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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. 9 No. 8 – February 23, 2004

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IN THIS ISSUE:

- Family History Fair in London Preview
- (+)The Success of the Family History Fair in London
- GENMatcher 1.03
- Follow-up to Last Week's Stories
- TreEZy, A New Genealogy Search Engine
- JewishGen's Holocaust Database
- The American Colonist's Library
- Learn To Decipher German Script
- George W. Bush and John Kerry Are Related
- (+)Sex in the White House
- 12.5 Million Americans Conducted Online Genealogy Searches in January
- New Books

Items marked with a Plus Sign (+) appear only in the Plus Edition newsletter.


We shall find no ancestor before his time.


- Family History Fair in London Preview

The largest genealogy event in England is the annual Family History Fair in London, sponsored by the Society of Genealogists. Held the first weekend in May, this extravaganza attracts thousands of genealogists from all over England, Wales, and Scotland. I have attended it twice and have met other attendees from Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Last year's event even saw one attendee from Norway who flew to England for just one day, as well as one from the United States (me) who flew "across the pond" just for the weekend.

The 2004 edition of the Family History Fair will be held May 1 and 2 at the Royal Horticultural Hall on Greycoat Street in Westminster. This year's event looks as if it is destined to repeat or exceed last year's success of about 4,000 attendees. In fact, an optional extra half day has been added on Friday afternoon. The new addition is called The Family History Show and is sponsored by 1837online.com. The Friday afternoon events include lectures about the following topics:

Where do I begin?
Census Records
Births Marriages & Deaths
Newspapers & Directories
Church Registers
First World War Army Ancestors
The Celtic Fringe - Scottish Family History
The Celtic Fringe - Irish Family History
Ask the Family: Oral evidence - how to extract it?
FamilySearch.org
Software Packages
10 Useful Websites

The exhibitors' hall will open at 10:00 AM on Saturday, marking the beginning of the main conference. In my two previous trips to this conference, I have been pleasantly surprised at the large number of attendees and the constant level of activity in the exhibitors' hall. The noise level peaks at just after 10:00 AM and seems to remain at or close to that level until closing time (5:00 PM on Saturday, 4:00 PM on Sunday).

At any conference, the opportunity to learn is always important. This year's Family History Fair will feature presentations on the following topics:

Welcome to Family History
BMD (births, marriages and deaths) Online
History from Headstones
Where do I start? An introduction to the Family Record Centre
I'm Stuck
Parish Registers
Wills
LDS Resources Online
Beyond Google
Guild of One-Name Studies
Scotland
The National Archives
Censuses on Computer
London Problems
The Society of Genealogists and its Library

The "Welcome to Family History" presentation is free of charge and is repeated several times throughout the two-day conference. The other presentations require payment of an additional £2.50 each. Several of the presentations are held on Saturday and then are repeated on Sunday.

The Royal Horticultural Society's New Hall and Conference Centre is an excellent venue for such an event. It is a large hall although the attendees seem to fill it every year. It is also easy to reach. The hall is within a ten-minute walk from Victoria Station, St. James Park, and Pimlico Station, all easily reached via the Underground. Several car parks are also nearby. The conference center also features an excellent restaurant on the lower level.

The main hall is located on two levels and will be filled to overflowing with stalls sponsored by local societies and commercial exhibitors alike. The long list of exhibitors may be found at: http://www.sog.org.uk/events/exhibitors.html.

Admission to the Family History Fair in London costs £6 per day at the door (roughly $11.20 in U.S. funds) or £4 ($7.50) per day if purchased before 23rd April.

Now is the time to start planning a trip to London. For those of us in the United States or Canada, we should remember that off-season rates are in effect for airfares and for many hotel rooms. This can be a low-cost vacation. The weather in London can be variable in early May. The average high temperature is about 61 degrees Fahrenheit, and rain showers are frequent. However, bright sunny days with temperatures in the seventies are also common in May. This is an excellent time for sightseeing, visiting any of the many archives in England, or for attending a genealogy conference. That weekend also may offer a great "London stopover" if you are planning a springtime trip to any place on the European continent.

I plan to attend this year's Family History Fair and hope to see you there as well. For more information, look at: http://www.sog.org.uk/events/fair.html

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- (+)The Success of the Family History Fair in London

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

Caution: this article contains a mix of facts and personal opinions.

How does a two-day event in the United Kingdom, a country with a population of about sixty million, host a yearly genealogy event that always attracts two to three times the attendees of similar events in the United States, a country with nearly five times the population?

To be sure, England is a smaller country with an excellent public transport system. In short, it is easy to get to London from anywhere in the British Isles. However, that fact alone cannot explain the huge difference in attendance figures. Since I have attended most of the larger genealogy conferences in the United States in the past fifteen years plus two of the SoG Family History Fairs in England, I thought I would offer a few opinions.

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- GENMatcher 1.03

by Mark Lang, BA (Computer Science)

The following article is the latest in the "guest authors" series. It is copyright 2004 by Mark Lang and cannot be reproduced elsewhere without permission of Mr. Lang.

Released on 14 January 2004, a new product from the stables of MudCreek comes a utility that most if not all will find useful at some stage in their genealogical pursuits.

The program name is the biggest giveaway to its functionality. GENMatcher can compare two separate files, and if there is a match between any two records, it will display the records side by side for further analysis.

In order to run this program, you will require an operating system running any of the following Windows flavours: 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP. GENMatcher is a 32-bit program. You will also require 5 megabytes of hard drive space for the application and data files. More free space is required while viewing genealogy files; the amount of free space required depends on the size of the genealogy files.

GENMatcher seems to use the same technology that drives its sister program, GenViewer. During testing, it reacted extremely quickly to most files I used. Some of the other testers noticed a slight latency due to the size of their files, and this can be confirmed as well by comparing two large files. GENMatcher can compare two genealogy files of like or unlike file type for matches, or even against the same file if you want to check for duplicates.

The files that can currently be used in GENMatcher for this matching technique are only Windows-based applications, as well as GEDCOM. They include Personal Ancestral File (PAF) 3, 4, 5, The Master Genealogist (TMG) 4.x, Legacy (FDB), and Family Tree Maker (FTW, FBK) genealogy files. It also will read Temple Submission files (SUB, XXX). One important aspect is that files do not have to be in the same format to be compared.

Putting GENMatcher through its paces, I was quite easily able to compare any of the given files with themselves as well as other file types. For example, I was able to compare two different GEDCOM files, or I could compare any file from the list of supported file types, such as an FDB file against a GED file. What makes GENMatcher appealing is that you can compare your master file (or current working file - which may or may not be a master file) with any incoming file sent to you by a relative. I was even able to compare my Legacy family file against my cousin’s PAF family file. The family file structures for these programs are totally different, yet GENMatcher was able read and compare them, I didn't even need to have both programs on my computer.

So what happens after the files are compared? The interface of GENMatcher (which you can see at http://www.mudcreek.ca/genmatcher_screens.htm) is conveniently divided into three horizontal sections. The left vertical half is devoted to one file and the right vertical half is devoted to the compared file. The top third (Matching Grid) displays the individuals found to be identical in both files; the middle third (Tab Overview) gives details from a highlighted pair of individuals, and the bottom third displays notes and sources that are linked to each of the highlighted individuals.

There are four types of comparisons that can visually separate the compared individuals: Match, Non-Match, Questionable, and Unknown; the latter is the default allocated to first comparisons. I did say visually, so each of these comparisons has associated icons or tags that clearly show the differences. A Match uses a green equal sign; a non-match uses red left and right angle brackets; questionable data uses a black question mark; and any unknown/default data is represented by a yellow diamond. The tags you choose for the individuals are persistent, which means that the settings are saved from session to session.

The use of colour continues in the Tab Overview. As you highlight a possible couple in the top section, this displays all relevant information about both these individuals in the middle section. This is where you can determine whether or not they are identical. Information that is the same is coloured pale green; different information is coloured salmon pink; and non-matching information is coloured lemon. All colours are user-modifiable.

The Tab Overview has a total of five tabbed views that are named General, Individual, Family, Pedigree and Descendents. The General tab includes file information on both files being compared. The Individual tab displays the event type being compared, note and source indicators, dates, and information. If there are note and source indicators, when those indicators are highlighted, the actual note and source are detailed in their own section at the bottom of the Tab Overview. The remaining three tabs are very similar to functions found in most family history programs. They allow you to compare the people that surround the individual's life. Why is this important? It makes it easy to compare names, dates and details; I have come across situations many times in the archives where names and dates are almost identical. Widen the scope to entail the family, and you can sometimes confirm or deny association. So, when you check the individuals, don't forget to take a look at the family, their ancestors, and descendents, and qualify your findings thoroughly. The Pedigree tab also includes children and siblings, so you can check the families.

There are four types of reports included with GENMatcher: Matches, General, Individual, and Session. With the Matches Report, you can select from the four matching possibilities. The General Report is merely a report of the header information found on the General tab in the Tab Overview. The Individual Report displays information found between the matching individuals on the Individuals tab of Tab Overview. Lastly, the Sessions Report gives a printout of sessions currently held by GENMatcher. Each of these reports can also be saved to a file, should you not wish to print them out. They can be saved in a variety of file types, such as PDF, HTML, RTF, JPG, BMP, and EMF.

You can find a downloadable Trial version of GENMatcher that will allow you to test it out against some of your files. There are, of course, some limitations. First of all, there is a maximum of four matches between files displayed. In addition, finding duplicates within a file is disabled, as are printing and saving reports. You can run the Trial version for an unlimited amount of time, and purchasing a license from MudCreek will allow you access to all features of GENMatcher.

As future enhancements of this already great program are released, you will be able to update your existing version of GENMatcher by downloading the update and installing it over your existing version, with no need to uninstall the old version. It will use your license information automatically.

Although I have both TMG (The Master Genealogist) 4 and TMG 5, GENMatcher will only currently compare files from the older TMG 4 product. This is because of the difference in file structures used between TMG 4 and TMG 5. So, I eagerly await the time when GENMatcher will be able to compare project files from TMG 5. I was quite impressed with the comparison algorithm, and between the MudCreek programmers and dedicated beta testers, GENMatcher is a solid version 1.0 release.

You can purchase GENMatcher on the MudCreek website, using the RegSoft.com (secure) ordering system. GENMatcher costs USD$29.95 as a download, or there is an additional $12.95 (plus $2 shipping charge) should you require the program sent to you on a CD. You have the option to order by credit card, fax, or phone. After making your purchase, your license code will be emailed to you within 2 business days.

About the Author

Mark Lang has authored over 45 genealogical program reviews since April 2000, has traced his wife's ancestry back to late 18th century Scotland. He has been interested in family history since 1991, is a member of his local family history group since it began in 1996, and was their webmaster for four years. He has a degree in computer science and is currently writing a book involving a genealogical program.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- Follow-up to Last Week's Stories

Last week's newsletter featured a question from Martin Davis that said (in part):

I think that the recording of funeral home records would make an excellent article for EOGN; and in the meantime, we would greatly appreciate any advice you can give us in this regard.

I had no immediate answers but asked newsletter readers if they could help. Messages posted on the newsletter's Discussion Board at http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard offered suggestions and additional observations.

Last week's article about phpGedView, a genealogy program for Web servers, had similar results. There is some follow-up discussion about search engines' visibility to this data, as well as about the ability to restrict data access by various levels of permission, hiding information about living individuals except to those with authorized access.

In short, if you read this newsletter without occasionally checking the Discussion Board for additional information, you are only reading half of the story. In my mind, the Discussion Board is as much a part of this newsletter as the page that you are reading right now. On the Discussion Board, you not only read my opinions, but you can also see what others have written. You can find additional information that supplements, corrects, contradicts, or expands the information that I have written.

You can find this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- TreEZy, A New Genealogy Search Engine

The following is an announcement from FamilyToolbox.net, Inc.:

TreEZy, A New Genealogy Search Engine Released in Beta

Champaign, Illinois, Feb. 13 -- FamilyToolbox.net, Inc., a pioneer in online genealogical research, today announced the release of TreEZy, a new genealogically-focused search engine to the public as part of its open beta testing. The search engine indexes the full-text of genealogical and historical sites to assist genealogists and family historians in finding their roots. The free search engine is located at http://www.treezy.com.

"Genealogists are often frustrated in their attempts to find useful information on the Internet," said April Leigh Helm, president of FamilyToolbox.net, Inc. "TreEZy was developed to ease that frustration by focusing search results on resources that relate directly to genealogy and history."

"TreEZy is one of the most versatile online resources available for genealogists and family historians," said Matthew Helm, chief technology officer at FamilyToolbox.net. "Genealogists can search using a variety of search techniques including proximity, case-sensitive, and wildcard searching, as well as, custom ranking of results."

TreEZy includes three search interfaces, including a basic freeform search, advanced freeform search, and basic name search. Search results are limited to 100 while it is in beta testing.

About FamilyToolbox.net, Inc.

FamilyToolbox.net, Inc. has been providing online and computer-based resources for genealogical research since 1994. Founded by Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm (authors of the popular Genealogy Online For Dummies series), the company pioneered Web-based genealogical research with its flagship Web site, Helm's Genealogy Toolbox (the first comprehensive genealogical Web site). Other company Web sites include Sources2Go.com (includes digitized original records), GenealogyDirect.com (online store featuring over 13,000 products), and GenealogyPortal.com (a genealogically-focused search engine). FamilyToolbox.net also markets a line of CD-ROMs containing digitized images of original records under its DigiSources brand. Privately held, FamilyToolbox.net, Inc. is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- JewishGen's Holocaust Database

Jewish genealogists face challenges unique to their history. For many, the holocaust of sixty to seventy years ago fragmented families in a manner that few others can comprehend. Many families were eradicated with others dispersed. Survivors have migrated all over the world. For anyone researching their family tree, this can create huge impediments.

JewishGen, perhaps the leading online genealogy organization, has created many sources of information to aid anyone researching Jewish ancestry. The Web site is brimming with databases and helpful "how-to" files. The Holocaust Database is one of those resources.

Actually, the Holocaust Database is not a single database. Instead, it is a collection of databases containing information from many different sources. Here is a small sample of the 62 distinct databases contained:

Searching for Hebrew or Yiddish names can be difficult. All of JewishGen's databases may be searched by regular ASCII text searches as well as by Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex. While Soundex may be a familiar tool for American genealogists, the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex is not well known outside of Jewish genealogy circles.

The American Soundex code consists of the first letter of the name followed by three digits. These three digits are determined by dropping the letters a, e, i, o, u, h, w and y and adding three digits from the remaining letters of the name according to a table letters with loosely similar sounds. There are only two additional rules. (1) If two or more consecutive letters have the same code, they are coded as one letter. (2) If there are an insufficient numbers of letters to make the three digits, the remaining digits are set to zero. (For more information about the American Soundex code, see my "Soundex Explained" article in the July 15, 2002 edition of this newsletter at http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0228.htm.)

The Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System addresses the many Eastern European Jewish names which sound the same but do not have the same American Soundex codes. The most prevalent were those names spelled interchangeably with the letter w or v; for example, the names Moskowitz and Moskovitz. A modification to U.S. Soundex system was first published by Gary Mokotoff and then expanded by Randy Daitch. It has since become the standard of all indexing projects done by Jewish genealogical organizations.

The major improvements of the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex are:

The Holocaust Database is a major resource for Jewish genealogists researching family trees within the past century. To access this valuable online resource, go to http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Holocaust/.

The above is only one example of the many powerful resources on JewishGen. To find even more, go to http://www.jewishgen.org.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- The American Colonist's Library

This week I spent time looking at historical documents online. I was especially impressed with "The American Colonist’s Library," maintained by Rick Gardiner. This Web site contains full-length transcriptions of hundreds, perhaps thousands of documents that were significant to American history.

Here is a brief list of just a few items I found:

The above is a very brief list but will give you an idea of what can be found in the American Colonist’s Library. Keep in mind that these are full text documents; every word of the original is available.

You can see the American Colonist’s Library for yourself at: http://www2.pitnet.net/primarysources/

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- Learn To Decipher German Script

Writing in the Lebanon (Pennsylvania) Daily News, James M. Beidler has described a two-week German Script Seminar that will be conducted in June. More than 300 people have attended the seminar over the years. They have come from more than 135 colleges and universities, and have also included curators, archivists, independent researchers, and retirees. The seminar is open to genealogists as well as to historians, political scientists, and archivists.

You can read more about this in Beidler's article at http://www.ldnews.com/Stories/0,1413,139~10142~1959866,00.html. You may recognize James M. Beidler's name; he has been a past contributor to this newsletter.

What Do You Think? Comments and discussion are available on this newsletter's Discussion Board at: http://www.eogn.com/discussionboard

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- George W. Bush and John Kerry Are Related

Several different stories floated on the news services this week claiming that George W. Bush and John Kerry are distant cousins. Well, 16th cousins, three times removed, to be exact. That is very distant, to be sure.

Bruce and Kristine Harrison, publishers of the Family Forest historical databases, traced back the family histories of Bush and Democratic Sen. John Kerry. For more information about the Harrisons' Family Forest databases, you can read my review of their product at http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0327.htm.

Bruce Harrison says the search through family trees also turned up other big-name relatives of Kerry and Bush. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is the President's ninth cousin, twice removed, while Kerry can count Johnny Appleseed as his sixth cousin, six times removed. Harrison noted that both the President and the Massachusetts Senator can claim ties to figures ranging from Charlemagne to Walt Disney to Marilyn Monroe.

Actually, nobody should be surprised. Anyone whose ancestors have been in the United States for a couple of centuries or longer can probably find similar connections. Most of us have famous cousins, perhaps even a president or two.

Many of us are looking forward to Kerry's and Bush's "family reunion:" a televised political debate.

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- (+)Sex in the White House

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

Genealogists are all historians to some degree. In fact, we are "micro-historians." We study the microcosm of our ancestors and the times in which they lived. We study family history, which includes the history of the events that shaped their lives, the history of the time in which they lived. We think that their lives were radically different from ours. In many ways that is true. Yet, history does repeat itself.

We are now in the midst of a presidential election year in the United States. You can tell because of all the mud-slinging that is going on. The two sides haven't even nominated candidates yet, and the mud is already flying. To be sure, the Republican nominee seems assured, and the Democrats seem to be settling on one person. Therefore, each side is trying to besmirch the other side's candidate in the finest traditions of American politics. I am sure that we will all be treated to eight more months of each side trying to re-paint the image of the other.

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- 12.5 Million Americans Conducted Online Genealogy Searches in January

This week comScore Media Metrix announced the Top 50 U.S. Internet Properties for the month of January 2004. In that month, the total U.S. Internet population totaled 152.4 million users who spent an average of 28.9 hours online, an increase of 5 percent versus December. In January, tax, politics, diet, and travel sites dominated the top-gaining properties and categories. Genealogy did not rank in the top three or four, as several other studies have claimed. However, genealogy searches online did increase significantly over the previous month.

"Consumer behavior followed patterns that we've seen for several years and have come to expect, reflecting the official kickoff of the tax season and the unofficial start of the diet season," said Peter Daboll, president and CEO of comScore Media Metrix. "But we also saw the effects of the Democratic primaries and unique news events, underscoring the degree to which the Web has become a natural extension and barometer of everyday life."

Taxes, politics, and diets seem to be the topics that gained the most during the month. I suspect this is understandable: 2004 is an election year, W2 tax forms were mailed during the month, and many of us made resolutions to shed a few pounds gained over the holidays.

comScore Media Metrix also reports that 12.5 million Americans turned to the Genealogy category to research their family history, an increase of more than 21 percent versus December.

The MyFamily Network, which includes Ancestry.com, RootsWeb.com, and Genealogy.com, was the 45th most popular Web destination in January, with more than eleven million visitors.

For more information, look at http://www.comscore.com

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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 newbooks@eogn.com. 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.

Cemetery Survey of Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania edited by Sheila M. Brown contains information on and transcriptions from the seven known cemeteries in the township. The features of the book include a description of each cemetery; a physical description of each tombstone, complete with all symbols; a description of any flag holders on each plot; and an every name index. 257 pages. Published by the Cranberry Genealogy Club. http://www.nauticom.net/www/kraven

Postle(s) in America - A preliminary survey of Possells/Postal/Postel/Postell/Postels/Postill/Postle(s)/Postly/Postol - with emphasis placed on Delaware and Ohio families. Written by Martha A. Montgomery (now deceased) and Mrs. Joanne V. (Lewis) Thomas. Copyright 1984; Reprinted 2000 by Heritage Books, Inc. $35.50. http://www.heritagebooks.com

The Chosen One by Maria Brodeur is is a true story about one woman's search for her birth family and her heritage. Published by Dorrance Publishing Company, ISBN 0805956301. Reviews are listed on Amazon.com. Available from Amazon.com and from Waldenbooks.

Adventurers Of Purse And Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5. Fourth Edition. Published for the Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5. Edited by John Frederick Dorman, C.G., F.A.S.G.Volume I: Families A-F. This is the fourth edition of the most celebrated compendium of family histories in all of Virginia genealogy. Prepared under the auspices of the Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5 in anticipation of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, and edited by the foremost authority on Virginia genealogy, John Frederick Dorman, this new edition extends the lines of descent of the founding families of Virginia from four generations to six, bringing most families down to the Revolutionary or early Federal periods. http://www.heritagebooks.com

The Royal Descents Of 600 Immigrants To The American Colonies Or The United States Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History, by Gary Boyd Roberts. Most Americans with sizable New England, mid-Atlantic Quaker, or Southern "planter" ancestry are descended from medieval kings--kings of England, Scotland, and France, especially. This book tells you how. Outlined on 571 pages of charts are the best royal descents--i.e., from the most recent king--of 600 (actually 650) immigrants to the American colonies or the United States who were themselves notable or who left descendants who were notable in American history. This volume is a massive expansion on previous books on the topic. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=4963

Royal Families: Americans Of Royal And Noble Ancestry. Volume 2. Reverend Francis Marbury And Five Generations Of His Descendents Through Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson And Katherine (Marbury) Scott By Marston Watson. Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson, declared among some in her seventeenth-century world as a religious "heretic," defied many of the most powerful men in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, including Governor Thomas Dudley, in defense of her strong beliefs. She endured a "trial by fire," without benefit of a jury of her peers, in a highly charged court where these men challenged and mocked her views on religion. Her banishment from Salem and Boston drove her to a new colony called Rhode Island, which her mentor and friend Roger Williams co-founded. Thousands of Americans can claim the Marbury family’s lineal connections to their royal and noble ances-try, from William the Conqueror through Edward I. These ancestors include John, King of England, who signed the Magna Carta in 1215 at Runneymede, as well as many of the barons who witnessed his signature on that famous document. All later kings of Spain, Holy Roman and Austrian emperors, most later English and French kings, all kings of Prussian and Russian czars, beginning with Alexander I, are distant cousins as well. The book concludes with an every-name index of several thousand entries and a comprehensive bibliography. In addition, the author has appended a "Lineage Society Index" with names of eligible ancestors in a number of hereditary societies, including the Colonial Clergy, Colonial Governors, Mayflower Descendants and Revolutionary War Patriots. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=6162

Royal Families: Americans Of Royal And Noble Ancestry. Volume 1-Governor Thomas Dudley And Descendants Through Five Generations by Marston Watson. This volume is the first in a projected multi-volume series dealing with Americans of royal and noble ancestry. Beginning with the colonial period, it focuses on Gov. Thomas Dudley, who was governor or assistant governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1630 to 1653, and the first five generations of his descendants, carrying the various lines up to and beyond the Revolutionary War, into the sixth generation. Contains an every-name index and a comprehensive bibliography. 327 pages, indexed. 2002. ISBN 0-8063-1709-4. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=6161

Virginia Soldiers Of 1776 Compiled From Documents . . . In The Virginia Land Office - This work is based upon bounty warrants, military certificates, exchange warrants, and land vouchers which establish absolute proof of Virginia Revolutionary War service and descent of bounty land. Annexed to these claims are certificates of heirship, wills, and powers of attorney, and dates of birth and death and place of residence of the Revolutionary soldier. Further information includes the number of the warrant, exact number of acres granted, and date issued. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=790

Federal Land Series - This is a paperback reprint edition of one of the most celebrated genealogical publications of the last generation: the five-part Federal Land Series by noted genealogist Clifford Neal Smith. Originally published by the American Library Association between 1972 and 1986, these five books (Volume 4 was published in two parts) list the public land grants made by the federal government and the state of Virginia to settlers in the U.S. territories between 1788 and 1835. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=9421

Ireland And Irish Emigration To The New World From 1815 To The Famine - Mass immigration to the United States was nowhere more apparent than in the immigration of the Irish between 1815 and the failure of the potato crop in 1845/1846, during which time a million Irish men and women emigrated here. This book provides a detailed account of the economic, social, and political factors underlying the early migrations; an examination of the emigrant trade and its links with American shipping interests; and a history of government policy regarding assisted and unassisted emigration. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=45

Migration To South Carolina: Movement From The New England And Mid-Atlantic States, 1850 Census - Mrs. Motes' third book derived from the 1850 census specifies about 2,600 persons of New England or Mid-Atlantic birth who were living in South Carolina in that census year, two-thirds of them from the Mid-Atlantic states. She has arranged her findings in alphabetical order by surname. Each individual is identified by age, sex, occupation, country of birth, county of residence, and household enumeration number. The volume concludes with indexes to names, places, and occupation. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=9822

The Huguenots In France And America - This publication is an exhaustive account of the origins of the Huguenots in France, their persecution and subsequent flight. It includes sketches of many leading contemporaries and an account of the Reformation of the church in Europe and kindred circumstances resulting in the rise of French Protestantism. An important section of nearly 100 pages is devoted to the Huguenots of America, with emphasis on the formidable Huguenot settlements at Boston and Oxford (MA), New Rochelle (NY), New Paltz (NY), Frenchtown (RI), and Jamestown (SC). http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=3320

Passports Of Southeastern Pioneers, 1770-1823 - Author Dorothy W. Potter has assembled a complete collection of the passports and travel documents issued to individuals and families going to the Mississippi Valley area from Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Never again can genealogists complain that research in the Old South is hampered by lack of a comprehensive sourcebook; for in this one outstanding reference work there is now a huge and invaluable body of source material at their disposal. The Tennessee Historical Society awarded this book its Certificate of Merit! http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=4683

CREATIVITREE: Design Ideas For Family Trees. . . - Written in Tony Matthews's folksy style, CREATIVITREE leads you painlessly from a blank page to a complex (or simple) family tree design of your own choosing. Tony clues you in on what kind of paper to use, what pens and markers you'll need, and any other supplies that go into creating a frameable family tree. Soon you will be experimenting with all manner of rectangles, curves, flowers, birds, butterflies, trucks, computers--you name it--samples of which are right in the book. In fact, once you get the hang of it, you may find yourself reproducing your tree on a coffee mug or tee shirt, sending the design over the Internet, or printing genealogy Christmas cards! http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=9820

The Early Germans Of New Jersey. Their History, Churches And Genealogies - For over a century, Chambers' EARLY GERMANS has been the standard reference for genealogical research on families of northwestern New Jersey. In spite of its title, it is as useful for families of English, Scottish, or Dutch origin as for German. The bulk of the work is devoted to genealogies of families from the counties of Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex, and Warren and to genealogies of the early settlers of old Roxbury Township. Appendix VII is of particular interest to the genealogist because it contains a variety of useful lists, including (1) Palatines in New York in 1710; (2) Persons Naturalized, 1714-1722; (3) Settlers on the Societies Tract, 1735; and (4) Subscribers to Weygand's Pastoral Call, 1749. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=940

A List Of The Early Settlers Of Georgia - This is a list not only of the early settlers of Georgia but of the first settlers of Georgia, and it is apparently a complete list of all those who were sent by the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America under Oglethorpe and the Earl of Egmont. Covering the period from 1732 to 1741, these two lists together contain the names and details of 3,000 immigrants, most of whom were assigned lots in Savannah and Frederica and a good number of whom would soon leave the colony for the Carolinas. Information pertaining to each settler consists, generally, of name, age, occupation, place of origin, names of spouse, children and other family members, dates of embarkation and arrival, place of settlement, and date of death. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=1165

Early Virginia Families Along The James River: Their Deep Roots And Tangled Branches. Volume II--Charles City County--Prince George County - This volume, the second in a series, will assist the researcher in locating colonial and immigrant ancestors in Charles City County and in that part of Charles City County south of the James River from which Prince George County was formed in 1703. The main body of the text consists of a chronological series of land patent abstracts giving the name of the Charles City County or Prince George County patentee, the location and acreage of the patent and the date of settlement, with references to family members and owners of adjoining properties, and, most important, the names of the thousands of settlers brought over as "headrights." http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=1952

St. Luke’s Records 1829--Early 1900s, Danville, Knox County, Ohio - In this volume the researcher will find more than 2,000 records of baptisms, arranged in chronological order, giving the date, the names of the child and parents (including the wife's maiden name), and the names of the child's sponsors. The baptisms are followed by several hundred marriage records, giving the date of the marriage, the names of the bride and groom, and witnesses to the marriage. Most of the mortality records found in the volume commence with 1876 and continue to 1947. Also included are two membership lists from the 1830s; a number of communion and confirmation records, starting in 1853; and a table of surname variants and a list of St. Luke's pastors at the front of the book. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=9692

Families Directly Descended From All the Royal Families in Europe (495 to 1932) & Mayflower Descendants. This work extends many of the "Mayflower" and other lineage society connections of Mrs. Elizabeth Rixford and her husband to the royal and noble families of Europe. The notable ancestors traced by the author include Cedric, first of the West Saxon kings; Alfred the Great; Robert Bruce; Kings Henry I, II, and III; Kings Edward I, II, and III; and many lines through Charlemagne, Louis I, the Earls of Warren, the Dukes of Normandy, the Royal House of Portugal, the House of Capet, the Counts of Anjou, the Kings of Jerusalem, and more. In the same volume Mrs. Rixford also shows how several "Mayflower" lines are connected to all the members of the Vermont Society of Mayflower Descendants. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=9401

Chronicles Of The First Planters Of The Colony Of Massachusetts Bay, From 1623 To 1636 - Like author AlexanderYoung's earlier work, "Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers of the Colony of Plymouth," this one is based entirely on original sources. It consists of illuminating character sketches, broadsides, and correctives, which supply the reader with hundreds of obscure facts and threads relating to the original planters of the colony. Most are creditable histories with accompanying lists of early planters, biographical sketches, and topical references to contemporary family members. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=6550

Colonial Gravestone Inscriptions In The State Of New Hampshire - Mrs. Goss has assembled a list of about 12,500 names found on New Hampshire headstones prior to 1770. Her transcriptions are as complete a record of colonial New Hampshire gravestone inscriptions as we are ever likely to have. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=2280

Genealogies Of West Virginia Families - This work is a consolidation of all the family history articles to have appeared throughout the complete run of "The West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly" from 1901 to 1905. Though a rich source of West Virginia genealogical data, this short-lived periodical is very scarce and, moreover, has never before been indexed. Clearfield Company is delighted to rectify both of these shortcomings by reprinting the genealogical meat of the magazine and by adding a complete name index of more than 5,000 entries. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=9489

The German Emigration From New York Province Into Pennsylvania - This is the story of the famous Tulpehocken settlement in Berks County, northwest of Philadelphia, which was spearheaded by John Conrad Weiser (1696-1760). Just as they had in New York, the Tulpehocken Palatines had to negotiate with the Proprietors of Pennsylvania and the indigenous population before they could to take control of their lands. The author discusses this in detail, while other chapters describe the Palatine style of settlement and their flourishing farms, efforts to construct the first churches and schools, Indian wars, and the founding of towns and cities, such as Wernersville, Sheridan, Myerstown, Lebanon and Rehrersburg. Special consideration is given to the lives and homesteads of Palatine patriarchs Weiser and others. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=9386

Catholic Baptisms In Western Pennsylvania 1799-1828 - This is a record of baptisms performed by Father Peter Helbron in his missionary travels in seven Western Pennsylvania counties from 1799 to 1828. Over 1,500 baptisms are recorded, each entry typically giving the child's name, the dates of birth and baptism, and the parents' and sponsors' names. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?ID=2682

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