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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 29
    Whole #228
    July 20, 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.

    * Research Library Hours Changing September 6
    * Additions to Early American Newspapers Database
    * Make a Commitment to Research
    * New Database: Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910: 1872
    * Survey of Tours and Events at NEHGS
    * Early Registration Date Nearing for 2005 FGS Conference in Salt Lake City
    * NARA/Northeast Summer Institute for Teachers Registration Deadline Looms
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: Christian County, Missouri Library
    * Inventory Sale on Missing Friends Books
    * Upcoming “Genealogy in a Nutshell” Lectures
    * Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Library Hours Changing Beginning September 6

    Beginning on September 6, 2005 the library hours will be as follows:
    Sunday Closed
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Please note the change to the earlier opening hour of 9:00 a.m. will begin on September 6. Until then, the opening hours will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Also please note that the library will not be open on Thursday evenings after September 6. The Society will continue to be open on Wednesday evenings.

    The Society will be closed on Saturday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day.


    Additions to Early American Newspapers Database

    The Early American Newspapers database has proven extremely popular with our members. Over 25,000 issues of 37 new newspapers were recently added to the database, bringing the total to 207 titles and 177,960 issues: almost 792,000 pages of text for your research!

    Among the New England papers that were added are the American Telegraphe (Newfield, CT); American Telegraphe (Bridgeport, CT); Bee (New London, CT); Connecticut Centinel; Connecticut Herald; Kennebec Gazette; Litchfield Gazette; Litchfield Journal; Litchfield Republican; Massachusetts Mercury; New-Haven Gazette; New-Haven Gazette, and Connecticut Magazine; and Providence Patriot.

    We are interested in hearing your success stories with this database. Please send a summary of your findings (no more than 300 words) to We will publish some of these success stories in future issues.

    Research the Early American Newspapers database now at


    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 1872, Volumes 241-249

    The latest installment in this ongoing database includes actual records from 1872, (Volumes 241-249). The indexes, which were previously added to the database, include the 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


    Survey of Tours and Events at NEHGS

    We invite you to give us your feedback on tours and events at NEHGS. Please share your ideas of how to make NEHGS events available to more members and genealogists around the country by visiting the home page of and clicking on the link to the survey. Or you can click to link to and complete the survey. Thank you.


    Early Registration Date Nearing for 2005 FGS Conference in Salt Lake City

    The Federation of Genealogical Societies annual Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists will take place September 7-10, 2005 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, just one block from the Family History Library. The Utah Genealogical Association is this year’s host, and the theme is Reminders of the Past, Visions for the Future. Over 196 educational opportunities will be offered by professional genealogists from around the country, as well as experts from the FHL. Over 150 booths of the latest genealogical books, products, and services will be in the vendor hall.

    NEHGS will have a booth in the vendor hall, and several staff members will be speaking. David Lambert, the Online Genealogist, will be talking about Finding Your Ancestors on Dick Eastman, Project Director of the New England Town and Family Manuscript Preservation Project will be presenting Anatomy of a Society Project. Director of Marketing Laura Prescott will present The Rest of the Story: Using Manuscripts to Create a Family History and Spinsters and Widows: Gender Loyalty Within Families. Michael J. Leclerc, Director of Special Projects, will speak on Creating Successful Education Programs; After Drouin, Jetté, and Tanguay: Additional Sources for French Canadian Research; and Finding Your Ancestors’ Homes: Deeds and Other Records. Laura and Michael will also be the featured speakers at the NEHGS luncheon on Thursday, presenting New England Weekend Update: A light-hearted look at NEHGS and the Hub of the Universe.

    A full conference registration is only $159 until July 26, when the price will rise to $189. A single-day registration is $81 and $95 after July 26.

    For more information visit the Federation’s website at


    NARA/Northeast Summer Institute for Teachers Registration Deadline Looms

    The Northeast Region of the National Archives and Records Administration will be holding a Summer Institute for Teachers Registration at their facility in Waltham, Massachusetts August 1-5, 2005. Teachers can earn free development points at the Institute, which is registered with the Massachusetts Department of Education.

    The institute will offer seven workshops (two hours each) during the four days: Archival Research and Document Analysis; Local History in Federal Records; Census Records; Immigration and Naturalization; Selected Military Records: 1775 – 1815; America on the Home Front, WW II; and Application of Research Methods (offered twice on Thursday and mandatory for earning the development points). Space is limited to 20 people in each workshop.

    The institute is free, but participants must register by July 22 to attend. Register toll free (866) 406-2379 or by e-mail at Visit for more details.


    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: Christian County, Missouri, Library

    The Christian County Library is located in the town of Ozark in the southern part of Missouri. Mabel Phillips, director of the library, has provided the library with transcriptions of various documents and records related to the county's history and the lives of its earlier residents. Clicking on the 'Christian County Transcribed Records' link on the library's main page provides access to these records. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view many of the transcriptions.

    Census Records
    You will find transcriptions of the 1860, 1870, 1900 and 1910 federal censuses for Christian County as well as an index to the 1876 Agricultural Census for the county. The state of Missouri did not conduct the 1876 Agricultural Census for every county. The data includes name, race, sex, age, township, and page and line numbers. It should be noted that the transcriber added the page numbers to make it easier for one to find a particular record. You can view this index alphabetically or by township. The townships in the index are Benton, Finley, Calloway, Lincoln, Linden, Linn, Marion, Polk, and Porter. The 1876 Agricultural Census is the only non-federal census that exists for Christian County.

    Church Records
    You will find a transcription of the membership rolls of the Prospect Baptist Church of Christian County for the period from 1846 to 1892 on this site. The list is presented in two parts - one contains data related to male members and the other to female members. The data fields include membership type, full name, as it appears, notes, and membership number. It should be noted that misspellings in the original rolls have not been corrected. For example, the word 'deceased' appears as 'diseased.'

    Two lists are found under Organizations. First is the Ozark Alumni list, which was published in Course of Study, Ozark Public School, 1913-1914. The list covers the period from 1892 through 1913. Each entry includes the name, occupation when known, and place where the graduate was living at the time of publication. If a female student had married, her married name is also listed. The second organizational list is that of the Odd Fellow Lodge of Nixa, Missouri. This list contains approximately 400 entries associated with membership-related activities. It includes the names of both members and applicants. The lodge was chartered on October 1, 1898 and the records included here cover the period from 1898-1909.

    County Records
    Land Patents: An index of patentees for the period from 1843-1915 was created from the Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office records. There are actually three indexes: an alphabetical index by the name of the person patenting the land; a chronological index; and an index by location. There is also a list of the land patents of some women homesteaders, giving information about who they were, and how they came to have the land patented in their names.

    Marriage Records: The Christian County marriage records index covers the period from 1859 through 1940. There are approximately 1,300 records in this index. The data fields include surname, given name, spouse, date of marriage, record book and page number and the name of the official performing the marriage.

    In addition to the records listed above, the county records on this site include the Personal Property Tax Index - 1879-1900; Merchant Licenses - 1882-1922; and Christian County Land Tax Records for 1875.

    Funeral Homes
    This alphabetical database includes the records of approximately 2,000 individuals who passed through the doors of the Chaffin Funeral Home in Ozark, Missouri, between 1917 and 1962. The data fields include surname, given name, lifespan, funeral home and the name of the cemetery in which the deceased was buried. The information under funeral home includes volume and page numbers in the firm's record books that may contain additional information. The records of the Chaffin Funeral Home may be viewed on microfilm at the Christian County Library.

    To view these records visit the Christian County Library website at


    Inventory Sale on Missing Friends Books

    To make room for inventory, we have slashed the prices of all of the "Search for Missing Friends" books that we have in stock!

    Volume 3, Item S26256300, Was $45.00, Now $2.00!

    Volume 4, Item S26256400, Was $45.00, Now $2.00!

    Volume 5, Item S26256500, Was $45.00, Now $2.00!

    Volume 6, Item S26256600, Was $45.00, Now $2.00!

    These sale prices good through July 31, 2005 or while supplies last.

    Take advantage of these special prices 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. 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 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.


    Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors

    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!

    Grandfather Ora Hatfield, by Elaine Hatfield Powell

    My grandfather Ora Ezrah Hatfield took a job as a barber shortly after he married my grandmother. According to my dad’s cousin Kenneth, the man who owned the barbershop where he worked also owned a pool hall next door. The owner had to go out of town once and left the pool hall in the care of my grandfather. While the man was gone, Ora sold the pool hall!

    Kenneth’s father Eugene told his son that Ora had come by my great-grandfather’s house with two "dudes" and they were in a big car. He felt that his son Ora was into something illegal. Ora drove to California shortly after that, and abandoned my grandmother and my father when my dad was only a year old. Because of that, my grandmother had to put my father in foster care until she remarried six years later, so she could work to support him and herself.

    Ora lived in California until he died in 1944. My grand-aunt Elizabeth told me that Ora called himself "Eddie" Hatfield. Ora's social security information lists his name as Edward Melvin Hatfield, and living in San Francisco, California. His mother's name is listed as Lou Ellen (Fry) Hatfield and his father Dee Hatfield, which are the names of his parents. His signature matches the signature on his marriage certificate to my Grandmother. It lists his birthdate as Dec 8, 1897 at Elsberry, Missouri, which is also a fact. His death certificate lists his name as Edward M Hatfield, with a date of birth of 12/08/1897 and his father's name is listed as Hatfield. Melvin was his brother’s middle name. I believe Ora changed his name to be kept from getting caught for his crime.


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