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  • 2003 Archive

  • Vol. 5, No. 29
    Whole #122
    July 11, 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.

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    • Daily Specials Coming to
    • Take the Survey!
    • NEHGS Research Library Sunday Hours Begin This Weekend
    • Ten New Sketches Added to The Great Migration Newsletter Online
    • New Databases on
    • New Research Article on
    • Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    • Fall "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Schedule Announced
    • Join NEHGS in Salt Lake City!
    • Master List of Cemeteries Added to
    • Newbury Street Press Featured Product: The Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodwin (1829–1912)
    • Careers at NEHGS
    • NEHGS Circulating Library — It's Not Just About New England
    • From the Volunteer Coordinator
    • Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback
    • NEHGS Contact Information

    Daily Specials Coming to

    Starting on Monday, July 14, we will be featuring daily website-only sales on products in our store. Each weekday we will select a different book, CD-ROM, or other product, and offer a special discount to those shopping on Just look in the Daily Special area on the home page (where the Featured Product is usually found) for each day's special. Products will change every morning, so check back often for new items!

    Take the Survey!

    Please help us improve your online experience at Take a moment to fill out our brief survey at and let us know what you think about the website. This is the first of a series of short surveys that will be appearing on the website in the months to come. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for using!

    NEHGS Research Library Sunday Hours Begin This Weekend

    Beginning this weekend and continuing until August 24, the NEHGS Research Library in Boston will be open on Sundays from 12 noon to 5 p.m. NEHGS members may bring a guest for free on Sundays.

    For more information about the NEHGS Research Library please visit our library page.

    Ten New Sketches Added to The Great Migration Newsletter Online

    The following ten new Great Migration biographical sketches have been added to The Great Migration Newsletter Online page on this week:

    Roger Harlakenden
    Thomas Hastings
    Edmund Hawes
    Richard Hawes
    Adam Hawkes
    John Hawkes
    James Hawkins
    Job Hawkins
    Narias Hawkins
    Robert Hayes

    Subscribers to Volume 12 of the newsletter may view these sketches, plus many more, at

    To subscribe to the Great Migration Newsletter Online, visit

    For information on the printed version of the Great Migration Newsletter visit


    New Databases on

    First Book of Raynham (MA) Records, 1700–1835

    Raynham, Massachusetts, was established in 1731 from the town of Taunton. It is located in the county of Bristol. The identity of the compiler of this handwritten manuscript is unknown, but it was donated to the Society in 1897 by John Ward Dean, who held several positions at NEHGS from 1850 to 1902, including editor, librarian, and director.

    Search First Book of Raynham (MA) Records, 1700–1835 at

    Maine Marriages Performed by Rev. Enoch M. Fowler

    Reverend Enoch M. Fowler was a minister of twenty Methodist Episcopal churches in eastern Maine between 1843 and 1877. He died at the age of ninety in Searsmont, Maine, in 1908. These marriage records were copied from an old account book found in poor condition between the walls in the Methodist parsonage at East Bucksport, Maine.

    Search Maine Marriages Performed by Rev. Enoch Fowler at

    Family Genealogies: The Bartletts. Ancestral, genealogical, biographical, historical. Comprising an account of the American progenitors of the Bartlett family, with special reference to the descendants of John Bartlett, of Weymouth and Cumberland.
    (1892) by Thomas Edward Bartlett

    This family genealogy traces the descendants of the Bartlett family, beginning with the first Bartlett on record in the colonies, John Bartlett of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Cumberland, Rhode Island. The genealogy was written in 1892 by Thomas Edward Bartlett.

    Search the Bartlett Genealogy at

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions from the Stafford Street Cemetery in Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut.

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at


    Master Search

    Master search all databases at

    Free Non-Member Preview!
    New Research Article on

    Vital Records in Québec
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    "Prior to the twentieth century, the churches of Québec recorded and kept the vital records of the province. The provincial government was then given copies of all births, marriages, and deaths, which serve as the official vital record. These provincial copies are known as the Registres d'état civile. When using microfilm copies of Québec church records, it is important to note whether you are using the Registres d'état civile, the original parish registers, or another copy of the parish registers. The copies and transcriptions often do not contain all of the information from the original parish record."

    Read the full article at

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

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

    • "The Great Migration" by Robert Charles Anderson on Wednesday, July 16 and Saturday, July 19.

    • "Researching Québec Ancestors" by Michael Leclerc on Wednesday, July 23 and Saturday, July 26.

    There will be no Nutshell lectures during the month of August. Please refer to the fall lecture schedule below for future dates and topics.

    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 toll-free at 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.

    Fall "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Schedule Announced

    New Genealogy in a Nutshell lectures have been scheduled for the fall season. These lectures are held most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the NEHGS Library in Boston. Highlights of the fall schedule include author and Boston expert Ann S. Lainhart's talk on "Highlights of Unusual Boston Records"; NEHGS collections maintenance assistant Deborah Rossi's demonstration on "Caring for Your Treasured Books"; Register editor Henry B. Hoff on "Genealogical Research in Upstate New York"; and an "Overview of Massachusetts State and County Court Records" by the head of the Supreme Judicial Court Archives of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Bouvier. NEHGS library staff will also deliver several lectures covering everything from researching the soldiers and sailors of World War I to preparing for a visit to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The complete fall schedule is shown below.

    September 3 and 6 – 18th and 19th Century Migrations Out of New England
    David C. Dearborn, FASG

    September 10 and 13 – Loyalist & Pre-Loyalist Migrations to Atlantic Canada
    George F. Sanborn, FASG

    September 17 and 20 – Reginae Bonarum: Researching 19th Century Irish Women
    Marie E. Daly

    September 24 and 27 – Preparing for Your Trip to Salt Lake City
    David A. Lambert

    October 1 and 4 – Highlights of Unusual Boston Records
    Ann S. Lainhart

    October 8 and 11 – Caring for Your Treasured Books
    Deborah Rossi

    October 15 and 18 – Genealogical Research in Connecticut
    Joyce S. Pendery, CG

    October 22 and 25 – Beyond Clans and Tartans: Scottish Genealogical Research
    George F. Sanborn Jr., FASG

    October 29 and November 1 – Finding Jewish Ancestors in Europe: A Case Study from Bohemia
    Alexander Woodle

    November 5 – From Albany to Youngstown: Genealogical Research in Upstate New York
    Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG

    November 12 and 15 – Doughboys: Researching WWI Soldiers and Sailors
    David A. Lambert

    November 19 and 22 – Overview of Massachusetts State and County Court Records
    Elizabeth Bouvier

    November 26 and 29 – Tracing Present-Day Relatives
    David C. Dearborn, FASG

    December 3 and 6 – The Mowbray Connection: Genealogical Patterns in the Western World
    Gary Boyd Roberts

    December 10 and 13 – Choosing (and Using) Genealogical Software
    Steve Kyner

    Join NEHGS in Salt Lake City!

    NEHGS invites you to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of our popular research tour to Salt Lake City with us. The Family History Library houses the world’s largest collection of genealogical data and is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Participants will have six full days to research, receive consultations from NEHGS staff genealogists, attend lectures on genealogical topics, and take guided tours of the library. Research assistance will be available from NEHGS librarians, who are well-acquainted with the Family History Library’s resources. Receptions and group meals will also be included in the week-long program.

    The tour leader will be Jane Knowles Lindsey, an NEHGS council member and former trustee. A California resident, Ms. Lindsey has had extensive experience researching at the Family History Library and has previously escorted groups from NEHGS and the California Genealogical Society.

    NEHGS staff genealogists (David C. Dearborn, FASG, David Allen Lambert, Gary Boyd Roberts, and Ruth Quigley Wellner), as well as guest consultant Maryan Egan-Baker, will be stationed on each floor of the library for scheduled personal research consultations with participants.Throughout the week you will have ample opportunity to confer with them regarding your research.You will receive a listing of each consultant’s area of expertise to aid you in scheduling conferences. All consultations are offered at no additional charge. Our staff will also present lectures for program participants Tuesday through Friday mornings on various genealogical topics and methodology to benefit your research. A special orientation will be provided for first-time users of the library at the beginning of the week.

    For additional information and a complete itinerary, please visit

    Master List of Cemeteries Added to

    In response to member requests, we have added a master list of the cemeteries included in the "Cemetery Transcriptions in the NEHGS Manuscript Collections" database on To view the list, please visit our main cemeteries database page at and click on the "Master List of Cemeteries" link. This will take you to a linked list of states featured in our database. Clicking on a state name will allow you to view an alphabetical list of town names and the names of cemeteries within each town that are included in our database. Please note that the recently added "Rhode Island Cemetery Database Index" ( is separate from the "Cemetery Transcriptions" database; therefore those cemeteries are not included in the master list.

    Newbury Street Press Featured Product: The Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodman (1829–1912)

    For the next few weeks we will be spotlighting selected books published by the Newbury Street Press. Featured NSP books will be available at discounted prices for a limited time. This week we are featuring The Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodman (1829–1912), by Harrison Black, M.D. This title is on sale now at the NEHGS Online Store for $25 (regular price $50), plus shipping and handling.

    The marriage in 1853 of Frances Maria Goodman ("Fanny") and Learner Blackman Harrison in Cincinnati brought together two families from regions that played seminal roles in the Revolution and the subsequent development of the United States — New England and Virginia.

    Fanny was a third cousin three times removed of John Adams and Samuel Adams; Learner, by family tradition, was probably a cousin of William Henry and Benjamin Harrison, although this is unproven. A major segment of Fanny's ancestors were associated with the Rev. Thomas Hooker. Fanny' s century-old and remarkably accurate pedigree chart prepared for her admission into the Society of Colonial Dames was one of the primary resources used for this volume. Another salient source was the L.B. Harrison family Bible, which Fanny' s granddaughter — and the author's mother — Anna McNaughton (Smith) Black, kept current until 1970.

    In the October 2002 issue of The American Genealogist, David L. Greene called The Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodman "one of the best multi-family genealogies in years," and went on to say that

    "The bulk of the book consists of genealogical discussions of over sixty New England families. Each account is heavily documented to both primary and secondary sources. For the early colonial generations, the author often includes documents described in full, especially wills and inventories; both are, of course, of major genealogical significance, but they also tell us something of the lives our ancestors actually lived."

    This volume includes lines from:
    Adams, Allyn, Andrews, Austin, Bachelder, Bishop, Blake, Blanchard, Boylston, Bright, Bronson, Bulkeley, Butler, Call, Cooke, Clarke, Crawford, Damon, Eames, Edenden, Fowle, Gaylord, Goldstone, Goodman, Hett, Hopkins, Hovey, Hurry, Kellog, Larkin, Kettell, Leadbetter, Merrill, Minot, Mix, Mott, Newell, Pantry, Partridge, Rand, Penniman, Ruscoe, Sanders, Sedgwick, Seymour, Smith, Sprague, Steele, Stone, Talcott, Terry, Tolman, Treat, Trott, Turner, Tuttle, Wadsworth, Wakeman, Watson, Webster, Westwood, Wheeler, and Wiley.

    For more information, please visit

    Order The Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodman from the NEHGS Online Store at

    Careers at NEHGS

    Marketing Coordinator

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) seeks a creative, energetic person who will broadly promote the Society and its resources and products; initiate publicity; develop links and relationships with external websites and online media; develop and issue press releases; write promotional advertising copy, and articles for the Society's website, electronic newsletter, and magazine as well as external media; recruit, manage, and track outside advertising in NEHGS publications; and work closely with the membership recruitment coordinator to develop and implement strategies to increase membership.

    Required: 2-3 years experience in the fields of marketing, publicity, or public relations; superior writing ability; excellent communication, and interpersonal skills; knowledge of Windows applications, and general word processing skills. This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills in dealing with press contacts, advertisers, and advertising representatives, as well as with patrons, members, staff, and the public at large. Nonprofit experience a plus, but not required.

    Send resume, cover letter and references to:

    D. Brenton Simons
    Assistant Executive Director
    New England Historic Genealogical Society
    101 Newbury Street
    Boston, MA 02116-3007
    Or email the above to
    No phone calls, please.

    NEHGS Circulating Library — It's Not Just About New England
    By Alexander Woodle, Circulating Library Director


    Names can sometimes be deceiving. While the casual observer might jump to conclusions due to the name of this organization, the NEHGS research and circulating libraries both have extensive collections of material pertaining to areas outside of New England. As our country expanded and developed, many of our New England ancestors sought new opportunities elsewhere, which subsequently frustrated many New England researchers! The Circulating Library enables you to borrow from our large collection of non-New England town and county histories, town records, genealogies, etc, and study these hard-to-find books in the comfort of your home.

    Let us take a brief look at what our collection has to offer for the state of Ohio, a major stop on the way westward. The Circulating Library Catalog, Volume II ( arranges our materials related to Ohio alphabetically by county and city or town. If you prefer, our online library catalog at can provides several search options and is updated on a regular basis. Using the advanced search option in the catalog will allow you to broaden or narrow your search in a number of ways. From the library catalog search page, select "advanced search" from the menu on the left side of the page. On the next screen, use the drop-down menu in one of the fields to select "sub-location." In a second field select "subject." Click on the search button. On the next screen, the word "circulating" should already be visible in the sub-location box. In the subject box type in Ohio. Clicking on the search button once again should result in 214 items related to Ohio. You can then print out the catalog pages from your browser menu. You can use the advanced search to narrow your subject focus by using other parameters. For example, using Ohio and Washington County as subjects limited the results to nine items.

    For further search options or assistance with searching the library catalog, consult the catalog's help information by clicking the "Help" button on the left menu of the library catalog page.

    As always, should you have questions, please call 1-888-296-3447, ext 300 or email

    Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback

    Each week we ask 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!

    My Favorite Ancestor
    by Carol S. Radford of St. Clair, Missouri


    One of my favorite ancestors is Major General Humphrey Atherton. He was born around 1608 in Lancashire, England, and came to America in 1635 or 1636, accompanied by his wife, Mary Wales. They settled in the Dorchester, Massachusetts, area and soon raised a large family. I am related to him through his daughter, Thankful, who married Thomas Bird, Jr. I first became intrigued with the major general after reading a cryptic notation about him in some family papers: "He was skilled at handling the Indians."

    Soon after his arrival, he established himself as a leader of the colony. He was elected as a selectman of Dorchester in 1638 and represented the town in the General Court. In 1653, he was chosen speaker of the house of deputies, and the following year he became an assistant to the governor.

    Humphrey Atherton was also involved in the colony's military affairs. He became a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and was its captain from 1650 to 1658. He commanded the Suffolk Regiment, with the title of major general, and served as the chief military officer in New England.

    He was very religious and public-spirited, and often involved in both civil and military affairs. He was characterized as a lively, courageous man. He understood some of the local tribal dialects and even though he was an officer in the militia, expressed sympathy for the Indians. That he also didn't put up with any nonsense is apparent from the following story: In 1650, he was sent with twenty men to Pessacus, a sachem of the Narragansett tribe, to collect a payment of wampum. Tiring of Pessacus's interminable delays and excuses, the major general left his men outside of Pessacus's wigwam, grabbed his pistol, and charged into the wigwam. He then dragged Pessacus out by his hair, threatening to shoot anyone who interfered. This action was certainly not politically correct by modern standards, but indicative of his courage.

    The major general lost his life in an unfortunate accident. In September 1661, he was returning to Dorchester from Boston after reviewing troops. Apparently it was quite late at night, and his horse was spooked by a cow in the road. The major general was thrown and never regained consciousness. His death was considered a great loss to the colony.

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