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  • 2007 Archive

  • Vol. 9, No. 32
    Whole #334
    August 8, 2007

    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * New on
    * Your Famous People in Archdiocese of Milwaukee Cemeteries
    * NEHGS at FGS
    * Name Origins
    * Used and Remainder Book Sale
    * Research Recommendations:Genealogical Writing: Submitting Your Book for Review
    * Spotlight: New York Marble Cemetery
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Stories of Interest
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Databases on New

    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register - Just added 2003

    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database is one of the most frequently used databases on We are working to bring the database up to date to include the most current issues of the Register. This week, we add the four issues of Volume 157, published in 2003.

    The Settlers of the Beekman Patent

    New sketches added for the Darby(shire), Darling, Dart, Davenport, and Davidts Families.

    The Settlers of the Beekman Patent series, by Frank J. Doherty, contains data on over thirteen hundred families who settled in the Beekman Patent, an original land grant given to Col. Henry Beekman in 1697 by the English Crown and the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County, New York. Many emigrants from New England lived in and passed through the Beekman Patent on their way west. Others, such as the Palatines and Quakers (almost all from New England), were early settlers and remained for several generations or more.

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    Your Famous People in Archdiocese of Milwaukee Cemeteries

    Dennis Lohr recently made a posting on Dick Eastman’s blog about the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s website. They have added a wonderful feature that allows individuals to post images and biographies of their ancestors who are buried in Archdiocesan cemeteries. They call this feature Your Famous People. In their words: “The people buried in our cemeteries have made a significant impact on our community. You may know people not famous to others, but who are YOUR Famous People because of who they were and the impact they made on your life.”

    They also have a searchable online database of burials in the eight cemeteries operated by the Archdiocese, but it does not include burials in more than 100 Catholic cemeteries within the Archdiocese that are run by individual parishes.

    Visit for more information.

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    NEHGS at FGS

    Please join NEHGS at the FGS/ACPL Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, next week at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Staff members Michael J. Leclerc, Rhonda R. McClure, and D. Joshua Taylor and President and CEO D. Brenton Simons will be among the nation’s top genealogists speaking at the conference.

    Michael will be presenting Beyond Localities: Using Maps, Atlases, and Gazetteers and Advanced French-Canadian Research. Rhonda will be discussing Taking it With You: Using PDAs in Your Genealogical Research; Old and New: Combining the Best of Internet and Traditional Research; and Fraternally Yours – Identifying Fraternal Organizations of Your Ancestors. Josh will be teaching people about the Rules of Order: Effective Use of Parliamentary Procedure in Your Society; Inform, Promote, and Expand: Keeping Your Society’s Website Alive; and They Went West: New Englanders in the Midwest.

    D. Brenton Simons will be the NEHGS luncheon speaker, discussing What’s New in New England Genealogy? on Friday afternoon.

    The Society will also have a presence in the exhibit hall, in booths 905 and 907. Please stop by and say hello to the staff. For more details about the conference itself, visit

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    NAN, NANNY (f) – Formed from ANNE.
    NANCY (f) – Formed from ANNE, this became a name in its own right.

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    Used and Remainder Book Sale

    The NEHGS Sales department has an overstock of certain used and remainder 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. Remainder books are single titles that are being sold to make room for more inventory.

    Prices have been cut by as much as 80% on more than 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 This sale will end on Wednesday, August 15th, 2007.


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    Research Recommendations

    Genealogical Writing: Submitting Your Book for Review
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    NEHGS member Jerry Smith recently wrote to me inquiring about the best way to have his book reviewed where acquisitions librarians for genealogical repositories would find it. This is an excellent question, and brings up one of the best ways to get the word out about your book: getting it reviewed.

    Book reviews are done in a number of places, ranging from small local genealogical periodicals to national publishing-industry magazines. The first question to ask yourself it: “Who is the target audience for my book?” Is this a how-to manual, a compilation of records, or a family genealogy? The answer to that question will determine where you send your book.

    Scholarly genealogical journals of record (such as The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and The American Genealogist) will review books from all of those areas. You will often be asked to provide two copies for review. One goes to the reviewer, the other to the library. The Federation of Genealogical Societies publishes reviews in each issue of their quarterly magazine, FORUM. This magazine goes out to hundreds of genealogical societies, libraries, and archives around the country.

    If you are publishing a compilation of records, make sure you target publications in the area the records cover. The same holds true for a compiled genealogy. Target places where major portions of the family resided and let them know. Local newspapers may run reviews of your book.

    Make sure that when you send your book for review, you include a cover letter with publication, price, and ordering information. It should also include marketing copy explaining the significance of the work.

    In addition to reviews, many magazines will run announcements of your work. Magazines such as Ancestry will publish new book announcements. You provide them some marketing copy and an image of the book cover, and they will publish it. You can just adapt the cover letter that you send with review copies into your announcement.

    Please remember this major caveat: read the submission guidelines for reviews and announcements for each publication before submitting anything. Nobody is obligated to publish a review or announcement just because you send it to them. All of the periodicals receive many more announcements and requests for review than they can possibly accommodate. Put your best foot forward when approaching them, and please understand that if they don’t review your piece (or place it among their announcements), it does not necessarily mean that your book is unworthy. One of the most difficult tasks editors face is choosing among multiple worthy pieces to fit in the limited space available.

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    Spotlight: New York Marble Cemetery
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The New York Marble Cemetery is a small cemetery located in Manhattan. It occupies one-half acre in the East Village, bounded by East 2nd and 3rd Streets, Second Avenue, and the Bowery. The cemetery was established in 1830, with the first burial taking place in December of that year. It was the first non-sectarian burial place in New York City open to the public. The New York Marble Cemetery contains 156 family vaults, rather than earth graves. There are no markers on the ground. Instead, marble plaques were set into the Cemetery’s walls giving the names of families interred in nearby vaults. It is a designated New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Cemetery’s burial records were published in New York Marble Cemetery Interments, 1830 – 1937, by Anne Wright Brown (Rhinebeck, N.Y.: Kinship Publishers, 1999). This volume also includes additional information such as “biographical information gathered from descendants, family genealogies, newspapers, and city directories." The early papers, including bound photostatic copies of the two original registers and vault listings were deposited at the New-York Historical Society. The information in these registers varies under different superintendents. Two typescripts of vault listings and an alphabetical list of interments are available on microfilm from the Family History Library. The Cemetery website notes that these films are less than ideal due to condition and completeness of the typescripts.

    New York Marble Cemetery Online Resources

    The Cemetery website contains a list of Early Vault Owners, which includes the full name of the individual and the vault number. An asterisk denotes where vaults were later sold or transferred. The website also has a transcription of the Cemetery Wall Tablets which indicate the names of owners of the vaults. There are no individual headstones in the cemetery. The names of individuals buried there are found only in the registers.

    There are two databases on the website, which contain lists of individuals interred there. One is ordered by name and the other is by vault. The data fields in both databases include name, vault number, interment date, date born and comment. In some cases additional name related information has been included to help with identification of the deceased. The vault numbers and dates of interment are contained in the Cemetery records. Dates of birth have been calculated from age at death or drawn from secondary sources. In the List of Interments by name, married women with known maiden names are listed twice with an asterisk following their maiden name. In the Interments by Vault list there are no separate entries for maiden names. An email address for genealogy-related inquiries is located at the beginning of each interment list page.

    Other resources on the website include a listing of the most common causes of death for the period from 1830–1937, as well as Drawings and Illustrations related to the Cemetery.

    The Other Marble Cemetery
    About a year after the New York Marble Cemetery was founded, another, unrelated burial place with a similar name — New York City Marble Cemetery — was established. Click on the link for the Other Marble Cemetery in the index on the homepage to access that cemetery’s website. The resources on this website include a list of all known interments, a list of all vault owners as of May 4, 1891, a plot plan, and a history of the cemetery. Click on the name links in 1891 owners list to access biographical information about vault owners.

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    From the Online Genealogist

    I recently got a death record for a Fannie (Sugarman) Abrams who died in Massachusetts in 1938. Her death record says her place of burial is “Custom Tailors” in West Roxbury. I am certain this is not a cremation at a tailor shop, but I am unclear what this means.


    Custom Tailors is a section of the Baker Street Cemetery. This Jewish cemetery is located at 766 Baker Street in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, telephone: 617-323-4066. You can see a map of this cemetery at
    It is very common to find the names of a section within a Jewish Cemetery named on the death certificate.


    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

    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle recently ran a piece by Julie Sevrens Lyons originally published in the San Jose Mercury News on using maps in family history research. The piece also includes numerous links for further research. You can read it at

    Col. Morgan Morgan is widely considered to be the first white settler in present-day West Virginia. His descendants recently gathered at Pricketts Fort for their 100th family reunion. Read their story in the Times West Virginian at

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    Each year the Society presents a large number of lectures, seminars, and tours for genealogists. Programs are held at 101 Newbury Street unless otherwise indicated.

    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 will 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. Learn more.

    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.

    The Naked Quaker
    October 17, 2007, 6:30pm
    Award-winning author and popular contributor to New England Ancestors Diane Rapaport will present an engaging look at her forthcoming book, The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England. As a lawyer and historian, Ms. Rapaport provides a unique and revealing perspective on the underside of Puritan life. The presentation will be followed by a book signing and reception.

    Great Migration Study Project One Day Seminar
    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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