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New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, called HistGen by members, is primarily focused on New England but it does have interests throughout the US and the rest of the world. The Register is the primary publication but it also has produced numerous books including The Great Migration Begins and the Great Migration. It also publishes a weekly newsletter that includes several items of interest beyond New England. They include Research Recommendations, Spotlight, Stories of Interest and Question of the Day. We’ll touch on some of those here that have appeared since January 1, 2009. Obviously, if the research area coincides with an area you are researching, it becomes useful to you but not to everyone.

Research Recommendations: These are mostly links to places on the Internet but are sometimes suggestions on how do do research and places to physically visit. They are covered in a usually short, interesting article by Michael J. Leclerc.

Spotlight: This short article usually pinpoints a library or agency that has placed documents on line. It’s usually specific to a certain location.

Stories of Interest: This article points to several published stories, usually of historical interest.

Question of the Day: This is a new feature in which the Online Genealogist, David M. Lambert answers readers’ questions. One answer is presented in each issue but he answers a question a day; previous ones are in the archive.

Articles Since January 1, 2009.

We’ll look at some of these just to show the diversity of information available.

A couple of years ago, Newsbank decided to create an online service that would be helpful to genealogists. Since that time, has grown into a tremendous collection of electronic resources that are very valuable for genealogists.

The town of Billerica is located in Middlesex County, about 20 miles northwest of Boston and just south of the city of Lowell. The town was incorporated in 1655. The Local History department of the Billerica Public Library has made a number of resources available on its website.

I found , which calculates values from 1774 to the present. Seems to do what I want to do, only it does it too well. It gives me 6 different values, over a very wide range.

Hickory Public Library, North Carolina

Incorporated in 1870, the city of Hickory is located in the Piedmont region of central-western North Carolina. Located primarily within Catawba County, its borders extend into portions of Burke and Caldwell counties. The Hickory Public Library has made a number of resources available on its website. Click on the Genealogy link on the homepage to access them.

 Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society, California

Lake Elsinore is a city in western Riverside County in southern California. The Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society has a few cemetery and obituary resources on its website. Click on the page links to access the resources.

Both NAI and PRONI have active programs for reviewing collections and making materials available online. The PRONI website, , provides a great introduction to family history research in Northern Ireland and materials held at PRONI. In addition to their online catalog, PRONI currently has three major databases for genealogists. The Ulster Covenant was signed on September 28, 1912, in protest of the Third Home Rule Bill, which would have established a Home Rule Parliament in Dublin. The Covenant was signed by 237,368 men. The accompanying Declaration was signed by 234,046 women. Together they represent almost a half million adult residents of Ulster.

NAI does not yet have as many records online as PRONI, but there are a large number of finding aids on their website, , that will help you to understand genealogical research in the Republic, and what records are and are not available at NAI. Their major online database project at the moment is the digitization of the 1901 and 1911 census records. The returns for the 1911 census in the counties of Dublin, Antrim, Down, and Kerry are currently available. The rest of the counties are scheduled to be released over the course of the next six months or so. The census project is a joint effort of NAI, PRONI, the National Library of Ireland, Dublin City Library and Archives, the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, the Irish Railway Records Society, the Fingal County Council Archives, and Library and Archives Canada.

British History Online can be found at . Any serious British researcher will find this site invaluable.

The city of Rochester, located in western New York, south of Lake Ontario, is the seat of Monroe County. The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County has a substantial local history and genealogy collection with a number of its resources available online. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view most of these resources.

The Family History Library’s website has for years been an indispensable tool for genealogical research. The International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Pedigree Research File, Vital Records Index, and Census transcriptions have been providing online access to names, dates, and places for a decade. And the Family History Library Catalog is the gateway to millions of records from around the world, available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and their Family History Center network.

More than 500 people now belong to the group, which is growing quickly. If you have some free time, consider volunteering a bit with this worthwhile cause. Reuniting deceased individuals with family members is very rewarding, and can save families from a lifetime of wondering what happened to their loved one. Fine out more and learn how to volunteer at

Pennington County is located in the northwest corner of Minnesota. Thief River Falls is the county seat. The Pennington County Historical Society has made a number of materials available on their website.

Reunion has long been the standard program for Macintosh users to use for their genealogy. Leister Productions has now released a companion application for use on the iPhone and iPod Touch that is sure to delight everyone who uses it.

Suffolk Historic Newspapers

Suffolk County, an original New York county, is located on the eastern part of Long Island. The county seat is Riverhead.

 Philadelphia Press Index—Free Library of Philadelphia

The Historic Congressional Cemetery website at is a shining example of cemetery restoration, and providing access to vital information for research.

Williamson County Public Library, Tennessee

The Williamson County Public Library is located in the central Tennessee city of Franklin, which is the county seat.

Kentucky Vital Records Index

Selected vital records databases have been made available to researchers by the University of Kentucky

The main LVA website is at , but they have also just launched a beta version of their new website, which you can view at . If you have Virginia ancestors, LVA is a must-visit place. (It appears that these two sites are now and the same, the beta site having replaced the original;)

LVA also operates the Virginia Memory website at . In addition to the searchable databases also available on the main LVA site, you can find general information about Virginia history, a chronology of the Commonwealth, online exhibitions from the collections, and an online classroom for use by educators.

Medina County District Library Obituary Index, Ohio

Medina County is located in northern Ohio.

Appleton Public Library Obituary Index, Wisconsin

The city of Appleton is located on the Fox River in Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties in Wisconsin.

W. A. Rankin Memorial Library Obituary Index, Kansas

Neodesha is located in Wilson County, which is in southeastern Kansas.


Libraries to visit before you die:

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Stories of Interest

Some links are too long to display but you can go to the archive to get these under the listed date. Some will be added when this is posted on our web page.

March 25, 2009

Genealogy Research Benefits From a Map

John P. O’Connor’s column in the Springfield Republican discusses how maps can be helpful in solving genealogical mysteries.

Tracing Family Tree Turns into Title Search

A Greenwood, Indiana man’s genealogical research shows he is the probable heir to the Stirling of Glorat baronetcy in Scotland.

Lincoln’s Twisted Family Tree

Is there a living descendant of Abraham Lincoln today?

March 18, 2009

A Tour of Irish Boston celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a Tour of Irish Boston. From the Rose Fitgerald Kennedy Greenway to the Irish Famine Memorial, you can walk parts of the city's Irish Heritage Trail in this video.

World War I Records Rediscovered (The World)

In the Red Cross War Dead Archive (BBC News)

British historian Peter Barton recently rediscovered a trove of records of the British Red Cross during WWI. Listen to the podcast story by The World's Matthew Bell. You can also watch a BBC News video of Barton exploring the archives.


If you're interested in lake levels and streamflow data for our area you can check out these sites.


Lake Minnehaha


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Big Creek


In each of the above, you can click on  Show Summary of All Data and you'll get a view of the data for the past year. You can then select a starting date and ending date to see whhat happened over that period. The amazing rise during Sept and Oct in 2004 or the increase during Fay in Aug of 2008.


List of all Florida data locations.