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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 26
    Whole #277
    June 28, 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
    * National Archives I Closed Due to Flooding
    * NHPRC Faces Budget Crisis in Senate
    * iArchives Seeks Volunteers
    * Name Origins
    * Sale on Back Issues of the Register and New England Ancestors Magazine
    * Last Chance for Discount Registration for FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference
    * Upcoming Education Program
    * Spotlight: Campbell County Public Library Systems – Gillette and Wright, Wyoming
    * 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 Diaries of the Rev. Thomas Cary of Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1762-1806
    Just added: 1797
    http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/diary/default.asp

    The Rev. Thomas Cary (1745-1808) started his diary in Weston, Massachusetts, in 1762. He wrote his notes opposite the pages of An Astronomical diary: Or, Almanack for the Year of Our Lord CHRIST 1762 which he “bot at Mr. Philips.” His entries are sparse, but invaluable. He continued his diaries until 1806, two years before his death.

    The original diaries are kept in the R. Stanton Avery Collections at NEHGS, call number MSS 640.

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    National Archives I Closed Due to Flooding

    The Eastern seaboard of the United States has experienced record rain and flooding since the Spring. A storm this week dumped even more water on the District of Columbia, forcing the closure of several federal buildings. Among them is Archives I on Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Conservation staff conducted inspections of the stacks and the Rotunda, which contains the Charters of Freedom, and determined that no records are at risk. The building will remain closed through July 3, but the traditional Independence Day celebrations will go on as scheduled on the Constitution Avenue side of the building on July 4.

    Get more details and watch a video statement from the Archivist of the United States at http://www.archives.gov/.

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    NHPRC Faces Budget Crisis in Senate

    President Bush proposed a cut in the budget for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a branch of the National Archives, that would result in reduced hours at NARA archives branches, closures of NARA reading rooms, and other consequences with a major impact on genealogists. The House of Representatives restored $7.5 million of the $8 million cut by the President, but the Senate still needs to approve the budget.

    The National Coalition for History is asking interested individuals to contact their senator to urge restoring the funding in the final budget. Read the details at http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=H-NCH& month=0606&week=d&msg=Qy44IytXNzxCqKFJMkH5mQ&user=&pw=.

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    iArchives Seeks Volunteers

    iArchives, Inc., a company located in Lindon, Utah, has plans to launch a new website later this year, which will host millions of rich historical documents that have never been available online. In some cases the documents have not been available in any format other than the original paper. Word has it they might offer you a free annual membership to their new website once it launches. From their press announcement:

    iArchives is looking for individuals living in the Boston area who are willing to volunteer an hour of their time to evaluate their new website and provide candid feedback about the content of the site, its ease of use, pricing, etc. The site will be a history site, although many genealogists will find the original records interesting. The site designers are seeking history researchers for this survey. Five representatives from iArchives will be in the Boston area July 26-28, and would enjoy the opportunity of visiting with you in your home. They are hoping to schedule visits in the morning (9:00 am), afternoon (1:00 pm), or early evening (4:00 pm).

    If you live within ten miles of Wayland, Massachusetts, and are interested in volunteering to help iArchives with their customer research, please contact Roger Bell at iArchives at rbell@iarchives.com,or telephone 801-224-4015, ext 232.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    DERMOT (m) – Irish name (from Gaelic DIARMUID) sometimes translated to JEREMIAH. With thanks to Marie E. Daly.
    JEREMIAH (m) – From Hebrew. The prophet Jeremia. This Hebrew name’s Gaelic equivalent is DIARMUID/DERMOT.

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    Sale on Back Issues of the Register and New England Ancestors Magazine

    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. Articles 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.

    New England Ancestors magazine offers a vibrant and exciting new approach to genealogy in New England and throughout the United States, appropriate for family historians of every level.

    Normally priced at $9.00 per issue ($36 per year), we are now offering single issues of the Register for only $2.00 each (shipping included, while supplies last). Issues of New England Ancestors magazine (NEA), normally priced at $4.95, are now only $1.00.

    To order, send a list of the Register and/or New England Ancestors issues you would like along with your name, address and telephone number to sales@nehgs.org, with Register/NEA Order in the subject line. For the Register, please include the month (January/April/July/October) and the year that you wish to purchase. To purchase an entire year, please indicate that the request is for the Whole Year. To order New England Ancestors please include the Issue (Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter/Holiday) and the Year. You may also use the volume and issue number (i.e., Volume 7, No. 2)

    Not all issues of the Register and NEA are still available. We will fulfill as much of your order as possible. We will send you the best copies we have on hand. Please note that the condition of older issues of the Register will reflect their great age.

    Please do not include your credit card number in your email. We will call you for your credit card number once we have your order ready. Price includes standard shipping to US addresses. We will adjust the shipping cost for international orders.

    Orders will be accepted through July 14th, 2006.

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    Last Chance for Discount Registration for FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference

    Only three days remain to take advantage of the early registration discount for Birthplace of American Genealogy, the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference to be held August 30-September 2, 2006 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The largest genealogical education program ever offered, this will be the place for the nation’s genealogists to be this year. Hundreds of researchers have already registered, representing 45 US states as well as Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and even one genealogist who will be traveling from Nairobi, Kenya.

    More details about the conference are available at www.fgs.org/2006conf/FGS-2006.htm and on the conference blog at http://www.fgsconference.blogspot.com/. Register by July 1 to get the discount rate of $155. Starting July 2 the registration fee will be $185.

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    Upcoming Education Program

    Salt Lake City Research Tour
    October 29 - November 5, 2006

    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: Campbell County Public Library Systems – Gillette and Wright, Wyoming
    (www.ccpls.org/html/subjects/genealogy.html)

    The online genealogy resources of the Campbell County Public Library in Wyoming consist of a number of vital records indexes as well as local cemetery records. Campbell County is located in the northeastern corner of the state, and the library has branches in the towns of Gillette and Wright.

    The Library’s Reference Department staff has compiled indexes of births, divorces, deaths, and marriages from various Campbell County newspapers. The newspapers used to create the indexes are:

    Campbell County Record (CCR): June 1918 – April 1925
    Gillette News (GN): January 1892 – November 1926
    Gillette News-Record (NR): April 1926 – 2005

    Births indexes
    The births indexes cover the period from 1905 through 2005. The index is sorted by name. The data fields include the date of the newspaper, headline of the announcement, page number, subject, and the newspaper title’s abbreviation. The information in the subject field includes items such as the surname, gender of the child, and the parents’ full names. Click on the Birth Indexes link to access the indexes. Use the dropdown box to choose the time period you would like to browse.

    Divorces Indexes
    The divorces indexes cover the period from 1920 through 2005. This index is also sorted by name. The data fields include the date of the newspaper, headline of the announcement, page number, subject, and the newspaper title’s abbreviation. The information in the subject field always includes the word ‘divorce’ and the full names of both parties. Click on the Divorces Indexes link to access the indexes. Use the dropdown box to choose the time period you would like to browse.

    Marriages Indexes
    The marriages indexes cover the period from 1904 through 2005. The index is sorted by date. The data fields include the date of the newspaper, headline of the announcement, illustration, page number, subject, and the newspaper title’s abbreviation. The information in the subject field always includes the word ‘marriage’ and the full names of the bride and the groom. Click on the Marriages Indexes link to access the indexes. Use the dropdown box to choose the time period you would like to browse.

    Obituaries Index
    Deaths are found in the obituaries indexes, which cover the period from 1905 through 2005, and one record in 1892. The index is sorted by last name. The data fields include the date of the newspaper, headline of the announcement, illustration, page number, subject, notes, interment place, and the newspaper title’s abbreviation. The notes field includes such information as cause of death, place of death, and where the deceased was born. The information in the subject field always includes the word ‘obituary’ and the full names of the deceased. Click on the Obituaries Indexes link to access the indexes. Use the dropdown box to choose the time period you would like to browse.

    Local (Gillette) Cemetery Records
    This database contains information from Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette. It is a Burial Plot/Section Report sorted alphabetically by the last name of the deceased. It provides the full name of the deceased, plot number, date of birth, date of burial, age sex, veteran status, and other plot information. The records, provided by the Campbell County Cemetery District, are updated twice a year. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this database. Copies of obituaries can be requested by contacting the library’s Reference Department by telephone or email.

    Beyond the Campbell County Public Library Website
    To assist you in your research the Campbell County Public Library website also contains links to Other Wyoming Genealogy Resources.

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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.

    There are no public lectures scheduled for July and August. The series will start again in the fall.

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    Stories of Interest

    We previously reported that the remains of Nathaniel Hawthorne's wife and daughter had been disinterred from their resting place in England to be sent to the United States for reburial next to Hawthorne in Concord. The remains were reinterred in a private ceremony attended by 40 Hawthorne descendants on June 26. Read the full story at www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/06/27/hawthorne_revisited/.

    The Providence Journal staff writer Gerald Carbone has written a series of articles on Rhode Island's Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Greene. The series chronicles many events of the war, and can be read at www.projo.com/extra/2006/greene/.

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    From the Online Genealogist

    Question:
    When I was younger I recall seeing my Civil War ancestor’s regimental flag in the hall of flags at the Massachusetts State House. I understand they are in storage now, and being preserved. How can I get a picture of the flag my ancestor fought to defend?

    Answer:
    The flags you mentioned are under the care of Susan Greendyke Lachevre at the Massachusetts State House. She is the Art Collections Manager for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Art Commission. Contact her with the name of the Massachusetts regiment in which you are interested and she will send you a cost sheet for having a reproduction made. They have all been photographed, and will make a nice addition to the story of your Civil War ancestor indeed.

    Write to:
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    Mass. Art Commission
    Attn:Susan Greendyke Lachevre
    State House, Room 1
    Boston, MA 02133

     

    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

    Essex County Land Records Online
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Essex County, Massachusetts was founded in 1643. In 1869 the county was separated into two districts, Northern and Southern, for the purpose of land registrations. Both districts are now making records available online. The Northern District currently includes only modern records, 1981-2006 (with images starting from 1994) on the internet at www.lawrencedeeds.com/dsSearch.asp.

    The Southern Registry in Salem holds all of the early records, starting in 1641. Modern records for 1984-2006 (with images for records 1986-2006) are available at www.salemdeeds.com/goget.asp. In addition to these modern records, images of the first 20 volumes (covering 1641 to 1709) are viewable at www.salemdeeds.com/bookpagelookuparchive.asp. Unfortunately, the indexes are not available online, but if you have a source citation you can easily find a record on the website.

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    NEHGS Contact Information

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