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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 19
    Whole #270
    May 10, 2006

    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:
    * New On NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * Brigham Genealogy Deadline
    * New England Ancestors Magazine Receives Accolades
    * D. Brenton Simons to Speak at Old Colony Historical Society
    * Summer Internship Available at NEHGS
    * Spring Sale on the Great Migration Series
    * Get the Latest Information about the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: Davenport [Iowa] Public Library Special Collections
    * Upcoming Public Lecture Series
    * Stories of Interest
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Research Recommendations: Free Canadian Census Indexes and More
    * NEHGS Contact Information


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    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Boston City Hospital Patient Registers 1867-1870
    www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/bostoncityhospitaladm/

    The Boston City Hospital was founded in 1864 and continued under that name until 1994 when it became the Boston University Medical Center. The archives of the former Boston City Hospital, now at the Boston Public Library, do not contain any patient files or registers. One of the many unique items from the NEHGS archives is a 517-page register of patient admissions from the Boston City Hospital covering 1867-1870. This register, donated by an NEHGS member in 1973 with two other volumes of indexes to patient registers (April 1889 to March 1890; May 1, 1899 to July 30, 1900), is the only surviving example of a nineteenth-century patient register from Boston City Hospital.

    The data in the 6,900 records of this patient register include: patient registration number; date of admittance; name of patient; amount of times previously admitted; the hospital ward to which they were admitted; rate of their individual board costs; age; married or single; occupation; disease of the patient; place of birth; residence (including street address for city residents); when discharged from the hospital; final results of their stay; surgeon and physician assigned to patient; and remarks. In the remarks field you will often get the date of death or a variety of personal remarks about the patients staying at the hospital.

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    Brigham Genealogy Deadline

    In January we announced that the Newbury Street Press is working on an update to two volumes of The Brigham Family History originally published in 1907 and 1927 (see eNews #254 www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/NEXUS_eNews/enews%20254.asp), to be published in 2007. As part of that process we sent out questionnaires to Brigham descendants around the country. The deadline for returning the questionnaires is June 1. If you have any questions, or would like to participate in the project but have not received a questionnaire, please contact lead author Rhonda McClure at rhondam@thegenealogist.com or 321-443-1046.

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    New England Ancestors Magazine Receives Accolades

    New England Ancestors magazine received accolades in the Bangor Daily News. Read the full story at www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=133556.

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    D. Brenton Simons to Speak at Old Colony Historical Society

    NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons will present a talk on the subject of his latest book, Witches, Rakes, and Rogues, in Taunton on May 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Colony Historical Society at 66 Church Green in Taunton. The program is free and open to the public. The Historical Society’s exhibit “The Marketing of King Philip,” featuring the collection of NEHGS treasurer Eric Schultz, will be open for viewing on the evening of the program. The exhibit runs through September 9, when Mr. Schultz will present an illustrated talk on the topic. For more information visit http://www.oldcolonyhistoricalsociety.org/.

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    Summer Internship Available at NEHGS

    The Society is looking for a summer intern to assist the Development and Marketing Departments. This unpaid position is ideal for a college student who has an interest in genealogy, history, journalism, marketing and/or communications. The intern must be reliable and available at least 10 hours per week. Interested candidates are invited to contact Karen at 617-226-1211 or marketing@nehgs.org by June 1.

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    Spring Sale on the Great Migration Series

    Save 20% off all Great Migration Books:

    The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1633 (three volume set), Item S28443200, Normally priced at $125.00, Now $100.00
    The Great Migration, 1634-1635, Volume A-B, Item S28443300, Normally $59.95, Now 47.96
    The Great Migration, 1634-1635, Volume C-F, Item S28443400, Normally $59.95, Now 47.96
    The Great Migration, 1634-1635, Volume G-H, Item S28443500, Normally $59.95, Now 47.96
    The Great Migration, 1634-1635, Volume I-L, Item S28443600, Normally $59.95, Now 47.96
    The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 1-10, Item S28442000, Normally $19.95, Now $15.96

    Sale prices are good through May 24th, 2006. Orders can be made online at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/store or by calling toll-free 1-888-296-3447.

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    Get the Latest Information about the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference

    Over 80 exhibitors are already registered for Birthplace of American Genealogy. The two exhibit halls contain almost 76,000 square feet of the latest books, software, websites, societies, and more. When planning your trip, make sure you leave time to wander the aisles to take advantage of the many conference specials that will be offered. A new feature this year is the Ancestors Road Show, being coordinated by the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Registrants will have the chance to sign up on Thursday for consultations on Friday and Saturday with experts in all areas of research. You can view the list of registered exhibitors at www.fgs.org/2006conf/conf-exhibitors.asp. See a map of the exhibit hall at http://www.fgs.org/2006conf/conf-layout-map.htm. Make sure you visit the booths for our sponsoring organizations, Ancestry.com, ProQuest Information and Learning, and 1837Online.com, and thank them for supporting the conference.

    If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference you can get details at www.fgs.org/2006conf/conf-exhibitor-information.htm or contact exhibits co-chair Pat Oxley at pat@theoxleys.com.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    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 www.newenglandancestors.org/education/main/essex_county_research.asp 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 www.newenglandancestors.org/education/main/come_home06.asp for more details.

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    Spotlight: Davenport [Iowa] Public Library Special Collections
    (http://www.qcmemory.org/)

    The local history and genealogy collections of the Davenport Public Library are housed in the library’s Richardson-Sloan Special Collections Center, named for former NEHGS trustee L. Ted Sloane and his wife, Alice (Richardson) Sloane. The Center’s genealogy holdings also contain the recently-donated collections of the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society. The local history collection includes “books, maps, archives and manuscript collections, newspapers on microfilm, pamphlets, videos, and oral history tapes.” There is also a photograph collection with more than 60,000 local images. In addition, the Center serves as the archives for the city of Davenport. Library staff and volunteers have created indexes to some of these resources, which have been made available on the library’s web site.

    Local Databases
    Click on the Local Databases link to access the database search function. The databases can be searched by first and/or last name. Click the button to the left of the database name to select a database to search.

    Obituaries
    The data fields in search results for the Obituaries database include last name, first name, death date, city, state, newspaper source, publication date, page number, and maiden name. While no specific information is provided to the user about the timeframe covered by this database, it appears to cover the period from 1951 through 2005.

    Scott County Marriage Certificates Index
    This index covers the period from before 1836 to about 1925. The data fields for the marriage certificates include groom last name, groom first name, bride last name, bride first name, date of the marriage, and notes. An example of the information found in the notes field follows: “groom’s 2n, bride’s 4th marr.”

    Marriage Announcement Index
    This database indexes marriage announcements that appeared in Davenport newspapers during the 1950s. The data fields in the search results include groom last name, groom first name, bride last name, bride first name, date published, page number and newspaper source.

    Gazette
    The Special Collections Center holdings include copies of the Davenport Gazette from 1841 to 1887. This index to the Gazette currently covers the period from 1848 to 1870. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, event, publication date, page number, and notes. Event types include, but are not limited to, divorce, death, marriage, property sale, and bankruptcy.

    1856 Census
    This database is an index to the 1856 Iowa State Census for Scott County. The data fields include last name, first name, page number, township (an abbreviation), household number, age, sex, marital status, number of years in Iowa, birthplace, and occupation.

    1885 Census
    This database is an index to the 1885 Iowa State Census for Scott County. The data fields include last name, first name, page number, township (an abbreviation), household number, age, birthplace, and occupation.

    Photograph Databases
    Hostetler Photos
    This collection contains approximately 18,000 photographs, mostly portraits of Davenport residents, taken by the Hostetler Studio from about 1895 to about 1920. The images are indexed by the name that appears on the original negative envelope. It should be noted that this may not be the name of the person in the photograph but instead the name of the individual who paid for the photograph.

    Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archives
    Historic images of the Mississippi River Region along the Iowa/Illinois border are among the photographs in this collection. These photographs cover the period from the 1870s to the 1950s and deal with a wide variety of subject areas. The collection is continually being updated.

    The Local History section of the web site contains biographies of local individuals, descriptions of local landmarks and a Davenport history timeline. Individuals living at a long distance from Davenport can request copies of obituaries, marriage notices, and other records indexed on the web site for a small fee by using the Ask A Question section of the website. The library also offers in-depth research services.

    Visit the Davenport Public Library Special Collections web site at http://www.qcmemory.org/.

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    Upcoming Public Lecture Series

    Our 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.

    May 31, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.
    Walking Tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Janet Heywood
    Founded in 1831, Mount Auburn Cemetery is America’s first garden cemetery, and is a National Historic Landmark. Among the 80,000 people buried in the 174 acre cemetery are many of Boston’s elite. Please join Janet Heywood as she leads a walking tour of this famous cemetery. Although the tour is free and open to the public, attendance is limited, and advanced registration is required. Please call 617-226-1226 or email tours@nehgs.org to register for the tour.

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    Stories of Interest

    ABC News' Good Morning America program recently did a story on genealogy research trips. The show followed Mathew Harrison and Jeffrey Chin as they journeyed to China to find their Chinese heritage. Read about the story http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=1933763&page=1.

    All the Whos down in Whoville will be watching this fall as actor David Tennant, best known as the tenth actor to portray the science fiction character Doctor Who, becomes the latest celebrity to trace his ancestry on the hit BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? Read about it at www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds32579.html. Find out more about the show at www.bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory/index_gs.shtml.

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    From the Online Genealogist

    Question:
    My grandfather was a railroad engineer for the Boston & Maine Railroad from the 1910s to the 1950s. I understand some railroad employees are not listed in the Social Security Death indexes. Where can I find out more on his railroad retirement benefits?

    Answer:
    The records for U.S. railroad employees who worked after 1936 can be obtained for a research fee of $27.00. Mail a check or money order payable to the Railroad Retirement Board to:

    U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
    Congressional Inquiry Section
    844 North Rush Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60611-2092

    In your letter to this office include the full name, birth date, death date and social security number of your grandfather. If you are uncertain on any of these indicate as much detail as you can. To find out more about these records go to www.rrb.gov/mep/genealogy.asp#after1936.

    You may also find his name on a database of over 6,000 Boston & Maine Railroad employees from 1874-1939 available online at http://libweb.uml.edu/clh/BMlistA.htm.


    David Allen Lambert is the Society’s Online Genealogist. If you would like to ask him a question, contact him at onlinegenealogist@nehgs.org or visit his blog at http://www.davidlambertblog.com/. For more information about the Online Genealogist visit http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/main/online_genealogist.asp. 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

    Free Canadian Census Indexes and More
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    One of the difficulties of using Canadian census records is that few are indexed. Families relocated as the country grew larger, making a search for family members more difficult. Automated Genealogy now makes indexes available for free for the 1901 and 1911 Canadian censuses at http://www.automatedgenealogy.com/.

    The 1901 census is almost completely indexed, and 46% of it has been proofread. Over 62% of the 1911 census has been indexed as well. When you search for a surname, a listing of all individuals with that surname will appear. At the top of the list will appear a listing of all known soundex variants for the surname and the option to include those in your search results. Clicking on a name will bring you to a transcription of the entries for the page on which that name appears. Clicking on split view allows you to see an image of the original census at the same time. The census can be browsed down to the district level, and images of the original census can be downloaded in PDF, MrSid, and JPEG formats. The 1911 index also provides many links to the 1901 census as well.

    Automated Genealogy is working on several additional projects as well as the censuses. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial Linking Project links entries in the 1901 census index to individuals listed on Canada’s Virtual War Memorial online. Many War Memorial entries include links to images of the soldier’s original attestation papers. Similar projects are in place for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online and British Home Children. The Illustrated Index to the 1901 Census Project allows people to upload images of individuals who appear in the 1901 census, linking the image to their entry. For those with roots in Canada, this website is not to be missed. Consider volunteering some of your time to work on these projects.

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    NEHGS Contact Information

    We encourage you to email this newsletter to others who might be interested. To subscribe or view back issues of eNews, please visit http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/NEXUS_eNews/enews_main.asp.

    NEHGS eNews, like all of our programs, is made possible through the generous contributions of our members. For more information about giving to NEHGS visit http://www.newenglandancestors.org/giving/.

    To view the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, please visit http://www.newenglandancestors.org/.

    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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