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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 28
    Whole #227
    July 13, 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.

    * Family Faces – A Remarkable New Online Feature
    * Make a Commitment to Research
    * New Database: Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910: 1871
    * Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors: Submit Your Story
    * From the Volunteer Coordinator
    * Valuable Historical Journals Online
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Kokomo, Indiana
    * Third Supplement to Torrey Back in Print
    * Upcoming “Genealogy in a Nutshell” Lectures
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Family Faces – A Remarkable New Online Feature

    Just as books hold family secrets, so can objects! Objects owned or made by our ancestors give us clues about who they were. The New England Historic Genealogical Society owns a large collection of objects — from portraits to samplers, from fine china to jewelry — that families donated to us to keep their ancestor's memory alive.

    To bring these objects to you, NEHGS will highlight a different portrait from our remarkable collection on our website each month in an exhibit we call “Family Faces.” Learn about the painting’s subject, the artist, their history and their genealogy — some of them might even be related to you! Remember to check back each month for a new Family Face!


    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, research services, educational programs, publications, and website — we must convince far more 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 Database: Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910
    New this week: Records from Volumes 232-240, 1871

    The latest installment in this ongoing database includes actual records from 1871, (Volumes 232-240). 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.

    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


    Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors: Submit Your Story

    This feature is very popular with our readers, and NEHGS eNews is always looking for stories of interesting 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!

    Catharine (Doughty?) Smith, my 5th Great Grandmother, a True American
    by Barbara M. Baxter, Southern Pines, NC

    Catharine Doughty was born about 1746, probably in the Rhinebeck area of Dutchess Co., NY. It is possible that she was the daughter or granddaughter of Palatine German emigrants who were brought to New York State in 1709/1710 by the British government to work making tar and pitch for naval purposes. They had sold everything in Germany to pay their own transportation costs to get here. They were Lutheran and brought a pastor with them. They were promised subsistence and then land after a specific time of servitude. When it was discovered that the pines trees in the area were not suitable for their purposes, the immigrants were abandoned and many of them starved the first winter. The pastor's journal is extremely descriptive of the conditions of his flock.

    In 1764 Catharina married Johannes Schmid and she bore at least 11 children. Her maiden name is given as Doughty in the church book of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Albany when daughter Elisabeth was baptized, probably by a circuit riding rector who visited the Van Rensselaer manor. Doughty would have been the Anglicized version of her actual surname. Some time during the Revolution they were able to leave the manor and moved to what is now Rensselaer Co., NY. When John Smith (Johannes Schmid) died in 1806 or 1807, Catharine was left with 3 children still at home. Before 2 August 1807 she had married Henry Clum, a neighbor (and possibly her brother-in-law), who was a widower with at least 2 children still at home.

    Catharine was uneducated and could not read nor write her name. She lived through the fighting of the Revolution and the War of 1812, dying 18 August 1823 at the age of 77 in Brunswick, Rensselaer Co., NY. Her legacy to my world was her will, signed with the mark of "X", which begins with the words "I, Catharine Clum, of the town of Brunswick in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York, being of sound mind and body and by the grace of God free . . ." in which she wills her meager personal possessions to her 4 daughters.


    From the Volunteer Coordinator

    Dick Eastman will be at the State Library in Concord, New Hampshire from the end of July through early August, scanning birth, marriage and death records. If anyone living in the Concord area is able to help him with this work it would be greatly appreciated. If you are not familiar with scanning, this is a good opportunity to learn.

    In addition, I am looking for members who have enough free time before the end of August to help us with proofreading. The transcriptions are printed out, and are to be proofed against the pages of the book. Proofreading experience is helpful but not essential. These are deeds, and some of the spelling and letters are old, but the printing is clear. This work can be sent out via Fedex, with return postage included.

    If you would enjoy working on either of these projects, please contact Susan Rosefsky, NEHGHS Volunteer Coordinator, by email at or by telephone at 617-226-1276 (please leave a message and a time to call back).


    Valuable Historical Journals Online

    In March 2000, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the University of Illinois Press, and the National Academy Press created the History Cooperative to make the content of historical journals available online. While access to some of the journals is a benefit of subscription or membership to the individual organization, many are available for free to everyone. For example, in early June the Council of AHA made American Historical Review articles available to the public. Access to the reviews will remain a benefit to members and subscribers.

    Among the journals available at the History Cooperative are The American Historical Review, The Journal of American History, Law and History Review, The William and Mary Quarterly, The Western Historical Quarterly, Common-Place, Journal of World History, The Oral History Review, and The Massachusetts Historical Review. Access is usually given to issues published since joining the cooperative. Back issues of the journal are not available on this website.

    For more information visit


    Upcoming Education Programs
    Come Home to New England
    July 31-August 6, 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: Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Kokomo, Indiana

    Kokomo, Indiana, is located about 50 miles north of Indianapolis. This year the city, which is the county seat of Howard County, is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library has both on site and online genealogy and local history resources. The collection's emphasis is on Indiana's 92 counties, with a focus on Howard County and the adjacent counties of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Grant, Tipton, and Miami.

    To access the databases, click on the Databases link in the menu bar at the top of the Genealogy & Local History Services department home page. The online resources include:

    Vital Records Database
    You can search this database for information on a wide variety of vital events. Events include anniversary, biography, birth, divorce, marriage, obituary, twin birth, reunion, funeral, engagement and adoption. While there is no description of the database on the search page, it appears, based on search results, that the data have been compiled from local newspapers. The time frame includes events taking place from the mid-1890s through the present. The sources are cited in the search results.

    Pensioners on the Roll - 1883; Howard, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Grant, Miami & Tipton Counties
    This is a surname index of Civil War pensioners on the rolls in 1883 in the above-named Indiana counties. The index gives the name of the pensioner; reason pensioned; post office address; rate of pension per month; and the date of the original allowance.

    Howard County Deaths 1922 - 1935 and 1936 - 1947
    The data in these indexes were extracted from Kokomo, Indiana, newspapers. Annually, in late December or early January, these newspapers published a necrology for the year. As the completeness of the lists varied, the index does not list all of those who died in Howard County between 1922 and 1947. Some years the published lists were quite comprehensive and other years the lists provided only the names of "prominent" deceased citizens. The databases include 2,480 names for the period from 1922 - 1935, and 6,005 names for the period from 1936 - 1947.

    Some Howard County Poor Farm Residents 1860 - 1930
    This database comprises a list of persons known to have resided at the Howard County Poor Farm/Asylum/Almshouse. The data was taken from federal censuses from 1860 - 1930, records of the Rich Funeral Home, and obituaries found in the library's Genealogy and Local History vital records file as of July 31, 2002. The data may include the following information: surname, given name, year, age, color, where born, where father and mother were born and comments about the individual.

    Cemetery Database
    This database is a work in progress. In it you will find burial records, photographs of tombstones and even some obituaries for individuals buried in the cemeteries found in the database. The cemeteries are located in Kokomo and other locations in Howard County and are as follows: Crown Point Cemetery, Albright Cemetery, Memorial Park Cemetery, New London, Russiaville, Freeman Cemetery and Shiloh Cemetery. You can search the database by surname. You can search all of the cemeteries at once or search by cemetery of interest.

    A number of lists and indexes have been transcribed from printed sources and posted on the web site. They include, to name a few: Howard County Residents Buried in the Central State Hospital Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana; Children from Howard County at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home; two Howard County Military Discharge indexes (Civil War and WWI era); and Early Howard County Naturalization Records. You will also find a link to the Rich Funeral Home Burial Records, 1893 - 1956, here.

    In addition to the databases there is a History page with links to timelines, maps and articles about various aspects of local history and an Images page with links to maps and photographs of people and places, including photographs documenting a cemetery restoration project.

    Visit the Kokomo-Howard County (Indiana) Public Library web site at




    Third Supplement to Torrey Back in Print

    BACK IN PRINT!!!! Clarence Almon Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700 is the most complete index of its kind, naming almost 99% of the married couples in New England before 1700. Over a period of forty years Torrey extracted every available reference to marriages of early New England settlers from thousands of books and journals in the library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, creating the most frequently consulted finding-aid in all of early New England genealogy. By the time he died in 1962, his manuscript had achieved almost legendary fame.

    Covering the period from 1962 through the spring of 2003, the third supplement incorporates all of the information from the first and second supplements and contains 80% new material! In all, approximately 6,000 entries referring to as many as 20,000 individuals are included. An impressive number of new entries were provided by leading researchers from their own unpublished work, while additional entries were developed from various website postings.

    Item number B28475300, $35.

    Available at

    Also available: New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence Almon Torrey.
    With approximately 37,000 records, Torrey's 12-volume manuscript contains an estimated 99% of all marriages of New Englanders prior to 1700. This is the first version of Torrey to be available with a complete bibliography of source citations. Each entry is followed by a list of the sources Torrey consulted for that marriage. The frequently cryptic abbreviations are now hot-linked to a list of full bibliographic citations for these sources.
    Item no. SCD-TY, $69.99

    For more details see


    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. They are 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.

    July 16 Pauline Cusson – Unique Challenges in French Canadian Research – Pauline Cusson, NEHGS Director of Membership, a genealogist and longtime officer of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester, New Hampshire, will present an informative lecture on the use of primary and secondary sources in tracing Quebec ancestors. She will focus in particular on the Drouin collection of parish registers, which are available in the NEHGS Microtext collections.

    July 20, 23 Judith Lucey – Researching Newfoundland Ancestors – Newfoundland genealogical research is especially challenging since researchers do not have access to many of the usual sources, such as census records, for finding their ancestors. NEHGS Assistant Archivist Judith Lucey will draw upon her own genealogical experience in Newfoundland to highlight other sources for research in this unique Canadian province.

    As a reminder, there will be no Nutshell lectures during the month of August.


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