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Vol. 5, No. 49
November 28, 2003
Edited by Lynn Betlock and Rod D. Moodyenews@nehgs.org 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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Contents:• New Databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org• Save During the NEHGS Thanksgiving Internet Sale!• Gift Ideas from NEHGS • New Research Articles on NewEnglandAncestors.org • New on CD-ROM: Vermont Historical Gazetteer• A New Look for the NewEnglandAncestors.org Database Page• Recent Arrivals at the Library Listed on NewEnglandAncestors.org• Take the Latest Survey on NewEnglandAncestors.org• Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library• National Archives in Waltham Offers Genealogical Workshops• New Library of Congress Online Collection — The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands • Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback • NEHGS Contact Information
New Databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org
Probate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1757 These records were abstracted by Spencer P. Mead in 1934. The county of Fairfield was established in 1666.Search Probate Records of Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1704–1857, at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/fairfieldprobate/.Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati ProfilesThe Society of the Cincinnati was established in 1783 by and for the officers in Continental Service. It was organized in fourteen constituent societies, one of which is the Massachusetts Society. Membership in the Society of the Cincinnati was extended to the officers of the Continental Army — as well as Continental Navy and Marine officers — who had served until the end of the war, plus those who had been declared no longer needed by acts of Congress and those who had served honorably for three years during the war. Also eligible were the oldest male lineal descendants of officers who died in service. The officers of the French Navy and Army who served with the American Army were also entitled to join. This database contains information on those Massachusetts officers eligible for membership. Absence from this list does not conclusively exclude eligibility.
Wadleigh Noyes, Alexander Oliver, Robert Oliver, Samuel Page, William Palfrey, Aaron Pardee, Benjamin Parker, William Stevens, Ebenezer Stocker, Othniel Taylor, Tertius Taylor, Nathaniel Thacher, James Thacher, MD, John Thomas, Joseph Thomas, Thaddeus Thompson, James Tisdale, Lemuel Trescott, John Trotter, Luther Trowbridge, Joseph Tucker, William Tudor, Anselm Tupper, Benjamin Tupper, and Edward Walker.
Search the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Profiles at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/msc/.Traditions and Records of Brooksville, Maine This town history of Brooksville was compiled by the Brooksville Historical Society in 1935-36. It includes an early history of the town, genealogies of the residents, cemetery inscriptions, profiles of military men, and information about churches, schools, industries, maritime, and more.Search Traditions and Records of Brooksville, Maine, at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/brooksvilleme/
Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections This week we have added a transcription of the Old Burying Ground in Grafton, Massachusetts. Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/cemeteries/.Marriage Records of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Richmond, Maine
These records of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Richmond include the years 1867 to 1902. The town of Richmond, in Sagadahoc County, was organized in 1823.
Search Marriage Records of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Richmond, Maine, at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/RichmondMarriages/default.asp.
Save During the NEHGS Thanksgiving Internet Sale!
Between bites of Thanksgiving leftovers you may want to take a look at the fantastic bargains available this holiday weekend in the NewEnglandAncestors.org Book Store. For every order you will receive a free shipping upgrade — choose economy shipping ($4.00 for first item, $2.00 each additional item) and we will ship it at standard speed, enabling you to receive your order one to three weeks earlier! The website-only sale is now on and will continue until midnight on Sunday, November 30.Below is a partial list of items included in the sale. Click on each link for additional information about the title.
Shaking Your Family Tree: A Basic Guide to Tracing Your Family's Genealogy, 2nd Edition by Dr. Ralph J. CrandallWas $19.95 On Sale $14.95Peoples of a Spacious Land: Families and Culture in Colonial New EnglandWas $49.95 On Sale $39.95
The Captor's Narrative: Catholic Women and Their Puritan Men on the Early American FrontierWas $29.95 On Sale $24.95
Mallet & Chisel: Gravestone Carvers in Newport, Rhode Island in the 18th CenturyWas $50 On Sale $45 1910 Census Index CDs – 20% offNew York – Was $49.95, On Sale $39.95Maine – Was $29.95, On Sale $23.95Massachusetts – Was $39.95, On Sale $31.95Connecticut – Was $29.95, On Sale $23.95New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont – Was $29.95, On Sale $23.95
Marcia Melnyk's Advice Sale: Buy both titles for $24.99The Weekend Genealogist: Time Saving Techniques for Effective Research (Regular list price $18.99)Genealogist's Question & Answer Book (Regular list price $18.99)Compelling Writing Sale: Buy both titles for $23.99Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History (Regular list price $19.99)Writing Family Histories & Memoirs (Regular list price $14.99)Rhode Island Runaways Sale: Buy both titles for $50.00Runaways, Deserters, and Notorious Villains from Rhode Island Newspapers. Vol. 1: The Providence Gazette, 1762–1800 (Regular list price $29.50)Runaways, Deserters, and Notorious Villains from Rhode Island Newspapers, Volume 2: Additional notices from The Providence Gazette, 1762-1800 as well as advertisements from all other Rhode Island Newspapers from 1732–1800(Regular list price $34.50)Boston Busybody Bundle Sale: Buy both titles for $65.99John Haven Dexter's Memoranda of the Town of Boston in the 18th and 19th Centuries (1728–1867)(Regular list price $60.00) CD: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston 1630–1800 and The Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston 1630–1822 (The Thwing Index)(Regular list price $39.99)
View the entire list of sale items at www.newenglandancestors.org/marketplace/store/browse/productsByDept.asp?dept_id=68.
Gift Ideas from NEHGS • Membership — For $75, your gift recipient will become a Research Member of NEHGS, giving him or her full access to NewEnglandAncestors.org, our Boston library resources, a $10 coupon for NEHGS services, subscriptions to New England Ancestors magazine and the Register, as well as discounts on research services, consultations, tours, and selected titles in the NEHGS Book Store. (Institutional, student, and subscription memberships are also available.) Purchase your gift membership online at https://www.newenglandancestors.org/membership/gift/ or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time)• Gift Certificates to the Store — Give friends and relatives an NEHGS gift certificate! We will send the recipient a personalized card and a copy of our latest sales catalog. Gift certificates are available online in the amounts of $25, $50, and $100 by visiting /marketplace/store/search/ (type "gift certificate" into the title field). Other denominations are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-296-3447 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time) • Research Services Gift Certificates — You can give the gift of family history research when you purchase one, two, three, four, or five hours of research to be conducted by the NEHGS Research Services Department. The cost is $40 an hour for members and $60 an hour for non-members. To order research services gift certificates, please call 1-617-226-1233, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time)
New Research Articles on NewEnglandAncestors.org
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New England Articles in Genealogical Journals in 2000 AND New England Articles in Genealogical Journals in 2001
By Henry B. Hoff
Originally published in volumes 156 and 157 of the Register, editor Henry B. Hoff's bibliographies of New England-related articles published in seventeen prominent genealogical journals during 2000 and 2001 are now available on NewEnglandAncestors.org. The following journals are included: Connecticut Ancestry, Connecticut Nutmegger, Great Migration Newsletter, A Genealogical Magazine for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mayflower Descendant, The Maine Genealogist, The Mayflower Quarterly, New England Ancestors, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New Hampshire Genealogical Record, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Rhode Island Roots, The American Genealogist, The Essex Genealogist, The Genealogist, and Vermont Genealogy. An index to surnames, places, and subjects is also provided.
Read New England Articles in Genealogical Journals in 2000 at www.newenglandancestors.org/articles/research/?page_id=659&attrib1=1&seq_num=519
Read New England Articles in Genealogical Journals in 2001 at www.newenglandancestors.org/articles/research/?page_id=659&attrib1=1&seq_num=520
New on CD-ROM: Vermont Historical Gazetteer
The Vermont Historical Gazetteer was the lifetime work of Abby Maria Hemenway. Its five thick volumes, published between 1860 and 1891, related in detail the first century or so of the history of every town in thirteen of Vermont's fourteen counties. Hemenway recruited local historians in each town to prepare essays covering early settlement of the town, church history, notable citizens, and military service from the town. Genealogists turn to the Gazetteer for the thousands of early Vermonters mentioned within its pages. While explicit genealogical information is provided for many individuals, the Gazetteer also reveals important and unique clues about the homes and migrations of families in an era when people moved around a lot and left few paper trails. The Gazeteer's approximately 6,000 aggregate pages are now available on this fully searchable CD-ROM. Still valued as a historical source, it is now regarded by genealogists as one of the most important books to consult when conducting and verifying Vermont research.
The Vermont Historical Gazetteer CD-ROM is $39.99 , plus shipping and handling. To order, visit www.newenglandancestors.org/marketplace/store/browse/product.asp?sku=580497824 or call 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.
A New Look for the NewEnglandAncestors.org Database Page
Beginning next week, you may notice something new when you utilize the Search Our Databases link to view the alphabetical list of databases located at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/. We soon will offer three viewing options for this list. In addition to the alphabetical list currently offered, you will be able to choose between viewing the database list by record type or by location. In addition, each page that contains a list of the databases of a particular record type will be grouped by location and each locality list will be grouped by record type. For example, clicking on the Vital Records link will provide a list all of the vital records databases grouped by location, and clicking on Connecticut will group the results by record type. The most recently added databases will remain at the top of this page. We hope that this will make finding a desired database a little easier for our members.
Look for an announcement of the new list pages on the home page next week!
Recent Arrivals at the Library Listed on NewEnglandAncestors.org
The latest list of new titles added to the NEHGS library has been posted on NewEnglandAncestors.org. To view the list, go to www.newenglandancestors.org/libraries/main/?page_id=604&attrib1=1&seq_num=10105. Here are some of this month's titles:
• French-Canadian sources: a guide for genealogists• Cheshire parish registers: a summary guide• Crosserlough, Co. Cavan 1821 census• Peoples of a spacious land: families and cultures in colonial New England• The pre-revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts, 1620–1775• Register of deaths, town of Old Saybrook, 1783–1887, kept by Miss Harriet Chalker• Charleston District, South Carolina, journal of the Court of Ordinary, 1812–1830• San Francisco, California, I.O.O.F. crematory records• West Nova "ships" and their men: the Cann boats
Take the Latest Survey on NewEnglandAncestors.org
Our latest online survey asks a series of questions about our Education and Tours programs. Filling out our brief survey will help us to improve and refine these services. Thank you for your participation.
Take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=45678322442.
Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library The 2003 "Genealogy in a Nutshell" series continues with:
• "Tracing Present Day Relatives" by David Dearborn on Saturday, November 29.
• "The Mowbray Connection: Genealogical Patterns in the Western World" by Gary Boyd Roberts on Wednesday, December 3 and Saturday, December 6.
• "Choosing (and Using) Genealogical Software" by Steve Kyner on Wednesday, December 10 and Saturday, December 13.
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.
National Archives in Waltham Offers Genealogical Workshops
The National Archives-Northeast Region in Waltham, Massachusetts, is offering free genealogical workshops during the winter of 2004.
The workshops will be offered at the Regional Archives building, located at 380 Trapelo Road in Waltham. Participants will learn what they need to know in order to locate records as well as what one might expect to find in the records. Additionally, behind the scenes tours of the archives will be given at 1:30 before workshops marked with an asterisk (*).
A new format for three workshops will be included this season. "Genealogical Roundtable: Open Forum for Genealogical Quandaries" will allow attendees to address their particularly difficult genealogical questions to a panel of National Archives staff.
The schedule is as follows
January 6, 1:30 p.m.* Census, Naturalization, & Passenger ListsJanuary 15, 6:30 p.m. Passenger Lists and Canadian Border CrossingsJanuary 21, 2:00 p.m. Genealogical Roundtable: Open Forum for Genealogical QuandariesFebruary 3, 1:30 p.m.* Beyond the Census: Local History in Federal RecordsFebruary 12, 6:30 p.m. Records Relating to African-American ResearchFebruary 18, 2:00 p.m. Genealogical Roundtable: Open Forum for Genealogical QuandariesMarch 2, 1:30 p.m.* Census, Naturalization, & Passenger ListsMarch 11, 6:30 p.m. Documenting Our MothersMarch 17, 2:00 p.m. Genealogical Roundtable: Open Forum for Genealogical Quandaries
Workshop and tour space is limited to twenty participants. Call 866-406-2379 to register and for more details. There is no fee. Light refreshments and coffee will be served.
New Library of Congress Online Collection — The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands
Developed by the Library of Congress in cooperation with the National Library of the Netherlands, The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands is the first stage of an ongoing project being produced under a cooperative agreement signed by the two institutions earlier this year. The project goal is to "explore the history of the Dutch presence in America and the interactions between the United States and the Netherlands from Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage to the post-World-War-II period." The exhibition will include some 11,737 images from the collections of the Library of Congress, the National Library of the Netherlands, and six other Dutch institutions that are cooperating with the National Library on the project. Among the items digitized for the project are a letter describing the purchase of Manhattan from the Native Americans in 1626, an etching of the Mohawk Sychnecta, early land grants and patents from Dutch settlers, seventeenth-century maps, and an early description of the Dutch colony on the eve of its transfer to the British.
The first exhibition is titled "The Dutch in America, 1609–1664." Upcoming themes include "Dutch Patriots and the War of Independence," "Nineteenth Century Dutch Migration," "Holland-Mania," and "World War II and Beyond."
View The Atlantic World collection at http://international.loc.gov/intldl/awkbhtml/awkbhome.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to all past and future contributors!
My Favorite Ancestorby William McFarland of Weston, Massachusetts
When I was growing up in California, my father would tell me of an ancestor, John Whitcomb, who was variously a colonel or general in the Revolution, but nothing more specific. I left California to go to college in Massachusetts in 1958 and never returned. One night in 1992 I happened to be wandering around the upstairs corridor of the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts, after a dinner there. At the time, framed documents were on the wall concerning the various innkeepers who had owned that storied inn. The one that caught my eye was one dated about 1775, commissioning Elijah Howe (the innkeeper at the time) a colonel in the Sudbury militia. (Elijah could very well have been "the grandsire" of The Landlord who recited "Paul Revere's Ride" in Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside Inn.) In the bottom left-hand corner of that document were the signatures of several men, presumably the men doing the commissioning. Among them were John and Samuel Adams, but what really caught my eye was the name "John Whitcomb." Could it be? A trip the next day to the library in Weston, where I live, turned up an entry in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolution for John Whitcomb, and to make a long story short, the John Whitcomb who participated in commissioning Elijah Howe is indeed my ancestor. An interesting account of him is in the article "A Forgotten Patriot", by Henry S. Nourse (Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, October 1890), which relates how he was one of the five generals in the Massachusetts army at the start of the Revolution, who responded to Paul Revere's alarm in time to help chase the British back into Boston from their disastrous foray to Lexington and Concord. It goes on to say that he returned a proposed commission from George Washington himself to become a brigadier general in the Continental Army "on account of age, and a diffidence of not being able to answer the expectation of Congress." (Would anyone do that now?) According to Nourse, he was again elected to be a member of the Council (the body that ran Massachusetts during the Revolution), "in which body he served with credit during four years, and then passed from public view to the quiet of his rural home."
One fall weekend not long after, my wife and I journeyed to Bolton, Massachusetts, where he lived, and looked through every cemetery in town to find his gravesite. In the last (and oldest) cemetery we searched, there it was. He died November 17, 1785 and was buried between his two wives. As Nourse put it, "not only does his epitaph ignore the military rank of this soldier of three wars, but it closes with 'Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called the children of God.'" So, it turned out, this vague and gaseous being that I had only heard about as a child happened to have lived and died not forty miles from where I live in Weston. Talk about a small world!
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