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  • 2007 Archive

  • Vol. 9, No. 25
    Whole #327
    June 20, 2007

    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
    * Pilgrim Monument Centennial Celebration
    * New England Gazetteers Now on CD-ROM
    * Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Seminar
    * Name Origins
    * Autographed copies of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century
    * Research Recommendations: Review, Review, Review
    * Spotlight: Bourbon County, Kentucky, Genealogical Society
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Stories of Interest
    * Upcoming Public Lecture Series
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Databases on New

    Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 – 1835. 63,657 additional records added!

    This week, an additional 63,657 records have been added to this database from the following counties:
    Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Columbia, and Schenectady.

    This compilation of abstracts of New York wills, administrations and guardianships was created by William Applebie Daniel Eardeley. The original materials are part of the Brooklyn Historical Society's manuscript collection. Eardeley abstracted original estate proceedings in the counties of this state. In addition he indexed on 3 x 5 cards all the names in his abstracts, i.e. those of the decedents, executors, administrators, petitioners, guardians, witnesses, named beneficiaries and minor children. The original abstracts were written in pencil on yellow legal pad paper. Although the original title of the collection refers to the years 1691 to 1860, the bulk of the material concerns the period 1787 to 1835. Also, while the abstracts generally end at 1835, it appears that in a few cases the dates were extended to fill a county's file folder. For estate proceedings of counties formed after 1835, the researcher should look under the names of the parent county.

    Thedatabase currently contains abstracts for the following counties:
    Albany, Allegheny, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie-Niagara, Essex, Franklin, Genesee, Greene, Herkimer, King’s, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, New York, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Richmond, St. Lawrence, Schenectady, Seneca, Sullivan, Steuben, Tompkins, Warren, Wayne, Yates.

    The remaining counties in the collection are in the process of being indexed by our volunteer team and will be released in the future as they become available.

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    Pilgrim Monument Centennial Celebration

    While Plymouth is the most well-known destination of the Mayflower, she actually first came ashore in Provincetown Harbor. A century ago the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association invited President Theodore Roosevelt to town to lay the cornerstone of the Pilgrim Monument to commemorate the Mayflower’s arrival. The 252-foot monument offers spectacular views of Cape Cod, and on clear days you can see all the way to Boston.

    On August 20, 2007, the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts will join King Hiram’s Lodge in a centennial celebration of the laying of the cornerstone by Roosevelt. The public is invited to this wonderful celebration. Get more details at

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    New England Gazetteers Now on CD-ROM

    The following announcement was recently received from Archive CD Books USA. This product will be of great interest to New England researchers.

    The Compendium of New England Gazetteers makes all of the classic New England gazetteers available on a single CD-ROM. This comprehensive collection includes 10 rare books, more than 4,600 pages, and the names and descriptions of thousands of places, many of which are no longer known by the same name.

    For the first time, this collection combines very early regional and state gazetteers with “FastFind” indexing, making it easy to search for people or place names across all of early New England at the same time, using AND, OR, phrase, and word-proximity searches. The CD includes high-resolution images of every page and six early maps that were included in the original publications.

    The Compendium is priced at just $59.95, which is 66% off the combined regular prices of those individual books ($177.50). Those who have bought one or more of the individual titles have been extended full credit for those purchases when upgrading to the Compendium of New England Gazetteers.

    For details about the Compendium of New England Gazetteers, please visit

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    Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Seminar

    The Massachusetts Genealogical Council will be holding its annual seminar on Saturday, July 14, 2007, at The Conference Center at Marlborough, Massachusetts. MGC recently announced that it has extended the early registration period to Sunday, July 1. The early registration period features a discounted entrance fee of $65. The fee includes a continental breakfast, a full buffet lunch, access to the vendor hall, and five concurrent lecture tracks. MGC welcomes to its annual seminar its own members, members of its supporting societies, and the general public. The complete program and registration form are online at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    MATILDA (f) – Latin form of Germanic MECHTILDIS. In America, often abbreviated as MATTIE. MAUDE also comes from Mathilda.

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    Autographed copies of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century

    The NEHGS sales department is offering copies of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Using Register Style and More, Second Edition, signed by one of the book’s editors, Michael J. Leclerc.

    The completely revised and updated second edition of this popular NEHGS guidebook has chapters on how to write articles for popular magazines, journals and websites as well as complied genealogies, and how to use Microsoft Word’s built in numbering and book marking functions to help write genealogies. From novice researchers to experienced family historians, all those who want to start writing about genealogy will benefit from the advice in this book. Includes appendixes on common genealogical abbreviations and acronyms and a comprehensive subject index.

    Paperback, 130pp.

    Normally priced at $11.95. Special price for autographed copies: $9.95 (plus $2.50 for shipping).

    To place an order, please call 1-617-226-1212.

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    Research Recommendations

    Review, Review, Review
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Have you ever looked through a source for a particular ancestor, then crossed that source off your list? Years later, are you still looking for information on that person?

    Just because you have looked at a resource doesn’t mean it should be crossed off your list forever. Especially if you didn’t find what you were looking for. As research progresses we accumulate information about individual ancestors. Sometimes it is small tidbits, other times it is large chunks. From little bits and pieces large discoveries are often made.

    As you add bits and pieces of information about your ancestors, and know more about them, you should go back and review the information you have already examined. Perhaps you know more now about the bordering land owners to your ancestor’s property. They may be named in a local history, even if your ancestor was not.

    My colleague, Chris Child, recently broke down a brick wall for one of our members. Armed with information about a potential candidate in Massachusetts, he reexamined the ancestor’s census record in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Living next door to the ancestor: the sister of the potential candidate from Massachusetts (whose descendants had been trying to identify her for decades).

    As you are researching, review the list of sources you have already examined for an ancestor, even the ones that contained negative information (i.e., no recognizable information on your ancestor). Check them again with the new information that you have. You will be surprised at the results you might get.

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    Spotlight: Bourbon County, Kentucky, Genealogical Society
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Bourbon County, formed in 1786, is located in the Inner Bluegrass region of Kentucky, near the center of the state. The county seat is Paris. The Bourbon County Genealogical Society has a number of research resources on its website. The resources on this site were contributed by individuals; therefore, much of the information is family specific. Click on the Society Online Database link to access these resources.

    Bible Records
    There are transcriptions and digital images of Bible records for seven Bourbon County families. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger size image.

    Transcriptions of gravestones in four Bourbon County cemeteries are available on the website. Information about the locations of the cemeteries has also been included. The history and records for the Ruddles Mills and the Old Presbyterian Cemetery has been digitized and uploaded to the site. Click on the thumbnails to view enlarged images.

    Church Records
    The register of the Silas Baptist Church of Bourbon, Kentucky, has been digitized and uploaded.

    Court Records
    Transcriptions and images of selected pages from court record books have been uploaded to the website. The transcriptions include a deposition and information extracted from guardianships in 1818.

    Wills & Estate Records
    The nineteenth century wills of twenty-three Bourbon County residents have been transcribed here. Names mentioned in the transcriptions have been bolded. In addition researchers will find selected images from estates, wills and settlements indexes for the period from 1786 to 2001, a will book, and estate book.

    Land Records
    Information has been extracted from a few miscellaneous Bourbon County deeds. Again, names mentioned in the transcriptions have been bolded. In some cases the records have been digitized and uploaded to the website. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge it. Selected deed indexes have been digitized and uploaded to the website.

    Military Records
    The military records on the website comprise the names of soldiers appearing on the Revolutionary War Tablet at the courthouse, as they appear in the Bourbon Countian, and the names of additional soldiers that do not appear on the tablet. The Bourbon Countian is the publication of the Bourbon County Genealogical Society.

    Miscellaneous Data
    Included in the Miscellaneous Data section are transcribed and digitized letters mentioning area families, a list of Bourbon County place name, and newspaper articles found in a scrapbook that are related to Bourbon County, and surrounding counties.

    Newspaper Articles
    In this section researchers will find abstracts from pre-1930 local newspaper articles, a selection of articles related to family history and other information from area newspapers, and other more recent miscellaneous clippings. Many of the pre-1930 abstracts are obituaries and death notices.

    Eleven obituaries have been transcribed and uploaded to the website. They are from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Source information has been provided.

    On the site you will find fourteen family photographs of Bourbon County and eight photographs of Nicholas County scenes. Nicholas County was formed in 1800 and is located just north of Bourbon County.

    Vital Records
    This section of the website contains transcriptions and digitized images of several Bourbon County death and marriage records. In addition there are images of selected pages from the marriage index books for Bourbon County. There are images for three pages in Marriage Book 1 and a number of pages from Marriage Book 2. For example, pages one through thirteen have been uploaded. There is a gap to page twenty-four, then page twenty-seven, and so on.

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    From the Online Genealogist

    Can you tell me when the Census for England started to include place of birth in the returns?

    The 1841 Census of England is the earliest complete census. While this census does not include a specific place of birth, it does indicate on the return whether the individual was born in Scotland, Ireland, or Foreign Parts. The 1851 Census was the first to include "Where born". These census are available on microfilm, as well as online commercially via,, and

    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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    Stories of Interest

    Whalers in Alaska recently landed a whale with a harpoon imbedded in it. Scientists have dated the harpoon to the late-nineteenth century, indicating the animal was well over a century old. Read the full story on Boston’s Channel 5 News at

    A Georgia developer recently found a surprise that cost him $40,000 – a cemetery on the property he was turning into a home development. The New York Times discusses this ongoing issue in a recent real estate section at

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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 at 10:00 A.M. unless otherwise stated. Advance registration is not necessary.

    The Golden Door Has Locks: The Detaining of Immigrants to the United States
    , Rhonda McClure
    June 27, 2007, 10:00 AM

    When our ancestors disembarked the ferry at Ellis Island, or were waiting for admission in one of the many other immigrant stations, including those at Boston, Philadelphia, and Key West, they were being examined. Questions were asked by officials and doctors watched as the immigrants walked from station to station—all in an attempt to weed out those considered undesirable. While Lady Liberty was beckoning for the tired, the poor, and the teeming masses, there were immigration laws, and officials to enforce them, designed to curtail the deluge of disadvantaged Immigrants, some of whom were likely to become public charges because of health issues and infirmities and therefore were truly not wanted in the United States.

    Many of the detained immigrants were pulled out of line more to prove a point than anything else; a number were eventually allowed to enter the country. However, for that brief time in detention they were at the mercy of the bureaucrats—both those officials in the trenches of the immigrant stations struggling to understand the latest immigration laws and other exclusionary policies, and those in the ivory towers of Washington, D.C., who were handing down said policies.

    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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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Each year the Society presents a large number of lectures, seminars, and tours for genealogists.

    The following major programs will be held August–November 2007:

    Come Home to New England #2
    Monday, August 6–Saturday, August 11, 2007
    Tutorial program with consultations in Boston, featuring Marie E. Daly, David Curtis Dearborn, F.A.S.G., Henry B. Hoff, C.G., F.A.S.G., and D. Joshua Taylor.

    English Family History Research Tour to London
    Sunday, September 9–Sunday, September 16, 2007
    Lodging: Holiday Inn Bloomsbury. Features Christopher C. Child and David Curtis Dearborn, F.A.S.G.

    Research Tour to Salt Lake City
    Sunday, October 28–Sunday, November 4, 2007
    Lodging: Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. Features Jerome E. Anderson, Christopher C. Child, Maryan Egan-Baker, David Allen Lambert, and Rhonda R. McClure.

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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