‘Dictionary of Genealogy’ sorts out ‘cousins german’

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist
Posted Oct. 21, 2012, at 4:22 p.m.

You may have first cousins, but do you have any cousins german? They are the same thing, and have nothing to do with German ancestry. And if you have a brother german or a sister german, that indicates that you share both parents with that sibling.

I learned that information from the 1994 edition of Terrick V.H. Fitzhugh’s “The Dictionary of Genealogy,” fourth edition, published by A&C Black in London. The book was revised by Susan Lamas on behalf of the Society of Genealogists.

The book seems quite British, and my first thought was that an American-based genealogical dictionary might seem more interesting and relevant, but of course there is much to learn from this volume.

Examples of census records and other documents are fascinating. These include a Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage from the General Register Office in London. In the registration district Wisbeck, we find that a marriage was solemnized on May 14, 1850, between Edward Ulyat, bachelor, farmer, and Mary Anne Fisher, spinster, at the Parish Church in West Walton, County Norfolk.

Their fathers were Abraham Ulyat and William Fisher, both farmers. D.P. Calliphronas performed the marriage as witnessed by Jno Thomas Macdonald and Louisa Fisher. Under “age,” both bride and groom are listed as “full age,” a not-very-useful piece of information.

There is also a definition for “cemetery,” namely a burial ground not appertaining to any church or chapel. Not included is the term “graveyard,” which we understand to be a burial ground around a church. Jotham and Lovina (Leighton) Moore are buried in Jackman Corner Cemetery in Sangerville, but Abiathar and Matilda (Hayford) Briggs are interred in the graveyard at Parkman Baptist Church.

Do you own any holographs? If so, you possess a document written in hand by the one who signed it, or in whose name it appears. Old wills are a common type of holograph, but so is a letter.

Perhaps, like me, you have used interchangeably the terms Great Britain and United Kingdom. Technically, Great Britain comprises England, Wales and Scotland. The country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The country plus Ireland constitute the British Isles.

How about United Empire Loyalists? The loyalists were the colonists who supported the Crown during the Revolutionary War and moved to Canada. They came from England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Wales, France and Holland.

The loyalists and their descendants were given the title United Empire Loyalists in 1789, one of only two Canadian hereditary titles.

I will present a new program, “Researching Our Veterans,” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road, Bangor. The talk was written specifically for the museum and includes resources there.

Can you prove your Revolutionary War ancestor’s service? Is it worth sending for a Civil War record? What piece of information makes it easier to find the right World War II record? What information is available in books and online? Or in granite?

The program is free with admission to the Cole Museum, which is $7 adults, $5 seniors, free to everyone age 18 and under. Hope to see you there.

What a treat it was to attend the Oct. 16 performance of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band at Collins Center for the Arts. Sponsors were the University of Maine School of Performing Arts and the Bangor Daily News.

Featured pieces included “The New Colonial” march by Maine’s R.B. Hall and two fabulous Sousa marches, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis.”

These musicians were top-notch. Attending the concert with staff and volunteers from Cole Land Transportation Museum, I will long remember sitting between World War II veterans Galen Cole and Austin Carter as the band played John Williams’ March from “1941” and Michael Kamen’s Suite from “Band of Brothers.”

And didn’t we all love the medley of Irish songs by baritone GySgt. Kevin Bennear. When he came out for an encore, we just knew he would bless us with “Danny Boy.” I love singing that song to my grandchildren in memory of my dad, who as a 19-year-old sailor took the record on board the 157-foot Landing Craft Infantry that would be his home in the Pacific during World War II.

Do we still have the record? No chance. Dinty Moore played “Danny Boy” so often that a fellow sailor grabbed the record and heaved it overboard!

And now a Marine has brought the song back to Maine for me. That’s family history.

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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