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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 4
    Whole #255
    January 25, 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.

    * NEHGS names Picton Press Exclusive Distributor
    * Coming Soon in the Winter 2006 Issue of New England Ancestors
    * African American Genealogy featured on PBS in February
    * New From Newbury Street Press: Advance Man
    * Advertise in New England Ancestors
    * Upcoming Education Program
    * Spotlight: Santa Cruz Public Libraries, California
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Research Recommendations
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    NEHGS names Picton Press Exclusive Distributor

    We are very excited to announce that Picton Press of Rockland, Maine will be the exclusive distributor of most NEHGS books and CD-ROMs. After a careful search for an exemplary distributor we are pleased to embark on this relationship with a respected bookseller that has 30 years of experience in genealogical books and products. This arrangement will allow the NEHGS staff to redirect our energies to the genealogical activities we do best.

    Starting February 1, 2006 NEHGS will begin the process of transferring stock from our Framingham, Massachusetts facility to Picton’s new headquarters in Maine . Picton Press expects to begin accepting orders on February 8.

    This alliance will offer NEHGS members and customers a much larger selection of genealogical and historical research material along with the books and charts traditionally available from the NEHGS Online Store. NEHGS will continue to sell The Great Migration series as well as Special Orders books and the Circulating Library Catalog. We will also maintain our in-house bookstore at 101 Newbury Street where we will continue to offer a selection of books, CD-ROMs, and other products, as well as The Great Migration series.

    The NEHGS Online Store ( will provide links for ordering books from Picton Press and clear information about which books can be ordered from them and which can be purchased directly from NEHGS.

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    Coming Soon in the Winter 2006 Issue of New England Ancestors

    Jane C. Nylander focuses on the history and significance of Mrs. Rowson's Academy, a popular and influential school for young ladies, in Useful and Ornamental Education for Young Ladies: Mrs. Rowson’s Academy, Boston, 1797–1822.

    Former NEHGS fine arts collection coordinator Marieke Van Damme describes the Society’s own needlework collection and its importance to genealogists in Family History in Thread: Needlework in the NEHGS Collection.

    Claudia Biraghi recounts a genealogical search that brought her from Italy to the Society’s “Come Home to New England” seminar in Following in the Footsteps of Antonio Gallenga.

    Gary Boyd Roberts provides, on behalf of the Society, a heartfelt tribute to the Society’s executive director emeritus in Ralph J. Crandall: A Personal Tribute.

    Michael R. Paulick explores a possible connection between The Mayflower Pilgrims and Thomas Wilson's Christian Dictionarie.

    Michael J. Leclerc discusses opportunities for research and instruction at an upcoming national conference in Boston Welcomes the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

    David Allen Lambert provides helpful answers to member questions in New England Online.

    Also in this issue . . .
    • Computer Genealogist: Fifty Ways to Lose Your Kinfolk: Exploring Name Variations on the Internet
    • Genetics & Genealogy: Using My Y-DNA “Ladder” to Scale My Brickwall
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: The Yates-Harris Collection
    • Bible Records at NEHGS: The Sizer and Fellows Bible
    • Tales from the Courthouse: The Case of the Swindling Scoundrel

    And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, notices of family association events, genealogies in progress, and member queries.

    Subscription to New England Ancestors is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at, or call toll-free 1-888-296-3447, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Eastern time.

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    African American Genealogy featured on PBS in February

    Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois professor of the Humanities and chair of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, African American Lives takes Alex Haley's Roots saga to a whole new level through moving stories of personal discovery. Using genealogy, oral history, family stories and DNA analysis to trace lineage through American history and back to Africa, the series provides a life-changing journey for a diverse group of highly accomplished African Americans. For some Americans, the essential question — "Where do I come from?" — cannot be answered; their history has been lost or stolen. But through genealogical research and groundbreaking DNA analysis, African American Lives not only provides a transformational discovery for several prominent African Americans, but also serves as an example for all Americans of the empowerment derived from knowing their heritage.

    Episodes 1 and 2 premiere Wednesday, February 1, 2006, and Episodes 3 and 4 air the following Wednesday, February 8, 2006.Complete details about the series — including information for educators and scientists — can be found here: For those near Boston, the specific schedule of the programs on WGBH can be found here:

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    New From Newbury Street Press: Advance Man

    Advance Man: The Life and Times of Harry Hoagland

    Christopher G. Hartman's Advance Man (Newbury Street Press, 2005) chronicles the remarkable life of Henry Williamson “Harry” Hoagland, Jr. (1912-1995). Among his many accomplishments, Harry Hoagland served as executive assistant to Brigadier General Georges Doriot at the Military Planning Division during World War II, and as Deputy Director of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, the first great post-war effort by the U.S. government to administer and regulate atomic energy. One of the first “advance men” for a U.S. President (Dwight D. Eisenhower), he was also an officer of the American Research and Development Corporation, the first publicly-owned venture capital company in America, and he assisted in the founding of Fidelity Investments' venture capital program, Fidelity Ventures Limited Partnership.

    From his youth in Colorado Springs, Colorado, La Jolla, California, and Asheville, North Carolina, to his education at Stanford University, and throughout his long and successful career, Harry Hoagland earned the respect and admiration of some of the most influential people in America, helping to shape post-war American politics and business.

    With an introduction by the Honorable Samuel W. Bodman and featuring more than seventy photos and illustrations, this biography draws upon archival material and the recollections of friends, colleagues, and family members, to detail an important public life. A concluding section by Rebecca Rector on the history and genealogy of the Hooglandt family begins with Christopher Hooglandt, who settled in Griggsville (near Princeton), New Jersey, in the early eighteenth century.

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    Advertise in New England Ancestors

    The editorial staff of our insightful and informative magazine New England Ancestors endeavors to bring you the latest news in genealogy, including information about methods, publications, personalities, trends, and useful products. We are still accepting ads from vendors and publishers for our Spring issue. The deadline for receiving advertisements is February 3rd, and small “goods and services” ads (approximately 1.25 “high and 3.75” wide) cost only $60. Anyone interested in placing an ad should contact director of marketing Karen Larsen at Specifications and prices for our full array of ads can be found here:

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    Upcoming Education Program

    Your Family History: Plan Before You Write
    April 8, 2006
    Many genealogists love the research but postpone — or don’t like — writing. Come and hear experienced speakers talk about the benefits of writing up your research, the choices involved, and how to avoid mistakes. The goal of this seminar is to give participants the benefit of other writers’ hindsight! Speakers will include NEHGS staff Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, editor of the Register, and Scott C. Steward, Director of Scholarly Programs, who will share their personal experiences as writers and editors. The suggestions and hints presented at this seminar will be helpful to those who wish to leave the results of their research to their families as well as for those who are serious about publishing their family history. Participants will be invited to submit their goals for attending the seminar so that the speakers can try to shape their presentations accordingly.

    Registration fees:$95, members/$115 non-members.

    For more information on this program visit or email Amanda Batey at

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    Spotlight: Santa Cruz Public Libraries, California

    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ holdings include a significant Santa Cruz County local history collection. More than 240 articles about Santa Cruz County history are available on the site. These articles can be accessed from links on the main local history page. Subject areas include Disasters & Calamities, In the 19th Century, Making a Living, Spanish Period and Earlier, and World War II, plus many more. Under the World War II link you will find a number of articles related to the Japanese-American internment.

    In addition to the articles the libraries’ local history website contains newspaper indexes and a collection of photographs.

    Local News Index
    This database, which is a work in progress, is an index to early newspapers published in Santa Cruz. When complete the index will include the Santa Cruz Daily Surf, the Santa Cruz Evening News, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, and the Pacific Sentinel, and will cover the period from 1856 through 1949. The current index covers the period from 1856 to 1900 and includes three of the four newspapers. There are basic and advanced search options. With the advanced search option you can search by article description, first name, last name, source, subject and comments. You can limit your search to a specific source or set of years. You can also browse through the index by subject or by year.

    Newspaper Clippings File Database
    This database is an index to the libraries’ newspaper clippings files. It contains more than 50,000 articles of local interest. The majority of the articles have been drawn from seven area newspapers. Several hundred other organizations and publications are also represented by articles in the database. They cover a period from the early 1900s to the present. This database is a work in progress with new articles being indexed and added on a regular basis. There are basic and advanced search features. With the advanced search feature you can search by title, author, source, subject and comments. You can limit your search to a specific newspaper and/or a specific set of years. Search results include date, title, author, source, comments, subject under which the clipping is filed, and additional subjects. You can browse the index by subject and year. There is also a section you can browse through containing undated articles and articles without source information.

    Mountain Echo Index
    The Mountain Echo newspaper was established in October 1896, in Boulder Creek, California, by a Nova Scotia immigrant named Charles Campbell Rodgers. When Charles Rodgers died two years later his grandson, Winfield Scott Rodgers, Jr., took over as publisher until his death in August, 1916. The newspaper ceased operations just before the end of 1916. This newspaper is the best source of information about the formative years of Boulder Creek and the San Lorenzo Valley, according to the libraries’ website. The database contains three indexes — births, deaths and personal names. The births index is alphabetical by the last name of the parents. The deaths index is alphabetical by the last name of the deceased. The data fields for the births index include subject, description of the event (parents names, son/daughter, date of birth), and the page and column numbers. For the deaths index the data fields are the same with the description field including the name of the deceased, age and date of death. The personal name index is also alphabetical. The data fields include subject, description of the newspaper reference, date the mention appeared, and the page and column numbers. In all of the indexes the names are listed as they appeared in the newspaper. There may be multiple listings for the same event because, for example, person could be listed under his or her full first name, initials, or an abbreviation (i.e. Wm. for William).

    Photograph Collection
    The libraries’ Photograph Collection contains more than 1,000 images. They cover the period from the 1860s to the 1990s. The notes section includes information on the date, location, occasion, and individuals pictured where available. There are links from the notes section of the photo text to related articles on the libraries’ website. You can browse through the Subject Catalog or locate photographs by using the Keyword Search feature. With the keyword search you can limit your search to the Notes section or Subject Categories. Search results can be shown as text and a thumbnail of the photograph or thumbnail only. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image.

    Visit the Santa Cruz Libraries Local History web site at to explore these resources.

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    Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures

    Our "Nutshell" 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.

    February 1, 10 a.m., Marie E. Daly
    New Visitor Welcome and Library Tour
    With the Getting Started in Genealogy program available on the NEHGS website, the on-site program will change. 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.

    February 8, 10 a.m., David Allen Lambert
    Getting the Most from NEHGS Databases
    With over 110 million names in 2,200 databases, is the primary website for New England genealogy. This lecture will offer an exciting overview of the Society's online databases. A live demonstration of the website will offer you a chance to see how to best utilize the Society's resources from your home.

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    From the Online Genealogist

    “I am trying to locate divorce records for an ancestor. She married in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1909, had a child later that year in New Bedford, had a second child in 1911 in Houston, Texas, and then married again in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1913. Her 1913 marriage indicates it is her first marriage, but I have a copy of the earlier marriage certificate. I have no idea where to look for a divorce record from that time period. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.”

    Thank you for your note. For Houston Divorce Records prior to 1968 you need to contact the Harris County District Clerk. The office can be reached at:

    Harris County District Clerk
    Charles Bacarisse, Clerk
    P.O. Box 4651
    Houston, TX 77210
    Phone: 713-755-5715

    I have also located a good website will answer some more of your questions on Divorce Records in Texas:


    Requests for information about Massachusetts divorces prior to 1922 must be made in writing (including the names of both parties, with the approximate year of the event occurring in Bristol County) to:

    Elizabeth Bouvier, Head of Archives
    Supreme Judicial Court Archives
    16th Floor, Highrise Court House
    3 Pemberton Square
    Boston, MA 02108
    Phone: 617-557-1082

    More information about other holdings and making requests from this office, can be found at

    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

    Gems from Stones Part II
    By Ruth Q. Wellner

    When doing cemetery research be sure to remember the different types of cemeteries. In which one was your ancestor buried? Among the types of cemeteries you might find are:

    • Family burial plot
    • Church yard burial plots
    • Church owned cemetery
    • Public or Municipal cemetery
    • Commercial Cemetery/Memorial Park
    • Military cemetery

    Many types of records are associated with cemeteries, each providing different types of information. Churchyards and church-owned burying grounds may have sexton’s records or burial/funeral records in with the church records. Public or municipal cemeteries may have issued deeds for plots. Commercial cemeteries may have kept copies of burial permits or transfer orders issued by local governments.

    Most cemeteries no matter what type may have plot registers detailing information about who is buried in the same plot. However, these are not always available for older town cemeteries or church cemeteries or family burying grounds.

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