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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Standard Edition

A Weekly Summary of Events and

Topics of Interest to Online Genealogists

Vol. 8 No. 7 – February 17, 2003

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IN THIS ISSUE:

- Newsletter Discussion Board Expansion
- Genbox Family History 3.0
- Afro-American Historical Society of Fauquier County
- Slave Narratives Available Online
- Petition to Save Florida State Archives
- Maryland State Archives Reduces Services
- Fee Increases Proposed at Illinois State Archives
- Protection of Vital Records in the Event of Armed Conflict
- Remains Thought to be Jamestown Leader
- New Fatal Hereditary Disease Gene Identified
- (+) Where to Stay and Eat in Salt Lake City (continued)
- (+) The Digital Home of Tomorrow
- New Books

A Plus Sign (+) denotes an article that appears only in the Plus Edition of this newsletter.


- Newsletter Discussion Board Expansion

The Discussion Board associated with this newsletter has been quite active but always has focused on the articles published in the newsletter. Now, at the suggestion of several people, the Discussion Board is being expanded. The new sections will focus on high-tech topics and on current news and events of interest to genealogists.

The new Discussion Board sections now include:

Genealogy Software for Windows
Genealogy Software for Macintosh
Genealogy Software for Handheld Computers
Genealogy CD-ROM Disks
Create Your Own Genealogy CD-ROM Disks
Genealogy Web sites
Create Your Own Genealogy Web Site
Restoring Documents and Photographs
Announcements & Press Releases
Where Do I Find...?

The new sections should serve as a gathering place for anyone interested in these topics. Messages in these sections do not need to be related to newsletter articles. In fact, I suspect that some of your new messages will form the basis for future newsletter articles.

I would especially invite you to post announcements and press releases about any new genealogy services and products that you, your employer, or your genealogy society wish to announce.

The above list is in addition to the earlier sections:

Articles from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Standard Edition
Subscription Issues
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Plus Edition (visible only to Plus Edition subscribers)
Genealogy Scams and Rip-Offs
This Message Board
Miscellaneous

The newly-added sections are so new that there haven't been many messages posted yet. You have a chance to ask some of the first questions and to offer help and comments to others. I already moved a few messages from the earlier "Miscellaneous" section to new sections that seemed more appropriate.

The new sections are open to everyone. You can read messages there without registering. To post a message, however, you do have to go through a short registration process. There is never a charge for using the Discussion Board. Your name and e-mail address are never shown in the messages unless you manually type them in.

To discuss this story further, please visit the newsletter Discussion Board at http://www.RootsForum.com and click on "Discussion Board."

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- Genbox Family History 3.0

Thoughtful Creations has released a new version of their genealogy program for Windows. Genbox Family History 3.0 is described as "a full-featured windows application for managing family genealogy information and producing charts and reports." This week I took the program for a trial run to see just how good it is.

I downloaded the program online and found that the installation was quick and easy. Upon launching Genbox Family History 3.0 for the first time, I was offered options about starting a new database. I elected to import a 3,000-person GEDCOM file that I already had on my hard drive, a file that had been created by a different genealogy program.

The GEDCOM import took less than a minute to complete on a 2.4 gigahertz Pentium 4 system running Windows XP. Upon completion, the program displayed a log file, showing the data items in my GEDCOM file that it could not import properly. In my case, there were only eight items listed, fewer than what I have seen when other programs import the same GEDCOM file. All eight were easily resolved later by manually re-entering the pieces of data that had not been imported correctly.

I soon found myself looking at my database in a rather user-friendly set of screens. I maneuvered around the database for a while and found the program easy to use, with a good number of available reports. I also entered about a dozen new individuals to see how the data entry screens worked. I didn't have any surprises with the program as everything seemed to work well and intuitively.

One of the better things about this program is its ability to handle multiple names and parent relationships. While one name is considered to be "primary," you can also enter other identifiers, such as married name, adopted name, or even the "name used in the old country." Likewise, you can enter data about birth parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, godparents, and more. You can also decide whether or not to display those alternate parents in printed reports.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Genbox tracks information as "disproved," something lacking in most genealogy programs of today. In this case, a set of parents for an individual can be labeled as "disproved": this identifies individuals that are known NOT be parents of the current individual. Experienced genealogists will often tell you that you need to keep track of identified falsehoods as well as the proven facts. Genbox Family History 3.0 is one of the few programs to have built in this capability. However, I could only find it in the screen for listing parents. It would be nice to be able to document disproved dates and places of other documented "facts."

Genbox Family History 3.0 also keeps track of a lot of genealogy data, more than what most people will require. I was surprised to see one screen that lists "Caste Name" along with religion, occupation, number of marriages, national origin, and a lot of other personal data. On the data entry screens, you can double-click on any fact (birth, marriage, death, military service, etc.), and an Event Screen appears as a place to record the date, place, witnesses, and any text that you wish to record.

The program also does a good job of documenting sources where information was obtained. It uses a Source Template to specify the format for each type of source citation. For example, a baptism record typically contains different kinds of information than a marriage record or a reference to a CD-ROM record, and a record of a bar mitzvah event would contain still different data elements. The Source Template specifies what type of information is to be collected for each source type. The program lets you either choose from 92 different source templates or create your own.

I was disappointed to find that Genbox supports only one occupation for the lifetime of an individual. I know that certainly is not enough for me, as I have had a number of occupations! So did my father, my mother, both of my grandfathers, and many others in my family tree. I suspect you have the same situation; one occupation per individual is often insufficient.

Of course, one of the most important aspects of any genealogy program is the reports it generates. Genbox Family History 3.0 does an admirable job as it includes all of the common genealogy reports as well as calendars and customizable "other" reports. The various charts and reports available include:

  • Descendants Charts
  • Descendant Narrative Reports
  • Family Group Sheets
  • Ancestor Charts
  • Ancestor Narrative Reports
  • Pedigree Reports
  • Calendar Reports
  • Outline Descendant Reports
  • Individual Narrative Reports
  • Sources Report
  • Relatives Charts
  • Convergence Charts
  • Everyone Charts
  • Fan Charts
  • Ancestor Ring Charts
  • Timeline Charts
  • …and more
  • I was especially impressed with the capability to generate Web-format reports in HTML, the standard for use on the World Wide Web. You can create reports and many charts and then upload them to a personal Web page to share with others around the world. The reports will also produce output in RTF (Rich Text Format) that can then be imported into any modern word processor for final editing. The charts are produced in JPEG or PNG graphics format that can then be imported into a number of Windows programs. You can see examples of all of the above at: http://www.genbox.com/charts/index.html and at http://www.genbox.com/reports/index.html

    Adding pictures and other multimedia to your Genbox Family History database can make your charts and reports much more interesting. You can use another program to scan old photographs or create other digital images. Likewise, you can obtain audio and even video files. In Genbox, you create a media record for each image, audio, and video file and then define links from individuals, families, events, places, sources, or researchers to the media records.

    I found Genbox Family History 3.0 to be an excellent genealogy program. It tracks almost all the data elements that experienced genealogists expect. It is easy to use and has a wide variety of printed charts and reports, along with Web reports and support for multimedia.

    Genbox Family History 3.0 costs $59.00, which strikes me as being a bit high. Most of the better-known genealogy programs with similar capabilities sell in the $20.00 to $40.00 range.

    Genbox Family History 3.0 is available for download as a 30-day fully-functional evaluation version. I would suggest that you try the evaluation for a while to see if you like it. At the end of 30 days, the reports section of the program continues to function, but you will not be able to enter any additional data. Once you pay for the program, the "lock" is removed, and all your data remains available to you, along with all the other functions of the program.

    Genbox Family History's producers have created an excellent "online tour" that shows many of the program's screens. This tour will give you an excellent view of data entry and the other commonly-used screens. You can take the tour at http://www.genbox.com/tour/index.html.

    For more information about Genbox Family History 3.0, to see a full set of chart and report examples, to download the evaluation version, or to order the full version online, go to: http://www.genbox.com.

    To discuss this story further, please visit the newsletter Discussion Board at http://www.RootsForum.com and click on "Discussion Board."

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    - Afro-American Historical Society of Fauquier County

    Jane Butler has been tracing her ancestry for thirty years. She has become an expert in Black genealogy research and now works as an employee of the Afro-American Historical Society (AAHS) of Fauquier County, located in The Plains, a small Virginia town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    "People in the black community have such a thirst to know who they are," said the 63-year-old Ms. Butler, who moved to Fauquier County after her 1999 retirement as an interviewer for Pennsylvania’s unemployment office.

    The AAHS in the 1980s became a kind of sanctuary for historical documents pertaining to African-American families in Fauquier. People brought in scraps of their own research: hand-drawn family trees, old photos, and copies from family Bibles listing birth, marriage, and death records.

    You can read about Jane Butler on Web site of The Citizen, a local newspaper. Take a look at: http://www.citizenet.com/news/articles/021303/people1.shtml. You can also read about the Afro-American Historical Society of Fauquier County at: http://www.afro-americanofva.org/.

    To discuss this story further, please visit the newsletter Discussion Board at http://www.RootsForum.com and click on "Discussion Board."

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    - Slave Narratives Available Online

    Ancestry.com is honoring Black History Month with free Web access to a rare collection of slave narratives. The recordings were made in the 1930s by the Federal Writers' Project, which interviewed 3,500 former slaves. Access to these documents previously was available only at the Library of Congress in Washington.

    I spent a bit of time looking at these narratives this week and found the stories fascinating to read. Access is easy; you can conduct a search by keyword, by the name of the interviewee, by the state in which the interview took place, or by a combination of those search features. In addition, a unique "Thesaurus Filter is available that will return results which include "master," "massa," "mas," etc.

    In addition, the narratives are divided into several categories: Voting, Runaway Slaves, Songs and Hymns, Famous Personalities, Religious Experiences, Ghost Stories, War Stories, and Folk Medicine and Herbs. You can browse any of these categories or conduct specific searches.

    At first glance, the items in this online database appear to be simply snippets of conversation, with the state and interviewee’s name preceding each item. However, as you look at them for a bit, you realize that each paragraph is entered as a separate database record, and a complete interview often spans several sequential items, each of which has the same interviewee’s name before the paragraph entry. To read a full interview or topic, you can read multiple paragraphs in sequence on the screen.

    Here are a few sample paragraphs that illustrate what might be found online:

    State: Alabama Interviewee: Askew, Gus

    "After the surrender I didn't have to do any more cotton pickin' and I went blacksmithin' for Joe Sturgis. He was the first blacksmith in dis here town. I was the second. Now my son done took on de work. They ain't so much sence all dese here automobiles done got so plentiful and might' nigh ruint de business. But for seventy years I riz wid de sun and went to dat blacksmith shop. I's enjoying a little misery now; so I's takin' my rest."

    State: Alabama Interviewee: Baker, Julia

    Her mother, Mandy Moore, two brothers and two sisters and she, the baby, came on down to Alabama with Mr. John Dabney, his family, and other slaves. Julia says she never worked in the fields. Her sister and one brother worked on the plantation, the younger brother in and around the gin house. Her job was to look after the small children belonging to the negro family while their parents worked. Her mother always sewed in the big house for the white folks. When the war came and all the slaves were freed, several of them boarded a flatboat and poled it down the river to Mobile. While on this trip they met a gunboat crowded with soldiers who hailed and wanted to know their destination, scaring the Negroes badly, but when it was explained that they were on their way to Mobile, they were permitted to pass.

    One other entry fascinated me, even though it never directly quoted the interviewee:

    State: Virginia Interviewee: Grandy, Charles (Note: This appears as 3 sequential items.)

    Arriving in Norfolk, Grandy and his friend decided to take different roads of travel. Several days and nights found him wandering about the outskirts of Norfolk, feeding on wild berries, etc. While picking berries along a ditch bank, he was hailed by a Yankee soldier, who having come in contact with run away slaves before, greeted him friendly, and questioned him of his home and of his knowledge of work. He was taken to camp and assigned as cook. At first, he was not very successful in his job, but gradually improvement was shown. He was asked what wages he would accept. It was such a pleasure to know that he had escaped the clutches of slavery, he did not ask for wages; but instead, he was willing to work for anything they would give him, no matter how small, as long as he didn't have to return to slavery.

    Within a short period he was given a uniform and gun; was fully enlisted as a soldier, in the 19th regiment of Wisconsin, Company E. Here he remained in service until November, 1862, after which time he returned to Norfolk to spend some time with his mother, who was still living. While sitting in the doorway one day, with his Mother, he was again confronted with the proposition of reenlisting. He agreed to do so for one year, to serve as guard at Fortress Monroe. He remained there until the close of the War, offering brave and faithful services.

    Mr. Grandy is now ninety-five years old, residing at 609 Smith Street, Norfolk, Virginia. He is still able to attend the various conventions of Civil War Veterans. He can read, write, and has a fair knowledge of the Bible. His main interest is the organization of Negroes into strong groups. He enjoys talking about religion and is quite an interesting and intelligent person to talk with.

    There are thousands of other stories in this collection. Some of the stories tell of beatings, rapes, and of being sold on an auction block. Others are heartwarming tales of freedom and family. Reading these and similar stories is vital to understanding the experience of blacks in America.

    Ancestry.com is offering free access online for the month of February. The same collection is available on CD-ROM for $24.95 plus shipping.

    To read these stores or to purchase the CD-ROM disk, go to: http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/biohist/slavnarr/main.htm. You may need to register before viewing the records but registration is free.

    To discuss this story further, please visit the newsletter Discussion Board at http://www.RootsForum.com and click on "Discussion Board."

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    - Petition to Save Florida State Archives

    Two weeks ago I wrote about Governor Jeb Bush's plans to close and dismantle the Florida State Archives. This would be a terrible blow for genealogists. First of all, anyone researching Florida ancestors would lose one of the most valuable resources available. Second, additional genealogists would be hurt when other state governments decide to follow Bush's cost-cutting measures and begin closing other archives and state libraries around the country.

    Genealogists are not the only ones affected. The Florida State Genealogical Society, Florida Historical Society, Florida Archaeological Council, Florida Anthropological Society, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the Florida Association of Museums are all banding together to defeat this threat. You can read my article on this at: http://www.rootsforum.com/archives/news0305.htm#FloridaTreasuresAtRisk

    The Florida Historical Society has created a website to collect electronic signatures for a petition about the State Library of Florida closing. Genealogists and others around the world are encouraged to sign this petition. It will then be sent to Governor Bush and members of the State Legislature on February 28, 2003.

    I added my name to the petition this week, and I would like to ask you to add your name as well. To add your name to this petition, go to: http://www.floridahistory.info/petition/

    To discuss this story further, please visit the newsletter Discussion Board at http://www.RootsForum.com and click on "Discussion Board."

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    - Maryland State Archives Reduces Services

    This week seems to be crowded with news about cutbacks in state archives staff and resources. However, the State of Maryland appears to actively be converting expensive, labor-intensive tasks to automated, self-serve formats. Specifically, the Maryland State Archives has announced that it is suspending its research for a fee related to birth and death records. The reference staff will continue to accept vital record orders only for legal purposes or for official business (estate settlement, social security, passports, citizenship). In place of filling these requests manually, the Maryland State Archives is developing Web access.

    Quoting from the Maryland State Archives Web site:

    Diminishing staff resources over the past few years and budget shortfalls compel us to look for ways to provide more efficient service. The suspension of vital records research will allow our reduced staff to focus on providing vital record indexes in a searchable, web-based environment while better preserving these permanent records. If you would like to support our efforts to make birth and death record indexes more broadly available via the internet, please consider donating to the Endowment Fund of the State Archives Fund. Your tax-deductible donation by check to that fund will be used to develop this invaluable resource.

    Please address any questions or concerns to vitalrec@mdarchives.state.md.us . We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

    Sincerely,

    Edward C. Papenfuse, Ph.D.
    State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents

    The same Web site then states that over the next year, the Maryland State Archives intends to provide online access to death record index information to improve accessibility and to preserve the original records. Digital access will include:

  • County Death Record Indexes, 1898-1944 – to be available in October, 2003
  • Baltimore City Death Record Indexes, 1875-1942 – to be available in December, 2003
  • Baltimore City Death Record Indexes, 1942-1972 – to be available in March, 2004
  • County Death Record Indexes, 1944-1951 – to be available in June, 2004
  • County Death Record Indexes, 1951-1968 – to be available in September, 2004
  • For county death records after 1968, and for Baltimore City death records after 1972 – to be available in by 2005
  • Birth record indexes – to be available after 2005
  • As the indexes become available, the Reference staff will reply to copy orders that provide exact citations from the online indexes.

    My thanks to John McGing for telling me about the new developments in Maryland.

    To discuss this story further, please visit the newsletter Discussion Board at http://www.RootsForum.com and click on "Discussion Board."

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    - Fee Increases Proposed at Illinois State Archives

    Today you pay 50 cents to obtain a photocopy of a death certificate or other record from the Illinois State Archives. However, if passed, a bill now before the Illinois General Assembly will create a 1,400% price increase.

    HB0498 provides that a fee of $7 per research request for copies of non-certified death certificates, civil war muster records, and census records shall be paid to the Secretary of State and deposited into the Archives Research Fund. However, the increased funds will be used to create an Archives Research Fund that is earmarked for expenses of conducting archival research of Archive records. If passed, the new fees will begin on July 1, 2003.

    You can read the details of this bill at the Illinois General Assembly Web site. Click here to look at the Bill Status for HB0498.

    If you have an opinion about this bill, contact the Illinois state legislators. You can find their names, addresses and FAX numbers at: http://www100.state.il.us/government/gov_legislature.cfm

    To discuss this story further, please visit the newsletter Discussion Board at http://www.RootsForum.com and click on "Discussion Board."

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    - Protection of Vital Records in the Event of Armed Conflict

    We all know about the saber-rattling going on in several national capitals these days. Recent history in Africa and in the former Yugoslavia produced thousands of needless deaths. The same events also have shown the risks to the archival heritage from the devastating side effects of armed conflict. The United Nations is trying to stop the bloodshed, and its UNESCO division is trying to preserve priceless historical records in an attempt to save heritage.

    You can read about the "Emergency Programme for the Protection of Vital Records in the Event of Armed Conflict" at UNESCO's site at: http://www.unesco.org/webworld/archives/sro_citra/Index.html 

    My thanks to Joanne Nadovich for telling me about this site.

    To discuss this story further, please visit the newsletter Discussion Board at http://www.RootsForum.com and click on "Discussion Board."

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    - Remains Thought to be Jamestown Leader

    Archaeologists believe they may have discovered the skeleton of the man considered to be the main force behind the first permanent English settlement in America. He also is an ancestor to thousands of present-day Americans.

    Archeologists digging inside the location of the 17th-century Jamestown fort uncovered the skeleton a few weeks ago. Given its placement and the ceremonial artifacts found alongside the body, researchers believe that it is the skeleton of Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold. Using modern-day high-tech techniques, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities hopes to prove or disprove that assumption. The association, which began excavating the fort area in 1994, is arranging DNA tests to compare the remains to the DNA of Gosnold's descendants.

    A native of Suffolk, England, Gosnold pushed the English to send out another group of explorers and settlers after the disappearance of the Roanoke colony sometime around 1587 in what is now North Carolina's Outer Banks.

    In 1602, Gosnold led an expedition to the Maine and Massachusetts coasts, where he discovered and named Cape Cod for the fish found there, and Martha's Vineyard, for his infant daughter. As commander of the "Godspeed," he was second-in-command in the three-ship fleet that landed the 107 Virginia Company settlers at Jamestown in May of 1607. He helped design the triangular fort where they lived. Capt. John Smith, credited with leading and ultimately saving the colony, described Gosnold as "the prime mover behind the settlement." Gosnold died in August of 1607 after three weeks of illness. About two-thirds of the settlers died that summer.

    Click here to read more about this story.

    To discuss this story further, please visit the newsletter Discussion Board at http://www.RootsForum.com and click on "Discussion Board."

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    - New Fatal Hereditary Disease Gene Identified

    A team of bio-informaticians and geneticists has identified the gene defect underlying Leigh Syndrome, a fatal hereditary disease prevalent in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (SLSJ) region of Quebec. The discovery, which resulted from cross-referencing DNA, protein, and gene expression databases, was published in the January 14, 2003, issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    One out of 2,000 children born in the SLSJ area suffers this recessive form of Leigh Syndrome, which causes mental retardation and ultimately premature death. About one out of every 23 inhabitants in this region carries a copy of the defective gene. Children who inherit two copies of the faulty gene suffer the disease. Researchers used genealogy databases to aid in their research. The new finding will form the basis of a genetic test to screen gene carriers and identify children with the disease before serious symptoms arise.

    You can read more about this developing story at: http://www.bio-itworld.com/news/021003_report1993.html 

    My thanks to Elon Gasper for telling me about this new discovery.

    To discuss this story further, please visit the newsletter Discussion Board at http://www.RootsForum.com and click on "Discussion Board."

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    - (+) Where to Stay and Eat in Salt Lake City (continued)

    This is a Plus Edition-only article and is available only to subscribers to the Plus Edition of this newsletter. To learn how to subscribe to the Plus Edition, go to http://www.RootsForum.com/plus

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    - (+) The Digital Home of Tomorrow

  • This is a Plus Edition-only article and is available only to subscribers to the Plus Edition of this newsletter. To learn how to subscribe to the Plus Edition, go to http://www.RootsForum.com/plus
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    - New Books

    I expect to briefly announce new books every few weeks as announcements are received. Each book mentioned in this new section will be one that is newly published or perhaps is a significant new update of a book published some years ago. This listing is for books published on paper, not on CD-ROM or online. Prices mentioned typically do not include shipping or taxes. More detailed information is available at the Web sites or from the e-mail addresses given.

    "Cemeteries of Sonoma County, California: A History and Guide" by Jeremy Dwight Nichols. The primary purpose of this book is to tell the story of the cemeteries in Sonoma County, California, and to enable genealogists, historians, and other researchers to locate those cemeteries. $22.50. http://www.heritagebooks.com

    The Ballymoney Herald, births, deaths and marriages 1860 to 1863, ( Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland) has just been published by the Coleraine FHS. This newspaper only survived three years; the society have indexed and recorded all the events from its columns. As Irish civil registration for births and deaths only commenced in 1864, it is an important and original source of information for the area. £6.00. http://www.coleraine-nifhs.org.uk

    Pioneer Cemeteries of Pine and Richland Townships, Allegheny County, PA documents the final resting place of many of the Pittsburgh area’s first settlers. In addition to contemporary readings of thousands of weathering tombstones, every effort has been made to cross reference with available church records and previous readings. Pre-publication price until March 18, 2003 is $27, after March 18 it is $39.95. http://www.NorthHillsGenealogists.org

    A few years ago, The Adams Apple Press published "Happenings In Ye Olde Philadelphia - 1680 -1900" by Rudolph J. Walther. This book lists the many events in the city during that time and gives numerous descriptions of areas of the city and names of individuals and companies involved in the incidents. Now an every-name index has been produced. It can be obtained from the publisher for $10.00. Contact Adams Apple Press, P.O. Box E, Bedminster, PA 18910. FAX:215-795-2694, PH: 215-795-2149.

    Web Sites for Genealogists - 7th edition, 2003 - This Internet address book is designed to help research family history on the Internet quickly and efficiently. The new-look 2003 edition is fully revised with hundreds of descriptions updated, all Web addresses verified and dated, sites removed and replaced with over 240 new sites. There are over 1,580 quality sites arranged in 113 categories, including 62 individual country categories. Over 200 Australian family history and historical societies are listed. 136 pages. $17.00 plus $4.00 post and pack in Australia. http://www.coraweb.com.au/form.htm

    The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society is now collecting articles for its second volume of "Pioneers of Florida's First Coast." The published book will be for sale by the Society later. http://sgesjax.tripod.com

    McIntosh County, GA. Marriage Book 1, Ann R. Davis, editor. All marriages that were recorded from 1868-1902. Valuable reference for a county whose courthouse burned twice. Indexed by Bride and by Groom. $15.00 plus $3 shipping and handling. http://www.GaBooks.com 

    Old Episcopal Burying Ground (Lexington, Kentucky) - Frances Keller Swinford Barr. This is the oldest cemetery still extant in Lexington. A brief history of the cemetery, complete with some notable epitaphs, precedes the burial records, which are arranged alphabetically by surname and include birth and death dates, burial notes, comments, and source. $16.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

    Cash For Blood: The Baltimore to New Orleans Domestic Slave Trade - Ralph Clayton. A history of the trade followed by a catalog listing thousands of slaves, slaveholders, ships & ship captains, 1800-1860 as culled from the original slave manifests. The definitive work on the subject. $48.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

    Paperclips: Selected Clippings from the Montgomery Sentinel [MD], 1900-1950 - Compiled by Dona L. Cuttler. The types of entries include death notices, obituaries, birth announcements, wedding announcements, school graduations, teaching position listings, and local event announcements. The entries are mostly about Montgomery County, Maryland, with a few about neighboring areas. $80.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

    Our Maryland Heritage, Book 39: Harding Families - William N. Hurley, Jr. Harding families, primarily of Montgomery County, but also includes family members found in other Maryland counties and elsewhere. $20.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    The Westmorelands (4th Revision) - Olin V. Mapes. This newest edition of the Westmoreland genealogy contains over 7,500 individuals with over 960 direct descendants covering 34 generations. In addition to 118 Nevilles and 1626 Westmorelands, many other surnames are documented. $59.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    Windham, County, CT, County Court Records, 1732-1736: Abstracts of Volume 2, Connecticut State Library Archives, Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT - Marcella Houle Pasay. Over 1600 lawsuits, petitions, and appointments abstracted from these early court records. $22.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    Ossipee, New Hampshire Vital Records, 1887-2001 - Richard P. Roberts. Vital statistics extracted from the annual town reports. $46.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/

    Descendants of Walter Cook - Susan Salisbury. Walter Cook was born in 1615/16 in Bromyard, Hertfordshire, England, and came to Mendon, Massachusetts, in 1653. This new book traces his descendants for 10 generations down to the present time. $19.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    RAID ON AMERICA: The Dutch Naval Campaign of 1672-1674 - Donald G. Shomette and Robert D. Haslach. Dutch and English records, journals, secret minutes, and narratives are used to reconstruct Evertsen's campaign that included the naval invasion of the Chesapeake Bay, the capture or destruction of hundreds of English and French vessels, and the re-conquest of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. Ironically, their victory marked the end of the golden age of the Dutch Republic as they could not sustain "such an empire." $21.95 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    Smallwood and Carter Connections to Family Histories and Royalty. Featuring the Ancestors of Elmer Eugene Smallwood (husband) and Jean Marie Carter (wife) - Jean (Carter) Smallwood. Includes the genealogies of Ashby, Beckwith, Bruce, Carter, Cawood, Clark, Clore, Croson, Eblin, Eochaid, Giambalvo, Grayson, Harper, Hazard, Hughes, Lanam,Lee, Lincoln, May, McNicholl, Murphy, Nixon, O'Bannon, Pyott, Razor, Rhine, Rhodes, Robinson, Shafer, Smallwood, Stedman, Taylor, Tracy, Tripplett, Updike, Washington, Williams, Wilson, Wynne (Winn), and others. This impressive genealogical work contains a remarkable amount of research, listing over 7000 individuals and 1700 surnames. $70.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    Militia Lists of Sonoma County, California, 1846 to 1900 - Sonoma County Genealogical Society. Reproduced here is a combined alphabetical list for the years 1878, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894, 1900, and fragmentary lists for 1846, 1857, 1862, 1863, 1865 and 1903. $49.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    A Grassroots History of the American Civil War, Volume III: Captain Cotter's Battery - Richard J. Staats. This is a history of the war as told by citizens and soldiers from the Portage County, Ohio, area. Documented sources include newspaper accounts, the Official Records, pension records, original letters, and other printed matter. $26.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    FOUR CENTURIES AMERICANS: Van Fleet/Van Vliet/Van Vleet Family History, 1634-2001 - James A. Van Fleet, Ph.D. Begins with Adrian Gerritsen and his distant kinsman Dirck Van der Vliet as family founders, and follows their children, grandchildren, and descendants to contemporary times. $42.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    Marriages, Deaths, Accidents, Duels and Runaways Compiled from The Weekly Georgia Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, 1854-1857 - R. Newton Wilcox. This volume includes abstracts of articles. Marriage notices with the names of those involved; death notices with varying amounts of biographical information; plus accounts of accidents, duels, and other interesting tidbits of local concern really bring this community to life. Articles on "runaways" offer detailed physical descriptions of the missing slave and the full name of his/her owner. $20.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    The History of Massachusetts from the Landing of the Pilgrims to the Present Time Including a Narrative of the Persecutions by State and Church in England; the Early Voyages to North America; the Explorations of the Early Settlers; their Hardships, Sufferings, and Conflicts with the Savages; the rise of Colonial Power; the Birth of Independence; the Formation of the Commonwealth, and the Gradual Progress of the State from its Earliest Infancy to its Present High Position - George Lowell Austin. A history of the state of Massachusetts from the 1600s to 1883. 1884 reprint, $47.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    A History of Jefferson County, West Virginia [1719-1940] - Millard Kessler Bushong. Patterned after 19th century local histories, the book's contents cover a diverse array of items such as natural features, the American Revolution, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, as well as the development of such institutions as churches, schools, newspapers, and politics. Appendices include soldier rosters for the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I, as well as rosters of Jefferson County officials. 1941 reprint, $35.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    Portrait and Biographical Record of Stark County, Ohio, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens - Chapman Bros. Chock full of biographical and genealogical information on about 400 individuals. 1892 reprint, $34.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    The Saint Lawrence: Its Basin and Border-Lands. The Story of their Discovery, Exploration and Occupation - Samuel Edward Dawson. Relates the chief facts pertaining to the discovery and exploration of the northeastern part of the continent of North America. 1905 reprint, new index, $41.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    The History and Antiquities of the City of St. Augustine, Florida, Founded A.D. 1565. Comprising Some of the Most Interesting Portions of the Early History of Florida - George R. Fairbanks. This book looks at the city from its first sighting by Juan Ponce de Leon to when it became part of the United States in 1821 up to the mid-1800s. 1858 reprint, $21.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    The Discovery of America with Some Account of Ancient America and the Spanish Conquest (2 vols) - John Fiske. A rare gem for those interested in reading a work that discusses the history, exploration, and discovery surrounding the Americas in their entirety, and not merely North America. The author was a prominent historian. Cited in the Harvard Guide to American History. 1898 reprint, $80.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    Great Commanders: General Greene - Francis Vinton Greene. General Nathanael Greene commanded the Southern army during the Revolutionary War, and after a series of successful battles, forced the British to retreat. After the Battle of Eutaw Springs, he caused the British evacuation of Charleston. 1897 reprint, $20.95 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    The History of Galloway, from the earliest period to the present time - William Mackenzie. A thorough history of the Galloway area of Scotland. The author covers the history before the arrival of the Romans and the Saxons, then discusses the effects of the presence of these two groups on the local people, the rise of Robert Bruce and other rulers, as well as agriculture, customs, religion, political machinations, military actions (including William Wallace and his battles with the English King Edward I), and the like. 1841 reprint, 2 vols., $97.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    On the Spanish Main or, some English forays on the Isthmus of Darien. With a description of the buccaneers and a short account of old-time ships and sailors. - John Masefield. Sir Francis Drake was not reluctant to go outside the bounds of legitimate trade to attack and plunder the Spanish in the Caribbean. Nor was he reluctant to work with the maroons, black slaves escaped from the Spanish-held islands, in order to accomplish his monetarily-productive ends. Add to this mix the buccaneers, men who rebelled against authority and took to the waterways to plunder ships and ports around the Caribbean. The end result is a rousing narrative of depredations against the Spanish, the activities of renowned pirates such as Henry Morgan, and accounts of the lives and battles experienced by sailors of the 16th and 17th centuries. 1906 reprint, $21.95 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    The Seminoles of Florida - Minnie Moore-Willson. When the Seminole Indians were forced to move from their native Florida to Indian Territory, some refused to go. Those remaining retreated to the Everglades and kept themselves secluded from the encroaching white population. At the turn of the 20th century, the band had increased to about 600 individuals. The author gives a sympathetic history of these people by discussing their history from their Georgia origins through the 1920s. 1928 reprint, new index, $28.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    The Moravians in North Carolina. An Authentic History - Rev. Levin T. Reichel. An important history of early North Carolina, and the Moravians in particular. Appendices include information on: the First Settlers and Heads of Families, Houses Built in Salem 1766-1816, and Additions and Notes. 1857 reprint, new index, $20.50 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    Memorials of the Huguenots in America, with Special Reference to their Emigration to Pennsylvania - Rev. A. Stapleton. An indispensable work for anyone with Huguenot or Pennsylvania ancestors. 1901 reprint, $19.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

    Amherst County, Virginia in the Revolution Including Extracts from the "Lost Order Book" 1773-1782-Lenora Higginbotham Sweeny. A history of the county during the war with extracts from an important record book long thought to be lost. 1951 reprint, $23.00 http://www.heritagebooks.com/ 

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