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  • 2003 Archive

  • Vol. 5, No. 39
    Whole #132
    September 19, 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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    • New Databases on
    • New Research Article on
    NEHGS Volunteers Needed at Plimoth Plantation
    • Ten New Sketches Added to The Great Migration Newsletter Online Survey Results, Part One
    Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    • New Tales From the Manuscript Collection Item on
    Recent Nutshell Lectures Now Available from the Circulating Library
    Essential Web Bookmark — D'
    • Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback
    • NEHGS Contact Information

    New Databases on

    Baptisms, marriages, deaths, admitted to communion, Old Town Church, Attleboro [Mass]: First Church, 1740–1856

    These records of the First Congregational Church in Attleboro were compiled by Marion Carter and Elizabeth Wilmarth, and published in 1928. The church was founded in 1712 under the Reverend Matthew Short. The present church, now within the boundaries of North Attleboro, was built in 1828.

    Search Baptisms, marriages, deaths, admitted to communion, Old Town Church, Attleboro: First Church, 1740–1856 at

    Family Genealogy: A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Mass., and His Descendants 1635–1900 [1900]

    This genealogy of the Robert Adams family was written by Andrew N. Adams and published in 1900. The introduction reads, in part:

    "Born in England in 1602, Robert Adams came first to Ipswich in Massachusetts Bay in A. D. 1635, bringing with him his wife Eleanor (Wilmot?) and his first two children. He was a tailor by trade, resided in Salem in 1638-9 and removed to Newbury in 1640, where he acquired a large farm and valuable property, and died October 12, 1682, aged 81 years. His will was made at Newbury, March 7, 1680-1, and probated Nov. 27, 1682. His wife Eleanor died June 12, 1677, and he married 2nd, Feb. 6, 1678, Sarah (Glover) Short, the widow of Henry Short. She died in Newbury, Oct. 24, 1697.

    "He is believed by many to have come from Devonshire, and to have been a son of Robert and Elizabeth Sharlon or Sharland, connected with the Ap Adam pedigree, and through that connection to have been a cousin of Henry Adams of Braintree (afterward Quincy, Mass.), the ancestor of the presidents, John and John Quincy Adams."

    Search the Adams genealogy at

    The Diaries of Rev. Thomas Cary of Newburyport, Massachusetts — 1776

    Rev. Thomas Cary (1745–1808) was one of the ministers along the Merrimack River who encouraged the patriotism of parishioners during the Revolutionary War. He began his diary in Weston, Massachusetts, in 1762 and continued writing until 1806. This installment includes his observations from the year 1776.

    Search the Diaries of the Rev. Thomas Cary at

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions from the New Paltz Rural Cemetery in New Paltz, New York

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    New Research Article on

    Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources #72
    Notes on the Ancestry En Toto of Princes William and Harry
    By Gary Boyd Roberts

    The twenty-first birthday of Prince William (William Arthur Philip Louis) of Wales on June 21 and the nineteenth birthday of Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David) on September 15 remind me that in terms of national derivations and various other matters the ancestry of the two princes has never been "totaled." In 1984 William Addams Reitwiesner and I published American Ancestors of Cousins of The Princess of Wales (Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1984), which covered that 1/16th of the princes' ancestry that is American. I continued this study in three chapters of my Notable Kin, Volume One (Carl Boyer, 3rd, Santa Clarita, CA, 1998) and Volume Two (1999, hereafter NK2). Of the princes' American ancestry, 1/8th (1/128th of the total ancestry) is New England Yankee; that much or perhaps more, mid-Atlantic Quaker; and the rest is western Virginia or Maryland, plus a later immigrant from Devon who bears a Scottish surname.

    Read the full article at

    NEHGS Volunteers Needed at Plimoth Plantation

    From the beginning of October until mid-November, NEHGS and Plimoth Plantation are collaborating in a new venture called Plimoth Ancestors. We hope to provide visitors to Plimoth Plantation with genealogical and historical information about families that were in Plimoth in 1627 and encourage them to follow up using resources offered by NEHGS. This will benefit visitors to both organizations.

    Volunteers from both Plimoth Plantation and NEHGS can be of great help with this. I am working with the volunteer coordinator at Plimoth Plantation, Peggy Page, to recruit volunteers from NEHGS for this project. This volunteer opportunity should be a lot of fun! Volunteers will sit at one of three tables at the facility and inform Plimoth Plantation visitors about NEHGS and early Plimoth families. You will also have the opportunity to meet volunteers from the Plimoth Plantation organization.

    This project will take place Wednesdays through Saturdays between October 1 and November 18. Those of you who are willing to help would be asked to spend a day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. within this time frame. You can sign up for just one day, or more if you could manage the time. There will be information and training sessions at Plimoth Plantation at the end of September with tentative times being September 25, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, September 26, 1 to 3 p.m. and September 29, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. You will be provided with materials and information needed. If any member, particularly those of you living on the south shore and Cape Cod area of Massachusetts, would like to join us, please contact me soon at 617-226-1276 and leave a message, including the best time to return your call. You can also reach me by email at

    Thank you,
    Susan Rosefsky
    NEHGS Volunteer Coordinator

    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:

    William Hooke
    William Hoskins
    James Hosmer
    James Howe
    William Hubbard
    Rowland Lahorne
    Barnabas Lambson
    Roger Lancton
    George Lewis
    John Lewis

    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

    Survey Results, Part One

    In July we began conducting surveys on to give you the opportunity to tell us what you thought of the services that NEHGS provides, and to also share your suggestions about what can be done to improve them. The first survey, which asked a series of questions about, elicited over 700 responses. In this survey we asked how many of you were NEHGS members (89%); how often you used the website (most used it on a weekly basis); what part of the website was the most valuable (searchable databases); and how important the website was in your research (the majority of respondents chose the highest ranking of very important). The survey also asked you to tell us what you liked or disliked about, and solicited your suggestions for improvements to the site. A selection of your comments is printed below, along with responses by NEHGS Electronic Publications Editor Rod D. Moody.

    "Your website was a deciding factor when deciding to renew my membership one year. The continued improvements with your website and magazine are a real plus and I will again renew our membership at the end of the year. Thank you!"

    "I find the extremely helpful in my research. The thing I enjoy the most is seeing research presented in a professional manner."

    "Dazzled by the amount of data that can be found and the frequency with which it appears. Something new all the time. I use the site with confidence in the material I'm researching. "

    "Fine just the way it is, unless you can find all my ancestors!!!! "

    "I would like to see the Great Migration [database] paginated so if I wanted to print out Annabele for instance I wouldn't have to keep guessing what page to print until I get the right ones. Otherwise I have to print the whole series for the letter A."

    This is on our "must-do" list. We are currently working on the pages, and hope to have this improvement in place very soon.

    "Have all of the town vital records before 1850 online. Be able to search for specific names rather than the requested names in a vital record. (i.e., "hannah knowlton" now gives all records with "knowlton" and "hannah" in them)."

    Unfortunately, copyright laws and permissions issues prevent us from publishing the entire Massachusetts VRs to 1850 series on our website. Regarding your search results question, if there is a Keyword Search option on the database you are using, typing in the name with quotes around it should bring up only the exact name. However, if the name is written in the original record as last name first, or, as an example, "Hannah, d. of John Knowlton" or other alternative format, these results will not appear in that search. The first name/last name search is the only way to get all results containing the name you are searching for.

    "No clear E-mail contact List."

    "Hard to navigate to the hours and discussion forums."

    You can reach all of these areas directly from the home page. Links to the contact list and library hours are at the bottom center of the page, while the discussion forums button is at the top right.

    "The Register online is very erratic. Often one is taken to the correct page number in the correct volume number only to find a title page of the Register, an advertising page, or a blank screen. Often one is not taken to the correct page number at all, and after fifteen minutes of perusing the page up and down and backwards, one notices that the page one is not the page one [I] was supposed to have been taken to..."

    We are in the process of rescanning the missing pages and fixing the mismatched ones. In the meantime, if the page you are searching for is missing or the wrong page appears, please email with your mailing address and we will be happy to mail you a photocopy of the page you need. The digitizing of the Register was an project of immense proportions involving nearly 75,000 pages, and our main priority was to get the information up online as soon as possible, and as best we could. While it is not perfect, we hope that the value of having this information online is enough to offset the inconveniences.

    "I would like a list of places, with topics indexed under same: Deerfield, MA. Genealogies. Historical accounts. The 1704 Massacre. Etc, etc. this is probably too much to ask, but wouldn't it be nice! It's a wonderful research tool; thanks so much."

    We will soon be grouping our complete list of searchable databases (NOT the Master Search) by location and record type. Instead of viewing one large alphabetical list of all the databases, you will be able to either click on a location to bring up a list of databases relevant to the area you choose or view a list of all databases under a specific record type (e.g., vital records, genealogies, court records, etc).

    "I would appreciate some area on the website where there is a list of new databases that are either being planned for entry or now being entered or recently finished being entered into the website. In the first two of these categories, please also show the current status of each. Thank you. The website is terrific and getting better every day!"

    Thank you for your kind words. Until recently, upcoming databases were listed on the main page of the research area on the website. We will be reinstating this in the very near future and the home page will have a link to the list. Digitizing records can be tricky, and despite our best intentions there is always a chance that something might go wrong. For this reason, we cannot provide the specific dates that the databases will appear or give the current status. The list will include databases planned for the near future, but these will be subject to change at any given time.

    "The more things that can be added to your database, the better. If someone wants to donate a book, old document, Bible, etc, does the website tell us how to do that?"

    Absolutely! If you click on the "Research" tab from the home page, then on "Manuscripts" on the left menu, you will see a link at the top right side that reads "Donate your genealogical materials to NEHGS!" To donate books, manuscripts, artwork, or other items to NEHGS, please contact our manuscripts curator Timothy Salls, by email ( or at 617-226-1232.

    Many thanks for all of your comments! We will be publishing more of your comments and questions in future issues of NEHGS eNews.

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

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

    • "Reginae Bonarum: Researching 19th-Century Irish Women" by Marie Daly on Saturday, September 20

    • "Preparing for Your Trip to Salt Lake City" by David Lambert on Wednesday, September 24 and Saturday, September 27

    • "Highlights of Unusual Boston Records" by Ann S. Lainhart on Wednesday, October 1 and Saturday, October 4

    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 Tales From the Manuscript Collection Item on

    We have added yet another rare treasure from the R. Stanton Avery Collections at NEHGS to our online gallery at This week we feature a 1779 Return of Officers and Vacancies in the Barnstable County Militia under the command of Joseph Otis. The names of nearly seventy soldiers are listed, along with their companies, rank, and places of "aboad."

    To view the original document with transcription please visit the Tales From the Manuscript Collection Gallery. To find this from the home page, first click on the "Libraries" tab, then "Manuscripts" on the left menu, and you will see the link to Tales From the Manuscript Collections on the right side. Alternatively, you may follow this link -

    Recent Nutshell Lectures Now Available from the Circulating Library
    By Alexander Woodle,Circulating Library Director

    The Ins and Outs of City Directories by David Dearborn. CS14/D43/2003 Sound cassette.

    Researching Your Ancestors on the Internet by Laura Prescott. CS21/P74/2003 Sound cassette.

    Researching Your Civil War Ancestor by David Lambert. CS65/L36/2003 Sound cassette.

    Using New England Vital Records at NEHGS by David Lambert. F3/L36/2003 Sound cassette.

    Maine Lines: Researching Your Downeast Ancestors by David Curtis Dearborn. F18/D43/2003 Sound cassette.

    Pilgrim Edward Winslow: New England's First International Diplomat by Jeremy Bangs. F68/W76/B36/2003 Sound cassette.

    Archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston by Robert Johnson-Lally. F73.9/C3/J64/2003 Sound cassette.

    Correction: Last week's Circulating Library article contained a typographical error. The keyword for searching for Revolutionary ancestors should have read "Revolution, 1775-1783," not the separate keywords "Revolution" and "1775-1783."

    As always, if you have any questions about using the Circulating Library, please call, toll-free, 1-888-296-3447, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time) or email To learn more about the Circulating Library or borrow books online, please visit

    Essential Web Bookmark — D'

    In 1997, computer programmer Illya D'Addezio of New Providence, New Jersey, started D', which over time has significantly expanded to be the launching point for several offshoot websites of great value to genealogists. His mission is clearly stated: "To provide a quality site containing original material, and valuable links to other information on the Internet, in a well-organized manner. The site has grown gradually, keeping the quality of our information as the highest priority."


    Beginning with his "Italian Genealogy? Start Here!" site, D'Addezio went on to create seven additional sites in six years, each relying on contributions from visitors, materials from linked websites, and his skillful programming talents. What follows is an overview of the various areas that comprise this incredibly ambitious and valuable website.

    Italian Genealogy? Start Here! (
    German Genealogy? Start Here! (
    Greek Genealogy? Start Here! (
    Irish Genealogy? Start Here! (

    These sites include

      • Searchable lists of over 2,000 passenger ship arrivals from Europe between 1609 and 1960. Also includes passenger lists, when found on the Internet.
      • A searchable heraldry database of over 500 sites with coat of arms information about particular surnames
      • Database of Italians serving in the Barbary Wars
      • Naturalization records of German nationals who immigrated to New England
      • Many useful links to research articles, historical information, databases, items for sale, and more.

    Society Hill ( is a directory with addresses and websites (when available) for over 4,000 historical and genealogical societies in the United States, listed alphabetically by state, plus hundreds more in Canada and Australia.

    Cemetery Junction ( provides addresses for over 40,000 U.S. cemeteries and links to volunteer transcriptions of many of the cemeteries listed. The database also includes over 2,000 Canadian cemeteries and over 400 in Australia. All are searchable by cemetery name. The Family Cemeteries page includes information for over 25,000 cemeteries and can be searched by surname (family cemetery name only). There are also many links to transcriptions here as well. D'Addezio claims this to be the largest collection of active and retired United States cemetery addresses and links.

    Obituary Depot ( encourages volunteers to submit basic information gleaned from obituaries listed in their local papers to the site. There is a convenient online form available for this purpose. This effort is known as the Regional Obituary Index Project, which currently has over 240,000 citations spanning hundreds of newspapers. Over 500 new citations are added daily, all searchable by surname.

    The Records Room ( is probably the most comprehensive collection of vital records links and information on the Internet. It includes addresses and provides lists of online and offline public records for each county and at the state level. All counties are displayed with both the year of establishment and county seat clearly identified, and links to state/county web sites are included where available. There is also an abundance of useful links and information about other types of records.

    There is so much more to discover at D', it would take an entire newsletter to fit it all in. Intuitive and easy to navigate, it is a gem of a website that has been recipient of many well-deserved "Best of the Internet" awards.

    Visit www.daddezio.comtoday!

    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 Jennifer Francisco of Little Falls, New Jersey

    My favorite ancestor, Lewis Banyea (or Louis Bernier as he was known in the French language), is my great-great-grandfather. Lewis hailed from Sheldon, Vermont, and on September 9, 1861, at the age of twenty-one, he enlisted with the Vermont Volunteers to serve in the Civil War. He fought in Company C, Fifth Regiment. Lewis saw action in numerous battles in Virginia, including Lee's Mills, Williamsburg, Savage's Station, White Oak Swamp, and Fredericksburg. His regiment also fought at Antietam and Gettysburg.

    It was in a battle at Savage's Station in June 1862 where Lewis endured a terrible personal tragedy. His beloved younger brother Edward was mortally wounded; Lewis himself was wounded in the left shoulder. Lewis barely had enough time to write down his brother's last wishes before his company received orders to retreat. Sadly, Lewis had to leave his brother behind in enemy hands. Edward died three days later and is buried somewhere in Virginia.

    Lewis re-enlisted in 1863 and fought to the end of the war in 1865. He returned home to his wife, Adelaide Bouvier, and spent his days as a successful farmer until his death in 1920. I admire Lewis because of his courage in the face of tragedy and for enduring four years of hardship. I am proud to call him my ancestor.


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