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  • 2007 Archive

  • Vol. 9, No. 49
    Whole #351
    December 5, 2007

    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

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    * New on
    * Coming Soon in the October Issue of the Register
    * Registration Open for 30th Annual NGS Conference in the States
    * Name Origins
    * Holiday Sales Specials
    * Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Bibliographies
    * Spotlight: Preble County District Library, Ohio
    * Stories of Interest
    * From the Online Genealogist
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New on

    Vital Records of Fitchburg, Massachusetts to 1859

    This collection of Fitchburg vital records was compiled from The Old Records of the Town of Fitchburgh Massachusetts, by Walter A. Davis of Fitchburg:

    Volume 2, 1899.  p.215-425
    “This volume contains an exact transcript of the Old Records of the Town of Fitchburgh from February 9, 1789, to April 18, 1796, besides a record of all the vital statistics contained in Volume I. and so much of Volume II. as is contained in pages 0 to 303 inclusive, being the original records prepared by Thomas Cowdin, Phinehas Hartwell and Joseph Fox, town clerks, with such additional records as were made to the family records by later clerks.”

    Volume 3,1900.  p.1-481.
    “This volume contains an exact transcript of certain old records of Volumes 2, 4 and 5 of the Old Records of the Town of Fitchburgh.”

    Volume 8, 1913. p.1-203.
    “This volume contains an abstract copy of all the records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths contained in the book lettered 'A' of the old records of the Town of Fitchburg, with the exception of some minor details which the experience of this office has shown are never required for reference, but which if included would have greatly decreased the usefulness of the volume and made the cost of production almost prohibitive. Book A was the first under the Act of 1844 relating to the registry and returns of births, marriages and deaths. It includes the births from May, 1843, through the year 1849; the marriages from May, 1844, through October, 1851; and the deaths from May, 1845, through the year 1855.”

    This database contains 4,800 births, 1,120 marriage intentions, 1,252 marriages, 1,698 deaths, and 15 "other" records. Images of the original book pages may be viewed from the search results page. These three volumes are available in our Boston Research Library, call numbers F74.F5 F5 1899, v.2; F74.F5 F5 1900, v.3; and F74.F5 F5 1913, v.8.

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    Coming Soon in the October Issue of The Register

    Notes on the Family of Deacon George Grave of Hartford, Connecticut, lays out what is known of the family of George1 Grave in London, based on family letters preserved in this country, supplemented by English records. Author Eben W. Graves has added a second marriage for Mary2 Graves (to Richard Smith of Hartford), based on this family correspondence.

    In this issue begins the Genealogical Summary for Ancestry of Bennet Eliot of Nazeing, Essex, Father of Seven Great Migration Immigrants to Massachusetts, by William Wyman Fiske. This part gives an account of WilliamD Eliot and most of his children and grandchildren, mentioning Thomas1 Jernigan of Virginia who had an Eliot connection. The Genealogical Summary will conclude in the January 2008 issue.

    While reviewing records of the Haberdashers Company of London, Leslie Mahler found The London Apprenticeship of Edward1 Rainsford of Boston, Massachusetts, to Owen Rowe, a Puritan who sent Rainsford to take care of his property and cattle in Massachusetts.

    Samuel1 Owen of Springfield and Brookfield, Massachusetts, and Three Descendants Named Samuel Owen, by Nancy Clague, is an excellent illustration of how difficult eighteenth-century New England research can be. The author is descended from Samuel4 Owen (Samuel3-2-1), but determining this line required extensive research in the deeds of Hampshire and Worcester counties. The author had to analyze all the changes in designation (Sr., Jr., 2nd, 3rd) and the changes in town of residence, almost year by year.

    Bishops Stortford is an English village with numerous seventeenth-century connections to America. William Wyman Fiske clarifies some of these in Joan (_____) (Wylley) Pilston of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire. He also points out that Thomas1 Miller of Rowley, Massachusetts, and Middletown, Connecticut, was not from Bishops Stortford.

    For more than a decade, Marie Lollo Scalisi and Virginia M. Ryan have been collecting Updates to “Peter Pattee of Haverhill, Massachusetts,” their multipart article published in the Register in 1992–93. Two of the updates were so extensive that they have been spun off as separate articles.

    Genealogist John Farmer Discovers His Ancestry: The Warwickshire Family of Edward1 Farmer, Isabel1 (Farmer) (Wyman) (Blood) Green, and Thomas1 Pollard, of Billerica, Massachusetts, Part Five, contains a genealogical summary of the Packwood and Burbage families, based on the research presented in the previous parts by author Nathaniel Lane Taylor. In addition, the possible ancestry of Mary1 (Moore) Farmer is discussed.

    And we have two pages of Additions and Corrections, most of which relate to articles published in 2005–2007.

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    Registration Open for 30th Annual NGS Conference in the States

    The National Genealogical Society has announced that registration is now open for their 30th annual Conference in the States, to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, May 14–17, 2008. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel in downtown Kansas City. NEHGS will once again be participating in the conference, with a booth in the exhibit hall and presentations by COO Thomas R. Wilcox, Jr. and librarian Rhonda R. McClure. For more details on this exciting event, visit

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    Name Origins
    by Julie Helen Otto

    SINTHE (f) – A phonetic rendering of CYNTHIA.

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    Holiday Sales Specials

    The NEHGS Sales Department is happy to offer holiday sale pricing on a number of our most popular titles, just in time for your holiday shopping! Special pricing is available on The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, New York Essays, and more than a dozen holiday bundles.

    Find out more about our specials at

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    Research Recommendations: Genealogical Writing: Bibliographies
    by Michael J. Leclerc

    One of the hallmarks of an excellent compiled genealogy is the documentation of sources for each item of information presented. The standard presentation style for this documentation is to use footnotes. The upcoming October issue of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register includes a wonderful discussion on this subject. While not a standard requirement, bibliographies are very beneficial, and add greatly to the value of your work.

    A bibliography provides an overview of the sources used by the author in compiling the work. A full bibliography contains all of the works cited. A selected bibliography includes only those works considered to be the most important by the auther. An annotated bibliography includes comments from the author after the publication information. Bibliographies appear at the end of the book, just before the index.

    The bibliography should be a single list, arranged in alphabetical order by last name of the author. If no author or editor is given for the book, it should appear in alphabetical order by the title.

    When compiling a bibliography, single-author works appear before multi-author works beginning with the same name. When an individual is the lead author on more than one multi-author works, the multi-author listings should be organized by the last name of the co-author(s).

    For successive entries by the same author, the name is replaced with a 3-em dash after the first work. The dash can stand for multiple names in the event that the same individuals collaborated on more than one work. The dash can also be used for institutional or corporate authors. When placing titles in alphabetical order, ignore the words “a,” “an,” and “the” which appear first in the title. You should always include all subtitles for books.

    When a book has a compiler, editor, transcriber, or translator, it is important to indicate such in the bibliography. Compiler is abbreviated as comp. and editor as ed. While standard guides indicate that trans. is appropriate for both transcriber and translator, this can lead to confusion among genealogists. The preferred style would be to use transcr. for transcriber and transl. for translator.

    Bibliographies are an important part of your compiled genealogy. When citing your information, you can use the short-form citation of authors last name, followed by a comma, followed by a shortened version of the title such as Mills, Evidence Explained for Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007). Readers can then go to the bibliography to get the full publication information. Bibliographies are also excellent primers for those just starting to research, or researching a new area.

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    Spotlight: Preble County District Library, Ohio
    by Valerie Beaudrault

    The county seat of Preble County, a county located in the southwestern part of the state of Ohio, is Eaton. The Preble County District Library has made a number of resources available on its website. These include both genealogy and local history resources.

    Genealogical and Historical Records of Preble County
    This database is an index to marriage records and obituaries for individuals living in Preble County. The records cover the period from the mid-nineteenth century through the late twentieth century. It is a project of the Preble County District Library staff.

    To search for a specific record, enter a name in the search box and click on the search button. The data fields in the search results include name, year of record, type of record, and a unique record ID, which is a link to a digital image of the document. You should be advised that the digital images of obituaries for several individuals often appear on a single page.

    Miami Valley Genealogical Index
    The records in this database cover a much larger area than Preble County. The database indexes a variety of records from several Ohio counties. The sources include:

    • Various census records between 1820 and 1880 for Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, and Warren counties.

    • Tax records for various years between 1798 and 1821 for all counties named above except Auglaize County.

    • Early marriage records for Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties.

    • Common Pleas Court records, and wills for Darke County.

    • Wills and County Recorder (deeds) records for Miami County.

    • County histories, family genealogy abstracts, and newsletter abstracts.

    There are links to lists of the source documents used in creating the index and the abbreviations found in the search results on the homepage. You will have to consult these lists to interpret the abbreviations and codes in the results.

    To begin your search, click on the first letter of the surname in the alphabetical list. This will bring you to the search box. Enter a surname in the box. The data fields in the search results are full name, key, year, source type, book (number code), page, relevant, and county abbreviation. The information contained in the “Relevant” field might be a place name, the name of a spouse, or age in a cemetery record

    Preble County Land Maps
    The Preble County Land Maps section contains land patent information, which comes from the Bureau of Land Management. Click on the appropriate links to access location guides for churches, cemeteries, schools and populated places. The maps include Range, Township and Section information and current route numbers and roads. There is also a link to Wally Garchow's website of Early Land Purchasers in Preble County. The data contained on this website is sorted by last name.

    Preble County Scenes from the Past
    This page contains thumbnail images of postcards containing photographs of buildings around Preble County. Click on the thumbnail to view an enlargement of the postcard.

    To explore the many other resources offered by the Preble County District Library, including Ohio Historical Inventory for Preble County, click the links found on the Genealogy and Local History webpage.

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    Stories of Interest

    I Dream of Genealogy
    Scientist Jessica Warner has written a review of an interesting new book from McGill-Queen’s University Press in Canada. The Mormons and How Humanity Keeps Track of Itself, by Queen’s University professor Donald Harman Akenson, discusses the origins and ongoing work of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in preserving family history. You can read the review in The Globe and Mail at

    Family History Sources from NARA Northeast Region
    The National Archives Northeast Region branches in New York City, Boston, and Pittsfield, have produced new leaflets detailing their resources for genealogical research. For more details, and to download a PDF of the leaflets, visit

    Genealogy Databases From Libraries
    In addition to their traditional materials, more libraries are offering electronic resources of tremendous value to genealogists. Edythe Jensen, in a piece for The Arizona Republic, reports on this subject in “Library card offers free key to helpful, often costly databases” at

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    From the Online Genealogist

    Can you direct me to where I should search for records for servicemen who were on the Prussian side of the Franco-Prussian war? My great-grandfather's death certificate states that he was buried with medals from this war. I would like to find out his rank and what these medals were.

    Thank you for your note on the Franco-Prussian War. Sadly another war took the personnel rosters and card indices for the Prussian Army. They were destroyed during an air raid on Berlin in February 1945. Some medical records survived and are housed at:

    Krankenbuchlager Berlin
    Wattstrasse 11-13,
    13355 Berlin

    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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    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:

    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.

    New Visitor Welcome & Library Tour
    Saturday, January 5, 2008, 10:00 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.

    Getting the Most from NEHGS Databases
    Wednesday, January 9, 2008 10:00 a.m.
    With over 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.

    Lafayette in America 1824 and 1825
    Monday, January 28, 2008, 6:30 pm
    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, the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut, and the Consulate General of France in Boston, NEHGS will co-host a talk by author Alan Hoffman on his new unabridged English translation of Auguste Levasseur’s Lafayette en Amérique en 1824 et 1825. A book signing and reception will follow. A minimum $25 donation is requested.

    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

    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 for the three-day program; $100 for a single day.
    For more information visit

    Technology and Genealogy Seminar
    Friday, February 22–Saturday, February 23, 2008
    NEHGS is proud to offer a two-day in-depth seminar exploring the important relationship between technology and genealogy. NEHGS staff experts will provide lectures, demonstrations, and discussions focusing on key aspects of technology in family history research. Topics will include internet search techniques, evaluations of genealogical software, use of PDAs in genealogical research, how scanning can improve your data collection, organizing your research with Microsoft, and digital assistance in the publishing age. Participants will also have an opportunity to enter a drawing for software packages, including Adobe Photoshop Elements and ACDSee PhotoManager.
    Registration fee: $150
    For more information visit


    Quebec Research Tour
    Sunday, June 15–Sunday, June 22, 2008
    Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by joining NEHGS staff experts Michael J. Leclerc and Pauline Cusson for a research week in Montreal, Quebec. This unique opportunity will allow participants to take advantage of two premier Canadian repositories, the Société Généalogique Canadienne-Française (SGCF) and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). These 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; Double with non-participant, $1,850; Commuter, $775 (no lodging).
    For more information visit


    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 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: Registration is full. To be added to the wait-list, please contact Ryan Woods at

    Other 2008 Tours
    Massachusetts Archives Research Day

    Thursday, March 27, 2008
    For more information visit

    National Archives Research Day
    Thursday, May 22, 2008

    Come Home to New England
    #1 Monday, June 23–Saturday, June 28, 2008
    #2 Monday, August 11–Saturday, August 16, 2008

    Salt Lake City Research Tour
    Sunday, November 2–Sunday, November 9, 2008

    For more information about NEHGS programs, visit or email

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