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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 30
    Whole #281
    July 26, 2006

    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * New On
    * NARA Hearing on Reducing Hours at Archives I and II
    * Summer Sale on the Great Migration Series
    * Name Origins
    * FTM User Group Meets August 19
    * Boston History Collaborative to Appear at FGS/NEHGS Conference Banquet
    * Upcoming Education Program
    * Spotlight: Fort Stewart, Georgia Cemetery Database
    * Upcoming Public Lecture Series
    * Stories of Interest
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Research Recommendations: Getting the Most Out of Compiled Genealogies
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New On

    Vital Records of Millbury, Massachusetts to the Year 1849

    Millbury is in Worcester County and is located southeast of Worcester, Massachusetts. Millbury was formerly part of Sutton and was incorporated as a town June 11, 1813. In 1850, the population of Millbury was 3,081.

    This addition to our “Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850” database contains 1,787 birth records; 1,962 marriage records; and 896 death records. Published by F. P. Rice, Worcester, MA, 1903. The original volume is available in our Research library, call number F74\M65\M6 1903.

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    NARA Hearing on Reduced Hours at Archives I and II

    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is proposing to eliminate evening and weekend hours in the research rooms at Archives I in Washington and Archives II in College Park, effective October 2, 2006.

    NARA publishedan interim final in the July 25, 2006, Federal Register rule requesting public comment on a change in the hours for conducting research at the National Archives Building (DC) and National Archives at College Park (MD) and for visiting the Rotunda and National Archives Experience on the Constitution Avenue side of the National Archives Building.

    A public meeting relating to the rule will be held at the Jefferson Room in the National Archives Building at 1 pm on August 3. Please enter through the Special Events entrance on the Constitution Avenue side of the building (between 7th St. and 9th St. NW). Reservations are not required but space may be limited.

    Comments on this document must be received by September 8, 2006. You can view the proposed rule and explanatory information at
    . Comments can also be made at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    ACTS [OF THE] APOSTLES (m): Biblical edification was probably on the minds of the parents of Acts Apostles Pegdon (1795-post 1861), who with apparent wife Sarah ____ made his mark as a witness at the marriage (by banns) of Joseph Tong of Ville Dunkirk, Kent, and Sarah Luckhurst of Boughton under Blean, Kent, at the latter place on 30 July 1836 (Boughton under Blean parish registers, FHL film #1836200, item 5, p. 86, #258). He was baptized at Boughton under Blean 2 Aug. 1795 as “Actsapostle” Pegden, son of Thomas and Elisabeth (____) Pegden “from Dunkirk” (Boughton under Blean Parish Registers, FHL film #1836199, item 8, p. 13). According to the 1861 census, Acts of the Apostles Pegden, ae. 66, born in Ville Dunkirk, a woodsman, was living in a “cottage on London Road leading to Boughton Hill” at Boughton under Blean with his 70-year old wife Sarah, a Boughton native (1860 U.K. Census, Boughton under Blean, Kent, RG 9/525, 8f, folio 89, household #136).

    With thanks to Kathryn Smith Black.

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    FTM User Group Meets August 19

    NEHGS will host a user group meeting for Family Tree Maker® on Saturday, August 19, 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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    Boston History Collaborative to Appear at FGS/NEHGS Conference Banquet

    The Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual banquet will be held on Friday, September 1, during the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference in Boston. Among the many awards that will be given out will be the fourth annual Ruth C. Bishop Volunteer Hall of Honor award, given each year to an outstanding individual for lifetime achievement in volunteerism in the field of family history.

    We are excited to have the Boston History Collaborative join us this year as part of the program. They will be performing a number of scenes depicting important events in history that are tied in to Boston. Among the scenes are:

    • A short intro on Genius, Boston’s genie
    • Ma Bell — The story of Alexander Graham Bell’s genius through the eyes of his wife, Mabel. Mabel, the original “Ma Bell,” was the financial genius who enabled Alexander to transform ideas into inventions.
    • Onesimus — Told from the perspective of Cotton Mather’s slave Onesimus, this is the story of the first smallpox inoculation.
    • The Mother — A moving piece that portrays the widespread impact of Dr. Sidney Farber’s innovative and life-saving chemotherapy developed in Boston’s Children’s Hospital.
    • Frederic Tudor — The story of the Ice King! Tudor made his fortune harvesting ice in Boston and shipping it to India and the Caribbean


    This informative and entertaining production promises an enjoyable experience for all. If you are attending the conference, please join us at the banquet Friday night. You can add tickets for any meals to your conference registration at any time by following the “modify registration” link in your confirmation email, or by contacting the FGS office at For more information on the Boston History Collaborative, visit

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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. Each fee category increases by $300 after September 16, 2006.

    For more information visit

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    Spotlight: Fort Stewart, Georgia, Cemetery Database

    Named after General Daniel Stewart, a Revolutionary War hero from Liberty County, Fort Stewart is located in the southeastern part of the state of Georgia. In 1940-41 the federal government acquired the 279,000 acres of land that comprises Fort Stewart. Three small towns in the area — Clyde, Taylors Creek, and Willie — were abandoned as a result. The Fort now covers nearly half of Liberty County and smaller parts of Bryan, Evans, Long and Tattnall counties. According to an article on The New Georgia Encyclopedia website (, the “Department of Agriculture estimated that more than 1,500 families were displaced by the camp.”

    In all, twenty-seven cemeteries and forty-one church properties were included in the property deeded to the government. These cemeteries are the final resting places for both black and white residents of the area. During the 1960s the first survey was made of all known cemeteries within the Fort. Other surveys have followed. There is a map in the Public Works section of the Fort Stewart website showing the locations of the cemeteries.

    Fort Stewart/Hunter AAF Cemetery Database
    The searchable cemetery database is also found in Public Works section of the Fort Stewart website.

    I Want To Find People
    To locate a particular individual or a family in the database one can browse through the records or search for people by name. One search option allows you to find all of the individuals with a particular surname buried in a specific cemetery. To search the database you must select from the drop down lists provided. The search results are returned in a list format with the following information: last name, first name, middle name, grave number, birth date and death date.

    Another search option allows you to search for people by name. The search results for this type of search can be returned in the list format described above or in a more detailed descriptive format. The detailed search results information is divided into three sections—Personal Information, Grave Information, and Cemetery Information. Personal Information data may include date of birth, date of death, husband/wife/child of, and military service information, if any. Grave Information includes data about the condition of the gravestone, artwork, existence of a footstone, and a transcription of the epitaph. Cemetery Information includes the name of the cemetery, grave number, and the location of the cemetery in the Fort Stewart Training Area. As noted above the detailed search results includes information about military service. There is an option to search for individuals by military service, which will return results in list format.

    I Want To Find Cemeteries
    You can browse through a list of all of the cemeteries, search the cemeteries database by county, search by cemetery name, or browse the list of cemetery detail records. The data fields in the cemetery database list results include cemetery name, training area, county, 3 location information fields, number of marked graves, and the dates of the earliest/latest markers. To search the database you must select an option from the drop down lists of county names and cemetery names. Under the Additional Notes in the cemetery detail records you may find the date of the latest survey for the particular cemetery.

    Visiting the Cemeteries
    There are very specific procedures in place for arranging visits to the cemeteries at Fort Stewart. When planning a visit to these cemeteries, one must contact the Fort Stewart Community Relations office at least 5 days prior the date of the intended visit, as this is an active military base. If your family lived this part of Georgia, particularly in Liberty County, prior to the establishment of Fort Stewart in 1940, this website could prove to be useful.

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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 the month of August. The Public Lecture Series will begin again in the fall.

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    Stories of Interest

    A bold step forward has been taken in China, and female descendants will now be added to the family tree of ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius. 200,000 individuals will appear for the first time in the newest version of the family tree. Read the full story at

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    From the Online Genealogist

    I am trying to locate material on my ancestor who was a firefighter in Massachusetts ca. 1910. Can you tell me how to get his photo identification and records?

    Your first stop should be the current headquarters of the fire department in the town or city in which your ancestor lived. They may have an archive of former firefighters from their location. As far as photo identification I do not believe you will find anything as early as 1910. This relative would be more likely in a group photo of the firefighters for that era. To search for a group and/or individual photos I would again contact the fire department, as well as the local historical society and the public library. The local town reports would often list the town employees, so you may find him in an Annual Town Report. These may be found at the Public Library, Historical Society, or Town Hall. If you need an address for any of the above please let me know the town you are searching.


    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

    Getting the Most Out of Compiled Genealogies
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Finding Genealogies
    Always, always, always use the catalog to find genealogies. While they are usually on the shelf in alphabetical order, many books contain information on more than one family and may not be shelved under the name you are looking for. Beware of the same book hiding under different titles. Look for older (or more updated) versions of the genealogy.

    Rating a Genealogy
    Remember that even many of the most revered genealogical scholars (e.g. Donald Lines Jacobus, Winifred Lovering Holman) published books without citing sources in the book. When using a book that doesn’t cite its sources, check to see if the author has left his/her papers to a society for preservation. You will often find source citations there.

    Just because a genealogy does not have an index does not mean it isn’t useful.

    Look for potential warning signs (e.g. supposed descents from Adam and Eve). If someone continues to propagate lineages that have already been proven false, it casts doubt on all the information in the book!

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