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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 12
    Whole #211
    March 23, 2005
    Edited by Dan d’Heilly and Valerie Beaudrault
    enews@nehgs.org

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    Greetings from the New England Historic Genealogical Society! This newsletter has been sent to people who asked to receive it. 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 NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * New Research Article on NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight on State Archives: Pennsylvania
    *Only Two Weeks until the New England Regional Genealogical Conference
    * Register Now for the Spring Research Getaway this April!
    * Other Genealogy Lectures and Events
    * Regular Library Hours Resume Beginning April 7
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell” Lectures
    * Reader Survey
    * Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestor Feedback
    * NEHGS Contact Information

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    New Databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island, Vol. 16, "Marriages 1901-1910”
    http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/providence/default.asp

    Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island. Published by the city of Providence 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.

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    New Research Article on NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Another Look at Deeds, by Sally Dean Hamblen Hill

    This "Members Only" article reviews a number of deed-related topics, including: indexes, witnesses, documentation, record sources, and selected legal issues.

    "The importance of land records and deeds has been discussed previously on this website by Patricia Law Hatcher and others. My intention here is to offer more examples and details on this subject as it pertains to Massachusetts research in particular. Quite often, deeds can be the key to unlock that troublesome door…"

    Sally Dean Hamblen Hill is a native of Lexington, Massachusetts, whose ancestors lived mainly in Boston and environs, Cape Cod, Nova Scotia, and Germany. Her interest in genealogy was sparked by her grandmother, Lizette (Luippold) Hamblen, whose own family was from Germany, and she was fascinated by her husband's long roots on the Cape. Sally has been researching her ancestors for twenty-eight years and is a regular contributor of articles on research methodology for NEHGS.

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    Spotlight on State Archives: Pennsylvania (http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/)

    The Archives Records Information Access System (ARIAS) of the Pennsylvania State Archives was designed to make the state government's archival records accessible to a broader audience. Currently, there are about 1.5 million records online. They are may be of interest to anyone researching family members from Pennsylvania who served in the military. The original card files have been microfilmed and digitized. The Pennsylvania State Archives provides detailed instructions on how to use ARIAS and a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). To access this information, just click on the links at the top of the ARIAS homepage.

    The following are some records series currently available through ARIAS.

    Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861 - 1866
    This database is arranged alphabetically by surname. The card file developed from a list of Civil War veterans, which was compiled for an index to Samuel Penniman Bates' book, "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861 - 1865." Pennsylvania's Office of the Adjutant General later added records from the original Civil War Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1861 - 1866. The information on the cards includes the soldier's name, military unit, citations from the Bates' book (volume and page number), age at enrollment, physical description, residence and birthplace, date and place where the soldier enrolled, date and place where he mustered in, and date of discharge.

    Mexican Border Campaign Veterans' Card File
    The source for this database is a card file titled the "Mexican Emergency, Call of President, June 18, 1916." The information on the cards includes the veteran's name and rank; regiment and company; age and place of birth; physical description; date of commission or enlistment; home station and date of rendezvous; and date of acceptance into United States service. Examples of additional data included are the date the soldier's enlistment expired and emergency contact information.

    World War I Service Medal Application Cards
    This database was compiled from cards submitted by veterans of World War I and their survivors who applied for service medals. The information on the cards includes name and serial number, place of residence on entry into service, date and place the veteran entered into service, rank, military unit, place and date of honorable discharge, and the applicant's signature.

    Spanish American War Veterans' Card File of United States Volunteers
    This file includes information on veterans of the Spanish-American War. It was created in 1941 from official records of the United States War Department. The data about each veteran includes name, race, residence, place and date of birth, date and place of enlistment, military organization to which he was attached, rank, and dates serving in either Cuba or the Philippines. In some cases, additional comments will be found on the cards.

    Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File
    This alphabetical file contains transcriptions of data extracted from Pennsylvania State Archives' original records regarding Revolutionary War service in the Pennsylvania Militia, Pennsylvania Line, and the Navy. The data contained in each record includes the name and rank of the soldier, duty status (active or inactive), county of residence, battalion in which the soldier served, and the record from which the information was extracted.

    Militia Officers Index Cards, 1775 - 1800
    This alphabetical card file contains the names of Pennsylvania militia officers who served during the Revolutionary War, in Indian campaigns in northwestern Pennsylvania, and in putting down the Whisky Rebellion. The data includes name, county, rank, company or battalion, dates of service, and township. On occasion, additional information, such as place of burial, wounds received, names of children, and date discharged, is included on the card.

    Click on the PHMC Web Site link to connect to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission home page to explore the onsite resources of the Pennsylvania State Archives. Visit http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/ to help guide your research into the military service of your Pennsylvania ancestors.

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    Register Now for Spring Research Getaway this April!

    Spring Getaway: April 7-9, 2005

    Time is running out to register for our Spring Weekend Research Getaway!

    There is no better time than right now to make progress with your genealogical research. And there is no better place to make real breakthroughs with your research than at the NEHGS Library during our annual Weekend Research Getaways!

    You will have full access to over 200,000 books, periodicals, and microtext items, plus over one million manuscript items, plus free access to Heritage Quest, Ancestry, and our comprehensive CD-ROM collection. Explore genealogies, town, county, and state histories, vital records, census records, land records, probate records, city directories, immigration records, unpublished manuscripts, every essential reference, and much more - for three full days! Better still, you will receive personal consultations and lectures from some of the most knowledgeable and respected genealogists in the field today.

    View a list of staff specialties at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/libraries/research/library_profiles.asp.

    Do not delay any longer! Register for our Spring Research Getaway today, formulate a research plan by searching for resources in our online Library Catalog, and decide which librarian's specialties match your needs. Then come to Boston and let us help you knock down the brick wall!

    Download a registration form at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/download/Research_Getaway_05.pdf.
    Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to download the form. Download it for free at http://www.adobe.com/.

    For additional information visit http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/main/research_getaways.asp or email Amanda Batey at tours@nehgs.org.

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    Only Two Weeks until the New England Regional Genealogical Conference

    Join NEHGS at the eighth New England Regional Genealogical Conference to be held March 31 to April 3, 2005 at the Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland, Maine! To register for the conference, visit http://www.nergc.org/ and download the pdf titled "NERGC 2005 Program Brochure." You will need to have Adobe Reader to view the file. It can be downloaded for free at http://www.adobe.com/.

    The theme of the conference is "New England Crossroads 2005." Four of the country's best-known genealogists will be the lead speakers for this program:

    * Tony Burroughs will speak on "The Six Phases of African American Genealogy" and "The Digital Office"
    * Cyndi Howells will discuss "Evaluating Web Sites" and "Planting Family: Your Family Tree Online"
    * Elizabeth Shown Mills' topics are "The Identity Crisis: "Right Name, Wrong Man? Wrong Name, Right Man?" and "Finding Females: Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Paramours"
    * Craig Scott will discuss "Settled Accounts: The New England Experience in Federal Records" and "Putting Ink on Paper: Getting Your Genealogical Material Published."

    More than forty additional speakers will discuss a wide range of topics in tracks devoted to New England research, ethnic genealogy, federal records, libraries and records, writing and publishing, skills and methodology, DNA research, the Internet, and other topics.

    NEHGS is a charter member and participating society in NERGC and will have several staff members speaking at the event including Dick Eastman, Laura Prescott, Michael Leclerc, Ruth Wellner, and George Sanborn. An email newsletter will provide up-to-the-minute information about conference happenings and planned activities, as well as more details about the lectures, special programs, exhibits and other news. To subscribe, visit http://www.nergc.org/ and click on "NERGC E-zine."

    The 2005 conference will be held at the award-winning Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine, which offers views of Casco Bay and convenient access to the Old Port's shops, galleries and restaurants. Its website is http://www.innbythebay.com/. The hotel offers special rates for conference attendees; call toll-free, 1-800-345-5070 for information.

    Mail your completed registration form with a check to Gratia D. Mahony, NERGC Registration, 75 Franklin Street, Douglas MA 01516-2334.

    Look for a link to more information on the Home Page at NewEnglandAncestors.org this week!

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    Other Genealogy Lectures and Events

    A lecture on Asian Genealogy will be presented by Professor Edward Shibata at the Falmouth Genealogy Society on Saturday April 9 at 10 AM. The lecture will be held in the Falmouth Public Library, Katherine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth, MA. For more information, contact Robert V. Rice at rvrbarre@aol.com or 508-548-4960.

    For events and lectures elsewhere in the country, please visit the National Events Calendar on the NEHGS website at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/calendar/national_calendar.asp

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    Regular Library Hours Resume Beginning April 1

    The NEHGS Research Library will stay open until 9 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning April 1. Library hours are as follows:

    Tuesday and Friday

    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Wednesday and Thursday

    10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

    Saturday

    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Sunday and Monday

    Closed

     

     

     

     

     

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    Upcoming Genealogy in a Nutshell Lectures

    March 26

    Women's Art at NEHGS

    Marieke Van Damme

    March 30

    Researching New Brunswick Ancestors

    George F. Sanborn, Jr.

    April 6

    Genealogical Tour of The Boston Public Library

    Henry Scannell

    April 13, 16

    The Best Genealogical Sources in Print

    Gary Boyd Roberts

    April 13, 11:30 a.m.

    Introduction to Using NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Darrin McGlinn

    April 27, 30

    Scanning 101

    Doug Sisko

         

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    Reader Survey

    What do you like about eNews? How can we do Better?
    A year ago, we surveyed you, our readers, to find out what you think about this newsletter. We made some changes based on your feedback, and the time has come to hear about your experience of our service again. We asked last week, but in case you weren’t able to visit at that time, please drop by http://surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=35541935162 and rank our regular features, then offer your insights and suggestions for improvement. Thank you.

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    Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestor Feedback

    Each week we ask our readers a couple of questions: Who is your favorite ancestor? Who is your favorite black sheep ancestor? and 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 Elvera Stevens Pardi

    My favorite Ancestor is John Murry (Murray) from Dundee, Scotland. He came over and fought with General Burgoyne during the Revolution, but he sympathized with the colonists. Soon after arriving, he had saved enough rum and food rations to make his escape.

    On a winter night while encamped on the shore of Lake Champlain, John Murry plied the sentry with rum ‘til he passed out. John escaped out over the ice. They sent bloodhounds after him, but he made friends with the dogs by feeding them his saved food rations. He slept on the ice and evaded the soldiers for four days. One morning, he woke to find that his body heat had begun to thaw the ice underneath him.

    Finally, he glimpsed a lone light in the distance. It was a small island with a single family named Bean living there. They took him in and he recuperated from his ordeal.

    He traveled to Vermont after he recovered. There he enlisted in the American Army and he fought in the battle of Saratoga. John Murry married Rachel Bixby and eventually moved to Leeds, Maine where they built a log cabin on the Androscoggin River.

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