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  • 2004 Archive

  • Vol. 6, No. 11
    Whole #157
    March 12, 2004
     Edited by Rod D. Moody and Valerie Beaudrault 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 or change your email address, 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
    * New NEHGS Lecture Videos
    * Circulating Library Favorites
    * New Items Filling the Shelves at the NEHGS Used Book Store
    * Website: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History
    * Take the Family History Library User Survey
    * NEHGS Event: Irish Genealogical Seminar
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    * Careers at NEHGS
    * Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestor Feedback
    * NEHGS Contact Information

    New Databases on

    Vital Records of Brooklin, Maine

    The town of Brooklin, in Hancock County, was incorporated in 1849 under the name Port Washington. The name was changed a month later to Brooklin. This transcription includes all vital statistics recorded on town books prior to 1860. It was compiled by Grace M. Limeburner of North Brooksville, Maine, in 1941.

    Search Vital Records of Brooklin, Maine at

    The original text is available to NEHGS members at the R. Stanton Avery Collections room at the NEHGS Library, call number MSS ME BRO 55.

    The Great Migration Newsletter Online
    New Family Sketches for GMNL Subscribers

    Subscribers to the Great Migration Newsletter Online may now access ten new unpublished Great Migration sketches by Robert Charles Anderson. Sketches for the following individuals were added this week: Christopher Cane, John Crow, Thomas Dimmock, Joseph Easton, John Farrow, Maudit Engles, Edmund Jacklin, John Jackson, John Jackson, and Henry Lawrence.

    Note: You must be logged in to and be an active subscriber to the Great Migration Newsletter Online to access these sketches.

    Subscribers to the Great Migration Newsletter Online may view the new sketches at

    To subscribe to the Great Migration Newsletter Online go to

    Vital Records of Jefferson, Maine

    This handwritten transcription of the original records of Jefferson, Lincoln County, Maine, was compiled in 1908 by Harold L. Bond. The town of Jefferson was incorporated in 1807. An excerpt from the introduction to the manuscript follows.

    "The first volume of the town's records covers the period from incorporation to 1819, the second volume from 1819 to 1830. A small, thin volume entitled 'Records of Births and Deaths in the Town of Jefferson, Lincoln County, State of Maine,' evidently written about 1820, is marked inside the front cover 'Volume 3rd of Records.' The records that follow have been copied from this book. The author appears to have been James Sinclair, an Englishman, who was town clerk for a number of years, but there have been many subsequent additions to it."

    The original text is available to NEHGS members at the R. Stanton Avery Collections room at the NEHGS Library, call number MSS ME JEF 1.

    Search the Vital Records of Jefferson, Maine at

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions of several cemeteries in the towns of Farmington, New Vineyard, Temple, and Wilton, in Franklin County, Maine. The cemeteries are as follows:

    Farmington - Belcher, Blake Memorial, Bragg, Center Meeting, Gay, Gower, Holley, Lowell, Mosher # 1, Mosher # 2, Red Schoolhouse,
    Atherten Ress Farm, Town Cemetery used before Riverside,

    New Vineyard - Annson Valley Road (unnamed), Burbank, Daggett, Hardy, Herrick, Newell, Notch, Orcutt, Sweet, Voter

    Temple - Center Hill, Deane, Hill, Mitchell, Mott (Quaker), Scales, Staples, Temple Town Cemetery

    Wilton - Academy Corner, Bean's Corner, Wilton Intervale, Old Town Cemetery of Wilton (before Lakeview), East Wilton

    The original transcription is part of the R. Stanton Avery Collections. NEHGS members may view it at our research library in Boston. The call number is MSS ME 84 15.

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island - Volume 5

    Published by the city in twenty-five volumes from 1879 to 1945, this series provides names, dates, and the volume and page numbers of the statistic in the city records. We will continue to add volumes from this series to over time.

    The most recent addition to this database is Volume 5 - Marriages from 1851 to 1870.

    The entire series can be viewed at the NEHGS Research Library, call number F89/P9/P86/1879. Volumes 1 through 8, 10 through 14, 17, 18, and 20 through 22 may be loaned to NEHGS members through the Circulating Library.

    Search the Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island at

    New Research Article on

    New Column!

    New York City
    New York City Research Guide
    By Leslie Corn, MA, FGBS

    We are pleased to introduce the newest addition to our talented group of research authors, Leslie Corn, MA, FGBS. Leslie, a fifth-generation Manhattan native, has been intrigued with her hometown, its history and families, since she was a child. She is a professional genealogist serving attorneys, realtors, banks, private investigators, heir searchers, and private clients in the search for ancestors and living relatives. An active author and speaker at conferences and on-air, Leslie is a member of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society's Library Committee, Education & Publication Committee, and Internet Committee. She is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and serves as a Director of the National Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni Association.

    Please join us in welcoming Leslie to!

    "You've probably heard. New York City is the 'black hole of genealogy.'

    "As a Manhattan native and professional genealogist in New York City, I want to say that my hometown isn't really the black hole of genealogy. But it is a complicated and vast storehouse of documents, made even more complex by the fact that depending on the part of present-day New York City and the time period you want to research, it is a conglomeration of different systems of record keeping and documents kept in various repositories.

    "In these columns, my goal is to show you how to mine those repositories and find what you're looking for, whether you research here in New York City or from a distance, via mail, microfilm, or online, no matter what your level of expertise, no matter what your ancestry. I'll describe some ins and outs of New York City research. I'll tell you about lesser-known record groups that might hold the answers you're looking for when the obvious sources lead nowhere, and where to access documents that substitute for records not yet in the public domain."

    Read the full article at

    New NEHGS Lecture Videos

    Two new titles in our video lecture series arrived this week! NEHGS members save $2.00 off the list price of each video.

    Jewish Genealogy: A Common Sense Approach to Finding Your Ancestors

    This video is a key beginner's tool to help uncover your Jewish family's history. NEHGS circulating library director Alexander Woodle presents an overview of steps to take using your collected family data and provides a broad-brush look at genealogical resources at the local, state, and national level. Both online and hard copy resources are identified, and a brief look at international research concludes the video. Alex has successfully researched generations of his own family and other lines with the Wudl surname in America and Eastern Europe. His genealogical adventures are also chronicled in a film shown at Ellis Island.

    Researching Your Union Civil War Ancestor

    The second video is by popular lecturer and NEHGS microtext librarian David Lambert. David employs his love of history and interest in the Civil War era in Researching Your Union Civil War Ancestor. Learn to utilize clues from your family stories and heirlooms to form a research strategy for locating your Civil War ancestor. An explanation of local and federal sources details how to find vital records, cemetery records, probates and deeds, and published and manuscript sources. This informative and entertaining video will assist the genealogist, local historian, or collector of Civil War militaria.

    Visit our new Lectures on Tape page on for details on all the topics including Irish genealogy, upstate New York research, genealogical writing, and how to find those elusive maiden names. The selection of videos can be viewed via this url - . All videos in this series are discounted to NEHGS members.

    Circulating Library Favorites

    By Alexander Woodle, Circulating Library Director

    We continue our series on the most popular books borrowed from the Circulating Library, with your favorite picks for the town of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, settled in 1645. In addition to James N. Arnold's invaluable Vital Records of Rehoboth, 1642-1896, the Circulating Library also has a variety of resources on Rehoboth's history, families, and cemeteries. In addition, there is a book on the unrecorded vital records of the town. The following are the most popular Rehoboth books available for loan:

    Vital Records of Rehoboth, 1642-1896. Marriages, intentions, births, deaths

    A History of Rehoboth, Massachusetts; its history for 275 years, 1643-1918

    Cemetery Records, Attleboro-Rehoboth, Mass.

    Early Rehoboth, documented historical studies of families and events in this Plymouth Colony Township

    Unrecorded Vital Records of Rehoboth, Massachusetts

    The Old Rehoboth Cemetery, "the ring of the town": at East Providence, Rhode Island near Newman's Church

    Historic Rehoboth: record of the dedication of Goff memorial hall, May 10th, A. D. 1886

    As always, if you have any questions about using the Circulating Library, please call, toll-free, 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 to borrow books online, please visit

    New Items Filling the Shelves at the NEHGS Used Book Store

    The NEHGS used book store is full! We have recently added so many new (used) items that there is almost no room left on the shelves … and we have more items ready and waiting! We invite you to visit the store, which is located on the first floor at our Newbury Street location, and find yourself a treasure or two. Our recent additions cover a variety of topics and geographic areas. They include histories, various types of vital records, guides, and much more. There are new, old, and hard-to-find items, and their condition is very good. Best of all, most items are priced much lower than they would be anywhere else, including online bookseller sites.

    In addition, many volumes of the New England Historical & Genealogical Register - original editions dating primarily from the 1800s, as well as reprints - are now for sale. Because of the lack of space in the used book store, these volumes have been placed on the shelves in the first-floor lunchroom. Prices for the Register range from $5 to $20 per volume.

    Please note that these items can only be purchased on site at 101 Newbury Street in Boston. We are unable to ship used items or provide a list of books in the store.

    Happy shopping!

    Website: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History

    The University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History was established in 1971. Its mission is to "assure the safekeeping, preservation, and availability for study and research of materials in unique subject areas, particularly those related to the Greater Lowell Area and the University of Lowell." The Center houses an extensive collection of materials that could prove useful to your family history research. Their Special Collections include the Boston and Maine Railroad Historical Society Collection, Cemetery Projects, D.A.R. Molly Varnum Collection, Newspaper Collection and the Lowell Historical Society Collection, to name a few.

    The genealogy resources on the website include indexes for a number of the Lowell-specific holdings in the collections, including the following:

    Lowell Vital Records (
    Most of the data for the Lowell vital records indexes was collected from local newspapers. Death records were also gathered from city clerk reports and published annual lists. These indexes are organized alphabetically by surname. The birth indexes cover the period from 1915 through 1935. The marriage intentions indexes cover the period from 1901 through 1950 and 1957. The death indexes cover a range of years in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    Lowell Institute for Savings (
    The Lowell Institute for Savings, List of Depositors 1829-1898, contains over 100,000 names of depositors, their occupations, and the date that they opened their accounts. According to Martha Mayo, director of the Center for Lowell History, "working women comprised two-thirds of population of the city of Lowell (30,000 in 1848) in the ante-bellum period." This list is an important resource for identifying women living in Lowell during this period who might otherwise remain undocumented, as women were by and large not listed in city directories or in the US Census prior to 1850.

    US-Union Veterans and Widows of Veterans of the Civil War (
    Another useful tool on the site is an index to the 1890 manuscript records of US Civil War Union Veterans lists for Lowell. These records list all the surviving soldiers, sailors, marines, and the widows of those who died in service. The Center has created a name index to the manuscript records listing all veterans and widows of veterans living in Lowell in 1890 as a substitute for the 1890 US Population Census that was destroyed.

    The Tewksbury Almshouse (
    This database contains a comprehensive alphabetical name index to the case histories of inmates of the Tewksbury State Almshouse, covering the period from October 1860 through January 1896. It was compiled from microfilm, which is available at the Center for Lowell History. The case histories may contain the following information about the inmates: age, birthplace, information on parents or other family members, date of arrival in the United States, places the inmates resided, occupation, and reason for admittance. This index is particularly useful if you are using these microfilms in your research.

    Another resource on the website which genealogists may find useful is a digital archive of photographs organized according to particular Lowell-related themes. These photographs are a part of the Lowell History Digital Project. The Center also has plans to place several hundred Lowell postcards (1890 to 1940) on the website. The photographs on the website represent just a portion of the photographs in the Center's collections.

    The collections described in this article by no means represent all of the materials and resources available both on and offline at the Center for Lowell History. This website and the Center have a lot to offer anyone researching family in the greater Lowell area.

    Visit the Center for Lowell History online at


    Take the Family History Library User Survey

    During the month of March the Family History Library is conducting a survey of those who have used the library from 2002 to the present "to measure library service quality and identify best practices through the Association of Research Libraries' LibQUAL+TM program." LibQUAL+TM is "a research and development project undertaken to define and measure library service quality across institutions and to create useful quality-assessment tools for local planning."

    The survey takes about ten minutes to complete and three lucky winners will get $50 gift certificates from Barnes & Noble. To take the survey, visit

    NEHGS Event: Irish Genealogical Seminar
    May 8, 2004, at the John Hancock Conference Center in Boston

    This one-day seminar will focus on Irish research methods and resources (many of which may be found at the New England Historic Genealogical Society).

    Speakers will include Irish experts Eileen and Sean O’Duill from Dublin; NEHGS library director and nationally-known Irish research scholar Marie E. Daly; NEHGS assistant executive director for technology Dick Eastman; and George Handran, JD, CG. This seminar is cosponsored by TIARA, the Irish Ancestral Research Association.

    For more information or to download a registration brochure, visit

    New! You can now download a pdf of the NEHGS Events Calendar for your printing pleasure by clicking this link -

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

    The 2004 "Genealogy in a Nutshell" series continues with:

    • "Getting the Most from Federal Census Records" by Walter Hickey on Saturday, March 13

    • "Genealogical Armchair Travel to Ireland" by Marie Daly on Wednesday, March 17 and Saturday, March 20

    • "Researching Rhode Island Roots by Maureen A. Taylor on Wednesday, March 24

    All lectures take place at 10 a.m at the NEHGS Library in Boston. Advance registration is not necessary.

    New! You can now download a pdf of the NEHGS Events Calendar for your printing pleasure by clicking this link -

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit < main A>. 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.

    Careers at NEHGS

    NEHGS is currently seeking to fill the position of Member Services Assistant in our Framingham office. For more information about this opportunity please visit our careers page at

    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 Rod Moody at Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    My Favorite Black Sheep Ancestor

    by Fred Hubbert of Waterville, Maine

    Jeremiah Moulton was born in York, Maine, in 1648 and was my seventh great grandfather. Jeremiah was a very prominent man in York but had a bit of a dark side that kept getting him in trouble. He married Mary Young, daughter of explorer Rowland Young, in 1678. He took the oath of allegiance to Massachusetts in 1681 and became town constable in 1679. He served frequently on the Grand Jury and was a representative to the General Court in 1692. He helped build the York town hall and became a Selectman in 1700. However, he ran into trouble in 1694 for retailing "strong drink" and for threatening to shoot then town constable, Major Hooke. He was also charged with abusing Mrs. Hooke but that charge was dropped. Apparently he worked things out as he was re-elected to the Grand Jury after that affair, and regardless of his temper, he lived to be eighty-three.


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