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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 5
    Whole #204
    February 2, 2005
    Edited by Rod D. Moody and Valerie Beaudrault
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    * Find Your Elusive Ancestors at the NEHGS Research Getaways!
    * New Database on
    * New Research Article on
    * Coming Soon in the Winter 2005 Issue of New England Ancestors
    * Borrow or Buy African-American Resources from NEHGS
    * New Books in Stock at the NEHGS Online Store
    * Take Our New Survey!
    * New Arrivals at the Library Listed on
    * Spotlight on State Archives: Florida State Archives
    * Ask the Online Genealogist About U.S. and Canadian Military Research!
    * Upcoming Genealogy in a Nutshell Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    * Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestor Feedback
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    Find Your Elusive Ancestors at NEHGS Winter Research Getaways!

    Winter Getaway: February 24-26, 2005

    Spring Getaway: April 7-9, 2005

    NEHGS invites you to enjoy a research getaway at our library, one of the finest facilities for genealogical research in the country. Escape the winter doldrums by joining us for guided research, personal one-on-one consultations with our esteemed librarians, morning lectures, and special access to the library when it is normally closed to the public. Whether you are a first-time participant or have enjoyed this program in the past, you are sure to further your research. Don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of the research expertise of our outstanding library staff and the exceptional resources we have available at our facility.

    Participants of this program will enjoy:

    * A thorough orientation of all four floors of the library
    * Daily lectures on new sources, research, and methodology
    * One-on-one personal research consultations and guided research in the NEHGS Library
    * A small group, which allows for plenty of individual attention

    Program Lectures:

    Winter Research Getaway:

    A Good Deed: Using Land Records in Your Research, David Curtis Dearborn, FASG, sixth floor library supervisor

    Researching on, Michael J. Leclerc, director of special projects

    Spring Research Getaway:

    Beyond the Grave: Making the Most of Cemetery Records, Ruth Quigley Wellner, coordinator of research services

    Researching on, Michael J. Leclerc, director of special projects

    Hotel Accommodations:

    Please note that the Research Getaway prices are exclusive of hotel fees. For your convenience a block of rooms has been reserved on a space-available basis at the Charlesmark Hotel. Located in the heart of Copley Square and a short three-block walk from the Society, the Charlesmark offers special rates for NEHGS members throughout the year. Visit them online at for additional information about this charming hotel. Identify yourself as an NEHGS member when contacting the Charlesmark for reservations, and expect to show your NEHGS membership card upon arrival.

    For more information, or to download a registration form, please visit, or contact


    New Database on

    The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Volume 2

    Six New Family Sketches

    With this installment we conclude our series of family sketches featured in Volume 2 of The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Frank J. Doherty's multi-volume study of the settlers of the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County, New York. We will begin adding sketches from Volume 3 next month.

    The following family sketches were added to the database this week:

    Burlinson, Burnett, Burr, Burroughs, Burt, and Burtch

    View new family sketches from The Settlers of the Beekman Patent at

    Search the database and read introductory matter at

    The original text can be viewed at the NEHGS Library or borrowed by NEHGS members via the Circulating Library. The call number is F127/D8/D63.



    New Research Article on

    Passenger Ship Lists for the Eighteenth Century

    By Martin E. Hollick

    In many ways, the eighteenth century is the hardest time period for which to find passenger lists. The seventeenth century has been well researched, and the cachet of being a Mayflower passenger has added to the allure to finding this sort of information for that time period. The nineteenth century provides an explosion of such lists, which survive. Stuck in between, the 1700s is neither popular for research nor replete with records.

    NEHGS members may read the full article at


    Coming Soon in the Winter 2005 Issue of New England Ancestors

    Rod D. Moody provides the ninth installment of New Searchable Databases on

    D. Brenton Simons depicts, in stirring detail, a politically-charged case of bloody maritime murder and theft in Piracy on the High Seas: The Mysterious, Inexplicable Affair of Ansell Nickerson.

    J. L. Bell tells the unusual story of a series of events - beginning with the birth of an illegitimate child - which inadvertently helped to spark the American Revolution in "A Wretch of Wretches Prov’d with Child": From Local Scandal to Revolutionary Outrage.

    Christopher Hartman explores class relations and the civic contribution of the American tavern in his review of Taverns and Drinking in Early America

    Laura G. Prescott gives examples of the diverse holdings of the NEHGS manuscript collection in And to Think That I Saw it on Newbury Street: Treasures from the NEHGS Collections.

    Gary Boyd Roberts provides an overview of his latest volume in Introducing The Best Genealogical Sources in Print.

    Lynn Betlock introduces Robert Charles Anderson’s The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620–1633.

    Also in this issue . . .

    * Computer Genealogist: Improve Legibility of Online Records with Image Processing Software

    * Computer Genealogist Spotlight: The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding

    * Genetics & Genealogy: Cobb Family Genetics Study: A Case Study Using DNA

    * Manuscripts at NEHGS: Bible Records Gift Update

    * Bible Records at NEHGS: The Andrews Bible

    * Tales from the Courthouse: Captain Barefoot Goes to Court

    * Genealogical Publishing: Word for Genealogy, Part 4

    * Pilgrim Life: What the Huke?

    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.


    Borrow or Buy African-American Resources from NEHGS

    During a recent Genealogy in a Nutshell lecture given at the NEHGS Library, Beth Anne Bower gave examples of a few myths concerning African American research in New England. One of these myths was the perception that there was a lack of available records to study. She went on to say: "Certainly there is underreporting but there is an incredible amount of data about Africans and African Americans in New England from the very beginning all the way up into the present. It may be more difficult to find sometimes, [and] there may be biases in the records, but there is a lot of information available."

    In recognition of Black History Month, this second installment of our "Borrow or Buy from NEHGS" series will provide many examples of resources NEHGS has to offer to researchers of African Americans in New England.

    Available from the Circulating Library and the NEHGS Online Store:

    Tony Burroughs, Black Roots: A Beginners' Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree - NEHGS Call # E185.96/b94/2001

    Curt B. Witcher, African American Genealogy: A Bibliography and Guide to Sources - NEHGS Call # Z1361/N39/W771/2000

    James Avery Smith, The History of the Black Population of Amherst, Massachusetts, 1728-1870 - NEHGS Call # F74/A5/S692/1999

    Franklin A. Dorman, Twenty Families of Color in Massachusetts, 1742-1998 - NEHGS Call # E185.93/D67/1998

    Other titles available from the Circulating Library

    Dee Woodtor, Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity - NEHGS Call # E185.96/W66/1999
    Jeanette Braxton-Secret, Guide to Tracing your African American Civil War Ancestor - NEHGS Call # E185.96/S53/1997
    Kathryn Grover, The Fugitive's Gibraltar: Escaping Slaves and Abolitionism in New Bedford, MA - NEHGS Call #E185.93/D67/1998
    James M. Rose and Barbara W. Brown, Tapestry, A Living History of the Black Family in Southeastern Connecticut - NEHGS Call # F93/R6
    Daughters of the American Revolution, Minority Military Service, Rhode Island, 1775-1783 - NEHGS Call # E255/M56/1988-91
    Robert J. Cottrol, The Afro-Yankees: Providence's Black Community in the Antebellus Era - NEHGS Call # F89/P99/N425/1982
    Mary Malloy, African Americans in the Maritime Trades: a Guide to Resources in New England - NEHGS Call # E185.8/M34/1990
    Graham Russell Hodges, The Black Loyalist Directory: African Americans in Exile After the American Revolution - NEHGS Call # E277/B57/1996

    Resources on

    Beth Anne Bower also wrote a series of informative articles on African American Research in New England for the NEHGS website, The following articles may be found by visiting

    Researching African American Participation in the Civil War, Part One: New England Regiments
    Using Local Histories to Research New England African Americans
    Finding African American Vital Records in NEHGS Databases and CD-ROMs
    African American Probate Records
    African American Family History Resources at NEHGS
    New England African American History Resources

    For information on how NEHGS members can borrow books from the Circulating Library, please visit .


    New Books in Stock at the NEHGS Online Store

    We are pleased to announce the addition of the following new titles to the NEHGS Online Store!

    Bond's Genealogies and History of Watertown, Second Edition
    Hardbound, 1,094 pp. Published by NEHGS
    Item S29000000
    Price: $49.95, or $44.95 for NEHGS members
    Order Now!

    One of the seminal resources for Middlesex County, Massachusetts, research is also one of the first publications of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, including Waltham and Weston; to Which is Appended the Early History of the Town, With Illustrations, Maps and Notes, by Henry Bond, MD (popularly known as "Bond's Watertown"), was published by the Society in 1860, shortly after Bond's death in Pennsylvania. Hundreds of families are included, many members of which had moved far beyond Watertown. Each family profile was carefully compiled by examining original records and corresponding with family members. Bond also references the dozens of published sources he consulted in his research.

    Family History 101: A Beginner's Guide to Finding Your Ancestors
    by Marcia D. Yannizze Melnyk
    Softcover, 138pp. Published by Family Tree Books.
    Item B26289100
    Price: $16.99
    Order Now!

    Family History 101 brings the winning approach of the author's popular Genealogy 101 course to the printed page. You'll ease into family history with: straightforward tips on tapping the power of the Internet; checklists, forms, case studies, and illustrations to make getting started fun; and easy guidance to maximize existing information and become a better family historian. If you're a beginner, you will appreciate the author's reliable instruction and proven approach to the basics!

    The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall
    by Marsha Hoffman Rising
    Softcover, 232pp. Published by Family Tree Books
    Item B26289200
    Price $19.99
    Order Now!

    Complications arising from incomplete or missing records, census irregularities, and individuals of the same name occur more often than non-genealogists might think. Respected genealogist, author, and former NEHGS trustee, Marsha Hoffman Rising, helps you break through these "brick walls" by breaking down each common problem into a chapter with straightforward solutions.

    The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists: The Essential Guide to American County & Town Sources
    by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius
    Softcover, 789pp. Published by Family Tree Books
    Item B26289300
    Price $29.99
    Order Now!

    The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists provides all the information needed to trace your American roots. Included you will find research summaries with maps and timelines for every U.S. state as well as detailed county-level data, essential for unlocking the door to the bulk of genealogical societies and historical societies. You will love having this wealth of trusted information at your fingertips!


    Take Our New Survey!

    Where do you go for genealogy news? What sources do you check when you want to learn about education events, new books, databases, and general genealogy information? Answer this month's survey questions at:!



    New Arrivals at the Library Listed on

    The latest list of new titles added to the NEHGS Library has been posted on To view the list, go to and click on "January 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 Akin saga: the descendants of David & Mary Akin of Newport, RI.
    * Nyquist, Christopher, Moyle and Beauchamp ancestry back to Europe, and descent lines from the late 1800s.
    * Compilation of letters: Samuel Copp Worthen.
    * The McClellans in Galloway.
    * County Longford residents prior to the famine: a transcription and complete index of the tithe applotment books of County Longford (1823-1835).
    * Index for History of Ludlow, Vermont.
    * The fugitive's Gibraltar: escaping slaves and abolitionism in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
    * Old North Esk on the Miramichi: Northumberland County, New Brunswick, Canada.


    Spotlight on State Archives: The Florida Memory Project of the Florida State Archives

    The Florida State Archives is mandated by law to "collect, preserve and make available for research the historically significant records of the state, as well as private manuscripts, local government records, photographs, and other materials that complement the official state records." To that end, the archives applied for grant funding under the Library Services and Construction Act to digitize a large part of the collection and to place it online. The result of this grant-funded project is the Florida Memory Project website.

    On the Florida Memory Project website, you will find over 450,000 scanned photographs and documents that illustrate significant moments in Florida's history. For each collection in the Memory Project, you are provided with a collection description, FAQs, and background or historical information. The Project also includes an online exhibit of significant State Archives documents highlighting important events in Florida's history and an interactive timeline of people and events. The collections described below are searchable from each individual home page. You should note that the online collections may be accessed via both the Florida State Archives and the Florida Memory Project home pages.

    The online collections include:

    World War I Service Cards: This is a database of soldiers who were either from Florida or who entered the military service in Florida. These cards provide name, age, serial number, race, place of birth, and residence. Search this database by name, branch of service, service/serial number, rank, race, and residence. Digital copies of the World War I service cards may be downloaded from the site free of charge.

    Florida Confederate Pension Application Files: This collection contains scanned images of approximately 14,000 Confederate pension application claims (approved and denied) filed from 1885 to 1954. The information in the files generally includes name; date and place of birth; unit dates; places of enlistment and discharge date; brief description of service; wounds received; sworn statements on proof of service by comrades; War Department service abstracts; and place and length of Florida residency. The widow's applications are filed under the name of the veteran. Pension files may be searched by surname (soldier's or widow's maiden name) or applications number. The files are available online in PDF format.

    Florida Folklife Collection: This searchable database of over 100,000 photographs includes a wide range of images from mid-fifteenth-century maps to current photographs. You can perform a general search of all of the collections or limit your search to a specific collection by first choosing it from the Collection Index. Browse the subject headings to get a sense of the extent of the photographic holdings.

    The Call and Brevard Family Papers: Richard Keith Call was a territorial governor of Florida, and his daughter, Mary, married Theodore Washington Brevard. This collection includes transcriptions and scanned images of personal and business correspondence; financial records; land records; commissions; speeches; manuscript poems, articles, books, and other writings; newspaper clippings; and scrapbooks documenting the personal and public lives of members of the Call (1788-1916) and Brevard (1820-ca. 1920s) families. This collection documents Florida's history from territory to early statehood, and the Civil War, and includes first person accounts on the issues and attitudes concerning slavery and race, and the effects of the Civil War on the lives of planters of the Old South.

    There are many useful resources for the family history researcher on the Florida State Archives' Florida Memory Project website. Visit


    Ask the Online Genealogist About U.S. and Canadian Military Research!

    David Allen Lambert, the NEHGS Online Genealogist, is currently answering questions on February's topic - US and Canadian military research. The Online Genealogist offers research guidance, orientation to online resources and library-based collections, and will facilitate referrals to specific NEHGS staff experts and departments when required.
    Each month the Online Genealogist will answer your questions on a specific topic. Please note that he will make every effort to reply to each message, but will respond on a first come, first-served basis. In some cases he may need to refer individuals to the NEHGS Research Service for more in-depth research services for a fee.

    NEHGS members and potential members are invited to contact the NEHGS Online Genealogist at



    Upcoming Genealogy in a Nutshell Lectures

    "Getting the Most from NEHGS: CD-ROMS" with David Allen Lambert* on February 5, 2005

    *Please note speaker change

    From Barnstable to Watertown, and from Bibles to Irish newspapers, NEHGS has New England covered in its published CD-ROMs. The powerful search engine allows genealogists to conduct complex queries from the comprehensive databases. NEHGS Online Genealogist, David Allen Lambert, will explain how to get the most information from NEHGS CD-ROMs.

    "Having Fun with Family Photographs" with Maureen A. Taylor on February 9, 2005**

    ** Note: The lecture scheduled for Saturday, February 12 has been canceled

    So you have rescued a big box of old photographs from your grandmother's attic. And you are wondering, "What should I do with them?" "Who are these people?" Photo historian Maureen A. Taylor will lead a lively discussion of identifying and preserving family photographs. Ms. Taylor is a contributing editor to Family Tree Magazine contributing writer to, and author of Preserving Your Family Photographs.

    All lectures take place at 10:15 a.m. at the NEHGS Library in Boston. Advance registration is not necessary.

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit our online Education Center at If you have questions, please call Member Services at 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.



    Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestor Feedback

    Each week we ask the questions "Who is your favorite ancestor? Who is your favorite black sheep ancestor? Why?" If you would like to contribute information on your favorite and/or black sheep ancestor, please send your story in 300 words or less to Rod Moody at Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    My Black Sheep Ancestor
    by Judy Bedford of Newcastle, Delaware

    My great-great-great-grandfather, Theobald Kuntz, led an uneventful life until his neighbor, Jacob Conkel, went west to look for land. While he was gone, his wife, Sarah, and Theobald Kuntz had an affair. The two families lived on neighboring farms, and both had migrated from Eastern Pennsylvania to Ohio.

    When Jacob returned home, Theobald and Sarah plotted that she would send him outside to the well for water at a certain time in the night. Theobald attempted to shoot him but missed.

    It turned out that the blacksmith in the nearby village had marked the horseshoes of each customer. He became a key witness at the trial. Theobald Kuntz was charged with attempting to shoot and kill Jacob Conkel with a leaden ball. Several of my ancestors were on the jury.

    He pleaded not guilty, but was sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor in the Ohio State Penitentiary. He died of stomach cancer after ten years. The family would not allow his body to be brought home for burial, so the state buried him in a potter’s field, somewhere in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio did not require death certificates in 1864, but I found the warden’s notebook describing a quiet man with the gray eyes, fair complexion, and dark hair.

    The Kuntz Cemetery is in strip mining country now and is not accessible by road. In 1966 my ninety-year-old grandmother wished to go to the cemetery. When we found the grave of Theobald's wife, Susan, I asked Grandma where her husband was and she said with tears in her eyes, "We had a family tragedy."

    And what of Jacob Conkel? He and his wife went west and lived happily ever after. But the Kuntz family was still shedding tears more than a hundred years later.


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