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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 36
    Whole #235
    September 7, 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 Research Library Hours Reminder
    * New Database: Providence, Rhode Island Vital Records Index, vols. 18-19
    * Recent Arrivals at the Library Listed on
    * NARA Boston Offering Free Workshops for Teachers
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: Utah Digital Newspapers
    * Last Chance For Genealogies on Sale
    * Upcoming “Genealogy in a Nutshell” Lectures
    * Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Research Library Hours Reminder

    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. Also please note that the library is no longer open after 5 p.m. on Thursdays, but will remain open Wednesday evenings.

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    New Database: Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island
    New this week: Vol. 18, Deaths 1911-1920, and Vol.19, Marriages 1911-1920

    Published by the city in twenty-five volumes from 1879 to 1945, this series provides names, dates, and the volume and page numbers of the statistic in the city records. We will continue to add volumes from this series to from time to time.

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    Recent Arrivals at the Library Listed on

    The latest list of new titles added to the NEHGS Library and click on “July 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:

    The Descendants of Samuel Partridge Hawes, 1777-1847: of Franklin, Massachusetts and Mount Pleasant, Illinois.
    The Pray Family of Braintree, Quincy and Weymouth, Massachusetts: from 1643 to 2004.
    Descendants of William Story and Sarah Foster of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.
    Our heritage: the Family of Russell Sidney White and Edith Marion Nowers.
    The History of the Merchant Taylors' Company.
    Indian placenames in America.
    Sending Out Ireland's poor: Assisted emigration to North America in the nineteenth century.
    South Kingstown, Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries.
    Plainville [Conn.] Newspaper Clippings, 1862-1900: including 182 births, 510 deaths and 207 marriages all indexed.
    Cemetery records, the town of Easton, Washington County, New York.
    Shelburne County, Nova Scotia: an annotated bibliography.

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    NARA Boston Offering Free Workshops for Teachers


    The National Archives and Records Administration is offering free workshops for teachers at the Northeast Region facility in Waltham. Participants will learn what types of information can be found in the records and how to use them in the classroom.

    Course will be offered Thursday evenings at 6:30 throughout the fall as follows:

    September 8 Archival Research & Document Analysis
    September 15 African-American Research
    October 6 America on the Home Front
    October 20 Local History in Federal Records
    November 3 Census Records
    November 17 Immigration and Naturalization
    December 8 Application of Research Methods

    Participants must attend a minimum of 5 of the FREE 2-hour workshops and “Application of Research Methods” workshop is required. Call (866) 406-2379 to register or to get more details. Space is limited to 20 participants for each lecture.

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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-photocopying 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 analyze 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: Utah Digital Newspapers

    The Utah Digital Newspapers Project is located on the University of Utah's web site. Thirty-seven newspapers from twenty-two counties covering the years from 1871 to 1956 have been digitized to date. There are plans to add more newspapers to the collection in the near future.

    One of the more unique newspapers in the collection is the Topaz Times. The Topaz internment camp, which was located near Delta, Utah, was one of ten camps where people of Japanese ancestry were interned during World War II. The newspaper was first published in California in the Tanforan internment camp. When the residents of the Tanforan camp were transferred to Topaz in 1942, the newspaper moved with them. The Topaz Times was published until the camp was closed two months after the close of the war, in October 1945. Other newspapers in the collection are more typical of late-nineteenth and early-to- mid-twentieth century newspapers.

    The collection can be explored in three different ways. All options are accessible from the main page. You can Search All Newspapers by keyword. With Search/Browse A Single Newspaper, you have the option to limit your search to an individual newspaper. Choose the newspaper title from the pull-down menu. This will open a search page for the newspaper you've selected. Here you will find a brief description of the newspaper, as well as browse and search functions. You can browse through individual issues of the paper. You can also limit your browsing to the births, marriages, and deaths in the papers. You can run a general search by headline and keyword. There is also a Genealogical Search option. With this you can search births by name, marriages by name and deaths by name.

    You can also browse through the newspapers by county. To access this option, click on the County Map link. This will bring you to a new page displaying a map of Utah. Each county with a newspaper found in this collection has been highlighted and labeled with the county name. Move your mouse over the county to bring up a box with the title and dates for that county's newspaper found in the collection. Clicking on the specific newspaper will bring up the individual newspaper's page. Search results are displayed as thumbnails with the newspaper title and date displayed alongside. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the images, which are PDF documents.

    Visit the Utah Digital Newspapers website at

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    Last Chance for Genealogies on Sale

    Check out the new sale prices on some of the genealogies offered by NEHGS as we make room for new stock.

    ANGELL: The Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, 1844-1910.
    Item S41001010. Was $40.00, Now $15.00!

    BREWER: Desc. of Thomas Brewer, Connecticut to Maine
    Item S30021000. Was $40.00, Now $15.00!

    CABOT: The George Cabots: Vermont Desc. of George Cabot of Salem & Boston
    Item S30035000. Was $30.00, Now $12.50!

    EPLING/EPLIN: Volume I: John Paul Epling of Giles County VA
    Item B33102000. Was $75.00, Now $29.95!

    KEMPTON: The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton:
    Part I: Warren Francis Kempton, 1817-1879
    Item S41802000, Was $40.00, Now $15.00!

    Part III: Henry Clay Bartlett
    Item S41803000. Was $35.00, Now $20.00!

    Part IV: Linda Anna Powers, 1839-1879
    Item S42005000. Was $45.00 Now $17.50!

    SPALDING: The Spalding Memorial
    Item B35201010. Was $100.00, Now $50.00!

    WATSON: Jonathan Watson of Dover, NH
    Item S47000000. Was $79.95, Now $19.95!

    Volume J: Desc. of John Wilson of Woburn, MA
    Item B36075300. Was $60.00, Now $30.00!

    Volume K: Scotch Wilsons from Central MA
    Item B36075310, Was $34.00 Now $17.00!

    Volume L: Scotch Wilsons from Western MA
    Item B36075410. Was $34.00, Now $17.00!

    Volume P: Henry Wilson of Dedham, MA
    Item B36075400. Was $35.00, Now $17.50!

    Volume R: Five Families from Hartford County, CT
    Item B36075200. Was $20.00, Now $12.50!

    Volume V: Desc. of Jacob Wilson of Braintree, MA
    Item B36075100. Was $20.00, Now $12.50!


    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 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

    September 28, 2005, David Lambert – Cemetery Tour: Old Granary and King’s Chapel
    10:00 a.m.
    NEHGS Online Genealogist and author of A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries David Lambert will lead a walking tour of the Old Granary Burial Ground and the Kings Chapel Burial Ground, both located on Tremont Street in downtown Boston. The Old Granary Burial Ground is the final resting place for Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. The Kings Chapel Burial Ground was the earliest burying place in Boston proper. The program is free and open to the public, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the plaza above the Park Street MBTA station.

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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!

    An Interesting Ancestor, by David Arne Sisson

    In just two weeks, my most puzzling ancestor, David Arne, seems to have met a woman and proposed marriage. Family legend said that David, a Hessian officer, married a Widow Graves in New England. I discovered a David “Arndt” who left his regiment 17 May 1783. Vital records in Middletown, Connecticut, show that Mrs. Dolly Graves and David “Arnd” registered their intention to marry fifteen days later, on 1 June 1783. Christ Church, Middletown records show their marriage on 6 July.

    Mark Schwalm, editor of The Hessians (a scholarly journal), looked in German records and found “Joh. David Arndt” with his regiment on Long Island. On 17 May 1783 “while on patrol” David deserted. The desertion record shows he had served for six years. “Joh. David Arndt” appears on a 28 March 1777 roster of Hessian soldiers embarking from Scravendeel, Holland “for assignment to the Hessian Jaeger Corps now in America.” Schwalm found David, born about 1759, enlisting in Bad Hersfeld, and arriving in New York 8 June 1777. Picked for their marksmanship, the Jaegers were an elite group of volunteers with better pay, uniforms and rifles than the regular army. After 1780 the regiment was stationed near the town of Huntington on Long Island.
    Both Dolly and David needed (and no doubt wanted) to marry. Dolly’s first husband had died in 1782, leaving her with their seven-year-old son. Marriage and subsequent church membership gave David necessary American contacts.

    All this circumstantial evidence is persuasive, but I wish I could find American records that link him to his Hessian past or German records to link him to the man on the embarkation roster.

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