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  • 2007 Archive

  • Vol. 9, No. 40
    Whole #342
    October 3, 2007

    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * New on
    * Survey
    * Adds Census Records
    * Name Origins
    * Naked Quaker on Sale
    * Research Recommendations: The National Archives [UK] Podcasts
    * Spotlight: Texas State 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 2004

    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 158, published in 2004.

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    ******************************** Survey

    As part of our online database development efforts for, NEHGS is conducting an interest survey. Your participation in this survey will assist us in developing our long- and short-term goals for database projects. Please take a moment to fill out the survey. If you have any questions, please contact us at

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    ********************************** Adds Census Records is adding browseable images of the 1790 through 1920 U.S. Federal Census to their databases this week. While only partially indexed, the images are fully browseable by location. is planning to index the census images in the future. New images will be uploaded daily. All databases are free for the first ten days after their release. Visit for additional information.

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    Sound shifts to watch out for:
    TH to F: Seen in some London dialects (e.g. fink ‘think’).
    TH to T: Seen in some Irish dialects (tink or t’ink ‘think’).

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    Naked Quaker on Sale

    The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England
    By Diane Rapaport

    On court days in colonial New England, folks gathered from miles around to listen as local magistrates convened to hear cases. In the abundant records extant from these hearings, we experience the passions and concerns of ordinary people, often in their own words, more than three centuries after the emotion-charged events that brought them to court. Rapaport is a lawyer and historian who, by drawing on these court records, has created an award-winning column for New England Ancestors, the magazine of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Some of the twenty-five true stories in The Naked Quaker were previously published there; others are new to this volume. Rapaport’s topics include: “Witches and Wild Women,” “Coupling,” “Tavern Tales,” and “Sunday Meeting.” The title story concerns a Quaker woman who walked into Puritan Sunday meeting and dropped her dress in front of the gathering, to protest actions of the colonial authorities. The Naked Quaker takes us into the lives of our ancestors, revealing how they behaved and spoke. The word “Puritan” conjures up dour images of seventeenth-century New Englanders. We rarely think of Puritans as people who had fun, or sex. But while our ancestors used different words, human nature was not so different 350 years ago.

    Ms. Rapaport will be giving a free lecture at NEHGS on October 17th, 2007.

    Regularly $19.95, we are happy to offer it for one week at $17.00. Price does not include shipping (4.00 for book rate or $7.50 for UPS). Offer good through October 9th, 2007. Buy your copy today by calling 617-226-1212.

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    Research Recommendations: The National Archives [UK] Podcasts
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Podcasts have become an important educational tool for genealogists, and more are being added frequently. While many of these are amateur genealogists trying to assist other researchers, a number of them are quite professional. As part of their ongoing digital initiative, The National Archives of England and Wales provide regular free podcasts on a wide variety of research topics.

    These podcasts are presented by noted researchers, genealogists, and historians. They explore a wide depth of both historical and genealogical subjects. The talks often include information about records available at repositories other than the National Archives. Among the topics covered to date:

    • Workhouse Records for Family Historians
    • Marriages at Sea – Fact or Fiction?
    • Sex, Lies & Civil Registration
    • The Dichotomies of Drink (from the exhibition Drink: The History of Alcohol 1690-1920)
    • Sahib, The British Soldier in India, 1750-1914

    You can subscribe to the podcasts for free at They are also available for free from The National Archives at If you subscribe through iTunes they will automatically download when a new podcast is available. If you download them through the website of The National Archives, you will need to visit frequently and manually download them.

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    Spotlight: Texas State Cemetery
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The Texas State Cemetery is located, about one block east of the State Capitol in Austin. The 18-acre cemetery was established as a private cemetery in 1851 with the burial of General Edward Burleson, who served with Sam Houston in the Battle of San Jacinto. Burleston also served as Vice President of the Republic of Texas. Many other notable Texans are buried there.

    The state took it over in 1854. Burleson was the only burial for the first 5 years of its existence. When the State of Texas took over the Confederate Men’s and Women’s Home in the late nineteenth century, they began to bury the Home’s residents — former enlisted men and their wives — there when they died. The Texas State Cemetery was already the resting place for many Confederate generals. More than 2,200 Confederate veterans and their spouses are buried there.

    The Texas State Cemetery Confederate Research Project was begun to collect information on all Confederate veterans and their spouses who are buried there. A goal of the project is to make the collected information available for genealogical research. Each of these people has an individual webpage on the site that includes name, date of birth, date of death, date of burial, short biographical sketch, individual photograph, and headstone photograph. The Project is still actively seeking information on the veterans and spouses.

    Many ‘Honored Texans’ have been buried in the cemetery. They include governors, lieutenant governors, speakers of the Texas House of Representatives, signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, First Ladies of Texas, authors, Texas Rangers, Republic Of Texas veterans, Confederate generals, Medal of Honor recipients, and American Revolutionary War veterans. Two Revolutionary War veterans are buried there, as well as 13 governors, including Ann Richards. Miriam “Ma” Amanda Ferguson — the first woman to serve as governor of Texas — is also buried in the cemetery, alongside her husband, James “Pa” Edward Ferguson. “Pa” Ferguson served as governor from 1915 to 1917 and was impeached during his second term. When he failed to get his name on the ballot in 1924, she ran and was elected. Visit their web pages to learn more about these interesting individuals.

    The Master List of Burials can be searched by name or by location of the grave. You can also choose from one of 15 cemetery eligibility criteria. Search results include ID number, last name, first name, middle name, birth date, and death date. Click on the ‘Select’ button at the beginning of the record to view the deceased’s webpage. Each webpage on the site that includes name, location of grave, reason for eligibility, date of birth, date of death, date of burial, short biographical sketch, individual photograph, and headstone photograph, as well as a transcription of the headstone inscription.

    Click on the map icon on the search page to search by location of a gravesite, which will open a page containing a cemetery map with outlined sections. Then click on a section to open an enlargement of the section. Finally, click on an individual grave to open the webpage for the person buried in that grave.

    There are several monuments in the cemetery that honor groups of individuals. You have the Medal of Honor, Gold Star Mothers, Purple Heart, VE/VJ Day, the Nine Men of Praha monuments, and several more. The Nine Men of Praha monument is dedicated to the memory of nine soldiers from Praha who died between February 1944 and February 1945. Praha is a small community in Fayette County, Texas. The deaths of these soldiers wiped out an entire generation of men from that town.

    The Texas State Cemetery website also offers a photo gallery and tour to site visitors. Click on the Photo Gallery and Tour link on the homepage to access the Photo Gallery, Panoramic Image Gallery, and Virtual Panoramic Gallery.

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    From the Online Genealogist

    Can you explain how I can use the Nova Scotia marriage licenses in your collection? I cannot seem to find any published or microfilm indexes.

    To find a marriage license you need to obtain the license number from the marriage records. Marriage records are indexed and available on microfilm at NEHGS, or online at The following example may assist you.

    Searching for John W. Chisholm of Guysborough County, I located his 1890 marriage record online. Viewing the original record books, I see the number 51 in the far left column. This is the marriage license number. I next go to the NEHGS Library Microtext department (4th floor) and look for microfilm call number CS88/N64443/N68. This call number represents the entire collection of Nova Scotia marriage licenses. Licenses are organized by county, and by year within each county. Once you have the corresponding film covering Guysborough County and the year 1890 I search in numerical order for the marriage license number 51. These documents will often include the signature of the bride and groom, and may include data not filled out completely on the marriage certificate.

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    Stories of Interest

    A Scottsboro, Alabama, couple recently celebrated a rare occurrence. As teenagers they married against their parents’ wishes. Alonzo and Beulah Sims must have had something going for them, as their wedding took place in 1927, and they recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary. Read more at

    BBC reporter Cristina Jiminez reports on new technology to reveal worn inscriptions on gravestones developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. Read the story at

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    Upcoming Education Programs

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

    The following programs will be held October–November 2007:

    Boston Discovers Boston: 17th-Century Treasures
    October 13, 2007, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    NEHGS and The Partnership of the Historic Bostons (PHB) will present a free one-day seminar featuring the history and treasures of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The seminar will include discussion and display of original books and documents from the officers of the Mass. Bay Colony; participants will also learn the unique historical connection between Boston, Massachusetts and Boston, Lincolnshire, England. To register, please call Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 for more information.

    The Austro-Hungarian Empire: Conventional and Non-Conventional Resources
    October 14, 2007, 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Gann Academy, 333 Forest Street, Waltham, MA
    The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and NEHGS will co-sponsor a discussion on resources relating to the Austro-Hungarian Empire by Henry Wellisch. Mr. Wellisch escaped in 1940 from Vienna, where he was born. Over 20 years ago he began to investigate his family background, has concentrated his research on the Austro-Hungarian Empire and has traced his family back into the18th century. He has published numerous articles, lectured on various genealogical subjects and was the president of the Jewish Genealogical Societ of Canada from 1993 to 1998. Please call Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 for more information.

    The Naked Quaker
    October 17, 2007, 6:30 p.m.
    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, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    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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