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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 16
    Whole #267
    April 19, 2006
    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 On
    * New Online Research Article
    * Advertising Opportunities Available in New England Ancestors Magazine
    * Coming Soon in the April 2006 Issue of the Register
    * New Online Seminar: Getting Started in Irish Genealogy
    * Sale on Back Issues of the Register
    * Finding Your Favorite Genealogical Book
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: Ulster County History & Culture, New York
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures
    * Stories of Interest
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Research Recommendations:Spring Cleaning and Organizing Your Papers
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New On

    Vital Records and Church Records of Braintree, Massachusetts

    Braintree, Massachusetts was incorporated as a town May 13, 1640, being formerly known as “Mount Woollaston.” Portions of the original town of Braintree were separated to the towns of Quincy (1792), Randolph (1793), and Holbrook (1872). Consider consulting the records for church and cemeteries in these communities when looking for Braintree ancestors.

    The primary source records for this town were transcribed by Waldo C. Sprague from the originals held by the Braintree Town Clerk's Office, various churches and private sources.

    The records that form this database are part of the collection donated from the estate of Mr. Sprague in 1962 to NEHGS. Included with his notebooks were thousands of small paper slips (the entire collection includes some 34,000 slips) measuring 6 x ½ inch in size, sorted alphabetically, and tied into bundles. Sprague used these slips as an alphabetical index after he transcribed the records into his notebooks.

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    New Online Research Article

    Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources #82
    By Gary Boyd Roberts

    The 2006 amended version of The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States (RD600), with an addendum and coda (to the 2004 edition) of some 50 pages, is now available. The addendum covers 19 new immigrants of royal descent (RD), offers “improved” lines for 18 more, “lowers” the lines of two and probably eight, and disproves the line of one immigrant.

    [The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants is available from the Genealogical Publishing Company for $75.00 at]

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    Advertising Opportunities Available in New England Ancestors Magazine

    What a great time to advertise in New England Ancestors magazine! The Summer 2006 issue will be distributed to over 21,000 NEHGS members as well as 2,000 expected attendees at the Federation of Genealogical Societies' Conference for the Nation's Genealogists, hosted by NEHGS in Boston in late August. In addition, we are offering full color advertising space in New England Ancestors for the first time, starting with our Summer 2006 issue!

    Our deadline for advertising in New England Ancestors is approaching fast, so we encourage you act quickly! For additional information:

    About NEHGS

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    For a sample copy of the magazine, to reserve advertising space, or to ask other questions about the magazine, please contact:

    Rick Park
    NEHGS Sales Coordinator
    101 Newbury St.
    Boston, MA 02116

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    Coming Soon in the April 2006 Issue of the Register

    Editorial, 83

    Comfort (Pearce) (Mathewson) Coggeshall and Her Children
    Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, 85

    Another Husband for Mary (Phippen) (Wallis) (Morgan) Black:
    Samuel2 Morgan (Robert1) of Beverly, Massachusetts
    Nathaniel Lane Taylor and John Fipphen, 99

    A Royal Descent for John Stratton
    Hal Bradley, 101

    Confirmation of the Parentage of Judith Everard,
    Wife of Samuel1 Appleton of Ipswich, Massachusetts
    Leslie Mahler, 109

    Averina (Vibert) Lanphear, Probable Mother of
    George1 Lanphear of Rhode Island
    Patricia Law Hatcher and Michael J. Leclerc, 112

    From the Azores to Cape Cod: Manuel Spindle and His Descendants
    Michael Thomas Meggison (concluded from 160:46), 118

    Reviews of Books and CD-ROMs, 126

    2005 Annual Report, 131

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    New Online Seminar: Getting Started in Irish Genealogy

    We have just added the latest in our exciting series of online seminars to NEHGS Director of Library Services Marie Daly has created a clear and helpful 16 minute presentation that gives you everything you need to know to begin searching for your Irish ancestors. Marie shares wisdom gleaned from thirty years of researching Irish genealogy. Readers might be interested to learn that Marie was the founding president of The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA), and her passion for this research is apparent in the presentation. This new online seminar, along with the rest of the series, is available at

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    Sale on Back Issues of the Register

    Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The Register has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays. Authoritative compiled genealogies have been the centerpiece of the Register for more than 150 years. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal and many more are referenced in incidental ways throughout. These articles may range from short pieces correcting errors in print or solving unusual problems to larger treatments that reveal family origins or present multiple generations of a family.

    Normally priced at $9.00 per issue ($36 per year), we are now offering single issues published between 1847 and 2000 for only $2.00 each (shipping included). Register issues from 2001 to the present are still $9.00 each.

    • We will need to know the Month (January/April/July/October) and the Year that you wish to purchase. If you wish to purchase an entire year, please indicate that you want the Whole year.
    • Not all issues of the Register are still available. We will fulfill as much of your order as possible.
    • We will send you the best copies available. Please note that the older Registers will reflect their age in terms of their condition.
    • Price includes standard shipping to US addresses. We will adjust the shipping cost for international orders.
    • Orders will be accepted through April 15, 2006.

    To order, send a list of the Register issues you would like, including Month and Year, along with your name, address and telephone number to, with the word Register in the subject line. Once we have your order ready, we will call you for your credit card number. Please do Not include your credit card number in your email.

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    Finding Your Favorite Genealogical Book

    A few weeks ago we published an article on finding your favorite genealogical book. The text of many books, especially nineteenth-century works, is available in various places online. And online catalogs make it a great deal easier to find other works of interest to you. Marie Daly and Jean Maguire show you how to find these books at

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    Upcoming Education Program

    What's New in Essex County Research: A Day of Personal Research and Consultations with NEHGS Genealogists
    May 20, 2006 at the Phillips Library of the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem
    Bring your family charts as well as your Salem and Essex County problems to NEHGS staff experts David Dearborn and Christopher Child for their advice and opinions. Our one-day program begins with the lecture "A Cornucopia of Records: Researching Essex County Ancestors," includes time for your personal research and consultations with our expert genealogists, and concludes with a time for sharing the day’s success stories.

    Registration Fees: $95 for members, $115 for non-members.

    Visit for more details.

    Come Home to New England
    June 19-24, 2006
    NEHGS invites you to participate in our classic intensive weeklong program Come Home to New England. Research your roots with our help at the extensive NEHGS library, one of the finest facilities for genealogical research in the country. Whether you are a first-time participant or have enjoyed this program in the past, you are sure to benefit from a visit to our library. We hope you will come spend this time with our genealogists and staff as they welcome you “home” to New England.

    Enjoy a week of guided research in our library, personal one-on-one research consultations, morning lectures, and special access to the library when it is normally closed to the public. The lectures will include a tour of NEHGS which introduces first-time researchers to the library and updates long-time participants on the latest resources. This year’s Come Homers can opt to take part in an optional tour of The Bostonian Society’s Old State House museum.

    Registration fee, $720; non-participating spouse, $100. Registration fees increase by $200 per category after May 20, 2006.

    Visit for more details.

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    Spotlight: Ulster County History & Culture, New York

    Located along the Hudson River in the Catskill Mountains, Ulster County is one of fifty-eight counties in state of New York. The county’s History and Culture web page contains links to several history related web sites.

    Of particular interest is the Ulster County Poorhouse Project. Click on the first link under the History heading to access the project’s web site. This site provides the user with background information on the Ulster County Poorhouse and legislation related to the treatment of the poor in New York, including the 1875 Children’s Act “which ordered the removal of all children between the ages of three and sixteen from poorhouses.” This act often separated children from their parents forever as they were moved to distant children’s homes and indentured until reaching the age of twenty-one. You will also find a detailed timeline on the site, covering the treatment of New York’s poor, with an emphasis on Ulster County, for the period from 1823 to 1904. If you are interested in finding out what the Ulster County Poorhouse looked like, click on the photo gallery link to view the series of photographs of the institution from the first half of the twentieth century to its destruction in the 1980s, as well as later aerial photographs of the site.

    Document Gallery
    Sample documents related to Ulster County’s poor have been digitized and uploaded to the Document Gallery. You will find eighteenth-century accounts from the Marbletown overseers of the poor, indenture agreements and orders of removal of the poor, and images of pages from the 1838 Admission book. In addition there are two maps in this section. One is an 1829 map of Ulster Country and the other is a close up showing the location of the Poorhouse in New Paltz.

    Admissions Records
    These databases have been compiled from information in Poorhouse Admission records books found in the County Hall of Records in Kingston, New York. They include admissions for the years 1838-1839, 1852, 1878, and 1900. You can browse through the lists or search for individuals by name. Information recorded in 1838 – 1839 lists may include name, date of admission, town, “Went Away and Died” details, and date of death. The 1852 Admission records include name, race, age, nationality (country, city, or town of origin), reason for dependency and date of death. For 1875 and 1880 the following information was recorded: name, number, date admitted, discharged, sex, marital status, age, race, birthplace, occupation, ability, education, cause, habits, and destiny. In 1900 they recorded the individual’s name, number, date admitted, date discharged, sex, marital status, age, race, town or city born in, years in US, occupation, ability, education, cause of dependence, their habits, children, occupation of father, destiny, and town billed.

    Burial Records
    These records were compiled from records found in the County Hall of Records and the New Paltz Town Clerk’s office, the Huguenot Historical Society records and newspaper accounts from the Haviland-Herdgard Historical Collection of the Etling Library. It is believed that all of the individuals listed in these databases are buried at the poorhouse site. The burial records cover the period 1838-1954. The data in the record include the name of deceased, date of death, age race, cause of death, town, nationality and date admitted. As cause of death is not included in the records prior to 1880, you will find the reason for admission to the poorhouse in the cause of death field for the earlier records. You can browse through the lists or search for individuals by name.

    Other web sites that you can visit from the Ulster County History & County site include Ulster County Community Histories, Kingston History, and several historical museum web sites.

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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.

    April 26, 10 a.m., Kenyatta Berry
    Getting Started in African American Research
    This program will focus on four key areas: (a) Slave Genealogy; (b) Finding your ancestors during Reconstruction (beyond census records); (c) General tips and tricks for African American researchers; and (d) Online and Offline resources for genealogical research. Researchers will learn ways to overcome the myth that African American genealogy is impossible prior to 1865.

    Kenyatta D. Berry has been involved in genealogical research for over ten years. She has worked with the African American Roots DNA Project at UMASS Lowell, the Cambridge African American Heritage Trail and the African American National Biography Project at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

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    Stories of Interest

    The town of Hanover, Massachusetts is working on a genealogy of the families in the town. Read all about it at .

    The town of Wayland, Massachusetts has just completed a project to restore old gravestones in cemeteries dating back to 1638. NEHGS Online Genealogist David Allen Lambert was interviewed for an article on the project, which you can read at

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    From the Online Genealogist

    I have a deed for an ancestor who lived in Norfolk County, Massachusetts in 1700, but Norfolk County wasn’t founded until 1793. How could they have recorded a deed that early?

    While the current Norfolk County, Massachusetts was founded in 1793, there was an earlier county, also known as Norfolk (though now referred to as Old Norfolk County) ,founded in 1643 and abolished in 1679. It contained the present-day towns of Salisbury, Amesbury, and Haverhill, Massachusetts and Hampton and Exeter, New Hampshire. Although abolished in 1679, land records continued to be recorded there until 1714. Those deeds are now in the Essex County Registry of Deeds. For more information about this, see David Curtis Dearborn’s excellent article “The Old Norfolk County Records” in The Essex Genealogist, 4 [1984]: 194-6.

    David Allen Lambert is the Society’s Online Genealogist. If you would like to ask him a question, contact him at or visit his blog at For more information about the Online Genealogist visit Please note that he will make every effort to reply to each message, but will respond on a first-come, first-served basis.

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    Research Recommendations

    Spring Cleaning and Organizing Your Papers
    by Timothy G. X. Salls

    Since springtime is often associated with cleaning and organization, perhaps it would be a good time to make sure your research papers or family documents are properly stored. At NEHGS, we store material in archival folders and boxes. Even donations received in three-ring binders or hanging file folders are removed and placed into archival folders and boxes. Archival enclosures are used because they promote the long-term survival of documents by mitigating acidity within paper while protecting documents from Ultra-Violet radiation and air pollution. The folders and boxes also take up less space than three-ring binders. Archival boxes are available in a wide assortment of sizes that will even accommodate a family Bible, scrapbook, or photograph album. A list of some vendors of archival supplies is provided below.

    Archival Products. 134 East Grand Avenue, PO Box 1413, Des Moines, IA 50317.
    (800) 526-5640.

    Archivart. 7 Caesar Place, PO Box 428, Moonachie, NJ 07074.
    (201) 804-8986.

    Gaylord. PO Box 4901, Syracuse, NY 13221-4901.
    (800) 448-6160.

    Hollinger Corporation. 9401 Northwest Drive, PO Box 8360, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. (800) 634-0491.

    Light Impressions. 439 Monroe Avenue, PO Box 940, Rochester, NY 14603-0940. (800) 828-9859.

    Metal Edge, Inc. 6340 Bandini Boulevard, Commerce, CA 90040.
    (800) 862-2228.

    University Products. 517 Main Street, PO Box 101, Holyoke, MA 01041-0101.
    (800) 628-1912.

    While you organize your papers, consider producing service copies (such as photocopies, digital scans, etc.) of documents so you can limit the handling of original documents. At the same time, make at least one backup copy of electronic data that is kept at work or at the house of a relative or a friend. Remember that the glue on “sticky tape” will do more long-term damage than good and that repairs should only be attempted by professional conservators. Collections should not be stored in basements or attics since these locations are prone to rapid changes in temperature and relative humidity that stresses paper and other collectibles. In addition to abrupt changes, these environments often subject material stored there to extremes of temperature and relative humidity.

    Although attics and basements may provide cool temperatures during part of the year, an environment with very low relative humidity will draw moisture out of a document and may result in them becoming brittle. High temperature and relative humidity accelerate the chemical deterioration of all collectibles, causes warping or buckling, and promotes mold, mildew and insects. Although professional conservators can dramatically reduce the damage caused by water, heat, animals or poor handling, it is much more cost effective try to prevent the damage in the first place by using archival supplies and following preservation guidelines. Luckily, there are many resources available that provide information on the proper storage, handling, and care of collections such as those listed below.

    English, Jeanne and Al Thelin. SOS: Saving Our Scrapbooks (Escondido, CA: Creating Keepsakes, 1999).

    Long, Jane S. and Long, Richard W. Caring for Your Family Treasures : Heritage Preservation (New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000).

    Reilly, James M. Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints (Rochester, NY : Eastman Kodak Company, 1986).

    Sagraves, Barbara. A Preservation Guide: Saving the Past & Present for the Future (Salt Lake City, UT : Ancestry, c1995)

    Sturdevant, Katherine Scott. Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents (Cincinnati, OH : Betterway Books, 2002)

    Wilhelm, Henry and Carol Brower. The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides and Motion Pictures (Grinnell, Iowa: Preservation Publishing Co., 1993).

    Library of Congress – Preservation : Collections Care and Conservation

    National Park Service -- Conserve O Gram

    Northeast Document Conservation Center -- Technical Leaflets

    Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE)

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