great-Grandmother
    by Deborah Southworth Sweet of New City, New York

    The daughter of John Ingersoll, the immigrant, and his second wife, Abigail Bascom (who had a Plantagenet line), Hester (aka Esther) Ingersoll was born in 1652 in Hartford, Connecticut. Her first marriage in 1684 was to William Gurley, who drowned in the Connecticut River in 1687. Their son and only child, Samuel, my ancestor, was born posthumously sixteen days later.

    Hester next married Benoni Jones and they started a small settlement, called Pascommuck, at the north end of Mt. Tom, in Northampton, Massachusetts, with a few other related families. Hester and Benoni had four children. The Jones house was the most fortified in the settlement, and so, on May 13, 1704, most of the settlers were there when the Indians attacked and set the house on fire, driving everyone out into the open. Hester no doubt witnessed the deaths of her husband Benoni and two of her young sons, Ebenezer and Jonathan, and the scalping of another son Benjamin (who survived).

    Hester and two others were forced by their captors to walk to Montréal, Québec, where she eventually came to the l'Hotel Dieu, a hospital run by the Hospitaliers of St. Joseph, a group of Catholic nuns. Hester took ill and was cared for there by the good sisters, who quite naturally for the time, had conversion to Catholicism as a prime objective. However it is said that Hester kept to her faith until the end, only agreeing to convert on her deathbed after being promised that if she recovered she would be sent home. She died on Nov. 27, 1705, and was buried in the churchyard there.

    The undaunted courage of this woman, who had suffered so much tragedy in her young life, is an impressive legacy to all her descendants, and a great fireside story on those long, cold, winter nights.

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