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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 45
    Whole #244
    November 9, 2005
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * New Databases on
    * Coming Soon in the October 2005 Register
    * October 2005 Register Editorial
    * Irish Genealogical Research Society Reopens London Library
    * 2005 Salt Lake City Tour a Tremendous Success
    * Submit your book for notice in New England Ancestors magazine
    * Spotlight: The Danish Emigration Archives
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures
    * Research Recommendations: Which Families to Research First
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Databases on

    Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1870
    Among the most valuable maps for nineteenth- and twentieth-century genealogical research are the Sanborn Insurance Maps. They include information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, height and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Some areas are represented by seven or eight different editions. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and layer maps from different years.

    NEHGS members can now access the maps for eight states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The maps are browseable by town, and there is a key to the symbols and codes on the maps.

    Visit this new research tool at

    Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910
    Just Added: Records for 1883-1885, Vols. 340-358

    The latest installment in this ongoing database includes actual records from 1883-1885 (Volumes 340-358). 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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    Coming Soon in the October 2005 Issue of the Register

    From Webber to Ouabard: The Probable New England Origins of
    Joseph Philippe Ouabard dit Langlois of Cap St. Ignace, Québec
    Michael J. Leclerc

    Autobiographical Letter of Robert1 Chapman of Saybrook, Connecticut
    Judith H. Halseth

    The Parentage of Sarah Child (1724–1805), Wife of Jedidiah Morse of
    Woodstock, Connecticut, and Other Bicknell, Child, and Morse Corrections
    Christopher Challender Child

    Who Was Joseph Whicher?
    F. Stephen Gauss

    The English Origin of Elizabeth1 (Boughey) Harris of Roxbury and
    Brookline, Massachusetts
    Robert Battle

    George Lanphear of Westerly, Rhode Island, and His Descendants
    Scott Andrew Bartley (continued from 153:140)

    Marriages Noted by the Rev. Cotton Mather and His Son,
    the Rev. Samuel Mather, Boston, Massachusetts, 1655–1737
    Sally Dean Hamblen Hill (continued from 159:219)

    Arthur1 Harris of Duxbury, Bridgewater, and Boston, Massachusetts, With an
    Account of His Apparent Grandson, Thomas Harris of Plainfield, Connecticut
    Gale Ion Harris (continued from 159:273) 349

    Additions and Corrections 360

    Baptisms and Marriages Performed by George Richards of the Central
    Congregational Church in Boston, 1845–1851
    Michael J. Leclerc 365

    Index of Subjects in Volume 159
    Index of Persons in Volume 159

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    October 2005 Register Editorial
    Henry B. Hoff

    There has been great interest among genealogists and historians in New England captives taken to Québec in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As a result, most have been identified. In his article, From Webber to Ouabard: The Probable New England Origins of Joseph Philippe Ouabard dit Langlois of Cap St. Ignace, Québec, author Michael Leclerc discusses two of the captives not previously identified.

    Among the innumerable valuable manuscripts in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department of NEHGS is the Autobiographical Letter of Robert1 Chapman of Saybrook, Connecticut. Described as “irrecoverably lost” in the 1854 Chapman genealogy, the letter has been transcribed by Judith Halseth.

    Bowen’s History of Woodstock has long been regarded as a reliable source. In The Parentage of Sarah Child (1724–1805), Wife of Jedidiah Morse of Woodstock, Connecticut, and Other Bicknell, Child, and Morse Corrections, author Christopher Child shows that vital records and probate must also be consulted, especially when there is an illegitimate birth — or marriage intentions but no subsequent marriage.

    Joseph Whicher was wounded during a skirmish in Salem, Massachusetts, in February 1775 between the local militia and British troops. But Who Was Joseph Whicher? The standard family genealogy does not tell us.

    Based on a detailed family letter published in the Register in 1851, Robert Battle has developed The English Origin of Elizabeth1 (Boughey) Harris of Roxbury and Brookline, Massachusetts. She was one of nine surviving children of a minister, and one of her brothers was Warden of Fleet Prison in London.

    In 1999 Scott Andrew Bartley published an article in the Register dealing with George Lanphear and his English origins. Here the author treats George’s children and grandchildren in George Lanphear of Westerly, Rhode Island, and His Descendants. One set of grandchildren, whose birth dates (and father’s name) are all recorded at nearby Stonington, Connecticut, present an odd situation, namely, that some children were baptized before their older siblings were.

    Part 3 of Marriages Noted by the Rev. Cotton Mather and His Son, the Rev. Samuel Mather, Boston, Massachusetts, 1655–1737 includes several new marriages. As we have experienced in Parts 1 and 2, researching people in Boston is not always easy — and their marriages are often given with only minimal citations in Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700.

    In Part 2 of Arthur1 Harris of Duxbury, Bridgewater, and Boston, Massachusetts, With an Account of His Apparent Grandson, Thomas Harris of Plainfield, Connecticut, author Gale Harris identifies the descendants of Thomas Harris of Plainfield by his three wives. His youngest child Martha died unmarried in 1796, and the distribution of her small estate to her nephews and nieces has provided the author with unsolved problems.

    We have five pages of Additions and Corrections, most of which relate to the two Carpenter articles in the January 2005 Register.

    Since mid-nineteenth century vital records for Boston are scarce, records like Baptisms and Marriages Performed by George Richards of the Central Congregational Church in Boston, 1845–1851, are particularly valuable.

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    Irish Genealogical Research Society Reopens London Library

    The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) was established in 1936 in London to encourage and promote the study of Irish genealogy and to collect books and manuscripts of genealogical value. After a closure lasting three years, the IGRS library in London is open once more, thanks to a tenancy agreement with The Friends of City Churches. The library is now located in a room at the church of St Magnus the Martyr in Lower Thames Street in the City of London.

    The library is open on Saturdays only, from 2 pm to 6 pm. It is closed on the Saturday nearest to Christmas Day and on Easter Saturday. Seating space is restricted. Members of the IGRS can use the library for free. The day visitor's fee is £10.

    No correspondence should be sent to the library at St Magnus's nor should phone calls be made to the church. The IGRS official postal address remains: 18 Stratford Avenue, Rainham, Kent, ME8 OEP.

    The Library is of most use to those who have already researched their family back to 1850 or so. As the Society is run entirely by volunteers, no research can be offered.

    The Library holds a good collection of:
    * Printed, typescript or manuscript family histories, memoirs & pedigrees
    * County and town directories
    * County, town, diocesan and parochial histories
    * Monumental inscriptions in Ireland and elsewhere for people of Irish descent
    * Transcripts or abstracts of Wills and administrations
    * Journals of genealogical interest
    * Reports of the Keeper of the Public Records in Ireland 1882-1936
    * Card indexes and microfiche collections to Irish births, marriages & deaths taken from 18th and 18th Century provincial Irish newspapers.

    For updates consult the society's website: E-mail address for enquiries is

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    2005 Salt Lake City Tour a Tremendous Success

    Over 80 members came together with staff members Chris Child, Henry Hoff, David Allen Lambert, and Michael J. Leclerc for an outstanding week of research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Consultants Jerome Anderson and Maryan Egan-Baker joined the staff to provide over 150 hours of consultation during the weeklong program.

    The group ranged from researchers with decades of experience to those just starting out (and visiting the library for the first time). Many of these newer genealogists joined the tour to ensure that they would be able to maximize their use of the wide resources provided by the library.

    During the course of the week many brick walls were broken down, and stories of successful research on American, Irish, English, Canadian, German, and Italian ancestors were found. NEHGS Online Genealogist David Allen Lambert posted stories during the tour on his blog (available at The tour was deemed a tremendous success by all participating. For information on joining us on next year’s tour, email Amanda Batey at

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    Submit Your Book for Notice in New England Ancestors Magazine

    Do you have a genealogical work in progress, or have you recently published a genealogy? New England Ancestors magazine is pleased to provide listings of new genealogical publications for NEHGS members on a space-available basis. There is no charge for this service, but the donation of at least one copy of each book to the Society is required. (Some books may be selected for review in the Register, in which case a second copy will be requested.)

    For genealogies in progress, please send your brief notice to New England Ancestors - GIP, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116-3007 or email, with "Genealogies in Progress" in the subject line..

    Published books will be listed in two columns - "Genealogies Recently Published" (for family histories and compiled genealogies) and "Other Books Recently Published" (for "other" types of genealogical or historical books, such as source records, town histories, guidebooks, etc.). In order to have a book listed in New England Ancestors, you must provide the following: 1) Surname (genealogies), state or subject (other books); 2) Title; 3) Author(s)/editor(s)/compiler(s); 4) Place of publication; 5) Publisher/self-published; 6) Year of publication; 7) Hardcover/softcover/other; 8) Page count; 9) Specify if index, illustrations or appendixes are included; 10) Description of book in 25 words or less; 11) Contact/ordering information.

    To place your listing in New England Ancestors, email: or write New England Ancestors, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007.

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    Spotlight: The Danish Emigration Archives
    Valerie Beaudrault

    The Danish Emigration Archives were established in 1932 to "record the history of the Danes who emigrated and to maintain cultural bonds to those who have their roots in Denmark." The Archives collections include private letters, manuscripts, diaries, biographies, newspaper clippings, photographs, portraits and more. A number of these resources are now available online. The website is presented both is English and Danish. The link provided above will take you directly to the English language version of the site.

    The Danish Emigration Database
    The Copenhagen Police kept emigration lists from 1869 to 1940. Prior to 1868 there had been a number of scandals where unsuspecting emigrants had been taken advantage of by Danish emigration agents. The Danish parliament passed stricter emigration regulations in May, 1868, requiring the Chief of Police of Copenhagen to approve and monitor all emigration agents in the country and to authorize all overseas tickets issued in Denmark. All of the information from each ticket was then copied into a ledger. The ledgers comprise the 90-volume Copenhagen Police Records of Emigrants. There are two series of ledgers - one for emigrants with direct passage from Copenhagen to the United States and the other those traveling indirectly via other European harbors to destinations overseas.

    You can access the emigration database by clicking on the Database button on the home page. There are 394,000 records for the period from May 24, 1868 to December, 1908. Mormon emigrants are included in the database for the period from 1868 - 1872 and after 1882. Mormon emigration records for the period from 1873 - 1882 are kept at the Archives, but are not yet a part of the database.

    The data fields include name, occupation, age, last residence, parish, county, first destination of the emigrant from Denmark (city, state, country), contract number and date of registration. Information found in the records may include surname, first name, occupation, family status, age, place of birth (from 1899), last known residence, name of emigration agent, ticket number, ticket registration date, name of the ship (for direct passage from Copenhagen) destination, and possible cancellation of the ticket. The fields listed in the search results are in English.

    The Emigration Records of Vejle
    This database is another of the online resources of the Archives. You can access it by clicking on the News button. The database consists of 4,109 records of emigrants who purchased tickets from the Mouritzen Brothers, two emigrant agents in Vejle who represented HAPAG (the Hamburg-America Line). It was compiled from two registers kept by the brothers. The information in the records includes name, place of last residence in Denmark, succession number in the registers, and date of registration. Search fields include name, last place of residence, parish, county, ID code and date of registration. As with the larger database, the fields listed in the search results are in English.

    The Shipwreck Database can be searched by ship name, type, county, latitude and longitude. If you do not know the name of the ship for which you are looking, click on the search button without entering a search term in the block. This will generate a list that includes names of all of the ships in the database.

    Perhaps you will find the origins of your Danish ancestors by visit The Danish Emigration Archives web site 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 10:00 A.M. unless otherwise stated. Advance registration is not necessary.

    November 19, 10 a.m., Nancy Levin Arbeiter, C.G.
    Immigration Through the Port of New York
    Many immigrants first entered the United States through the port of New York. Some then settled right in New York City while others – possibly including yours – moved immediately on to other cities and states. But contrary to popular belief, not all immigrants who entered through the port of New York were processed through Ellis Island. Depending on their date of arrival, many were "welcomed in" through Castle Garden and the Barge Office. Others were freely released right on Manhattan’s piers. Come learn more about this as Nancy Levin Arbeiter, a professional genealogist, seasoned lecturer, and published author, describes what happened to immigrants who entered the country through the port of New York in the 19th and 20th centuries. [Note: this lecture will not discuss how to locate specific manifests.]

    November 30, 10 a.m., Michael J. Leclerc and Tim Salls
    Copyright Issues for Genealogists
    Many genealogists get involved in publishing records and local histories, as well as their family histories. The amount and type of information available to researchers has increased immensely along with the growth of the Internet, yet there is a great deal of misunderstanding about what can be used again by other writers. Join NEHGS Director of Special Projects Michael J. Leclerc and Manuscripts Curator Tim Salls for a discussion of copyright and trademark issues involved in publishing works of interest to the genealogical community.

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    Research Recommendations

    Which Families to Research First
    Henry B. Hoff

    Although it may seem slightly comical, you may want to research first those families with surnames near the beginning of the alphabet. So many projects started with the letter A — but never finished the alphabet. Also, a number of ongoing series treat families in alphabetical order and are only partially through the alphabet. You may do better with Allen than with Williams. Perhaps the most extreme example is “A Genealogical Dictionary of New Jersey,” by Charles Carroll Gardner, published in Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey between 1935 and 1953; it never got further than the surname Antram.

    I will discuss two series of great interest to many NEHGS members. The first is Robert Charles Anderson’s The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, of which four volumes have been published, the current volume through the letter L. The website for the Great Migration Study Project is which includes a list of the sketches that will appear in the volumes for the letters M–Z.

    The other series is Frank J. Doherty, Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York, of which seven volumes have been published; by coincidence, the current volume ends in the middle of the letter L with the Leavens family. (See the author’s article in New England Ancestors 5:2 [Spring 2004]:17–21, which ends with the statement that the “vast majority of these people came from New England”). This series is now co-published by NEHGS and is being made available at Family sketches through Buys (volume three) are currently available online. Mr. Doherty also has his own website,, which includes lists of the families in each volume and a list of the families in future volumes.

    In addition to looking for your surnames in the table of contents, also review the every-name index to each volume. Many names are mentioned incidentally in the text. For The Great Migration, also consider the three other indexes for first names, places, and ships. If you are trying to identify a wife named, say, Keziah, her first name may be the important clue. If your interest is in a specific locale, you may want to see who else was there. For Settlers of the Beekman Patent, there is an every-name index only; however, for every surname of interest, you should browse the author’s invaluable section on “Other and Unplaced” people of that surname in New York State. These sections often continue for pages, and contain information and potential connections you might never find elsewhere. For example, in volume seven, the author treats three different Johnson families, and includes thirty-one pages of Other and Unplaced Johnsons.

    The authors treat additions and corrections in different ways. Mr. Anderson is evidently holding them until the last volume in this series. Nevertheless, he may mention some in the Great Migration Newsletter, published quarterly. Mr. Doherty includes additions and corrections to prior volumes in each new volume.

    Finally, browsing is always a good idea, especially if you are searching for people with common names. The every-name index may have too many occurrences of the names (both first and last), and only by browsing will you see the connections that mean something to you.

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