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  • 2007 Archive

  • Vol. 9, No. 31
    Whole #333
    August 1, 2007

    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * New on
    * Discount Extended on The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales
    * Rhode Island Family Farm Gets a Place in History
    * Name Origins
    * Pre-Publication Orders for Great Migration Books
    * Research Recommendations:Genealogical Writing: Front Matter and End Matter
    * Spotlight: Wayne County, Michigan Resources
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Stories of Interest
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Databases on New

    Worcester Births, Marriages and Deaths

    The material in this addition to our Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 database was compiled by Franklin P. Rice and published by the Worcester Society of Antiquity in 1894. The database contains 9,733 births from 1714-1848; 6,122 marriages from 1747-1849; and 3,070 deaths from 1826-1848.

    Page images are also available for this book and may be accessed from the search results page, or via the ‘Browse’ button on the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 database introduction page.

    The original volume is available in our Boston Research Library, call number F74.W9 W88 1894.

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    Discount Extended on The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales

    The special NEHGS-member discount for The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales for Twelve Generations has been extended. Members ordering before Saturday, August 4, 2007 will get $5 off the retail price of $34.95. NEHGS is proud to be publishing this new book tracing twelve generations of the ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales. The publication of the book has been timed for late August, to mark the tenth anniversary of Diana’s death.

    The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, by Atlanta-based genealogist Richard K. Evans, is an exhaustively researched account of the late Princess’s forebears, tracing her ancestors from the British Isles to northern and eastern Europe as well as to the United States and the Far East. This noteworthy book shows that she descends from kings and commoners, scholars and their patrons, murderers and their victims, prime ministers and barmaids — and at least one court jester.

    Among her interesting ancestors:

    • One of Diana’s more prominent American ancestors was Joseph Strong, who served in the U.S. Army as a doctor and became a respected physician in Philadelphia. Among Strong’s first cousins was Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale.
    • Queen Anne left no surviving children, but Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, the Queen’s intimate friend, is one of the most prominent of Diana’s female forebears.
    • One of Diana’s maternal great-grandfathers was an Irish peer who married an American “Dollar Princess,” daughter of millionaire Wall Street broker Frank Work. This alliance was typical of many nineteenth-century transatlantic marriages, bringing infusions of American capital to the cash-starved European and British nobility. The marriage gives Diana more than one hundred American ancestors, some of whom were among the early settlers of New England.
    • A significant twelfth-generation ancestor was Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, whose excessive ambition displeased his sovereign and ultimately led him to the chopping block.

    For more details visit

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    Rhode Island Family Farm Gets a Place in History

    In 1857 William Rhodes Franklin and his wife Mary Ellen Brown moved with their young son Henry to a farm they purchased in the Abbot Run section of Cumberland, Rhode Island. The Greek revival house he built on the property still stands today. By 1880 his dairy farm was producing 6,000 gallons of milk per year. William lived on the farm for more than half a century until his death in 1909.

    The property stayed in operation until 1994, when the town of Cumberland purchased it to preserve it as open space. It was one of less than forty dairy farms left in the state by that time. In the two centuries it was run as a farm, only two families ever owned it: the Metcalfs and the Franklins.

    The significance of the farm was recently recognized by the federal government when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places of the National Park Service. You can read more about this story in The Providence Journal at

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    MATTIE (f) – Short form of MATILDA or (sometimes) MARTHA.

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    Pre-Publication Orders for New Great Migration Books

    The NEHGS Sales department is now taking pre-publication orders for The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V: M-P, due out in September 2007. All of these orders will be held until the book is ready for shipment. Normally priced at $59.95, we are offering a special pre-publication sale price of $54.95 until October 31, 2007.

    In addition, NEHGS is offering special discounted prices on all previous volumes of The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (normally priced at $59.95, now priced at $49.95).

    Pre-publication orders will also be taken for The Complete Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 1-15 ($24.95) and for The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 11-15 ($11.95). These titles are also due out in September 2007.

    More information on these new volumes can be found at Orders can also be made at our website or by calling 1-617-226-1212. Prices do not include shipping.

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    Research Recommendations

    Genealogical Writing: Front Matter and End Matter
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    When you are preparing your research for publication, make sure you pay as close attention to the front and end matter as you do to the rest of your book. The materials in this section are invaluable for making sure the rest of your book is useful.

    Front matter is comprised of at least four pieces. The half-title page displays only the main title of the book. The title page gives the complete title and subtitle, the names of the author and publisher, and the city of publication. The verso of the title page is the copyright page. This contains the copyright notice, Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication data, ISBN number, and commentary on earlier editions, images on the cover, etc. If there is a dedication it usually appears on the next page. The contents page appears next and lists all of the sections/chapters of the book as well as the starting page number for each. After the contents are the list of illustrations, list of tables, foreword, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, and list of abbreviations. Any or all of these may be omitted. Front matter is paginated using lowercase Roman numerals (i.e., i, ii, iii, etc.)

    Back matter contains appendixes, glossary of terms, a bibliography, and index. Appendixes general provide additional information or expand upon information presented earlier in the text. For example, Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century contains three appendixes: a list of abbreviations and acronyms, a list of commonly used terms, and the proper abbreviations for U.S. states and Canadian provinces. For compiled genealogies, a bibliography listing all of the works cited in your compilation would be extremely useful to future researchers. Back matter is paginated with Arabic numerals, continuing on from the last page of the main text.

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    Spotlight: Wayne County, Michigan Resources
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    Trenton Historical Society, Michigan

    Trenton, Michigan, is located along the shores of the Detroit River. It is in Wayne County, which is in the southeast portion of state at the base of the ‘thumb’ of Michigan’s lower peninsula.

    The Trenton Historical Society has made three databases available on its website. The databases, containing about 32,000 names, are all searchable by last name and/or first name. The data fields in the search results for all three databases are last name, first name, middle name, title, death date, and notes. Please be advised that the information in the “Date of Death” field might refer to the date recorded or date interred. Click on the ‘search the database collection’ link on the Online Databases Information main page.

    City of Trenton Death Certificates
    Death certificates for the City of Trenton are housed at the Trenton City Hall. This database is an index to death certificates for the period from 1905 until 2005. Copies of death certificates can be ordered from the City of Trenton. You can also contact the Historical Society for assistance in this process.

    Trenton Historical Society Obituaries
    This database is an index to obituaries on file with the Trenton Historical Society. It covers the period from 1905 through the present. The obituaries are of residents of Trenton and individuals of ‘local fame.' In some cases the transcribers have included notes in the entries. These notes offer clues to other resources about the individual, which are located at the Historical Society. Please be advised that the newspaper title is not mentioned in the search results. You can contact the Trenton Historical Society if you would like a copy of an obituary.

    Gravestones listed in city cemeteries
    This database contains transcriptions of gravestones in the Bloomdale, Butler, and Old Burial Ground cemeteries. The name of the cemetery and the transcriptions of inscriptions found on the gravestones appear in the Notes field.

    The Bacon Memorial District Library, Wyandotte, Michigan

    Wyandotte is located in Wayne County. It is about eleven miles south of Detroit on the Detroit River. Along with Trenton, it is part of the collection of communities known as Downriver.

    The Bacon Memorial District Library's Local History Collection contains about 8,000 historical images of Wyandotte and communities located nearby. The library’s online exhibits showcase selected portions of the collection. The current exhibits focus on the following themes: Industry, Stores & Small Businesses, People & Family Life, Lighthouses & the River, the Public Library, and Recent Years

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    From the Online Genealogist

    While reading in a diary kept by my grandmother in 1892-1893 I found reference to a friend’s address “L.Sharpe – Brown Univ., Providence” Is there a way I can confirm who this special friend might have actually been?


    A quick examination of the Historical Catalogue of Brown University 1764-1914 (Providence, R.I.: Published by the University, 1914) reveals a Lucian Sharpe, A.B. Class of 1893 – Manufacturer with Brown and Sharpe Manufacturing Co., Providence, R..I., 1893-to present, living at 87 Prospect Street, Providence. There is also a listing of the fraternities he belonged to. You may wish to contact Brown University regarding a class photo, or more information on this graduate. You can reach Brown’s archives by email 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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    Stories of Interest

    Lebanon Daily News writer James M. Beidler has an interesting discussion of the terms genealogist and family historian in his column this week. You can read it at

    The Kentucky history staff at the Kenton County Public Library often provide genealogy tips to the Cincinnati Post. This week they discuss the U.K. website Read the article at

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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:

    A Celebration for the 250th Anniversary of the birth of the Marquis de Lafayette
    September 24, 2007, 6:30pm
    In conjunction with members of the French Heritage Society, Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire, and the Consulate General of France in Boston, NEHGS will co-host a talk by author James R. Gaines, former editor of Life, People, and Time magazines. Mr. Gaines with present his new book “For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions.” The presentation will be followed by a book signing and reception. A minimum $25 donation is requested.
    To RSVP with your donation, please call Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226.

    NEHGS Comes West
    September 26, 2007
    Join NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons and California Genealogical Society (CGS) President Jane Lindsey, along with Online Genealogist David Allen Lambert for a one-day conference devoted to helping you find your New England ancestors. The conference will take place at the historic Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, California. Registration Form

    What’s New in New England Research?
    October 4, 2007
    The Fiske Genealogical Library in Seattle, Washington will host a one-day seminar on New England resources featuring NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons and Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press, Christopher C. Child. For more information, or to register, please contact the Fiske Library at 206-328-2716.

    A Tour of the Great Migration Study Project
    October 20, 2007, 9:00am-5:00pm
    To mark the publication of The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England: 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P, NEHGS will host a one-day seminar with the director of the Great Migration Study Project, Robert Charles Anderson, who will speak on new developments in the project. Registration fee $95. Please call Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 for more information.

    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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