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  • 2006 Archive

  • Vol. 8, No. 43
    Whole #294
    November 1, 2006
    Table of Contents

    • New on
    • New Online Databases for Canadian Research
    • Name Origins
    • New Research Article on
    • Chart Liquidation Sale
    • Upcoming Education Programs
    • Spotlight: Lithuanian Global Genealogical Society
    • Upcoming Public Lecture Series
    • Stories of Interest
    • From the Online Genealogist
    • Research Recommendations: Diaries for Genealogical Research
    • NEHGS Contact Information

    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    New Databases on New

    Marriages in Boston, 1700 to 1809

    This database contains the records of 34,051 Boston marriages originally published in two volumes: A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston containing the Boston Marriages from 1700 to 1751; and A Volume of Records relating to the Early History of Boston, containing Boston Marriages from 1752 to 1809. This database may be searched by bride and/or groom’s surname, or by keywords, which include any text in the record, including surnames, given names, year, and name of person officiating. This database also includes images of the original pages, which may be viewed via the search results page.

    The original volumes are available in our Boston Research Library, call numbers F73.1/B74/v.28 and F73.1/B74/v.30.

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    New Online Databases for Canadian Research

    Two new databases have recently become available for those researching their Canadian ancestors. Both are available free of charge.

    Daniel F. Johnson’s New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics database is based on almost a quarter-century of work by the late Danny Johnson. As chair of a group of members of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Dan began work on the vital statistics project in 1982 that led to the publication of a small volume titled New Brunswick Vital Statistics from Newspapers 1784-1815. They went on to produce four more similar volumes covering the years up to 1834; in effect, the first fifty years of newspapers in New Brunswick. The group wound up its work in 1985 but over the course of the next 20 years, Danny single-handedly continued this project extending the project to the year 1896 and producing a total of 102 volumes.

    The database is browsable by surname, and keyword searchable. Results are listed by name, with the name of the newspaper and date the article appeared. Clicking on the name brings up an abstraction of the announcement.

    Search the database at

    The Canadian Genealogy Centre, a part of Library and Archives Canada, is an indispensable resource for those searching for their Canadian ancestors. They recently made a major addition to their website: Canadian passenger lists from 1865 to 1922. The lists cover the ports of Québec and Montréal, Québec; Halifax and North Sydney, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; and Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

    The passenger lists are searchable by ship name, port of arrival or departure, ship name, shipping line, and year of arrival. Unfortunately, there is no index to the names of passengers at this time. The 1901 and 1911 censuses do list the year of arrival for immigrants and can help you narrow your search. Naturalization records may also help pinpoint their exact date.

    Find out more and search the database at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    DATEY (f) – Nickname for THEODATE (q.v.), especially in Hampton, New Hampshire, and regions or families derived from it.

    Also, last week I discussed the names EMERANSY and EMERGENCY. NEHGS director of scholarly programs Scott Steward adds that Emeransy almost certainly derives from the name Emerentiana, for the third-century Roman martyr St. Emerentiana. A seventeenth-century example is Emmerentia Goosens van der Nieuwersluys, wife of Lambert Harmensz Wolf and Jan Vigne, and an ancestor of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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    New Research Article on

    Beginning Your Genealogical Search: A guide to African American Genealogy
    By Kenyatta D. Berry

    Genealogy is not for the faint at heart, it requires patience, perseverance and prayer. The journey and its rewards are worth it. Genealogy is important for everyone not just African Americans, it allows you to uncover your history, to discover your ancestors and understand their legacy. It also helps you determine what type of legacy you want to leave for your descendants, your children, your cousins, your siblings. Whether your family was free or slaves your history is not lost, it will just take some additional detective work to find your roots.

    NEHGS members can read the full article here.

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    Chart Liquidation Sale

    NEHGS has put its blank chart inventory on sale, including charts that cover 1, 5, 9, 23, and 38 generations. For a full list of charts on sale, along with descriptions and ordering information, please send an email with "CHARTS" in the subject line to There are a limited number of charts, so act quickly. Sale ends November 15th orwhile supplies last.

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Winter Research Weekend Getaway, February 8 - 10, 2007
    Research Weekend Getaways in Boston have been one of our most popular programs in recent years. Escape the winter doldrums and join the NEHGS staff for guided research, one-on-one consultations, lectures, and special access to the collections. Bring your charts and count on making research breakthroughs! All serious genealogists should treat themselves to this special program and to the opportunity to share discoveries and swap stories with other avid researchers from all over the country. Whether you are a first-time participant or have enjoyed this program in the past, you are sure to further your research by visiting our library in Boston. Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of our exceptional resources and the research expertise of our outstanding library staff. For accommodations, we suggest the nearby Charlesmark Hotel.

    Registration fees, $285 for the entire 3-day program; $95 per day.
    To register contact Amanda Batey at

    For more information about NEHGS programs visit


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    Spotlight: Lithuanian Global Genealogical Society
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Lithuanian Global Genealogical Society has set as its mission the collection, dissemination and preservation of information on Lithuanian family history and assisting its members in genealogical research. To that end the society has put together and published a collection of online databases, including cemeteries, churches, telephone book listings, vital records, and extracted records of Lithuanians in the US censuses. There is also a global surname index, a database with contact information for 130 Roman Catholic Lithuanian parishes in the United States, and maps of Lithuania. The maps include those documenting the area during World War II as well as an interactive map of modern Lithuania.

    The databases are organized by location, rather than by record type. Ten states in the United States are represented. They are California (2 databases), Connecticut, Illinois (13 databases), Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey (1 database), Pennsylvania, Washington (1 database), and Wisconsin (1 database).

    Connecticut: Vital Records
    These are large databases of marriage and death records for Lithuanians in Connecticut, which have been compiled and uploaded to the web site. There are over 300 pages of records. These records have been gathered from indexes and actual certificates. The records are from the 19th and 20th centuries. Birth records have not been included. The data fields in the Marriage Database include name, names of parents/spouse, and record/event location. Information in the name field includes first and last name, age, birthplace, event type, date, and notes. Use caution in printing these files because of their size.

    Maryland: Holy Redeemer Cemetery (Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery), Baltimore
    Currently there are 246 records that comprise this database. It covers the tombstone inscriptions for two sections of the cemetery. The compilers plan to add tombstone information from additional sections of the cemetery to the database and eventually add photographs. The information includes the name inscribed on the tombstone, and the dates of birth and death as well as inscription or remarks. A map showing the location of the cemetery has also been included.

    The Massachusetts records include two vital records databases and one of veterans from the St. Francis Lithuanian Parish Church in Lawrence and the 1920 Membership records of St. Casimir Lithuanian Church in Worcester. The births database from St. Francis Parish in Lawrence was compiled from the 1903 – 1953 Golden Anniversary Yearbook. The data fields in this alphabetical list include the name of the child, date of birth, date of christening and year.

    Michigan databases include census extractions, cemetery records, church membership records and military records. The military records database is the First Draft Army (WWI Draft), Grand Rapids Michigan. These records are for Ward I only and were compiled from the Grand Rapids Press newspaper for July 20 and 21, 1917. This is not an alphabetical list. Individuals are listed in the database in the order in which they were drawn and include all names drawn, not just Lithuanians. To find a particular name, click on the link to the first letter of the surname and scroll through the list. The data in each record includes full name, serial number, address and draw. There are 1,756 records in the database.

    There are 23 Pennsylvania databases. All of them are cemetery or church-related databases with the exception of the Naturalization (Federal Courts) State of Pennsylvania database. This database can be found under the United States heading, as it relates to federal court records. This database is a work in progress and only contains 72 records at present. The records have been extracted from naturalization records found at the National Archives and Records Administration facility in Philadelphia. The source of the records is the Name Index (1901-1990) for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, which includes Harrisburg, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and the environs. Information in the individual records includes surname, given name including nicknames, address, petition information (petition and volume numbers), certification number, location, place and date of birth, port and date of arrival, date of naturalization, the names of witnesses and their places of residence, and any additional information.

    In addition to the names databases, there are a number of Mystery Photos on the site awaiting identification. Click on the links in the index on the databases main page to access pages on Lithuanian history and the society’s newsletter.

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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 the Most from NEHGS Databases

    November 15, 2006, 10:00 AM
    With more than 110 million records in our databases, NEHGS is the place to search for your ancestors. Please join NEHGS Online Genealogist David AllenLambert as he explores the tremendous breadth of the NEHGS databases that are available to members online at

    Family Tree Maker User Group Meeting
    November 18, 2006, 2:00 p.m.,
    If you have any version of Family Tree Maker, 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. Feel free to bring your laptop along, but you don’t have to have one to come. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month at 2:00 p.m.


    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 Beverly Historical Society in Beverly, Massachusetts has just launched a new exhibit celebrating the contributions fo the Italian immigrant community to the development of the town. Read the full story at

    Many families traveled the Oregon Trail to new homes in the West. The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is working to preserve the family stories of those individuals. Read more in the Baker City Herald at

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    From the Online Genealogist

    While at NEHGS I discovered a death record from Moncton, New Brunswick in 1903. The baby was eleven months old and I strongly belive it is the brother of my grandfather in family lore. Sadly the cemetery and the parents are not listed on the death record. What would you recommend for next steps?

    Those early New Brunswick death records are not very detailed. However, if you feel this is the correct match I would suggest contacting the Moncton Public Library to see if they can check the local paper — The Moncton Times — on microfilm. The paper is not currently searchable online in the time period you are researching, but I have had luck in the past with their assistance. Also if you cannot determine the cemetery from the death notice or obituary I would suggest contacting the Elmwood Cemetery which was the main cemetery in Moncton at the time.

    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

    Diaries for Genealogical Research
    by Michael J. Leclerc


    Whether called diaries, journals, day books, these precious recordings of an individual’s thoughts and activities are valuable resources for genealogical research. Even if your own ancestor did not leave a diary, look for the diary of someone who lived in the same area at the same time. Perhaps they might have known your ancestor and may have mentioned them in the diary. For example, while researching the Barron family of Massachusetts and New Hampshire I discovered the diary of Matthew Patten of Bedford, which contained this entry for September 28, 1771:

    “I went to Moses Barrons in Amherst to prize at some of the personal Estate of his fathers and Alexr Stewarts went home he has made four pair since he came to work this week”

    [The Diary of Matthew Patten of Bedford, N.H. from 1754 to 1786 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1993), p. 274.]

    You will note in reading the entry that spelling and punctuation are sorely lacking. This is very standard, especially for pre-twentieth-century diaries. While this can sometimes make it more difficult to understand the entries, reading them through a second time (or sometimes more) will usually allow you to decipher the different statements. This entry shows that the father of Moses Barron likely died in 1771 and that I should look for a probate record around September of that year.

    Diaries can also give insight into the lives and customs of our ancestors. For all that we think of romantic love as the source of marriage, marriage can also result from commercial considerations, as the following entry from Samuel Sewall’s diary will attest:

    “Friday Jany 26 [1722], I rode to Newtown in the Coach, and visited Mrs. Gibbs. Spake of the proposals I had inimated per Mr. H. Gibbs; for her Sons to be bound to save me harmless as to her Administration; and to pay me £100. provided their Mother died before me; I to pay her £50. per annum during her Life, if I left her a Widow. She wais ‘twas hard, she knew not how to have her children bound to pay that Sum; she might dye in a little time. Mr. Cotton, whom she call’d, spake to the same purpose, spake of a Joynture. I said I was peremptory as to the indemnifying Bond; Offer’d to take up with that alone, and allow her £40. per annum; Scolly’s Tenement yielded but £33., and then I made no question but that there must be a Deduction for Repairs. She said she would consider of it: I said, I would also Consider. Afterward she excus’d her speaking to me. I suppose she meant the word Hard. Carried her a pound of Glaz’d Almonds, and a Duz. Meer Cakes; Two bottles of Canary. Visited Mrs. Cotton, wish’d her Joy of her young daughter Elizabeth. Gavie little Mary 2s. Had a very good Legg of Pork, and a Turkey for Dinner. Mrs. Gibbs Help’d me on with my Coat at Coming away; and stood in the Front door till the Coach mov’d, then I Pull’d off my Hat, and she Curtsied. I had moved to be published next Thorsday, to carry in our names to Col. Checkley.”

    [M. Halsey Thomas. The Diary of Samuel Sewall 1674-1729 Newly Edited from the Manuscript at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Volume II 1709-1729 (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973), pp. 989-990].

    Many diaries have been published, but many more are stored in archives, libraries, historical societies, and other repositories. More still are in the hands of families. They may take more effort to locate and to use, but the information contained with them can open up roadblocks in your research.

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