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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 34
    Whole #285
    August 23, 2006
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault
    enews@nehgs.org

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    Special FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference Issue

    Contents:
    * NEHGS Welcomes 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference to Boston
    * It's Not Too Late to Register
    * Conference Hours for the NEHGS Research Library
    * A Guide to the Research Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
    * Conference Accommodations
    * Exhibit Hall Open to Everyone
    * Book Signings at the NEHGS Booth
    * Consult with Gary Boyd Roberts and the NEHGS Staff Genealogists
    * NEHGS Contact Information


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    NEHGS Welcomes 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference to Boston

    After more than three years of planning, the 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference is finally upon us. The Society is proud to welcome the hundreds of attendees from around the world who will be in Boston to participate in the genealogical event of the year. Presenters from Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, England, Canada, and Northern Ireland will be educating participants on the latest research methodology and resources for family history research. Please take a moment to come to the Society’s headquarters and research library at 101 Newbury Street while you are in Boston.

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    It's Not Too Late to Register

    Have you been considering coming to the conference? It is not too late to register. Walk-in registrations are welcome at the conference up until the last day. Just come to the FGS/NEHGS Conference Registration area at the Hynes Convention Center. There is no additional fee for registering onsite. Full conference registrations are $185. Single-day registrations are $95. For more information visit http://www.fgs.org/.

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    Conference Hours for the NEHGS Research Library

    The research library at 101 Newbury Street will be open special hours for conference attendees during the FGS/NEHGS conference. Conference attendees have complete access to materials in the research library, including manuscripts and rare books which are normally open only to NEHGS members. Hours of operation during the conference will be:

    Monday, August 28, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Tuesday, August 29, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Wednesday, August 30, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Thursday, August 31, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday, September 1, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday, September 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    In order to give equal access to the large numbers of researchers at the library on Tuesday, researchers are asked to register for one hour and forty-five minute research slots. Researchers can sign up for a single timeslot in advance of the conference. Additional slots can be added on a space-available basis onsite that day. To reserve your research slot visit http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/NEXUS_eNews/www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=270382439018.

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    Register to Research at NEHGS During the FGS Conference

    With more than 1,400 people already set to descend on Boston for the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference, preparations are well under way to welcome the expected influx of individuals wanting to utilize the NEHGS research facilities at 101 Newbury Street. To allow all of those visiting equal opportunity to use the collections, we are requesting all those wishing to research on Tuesday, August 29, including NEHGS members, to register in advance with the Society.

    Researchers will be asked to sign up for a single one hour and forty-five minute time slot:

    9:00 am – 10:45 am
    11:00 am – 12:45 pm
    1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
    3:00 pm – 4:45 pm
    5:00 pm – 6:45 pm
    7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Researchers will receive a confirmation of their reservation via email. As the day progresses, researchers will be able to sign up for additional time slots if there are any openings remaining.

    Reserve your time slot now at www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=270382439018.

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    A Guide to the Research Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society

    Are you coming to Boston for the FGS/NEHGS Conference? Planning on doing some research at the New England Historic Genealogical Library? Then you're sure to want a copy of A Guide to the Research Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    The library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is one of the finest and most extensive genealogical facilities in the country. To help visitors get the most from the library’s exceptional collection and offerings, Maureen Taylor and Henry Hoff have prepared and edited this informative library guide, which brings together essays by more than twenty noted librarians and expert researchers. The Guide allows readers and visitors to save time, better identify resources that could help to solve particular family history questions, and learn techniques to overcome research “brick walls.” The four main sections of the Guide are entitled “New England,” “Beyond the Northeast,” “Canada,” and “The British Isles and Ireland.” For each state, region, or country, the Guide provides information on the NEHGS library’s finding aids; periodicals; censuses; maps; atlases; town and county histories; and vital, church, cemetery, probate, land, town, tax, court, and military records. Other chapters contain valuable information on using photographs, manuscripts, rare books, and compiled genealogies; interpreting numbering systems; “finding foremothers”; and locating civil war ancestors at NEHGS.

    “This Guide provides a convenient and most helpful window into the rich resources of [NEHGS’s] library holdings. The book makes it easy for genealogists living near Boston — or elsewhere — to consider the published works that can assist in New England and New York family history research.”–National Genealogical Society Quarterly

    The price of the NEHGS Library Guide is $21.95 plus shipping and can be ordered at www.newenglandancestors.org/publications/nehgs_books_38.asp

    So get a jumpstart on your upcoming visit to NEHGS and order the Library Guide today!

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    Conference Accommodations

    The discount room block for FGS conference attendees at the Sheraton Boston hotel is full. Individual rooms may be available at the Sheraton, but they are no longer available at the conference discount rate. Other hotels nearest to the convention center are:

    Hilton Boston Back Bay
    40 Dalton Street
    www.hiltonfamilyboston.com/hilton-boston-back-bay.php

    Colonnade Boston
    120 Huntington Avenue
    www.colonnadehotel.com/

    Marriott Copley
    110 Huntington Avenue
    http://www.copleymarriott.com/

    The Copley Square Hotel
    47 Huntington Avenue
    www.copleysquarehotel.com/

    Boston Lenox Hotel
    61 Exeter Street
    www.lenoxhotel.com/

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    Exhibit Hall Open to Everyone

    If have part of a day free and will be in Boston, but you can’t attend the conference, consider visiting the conference exhibit hall, which is free and open to the public. More than a hundred exhibitors fill two exhibit halls in the Hynes Convention Center, with the latest in genealogical books, software, and services and much, much more. NEHGS will be in booth 602, at the entrance to Exhibit Hall B. This is a terrific opportunity to meet the Society’s staff, who will be in the booth to meet and talk with our members and those interested in finding out more about the organization.

    Exhibit hall hours are:

    Thursday, August 31, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
    Friday, September 1, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday, September 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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    Book Signings at the NEHGS Booth

    Several of the Society’s authors will be on hand to sign their books in the Society’s booth. Signings will be held each day:

    Thursday, August 31
    Rhonda McClure
    Newbury Street Press contributing editor
    Author of Digitizing Your Family History

    Patricia Law Hatcher
    Newbury Street Press contributing editor
    Author of Producing a Quality Family History and Locating Your Roots: Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records
    1:30 pm

    Friday, September 1
    Robert Charles Anderson
    Director of NEHGS' Great Migration Study Project
    11:30 am

    Michael J. Leclerc and Henry B. Hoff
    Director of Special Projects and editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
    Co-editors, Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century, Second Edition: A Guide to Register Style and More
    1:30 pm

    Saturday, September 2
    D. Brenton Simons
    President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
    Author of Witches, Rakes and Rogues: True Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in Boston 1630-1775
    11:30 am

    Martin E. Hollick
    Author of New Englanders in the 1600s: A Guide to Genealogical Research Published Between 1980 and 2005
    1:30 pm

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    Consult with Gary Boyd Roberts and the NEHGS Staff Genealogists

    Royal lineage and notable kin expert Gary Boyd Roberts will be available during the conference for brief, informal consultations. Gary will be on the sixth floor of the NEHGS research library on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the conference. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Gary will be joined by other expert genealogists on the NEHGS staff for consultations in the exhibit hall. Due to the large number of visitors expected in the research library, we are unable to provide the usual half-hour tutorials, but staff will be available for assistance throughout the conference.

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    NEHGS Contact Information

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    Copyright 2006, New England Historic Genealogical Society
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