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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

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A Weekly Summary of Events and  Topics of Interest to Online Genealogists

Vol. 8 No. 30 – July 28, 2003

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- Follow-up Articles on the Discussion Board
- (+) The Cost of Online Databases: vs. HeritageQuest Online
- MLA Auto-Generator
- A Family Affair
- Invasion of Privacy by a Web Site
- Ellis Island's Jersey Side to Get Facelift
- World's Most Valuable Book Is Now Online
- Old Bailey Online
- Irish Origins
- Nevada 1860-1920 Census Records Online
- Witchers Locate Abandoned Cemetery
- Census Records Don't Lie!
- New Books

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"There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors and no slave who has not had a king among his." -- Helen Keller

- Follow-up Articles on the Discussion Board

For anyone who is not yet familiar with this newsletter’s companion Discussion Board, I thought I would give a brief description of the extended news that you may be missing.

None of the articles that I write in this newsletter are ever "finished." I consider them to be "works in progress" when I finally share them with you. Some of the articles take weeks to write, while others only require a few minutes. Yet, I am never completely satisfied that any article is "complete."

Lots of people post feedback about these articles on the Discussion Board. In addition, I post follow-up messages there, based on new information or the occasional realization, "Gee, I should have written… ". You will often find comments from other newsletter readers that correct or supplement some piece of information I offered originally. In my mind, the Discussion Board is as much a part of this newsletter as the weekly edition itself.

For example, one recent article that is still generating follow-on information is the one about a genealogy scam that operates under a variety of names. The young man operating this scam keeps appearing under new Web site names. Those names are posted on the Discussion Board as soon as newsletter readers or I discover them.

Another item generating discussion this week is last week’s newsletter article about long-term storage media. I wrote, "I do not know of any national or international society that collects such data with the intention of preserving it and converting the data to new formats every few years." The shared knowledge of newsletter readers is impressive; those who read the Discussion Board comments now know of a place that does exactly this, thanks to a message posted by Springsten in Sweden.

Last week's article about and last month's article about the search for a portable genealogy program also continue to generate discussion and updates.

If you are not reading the Discussion Board comments from time to time, you are only getting half of the story. To read and/or to join in, go to and click on "Discussion Board."

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- (+) The Cost of Online Databases: vs. HeritageQuest Online

The following is a "preview" of a Plus Edition-only article:

Ruth S Filstead spent some time comparing the offerings from two of the major commercial vendors in the online database business. She sent a report to me and kindly gave me permission to publish it, with or without my modifications. I found it quite interesting and decided to share it with newsletter readers.

The preceding is a "preview" of a Plus Edition-only article. The full article is available only to Plus Edition subscribers. If you subscribe today, you will receive this article. Click on Plus Edition for more information.

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- MLA Auto-Generator

MLA Auto-Generator (MLAGEN) by Patrick Do is a free Windows program that allows you to quickly format your lists of works cited in your documents in complete accordance with the latest MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago, CPE, or Turabian style guidelines. MLA Auto-Generator will create a perfect bibliography entry, every time.

Quoting from the program's Web site:

If you have ever used MLA style in your essays, term papers, theses, or PhD dissertations, you know how long it takes to achieve the precise format. Countless hours wasted in looking up the correct scheme of arranging works cited entries or underlining and italicizing text can now be utilized enhancing your paper. The extra time you could've earned can go to proofing, adding additional insight, or simply relaxation.

Now you, too, will find yourself several hours ahead of schedule when writing papers! With MLA Auto-Generator, you have the power and the knowledge that your formatting issues are all taken care of. You now have the freedom to use your precious time on better things than toiling with the tedious MLA/APA requirements.

MLA Auto-Generator should work well for genealogy citations, although the author does not guarantee that it handles citations as specified by Elizabeth Shown Mills in her definitive work, Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. MLA Auto-Generator works with all modern versions of Windows, including Windows 3.x/95/98/2000/ME/NT/XP. Again, it is a free program. It is offered under the GNU General Public License.

You can find more information about this program and even download it from:

My thanks to Hank Loftus, Curator of the Dorflinger Glass Museum, for telling me about MLA Auto-Generator.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Boards.

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- A Family Affair

This week I had a chance to read a new book: A Family Affair written by Sandra MacLean Clunies. This book is a guide to the planning, promotion, execution, and documentation of the best family reunion ever. The book is part of a series of new books from the U.S. National Genealogical Society.

I have known Sandy Clunies for several years and know that she is an experienced expert in family reunions. She has organized quite a few successful events and even published a smaller book some years ago on family reunion planning. Simply thumbing through her new book shows that she has added a lot of material since her previous publication.

A Family Affair guides the reader through the steps to set up a family reunion (establishing a purpose and budget, contacting relatives, planning the place and time), publicizing the event, running the event, and then following up with memories that participants will treasure (pictures, stories, and more). Sandy uses a clever analogy to organize topics as one might manage a stage production or any other entertainment event. The book's chapters include:

Act 1: Production Design

    1. Backstage Brainstorming (what kind of a reunion should it be?)
    2. Casting Call (enlist the help of other family members)
    3. The Right Time… the Right Place (finding the best date and location)
    4. Box Office Prices: Dollars and Sense (handling the finances)

      Act 2: Backstage Preparations

    5. The Script: Record Keeping
    6. Finding Far-flung Family
    7. Reaching Your Audience: Communications and Promotion (how to organize mailings and responses)
    8. Intermission and Refreshments (lodging and meal planning)
    9. Audience Participation (especially activities for the kids)
    10. Setting the Stage
    11. The Lobby Showcase (displaying information to those who attend)

      Act 3: Getting the Show on the Road

    12. Interviewing the Stars (oral histories, video tapes and more)
    13. Honoring the Family's Past
    14. Opening Day (or Night)
    15. The Curtain Falls (postproduction follow-up)

The words in parenthesis are my additional comments, not part of the titles).

In addition, the book includes one appendix that describes how to find online listings for state parks and another appendix that covers the National Genealogical Society's standards and guidelines.

This book was an enjoyable read." Sandy Clunies gives step-by-step guidance along with checklists and forms to simplify the paperwork, as well as websites and other references for further information on topics of special interest, and tips from others who have held successful reunions.

I learned a lot from this book. For instance, shouldn't your reunion committee have a mission statement? I never thought of that, but Sandy's two paragraphs on that topic made me think, "Of course!" I was also impressed by her chapter on publicity. She strongly recommends a combination of advertising by "snail mail" as well as by e-mail and a reunion Web site.

Sandy's "stage production" analogy seems to fit very well. After all, hosting a family reunion does have much in common with a stage show. The only major difference that I can think of is that the "audience" and the "actors" are one and the same.

In short, if you are planning, or even thinking of planning, a family reunion, this is a "must have" book. While aimed at family reunions, I suspect that a lot of this information transfers well to planning for military reunions, high school reunions, and many other similar events.

A Family Affair by Sandra MacLean Clunies is a 227-page paperback published by Rutledge Hill Press. It has a retail price of $19.99. National Genealogical Society members may purchase it for $15.99. Members and non-members alike can purchase it from the NGS Web site at:

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Boards.

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- Invasion of Privacy by a Web Site allows you to search a free database of well over 135 million records for the birth date of almost anyone in the United States. I went to that site and started testing it. Not only did I find my own date of birth, but I also found the birth dates of almost everyone else that I tried. Of course, I had to try to find the exact birth date of my great-great-grandfather who was born around 1810. Unfortunately, this site doesn't have records back that far. Most of the records contained in their database are for living individuals.

I find it a bit disturbing that my own birth date, along with about ten others that I checked on, are available to anyone who wants to know this information and has access to the Internet. Does this seem a bit scary and invasive to anyone else?

Many people will be horrified at the thought that their dates of birth are available online. However, let’s look at this privacy "issue" for a minute. There is really nothing new here. Birth records have always been public domain data in the United States, and I believe the same is true for Canada. I am not sure about other countries, so I will focus only on the U.S. Not only have birth records always been freely available, but so have property records and (in some states) driver’s license databases. Did you ever buy or sell a house? Your name and address are available to anyone who cares to look at real estate transaction data.

Of course, these are not the only sources of public domain information. You may also be listed in any of a number of professional and personal databases. For instance, I have a pilot’s license; my name, age, and address are available on several Internet databases that publish data released by the Federal Aviation Administration. This information even says that I possess a third-class medical certificate, which gives some indication of my state of health. My ham radio license information is also listed publicly, along with my home address and my age, at a number of ham radio sites. The sites listing my ham radio information obviously got their information from the Federal Communications Commission.

The list grows and grows. Again, there is nothing new here. Many sources of data have been available for more than one hundred years. The local town clerk certainly will give out my name and birth date to anyone who asks and pays the fee. My name and home address was published in the printed directory called the Radio Amateurs’ Callbook back in 1960, when I obtained my first ham radio license. The same was true a few years later, when I earned my pilot’s license; my name, age and home address were soon freely distributed, available to anyone who cared to look. I know that this information was published because I soon received lots of junk mail from companies that sold pilots’ supplies.

The amount of personal information being made available today is merely a continuation of longstanding practices. The only difference is the convenience afforded by new technology. Now anyone can find this information with very little effort, while in years past they had to work a bit harder to find this data.

As I think more and more about this concern, I am starting to change my mind. The high tech world in which we live has brought us many convenience s. As genealogists, we all appreciate the many, very convenient sources of data that we have. The public domain data that we look at on the Internet is the same data that was always available by other means. The difference is that today we no longer have to write letters or travel thousands of miles to view original source documents. We can now stay at home or travel to nearby libraries and Family History Centers to access data online, on CD-ROM, or on microfilm and microfiche. I hope we never return to the "old days" of genealogy research. Yet, like most other new technologies, this is a double-edged sword. Others can find information about me as easily as I can find information about others.

The book, Maximum Security: A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your Internet Site and Network, Second Edition, says, "Technology is rapidly changing our society and personal privacy is disappearing in the process. The Internet will only facilitate that process."

My favorite quote, however, comes from Sun Microsystems CEO, Scott McNealy. At a Sun Microsystems press event, Mr. McNealy was asked about privacy issues. "Get over it," McNealy told reporters and analysts. "You have no privacy anyway."

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Boards.

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- Ellis Island's Jersey Side to Get Facelift

Ellis Island had a multi-million dollar restoration in the past decade or so. However, much of the island and its immigration center remain neglected and are off limits to visitors. Now the National Park Service and the nonprofit Save Ellis Island Foundation have begun drafting proposals and waging a $300 million fund-raising campaign to complete Ellis Island's restoration. The first event will be held in September, It could take 5 to 10 years to raise the money.

The project would involve the restoration of 30 buildings scattered over the island, on which 12 million people landed during the 60 years it was the nation's principal immigration center. It closed in 1952.

You can read more about this on CNN's Web site at:

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Boards.

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- World's Most Valuable Book Is Now Online

Gutenberg's Bible revolutionized printing in Western civilization. Printed in Mainz, Germany, in the 1450s, the two-volume sets were the first major Western work printed from movable type. Only about 200 copies were ever produced, and only 48 copies exist today, each one of them unique since local artisans were hired to illuminate the letters opening each book.

In 1978 the Ransom Center at the University of Texas acquired its two-volume copy, which includes some illuminations in gold leaf. With 1,268 pages in two volumes, the Ransom Center copy is believed to be worth as much as $20 million. You can view it at:

I looked at these pages but found the images to be quite small. Assuming that I could read medieval German, I don't think I could ever read these images. Higher quality images apparently are available elsewhere, as the same pages state, "Inquiries regarding the availability of higher-resolution digital images for research or publication should be directed to the Center's staff."

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Boards.

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- Old Bailey Online

Not all of our ancestors led prim and proper lives. Each of us has a number of rogues in the family tree. If these people were in or near London, England, you may find them in a new online resource.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1834 is a new, fully-searchable online edition of the largest body of texts ever published that detail the lives of non-elite people. It contains accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.

"Non-elite" indeed! Actually, the same site also contains the names of many righteous and upstanding citizens: namely, those who testified at the trials and also many of the court and law-enforcement employees. Victims are also listed. You can search by surname, place, crime, or date. Online at this time are trials from December 1714 through December 1759. Eventually, the site is supposed to have cases from 1674 through 1834. The proceedings of the hearing, as well as the punishment, are detailed.

I searched the Web site a bit and did not find any of my ancestors listed. I am sure that is because none of them lived in the London area, not because of any lack of non-elite candidates! I did note one typical day of 9 December, 1714. On that day, the judge handed out 8 death sentences, 29 brandings, 26 whippings, and a handful of fines and pillories.

Actually, my own surname is listed six times in the online site. However, all of the listings are for witnesses or victims. You may find your ancestors listed in this database, even if they were not criminals. If you suspect you had ancestors in the London area between 1674 and 1834, you will want to check out the new Web site at:

My thanks to Paula Hinkel for the information about this new online resource.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Boards.

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- Irish Origins

The following is an announcement from and Eneclann:, the leading experts in British and Irish online genealogy search, are proud to announce the new in partnership with Eneclann Ltd, Ireland's premier genealogical company, and in association with the National Library of Ireland. The site continues to offer free access to Irish Origins. Search across thousands of Irish genealogy web pages, containing well over two million names, including census data, ships' passenger lists, church records, convict records and much more, powered by NameXtm,'s unique and precise name-finding tool. Visitors to can now access the definitive version of Griffith's Valuation, said by many genealogists to be the "census substitute" for mid-19th century Ireland, plus other important Irish genealogy data from Eneclann on CD-ROM, including the Index of Irish Wills, the William Smith O' Brien Petition, and many other titles.

Also included on the new are tips and resources, including Irish source archives, a discussion group to put Irish family researchers in touch, and articles and tutorials by Sherry Irvine, President of the Association of Professional Genealogists. The addition of important datasets and helpful resources makes an essential site for those researching their Irish ancestors.

Further exclusive material from Eneclann will be available on Irish Origins shortly, including the Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858 (over 100,000 names) and the William Smith O'Brien Petition 1848 (80,000 names), along with detailed maps of Ireland that users will be able to download after locating their ancestors.

" is committed to making the ultimate Irish genealogy web site." said founder Ian Galbraith; "The combination of Griffith's Valuation, our partnership with Eneclann, plus our NameXtm powered Irish Origins Search brings us closer to this goal."

"Eneclann are proud of our reputation for excellence in Irish genealogy, and we're delighted to be able to take advantage of's expertise to make our data available online," said Eneclann co-founder Brian Donovan.

About (

" is becoming recognised as the ultimate Web resource [for genealogy] in the British Isles." according to PC Basics Family Tree Magazine; The Good Web Guide recommends as "an absolutely central resource for all genealogists." offers access to definitive databases of genealogical data for researching family history online, including exclusive British data via English Origins. contains information unavailable anywhere else on the Internet, provided by the Society of Genealogists. Datasets currently online contain over 6.25 million names covering 1442 - 1850 and include marriage records, Bank of England Wills and Apprentice records. New exclusive material is added on a regular basis.

About NameXtm and Irish Origins Search (

NameXtm, a key feature of Irish Origins, is a proprietary name-matching technology, one of the most powerful and sophisticated search tools available on the Web. NameX powered searches locate a wider range of genuine variants of a person's name than any other software, which is important as many names have common historical variations in spelling or have been spelled incorrectly on some important records. NameX is vastly superior to the widely used Soundex for finding name variants. For example, in a list of 55 million last names, NameX identified 147 highly plausible variants for the last name Wilson; Soundex identified 1185 "variants", of which nearly 90% are unlikely in the extreme (e.g. Wahlgamath, Whilesmith, Willigenburg).

NameX works with both first and last names, and can be set to different levels so that the user can tailor each search. offers free access to the NameX powered Irish Origins Search, which allows users to search names across both exclusive data and thousands of genealogical web sites.

About Eneclann (

Eneclann Ltd is Ireland's leading genealogical research and publishing company. The company was established in 1997 as a Trinity College campus company. Based at the Enterprise Centre in Trinity College, Dublin, Eneclann has brought together the specialist skills of professional historians, genealogists, archivists, software developers and publishers, to provide historical data and research services of the highest standard.

About Griffith's Valuation (

After the destruction of the 1851 Census in the Dublin Four Court's fire (1922), Griffith's Valuation is the only detailed guide to where in Ireland people lived in the mid-19th century, and is often described as a 'census substitute' for the years between the Great Famine and the beginning of civil registration in 1864. Genealogists will be able use this key source online to find a wealth of information to link together family members.

The new web service on Irish Origins will be the definitive resource for Griffith's Valuation. All available copies of the Valuation - which was published in several versions at different times between 1847 and 1864 - have been indexed and digital images of the source publications made available on the Irish Origins website. The selection of the original documents has been made with the assistance of George Handran, a world expert on Griffith's work, and the cooperation of major Irish repositories.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Boards.

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- Nevada 1860-1920 Census Records Online

Dr. Ken Fliess, affiliated with the Anthropology Department of the University of Nevada, Reno, employed students to enter data from the federal manuscript of Nevada censuses for 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920. The entire census records for the state are now available online at no charge.

Quoting from the project's Web site:

Nevada is the first state to offer all of its federal manuscript census data online. Simple electronic indexes of names exist for some states, but the Nevada database is more comprehensive and allows for all sorts of research. Genealogists will immediately recognize the power of being able to request information on everyone bearing a certain last name. By browsing in the neighborhood of a specific entry, genealogists may learn of in-laws, of household servants, or of other aspects of a family’s living conditions. Those interested in understanding the past more generally will discover that it is possible to find information on diverse categories of people. For example, using this data base one can identify all the widowed women supported by laundry work in Nevada in 1880. There are thousands of other possibilities.

Encoding data on 310,000 entries represented a Herculean task. During the course of the project Dr. Fliess did a preliminary edit of the 19th century material. Much editing remains to be done, especially of the 20th century records.

This new database is not a simple name index. Instead, it is a complete extraction of all data. I did a search for my own surname and found a few entries. I was amazed at the amount of detail available for each entry. Besides names and locations of residence, this database also includes:

  • Profession
  • Ability to write (yes or no)?
  • Number of children
  • Years married
  • Place of birth
  • Real estate
  • And much, much more

The search engine is also great. Not only can you search for names, but you can also search on occupations, residence, age, and much more. For instance, searching for all teachers in Elko county shows there were 132 names, each linked to the teacher’s census entry.

This is a great online resource for genealogists looking for ancestors in Nevada. Let's hope that more states follow Nevada's lead. To access this database at no charge, go to:

My thanks to Judy Swett for telling me about this great new resource.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Boards.

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- Witchers Locate Abandoned Cemetery

How do you locate an abandoned cemetery, one with no headstones, no markers, and no evidence at all of being a cemetery? You call in a witcher.

A witcher is not a witch. Although witchers may be hired by genealogists, this reference has nothing to do with Curt Witcher, the President of the U.S. National Genealogical Society. In short, witchers are those who search for water, minerals, or other "disturbances" in the earth's magnetic lines. They are also called "dousers," and they use "divining rods" made of wood or copper or, occasionally, other materials.

I have seen witchers or dowsers at work. Some years ago, I watched an exercise at the dousers' national convention in Danville, Vermont. A number of experienced dousers, or witchers, who had never visited the town previously, went out and independently located the town's water pipes buried beneath the town common. Each person was not allowed to view the efforts of those who went before him or her. Yet, each one found the exact same location of various water mains. The event was judged by the supervisor of Danville's Public Works Department, a man who had spent more than thirty years digging up and burying water mains in the small town. He reported that each witcher, or dowser, was precise in their locations. I know that dousing works, although I have no idea how or why.

The Louisa County (Iowa) Genealogical Society wanted to find a cemetery located at the former county home, also known as the poor farm. The Louisa County Cemetery book mentions several known burials on the property, but no grave markers exist today. The exact location has been lost through the years. Society members suspected that they knew the location, but proof was lacking. Society member Mary Louise Phillips remembered an area that was always mowed and never farmed. Ron Cross, a local historian, told some genealogists that he remembered seeing some old graves there many years ago. The Louisa County Genealogical Society decided to try witching.

Holding rods made from wire clothes hangers or copper tubing, members of the genealogy society walked slowly across the area of interest. Within seconds, the sticks began to move until they crossed in front of the diviners, indicating a possible grave. The process was repeated several times, with different society members walking in different directions over the suspected grave sites. Each time, the rods moved at the same exact locations. A similar exercise at a different location resulted in no movement of the divining rods.

The Louisa County Genealogical Society believes they have located the cemetery. Although the society has no further plans regarding the graveyard, member Janice Hoehle is compiling information about the site. So far, she has found six death records stating that the deceased were buried at the county home. She is scouring early county supervisors' records, newspapers, and court records for any mention of the county home and burials there. She said the first county home was built in the 1850s, and the last burials there were probably in the 1930s.

Anyone with information regarding the early county home and its cemetery is urged to call Janice Hoehle at 319-523-4832.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Boards.

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- Census Records Don't Lie!

Barbara Walters is well-known in the United States as the co-anchor of the TV newsmagazine "20/20." She also was the first woman to be a network news anchor in the U.S. and is famous for her many in-depth interviews of notable people. You can find many biographies of her on the Web. One very detailed biography is available at

I cannot find any claims as to her place of birth although almost all her biographies state that Barbara Walters is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. All the biographies agree that she is the daughter of the famed entertainment impresario Lou Walters and his wife Dena. Several of her biographies also mention her sister, Jacqueline. Barbara Walters' biographies all list her date of birth as September 25, 1931. One would assume that the information was provided by Barbara Walters herself.

Of course, anyone born in 1931 would not be listed in the 1930 census, right? Yet a quick examination of the New York City census records for 1930 shows an interesting entry: Enumeration District 41-184 shown on page 198 of that census shows the following:

Walters, Louis, Head of Household, age 34
Dena Walters, wife, age 33
Jacqueline, daughter, age 3 years, 11 months
Barbara, daughter, age 6 months

You can view the original record at:

That page was enumerated on April 21 and 22, 1930. The Barbara Walters listed was six months old, placing her date of birth in October, 1929, give or take a few weeks. In fact, it could have been September 25, 1929, exactly two years earlier than what her biographies claim.

Of course, Barbara Walters would not be the first person to "take a couple of years off" her claimed age.

My thanks to Roger Anderson for this interesting piece of information.

You can find a lot of other notables listed on Michael John Neill's site. Take a look at and especially at

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Boards.

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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.

A note to authors and publishers: If you would like to have your new book(s) listed in future newsletters, send a brief descriptive note to You do not need to send a copy of your book; an announcement will suffice. Please make sure that you include a Web address or an e-mail address where potential buyers can obtain more information.

Second Calvary Cemetery - New Yorkers Carved in Stone by Rosemary Muscarella Ardolina. A listing of headstones which include a place of birth for individuals buried in the second division of New York's largest Roman Catholic cemetery located in Queens County and is owned by the Archdiocese of New York. This work is the second volume, the first being "Old Calvary Cemetery - New Yorkers Carved in Stone." Both books include thousands of headstone inscriptions, often with a place of birth in Ireland, and is the last resting place for those who escaped Ireland's Great Famine of the mid 1800's. $43.00 Cal.htm

A new book is available about the Felder family that started out from Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1735. It has the names of the 1st 4 generations of the Felders plus selected descendants in later generations: 1,500 people and a lot of pictures. Hardcover with 32 pages of index.

Records of Middlesex County, VA - 1829-1926 by Helyn Hatton Collison. Births and Deaths: 1853-1896; List of Jurors: 1887-1891; Middlesex Temperance Society: 1829-1833; Lower United Methodist Church Records: 1884-1926 - contains membership lists and minutes regarding members born long before 1884.

Some Voters of Middlesex County, VA - With Dates of Birth Back to the 1820s by Helyn Hatton Collison - A MUST for libraries. The sources are Voters' Registers, including the first women to register in 1920 - many of whom were in their 50s and 60s. Invaluable information - some of which cannot be found elsewhere: Dates of birth (including births for Blacks and Whites before Virginia began keeping records in 1853); residences (with frequent notations regarding past and future locations); occupations; pertinent notes, etc. 8-1/2" x 11" to accommodate 8-column charts containing 2,361 surname entries, pictures of Middlesex County courthouses and additional miscellaneous information.

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois, Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947 byDennis Northcott. The book contains death records of more than 32,000 members of the G.A.R.'s Department of Illinois. These veterans served in Union Civil War units from 36 states. Each record includes the veteran's name, rank, company, regiment or ship, number and location of post to which he belonged, and date of death. Some records also include age and place of burial. Arranged alphabetically. $29.99. To read the book's introduction, view a sample page, read reviews, or place an order, visit

The members of the Coleraine Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society have collated and indexed the Birth, Marriage and Death announcements from the Coleraine Chronicle newspaper for the years from 1844 ­ 1869 (pre State Registration of births and deaths) and transcribed them verbatim into book form. With over 3,660 births, 8,890 deaths and 5,900 marriages it is an enormous Irish genealogical resource for the many living in Australia, Canada, USA etc. who are researching ancestors from this area and far beyond. In the book the births and deaths are arranged alphabetically by surname and the marriages are indexed by bride and groom, to make searching easier. Newspaper dates, and full entry details are given. The Coleraine Chronicle Index costs GBP£20-00, plus postage and packaging. Details can be found at:

A newly-revised, updated book based on prior research by Francis B. Culver is now available. It contains many new original sources from Maryland Archives and original family papers. This is an, "An All-Maryland Family." By 1800, Baltimore was becoming a magnet for people from all over the state and elsewhere. This is the story of a couple from Kent and Talbot counties who came to Baltimore about 1802. There, one of their daughters married John Appleby of Montgomery County. By 1850, they were joined by families from Anne Arundel County. The Anne Arundel County families had also migrated to Charles Co. and later to Garrett County, Maryland. These original families were: Ball, Kemp, Webb, Sheild, Appleby, Wells, Button and Irving. Quaker values melded with the strong Methodist bent of the times to influence their lives. The story is told from family letters, from the early writings of family member, Amelia Welby. Allied families are: Burton, Culver, Coppuck, Dawes, Fowler, Eunick, Grant, Henckle, Huff, Jones, Martin, McClintock, Miller, Oberndorf, Rehn, Sincell, Simpson, Welby, West, Wilkens, Winston. Special prepublication price per book for orders postmarked by Dec.15 is $25.00+ postage. Order now and save $10.00 before regular price of $35.00 +postage ($3.00) takes effect.

My Thomas, Hayes, Ashworth Families by Dolly Farrow Nicol. The book contains over 377 acid free pages and contains three (connected) families with three separate indexes. Also contains many pictures, old Bible records, cattle brands, old documents and much more. The complete cost is $35.00.

My Farrow & Collateral Family History by Dolly Farrow Nicol. The book begins with Abraham & Margaret Farrow in early Stafford County Virginia before 1690. Included is documentation and biographical sketches of related families such as French, Hall, Leasure, Ashton, Wiley, Holtzclaw, Whitledge and Harrison and more. Contains many pictures, old Bible records, old letters, dating back to 1822, civil war letters, wills, maps and index. 295 pages. $35.00

Vital Records of Bangor, Maine Volume 2: Deaths compiled by Michelle E. Thomas is the second volume in this series of vital records of Bangor, Maine (the first was Volume 1: Births Records in 2002). These records were acquired from several sources: Bangor's original books of death records and death and burial records from local churches. 2003. Hard cover; 386 pages; a 12,123 entry Every Name Index; $42.50.

Mother Cumberland--Tracing Your Ancestors in South-Central Pennsylvania, A Genealogical Guide to the 10 Counties of Bedford, Blair, Centre, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, and Perry by Raymond M. Bell, with maps by Paul J. Connor. The late Dr. Bell's wide-ranging compilation of facts, figures, lists, tips, references, and historical background on researching the people who settled the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania, beginning in the 1730s. That region--now home to 10 counties--experienced a dramatic influx in the 18th century of English, German, Scots-Irish, and other groups who came primarily from the east, passing through Lancaster and York Counties and crossing the mountains into "Mother Cumberland." Since many of these families would later move on to western Pennsylvania and other places, this book serves as an important resource for any family historian today seeking ancestors who may have lived in or migrated through the Commonwealth's south-central territory. $12.45 ($9.95 plus $2.50 shipping).

Privateers And Privateering with Eight Illustrations by Commander E. P. Statham, R. N. Historians and armchair adventurers will enjoy this collection of true stories of privateering incidents and heroes, taken mostly from the eighteenth century. Privateers, originally known as "private men-of-war", have frequently been confused with pirates, but unlike pirates, privateers were licensed plunderers. Privateers were valuable auxiliaries to the Navy, although, in the absence of legitimate prey, privateers would sometimes adopt the tactics the pirates. "The privateersman, scouring the seas in his swift, rakish craft, plundering the merchant vessels of the enemy, and occasionally engaging in a desperate encounter with an opponent of his own class, or even with a well-equipped man-of-war, has always presented a romantic and fascinating personality." (1910) reprint, 382pp., illus., index, paper, $32.00

Battle Of Plymouth, North Carolina (APRIL 17-20, 1864): The Last Confederate Victory by Juanita Patience Moss. Are you familiar with the Battle of Plymouth? Plymouth, Massachusetts? No, Plymouth, North Carolina. If you have never heard of it, you are in the company of many others, even those who consider themselves avid Civil War buffs. The Battle of Plymouth took place on April 17-20, 1864. In this book you will read about the second largest battle in North Carolina. It was fought at Plymouth where the Confederates tasted their last victory. 2003, 304pp., 5½x8½, illus., bibl., index, paper, $32.00

Famous Adventures and Prison Escapes of the Civil War by G. W. Cable, et al. Seven writers have contributed to this collection of exciting Civil War adventures. G. W. Cable has edited a war diary kept by a Union woman living in New Orleans, from 1860 to 1863, in which she describes her flight from that city to Vicksburg, only to suffer privations there as well. Union soldier William Pittenger tells of his participation in a train heist in Georgia for purposes of spying in 1862. A. E. Richards discusses John S. Mosby's "Partizan Rangers." Basil W. Duke covers Gen. John H. Morgan's raid of July 1863, and the subsequent capture and escape of Morgan and his men. Escapee from Libby Prison, Frank E. Moran, recounts the tale of the daring construction of the tunnel by Col. Thomas E. Rose, and others, and the flight from Richmond in 1864. W. H. Shelton tells of his participation in the Battle of the Wilderness and its aftermath. John Taylor Wood, aide to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, writes of Gen. Breckinridge's escape from Florida in 1865. (1915) reprint, 343 pp., illus., new full-name index, paper, $26.00

History of Florida from its Discovery by Ponce de Leon in 1512 to the Close of the Florida War in 1842 - George W. Fairbanks. Originally printed in 1871, this work allows the reader an interesting look at the history of Florida prior to the American Civil War from the viewpoint of one living in the 1870s. Comprised of twenty-three chapters, Fairbanks provides details of Florida's volatile early history up to the close of the Florida War. Told in an interesting narrative style this work is further enhanced by a new full-name index. (1871) reprint, 359pp., new full-name index, paper, $29.00

History of Louisiana, from its first discovery and settlement to the present time - E. Bunner. Packed into a modest-sized volume, this broad history nevertheless ranges far over Louisiana's past. The author covers the early exploratory expeditions of men such as Joliet and Marquette, LaSalle, and Iberville as well as the French settlements in Canada and Florida, relations and wars with the Natchez and Chickasaw Indians, the arrival of statehood, the War of 1812, and the Code Noir, or Black Code, used to regulate local African Americans. A scarce book, with an intriguing 19th century view of Louisiana. (1842) reprint, 273 pp., new fullname index, paper, $28.50

Historical Relics Of The White Mountains. Also, A Concise White Mountain Guide. - John H. Spaulding. This little volume rescues the historical relics of the White Mountains, anciently named Agiochook, from the twilight of forgetfulness. "All old authentic records agree, that the aborigines unitedly had a peculiar superstitious veneration for these mountains. They considered them the dwelling-place of the invisible One, who, with a motion of his hand, could raise a storm; and accordingly they deemed it pardonless sacrilege to ascend them." Spaulding opens with the Native American legend of the origin of the White Mountains, followed by an account of the first explorers in 1631, and geographical features. Native lore such as the Indian Ghost, remarkable feats in White Mountain life, notable places like the Tip Top House and daring exploits of fearless adventurers such as Robert Rogers are briefly touched on. Each topic receives very brief consideration, but you can open this book at any page and enjoy an interesting tidbit. A new fullname index has been added to aid researchers. (1855) reprint, 107pp., index, paper, $17.00

Vital Records Of Effingham And Freedom, New Hampshire, 1888-2001 - Richard P. Roberts. A valuable, but time-consuming, source of information for events occurring after 1886 is the section of vital statistics, which is provided in the Annual Town Reports of many New Hampshire towns. To the extent the information is available, the birth entries contain child's name, date and place of birth, number of children in the family, father's name, place of birth, age and occupation, and the mother's maiden name, age and place of birth. Marriage entries generally contain groom's name and residence, bride's name and residence, date and place of marriage, husband's and wife's age and occupation, and parents' names, places of birth and occupations. Maiden names are emphasized with bold type and there is a separate alphabetical listing of marriages by bride's name. The list of deaths contains name of decedent, place and date of death, age at death, cause of death, marital status, birthplace, and parents' names and places of birth. 2003, 408 pp., paper, $38.50

History Of Athens County, Ohio - Charles M. Walker. Chapters offer a smorgasbord of history, biography, narrative, reminiscences, lists and statistics. (1869) reprint, 600 pp., map, illus., append., index, paper, $46.00

Index to Vital Data in Local Newspapers of Sonoma County, California, Volume 4: 1886-1890 - Sonoma County Genealogical Society, Inc. Local newspapers furnish a wealth of genealogical data and often help fill in the gaps in official records. The names contained in this index, with some genealogical data, are primarily residents of Sonoma County, but some residents of the surrounding counties-Marin, Napa, Solano, Lake and Mendocino-can also be found within these pages. Newspapers indexed include: Cloverdale Reveille, Daily Republican, (also issued with the name Santa Rosa Daily Republican), Healdsburg Enterprise, Petaluma Courier, Petaluma Weekly Argus, Russian River Flag, Sonoma County Tribune (Healdsburg), Sonoma Democrat, and Sonoma Index Tribune. This fourth volume in the series contains more than 14,000 entries in alphabetical table format. Entries include: surname, given name, type of entry (birth, death, marriage, probate, and miscellaneous entries gleaned from articles appearing in newspaper supplements), name of newspaper, date of article, page and column number, and comments. Surname entries often include alternative spellings. Given Name entries may include the relationship to the individual listed. Comments furnish, as available, cemetery names, locations mentioned in an article, special circumstances, and other supplemental data. A list of Sonoma County cemeteries, a map of the county, and a list of Sonoma place names enhance this valuable resource. 2003, 8.5 x 11, alphabetical, paper, 356 pp., paper, $41.50

District of Columbia Marriage Records Index, October 20, 1885 to January 20, 1892 (Marriage Record Books 21 to 30) - Wesley E. Pippenger. This index represents marriage records for not only residents of the District of Columbia, but also neighboring Virginia, Maryland, and elsewhere. The compiler found numerous instances where both the groom and bride resided more than a hundred miles away. The primary source of information in this work was the bound marriage records books maintained in the DC Office of Public Records (DC Archives). This index lists names of bride and groom, place of residence if known, date of marriage (or license), book number and page number. 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, alphabetical, paper, 532 pp., $39.00

National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts 1840, Washington, D.C. - Joan M. Dixon. The fourteenth volume in this popular series contains abstracts from the Daily National Intelligencer (formerly The National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser), Washington, D.C.'s first newspaper. Entries include advertisements, appointments by the President, House of Representatives petitions, passed Acts, legal notices, insolvent debtors, marriages, deaths, miscellaneous notices, tax lists, military promotions, court cases, deaths by accident, prisoners, and maritime information. Items or events which might provide clues as to the location, age or relationship of an individual are included. A quick perusal will turn up an abundance of specialized information not readily available elsewhere, such as contemporary reports of murder and other sensational crimes, the opening of new businesses or the bankruptcy of others, lists of creditors, regimental lists of appointments and promotions in the US Army, naval crew lists, criminal court decisions, and much more. These abstracts are a vital resource for researching ancestors who lived in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, because they connect family names to businesses, occupations, neighborhoods, estates, relationships, associations, and specific dates. The abstracts are arranged chronologically, and the book includes an index of surnames as well as vessels and tracts of land. 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, index, paper, 478 pp., $36.00

Thunder Over New England: Benjamin Bonnell, The Loyalist. A Loyalist Story & Family Genealogy Including Other Loyalist Bunnell/Bonnell Genealogies - By Paul J. Bunnell, FACG, UE. This is the one that started it all! Paul's first book, Thunder Over New England, was originally published in 1988 and comprised 103 pages. It had a great sales track record through the years. This new edition contains a large amount of added historical facts, genealogy and index. Chased out of New Jersey for helping the British pass counterfeit money, Benjamin Bonnell and family flee to New York City as refugees. There, he signs up with Brigadier General Benedict Arnold in his special bodyguard unit, The American Legion, and they go on to destroy New London and Fort Griswold, Connecticut in 1781. In 1783, a defeated lot, the Loyalists leave New York City in the "Great Exodus," heading for Nova Scotia to start a new life in a hostile wilderness. This story would make a great movie about our forgotten Americans. Step aside, "The Patriot;" here comes "The Loyalist!" Besides telling a valuable story for Loyalist descendants, this book contains many names of other Loyalists and some Patriots, including other Bunnell/Bonnell Loyalists and their genealogies and historical facts. And let us not forget about the famous encounter with Ben's ghost in 1985 and all the other strange events that followed, all updated and included in this new edition. 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, index, paper, 328 pp., $29.00

The Copenhaver Family in the Revolutionary War - Richard L. Thayer. The Copenhaver family had lived in Pennsylvania for 43 years before the start of the Revolutionary War. At least 14 men with the name of Copenhaver (also spelled Kopenheffer, Coppenhaver, Kopenhaver, Coppenheaver, Copanhafer, Copenheifer, Cuppenheifer, Cuppehefer, Cuppeheeffer, Cuppyheffer) fought during the war, mostly in the local militia units. Numerous cousins, nephews, and in-laws of the family also served. This is a record of the military service in the American Revolution of members of the Copenhaver Family who were direct descendants of Wolfgang Koppenheffer, who immigrated to America in 1732 with his wife and five children and settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The first part of the book contains biographical sketches and narrative accounts of military service. The second part is a genealogy section that explains family relationships. Related families include Orth, Tucker, Smiser and others. The appendices comprise over 30 muster rolls and pension applications, and are followed by an index. 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, appends., index, paper, 234 pp., $23.00

Every Day Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony - George Francis Dow. What did they eat? What did they wear? How did they live? This wonderfully informative sourcebook has the answers to all of your questions about everyday life in the colony from c.1600 to c.1750. Within these pages you will find fascinating information on early apparel, manners and customs, building techniques, herbal remedies and much more. In addition to early farming techniques, find out about sports and games, crimes and punishments, and home furnishings. The book begins with a description of the voyage from England to Massachusetts, including the food ration supplied to every passenger, lists of necessary equipment and household implements for families coming to New England, and approximate prices and freight costs for those items. Once they arrived, many people constructed "English wigwams" for shelter. Photographs show reconstructions of these and other shelters, such as a wooden garrison house, a thatched cottage, wattle-and-daub construction, and clapboard houses. Framing detail, latches and window styles are also shown. The furnishings and room designs of the early homes are described very specifically. Types of fabric, fashions and taboos in clothing, Puritan influences, trades, manufacturing and shipping are also discussed. Documentary evidence of lifestyles is presented in the appendices, which include two early shop inventories, three estate inventories and more. So if you've ever wondered what "sagathy" is; if you don't know that nosebleeds should be cured by smelling a dried toad; if you aren't aware that ageratum "dryes the brain;" or if you just want to know how to decorate your colonial-style home, you need this book! Copiously illustrated with photos and drawings, it belongs in the library of every reenactor, interpreter, historical scholar, genealogist or curious reader. (1935) reprint, 5.5 x 8.5, illus., index, paper, 293 pp., $33.50

Civil War Vetrans in the 20th Century. Extracted from the Elizabeth Daily Journal, Elizabeth, New Jersey - Harry George Woodworth. This book is about those who fought the Civil War. The genealogy of these veterans is revealed using obituaries. Although abstracted from the Elizabeth Daily Journal, the vets were from many states. They were Union & Confederate, Black & White, men & women. Many descended from named 17th century immigrants. Others were recent immigrants, coming in either as a child, or as an adult, some being vets of Old Country wars. Some left large families, with 5 generations mentioned. Father and son vets are revealed, as are marriages between children of vets. Black vets include those who fled slavery to the North and those who fought for the Confederacy. Some mention the plantation where they were born, and their owner from whom they received their name. Journal articles relay vets' experiences in battle. The final Gettysburg Blue & Gray Reunion shows how time mellowed war hatred. A fascinating controversy developed between 1900 and 1939 on who was the last survivor of the USS Monitor. As a "last survivor" passed, others claimed the position, with some giving in-depth descriptions of the battle. This book poses the question, was the last survivor a former slave? 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, index, paper, 298 pp., $30.00

Muster Rolls of New York Provincial Troops, 1755-1764 - Edward F. DeLancey, editor. This volume contains complete transcriptions of the muster rolls of the various regiments and smaller troop units raised by the province of New York for service in the Seven Years' War, otherwise known as 'The Old French War.' The rolls are complete for the years 1755 to 1764, except for 1757 for which they have been lost. Rolls typically give the name, date of enlistment, age, birthplace and trade of the soldier, and the company to which he belonged. There is also an extensive appendix with much additional information from sources other that the muster rolls. Some of the materials in the appendix are: Acts of Legislature regarding raising troops and the prosecution of the war; lists of commissioned officers; lists of deserters; and lists of deceased soldiers. There is an extensive name index. This work was originally published in the Collections of the New York Historical Society for 1891. (1891) reprint, 5.5 x 8.5, append., index, paper, 621 pp., $46.00

Deaths at Auburn Prison, Cayuga County, New York, 1888-1937 - Mark W. DeLawyer with a foreword by Auburn Correctional Facility Historian, Michael Pettigrass. Every family has its black sheep that seem to defy the research efforts of family researchers and genealogists. For instance, the majority of prison inmates pass away without any mention in the news or even an obituary notice. An entire class of records, including records from prisons, poorhouses, asylums and hospitals, are seldom accessed by researchers not because they cannot be accessed but because the researcher must not only know where to look to find these records, but he or she must also have traced their mystery ancestor to the point where they know that their name will be found in a certain record, file or register and in many cases this is nearly impossible to do. This unique family history resource contains entries for approximately 700 persons who died in Auburn Prison between 1888 and 1937, with the added bonus of a fullname index. Records are arranged chronologically. Part One, records for 1888-1895, contain name, place of birth, date and time of death, crime, term of sentence, race, cause of death, and remarks. Part Two, records for 1896-1910, contain name, date of death, name of relative, residence of relative, by whom claimed for interment, to whom or to what institution delivered, and date of delivery. Part Three, records for 1921-1937, follows the format of Part One. 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, append., bibl., index, paper, 165 pp., $20.50

Letters to Ella Lee Goode: A Collection of Turn-of-the-Century Correspondence from Loudoun County, Virginia, 1896-1900. - Edited and Compiled by Meridee Orndoff Mucciarone. Ella Lee Goode left her family farm near Purcellville, Virginia, and worked as a seamstress in Washington, D.C. Relatives and friends would come and go, visiting or looking for work themselves. Others would write of the news of home. Ella saved many of the letters written to her from family and friends during this time, most of them from Loudoun County, Virginia. These letters portray the day-to-day life of the time in a rural area, complete with road conditions, illnesses, gossip, church activities, births, deaths, marriages, and weather reports. The letters are supplemented by as many old photos and relevant material as could be found. Family trees are presented in the back of the book, along with accounts of later times. Finally, an index of names and places is included for anyone searching for information about these families or ancestors from Loudoun County. 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, illus., index, paper, 216 pp., $27.00

The Darlings of Mendon, Massachusetts - Susan Salisbury. Denice (Dennis) Darling, son of George, was born 1640 in England and came to Mendon, Massachusetts around 1677. He and his wife, Hannah Frances, had ten children. This work covers seven generations and contains more than 1300 names. It is presented in the easy to understand NGHS style, wherein each descendant is numbered consecutively, in addition to being labeled with the number of his or her generation. Typical entries include name, place and date of birth, and date of death. Marriage information is supplied when known. Mini-biographical sketches of principal family members often provide further information, especially regarding second and third spouses and their parents. Place of burial is noted when known. 2003, 5.25 x 8.25, index, paper, 154 pp., $27.00

A History of the Barclay Family, with Pedigrees from 1067 to 1933, Part III: The Barclays in Scotland and England from 1610 to 1933 - Compiled by Lieutenant-Colonel Hubert F. Barclay and Alice Wilson-Fox. This volume offers a very readable history that goes beyond the Barclay family to include discussions of political, social and religious issues of the times, as well as significant historical events such as the Thirty Years War and the American War of Independence. Discussions are grouped under: Colonel David Barclay 1610-1686; Robert Barclay "the Apologist for the Quakers" 1648-1690; The Urie Line 1690-1854; David Barclay of Cheapside, second son of the Apologist; the Barclays of the Bank 1728-1933; and the Barclays of Bury Hill 1711-1933. A list of pedigrees, indices to names and places, and a list of subscribers augment this wonderful weave of history and genealogy. (1934), 2003, 388pp., illus., 6x9, indices, paper. , $35.00

Louisiana 1860 Agricultural Census (Volume 1) - Linda L. Green. This census names only the head of the household. Often times when an individual was missed on the regular U.S. Census, he would appear on the agricultural census. These records yield unique information about how people lived. The original census listed 46 columns of information, six of which are transcribed here. They are: Name of the owner, improved acreage, unimproved acreage, cash value of the farm, value of farm implements and machinery, and value of livestock. A surname index is included. The records are presented in order by parish. Volume 1 covers Ascension through Madison parishes. 2003, 8.5 x 11, index, paper, 254 pp., $31.00

Louisiana 1860 Agricultural Census (Volume 2) - Linda L. Green. This census names only the head of the household. Often times when an individual was missed on the regular U.S. Census, he would appear on the agricultural census. These records yield unique information about how people lived. The original census listed 46 columns of information, six of which are transcribed here. They are: Name of the owner, improved acreage, unimproved acreage, cash value of the farm, value of farm implements and machinery, and value of livestock. A surname index is included. The records are presented in order by parish. Volume 2 covers Morehouse through Winn parishes. 2003, 8.5 x 11, index, paper, 254 pp., $28.00

The Beechwoods Confederacy, 1709-1809: The Colonial History of Beechwoods, Middleboro, Plymouth County, Massachusetts - Kenneth C. Leonard, Jr. This geographical area today retains much of its 19th century look and the author went in search for an explanation of 'why.' By focusing on geography and economy, Mr. Leonard's narrative provides an answer to his question and also fills in the gap in colonial history left inadequately discussed by earlier publications. The author sets the stage by first discussing the expansion of Plymouth Colony (1620-1699) and the nascent beginnings of Beechwoods (1699-1709). The community is considered to have officially begun in 1709 with the arrival of several men who cleared a little road from the highway to their parcels of land and built houses. 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, illus., maps, bibl., index, paper, 230 pp., $34.50

Heritage Papers. The Role of Native Americans in Military Engagements From the 17th Century to the 19th Century - Edited by Karen L. T. Ackermann. From the landings of the first European colonists to nineteenth century histories to 1950s film westerns, Native Americans have been portrayed with unquestioned prejudice and ugly bias. It would not be until the 1970s that history scholars would begin to seriously demand a change in how Native Americans were viewed and their lifeways studied. The search for a full understanding of North America's numerous groups of native peoples and their contributions to U.S. history continues. This volume explores the Indian -non-Indian interactions from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, with a focus on military encounters. In these essays, the Native Americans, whether working with the whites or against them, are active participants in constructing their lives under the impact of the early European arrivals and their descendants. 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, illus., maps, index, paper, 240 pp., $24.00

Sussex County, New Jersey, Marriages - Howard E. Case. Sussex County, New Jersey, has few marriages on record for the late 1700s; most entries in this book have dates in the 1800s. The entries give the date of the marriage and the names of the bride and groom. Home towns are occasionally given. The marriages are alphabetically arranged by bride and groom for easy reference to either party. (1992), 2003, 5.25 x 8.25, paper, 364 pp., $27.00

Men of Patriotism, Courage & Enterprise! Fort Meigs in the War of 1812 - Larry L. Nelson. The title of this fine book comes from a recruiting broadside published in Marietta, Ohio, July 29, 1812. The broadside was addressed "to men of patriotism, courage and enterprise" and promised five dollars a month pay plus 160 acres of land at the end of an honorable enlistment. Here Larry L. Nelson, the site director of the Fort Meigs State Memorial in Perrysburg, Ohio, carefully follows the chronology of major events surrounding Fort Meigs. He recounts with thorough documentation the decisions and performances of the famous leaders on both sides of the conflict. However, he also uses many previously unknown sources, including diaries, journals and personal letters to evoke the emotional effects of the war's many sacrifices and bloody confrontations. The insights provided by these intimate sources give the reader a chance to examine the lives of the officers and soldiers in light of those recruiting poster ideals of patriotism, courage and enterprise. (1985) reprint, 5.5 x 8.5, illus., maps, bibl., index, paper, 157 pp., $20.00

Abstracts of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1732-1785. These wills were abstracted under the auspices of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in the early 1900s. Every name mentioned in the original will is abstracted. (1995), 2003, 5½x8½, index, paper, 327 pp., $28.00

Delta Six, Soldier Surgeon - Richard L. Snider, MD. Delta Six, Soldier Surgeon is a compelling 364-day sojourn in the life of young Dr. Rick Snider in the Vietnam War. The captivating journey unfolds in the event-filled year, 1968, and goes from basic training at Fort Sam Houston, to Cu Chi, Tay Ninh, and Saigon, and, finally, the memorable, long-awaited trip back home. Not the usual war story of men killing men, but rather this story is about a young surgeon sent to lead a medical company whose mission was to save lives, not take them. Travel along with Dr. Snider as he brings comfort and caring to places filled with death and suffering. Laugh out loud when the young captain unknowingly shouts at a three-star general. Be surprised when sirloin steaks are condemned only to end up being barbecued for the wounded soldiers to eat. Feel the profound grief of an 18-year-old GI when he prays over the body of his fallen buddy, and cry at the loss of three of the captain's medics when enemy rockets abruptly and brutally kill them. Experience the relief R&R brings on Hawaii's sunny shores, only to be washed away by the return to war. Learn how our soldiers carried out the war, honorably and with total concern for others. Dr. Snider brings to the surface the wide spectrum of human emotions experienced by those in war. Delta Six was written so that all can know and honor those lonely soldiers who suffered and died so far from home. 2003, 5.5 x 8.5, illus., gloss., index, paper, 241 pp., $23.00

Deaths in Central Texas, 1925-1934 - Compiled by Monyene Stearns and Pat Fehler. This information is culled from local newspaper obituaries, cemetery records, death records and funeral home records. Typical entries include name, age, date and place of birth, date of death, names of spouse and children, and source of information. 2003, 8.5 x 11, index, 176 pp., $24.50

Miscellaneous Road Cases: Loudon County, Virginia 1758-1782. Loudoun County Circuit Court, Clerk of Circuit Court, Archives, Miscellaneous Road Cases, Files No. 38 to 48, Leesburg, Virginia - Roberto Costantino. During the 18th Century the transportation infrastructure facilitated trade and settlement from the Tidewater Region and Pennsylvania, and played an essential role in the extension of trade and settlement westward over the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains to the Ohio River Valley and south through the Piedmont Region to Carolina. This valuable segment of our history is preserved in the Road Cases that come from the records of the Old Loudoun County Court as recorded by Charles Binns, Clerk of Court, now in the custody of the Circuit Court. 2003, 8½x11, maps, index, paper, 238 pp., $31.00

They Called Stafford Home: The Development of Stafford County, Virginia, from 1600 until 1865 - Jerrilynn Eby. Tucked between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers and being the uppermost part of Virginia's historical sites and has been home to some of the nation's most notable leaders; yet researching Stafford's rich history has been daunting due to the loss of county records. This major new work not only fills the "research gap" but provides a delightful portrait of early life in Virginia, from 1600 until 1865. Here you can glimpse the early Stafford settlements; face life's hardships with the lowland planters; track the movement toward independence from the Mother England; experience the development of local industries (tobacco and iron paramount among them); discover the devastation of the country as a result of the Civil War; and understand the slow, tedious path back to prosperity. "The facts" are in all cases amplified by anecdotes of Stafford families, including stories of their celebrations and misadventures, and their Civil War experiences. (1997), 2003, 414pp., illus., maps, bibl., index, paper, $35.00

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Dick Eastman is a frequent presenter at major genealogy conferences. He has published articles in Genealogical Computing and Family Chronicle magazines and for a number of Web sites. He was an advisor to PBS' Ancestry series and appeared as a guest in one of the episodes. He serves on the Advisory Board of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and is a past Director of GENTECH and of the New England Computer Genealogists. Dick is the author of YOUR ROOTS: Total Genealogy Planning On Your Computer published by Ziff-Davis Press. He can be reached at: Due to the volume of e-mail received, he is unable to answer every e-mail message received.

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