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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 14
    Whole #213
    April 6, 2005
    Edited by Daniel L. d'Heilly and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * New Database on
    * New Research Article for Members on
    * Spotlight on Libraries: Fairfax County Virginia
    * On Sale at the NEHGS Online Store
    * Upcoming Genealogy Events: Cruising, Composing, & Camping
    * Research Opportunity: "Digging for Your Roots in New York" - Saturday, April 23, 2005, at NEHGS
    * New Library Titles
    * Have You Recently Published a Book?
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures
    * Genealogy Tutorials Available
    * Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestors
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Database on

    Marriages and Intentions of Waterville, Maine
    This database is derived from four boxes of handwritten or typed 3 by 5 index cards. Hersey R. Keene of Waterville donated the collection to NEHGS in 1956:

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    New Research Article on

    Genealogical Aspects of the Forthcoming Royal Wedding, by Gary Boyd Roberts

    While access to most NEHGS research articles is limited to members, our article about Camilla Parker Bowles this week is time sensitive and of general interest, so we are making it widely available by putting it on Don Stone produced a beautiful pedigree chart for NEHGS which is included with this article. Written by Gary Boyd Roberts, a foremost authority on the topic of distinguished pedigrees, this short piece explicates one of the most interesting links between New England and the ancestors of the future Windsor princess - Henry David Thoreau's great-grandparents who lived in Weston, Massachusetts!

    "... Mrs. Parker Bowles has considerable French Canadian ancestry through Charlotte Coursolles (d. 1803), who appears in the second generation of this chart. There is also a line to a very few Pennsylvania residents. Charlotte's husband, Ephraim Jones, however, was fully New England in ancestry, and his sister Mary was the grandmother of Henry David Thoreau...

    ...Thus a sizable number of New England-derived Americans, including no doubt numerous NEHGS members, will find themselves distantly related to the Duchess of Cornwall."

    Find both article and pedigree chart at, or you can browse the NEHGS collection of Gary Boyd Roberts' articles at

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    Spotlight on Libraries: Fairfax County Public Library, Fairfax, Virginia

    The Virginia Room of the Fairfax County Public Library is home to an extensive regional history and genealogy collection. A number of its resources and the resources of other Virginia-based organizations have been made available through the library's web site Click on the Fairfax County Genealogy and Local History Link under Online Resources for access to a complete list of online resources available here, including:

    Fairfax County Cemetery Survey
    The Fairfax County Public Library published Cemeteries of Fairfax County Virginia by Brian A. Conley in 1994. This book is available online. It contains transcriptions of all of the family burial ground records in Fairfax County. In addition, you will find with detailed information on where each cemetery is located. You can perform a surname or keyword search of this database. Click on the link to the cemetery in the search results to access the list of persons buried in the cemetery.

    Fairfax County Slave and Free Colored Births, 1853 - 1871
    This list was transcribed from the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages from the Bureau of Vital Statistics. The fields in this database include the following: date of birth, name of child, free or slave, sex, born alive or dead, place of birth, father's or owner's name, father's occupation, father's residence, mother's name, number at birth, and deformity, as well as the name of the person giving information and that individual's relationship to the child.

    Historical Newspaper Index
    This index covers eight Fairfax County newspapers from various periods between 1785 and 2000. You must enter a keyword in the first search box in order to execute a search of this index. You can search of all the newspapers at once or individual newspapers one by one. The same applies to searches by index type. You can search all indexes at one time or select a particular index type such as obituary, birth announcement, place name and news item.

    Tithables in Fairfax County
    This database is the outcome of a project of the Fairfax County Daughters of the American Revolution. The database is a transcription of a list of tithable persons compiled by Reverend Charles Green, an Anglican minister, in 1749. This list covers individuals living in the area that is now know as Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. The data includes the person's name, race and remarks. The remarks include such information as religious affiliation and position in the community.

    Fairfax City Cemetery
    In 1866, the trustees of the Ladies Memorial Association in Fairfax purchased land" as a burial place or cemetery for the re-interment of the bodies of such persons as the 'Ladies Memorial Association' of said County of Fairfax shall direct to be interred therein." This land became the Fairfax City Cemetery. This database consists of a list of Confederate veterans who were buried in the cemetery. The list also includes veterans whose names appear on the cemetery's Confederate Memorial, whether they were buried there or not. In addition, the list includes six Union veterans.

    WWI Draft Registrations for Northern Virginia
    This database includes individuals who registered for the World War I draft from the City of Alexandria, Alexandria (now Arlington) County, and Fairfax County. The information for each entry varies depending on the type of card completed by the registrant. All cards included name, age, address, date of birth, natural born, place of birth, occupation, employer, dependents, marital status, race, prior military service, and exemption claim. Some cards also included father's place of birth, nearest relations, and basic physical description. The 11,075 records in the online database are in alphabetical order. The compilation of this database was a project of staff from the Virginia Room of the Fairfax County Public Library and the Alexandria (Virginia) Library, Special Collections department.

    In addition to the above there are links to the web sites of genealogical and historical societies located in Virginia, links to other Virginia public library local history and genealogy collections, and other Virginia Resources. Visit the Fairfax County Public Library web site's extensive regional history and genealogy collection at

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    On Sale at the NEHGS Online Store

    Did you know that NEHGS offers almost 10,000 order titles, including high-quality reprints of books that have long been out of print or are hard-to-find? Genealogies, local histories, vital records--these are all available through our website at! All special order books are printed on acid-free paper in hardback bindings (and many are also available in softcover!).

    And now NEHGS is offering these titles at a 10% discount! Any special order title* ordered between March 30th and June 30th, 2005 will receive a 10% discount! That's right--10% off the listed sale price on all of our special order photoduplicated titles! Whether you order just one title or a dozen, we will take 10% off every special order photoduplicated title* you order! You can search for our special order titles at our online store at or you can order our Special Orders Catalog, which contains a listing of all the special order photoduplicated titles we offer for sale!**

    To receive your 10% discount:

    - Order online at
    In the comment field of your online order, please enter the code SPECORD. When the Member Services team processes your order, they will take the 10% discount off the qualified titles and your credit card will be charged for the price of the qualified titles minus 10%. A confirmation notice showing the adjusted price will then be sent to you through the USPS.

    - By phone:
    Simply mention to the Member Services Representative that you are ordering a photoduplicated book and give them the code SPECORD. The 10% discount will be adjusted on your order. A confirmation notice showing the adjusted price will then be sent to you through the USPS.

    - By mail:
    On the order blank you send in, please write the special code SPECORD next to the photduplicated title(s). A confirmation notice showing the adjusted price will then be sent to you through the USPS. Please send your mail order to us at: NEHGS Sales, PO BOX 5089, Framingham, MA 01701.

    Please note that as special orders, these titles require 6-10 weeks to be produced by our binderies. This time line of 6-10 weeks does not include shipping time.

    * Any title with an item number beginning with the letter "P", as in P21234567, P31234567, P4-123456-H, P5-S12345. 10% Discount does NOT apply to any other type of item.

    ** The Special Orders Catalog (item L40101000) is $9.99 plus shipping. Each catalog contains a coupon for $10.00 off your first order. This coupon can be used in conjunction with the 10% off promotion.

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    Upcoming Genealogy Events: Cruising, Composing, & Camping

    - Genealogy Cruise sponsored by the California Genealogical Society - May 1-12, 2005

    What could be better than combining a cruise with your genealogy compulsion? The California Genealogical Society is once again sponsoring a genealogy cruise. You will have the opportunity to learn from, and chat with, the leaders and then go relax on a deck chair while you read through the wonderful handouts they provide.

    News Flash: this exciting cruise has new research leaders. We invite you to join Patricia Law Hatcher, FASG, and Paula Stuart-Warren, CGRS, for a spectacular, yet relaxing and educational cruise to the Southern Carribean. The cruise departs Norfolk, Virginia aboard Holland America's ms Maasdam. The grandeur of this ship is another plus as are the exciting stops the ship will make.

    Pat and Paula bring extensive genealogical expertise to the cruise's classes and consultations. You may have seen their articles in Ancestry Daily News,, and in many other national publications. They are course coordinators and instructors at the annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and are popular speakers at national and state genealogical events. Pat is editor of the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and author of many books, including Producing a Quality Family History. Paula is co-author of Your Guide to the Family History Library and is National Publicity Chair for the 2006 Federation of Genealogical Societies/New England Historic Genealogical Society's conference to be held in Boston.

    For details on the cruise and the genealogy events, please visit Brief bios for both Pat and Paula are included at the site. The speakers will also be available for dinner seating with the genealogy registrants.

    - Compose an Essay for Woman's Day Magazine at on What Genealogy Means to You

    Woman's Day magazine is having a genealogy writing contest. They will award two grand prizes to people who compose an essay describing why they'd like the opportunity to research their family history with a genealogist and a librarian.

    ... Why are you interested in your roots?
    ... What does genealogy mean to you?
    ... How do you think libraries can help you discover your family history?

    Two entrants will be chosen to be meet with a genealogist at their local library and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Woman's Day. View the Official Rules at All entries must be submitted to by noon ET, on May 3, 2005.

    - Summer Camp for Family Historians: 19-24 June 2005 in Pennsylvania

    Attention all genealogists and family historians with interests in Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania. The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is sponsoring their sixth annual summer research camp. Participants receive expert guidance at all the major record repositories in Philadelphia. Daily instruction will be provided at The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the National Archives, Philadelphia City Hall and Philadelphia City Archives, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

    Summer “campers” also enjoy evening activities including dinners and a research night at the GSP library. As a bonus offering, this year’s Summer Camp participants can elect to add two additional days of research to their itinerary. Following your one week of instruction in Philadelphia, “campers” can spend the weekend researching on your own or spend the weekend visiting the many historic sites in old Philadelphia. Then on Monday and Tuesday, 27-28 June, GSP has arranged for your camp counselors to meet you at your choice of four suburban historical societies and archives in Bucks County, Chester County, Montgomery County and Friends Historical Library in Swarthmore, where once again you will receive personal attention with your research.

    To ensure each participant receives personal attention, registration is limited to 32 campers. For detailed information and to download a copy of the registration brochure, visit the website Or contact the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 215 South Broad St., 7th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Telephone 215-545-0391. Email -

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    Research Opportunity: "Digging for Your Roots in New York" on Saturday, April 23, at NEHGS

    "Digging for Your Roots in New York" is part of our New England States Seminar Series, which offers one-day seminars at the NEHGS library in Boston to assist beginners and seasoned researchers alike. New York research has consistently been rated as one of the most desired research topics by our members.

    This practical seminar will offer talks by three experienced genealogists on researching the families of New York from the earliest beginnings to the present day. After Register editor Henry Hoff provides an overview of colonial New York research, Roger Joslyn will talk about upstate New York - the area probably of greatest interest to seminar attendees. In the afternoon, the focus will be on statewide research sources and techniques: Leslie Corn will speak on finding marriage records, Roger Joslyn will describe how to find and use state censuses and tax lists, and Leslie Corn will conclude with using the Internet for New York research. For more information, and to register, visit

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    New Library Titles - March 2005

    The NEHGS Library acquired 32 new genealogy titles in March. For more information, please visit

    The Witch of Amesbury: The Story of Susanna Martin, an Innocent Victim of the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692.
    The Puritan Way of Death: a Study in Religion, Culture, and Social Change.
    Descendants of William Ames of Braintree, Massachusetts.
    The Carters of Amelia County, Virginia: 350 Years of American History.
    Nathan Fish (1748 Ca.-1811) and his Wife Betsey Kinney / Kenney: Early Settlers of Starks, Maine, and their Descendants.
    Grandmother's Bible: a Greene \ Reynolds (Dutcher, Hinckley, Hopkins, Nichols & White) of R.I., CT., MA., NY, VT., OH., & MI.: Narrative Genealogy, with Lineage Charts and Related History.
    Some Descendants of the Reverend Robert R. Niles of Connecticut and New York: a Partial Compilation of Four Generations.
    The Spang Family of Boston: The Record of an Immigrant German Family.
    Descendants of Richard Sutton of Roxbury, Mass., to the 11th Generation.
    Descendants of Lt. Richard Sutton.
    Dunham Twp. Cemeteries, Missisquoi County, Quebec.
    Frelighsburg Twp. Cemeteries, Missisquoi County, Quebec.
    St. Armand Twp. Cemeteries, Missisquoi County, Quebec.
    Descendants of Samuel Perry and Sarah Leonard.
    Burial Records of the Protestant Cemetery of Buenos Aires (1821-1836).
    Records of the British Cemetery of Chacarita.
    Index to the Records of the 1st Cemetery of Dissidents at Socorro Street and Register No. 1 of the 2nd Cemetery of Dissidents at Victoria Street in Buenos Aires, 1821-1855.
    The Oxford Guide to Family History.
    Forty Years with Family History.
    Slaidburn and Bowland Administrations.
    Ancestors in German Archives: a Guide to Family History Sources.
    WWII Military Records: a Family Historian's Guide.
    Supplement to the Guide to Bishops' Registers of England and Wales: a Survey from The Middle Ages to the Abolition of Episcopacy in 1646.
    Signposts to The Past: Place-Names and the History of England.
    Newbury Kendrick Workhouse Records, 1627-1641.
    The Letter Book of Sir Anthony Oldfield, 1662-1667.
    The Bede Roll of the Fraternity of St. Nicholas.
    Masquerade: the Life and Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier.
    A Guide to the Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
    A Day's Work: a Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs, 1860-1920.
    The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633.
    Preachers, Patriots & Plain Folks: Boston's Burying Ground Guide to King's Chapel, Granary, Central.
    Cemetery Gravestone Inscriptions, Wareham, Massachusetts.
    Hatley, 1792-1900: History of a Village in Hatley Township (East Hatley -- Charleston -- Hatley Village).
    Ordnance Survey Maps: a Concise Guide For Historians.
    Buried from the World: Inside the Massachusetts State Prison, 1829-1831: The Memorandum Books of the Rev. Jared Curtis.
    The Concord Museum: Decorative Arts from a New England Collection.
    The Best Genealogical Sources in Print: Essays by Gary Boyd Roberts.

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    Have You Recently Published a Book?

    If you've recently published a genealogy - or a book that would be relevant to genealogists - consider submitting it to be listed in New England Ancestors magazine or selected for review in the Register. There is no charge for this service, but the donation of at least one copy of each book to the Society is required. (All submitted books will be listed in New England Ancestors; some books may be selected for a review in the Register.)

    Books in New England Ancestors will be listed in two columns - "Genealogies Recently Published" (for family histories and compiled genealogies) and "Other Books Recently Published" (other types of genealogical or historical books, such as source records, town histories, guidebooks, etc.).

    In order to have a book listed in New England Ancestors, you will need to submit a gift copy of the book to NEHGS plus the following information: 1) Title; 2) Author(s)/editor(s)/ compiler(s); 3) Place of publication; 4) Publisher/self-published; 5) Year of publication; 6) Hardcover/softcover/other; 7) Page count; 8) Specify if index, illustrations or appendixes are included; 9) Description of book in twenty-five words or less; and 10) Contact/ordering information.

    If you are currently working on a genealogical book, and would like to solicit information about the families or topics you are researching, you may submit an entry for the "Genealogies in Progress" section of New England Ancestors magazine. Please submit the following information: 1) Surname; 2) Description of project in twenty-five words or less; and 3) Contact information.

    For more information or to submit your publication, contact Jean Powers by email at or by mail at 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007.

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    Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures

    Our "Nutshell" lectures explore a wide range of research skills and sources and are free and open to the public. Offered in the Richardson-Sloane Education Center of NEHGS Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:15 A.M. unless otherwise stated. Advance registration is not necessary

    April 13, 16 - The Best Genealogical Sources in Print - Gary Boyd Roberts

    April 13 - Introduction to Using - Darrin McGlinn - 11:30 a.m.

    April 27, 30 - Scanning 101 - Doug Sisko

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    Genealogy Tutorials Available

    While many genealogists cruise the Internet with no difficulty, making sense of all the information you find takes experience. NEHGS has expert genealogists who can analyze your research and help guide you in the right direction.

    Whether or not you are a member of the Society, you can book a tutorial with a genealogist who has expertise in the area of your research. We know the best methods for researching many types of ancestors, including: New England, Non-French and French Canadian, Irish, English, Scottish, Pilgrim, urban, matrilineal, military, and royal. Consultations last anywhere from one-half to two hours, and may be held either on-site or on the phone.

    You don't have to travel to Boston to get expert advice; you can call us from the comfort of your own home. To learn more, visit our website at or to book a tutorial, send an email to

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    Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestors

    Each week we ask the questions "Who is your favorite ancestor? Or 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 send your story in 300 words or less to If your story is selected, our editors will revise it for clarity. Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    By Mrs. Susan Mason, Queensbury, NY

    My favorite ancestor is Samuel Richardson of Woburn, Massachusetts. In 1670, Samuel, about 24 years-old, married a woman named Martha, who bore him a daughter Elizabeth and twin sons, Thomas and Samuel. She died giving birth to a fourth child in 1673 - their newborn infant also died.

    Samuel soon married Hannah Kingsley, and two years later they had a baby girl. Within a couple of weeks of that joyous event, Hannah, her baby, and Thomas, now age 6, were brutally slain by Indians while Samuel and Samuel, Jr. worked in the fields. The same year he married Phoebe Baldwin, who died at the age of twenty-five, having had a son Zachary in 1677. Thus, by the time Samuel was thirty-two years-old, he had lost three wives and three children.

    Sarah Howard became his fourth wife the following year. She lived another thirty-five years, dying at the age of sixty-eight and surviving Samuel by five years. She bore nine children between 1681 and 1700, three of whom died in infancy. In fact, Samuel was survived by only eight of his fifteen children.

    I so admire Samuel's courageous spirit. He had to survive many hardships and tragedies, but he triumphed in the end.

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    NEHGS Contact Information

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