New GPC Content From Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New York, Virginia, and Wales.

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This week’s major collection includes birth, marriage, and death records, stories and histories, and census and voter lists from Genealogical Publishing Company. The content for these ten new databases is from Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New York, Virginia, and Wales.

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Calendar of Wills, 1626-1836– online 2/26/09
This sought-after volume contains abstracts of 2,162 wills, giving the name of the testator, place of residence, date, names of wife and children, legatees, names of executors and witnesses, and the number of the will. Arranged in rough alphabetical order and thereunder approximately chronologically, this work identifies some 15,000 persons from the wills filed, which were filed from all around New York State. The complete name index at the back of the book further enhances its usefulness. Fernow’s introduction, consisting of an explanation of New York testamentary law, is another outstanding feature of this collection of the earliest wills on record for New York State.

Electoral Registers Since 1832; and Burgess Rolls– online 2/26/2009
Published annually since 1832, electoral registers list the names and addresses of everyone entitled to vote, noting the qualifications which brought each voter onto the register, such as current residence or ownership of property. During most of the 19th century the printed registers were arranged in alphabetical order by constituency, while later they were arranged in street order by parish. Thus they are used widely by genealogists as a tool to locate individuals in the various decennial censuses. Until now there has never been a guide showing just where these amazingly informative lists can be consulted, but this present work redresses that problem and provides a county-by-county inventory of published electoral registers held in libraries and record offices throughout Britain.

Adventures of Purse and Person, Volume 3-– online 2/27/2009
This third volume of the fourth edition of Adventurers of Purse and Person is a culmination of the author’s twenty-five year association with the Order of First Families of Virginia. It is the final volume of a project with the purpose to identify the descendants of the earliest settlers of the colony and those who as members of the Virginia Company financed the venture on new shores. The investigations by many students of colonial Virginia genealogy have made possible the inclusion of this information, and their contributions, frequently noted in the footnote citations, have enhanced the accounts presented herein.

The Founding Families of Virginia refers to approximately 150 individuals who can be identified as (1) Adventurers of Purse (i.e. stockholders in the Virginia Company of London) who either came to Virginia in the period 1607–1625 and had descendants or who did not come to Virginia within that period but whose grandchildren were residents there; or (2) Adventurers of Person, 1607–1625 (i.e. immigrants to Virginia) who left descendants.

Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, Volume 1– online 2/27/2009 and
Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, Volume 2- online 3/2/2009
First published in 1872, with a second edition in 1875, Nicholas’s Annals and Antiquities of the County Families of Wales is still the standard work on Welsh family history and the chief source of genealogical data on the counties and families of the principality. Unlike other books on the subject, it combines histories of the ancient counties of Wales with family lineages, integrating the two to show the social and genealogical evolution of the country. Again unlike other works, it is based on the author’s personal investigation of county records and family papers, producing in the end what can only be described as the most complete and faithful compendium of Welsh family history ever published.

In this work, then, we are entrusted with a reliable record of ancient and modern families as well as—to paraphrase the subtitle—a reliable record of all ranks of the gentry, their lineages, appointments, armorial ensigns, and residences; ancient pedigrees and memorials of old and extinct families; notices of the family history and antiquities of each county; and rolls of high sheriffs and other county officials. So little is available on the subject that the reprint of this famous work will be a godsend to Americans of Welsh descent.

Cavaliers and Pioneers. Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666, Volume 1-– online 3/2/2009
This is one of the most outstanding records of early emigrants to Virginia. It records under the name of the patentee or grantee, the earliest Virginia land grants and patents from 1623 to 1666, giving the number of acres, locations and dates of settlement, and names of family members, and it further provides references to marriages, wills, and other legal instruments. It also has the names of some thousands who were transported or brought over by the early settlers as “headrights.” The index contains the names of about 20,000 persons.

Early Families of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky and Their Descendants-– online 3/3/2009
This massive compilation contains genealogies of the early families of eastern and southeastern Kentucky, the section originally comprised of the counties of Floyd, Knox, Greenup, and Clay. The genealogies refer to approximately 12,000 individuals, many of them worked through seven generations. The main families, many of them of Scotch-Irish descent, are listed alphabetically starting with the progenitor of the Kentucky line and continue chronologically thereafter according to the succession of children. Data furnished on each of the descendants generally includes name, date of birth, marriage and death, place of residence, incidental facts pertaining to military and public service, references to public records, and so on.

Cape Cod Library of Local History and Genealogy, Volume – online 3/3/2009 and
Cape Cod Library of Local History and Genealogy, Volume 2-– online 3/4/2009It is well known that Cape Cod families are difficult to trace. Only the probate records survived the burning of the Barnstable County Courthouse in 1827, and similar disasters have taken their toll on the Cape’s town records. Many of Chatham’s records, for instance, were lost in a fire, and Yarmouth’s records of the Revolutionary War period have been missing for years. Even so, many important Cape Cod town records still exist: the problem is that so few of them are in print. So it was fortuitous when Col. Leonard Smith stumbled upon a series of pamphlets published at Yarmouthport by Charles W. Swift in the early part of the 20th century under the name Cape Cod Library of History and Genealogy. A series of 108 pamphlets!

Although contributors to the Cape Cod Library included such celebrated genealogists as Josiah Paine (author of History of Harwich), William C. Smith (known for his History of Chatham), and Amos Otis (Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families), the series never reached a large audience, and is today virtually inaccessible. No library in the country holds the complete collection of 108 pamphlets. With great diligence, Col. Smith put together a complete collection for himself, arranged the pamphlets in the order in which they were published, and then, to make the material usable, compiled an index of names. In just over 2,000 pages he has managed to put together a reference work that compensates for the chronic shortage of printed Cape Cod source material, and it is available now in this splendid two-volume consolidation. See for yourself. The contents are listed below.

Volume 1: Cape Cod Byways; The Descendants of John Jenkins; Plymouth Trading Corporation; Summer Street-Hawes Lane, Yarmouthport; The Baker Zone in West Dennis; Cape Cod Land Titles; Permissive Use of the Common Lands of Proprietary Plantations; “Cast-Up” Lands; The Prince-Howes Court Cupboard; The Cape Type of House; Shipbuilding at East Dennis; The Nye House at Sandwich; History of Sandwich Glass and the Deming Jarves Book of Designs; Description of the Farris Windmill in South Yarmouth; William Swift and Descendants to the Sixth Generation; Old Shipmasters; Church Councils; Homer; The South Dennis Meeting House; Old Indian Meeting House at Mashpee; The Revolutionary War Service of Nathan Crosby; The Revolutionary War Service of Ansel Taylor; The Oldest Public Library Building in the U.S.; The Geological Formation of Cape Cod; Fast Runs of Clipper Ships; The Romance of a Barnstable Bell; Glass-Making in Sandwich; Thomas Foster of Weymouth and His Descendants; The Robbins Family of Cape Cod; Bangs Family Papers; Puddington-Purrington-Purinton; Thomas Howes of Yarmouth, Mass., and Some of His Descendants, Together with the Rev. John Mayo, Allied to Him by Marriage; Early Settlers of Eastham, Book 2; Early Settlers of Eastham, Book 1; Nicholas Snow of Eastham and Some of His Descendants, Together with Samuel Storrs, Thomas Huckins, Elder John Chipman, and Isaac Wells, Allied to the Snows by Marriage; Edward Kenwrick, the Ancestor of the Kenricks or Kendricks of Barnstable County and Nova Scotia and His Descendants; Early Chatham Settlers; Stephen and Giles Hopkins, Mayflower Passengers, and Some of Their Descendants, Including an Eldridge Line; Old Quaker Village, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts; West Yarmouth Houses Seventy-Five Years Ago, from Parker’s River Westward; A Mayflower Line; Hopkins-Snow-Cook; Atwood Genealogy; Newcombe Genealogy; Early Wheldens of Yarmouth; Descendants of William Hedge of Yarmouth; Thomas Clarke, the Pilgrim, and His Descendants; Burgess; The Yarmouth Families of Eldredge; Richard Taylor, Tailor, and Some of His Descendants; The Cross Families of Truro and Wellfleet; The Mayo Family of Truro; Deacon John Doane and the Doane Family; A Brief Sketch of the Life of George Webb, A Cape Cod Captain in the Revolutionary War; Genealogical Sketch of Descendants of Jeremiah Howes of Dennis, Mass.; The Lumbert or Lombard Family; Eastham and Orleans Historical Papers; Richard Rich of Dover Neck; John Robinson of Leyden and His Descendants to the Sixth Generation; The Yarmouth Family of Gray; and The Yarmouth Family of Chase.

Families of Early Milford, Connecticut– online 3/4/2009
This monumental compilation contains the genealogical records of approximately 300 families of early Milford, Connecticut. The genealogies range from a single paragraph to a dozen pages or more, enumerating descents through several generations, and are arranged alphabetically by family name, under which may also be found the names and records of allied families. The families traced here include those called Free Planters, who settled Milford in 1639, those who came soon afterward and who are called After Planters, and, in addition, those families who were in town at an early date and about whom there is a significant amount of information available. There are nearly 15,000 names in the index.

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