National Archives Catalog Newsletter – 27 July 2017

Making the most of your Catalog search

By simply entering a keyword in the search box, you can search all of the records and authority files from the National Archives Catalog and web pages from and the Presidential Libraries. With so many resources to search across, how can you refine your search to help find exactly what you are looking for?  Click HERE to find out!

August Events and Programs at American Ancestors (NEHGS)

Learn with NEHGS experts and partner organizations at dozens of lectures, seminars, workshops, and other events, offered each year at the NEHGS research library and in the greater Boston area. Recent seminar topics have included Irish research, digital preservation, identifying family photographs, organizing your family history, writing and publishing your family history, and many more.

Click HERE for details!

The Young Dubliners in Concert at The Holyoke Elks Lodge – 11 August 2017 at 8 pm.

Young Dubliners



The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England presents the Young Dubliners, one of the most acclaimed and quite possibly Celtic rock’s hardest working band. They perform on Friday, August 11 at 8:00 pm at the Holyoke Elks Lodge, 250 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Cash bar is available. The Young Dubliners hail from California and Ireland – learn more about the band.

Tickets are available online or by calling the ICC at 413-333-4951. Tickets are just $18 for ICC Patrons, $20 for general public, $25 at the door. Receive a 10% off coupon for the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant with each ticket.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) Announce Collaboration

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) Announce Collaboration
NEHGS to Digitize the Fifth Generation of Mayflower Descendants from GSMD “Silver Books” and 50 Years of Mayflower Quarterly
Mayflower Databases to Be Searchable on
GSMD Members to Enjoy Discounts on Membership in New England Historic Genealogical Society

July 13, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has partnered with General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) to bring invaluable genealogical resources to their members. New searchable databases—to be found on—will be created from authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies and from 50 years of published Mayflower passenger scholarship from the Mayflower Quarterly as the program advances. In addition, GSMD members will enjoy generous discounts on new memberships in NEHGS, the founding genealogical organization in America.
Known as the “Silver Books” because of their distinctive covers, the Mayflower Families Through Five Generations series from the GSMD meticulously documents the first five generations of descendants of Mayflower passengers who arrived in 1620. This essential resource for studying family relationships resulting from the 25 families of the Mayflower who were known to have American descendants, has previously been accessible only in print format in publications produced by GSMD and available through the Bookstore at NEHGS. As a result of this new partnership, the fifth generation portion of these will be available online on for use in family history research by members of both organizations.
Brenton Simons, NEHGS President and CEO, made the announcement of the collaboration together with Lea Sinclair Filson, GSMD Governor General. At a signing ceremony to commemorate the historic partnership at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Simons stated “We’re pleased to announce that NEHGS is partnering with GSMD to bring the fifth generation data online. We estimate that the project will include 7,750 fifth generation descendants, along with spouses and children, and approximately 150,000 birth, marriage, death, and deed records. Under the supervision of our Web team, the material will be digitized and made name searchable on by members of NEHGS and GSMD.”
 GSMD Governor General Lea Sinclair Filson added, “This partnership with NEHGS will contribute enormously to the availability of our publications to family historians around the world. It will greatly facilitate genealogical research and help preserve GSMD’s history and diligence in spreading the Mayflower Pilgrim story.”
The “Silver Books” series is comprised of 31 volumes, of which the fifth generation of each will be brought online as a database as the digitization is completed. Fifty passengers on the Mayflower are known to have living descendants, however, the “Silver Books” treat the twenty-five families that left American descendants.
NEHGS’ Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press and Mayflower Descendant Editor Christopher C. Child noted “When working with people on possible Mayflower ancestry, I am often searching through several volumes of the “Silver Books” to check their validity. Having the most recent documented generation online and searchable will greatly aid people seeking to verify this part of their Mayflower lineage.”
Partnership to Include Digital Indexing of Mayflower Quarterly
 As an important additional element of the historic partnership between the two organizations, NEHGS will also undertake indexing of content published in the first fifty years of the Mayflower Quarterly—A Journal of Pilgrim History and Genealogy in Colonial New England. GSMD published this predecessor to the current Mayflower Journal from 1935 through 2015. Fifty volumes of the Quarterly, those issues published between 1935 and 1984, are to be indexed by article title and by the names included in them. They will be made available as page images on
Updates concerning availability of these new databases to be offered exclusively by NEHGS may be found in announcements in the weekly e-newsletter of NEHGS, The Weekly Genealogist, or by registering at
 Click HERE for more information.

The (Springfield) Republican Newspaper Ethnic Heritage Book Series

The (Springfield) Republican newspaper will be publishing it newest volume in their Ethnic Heritage Book Series  this Fall with the printed volume available by late November 2017. Following the format of the previous volumes, this latest volume explores the history of the Polish-American Community of Western Massachusetts.

Co-editors  Wayne E. Phaneuf (Executive Editor of The Republican) and Joseph Carvalho III (retired Exec. Director of the Springfield Museums) are assembling  a group of authors and contributors who are writing articles and submitting photographs for publication in the book. Phaneuf and Carvalho would like to include material from as many historical  research repositories, Historical Societies, and individuals who have materials related to this topic.

If anyone has any photographs of early Polish immigrant families, organizations, businesses, farms, military service personnel, etc. that they would be interested in having us publish in the book, please contact the project team at: and .

They will need captions for each photo  at least  300 dpi quality digital images, and attribution information so that each photo is credited to the institution or individual  allowing it’s use for publication in the book. They will need these by the end of July 2017. (Images can be scanned  at the newspaper if the loaning individual or institution does not have that capability).

National Archives Catalog Newsletter – 13 July 2017

Making Connections with SNAC

Have you ever wondered how to make connections between historical figures across archival collections? Where to find those collections, and how to discover if two individuals from history have ever crossed paths?

You can now find and make these connections more easily with Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC). The National Archives is a key partner in SNAC, a pilot project that is helping researchers connect the scattered archival collections of important people, places, and events.