New Book: Genealogical Dictionary of New England

savageBarbara Merrill, former club president, has donated a copy of James Savage’s “Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England” to the club library. This was first published in Boston in 1860 – 1862; our copy is a 2008 reprint by the Genealogical Publishing Company. It’s shelved in United States/New England. Thanks, Barb!

The dictionary is an alphabetical listing by surname. As the Amazon blurb says:

This is the basic genealogical dictionary of early New England settlers, giving the name of every settler who arrived in New England before 1692 regardless of their station, rank, or fortune. Alphabetically arranged for each it gives the dates of his marriage and death, dates of birth, marriage and death of his children, and birthdates and names of the grandchildren. According to the author, “nineteen twentieths of the people of these New England colonies in 1775 were descendants of those found here in 1692, and probably seven-eighths of them were offspring of the settlers before 1642.”

Our set lacks Volume III, “K” through “R.” Because the original was published so long ago, however, it’s no longer covered by copyright. All four volumes are available online at Google Books and the Internet Archive.

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A short posting that may help your research

The National Genealogical Society (NGS), of which I am a member, sends out an article each week called “UpFront with NGS.  It contains a paragraph or two of some genealogy news that may help you to dig deeper into your family research.  Pasted below is just one of this week’s articles that I thought may have some usefulness for others.

“The United States Geological Survey (USGS) launched a Historical Topographic Map Explorer, allowing one to easily pore through the agency’s expansive collection of more than 178,000 of the USGS’s maps dating back to 1884.  When you enter a city, you then click on the map and a timeline of available historical maps is revealed.  Select a map and you can then see if overlaid on the original map (you can adjust the transparency) and even download the map.  Very cool!”

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National Genealogical Society announces their upcoming FH Conf. May 13-16, St. Charles, MO

National Genealogical Society Announces Full Program for the 2015 Family History Conference
St. Charles, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015
Crossroads of America

ARLINGTON, VA, 12 November 2014: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the 2015 Family History Conference program is now available in a sixteen-page registration brochure, which is downloadable at The online version of the St. Charles NGS Family History Conference program is also available on the conference website at Registration opens on 1 December 2014.

The conference offers a number of workshops, tours, and social events that have limited seating. To secure tickets to these events, register on opening day, 1 December 2014, or very soon thereafter at

The St. Charles, Missouri Convention Center is the site of the 13–16 May 2015 conference. The Conference features nationally known speakers and subject matter experts for more than 150 lectures given on a broad array of topics. Topics include records that highlight research in Midwestern states; national and regional migration paths; land, military, immigration, and naturalization records; and ethnic and religious groups including African Americans, Czech, German, Irish, Jewish, Native American, Polish, and Scots-Irish. Also covered is methodology, analysis, and problem solving; the use of DNA testing and genetic genealogy; the use of technology including mobile devices for genealogy, and websites useful in genealogical research.

The registration brochure provides details about conference logistics, describes the social events, tours, workshops, and includes the daily conference program with the name of each speaker, the lecture title, and a brief description of the presentation. For additional information about what you might experience at the 2015 NGS Family History Conference, visit

The sold out exhibit hall will be free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday at the St. Charles Conference Center. Exhibitors include genealogy database companies, software offerings, online providers, booksellers, genealogical societies, research and educational institutions, genetic testing providers, and much more.

For up-to-date information about conference hotels, including the availability, amenities, and rates, visit

Sign up for the NGS Conference Blog at to receive the latest conference news and announcements.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

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Minutes of the November 2014 General Meeting

President Darwin Thornton called the meeting to order at 1 PM on the 11th. He welcomed 72 members and 5 guests.

Replacing the “Wait ‘til You Hear What I Found” segment, Darwin asked that all military veterans in attendance stand and be recognized for their service and sacrifice on this Veterans Day. Many veterans stood up. They were heartily applauded by all present.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Details for the below events can be accessed from our club’s website.

  1. Pima County GS meets Saturday, Nov. 15th, with guest speaker Steve Schuldenfrei on “Two Jews from Brooklyn in the Klondike.”
  2. Green Valley GS meets Thursday, Nov. 20th. Their speaker is Barbara A.H. Nuehring on the topic “Stumbling Blocks, Calendars and Penmanship.”
  3. SaddleBrooke GC will gather Thursday, Dec. 4th, featuring Paul Duffey on “Using DNA in Genealogy.” (Duffey is SCVGS’s guest speaker today on the same topic).
  4. Several upcoming conferences & workshops – registration necessary:
    1. Pima County GS is sponsoring a “Land Workshop” on Saturday, Nov. 22nd.
    2. Pinal County Genealogists in Casa Grande will hold their annual conference on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 from 9 AM – 3 PM.
    3. Family History Library in Tucson on Langley Avenue has their annual workshop Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.
    4. Feb. 11 – 14, 2015 is the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    5. On Feb. 21, 2015, from 9 AM – 3 PM, Green Valley GS has a seminar featuring Judy Russell on “Genealogy and the Law.”
    6. Also on Feb. 21, 2015, from 9 AM – 3:30 PM, West Valley Genealogical Society’s (WVGS) annual seminar features Dr. John Coletta on several genealogy research topics.
    7. Pima County GS has announced a writers’ competition. Entries accepted until April 18, 2015. There will be cash prizes. A flyer is on the back table. Their website has detailed information.
  5. Member Dianne Parrott has offered to coordinate travel for those interested in a research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. Tentative date is early March 2015, Wednesday to Saturday. Those interested are welcome to contact Dianne at 818-6471 for details.

The minutes of the October 14, 2014 meeting were approved as posted on our website October 22nd.

The October 2014 Treasurer’s Report, posted Nov. 5th, will be filed for audit.


Membership – Mary Barr reports we have 178 current members, including 8 new members today.

Ancestral Search/Monitor Training – Joan Allen. Volunteer monitors are always welcomed.

Field Trips – Joan Eddy has sign-up sheets for those wishing to share rides to upcoming seminars (see Announcements) to Pinal County, West Valley GS, and Green Valley GS.

Hospitality – Shari Norris/Judy Fairchild. Shari thanked those who brought today’s refreshments. A volunteer for Jan. 2015 is needed, as well as for the upcoming months. Volunteers are asked to bring 3 dozen of whatever goodies they choose to provide.

Display Case – Sue Huffer requested old Christmas/holiday cards for an exhibit in early December. Leave cards and info in Sue’s drawer in the computer lab. She will scan the cards and return the items to you.

Genealogy Room Photos – Karen Jonaitis accepts copies (not originals) of old family photos, preferably 4X6, with names of the individuals, dates if known, location, other information of interest, and your name and contact information. The photos can be dropped off at Karen’s drawer in the computer room.

Library Committee – Mike Carroll. The library now has the book “Unofficial Guide to” Also, member Barbara Merrill has donated materials to the library. Darwin announced that member Joanne Clem provided an AniMap program and various other genealogy materials that are available to anyone willing to make a small donation. See him at the break.

Program Committee – Joan Allen for Karen Haider made a nice introduction for today’s speaker, Paul Duffey.

SIGs – Cleo Wolfe:

  1. Legacy SIG meets Wednesday Nov. 19th at 1 PM in the room across from our computer lab.
  2. Family Tree Maker SIG meets Wednesday, Nov. 26th at 9:30 AM in Catalina Vista, the Mt. Lemmon Room. There is a signup sheet in the back.

Beginners Class – Barb Krecklow announced that the class is full, but members are welcome to add their names to the existing waiting list of 8. The class begins Jan. 9, 2015, 1 – 4 PM and goes until the end of February, including a field trip to the FHL in Mesa, AZ.


  1. Darwin announced our computer room now has a new Mac computer with, Reunion, and Family Tree Maker installed. Input from Mac users is very welcome. Let your Board members know what you think.
  2. A new modem/router has been installed in the computer room and all is working fine.
  3. Input provided by members has resulted in a choice of new wall art for the computer room. It has been ordered.


Darwin said there will be Board openings in 2015. Members are asked to consider filling future positions. Current Board members will be soliciting volunteers as well.

The speaker for our December meeting is David Fryxell. His topic is “Best Websites for Finding European Ancestors.”

Today’s speaker is Paul Duffey on “Using DNA in Genealogy.”

The meeting was adjourned at 1:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Margie O’Hare, Secretary

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New Book: Guide to is difficult in two ways. The search mechanism is complex, for one thing. This is well done, making the searching powerful while hiding the complexity unless the user asks to see it. But the second difficulty is the number of databases it contains. Once you get past the safe harbor of the U.S. censuses you find a vast ocean that can be hard to navigate. There may be answers to questions you never thought to ask!

Nancy Hendrickson’s “Unofficial Guide to” helps with both of these problems, especially the second. Perhaps that’s why it’s currently the #1 bestseller in Genealogy on Amazon. Our club library now has a copy. It’s shelved in Research.

The fifteen chapters of the book are:

  1. Getting Started with
  2. Family Trees on
  3. Search Basics
  4. The Card Catalog
  5. Working with Census Records & Voter Lists
  6. Birth, Marriage and Death Records
  7. Military Records
  8. Immigration & Travel Collection
  9. Newspapers, Publications and Maps
  10. Stories, Memories and Histories
  11. Pictures
  12. Schools, Directories & Church Histories
  13. Tax, Criminal, Land & Wills Collection
  14. DNA and
  15. Collaborating with other users
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