Monday, March 25, 2013

Received at the Library

Recent journal and newsletter receipts may be of interest to Society members:

American Ancestors (winter 2013) deals with a subject near to my heart and perhaps to yours, the lives of New England mill workers.  My maternal grandmother's maternal grandparents Robert and Ann Dewsnap Robinson came from Glossop, England to Lowell in 1854, and in the 1860 census my great-grandmother Caroline was listed as a spinner at 17 years old, along with several older siblings.  According to the feature article, textile manufacturing was the nation's largest industry for a time in the 19th century, employing millions, and the first major US employer of women outside the home.  Related articles give glimpses of ordinary and notorious lives of mill workers: a boardinghouse keeper's letters, a Manchester NH mill girl's death at the hands of an abortionist; an Irish immigrant's successful career in the Fall River mills; the death and injury of two Irish immigrant sisters in the destruction of the Pemberton Mill (Lawrence MA) by collapse and fire.  Other topics in the issue include a review of the Rhode Island roots database, a visit to an ancestral village in Finland, ethnic groups in Colonial New York City and environs, and reminiscences by NEHGS staff members Marie Daly and David Dearborn.  A most interesting issue.

Mass-Pocha (February 2013), journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, announces the 33rd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, August 4-9 in Boston at the Park Plaza (early bird registration before April 30).  Article topics include a summary of Ulysses S. Grant's expulsion of Jews from the area covering Illinois to northern Mississippi in 1862, a surprising episode of the Civil War; Archives of the Joint Distribution Committee in New York and Jerusalem; and the Pale, the area of western Russia where Jews were allowed permanent residence.

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