Archive for April, 2009

New Genealogical Publishing Content Covering North Carolina, New York, and Virginia

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

By Whitney McGowan, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

This week’s Major Collection includes new content from Virginia, North Carolina, and New York ranging from 1635–1851. The content comes from Genealogical Publishing Company and includes a family history, vital records, court records, and a directory. One of the databases, Marriages of Bertie County, North Carolina, 1762–1868, is free for ten days.

Lewis of Warner Hall: History of a Family (available 4/23/09)

The Lewis family of Warner Hall, York County, Virginia probably descends from Robert Lewis of Brecon, Wales who came to Virginia in 1635. This book traces his descendants in the male and female lines, and descents from other early Virginia families. The bulk of this work is concerned with Col. John Lewis and Francis Fielding and their descendants, Col. Charles Lewis and Mary Howell and their descendants, and Col. Robert Lewis and Jane Meriwether and their descendants, with much attention given to these related families: Ambler, Ball, Barret, Bowles, Bushrod, Byrd, Carter, Cobbs, Crawford, Eppes, Fauntleroy, Fielding, Griffin, Howell, Isham, Jefferson, Kennon, Marshall, Piersey, Ragland, Randolph, Taliaferro, Taylor, Thompson, Walker, Washington, Willis, Woodson, and Worsham.

Marriages of Bertie County, North Carolina, 1762–1868 (available 4/24/09) Free for Ten Days!

This work contains abstracts of all marriage bonds issued in Bertie County between 1762 and 1868. (Bonds dating from 1722, when the county was formed, are no longer extant.) The marriage records abstracted here are based on microfilm copies of the original bonds and on a microfilm copy of a register of marriages maintained from 1851 by the Register of Deeds at Windsor, the county seat. As is customary, the data is arranged throughout by the surname of the groom, and each entry provides the name of the bride, the date of the marriage bond or (after 1851) marriage license, and the names of clergymen, witnesses, and bondsmen. The name index at the back of the volume provides easy access to brides, witnesses, and bondsmen specified in the bonds. This work is an important contribution to North Carolina genealogy.

Marriages of Rutherford County, North Carolina, 1779–1868 (available 4/27/09)

This work has abstracts of all marriage bonds issued in Rutherford County from 1779 to 1868, when marriage bonds—as prerequisite for marriage—were discontinued. These records were abstracted, in the main, from a microfilm copy of the original marriage bonds on file at the State Archives in Raleigh—a few directly from bonds and licenses in the county courthouse in Rutherfordton—and they refer to some 12,500 persons, including bondsmen. The arrangement is alphabetical by the name of the groom, and each entry includes the name of the bride, the date of the bond, the name of the bondsman and, from 1851, the date of the actual marriage.

Landholders of Northeastern New York, 1739–1802 (available 4/28/09)

This work forms a directory of all participants in all land sales and mortgage agreements in northeastern New York between 1739 and 1802. The area covered includes all land within the present-day counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren, and Washington.

The first part identifies original grantees, persons awarded land in the area between 1739 and 1775, and provided is the date of award, name of grant, present town of grant’s location, acreage, and grantee’s name. The second part, and by far the largest, identifies about 9,000 landholders—grantees, grantors, mortgagees and mortgagors—whose land records were filed between 1772 and 1802 in the deed and mortgage books of Washington, Clinton, or Essex counties. In the various entries will be found the names of all persons engaged in land transactions, the date of the transaction, the place of residence of each of the principals, and the volume and page of the original source book.

An appendix furnishes the dates of organization of all of the towns formed in northeastern New York prior to 1803 and the population of these towns as of 1790 and 1800, and it lists by counties the numbers of deeds and mortgages filed in this region between 1772 and 1802.

Lists of Inhabitants of Colonial New York (available 4/29/09)

O’Callaghan’s Documentary History of the State of New-York, a four-volume work published 1849–1851, was strong in genealogical records of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. But this fine work was hard to use for it had no name index.

This present work has all of the genealogical records in the O’Callaghan work, but it adds a complete index of names. Prepared by Roseanne Conway, the index lists about 12,000 inhabitants of colonial New York–Dutch, English, and German.

The following is a representative selection of lists of inhabitants in the work: Male Inhabitants of Ulster County, 1689; Army List, 1700; Census of the Counties of Orange, Dutchess, and Albany, 1702, 1714, 1720; Census of the City of New York, 1703; Inhabitants of Hempstead, 1673; Inhabitants of Flushing, Southampton, and Southold, 1698; Long Island Rate Lists, 1675, 1676, 1683; Census of King’s County, 1698; King’s County Militia, 1715; the Palatines, 1710–1714; Inhabitants of New Rochelle (1710) and East Chester; Freeholders in Ulster County, 1728; Lists of Quakers and Moravians, 1755–1756; Miscellaneous Lists, 1738; and Inhabitants of Gloucester County, 1771.

New Image Viewer Enhancements at WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, April 27th, 2009

By Whitney McGowan, FamilyLink.com

WorldVitalRecords.com recently made an enhancement to its image viewer, allowing for better resolution on newspaper images. The primary new feature allows users to view images at up to 200 percent, whereas before they could view images only up to 100 percent.

Additional image viewer enhancements include the following:

1. Print Zoomed Image: Print the view on your screen when you have zoomed in on an image.

2. Full Image: Print the full image.

3. Save Image: Users can save images to their computer, and return to them another time.

4. Share Image: Share images with your friends and family members.

If you want to try out the new viewer, please visit the links below:

Click here to browse all newspaper and periodical databases at WorldVitalRecords.com.

WorldVitalRecords.com has a large and growing newspaper collection. Look for announcements about major newspaper acquisitions that will soon be online at WorldVitalRecords.com!

FamCam Available as iPhone Application: Share Photos Easily with Your Family

Friday, April 24th, 2009

By Whitney McGowan, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

On April 21, 2009 FamilyLink.com, Inc. released its first iPhone application, FamCam. FamCam is free and available for download and allows you to share photos with your family simply and easily. One of the benefits of using FamCam is that your family can get immediate pictures of your daily adventures, and the things you want to photograph, straight from your iPhone.

Additional FamCam features allow you to:

* Set up and manage groups of family members.

* Take a photo or choose one from your library

* Send your photo and a note to one or more family groups.

Download FamCam for free and share photos with your whole Family!

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=309778917&mt=8

FamCam is compatible with iPhone. The application requires iPhone OS 2.1.

Geer’s Hartford City Directories Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

This week’s major collection at WorldVitalRecords.com includes five new databases containing Geer’s Hartford City Directories for 1902, 1908, 1912-1913, and 1914. Geer’s Hartford City Directories come from Godfrey Memorial Library.

Geer’s Hartford City Directory, 1912- 1913 (online 4/16/2009)

Geer’s Hartford City Directory, August 1908 (online 4/17/2009)

Geer’s Hartford City Directory, July 1902 (online 4/20/2009) Free for Ten Days!

Geer’s Hartford City Directory, September 1913 (online 4/21/2009

Geer’s Hartford City Directory, September 1914 (online 4/22/2009)

These databases were originally compiled by Elihu Geer and published by the Hartford Steam Printing Co. There is more information given about Hartford in the Hartford City Directory than in any other publication of its kind in the world.

The following passage is quoted from an obituary about Elihu Green in 1887

“Elihu Geer, the founder of Geer’s Hartford City Directory, was born December 1st, 1817, in Lyme, Connecticut, while his parents were temporarily away from Hartford. He was apprenticed to the printing business with J. Hub- bard Welles, Hartford, Conn. In 1838 he bought out the business, and in 1841 purchased the copy-right of the directory, which he compiled, published and printed, from that year to the time of his death, which occurred on March 27th, 1887. He was more than an ordinary business man— the Directory more than an ordinary business venture. He grew up with Hartford; and his chief task was in recording with zealous pride and minute devotion the steps of its development from a village to a powerful provincial city. The first thin 18mo., a mere pamphlet, with 1,625 names, was published -when the famous old capital, though with two centuries of stirring history behind it, had but 10,000 souls, and hardly more than two straggling streets running parallel with the river, with a few lanes connecting them, and others running to the water. His last splendid octavo volume contained nearly 600 pages and 20,665 names; a third of it devoted to local, state and national statistics, when the city had nearly 50,000 inhabitants, and no student of ‘local history can even attempt to deal with its life for all these years without consulting first of all the vast mass of material collected and arranged by the publisher of this Directory, such as no similar work has ever attempted to present, for it greatly increased the expense of publication without materially increasing its profits, and was the product of disinterested pride in his work and affection for the city.”

FamilyLink.com is Hiring

Monday, April 20th, 2009


The following is a blog post from Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

We have several open positions at FamilyLink.com, and I’ve decided to blog about them in hopes that it will increase our pool of potential candidates and educate potential candidates on our hiring process–particularly our use of trust networks to vet candidates.  If you are interested, or know someone who is, please refer them to our job listings at our corporate web site, or email paul AT familylink.com.

As background, FamilyLink.com is the developer of We’re Related, a top 5 Facebook application, with 37 million users. We also run web sites including WorldVitalRecords.com, WorldHistory.com, and will be launching GenSeek.com and FamilyLink.com in the coming weeks. We also run AdMazing.com, a niche advertising network with a family history focus. And our first iPhone applications will soon be approved for the App Store. We rank in the top 150 of all web properties  in overall traffic according to Quantcast, are venture and angel-backed and cash-flow positive. We have nearly 50 employees and full-time contractors, including many that work in our Provo, Utah headquarters, and many that work remotely (California, Colorado, Seattle, overseas.)

For all key positions we try to use our LinkedIn networks. We reach out to 50-200 colleagues we trust and ask, “who do you know that is the best [job title here] you have ever worked with?” Then we actively try to recruit the top candidates that are referred to by our trusted sources. Internally, we like to ask, “Would Google hire this person?” (I mean, if the economy was good) because we are really looking for world-class talent. Like Google, we want to find smart people who get things done.If we don’t get the right referral for a position by pro-actively querying our trust network, then we do accept applications via our corporate site, or through email. But in this case, our policy is to take a “try before you buy” approach — meaning, we will hire the top candidate as a contractor for a short-term project, to see how well they perform and how well they work with our existing team. We think this helps both parties determine if the fit is a good one.We have a number of key positions that we are trying to fill right now, including an HR manager / recruiter, that will increase our ability to hire the rest of the positions more quickly. We already have some good candidates for some of these positions, and are working through the interviewing process, but none of these spots have been filled yet (and some haven’t even been posted to our web site.)

  1. HR Manager / Recruiter
  2. Usability Manager
  3. QA Manager (listed as Software Test Manager on corporate web site)
  4. Front end / HTML developers
  5. Product Manager for genealogy properties
  6. ControllerChief Genealogy Officer
  7. Content Licensing Managers (4-5 open positions)
  8. Project Manager / assistant to Chief Social Officer
  9. Twitter Interns (4-5 full time or part time summer openings)
  10. Outbound sales consultants
  11. Business Development / Marketing manager

In the coming weeks, we may be adding these positions to our corporate site, but if the right candidate emerges sooner rather than later, we will definitely jump:

  1. VP of Online Advertising Sales (should probably be located in NYC or west coast)
  2. Product managers for social applications/features
  3. Localization manager (for apps and web sites)
  4. Online Advertising Sales Managers
  5. Mobile developers (iPhone, Google Android, other platforms)
  6. Mobile product manager
  7. Product manager, WorldHistory.com
  8. Lead developer for genealogy properties
  9. Market research / internal survey manager
  10. User Interface Designer (reporting to current lead designer)
  11. Affiliate marketing manager (for WorldVitalRecords)
  12. Content Digitization Manager

If you want to apply for any of these positions, please make sure you have enough endorsements in LinkedIn that we know you are qualified and experienced in the position you are applying for.Treat applying to work at FamilyLink.com the way entrepreneurs are told to treat approaching a venture capitalist. Almost all VCs exclusively look at deals that are recommended to them by people they already trust, including existing portfolio companies. VCs don’t have time to look at thousands of business plans that might be submitted “over the transom.” Likewise, it is so important for us to build a world class team, that we often don’t have time to look at the dozens or hundreds of applicants that we might be able to find from posting job advertisements everywhere or scouring resume databases. What we need is for our trust network to tell us that you are a top candidate for a particular position. If someone we trust vouches for you, then we will put you through a series of interviews, where usually 5 or more of our existing employees meet with you to determine the fit. We have an energetic, fast-paced, innovative culture, and we are on the cutting edge of application development on social networks and mobile platforms. We believe in investing in our people, including providing them with great equipment and sending them to many conferences and industry events for ongoing training and networking.We hope to build a company that becomes one of the great places to work in Utah, with offices and remote employees in other locations as needed. For example, I’m trying to convince one or more of our developers to move to Silicon Valley so we can be closer to our friends at Facebook. I’d like to hire a VP of Ad Sales in New York City or possible San Francisco. We would consider hiring some of our genealogy team members to work in Washington, DC, and possible in 1-2 international locations — yet to be determined.

If you are interested in joining our fast-growing company, please help us find you by tapping into our trust networks and giving us sufficient social proof that you are right for us, that it makes the hiring decision easy. Or if you are an independent contractor or work for a company that could provide some of the services we need through outsourcing rather than hiring, please give us similar social proof from people we trust that we ought to hire your firm rather than fill some of these employee spots. We look forward to hearing from you.

Were Your Ancestors on the Titanic?

Friday, April 17th, 2009

By Whitney McGowan, FamilyLink.com, Inc.
On April 15, 1912 the Titanic sank deep into the freezing Atlantic after hitting
an iceberg approximately two hours and 40 minutes earlier (on April 14th). At the
time, the Titanic was the largest passenger steamship in the world.

Approximately 1,517 people died. The overall survival rate for men was 20 percent,
for women it was 74 percent, and for children, it was 52 percent. Fewer men survived
as there was a policy of allowing women and children to board the 20 lifeboats first.
These boats consisted of 14 lifeboats each designed to carry 65 passengers; 2 emergency
boats, each with a capacity of 40 passengers; and 4 collapsible boats, each with
a capacity of 47 passengers. Unfortunately, all of the boats were not filled to
capacity as some of the Titanic passengers were reluctant to leave what they thought
was a safer ship.

The Titanic began its voyage from Southhampton, England in hopes of reaching New
York City, New York. Edward J. Smith was the captain of the Titanic. After crossing
the English Channel the Titanic stopped at Cherbourg, France, and then Queenstown,
Ireland. Approximately 2,240 people were on board when the Titanic set out for New
York.

Many prominent people at that time were traveling in first class. Some of these
people included: John Jacob Astor IV and his wife Madeleine Force Astor, industrialist
Benjamin Guggenheim, Macy’s owner Isidor Straus and his wife Ida, Denver millionairess
Margaret “Molly” Brown, Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon and his wife couturière Lucy (Lady
Duff-Gordon), George Elkins Widener and his wife Eleanor; cricketer and businessman
John Borland Thayer with his wife Marian and their seventeen-year-old son Jack,
journalist William Thomas Stead, the Countess of Rothes, United States presidential
aide Archibald Butt, author and socialite Helen Churchill Candee, author Jacques
Futrelle his wife May and their friends, Broadway producers Henry and Rene Harris
and silent film actress Dorothy Gibson. (List of prominent names taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic)

To view a list of the Titanic passengers and crew, click here.

To view a list of only the first-class passengers and crew members on the Titanic, click here.

At WorldVitalRecords.com you can find many historic newspapers that cover the story
of the “unsinkable” ship, the Titanic. You may even find a record of one of your
ancestors who was on the Titanic.

Here are examples of just a few:

Waterloo Evening Courier:
Titanic, Largest Steamer Ever Built, Strikes Iceberg and Calls Help

Titusville Morning Herald:
Liner Titanic Struck an Iceburg on Sunday: Greatest Ship Afloat on her Maiden Voyage
is Damaged

Abilene Daily Reporter:

Loss of Life on the Titanic May Be Greater Than First Estimated

A partner of WorldVitalRecords.com, Find A Grave, has a page containing the full listing
of Titanic graves, as well as a page for Titanic passengers.

New Genealogical Publishing Company Content From Kentucky and Ohio

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

This week’s major collection at WorldVitalRecords.com includes new databases from
Genealogical Publishing Company. The databases include content from Kentucky and
Ohio.


Kentucky Marriages, 1797-1865
(online 4/13/2009)
This is a valuable compilation of abstracts of marriage notices. Listed chronologically,
each entry gives the name of the bride and groom and the marriage date, and many
include the place of residence and parents’ names. The source of the information
is provided for each entry. About 8,000 names of brides and grooms are in the index.


National Society, Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century, Inc.: Lineage Book,
1896-1989
(online 4/10/2009)


National Society, Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century: Lineage Book, 1896-1999

(online 4/9/2009)

Membership in the National Society, Colonial Daughters of the
17th Century is based upon descent from 17th-century ancestors who imperiled their
lives and interests in various colonial wars from May 1607 to December 1699, and
rendered other distinguished services. Between its establishment in 1896 and the
year 1999, the Society published eleven lineage books of its membership.

The 1989 and 1999 Lineage Books are similar in arrangement, but their contents differ
owing to the passage of time. Both volumes are divided into two parts: (1) A list
of living members and their qualifying ancestors, followed by (2) Brief sketches
of the roughly 2,500 17th-century ancestors, with the names of living members of
the organization, if any, descended from them. Society members are identified by
city and state of residence at the time of publication. Information provided in
the ancestor sketches include one or more dates, something about the individual’s
military or other service, and town and colony inhabited. The contents of the two
books differ, of course, owing to the discovery of new ancestors, and because of
the deaths of some members and the enrollment of new ones over the decade in question.
Both books also feature historical essays about the organization and its founders,
the Society’s full-color insignia, lists of officers, and more. The 1999 book also
concludes with a glossary of terms found in the text.

If you have been stymied in your effort to trace your ancestry back to the 17th
century, this excellent two-volume set holds out a splendid new opportunity to do
so.


“Second Census” of Kentucky 1800
(online 4/14/2009) Free
for Ten Days!

This “second census” of Kentucky is an alphabetical list of 32,000 taxpayers and
is based on original tax lists on file in the Kentucky Historical Society. Information
given includes the county of residence and the date of the tax list in which the
individual is listed. The genealogist finding a name of interest can then refer
to the tax list (all are on microfilm), where he or she will find such information
as the amount of land owned and its location, the number of individuals in various
categories attached to the household, and other background information.


Ohio Valley Genealogies
(online 4/15/2009)

The following databases from the Dundurn Group containing Canadian content were
launched this week, but are not included in the Major Collection:

Introducing Family Stream on We’re Related

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

We’re Related on Facebook users may have noticed a simplified user interface with a new, “Family Stream” button . Family Stream is located on the top left hand side of your We’re Related toolbar, next to the Find Relatives feature.

What is Family Stream?

Family Stream allows you to quickly send messages to your family. First, click on the Family Stream button. Once you do, you will see a box that says, What’s Happening? Share with your whole family. All you need to do is type a message that you want to send to your family and click, Share. As soon as you click on that button, your family can immediately see your message. You don’t even need to refresh your page.

Using Family Stream you can also share links with your family. This button is titled Add Link. Once you click on these words, another box will open up that Know a good site? Share with your whole family. Simply type in the url you wish to share with your family members and click, Share.

Who will see the messages and links I post?

The only people who will see the messages and links you post are the individuals whom you have invited as your relatives. The messages and posts will not be uploaded to your regular Facebook profile. Thus, if you want to share a something with just your family, you can easily do it using Family Stream.

Easter Around the World

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

By Whitney McGowan, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

In America, children often associate Easter with brightly colored eggs, the Easter Bunny, and Easter egg hunts. In fact I heard on the radio yesterday that the Utah Jazz Bearwill host Utah’s largest Easter egg hunt this Saturday with more than 20,000 Easter eggs hidden for children to find!  These events are fun and exciting for children; however, a few years ago I had the opportunity to spend Easter in Romania and had a delightfully different experience. Although I do not have any ancestors from Romania, I still enjoyed learning about some of the traditional Easter traditions and customers in Romania.

Easter in Romania is the most important celebration of all of the holidays, in which they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with many celebrations and rituals. Romanians dye eggs red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ. Some eggs, as shown in the picture above, are also painted with fine artwork. When you greet someone around Easter time in Romania, one person says, “Hristos a inviat,” which means Christ is risen. The other person follows with, “Adevarat, a inviat,” which means, “Truly, he has risen.”  Mass is also held, as well as a candlelight vigil where each person brings a candle. During the mass, one person lights his or her candle, and then lights another person’s candle. This process continues until every person’s candle has been lit. They carry the light home with them to bring not only physical, but spiritual light to their homes.

Following are traditions that are currently being practiced in other countries. Perhaps your ancestors did some of these same things:

Easter in German begins with individuals covering the cross on Good Friday. The also eat a variety of fish delicacies. Germans attend Easter mass and have a traditional Easter dinner complete with colored eggs and lamb-shaped cake. Germany is typically known for beginning the typical traditions such as the Easter bunny. German who immigrated to America brought these traditions with them, and shared them with their family and friends. Germans also celebrate something called the “Easter fire” in which all of the Christmas trees are collected in a central place, and then burned, representing a closing of winter and new preparations for spring.

Easter in Brazil involves Holy Week rituals including the blessing of palm branches, complete with patterns woven in crosses, banners, and other sacred objects. Processional walks are typical. Brazilians also eat a special Easter food that includes ground peanuts and sugar. In some places, natives stage a Biblical passion play, a tradition that has been occurring since 1950.

Easter in Mexico is filled with Christian rituals and Indian traditions. The people of Mexico combine Holy week and also Resurrection Sunday. On Palm Sunday, many people hang elaborate woven palms on their doors. In many places in Mexico one can often see Passion Plays. One of the largest traditions in rural areas is when a Judas effigy is filled with firecrackers and burned.

So, what Easter traditions did your ancestors celebrate? I encourage you to take some time to find out, and perhaps even adopt some of these traditions. Happy Easter to you all!

New Databases From England, Scotland, and the United States

Friday, April 10th, 2009

By Whitney McGowan, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

The major collection this week includes nine databases from Anguline Research Archives containing content from England, Scotland, and the United States. Dates in these databases range from 1825 to 1910. Anguline Research Archives is an organization dedicated to bring rare books on CD at an affordable price, to the local history researcher and to the family history researcher.

Highways and Byways in Buckinghamshire (online 4/2/09)

Contemporary review-WORLD : “A thoroughly delightful little volume. Mr. Frederick L. Griggs contributes a copious series of delicately graceful illustrations.” Over 80 illustrations plus map. By Clement Shorter.

Loretto Register 1825 to 1925 (online 4/2/09) Free for 10 Days!

The registers of Scotland’s oldest boarding school, Loretto, contain biographical details about the scholars, including date of birth, listings of various sporting teams and competitions.

Highways and Byways in Hampshire (online 4/3/09)

This book is always popular with those having Hampshire ancestors. Published in 1919 it gives a tour around all of the towns and villages, with their history and antiquities, churches, and people. Absolutely fascinating reading, and great background information for your family history. Lots of excellent illustrations too. High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. A wealth of information and a snapshot in time. Contemporary review-WORLD: “Mr. Moutray Read has written a well-nigh perfect guide-book.” STANDARD: “In our judgment, as excellent and as a lively a book as has yet appeared in the Highways and Byways Series.”  Over 90 illustrations by Arthur B. Connor, plus map.

History of Richmond, Yorkshire (online 4/6/09)

Including a description of the castle, friary, Easby Abbey and other remains of antiquity in the neighbourhood.  By Christopher Clarkson. Printed by and for T. Bowman at the Albion Press.

The History of Four West Yorkshire Co-operatives (online 4/6/09) Free for 10 Days!

This database includes the following: 1) History of the Castleford Co-operative Industrial Society Ltd., 1865–1915. By John Platt Jackson. Published in 1925.

2) Batley Co-operative Society Limited —A Brief History of the Society, 1867–1917. By W.H. Childe. Published in 1919.  3) Half a Century of Co-operation in Keighley, 1860–1910. By Jos. Rhodes. Published in 1911.  4) Fifty Years of Co-operation in Bingley—A Jubilee Record of the Bingley Industrial Co-operative Society Limited. By W. Hartley. Published in 1900.  Each book is full of fascinating information and illustrations.

Old English Customs Extant at the Present Time (1896) (online 4/7/09)

By P.H. Ditchfield. An account of local observances, festival customs, and ancient ceremonies surviving in Great Britain. Descriptions of the ancient folk-customs still being performed in villages across the British Isles.

The Annals of Wakefield House of Correction for three hundred years (online 4/7/09)

A fascinating history of the West Riding House of Correction (Wakefield Prison), one of the most important in England. Also includes notes of ancient prisons and obsolete punishments, particularly the Manorial Gaols and customs of Yorkshire; the County Prisons of York Castle, Northallerton, Beverley etc. and the Township Kidcotes of the West Riding. Embracing a general survey of the social and moral history of Yorkshire from the time of Queen Elizabeth I to the end of the reign of Queen Victoria. Complete with indexes of persons and places. By J. Horsfall Turner. Published in 1904.

England in Days of Old (online 4/8/09)

By William Andrews, published in 1897. An entertaining and instructive study of the social and domestic life in England in times past. Includes attractive line drawings

How to Decipher and Study Old Documents (online 4/8/09)

By E.E. Thoyts. Published in 1903. A guide to help the historian recognize and interpret the format and palaeography used in early records. Covers the handwriting and characteristics used in parish registers, manorial records, deeds, monastic charters etc. Illustrated with some examples. Also includes common abbreviations used.