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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 23
    Whole #222
    June 8, 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 on the link at the bottom of the email and follow the instructions provided.

    * Important Changes to The Great Migration Begins on
    * New Database: Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910
    * Make a Commitment to Research
    * New from Newbury Street Press: Caudebec in France and England
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: Arizona Department of Health Services Genealogy Page
    * Sale on Reprints at the NEHGS Online Store!
    * Upcoming “Genealogy in a Nutshell” Lectures
    * Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Important Changes to The Great Migration Begins on

    Until now, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III database has been searchable only by the names of individuals who were the subjects of sketches, and all sketches were grouped together by the first letter of the surname. The database has been modified to be fully-searchable and to allow for each sketch to appear and print separately.

    The Great Migration Begins attempts to identify and describe all those Europeans who settled in New England prior to the end of 1633. The date was chosen because of the steep increase in migration beginning in 1634 and continuing for the rest of that decade (see Robert Charles Anderson, "A Note on the Pace of the Great Migration," The New England Quarterly 59 [1986]:406-07). As a rough estimate, about 15 percent of the immigrants to New England arrived in the fourteen years from 1620 to 1633, with the remaining 85 percent coming over in half as many years, from 1634 to 1640.

    Search the database at


    New Database: Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910
    New this week: Records from Volumes 214-222, 1869
    The latest installment in this ongoing database includes actual records from 1869, (Volumes 214-222). 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


    Make a Commitment to Research

    Please remember NEHGS in your gift-giving this year with a donation to the Annual Giving Campaign 2005, which ends on August 31. Making a gift to the Annual Fund is easy, it’s tax-deductible, and it’s the most important thing you can do to ensure that we continue to serve you and your research needs.

    One example is the website, We are committed to offering you this wonderful research tool, although it costs us millions of dollars to maintain and requires the largest revenue stream by far in the history of our non-profit organization. In order to offer our full range of services – research facility, circulating library, research services, educational programs, publications, and website - we must convince a far greater number of our members who enjoy NEHGS to become donors to the Society.

    For your convenience, we now offer secure online giving on our website at We very much appreciate your help.


    New From Newbury Street Press: Caudebec in France and England

    Newbury Street Press is proud to announce the publication of Caudebec in France and England: The Origins of Jacques Caudebec, 1664-abt. 1764-1766, of Bolbec, France and Deerpark, New York, Ancestor of the Cuddeback Family in America by Elwyn L. Simons. The book presents recent findings about Caudebec’s family origins, discovered by first crossing the Atlantic to unravel the story of his sisters in London, England, and then “jumping the channel” to Normandy. Identifying for the first time the origins of Jacques Caudebec (later known as Jacob Caudebec), this new work traces his ancestry back three additional generations.
    Hardcover, 105pp, (2005).

    Now available from the NEHGS store for $29.95 at


    Upcoming Education Programs
    Come Home to 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


    Spotlight: Arizona Department of Health Services Genealogy Page (

    The Arizona Department of Health Services genealogy page is a useful tool for anyone researching family history in Arizona from the late-nineteenth-to-mid-twentieth centuries. In Arizona, births occurring at least seventy-five years ago and deaths occurring at least fifty years ago have been made available to the public in accordance with state law. In addition to the fully searchable birth and death indexes, the site includes images of the certificates. The data in the indexes was extracted from photocopies of the original birth and death certificates while the images are copies of the county or state issued certificates located in the Official Archives of the State of Arizona.

    The births index database currently contains record from 1887-1929. The deaths index database contains records for the years 1878-1954. The most effective way to search either of the databases is to enter the first few letters of the individual's last name into the search box. Using this method the search results will yield not only the name for which you are looking, but also many misspelled names that would not have been found had you searched using the complete last name. While your search can be limited by date and/or by county, it is not necessary to do so. Once generated, the search results can be sorted by last/first name, date born, date died, father's name, mother's name, or county. To view a PDF image of a birth or death certificate, just click on the name link.

    Amendments to the original records have been scanned in as separate PDF documents and may be accessed by clicking on the document link. Click on the Frequently Asked Questions link to find search tips and more about what's available.

    Visit the Arizona Department of Health Services genealogy page at


    Sale on Reprints at the NEHGS Online Store!


    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.


    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.

    June 11, Diane Rapaport
    New England Court Records
    Researching New England’s past is easier than ever before, yet a prime resource – court records – remains underutilized. Why? Many people are unfamiliar with legal documents. Or they don’t know where to look. No comprehensive guide to New England court records has ever been available – until now. Diane Rapaport (attorney and historian, who writes the "Tales from the Courthouse" column in New England Ancestors magazine) presents this illustrated lecture previewing her forthcoming book New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians. Learn where to find New England court records – in courthouses, archives, books, microfilm, CDs and online databases – and how to read and use court records for your research.

    June 15, 18, Robert Charles Anderson
    The Pilgrim Migration - Mayflower and Plymouth
    Please join Robert Charles Anderson, highly respected author of "The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England" series, as he discusses his latest book, The Pilgrim Migration - Mayflower and Plymouth. The 215 updated biographical sketches in this book provide details for immigrants to Plymouth arriving prior to 1634, and contain corrections and additions based on new research conducted in the nine years since "The Great Migration Begins" was published. Mr. Anderson will be available following the lecture to sign copies of his book.

    June 29, Patrick Leehy
    Huguenot Refugees in New England: The Faneuils, Bowdoins and Reveres
    In the eighteenth century, a significant number of French Protestants fleeing persecution in Europe arrived on the shores of New England. These refugees and their descendants have contributed substantially to the economic and political life of their adopted country. Please join Research Director of the Paul Revere House Patrick Leehy, as he highlights some of the better-known Huguenot families in Boston.


    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!

    Counterfeiting, by Thomas H. Jackson, Jr., Ellendale, Tennessee
    Until recently my black sheep ancestor was my fifth-great-grandfather, Edward Bacon of Barnstable, Massachusetts. He was a rather benign black sheep, his notoriety coming from being a Loyalist and not being seated in the General Court (the Massachusetts state legislature) for that reason. Now thanks to NEHGS’s new database Early American Newspapers, 1690-1876, I have a new black sheep.

    Scanning the database with various ancestors’ names, I found an article, originally printed on May 14, 1812 in the Augusta [Ga.] Herald, titled “Counterfeiting”. The article was about a counterfeiting ring and among those caught was my fourth-great-grandfather Noyal Nelms of Greene County, Georgia. This article was followed by several articles about the trial of Noyal Nelms in 1815 for yet another counterfeiting charge. Noyal was found guilty and sentenced to be executed “the day after to-morrow”.

    The “City Gazette and Daily Advertiser” of South Carolina, tells the rest of the story with this report from the town of Millidgeville, Georgia:

    MILLIDGEVILLE, Oct 4, Noyal Nelms, whose trial and condemnation we noticed in our last, was executed on Friday. He acknowledged his sentence to be just, and expressed a confident hope that his sins in this, would be forgiven in the world to come.

    A discovery like this leaves one with mixed feelings. True he was a black sheep, but death for counterfeiting is hard to comprehend.

    Noyal’s date of death had previously been known to be about 1816, based on the settlement of his estate. Now that date is a firm September 29, 1815. Oddly enough Noyal’s son, my great-great-great-grandfather Samuel H. Nelms, built the first courthouse in Perry County, Alabama, in 1822.


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