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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.

BMD Records, Stories and Histories, and Maps and Gazetteers From England and Wales

Friday, February 6th, 2009

The major collection this week at WorldVitalRecords.com includes 15 collections from the Anguline Research Archives (ARA). The launch this week includes birth, marriage, and death records, stories and histories, maps, atlases, and gazetteers. The new databases are listed below according to data type.  Following are descriptions of some of the titles in the collection, provided by ARA.

Stories and Histories
Acta Regia by Rapin de Thoyras, 1733
This is an account of the Acts, Treaties, Letters and Instruments between English Monarchs and foreign powers, as well as details of many Public Acts relating to various domestic matters. Covering hundreds of years–from the beginning of the reign of Henry I to the 10th year of the reign of Charles I–the book also contains biographical details of each monarch. Contains over 800 pages of information–a real treasure trove of English history. Includes a comprehensive index. An essential reference book for every historian.

The Brave Men of Eyam
A descriptive and moving tale of the plague year 1665-1666, in the famous Derbyshire village of Eyam. Includes transcripts of three letters written by the Rev. William Mompesson.

The English Village Community
A masterly study of the development of the English village, its organization and agricultural field systems in Roman, Saxon, and Norman times. Also includes chapters on the tribal systems of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and a comparison with western European village structure. Illustrated with several maps and drawings, some in color. Useful for local, social, and economic historians.

A Short History of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 42nd , 73rd . 1725 – 1907
History of the regiment compiled from regimental records of the 1st & 2nd Battalions, the Perthshire Militia and from the official histories of the 42nd and 73rd.  Unfortunately the last four pages of the “Book of Days” are missing as are two of the fold-out maps.

Historic Sketch of the Parish Church, Wakefield
All Saints Parish Church, Wakefield (now the Cathedral) is one of the most magnificent in Yorkshire. This account, written in 1824 by the Rev. J.L. Sisson A.M., gives a detailed history of the church, illustrated with three fine engravings. A notable feature is the transcription of monumental inscriptions of many of those buried within the church.

The Beautiful and Historic Villages of Yorkshire Illustrated
The Beautiful & Historic Villages of Yorkshire Illustrated. Published by the Leeds and Yorkshire Mercury newspaper in 1907. Includes topographical and historical notes and over 50 full-page photographs. A real ’snapshot’ of Edwardian rural Yorkshire.

Illustrated Notes on English Church History, Volumes 1 and  2
Two books in one describing the fascinating and eventful history of the English Church from earliest times up to the late Victorian period. Written by the Rev. C. Arthur Lane. Published by the SPCK in 1888 and 1893. Includes 200 illustrations.

Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
Key to the Ancient Parish Registers of England and Wales
A guide to the parish registers of England and Wales, written by A.M. Burke in 1908. Including: an overview and history of parish registers, illustrations showing examples of actual old register pages, and a large and comprehensive alphabetical index, giving the name of each parish, county and date of earliest register entry. Invaluable source book for historians.

Transcripts of the parish registers of Sheffield, Yorkshire
Transcripts of the parish registers for the town of Sheffield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, including the following: Volume I–Marriages & Baptisms 1560-1635
Volume II–Marriages & Baptisms 1635-1653 ; Burials 1560-1634
Volume III– Marriages & Baptisms 1653-1686 ; Burials 1635-1653, plus name and place indexes for each volume. Also included banns of marriage 1653-1660.

The Episcopal Registers of the Diocese St. David’s, 1397-1518
From the original registers, in the diocesan registry of Carmarthen, with a translation and General Index by R.F. Isaacson. This CD contains both Volume I (1397-1407) and Volume II (1407-1518)

Maps, Atlases, Gazetteers
Highways and Byways in Buckinghamshire
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.

Highways and Byways in Hampshire
Contemporary reviews–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.

Highways and Byways in North Wales
A blend of detailed description, history, and a smattering of gossip draws the reader deep into the heartland of the region. An experience enhanced by the drawings and sketches of Joseph Pennell and Hugh Thomson. Tour of the towns and villages of North Wales steeped in the history of ages. Ninety-six illustrations including a route map.

Highways and Byways in Nottinghamshire
A topographical sojourn through the towns and villages of Nottinghamshire, including Nottingham and its castle, Southwell Minster, Sherwood Forest, Retford, Newark etc., plus genealogical, historical, literary, or political anecdotes about prominent county families or the localities. Includes over 120 illustrations.
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.

Fifteen New Anguline Research Archive Databases Containing Content From the United Kingdom

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The major collection this week includes 15 titles from the Anguline Research Archive (ARA). All of the data includes content from the United Kingdom. These databases include birth, marriage, and death records; stories and histories; court, land, and probate records; and genealogy guides. Here’s a list of each of the databases that will be launched this week:

Monumental Inscriptions in the Graveyards of Brigham and Bridekirk, Near Cockermouth in the county of Cumberland, 1666- 1876

Antiquityes and Memoyres of the Parish of Myddle

New Sharlston: A Social History of a West Yorkshire Mining Village, 1865- 1914

The Constables’ Accounts of the Manor of Manchester From the Year 1612 To the Year 1647, and From the Year 1743 To the Year 1776.

The Registers of Edinghamm, County of Northumberland, 1658- 1812

The Parish Register of Wintringham 1558

A History of the Parish of Gedling, in the County of Nottingham

Registers of Stanhope

Parish Register of Durness, 1764- 1814

The Registers of St. Mary-Le-Bow, in the City of Durham. Baptisms, 1571- 1812. Marriages, 1573 – 1812. Burials, 1571- 1812

Church of St George in the Parish of Wiltonztaunton

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

The International Genealogical Dictionary

The Northern Genealogist, January 1895

Registra Antiqua de Caerwent, 1568- 1812

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 local history researchers, as well as to family history researchers.

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

Preserving the Past to Protect the Future

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) just started a year-long commemoration of its 75th anniversary . Signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 19, 1934, legislation established a National Archives to preserve the permanently valuable papers of the Federal government.At the dedication of his Presidential library, Franklin Roosevelt said, “To bring together the records of the past and to house them in buildings where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a Nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgment in creating their own future.”

NARA remains committed to President Roosevelt’s credo. It continues to preserve the records of the past, so that upcoming generations can make informed decisions about the future of our nation.

As a special feature this month to celebrate the Presidential inauguration, NARA presented a series of public programs on Presidential transitions with displays of original documents such as the first printed draft of the Constitution, with notes in George Washington’s handwriting; a letter from President George Washington to his Cabinet asking for their recommendations for procedures for his inauguration in 1793; and clips from Presidential inaugurations such as coverage of John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural, and President Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Ceremony.

NARA’s Services for Family Historians and Genealogists

With all of the inaugural celebrations going on this week in Washington, D.C., there still is the continual undercurrent of family historians and genealogists who flood the capital every day to visit NARA to search for their ancestors. NARA’s extensive record holdings most commonly used by genealogists include census, land, military, and immigration. NARA also has a comprehensive genealogy section on the web http://aad.archives.gov/aad/.

WorldVital Records.com features many of the NARA digital databases in its global search such as the

For individuals across the country who don’t live in or travel to Washington, D.C., NARA also offers a program of genealogical workshops and courses in its facilities nationwide (14 regional archives and 12 Presidential libraries) to introduce and expand the know-how of family historians. Topics include an introduction to genealogy and research into records such as census schedules, military service and pension records, and passenger lists. The calendar of events chronicles workshops through the end of the year at locations such as Atlanta, San Francisco, Kansas City, and Seattle.

“Every day we work to preserve and provide access to the records of our Government,” commented Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, “from the Declaration of Independence, to the census records enumerating the individuals that make up our nation, to the service records of the men and women who serve in our military, to documentation on homeland security issues that will make our country safer. The records we hold are the original sources of American history, telling the story of our nation through the actions of individuals and institutions.”

About NARA
The National Archives and Records Administration is the nation’s record keeper. An independent agency created by statute in 1934, NARA safeguards the records of all three branches of the Federal Government. Its job is to ensure continuing access to essential documentation and, in doing so, serve a broad spectrum of American society. Genealogists and family historians; veterans and their authorized representatives; academics, scholars, historians, business and occupational researchers; publication and broadcast journalists; Congress, the Courts, the White House, and other public officials; Federal Government agencies and the individuals they serve; state and local government personnel; professional organizations and their members; students and teachers; and the general public-all seek answers from the records it preserves.

Twenty Newspaper Databases From Mexico and Canada

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

This week’s major collection at WorldVitalRecords.com includes 20 newspaper databases from Mexico and Canada. The titles of the databases are listed below, as well as the location of the collection. The databases in this week’s launch range from 1833-1994.

Agricultor Mexicano y Hogar (Ciudad JuÃïrez, Chihuahua, Mexico)
Apuntes Viejos (General, , Mexico)
Arte (Mocorito, Sinaloa, Mexico)
British Columbian (New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada)
Bytown Gazette (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Cambridge Daily Reporter (Cambridge(Galt, Hespeler, Preston), Ontario, Canada)
Canada Gazette (Ottawa, Federal Government Publications, Canada)
Canadian Correspondent (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Charlottetown Examiner (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada)
Correo Espanol (General, Mexico)
Correspondent and Advocate (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Daily Mirror (London, England – London Area, UK)
Diario del Hogar (Mexico D.F., Mexico)
Drumheller Mail (Drumheller, Alberta, Canada)
Edmonton Bulletin (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Educador Practico Ilustrado (Mexico D.F., Mexico)
Fin de Siglo (General, Mexico)
Grand River Sachem (Caledonia, Ontario, Canada)
Halifax British Colonist (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Halifax Citizen (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

New Content From Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Kentucky, and More

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

This week’s major collection includes ten new databases filled with rich content from Genealogical Publishing Company. All of the U.S. content in this launch will be free to access for ten days. Descriptions of each database are provided, courtesy of Genealogical.com.

Census Returns, 1841–1881

The original books of enumerators’ returns for the censuses of 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891 for England, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man are at the National Archives in Kew, southwest of London. Those for Scotland are in the General Register Office of Edinburgh, Scotland. Microfilm copies of selected portions of these six censuses are in libraries and record offices throughout Britain. This guide shows what microfilm is available and where, and it provides–county by county, library by library–a breakdown of local holdings and the registration districts that are covered.

British Roots of Maryland Families

In this new and comprehensive collection of genealogies, noted Maryland genealogist Robert Barnes has put together the most authoritative account of the British origins of Maryland families ever published. Families included in this groundbreaking work were chosen by Mr. Barnes based on the following criteria: (a) there was some reason to believe that the families’ home parish in Britain had been identified, (b) the families had taken root and left descendants in the New World, and (c) most had arrived before the year 1800. Source materials on which these genealogies are based derive from a combination of Mr. Barnes’s own extensive research over the past thirty years and the pioneering work on the origins of Maryland families made by earlier researchers such as Henry F. Waters, Lothrop Withington, Harry Wright Newman, Jack and Marion Kaminkow, and, more recently, Peter Wilson Coldham.

Some British sources used by Mr. Barnes include printed and manuscript genealogies, county histories and heraldic visitations, works on the peerage and landed gentry, and distinguished periodicals such as The Genealogist, Harleian Society Parish Register Series, and Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica. Clues in Maryland source records were discovered in land records, county and provincial court records, parish registers, probate records, printed and manuscript family histories, and in dozens of well-known periodicals specializing in genealogy and family history. The result is a world-class combination of genealogical source materials that extends the reach of Maryland genealogy well beyond what has been known up until this point.

Altogether this work contains information on nearly 500 individuals and families whose descendants came to Maryland. Many of the families, such as the Frowicks, Lewkenors, and Wroths, did not come to Maryland themselves but were ancestors through the marriage of daughters of those who did. Some families, such as the Blakistons, Towneleys, and Keenes, sent more than one individual to Maryland. One hundred and nineteen of the arrivals (24.1%) had a right to bear a coat of arms; 58 families (11.7%) had a well-proven royal descent, while another 73 (14.6%) had a professional, clerical, or mercantile background. The remaining families comprised indentured servants, convicts (only 6), and a number of individuals of undetermined status. More than half of all settlers came from London and the Home Counties and the northern counties of England.

In general, families are traced back two or more generations in England and brought forward two or more generations in Maryland. A clear, well-formatted text of more than 500 pages is followed by a 140-page index containing the names of 20,000 individuals–remarkable in themselves in that they can be said to have seeded the population of early Maryland.


British Roots of Maryland Families, Volume 2

British Roots II is the culmination of research that was undertaken after the publication in 1999 of British Roots of Maryland Families, the groundbreaking work that identified 500 individuals and families who seeded the early population of Maryland. Using the same format as the parent volume, British Roots II discusses the British origins of an additional 203 Maryland settlers and establishes connections to 120 settlers in other colonies. Its publication was necessitated by information that came to light after the publication of the first volume, important clues that enabled the compiler to extend his research in Britain and provide genealogical evidence relating to hundreds more families.

The families included in this work were chosen because (a) their home parish in Britain was identified, (b) the families had taken root and left descendants in Maryland, and (c) most had arrived well before the year 1800. Source materials on which the family histories are based derive from a combination of Mr. Barnes’s own extensive research over the past thirty years and the pioneering work on the origins of Maryland families made by earlier generations of researchers. In addition, Mr. Barnes has profited by the work made available to him by several distinguished contemporaries.

In general, families are traced back two or more generations in Britain and are brought forward two or more generations in Maryland. The specific British sources used by Mr. Barnes include printed and manuscript genealogies, county histories and heraldic visitations, works on the peerage and landed gentry, and, most importantly, marriage bonds and allegations published as part of the Harleian Society Visitation series. Clues in Maryland source records were discovered in land records, county and provincial court records, parish registers, probate records, and in printed and manuscript family histories.

A History of Watauga County, North Carolina
In the decade preceding the Revolutionary War, frontier settlers migrated into the western parts of North Carolina, settling on lands along the Watauga River that belonged to the Cherokee Indian Nation. Many were Scotch-Irish who had traveled to the area through the Shenandoah Valley down the Great Wagon Road, while others were settlers who wandered westward over the mountains after the collapse of the Regulator movement in North Carolina. In May 1772 these settlers, led by John Sevier and James Robertson, established the Watauga Association, which boasted the country’s first majority-rule system of government, and the first written constitution in America. The Watauga Association negotiated a ten-year lease with the Cherokees, and later purchased the land from the Indians. In 1776 the Watauga settlement was annexed to North Carolina, then was ceded to the federal government in 1784, briefly comprised the State of Franklin, and finally became part of Tennessee when it attained statehood in mid-1796.

Although Watauga County, North Carolina, was not established until 1849 from the existing counties of Ashe, Wilkes, Caldwell, and Yancey in northwestern North Carolina, “all of Watauga County on the waters of Watauga River was once a part…of the famous and immortal Old Watauga Settlement of Sevier . . . .” In his History of Watauga County, North Carolina, John Preston Arthur provides an invaluable study of the origins and early settlers of this area rich in genealogical history. Arthur’s History not only covers the topics standard to such histories–the first settlements, Indian raids, churches, Revolutionary and Civil War activities, geological facts, legislative and other officers, population and agricultural statistics, place names, schools, etc.–but also peppers his narrative with innumerable names of early settlers, biographical sketches, and anecdotes about county residents. One chapter of the book deals with Daniel Boone, who according to local tradition, “hunted all through the mountains of what is now Watauga County during several years preceding 1769, and knew the country thoroughly.”

Of particular interest to genealogists are biographical sketches of the following prominent Watauga County families: Adams, Baird, Banner, Bingham, Blackburn, Blair, Brown, Bryan or Bryant, Cable, Coffey, Cottrell, Councill, Critcher, Davis, Dugger, Eggers, Elrod, Farthing, Franklin, Gragg, Greene, Greer, Grider, Grubb, Hagaman, Hardin, Harman, Hartley, Hayes, Hodges, Holtzclaw, Horton, Ingram, Isaacs, Lenoir, Lewis, Linney, Lovill, McBride, McGhee, Mast, Miller, Moretz, Morphew, Norris, Penley, Perkins, Presnell, Reese, Rivers, Sands, Shearer, Sherrill, Shull, Smith, Story, Swift, Tatum, Tester, Thomas, Todd, Trivett, Tugman, Van Dyke, Vannoy, Ward, Watson, Welch, Wilson, Winebarger, Winkler, Woodring, and Yountz.

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


Schlegel’s American Families of German Ancestry in the United States, Volumes 1-3

This is a reprint of the largest collection of German-American genealogies ever published, a full-blown compendium of family history and biography unknown to all but a handful of specialists. The first three volumes were published somewhat inopportunely between 1916 and 1918, with a fourth volume added in 1926. Each volume was limited to 200 numbered and registered copies, and consequently only a dozen or so three-volume sets can be located today, while the fourth volume is all but unknown. This is a complete paradox, for like similar compendia by Virkus and McKenzie, this work should be available to all students of genealogy and should be the very first resource for anyone researching German-American ancestry.
Unlike other great compendia, however, Schlegel doesn’t just start out with the immigrant ancestor; rather, each family history usually begins two or three generations back, examining the family in its historic setting before bringing it forward to the immigrant ancestor and his descendants in America. Averaging about ten pages in length, including portraits and coats of arms, the family histories are no mere catalogues of births, marriages, and deaths but are rich biographical and genealogical studies, each depicting the education, service, achievements, life, and career of the various family members, and each tracing the roots of the first four or five generations in America, usually commencing in the 18th or the 19th century, naming thousands of related family members.

Of all the information-rich sources of German-American ancestry, none is this comprehensive or as useful to the researcher, as illustrated by its coverage of the following families:

Ackermann, Aichmann, Altenbrand, Ammann, Auer, Barkhausen, Bauer, Baumann, Becker, Bender, Bermel, Biertuempfel, Boos, Bossert, Brandis, Braunstein, Breidt, Broking, Burger, Cordts, Cronau, Dangler, Dannenhoffer, de Kalb, Deck, Dippel, Dittenhoefer, Dochtermann, Dornhoefer, Doscher, Draesel, Dreier, Dressel, Drewes, Dreyer, Eichacker, Eichhorn, Eimer, Engelhardt, Espenscheid, Faber, Faller, Fink, Fischer, Flammer, Focht-Vogt, Frank, Frey, Fritz, Froeb, Funk, Gaus, Gobel, Goebel, Goepel, Golsner, Grell, Gretsch, Groborsch, Gunther, Hauenstein, Haug, Haupt, Haussling, Havemeyer, Hechtenberg, Hecker, Helwig, Hering, Herkimer, Herlich, Herrmann, Hoecker, Hoffmann, Jaeckle, Jahn, Janson, Junge, Just, Katz, Keene, Kern, Kessler, Kiefer, Kircher, Kirsch, Kleinert, Kline, Kny, Kobbe, Kochersberger, Koelble, Komitsch, Korth, Kost, Koster, Kraemer, Kramer, Kroeger, Kuhn, Lafrentz, Lamprecht, Lausecker, Leisler, Lexow, Liebmann, Limbacher, Lohse, Lotz, Luckhardt, Luhrsen, Lutz, Marquardt, Martin, Maulbeck, Maurer, Meeker, Mehlin, Mende, Meurer, Meyer, Mielke, Mietz, Moeller, Moser, Mueller, Muhlenberg, Muller, Naeher, Nissen, Nungesser, Oberglock, Offermann, Otto, Pedersen, Peter, Pflug, Poppenhusen, Prahl, Rasch, Rath, Reichhelm, Reisinger, Reppenhagen, Reuter, Ridder, Riedman, Ries, Ringler, Roehr, Runkel, Ruoff, Sauerwein, Schaeffer, Schalck, Schering, Scherrer, Schieren, Schill, Schilling, Schissel, Schlegel, Schlitz, Schmelzer, Schmidt, Schmieder, Schneider, Scholzel, Schortau, Schrader, Schroeder, Schultz, Schumann, Schurz, Schwarz, Sebold, Seyfarth, Sigel, Solms, Specht, Spengler, Stadler, Steiger, Steil, Steingut, Steinway, Stemme, Stengel, Steubner, Steurer, Stiefel, Stier, Stohn, Strebel, Stuber, Stutz, Stutzmann, Sutro, Thumann, Vogeler, Vollweiler, vom Hofe, von Bernuth, von Briesen, von Steuben, Wahlers, Weber, Weimar, Weismann, Weitling, Wendel, Wenk, Wesel, Wilhelms, Wintjen, Wischmann, Wolffram, Zaabel, Zechiel, and Zobel

Craftsman of the Cumberlands, Tradition and Creativity
Sensitive, illustrated account of wood craftsmen in the Cumberland Mountains of southeastern Kentucky as reflected in the life and work of woodworker and chairmaker Chester Cornett. Describes not only Cornett’s tools and techniques but also his aspirations and values. Considers Cornett’s experience vis-Ã -vis other Cumberland craftsmen and their views about the world.

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Volume 1

This is the basic genealogical dictionary of early New England settlers, giving the name of every settler who arrived in New England before 1692 regardless of their station, rank, or fortune. Alphabetically arranged for each, it gives the dates of his marriage and death, dates of birth, marriage and death of his children, and birthdates and names of the grandchildren. According to the author, “nineteen twentieths of the people of these New England colonies in 1775 were descendants of those found here in 1692, and probably seven-eighths of them were offspring of the settlers before 1642.”

Owners of this series will also want to purchase the newFemale Index to “Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England,” which indexes all the females scattered throughout Savage’s four volumes by both maiden and married names.

“Probably the greatest work on genealogy ever compiled for the New England area.”–P.W. Filby, American & British Genealogy & Heraldry

Vital Records From United Kingdom Coming Online

Monday, January 12th, 2009

The major collection this week at WorldVitalRecords.com includes 25 titles of United Kingdom vital records from the Anguline Research Archives (ARA).

Many of the databases in this collection, which will be launched throughout the week, contain parish registers. The parish registers begin in 1538 and contain baptism, marriage, and burial information. Some of the parish register databases also include details about births and deaths, as required by various Acts of Parliament.

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 local history researchers, as well as to family history researchers.

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

Looking Back at Content Added During 2008 at WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, December 29th, 2008

It has been an exciting year at WorldVitalRecords.com, and we hope that you have had a wonderful year as well. At this Christmas season, we are truly grateful to our subscribers, partners, affiliates, friends, and family members. One of the benefits you enjoy at WorldVitalRecords.com, is that we add content daily. Currently we have more than 1.3 billion names in more than 11,000 databases (that’s more than twice as many databases as we had last year!)…and we’re just getting started! As 2008 is quickly coming to a close, we thought we would highlight some of the databases we have added this year at WorldVitalRecords.com.

In February, WorldVitalRecords.com launched its flagship product, the World Collection, an online genealogy database containing more than 1.5 billion names from 35 countries. The World Collection launch included significant collections from countries such as: England, Canada, Australia, France, Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, and Portugal. More than 20 companies partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to make this new collection possible. They included Find My Past, Genealogical Publishing Company, Archive CD Books Australia, British Origins, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, Eneclann, Quintin Publications, Gould Genealogy, Familias Argentinas, Godfrey Memorial Library, and Moravian Heritage Society.

The World Collection includes birth, marriage and death records, census records, passenger lists, immigration lists, emigration records, foreign newspapers, cemetery records, reference materials, land records, family histories, historical records, city directories, business directories, township histories, civil service records, telephone directories, government records, war records, and maps, atlases, and gazetteers.

WorldVitalRecords.com also launched the 1841, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 UK Censuses. These records are the official civil registration records for England and Wales from 1837 to the present. Census records are valuable since they can tell you where a person lived at a certain place and time. Censuses were conducted by the federal government and will offer a variety of information, depending on year. Census records can answer questions like where your ancestors were living at the time the census was taken, who they were living with, what their occupations were, who their neighbors were, if they had any brothers and sisters, what their ages were at the time of the census and if they had any disabilities. All of these censuses were periodically posted county by county throughout the year. These censuses include images, and also a key-word searchable index.

A brief description of each of the censuses is listed below:
The 1841 UK Census was the first census of high genealogical value because enumerators asked for the names of the occupants of enumerated residences, along with questions as listed below.

The 1861 UK Census was taken on the 7th of April and includes the following information for each person enumerated: name, address, relation to head of family, marital status, gender, age, profession and birthplace.

The 1871 UK Census was continued the genealogical value of censuses due to using names, especially first and last, and in this census, including further value-added information of mental/physical condition of members of society that otherwise would not have been accounted for. Despite this listing, however, few people enumerated their relatives in this manner until later years when the categories were treated more sensitive phraseology.

The 1881 UK Census is a very important part of the World Collection. It was taken on April 3, 1881 and contains approximately 26 million names (26,094,304). This census covers England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Isle of Man. The 1881 census includes the following information for each person enumerated: name, address, relation to head of family, marital status, gender, age, profession and birthplace. This census can be very valuable in determining family relationships, birth dates and locations as well as other genealogical information.

The UK 1891 Census was taken on the night of April 5, 1891 and gave the total population as 28,999,725. It contains the following details for each registered participant: full name, address, relation to the head of the household, marital status, gender, exact age, occupation, parish and county of birth, medical disabilities and employment status. The information given in the census paints a clear and colorful picture of life in 1891.

Another exciting database launch in 2008 was the 1851 Dublin City Census from Eneclann Ltd, a Trinity College campus company specializing in Irish history. The 1851 Dublin City Census index was compiled by Dr. D. A. Chart in the 19th century from the original census records-since destroyed in the 1922 Public Record Office fire. This index covers central Dublin-the inner city area between the canals-and consists of approximately 59,000 names and addresses of heads of households, from 21 civil parishes, with a total of 25,429 entries or 43.1% of the population of Dublin city. The destruction of the 19th Irish Census returns is probably the greatest loss that genealogy in Ireland has suffered. Irish genealogists have tried to fill this gap using extant documentary sources from the 19th Century, as census substitutes.

During 2008, WorldVitalRecords.com also partnered with The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG) to bring more than 9,000 passenger lists and millions of names online at WorldVitalRecords.com. The ISTG records include information such as surname, captain’s name, port of arrival/departure, and name of the ship. These records are the result of the work of more than 500 volunteers over a ten-year period.

More than 1000 databases from Genealogical Publishing Company were added in 2008, including colonial and Irish genealogy, royal ancestry, and family history.

Thousands of names from Find A Grave were also added to WorldVitalRecords.com in 2008. Find A Grave offers listings of cemeteries and graves from all around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county, and many cemetery records contain photographs of the individual markers or the entire cemeteries. The records contain some or all of the following data fields: dates and places of birth and death, biographical information, cemetery and plot information, photographs, and contributor information. Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour. There have been more than 200,000 contributors to the site. Find A Grave is operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.

Several hundred databases from Quintin Publications were also added to WorldVitalRecords.com this year. Many books in the collection are mid-western American records from Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, and updates for Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and British records from Yorkshire, York, Surrey, and Yarmouth. Many family histories were also added this year from the Quintin Collection. Quintin continues to be an integral partner with WorldVitalRecords.com as it continues to update its collection with further quality records from locations across America and the world. Quintin Publications is scheduled to provide WorldVitalRecords.com with a total of more than 10,000 books and articles. All databases in this collection area free to view for ten days from the date they are launched on the WorldVitalRecords.com website.

A WebTree.com database was also placed online at WorldVitalRecords.com. WebTree.com provides a free place online for families to store, share, and print heirloom-quality family history charts and graphs. During the six-week beta period (that ended in the beginning of August), more than ten million names and almost seven hundred GEDCOMs were uploaded to the site. This averages to approximately 250,000 names added per day.

Furthermore, more than 500,000 records from hundreds of Jewish cemeteries across the United States, Canada, Germany, and Israel were indexed and made searchable at WorldVitalRecords.com through Jewish Data.. The database also includes thousands of Declaration of Intention documents filed by Jewish immigrants as well as rare books, and other records.

The Ryerson Index was published as one of WorldVitalRecords.com’s first large Australian databases. The Ryerson Index plugs a hole in available resources for those researching in Australia. There are no official records available for deaths post 1985 (in New South Wales), and from varying dates for other states. By indexing the deaths published in all major, and many smaller newspapers in New South Wales, the volunteers helping with the Ryerson index continue to make that gap in the records less of a brick wall for researchers. The Ryerson index has also been expanded to include other states of Australia, and now has a large number of entries from the major newspapers in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. Combined, these four states cover about 85% of the Australian population.

Queensland Family History Society has also contributed many databases to WorldVitalRecords.com, such as Queensland Public Service 1864 – 1948, Classification List of the Queensland Loco Enginemen, Firemen, & Cleaners 1912 South, Brisbane Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions, Toowong Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions, The Army Index 1787, Queensland Railway Employees 1889 – 1940, Queensland Railway Dismissals 1879, Queensland Railway Appointments and Removals 1890.

Archive CD Books has also contributed a great deal to the WorldVitalRecords.com site. Many of the collections include directories, reference materials, family histories, military records, newspapers, and court records.

And lets not forget about the Simmons Historical Collection, containing many records from the United States, particularly from Kentucky. Many of these databases include court records, newspaper abstracts, wills, deed books, and marriage records.

Godfrey Memorial Library continues to add data to WorldVitalRecords.com. Since 1951, the Godfrey Memorial Library has promoted the study of family history by inspiring individuals in all sectors of society to study their heritage and their own place in history. It has also sought to support educational activities that create enthusiasm for family research and to make genealogical and historical resources available to all on a national and international level. It aims to achieve this by continuing the expansion, modernization, and distribution of the collection of print, electronic manuscript and other information media as technology develops.

Many databases were also added this year from E-Yearbook.com, including two yearbooks from California: Stanford’s University Quad, and the University of Southern California’s El Rodeo, as well as a compilation of yearbooks from the United States Military Academy West Point -Howitzer, (1921 – 1935, 1937 – 1960); United States Coast Guard Academy – Tide Rips Yearbook (1925, 1930, 1932 – 1933, 1935 – 1940, 1943 – 1956); United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point – Midships Yearbook (1945 – 1947, 1949 – 1950, 1952 – 1954, 1959); and the United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs – Polaris Yearbook (1959 – 1960).

Of course we are just beginning to list some of the content that has been launched this year. We have also only mentioned a few content providers who have contributed their content to make WorldVitalRecords.com a success. Thanks to everyone! We hope to bring even more content next year online at WorldVitalRecords.com.

New Content from US, Mexico, and Chile

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

The major collection this week includes 12 databases from Genealogical Publishing Company, as well as some content from Mexico and Chile. WorldVitalRecords.com partnered with Genealogical Publishing Company in March 2008. Genealogical Publishing Company, also known as Genealogical.com, publishes genealogy books and CDs for beginning genealogists, as well as experienced. Genealogical.com has published over 2,000 titles featuring colonial genealogy, Irish genealogy, immigration, royal ancestry, family history, and genealogy methods and sources. Some of the titles of the databases included in this week’s launch are listed below.

* El Apostolado de la Cruz (Mexico)
* El Arte Musical (Mexico)
* El Asesor Jurídico : Revista Popular de Jurisprudencia (Mexico)
* El Asilo de Mendigos (Mexico)
* El Bautista (León, Guanajuato, Mexico)
* El Celage (Mexico)
* El Centinela Espanol (Mexico)
* El Centinela (Hermosillo, Sonora) (Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico)
* El Chisme, Diario de la Tarde (Mexico)
* El Circulo Catolico (Mexico)
* El Combate (Mexico)
* El Comerciante Mexicano (The Mexican Trader) (Mexico)
* El Contemporaneo (Mexico)
* El Correo del Comercio (Mexico)
* El Correo Germanico (Mexico)

Individuals who wish to view the collection WorldVitalRecords.com has online from Genealogical.com can access the databases here. These records include family histories, court, land, and probate records, military records, birth, marriage and death records, immigration records, and reference materials.

Renowned Connecticut Town Vital Records Featured This Week

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Ten volumes from the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, one of the largest genealogical compilations ever published, will be posted online this week as our Major Collection. WorldVitalRecords.com has already released 27 volumes of the 55-volume-set that covers 137 towns and includes 14,333 typed pages. The online version of this series is a result of WorldVitalRecord.com’s partnership with Genealogical Publishing Company.

The ten databases to be released this week represent about 265,000 individuals. Entries are in alphabetical order by town and given name, date of event, names of parents (in the case of births and sometimes deaths), names of both spouses (in the case of marriages). Sometimes information such as age, occupation, and specific place of residence are included.

The full collection of vital records (from the early 1600s to about 1850) was the life work of General Lucius Barnes Barbour, Connecticut Examiner of Public Records from 1911 to 1934. The original records are housed at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford. In 2002,Genealogical Publishing Company. released the final volumes in the series.

Lorraine Cook White is the general editor, and she worked with compilers such as Carol Magnuson, Marsh Carbaugh, Wilma Moore, and the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society featured in this week’s release.

Barbour Databases to be released this week. These databases will be free for ten days from their release date:

­December 18–Preston = About 30,700 names.

­December 18–Middleton = Covers half of the records of the city of Middletown, Connecticut, from the mid-17th century. About 28,000 names.

December 19–Newton = Identifies about 26,500 residents of Newtown, North Branford, and North Haven.

December 19–Sherman = Includes the towns of Sherman and Simsbury. About 22,000 records.

December 22–Stamford = More than 200 years of vital records of the town/city of Stamford. References to about 30,500 persons.

December 22–Orange = Contains about 27,000 records for Orange, Oxford, and Plainfield.

December 23–Plymouth = Covers the Connecticut towns of Plymouth and Pomfret, and refers to some 30,500 persons.

December 23–Sterling = Includes Sterling and Stratford, Connecticut, and brings together vital references to more than 24,500 individuals (some are from the 17th century)

December 24–Portland = Covers the towns of Portland, Prospect, Redding, and Ridgefield. References to about 30,200 persons.

December 24–Weston = Vital records from the towns of Weston, Westport, and Willington. Compiled by the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society.
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About Genealogical Publishing Company:
Genealogical Publishing Company and its affiliate, Clearfield Company, are the leading publishers of books and CDs on genealogy and family history. Their combined genealogy collection includes over 2,000 books and CDs featuring a wide range of materials on topics such as colonial genealogy, immigration, royal ancestry, and genealogy methods and sources.