Archive for the ‘Content’ Category

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.”

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.

Connecticut Databases Now Online: Middletown and Portland Directories, Well’s City Directory for Hartford, and Winsted and Torrington Directory

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

By Whitney McGowan, FamilyLink.com

This week’s major collection at WorldVitalRecords.com includes ten databases from Godfrey Memorial Library. This special collection includes Middletown and Portland Directories ranging from 1887–1896. The collection also includes Well’s City Directory for Hartford, 1848, and Middletown and Portland Directory, 1893–1894. Two of the databases listed below are free to access for ten days. The records included in this collection are from Connecticut.


Middletown and Portland Directory, 1887-1888
(available March 26, 2009) Free for 10 Days!

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1894-1895 (available March 26, 2009)

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1888-1889 (available March 27, 2009)

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1895-1896 (available March 27, 2009)

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1889-1890 (available March 30, 2009)

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1896-1897 (available March 30, 2009)

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1891-1892 (available March 31, 2009)

Well’s City Directory for Hartford, 1848 (available March 31, 2009)Free for 10 Days!

Middletown and Portland Directory, 1893-1894 (available April 1, 2009)

Winsted and Torrington Directory, 1890-1891
(available April 1, 2009)

New GPC Content from England, Ireland, US, and Wales

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The Major Collection this week at WorldVitalRecords.com contains a wide variety
of new databases from Genealogical Publishing Company. The databases include directories,
trees, histories, vital records, court records, and guides from England, Ireland,
the United States (Maryland, Massachusetts and Maine, New York, North Carolina,
Virginia) and Wales.


Special Report On Surnames in Ireland

Sir Robert E. Matheson. (1901, 1909). These two works-in-one are a valuable instrument
for tracing Irish family origins. The first, the Special Report, shows the areas
in Ireland with which family names are most frequently associated. In fact, it has
a 39-page table listing of about 2,400 surnames, alphabetically arranged, indicating
the number of occurrences of each surname in the various provinces and counties
of Ireland. Varieties and Synonymes of Surnames, the second report, consists of
a 32-page list of 2,091 names and their variations as well as a separate key to
the Registers’ Districts and Unions in which the surnames are located.


Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966)

Walter Goodwin Davis. (1916-1963). Reprinted in these three volumes are seventeen
books that comprise one of the major achievements of twentieth-century genealogy–the
multi-ancestor compendium plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants,
1930) compiled and published by Walter Goodwin Davis between 1916 and 1963. These
2,100 fully-indexed pages authoritatively cover 180 families, all of Davis’s colonial
forebears plus nineteen English families in the immediate ancestry of American immigrants.
One hundred fourteen of these families lived mostly in Massachusetts; twenty-nine
are associated largely with Maine; and eighteen–Basford, Brown, Clifford, Cram,
Estow, Fernald, Folsom, Gibbons, Gilman, Marston, Moses, Roberts, Roper, Sherburne,
Sloper, Taprill, Walton, and Waterhouse–lived largely in New Hampshire, primarily
Hampton, Portsmouth, or Exeter. Most of the 114 Massachusetts families resided in
Essex County, a few in Middlesex or Plymouth counties, or in Boston. Thus Massachusetts
and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis is largely a compendium
on “north of Boston” families.

The Davis opus is undoubtedly the premier work for northern New England, and an
often essential companion volume to the celebrated Genealogical Dictionary of Maine
and New Hampshire, which it considerably expands, especially for many Essex County
families with ties further north)–and the greatest multi-ancestor series to date
in American genealogy. Almost anyone with considerable New England ancestry–and
as many as 100 million living Americans, about 40 percent of the population, have
some colonial New England forebears–will descend from one or more, often a dozen
or more, of the 180 families herein. For this reprint edition, the 180 families
in all sixteen books have been arranged into a single alphabetical sequence, and
tables of contents identify the book in which the family originally appeared.


Records of Old Macon County, North Carolina, 1829-1850

Barbara Sears McRae. (1991). “Old” Macon County, North Carolina at one time included
all the land from the Blue Ridge on the east to the state boundaries of South Carolina,
Georgia, and Tennessee. In 1820, a survey party mapped the new territory, which
remained part of Haywood County until 1828, the year Macon County was established.
At the outset, “Old” Macon County included all or part of the present-day western
North Carolina counties of Macon, Jackson, Swain, Transylvania, Cherokee, Clay,
and Graham, and it would serve as a stop on the trail leading west for migrants
from the adjoining areas of North Carolina, the South Carolina upstate, and parts
of Georgia and Tennessee.

For this original Clearfield book, Barbara Sears McRae has abstracted Macon County
Deed Books A-E (1829-1850) to yield an accounting of the county’s earliest settlers.
Each abstract typically identifies the buyer and seller of the land, the date of
the transaction, the location of the land transferred, and the names of witnesses.
Ms. McRae also provides an index to over 4,000 persons named in the records, a separate
index to slave transactions, and an index to places. All in all, a beautifully executed
work destined to be regarded as the starting point for Macon County genealogical
research.


Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry. Volume 2

Marston Watson. (2004). Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson, declared among some in her seventeenth-century
world as a religious “heretic,” defied many of the most powerful men in the Massachusetts
Bay Colony, including Governor Thomas Dudley, in defense of her strong beliefs.
She endured a “trial by fire,” without benefit of a jury of her peers, in a highly
charged court where these men challenged and mocked her views on religion. Her banishment
from Salem and Boston drove her to a new colony called Rhode Island, which her mentor
and friend Roger Williams co-founded.

Thousands of Americans can claim the Marbury family’s lineal connections to their
royal and noble ancestry, from William the Conqueror through Edward I. These ancestors
include John, King of England, who signed the Magna Carta in 1215 at Runnymede,
as well as many of the barons who witnessed his signature on that famous document.
All later kinds of Spain, Holy Roman and Austrian emperors, most later English and
French kinds, all kings of Prussia and Russian czars, beginning with Alexander I,
are distant cousins as well.

This volume is the second in a projected multi-volume series dealing with Americans
of royal and noble ancestry. Taking the colonial period as a point of departure,
it focuses on two of Reverend Francis Marbury’s daughters, Anne and Katherine, who
immigrated with their husbands to the New World in the 1630s. It covers the first
five generations of their descendants, carrying the various lines up to and beyond
the Revolutionary War, into the sixth generation. The generational layout of the
work follows a modified format of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register,
with citations for all five generations based exclusively on vital records and approved
family histories.

The book concludes with an every-name index of several thousand entries and a comprehensive
bibliography. In addition, the author appended a “Lineage Society Index” with names
of eligible ancestors in a number of hereditary societies, including the Colonial
Clergy, Colonial Governors, Mayflower Descendants, and Revolutionary War Patriots.


Landholders of Northeastern New York, 1739-1802

Fred Q. Bowman. (1983). 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.


Ages from Court Records, 1636-1700: Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts

Melinde Lutz Sanborn. (2003) From thousands of court cases in Essex, Middlesex,
and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts, dating from 1636 to 1700, Melinde Sanborn has
extracted the names of all deponents and witnesses whose ages are given in the court
records of those counties. Depositions provided in early court records are among
the richest sources of personal information surviving from New England’s first century,
and Ms. Sanborn argues that “so many people in early New England were deponents
for one reason or another that no biography or genealogy can be complete without
a search through court records to see if a pertinent deposition exists.”

For this early period, the single most useful bit of evidence included in the depositions
is the age of the deponent. While most depositions vary in quality from being virtually
useless to providing corroboration of marriages, wills, and deeds, ages alone provide
incontrovertible value to the genealogist. Sometimes the age of a deponent was very
important to a particular case. Men over sixty, for example, were often brought
into court to support the claims of the ancient boundaries of litigants’ property.
Likewise, many older women who were experienced midwives were called upon to offer
opinions on the timeliness of a birth in a fornication case.

Also, one of the most common errors in genealogical work is confusing two or more
individuals of the same name. If senior or junior or tertius is not used, it is
very difficult to assign events to the correct individual. Frequently, fathers and
sons with the same given name came to court together, but with stated ages they
are easily differentiated. Men with the same name and of the same generation can
be another problem, but again a deposition with a specific age given can make all
the difference.

With this index–which lists the names and ages of 11,000 deponents, and the year
and source of the court records–researchers can quickly determine whether it is
worthwhile to track down the original court record.

Maryland and Virginia Colonials: Genealogies of Some Colonial Families
Volume 1 and
Volume 2

Sharon J. Doliante. (1991). Here is a true giant of a work, covering in full some
twenty-two colonial Maryland and Virginia families and also treating hundreds of
collateral families. Mrs. Doliante not only establishes the Virginia and Maryland
ancestry of the twenty-two main families, but also corrects many longstanding inaccuracies
and dispels some cherished myths, many repeated uncritically in one publication
after another, such as the non-existent fourth wife of Henry Ridgley, the erroneous
ancestry of Richard Duckett, Sr., and the putative maternity of the Sprigg children.

The physical specifications of the book are in themselves impressive. There are
over 1,200 pages of text, more than 150 illustrations, a bibliography, a place name
index, and an index of personal names with over 23,500 entries! In addition to the
standard sources both in print and manuscript, the author has had recourse to a
wide range of private and public records to substantiate her facts. Hence the book
is amply furnished with transcriptions of such records as wills, inventories, and
Bible records. Little will be found wanting here, and for those who are interested
in these families, from their origins in Maryland or Virginia up to recent times,
it is gratifying to know that someone has spared them the drudgery of sifting through
thousands of pages of court records.


Records of Old Macon County, North Carolina, 1829-1850

Barbara Sears McRae. (1991). “Old” Macon County, North Carolina at one time included
all the land from the Blue Ridge on the east to the state boundaries of South Carolina,
Georgia, and Tennessee. In 1820, a survey party mapped the new territory, which
remained part of Haywood County until 1828, the year Macon County was established.
At the outset, “Old” Macon County included all or part of the present-day western
North Carolina counties of Macon, Jackson, Swain, Transylvania, Cherokee, Clay,
and Graham, and it would serve as a stop on the trail leading west for migrants
from the adjoining areas of North Carolina, the South Carolina upstate, and parts
of Georgia and Tennessee.

For this original Clearfield book, Barbara Sears McRae has abstracted Macon County
Deed Books A-E (1829-1850) to yield an accounting of the county’s earliest settlers.
Each abstract typically identifies the buyer and seller of the land, the date of
the transaction, the location of the land transferred, and the names of witnesses.
Ms. McRae also provides an index to over 4,000 persons named in the records, a separate
index to slave transactions, and an index to places. All in all, a beautifully executed
work destined to be regarded as the starting point for Macon County genealogical
research.


Lewis of Warner Hall: History of a Family
(Free for 10 Days!)

Merrow E. Sorley. The Lewis family of Warner Hall, York County, Va. 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.


Record Offices–How to Find Them

Since the redrawing of county boundaries in 1974 there has been a wholesale change
in the location of record offices in England and Wales. There are now many new county
record offices, new archive departments (even certain divisions of the Public Record
Office in London have changed location), and many consolidated and reconstituted
diocesan record offices. This guide is designed to help you locate these record
offices, and it contains maps to guide you to them. It also has addresses, phone
numbers, a list of relevant publications, and a variety of information pertaining
to each of the record offices in England and Wales. In this Ninth Edition the outstandingly
important relocations are in Central London. The closure of the historic Public
Record Office building in Chancery Lane (with transfer of all original records to
Kew) and the relocation of General Registry Office records of births, marriages
and deaths has brought into being the Family Records Centre, with its holdings of
G.R.O. indexes, microfilmed census records, and P.C.C. wills.


Landholders of Northeastern New York, 1739-1802

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.


Genealogical & Local History Books in Print: General Reference & World Resources
Volume: Fifth Edition

The General Reference and World Resources Volume lists genealogical books in print
that fit into the categories of general reference or world resources, and the book
is arranged under those two principal classifications. Therein, under headings ranging
from adoption, Bible records, and bibliography to textbooks, vital records, and
westward migration, the General Reference section lists thousands of genealogical
books in print; while the World Resources section lists publications covering countries
throughout the world, from Australia, Britain, and Germany to Italy, Switzerland,
and the West Indies.

Alphabetically arranged by authors’ names or the names of sponsoring institutions,
the entries, typically, give the name of the author, the full title of the work,
date of publication, whether indexed or illustrated, in cloth or paper, number of
pages, selling price, and vendor number (publisher, bookseller, etc.). Vendors are
listed separately in the front of the book, both numerically and alphabetically,
with addresses and special ordering information given to enable the reader to place
orders. In addition, for maximum convenience in your research, the book contains
an index of authors and an index of titles. An easier or better method of locating
books can hardly be imagined!


Pocahontas, Alias Matoaka

Wyndham Robertson. This work is the precursor to the new, consolidated volume on
Pocahontas above. Chiefly a tabulation of names, although many dates of birth, marriage
and death are given, this work traces the descendants of Pocahontas and John Rolfe
through seven generations. Names covered include Alfriend, Archer, Bentley, Bernard,
Bland, Bolling, Branch, Cabell, Catlett, Cary, Dandridge, Dixon, Douglas, Duval,
Eldridge, Ellett, Ferguson, Field, Fleming, Gay, Gordon, Griffon, Grayson, Harrison,
Hubard, Lewis, Logan, Markham, Meade, McRae, Murray, Page, Poythress, Randolph,
Robertson, Skipwith, Stanard, Tazewell, Walke, West, and Whittle.


Side Lights of Maryland History: The Davis Family and Coat of Arms

Hester Dorsey Richardson. (1913). This landmark of Maryland genealogy consists of
a large number of meticulously researched articles which were designed, in part,
to counter the “scurrilous” claim that Maryland was settled largely by convicts
and indentured servants. It is as a compilation of family histories and source records
that the work shines, however, for it is the embodiment of the very best in genealogical
orthodoxy.

Volume I contains seventy-five chapters, or articles, on a variety of subjects,
among them articles on the passengers on the Ark and the Dove, the first Maryland
settlers, muster rolls of colonial militia, original members of the Society of the
Cincinnati in Maryland, the names of 1,000 early settlers in Maryland with their
land surveys, Scotch exiles in Maryland, etc. Volume II consists entirely of genealogical
sketches which carry over 100 Maryland families back to the immigrant ancestor.

Armorial General: Two Volumes-
Volume 2
and
Volume 3

The Armorial General series, described hereunder, is a multi-volume work on the
coats of arms of the world; it is both monumental and without equal, and is the
most exhaustive undertaking of its kind. Needless to say, the volumes are in French,
but the information is stereotyped, and easily understood.

The Armorial General is the most authoritative work on the coats of arms in the
world. The descriptions of the arms cover those of more than 100,000 families, alphabetically
arranged and accurately described. The work was compiled from hundreds of armorials
and it contains an extensive glossary of terms. In addition to a full description
of the arms, most entries identify the nationality of the arms bearer, his title,
and the date his title was conferred. The basic text was established with the publication
of the second edition, corrected and enlarged, of 1884-1887. In 1950 a reprint was
published in a limited edition of 250 copies, with a new Preface and new Additions
and Corrections. The present reprint is an exact reproduction of this 1950 edition.
It is the best edition available and the first to appear in America.

“. . . it should be in any library with a reference collection of any size, and
in any genealogy and heraldry and museum library.” –Library Journal (July 1965).

New Birth, Marriage, and Death Records and Maps From the UK

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

The major collection this week includes fourteen United Kingdom databases from Anguline Research Archives. Eleven of the fourteen databases include birth, marriage, and death records. The remaining two databases contain maps from Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Seventeenth Century Parish Register Transcripts Belonging to the Peculiar of Southbell (Available 3/5/2009)

Transcripts of various seventeenth century parish registers of twenty-four of the parishes which belong to the Peculiar of Southwell, Nottinghamshire. These transcripts were written on strips of parchment tied in one bundle and kept in the monument room at Southwell. They are obviously the remaining members of a much larger series of documents. Some of the transcripts are of an earlier time than the extant parish registers of the particular parish. Complete with indexes of names and places.

Morris & Co.’s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Ashton-Under-Lyne and District,
1874
(Available 3/5/2009)

The entry for each of the places (Cheshire, Derbyshire, and Lancashire) includes a description, directory of clergy, gentry & private residents, alphabetical trades & professions directory, classified trades directory (for larger towns), post office & public information.

Leicestershire Maps (Available 3/5/2009)

A selection of 25 Ordnance Survey maps from the northern tip of Leicestershire and Southeast Nottinghamshire. The scale of the maps is six inches to the mile. These maps were surveyed between 1900 & 1920 and may contain revisions up to 1950. Includes a map of all of Leicestershire engraved by John Cary, published in 1805 showing the boundaries of the Hundreds of Leicestershire. Villages included: Ab Kettlby, Alverton, Aslockton, Old Dalby, Elton, Belvoir Castle, Bingham, Bottesford, Branston, Broughton, Colson Bassett, Croxton Park, Cropwell Bishop, Eaton, Elton, Eston, Flawborough, Harby, Hickling, Hose, Keyworth, Kilvington, Kinoulton, Knipton, Langar, Long Claswon, Normanton, Nether Broughton, Orston, Plungar, Redmile (part), Saltby, Scalford, Sproxton, Staunton in the Vale, Stanton on the Wolds, Stathern, Stonesby, Tythby, Waltham on the Wolds, Wartnaby, Wiverton Hall, Whatton, plus others.

The Free Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth in Horncastle (Free for ten days! - Available 3/6/2009)

This history of Wakefield Grammar School covers the first three hundred years of the school from its foundation in 1591. It includes the Statutes, Governors, Head Masters, Scholarships, and Register of Pupils. Complete with indexes of subjects, places, and persons.

The Register of all the Christenings, Marriages and Burials in the Parish of St.
Mary, Chislet in the County of Kent, 1538-1767
(Available 3/6/2009)

In the Parliamentary Returns of the answers respecting Parish Registers, made in the eleventh year of George IV, and ordered to be printed 14 February 1834,

The following books of Registers are described as then existing at Chistlet:  No. I, Baptisms 1562–1656; Burials 1562–1647; Marriages 1562–1645; Nos. II-IV, Baptisms and Burials, 1653–1765, Marriages 1653–1659, 1662, 1667, 1702, 1707, 1753; Nos. V, VI. Baptisms and Burials 1766–1812; and Nos. VII, VIII. Marriages 1754–1812.

Register of Pitchford (Available 3/6/2009)

Transcripts of the parish registers for the parish of Pitchford in Shropshire.  Covers the period 1558–1812. Complete with indexes of names and places.

Nottinghamshire Maps (Available 3/6/2009)

A selection of nineteen Ordnance Survey maps mainly of Nottinghamshire.

The scale of the maps is six inches to the mile. These maps were surveyed between 1900 and 1920 and may contain revisions up to 1950. Includes:  Nottingham, Colwick, Holme Pierrepoint, Burton Joyce,  Shelford, Stoke Bardolph, North Nottingham, Old Basford,  Arnold, Lambley, Calverton, Woodborough, Hucknall  Torkard, Greatworth, Helmond, Stuchbury, Thorpe Langton, Weston by Welland, Sutton Bassett, Ashley, Drayton, Medbourne, Bescaby, Asfordby, Saxelby, Welby, South Kilworth, Welford, Denton, Woolsthorpe, Goadby Marwood, Upper Broughton, Waltham Station, and Saltby.

The Parish Registers of Hove and Preston, 1538-1812 (Available 3/9/2009)

Transcripts of the parish registers for the parish of Hove in Sussex, and also for the parish of Preston in Sussex. These two parishes were united for 350 years, and only separated again on the resignation of the Vicar in 1878.

The Story of the Ancient Parochial Chapelry of S. Mary’s, Oldham (Available 3/9/2009)

This edition was printed at Oldham in 1906 by W. E. Clegg. Includes the history of the ancient chapel and chapelry, the fabric, the ornaments, vestments and furniture, the clergy, the register, and the church wardens.

The Register of Smethcote (Available 3/9/2009)

Transcripts of the parish registers for the parish of Smethcote, Shropshire.

Covers the period 1612–1812. Complete with indexes of places and names.

The Parish Registers of Crofton, York County, 1615-1812 (Available 3/10/2009)

Transcribed and edited by William Townsend. Transcripts of the parish registers for the parish of Crofton, Yorkshire. Complete with indexes of places and names.

The Handy Book of Parish Law (Available 3/11/2009)

A popular and practical statement of the most important portions of parochial law—that great system of local self-government which is the foundation of English freedom.

Written by W. A. Holdsworth. New and revised edition, published in 1886. Includes 35 chapters on many subjects including:  the parish church, constables, highways, sanitation, rates, poor law etc. A useful reference guide for local historians, genealogists, and students of law.

The Derby School Register, 1570-1901 (Available 3/11/2009)

This register of Derby School covers the years 1570–1901. In addition to the biographical details about the scholars it contains lists of prizewinners for the various years. There is also an index of names of pupils, and lists of masters and headmasters of the school.

The Registers of the Parish Church of Allerton Mauleverer County, York (Available 3/11/2009)

Covering the period 1557–1812. Complete with indexes of places and names. Transcribed by F. William Slingsby. Published in 1908.

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

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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.

New Birth, Marriage, and Death Records From Ireland, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio Pennsylvania, and Virginia

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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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Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire-online 2/19/2009 (This database is FREE FOR 10 DAYS)

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.

Genealogies of Virginia Families from Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical
Magazine, Volume 4
– online 2/23/2009

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.

General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes and Baronies of
Ireland, Based on the Census of Ireland for the Year 1851
– online 2/24/2009

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.

Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army from its Organization,
September 29, 1789 to March 2, 1903, Volume 2
– online 2/24/2009

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.

History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume 1 (FREE FOR 10 DAYS) – online 2/25/2009)

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.

Supplement 1972 -1976 to Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography – online 2/25/2009

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

Now Available! Ten New English Databases From Anguline Research Archives

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

This week’s major collection includes ten new databases from Anguline Research Archives (ARA). The databases include court, land, and probate records, genealogy guides, census and voter lists, birth marriage and death records, religious records, and directories and lists. The content is from the United Kingdom, particularly from England.

February 11, 2009

The Court Rolls of the Honor of Clitheroe in the County of Lancaster, Volume 1

Transcripts of the Manor Court Rolls for the period 1377 – 1567. Also includes a
list of the tenants and freeholders in 1443 and a list of the names of jurors for
the period 1523 – 1567. Full of interesting information with many names of people
included. This is a useful source for family historians as well as those interested
in medieval Lancashire.

Memorial Inscriptions in the Churchyard of Ratray

Transcripts of the memorial inscriptions in the churchyard. Also includes some photographs
of gravestones. Complete with an index of names.

February 12, 2009

The International Genealogical Dictionary

This is a directory of research interests submitted by genealogists from Great Britain,
Ireland, America, Germany and other countries. It could prove useful to today’s
researchers in providing links to family lines. Also includes an index to special
lines of research and an index of surnames.

Cenotaphs in the Wakefield Area

Transcripts and photographs of 76 war memorials in the West Yorkshire city of Wakefield
and its surrounding towns and villages. They include cenotaphs on roadsides, village
greens, inside churches and institutions. Fully searchable by surname. Useful for
genealogists and military historians.

February 13, 2009

The Northern Genealogist, January 1895

Contains manor rolls, marriage bonds, indexes of wills, parish registers, genealogical
notes from Durham county and more.

February 16, 2009

Registra Antiqua de Caerwent, 15681812

In Comitatu Monumethensi. Text in English. Transcribed from the original register
books and edited by Bradney, to which is added a short account of the parishes and
vicars.

The Eton Register: Continuation of Stapplton’s Eton School Lists, 1893 – 1899

Contains lists of provosts, fellows, masters, assistant masters, and more.

February 17, 2009

The Registers of the Cathedral Church of Rochester, 1657 – 1837

Transcripts of the registers (baptisms, marriages and burials) for the Cathedral
Church of Rochester covering the period 1657 – 1837. Also contains lists of Prebendaries,
Headmasters of the Grammar School, Minor Canons and Organists, plus inscriptions
in the Cathedral and Churchyard. Complete with an index of names.

The Roffensian Register, Containing the Names of all Members of the School, 1835
- 1920

The Register of the King’s School, Rochester, Kent. Contains names of all members
of the school from 1835-1920. Also includes names of Headmasters from 1552, Second
Masters from 1599, Governors’ Exhibitioners from 1550, Gunsley Exhibitioners from
1618, etc.

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Digital Libraries, Local Histories Online

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

More than 20 million books including digital copies of published genealogies and local histories are available at the University of Michigan’s catalog of digital books. These books are searchable and free to access. Yes, no fees and no registration.

Although the catalog contains many genealogies and histories, you can also access a variety of books, journals and portraits.

Go to the following address to access the University of Michigan’s catalog: http://www.oaister.org/

WorldVitalRecords.com also has a large collection of genealogies and family histories. Many of these databases are also available free to access. Click here to access WorldVitalRecords.com’s collection: http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/contentsearch.aspx?&rt=history. You may also want to learn more about Abraham Lincoln. Here is the link to access many stories and histories about him: http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/GlobalSearch.aspx?qt=g&zfn=abraham&zln=lincoln&se=Exact&ixcat=history

Ten New English Databases From Anguline Research Archives

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

This week’s major collection includes ten new databases from Anguline Research Archives (ARA). The databases include court, land, and probate records, genealogy guides, census and voter lists, birth marriage and death records, religious records, and directories and lists. The content is from the United Kingdom, particularly from England.

February 11, 2009
The Court Rolls of the Honor of Clitheroe in the County of Lancaster, Volume 1
Transcripts of the Manor Court Rolls for the period 1377 – 1567. Also includes a list of the tenants and freeholders in 1443 and a list of the names of jurors for the period 1523 – 1567. Full of interesting information with many names of people included. This is a useful source for family historians as well as those interested in medieval Lancashire.

Memorial Inscriptions in the Churchyard of Ratray
Transcripts of the memorial inscriptions in the churchyard. Also includes some photographs of gravestones. Complete with an index of names.

February 12, 2009
The International Genealogical Dictionary
This is a directory of research interests submitted by genealogists from Great Britain, Ireland, America, Germany and other countries. It could prove useful to today’s researchers in providing links to family lines. Also includes an index to special lines of research and an index of surnames.

Cenotaphs in the Wakefield Area
Transcripts and photographs of 76 war memorials in the West Yorkshire city of Wakefield and its surrounding towns and villages. They include cenotaphs on roadsides, village greens, inside churches and institutions. Fully searchable by surname. Useful for genealogists and military historians

February 13, 2009
The Northern Genealogist, January 1895
Contains manor rolls, marriage bonds, indexes of wills, parish registers, genealogical notes from Durham and more.

List of the Roman Catholics in the County of York 1604
Taken from the original manuscripts held in the Bodleian Library, with additional genealogical notes, this listing of Roman Catholic Recusants and Noncommunicants covers towns and villages all across Yorkshire. Hundreds of names are featured, together with useful family and biographical details. Includes indexes of persons and places. An excellent resource for family historians with Yorkshire Catholic ancestors.

February 16, 2009
Registra Antiqua de Caerwent, 1568 – 1812
In Comitatu Monumethensi. Text in English. Transcribed from the original register books and edited by Bradney, to which is added a short account of the parishes and vicars.

The Eton Register: Continuation of Stapplton’s Eton School Lists, 1893 – 1899
Contains list of provosts, fellows, masters, assistant masters, and more.

February 17, 2009
The Registers of the Cathedral Church of Rochester, 1657 – 1837
Transcripts of the registers (baptisms, marriages and burials) for the Cathedral Church of Rochester covering the period 1657 – 1837. Also contains lists of Prebendaries, Headmasters of the Grammar School, Minor Canons and Organists, plus inscriptions in the Cathedral and Churchyard. Complete with an index of names.

The Roffensian Register, Containing the Names of all Members of the School, 1835 – 1920
The Register of the King’s School, Rochester, Kent. Contains names of all members of the school from 1835-1920. Also includes names of Headmasters from 1552, Second Masters from 1599, Governors’ Exhibitioners from 1550, Gunsley Exhibitioners from 1618, etc.

About Anguline Research Archives (ARA)
ARA was founded by Guy Etchells and Angela Petyt B.A. (hons.). ARA is an organization dedicated to offering rare books on CD at an affordable price. It caters to both local history and family history researchers. ARA is located in Ossett, England.

ARA also offers school and college registers, directories, local histories and topography, wills, study aids, and maps. Plus, it provides some rare printed resources from Medieval times up to the 20th century.