The major collection this week includes 10 new databases from Genealogical Publishing Company that feature birth, marriage, and death records along with stories and histories. Read descriptions of the databases below:
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This indispensable and comprehensive reference work is offered in a convenient one-volume form. It contains extensive biographical and genealogical data on every family established in Maine and New Hampshire before 1699. Listed are the births, marriages, and deaths of the settlers through the third generation, and sometimes into the fourth. Entries may include data on places of origin, residences, wills and deeds, court cases, and highlights of lives and careers.
History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume 2, Part 1 - online 2/19/2009
Compiled and edited by Donald Lines Jacobus for the Eunice Dennie Burr chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1930 (Volume I) and 1932 (Volume II). It was originally published in Fairfield, Connecticut and reprinted in 1976 by the Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. of Baltimore with “Additions and Corrections” dating from 1943.
History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume 2, Part 2- – online 2/20/2009
Compiled and edited by Donald Lines Jacobus (1930-1932, 1943). Jacobus’s Families of Old Fairfield is the ultimate authority on the ancestry and relationships of approximately 50,000 residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut. It is a vast compendium of family history, meticulously developed from original sources, and is in every way an accurate reflection of the investigative genius of its celebrated author. As genealogies go, it is a perfect model. Each family history commences with the original 17th-century settler and is brought down, in most cases, to the early decades of the 19th century. The accumulated data is further enhanced by abstracts of land and probate records, the effect of which is to add still more weight to the already overwhelming evidence. Throughout, families are arranged in alphabetical order. Children are carried forward as heads of families in leap-frog fashion, and everyone mentioned whose name does not occur in normal sequence under the appropriate family history is identified in the index. Wherever possible, women are indexed under their maiden names.
A Genealogical and Biographical History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania – online 2/20/2009
Allegheny County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, was for many years a staging area of westward migration. Thousands of early pioneers passed through it and thousands more stayed. Representatives of many of these early settlers, perhaps the majority, are immortalized in this work in genealogical and biographical sketches. The sketches, numbering approximately 2,250 and naming a total of 50,000 related persons, generally treat subjects who were born in the early nineteenth century, with reference to immediate forebears of the late eighteenth century. The sketches typically mention the date and place of birth and marriage of the principal subject, the place of birth of his parents and often grandparents, sometimes the name of the first ancestor in America, and details of religion, education, military service, occupation, home, and residence. This publication is excerpted from Part II of the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, constituting the entire genealogical and biographical section of that work, i.e. pages 209-786. As the index references correspond to the pages in the original, those page numbers have been retained in the reprint.
This is the fourth volume of a multi-volume work on Virginia genealogies consisting of material from Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, a notable periodical that contained a large number of genealogies that will be of help to the researcher. The four-volume set as all of the family history articles, about 350, that appeared in the magazine from its inception in 1919 until its demise in 1952. This is a significant body of genealogical material, and many of the contributors were leading Virginia researchers. For convenience the articles are arranged in a single alphabetical sequence. Since each volume has its own index, genealogists need only consult the particular volume required for their research. For a complete list of the contents write the publisher.
Hereditary Society Blue Book-online 2/23/2009 – online 2/23/2009
This publication furnishes current information on no fewer than 147 lineage organizations, their officers, and other members. In this sense it is both an annual Who’s Who among lineage society members and a guidebook for learning about the purpose of each organization and how to contact it. For each organization listed the author gives the name of the society, date of founding, requirements for membership, a mailing address and, where available, the phone number. In the majority of cases, Mr. Davenport also provides some historical background on the society, number of current members, and an illustration of the society’s insignia. The Who’s Who section lists over three hundred prominent living members of lineage societies, along with their spouses, addresses and phone numbers, and as many as ten hereditary societies of membership.
In all genealogical work the first and most important step is to establish the geographical origin of the ancestor. In Irish research the genealogist may know the name of the county where the ancestor lived but be puzzled about a place name given as the place of birth or residence. In all probability the place-name is that of a townland, the smallest territorial subdivision in Ireland. Since research in Ireland will usually start at the parish level, there must be a reference tool that will key the townland to the parish in which it is located. This work was prepared under the auspices of the British government for almost that purpose. The over 900 densely printed pages show the county, barony, parish, and poor law union in which the 70,000 townlands were situated in 1851, as well as the location of the townlands on the Great Ordnance Survey maps, with appendixes containing separate indexes to parishes and baronies.
Part 1 includes the following information: 1. Names of the Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Secretaries of War, and Commanding Generals of the Army, showing when and where each was born, exact period of service, and date and place of death. 2. List of general officers of the United States Army and of the United States Volunteers from June 1775 to 1903, arranged according to grade and rank, with period of service of each. 3. Complete chronological roster of chiefs of bureaus or staff corps, field and staff officers of the line (artillery, cavalry, dragoons, infantry, the legion, rangers, riflemen, sea fencibles, and voltigeurs), showing the acts of Congress under which each regiment or organization was created, with dates of consolidation, disbandment, etc. 4. Names of officers of the Army who have by name been thanked or presented with medals or swords by Congress since the organization of the Army in 1789. 5. Tables showing promotion of graduates of the United States Military Academy, and numbers in each class.
Part 2 includes: Complete alphabetical list of commissioned officers of the Army, including officers of the volunteer staff and brevet major or brigadier-generals of volunteers, from the organization of the Army, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903. It gives their full names and shows services as cadets and all services as officers or enlisted men, either in the regular or volunteer service. It also gives all brevet appointments, medals of honor awarded, and for what service conferred, Plus, it provides all cases in which thanks, swords, or medals have been awarded by Congress; all of said officers who joined the Confederate Army in the civil war, and the highest rank attained therein by each. Also look for the date of death of about 9,000 officers who died after leaving the United States service.
Part 3 includes: 1. Alphabetical list of officers of the Regular Army killed, wounded, or taken prisoner in action since 1789. 2. Alphabetical list of officers of volunteer regiments during the war with Mexico, 1846-1848. 3. Alphabetical list of field officers of volunteers and militia in the service of the United States during the Civil War, 186-1865. 4. Alphabetical list of captains of light batteries in the volunteer service during the Civil War, 1861-1865. 5. Alphabetical list of general officers of the United States Army and the Confederate States Army killed or died of wounds during the Civil War, 1861-1865. 6. Alphabetical list of general officers of the Confederate Army, 1861-1865. 7. Alphabetical list of officers who left the United States Army after November 1, 1860, and joined the Confederate service. 8. Alphabetical list of officers of volunteer organizations during the war with Spain and Philippine insurrection, 1898 to 1902, and alphabetical list of contract surgeons in service, 1898 to 1903. 9. Strength of the losses in battle, etc., during the following wars: War of the Evolution, 1775-1783; Indian wars, 1790-1795; war with Northwest Indians, 1811-1813; war with Great Britain, 1812-1815; Seminole war, 1817-1818; Black Hawk war, 1831-1832; Seminole war, 1835-1842; war with Mexico, 1846-1848; Civil War, or War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865; war with Spain and insurrection in the Philippines, 1898-1902, and insurrection in China, 1900-1901. 10. Alphabetical and chronological list of wars, campaigns, battles, skirmishes, military events, etc., 1775-1902. 11. Alphabetical list of forts, reservations, blockhouses, named camps, National and State Homes for soldiers, national cemeteries, etc., in the United States from its earliest settlement to date. 12. Compilation of tables illustrative of the (most important changes in the) organization of the Army of the United States from 1789 to 1902, and actual strength (annually) at stated periods since 1789.
This publication is a two-volume work created by Donald Lines Jacobus in the early 1930s.This work contains over 46,000 names of early Connecticut settlers and their descendents.
This Supplement to Genealogies in the Library of Congress lists all genealogies in the Library of Congress that were catalogued between 1972 and 1976, showing acquisitions made by the Library in the five years since publication of the original two-volume Bibliography. Arranged alphabetically by family name, it adds several thousand works to the canon, clinching the Bibliography’s position as the premier finding-aid in genealogy.
Like the original two-volume work the Supplement is a guide to genealogical monographs that can be found in the Library of Congress and other libraries. It is also a guide to the Library’s own index to genealogies in sources not primarily genealogical in nature and a guide to the unique collection of non-printed genealogies held by the Library, other than those in its Manuscript Division. Its unique listing of genealogies is achieved by placing together family names that are pronounced alike, or almost alike, even though there are differences in spelling, providing the researcher with a foolproof look-up method.
“This supplement updates the two-volume set published in 1972. Together the set supersedes the various editions of American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress and provides over 23,000 genealogical entries and 30,000 cross references. The supplement alone includes 2,798 new entries for books added between 1972 and 1976. The alphabetical arrangement is by family surname for both the bibliographical entries and the cross references. Title, place, publisher, author, and LC card and call numbers are included. Comprehensive and easy to use, this work is a major starting point for identifying and approaching American, English, Canadian, Latin American, European, and Asian genealogical sources.” –Jimmie H. Hoover, American Reference Books Annual 1978