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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 20
    Whole #271
    May 17, 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
    * Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management Coming to Boston
    * New York Times Magazine Discusses the Future of Book Publishing
    * How Was Cape Cod Named?
    * Mount Auburn Cemetery Celebrates Terquasquicentennial
    * Spring Sale on the Great Migration Series
    * Reserve Your Hotel Room Now for the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: Online Newspaper Resources
    * Upcoming Public Lecture Series
    * Stories of Interest
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Research Recommendations:Civil War National Graves Registration Project
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New On

    New England Historical and Genealogical Register - Just added 1996

    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database is one of the most frequently used databases on We are working to bring the database up to date to include the most current issues of the Register. This week we add the four issues of Volume 150, published in 1996.

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    Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management Coming to Boston

    New Englanders with roots in Nova Scotia will be interested in this announcement from NSARM:

    Staff from Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (Halifax, NS) will be in Boston on May 19-21, with the 3rd Boston CAT Promotion at the Charlestown Navy Yard, right next to the USS Constitution. Why not come and join us? View our Website products, bring your questions about Nova Scotian genealogy and history, and be the first to preview our next big online resource ~ the "Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics" database arriving Summer, 2006, with 700,000 digitized records! Tour the CAT high-speed car ferry, experience the food, fun and music, and let the 45 Tourism Operators at the event help you plan a Nova Scotia vacation.

    Please Note: Photo ID required from all adults over 18 years of age in order to access the site.

    For further information, visit the NSARM Website at and ‘The CAT Sails into Boston’ at

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    New York Times Magazine Discusses the Future of Book Publishing

    The May 14, 2006 issue of the New York Times Magazine includes an interesting article, 'Scan this Book!,' by Wired magazine's Kevin Kelly. In it, Kelly discusses the impact of technology and the internet on book publishing. The article includes thoughtful discussion of Google's plan to scan millions of books as well as the impact of copyright on publishing.
    Read the full story at (Please note: if you have not already done so, you will be asked to register with the Times to be able to view the article.)

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    How Was Cape Cod Named?

    From the May 15, 2006 edition of

    On this day in 1602, the English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold dropped anchor off the Massachusetts coast. While he and four others went ashore, the rest of the crew pulled in so many cod that they "threw numbers of them overboard again." When Gosnold returned to the ship and saw the abundance of fish, he decided to name the place "Cape Cod." Although half of the 40 men who accompanied Gosnold had planned to stay and establish a trading post, in the end, they all returned to England. The cargo they brought home — sassafras, cedar logs, and furs — and their descriptions of a rich land populated by friendly natives inspired the next English effort at a permanent settlement in the New World — Jamestown.

    Learn more about this event at

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    Mount Auburn Cemetery Celebrates Terquasquicentennial

    A year-long celebration of the 175th Anniversary of Mount Auburn Cemetery will kick off at the State House in Boston at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 22, when resolutions from both houses will be read honoring the 1831 passage of the legislation that authorized the creation of Mount Auburn as the nation’s first garden cemetery. Participating in the ceremony will be Senator Steve A. Tolman and Representative Rachel Kaprielian.

    The Boston Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library, Historic New England, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the National Park Service, Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History, the New England Conservatory and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are among the Boston-area organizations collaborating with Mount Auburn in celebrating this momentous occasion.

    Bostonians founded Mount Auburn Cemetery in 1831 for both practical and aesthetic reasons: to solve an urban land use problem created by an increasing number of burials in the city and to create a tranquil and beautiful space where families could commemorate their loved ones with tasteful works of art in an inviting natural setting. The public flocked to the new cemetery and Mount Auburn quickly became the model for the “rural” cemetery movement that later inspired public parks and open space planning across the country. Today, the Cemetery, which has been designated a National Historic Landmarks has 175 landscaped acres featuring 5,000 trees representing 630 species as well as an historic collection of 19th, 20th and 21st century architecture and memorials. Burials and cremations continue to take place at the Cemetery and new interment space is still being designed for sale.

    For more information about the Mount Auburn Cemetery and the anniversary events planned, visit And see the Upcoming Public Lectures section below for information on our walking tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery on May 31.

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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

    The Pilgrim Migration, Item S28449000, Normally $49.95, Now $39.96!

    Sale prices are good through May 24th, 2006. Orders can be made online at or by calling toll-free 1-888-296-3447.

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    Reserve Your Hotel Room Now for the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference

    The Sheraton Boston is the conference hotel for the 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference. It is conveniently attached to the Hynes Convention Center through the Shops at Prudential Center. All meal functions for the conference will be taking place in the Sheraton Hotel.

    FGS/NEHGS conference attendees can stay in the hotel during the conference at the discount rate of $159 per night (single/double). This compares with the regular rate of $299 per night, a savings of $140 per night.

    Rooms are going fast at the conference hotel, so make sure to get your reservation in soon before the rooms are all gone. The Sheraton can be reached at 617-236-2000. Be sure to identify yourself as part of the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2006 Conference to get the discount.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    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: Online Newspaper Resources

    A variety of different types of newspaper resources can be found online. They range from vital events databases extracted from newspapers on public library web sites to full text searchable newspaper archives with images on university web sites, and more.

    Winona Newspaper Project (Minnesota) (
    Winona State University has created an online archive of three late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Winona, Minnesota, newspapers. The archive includes all available issues of the following newspapers: The Winona Argus (1855-1857), Winona Daily Republican (1860-1901), and Winona Republican Herald (1901-1925). You can search the more than 123,000 pages by keyword or read them page by page. Click on the Winona Newspaper Project link to get started. You must choose the appropriate Internet connection speed before beginning your search with ActivePaper Reader software.

    Missouri Newspaper Project
    This is a collaborative project involving a number of Missouri institutions. The project builds on an earlier one where a single year of several newspapers were scanned and partially indexed. The goal of the current project is to scan and index at least 10 years of five historic Missouri newspapers. The database contains 14 nineteenth- and twentieth-century newspapers. It can be searched by keyword or viewed page by page. The link found above will bring you to the page where you must choose the appropriate Internet connection speed before beginning your search. This site also uses ActivePaper Reader software.

    Freedom’s Journal – Wisconsin Historical Society
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    Freedom’s Journal can be found on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s web site. It was the first African-American owned-and-operated newspaper published in the United States, according to its editors Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm. The newspaper was published on a weekly basis in New York City for a period of two years from March, 1827, through March, 1829. Its circulation area included 11 states, the District of Columbia, Haiti, Europe, and Canada. In addition to including editorials and covering international, national, and regional current events, the Journal published biographies of leading African-Americans and the births, marriages, and deaths of African-American New Yorkers.

    The entire run of Freedom’s Journal, 103 issues, has been scanned, digitized and placed into PDF files on the Wisconsin Historical Society web site. You can download these files to your computer by clicking on the issue’s link. Please be advised that each of these files is larger than 1 megabyte in size. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to access them.

    Other Resources
    Have you ever wanted to know which newspapers might list a family member’s birth, marriage or death? If they lived in New York or California you can easily find this information online.

    New York State Newspaper Project
    The New York State Newspaper Project has created a database cataloging the state’s newspapers. You can perform a keyword search of the database to locate print and microfilm versions of newspapers held statewide. The site also contains lists of newspapers on microfilm held at the New York State Library and newspapers in print and on microfilm held in repositories throughout the state. There are city county and title lists in each category.

    California Newspaper Project
    The California Newspaper Project (CNP) has also created a newspaper title database, which is available on the web site of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research of the University of California, Riverside. The CNP database is a comprehensive source of information about California’s newspapers. Click on the Public Access California Newspaper Catalog link to learn more about this fully searchable database. Next, click on the Search the CNP Database link to begin your search. The database can be searched by key words, title, place subject, and institution, and can be limited by publication date, frequency and format. Click on the ‘About this database’ link on the search page for information on how to get the best results from your searches. The search results include the names of the repositories in which you can find the newspapers.

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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 to register for the tour.

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    Stories of Interest

    Four ships from a pre-Revolutionary War British fleet have been found off the coast of Rhode Island. One of those ships is thought to be the HMS Endeavour, which Captain Cook used to explore the eastern coast of Australia in the 18th century. Read about this amazing discovery at

    Those researching family members in Australia may enjoy this article about genealogy in the land of Oz from the May 10, 2006 issue of the Sydney Morning Herald. Read all about it at

    Maine Supreme Court Justice David A. Nichols of Lincolnville was a family historian, and one of his faithful correspondents remembers a talk he gave twenty years ago at a meeting of the Essex Society of Genealogists. Read about it at

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    From the Online Genealogist

    Is there a way to research my family genealogy via the Masons organization? My great grandfather, an immigrant of Canada who lived in Lawrence and Methuen, Massachusetts, during the period 1890-1911, was a member.

    You can contact the Grand Secretary's Office in Boston to request a copy of your ancestor’s record. This record should include his full name, the dates he joined a particular Masonic Lodge, and occasionally his birth date and place, and death date. I would recommend sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to:

    A.F. & A.M. Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
    Grand Secretary's Office
    186 Tremont St.
    Boston, MA 02111

    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

    Civil War National Graves Registration Project
    by David Allen Lambert

    This year marks the tenth anniversary of the initiation of the SUVCW (Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) National Graves Registration Project. The SUVCW maintains an online database for burials of both Union and Confederate Civil War Soldiers.

    You can search by name; date or place of birth and death; state served or regiment; and location of cemetery. For example, you could search for all veterans with the surname of Lambert, or veterans who served from Massachusetts. You could also look for all veterans who died in 1940, or for those who served with the 3rd Rhode Island Infantry. The search possibilities are endless. You can also focus your search on Medal of Honor Recipients.

    If you have gravestones for Civil War veterans of the Union or the Confederacy in your community and would like to volunteer, go to

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