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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 19
    Whole #218
    May 11, 2005
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

    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 here, and follow the instructions provided.

    * New Database
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Brenton Simons Appears on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney
    * Spotlight: Indiana State Library
    * New Sale at the NEHGS Online Store
    * A Volunteer Highlight from the Volunteer Coordinator: Geraldine Kaye
    * Access Changed for Suffolk County, Massachusetts Probate Dockets 1895-1925
    * New Listserve From the Connecticut State Historian
    * Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Database
    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    NEHGS has actively collected cemetery transcriptions from a wide geographic area since its founding in 1845. At present, this database contains more than 1650 cemeteries and burial grounds covering all of the New England states, New York, and Eastern Canada, with more to come!

    This week we have added cemeteries in Franklin, Somerset, Cumberland, York, Lincoln, and Oxford Counties, Maine


    Upcoming Education Programs
    Come Home to Northern New England
    June 19-26, 2005
    July 31-August 7, 2005
    NEHGS invites you to participate in our classic intensive weeklong program “Come Home to New England.” Research your roots with our help at the extensive NEHGS library, one of the finest facilities for genealogical research in the country. Whether you are a first-time participant or have enjoyed this program in the past, you are sure to benefit from a visit to our library. We hope you will come spend this time with our staff and librarians as they welcome you “home” to New England.

    Enjoy a week of guided research in our library, personal one-on-one research consultations, morning lectures, and special access to the library when it is normally closed to the public. The lectures will include a tour of NEHGS which introduces first-time researchers to the library and updates long-time participants on the latest resources. This year’s Come Homers can opt to take part in an optional tour and lecture at the Boston Public Library to learn about its vast genealogical resources.

    For more information visit


    Brenton Simons Appears on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney

    The Society’s chief operating officer was a guest on Emily Rooney’s daily television show “Greater Boston” on WGBH about getting started in family history on Monday, May 9. Rooney interviewed Simons about using the internet for genealogical research. He suggested a number of websites for those interested in starting their research.


    Indiana State Library-Genealogy Division (

    The Indiana State Library's Genealogy Division has one of the largest family history collections in the Midwest. Some of these research resources are now available on its web site. They include the following:

    Vital Records
    Index of Indiana Marriages through 1850
    With about 330,000 marriages through 1850, this database also includes records from the early Quaker monthly meetings in Indiana, which were listed in the Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana, compiled by Willard Heiss, and the listings for St. Francis Xavier parish church in Vincennes, Indiana, from 1749. The search fields include last name, first name, spouse's last name, spouse's first name (bride or groom), county of marriage, date of marriage and remarks. Any miscellaneous information about the marriage can be searched for in the Remarks field.

    You will find a link on the Indiana Marriages Index main page to a table of the 92 counties in Indiana, their dates of formation, the number of records in the marriages database for the county, the non-availability of records due to courthouse fires, and special search instructions for certain counties.

    Newspaper Indexes (under the Genealogy Databases & Indexes in the State Library link)
    Indiana World War II Servicemen
    Containing information about men and women from Indiana who served in World War II, newspapers indexed for this database include the three major Indianapolis daily newspapers - the News, Star, and Times. It covers the period from 1942 through early 1946 and includes notices of casualties, missing military personnel, prisoners, and decorations of Indiana servicemen and women, as well as notices of civilians taken prisoner overseas during the war. While the database only indexes information in Indianapolis newspapers, it does include notices involving people from throughout the state. Searches can be run by name (first and/or last) and by town or city. The fields in the database include name, date and location of the article, what happened to the person, branch of military service and hometown.

    Indianapolis Newspaper Index, 1848 - 1888
    With articles from the Indianapolis Herald, Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis News and Indianapolis Star, there are over 27,000 entries from a period of forty years in this index. The content is primarily focused on marriages and deaths. While there are no entries for the subject 'Civil War,' some information has been included about specific companies and regiments of men who died in the Civil War. Other subject content includes accidents, churches, crime, and societies, and even events happening outside Indianapolis.

    Logansport Newspaper Index, 1848 - 1855
    Articles from the Logansport Journal/Logansport Weekly Journal and the Logansport Democratic Pharos were reviewed to create 750 entries covering a period of eight years. Subjects included in the index are marriages, deaths, accidents, crimes and railroads.

    New Albany Newspaper Index, 1849 - 1888
    This database contains articles from the New Albany Ledger, New Albany Ledger Standard, New Albany Daily Standard and New Albany Weekly Tribune. The database has over 20,000 entries over a period of forty years. Again, there are no entries for the subject, 'Civil War.' Other subject content includes accidents, churches, crime, societies, and railroads, even events happening outside New Albany.

    Vincennes Newspaper Index, 1804 - 1827
    The earliest newspapers published in Indiana, the Indiana Gazette (1804 - 1806) and the Western Sun (1807 -1827), are indexed in more than 24,000 entries. Unfortunately, it does not contain many deaths or marriages. However, it does include entries for local, state and national events.

    Indianapolis Newspaper Index, 1979 - 1991
    Modern-day articles from Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis News are included here, although there are no marriages and only limited coverage of deaths. Over 80,000 entries are included. A card file index for the period from 1889 – 1978 is currently available only on-site at the library.

    There are many useful resources for the family history researcher at the Indiana State Library Genealogy Division. Visit


    Sale on Special Order Titles!

    Did you know that NEHGS offers almost 10,000 special 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!).

    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 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 photoduplicated 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.

    * The sale includes any title having 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.


    A Volunteer Highlight from the Volunteer Coordinator: Geraldine Kaye

    Volunteer Geraldine “Gerry” Kaye started giving her time to NEHGS in 1998, first in the Research Services department and then for the Electronic Publications staff, proofreading files for the CD-ROM version of Walter Sprague’s Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, Massachusetts. Gerry then moved to help on the Microtext floor which was in the midst of a rapid expansion of the microfilm holdings, and spent much time typing and labeling microfilms so they could be accessed by our patrons.

    But it was a tour of the Rare Books department during a volunteer luncheon that gave Gerry the idea for the project that gives her ongoing work and satisfaction. She was shown a collection of European genealogy books, some over a hundred years old, donated to the Society by John Cook in 1983. Mr. Cook acquired the core of his library in Paris during the late 1940s and continued to add to his collection over the next twenty years. The collection grew to ten thousand volumes pertaining to Britain, France, Spain, Italy Germany, Holland, Belgium, the Scandinavian countries and Russia, including works in a number of different languages. These works had not yet been catalogued and so were unavailable to researchers.

    With her professional background as a librarian and fluency in French, cataloguing the French collection was an irresistible project for Gerry. She was introduced to the director of technical services, and has now been cataloguing the Cook collection for four years. She has almost completed cataloguing the family genealogies written in French. A number of books on nobility, heraldry, local history and many that do not fit neatly into any category remain to be catalogued.

    If it not for Gerry's valuable and generous work these volumes would still be unavailable. She spends her time in the Rare Books section of the library or in the technical services office on the fourth floor, entering information into the library catalog. She is a treasured volunteer and colleague. Many thanks to Geraldine Kaye for her dedication to the Society.
    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact volunteer coordinator Susan Rosefsky at




    Access Changed for Suffolk County, Massachusetts Probate Dockets 1895-1925

    Certain probate dockets were recently moved from the new Suffolk County Courthouse at 24 New Chardon Street in Boston to offsite storage. Probate dockets numbering 1 to 97,686 encompassing the period prior to 1895 have been at the Massachusetts State Archives for some time.

    Until recently docket numbers 97,687 to 157,226 (roughly covering the years 1895 to 1925) were readily available at the courthouse. Researchers could easily go into the courthouse with photo identification and make a request to see them that same day. However, the Boston Municipal Court recently moved into the courthouse, reducing the amount of space available for storage and forcing the relocation of some records. These dockets are now located nearby in offsite storage at the Lindermann Center, which is not open to the public. They are now pulled once a week, on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Submitting your request to the courthouse in advance will make it easier to access the records. Docket numbers higher than 157,227 are still available on the same basis.


    New Listserve From the Connecticut State Historian

    In the interest of building better communications and collaborations among the members of Connecticut’s history and heritage communities, the Connecticut State Historian is pleased to present a new communicatios tool. H-Connecticut, a member of the highly regarded H-Net online community out of Michigan State University, is a listserve we all can use to keep each other informed, share resources, highlight upcoming events, discuss important issues, seek advice, and more.

    H-Connecticut would like to invite interested individuals to subscribe to the list, because believing that their participation would do much to help make the list a success.

    To join H-Connecticut, please send a message (with no signatures or styled text, word wrap off for long lines) from the account where you wish to receive mail, to Please include only this text: sub

    H-Connecticut firstname lastname, institution (for example: sub H-Connecticut Leslie Jones, Pacific State U). Alternatively, you may go to to perform the same function as noted above.

    Subscribers are encouraged to use the list to help keep the Historian informed of their needs, questions, activities, and opportunities.
    H-Connecticut is sponsored by the office of the State Historian, and is edited by Walt Woodward, State Historian; Matt Warshauer, Editor, Connecticut History; Catherine Fields, Director, Litchfield County Historical Society; and Amy Sopcak, Graduate Student, University of Connecticut

    The advisory group includes: Bruce Fraser, Connecticut Humanities Council; Paul Loether of Connecticut Culture and Tourism; Bob Gross, Draper Chair of Early American History at UConn; Lisa Johnson, Executive Director of the Stanley Whitman House; Steve Armstrong, President of the Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History; Nick Bellantoni, State Archaeologist; Faith Davidson, Mohegan Tribal Archivist; Rob Forbes, Gilda-Lehrman Center at Yale; and Bob Rafford, Professional Genealogist and Town Historian of Middlebury, Ct.

    Questions regarding the listserve should be directed to Walt Woodward, State Historian and editor of H-Connecticut, at


    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 at 101 Newbury Street on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:15 A.M. unless otherwise stated. Advance registration is not necessary.

    May 18, 21 - Grandpa in Your Pocket: Using High-Tech Devices to Simplify Your Research - Dick Eastman, NEHGS Staff
    With the current explosion of portable computer devices, laptops, PDA's, Blackberries, and even cell phones, genealogists are finding that they can do much more than manage calendars. NEHGS computer expert, Dick Eastman, will discuss the use of these devices for genealogical research.

    May 25 - Walking Tour of the Massachusetts Transportation Library - TBA
    Unknown to many researchers, a state library open to the public lies within walking distance of NEHGS' doors. Devoted to maintaining information about the region's transportation systems, the Transportation Library houses many records and books of use to family historians. Whether you are a train aficionado, a genealogist wondering where some ancestors lived, or just plain curious about this unusual library, please join us in the NEHGS lobby at 10:15. We will walk 4-5 blocks to the State Transportation Building in Park Square to visit and tour this nearby facility.


    Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors

    If you would like to contribute a short story on an interesting ancestor, please draft a piece that is 300 words or less, and send it to If your story is selected, it may be revised for length and clarity. Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    By Sanford R. Delano, Ipswich, Massachusetts
    The Delano family has many famous relatives including four presidents: Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. In addition to these prestigious individuals, our family has some infamous relatives as well. One family black sheep is Christopher Delano born in 1778 in Friendship, Maine the second son of Alpheus Delano who received a pension for his service during the American Revolution. The Genealogy History and Alliances of the American House of Delano, 1621 to 1899 states only that he "died in England". In reality he was hanged by the British for piracy.

    As captain of the brig William from Liverpool, he took his men on board the brig Helen, locked the crew below decks and transferred the cargo onto the William. They then scuttled the Helen with its crew still on board. Unfortunately for Delano and his men, the Helen didn't sink but was washed up on the Spanish coast, and the crew rescued. In the meantime the William had called at Malta, sold some of the Helen’s cargo, and sailed for Turkey.

    When news of the Helen’s demise arrived at Malta from Spain, the Royal Navy sent two of the Helen's crew on a ship to Turkey, where they found the William and identified Captain Delano and his crew as the pirates. They were brought back to Malta for trial, found guilty, and sentenced to death.

    Two of them, John Curtis and Reuben Marshall, were pardoned the night before they were to be executed. The William was painted black brought into Grand Harbour at Malta. Christopher Delano, John Lewis, John Webb, and Benjamin Wilcock were hanged from the yardarms of the ship. Their bodies were later taken down and put in iron cages and hung from gibbetts at the entrance to Grand Harbour as a warning to others.


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