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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 38
    Whole #289
    September 27, 2006
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

    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.

    * New on
    * Seasonal Address Changes
    * Name Origins
    * Genealogical Essay Competition
    * Used Book Sale
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: Colorado State Archives
    * Upcoming Public Lecture Series
    * Stories of Interest
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing Tips: Special Characters
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Database on New

    Vital Records of Georgetown, Massachusetts to the Year 1849

    Georgetown, Massachusetts (Essex County) was originally known as ‘New Rowley’ or ‘Rowley West Parish’, and the early vital records of the area are in the Rowley, MA vital records. In 1838, the town of Georgetown was incorporated. The records of ‘Georgetown’ are almost all from the period 1836-1849.

    This latest addition to our “Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850” database includes the records of 670 births, 598 marriages, and 426 deaths. It was originally published by the Essex Institute in 1928. The original volume is available in our Research Library, call number F74/G3/G32 1928.


    Social Security Death Index - Free Access
    Updated through August, 2006

    The SSDI, taken from the U.S. Social Security Administration's Death Master File, is one of the key resources available to genealogists today. It contains those individuals who were assigned Social Security numbers and whose death was reported to the SSA.

    Data is now current through August, 2006. Access to the SSDI is FREE to all who visit This database now contains the names of over 77,009,528 million individuals, most of whose deaths were recorded after 1965.

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    Seasonal Address Changes

    As the weather begins to cool down in Boston, Member Services would like to remind our members who move to warmer climates at this time of year to let us know. There is a change of address form on the website at Please note the months you will be at this address in the comment section. Many of the larger post offices don't forward bulk mail journals, however, they do take the time to tear off the cover of the Register and send it back to us for a fee. Please help us save money by notifying us of your address change.

    You can also reach us at or call us toll-free at 1-888-296-3447 Mon-Fri from 9 am to 5 pm Eastern Time.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    TENTY, TENTE (f) – Nickname for Puritan ‘virtue name’ CONTENT.

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    Genealogical Essay Competition

    Eneclann, a leading publisher of Irish genealogical research materials, is sponsoring an essay competition in conjunction with Irish Roots, the leading genealogy magazine in Ireland. The competition is open to everyone.

    Entries should be a maximum of 500 words entitled Why my family history is important to me. The closing date for entry is October 15, 2006; winners will be announced during November, 2006.

    The judging panel will be chaired by John Grenham, author of Tracing your Irish Ancestors, and will include Tony McCarthy, editor of Irish Roots, and Fiona Fitzsimons, APGI member and director of research at Eneclann.

    The winning entry will receive €500 (US$650 /UK£350) and will be published in Irish Roots. Four runners-up essays will receive a free annual subscription to Irish Roots, a further four will receive a selection of 3 Eneclann CD-Roms. All eight runners–up will be published on the Eneclann web site.

    All competition entries will receive a €5.00 discount on any purchase from Archive CD Books Ireland ( or Eneclann ( Visit for full details and submission guidelines.

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    Used Book Sale

    The NEHGS Sales department has an overstock of certain used book titles that have been priced to move. Most of these titles have been used in the NEHGS research library and have recently been replaced with newer copies. Others have been donated by local libraries and NEHGS patrons, and have been available only at the Family Treasures book store at our Boston facility.

    Prices have been cut by as much as 80% on over 150 separate titles, many of which have a limited quantity available. Orders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The sale price is good only for the titles we have in stock. For a full list of titles available during this sale, along with complete ordering information, please send an email with the words "USED BOOKS" in the subject line to

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Witches, Sex, and Scandal in Colonial Boston Walking Tour
    October 28, 2006
    This walking tour, led by Maureen Regan and based on Witches, Rakes, and Rogues:True Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in Boston, 1630–1775, by NEHGS president and CEO D. Brenton Simons, begins at Faneuil Hall at 10:30 a.m. and lasts for about ninety minutes. Walk in the footsteps of wayward colonial Bostonians — bigamists, accused witches, and assorted black sheep — whose exploits made the city streets tremble. Meet the author for a brief book talk and signing. (Rain date: November 11, 2006.) Pre-register to guarantee your participation. Registration is limited and will be available on the day of the walking tour on a space-available basis only. Please pay with exact change.

    Registration Fees:$10 adults/$8 children under 12.
    Fees double after October 21, 2006.

    Visit to register.

    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, Newbury Street Press genealogist, and Scott Steward, NEHGS director of scholarly programs. Guest consultants include 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 $1,750 single and $1,450 double. If you are sharing a room with someone not participating in the program the fee is $2,150. Commuters can register for $1,050.

    To register for the Salt Lake City Tour, visit

    For more information about NEHGS programs visit

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    Spotlight: Colorado State Archives

    The Colorado State Archives website offers researchers access to a searchable historical records database containing nearly 100 indexes with nearly 300,000 individual entries. The data in these indexes was compiled from original sources in the Colorado State Archives collections. As with most indexes, the records from which they were compiled generally contain more information than is found in the index entries. If you find a record of interest, you may request copies of records from the Colorado State Archives for a fee.

    Website users can perform general searches of the database by name, county, time span, and/or record type. Just click on the Historical Records Database link on the main page to access the search page. Please be advised that you may have to choose a county and/or a record type before entering information in the name and times span search boxes to successfully perform a search.

    Click on the Records Description List on the main page to access short narrative descriptions of the records found in the database. A sampling of indexes in the online collection follows.

    Arapahoe County Poor Hospital Records 1895–1899: There is a link to a short history of the hospital in the description. Information in these records may include: date of registration into the hospital, name, age, sex, dates of hospitalization (relief), state or country of birth, year of immigration to the United States, year of settlement in Colorado, and what county moved from and when moved to Arapahoe County, if applicable. (There are also Poor Records databases for Costilla County (1890–1932); Huerfano County (1916–1923); and Weld County (1902-1916).)

    Birth Records (Pre-1907): There are very few birth records for Colorado before birth registration was required in 1908. Birth records for the following counties may be found in the Colorado State Archives: Denver, Boulder, Lake, Elbert, Gilpin, Custer, Rio Blanco and Kit Carson. Most of these records contain only the child’s name, except for the records of Kit Carson County (1892–1907). These records include date of birth, physician, father’s name and occupation, and mother’s maiden name. There are also delayed birth certificates for pre-1908 births in several counties.

    Colorado Volunteers Transcript of Records Index: This index represents a compilation of the military records belonging to the Colorado Volunteers from the Civil War period (1861–1865). The data fields in the alphabetical index include last name, first name, company regiment page number and other. The records may include name of enlistee; rank; place of birth; age; occupation; date, place, and name of enlisting officer; duration of service; color of eyes, hair and complexion; height; date last paid; name of paymaster; bounty amount due; date and place mustered in, out and by whom; and remarks. It should be noted that soldiers Colorado who served during this period might also be found in the Index of Colorado Volunteers in the New Mexico Campaign (1862). There is a link to the New Mexico Campaign index on the Colorado Volunteers Transcript of Records page.

    WWI Civilian Service Questionnaires (1917–1922): After World War I the State of Colorado Historical and Natural History Society surveyed civilians about home front services provided during the war. The data fields in the alphabetical index include name, instrument type, county and date. The information requested in these questionnaires may include "name; city and county of residence; detail of service of any kind in aid of the war; names of organizations and offices held in aid of the war; nature of duties performed; drives participated in; names of others who did notable civilian war work; and date of record.”

    Many of the indexes found in the larger database can be accessed individually by clicking on the On-line Indexes link on the main page. The list of indexes is organized by record type and includes Probate Records, Military Records, Marriage and Divorce Records, and School Records, in addition to Unique Indexes, such as Gilpin County Chancery Cases (1862-1878), Amache Japanese Internment Camp Teachers List, and Old Age Pension Records for 13 counties during the mid-1930s. Most of the indexes have been compiled county by county. In addition, there is a list of frequently requested sites, which includes potentially useful lists of Municipal and Territorial Incorporations.

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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.

    Getting Started in Genealogy
    October 7, 2006, 10 a.m.
    New visitors will be welcomed, given a chance to introduce themselves, meet other new visitors, describe their research and have knowledgeable staff advise them on how to proceed. The thirty-minute welcome will be followed by a tour of the library.

    W.E.B. Du Bois and the Enyclopedia Africana
    October 18, 2006, 6 p.m.
    NEHGS is proud to co-sponsor a lecture by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, as part of the anniversary celebrations of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, entitled "Facets of Mount Auburn Cemetery: Celebrating 175 Years of a Boston Jewel." The lecture "W.E.B. Du Bois and the Encylopedia Africana" will be offered at the Boston Public Library's main branch in Copley Square. Free and open to the public.

    For more information about lectures offered by New England Historic Genealogical Society please go to the Education homepage at or call 1-888-286-3447.

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    Stories of Interest

    The Mid-Continent Library in Missouri is planning on building a new 52,000-square-foot facility to house a family history research center. This is expected to be the largest genealogical research facility in the area. Read the details at

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    From the Online Genealogist

    I was searching the databases on and came across the following : “May 2, 1802 Stewart, Charles and Mary Hulbert, both from Colrain int. Aug. 31, m. Sept. 4, 1784 (Charles Stewart then from Solon, N.Y. and Mary Stewart from Colrain were divorced by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts at Northampton May 2, 1802. Robert Treat Paine, Simeon Strong and Samuel Sewell Justices. Records of the Supreme Judicial Court, Northampton, Mass.)." Do you have the original divorce record?

    Pre-1922 divorce records are still held by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. If you would like to obtain a copy of the record you mentioned please send the description of the case to:

    Elizabeth Bouvier, Archivist
    Judicial Archives
    16th Floor
    High Rise Courthouse
    3 Pemberton Square
    Boston, MA 02108

    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

    Genealogical Writing Tips: Special Characters
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    When writing your family history, it is often necessary to use diacritical marks or symbols. While you can use the menu commands Insert>Symbol> in Microsoft® Word to put these special characters into your text, there are easier ways of inserting many characters using ASCII codes for those who have computers that run the Windows operating system.

    The American Standard Code for Information Interchange uses numerical codes that computers understand to display characters. For example, holding down the Alt key while pressing 130 on your keypad will create the character e with an acute accent: é. Common characters and their ASCII codes are:


    You can find numerous websites that list ASCII codes for characters. One that I find particularly helpful is

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