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Bowdoin, Maine


Maine has some of the longest, uninterrupted records in the entire United States, and has a fascinating indigenous peoples and immigrant history. Recently, I did some research on a branch of the Williams family who spent several generations in and around Bowdoin, Maine (pronounced BOW-din). I found the following records incredibly helpful.

Vital Records for Bowdoin Maine Until the Year 1892, Volume 1 – Births, Rachel Townsend Cox, editor, 1944. 239 pgs.

Vital Records for Bowdoin Maine Until the Year 1892, Volume 2 – Births and deaths, Rachel Townsend Cox, editor, 1944. 141 pgs.

Vital Records for Bowdoin Maine Until the Year 1892, Volume 3 – Marriages, Rachel Townsend Cox, editor, 205 pgs.

Maryland Quaker Records


I have been fortunate to run across a compilation of Maryland Friends records compiled by Mrs. McGee.


Page from Volume 3, pt 2.

Early German Immigration to Pennsylvania (1727-1776)


I stumbled on Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other Pennsylvania Immigrants From 1727 to 1776, and it’s proved to be a surprising source for location information. Don’t be misled by the title, it’s almost entirely German sounding names.

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy – Vol. VII, Indiana


For those with Quaker ancestors in Indiana, I have made a great find!  Here is a scanned copy of all seven parts of Vol. VII of Hinshaw’s Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, edited by Willard Heiss. My understanding is that the seventh volume of the encyclopedia was finished long after Hinshaw’s passing, and was broken up into manageable parts because of it’s sheer size, and distributed as sections were finished.

Vol. VII, Part One, 1962, 339 pgs.invol7p1Vol. VII, Part Two, 1965, 442 pgs.invol7p2

Vol. VII, Part Three, 1970, 568 pgs.invol7p3

Vol. VII, Part Four, 1972, 517 pgs.INvol7P4.jpgVol. VII, Part Five, 1974, 496 pgs.invol7p5

Vol. VII, Six, 1975, 466 pgs.invol7p6

Vol. VII, Part Seven, 1977, 111 pgs. Index, maps, and errata.

Kentucky: A History of the State


Kentucky: A History of a State by Perrin, Battle, and Kniffin

So, the beauty of Kentucky: A History of the State by Perrin, Battle, and Kniffin, 1887, pgs. 975, is that it begins in Virginia in the 1400s, and tracks families that migrated from Virginia to Kentucky. This is a great source for county history, and understanding how the westward expansion happened. Check the index for individual names. The biographical sketches tend to be of wealthy, important white men. Some, with spectacular facial hair.

Genealogical Gleanings in England


henryfwatersportraitSo, in 1883, one of the foremost recognized American genealogists Henry F. Waters sailed to England and began collecting genealogy data from churches and courts for the New England Genealogy Register with the intention of helping American families connect to their English roots. He followed a handful of families through wills, and marriage and death records, and created mini biographies and family charts, and in the end he found more information than the Register could use, so Waters published his “gleanings” to make the information accessible to those it might benefit. If your family is one he has focused on, you’re in for a windfall.  I’m not going to list the families, as there are a lot more people named in the books as auxiliary persons which might be helpful, but I suggest you check out the index at the end of Vol. 2 to see of there are any names of interest in there for you. The Vol. 2 index covers both volumes.

Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666


It’s difficult to find records (let alone records online) for ancestors pre-1700s unless they were a person of note and were granted a land patent, and many of us are not that lucky. Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666 by George Cabel Greer, 1912 (393 pgs.) tried to bridge that gap by brute force. He lists “nearly twenty-five thousand” names in alphabetical order of men who immigrated to Virginia during its earliest time, but who were not the original land grantees. It’s a useful list in that if you find a name on the list that is of interest, you can then contact the Land Office in Richmond, VA and request more information. Digitized by Google Books.