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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 46
    Whole #245
    November 16, 2005
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * NEHGS Seeks Director of Development
    * In Memoriam: John A. Schutz (1919-2005)
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * DNA Studies in Progress in New England Ancestors Magazine
    * Spotlight: Online Resources for Butler County, Ohio Genealogy
    * New Book on New York Research
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures
    * Research Recommendations: Finding That Elusive Name From the Index
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    NEHGS Seeks Director of Development

    The Society is seeking an experienced Director of Development to lead all areas of fundraising for the oldest and largest genealogical society in the United States. The Director of Development is the chief development officer of NEHGS. S/he is responsible for all areas of fundraising for the Society including annual giving, major gifts, and planned giving. Reporting to the Executive Director, s/he will work with Trustees and be an integral part of the senior management team. S/he will supervise an Associate Director of Development.

    For more information about this position and other career opportunities, please visit

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    In Memoriam: John A. Schutz (1919-2005)

    The Society lost a longtime friend when John A. Schutz passed away November 5 in La Habra, Calfornia. He was born April 10, 1919 in Los Angeles, son of Adolf J. and Augusta K. (Gluecker) Schutz. Dr. Schutz received his PhD in 1945, the same year he became an assistant professor of history at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. In 1953 he left that position to become an associate professor of history at Whittier College, becoming a full professor in 1956. In 1965 he left Whittier for the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as chairman of the history department from 1974 to 1976, and dean of Social Sciences and Communication from 1976 to 1982. He retired from UCLA in 1991.

    Among Dr. Schutz’s numerous books were Legislators of the Massachusetts General Court, 1691-1780 (1997); Generations and Social Change: Genealogical Perspectives in Social History (1986); and Spur of Fame: Dialogues of John Adams and Benjamin Rush (1980).

    Dr. Schutz served as trustee of the Society from 1978 to 1983 and again from 1989 to 2001. From 1991 to 1995 he was the assistant secretary and from 1995 to 2001 served as the Society’s secretary. One of his most significant contributions to the Society was the research and writing of A Noble Pursuit: A Sesquicentennial History of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, published in 1995. He will perhaps best be remembered, however, for introducing a young Ralph Crandall to the Society in the 1970's.

    Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Schutz was a former president of the American Historical Society and the American Studies Association. He was also a corresponding member of both the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Schutz was given the honor of a profile in the Millennium Edition of the prestigious Who’s Who in America. His profile includes the following quote: "The excitement of collegiate activities makes each year an adventure in learning and a renewal of one’s youth."

    Dr. Schutz is survived by his sister, Rosemary Di Salvo; three nephews, Joseph, John and George Di Salvo; and one niece, Catherine Padgett.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    A number of exciting programs are being planned for 2006, ranging from weeks in Boston and Washington, D.C., to a variety of day seminars. We hope that you will join us for one or more of these programs:

    Research Week in Washington, D.C.
    March 5-12, 2006

    Spring Weekend Research Getaway
    Demystifying Documents from the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries: A Hands-On Experience
    March 23-25, 2006

    Your Family History: Plan Before You Write
    April 8, 2006

    English Family History for Americans
    April 22, 2006

    New England Heritage Series
    Three Centuries in Salem at the Peabody Essex Museum
    May 20, 2006

    Come Home to New England
    June 18-25, 2006

    For more information on these programs, please visit or email Amanda Batey at

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    DNA Studies in Progress in New England Ancestors Magazine

    DNA studies in progress are announced free for NEHGS members on a space-available basis. Please send your brief notice to New England Ancestors - DNA, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116-3007 or email with "DNA studies in progress" in the subject line.

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    Spotlight: Online Resources for Butler County, Ohio Genealogy

    The Southwest Butler County Genealogical Society

    The Southwest Butler County Genealogical Society is located in Hamilton, Ohio, the county seat of Butler County. The Society's purpose is to aid in the "collection, indexing, preservation, and publication of Butler County Records." Some resources have been posted on the Society's web site, including the following:

    Obituaries from Butler County
    This index includes obituaries, death cards, and newspaper articles related to the deaths of people with ties to Butler County. The items have been transcribed and contributed to the genealogical society by a number of individuals.

    Cemetery Listing: Holy Name Catholic Cemetery, Trenton
    Holy Name Church and Cemetery are located in Trenton, Madison Township. The information included in this index includes surname, given name, date of birth (when known), date of death, and notes. Data in the Notes field includes the name of the funeral home.

    St. Stephen Catholic Church, Hamilton, Baptism Records, 1831 - 1850
    This alphabetical index lists baptisms occurring at St. Stephen Catholic Church between 1831 and 1850. The data is organized by family. Each record includes the family name, father's and mother's first names, child's name and date of baptism. In many cases the records include the mother's maiden name, as well. Multiple baptisms in a family are listed together.

    In addition to the above resources, you will also find the following on the website: a list of Butler County newspapers, excerpts from The History of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati 1821 - 1921 by Rev. John H. Lamont on the advent of Catholicism in Butler County, and a listing of World War I Soldiers from Middletown, Ohio.

    The Butler County Historical Society

    The Butler County Historical Society Museum web site has an online research tool called the Butler County Virtual Community. This tool contains 550 digitized photographs presenting various aspects of the history of Butler County. Click on the link on the Museum's homepage to access the Virtual Community. You can take a tour through the photographs by locale or by category. The locales include the cities of Hamilton and Middletown and the rural areas of Oxford, Shanden and Trenton. The categories into which the photographs have been organized include Industry & Business, Religion, Education, Recreation, Transportation, Organizations, Events and Landmarks. To find more specific information about Butler county history, use the site's search tool.

    Butler County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

    The website of the Butler County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society contributes additional resources. You will find a list of funeral homes in Butler County with address and contact information, including web address when available. The Butler County Cemeteries page lists the names of more than 100 cemeteries by township. A few cemeteries have burial transcriptions listed. They have also begun collecting transcriptions of Butler County marriage records. Marriages from December 1838 and January 1839 currently appear on the site.

    Check out these websites if you have Butler County, Ohio ancestry.

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    New Book on New York Research

    Researchers working on their New York ancestors will benefit greatly from this new work by William Dollarhide on state censuses and records that can be used in their stead.

    New York State Censuses & Substitutes by William Dollarhide
    Item B28133300, $32.95.

    Order New York State Censuses & Substitutes now at

    The new Fall 2005 NEHGS Sales catalog is on its way! Be sure to log in using your member number when ordering online to be sure to get your member discounts! And watch the Enews for an upcoming Holiday bundles and special holiday prices on all NEHGS CDs!

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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

    Finding That Elusive Name From the Index
    Julie Helen Otto

    Have you ever been in the very irritating situation of looking up a citation, only to find that nothing whatsoever matches it on the page indicated? Over the years, documents have often been paginated following more than one system, but indexed by only one (think of the 1850 census, where the stamped numbers cover two pages and the handwritten [or, let’s face it, scrawled] numbers cover just one). In such a situation, take a look at the most distinctive name you can find on the “wrong” page and look that up, to see which page the index says it’s on. More often than not you will be able to figure out from that where the item you actually want may be found.

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