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What Did They Mean By That? Now at an New Low Price.

hbd7169What Did They Mean By That? Is now available at the reduced price of only $19.60, down from $36.

What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New has long been the most popular historical dictionary carried by Family Roots Publishing. This book provides an understanding, in modern terms, for words used in the past. Many of these words, used historically in everyday conversation, to describe items, jobs, events, and technology of the day, are no longer in use or get used with a different meaning. This book provides the background family historians need to grasp the meaning of letters, documents, and sources from the past.

Genealogists enjoy the thoroughness of this book. At 6″ x 9″ and 350 pages this is a big dictionary, and it lists entries paragraph style, instead of using a typical dictionary two-column format. In fact, the book feels a bit more like an encyclopedia than it does a standard dictionary. Most entries provide more than just a standard definition. Rather, entries provide an explanations, examples, and observations. This dictionary has other unique features as well. What Did They Mean By That includes images. While not on every page, the pictures do provide both an element of interest as well as prove educational. Some of the images are pictures and some are document samples. There is also a small chart at the beginning showing a comparison between Saxon and English alphabets.

With that all said, perhaps the best review of this book is the one the book gives itself on the back cover:

“The family historian must seek out the records of the merchants, courts, legislators, and churches, as well as the everyday expressions of the common men and women, all the while striving to remain aware that just as we have created words like television, computer, microwave oven, automobile, space station, gigabyte, and airplane, and set aside words as ticking and icebox, stadle, and squabpie, our ancestors had to do the same. They made up the likes of telegraph, railroad, and telescope, and assimilated German words like hex, sauerkraut, fresh, hoodlum, and kindergarten; Spanish words such as barbeque, chocolate, and tornado; French sounds like bayou, levee, depot, and chowder; and Indian words such as hickory, pecan, hominy, moccasin, and raccoon. Though they invented the likes of popcorn, sweet potato, eggplant, bullfrog, and backwoodsman, they left behind them terms no longer needed in their daily lives. Gone were the likes of moxa (Indian moss burned on an area of the body, thought to cure gout), hautboy (oboe), gruntling (young hog), muchwhat (nearly), revelrout (a ruckus), and, from most regions of the U.S., the long “a” sounds of old England (fahst for fast, dahnce for dance, and hoff, meaning half).

In addition to terminology, such as the names of the many courts and legal processes, this collection of more than 4500 words includes many occupations, descriptions of early furniture and foods, common medical terms and herbal remedies, and many all but forgotten expressions. The words found here are seen at every turn of research; in court documents (especially inventories of estates, court entries, and lawsuits), church records, books, newspapers, letters, and songs.”


What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms, Old and New is available from Family Roots Publishing.

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The Germans in Colonial Times

hbb0090Germans are the second largest ethnic group in the United States. Only those of English descent are more numerous. Even so, both groups represent generations of families living in America. These days, around a million people each year legally immigrate to the U.S. Countless more people immigrate illegally into the country hoping for a better life. The number of Germans or English coming to the U.S. today is hardly measurable amongst other immigrant groups. However, because of the waves of immigration from these two countries hundreds of years ago, they are still the foundation for the larger part of the U.S. population. Not even the large influx of Scots and Irish ever matched the overall migration of Germans. Germans were among the earliest people to move in mass to the New World. The Germans in Colonial Times examines the life of the earliest German settlers, their lives, their participation in the colonies, and even their part in the Revolutionary War.

This book is a facsimile reprint of the original work by Lucy Forney Bittinger. Her initial release was in 1901. Her turn of the [last] century writing style and word choice add some flavor to the book. She was concerned about the lack of knowledge and information people had about these early Germans and their deeds, even by their decedents. Quoting from the forward, “…even the descendants of these Teutonic pioneers are often ignorant or—more inexcusable—ashamed of their progenitors…”

In these pages you will find stories and essays on the history of Germans in American. How and why they came, the skills they brought with them, and their contributions in the colonies and in the Revolutionary War. Learning the history of these early German settlers can provide a sense of appreciation for their works and contributions to the country as a whole. Plus, learning specific history can sometimes help lead researchers to unexpected information and sources of information.



  1. Conditions in Germany Which Led to Emigration
  2. Penn’s Visit to Germany
  3. Germantown
  4. The Labadists in Maryland
  5. The Woman in the Wilderness
  6. German Valley, New Jersey
  7. Kocherthal’s Colony
  8. The Great Exodus of the Palatines
  9. Pequae and the Mennonites
  10. The Dunkers and Ephrata
  11. The Schwenkfelder and Christopher Dock
  12. The Progress of Settlement in the Valley of Virginia and in Maryland
  13. The Germans in South Carolina
  14. German Colonization in New England
  15. The Salzburgers in Georgia and the Pennsylvania Germans in North Carolina
  16. The German Press
  17. The Moravians
  18. Conrad Weiser and the Frontier Wars
  19. The “Royal American” Regiment
  20. The Redemptioners
  21. The Germans as Pioneers
  22. The Germans in the Revolution
  23. “The Rear-Guard of the Revolution”


Learn of these early German with your own copy of The Germans in Colonial Times, available from Family Roots Publishing.

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Full Steam Ahead

Steamboats on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers changed this young country in dramatic ways, transforming the Ohio-Mississippi River Basin almost overnight. The steamboat brought commerce, quickened immigrations, and began a building frenzy as new town sprung up all along the frontier. Growth was rapid and the economy of the area boomed and it all began with one steamboat, the New Orleans. Full Steam Ahead: Reflections on the Impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River, 1811–2011tells the story of the New Orleans and the new age of prosperity it brought to Ohio-Mississippi River Basin.

Full Steam Ahead is a collection of essays on the development of the steamboat, river transportation, and their effect on Ohio River cities. The book is part of a larger project led by the Rivers Institute at Hanover College. The study, this book, and other exhibits are meant to help the community at large better understand the impact the New Orleans, and subsequent steam travel, had on the economy, technology, and culture of both the Midwest and the U.S. as a whole.

Chapters in this book look at detail of life aboard the boat with crew and captain. Construction and design are examined with drawings providing interesting details. Additional boats and changes brought over time are discussed. Essay by essay a story unfolds and history examined with exciting details and interesting facts. From the moment the New Orleans left port in Pittsburgh in October 1811, change become unstoppable. Through the years, into the Civil War, and beyond, transport capable of traveling not only down river, but also up river would continue to have a major impact on the entire region.


Table of Contents





Harbinger of Revolution

Structural Evolution of the Western Rivers Steamboat

A Synoptic History of Towboating and Its Origins

The Era of Town Building Below the Falls: “Whatever will benefit a part—will benefit the whole”

“Omen of Evil”: Steamboats and the Colonization of the Ohio River Valley

The Steamboat and Black Urban Life in the Ohio Valley

Steamboat Music

The Steamboat New Orleans and Its Impact on Navigation on Ohio River Tributaries

The Ohio River: A World-Class Inland Waterway


The River Today and Tomorrow

Appendix 1

Belle of Louisville

Sole Survivor of the Pioneering New Orleans

Appendix 2

The Rivers Institute at Hanover College

A List of Materials on River People, Steamboats and the Ohio-Mississippi River System in the Agnes Brown Duggan Library



To order a copy of Full Steam Ahead: Reflections on the Impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River, 1811–2011, visit Family Roots Publishing.

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Fred Keating Farm Buildings in 1924


From 1975 until 1991, with very brief absences, Patty and I lived on the old Fred Keating farm on South Prairie-Carbon River Rd, about 5 miles outside of Orting, in Pierce County, Washington. We raised our kids there. We live in the area again now, but in the City of Orting itself. This photo, scanned with no retouching whatsoever, was taken by Alfred Keating, one of Fred Keating’s two sons. It’s noted on the back of the photo as follows: Our buildings in 1924 from backside, colored by me, Al. – the backside would have been from about the location of what is known today as the Keating Road. At the time it was just a driveway bordering the Keating place. As a kid, I knew the gravel road Gregg’s driveway – and later as the road to the “Pasture in the Sky” – a name I believe given the pasture by my friend, Ralph Black. The area was known as Arline Mills for a number of years. See the Arline Mills category for more blogs on the area.

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Registration Now Open for 2015 APG’s Professional Management Conference

The following is from APG:

DNA, Genealogical Standards, Setting Fees, and Adoption Research among 16 Sessions Offered over 2 Full Days

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 30 July 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today opened registration and announced the theme and speakers for its 2015 APG Professional Management Conference (PMC). The theme for the event, now in its 18th year, is “Professional-Grade Genealogy.” Thirteen speakers from a variety of backgrounds will cover key topics for professional genealogists, including DNA, time-management, genealogical standards, citation writing, having difficult conversations, setting fees, adoption research, and professional writing and speaking. PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on instruction for the professional genealogist, providing opportunities for networking as well as professional and business development. The event will be held the 8-9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

“As genealogy continues to grow as a profession, so must educational opportunities designed for the professional,” said APG President Kimberly Powell. “To accommodate the need for professional education and offer the networking opportunities our attendees enjoy, we have expanded APG’s Professional Management Conference program to two full days. We are also offering some new aspects to the event to engage and involve attendees.”

What’s New at APG’s PMC 2015
This year’s event includes 16 sessions held over two full days, including four workshops and many topics that offer practical advice for business owners. Also new this year will be PMC Poster Sessions, unique networking opportunities providing professional genealogists with an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas. See for deadlines and instructions on submitting proposals for a Poster Session.

Register Now for APG’s PMC 2015
Attendance at PMC is open to APG members and to non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Early-bird pricing ends 15 October 2014. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at Registration for virtual access to select sessions (Virtual PMC) will open later this year.

Speakers and Topics Will Include:

Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS—Three-part Workshop: You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right

Angie Bush, MS—DNA and Genealogical Proof

CeCe Moore—Workshop: Genealogy Professionals Needed: How Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL—Finding the Law

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL—(1) Workshop: Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills (2) Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees

Angela Packer McGhie—Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many “Clients”

Kimberly Powell—Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener

James M. Beidler—(1) Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest

(2) Taxes and the Professional Genealogist

Anastasia Harman—Workshop: Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today

Ron Arons, MBA—Mind Maps for Genealogy

Thomas MacEntee—Self-Publishing for Genealogists

Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd—So You Want to be a Genealogical Speaker

Christina Grover—How to Have Difficult conversations with Clients and Colleagues

A Week of Genealogy

APG’s PMC kicks off more than a week of genealogical activities in Salt Lake City. Beginning after PMC, genealogists can enjoy Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), also held at the Hilton Hotel SLIG features week-long, in-depth instruction on more than 10 genealogical subjects. More details available at

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter ( and Facebook (

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Carrier and Otis Brand Founders Turn Out to Be Cousins

The following news release is from

Two men whose innovations changed the way the world built cities shared more than just a creative streak — they also share a bloodline. Experts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston have confirmed that Willis Carrier’s great-grandmother, Lydia Otis, was cousins with Elisha Otis, making Carrier and Otis fourth cousins. Now, the Carrier and Otis brands are parts of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, the world’s largest provider of building technologies and a part of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“The blood relationship that our New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) researchers discovered between Elisha Otis and Willis Carrier demonstrates the impact that genealogical study has upon history,” said D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO, NEHGS. “By connecting two innovative individuals on a family tree – our understanding of ‘family’ is once again advanced. While it has been observed for centuries that cousins work closely together for the benefit of their clan, in this instance two cousins worked diligently for the benefit of society with innovations that dramatically changed our way of living.”

Elisha Otis was born in Halifax, Vermont in 1811 and later moved to Yonkers, New York. Two years after inventing the “safety elevator,” Otis famously promoted it at the 1854 World’s Fair in New York City. With the help of circus legend P.T. Barnum, Otis stood atop an elevator platform as the rope was cut to demonstrate the springs that snapped into place and kept the elevator from falling. Today, Otis Elevator Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways.

Willis Carrier was born in Angola, New York, near Buffalo in 1876. Less than a decade after inventing modern air conditioning in 1902 to solve a production problem at a Brooklyn print shop, he solidified his role in history as the “father of air conditioning” with the Rationale Psychometric Formulae. It is the most famous and enduring document ever prepared on the topic and Carrier’s equations still form the basis of air conditioning design calculations. Today, 112 years later, Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions.

“The creative thought running through the Otis and Carrier families enabled buildings to rise higher and become more comfortable, increasing productivity, making urban life possible and creating the skylines of today,” said Geraud Darnis, president, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “People often joke that ‘it must be in the water,’ but in this case, that inventive spirit was in their blood.”

“I think both Elisha and Willis would be pleased to see their pioneering spirit alive and well today,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “Their legacies of innovation have inspired our engineers to create advancements in energy efficiency to support the world’s move to greener buildings. It’s not surprising that they were family long before their brands became part of the same company.”

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Who Do You Think You Are? Off To A Good Start For the Season

Jesse Tyler Ferguson - 1

Last evening I kicked back and watched Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC for three hours running. The evening’s “new” hour-long show was an episode dealing with Jess Tyler Ferguson’s family history. The show dealt with a great-grandfather by the name of Jessie Uppercue Ferguson. The man had what we might call a “checkered” past, with accusations of murder, and embezzlement. However, he was also a lawyer, and promoter of a failed, but grand enterprise during the Alaska gold rush. The guy definitely added color to Jesse’s family tree!

Reruns of shows from earlier seasons were one dealing with Lisa Ludrow, one of the show’s executive producers, maybe best know for her roll in “Friends,” as well as an episode dealing with Rob Lowe’s Revolutionary War ancestor who fought as a Hessian Soldier for the British, then changed his allegiance to the patriots.

Next Wednesday (August 6, 2014) evening’s shows are as follows:

    Cynthia Nixon (a rerun from last week) 5-6 pm, 10-11 pm
    Rachel McAdams (New) 6-7 pm, 8-9 pm
    Gweneth Paltrow (rerun) 7-8 pm, 9-10 pm

New episodes are scheduled as follows:

  • Kelsey Grammer’s family – Aug. 13
  • Valerie Bertinelli’s family – Aug. 20
  • and more! – Aug 27

All times listed above for August 6 are PDT. I use Dish Network, TLC being channel 183. We have our DVR set up to record, as there’s a good chance Patty and I will be away.

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Third Volume on Indiana’s 44th Civil War Regiment to Be Released in November

The following excerpt is from the July 29, 2014 edition of

Co H Indian 44th Regiment

FORT WAYNE, Indiana — Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman once said, “War is hell.”

Spencerville author and historical researcher Margaret Hobson says that was perhaps never more true than during that war, now marking its sesquicentennial.

For the past two decades, the 71-year-old retired Fort Wayne Community Schools math teacher has been compiling exhaustive information on one small part of the Civil War – the men of Indiana’s 44th regiment who faced their singular versions of hell after mustering for the Union at Fort Wayne’s Camp Allen in November 1861.

The soldiers, Hobson says, thought they were signing up for a brief adventure, a chance to leave northeast Indiana behind and see the world.

“The men thought it would be a six-week affair, that the Union would win easily, and they thought they would be home to plant crops in the spring. They didn’t realize it would be four years,”…

Read the full article for details on the 3 volumes of books, as well as interesting historical details.

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Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia, Province of East Prussia III – Now in Print and Shipping


Family Roots Publishing just printed the latest German Map Guide – this one being volume 48 of the series, and the final volume of those printed for East Prussia. Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia, Province of East Prussia III, Regierungsbezirk Gumbinnen is made up of 229 pages.

Published by Family Roots Publishing Company, Volume 48 of the German Map Guide series was published in July of 2014. This volume includes a total of 3,019 places – mostly towns, found in the Kingdom of Prussia, Province of East Prussia, Regierungsbezirk Gumbinnen. This book also includes a master index to Volumes 46 through 48, which covers all of East Prussia. Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volume was principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. This is the forty-seventh of a series covering all of Germany. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in this series – some with as little population as one person! These places are as of about 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop.

Each volumes of the series does the following:

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the FHL microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions.
  • German Map Guide Volume 48 – Soft Cover (Item #FR0095):

    ISBN-13: 978-1-62859-020-3 ISBN-10: 1-62859-02-03

    Library of Congress Control Number: 2013956480

    The following places are found in this volume.

  • Abdeckerei
  • Ablenken
  • Abracken
  • Abrahamsruh
  • Abschermeningken
  • Abscherningken
  • Abschrey
  • Abschruten
  • Absteinen
  • Ackelningken
  • Ackmenischken
  • Ackminge
  • Ackmonienen
  • Ackmonischken
  • Adamischken
  • Adamsfelde
  • Adamsheide
  • Adamsruhe
  • Adlersfelde
  • Adomischken
  • Adomlauken
  • Ahlgarten
  • Albertshof
  • Albrecht
  • Albrechtau
  • Albrechtshöfen
  • Albrechtsthal
  • Alex
  • Alexandrinn
  • Alexen
  • Alexkehmen
  • Alischken
  • Alk
  • Alleckneiten
  • Alloningken
  • Almenhausen
  • Alt Ballupönen
  • Alt Bodschwingken
  • Alt Bogdahnen
  • Alt Budupönen
  • Alt Buttkischken
  • Alt Buttkuhnen
  • Alt Dekinten
  • Alt Eggleningken
  • Alt Eichhorn
  • Alt Eszergallen
  • Alt Friedrichsgarben
  • Alt Ginnischken
  • Alt Grünwalde
  • Alt Gudehlen
  • Alt Gurren
  • Alt Inse
  • Alt Jägerischken
  • Alt Karzewischken
  • Alt Kattenau
  • Alt Kermuschienen
  • Alt Krauleidszen
  • Alt Kriplauken
  • Alt Lappienen
  • Alt Lappönen
  • Alt Lenkutschen
  • Alt Lubönen
  • Alt Maygunischken
  • Alt Moritzlauken
  • Alt Parungaln
  • Alt Perlswalde
  • Alt Ragaischen
  • Alt Rugeln
  • Alt Sauskoyen
  • Alt Schäcken
  • Alt Schemeiten
  • Alt Seckenburg
  • Alt Sellen
  • Alt Skardupönen
  • Alt Stonupönen
  • Alt Stremehnen
  • Alt Stumbrakehmen
  • Alt Thalau
  • Alt Uszblenken
  • Alt Weynothen
  • Alt Wingeruppen
  • Alt Wischteggen
  • Alt Wusterwitz
  • Altenbude
  • Altes Vorwerk
  • Althof
  • Altona
  • Altweide
  • Alxnupönen
  • Amalienau
  • Amalienhof
  • Amalienruh
  • Amberg
  • Ambrasgirren
  • Ambraskehmen
  • Amerika
  • Amwalde
  • An der Kurve
  • An der Ulpesch
  • An Rokaiten
  • An Wolfsberg
  • Anderskehmen
  • Andreashof
  • Andreischken
  • Angerapp
  • Angerau
  • Angerburg
  • Angerhof
  • Anmemel
  • Anmuth
  • Annaberg
  • Annahof
  • Annuschen
  • Anstippen
  • Antagminehlen
  • Antagminnen
  • Antanischken
  • Antanlauken
  • Antargen
  • Antballen
  • Antbrakupönen
  • [Read the rest of this entry...]

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Massachusetts to Install New Vault at the Archives

The following excerpt is from an article by Joshua Miller, posted in the July 29, 2014 edition of

Massachusetts State Archives

A top [Massachusetts] state official today defended the $6.2 million the Legislature has set aside to be spent for the engineering, design and construction of a new vault in the state archives building.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin said the current vault in the archives building, under his jurisdiction, was running out of space and a new secure, climate-controlled subterranean vault was needed to house Massachusetts’ most important documents, from Paul Revere and John Adams memorabilia to colonial land records to important court documents.

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Monaco’s Princess Charlene Presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage

The following teaser is from an article written by Pól Ó Conghaile and posted in the July 30, 2014 edition of

Monaco – Princess Charlene was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by HE Rory Montgomery, Irish Ambassador to France.

Monaco – Princess Charlene was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by HE Rory Montgomery, Irish Ambassador to France.

New research has traced Princess Charlene of Monaco’s ancestors back to the 1520s and a prominent Dublin family called the Fagans.

The research, carried out by genealogy researchers Eneclann for Tourism Ireland, shows that Princess Charlene descends from one of the most successful gentlemen-merchant families in Dublin in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Fagans made a number of enduring contributions to the development of Dublin.

In 1592, Richard and Christopher Fagan, the Princess’s great (x12) grandfathers, were key figures in the foundation of Trinity College; and in the 1660s, Christopher Fagan, the Princess’s great (x9) grandfather, sold the manor of Phoenix to the Duke of Ormond to create a royal deer park – which we know today as the Phoenix Park.

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Three in 10 Relatives of World War I Vets Unaware of Their Military Heritage

The following excerpt is from a July 31, 2014 edition of

WWI British Soldiers

One million heroes of the First World War have been “forgotten” by their descendants, a new geneological study has revealed.

Family history website has shown that three in 10 modern-day relatives of World War One veterans are unaware of their military heritage, and many lose the opportunity to find out about their link to the Great War when family members pass away.

For the study, researchers mapped population growth among veterans of the Great War to quantify how many Brits today have a WWI ancestor.

After comparing the 26.7 million figure with the number of people actually aware of such heroes in their family’s past, the results showed a significant “ancestral knowledge gap”, with 7.5 million Britons in the dark about their family connection to the Great War.

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Royal Families: Americans Of Royal And Noble Ancestry – Vol. III – On Sale for 55% Off Thru Aug 2, 2014


As this week’s FRPC Exceptional Bargain Offer, Marston Watson’s popular Royal Families: Americans Of Royal And Noble Ancestry. Volume Three, Samuel Appleton And His Wife Judith Everard And Five Generations Of Their Descendants is being offered at 55% off. Thousands of Americans with royal ancestry are descended from Samuel Appleton, and his wife Judith Everard. Check out the Pedigree Charts and the book’s surname index below.

Purchase the book at 55% off for just $27 (plus $5.50 p&h) thru Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Following is a review written by Andy Pomeroy this last spring.

I am not sure why it is, but it seems like American genealogists are obsessed with the notion of having royal ancestry. The truth is, a significant number of us are a descendant of royal blood; however, proving so will bring you little more than bragging rights, which you will share with millions of other people. First, whether of a legitimate relationship, or the other type, given enough generations any royal will have millions of descendants. Second, even if you proved a connection, there is no crown, no throne, no glory waiting for you. What does that leave us? Bragging rights, and maybe a few more generations filled in on our pedigree. To be honest, that may be a reward in itself, regardless of the royal nature of that extended pedigree. Yet, we are still captivated by the possibility of our royal ancestry. In full disclosure, I too must admit I think it would be cool to be royal lineage. Just don’t ask me to explain why.

So what does this commentary have to do with anything? Well, because there is a book, Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry. There is actually an entire series of books; however, for today, we will look at Volume Three. Within this book, you will find the five generations of descendants of Samuel Appleton and his wife Judith Everard, who were descended of William the Conqueror and of Louis IV. Together they came to the American colonies in the 1630s. There are over three thousand descendants in just five generations. The 3,000 would easily measure into the millions today, giving those of European descent a significant chance of tying our own ancestry into this family line.

You may be wondering just how this all works. Let me try and explain further. Samuel Appleton married Judith Everard in the early 1600s. Each was a descendant of royal ancestry. Here are their royal lineage lines:

Samuel Appleton

Mary Issac

Margery Whetehill

Sir Richard Whetehill of Calais

Margaret Worsley

Rose Revor

Angharad Puleston

Lowri ferch Gruffyd Fychan

Guffyd Fychan ap Gruffydd

Elizabeth Lestrange

John Lestrange V

Joan de Somery

Nichole d’Aubigny

Mabel of Chester

Hugh de Kevelioc

Maud of Gloucester

Robert de Caen

Henry I Beauclerc of England, King of England

William I, the Conqueror

In the book, spouses are also listed. One interesting fact is the spouse listed on this line for Henry I is simply “unknown mistress.” Here is Judith’s line:

Judith Everard

John Everard

Thomas Everard

Henry Everard

Mary Cornish

John Cornish

John Cornish

Iodena Hunt

Margaret Pecche

Sir Simon Pecche

Gilbert Pecche

Gilbert Pecche

Hamon Pecche

Alice Fitz Walter

Walter Fitz Robert

Matilda de Saint Liz




Matilda de Louvain


Charles, Duke of Lower Lorraine

Louis IV “the Simple,” King of the Franks

Somewhere in my genealogy I have a similar list, created by one of my ancestors, also tying me to Henry I. Looks like I could have a few hundred thousand more cousins by way of Samuel and Judith.

Based on these lists, Samuel and Judith can trace their royal ancestry back to at least one king each. Thus, any descendant would also link to these two kings. While there may be other royals along other lines, this book only details these two lines. Still, the book outlines five generations of individuals, descendants, from Samuel and Judith. If you can find a family connection to any of the three plus names inscribed in this book, then you too can claim your own bragging rights to royal ancestry.

To put it another way, “The purpose of the book is to provide a genealogical history with documented sources (using vital records primarily) for the descendants of Samuel and Judith (Everard) Appleton. Where possible, the identity of the parents of each known spouse is also provided, along with relevant biographical, genealogical, and historical details.”

If your lineage connects to this family, then who might some of your more famous cousins be? “Americans linked to Samuel and Judith Appleton will find near or distant cousins among such distinguished individuals as President Franklin Pierce, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, Jr. Other descendants include “signer” William Whipple, Jr., Mrs. John Singleton Copley, James Russell Lowell, Francis Parkman, Jr., Phillips Brooks, Josiah Quincy, Jr., and poet Robert Frost.”

So in the end, why get the book? One, you may discover your own connection to royalty. Second, and in my opinion the more important reason, if you can connect your lineage to anyone in this book then you just opened up a huge addition to your family pedigree.


Table of Contents

Foreword by Gary Boyd Roberts


About the Author

Appleton Pedigree Chart

Appleton Descendancy Chart

Everard Pedigree Chart

Everard Descendancy Chart

Generation One

Generation Two

Generation Three

Generation Four

Generation Five

Generation Six


Person Index

Lineage Society Index


You may just uncover your own Royal connection, with Royal Families: American of Royal and Noble Ancestry, Volume Three; Available from Family Roots Publishing at 55% off thru Saturday, August 2, 214.

Following is a listing of over 1200 surnames found in the book:

  • Abbot
  • Abbott
  • Ackerly
  • Ackley
  • Adams
  • Albree
  • Alden
  • Aldrich
  • Allen
  • Allin
  • Allyn
  • Ames
  • Andrews
  • Angier
  • Annable
  • Anson
  • Appleton
  • Archer
  • Armstrong
  • Arnold
  • Assalbie
  • Athearn
  • Atherton
  • Atlee
  • Atwater
  • Atwood
  • Auger
  • Austin
  • Averill
  • Ayer
  • Babb
  • Bacon
  • Badger
  • Bailey
  • Baker
  • Balch
  • Ball
  • Ballard
  • Barberie
  • Barker
  • Barlow
  • Barnard
  • Barnes
  • Barnum
  • Barrett
  • Bartlett
  • Barton
  • Bass
  • Batchelder
  • Bates
  • Batt
  • Battie
  • Bayley
  • Beal
  • Beaman
  • Beanes
  • Beck
  • Becket
  • Belcher
  • Belden
  • Belknap
  • Bell
  • Benedict
  • Bennett
  • Benning
  • Bent
  • Benton
  • Berry
  • Betts
  • Bickford
  • Bidwell
  • Bigelow
  • Biggs
  • Bill
  • Billings
  • Biscon
  • Bishop
  • Bixby
  • Blake
  • Blanchard
  • Blaney
  • Blaw
  • Blood
  • Blowers
  • Bloyd
  • Blydenburgh
  • Boardman
  • Bodfish
  • Bodwell
  • Bond
  • Booth
  • Bourne
  • Boutelle
  • Bowditch
  • Bowdoin
  • Bowen
  • Bowers
  • Bowker
  • Boyden
  • Boynton
  • Brackett
  • Bradbury
  • Bradford
  • Bradley
  • Bradshaw
  • Bradstreet
  • Branch
  • Brandon
  • Bray
  • Breck
  • Breed
  • Brewster
  • Briard
  • Bridges
  • Brigham
  • Brimmer
  • Brinsmade
  • Brock
  • Brocklebank
  • Bromfield
  • Bronsdon
  • Brookins
  • Brooks
  • Brown
  • Browne
  • Brush
  • Buck
  • Buckingham
  • Buckminster
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Kansas Name Lists Published and Online Censuses and Substitutes 1854–2012, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

According to Leland K. Meitzler:

“Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.”

fr0241The most recent release in the line of Dollarhide’s Name List guides is for state of Kansas. Kansas Name Lists Published and Online Censuses and Substitutes 1854–2012, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present.

In this book, names lists are detailed in the following database categories:

  • Territorial and State Census Records
  • State and County Court Records
  • Directories
  • County Histories
  • State Militia Lists
  • Tax Lists
  • Vital Records
  • Voter Lists

The contents of the Kansas Name Lists section of the guide include:

  • Kansas Name Lists
  • Historical Timeline for Kansas, 1540-1996
  • Introduction Kansas Territorial & Statewide Censuses
  • Online Resources of the Kansas Historical Society
  • Bibliography of Kansas Name Lists, 1854 2012

National Names Lists information included with every volume:

The National Names Lists have these categories (244 entries in all):

  • Federal Census Records
  • Immigration Lists
  • U.S. Military Lists
  • U.S. Veterans Records
  • U.S. Pension Records
  • National Vital Record

There are also a number of maps, including:

  • 1763 British North America
  • 1784-1802 Western Land Cessions
  • 1790 United States
  • 1800 United States
  • 1810 United States
  • 1820 United States
  • 1830 United States
  • 1840 United States
  • 1850 United States
  • 1860 United States
  • 1870-1880 United States
  • 1890-1940 United States
  • 50 States, AL to WY / Year a State / Order Admitted to the U.S.

All Dollarhide state Name List books currently come with a FREE download of the full-color pdf eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 10 days within the United States.

Order your copy of Kansas Name Lists Published and Online Censuses and Substitutes 1854–2012, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present from Family Roots Publishing.

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Old Ohio Newspapers Added to the Chronicling America Collection Posted by the Library of Congress

The following is from the July 14, 2014 edition of The Columbus Dispatch:

Democratic Northwest and Henry County News Headlines

A fascinating collection of Ohio’s historic small town newspapers has been digitized and added to the Library of Congress “Chronicling America” website

The Ohio History Connection said the [searchable] newspapers were digitized with a $248,600 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The latest editions will join 40 other papers, and 200,000 pages, published between 1845-1922…

Read the full article.

The following newspapers were added:
Carroll Free Press, 1836, 1841-1858;
Jackson Standard, 1853-1858, 1866-1888 and Jackson Daily Standard, 1873-1874, 1880-1881;
Lower Sandusky Freeman, 1849-1849, Freeman, 1849-1850
Fremont Weekly Freeman, 1850-1853;
(Napoleon) Democratic Northwest, 1881-1894 and Democratic Northwest and Henry County News, 1894-1897
Plymouth Advertiser, 1853-1855.

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