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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 10
    Whole #209
    March 9, 2005
    Edited by Daniel L. d’Heilly and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * New Database on
    * Register Now for "Digging for Your Roots in Northern New England" Seminar
    * New Arrivals at the NEHGS Library
    * Spotlight on Library Websites, Part Four
    * New Titles for Sale at our Online Store
    * Upcoming Genealogy Events
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures
    * Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestor Feedback
    * Contact Information

    New Database on

    Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910

    Added this week: Records for 1867, Vols. 195-204

    The latest installment in this ongoing database includes actual records from 1867, (Vols. 195-204). The indexes, which were previously added to the database, include name of individual, town or village of event, year of event, and volume and page number of the original record. The records themselves include much more information.

    For detailed information about this database, please refer to the link found on the database search page (see link below) titled "Introduction to the Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910 Database." Here you will find a link to a chart displaying records currently available and those forthcoming.

    The "Introduction" contains information that will contribute greatly to the success of your searches. It answers common questions about these records and about our database. If you have questions that this article does not address, or if you are having difficulty, please email

    Search Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910 at

    Register Now for Digging for Your Roots in Northern New England Seminar!

    Take a research trip to
    Boston on May 14, 2005…

    "Digging for Your Roots in Northern New England" is part of our New England States Seminar Series. These one-day seminars at the NEHGS library in Boston will assist beginners and seasoned researchers alike. This seminar will investigate many of the distinct genealogical challenges of northern New England by reviewing the history, migrations, records, and repositories of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. In addition to informative lectures, our panel of experts will present case studies illustrating research techniques and sources, and conduct a question and answer session. Join us for this very special event!

    Download a registration form at

    Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to download the form. Download it for free at

    For additional information, visit, email, or call toll-free 1-888-286-3447.

    New Arrivals at the NEHGS 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 "February 2005." 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:

    • A breach of privilege: Cilley family letters, 1820-1867.
    • More lasting than brass: a thread of family from Revolutionary New York to industrial Connecticut.
    • The Van Voorhees family in America: the seventh and eighth generations.
    • Romanians in the United States and Canada guide to ancestry and heritage research.
    • Early Jonesborough families of Washington County, Maine.
    • Essex County deeds, 1639-1678: abstracts of volumes 1-4, copy books, Essex County, Massachusetts.
    • Faces of community: immigrant Massachusetts, 1860-2000.
    • Transcription of provincial North Carolina wills, 1663-1729/30.
    • Roman Catholic deaths in Charleston, South Carolina, 1800-1860.

    Spotlight on Library Websites, Part Four

    Denver Public Library Western History / Genealogy Collection (

    According to its website, the Denver Public Library has the largest genealogy collection in the Rocky Mountain area and the second largest between the Mississippi and the west coast. The Genealogy Collection is part of the library's Western History and Genealogy Department. There you will find a number of online indexes to assist you in your research.

    The online collections include:

    Colorado Marriage and Divorce Indexes

    The Colorado marriage index covers the period from 1975 to the present. The divorce/dissolution index covers two separate time periods, 1851-1939 and 1968 to the present.

    Denver Obituary Index

    The Denver Obituary Index covers various periods between 1939 and 1974, as well as 1990 through 2004. Newspaper sources for the obituary index include the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News.

    Colorado Mining Fatalities

    Colorado has a rich history of mining, which began in the mid-1800s. At that point, there was no organized system for reporting deaths resulting from mining accidents. Following the deaths of fifty-nine miners at the Crested Butte coal mine in Gunnison County, legislation was passed requiring mining companies to report accidents. This database covers the period from 1884 to 1981. Information in the database includes the name of the person killed, occupation, nationality, age at death, marital status, number of surviving children, years of mining experience, county where the accident occurred, company's name, mine name, date died, cause of accident, and comments.

    Colorado 1861 Territorial Election

    The Territory of Colorado was organized on February 26, 1861. An election for a delegate to the 37th Congress of the United States was held on August 19, 1861. This index was created from voter lists found in the Poll Books (Volumes 1, 2, and 3) for the election. Voters are listed by location and in the order in which they appear in the poll books. Poll locations are identified in the database by a code. Researchers will find the list of codes for poll locations in the introduction to the database.

    Colorado State Reformatory Records 1887-1939

    The Colorado State Reformatory at Buena Vista, Colorado, was established in 1889. Its purpose was to "provide special programs for youthful offenders who could be returned to free society when reformation was accomplished." The database contains an alphabetical index of inmates in the reformatory. The information provided includes the inmate name, inmate number and the prison record volume number. Complete information about any inmate may be obtained by contacting the Colorado State Archives. The Introduction provides background information on the reformatory's history and the inmates' circumstances.

    You will also find a database of members of the 10th Mountain Division of the United States Army who trained at Camp Hale, Colorado, during World War II. Other army indexes include the Colorado Grand Army of the Republic and the Nebraska Civil War Veterans. Finally, there are links to genealogy resources in ish.

    These are some of the many useful resources for the family history researcher on the Denver Public Library Western History / Genealogy Collection.


    New Titles for Sale at the NEHGS Online Store

    Here are recently added titles available for purchase at the NEHGS Online Store:

    The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 1-10, is back in print!
    …Item S28442000, $19.95 plus shipping

    2005 NEHGS Circulating Library Catalogs
    …Item L26202000, $15.00

    Bond's Genealogies and History of Watertown, Massachusetts, Second Edition
    …Item S29000000, $49.95, $44.95 for NEHGS Members

    The Best Genealogical Sources in Print: Essays by Gary Boyd Roberts
    …Item S26206060, $50.00

    Descendants of William Ames of Braintree, Massachusetts
    …Item S42400000, $49.00

    Guide to the Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
    …Item L50101000. $21.95, $18.95 for NEHGS Members

    The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633
    …Item S28449000, $49.95

    A Short History of Boston
    …Item B26890000, $14.95

    Family History 101: A Beginner's Guide to Finding Your Ancestors
    …Item B26289100, $16.99

    Family Tree Page Ideas for Scrapbookers: 150 Ways to Create a Scrapbook
    …Item B26295100, $19.99

    CD: Genealogist's Address Book on CD-ROM
    …Item CDGAB, $19.99

    Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston
    …Item B28880000, $49.95

    Names and History: People, Places and Things
    …Item B26247900, $29.95

    Taverns and Drinking in Early America
    …Item B29700000, Hardcover - $42.00
    …Item B29710000, Softcover - $24.95

    The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall
    …Item B26289200, $19.99

    The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists
    …Item B26289300, $29.99

    Trace Your Roots with DNA
    …Item B26213800, $14.95

    Orders can be placed online at or by calling tollfree 1-888-296-3447.

    Upcoming Genealogy Events

    Lecture: "Do you Have Loyalists in your Family Genealogy?" March 12, 2005
    An expert on "Research Documents of Loyalists, Colonists, and Acadians" And "French – Native North American Marriages," Mr. Paul J. Bunnell, FACG, U.E. will lecture on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at The Church of Latter Day Saints Center (508-485-3275 or 617-527-1312) at 660 Great Road on Route 119 in Littleton, Mass. All are welcome and admission is free to this 1:30 presentation.

    Presentation: "Amnesia, Chicken Soup, and Family Fortunes" March 19, 2005
    Author, historian, and educator Robert Hayden will speak from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the New England Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society meeting. The gathering will assemble at the Bedford Free Public Library (on the first floor in the Main Conference room). Call 781-341-1029 or visit for more information.

    Upcoming Genealogy in a Nutshell Lectures

    March 12 – Getting the Most from NEHGS: The Library – Tim Salls, Marie Daly, Jean Maguire – Are you just starting out researching your ancestors? Do you want to make better use of the NEHGS library? NEHGS library staff, Marie Daly, Tim Salls, and Jean Maguire give you a virtual tour of the NEHGS library, identify some of the major collections, introduce you to our expert genealogists, and describe the computer catalog. Jean Maguire will let us in on the exciting changes for the catalog in the upcoming year.

    March 16, 19 – From Hovels to Castles: Finding Your Irish Ancestor’s Dwelling Place – Marie Daly – Although many Irish records were destroyed in 1922, Ireland still has many sources for tracing our ancestors. Certain records unique to Ireland allow us to pinpoint even the poorest peoples’ houses on a map, and trace the ownership to present day. For Irish genealogists, these records allow them to find their ancestors' houses, and to walk on the same land, savor the smell of a peat fire and get a glimpse of their forebears’ lives long ago. Please join NEHGS library director, Marie Daly, for this special Saint Patrick’s Day celebration.

    March 23, 26 – Women's Art at NEHGS – Marieke Van Damme – From seventeenth-century portraits and eighteenth-century highboys to nineteenth-century samplers, NEHGS has a significant collection of historical artifacts in addition to its library collections. In celebration of Women’s History Month, please join Marieke Van Damme as she highlights the Society’s varied collections, especially artwork crafted by female artists.

    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 Education Center online 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 email us your story (300 words or less). Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    By Heather Wilkinson Rojo, Londonderry, NH

    "My favorite ancestor is Peter Hoogerzeil, a young man from Dordrecht, Holland, who stowed away on an American ship full of hemp, bound for the ropeworks in Salem, Massachusetts. He ended up marrying the Captain's daughter, and left many children and grandchildren. I was always fascinated by this story, which is documented in old family letters. I had spent many years trying to trace his ancestry and descendants in the United States. I didn't even know the year he stowed away, figuring it must have been sometime before 1828, the year of his marriage in Beverly, Massachusetts. I also didn't know how the Internet would figure to be so important to my story.

    Peter shows up in vital records and census records in Beverly, and his name is very unusual so finding children was relatively easy. I never knew how unusual his name really was until a researcher from Holland contacted me. He had seen a posting I had placed on a genealogical bulletin board. It turns out that the name Hogerzeil was made up by Peter's great-great grandfather, who was a relatively famous whaling ship commander in Holland. Before this ancestor, all the surnames were patronymics or metronymics which were the custom in Holland. The name signifies "high sails." Each of Peter's great grandfathers right down to his father were also whaling captain.

    Suddenly, an entire world of cousins opened up to me. Through email and Internet I have met distant cousins from Florida, California, Switzerland, Canada, and of course, The Netherlands. Photos, letters, obituaries, and stories have appeared along with lots of names to verify and dates to discover. Peter Hoogerzeil's stowaway story is not the reason why he is my favorite ancestor (although it is very interesting!) - the story of his surname and how I found my extended family is by far the very best reason.

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