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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 39
    Whole #238
    September 28, 2005
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault
    enews@nehgs.org

    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.

    Contents:
    * Massachusetts Cultural Council Awards Grant to NEHGS
    * Reminder to Report Seasonal Address Changes
    * Careers at NEHGS
    * New Databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * NEHGS Members Receive Special Family History Month Library Admissions
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * New Arrivals at the Library Listed on NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Spotlight: Kenton County Public Library (Kentucky)
    * Gary Boyd Roberts on Sale
    * Upcoming “Genealogy in a Nutshell” Lectures
    * Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors
    * NEHGS Contact Information


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    Massachusetts Cultural Council Awards Grant to NEHGS

    The Massachusetts Cultural Council, an agency which receives funding for the Commonwealth's arts and cultural institutions at the discretion each year of the Massachusetts State Legislature, has awarded NEHGS a three-year grant of $29,800, beginning with our fiscal year 2006. The Society has received continuous support from the MCC for the past decade, recognition meaningful due to the rigorous nature of the grant application. This award is most appreciated because it provides unrestricted operational dollars for the Society and helps to support our single largest source of operational funding, the Annual Fund.

    Comments from the MCC's national panel of reviewers were quite favorable and include the following:

    * The Society provides a unique and valuable service.
    * Important scholarly work is reflected in Society publications.
    * Notable are the evolving collections in response to shifting demographics.
    * Access is commendable, particularly through the Online Genealogist services.
    * The Society has talented, long-term staff and an exemplary strategic plan.

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    Reminder to Report Seasonal Address Changes

    Just a reminder to all our members with seasonal address changes - please send membership your winter address and the timeframe you expect to be at that address. We want to be sure you get your journals, the new sales catalog, and any renewal information for your membership. Feel free to call us at 1-888-296-3447; on the website at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/membership/main/ or send an e-mail to membership@nehgs.org and mark the subject as Winter Address. We'll do the rest. Thank you.

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    Careers at NEHGS

    The Society is seeking an experienced genealogical research aide to join the Research Services Department team. The candidate will report to the Research Services Coordinator directly and be expected to create scholarly research and timely reports for our patrons.

    This is a full time position with vacation, medical and other benefits. The position is located in our main office on Newbury Street in Boston, and is easily accessible via public transportation. NEHGS is an equal opportunity employer.

    Find more information about this, and other open positions at the Society, at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/about/2285.asp.

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    New Databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org
    Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910
    Just Added: Records for 1879, Vols. 304-312
    http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/Database/MASS_BMD/default.asp

    The latest installment in this ongoing database includes actual records from 1879 (Volumes 304-312). 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 webmaster@nehgs.org.

    Social Security Death Index - Free Access
    Updated through September 1, 2005
    http://www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/ssdi.asp

    The SSDI, taken from the U.S. Social Security Administration's Death Master File, is one of the key resources available to genealogists today. It contains those individuals who were assigned Social Security numbers and whose death was reported to the SSA.

    Data is now current through September 1, 2005. Access to the SSDI is FREE to all who visit NewEnglandAncestors.org. This database contains the names of 75,124,390 individuals, most of whose deaths were recorded after 1965.

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    NEHGS Members Receive Special Family History Month Library Admissions

    A few of the best libraries for genealogical research in New England are opening their doors to members of NEHGS next month in celebration of Family History Month. In return, NEHGS is inviting members of the following societies to visit our Research Library in Boston for free!

    - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, http://www.chs.org/, October 1 –15
    - Maine Historical Society, Portland, http://www.mainehistory.org/, October 16 - 31
    - New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, http://www.nhhistory.org/, October 1 –15
    - Vermont Historical Society, Barre, http://www.vermonthistory.org/, October 1 –15

    Please make a note of which libraries are participating, the dates they are open for NEHGS members, and be sure to check their websites first, or call, to know their hours of operation. This reciprocal arrangement is only available between NEHGS and each society, and does not apply to visits between the other societies. You must show your membership card for free admission.

    The research libraries at the Connecticut Historical Society, the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the Vermont Historical Society will welcome NEHGS members to use their libraries October 1 through 15. The research library at the Maine Historical Society will do the same from October 16 through 31. Take your NEHGS membership card with you!

    If you’re an NEHGS member, this is also a great opportunity to invite friends from these organizations to join you on a trip to Boston to explore their family histories and show them the outstanding resources NEHGS has to offer. If this partnership works well, we hope to expand it to historical societies around the country in the future.

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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.

    Founded in 1669, the village of Deerfield was a frontier outpost in British North America. Today home to museums, working farms, and three schools, Deerfield is remembered in history books for its near-destruction by a French and Indian war party on February 29, 1704. Come experience the old houses along the town’s mile-long main street and the unspoiled meadows that surround them. During our one-day visit, Philip Zea will discuss the history of Deerfield and Laura G. Prescott will give a presentation on placing your heritage in historical perspective. Lunch will be at the charming and historic 1884 Deerfield Inn. There will be guided tours of two houses and one tavern and a visit to the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, which houses changing exhibits and a visible storage attic of twenty-five hundred artifacts and antiques.

    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.

    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 http://www.NewEnglandAncestors.org/educationor email Amanda Batey at tours@nehgs.org.

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    New Arrivals at the Library Listed on NewEnglandAncestors.org

    The latest list of new titles added to the NEHGS library has been posted on NewEnglandAncestors.org. To view the list, go to www.newenglandancestors.org/libraries/research/titles/view_new_library_titles_604_101.aspand click on “August 2005.” To navigate to New Arrivals from the NewEnglandAncestors.org 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 seven Weld brothers: six generations of descendants of William Fletcher Weld, George Richard Minot Weld, Stephen Minot Weld, Thomas Swan Weld, Christopher Minot Weld, Francis Minot Weld, John Gardner Weld, 1800 to 2000.
    • Barbados and Scotland links, 1627-1877.
    • Vital records of Brunswick, Maine, 1740-1860; and, the Forsaith book of Brunswick family records, compiled 1876-1880 by Jonathan W. Forsaith, town clerk.
    • The Great Meadow: farmers and the land in colonial Concord.
    • 1855 New York State Albany County census (except city of Albany) [electronic resource].

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    Spotlight: Kenton County Public Library (Kentucky)
    (http://www.kenton.lib.ky.us/genealogy.html)

    Kenton County, Kentucky is located in the northern-most part of the state and is bordered on the north by the Ohio River and on the east by the Licking River. The Kenton County Public Library has an extensive local history collection. The genealogy and local history collection contains books and documents, photographs, family files, maps, and artwork.

    A number of the library's resources have been made available online. While use of the resources listed under the Online Searching link is restricted to library cardholders, anyone visiting the library website can use the geNKY Northern Kentucky Genealogy Databases and the Newspaper Index Northern Kentucky. These databases can be accessed from the Genealogy and Local History home page.

    The geNKY Northern Kentucky Genealogy Databases collection is composed of twenty databases containing more than 170,000 records, including:

    Church Records
    Church Records Index (Northern Kentucky)
    This database includes 30,511 records from fourteen Kenton County churches. They cover the period from 1850 - 1947 and are primarily baptismal records. Marriage records for one church and death records for two churches are also included.

    Vital Records
    Kenton County Birth Records 1852 - 1859 & 1876 - 1877
    These records have been abstracted from microfilmed vital records. The information provided includes the name of the child, names of the parents, and date of birth.
    Kenton County Death Records 1852 - 1880 (Incomplete)
    This database contains a list of deaths registered in Kenton County between 1852 and 1880. The list is incomplete, as death records were not consistently kept during this period.

    Cemetery Records
    Linden Grove Cemetery 1868 - 1998
    The database comprises more than 34,000 records from this cemetery located in Covington. Many prominent Northern Kentuckians are buried here. Each entry contains the name of the deceased, as well as the names of parents and lot owners, when available.
    St. Mary Cemetery 1881 - 1996
    There are more than 18,000 records for this cemetery, located in Fort Mitchell.

    Census Records
    Kenton County Census Index 1810-1880
    This census index contains the names of each head of household in Kenton County and the page number on which the full record for that household will be found in the census. Kenton County was established in 1840, so the records for the period from 1810 - 1840 are for Campbell County, which was Kenton County's parent county.
    Kenton County Slave Schedules 1850 & 1860
    This census schedule list slaves living in Kenton County. These individuals are listed under the name of the slaves' owners by age, gender and race only. Slave schedules do not include the names of individual slaves.

    Other Records
    St. Elizabeth Hospital Patient Records 1861
    This database contains the abstracts of patient records for St. Elizabeth's Hospital beginning in 1861. The database comprises more than 19,000 records and currently contains records through at least 1924. Records are being added on a regular basis.

    In addition, there are city directories and veterans-related records, among the others.

    Clicking on the Newspaper Index Northern Kentucky link on the library's Genealogy and Local History page will bring you directly to the newspaper search page. Twenty-nine newspapers are included in the database. Search fields include general keyword, subject keyword, subject (exact), author keyword, author (exact), title keyword, title exact, and date. The search can be refined selecting a specific newspaper. Results can be sorted by title or by date (oldest to newest and newest to oldest).

    Under the Regional History link on the home page, you will find a link to the Community History and Biographies project. This project was initiated in 2002 to provide library patrons with historical information, including historical documents and photographs, related to communities in Kenton County. Three communities currently participate in the project -- Bromley, Ludlow and Covington. You will also find a Digital Library link here. The Digital Library consists primarily of atlases, but also includes a journal and a personal recollection. It should be noted that these files are large PDF files. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

    Visit the Kenton County Public Library at http://www.kenton.lib.ky.us/genealogy.html.

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    Gary Boyd Roberts on Sale

    In honor of the retirement of NEHGS Senior Research Scholar Gary Boyd Roberts, the Society is offering savings on Gary's titles!

    Notable Kin, Volume 1, Item B26207000, Was $30.00, Now $24.00!
    Notable Kin, Volume 2, Item B26207100, Was $30.00, Now $24.00!
    Best Genealogical Sources in Print, Item S26206060, Was $50.00, Now $40.00!
    Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants, Item B26206020, Was $75.00, Now $70.00!
    (Please note that we have limited quantities of Royal Descents, as it is currently out of print. Orders for this title will be filled on a first come, first served basis while supplies last).

    Also on sale: The NEHGS Circulating Library Catalog, Item L26202000, Was $15.00, Now $5.00!

    All sale prices good through October 9th, 2005, while supplies last.

    To find further descriptions of these items or to make an order, please go to http://www.newenglandancestors.org/store. 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 10:00 A.M. unless otherwise stated. Advance registration is not necessary.

    October 5, 10 a.m., Marie Daly
    Getting Started in Genealogy
    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.

    October 12, 10 a.m., David Lambert
    Introduction to NewEnglandAncestors.org
    Learn how to use the new NEHGS website to advance your research! In this free monthly class, NEHGS Online Genealogist David Lambert will offer a step-by-step live demonstration of NewEnglandAncestors.org.

    October 13, 2005, 2 p.m., Boston Public Library staff
    Genealogy and Family History at the Boston Public Library
    The Boston Public Library has extended a special invitation to NEHGS members for a genealogical tour of this world-renown library in Copley Square. "Genealogy and Family History at the Boston Public Library" an orientation and tour of the Boston Public Library's resources, will be presented by Henry Scannell, Curator of Microtext, and Marta Pardee-King, Curator of Social Sciences. Participants can meet at NEHGS at 1:45 p.m., or proceed directly to the Dartmouth Street entrance to the McKim building at 2:00 p.m.

    October 19, 10 a.m., David Dearborn
    Strategies for Internet Research
    The Internet has profoundly changed the way we search for our ancestors. Despite the tremendous power of Internet search engines, genealogists must sift through mounds of unhelpful sites to find the genealogical gems. NEHGS genealogist, David Dearborn will call upon his years of experience in mining for ancestors, and guide patrons through his private collection of really useful Internet sites.

    October 21, 4:00 p.m., Brenton Simons
    Witches, Rakes and Rogues
    While the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 are well-known to the public, few people realize that colonial Boston experienced a series of witchcraft trials and other demonic episodes throughout the seventeenth-century. Come hear the author of Witches, Rakes and Rogues: Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in Boston, 1630-1775 – NEHGS Chief Operating Officer Brenton Simons – as he demonstrates convincingly that the narrow, twisting streets of colonial Boston were crawling with suspected witches, murderers, impostors, con men, and other blackguards. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

    October 29, 10:00 a.m., Marilynne Roach
    The Salem Witch Trials
    Marilynne Roach will present an overview of the Salem witch trial tragedy of 1692 with genealogical asides on the cast of characters. Ms. Roach - writer, illustrator, and member of NEHGS – investigated a sizeable part of the twenty-seven year project that became The Salem Witch Trials: a Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege in the Society’s library. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

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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 enews@nehgs.org. If your story is selected, it may be revised for length and clarity. Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    Simon “The Tory” Baxter, by Nancy Vogt
    Simon "The Tory" Baxter was born in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut in 1730, son of Simon and Abigail Baxter. He married Prudence Fox in 1749. He left Connecticut and bought extensive property in Alstead, New Hampshire about 1771. By 1777 he was jailed for his Loyalist views but according to a written account "slipped the guard". There were other arrests and escapes (with the help of two of his sons).

    He is alleged to have been ordered executed as a traitor after his last arrest but again Simon escaped "with the rope around his neck," which is probably an exaggeration. His property was ordered confiscated by the state. In 1781 he was permitted to leave with other political refugees for Canada. He settled in Kings County, New Brunswick and received a grant of 5,000 acres. His sons Benjamin and William received 500 acres each. Simon died "of fever" in 1804 at Norton, Kings County.

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    NEHGS Contact Information

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    To become a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, please visit http://www.newenglandancestors.org/membership/levels/default.asp.

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