Archive for July, 2007

English Records: Allegations for Marriage Licenses Issued by the Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Familiae Minorum Gentium Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com launched 8 new databases today including the Allegations for Marriage Licenses issued by the Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury 1679-1694, and Familiae Minorum Gentium, Volumes 1-4. All of these databases will be free to access until August 9, 2007.

Description for Allegations for Marriage Licenses issued by the Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury 1679-1694 (England)

In 1886 the Harlein Society issued a Volume which contained Allegations for Marriage Licenses issued by the Vicar-General of the ArchBishop of Canterbury between 1660 and 1679. It was printed from one of the late Colonel Chester’s Manuscripts, and (though unfortunately, it was not a complete transcript) it included, as he stated, “all except those of persons evidently of the very humblest rank.” The Allegations for Marriage Licenses contain records from 1679-1694.

Click on the links below to access each of the databases:

Allegations for Marriage Licenses issued by the Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1679 – 1687, Volume 1 (Free until August 9, 2007)
Allegations for Marriage Licenses issued by the Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1687 – 1694, Volume 2 (Free until August 9, 2007)
Allegations for Marriage Licenses Issued by the Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1660 – 1668, Volume 3 (Free until August 9, 2007)
Allegations for Marriage Licenses Issued by the Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1669 – 1679, Volume 4 (Free until August 9, 2007)

Description for Familiae Minorum Gentium, Volumes 1-4 (England)
Familiae minorum gentium was written by Joseph Hunter and contains records from 1894-1896. The database contains a “thick folio volume of some 650 pages completely filled with pedigrees, chiefly of Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire, and Lancashire families, though of course their branches extend over other counties. Mr. Hunter, by reason of his large genealogical acquaintance and also of his connection with the leading Unitarian families of the day, had the opportunity of gathering together such a mass of information that this book has perhaps been as much consulted as any work of a similar character in the [British] Museum.” -Taken from the Preface, written by the book’s editor John W. Clay.

Familiae Minorum Gentium, Volume 1 (Free until August 9, 2007)
Familiae Minorum Gentium, Volume 2 (Free until August 9, 2007)
Familiae Minorum Gentium, Volume 3 (Free until August 9, 2007)
Familiae Minourm Gentium, Volume 4 (Free until August 9, 2007)

Accessible Archives Floods Light Into Old Counties at WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
by Amanda Forson, WorldVitalRecords.com
Accessible Archives, one of WorldVitalRecords.com’s newest databases, is a beacon of hope to those with ancestors in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic states. Counties are categorized by area. An example would be for Pennsylvania, the Northwest counties include: Butler, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forrest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Tioga, Venango, and Warren Counties.This is only one example of the many counties that are available on these archives for areas where information is scarce and where many Americans have ancestry.A general search for the Northwest for the Kinner (surname mentioned in other GenTips) produced six matches in three counties. There need not be a huge amount of matches so long as the match is for the right place during the right time. From previous research, I knew that relatives of the Kinner line came from Orange County, New York, and migrated northward towards various central Pennsylvania counties near the state line with New York. One of the results proved to be of particular interest for me:”L.C. KINNER, general merchant, Shinglehouse, was born in Tioga county, Penn., September 23, 1840, a son of James and Julia (Curran) Kinner, formerly of Orange county, N.Y., and early settlers of Tioga county, Penn. The subject of this sketch was reared in his native county until seventeen years of age. In 1857 he entered the employ of William McDougall, of Oswayo, this county, acting in the capacity of clerk until the spring of 1858. He then entered the employ of C.H. Simmons, of the same place, with whom he was engaged until the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion. He enlisted, in May, 1861, in Company H, Seventy-first New York Volunteers, and participated in the battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He lost his left leg at the latter engagement, July 2, 1863, and was honorably discharged from the service in June, 1864. He then returned to Oswayo, and resumed his former position of clerk in the store of C.H. Simmons, remaining with him until 1873, when he embarked in. business for himself, on a small scale, at Shinglehouse. Here he built up a large and successful business, and has occupied his present commodius quarters since 1878. Mr. Kinner is one of the leading and prominent merchants of Shinglehouse. He has served one term as justice of the peace, is a member of the G.A.R., and is a Democrat.

This information was completely new to me outside of the known connection between New York and Pennsylvania for this branch of the family. Further research into Orange County may disprove any relationship between this fellow and myself, but knowing that James Kinner’s family was at one time located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, from whence my particular Kinner lines descend breeds new life into this trail of “ancestral breadcrumbs.”

If a subscriber is unable to find information on their particular relative, looking up county information gives context that is easily searchable. Using county information in conjunction with reference works like the Handybook for Genealogists gives surety that a county is correct for the time frame. This site is easy to search and will be shown in a step-by-step process for the column, Genealogy in 15 Minutes a Day.

“L.C. Kinner,” History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron & Potter, 1890, pp. 1179-1197. Italics used for emphasis.

WorldVitalRecords.com Launches Refer A Friend Program

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

It’s Easy to Get Free Months Added To Your Membership

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Over the past year WorldVitalRecords.com has offered a variety of specials on services and software. Now, WorldVitalRecords.com is making it easy for its subscribers to get free months added to their subscriptions through the Refer a Friend program.

How the Refer a Friend Program Works:

Beginning August 1st (tomorrow), when you tell a friend or family member about WorldVitalRecords.com and they sign up, you will have 1 month added to your membership.

Tell your friends and family members who join WorldVitalRecords.com that they need to enter your email address into the “referred by” field in the membership sign up process.

When they do that, your membership will automatically be increased by 1 month. If you refer 12 friends or family members who join WorldVitalRecords.com, you can extend your membership by 1 year. There are no limits on this Refer a Friend program, the more you refer, the more your membership will extend.

“Once again, I want to thank you for joining the WorldVitalRecords.com family. I value your membership and the WorldVitalRecords.com team is working very hard to ensure that your membership is very beneficial to you,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Lincolnshire Pedigrees Free To Access at WorldVitalRecords.com Until August 8, 2007

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Pedigrees are WorldVitalRecords.com’s Wonderbase of the Week. These records will be free to access until August 8, 2007.

Click here to access these records.

The Lincolnshire Pedigrees are a series of pedigrees compiled by Arthur Staunton Larken during the nineteenth century. Larken compiled the pedigrees based on primary documents including parish registers, probate records and the Lincolnshire Visitations of 1562, 1592, 1634 and 1666. Larken conducted his research along with his brother-in-law, William John Monson. Both men were interested in tracking the genealogy of prominent families in Lincolnshire.

Before his death Larken began the process of transcribing the pedigrees he had compiled into a publishable format. Due to various complications, the volume was not published during Larken’s life, but all of the pedigrees were transcribed by Larken and his children. The Harleian Society asked A.R. Maddison, who was acquainted with Larken and his research, to compile this volume based on Larken’s research.

Although the Lincolnshire Pedigrees are a significant resource for those with ancestry in Lincolnshire, the volume has a few weaknesses. In the publication process Maddison had difficulty deciphering some of the handwriting from Larken’s transcripts, particularly the documents written by Larken’s children. Because of gazetteers and maps, Maddison felt confident about the place names, but he was unsure about a few of the dates.

Fortunately, where there is confusion, the researcher can check many of the dates against primary sources. Additionally, Maddison felt that publishing Larken’s pedigrees in their entirety would be foolish because some of the pedigrees had been researched extensively elsewhere. As Maddison indicated in the Preface, “It would be a waste of time and money to print what could be found in books of reference within every one’s reach.”

Additionally, Maddison removed some of the pedigrees that Larken had compiled if Maddison knew the pedigree had been published elsewhere. As Maddison also removed pedigrees that he felt “had been drawn out to an inordinate length by giving the descents from heiresses, even when they had passed into other counties.”

Although Maddison’s editing removed substantial information about Lincolnshire families, the volume is still quite lengthy and informative. Because of the tumultuous time periods that these pedigrees cover (many extend into the sixteenth century), several families mentioned have interesting histories. Many of them came from yeomen farmers and rose to greater societal stature through the generations. Other prominent families gradually diminished in stature until their names were no longer prominent by the time the Lincolnshire Pedigrees was published.

Based on primary records, the Lincolnshire Pedigrees is an excellent resource for people seeking ancestors in Lincolnshire, England.

Accessible Archives Inc. Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com To Provide Greater Access To Unique Historical Data

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Accessible Archives Inc. Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com To Provide Greater Access To Unique Historical Data

Important collection of 18th and 19th century periodicals now online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Provo, UT, July 27, 2007 — Normally only offered in libraries, Accessible Archives Inc. has recently partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to make millions of records from the 18th and 19th centuries accessible to a broader audience.

“We are very pleased to be working with World Vital Records getting our material to the masses on a global scale,” said Rob Nagy, President, CEO, Accessible Archives.

Accessible Archives typically works with nearly 300 universities and libraries to offer the databases in full-text format. To view Accessible Archives’ databases, which are free to access until August 1, go to WorldVitalRecords.com. Click on view all databases. Then click on the link to Accessible Archives.

“We have had a great appreciation for the valuable content on Accessible Archives, and we are enthusiastic about being able to now provide what is typically library content to our subscribers at WorldVitalRecords.com,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Some of the collections that will be available at WorldVitalRecords.com from Accessible Archives will be American County Histories to 1900, The Liberator (1831-1865), The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective, The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue Chester County (1809-1870), The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800), African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century, and Godey`s Lady`s Book (1830-1885).

“One of the databases in the collection of most interest to genealogists would be the American County Histories to 1900. These histories form the foundation of local historical research and contain many important details of genealogical significance that are unlikely to be found in any other resource,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Accessible Archives’ databases contain more than 600 million words, and they are growing at a rate of 1-2 million words each month. The databases will be updated at Accessible Archives, as well as to WorldVitalRecords.com as they occur.

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About Accessible Archives Inc.

Accessible Archives was founded in 1990 with the goal of utilizing computer technology to make available vast quantities of archived historical information, previously furnished only on microfilm. In pursuit of this vision, primary source material has been selected to reflect a broad view of the times, and has been assembled into databases with a strict attention to detail allowing access to specific information with pinpoint accuracy. Our ON-LINE full text search capability and digital imaging permits the user to search and manipulate information in ways never before possible. This approach has been highly acclaimed and Accessible Archives’ titles are now in use by universities, primary/middle/secondary schools and research libraries throughout the world. Titles will continue to be added, covering important topics and time periods for scholars and students of all academic levels.

About WorldVitalRecords.com

Finding your ancestors can be overwhelming, and expensive. At WorldVitalRecords.com, we’ve made it easy and affordable for individuals to connect to their families and find answers to their genealogical questions. WorldVitalRecords.com was founded by Paul Allen, who also founded Ancestry.com, one of the leading genealogy companies. WorldVitalRecords.com aims to be a top player in the genealogy industry and will offer users international record databases, references to top genealogical resources, including Everton’s Online Genealogical Helper and Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Files, a blog planet, podcasts, expert advice, and user-generated content.

Congratulations to Betty Rudolph: WorldVitalRecords.com’s 10,000th Subscriber

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

This morning at 8:24, Betty Rudolph became WorldVitalRecords.com’s 10,000th subscriber. For the past two weeks, WorldVitalRecords.com has been announcing a 10-year subscription to the 10,000th person who would sign up for a membership at WorldVitalRecords.com.

Congratulations to Betty Rudolph from Boise, Idaho!!!

Betty has been doing genealogy for 40-45 years. She became interested in genealogy primarily because her mother died when she was young and she wanted to know more about her. Betty said that her success with her family line has been pretty amazing. In fact, she has discovered many of her lines dating back to the 1600-1700s.

Betty’s ancestry is primarily from Scotland (on her mother’s side) and Germany (on her father’s side). Betty recently “stumbled upon WorldVitalRecords” and decided to buy a subscription. She is fascinated with the connections one finds with history when doing genealogy.

“It’s really interesting to find out what your family was doing in that time or place. And then of course, I enjoy it because of all of the relatives you can connect with that you never really knew you had,” Betty said.

We hope Betty will continue to find connections to her family at WorldVitalRecords.com, as she enjoys her free 10-year subscription until 2017!

First Full Collection of Accessible Archives’ Databases Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Accessible Archives’ complete collection of databases is now online at WorldVitalRecords.com. All of these databases are free to access until August 1, 2007. The paragraphs below describe each of the databases.

American County Histories to 1900

The full text searchability will permit the student/researcher to instantly explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format by merely scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter. The Table of Contents is hyperlinked to each chapter as well as to each individual illustration. The user can select a particular graphic from the List of Illustrations, and proceed immediately to it by clicking on the highlighted text.

This technology will eliminate the cumbersome task of reading each volume page by page to find a specific subject. The serious scholar as well as the casual researcher will find a wealth of useful and interesting materials contained in these unique databases.

Most of these large volumes were published between 1870 and 1900 and have long formed the cornerstone of local historical and genealogical research. They are encyclopedic in scope and virtually limitless in their research possibilities.

These books include chapters which cover in great detail: local history, geology, geography, weather, transportation, lists of all local participants in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, government, medical and legal professions, churches and ministers, industry and manufacturing, banking and insurance, Schools and teachers, noted celebrations, fire departments and associations, cemeteries, family history, Health and vital statistics, roads and bridges, public officials and legislators, and many others.

County Histories

New York (Part I: Southeast) Total Histories – 9
New York (Part II: Central) Total Histories – 13
Maryland Total Histories – 10
New Jersey Total Histories – 13
Pennsylvania (Part I: Eastern Counties) Total Histories – 10
Pennsylvania (Part II. Central Counties) Total Histories – 12
Pennsylvania (Part III. Southwest Counties) Total Histories – 13
Pennsylvania (Part IV: Northwest Counties) Total Histories – 12

The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue: Chester County (1809-1870)
(More than 25,000 records)


This database is primarily a listing of marriages, deaths and obituaries from the Village Record, published in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Included, however is information about emigration patterns, customs and traditions, important events, medical history, biographical data, etc.


The Pennsylvania Newspaper Record: Delaware County (1819-1870)

(More than 27,000 records)

This database documents the industrialization of predominantly agrarian culture established by Quaker farmers in the 18th century. This collection contains full-text transcriptions of articles, advertisements, and vital statistics, providing insight into technology, business activity and material culture in a down-river milling and manufacturing community at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

This collection includes material from the following newspapers:
Delaware County American, Media, Pennsylvania;
Delaware County Republican, Darby & Chester, Pennsylvania;
The Upland Union, Chester, Pennsylvania;
Delaware County Democrat, Chester, Pennsylvania;
The Post Boy, Chester, Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800

(100,000 records; more than 40 MILLION words)

Published in Philadelphia from 1728 through 1800, The Pennsylvania Gazette is considered The New York Times of the 18th century. It provides the reader with a first hand view of colonial America, the American Revolution and the New Republic, and offers important social, political and cultural perspectives of each of the periods. Thousands of articles, editorials, letters, news items and advertisements cover the Western Hemisphere, from the Canadian Maritime Provinces, through the West Indies and North and South America, giving a detailed glimpse of issues and lifestyles of the times. Also included is the full-text of such important writings such as: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Letters from a Farmer, Thomas Payne`s Common Sense, The Federalist Papers, etc.

These include:

  • Folio I – (1728 – 1750) “Benjamin Franklin`s Newspaper”
  • Folio II – (1751 – 1765) “The French & Indian War”
  • Folio III – (1766 – 1783) “The American Revolution”
  • Folio IV – (1784 – 1800) “The New Republic”

The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective

(More than 11,000 records; approx. 10 MILLION words)

This database contains the full text of major articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865. The text begins with the events preceding the outbreak of war at Fort Sumter, continues through the surrender at Appomattox, and concludes with the assassination and funeral of Abraham Lincoln. Included are descriptive news articles, eye-witness accounts and official reports of battles and events, editorials, advertisements and biographies. A great effort has been made also to include articles which describe other than military concerns of the day. These include such topics as travel, arts and leisure, geographical descriptions, sports and sporting, social events, etc.

“The Liberator” (1831-1865)

(Completed through December, 1840)

The Liberator was a weekly newspaper published by William Lloyd Garrison in Boston, Massachusetts. William Lloyd Garrison was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts in December, 1805. At thirteen years of age he began his newspaper career with the Newburyport Herald, where he acquired great skills in both accuracy and speed in the art of setting type. He wrote anonymous articles, and by age of twenty-one he published his own newspaper.

Part I January, 1831 – December, 1835
Part II January, 1835 – December, 1840
Part III January, 1841 – December, 1845
Part IV January, 1846 – December, 1850
Part V January, 1851 – December, 1855
Part VI January, 1856 – December, 1860
Part VII January, 1861 – December, 1865

“The Liberator” (1831-1865)
(Completed through December, 1840)

Part I: Freedom’s Journal, New York, 1827-Mar. 1829; Colored American, New York, 1837-Mar. 1840; The North Star, Rochester, NY, 1847-July 1849; National Era, Washington, DC, 1847-Dec. 1848.
Part II: Colored American, 1840-41; The North Star, July 1849-1851; Frederick Douglass Papers (continuation of The North Star), 1851-May 1852; National Era, 1847-Dec. 1850; Provincial Freeman, Toronto, ON, 1854-Dec. 18, 1855.
Part III: Frederick Douglass Papers, May 1852-Dec. 1852; National Era, Dec. 1850-Dec. 1853; Provincial Freeman, Dec. 1855-57; The Christian Recorder, Toronto, ON, 1861-April 1862.
Part IV: The Christian Recorder, May 1862-Dec. 1864; National Era, Jan. 1854-Dec. 1855; Frederick Douglass Papers, Jan. 1853-Dec. 1854.
Part V: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1865-June 1868; National Era, Jan. 1856-Dec. 1857; Frederick Douglass Papers, Jan. 1855-Dec. 1856.
Part VI: National Era, Jan. 1858-Mar. 1860; The Christian Recorder, July 1868-Dec. 1870.
Part VII: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1872-Dec. 1876.
Part VIII: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1877-Dec. 1882.
Part IX: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1883-Dec. 1887.
Part X: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1888-Dec. 1893 (excluding 1892)
Part XI: The Christian Recorder, Jan. 1894-Dec. 1898

African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century
(Over. 100,000 records; more than 60 MILLION words)

This enormous collection of African-American newspapers contains a wealth of information about the cultural life and history during the 1800s, and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day, including the Mexican War, Presidential and congressional addresses, Congressional abstracts, business and commodity markets, the humanities, world travel and religion. They also contain large numbers of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements all of which embody the African-American experience.

Historical Study Guide

The purpose of this study guide is to provide small sample of articles that are available to students and educators of the material contained in these databases. Currently the databases contain over 176,000 articles.

Godey`s Lady`s Book (1830-1885)

In 1830, in Philadelphia, Louis Antoine Godey (1804-1878) commenced the publication of Godey`s Lady`s Book which he designed specifically to attract the growing audience of American women.

The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America. In addition to extensive fashion descriptions and plates, the early issues included biographical sketches, articles about mineralogy, handcrafts, female costume, the dance, equestrienne procedures, health & hygiene, recipes & remedies, etc. Each issue also contained two pages of sheet music, written essentially for the piano forte.

Wonderbase of the Week: 4 Million Records Added To Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

The Wonderbase of the Week at WorldVitalRecords.com for July 23rd-July 29th is updates to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). More than 4 million records have been added to this database, which is free to access. The database now contains 80 million records.

All of the SSDI records have been geocoded, which allows the user to see a map of the city, as well as the neighboring counties and nearby cemeteries where their ancestors lived.

Click here to access the SSDI database.

The Death Master File (DMF) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) contains over 80 million records of deaths that have been reported to SSA. This file includes the following information on each decedent, if the data is available to the SSA: social security number, name, date of birth, date of death, state or country of residence (prior to Mar 1988), ZIP code of last residence, and ZIP code of lump sum payment. The SSA does not have a death record for all persons; therefore, SSA does not guarantee the veracity of the file. Thus, the absence of a particular person is not proof this person is alive.

(Source: Social Security Administration, Death Master File, May 2007.)

Gazetteers from Massachusetts, West Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Delaware, England, and Wales Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Gazetteers from Massachusetts, West Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Delaware, England and Wales were launched recently at WorldVitalRecords.com. All of these records will be free to access at WorldVitalRecords.com until July 27, 2007. This launch set also contains the Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland.

Click on the links below to access each of the databases:

A Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts, 1874
This database contains a comprehensive guide to the towns and villages of the state of Massachusetts. It was written by Rev. Elias Nason, from Boston, Mass. The original book was printed in 1874 and contains 576 pages.

A Gazetteer of West Virginia, 1904
This database contains a detailed gazetteer of Virginia including towns, villages, post villages, post villages, creeks, lakes, rivers, mountains, and every other geographical feature. The original book was written by Henry Gannett. It was originally printed by USGPO in 1904 (2000 reprint) and contains 159 pages.

A Gazetteer of Texas, 1902
This database contains a detailed gazetteer of Texas including towns, villages, post villages, post villages, creeks, lakes, rivers, mountains, and every other geographical feature. The book was printed by Henry Gannett. It was originally printed by USGPO, in 1902 and contains 162 pages.

Gazetteers of Maryland and Delaware
This database contains a detailed gazetteer of Maryland including towns, villages, post villages, post villages, creeks, lakes, rivers, mountains, and every other geographical feature. The book was written Henry Gannett. It was originally printed by USGPO in 1904 and contains 84 pages.

A Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts
This database contains descriptions of all counties, towns, and districts in the Commonwealth; also, of its principal mountains, rivers, capes, bays, harbors, islands, and fashionable resorts. The database also contains statistical accounts of its agriculture, commerce and manufactures; with a great variety of other useful information. The gazetteer was written by John Hayward from Boston, Mass. It was originally printed in 1846 and contains 447 pages.

The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1880
This database contains ninety-five full-color county maps and illustrations accompany this highly detailed gazetteer which provides a comprehensive listing of every conceivable geographically named location in England and Wales. In addition to location, most listings include historical and economic facts. The gazetteer was edited by J.H.F. Brabner, F.R.G.S. and was printed in 1880 (2000 Reprint), in London, England. It contains 2244 pages.

Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland
Part I: A Comprehensive Delineation of the Thirty-Two Counties, contains a beautifully colored map of each, arranged alphabetically, showing over 1,000 cities, towns, village and places of public interest. Embracing over two hundred illustrations of the natural scenery, public buildings, abbeys, round towers and other romantic and historic places, reproduced by eminent artists from photographs especially taken for this work. The atlas and cyclopedia were written by P.W. Joyce.

PartII: The General History, as told by A.M. Sullivan, and dontinued by P.D. Nunan. A complete and authentichistory of Ireland, from the earliest ages. The database contains graphic descriptions of the Battle of Clontarf, Strongbow’s Invasion, Death of Roderick O’Connor (Last King of Ireland), Cromwell’s Invasion, Siege of Derry and the Battle of the Boyne; Siege of Limerick, Penal Laws, the Volunteers, The United Irishment, Catholic Emancipation and Repeal, The Young Irelanders, Fenian Insurrection, Home Rule and Land League Agitations bringing it down almost to the United Irish League. Embellished with portraits of the leading statesmen, the database contains lists of orators, poets and martyrs of the Emerald Isle, taken from the original paintings of Haverty, Reynolds, Lesage, and others.

Pioneer Ghosts of Kentucky: Comprehensive Name Index of the Dickey Diary Series Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com launched the Pioneer Ghosts of Kentucky: Comprehensive Name Index of the Dickey Diary series today. The records will be free to access until July 28, 2007. They are from the Everton Library Collection.

Click on the links below to access the databases.

Pioneer Ghosts of Kentucky: Comprehensive Name Index of the Dickey Diary, Volume 1
Pioneer Ghosts of Kentucky: Comprehensive Name Index of the Dickey Diary, Volume 1 is an index of names included in John Jay Dickey’s genealogical records. Dickey was a circuit-riding preacher and teacher who felt compelled to make genealogical records of all the families who would cooperate with him. Much of the notes in the volumes that comprise the “Dickey Diary” were based on people’s own recollections and hearsay. Each entry includes the roll and page where that entry can be found in the filmed diary, the date the entry was made, and Dickey’s location when he made the entry.

Pioneer Ghosts of Kentucky: Comprehensive Name Index of the Dickey Diary, Volume 1 Supplements
This volume is a collection of additional information that was not included in Pioneer Ghosts of Kentucky: Comprehensive Name Index of the Dickey Diary, Volume 1. The information is intended to supplement the original volume.

Pioneer Ghosts of Kentucky: Comprehensive Name Index of the Dickey Diary, Volume 3
(description same as volume 1)

Pioneer Ghosts of Kentucky: Comprehensive Name Index of the Dickey Diary, Volume 4

(description same as volume 1)