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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 35
    Whole #234
    August 31, 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.

    * Library Hours Changing Beginning September 6
    * New Database: Massachusetts Vital Records 1841–1910, Vols. 268-276, 1875
    * NEHGS Used Book Sale
    * Coming Soon in the Fall 2005 Issue of New England Ancestors
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: The Making of Modern Michigan
    * End of Summer Blowout Sale!
    * 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.

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    New Database: Massachusetts Vital Records 1841–1910
    Vols. 268-276, 1875

    The latest installment in this ongoing database includes actual records from 1875 (Volumes 268-275). 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

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    NEHGS Used Book Sale

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society will hold a used book sale at its Newbury Street location on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. The sale will include great bargains on genealogies, local histories, and hundreds of duplicates from the Society's collections, including substantial discounts of 50-75%. There will also be some specialty items for sale as well as new title overstock. The sale takes place at 99-101 Newbury Street, located near the intersection of Clarendon and Newbury streets. Book dealers are welcome, although there will be no preview showings or sneak peaks. All sales are final and items must be carried out upon purchase. We are unable to ship any items, however there is a FedEx/Kinko's store around the corner that does ground and air shipping.


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    Coming Soon in the Fall 2005 Issue of New England Ancestors


    Roger Thompson provides a preface to and excerpt from his new NEHGS publication in Introducing Cambridge Cameos: Stories of Life in Seventeenth-Century New England.

    Sarah Boyer delivers a moving, humorous, and informative look into her work collecting oral histories in A People’s History of Cambridge.

    Lynn Betlock details Cambridge-related resources at NEHGS and beyond in Key Resources for Tracing Cambridge Ancestors.

    Helen Schatvet Ullmann discusses the unique and sometimes surprising information to be found in County Court Records: A Wealth of Colorful Detail.

    Henry B. Hoff outlines the resources available for genealogists with Caribbean ancestry in West Indies Research at NEHGS.

    Elizabeth Shown Mills provides pointers on fictionalizing family histories in The Great American Novel — Starring Your Own Family!

    Gary Boyd Roberts provides an update to Ancestors of American Presidents with Presidential Kinships of Barbara (Pierce) Bush.

    David Allen Lambert provides helpful answers to member questions in New England Online.

    Also in this issue . . .
    • Computer Genealogist: Favorite Websites for Tracing New England Ancestors
    • Genetics & Genealogy: Y-DNA Secures Identity of Rice Mohawk Native American with Edmund Rice Haplotype
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: Collections Donated by NEHGS Trustees and Councilors
    • Bible Records at NEHGS: The Whitcomb Tarbell Bible
    • Tales from the Courthouse: The Case of the Outspoken Advocate
    • Pilgrim Life: The Leiden House of John Adams and His Sons, John Quincy and Charles

    And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, notices of family association events, genealogies in progress, and member queries.

    Subscription to New England Ancestors is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at, or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Eastern time.

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    Upcoming Education Programs
    New England Heritage Series
    Plimoth Plantation – Saturday, October 8, 2005
    Historic Deerfield – Saturday, November 12, 2005

    NEHGS is offering two new one-day fall programs with a focus on daily life in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New England. In October, Robert Charles Anderson, F.A.S.G., leads the first program at Plimoth Plantation, where we can experience the world our Pilgrim ancestors knew at the recreated 1627 Plymouth village and the nearby Wampanoag Indian settlement.

    For Europeans in North America, the year 1627 marked the beginning of international as well as inter-colonial trade and diplomacy along the Atlantic Coast. In that year, the colonists at Plymouth opened relations with the Dutch at Manhattan and hosted a number of Virginia-bound passengers who had been shipwrecked on Cape Cod. For all these reasons, the calendar always reads 1627 at Plimoth Plantation.

    A month later, we will visit Historic Deerfield in western Massachusetts, where the mile-long Old Main Street is the setting for more than a dozen eighteenth- and nineteenth-century houses and the Flynt Center for Early American Life.

    Fall Research Weekend Getaway, October 20-22, 2005
    Treat yourself to Boston in October, and join fellow genealogists for a Research Weekend Getaway. This popular program gives researchers one-on-one consultations with the expert NEHGS staff, informative lectures, and special access to the society’s extensive collections. Past participants have made significant progress on their ancestral puzzles, and enjoyed the opportunity to share discoveries and exchange stories with researchers from across the country. Call early to inquire about availability at the Charlesmark Hotel (617-247-1212). Hotel room availability and prices are at a premium during October, the busiest tourist and convention month of the year. The Charlesmark cannot guarantee availability and is not holding a block of rooms for this event.

    Here is what one member said about her experience at a weekend research getaway:

    “The NEHGS programs are a very special experience for me. The Society is a double treasure for anyone with northeastern US ancestors. The collections are the most comprehensive to be found. Additionally, the open stack and self photocoping privileges are almost unique in any repository and such a time saver while researching. An equally important treasure is the NEHGS staff! The resources that they add to your research are incalculable! Their ability to analysis your research problem and lead you to the relevant sources is amazing, in fact, they normally jump up from the desk and reappear from the stacks with all the applicable materials. The staff assistance and expertise makes your own research so much more effective. I can attest to numerous areas of research that I accomplished only because of the staff's expertise. I would encourage anyone who is considering attending a NEHGS research program to do it soon. It will be a memorable and rich research experience.

    For more information on any of these exciting programs, please visit email Amanda Batey at

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    Spotlight:Spotlight: The Making of Modern Michigan

    The Making of Modern Michigan is a collaborative digitization project involving more than fifty Michigan libraries. This is a work in progress, with forty-six libraries currently online. The libraries have contributed local history materials related to communities throughout the state. Included in this collection are photographs, family papers, oral histories, cemetery records, newspaper obituary indexes, and much more.

    You can browse the collections by subject, by institution, and by type of material.

    The Buchanan District Library has contributed the Oak Ridge Cemetery Records, with both images and transcriptions of the lists of individuals buried there. The lists include the first and last name of the deceased and indicate the section and lot in which the individual is buried. Unfortunately, contains neither the date of death nor date of burial. The Oak Ridge Cemetery is located in Buchanan Township, Berrien County, Michigan.

    From the Chippewa River District Library System, there is a searchable Isabella County Newspaper Obituary Index. The index draws its obituaries from six Isabella County newspapers and covers the period from 1875 to the present. More than 70 towns and townships are represented in these newspapers. A few towns from Gratiot, Clare and Mecosta County may also be represented. You can search on any or all of the following: last name, first name, middle name, maiden name, date of death, date of birth, spouse, survived by, and obituary source. The results can be sorted by clicking on the column headings. Click on the individual record link to view the details available in the index.

    A sampling of other materials in the collection follows:

    The Alpena County Library has contributed the Maritime Collection of Alpena County, comprised of twenty-two photographs documenting the county's maritime history.

    From the Baker College System Libraries is the Eldon E. Baker Scrapbook. Mr. Baker collected newspaper clippings in this 50-page scrapbook. The clippings cover the period from 1909 to 1915.

    The Brandon Township Public Library includes among its contributions the proceedings of Brandon Township Meetings, 1837 - 1863; the Brandon Township Public Library Catalog, 1855; and the Brandon Township Register of Electors, 1859 - 1882.

    The Baldwin Public Library has contributed the diaries kept by Martha Baldwin (1840 - 1913) for the period from April 1, 1858 through December 11, 1863, with some gaps. The pages of her diaries have been digitized and transcriptions of difficult to read sections have been included.

    The Shiawassee District Library's contribution to the project is digitized images of local newspapers. The newspapers, the Owosso Press and the Owosso Weekly Press, cover the period from 1862 - 1879, and include news from the communities of Owosso, Corunna, Durand, Perry, and other localities in Shiawassee County and the Chesaning area of Michigan.

    Through the Helena Township Public Library Collections visitors to the web site can view postcards, photographs and artifacts in the collections of the Helena Township Historical Society.

    This overview covers just a few of the collections available on The Making of Modern Michigan web site. If your family history research takes you to Michigan, visit this web site at

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    End of Summer Blowout Sale!

    Early Connecticut Probates, 3 Volume set, Item B26494400
    Was $70.00, Now $25.00 (Limited quantities!)

    Sandwich, MA VRs, 3 Volume Set, Item S27460000
    Was $145.00, Now $35.00! (Limited quantities!)

    Art of Family, Item S11010000
    Was $75.00, Now $25.00!

    Balliol Roll, Item S28630300
    Was $35.00, Now $7.50!

    Twenty Families of Color, Item S26680000
    Was $35.00, Now $12.50!

    Thorndike Genealogy, Item S44000000
    Was $49.95, Now $39.95!

    Mills/Kendall Genealogy, Item S49040000
    Was $50.00, Now $35.00!

    Aldrich Genealogy, Item B30039900
    Was $15.00, Now $2.50!

    Rolls of Arms:
    Volume 6, Item S28640600, Was $10.00, Now $1.00!
    Volume 7, Item S28640700, Was $10.00, Now $1.00!
    Volume 8, Item S28640800, Was $10.00, Now $1.00!
    Volume 9, Item S28640900, Was $10.00, Now $1.00!


    Prices good through September 10, 2005 or while supplies last. To find further descriptions of these items or to make an order, please go to Orders can also be made by calling toll free at 1-888-296-3447.

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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.

    September 7, 2005, Robert Charles Anderson – Boston in 1645, lecture and walking tour
    10:15 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
    From September 7 – 11, Boston will be celebrating its 375th birthday. NEHGS will be taking part in the festivities by sponsoring a lecture discussing the earliest inhabitants of Boston and their lives; and a walking tour pointing out the locations of their houses. Please join Great Migration series editor, Robert Charles Anderson for a special lecture and a walking tour of the oldest streets in Boston. The lecture will be held in the Richardson-Sloane Education Center, second floor at NEHGS, at 10:15 a.m. The walking tour will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Samuel Adams statue in front of Faneuil Hall, Boston. For information about Boston Charter Day and other activities, please visit the website,

    September 7, 2005, Marie Daly – Getting Started in Genealogy
    12:00 noon, 6:00 p.m.
    Whether you are just starting out in researching your ancestors or would like to brush up on your research methods and sources, this lecture give you a good beginning approach. NEHGS Library Director Marie Daly will present an informative lecture on beginning genealogy, and will follow with a tour of the NEHGS library.

    September 14, 17, 2005, Marie Daly – The Irish in New England, 1645 – 1920
    10:15 a.m.
    NEHGS Library Director and Irish expert Marie Daly will present an overview of Irish immigration to New England from the colonial period to the twentieth century. She will focus on who the immigrants were, where in Ireland they originated, where they went in New England, and what sources are available for research at NEHGS.

    September 14, 2005, Darrin McGlinn and David Lambert – Introduction to the NEHGS Website
    11:30 a.m. 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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    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!

    My Favorite Ancestors: Charles Masland, by Frank Masland, Carlisle, PA

    My favorite ancestor is my 3rd great uncle, Charles Masland, born in 1810 in the town of Arnold, Nottinghamshire. He was a framework knitter but the Luddite riots of the early 1800's compelled him to join the British Army in search of a better life. In 1831 he left for Quebec where his brother John was stationed. On April 26, 1833, Charles tried to persuade John to desert for America but John was reluctant. Charles left Quebec later that evening, sneaking through the back woods of Maine down to New York.

    Nine months later Charles was approached in New York by a recruiter from the 3rd US Infantry and he enlisted. During the next decade Charles Masland distinguished himself and was promoted to Sergeant Major, the highest enlisted rank. He longed to be reunited with his family and saved up his money to bring his mother and remaining siblings to this country. In 1845 Charles finally got the chance to see his family again. He obtained a furlough and made his way to Princeton, New Jersey where his mother was living.

    After a tearful reunion he vowed to leave the army and return to go into the weaving business with his brothers. He had to first return to his regiment which was about to leave with General Zachary Taylor for Texas and the Mexican border. He marched out of Corpus Christi on March 8, 1846 and arrived at the Rio Grande three weeks later. En route he had a premonition that he would die in battle. On the May 9, 1846 he was engaged at Resaca de la Palma. As the battle was turning Charles was ordered to "squat!" He asked, "What's the use of squatting when we're right on them?" The next instant his head was shot off.

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