Saturday, June 30, 2007

New England Ancestors magazine - Summer 2007

The Summer 2007 issue (Volume 8, number 3) of the New England Ancestors genealogy magazine, published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, came yesterday in the mail.

This issue has the following feature articles:

* A Guide to Genealogical Research in Vermont, by Scott Andrew Bartley, page 19

* Vermont and Beyond: A Kendall Family Migration Story, by Lynn Betlock, page 26

* Popham Colony: The First English Colony in New England, by Dr. Jeffrey Phipps Brain, page 31

* Samuel Morse, Great Migration Immigrant, by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, page 34

* "An Awful and Tragic Scene:" The Independence Day Accident at Fort Constitution in New Hampshire, by Christopher Benedetto, page 37

* Writing a Family Sketch in Register Style, by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG, page 41

* New England African-American Resources: A Bibliography, by Kenyatta D. Berry, page 43.

There are also NEHGS news items, six regular columns, a list of books in progress and published, and a list of DNA studies in progress.

Even though I have a very rich southern New England ancestry of farmers, shoemakers, blacksmiths, soldiers and housewives, I rarely find anything about my ancestral families in this magazine. This issue was different - the sketch of Joseph Morse (which is in the latest volume of The Great Migration book) is for one of my immigrant ancestors.

I also appreciated the articles about Vermont research, the story about the Popham Colony in Maine in 1607, and the Ullmann article about Register style.

For me, the NEHGS subscription is a great bargain. I get the quarterly New England Ancestors magazine, the quarterly New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and access to the NEHGS web site at There are many databases at the web site behind the subscription firewall - including Mass VRs to 1850s, Mass VRs 1841 to 1910, the America's Historical Newspapers, and many more. Some public libraries have an in-library subscription to the web site (in San Diego county, Carlsbad Library does).

If these articles interest you, you might check your local public library and see if current or back issues of this magazine are on the shelves.

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