Many of us have our own memberships to NEHGS, which includes American ancestors. But for those who don't here's a rundown of the Oct. 2013 issue:
The theme of the issue is "Domestic perspectives." In "Researching Irish domestic servants" we learn that among female domestics, the Irish numbered second only to African-Americans nationwide, and that the typical female Irish immigrant was 21 and single, and likely to go into domestic service. A related article, "Your ever grateful, Birdie" contains a series of letters from an Irish servant to her American employers after she returns to Ireland.
The lead article highlights three collections at NEHGS containing recipes and family papers. Other articles treat the founding of an orphanage called the Boston Female Asylum,1800-1866, the records for which are available at the UMass Archives (including some online); locating the final home of the first accused witch hanged at Salem; and identifying an accomplished preacher and former slave ancestor. Henry Hoff discusses "Developing acceptable alternatives for first names in colonial New York," and Gary Boyd Roberts finds new American relatives for Prince William and his wife and son.
You can read this issue at the CCGS Library on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday during our open hours.