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  • 2004 Archive

  • Vol. 6, No. 41
    Whole #187
    October 8, 2004
    Edited by Rod D. Moody and Valerie Beaudrault

    Greetings from the New England Historic Genealogical Society! This 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
    * Ask a Librarian Answers Your Research Questions
    * More Genealogies on Sale at the NEHGS Online Store
    * New Survey on
    * New Arrivals at the Library Listed on
    * Digging for Your Roots in Massachusetts Seminar at NEHGS
    * Visiting NEHGS? Stay at the Charlesmark Hotel and Save!
    * Events in New England
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    * Introduction to at the NEHGS Library
    * Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestor Feedback
    * NEHGS Contact Information

    New Databases on


    Records of Littleton, Massachusetts

    The town of Littleton, in Middlesex County, was established in 1715. The compilation of records from which this database is taken includes the following:

    * Earliest records of births and deaths, recorded in the first book of town meeting records begun 1715/16
    * Records from the "Littleton Town Book to Enter Births and Deaths," 1714-1778
    * Marriages from the church records kept by Rev. Daniel Rogers
    * Town book of "Births and Deaths" (no date range given)
    * Town book of marriages and intentions 1759-1824
    * Marriages from the church records kept by Rev. Edmund Foster and Rev. William H. White, 1781-1828
    * Town book of marriages and intentions 1824-1845, and Intentions since 1845
    * Other intentions of marriage from the above two town books of marriages and intentions
    * "Register of Births, Marriages, and Deaths" begun in 1844
    * Baptisms, marriages, and deaths and burials from the church records
    * Deaths from gravestones in the Old Burying Ground at Littleton Common (in Cemeteries database)
    * Deaths from gravestones in Westlawn Cemetery (in Cemeteries database)
    * Family records in Bibles
    * Private records kept by Asa Priest
    * Genealogical notes of Samuel Smith
    * Notebook of records of the Patch Family

    The original text is available to NEHGS members at the Research Library or by loan via the Circulating Library, call number F 74/L77/F7/1900.

    Search Records of Littleton, Massachusetts, at


    Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island
    New Addition: Volume 12: Deaths 1891-1900

    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.

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






    East Haven [CT] Register, Parts 2 and 3: Vital Records and Genealogies

    The East Haven Register, published in 1824, consists of three parts in a single volume.

    The first part, a history of the town from its first settlement in 1644 to the year 1800, was added to the website as a separate database earlier this week [see below].

    The remainderof the East Haven Register lists names, marriages, and births of residents from 1644 to 1800, and their dates of death and ages at death.

    The original text is part of the R. Stanton Avery Collections, call number F104/E2/D6.

    Search East Haven[CT] Register, Vital Records and Genealogies at

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    New this week: Transcriptions of the following cemeteries in North Brookfield, Massachusetts

    Old Cemetery
    Walnut Grove Cemetery
    Tyler Burying Ground
    "Old Burying Place in the Woods"

    The stones were transcribed by George Maynard in 1909. The manuscript is part of the R. Stanton Avery Collections, call number SL NOR 17a and b.

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    East Haven[CT] Register, Part 1: Town History

    The East Haven Register, published in 1824, consists of three parts in a single volume. The first part contains a history of the town from its first settlement in 1644 to the year 1800. This includes names of the first settlers, excerpts of colonial records, history of the town's ironworks (the first in Connecticut), ecclesiastical affairs, military histories, and more.

    Parts two and three of the East Haven Register were also added to as a separate database this week [see above]. Part two lists names, marriages, and births of residents from 1644 to 1800, while the third part lists their dates of death and ages at death.

    The original text is part of the R. Stanton Avery Collections, call number F 104/E2/D6.

    Search East Haven[CT] Register, Part 1: Town History at




    Master Search

    Master search all databases at


    New Research Article on

    How Many Records for One Event are Enough?

    by Sally Dean Hamblen Hill

    When doing research in New England it is tempting to rest on one's laurels after finding a copy of an ancestor's birth, baptismal, marriage, or death record. But what happens when you find more than one record, and what if the versions contradict each other? When is it time to stop looking? Perhaps never. It is my belief that you can't have too many versions of a particular event, and valuable clues are hidden in those contradictions. A few examples follow; some are taken from families on which I am currently working. I would always be glad to hear from other researchers working on the same families.

    NEHGS members may access the entire article at

    Ask a Librarian Answers Your Research Questions

    A new selection of Ask a Librarian questions and answers has been posted at Answers to questions in the Ask a Librarian feature are available to NEHGS members only.

    Please note that questions about specific families and individuals, or requests for look-ups will not be accepted or acknowledged. Please visit our Research Services department page at for assistance with these types of queries.

    Because of their busy schedules, NEHGS librarians are only able to answer a limited number of questions, and there is no guarantee that a given question will be answered.

    NEHGS members can view all the answers at

    Here are the questions for this month:

    Sally Knox asks:

    In 1849 my third great grandfather's occupation is listed as mariner. Do you have any ideas as to the type of boat he would have been on or the work he would have done?

    Dr. C. E. Magnus Lindgren asks:

    I believe I read at one time that you registered coats of arms. I am aware of the American College of Heraldry but they have the tendency to register legal and assumed arms. As mine are noble arms from Portugal (achieved this year) from the Duke of Braganza, I would like to have them registered in the States. I also have my arms and that of my father registered and granted by the Minister in Spain.


    Kim Smith asks:

    I came across the following: "On 1 October 1707 at the Court of General Sessions, Andrew Toothaker was granted ten acres near the York-Kittery line in the Scotland section of York" [TAG v. 69, Apr. 1994, pg. 98].

    Did you have to be of Scottish descent for this to happen or was it just an area where people from Scotland happened to migrate? What constituted the "Scotland section"?

    Barbara J. Danielson asks:

    I am having difficulty locating naturalization (or "declaration of intent") papers for a party of German families who immigrated in 1883, settling in Wisconsin. I am looking for a researcher who has expertise and access to ship or immigration records to help me. Their port of entry is unknown but I am guessing they arrived at "Castle Gardens" in New York. Can you help find a researcher?

    Pam Hillman asks:

    Do you know if Connecticut Teamster records for the 1800s are available? And if so, where I might find them?

    NEHGS members can view all the answers at

    More Genealogies On Sale in the NEHGS Online Store!

    To make room for new stock, the NEHGS Store is slashing prices fifty to eighty percent on selected photoduplicated genealogies. Each title is hardbound and reproduced from the original on acid-free paper. We have limited quantities of these titles, so first come, first served! You can place orders or view additional infomation about these genealogies (including full title, author, and book length) in our online store by clicking on the "Search Our Store" link ( and entering the item number listed below in the corresponding field.

    The sale is on now and will continue until October 15. Watch for announcements of more sale items in future issues of NEHGS eNews.

    The following genealogies are currently on sale. The number in parentheses following the title indicates how many copies are available:

    ELY, 1902: item # P4-H09681, Was $92.00 Now $35.00 (1)
    ESTABROOK, 1891: Item # P31850000, Was $57.00 Now $26.00 (1)
    FROST, 1912: Item # P4-H11163, Was $69.00 Now $30.00 (1)
    FULLER, 1898: Item # P32087500, Was $38.00 Now $16.00 (1)
    GOODRICKE, 1885: Item # P32260000, Was $40.00 Now $15.00 (2)
    GOODWIN, 1891: Item # P32270000, Was $122.00 Now $50.00 (1)
    GREENE, 1903, Volume 1 ONLY: Item # P32320050, Was $72.50, Now $33.50 (1)
    HAPGOOD, 1898: Item # P4-H13203, Was $86.50, Now $31.00 (1)
    HATCH, 1938: Item # P4-H14883, Was $34.00, Now $14.00 (1)
    HOLT, 1864: Item # P4-H14883, Was $59.50, Now $26.00 (1)
    HUMPHREY, 1887: Item # P32750000, Was $75.00, Now $33.50 (1)
    HUTCHINSON, 1936: Item # P32815000, Was $40.00, Now $12.00 (11)
    JENNINGS, 1899: Item # P4-H16011, Was $111.00, Now $51.00 (4)
    JOHNSON, Rev. Jacob, No Year Listed: Item # P32919900, Was $15.00, Now $5.00 (1)
    KENNAN, 1907: Item # P33030000, Was $32.00, Now $12.00 (5)
    KIMBER, 1894: Item # P4-H16767, Was $29.50, Now $13.00 (1)
    KNOX, 1905: Item #P4-H17091, Was $47.00, Now $17.00 (1)
    KRATZ, 1892: Item # P4-H17151, Was $53.50, Now $20.00 (2)
    LAMB, 1916: Item # P33111100, Was $39.00, Now $15.00 (1)
    LAMBORN, 1894: Item # P4-H17274, Was $74.00, Now $20.00 (6)
    LANCASTER, 1902: Item # P4-H17316, Was $51.50, Now $25.00 (1)
    LASHER, 1904: Item # P4-H17316, Was $52.00, Now $18.00 (3)
    LAUDER, 1884: Item # P33260000, Was $32.00, Now $10.00 (8)
    LAWRENCE, 1888: Item # P4-H17553, Was $41.00, Now $15.00 (2)
    LEGARE, 1886: Item # P4-H17730, Was $32.00, Now $12.00 (3)
    LEONARD, 1911: Item # P33400000, Was $51.00, Now $20.00 (1)
    LILLIE, 1896: Item # P33440000, Was $29.00, Now $8.50 (3)
    LINCOLN, 1923: Item # P33460000, Was $111.00, Now $45.00 (1)
    LINDSAY, 1889: Item # P4-H18015, Was $48.00, Now $20.00 (1)
    LONGACRE, 1902: Item # P4-H18195, Was $52.00, Now $21.00 (1)
    LOUD, 1889: Item # P4-H18270, Was $26.50, Now $10.00 (5)
    LOWNDES, 1889: Item # P33570000, Was $28.00, Now $10.00 (2)
    LUDWIG, 1866: Item # P4-H18336, Was $41.50, Now $14.00 (2)
    LUNDY, 1902: Item # P4-H18348, Was $74.00, Now $28.00 (1)

    New Survey on

    Do you attend genealogy seminars and conferences? Have you ever wanted NEHGS to bring its programs to you at a distance? Let us know your preferences by taking the new online survey, Genealogy Events, at


    New Arrivals at the Library Listed on

    The latest list of new titles added to the NEHGS library has been posted on To view the list, go to and click on "September 2004." Here are some of this month's titles:

    * The Huntoon family in colonial America: the first five generations of the descendants of Philip Hunton, who settled in Exeter, New Hampshire, about 1685.
    * Ancestry of Annie Frances Penfield (1853-1936): the wife of Calvin Robinson Mower (1840-1927).
    * Williams genealogy: Matthew, Thomas, Miles, and Swain: 1623-2003.
    * Horton Township records, Kings Co., Nova Scotia: register of births, marriages and deaths, 1751-1895.
    * New England family histories and genealogies. State of Massachusetts.
    * Beaufort County, North Carolina deed book I, 1696-1729; Records of Bath County, North Carolina.
    * The rogues of Quoddy: smuggling in the Maine-New Brunswick borderlands, 1783-1820.

    Digging for Your Roots in Massachusetts Seminar at NEHGS

    Saturday, October 23, 2004

    Don't delay to register for the first of our New England States Seminars, Digging for Your Roots in Massachusetts! This new series is attracting much attention and the Massachusetts seminar in particular will likely fill up quickly! Digging for Your Roots in Massachusetts will take place Saturday, October 23, at the NEHGS Library in Boston. Featuring lectures by Great Migration director Robert Charles Anderson, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court archivist Elizabeth Bouvier, Boston Public Library newspaper and microtext curator Henry Scannell, NEHGS reference librarian David Dearborn, and Corbin Collection editor Robert Dunkle, this seminar is sure to sharpen your research skills!

    This practical seminar will cover a host of topics: researching the families of Massachusetts from the earliest beginnings of Plymouth Colony; migration patterns within the Commonwealth and beyond; the extensive Corbin Collection of church, cemetery, vital records, and family records from seventy-six towns of western Massachusetts; an overview of the history and structure of the Massachusetts state court system and wills, naturalizations, and criminal and civil cases; and the extensive collection of newspapers dating from the 1700s at the Boston Public Library and how to use them. Join us for this very special event and advance your Massachusetts research goals!

    For more information or to download a registration form, please visit



    Visiting NEHGS? Stay at the Charlesmark Hotel and Save!

    Located just a short, three-block walk from NEHGS, the Charlesmark Hotel at 655 Boylston Street in the historic Back Bay offers special rates for NEHGS members throughout the year on a space-available basis. Visit the hotel's website at for further information. Be sure to identify yourself as an NEHGS member when contacting the hotel for reservations and plan on showing your NEHGS membership card when you arrive there.


    Contact information:


    The Charlesmark Hotel
    655 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02216
    Tel. 617-247-1212
    Fax 617-247-1224

    Events in New England

    Researching Your Ancestors on the Internet

    Laura Prescott, director of marketing at NEHGS, will present a lecture on searching for ancestors online at two different locations in New England this week. In "Researching Your Ancestors on the Internet," she will review the major genealogical websites, as well as some lesser-known sites, and then discuss the advantages and pitfalls of gathering genealogical data on the Internet. Laura will be speaking to the Falmouth Genealogical Society at the Falmouth Public Library (123 Katharine Lee Bates Rd., Falmouth, in Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 9, at 9:30 a.m.; and at the Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., Nashua, in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Thursday, October 14, at 7 p.m.

    Bay State Historical League (BSHL) Seminar

    On Wednesday, October 20, 2004, the Bay State Historical League (BSHL) will present a Massachusetts History Seminar titled "Abolition in 19th Century Massachusetts." Bruce Laurie, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will discuss the evolution of the antislavery movement in the Massachusetts countryside in the decades leading up to the Civil War. This seminar will explore who was involved in the movement and why. It will challenge some assumptions about the antislavery movement. The program runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, Massachusetts. Registration check-in begins at 11:45 a.m.

    Pre-registration is required and is on a first come, first served basis. The registration deadline for this seminar is October 13, 2004. Admission is $25 for BSHL members and $35 for non-members. The registration fee includes a copy of Massachusetts: A Concise History by Richard D. Brown and Jack Tager (University of Massachusetts Press: 2000), seminar materials, and lunch. Checks should be made out to the Bay State Historical League and mailed to the following address: 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02452. For additional information call 781-899-3920 or email

    Exeter Family History Center Open House

    The Exeter Family History Center, Exeter, New Hampshire, will hold its second annual open house on Saturday, October 23, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year's theme is "Beyond the Beginning." Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG, associate editor of The Register, will speak about the "IGI" (International Genealogical Index) and "Verifying Records". Other lecture topics include digital imaging, "Internet Basics" and "Pedigree Resource Files." The event is open to the public. The Exeter Family History Center is located at 55 Hampton Falls Road, Route 88, Exeter, New Hampshire. For additional information, call 603-778-2509 or email

    Additional information about the Exeter Family History Center will soon be available at

    Upcoming Genealogy in a Nutshell Lectures at the NEHGS Library

    "The Collections of the State Library of Massachusetts" with Eva Murphy on October 13 and 16.

    Unknown to many genealogists, the Massachusetts State House maintains a genealogical and historical gem of a library. State Library of Massachusetts reference librarian Eva Murphy will discuss the contents of the library's collections, and their use to genealogists.


    "Researching Quebec Ancestors" with Michael J. Leclerc on October 20.

    Researching French Canadian ancestors from Quebec can be both rewarding and frustrating. Please join NEHGS French-Canadian expert, Michael J. Leclerc, as he relates common and lesser-known resources for Quebec research.

    All lectures take place at 10:15 a.m. at the NEHGS Library in Boston. Advance registration is not necessary.

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit our online Education Center at 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.


    Introduction to at the NEHGS Library

    October 13, 6 p.m.

    Join us for an interactive tour of our brand new website! In this free class, NEHGS content delivery specialist Darrin McGlinn will offer a step-by-step live demonstration of the Society's website, This class gives participants the opportunity to explore the site in depth, ask questions, and become more comfortable using a constantly growing number of online databases and research tools.

    This program will be held on Wednesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. in the education center at 101 Newbury Street, Boston. Advance registration is not required.

    For more information, please call 617-226-1209 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 Rod Moody at Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    Please note that NEHGS does not verify responses.

    My Favorite Ancestor
    by John Van de Houten of Henderson, Nevada


    My third great grandfather, Johannes/John Reinecke, is one of my favorite ancestors. He was born in 1789 in Helmarshausen, Hessen, Germany. During the Napoleonic wars, he was conscripted into Napoleon's Army. His regiment was promoted to the Imperial Guard and escaped the catastrophic campaign of 1812. He and other Germans defected, later fighting against Napoleon in various battles including Waterloo. Upon his return home, he became a tailor and married his former master's daughter. He was also a lay preacher in the German Reformed Church.

    John and his wife decided to emigrate to America in 1834, with six children, and first settled in Frederick, Maryland. The church there had many native Germans but the minister spoke only English, so John, again, became a lay leader. He then prepared himself for the ministry and in 1837 accepted a charge in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania consisting of eight small congregations. This required difficult horse and buggy travel every Sunday, and his yearly income was a mere pittance. They had three more children, including my great grandfather. He remained active until 1857, dying in 1859.

    My wife and I recently spent three days in Helmarshausen. From talking to the owner of a restaurant, we found the church where the family attended (with records back to 1650), John's early schoolhouse, and a house built by a Reinecke in 1725 (his great grandfather?). When I walked to the church, ironically, the church bell rang.

    Though I'm not strongly religious, I am proud of my minister ancestors who dedicated their lives to their beliefs and the guidance and well being of their parishioners.

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