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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 30
    Whole #229
    July 27, 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 Database: Marriages Performed by Rev. Ezekiel W. Mundy in Syracuse, New York
    * 1911 Canadian Census Now Available
    * Make a Commitment to Research
    * New Titles from Newbury Street Press
    * DAR Conference on Early American Genealogical Research
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: Digital Library Project of the University of New Hampshire Library
    * NEHGS CD Sale
    * Upcoming “Genealogy in a Nutshell” Lectures
    * New Arrivals at the Library Listed on
    * Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Database: Marriages Performed by Rev. Ezekiel W. Mundy in Syracuse, New York

    The Reverend Ezekiel W. Mundy was pastor of the First Baptist Church at Syracuse, 1863-66. In 1866 he helped to organize an independent church of which he was pastor until 1879. In 1882 he was confirmed in the Protestant Episcopal church and admitted to the deaconate. He entered the priesthood in 1884, and was rector of St. Mark's Church, Syracuse, N.Y., 1883-94. This database is from a 1935 transcription by Minnie L. C. Coleman of a copy of his marriage records from all three churches kept in the Syracuse Public Library.

    Search this database at

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    1911 Canadian Census Now Available

    Three weeks ago we reported a major victory in post-1901 Canadian census access when the Canadian Parliament passed legislation providing access to census records 92 years after their creation (see NEHGS eNews #226). At the time Library and Archives Canada reported that they hoped to have the 1911 census available by in August. Working diligently they have more than met their target, and the census is now available on their

    The census is indexed only by province, district, and sub-district. There is not yet a name index for this census. A finding aid is available to assist in determining the appropriate sub-district. Images of census pages can be viewed as .pdf files or as MrSid images (which download faster). The quickest way to review the census is to read through the MrSid images, then switch to the .pdf file of the page to download or print out the image.

    View the 1911 census at

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    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.

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    New Titles from Newbury Street Press

    The Read Family of Salem, Massachusetts
    by Richard H. Benson
    Newbury Street Press, 2005, HC 400pp. $40.

    This genealogical study begins with Thomas Read, who was in Salem by 1636. His life and the lives of five generations of his descendants surnamed Read and Reed are covered, including the families of Read daughters. The book is meticulously researched with every fact documented using vital records, deeds, and probate, court, and church records. It corrects errors in early genealogies caused by the confusing fact that there were two Thomas Reads in early Salem. Early court records add human interest to the stories: records for 1668, one year after Thomas died, show that teenage son Isaac and friends were charged with “dancing and singing in the streets to the disturbance of several neighbors.” Daughter Mary became pregnant and was brought to court for fornication, while daughter Susanna claimed that Ephraim Herrick assaulted her “when his wife was in Salem.”

    One grandson moved to Rhode Island, became a Quaker, and had a large family. Quaker records provide interesting details and stories that supplement the genealogical data, particularly in subsequent generations when some family members strayed (temporarily) from the Society of Friends. Other branches of the family moved to southern Maine and eventually to upstate New York. A chapter on the Sheridan, New York, line includes six Reeds who were ship captains on the Great Lakes as early as the 1820s. Daniel Alden Reed of Sheridan, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1919 to his death in 1959, was part of this family.

    Richard H. Benson is also the author of The Nash Family of Weymouth, Massachusetts, The Barent Jacobsen Cool Family, The Benson Family of Colonial Massachusetts, The Reed Family of Sheridan, New York and The Civil War Diaries of Charles E. Benson. His current project is The Arnold Family of Smithfield, Rhode Island.

    The Ancestry of Russell Makepeace of Marion, Massachusetts, 1904-1986,
    A Descendant of Thomas Makepeace of Dorchester, Massachusetts

    Edited by Zelinda Makepeace Douhan.
    Newbury Street Press, 2005, HC 370pp. $49.99.

    This carefully researched genealogical work traces the history of the Makepeace family. It begins with HenryE Makepeace (of Burton Dassett and Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, England), who died in 1537/8, the earliest identifiable progenitor of the American Makepeace family. The book proceeds from the first Makepeace in America, Thomas1 Makepeace (1595-1666/7), who came to Boston in the early seventeenth century, to the present day descendants, with many other ancestral lines, including Alexander, Bowerman, Bowers, Chipman, Crocker, Hinckley, Hodges, Holton, Jones, Russell, Swift, Taylor, Watson, and Wild.

    Originally researched by Russell Makepeace and Lenn A. Bergsten, this book was commissioned and edited by Zelinda Makepeace Douhan. It was further researched, enlarged, and prepared for publication by Shirley M. Pizziferri. An appendix by Gary Boyd Roberts is entitled “Some Notes on Presidential Cousins and Royal Descents and Connections.”

    For more information or to purchase these titles, visit call NEHGS toll-free at 1-888-296-3447.

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    DAR Conference on Early American Genealogical Research

    The Daughters of the American Revolution will be holding a Conference on Early American Genealogical Research October 15-16, 2005 at their headquarters in Washington, DC. The two-day program includes presentations by nationally-known professionals from around the country, including Christine Rose, John Humphrey, and Craig Scott. Several NEHGS staff members will also be participating in the conference.

    Editor of the Register Henry B. Hoff will discuss How to Prevent Mistakes in Genealogical Writing and Genealogical Writing: Style, Guidelines, and Practical Advice. Director of Marketing Laura Prescott will deliver Timelines: Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective; Diaries and Journals: Finding and Using These Valuable Resources; and Spinsters and Widows: Gender Loyalty Within Families. Director of Special Projects Michael J. Leclerc will present Publishing in the Age of Technology; Uncommonly Common: Non-Traditional Families in Genealogy; and Using Deeds, Maps, and Other Records to Find Your Ancestral Home.

    In addition to the speakers an exhibit hall with several vendors of genealogical books, supplies and information will be open in the gallery adjacent to the DAR Library during the conference. Participants can order box lunches in advance of the conference.

    Registration for the conference is $90 prior to August 31 and $105 thereafter. Single-day registration fees are $50 and $55 accordingly.

    Further details are available at

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    Upcoming Education Programs
    Salt Lake City Tour
    October 30-November 6, 2005

    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. Included in the weeklong program are 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. 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 during 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

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    Spotlight: Digital Library Project of the University of New Hampshire Library

    The primary mission of the Milne Special Collections and Archives at the University of New Hampshire is to "acquire, preserve, and make accessible research materials, particularly those related to the Granite State." If your ancestors resided in New Hampshire, you might be interested in taking a look at some of the historical collections and maps in the UNH Digital Library Project.

    Click on the 'Collections & Exhibits' link on the Project's homepage to access these collections.

    Lewis M. Stark New Hampshire Broadsides
    Lewis M. Stark gave the University of New Hampshire his collection of broadsides that were printed in the state. The collection of 76 broadsides is an important source of information about New Hampshire's early history as a state. Over 40 of these documents were printed before 1830. One example of the broadsides in the collection is a proclamation issued in 1791 by Josiah Bartlett, Esquire, President of the State of New Hampshire, seeking the apprehension of five named individuals from Hinsdale, New Hampshire, who had been accused of murdering Cornelius Hogeboom, the first sheriff of Columbia County, New York.

    The Popular Press in New Hampshire 1756-1800
    If you count early New Hampshire printers in your ancestry, you should take a look at this collection. In it you will find biographical information about a number of New Hampshire printers, digital images of some of the newspapers they published, and links to other resources related to the printers in library catalog.

    Other history-related collections in the UNH Digital Library Project include The Capture of Fort William & Mary, New Castle, New Hampshire, December 14-15, 1774 and A Considerable Branch of Business: Shipbuilding in Durham, New Hampshire, 1756-1950. Civil War documents, along with images from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, are targeted for digitization in the future.

    After visiting these collections, return to the digital library's main page to find the Maps page link. There you will find the following:

    Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York
    This collection includes over 1,500 United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps of New England and New York from the 1890s to the 1950s.

    Hitchcock Atlas of New Hampshire Geology, 1878
    The nineteen plates in this atlas are derived from a geological survey conducted by Charles H. Hitchcock, the New Hampshire State Geologist from 1868 to 1878. These maps predate the earliest USGS topographic maps of the state and provide an overview of roads and settlements in New Hampshire in the 1870s.

    Hurd Town & City Atlas of New Hampshire, 1892
    The full title of this volume is The Town and City Atlas of the State of New Hampshire: Compiled from Government Surveys, County Records and Personal Investigations, published by D. H. Hurd & Co. in 1892. It is one of two state atlases published by D. H. Hurd (the other atlas is that of Connecticut). This atlas shows the outline of each building and the name of the primary occupants. Additional information in the atlas includes "local scenes, sketches of prominent buildings, and tables of demographic or other data."

    If you are planning a visit to the Milne Special Collections and Archives of the University of New Hampshire, exploring this web site is a good way to prepare.

    Visit the UNH Digital Library Project at

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    NEHGS CD Sale

    Enjoy the savings on several of the most popular CD-ROM titles from NEHGS:

    Bible Records from the Manuscript Collection of NEHGS
    Item SCDBR, Was $39.99, Now $24.99!

    Genealogies of the Families of Braintree
    Item SCD-BF, Was $39.99, Now $24.99!

    Records of Barnstable, MA
    Item SCD-RBM, Was $39.99, Now $24.99!

    Vital Records of Springfield, Massachusetts to 1850
    Item SCD-SVR, Was $39.99, Now $24.99!

    Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston and The Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston
    Item SCD-TH, Was $39.99, Now $27.99!

    Records of the Churches of Boston
    Item SCD-BCR, Was $39.99, Now $24.99!

    New England Marriages Prior to 1700
    Item SCDTY, Was $89.99, Now $44.99!

    Special Torrey Bundle
    Order both the New England Marriages Prior to 1700 CD (regularly $89.99) and the Third Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages (regularly $35.00) for only $75.00!
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    Prices are good through Friday, August 12, 2005.

    Take advantage of these special prices now at

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    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 30 David Dearborn – Hurdling Brick Wall: Case Studies from New England Genealogy – Sooner or later, all genealogists will encounter a perplexing brick wall in their quest for their ancestors. NEHGS staff genealogist and Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, Davis Dearborn, will demonstrate strategies for getting over those brick walls with a review of successful case histories.

    As a reminder, there will be no Nutshell lectures during the month of August, but please join us for the following regular programs:

    August 3 - Getting Started on Your Family History
    Noon and 6:00 p.m.
    Getting Started on Your Family History is a quick course designed to introduce the beginning genealogist to the main principles of genealogical research. This informative program also includes a tour of the NEHGS library. Classes take place at noon and 6 p.m. If you're in the Boston area, we invite you to just stop by.

    August 10 - Introducation to
    11:30 a.m.
    Darrin McGlinn and David Allen Lambert has grown to include access to over 109 million names in 2,200 databases! Discover the depth of material available on this genealogy megasite. With a site this extensive, it is easy to concentrate on the most popular feature - databases - and overlook the many other valuable resources available elsewhere in the site. All will be revealed in this informative lecture! Learn how to use the new NEHGS website to advance your research! In this free monthly class, NEHGS content delivery specialist Darrin McGlinn and Online Genealogist David Lambert will offer a step-by-step live demonstration of

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    New Arrivals at the Library Listed on

    The latest list of new titles added to the NEHGS library has been posted on To view the list, go to click on “June 2005.” To navigate to New Arrivals from the home page: click on the Libraries tab, go to the Research Library page, and click on “New Titles Added to the Library.” Here are some of this month’s titles:

    Robert Elwell's birthplace: a new examination of the evidence.
    The Linscott family: the genealogy and history of the family Linscott in the United States and elsewhere : descendants of John Linscott of York, Maine, 1558 to the present. [electronic resource]
    Titus: a North American family history.
    Index to the marriages (recorded and unrecorded) in the Parish of Barvas on the Isle of Lewis, 1810-1855.
    Abram's eyes: the Native American legacy of Nantucket Island.
    Irish immigrants in the land of Canaan: letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America, 1675-1815.
    Vital records of Warren, Maine.
    Black Portsmouth: three centuries of African-American heritage.
    Revolutionary war records of Fairfield, Connecticut.
    Marriages from Buffalo church records.
    New Englanders on the Ohio frontier: the migration and settlement of Worthington, Ohio.
    San Francisco deaths 1902 to 1904.

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    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!

    Tonie Stringer, A True American Hero, by Deborah Sweet, New City, New York

    My Maternal Grandfather, Tonie Stringer, was born in 1899 in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri into a logging and railroad family who lived in logging camps in the deep woods. His birth was never recorded. His family's story stretches back to the arrival of William Andrews in 1617 Virginia, and includes the royal line of Elizabeth Butler Claiborne, as well as many hardy and brave pioneers on the southern migration route westward.

    Tonie and his family moved to the new company-built town of Clarks, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana about 1905, where he and his sister Thelma grew up. One of Tonie's uncles is said to have ridden with Pershing, chasing Pancho Villa in Mexico. This group of men became the original 1st Division of the Army (The Big Red One), when World War I broke out.

    Tonie enlisted in February 1917, joining his uncle Otis Stringer even before the draft was begun, and was assigned to Co. I, 26th Infantry, 1st Division. During their training, they served on the border with Mexico, for which Tonie later received the Mexican Border Service Medal. They left for France June 14, 1917, the first Americans to go to War in Europe. He was gassed once, wounded once, and received two citations for "Gallantry in Action and Meritorious Service...splendid qualities of courage and bravery...devotion to duty...."

    He was promoted to sergeant in Dec. 1918, at the start of the occupation of Germany, and returned home Sept. 3, 1919. He made a career of the army, re-enlisting every three years thereafter. He was sent to Plattsburgh Barracks in Clinton Co., NY to the School for Non-Commissioned Officers (now the decommissioned Plattsburgh Air Force Base) where he met and married my Irish grandmother, Florence Edna Armstrong. They had three daughters, Thelma, Rosemary (my mother), and Patricia, but his children would never really know their father, for this man who had exhibited such a strong will that he survived the entire war, became ill on August 13, 1931, with appendicitis. They operated the next day, but his appendix had already burst, and he died on August 17, 1931 of peritonitis, just a few years before the discovery of the antibiotics which might have saved his life. He was buried in the Barracks Cemetery there.

    We are lucky that my grandmother saved all of his military records, or we would have never known of his remarkable military career, as his records were consumed in the disastrous 1973 fire at the National Archives' National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

    The American Flag flies daily at my home, in honor of my Grandfather, Sgt. Tonie Stringer, a True American Hero.

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