Books

Prince Edward Island Historian Jean Bernard Publishes Last of 7-Volume Acadian Genealogy

JeanBernard_2I suspect a lot of people will be scrambling to look at these new books. P.E.I. historian Jean Bernard says he has completed the last volume of his books on Acadian genealogy.

The seven volumes contain 4,600 pages and are all in French. Bernard has begun translating the first volume into English.

You can read more in an article by Gail Harding in the CBC News web site at http://goo.gl/25PRRz.

Book Review: Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Tracing Your Irish AncestorsTracing Your Irish Ancestors
by John Grenham. Genealogical Publishing Co. 2012. 579 pages.

My cousin does a lot of Irish research, she says the online records these days are terrific resources for finding family members.

But we both agree, a solid foundation rooted in the basic concepts of Irish research is a must before believing that the internet is going to give you all your answers in resolving your genealogical problems.

This is the fourth edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. John Grenham seems exactly the right person to consult for authoritative information on the topic. He publishes his “Irish Roots” blog, has published numerous volumes on Irish research, and describes this edition as reflecting “the profound change in the connection between Irish research and the internet…the internet is at the heart of any Irish family history research project, and the entire edition has been rewritten to incorporate that change. Where online transcripts exist, these are listed alongside the descriptions of the original records, and research strategies are supplied for any major dedicated websites.”

Book Review: Jefferson County Georgia Inferior Court Minutes

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Jefferson County Georgia Inferior Court MinutesElbert County Georgia
Inferior Court Minutes
February 4, 1791-July 14, 1801

Jefferson County Georgia
Inferior Court Minutes
November 1807- January 1814

Jefferson County Georgia
Inferior Court Minutes
February 1814-July 1820

by Michael A. Ports. Published by the Genealogical Publishing Co. 2015.

In a previous newsletter, I described several publications compiled by Michael Ports. His transcriptionist labors continue.

These three volumes represent records of the Inferior Courts in these respective counties. The Inferior Courts were each comprised of five justices of the peace for the county. They were responsible for those civil cases not involving title to land.

Colonial Roots Announces Two Prize-Winning Publications

The following announcement was written by the folks at Colonial Roots:

BeyondDamnedQuarterMillsboro, Delaware: Colonial Roots, genealogy book publishing firm
specializing in the Mid-Atlantic region, is pleased to announce two prize-winning
books. Dr. John F. Polk Jr. was awarded the Sumner A. Parker Prize by the
Maryland Historical Society for his publication Beyond Damned Quarter: The
Polk/Pollock Family of the Chesapeake Eastern Shore in the Colonial Era. The
Sumner A. Parker Prize was awarded for the best genealogical work concerning
a Maryland family published in 2015.

In addition, Michael R. Marshall’s two series of books, Charles County, Maryland,
Wills and Charles County, Maryland, Land Records, have been selected to
receive the Maryland Historical Society’s Norris Harris Prize for the best
compilations of genealogical source records of Maryland published in 2015.

Book Review: Georgia Free Persons of Color

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Georgia Free Persons of ColorGeorgia Free Persons of Color
by Michael A. Ports. Genealogical Publishing Co. 2015 & 2016.
Four volumes.

In 1818, the Georgia legislature required free persons of color to register with their counties of residence in the inferior court. Registers for only twenty-one counties survive.

The clerks recorded names, ages, places of nativity, residence, time of coming into the state and occupation of each free person of color.

Mr. Ports transcribed these entries from LDS microfilm of the original county registers.

The books each have an introduction describing the records and his transcription methods.

Also of note in the introductions: Mr. Ports describes and writes out certain sections of the Georgia statutes regarding slave manumissions and free persons of color. The summaries of these applicable laws to the registers sets the stage for appreciating the significance of the records.

The Georgia Free Persons of Color volumes are:

Book Review: Trace Your German Roots Online

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Trace-Your-German-Roots-OnlineTrace Your German Roots Online
by James M. Beidler. Family Tree Books. 2016. 207 pages.

Mr. Beidler writes in his introductory pages:

Just five years ago, devoting an entire book to online sources for genealogists with German-speaking ancestors wouldn’t have been a particularly fulfilling exercise. Relatively few genealogical problems could be solved “beginning to end” on either German- or American-based websites.

But oh, what a difference those five years have made. Whether it’s the “big kahunas” of the online genealogy world, such as FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com, adding more German content, the digitization of church registers that play such an important role for this ethnic group, or any of the other solutions the Web has provided to the myriad genealogy questions that arise– the availability of Internet sources for German research has come of age.

Boy, he hit that nail on the head. The Internet is now a robust genealogical research  tool with an abundance of credible records and scanned documents convincing the researcher that nowadays, online research is definitely worth the effort and expense.

Mr. Beidler is the Big Kahuna of German research and writing. He’s led research tours to Germany, acquiring along the way a broad base of knowledge and experience, and combined with his knack for good composition, his books are strongly written, flow smoothly from point to point, and make German research learning easier than you realize even as you’re doing it.

National Library of Scotland Adds Almost 400 Digitized Books relating to the Histories of Scottish Families

HouseOfDrummondThe National Library of Scotland has recently digitised a selection of almost 400 printed items relating to the histories of Scottish families, and you can read them all in the Library’s Digital Gallery at http://goo.gl/jzKD4M.

You can search the text of the books for particular words or phrases. All areas of Scotland are included, from Dumfries to Shetland, and many different families and places are represented – in fact many more than the titles might suggest, as a keyword search by place or name will reveal. Many of the books cover multiple families, so even if your family name is not listed in a book’s title, it’s worth performing an electronic search for that name anyway.

Click on the image to the right to view a larger version.

Brazil, The Home For Southerners: Or, A Practical Account Of What The Author, And Others, Who Visited That Country, For The Same Objects, Saw And Did While In That Empire

Published in 1866, this book details the author’s trip to Brazil and somewhat of a report to the people of the Southern states after the War Between the States to show that their is another place that they could start a new life and not live in the current conditions of reconstruction or the United States’ despotic style of government.

Brazil_for_Southerners

Many southerners went to Brazil after reading books similar to this one. A few remained in Brazil while others eventually returned to the United States. See my earlier article at https://goo.gl/XNXUXf for details.

Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) Prisoners Books Are Now Online

The Dublin (Ireland) Metropolitan Police (DMP) Prisoners Books for 1905-1908 and 1911-1918 are amongst the most valuable new documents to come to light on the revolutionary decade. They include important information on social and political life in the capital during the last years of the Union, from the period of widespread anticipation of Home Rule, to the advent of the 1913 Lockout, the outbreak of the First World War, the Easter Rising and its aftermath, including the conscription crisis of 1918. They will also be invaluable to those interested in criminology, genealogy, and family history.

Prisoners Books

You can learn more and also access digital images of the books at http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:43945.

NGS Introduces Two New Research in the States Books: Florida and Texas

The following announcement was written by the (US) National Genealogical Society:

ARLINGTON, VA, 10 MAY 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the publication of two, new books as part of its Research in the States series, which now covers research in more than twenty-four states. The newest volumes are Research in Florida by Ann Staley, CGSM, CGLSM, and Amy Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL, and Research in Texas, by Kelvin L. Meyers. The books will be available for purchase in the NGS store in both PDF and print versions beginning 10 May.

Research in Florida covers the State’s history as the earliest permanent white settlement in the United States and includes sources and guides to records of its early history under the British, French, and Spanish governments. From the time of its establishment as a territory of the United States, Florida has suffered little record loss resulting in a rich array of records for the researcher. In addition to a discussion of general record groups, emphasis is placed on Special Archives publications detailing Florida’s military history including its Indian wars, which, along with school, tax, and voter records, provide focused sources for research. Sources for information on Florida’s Sunshine Law are also provided.

Pass Down Journal

passdownjournalPass Down Journal is a new service from Mr. and Mrs. Adam Sharer. It is a hard cover journal filled with life interview questions that help inspire people to capture some of their own autobiography. The hardcover journal includes a series of 100 life interview questions that can help anyone write their own autobiography. You can map out your best stories in your own words and give copies to loved ones that you’d like to know and remember better. Unlike a regular personal diary, a Pass Down Journal is meant to be shared.

While it’s not a tool specifically designed for researching genealogy, the Pass Down Journal could kindle enthusiasm for discovering your own family history to preserve your own story for future generations to cherish.

Calico Pie publishes a Guide to Family Historian: Getting the most from Family Historian 6

The following announcement was written by the folks at Calico Pie:

LONDON – April 11th, 2016. Calico Pie today announced the publication of a new book, Getting the most from Family Historian 6. The book is a detailed guide to the popular desktop genealogy program, Family Historian. Simon Orde, the creator of Family Historian and CEO of Calico Pie, is the book’s author, and spoke about it: “Family Historian is a very feature-rich program. Few people use it to its full potential. Many people barely scratch the surface of all the features that it offers. That’s where a book like this can be very helpful. The idea is that even if you just skim through it, you should be able to easily pick up ideas of things that you can do with Family Historian that you probably hadn’t even previously realised are possible. It’s packed with screenshots and illustrations, and there are many great hints and tips, which make the program quicker, easier, and more enjoyable to use. The book is designed to be suitable for both beginners and advanced users. You can treat it like a reference manual, to dip in and out of, if you want to; but of course you can also read it straight through like a book. It works either way.”

IDG Introduces their Newest of In-Brief Research Guides: Researching Your Scottish Ancestors by Christine Woodcock

The following announcement was written by the folks at the In-Depth Genealogist (IDG):

scottish-pdf_coverUTICA, OH, 5 APRIL 2016—The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to announce the publication of “An In-Brief Guide to Researching Your Scottish Ancestors” by Christine Woodcock. Christine writes the column “In Search of Your Scottish Roots” for The In-Depth Genealogist’s digital magazine, Going In-Depth. Scottish born, Canadian raised, she is a genealogy educator with an expertise in Scottish records. She enjoys sharing new resources to assist others in their quest to find and document their heritage. Christine is also a lecturer, author and blogger. She is the Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland and enjoys taking fellow Scots “home” to do onsite genealogy research and to discover their own Scottish heritage.

Scottish Chapbooks are Now Online

chapbook-2More than 3,000 Scottish chapbooks are now available in the National Library of Scotland’s online Digital Gallery. You find them under the heading “Chapbooks printed in Scotland”.

Wikipedia defines a chapbook as “an early type of popular literature printed in early modern Europe. Produced cheaply, chapbooks were commonly small, paper-covered booklets, usually printed on a single sheet folded into books of 8, 12, 16 and 24 pages. They were often illustrated with crude woodcuts, which sometimes bore no relation to the text. When illustrations were included in chapbooks, they were considered popular prints.

“The tradition of chapbooks arose in the 16th century, as soon as printed books became affordable, and rose to its height during the 17th and 18th centuries. Many different kinds of ephemera and popular or folk literature were published as chapbooks, such as almanacs, children’s literature, folk tales, nursery rhymes, pamphlets, poetry, and political and religious tracts.”

Book Review: Maryland Runaways, 1775-1781

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Maryland Runaways, 1775-1781Maryland Runaways, 1775-1781
“Sly and artful rogues”

by Joseph Lee Boyle. Publ. by Genealogical Publishing Co. 2014. 481 pages.

Joseph Boyle continues in his series of Runaways books.

Early American history records the vast numbers of white Europeans and black Africans who came to the colonies as indentured servants, transported convicts, and slaves. Transportation costs were borne by the planters or, more often, by the English merchants who specialized in the sale of indentured servants.

By the 1750s, Maryland was receiving increasing numbers of convicts over the importation of servants, with a ready market for “His Majesty’s Seven-Years Passengers.” “Soul drivers” shepherded coffles of convicts from town to town from the seaports into the interior, selling them off as the march advanced. Court records document a distinct lack of increased crime from the imported convicts.

Book Review: White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1720-1749

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

White_Pennsylvania_RunawaysWhite Pennsylvania Runaways, 1720-1749
Compiled by Joseph Lee Boyle. Genealogical Publishing Co. 2015. 478 pages.
“Lazy, loves strong Drink, and is a Glutton”

White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1750-1762
Compiled by Joseph Lee Boyle. Genealogical Publishing Co. 2015. 485 pages.
“Apt to get drunk at all Opportunities”

Little-known fact: in colonial America, indentured whites, comprised of convicts, vagabonds, exiles, redemptioners, the kidnapped, runaways, and the willing servants hoping for a better life by serving out a period of servitude being purchased by colonial masters than by remaining in their traditional European societies, preceded and exceeded the black slavery population in all the colonies up until the American Revolution.

For some, the risks were rewarded: one in ten took up land, and one in ten became artisans.

But for the other eight, the journey ended in death in servitude, a return to England, or life as a “poor white.”

Book Review: Visiting Your Ancestral Town

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Visiting_Your_Ancestral_TownVisiting Your Ancestral Town
by Carolyn Schott. Published by Columbia-Capstone. 2015. 141 pages.

If anyone perfects the Travel-Back-in-Time Machine, the genealogists will be the first to sign up as test passengers.

How we long to go back in time and place to meet our ancestors. Those silent spirits who made fateful decisions, such as leaving the Old Country or enlisting into war, whose lives we remember, and whose memories we honor.

If only we could meet them.

Unfortunately, we have to settle for less.

Carolyn Schott wrote Visiting Your Ancestral Town after visiting her own ancestral town of Hoffnungstal, located in the Ukraine.

Her experience was so unforgettable, so memorable, that she wanted to share her experiences with us, and encourage us to make the same trip.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto Seeks a new Home for its Books

Writing in the Canadian Jewish News, Bill Gladstone describes a set of books looking for a new home. The Toronto-based Jewish library collection is up in the air as the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto (JGST) seeks a new home for its specialized collection of roughly 500 books and 45 periodicals.

The non-circulating collection has been housed since 1989 in the sixth-floor Canadiana room of the North York Central Library on Yonge Street, a branch of the Toronto Public Library system, where it has been accessible to patrons on an in-house, reference basis only. Although the Canadiana room has for decades been dedicated to genealogical research, the library recently announced it is “repurposing” the room, with renovation slated to begin in April or May.

You can read the full story in Bill Gladstone’s article at http://goo.gl/U2Pxcc.

Book Review: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research, Evidence Style

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

CitingGeneticSourcesCiting Genetic Sources for History Research, Evidence Style
By Elizabeth Shown Mills
Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., 2015. 4 pages.

This is one of a series of the QuickSheet guides: laminated, sized at 8.5 x 11 inches, reference sheets that offer condensed sections of key information on specific genealogical topics. This particular QuickSheet sets forth citation templates for genetic sources.

The Evidence Style notation notes that the templates and examples follow the styles in Elizabeth Mills’ Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyperspace. This QuickSheet would be supplementary to the magnum opus.

Book Reviews: Jeff Bowen, Transcriptionist Extraordinaire

The following was written by Book Review Editor Bobbi King:

This article highlights the prodigious work of Jeff Bowen.

JeffBowen-1Western Navajo Reservation
Navajo, Hopi and Paiute 1933 Census with Birth and Death Rolls 1925-1933
Transcribed by Jeff Bowen
Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., 2015. 171 pages.

This is a follow-up volume to Mr. Bowen’s previously-published 1932 census transcriptions of the Navajo, Hopi, and Paiute Native Americans accompanied by transcriptions of the birth and death rolls.

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