NEW BOOK: Vital Records of Newcastle, Maine

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Vital Records of Newcastle, Maine (2015) compiled by Marlene A. Groves is now available exclusively through The Maine Genealogical Society (MGS).

See the official announcement here:

http://mainegenealogical.blogspot.com/2015/08/now-available-vital-records-of.html

The Maine Genealogical Society has done it again, producing their second vital records book of the year (see our earlier post about Woolwich VRs) The Newcastle book comes in at just over 380 pages, is hardcover and has a very attractive price  at $39.95 for non MGS members. Members receive an additional $10 off!

Marlene A. Groves has transcribed, from images of original documents, birth, marriage and death records from the town of Newcastle through the 1890s.  In addition, she has included transcribed information from the journal of Ebenezer Webb.

And of course, the 8,000+ Every Name Index was indexed using ENIndexer.
 
Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #72 is available exclusively through MGS. Online purchases can be made on their website, http://www.maineroots.org. Most orders are shipped within 1 business day. If you have early Newcastle area families this book is a must have.

ENIndexer - David Allen Lambert's Tech Tip Of The Week

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A big thank you to David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of The New England Historic Genealogical Society and a member of the Extreme Genes Family History Radio team. In this week's episode of Extreme Genes David called out ENIndexer as his tech tip of the week. About the program David says, "I've used it already. I think it's fascinating."

Thanks David. We're pretty happy with it too.

If you want to hear more of David's explanation or listen to the whole Extreme Genes visit www.extremegenes.com and listen to Episode 93.

Now Available: MOUNT DESERT, Maine, Early Records of the Plantation - 2 VOLUME Set

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Thank you to Picton Press for indexing one of their most recent publications with ENIndexer*

Mount Desert, Maine, Early Records of the Plantation, by Eben M Hamor. A record of the early settlers and later descendants of this famous area. A reproduction of the original two volumes, with a new Every Name Index and Introduction by Lewis Bunker Rohrbach added, which will greatly increase the value of this basic and important resource.   660 pp total (320 + 340), softcover, two volumes. New 12,274 entry Every Name Index. 2015 (Vol 1 1904; Vol 2 1909).2-volume set

You can order this book from the Picton Press website by following clicking here.

*Remember, if you have indexed your local history of genealogy book with ENIndexer, you can take advantage of our ENI Software Author Relationship program by sending us your promotional materials.

Welcome To The EAR Program!

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ENISoftware is pleased to formally announce the ENISoftware Author Relationship (EAR) program for
customers who index their book with our flagship product, ENIndexer.  As an author, editor or compiler of a book indexed with our software you are automatically a member of the EAR program, in which ENI Software will help promote your book through our social media influence circles.

Authors and publishers alike can send us their press release and related information for inclusion on our website and all our related social media avenues. Send a copy of the statistics screen so we know you have used our software and we'll share the news of your latest creation with all of our followers.

It really is that easy.  Just send your announcement info (including any photos you want included) and a screen shot of the ENIndexer statistics window to ear@enisoftware.com and we will help sell your book for you!

Gatchell - Brunswick's Most Famous Forgotten Cemetery

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A little off topic, I thought I would share with our followers a little project I worked on this Spring that many of you will be able to appreciate.

I have been researching my own family history for more than 20 years, starting by listening and recording family stories. Like many other family historians, one of my favorite activities is to tromp through the cemeteries of my ancestors and get photos of family graves.  Sites like www.findagrave.com and www.billiongraves.com are great resources if you can't get to an ancestor's final resting place, but nothing beats a trip to the cemetery.

In the town that where I live, we have dozens of small family cemeteries, some of which are well cared for, and some...  not so much.  Some are well known, and some have been forgotten or lost over time. Gatchell Cemetery is one of the oldest in the town. Many of the graves are only marked with field stones, rather than any kind of head stone.  Gatchell has been the subject of many discussions, but is sort of an enigma because it falls on land controlled by a naval base which used to operate in town.  A few years back the Brunswick Naval Air Station was closed as part of a larger effort and the cemetery, which had been cared for by members of the Navy began to go back into neglect.

The problem is even though the base is now closed, the cemetery is nearly impossible to find, and even if you do know where it is, its difficult to get to, since it is still behind closed gates. And so, although articles have been written about it in blogs and regional magazines, it remains one of Brunswick's most famous forgotten cemetery.

Front of Gatchell Cemetery in Brunswick
Before 2015 Spring Cleanup
A number of years ago a Gatchell descendant donated some money to our local genealogical society to help maintain the cemetery, but it wasn't until last year that we were able to get easy access to the site.  Since then, we've organized a couple of "clean up" days to get things back up to speed.

A few weekends ago I was able to go back out to the cemetery and spend some time mowing, clipping some branches of trees hanging over the fence, and clearing up general brush that has fallen over the winter and during some spring storms.

After 2 days of working out in the cemetery, I was finally able to see all of the head stones, the fieldstones and even found the base of a headstone that had fallen.  Could it belong to a headstone leaning up against a nearby tree? Possibly.
Same side of Gatchell Cemetery
After 4 hours of cleanup

I love visiting the cemeteries of my ancestors, but I have to be honest, Gatchell is one of my favorite cemeteries and I have no relatives buried here.  I had a great time going out and cleaning up this cemetery this spring, and I encourage anyone who has thought about doing something similar to spend some time to research cemeteries in need of some loving care in your area. Get permissions to help do some cleanup and tackle it.  Sometimes it's as easy as a good mowing and fixing of a fence. Sometimes its much more involved.  Whatever the project, know your skills and limitations and look for help when needed.  Maine is lucky to have an organization called The Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA) which documents old cemeteries like Gatchell and can offer advice when you have questions about how to handle certain situations. Other States may have similar organizations.


For more information about Gatchell Cemetery, you can visit:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mebrucem/cem9.html

For some interesting stories related to other cemeteries in Brunswick, visit this blog:
https://cemeteriesofbrunswickmaine.wordpress.com/

Vital Records of Woolwich, Maine - An ENIndexer Success Story

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Vital Records of Woolwich, Maine (2015) compiled by Marlene A. Groves is now available exclusively through the Maine Genealogical Society (MGS). 

See the official announcement here:

http://mainegenealogical.blogspot.com/2015/06/vital-records-of-woolwich-maine-now.html

This 650 page book was indexed using ENIndexer and includes an every name index of 17,239 individuals.

In this book, Marlene A. Groves has transcribed, from images of original documents, birth, marriage and death records from the town of Woolwich from the 1740s through the 1890s.  In addition, she has included a list of ear marks registered in the town.  Ear marks are an interesting bit of genealogical information, showing how your ancestors marked their livestock as their own, but they also help leave clues about people and their relationships.

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #71 is available in both paperback and hardcover versions and MGS members enjoy a $10 discount off the retail price.  If you have early Maine ancestors, this is a book worth checking out!
 

Why No Index (RootDig.com)

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 I recently came across this post on Michael John Neill's genealogy website, Rootdig.com, where he shows an explanation from a 1958 genealogy of the Kyle/Kile/Coyle family as to why the book does not include an index.  As you can imagine, I was interested in reading the explanation and seeing how it compares from current authors' reasoning for not including indexes in their genealogical works. The arguments are pretty spot on to what I have heard in the past several years, and I think worth addressing.

Michael's full post, include the section from this book can be viewed in the following link:  RootDig.com: Why No Index

The explanation included in the book includes 3 parts that I'll touch on one by one:

First, to index and print the estimated four thousand names in this book would add greatly to the cost.
No doubt this was true in the 1950s as people weren't using computers, let alone indexing software, to create their indexes. For today's author's this is a much different story though. There is certainly additional costs in printing, but using a professional indexing tool, you can easily try different index formats and see how using different styles can reduce the overall page count of your index. For a book recently indexed with ENIndexer, the index was designed to have 3 columns, and only include the Surname as a header above all the given names sharing that surname.  The result is an index that averages 180 names per page.  For the estimated four thousand names in the Kyle book, that translates to about 22 additional pages to print for each book.  According to Google Books, the Kyle book is about 186 pages, so adding the 22 pages brings it to just about 200 pages total. In today's world, the additional cost of these additional pages is pretty minimal.

Second, most of those who buy the book can tell from the table-of-contents where to look for their particular section
 This statement may be true for the Kyle book, but it relies on chapter titles in your table of contents being descriptive enough for a user to know which section to go to for what they are looking for. This could mean breaking chapters up into times and/or places which may or may not make sense, depending on your work. The table of contents for any book is a good place to look for starting information, but they are generally, by their very nature, broader in scope than an index.  A table of contents is intended to help you get a general feel for what is included in a book. The good index gets you into the details, which brings us to point #3 in the "Why No Index" section of the Kyle genealogy...

And third, those who use the book as a part of the research for ancestors can well afford the relatively few hours necessary to read the entire book and gain a general picture of the family history  and thus perhaps discover where they fit in
It's hard to argue with this logic. I think most serious genealogical researchers agree to the benefits mentioned in this statement. But this is the weakest argument for not including an index of the three. Including an index should not be intended to help readers get the least amount possible from your book. The index is a tool to that helps a potential buyer decide if this book is the right book for them. Most people have an idea of at least the surnames they are interested in learning more about. What if you have a Smith family in your tree that you believe married into a Kyle family at some point. Without an index how do you know if your Smith family and/or how much of it are included in the Kyle book?  The table of contents?  Maybe, but again the chapter titles would have to be telling enough so that based on the limited information you have on your Smith ancestors you can tell where to start looking. So, the answer is spend the "few hours necessary to read the entire book."

What if you don't own the book?  Would you buy it, not knowing if it had anything about your particular family in it? Maybe, right?  Let's look at this scenario... You walk into a book store hoping they may have some information about your Smith family roots.  You ask for some help in finding the appropriate section of the book store and the employee helps you find 2 books:

1) A book titled "A Partial History of the Smith Family in America" with no index.
2) The exact same book, but includes an every name index.

Which of these books are you more likely to look through and consider buying?  If you are like most researchers, you'll look through the index of the book with the index first and look for the names you are most familiar with. The "Smith Family" is a big topic, after all, and you are only researching a portion of it. And, if you are like the rest of us, you have limited funds to purchase these kinds of materials, so its important to make sure your money is spent wisely.
 
From a reader's perspective a name index it should be treated as a tool for getting the most out of your time and money. Use an index to determine if the book is right for you. Does it have the names and/or places you are most concerned about...  Is it a wise investment for you, right now, or is it something you want to put on your "someday" book list.  Once you have the book, don't limit yourself to looking up just the names you know.  Use the book for what its intended for....  learn about your whole family history.
 
As an author, the index is a crucial selling tool. With the explosion of genealogy books through ebooks, self publishing, vanity presses and traditional publishers, there are more and more options available to consumers. The value of your book needs to be clear to a potential customer, just as the value in any purchase needs to be clear.  Why should I spend my $50 on your book vs. the other guy?  If you include an index that helps show me I have several family members covered in your book, I am MUCH more likely to buy your book than the one I have to guess is going to help.  Considering the costs of creating and including an Every Name Index is an important consideration, but don't forget to consider the payback.