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Early German Immigration to Pennsylvania (1727-1776)

05/24/2017

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

12/02/2016

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

10/14/2016
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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

10/12/2016

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

10/07/2016

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.

Marriages in New Jersey, 1665-1800

10/05/2016
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Archives of the State of New Jersey, First Series, Vol. XXII, Table of Contents

State Archives are multi-volume, compiled books of all of the oldest records kept by a state. As such, they are a wealth of information for records on taxes, land ownership, marriage, birth and death, in addition to state level correspondence and laws and minutia that isn’t terribly helpful to a genealogical researcher, and it can be difficult to know which volume and series to search through. Historical marriage records between the years 1665 and 1800 in New Jersey are found in Archives of the State of New Jersey, First Series, Vol. XXII, 1909, 824 pgs.

 

The volume contains Protestant, Baptist, and Quaker (Chesterfield aka. Burlington Co.) records, and also county and state records.

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy

09/20/2016

William Wade Hinshaw’s multi-volume Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy has entered public domain and was digitized by Google books. The whole set can be viewed or searched on a very limited basis (which is extremely unhelpful) depending on the Volume at the Haiti Trust website, but you can’t download them there unless you’re a member. It’s not clear whether being a member will allow more access to the Volumes only available by limited access or not. You can also check WorldCat.org to see where the closest library with a physical copy is to you – just plug in your zip code. And, all of these volumes are available for purchase in various forms via the internet if you look at places like Amazon, Ebay, and Genealogical.com (which is a parent company of the Genealogical Publishing Company). I have four volumes that I downloaded for free a while ago – not from the Haiti Trust – on a site that no longer exists, and I offer them here for personal use and research.

  • Vol. I – NC, VA (only the Mount Pleasant/Chestnut Creek Monthly Meeting), SC, TN

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    Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy by William Wade Hinshaw, VOL. I, Table of Contents

  • Vol. II – PA, NJ
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    Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy by William Wade Hinshaw, VOL. II, Table of Contents

     

     

  • Vol. III – NY

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    Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy by William Wade Hinshaw, VOL. III, Table of Contents

  • Vol. VI – VA, plus non-quaker marriage bonds from Bedford Co. and Campbell Co., VA.

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    Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy by William Wade Hinshaw, VOL. VI, Table of Contents