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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 28
    Whole #279
    July 12, 2006
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * New On
    * Member Services Department Relocating
    * Witches, Rakes, and Rogues is 2006 Award of Merit Winner
    * NEHGS Members Invited to Bellevue House
    * Name Origins
    * FTM User Group Meets July 15
    * Support 2006 FGS/NEHGS Sponsoring Organizations
    * Upcoming Education Program
    * Spotlight: Rochester Public Library, Rochester, New York
    * Upcoming Public Lecture Series
    * Stories of Interest
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Research Recommendations: Using Maps in Genealogy
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New On

    Vital Records of Rowley, Massachusetts to the Year 1849

    Rowley, Massachusetts was incorporated as a town on September 4, 1639.

    From the introduction:

    “Sept. 4, 1639, Mr. Ezechi Rogers plantation. May 4, 1649, one-fifth of Plum Island granted to Rowley. May 14, 1656, bounds between Rowley and Newbury established. Oct. 13, 1675, part established as Bradford. Aug. 12, 1685, bounds between Rowley and the village (afterward Topsfield) established. ----------, 1694, part established as Boxford. Feb. 24, 1701, agreed bounds between Rowley and Bradford confirmed. Nov. 29, 1785, part of Ipswich annexed. June 10, 1808, part annexed to Boxford. June 18, 1825, bounds between Rowley and Boxford established. Apr. 21, 1838, part established as Georgetown. Mar. 12, 1904, bounds between Rowley and Boxford established. Mar. 19, 1904, bounds between Rowley and Ipswich established. Mar. 27, 1905, bounds between Rowley and Newbury established.”

    This addition to our “Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850” database contains 8,098 birth records; 5,498 marriage records; and 3,033 death records.

    Published by the Essex Institute, Salem, Mass., 1928. The original volume is available in our Research library, call number: F74/R88/R89 1928

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    Member Services Department Relocating

    The Member Services Department will be relocating its offices on Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19. The transition is expected to have a minimal impact on customer service, but there may be delays in responding to inquiries. Members can contact the Society at our main number, 617-536-5740, with any questions.

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    Witches, Rakes, and Rogues is 2006 Award of Merit Winner

    The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has announced that Witches, Rakes, and Rogues: True Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder and Mayhem, 1630-1775, by NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons, has been selected as a 2006 Award of Merit Winner by the organization’s Leadership in History awards committee. In notifying NEHGS, Terry L. Davis, President and CEO of the Association, stated that the “Leadership in History Awards is the nation’s most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in state and local history.” The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena.

    From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH provides leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society. “Witches, Rakes, and Rogues presented an exciting opportunity to take genealogical resources at NEHGS and use them in shedding new light on Boston’s early history,” stated Simons. “I am grateful to AASLH for recognizing the book and, more importantly, acknowledging the valuable work going on at NEHGS by numerous researchers and authors.” Published in September 2005 by Commonwealth Editions, Witches, Rakes, and Rogues is currently in a third printing. To order a copy inscribed by the author, please contact Rick Park at or 617-266-1212.

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    NEHGS Members Invited to Bellevue House

    The Society invites interested members to meet D. Brenton Simons, President of the Society, at the home of Ronald Lee Fleming, “Bellevue House,” at 304 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, on Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 11:30 am. The day will consist of a luncheon, tour of the house, and a presentation by Mr. Simons on “The Genealogy of Houses.”

    The February 16, 2006 edition of The New York Times carried an article about Bellevue House entitled “The House of Worth” by Christopher Mason. Mr. Fleming, an urban planner based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the author of six books on historic preservation, has spent seven years restoring Bellevue to the glory days of the original construction in 1910.

    Tickets are $100 per person. Seating is limited. Please contact Claudia Woods at or 617-226-1238 if you are interested in attending.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    AMIE/AMEY (f) – Derived from Latin amata, ‘[female] beloved’ [cf French AIMÉE] and/or Latin amica, ‘[female] friend.’

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    FTM User Group Meets July 15

    NEHGS will host a user group meeting for Family Tree Maker on Saturday, July 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the education center at 101 Newbury Street. If you have any version of FTM and would like to meet other users and discuss how to use the genealogy program, how to get the most from its features, and generally gain support from your fellow genealogists, please come to our meeting. Experienced and beginning users welcome.

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    Support 2006 FGS/NEHGS Sponsoring Organizations

    The 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference would not be possible without the support of many sponsoring organizations. Major corporate gifts make it possible to keep costs down for attendees, so please take a moment when you are in the exhibit hall to stop by the booths of the following organizations and thank them for supporting family history. is the first place to begin tracing your family history with the most comprehensive UK births marriages and deaths collection online. Also featuring military records from WWI & WWII, census records, and trace living relatives to help you unlock your family search online.
    With more than 5 billion names and 4,000 searchable databases, is the #1 online source for family history information, including the web's largest collection of historical records.

    ProQuest Information and Learning
    ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing worldwide for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools.

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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 visit

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    Spotlight: Rochester Public Library, Rochester, New York

    The Rochester Public Library has a substantial Local History and Genealogy collection. Many resources are available through their web site. Click on the Local History and Genealogy link on the home page to take advantages of the resources they have to offer. Please note that you will need free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the indexes described below, as they are in PDF format.

    Rochester City Directories
    The library plans to digitize and upload all existing volumes of the Rochester City Directory for the period of 1827 – 1930. Currently, directories for the 1820s through the 1890s may be found on the web site.

    Life Records database
    The Life Records Project of the Rochester Public Library is a searchable database of birth, death, and marriage indexes. The vital information has been extracted from two City of Rochester newspapers: the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and the Times-Union. The paid death notices cover the period from 1960 to 2006, the birth notices cover the period between 1978 and 2003, and the marriage notices cover the period between 1965 and 2003. Copies of the newspaper notices can be ordered from the Library for a fee.

    Rochester History
    Rochester History is a journal that focuses on the history of Rochester and western New York. All articles for the period from 1939 to the present are available online.

    Rochester Images
    This searchable database includes historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and manuscripts from Rochester and Monroe County, New York. With the basic search function you can search by author, title or subject. With advanced search additional search options are available and can limit your search by date and by library branch.

    Genealogy Indexes (New)
    The staff and volunteers of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County created these indexes. This series of indexes totals over 130,000 names, which is in addition to another 800,000 names found in the indexes described above.

    Civil War Master List
    This database contains more than 38,000 names. It was compiled from a variety of sources including card files, the 1865 census, and the County Historian’s Office. The data fields include last name, first name, middle name, rank, unit, month, day, year, paper, page-column, and text.

    Civil War Index
    This is a burial index, which was created by a library volunteer. It is noted on the web site that the data in this index has not yet been verified. The data contained in the database includes name, death date, age, unit, state, branch, company rank, and cemetery.

    World War II Master File
    The information for this database is from card files in the library’s Local History Division. It contains about 7,000 names. The data fields include last name, first name, middle name, address, service branch, rank, month, day, year, paper, and comments.

    Men's Name Index and Women's Name Index
    These are name indexes to men’s and women’s names found in selected scrapbooks and clippings found in the library’s Local History Division. For both indexes the data fields include last name, first name, clipping headline, organization/affiliation, publication date, scrapbook page, newspaper, and volume.

    War Dead, from the Revolutionary War to the Lebanon Conflict
    The information for this index comes from the Monroe County Historian’s Office. It contains approximately 2,800 names. The data fields include last name, first name, middle name, service branch, war, town, paper, and date.

    World War II and Korean Casualties
    The information for this database comes from “data punch cards with cells of newspaper film” in the library’s Local History Division. It contains approximately 6,500 names. The data fields in this database include last name, first name, comment, and date.

    Additional indexes, created for the Ogden Farmers' Library, are also available via links from the Rochester Public Library web site. The databases include a name index for the 1892 Ogden, New York, census; indexes to Brockport deaths and Brockport marriages, which were compiled from death notices and marriage announcements that appeared in the Brockport Republic newspaper during the period 1856 – 1917; an index to persons buried in Ogden during the period 1803 – 2004; and a name index to people baptized at St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport from the mid-nineteenth through the twentieth century. Copies of these records may be ordered from the Ogden Farmers’ Library for a fee.

    Visit the Rochester Public Library’s web site at, if your family history research takes you to Rochester, New York.

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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.

    Migrations within New England
    Saturday, July 22
    David C. Dearborn, FASG
    As late 1800, there were areas of New England that had not been settled, and New England inhabitants migrated from one place to the other in search of new land. Their migrations tended to follow predictable patterns, and understanding these patterns may provide clues about your ancestor’s origins. NEHGS early New England expert David C. Dearborn will provide an informative lecture on the migration patterns within New England, 1630 – 1850.

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    Stories of Interest

    On July 10, 1706, Grace Sherwood was dropped into the Lynnhaven River in Virginia and floated - proof to her neighbors that she was indeed a witch. Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine officially pardoned Sherwood on Monday, the 400th anniversary of her conviction. Read the story at

    On Monday, Henry Louis Gates Jr. – noted black scholar (The Signifying Monkey), Harvard professor and TV host (America Beyond the Color Line) – joined an organization that wouldn't have had him as a member not too long ago. Dr. Gates was inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution at the lineage society's 116th annual convention. Read the details at

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    From the Online Genealogist

    My great aunt once told me her father sold newspapers as a child. I have one small brittle clipping about him being rewarded a cash prize of $5.00 for his hard work as a newsboy. Since this was a small town newspaper that no longer exists, what would you suggest on how to learn about his job?

    You may wish to turn to the local historical society or public library in the case of an employee of a defunct newspaper. If you have trouble locating the address or phone numbers, please let me know the location. These repositories might have initiated a project of indexing the newspaper. Many small town histories include histories of the local newspaper. I would suggest compiling a small biographical sketch on this relative and consider offering it to the archives of the local historical society and/or public library. You will no doubt find you have more details on his life than they do. Sharing what you already know will make the job of a future genealogist much easier.


    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

    Using Maps in Genealogy
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Maps are important resources in genealogical research. An understanding of political divisions as well as geographical and topographical divisions can contribute greatly to your knowledge of the physical location where your ancestor lived, and point you towards other resources for records in your research. Knowing where a mountain range is located, for example, may explain why your ancestors chose a particular route in their migration. They may have gone through a valley instead of a more direct route that involved climbing over a mountain.

    The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection of the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest map collections in the world. Many of these maps have now been digitized and are available on their website. Historic maps well as modern maps are available, as both images and PDF files. Maps can be browsed as well as searched. In addition to the maps available on this site, there are a number of links to other map sites, categorized as follows:

    • Map sites
    • City map sites
    • Country map sites
    • Historical map sites
    • Outline map sites
    • Route planning sites
    • State map sites
    • Weather map sites

    There are literally hundreds of links to map, gazetteer, and cartographic sites all over the world. This is one of the best lists of online maps available. Visit their website at

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