NEHGS Partners with the Congregational Library & Archives to Digitize Early Church Records

The following news release is from NEHGS:

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New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Partners with the Congregational Library & Archives to Digitize Early Church Records

January 7, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts — New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is pleased to announce its participation in New England’s Hidden Histories: Providing Public Access to the Manuscripts of New England’s First Churches, Incubators of American Democracy. NEHGS, the Congregational Library & Archives (CLA), the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ have received a grant of $210,000 from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in support of the New England’s Hidden Histories program. The grant will enable the digitization of 28,000 pages of manuscript church records, personal papers of pastors and deacons, and ministerial conference records, dating from 1641 to the mid-1800s.

“As part of its ongoing effort to digitize the genealogical and historical treasures in its collections and make them available to a wide audience online, NEHGS is proud to be a co-recipient of the prestigious CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant and to participate in this important project,” said Jean Maguire, Director of the NEHGS Library. “This partnership will open up to researchers our rich holdings of early American church membership and vital records, correspondence, diaries, and family papers, including those of Michael Wigglesworth, the well-known Puritan minister and author of America’s first ‘best seller,’ The Day of Doom.”

“These documents cast more light on early New England life and culture than any other discrete set of sources,” said James Cooper, Director of New England’s Hidden Histories. “We are pleased to make them available to scholars and the public, and we are delighted to establish a foundation for ongoing partnerships with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Phillips Library, and the Connecticut UCC Archive, with whom we share so many scholarly goals.”

The grants were awarded to collections of “high scholarly value” at libraries and repositories with commitments to digitization and wide public accessibility. New England’s Hidden Histories is one of just eighteen funded projects out of 165 applicants. Established in 2005, New England’s Hidden Histories is an ongoing program of the Congregational Library and Archives that seeks to secure, archive, digitize, transcribe, and make available online New England’s early manuscript church records. Documents contributed by NEHGS will also be made available through AmericanAncestors.org.

Learn more about the project and see the CLIR announcement of awards.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 150,000 constituents through an award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org. Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources available for family historians of all levels when researching their origins across the country and around the world. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 – 101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including manuscript documents, genealogical records, books, photographs, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

FamilySearch Adds Over 9.8 Million Indexed Records & Images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, & the USA

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The following is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 9.8 million indexed records and images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,983,594 indexed records from the Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 collection; 57,446 indexed records and 1,785,969 images from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999 collection; and 1,087,758 indexed records from the Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860–1975 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Canada, Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846–1957 – 40,494 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Saskatchewan Cemetery Transcripts, ca. 1850–1994 -164,737 – 139,318 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860–1975 – 1,087,758 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 – 2,983,594 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999 -57,446 – 1,785,969 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603–1992 – 447,186 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 46,666 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873–1998 -53,466 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945–1984 – 0 – 2,508 -Added images to an existing collection.

Philippines, Northern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Catarman, Church Records, 1860–1983 – 0 – 63,212 – New browsable image collection.

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 – 97,379 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 363,233 – 363,233 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Georgia, Deaths, 1928–1939 – 15,495 – 1,750 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800–1991 – 0 – 894,662 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, North Dakota Census, 1915 – 361,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, North Dakota Census, 1925 – 394,391 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Bloomfield Township, Brownwood Cemetery Records, 1824–2012 – 0 – 636 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, Manifests of Aliens Granted Temporary Admission at El Paso, ca. July 1924–1954 – 117,170 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925–1949 – 346,070 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Posen I – Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Now Shipping

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The Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia, Province of Posen I, RB Bromberg, by Kevan Hansen was just delivered in soft cover and is now shipping from Family Roots Publishing. This is Volume 51 of the 55-volume German Map Guide series. This volume includes a total of 2,332 places – mostly towns, found in the Kingdom of Prussia, Province of Posen, Regierungsbezirk Bromberg. The book also includes a master index to Volumes 51 through 52, which covers all of Posen. 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 fifty-first 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.

Click on the link or illustration to order.

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.
  • The following places are found in this volume.

  • Abbau Brenkenhof
  • Abdeckerei
  • Ablage Dratzig Schmelze
  • Ablage I
  • Ablage II
  • Ablagenwäterhaus
  • Adlig Brühlsdorf
  • Adlig Gonsawka
  • Adlig Grochowiska
  • Adlig Kobelnica
  • Adlig Kruschin
  • Adlig Neubrück
  • Adlig Szczytniki
  • Adlig Wymyslowo
  • Adolfsdorf
  • Adolphsheim
  • Albertsruh
  • Alden
  • Alexandrowo
  • Alt Flötenau
  • Alt Jägersburg
  • Alt Kokoszki
  • Alt Lachowo
  • Alt Latzig
  • Alt Panigrodz
  • Alt Patschin
  • Alt Theirgarten
  • Alte Mühle
  • Altenburg Gut
  • Altendorf
  • Altgrabia
  • Althof
  • Althütte
  • Altlinden
  • Altraden
  • Altsorge
  • Alyrode
  • Am Kanal
  • Amalienhof
  • Ambach
  • Amberg
  • Amfluss
  • Amsberg
  • Amsee
  • Amt Kruschwitz
  • Amt Schönlanke
  • Amwald
  • Anastazewo
  • Aniela
  • Anielamühle
  • Anielin
  • Annadorf
  • Annowo
  • Ansiedelung Rinkon
  • Antonienhof
  • Antoniewo
  • Arcugowo
  • Argenau
  • Arkusdorf
  • Arndshof
  • Arndtshain
  • Arnoldowo
  • Arnswalde
  • Aschenforth
  • Ascherbude
  • Athanasienhof
  • Auerbachshütte
  • Augustenau
  • Augustowo
  • Augustwalde
  • Bacharcie
  • Bachwitz
  • Bagnabruch
  • Bahnhof
  • Bahnhof Filehne
  • Bahnhof Grossendorf
  • Bahnhof Jesnitersee
  • Bahnhof Kreuz
  • Bahnhof Lopienno
  • Bahnhof Maximilianowo
  • Bahnhof Strehlau
  • Bahnmeisterei Rinkau
  • Balino
  • Balschau
  • Balzweiler
  • Bankwitz
  • Baranowo
  • Bärenbruch
  • Bärenbusch
  • Bartelsee
  • Bartschin
  • Batkowo
  • Baumgart
  • Baumgarten
  • Continue reading “Posen I – Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Now Shipping”

Irish Catholic Parish Registers to Go Online July 8, 2015.

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The following excerpt is from an article posted April 29, 2015 at silconrepulbic.com

The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland – 400,000 films amounting to the most important source of Irish family history – is to be made available online this July.

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has been working to digitise the microfilms for more than three years under its most ambitious digitisation programme to date.

Announced in December, the archive of parish register microfilms will go live on 8 July.

The parish register records are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census. Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover 1,091 parishes throughout the island of Ireland, and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Adds Over 2.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Australia, Philippines, Slovakia, Ukraine, the USA & Zimbabwe

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FamilySearch adds more than 2.2 million indexed records and images to Australia, Philippines, Slovakia, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe. Notable collection updates include the 133,189 indexed records from the Zimbabwe, Death notices, 1904–1976 collection; the 78,244 images from the US, Tennessee, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872 collection; and the 62,154 images from the Ukraine, Zaporizhia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1811–1858 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Argentina, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665–1975 – 124,414 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Australia, New South Wales, Cemetery, Military, and Church Record Transcripts, 1816–1982 – 190,180 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829–1961 – 18,165 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789–1950 – 303,599 – 255,805 – New indexed records and images collection.

France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1872 and 1886 – 247,943 – 9,244 – New indexed records and images collection.

Italy, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809–1929 – 19,327 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 – 1,216 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888–1983 – 0 – 11,131 – Added images to an existing collection.

Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592–1910 – 5,271 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Ukraine, Zaporizhia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1811–1858 – 0 – 62,154 – New browsable image collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 307,634 – 307,634 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Georgia, Brunswick Passenger Lists, 1904–1939 – 0 – 400 – New browsable image collection.

US, Indiana, Gary and East Chicago Crew Lists, 1945–1956 – 0 – 2,122 – New browsable image collection.

US, Mississippi, Freedmen’s Department (Pre-Bureau Records), 1863–1866 – 0 – 4,286 – New browsable image collection.

US, Montana, Big Horn County Records, 1884–2011 – 8,231 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Judith Basin County Records, 1887–2012 – 633 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910–2012 – 6,037 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Sweet Grass County Records, 1887–2011 – 6,183 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 – 0 – 37,708 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Tennessee, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872 – 0 – 78,244 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, United States, Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations, 1768–1921 – 16,152 – 474 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937 – 72,542 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1879–1934 – 5,612 – 569 – New indexed records and images collection.

Zimbabwe, Death notices, 1904–1976 – 133,189 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

The Florida WPA Church Archives Inventory

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In searching the Florida State Archives digital collections found at Florida Memory, I ran across this wonderful collection of church-related documents produced by the WPA. If you have early 19th and 20th century Florida ancestry, these documents will be of interest. The following is from the website:

This collection of Works Progress Administration (WPA) church records is from the State Library of Florida’s collections. One of the most significant undertakings of the Historical Records Survey was a nationwide survey of churches and church records, known as the Church Archives Inventory.

Church Archives Inventory
Each state created a list of known churches and synagogues to be surveyed, organized by county. Survey workers then ventured out into the field to document church histories and record holdings by interviewing clergy and congregation members. This collection contains the documents created by the state of Florida.

Form 20HR
The form used by field workers for the Church Archives Inventory, titled “Form 20HR,” included fields for church name (or names), address, name of the pastor, architectural and building details, race and size of the congregation, location of church records, and additional information deemed relevant.

Search the WPA Church Records Florida Memory website by pastor, church or denomination.

Browse the WPA Church Records Florida Memory website.

Records of Weddings and Funerals, 1963 through 2002, Donated to Milan, Michigan Public Library

Photographed are library personnel, Barbara Beaton and Susan Wess, and the Rev. Vern Campbell, retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, and Milan historian Martha Churchill. Campbell and Churchill collaborated on complying marriage and death records kept by Campbell as pastor for 31 years.
Photographed are library personnel, Barbara Beaton and Susan Wess, and the Rev. Vern Campbell, retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, and Milan historian Martha Churchill. Campbell and Churchill collaborated on complying marriage and death records kept by Campbell as pastor for 31 years.

MILAN [Michigan]- The Milan Public Library received some informative materials on Jan. 30 when Milan historian, Martha Churchill, and retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Vern Campbell, presented two large volumes of printed materials collected by Campbell for more than 31 years.

Personal records of weddings and funerals performed by Campbell were written on index cards that were passed to Churchill who organized the information in bound copies for the genealogy collection at the library.

Read the full article by Joyce Ervin, published in the February 5, 2015 edition of the Milan News-Leader website.

They Catholic Church & the National Library of Ireland to Make Parish Records Free Online

The following teaser is from an article by Michael Kelly, published at the Catholic News Service website.

DUBLIN (CNS) – The Catholic Church and the National Library of Ireland have partnered to make almost 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms available online for free.

A National Library of Ireland statement called the records the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census. Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover nearly 1,100 parishes throughout the island of Ireland and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.

“Most census records from this period were destroyed in the Four Courts fire of 1922, so these parish registers are the most comprehensive surviving source of information on Irish families in the 1700s and 1800s,” said Colette O’Flaherty, head of special collections at the National Library of Ireland.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

FamilySearch Adds Over 2.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Colombia, England, Portugal, & the USA

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The following was information received from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added more than 2.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, Colombia, England, Portugal, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,061,590 indexed records and images from the U.S., Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954, collection; the 322,922 images from the Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012, collection; and the 592,385 images from the new U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791-1994, collection . See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977 – 14,801 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012 – 0 – 322,922 – Added images to an existing collection.

England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538-1900 – 25,351 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911 – 0 – 141,541 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979 – 69,297 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915 – 0 – 11,450 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001 – 0 – 468,272 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897 – 0 – 235 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791-1994 – 0 – 592,385 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954 – 459,155 – 602,435 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Bethel Presbyterian Church of Clover, York Co., SC Celebrating 250 Years

The following excerpts are from an article posted in the January 8, 2013 edition of the Enquirer Herald.

Cary Grant stands near the grave of one of the 52 Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the cemetery at Bethel Presbyterian Church. The church is in the background. Photo by Jennifer Becknell.
Cary Grant stands near the grave of one of the 52 Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the cemetery at Bethel Presbyterian Church. The church is in the background. Photo by Jennifer Becknell.

CLOVER [York County, South Carolina]
A dozen years before the United States was founded, three men gathered at a spring near Clover and decided to start one of the first churches organized in the colony of South Carolina.

Bethel Presbyterian Church, a small country church on S.C. 557 near Clover that is the oldest Presbyterian church in York County, this year plans a series of events to celebrate its 250 years of ministry, missions and prayer.

Grant and the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Gess, said the church, founded in 1764, has 52 Revolutionary War soldiers buried in its historic cemetery.

A published history of Bethel Presbyterian Church, compiled and edited by Helen Grant and Janice Currence, is available for $10, plus shipping. To obtain a copy, contact Helen and Cary Grant via email at caryegrant@bellsouth.net or call 803-962-2112.

For a 30-minute video history of the church, visit the website www.bethelchurchpa.com.

Read the full article.

Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas

gpc5176Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: A Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere is the most comprehensive collection of information on colonial period records covering the entire Western Hemisphere, both North and South America. As far as I know, there is no other single reference for records sources covering the colonial periods for the entire hemisphere.

This book examines the colonial period from the earliest European colonization in the Western Hemisphere until:

  • the American Revolution for the thirteen colonies
  • statehood was obtained for other U.S. states
  • Latin American countries which did not declare independence from Spain and Portugal until 1808 or later
  • Caribbean countries and dependencies through about 1810
  • the abolition of the slave trade, for slavery related records, including dates of emancipation

For each country, the author Christina K. Schaefer, provides an historical background and brief sketches of the records themselves, plus descriptions for the principle holding of the major repositories. Record groups are broken down into similar categories for each country. Common sections include church and ecclesiastical records, census records, notarial records, governmental and municipal records, military records, land records, etc. A list of suggested readings rounds out each chapter.

At 814 pages, this reference is indeed extensive. It may be literally impossible to cover every possible resource in a single project. Still, Schaefer has provided a treasure trove of information vital to genealogical record finding. If you need colonial period records for anywhere in the Americas, this book can help.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Going Beyond the Line, a Chronology

  • Chronology of colonial history
  • Dates of the first colonial governors

Part Two: Latin America

  • Introduction

Colonies founded by Spain

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Colonies founded by England, France, The Netherlands, and Portugal

  • Brazil
  • The Guianas
  • Belize/British Honduras
  • The Falkland Islands

Part Three: The Caribbean

  • Introduction
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • The British Leeward Islands
  • The British Windward Islands
  • Cuba
  • The French Antilles
  • Hispaniola
  • Jamica
  • The Netherlands Antilles
  • Puerto Rico
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Virgin Islands

Part Four: The Thirteen Colonies, Maine, and Vermont

  • Introduciton

New England Colonies

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Middle Colonies

  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland

Southern Colonies

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

Part Five: Other U.S. States with settlements prior to the Revolution

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Part Six: Canada

New France

  • Introduction to New France
  • Quebec
  • Ontario

Acadia

  • Introduction to Acadia
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island

Other North American Colonies

  • Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Rupert’s Land

Part Seven: Resources for Further Research

  • Religious groups in the New World
  • Africa and the New World
  • Colonial sources in Denmark
  • Colonial sources in France
  • Colonial sources in Great Britain
  • Colonial sources in Germany
  • Colonial sources in The Netherlands
  • Colonial sources in Portugal
  • Colonial sources in Spain
  • Colonial sources in Sweden
  • Colonial sources in Switzerland
  • Foreign records at the Library of Congress

Index

 

Although technically out-of-print, Family Roots Publishing has several cases of this book in stock – all at a very special price! Order Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC5176; Price: $47.96 [20% off the cover price].

FamilySearch Adds Over 3.1 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from England, New Zealand, Sweden, & the USA

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FamilySearch has recently added more than 3.1 million indexed records and images from England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,669,755 indexed records from the New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855–1973, collection, the 272,611 indexed records from the U.S., Arkansas, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940–1945, collection, and the 115,441 indexed records and images from the new England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538–1910, collection . See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

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Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910 – 110,294 – 5,147 – New index records and images collection.

New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973 – 2,669,755 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991 – 0 – 4,344 – Added images to an existing collection.

Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 68,822 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

U.S., Arkansas, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 – 272,611 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 – 32,769 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

Status Animarum Records Posted for Saint Joseph Parish Church in Stari trg ob Kolpi, Slovenia

The following was received from my good friend, Jeff Bockman:
Record from the Parish Church of St. Jozef Stari Trg ob Kolpi, Slovenia
All 788 of the Status Animarum records covering the 1875 – 1886 period from the Saint Joseph Parish Church in Stari trg ob Kolpi, Slovenia have been posted. A few of the earlier records have also been posted.

Status animarum translates as “the state of souls.” They contain names and information about baptism, marriage, burial, and relationship to head of household for everyone living in a parish by house number. Spouses often show the town and house where they were born or moved. They were kept by the parish priests for internal purposes. Handwriting and format vaies by priest. These were filmed at the church in 1999 by a second cousin of some of my second cousins. Does that make her a second cousin-in-law?

The following villages/settlements are included: Decina, Deskova Vas, Dol, Dolenja Podgora, Gorenja Podgora, Dolenji Radenci, Srednji Radenci, Gorenja Radenci, Jelenja vas, Kot ob Kolpi, Kovaca Vas, Mocile, Paka pri Predgradu, Predgrad, Prelesje, Sodevci, Stari Trg ob Kolpi, Zagozdac. A few of the villages have been indexed.

These records are sort of a mulit-generational family group sheet that often contain at least three generations with links to the house and family of the spouses, and include comments about them going to Amerika or sometimes even the name of a city.

To learn more about these valuable records and to view them, please visit www.alenjes.com/stari-trg.

British Methodist Family History Online

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the April 4, 2013 edition of HalifaxCourier.co.uk. It deals with British Methodist Family History on a personal level, with folks world-wide invited to join in the sharing of information. Cool…

A new Methodist family history website – the second in a trio of online community archives – has been launched by Methodist Heritage with the aim of encouraging people to share information related to every aspect of Methodist history.

My Methodist History is inviting people all over the world to contribute and help document Methodism’s early development, 19th-century splits and sub-denominations, overseas missions and life since the 1932 reunion.

The My Methodist History website is linked to the already popular My Primitive Methodist Ancestors launched last year. It will also be linked to the forthcoming My Wesleyan Methodist Ancestors website, with a search facility enabled to scan the network.

St. Augustine, Florida Parish Register Documents from As Early as 1594 Digitized


A group of graduate students at the University of South Florida have spent the last several months digitizing over 6000 pages of very early parish registers from St. Augustine, Florida. They date to as early as 1594 and run through the mid-1700s! Births, marriages, and deaths of some of the earliest Europeans to live in America are recorded in these documents.

Read the AP article by Tamara Lush titled “Work underway in St. Augustine to digitize 1500s records” in the March 27, 2013 edition of The St. Augustine Record for more information.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.