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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 24
    Whole #223
    June 15, 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.

    * New Massachusetts Newspapers Database
    * Mary Campbell (Lovering) Holman Inducted into National Genealogy Hall of Fame
    * Progress Towards A New Online Library Catalog
    * Visit NEHGS at the Vermont History Expo 2005
    * APG Honors Sherry Irvine For Exemplary Service
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: The Claremont Colleges Libraries Special Collections
    * Pre-Inventory Blow Out Sale!!!
    * Upcoming “Genealogy in a Nutshell” Lectures
    * Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Massachusetts Newspapers Database

    NEHGS recently started providing access to an important new resource, Early American Newspapers, 1690-1876. This collection, offering a fully text-searchable database of over one million pages from newspapers published in that era, includes cover-to-cover reproductions of historic newspapers. The newspapers are from all over the United States, not just New England. This database is proving to be very popular with members, and we are pleased to announce access to another newspaper database, Massachusetts Newspapers.

    This database provides access to modern issues of three major newspapers in the Commonwealth: The Boston Globe (1980-current), Boston Herald (July 26, 1991-current), and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (1989-current). If you have any questions about the database, email the webmaster at

    Visit the Massachusetts Newspapers database at


    Mary Campbell (Lovering) Holman Inducted into National Genealogy Hall of Fame

    One of the most distinguished professional genealogists in history, Mary Campbell (Lovering) Holman was inducted into the National Genealogy Hall of Fame on June 3, 2005 at the National Genealogical Society’s Conference in the States in Nashville. The National Genealogy Hall of Fame honors those whose superior achievements in American genealogy over a period of ten or more years have made a significant impact on the field. Individuals must have been deceased for at least five years prior to their nomination.

    Mary Campbell Lovering was born 20 Oct 1868 at Boston, Massachusetts to Daniel and Helen Augusta (Atwood) Lovering. She attended the Girls High School in Boston, and entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a member of the class of 1892. Prior to finishing her degree, she was sent to New York City to open a chemical laboratory at Barnard College, the female branch of Columbia University.

    In 1892 she married George U. G. Holman in Mattapan, Massachusetts. Her interest in genealogy started soon thereafter. She resided in New York City until 1905, when she removed to Boston. At about this time she started her eminently distinguished career as a professional genealogist. She was one of the new school of genealogists that focused on documentation of sources and proof of facts in family history research.

    She was the author of numerous articles and books which met the highest standards of research. She was a contributing editor of The American Genealogist and the eleventh fellow (and a charter member) of the American Society of Genealogists, inducted in 1941. Her daughter, Winifred Lovering (Holman) Dodge, followed her mother into professional genealogy. The papers of both mother and daughter are in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections at NEHGS, a gift of Winifred Lovering (Holman) Dodge in 1974.


    New Database: Taxable Valuation of the Residents of Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1869

    The records in this database are taken from a single volume that includes all of the taxable valuations of Dorchester from 1850 to 1869. This is the last in a series of databases containing tax lists for 1850, 1853, 1855, 1861, 1865 and 1869. The original text is part of the NEHGS Rare Books Collection, call number F74/D5/D67/1850.\research\database\Dorchester_1869\default.asp


    Progress Towards A New Online Library Catalog

    We have raised one-third of the funding we need to acquire and implement a new catalog and now we are asking for your help to reach our goal.

    The current system was implemented two decades ago - a very long time in computer software years. Our staff is working on implementing a new system to make researching the Society’s collections even easier. The new system will utilize modern technology to provide more powerful searches of our holdings, thus increasing access to the vast research materials held in the collections. With an improved, easy-to-use display and the ability for members to personalize their searches, the new catalog is sure to pave the way for researchers to find the information they need to tear down their brick walls.

    Please help us bring this new tool to you through a tax-deductible donation to the Society's Library Catalog Project.

    Please visit for more information or call (617) 226-1217 or (617) 226-1238 to make a gift or pledge.


    Visit NEHGS at the Vermont History Expo 2005

    NEHGS will be exhibiting at the Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge, Vermont, on Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26. Vermont History Expo 2005, presented by the Vermont Historical Society takes place at the Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

    NEHGS staff members Dick Eastman (Director of the New England Town and Family Records Project) and Laura Prescott (Director of Marketing) will be at a booth within the Genealogy Resources and Archives Center. We will have reference books available to browse through and we'll offer hands-on demonstrations of the website. We will not be selling any items at the booth but will gladly accept new memberships, so bring your friends along. A special gift will be offered to the first twenty new NEHGS members joining at the fair and to the members who introduce them to us.

    In addition to NEHGS representatives, staff members and volunteers from the Vermont Historical Society Library, the Church of of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the Genealogical Society of Vermont will be on hand to answer questions about conducting genealogy research. Archivists, heritage societies, and ethnic genealogy organizations will also be represented. A complete list is available at

    If any NEHGS members plan to attend the fair and wish to volunteer some time to help us in the booth, please contact Laura Prescott at

    Information about the fair, including directions, exhibitors, activities, and ticket prices is available at


    APG Honors Sherry Irvine For Exemplary Service

    The Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit is presented to a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) who has demonstrated personal commitment and outstanding service to APG. Sherry Irvine, CGRS, FSA (Scot), was presented with the 2005 Smallwood Award by APG President J. Mark Lowe, CG, in Nashville at the group’s luncheon on June 2 at the National Genealogy Society’s Conference in the States. Irvine, who was APG president from 2002-2003 and served on its board of directors for six years, was praised for her personal commitment and exemplary service to APG.

    Members of a committee that selected her said she not only has made significant contributions to the genealogical community, but she is “a consummate professional,” an “exceptionally effective” leader and a skilled logician adept at sifting through varied opinions and deciding what’s “right for the whole.”

    Irvine started researching more than 30 years ago and has been teaching and lecturing since 1984. She has been a study tour leader, course coordinator, and instructor for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University for nearly a decade and teaches online. She has written many articles in genealogical publications and is the author of Your Scottish Ancestry: A Guide for North Americans (2003), which won NGS’s Award of Excellence in Genealogical Methods and Sources; Your English Ancestry: A Guide for North Americans; Scottish Ancestry: Research Methods for Family Historians; and Going to Ireland: A Genealogical Researcher’s Guide (with Nora M. Hickey).

    For more information about the Smallwood Award visit the Association of Professional Genealogists at


    Upcoming Education Programs

    NEHGS invites you to join its twenty-seventh annual research tour to Salt Lake City. Participants will receive assistance in their research from our experienced staff genealogists and other recognized experts in the field. In addition, there will be orientations to our tour and to the Family History Library and its computer system, personal one-on-one consultations and guided research in the library with NEHGS staff, and group meals included in the weeklong program. Lodging will be at the Best Western Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel.

    NEHGS staff genealogists (Christopher Child, Henry Hoff, and Ruth Quigley Wellner) as well as guest consultant and former staff person Jerome E. Anderson will be stationed on each floor of the Family History Library for scheduled personal research consultations. Participants will be able to sign up for consultations early in the program and there will be plenty of time in the course of the week to confer with our staff about research questions and concerns. An excellent way to prepare for a trip to Salt Lake City is to read Your Guide to the Family History Library by Paula Stuart Warren and James W. Warren. It is filled with tips for getting the most out of your trip, not only to the library, but to the city itself. There is also a companion video, The Video Guide to the Salt Lake City Family History Library. Registrants for the tour may purchase the book for $15.99 (normally $19.99) and the video for $12.95 (normally $15.95).

    For more information visit


    Spotlight: The Claremont Colleges Libraries Special Collections (

    The Claremont Colleges, located in Claremont, California, is a consortium of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions and a central organization that provides services shared by all students, faculty, and staff. The Special Collections holdings of The Claremont Colleges libraries are described as "unique and rare." Some of them have been made available on the libraries' web site. To access these resources, click on the Digital Collections link on the homepage. In addition to the Digital Collections described below, this page contains links to lists of the libraries Online Exhibits and Online Library Publications with brief descriptions of these resources.

    San Gabriel Mission Matrimonial Investigation Records
    The Matrimonial Investigation Records (diligencias matrimoniales) are notarized interviews with couples who were requesting to marry in the Roman Catholic Church for the period from 1788 - 1861. While the materials in this collection are primarily the records of the Mission San Gabriel, other missions are also represented. The purpose of these investigations was to prove that the man and woman were free to marry. The collection includes 165 investigations with interviews of 173 men and 170 women. The interviews provide a significant amount of genealogical information about the individuals who were married at the Mission. These documents are in Spanish.

    The index is organized alphabetically by gender. To view the records click on the name of the man or woman in the index. This will bring you to a page with a summary of the record and thumbnail images of the documents. The summary information includes the names of the individuals involved in the investigation, year, date, location and name of the person who signed the record. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image.

    Wheeler Scrapbooks
    A real estate businessman named Frank Wheeler gave three scrapbooks to The Claremont Colleges. The first two are currently available on the web site, with the third expected to be available in the near future. The scrapbooks document life at Pomona College and in the city of Claremont during the period from 1884 to 1938. The scrapbooks contain nearly 300 pages of the newspaper clippings, photographs, maps, plans, and pamphlets. You can browse through page by page or choose a page number from the Page List. Click on an image or its description to enlarge the image. You must install the DjVu browser plug-in to view the enlargements. There is a link to the plug-in on the Wheeler Scrapbooks page. The collection is not currently keyword searchable, but the libraries plan to add this capability in the future.

    Visit The Claremont Colleges Libraries Special Collections at


    Pre-Inventory Blow Out Sale!

    To make room on our shelves, we are offering the following titles are greatly reduced prices:

    The Battle for Christmas, Item B29000000, Was $16.00, Now $10.00

    Biographies & Legends of the New Eng Indians (5 book set), Was $28.00, Now $10.00

    The Bishop/Scott Genealogy, Item B30460000, Was $10.00, Now $.50 Digest of Early

    Connecticut Probates, Item B26494400, Was $70.00, Now $47.50

    Divided Hearts Mass. Loyalists 1765-1790, Item B26659010, Was $14.95, Now $4.95

    The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists: The Essential Guide to American

    County & Town Sources, Item B26289300, Was $29.99, Now $19.99

    Mass Officers & Soldiers Fr & Ind Wars, 1744-1755, Item B26659060, Was $14.95, Now $4.95

    Mass Officers & Soldiers 1702-1722, Queen Anne's War to Dummer's War, Item B26659030, Was $14.95, Now $4.95

    One April in Boston (book), Item B26242200, Was $12.00, Now $6.00

    One April in Boston (CD), Item B26242250, Was $19.95, Now $10.00

    How to Create a Video Family History, Item B26283550, Was $14.95, Now $9.00

    Pathways to Medieval Ancestry: The Ancestry of Dorset White, Item B35961000, Was $15.00, Now $3.75

    Register Index to Names, Volumes 51-148, Item S26465100, Was $295.00, Now $40.00

    Sandwich Vital Records, Item S27460000, Was $145.00, Now $35.00

    Stockman-Gallison Genealogy, Item B35962000, Was $15.00, Now $2.50

    Taverns and Drinking (softcover), Item B29710000 Was $24.95, Now $16.95!

    PLEASE NOTE that all of these titles have very limited quantities available. Orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis until the stock is no longer available. Discount prices good through July 9th, 2005 or until supplies last. Order now 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.

    June 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!

    A Real Pioneer Woman by Lillian K. Martin, Lattakia, Syria
    My favorite ancestor is Nancy Weaver Swindle who was born in April 1815 in Ashe Co., North Carolina, the daughter of John Swindle, Jr. John was the son of John Swindle, Sr., a Revolutionary War veteran from Culpeper Co., Virginia. Nancy's middle name came from John, Sr.’s wife, Hannah Weaver, the daughter of Hans Dietrich Weaver of the Fort Germanna Colony in Virginia.

    When she was a teenager, Nancy was sent to live in Monroe Co., Missouri with her paternal Uncle Joseph Swindle. It was there that she happened to meet a newly widowed doctor from the area. Dr. Jeremiah Brower was born in 1801 at New York City. His immigrant ancestor, Adam Brouwer, arrived in Manhattan in 1642, and there married Magdalena Verdon in 1645. Nancy and Dr. Brower married 12 November 1837 at Shelby Co., Missouri. They resided in Schuyler Co., Missouri. until 1852, when they relocated to Iowa. The Doctor died in Iowa in 1875.

    In 1882 the widow Nancy Brower, along with all of her unmarried daughters and one single son took a wagon train on the Oregon Trail from Wayne Co., Iowa to La Grande, Union Co., Oregon, where the family settled. Nancy’s daughters all married there, and she died there in 1901.

    Nancy is my favorite ancestor because she was born on the East coast, married in the Mid-West, and died on the West coast. In her lifetime she saw the whole country pass before her eyes, from chapter to chapter of her life. She made a very long and lonely wagon trip from her home in Ashe Co., North Carolina, to live with family, but she would never see her father or siblings again. She was a widow but not frightened to take her children on a long and dangerous wagon train to a new place. She was a real Pioneer woman with lots of courage and strength.


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