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  • 2007 Archive

  • Vol. 9, No. 46
    Whole #348
    November 14, 2007

    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * New on
    * NEHGS and Partnership
    * New England History Festival Update
    * Name Origins
    * From the Sales Department
    * Research Recommendations: TNA's Latin Tutorials
    * Spotlight: Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project
    * Stories of Interest
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Databases on New

    Vital Records of Falmouth, Mass. to 1850

    In 2007, The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations granted permission to NEHGS to digitize and present this work. The original was originally published in 1975 and is now out of print. From the introduction:

    “Less than ten percent of the Vital Records of Falmouth to 1850 have previously appeared in print. These constitute about 23 pages in volumes 3 and 4 of The Genealogical Advertiser which were published in 1900 and 1901, and reprinted by GPC in 1974.

    "In this volume the Society proudly presents the work of Col. Oliver B. Brown USA (Ret.). Over the past seven years he has copied, alphabetically arranged and typed the Falmouth Town Records, as well as the Bible records, church records and cemetery inscriptions of Falmouth. A comparison of his typescript with the Vital Records in The Genealogical Advertiser and among the abstracts my husband and I made from the Town records for the Samson Five Generations Project convinced us of the accuracy of Colonel Brown's work.

    "Unlike the Marshfield and Yarmouth Vital Records published in 1969 and 1975, this book is patterned after the alphabetical Massachusetts Vital Records series. There are three listings: the first for births and baptisms, the next for marriages and intentions, and the last for deaths. Every item which does not come from the Town record books is keyed to a list of sources on pages viii and ix.”

    This database contains 6,416 births, 3,823 marriages, and 1,896 deaths.
    This volume is also available in our Boston research library, call number F74/F3/B76 1976.

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    NEHGS and Partnership

    As we announced last month, NEHGS and are collaborating to bring new benefits to our members, including discounts on Ancestry store products and subscriptions to For more details on this exciting opportunity, visit

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    New England History Festival Update

    Two weeks ago we reported about the New England History Festival which will take place on Saturday, November 24, at 6:00 PM at the Hibernian Hall in Watertown, Massachusetts.

    Unfortunately, Stephanie Schorow will be unable to attend the festival. In her place will be Bill Rose, one of the most knowledgeable researchers on Revolutionary War naval battles in America today, who will present his lecture “Why We Don’t Speak French – Salt Water in the American Revolution.” Rose, a very successful entrepreneur, will bring his presentation to life as he dons the uniform of a French Admiral.

    Other speakers include Steven Puleo, whose books include The Boston Italians and his newest release Due To Enemy Action, who will be speaking about his benchmark book Dark Tide; Michael Tougias, whose books include Ten Hours Until Dawn, King Philip’s War and Nature Walks In Eastern Massachusetts, who will be speaking about his latest book Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival At Sea, which recounts the exploits of two small fishing boats that were caught and decimated in a monster storm; and John Horrigan, the event’s producer, a New England Folklorist and “pocket historian” who has lectured on historical fires, weather and astronomical events such as The Great Hurricane of 1938, Winters of The Revolution, Earthquakes of Olde New England, The Great Brant Rock Fire, The Great Nantucket Fire and The Night The Stars Fell. Horrigan will be presenting New England’s Dark Day, about the events of May 19, 1780.

    Admission is $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for seniors, students and all current members of historical societies. There will be trivia, prizes, exhibits, concessions and souvenirs. Tickets can be obtained by visiting

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    RO (m) – Spanish abbreviation for RODRIGO.
    ROB, BOB (m)– Nicknames derived from ROBERT.

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    From the Sales Department

    Used and Remaindered Book Sale
    The NEHGS sales department has an overstock of certain used 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.

    Prices have been cut by as much as 80% on more than 150 different 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 price and ordering information, please send an email with the words "USED BOOKS" in the subject line to

    Please note that this list will not be available until noon on Thursday, November 15.

    Classic Reprints Catalog Sale
    Did you know that NEHGS offers a catalog of classic reprints of more than 10,000 hard-to-find or out-of-print books? The NEHGS Special Orders Catalog includes high-quality reprints of books that have long been out of print or are hard-to-find. All special order books are printed on acid-free paper in hardback bindings and many are available in soft cover. Find your family in our massive new catalog! We are so sure you will love this catalog that with its purchase you will receive a coupon towards $10 off your first order from it!

    Special Sale Price until December 1, 2007: $9.00 + shipping. To order the catalog visit

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    Research Recommendations: TNA's Latin Tutorials
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    Two weeksago I wrote about the Palaeography tutorial available online from The National Archives of England and Wales (TNA). This story proved so popular I wanted to share another wonderful tutorial I’ve used on their website — this one for Latin.

    Many early documents were written in Latin. Not just church records, but wills and other important official documents as well. This tutorial is geared towards the Latin used between 1086 and 1733, when Latin was the official language of documents written in England. You do not need to have previous understanding of Latin to take the tutorial.

    After reading the Introduction, review the Where to Start section. This will give you some tips to help you in the learning process. The tutorial itself is divided into twelve lessons, getting progressively more difficult. Each lesson deals with one aspect of Latin grammar and provides hints and memory aids, documents highlighting this aspect of grammar, check lists, five Latin phrases or sentences for you to translate, and activities and games for you to try.

    A separate Reference section provides a great deal of useful information. The first part, dealing with dating Latin documents, discusses numbers, dates, Roman numerals, months, days of the week, feasts, and octaves. The second part shows you how to form personal names in the first, second, and third declensions. The third part discusses common problems with Latin used in documents. The final part is a bibliography of sources for additional reading. The last section of the tutorial gathers the activities from each of the twelve lessons together so that you can easily review them from time to time.

    No matter where you are in the tutorial, a glossary, word list, and grammar table are available through links in the upper-right corner of the page. These links open up pop-up windows, so make sure that you have set your browser to accept pop-ups from this website.

    The Beginner’s Latin tutorial proved so successful that TNA recently added an Advanced Latin tutorial. Once again there are twelve lessons: Imperfect Tense; Pluperfect Tense; Future Simple Tense; Pronouns; Passive Verbs; Participles – Past, Present, and Future; Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs; Subjunctive; Deponent and Semi-Deponent Verbs; Gerunds and Gerundives; and Infinitives: Accusative and Infinitive Clause. Each lesson has an accompanying activity.

    There is a section on practice sentences also. Each sentence includes an image of an original document and a transcription in the original Latin. Beneath the transcription is a box for you to enter your translation. After submitting your translation a new screen appears telling you how accurate your translation was.

    Another bibliography of works for additional reading accompanies this tutorial. As with the Beginniner’s Latin tutorial, definitions, a word list, and a grammar table are available by links in the upper-right corner.

    Understanding Latin is very helpful to genealogists working in Colonial-American and early-English documents. These tutorials are well-developed and easy to use. The best part is that you can progress through them at your own pace. You can view the Beginner’s Tutorial at The Advanced Tutorial is available at

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    Spotlight: Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    This digitization project brings together historical materials from a number of collections in an effort to further historical research by those interested in Alberta’s rich history. Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project is a project of the University of Calgary Press project in partnership with the Galileo Educational Network Association, the Provincial Archives of Alberta, the Glenbow Museum, the Nickle Arts Museum, the Historical Society of Alberta, the University of Calgary Image Centre, and the University of Alberta. Click on the individual collection link to view it.

    Local Histories
    The Local and Alberta Histories collection contains province-wide histories as wella s those of specific regions and communities. The primary sources for this collection are A Bibliography of the Prairie Provinces to 1953 with Biographical Index, compiled by Bruce Braden Peel, and Alberta, 1954–1979 A Provincial Bibliography, compiled by Gloria M. Strathern. In addition to these bibliographies the collection contains a number of more recently published histories.

    Browse through by author, book title, and/or subject. Researchers can search the collection by author, book title, chapter title, subject, and/or keywords found in the text. The search results returned include the book’s title and the author’s name. Click on the title to view the page images.

    Alberta Newspapers
    The Early Alberta Newspaper collection covers the period 1885–2001. There are currently 787,662 images in the collection. Researchers can view the collection by year or by location. There are newspapers in the online collection from forty difference locations in Alberta. Make your selection and click the ‘Look up’ button. For example, if you want to view the collection by year, select a year and click the button. This will bring you to a page with a list of newspapers available for that year. Choose a newspaper and click on the ‘view now’ link to access an index of issues for the particular newspaper. Click on the date link to view images of the newspaper.

    Other project resources include, but are not limited to the following:

    Calgary Stampede Archives Online: This collection contains photographs, programs, catalogues, corporate records and other printed ephemera related to the Calgary Stampede.

    Grande Prairie Photographs: This part of the digitization project includes The Isabel Campbell Photographic Collection, which contains more than 1,000 images of Grande Prairie scenes, and the Grande Prairie Newspaper Collection. The newspaper collection contains more than 17,000 images from five Grande Prairie newspapers. They cover the period from March 1913 through December 1942. Click on the ‘view now’ link to access links the individual issues of each newspaper. Click on the specific newspaper link to view the pages.

    Historical Airphotos: This collection contains about 30,000 images, which are in the public domain. They historical images of Alberta from the air and were taken between 1924 and 1952. The images are mainly of urban areas.

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    Stories of Interest

    The Largest Slave Traders in American History
    Boston filmmaker Katrina Browne is a descendant of the DeWolf family of Bristol, Rhode Island, the largest slave-trading family in American history. She has just completed almost a decade of work on Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. This 85-minute documentary candidly tells the story of her ancestors and their role in the trade. Providence Journal staff writer Paul Davis interviewed Browne for an article published last week. You can read the full article at Find out more about the film at

    Start Small
    Diana Lynn Tibert, a writer for The Western Star, gives sage advice about writing your family history in her recent column “Start with Small Genealogy Projects,” which you can read online 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. For more information, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or

    The following programs will be held December through January 2007:

    New Visitor Welcome & Library Tour
    Wednesday, December 5, 2007 10 a.m. and Saturday, January 5, 2008 10 a.m.
    New visitors will participate in an introduction and orientation to the Society, including the opportunity to describe their research and have staff genealogists offer general advice on how to proceed. The free thirty-minute introductory lecture will be followed by a tour of the library.

    The Acadian Deportation
    Saturday, December 8, 2007, 10:00 a.m.
    Lucie LeBlanc Consentino, author and owner of the website the Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home (, will speak about the forced deportation of Acadians from Nova Scotia during the Great Diaspora between 1755 and 1763.

    The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales
    Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 10:00 a.m.
    Gary Boyd Roberts, NEHGS Senior Research Scholar Emeritus, will cover both Diana’s English ancestry, often noble, and the New England and American forebears of her mother, plus surprising American immigrant kin of her English and Scottish ancestors

    Getting the Most from NEHGS Databases
    Wednesday, January 9, 2008 10 a.m.
    With more than 110 million names in 2,200 databases, is the primary internet resource for New England genealogy. This free lecture will offer an overview of the Society’s website and online databases.

    By Faith Alone
    Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 6:30 pm
    Join NEHGS for a special evening with distinguished journalist and CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth as he discuses his new book By Faith Alone: One Family’s Epic Journey Through American Protestantism. The lecture will be followed by a book singing and reception. A minimum $15 donation is requested.

    Seminars and Tours
    For more information or to register for any of these events, please contact Ryan Woods at 617-226-1226 or

    Technology and Genealogy Seminar
    Friday, February 22–Saturday, February 23, 2008
    NEHGS is proud to host a two-day, in-depth seminar exploring the important relationship between technology and genealogy. Over the course of the seminar, participants will hear from staff experts on Internet search techniques, customizing your Internet experience, electronic database-building, scanning software, and the newest trends in must-have hardware and software.
    Registration fee: $150

    Weekend Research Getaway
    #1 Thursday, February 7–Saturday, February 9, 2008
    #2 Thursday, April 10–Saturday, April 12, 2008
    Weekend Research Getaways in Boston are among the most popular NEHGS programs in recent years. Escape to 101 Newbury Street and experience a guided research program, with one-on-one consultations and special access to the collections. Whether you are a first-time participant or have participated in a guided research program before, an on-site visit to NEHGS with our expert staff is sure to further your research. Bring your charts and expect some breakthroughs!
    Registration fees: $300 the three-day program; $100 for a single day.

    Quebec Research Tour
    Sunday, June 15–Sunday, June 22, 2008
    Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by joining NEHGS staff experts Pauline Cusson and Michael J. Leclerc for a research week in Montreal, Quebec. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the great resources of the archives with two of the Society’s staff experts, as well as the staff and volunteers at the archives. The archives hold documents from the earliest settlement of Quebec through the English period down to the twentieth century. Participants will receive one-on-one consultations, providing guidance and suggestions for research. Whether your ancestors spoke French or English, the archival records will help you to break through your brick walls and discover where they came from.
    Registration fees (includes seven nights lodging at the Hôtel Les Suites Labelle): Single, $1,550; Double, $1,350 per person; Double with non-participant, $1,850; Commuter, $775 (no lodging).


    Great Migration Tour to England
    Tuesday, August 5–Friday, August 15, 2008
    Based in Chelmsford, England, this inaugural Great Migration tour with Robert Charles Anderson will visit the historically significant locations in Essex and Hertfordshire counties associated with the families who migrated to New England in 1631, 1632, and 1633. The primary focus of the tour will be the migrations and activities connected to four influential ministers of the period: Thomas Hooker, John Eliot, Thomas Weld, and Roger Williams.
    Registration fees: $3,995 per person.

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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