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  • 2004 Archive

  • Vol. 6, No. 53
    Whole #199
    December 30, 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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    * Holiday Hours at NEHGS
    * New Databases on
    * Ask the Online Genealogist About Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts Research
    * New Arrivals at the Library Listed on
    * Pay One Price for Books, Roundtrip Shipping, and Packaging from the Circulating Library
    * Spotlight on State Archives, Part Two
    * Register for NEHGS Research Week in Washington D.C.!
    * Upcoming Genealogy in a Nutshell Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    * Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestor Feedback
    * NEHGS Contact Information

    Holiday Hours at NEHGS

    Please note the special holiday hours in the NEHGS Research Library and offices:

    * Friday, December 31 - New Year's Eve - Closed

    * Saturday, January 1, 2005 - New Year's Day - Closed

    To see a full listing of operating hours and holiday closings go to

    Happy New Year from all of us at NEHGS!

    New Databases on

    The Massachusetts Society of Cincinnati Profiles - Free Database!

    The 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. Eligibility was based on the officer's length and terms of service.

    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.

    The following member profiles were added to the database this week:

    Ichabod Alden, David Allen, Jacob Allen, Isaac Barber, Francis Beviere De Fuzon, Jabez Bill, Edward Brooke, Ezekiel Brown, Ephraim Burr, and Ezekiel Cheever.

    Search the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Profiles at



    Taxable Valuation of the Residents of Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1865

    The records in this database are taken from a single volume that includes taxable valuations of Dorchester from 1850 to 1869. We are adding the remainder of this book in installments by year and in individual databases, due to the various differences in formatting.

    The original text is part of the NEHGS Rare Books Collection, call number F74/D5/D67/1850.


    Search the Taxable Valuation of the Residents of Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1865 at

    Ask the Online Genealogist About Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts Research

    David Allen Lambert, the NEHGS Online Genealogist, is ready to take your questions on this month's topic: nineteenth-century Massachusetts research!. You are invited to submit research questions to The Online Genealogist offers research guidance, orientation to online resources and library-based collections, and will facilitate referrals to specific NEHGS staff experts and departments when required.

    Each month the Online Genealogist will answer your questions on a specific topic. This month, he will be offering advice on nineteenth-century Massachusetts research. Please note that he will make every effort to reply to each message, but will respond on a first come, first-served basis. In some cases he may need to refer individuals to the NEHGS Research Service for more in-depth research services for a fee.

    Contact the NEHGS Online Genealogist today 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 “December 2004.” To navigate to New Arrivals from the home page: click on the Libraries tab, go to the Research Library page, and click on “New Titles Added to the Library.” Here are some of this month’s titles:

    * The descendants of Harley Gillingham and Amy Truesdale.
    * Index to History of the Pollard family in America
    * The Williamson family papers.
    * Cuir is buain: a genealogical history of Glendale [N.S.] and neighbouring communities.
    * Norden: a guide to Scandinavian genealogical research in a digital world.
    * Wells convocation acts books, 1589-1665.
    * Vital statistics from Farmer's Herald St. Johnsbury, VT. June 1828 to June 1832: Weekly Messenger St. Johnsbury July 1832 - July 1833.
    * The 1848 Boston cultivator: marriages, deaths and miscellaneous readings.
    * Connecticut colonial probate records [microform]: 1649-1800.
    * Lucas County, Ohio index to wills, volumes 1-3, November 19, 1835-December 5, 1870.
    * The belles of New England: the women of the textile mills and the families whose wealth they wove.


    Pay One Price for Books, Roundtrip Shipping, and Packaging from the Circulating Library

    Ordering books from the NEHGS Circulating Library has never been easier! Members can now order up to three books with our "all expenses paid" option online by visiting Cost is $9 per book and includes book rental and roundtrip postage. Of course, if you wish to order more than three books at a time or prefer to ship by traditional methods such as UPS or rush, you can still request these options online. For international orders, please contact the Circulating Library at 888-296-3447 to obtain shipping costs by international air.

    Spotlight on State Archives, Part Two

    Washington State Digital Archives

    Washington State Archives

    The Washington State Digital Archives facility and website was made available to the public in October 2004. The Archives' describes itself as "the nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value." The physical facility, located in Cheney, Washington, houses both the Eastern Washington Regional Archives (paper records) and the Digital Archives, a floor of computer workstations loaded with the same databases that are accessible at no charge to you on their website.

    The website features historical databases from various counties in Washington State. It is a work in progress and more databases will be added as time goes on. Currently available are the indexes to:

    * County censuses from 1847 to 1892
    * Naturalization records from 1854 to 1988
    * Records from two correctional institutions between 1877 to 1914
    * Military records, including listings of residents from two veterans' homes and WWI serviceman cards
    * Death indexes of selected counties and cemetery records
    * Births from two counties and one city (1890-1914)
    * Marriages (plus images of some records) from three counties
    * The names of nearly 16,000 elected officials who took an oath of office between 1854 and 1978
    * A listing of physicians who practiced in Washington State between 1872 through 1938

    You may either perform a simple surname search on a single database or on all of them at once. There is also a Detail Search, which provides advanced search options. Each database contains different information, and the Detailed Search is designed to follow the fields of each specific database.

    We found it interesting that the State Archives hosts a separate website apart from the Digital Archives. The two websites appear to share the same indexed databases, but the State Archives site has more searching and viewing options plus scans of original unindexed records, and interactive features. To access the State Archives website, click on the Archives link at the bottom of any page of the Digital Archives site (or click the link above). Once on the home page, click on the Historical Records Search link under Research. Here you will see a full list of all databases on the website, an option that is not offered by the Digital Archives site. You can also search any combination of databases, as opposed to the "one or all" options of the Digital Archives site. While the Digital Archives site only has the indexes to select transcribed County Census records, the State Archives site provides scanned images of the censuses that have yet to be indexed. Each database name on the State Archives site is linked to an information page which includes introductory material, a citation, a browse option, ordering information, and links to additional information about the record type. Most interesting of all are the Share Information links that appear when a result page is accessed. Once you have found your ancestor, you are invited to submit additional information on the individual, which can be read by anyone. This is a fantastic feature for family historians!

    It is unclear to us why the State Archives and the Digital Archives would maintain separate websites, but it is clear that State Archives site is superior in every way. Both, however, are well worth a visit, especially if your New England ancestors went west to try their luck in the rough-and-tumble Washington Territory.

    Register for NEHGS Research Week in Washington D.C.

    March 13-20, 2005

    Join us for our popular trip to the nation's capital, which offers a wealth of research opportunities for genealogists. Enjoy the benefits of working with our expert staff at the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library and at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NEHGS staff genealogists Henry Hoff and David Allen Lambert will be available at these two repositories to offer individual assistance as well as scheduled personal consultations each day of the program. Early in the week the staff of both the DAR Library and NARA will offer on-site orientations to review the rich resources at each repository. Those already familiar with these collections will receive helpful updates. Participants may walk between their lodging and the repositories, take advantage of public transportation, or use local taxis. Two group dinners will allow participants to socialize and make new friends; all other meals will be on your own. Join us during this exciting week and advance your research!

    Hotel Accommodations

    A limited number of rooms are still available at the Hotel Washington at 515 15th Street, NW, which is also within walking distance of the two repositories. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hotel Washington offers views of the monuments, the White House, and other landmarks of the capital city.

    Participants may take advantage of the research week by registering at the reduced "commuter rate" and making lodging accommodations of their own choosing. Refer to the Washington D.C. Tourist Bureau website at for a list of hotel options.

    Repository Highlights

    The DAR Library (, is located on 17th at D Street. The library is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Sunday.

    The DAR Library has major collections of printed genealogies, local record abstracts, and town and county histories. It also has over 18,000 typescript volumes with family, church, cemetery, and town records from all over the United States, with an online index as a finding aid. DAR membership applications and supporting files contain millions of genealogical sources. There is a published guide to research at the DAR and an analytic index for books, periodicals, and for special materials.

    The National Archives ( is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 9th Street. It is open for research Monday and Wednesday, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The National Archives holds the records of the Federal Government. Archives I holds records of genealogical interest including census records, passenger arrival records, public land records, and military records from the American Revolution through approximately 1912. Archives II, located in College Park, MD, holds photographs, maps, and nonpersonnel military records from World War I through Vietnam. Textual records are pulled at scheduled times.

    Repositories in Washington, D.C., require government-issued photo identification and all visitors are subject to a security screening. Program components are subject to change. For additional information contact or call toll-free 1-888-286-3447.




    Upcoming Genealogy in a Nutshell Lectures at the NEHGS Library

    "Bridging the Atlantic: Finding the English Origins of Your Ancestors" with David C. Dearborn on January 5 and 8, 2005

    Many Americans can trace their New England ancestors back to the immigrant from England, but stop at the water's edge. NEHGS genealogist David Dearborn will guide your quest across the ocean for English immigrants, from colonial times to the nineteenth century.

    "Writing Your Family History" with Barbara Mathews on January 12 and 15, 2005

    Whether you have been researching your family tree for several years or just starting out, sooner or later you will want to write about your ancestors. Barbara Jean Mathews, CG, research assistant for the Great Migration Project and verifying genealogist for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Colonial Dames of America, will discuss assembling your data and putting it into print.

    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.


    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 will return to these pages next week! We are running out of stories, so please submit yours today!


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