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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 24
    Whole #275
    June 14, 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
    * ISFHWE Creates Myra Vanderpool Gormley Award
    * APG Honors Gary Mokotoff
    * New NEHGS Online Seminar
    * Name Origins
    * USS Constitution Museum Seeks Information
    * Make Your Reservations Now at the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference Hotel
    * Upcoming Education Program
    * Spotlight: Public Library Resources
    * Upcoming Public Lecture Series
    * Stories of Interest
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Research Recommendations:Church Catalogues
    * NEHGS Contact Information


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    New On NewEnglandAncestors.org

    The Essex Antiquarian – Volume 1 (1897)
    http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/Database/essex_antiquarian/

    This week we are releasing the first volume of The Essex Antiquarian, "An illustrated ... magazine devoted to the biography, genealogy, history, and antiquities of Essex County, Massachusetts," which was published and edited by Sidney Perley between 1897 and 1909. The journal was published monthly from January 1897 to June 1901, and then quarterly from July 1901 to October 1909. Each yearly volume contains 200-220 pages consisting of genealogical articles and a variety of photographs, maps, illustrations, gravestone inscriptions, all pertaining to Essex County.

    The remaining 12 volumes will be released in the future.

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    ISFHWE Creates Myra Vanderpool Gormley Award

    The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE, http://www.rootsweb.com/~cgc/) has established the Myra Vanderpool Gormley Award of Merit to commemorate the qualities of genealogical writer Myra Vanderpool Gormley, who, through her many years in the genealogical community, has promoted scholarly writing, editing, and publishing. Ms. Gormley was one of the founding members of ISFHWE, and has mentored many aspiring genealogical writers, written hundreds of articles for journals and magazines, been a nationally-syndicated genealogy columnist, and promoted excellence in genealogy at all levels. She has been a tireless volunteer at RootsWeb and elsewhere in the community and has made our world a much better place for genealogists everywhere. Ms. Gormley was awarded a large plaque at the banquet commemorating the establishment of the award that is named for her.

    The first recipient of the award is Loretto "Lou" Dennis Szucs, Vice President of Publishing at Ancestry.com. She is highly respected and much loved in the genealogical community. She has written, edited, and published a number of the most important genealogy reference books for genealogists. These include They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins; Chicago and Cook County: A Guide to Research; Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records (with Matthew Wright); and the brand new third edition of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, which she co-edited with Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. In addition, Lou has mentored and encouraged hundreds of aspiring writers, editors, and publishers, kickstarting their careers and building friendships with them.

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    APG Honors Gary Mokotoff

    For his outstanding service to the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG, http://www.apgen.org/), the organization gave Gary Mokotoff the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit on June 9. APG President Sharon Moody presented the award to him in Chicago at the APG luncheon at the National Genealogical Society's Conference in the States.

    Mokotoff was APG treasurer from 2002-2005 and developed several ideas to benefit members, including discounts on selected new books, a bookstore with discounts on thousands of books, and the establishment of a "members only" section on the organization's web site.

    The Bergenfield, New Jersey, resident is the author and publisher of several works on Jewish genealogy, including the journal Avotaynu and the 1991 award-winning book Where Once We Walked. He was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. Mokotoff once said he feels his greatest accomplishments are in Jewish genealogy rather than his organizational and business achievements.

    Mokotoff, who has developed Jewish genealogy databases, undertakes research only for Holocaust-related clients and their families. He has helped connect Holocaust survivors with relatives and helped others determine the fate of loved ones on a pro bono basis.

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    New NEHGS Online Seminar

    We have just added the latest in our exciting series of online seminars to www.NewEnglandAncestors.org. NEHGS staff genealogist Julie Helen Otto has created an interesting new presentation on researching your matrilineal lines, Who Was Your Mother's Mother's Mother. This new online seminar, along with the rest of the series, is available at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/main/online_lectures.asp.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ADAH (f) – From Hebrew. In nineteenth-century America, often used interchangeably with or ADA/ADELIA.
    ADELA/ADELIA (f) – From Germanic adel-, ‘noble,’ into English via Norman French ADÈLE. In nineteenth-century America, ADELIA was often used interchangeably with Hebrew-derived ‘Adah.’

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    USS Constitution Museum Seeks Information

    The USS Constitution Museum has received a grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services to create a database of officers and sailors who served aboard Constitution during her 200+ year history. During this phase of the project, the museum is seeking any genealogical information NEHGS members might have about ancestors who served on board the ship between 1812 and 1815. They are looking for anecdotal or documentary evidence on those who served and their immediate family only (i.e., parents, spouses, children). They are also interested, however, in crew serving before or after this period.

    Please send information to USS Constitution Museum, attn: Research Coordinator, P.O. Box 1812, Boston, MA 02129, or via email to lmccormack@ussconstitutionmuseum.org or mbrenckle@ussconstitutionmuseum.org

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    Make Your Reservations Now at the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference Hotel

    Those who attend conferences regularly know that the conference hotel is the best place to stay for any event. It offers the opportunity to meet other participants, speakers, and exhibitors in a relaxed environment (not to mention the shortest walk to your room when you need a quick respite from the day's activities). The Sheraton Boston Hotel at 39 Dalton Street in Boston is the place to stay for the 2006 FGS/NEHGS conference.

    Plenty of rooms are still available at the Sheraton, which is part of the Prudential Center/Copley Place complex and connected by a short walkway to the Hynes Convention Center. All of the meal events for the conference will take place at the Sheraton. Wireless connectivity is available in all public areas of the hotel. Refrigerators and microwaves are also available. In addition to a fitness center, the Atlantis Sports Club on the fifth floor of the hotel offers the largest indoor/outdoor pool in New England.

    For more details about the hotel, visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=430. Reservations can be made at 1-800-325-3535. Just identify yourself as part of the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2006 Conference. The reservations staff is experienced and knowledgeable and will take care of all of your needs. If you run into any difficulties making your reservation, please contact the FGS office at fgs-office@fgs.org or by telephone at 1-888-347-1500, and we will make sure the problem is addressed immediately.

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    Upcoming Education Program

    NEHGS invites you to join its twenty-eighth annual research tour to Salt Lake City. Participants will receive assistance in their research from our experienced staff genealogists and other recognized experts in the field. In addition, there will be orientations to our tour and to the Family History Library and its computer system, personal one-on-one consultations and guided research in the library with NEHGS staff, and several group meals included in the weeklong program.

    NEHGS staff genealogists David Allen Lambert, online genealogist, and Ruth Quigley Wellner, research services coordinator, will serve as tour leaders. They will be joined by Christopher Child, NEHGS genealogist and Scott Steward, NEHGS director of scholarly programs. Guest consultants include former staff person Jerome E. Anderson and Maryan Egan-Baker. Staff will be stationed on each floor of the Family History Library for scheduled personal research consultations. Participants will be able to sign up for consultations early in the program and there will be plenty of time in the course of the week to confer with our staff about research questions and concerns.

    Lodging will be at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. Participants who desire accommodations before and/or after the Research Tour to Salt Lake City are responsible for making those arrangements on their own. NEHGS secures lodging for the program and cannot serve as an intermediary in securing extra lodging. The Plaza can be reached at 1-800-366-3684.

    Registration is $1,450 single and $1,150 double. If you are sharing a room with someone not participating in the program the fee is $1,850. Commuters can register for $750.

    For more information contact us at tours@nehgs.org.

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    Spotlight: Public Library Resources

    Grapevine Public Library, Grapevine, Texas
    (http://www.grapevine.lib.tx.us/gvsearch.asp)
    Grapevine, Texas, is located in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. The Grapevine Public Library has a newspaper birth, wedding and death database on its website. The newspapers indexed in the Grapevine Genealogy Index are The Grapevine Sun, for the period from 1898 to 2002, and The Banner, for the period from 1978 to July, 1982. This database is a work in progress. The search page offers a names search or a date range search. At present the name search option does not seem to be active. The date range search option is functioning. Enter the date range using a beginning and ending month, day, and year. The search results data fields include last name, first name, event, newspaper name, date published and page number.

    Louisville Public Library, Louisville, Ohio
    (http://louisvillelibrary.org/localhistory)
    The Louisville Public Library’s website contains an obituary database with 25,905 records as of June 6, 2006. The primary source of the information in this index is the Louisville Herald, a weekly newspaper, which began publication in March, 1887. The database also includes the names of recently deceased residents of Louisville or individuals with some connection to Louisville, which were printed in the Canton Repository, but not printed in the Louisville Herald. Search fields in the index include last name, first name, year of death on or before, year of death on or after, and record number. Last name is required to run a search. The data fields in the search results include number of the record in the database, name of the decedent including maiden name, if known, date born and date died. Photocopies of the obituary can be ordered from the library for a small fee. The record number will facilitate the process when ordering a copy of an obituary. Work on the index began about ten years ago. Database users are encouraged to forward documented corrections or additions for inclusion in the database.

    Milwaukee Public Library’s “Remember When . . .”
    (http://www.mpl.org/File/digital_remember_index.htm)
    “Remember When . . .” was a feature in The Milwaukee Journal from November, 1963, through 1994. Staff from The Milwaukee Public Library prepared the materials for this feature. They selected photographs from the Local History Collection and some sent in by readers, researched the topic and prepared a brief description for inclusion in the newspaper. “Remember When . . .” appeared twice weekly from 1963 through 1981 and weekly from then until 1994. The “Remember When . . .” collection is now featured on The Milwaukee Public Library’s website. As noted on the website, “Many descriptions refer to people, places, buildings, and institutions that are only memories.” Each entry in the index includes a thumbnail of the image, the title, Library of Congress subject headings, and the description that appeared in the newspaper. Click on the thumbnail to view an enlarged image and a more detailed description of the photograph and its origins including date of the original, collection from which the photograph is drawn, and when it was published in the newspaper. The library welcomes comments, corrections, and “insights” to the historic photographs in the collection. Digital copies of the images may be purchased from the library.

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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.

    June 28, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., David Lambert
    Researching Veterans from the Great War (WWI)
    Explore the resources available for researching your relatives who served in World War I. The presentation will focus on records relating to the veterans from the United States and Canada who served during “The Great War.” A variety of sources from the local town level through records of the provincial/state and national governments will be discussed. Suggestions for researching veterans outside the United States and Canada will also be discussed.

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    Stories of Interest

    Surrounded by family portraits, Gary Cleveland Myers and his wife Caroline Clark Myers started a magazine 60 years ago as they entered their retirement. Highlights magazine is still run by the family, under the direction of their great-grandson Kent S. Johnson. Read more about this family project at http://www.courant.com/features/lifestyle/hc-highlights.artjun14,0,7522200.story?coll=hc-headlines-life..

    Genetic genealogy and Marie Antoinette are the topic of this informative article by Amy Harmon published in this week's New York Times. Read about a Hawaiian man's relationship to the Queen of France at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/11/weekinreview/11harmon.html. An additional Q&A article on genetic genealogy appears at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/13/weekinreview/14harmon_qa.html. (The New York Times requires readers to register to view articles. Registration is quick, easy, and free).

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    From the Online Genealogist

    Question:
    My mother was born in Massachusetts but never could had a copy of her birth from 1906. She also claimed the town clerk’s office burned down years later so that is what happened to the record. Do I have any chance of finding it?

    Answer:
    Your mother’s birth may exist in the records of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the statewide level. Starting in 1841, town clerks in Massachusetts were required to return a copy of the births, marriages, and deaths each year to the Secretary of State Office. These records are now available in the 1841-1910 Massachusetts Vital Record Index we have on our website at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/Database/MASS_BMD/default.asp.

    I would suggest using this database and search on her given name and the year of her birth. You may want to narrow your search down to a particular county where she was born. This will allow for the possibility that she was not born where she previously thought. If her mother or father resided or was born outside of Massachusetts, it is possible she was born in a neighboring state. Perhaps her mother went home to her own mother for the birth. Or maybe your grandparents were traveling when your grandmother went into labor. It is also possible she might not be recorded in the state records. Did she ever go forward and have a birth record placed on file? We do have some indexes to Late Registration of Birth through the 1960 s. These can be searched at the end of the Massachusetts Birth Indexes on the fourth floor at NEHGS.

    You may also wish to contact the public library in the town she was born. Did the town clerk publish annually the accounting of births, marriages and deaths in the annual town report. Also search the local newspaper for birth announcements. This may give you the clue for which you are looking.

     

    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 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

    Church Catalogues
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Church catalogues came into vogue in the nineteenth century. Many churches started publishing their membership rolls. Some published only the contemporary members while others listed rosters of individuals dating back to the earliest days of the founding of the church. These compilations are treasure-troves of information.

    If you find an ancestors’ name on the church rolls, you now know which church to look in for records of baptisms, marriages, and burials. Catalogues that contain historical rosters of names can show when an ancestor was admitted to the church, when they were dismissed to another church, and sometimes even to which other church they may have been dismissed. Oftentimes there are notations as to whether a person left the church by death instead of dismission. Many catalogues contain lists of ministers, deacons, and church elders that can show you the position an ancestor held within his congregation.

    Catalogues often begin with a brief history of the church. Many also contain the confession of faith to which members swore to adhere. Comparing these confessions from different churches in the same locality can give you insight into your ancestors’ beliefs and how they fit into the larger community around him or her.

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