Maine State Library to Digitize Historic Maine Newspapers

The following excerpt is from the August 15, 2016 edition of mainebiz.biz:

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The Maine State Library in Augusta has received a $275,000 federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize over 100,000 pages of historical Maine newspapers.

Any Maine newspaper printed prior to 1923 could be included in the project provided that the master microfilm is available for imaging. Newspapers printed between 1923 and 1962 may also be eligible for digitization if the publisher is willing to provide a waiver of copyright to permit the content to be imaged and shared.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

FamilySearch Databases Added or Updated From June 28 through August 8, 2016

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The following databases have been added or updated at FamilySearch.org from June 28, 2016 to August 8, 2016

Location – Number of Indexed Records – Date Posted or Updated

Australia, Tasmania, Migrant Files, 1945-1968 – Browse Images – 20 Jul 2016
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1914 – 426,542 – 28 Jul 2016
Czech Republic Land Records, 1450-1889 – Browse Images – 05 Aug 2016
Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 – Browse Images – 02 Aug 2016
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 – 481,724 – 15 Jul 2016
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1990 – 723,047 – 30 Jun 2016
England and Wales Census, 1851 – 18,369,674 – 03 Aug 2016
France, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, Indexes to Church Records, 1680-1789 – 38,020 – 22 Jul 2016
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 469,259 – 05 Jul 2016
Italy, Agrigento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1865 – Browse Images – 26 Jul 2016
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942 – Browse Images – 12 Jul 2016
Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744-1942 – 361,876 – 18 Jul 2016
Italy, Forlì-Cesena, Forlì, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1800-1815, 1866-1930 – 139,112 – 19 Jul 2016
Italy, Nuoro, Nuoro, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1915 – 18,865 – 18 Jul 2016
Italy, Savona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1813, 1838-1936 – 154,198 – 18 Jul 2016
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 – 194,981 – 01 Aug 2016
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 487,853 – 02 Aug 2016
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 556,500 – 14 Jul 2016
Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918 – 574,803 – 15 Jul 2016
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1956 – 314,094 – 11 Jul 2016
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 – 74,313 – 29 Jun 2016
Spain, Province of Córdoba, Municipal Records, 1509-1947 – 2,131,675 – 15 Jul 2016
Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1956 – 308,744 – 28 Jul 2016
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1920 – 2,564,491 – 15 Jul 2016

UNITED STATES DATABASES

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of Freedmen’s Complaints, 1865-1872 – 140,985 – 03 Aug 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Ration Records,1865-1872 – 154,587 – 02 Aug 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1865-1872 – 145,374 – 01 Aug 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Claim Records, 1865-1872 – 273,418 – 29 Jul 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Records of Persons and Articles Hired, 1865-1872 – 34,998 – 28 Jul 2016

Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 – 1,785,018 – 28 Jun 2016
District of Columbia, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1863-1872 – 90,597 – 03 Aug 2016
Georgia World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 – 839,636 – 05 Jul 2016
Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 – 779,774 – 20 Jul 2016
Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967 – 1,069,456 – 19 Jul 2016
Illinois, DeKalb County Land Records, 1838-1927 – 57,179 – 01 Aug 2016
Indiana, Civil Marriages, 1828-1957 – 10,571 – 29 Jun 2016
Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992 – 1,008,158 – 28 Jun 2016
Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998 – 147,078 – 20 Jul 2016
Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979 – 1,532,533 – 30 Jun 2016
Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970 – 627,320 – 30 Jun 2016
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 – 1,317,764 – 05 Jul 2016
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1907 – 1,421,557 – 19 Jul 2016
Maryland County Marriages, 1658-1940 – 106,686 – 11 Jul 2016
Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970 – 227,204 – 05 Jul 2016
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 – 2,405,620 – 19 Jul 2016
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 – 533,517 – 08 Aug 2016
Michigan Probate Records, 1797-1973 – Browse Images – 30 Jun 2016
Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949 – 870,856 – 18 Jul 2016
Minnesota Marriages, 1849-1950 – 438,331 – 18 Jul 2016
Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962 – 586,237 – 08 Aug 2016
Missouri, Civil Marriages, 1820-1874 – 4,883 – 28 Jun 2016
Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946 – 316,539 – 07 Jul 2016
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 – 109,803 – 21 Jul 2016
Montana, Chouteau County Records, 1876-2011 – 9,505 – 15 Jul 2016
New Jersey, State Census, 1855 – 73,030 – 08 Aug 2016
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942 – 5,487,573 – 03 Aug 2016
New York, Church and Civil Marriages, 1704-1995 – 23,819 – 11 Jul 2016
New York Marriages, 1686-1980 – 767,083 – 11 Jul 2016
North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979 – 1,207,804 – 19 Jul 2016
North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 – 3,457,243 – 19 Jul 2016
Ohio, Summit County, Veteran Burial Cards, 1700-1941 – 5,535 – 28 Jun 2016
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 – 4,709,143 – 20 Jul 2016
Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958 – 2,198,000 – 20 Jul 2016
Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 – 4,107,607 – 19 Jul 2016
Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 – 2,548,575 – 19 Jul 2016
Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 – 2,255,061 – 28 Jun 2016
Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950 – 209,880 – 27 Jul 2016
Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 – 4,802,418 – 28 Jul 2016
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 – 1,724,715 – 30 Jun 2016
Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1837-1910 – 4,575,333 – 21 Jul 2016
Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 – 1,575,573 – 19 Jul 2016
Texas Marriages, 1837-1973 – 1,695,783 – 19 Jul 2016
Utah, Tremonton and Garland Obituaries, 1959-2013 – 18,360 – 03 Aug 2016

United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937 – 5,794,949 – 08 Aug 2016

CEMETERIES – WORLDWIDE

BillionGraves Index – 18,780,474 – 28 Jul 2016
Find A Grave Index – 146,748,413 – 11 Jul 2016

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for February 16 & 22, 2016

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You will find new marriage records from Kansas and Maryland this week along with England Devon Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887, England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004, and United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945. I’ve also included updates from February 16 on the following list. Check out all of the marriage records from a variety of states, including New York, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Other highlights include New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957, California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949, Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920, and New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

California San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving 1954- 1957 – 375,314 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
England Devon Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887 – 256,201 – 93,511 – New indexed records and images collection
England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004 – 481,340 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Gary and East Chicago Crew Lists 1945-1956 – 17,094 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kansas County Marriages 1855-1911 – 148,676 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland Marriages 1666-1970 – 96,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Delayed and Corrected Vital Records 1753-1900 – 31,701 – 11,788 – New indexed records and images collection
United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945 – 143,374 – 0 – New indexed records collection

BillionGraves Index – 227,783 – 227,783 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Canada British Columbia Marriage Registrations 1859-1932; 1937-1938 – 6,123 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949 – 22,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
England and Wales Census 1861 – 2,504,271 – 111,092 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
England Durham Diocese Marriage Bonds & Allegations 1692-1900 – 35,079 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Florida and South Carolina Airplane Arrival Manifests 1944-1945 – 0 – 127 – New browsable image collection.
Florida Knights Keys Passenger Lists 1908-1912 – 5,399 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Honduras Civil Registration 1841-1968 – 0 – 609 – Added images to an existing collection
Idaho Birth Index 1861-1911 – 60,430 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Idaho Death Certificates 1938-1961 – 118,152 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois Cook County Deaths 1878-1994 – 3,732,138 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 – 276,945 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Bergamo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1901 – 6,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935 – 78,629 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Grosseto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1851-1907 – 113,690 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Modena Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1942 – 67,474 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Prato Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1923 – 7,183 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Reggio Calabria Civil Registration (State Archive) 1784-1943 – 0 – 2,143,899 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Viterbo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1870-1943 – 90,051 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kansas County Marriages 1855-1911 – 311,857 – 2,333 – Added images to an existing collection
Kansas Marriages 1811-1911 – 185,068 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Liberia Marriage Records 1941-1974 – 24,625 – 24,406 – New browsable image collection.
Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957 – 46,810 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maine Crew List Arriving at Eastport 1949-1958 – 7,239 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland County Marriages 1658-1940 – 53,762 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Minnesota County Marriages 1860-1949 – 570,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Mississippi Tippah County Marriages 1858-1979 – 19,583 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 57,837 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936 – 252,052 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957 – 1,270,298 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1891-1924 – 0 – 3,243,611 – New browsable image collection.
New York Passenger Lists 1820-1891 – 30,480 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943 – 0 – 971 – New browsable image collection.
North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – 1,796 – 1,796 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Dakota Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals 1910-1952 – 11,631 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 92,719 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio Washington County Court Records 1810-1930 – 0 – 6,421 – Added images to an existing collection
Oklahoma County Marriages 1890-1995 – 126,532 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ontario Births 1869-1910 – 125,109 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Crew Lists arriving at Erie 1952-1957 – 44,119 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Áncash Civil Registration 1888-2005 – 0 – 3,146 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Cajamarca Civil Registration 1938-1996 – 0 – 3,175 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 180,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Poland Radom Roman Catholic Church Books 1587-1966 – 1,884 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Portugal Portalegre Catholic Church Records 1859-1911 – 4,441 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991 – 48,422 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956 – 0 – 57 – Added images to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920 – 0 – 189,353 – Added images to an existing collection
Utah County Marriages 1887-1937 – 337,714 – 124,465 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Venezuela Archdiocese of Mérida Catholic Church Records 1654-2013 – 0 – 405,819 – Added images to an existing collection

Old Canada Road Historical Society Launches Online Database

The following teaser is from www.centralmaine.com:

BINGHAM — The Old Canada Road Historical Society recently announced the launch of its online collections database, a new resource for those interested in the history of the Upper Kennebec Valley…

The society covers the towns and plantations on both sides of the Kennebec from Bingham to Parlin Pond, including Moscow, Caratunk, The Forks, West Forks, Concord, Pleasant Ridge, Carrying Place and Bowtown.

See the full article.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of November 17, 2015

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Nearly half a million more free records were added to the Billion Graves Index this week. Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 , Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958, Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005, and the US Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Marriage Records also have significant additions. For these and more, follow the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

BillionGraves Index – 471,375 – 471,375 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
California Immigration Registers of Japanese Filipinos and Hawaiians at San Francisco 1928-1942 – 9,385 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Guam Passenger and Crew Lists 1947-1952 – 8,127 – 663 – New indexed records and images collection
Maine Bath Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship 1833-1868 – 3,555 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan Crew Lists for various ports 1929-1966 – 163,256 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958 – 208,667 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005 – 0 – 168,622 – New browsable image collection.
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 897,183 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records 1865-1872 – 132,483 – 41,496 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

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FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images for Belgium, England, Germany, the Philippines, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 3.7 million indexed records and images for Belgium, England, Germany, the Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,807,806 indexed records from the England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913 collection; 190,879 indexed records from the US, Texas, Brownsville Passenger and Crew List of Airplanes, 1943–1964 collection; and 137,815 images from the Philippines, Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900–1952 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 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

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1913 – 79,444 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1914 – 67,410 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910 – 8,560 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913 – 2,807,806 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Germany, Hesse, Stadtkreis Darmstadt, Darmstadt District, Civil Registration, 1876–1925 – 0 – 70,510 – Added images to an existing collection.

Philippines, Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900–1952 – 0 – 137,815 – New browsable image collection.

US, Florida, Pensacola, Passenger Lists, 1900–1945 – 0 – 1,937 – New browsable image collection.

US, Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917–1920 – 0 – 27,210 – New browsable image collection.

US, Maine, Bath, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1833–1868 – 0 – 3,516 – New browsable image collection.

US, Massachusetts, Salem and Beverly Crew Lists and Shipping Articles, 1797–1934 – 0 – 33,017 – New browsable image collection.

US, Michigan, South Haven Crew Lists, 1957–1959 – 0 – 61 – New browsable image collection.

US, Minnesota, Duluth and Wisconsin, Superior Crew Lists, 1922–1958 – 0 – 26,368 – New browsable image collection.

US, Montana, Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals and Departures, 1923–1956 – 0 – 38,373 – New browsable image collection.

US, New York, New York, Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted, 1917–1957 – 0 – 119,753 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1852–1991 – 83,982 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Oregon, Portland, Index and Register of Vessels, 1949–1955 – 0 – 88 – New browsable image collection.

US, Pennsylvania, Landing Reports of Aliens, 1798–1828 – 0 – 636 – New browsable image collection.

US, Rhode Island, Davisville, Melville, Newport, and Quonset Point, Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists, 1955–1957 – 0 – 387 – New browsable image collection.

US, South Carolina, Charleston U.S. Citizens Passenger Lists, 1919–1948 – 0 – 775 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, Brownsville Passenger and Crew List of Airplanes, 1943–1964 – 190,879 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Texas, Houston Arrival Manifests of Airplanes, 1946–1954 – 0 – 4,360 – New browsable image collection.

Acadian-Cajun Timeline, 1603-1805

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The following historical timeline of events relating to the Acadians-Cajuns was extracted from the Maine Name Lists and Louisiana Name Lists books, written by my good friend, William Dollarhide. The area of present Maine was at one time claimed by both the French colony of Acadia and the English colony of Massachusetts Bay. After the British-imposed expulsion of the Acadians, their final gathering point was concentrated in Spanish Louisiana. Upon the Louisiana Purchase, these new Americans were often called “Cajuns.” The timeline here reflects the history of the founding of French Acadia, their battles with the British, their expulsion, and their gathering in Louisiana.

1603. French nobleman Pierre DuGua (Sieur DeMonts) was granted exclusive rights to colonize the area he had named l’Acadie (Acadia), granted by French King Henry IV. The area of Acadia included all of present Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and most of Maine.

1604 Acadia. DeMonts established a French colony on St. Croix Island, at the mouth of the St. Croix River, now Maine. After surviving a bad Winter, the entire colony was moved across the Bay of Fundy to Port-Royal, now Nova Scotia.

1611. From his base in Port-Royal, Acadia, French Jesuit Priest Pierre Baird, crossed the Bay of Fundy to an island on the Penobscot River of present Maine, where he established an Indian mission.

1613. Father Baird and others attempted a new French mission on Mount Desert Island (present Maine), but soon after their arrival, they were arrested by English Captain Samuel Argall of the Jamestown Colony.

1689-1690. King William’s War. Soon after they were crowned, William III and Mary II joined a European alliance against France, and the subsequent battles became known as King William’s War. In 1689, several battles took place, including the French attack on Saco, Maine; followed by the English attack and destruction of the French Acadia capital of Port-Royal in 1690.

1696. During King Williams’s War, French forces from Pentagouet (present Castine, Maine) attacked and destroyed the English settlement at Pemaquid (present Bristol, Maine). Pemaquid was the northernmost community of New England, lying on the border with French Acadia. The French community of Pentagouet was the southernmost settlement of French Acadia. After the Siege of Pemaquid, the French forces continued north and destroyed virtually every English settlement in Newfoundland, and deported over 500 people back to England. In retaliation, the English attacked and destroyed more Acadian communities, including present Fredericton, New Brunswick.

1702. Queen Anne’s War. This was a decisive war in the series of conflicts between France and England. Battles took place in New England, Newfoundland, Québec and Acadia. One notable event was the brutal French/Indian raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1704, where the surviving English colonists were forced to march to Québec as hostages. The English Queen Anne succeeded to the throne after the death of Mary II, her older sister, and William III, who died in 1702 without issue. Queen Anne’s reign of 1702-1714 was about the same duration as the war that took her name. The English prevailed in most of the battles, and the war marked a turning point for the success of English interests over the French in North America.

1713. The Peace of Utrecht ended Queen Anne’s War. France ceded to Great Britain its claims to Newfoundland, Hudsons Bay, and the peninsular part of French Acadia, which the British had renamed Nova Scotia. The British took possession of the peninsula area and required the Acadians to swear allegiance to Britain or leave. The continental part of Acadia (including areas of present Maine and New Brunswick) remained in French control and a number of displaced Acadians from the British side moved across the Bay of Fundy to lands near the St. John and St. Croix rivers.

1718. La Nouvelle-Orleans (New Orleans) was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne (Sieur de Bienville). It was named for Philippe II, Duke of Orleans, the Regent of France. That year saw hundreds of French colonists arriving in Louisiana.

1719. Baton Rouge was established by the French as a military post.

1721 Arkansas Post. French and German colonists abandoned Arkansas Post, the largest settlement of all of French Louisiana. As a failed farming community, Arkansas Post was typical of the French efforts to colonize North America south of the Great Lakes. Arkansas Post continued as a trading post, and the French presence in the Mississippi Basin now became one of mostly single French fur trappers and traders paddling their canoes from one trading post to the next.

1721 German Coast. A group of German immigrants, who had first settled at Arkansas Post, acquired farm land on the east side of the Mississippi River north of New Orleans. Many of them were formerly of the German-speaking Alsace-Lorraine area of France. They easily adapted themselves to the French culture of Louisiana, and later intermarried with the French Acadians coming into the same area. Their main settlements were at Karlstein, Hoffen, Mariental, and Augsburg, all part of the German Coast. The farms they operated were to become the main source of food for New Orleans for decades.

1755-1758 Expulsion of the Acadians. At the beginning of the French and Indian War, the British completed their conquest of Acadia, and in 1755, began forcibly removing Acadians from their homes. (The British remembered the forced deportations imposed by the French against the English in Newfoundland back in 1696). The first expulsions were to the lower British colonies but in 1758 they began transporting Acadians back to France. Those Acadians who avoided deportation made their way to other French-speaking areas, such as present Québec, present New Brunswick, or present Maine. For an historical reference to the era, re-read Longfellow’s poem, “Evangeline,” which was based on the events of the Acadian expulsions.

1763. The Treaty of Paris of 1763 ended the French and Indian War (it was called the Seven Years War in Canada and Europe). France was the big loser, and lost virtually all of its remaining North American claims. The areas east of the Mississippi and all of Acadia/Nova Scotia and Québec were lost to Britain; the areas west of the Mississippi went to Spain. After the Treaty of Paris, George III issued a proclamation renaming the Province of Québec as the Province of Canada. He also issued the Proclamation Line of 1763, in which Indian Reserves were established west of the Appalachian Mountain Range, limiting western migrations by all of the British colonies. Soon after the treaty, all French military personnel left their North American posts. But, French civilian settlements continued in Lower Louisiana, such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Arkansas Post, and Natchez; and in Upper Louisiana, such as Prairie du Chien, Kaskaskia, and Vincennes. Spain did not take military control of Spanish Louisiana until 1766 (at New Orleans) and 1770 (at St. Louis).

1764-1765 Acadian Coast. Per terms of the Treaty of Paris, the British were given the right to remove the remaining French Acadians, but agreed to provide resettlement assistance. The destinations were not always clear, and the displaced Acadians were sometimes loaded onto ships headed to Boston, New York, Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, or Mobile. After a few initial families made their way to New Orleans via Mobile in early 1764, several shiploads of Acadians arrived in New Orleans in early 1765. Their first settlements were on the west side of the Mississippi River, near the present areas of St. James and Ascension Parishes. That first area became known as the Acadian Coast. Today there are 22 parishes of Louisiana considered part of Acadiana, a modern description of the region of southern Louisiana west of the Mississippi River first settled by French Acadians. For more details on the first Acadians in Louisiana, visit the Acadian-Cajun Genealogy & History website. See www.acadian-cajun.com/hiscaj2b.htm.

1766. Antonio de Ulloa became the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, headquartered at New Orleans. He was a brilliant scientist (discoverer of the element Platinum), highly regarded by Spanish Royalty, but rose to his highest level of incompetence as a military leader.

1768. The Louisiana Rebellion of 1768 was an attempt by a combined armed force of French Acadians, French Creoles and German Coast settlers around New Orleans to stop the handover of French La Louisiane to Spain. The rebels forced Spanish Governor de Ulloa to leave New Orleans and return to Spain, but his replacement Alejandro O’Reilly was able to crush the rebellion. O’Reilly, an Irishman turned Cuban, was responsible for establishing military rule in Spanish Louisiana.

1777-1778. During the Revolutionary War, a number of French-speaking Acadians from Louisiana joined their counterparts from the leftover French settlements of Kaskaskia and Vincennes. They were added to the Virginia Militia force commanded by General George Rogers Clark. General Clark later noted that the fiercely anti-British fighters he gained from the French communities contributed greatly to his monumental victories against the British in the conquest of the Old Northwest.

1783 United States of America. The treaty of Paris of 1783 first recognized the United States as an independent nation, with borders from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, and from present Maine to Georgia. The treaty also reaffirmed the claims of Britain to present Canada; and Spain’s claim to East Florida, West Florida, New Spain (including Nuevo Mexico & Tejas), and Louisiana west of the Mississippi River.

1800-1802 Louisiana. In Europe, Napoleon defeated the Spanish in battle and gained title to Louisiana again after trading them a couple of duchies in Italy. However, Napoleon found that his troops in the Caribbean were under siege and unable to provide much help in establishing a French government in Louisiana. Several months later, when American emissaries showed up in Paris trying to buy New Orleans from him, Napoleon decided to unload the entire tract. – legally described as “the drainage of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.”

1803 Louisiana Purchase. President Thomas Jefferson urged Congress to vote in favor, and the U.S. purchased the huge area from France, doubling the size of the United States. But, disputed claims to areas of Lower Louisiana now existed between Spain and the U.S., in particular, the area between the Red River and Sabine River in present Louisiana; and the area of West Florida, east of the Mississippi River.

1804-1805. In 1804, Congress divided the Louisiana Purchase into two jurisdictions: Louisiana District and Orleans Territory. The latter had north and south bounds the same as the present state of Louisiana, but did not include its present Florida Parishes, and its northwest corner extended on an indefinite line west into Spanish Tejas. The first capital of Orleans Territory was New Orleans. For a year, Louisiana District was attached to Indiana Territory for judicial administration, but became Louisiana Territory with its own Governor on July 4, 1805. St. Louis was the first capital of Louisiana Territory.

1812. April 30th. The same area as old Orleans Territory became Louisiana, the 18th state in the Union. New Orleans became the first state capital.

1812. June 4th. Louisiana Territory was renamed Missouri Territory. For about five weeks in 1812, a Louisiana Territory and a State of Louisiana existed at the same time.

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Maine Names Lists 1623-2012 – Now Shipping

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The brand new Maine Name Lists – Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1623-2012 is now in print and shipping with a FREE immediate PDF download eBook! The Name List book is 103 pages in length and as with his earlier volumes, it’s loaded with information.

See Dollarhide’s article, “What are Name Lists?

All Dollarhide state Name List books currently come with a FREE download of the 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.

After downloading the FREE full-color eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

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.

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

I recommend it to any genealogist, beginner or advanced, that had ancestors in the state. – Leland K. Meitzler, Editor – GenealogyBlog.com, Publisher – Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This book is also available in a PDF eBook format only.

Maine Name Lists – Published and Online Censuses & Substitutes 1623-2012 – with FR0248 FREE as a PDF download eBook; by William Dollarhide; 103 pp., paper; 8.5×11; Published: 2015; ISBN: 9781628590302; Item # FR0247

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.

After downloading the FREE full-color eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Washington. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

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.

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

I recommend it to any genealogist, beginner or advanced, that had ancestors in the state. – Leland K. Meitzler, Editor – GenealogyBlog.com, Publisher – Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This book is also available in a PDF eBook format only.

Contents

  • Preface
  • Map: USGS Map Of Maine.
  • Map: English, French, Dutch, and Swedish Colonies, 1584-1626
  • Map: 1790 (as part of Massachusetts)
  • Map: Grants to the Plymouth and Virginia Companies
  • Maine Name Lists
  • Maine Historical Timeline, 1524-1863
  • Accounts of the First Europeans to Visit the Present Maine
  • Things to Know about Maine’s Censuses and Substitutes
  • Online Databases at the Maine State Archives
  • Genealogy Resources at the Maine State Archives & Maine State Library
  • Online Genealogy Research at the Maine Historical Society
  • Bibliography of Maine Name Lists, 1623-2012
  • U.S. Maps
    • 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.
  • National Name Lists
    • Getting Started
    • National Look-up Sites Online
    • Bibliography of National Lists, 1600s – Present

    The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co.:

    A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide: Online Maine Name Lists

    Online Maine Name Lists - A GenealogistsWilliam (Bill) Dollarhide and Family Roots Publishing continue to to produce new guides, or quick reference sheets, for genealogists in their series, titled, A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide. The latest titles have focused Dollarhide’s popular name lists books. One of the newest guides is A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide: Online Maine Name Lists.

    Unique to Online Maine Name Lists

    Internet websites with databases, indexes, or eBooks documenting the early residents of Maine were extracted from Dollarhide’s Maine Name Lists, 1623-2012 (Family Roots Publishing Co, Orting, WA, 2015). Using the PDF version of this Insta-GuideTM, every website address is hot linked to the Internet – just one click away.

    The 138 databases listed here include censuses and census substitutes, i.e., name lists from Maine’s early censuses, court records, directories, histories, land records, militia lists, tax lists, vital records or voter lists.

    First, find a Maine name list – then find the name of your Maine ancestor.

    About Name Lists

    Bill’s Name List books give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

    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.

    William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

     

     A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide: Online Maine Name Lists is available from Family Roots Publishing. With the purchase of the print format also comes an electronic copy in PDF format, or, you can order just the electronic format.

     

    Other titles in the series include:

     

    and those in the name lists group include:

     

    FamilySearch Adds Over 4 M Indexed Records & Images for Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Italy, S Africa, & the USA

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    FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 4 million indexed records and images for the Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Italy, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 700,220 indexed records from the US, Alabama, County Marriages, 1809–1950 collection; 461,167 indexed records from the US, Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880–2009 collection; and 380,334 indexed records from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 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

    Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541–1912 – 70,174 – 49,538 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

    Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906 – 2,962 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 – 380,334 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869–1927 – 246,273 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    China Collection of Genealogies, 1239–2014 – 0 – 232,895 – Added images to an existing collection.

    England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537–1918 – 0 – 53,151 – Added images to an existing collection.

    Italy, Caserta, Gricignano d’Aversa, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809–1929 – 5,472 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951–2006 – 43,036 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, Alabama, County Marriages, 1809–1950 – 700,220 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, Alabama, Mobile Magnolia Cemetery Interment Cards, 1836–1995 – 32,735 – 32,865 – New indexed records and images collection.

    US, Arizona Obituary Index to Arizona Newspapers, 1993–1994 – 223,443 – 51,701 – New indexed records and images collection.

    US, California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893–1953 – 21,052 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1938 – 201,363 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780–1990 – 297,412 – 298,228 – New indexed records and images collection.

    US, Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880–2009 – 461,167 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866–2010 – 1,527 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891 – 349,251 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905–1927 – 218,031 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, Texas, Indexes and Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Del Rio, 1906–1953 – 104,679 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    FamilySearch Adds Over 5.8 Million Indexed Records & Images for Australia, Canada, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, & the USA

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    FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 5.8 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,435,483 indexed records from the Canada Census, 1911 collection; 2,069,202 indexed records from the Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802–1990 collection; and 310,900 images from the Russia, Tula Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1758–1895 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

    Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802–1990 – 2,069,202 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Canada Census, 1911 – 2,435,483 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Canada, Newfoundland Census, 1921 – 218,865 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Canada, Nova Scotia Marriages, 1907–1932 – 66,106 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Canada, Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832–1888 – 20,262 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Hungary, Civil Registration, 1801–1980 – 170,900 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Russia, Tula Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1758–1895 – 0 – 310,900 -Added images to an existing collection.

    South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848–1956 – 0 – 30,830 – Added images to an existing collection.

    US, California, San Diego, Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists, 1929–1954 – 0 – 17,333 – New browsable image collection.

    US, California, San Diego, Chinese Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905–1923 – 0 – 648 -Added images to an existing collection.

    US, California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893–1953 – 225,314 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, Florida, Key West Passenger Lists, 1898–1945 – 7,931 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, Maine, Vital Records, 1670–1907 – 0 – 4,826 – Added images to an existing collection.

    US, Minnesota, Baudette, Warroad, and International Falls Passenger Lists, 1910–1923 – 0 – 1,900 – New browsable image collection.

    US, Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862–2009 – 551 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    US, New York, New York, Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists, 1887–1921 – 0 – 5,799 – New browsable image collection.

    US, North Dakota, Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals, 1910–1952 – 0 – 11,627 – New browsable image collection.

    US, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789–2013 – 0 – 103,303 – Added images to an existing collection.

    US, South Carolina, Confederate Home Records, 1909–1958 – 0 – 6,147 – New browsable image collection.

    United States, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1864–1879 – 0 – 162,191 – New browsable image collection.

    FamilySearch Adds Over 10M Indexed Records & Images for Canada, Czech Republic, Ukraine, & USA

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    FamilySearch has added more than 10 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 3,427,354 indexed records from the Canada Census, 1911, collection; the 1,334,575 image records from the Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800–1945, collection; and the 2,545,965 indexed records from U.S., Idaho, Southeast Counties Obituaries, 1864–2007 , 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 worldís 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

    Canada Census, 1911 – 3,427,354 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800-1945 – 0 – 1,334,575 – Added images to an existing collection.

    Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801–2010 – 0 – 199,481 – Added images to an existing collection.

    New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848–1991 – 145,146 – 145,146 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

    South, Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500–2012 – 0 – 143,281 – Added images to an existing collection.

    Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1840–1845 – 386,265 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    U.S., Idaho, Southeast Counties Obituaries, 1864–2007 – 2,545,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    U.S., Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943–2013 – 585,880 – 52,677 – New indexed records and images collection.

    U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718–1957 – 0 – 83,424 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629–1999 – 0 – 70,174 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S., Mormon Migration Database, 1840–1932 – 143,658 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

    U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785–1950 – 0 – 241,319 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S., Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813–1932 – 0 – 221,657 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S., Utah Obituary Index – 372,279 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

    U.S., Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850–2005 – 511,361 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

    U.S., Virginia, African-American Funeral Programs, 1920–2009 – 0 – 22,727 – New browsable image collection.

    FamilySearch Adds Over 3.1 Million Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, & the USA

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    FamilySearch has added more than 3.1 million images to collections from Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 268,969 indexed records and images from the new Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection; the 350,087 images from the Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Mungkid Citizenship Records, 1985–2013, collection and the 517,928 images from U.S, California, County Marriages, 1850–1952, 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 worldís 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, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1848–2013 – 0 – 96,208 – Added images to an existing collection.

    Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 – 17,314 – 251,655 – Added images to an existing collection.

    Canada, British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854–1903 – 0 – 34,334 – Added images to an existing collection.

    France, Coutances et d’Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533–1906 – 77,660 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Mungkid Citizenship Records, 1985–2013 – 0 – 350,087 – New browsable image collection.

    Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Rembang, District Court Naturalization Records, 1953–2013 – 0 – 118,056 – New browsable image collection.

    Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, Leiden, Notarial Records, 1591–1806 – 0 – 86,888 – New browsable image collection.

    Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 116,244 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 – 304,551 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541–1985 – 0 – 244,394 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, California, County Marriages, 1850–1952 – 0 – 517,928 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, District of Columbia Marriages, 1811–1950 – 0 – 7,888 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, Georgia, Confederate Home Records, 1901–1930 – 0 – 1,260 – New browsable image collection.

    U.S, Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926–1979 – 2,197 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

    U.S, Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718–1957 – 0 – 515,679 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731–1881 – 0 – 101,773 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951 – 42,036 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682–1956 – 0 – 30,643 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762–1979 – 0 – 125,264 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885–1950 – 0 – 8,693 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803–1915 – 0 – 1,697 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790–1950 – 0 – 1,892 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, Texas, Houston, Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895–2008 – 0 – 600 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, United States Census, 1820 – 0 – 180 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861–1934 – 0 – 8,526 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941–1942 – 0 – 6,325 – Added images to an existing collection.

    U.S, Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848–1948 – 0 – 116,684 – Added images to an existing collection.

    Massachusetts and Maine Families – on Sale for 55% Off Thru Thrusday, May 15, 2014

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    A while back, Family Roots Publishing was able to obtain a limited number of an extremely valuable set of three large hardcover books titled Massachusetts and Maine Families – in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis. I was familiar with the set, and when I heard they were about to go out-of-print, and by buying them all I could get a good price – that’s exactly what I did. The set is important, in that a huge percentage of Americans will find their ancestors within these volumes. Do you have New England Roots? If so, you just may find them here.

    The subtitle of the book – “in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis,” throws people off in that they immediately see this as meaning that the book does not apply to their family. Wrong… The genealogies found in these volumes deals with the ancestry of a huge percentage of Americans – and these ancestors could very well be yours!

    Following is a review written by Andy Pomeroy. We have added a compiled surname index that covers all three volumes following the review. Be sure and click on the Read the rest of this entry link to see the full index covering 5045 surnames!

    A Review of Massachusetts and Maine Families – in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis

    I couldn’t tell you why, but lately I keep coming across books worthy of serious attention but have titles that would make most think these treasure in disguise are not for them. Massachusetts and Maine Families: In the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis is just such a book. The title would have been just fine without all that “in the ancestry of” stuff. Why? Well, “almost anyone with considerable New England ancestry—and probably 100 million contemporary Americans, about 40 percent of the population, have some colonial New England forebears—will descend from one or more, often a dozen or more, of the 180 families herein.”

    Massachusetts and Maine Families is a reprint, into three volumes, of an original seventeen volume twentieth-century genealogy. The work was created by Walter Goodwin Davis as a compendium of his ancestry, plus the inclusion of Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendents. There are 2,300 pages, plus an index. In all, there are 180 families covered, plus 19 English families in the “immediate ancestry of American immigrants.” Most of the families lived in Massachusetts, 114, with 29 in Maine and 18 in New Hampshire.

    The introduction to the 1996 reprint was written by Gary Boyd Roberts, who now retired was then working as the Director of Special Research Projects at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Roberts writes glowingly about Davis’ life long dedication to genealogy and his contributions to the practice. Boyd refers to Davis as “the third pillar of two triads of genealogists that revolutionized both local (i.e. northern New England) antiquarian studies and national genealogical standards overall.”

    The original 17 volume set covered Davis’ sixteen great-great-grandparents, plus the inclusion of Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendents. This reprint consolidates these seventeen volume into three, indexes the whole set, and  rearranges the contents into alphabetical order. The sixteen g-g-grandparents for whom Davis focused each original volume where:

    • Nicholas Davis, 1753-1832, of Limington, Maine
    • Charity Haley, 1755-1800, wife of Nicholas Davis
    • Joseph Waterhouse, 1754-1837, of Standish, Maine
    • Lydia Harmon, 1755-1836, wife of Joseph Waterhouse
    • Joseph Neal, 1769-c. 1835, of Litchfield, Maine
    • Sarah Johnson, 1755-1824, wife of Joseph Neal
    • Annis Spear, 1755-1858, of Litchfield, Maine
    • Sarah Hildreth, 1773-1857, wife of Annis Spear
    • Dudley Wildes, 1759-1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts
    • Bethia Harris, 1748-1833, wife of Dudley Wildes
    • Abel Lunt, 1769-1806, of Newbury, Massachusetts
    • Phoebe Tilton, 1775-1847, wife of Abel Lunt
    • James Patten, 1747?-1817, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine
    • Sarah Stone, wife of James Patten
    • Lieut. Amos Towne, 1737-1793, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine
    • Sarah Miller, 1755-1840, wife of Lieut. Amos Towne

    Each volume has an index for that individual book; though, the book itself is arranged by surname of each ancestor. There are pedigrees charts for each of the 16 g-g-grandparents on the first few pages. This will help the reader identify where each individual actually falls in the family with one quick glance. Volume I covers the surnames Allanson to French. Volume II covers Gardner to Moses, and the third Neal to Wright.

    Contents – Volume One
    Allanson, of St. Helen Auckland, Co. Durham, and Scarborough (from Sarah Miller, 1939)
    Allen, of Salisbury (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Andrews, of Ipswich (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Angier, of Cambridge (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Annis, of Newbury and Wells (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Appleton, of Ipswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Averill, of Topsfield (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Bailey, of Salisbury (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Basford, of HApton (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Batt, of Boston (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Baynton, of Wiltshire, England (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Beane, of London, England (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Beaumont, of Wednesbury (from Nicholas Davis, 1934)
    Berry, of Ipswich (from Bethia Harris, 1934)
    Bisby, of Northamptonshire and London, England (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Blaisdell, of Salisbury (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Blessing, of Great Yarmouth, England (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Blessing, of Great Yarmouth, England (from Sarah Johnson, 1960)
    Bowden, of Boston (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Bracy, of New Haven and York (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Bradford, of Beverly (from Bethia Harris, 1934)
    Brown (George), of Salisbury (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)
    Brown (John), of Hampton (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Brown (John), of Ipswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Brown (Michael), of Scarborough and Arundel (from Sarah Miller, 1939)
    Brown (Michael), of Scarboroough (from Joseph Waterhouse, 1949)
    Browning, of Salem and Topsfield (from Amos Towne, 1927
    Buxton, of Salem (from Sarah Johnson, 1960)
    Chase, of Newbury (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Chater, of Newbury and Wells (from Sarah Miller, 1939)
    Cheney, of Newbury (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Church, of Runwell, Co. Esses, England (from Bethia Harris, 1934)
    Clapp, of Scituate (from Joseph Neal, 1945)
    Clarke, of Topsfield (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Clifford, of Hampton (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Coker, of Newbury (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Cooke, of Pebmarsh, Co. Essex, England (from Bethia Harris, 1934)
    Cousins, of Wells (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)
    Cowes, of Ipswich (from Bethia Harris, 1934)
    Cram, of Hampton (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Crispe, of Watertown (from Sarah Hildreth, 1958)
    Cross, of Ipswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Curtis, of Boxford and Topsfield (from Amos Towne, 1927)
    Curtis, of Bosford and Arundel (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Cutting, of Newbury (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Davis, of Biddeford and Limington (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Deering, of Braintree (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Dixey, of Beverly (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Dixey, of Beverly (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Dixon, of Ramshaw, Co. Durham, and Scarborough (from Sarah Miller, 1939)
    Dorman, of Topsfield (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Dutch, of Gloucester (from Charity Haley, 1916)
    Dutch, of Gloucester and Ipswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Dutch, of Gloucester and Ipswich (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Edge, of York (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Edgecomb, of Scarborough and Biddeford (from Charity Haley, 1916)
    Edgecomb, of Scarborough (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Elwell, of Gloucester (from Charity Haley, 1916)
    Elwell, of Gloucester (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Emery, of Newbury (from Sarah Miller, 1939)
    Emery, of Newbury (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Estow, of Hampton (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Fernald, of Portsmouth (from Joseph Waterhouse, 1949)
    Folsom, of Exeter (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Ford, of Marshfield (from Joseph Neal, 1945)
    Foster, of Ipswich (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    French (Thomas), of Ipswich (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    French (Thomas), of Ipswich (from Amos Towne, 1927)

    Contents – Volume Two
    Gardner, of Gloucester (from
    Charity Haley, 1916)
    Gardner, of Gloucester (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Gates, of Hingham (from Sarah Miller, 1939)
    Gibbons, of Saco (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Gibbons, of Piscataqua (from Joseph Waterhouse, 1949)
    Gilman, of Exeter (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Goodale (John), of Co. Norfolk, England and Salisbury (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Goodale (Robert), of Salem and Wells (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)
    Gould, of Topsfield (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Griffin, of Ipswich (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Hale, of Newbury (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Haley, of Biddeford (from Charity Haley, 1916)
    Haley, of Winter Harbor (from Thomas Haley, 1930)
    Hall, of Marshfield (from Joseph Neal, 1945)
    Harmon, of Wells and Scarborough (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)
    Harris, of Ipswich (from Bethia Harris 1934)
    Harris, of Ipswich, from the Isles of Shoals (from Bethia Harris, 1934)
    Hart, of Marblehead (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Hasty, of Scarborough (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)
    Hatch (John), of York and Wells (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Hatch (Thomas), of Scituate (from Jospeh Neal, 1945)
    Hathorne, of Salem (from Dudley Wells, 1959)
    Hayward, of Beverly (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Heath, of Roxbury (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Herring, of Shrewsbury (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Hildreth, of Dracut and Lewiston (from Sarah Hildreth, 1958)
    Holbrook, of Weymouth (from Joseph Neal, 1945)
    Howland, of Marshfield (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Howlett, of Topsfield (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Hoyt, of Amesbury, Newington, and Scarborough (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)
    Huchason, of Litchfield and Lyndeborough (from Sarah Johnson, 1960)
    Hutchinson, of Salem (from Sarah Johnson, 1960)
    Ibrook, of Hingham (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Ingersoll, of Sale (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Jacob, of Ipswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Jaques, of Newbury (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Johnston (James), of Stroudwater (from James Patten, 1941)
    Johnston-Johnson (John), of Lynn, Lyndesborough and Litchfield (from Sarah Johnson, 1960)
    Jones, of Ipswich (from Bethia Harris, 1934)
    Jordan, of Ipswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Kilborne, of Rowley (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Kimball, of Ipswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Kirby, of Little Munden Co. Hertford, England (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Knight, of Newbury (from Phoebe Tilton, 1847)
    Lake, of North Benfleet, Co. Essex, England (from Betha Harris, 1934)
    Lassell, of Hingham and Arundel (from Sarah Miller, 1939)
    Lawes, of Salem (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Lewis (Thomas) and Gibbons of Saco (from Charity Haley, 1916)
    Lewis (thomas)m of Shrewsbury (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Libby, of Scarborough (from Joseph Waterhouse, 1949)
    Littlefield, of Wells (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Look, of Lynn and Boxford (from Amos Towne, 1927)
    Low (John), of Marshfield and Wells (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Low (Thomas), of Ipswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Lowell, of Newbury (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Lunt, of Newbury (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    March, of Newbury (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Marsh, of Boston (from Charity Haley, 1916)
    Marshall, of Shrewsbury (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Marston, of Hampton (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Mason, of Cheltenham, Co. Gloucester, England (from Bertha Harris, 1934)
    Mayer, of Biddeford (from Charity Haley, 1916)
    Merrill, of Newbury and Nottingham West (from Sarah Hildreth, 1958)
    Miller, of Arundel (from Sarah Miller, 1939)
    Mitton, of Weston-Under-Lizard (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Morrison, of Newbury (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Moses, of Portsmouth (from Joseph Waterhouse, 1949)

    Contents – Volume Three
    Neal, of Litchfield (from Joseph Neal, 1945)
    Neale, of Salem (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Newcomb, Braintree (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Norman, of Salem and Marblehead (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Noyes, of Newbury (from Abel Hunt, 1963)
    Nurse, of Salem (from Sarah Johnson, 1960)
    Parish, of Groton (from Sarah Hildreth, 1958)
    Matthew Patten, of Biddleford (from James Patten, 1941)
    Hector Patten, of Boston (from James Patten, 1941)
    William Patten, of Boston (from James Patten, 1941)
    Robert Patten, of Arundel (from James Patten, 1941)
    William Patten, of Wells (from James Patten, 1941)
    Pearce, of York (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Perkins, of Topfield (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Pettingill, of Newbury (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Porter, of Salem Village (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Rayment, of Beverly (from Bertha Harris, 1934)
    Reade, of Wickford, CO. Essex, England (from Bertha Harris, 1934)
    Richardson, of Chelmsford (from Sarah Hildreth, 1958)
    Roberts, of Oyster River, New Hampshire (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)
    Rogers, of Marshfield (from Joseph Heal, 1945)
    Roper, of Hampton and Ipswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Safford, of Ipswich and Newbury (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Sandell, of Basildon Co., Essex, England (from Bertha Harris, 1934)
    Scott, of Ipswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Scroggs, of London, England, and Salem (from Bertha Harris, 1934)
    Searle, of Ipswich and Rowley (from Bertha Harris, 1934)
    Shatswell, of Ipswich (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Silver, of Newbury (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Mary Sloper’s Family Record (from Joseph Waterhouse, 1949)
    Smith (George), of Salem (from Sarah Johnson, 1960)
    Smith (Robert), of Boxford (from Amos Towne, 1927)
    Spear, of Braintree (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    St. Barbe, of Salisbury, England (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    Stone, of Beverly and Arundel (from Sarah Stone, 1930)
    Symonds, of Salem (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Taprill, of Great Island, New Hampshire (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)
    Thompson and Ward, of Great Yarmouth (from Sarah Johnson, 1960)
    Tilden, of Scituate (from Joseph Neal, 1945)
    Tilton, of Lynn and Ispswich (from Phoebe Tilton, 1947)
    Tower, of Hingham (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Towne, of Topsfield and Arundel (from Amos Towne, 1927)
    Towne, of Topsfield (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Towne, of Topsfield (from Sarah Johnson, 1960)
    Twisden, of Scituate and York (from Joseph Neal, 1945)
    Underwood, of Chelmsford (from Sarah Holdreth, 1958)
    Vinson, of Gloucester (from Charity Haley, 1916)
    Vinson, of Glousceter (from Nicholas Davis, 1956)
    Walton, of Great Island, New Hampshire (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)
    Lithobia (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)
    Wardwell, of Wells (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    Waterhouse, of Portsmouth, Scarborough, and Standish (from Joseph Waterhouse, 1949)
    Watts, of Cockfield, Co. Durham, and Scarborough (from Sarah Miller, 1939)
    Weare, alias Brown, of Wiltshire, England (from Abel Lunt, 1963)
    West, of Biddeford, (from Charity Haley, 1916)
    Wheeler, of Newbury (from Annis Spear, 1945)
    White, of Scituate (from Jospeh Neal, 1945)
    Wildes, of Topsfield (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Wood, of Ipswich (from Dudley Wildes, 1959)
    Wormwood, of York (from Annis Spear, 1959)
    Wright, of Saugus and Braintree (from Joseph Neal, 1945)

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    Check out this index of 5040 Surnames!

    • ABBE II
    • ABBEY II
    • ABBOT I, II, III
    • ABBOTT I, II, III
    • ABEL I
    • ABELL III
    • ABERLIN II
    • ABORN II
    • ABORN III
    • ABORNE III
    • ABRAHAM I
    • ACIE III
    • ACINE II
    • ACKROYD I
    • ACRE I
    • ACRES III
    • ACTON I, III
    • ADAMS I,II,III
    • ADDINGTON II
    • ADDOT III
    • AGAS III
    • AGWAM III
    • AIKENS III
    • AILEMER I
    • AINGER I
    • AIRES II
    • AIRS III
    • AKERMAN II
    • ALABASTER I
    • ALCOCK III
    • ALCOTT I
    • ALDEN I, II, III
    • ALDIS I
    • ALDRICH I, III
    • ALEWELL I
    • ALEWY I
    • ALEXANDER II
    • ALEXANDER THE GREAT I
    • ALFORD I
    • ALGER I
    • ALIN III
    • ALINTON I
    • ALKINS I
    • ALLANSON I
    • ALLCOCK III
    • ALLD II
    • ALLDEN I
    • ALLDRIDGE I
    • ALLE III
    • ALLEN I, II, III
    • ALLEY I, III
    • ALLINE I
    • ALLING II, III
    • ALLISON I, II, III
    • ALLOWELL I
    • ALLWOOD I
    • ALLYN I, III
    • ALMARY I
    • ALPHONSO I
    • ALPORT II
    • ALVORD III
    • ALWOOD I
    • AMAZEEN II, III
    • AMBIER II
    • AMENTHES I
    • AMES I, II, III
    • AMESBURY I
    • ANDERSON II, III
    • ANDERTON II
    • ANDREW II, III
    • ANDREWES II
    • ANDREWS I, III
    • ANDROS I, II, III
    • ANDROUS I
    • ANGER I, II
    • ANGIER II
    • ANGOE I
    • ANGOULEME I
    • ANGUS III
    • ANIGER I
    • ANJOU I
    • ANN BOLEYN I
    • ANNABLE I, II, III
    • ANNADALE II
    • ANNE I
    • ANNE BOLEYN I
    • ANNE OF BRITTANY I
    • ANNESLEY I
    • ANNIBALL I, II
    • ANNIS I, II, III
    • ANSTIE I
    • ANSTY I
    • ANTHONY II, III
    • ANTRUMS II
    • AP EIGNON II
    • AP HUGH II
    • AP JEVAN II
    • AP JOHN II
    • AP LEUS II
    • AP OWEN I
    • AP REES II
    • AP RICHARD II
    • AP WILLIAM II
    • APILTON I
    • APIRL III
    • APLETON I
    • APPERRY II
    • APPLEBY I
    • APPLETON I, III
    • APPULTON I
    • APRICE II
    • AQUIRAINE I
    • ARCHER II, III
    • ARDEN III
    • ARMAND I
    • ARMEDG II
    • ARMITAGE I, II
    • ARMSTRONG II, III
    • ARNOLD I, II, III
    • ARROWSMITH I, III
    • ARTHUR I
    • ARUNDEL I
    • ARUNDELL I
    • ARVIDSON III
    • ASELEY II
    • ASH I, II
    • ASHBIE I
    • ASHBY II, III
    • ASHENDEN III
    • ASHFIELD I
    • ASHLEY III
    • ASHTON I, II
    • ASPINWALL I, III
    • ASSHENDEN III
    • ASTELEY II
    • ASTEN II
    • ASTIN I
    • ASTYE I
    • ATFEN II
    • ATHERTON II, III
    • ATKINS I
    • ATKINSON I,II,III
    • ATTE MARCH II
    • ATTILA THE HUN I
    • ATTNOKE II
    • ATWOOD II
    • AUBREY I
    • AUCHARD I
    • AUCHER I
    • AUDIE II
    • AUGER I
    • AULD III
    • AUNCELL I
    • AUSTEN I
    • AUSTIN II, III
    • AUSTINE II
    • AVENEL I
    • AVENELL I,III
    • AVERIE I
    • AVERILL I, II, III
    • AVERY I, II
    • AVERYE I
    • AVRIL I
    • AVSTEN III
    • AWBRY III
    • AWCOCKE I
    • AWSTEN III
    • AXDELL I
    • AXEY III
    • AYER I, II, III
    • AYERS I, II, III
    • AYLMER I
    • BABB I, II, III
    • BABEL I
    • BABSON I
    • BACHELDER III
    • BACHELLER II
    • BACHELLOUR III
    • BACHLER I
    • BACKER III
    • BACKHOUSE II, III
    • BACKLER I
    • BACON I, II, III
    • BADCOCK III
    • BADGERS II
    • BADGON II
    • BADLESMERE I
    • BAERT I
    • BAESH III
    • BAGLEY I, III
    • BAGLEYN I
    • BAILEY I, II, III
    • BAINTON I,III
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    Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis

    cf1400dI couldn’t tell you why, but lately I keep coming across books worthy of serious attention but have titles that would make most think these treasure in disguise are not for them. Massachusetts and Maine Families: In the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis is just such a book. The title would have been just fine without all that “in the ancestry of” stuff. Why? Well, “almost anyone with considerable New England ancestry—and probably 100 million contemporary Americans, about 40 percent of the population, have some colonial New England forebears—will descend from one or more, often a dozen or more, of the 180 families herein.”

    Massachusetts and Maine Families is a reprint, into three volumes, of an original seventeen volume twentieth-century genealogy. The work was created by Walter Goodwin Davis as a compendium of his ancestry, plus the inclusion of Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendents. There are 2,300 pages, plus an index. In all, there are 180 families covered, plus 19 English families in the “immediate ancestry of American immigrants.” Most of the families lived in Massachusetts, 114, with 29 in Maine and 18 in New Hampshire.

    The introduction to the 1996 reprint was written by Gary Boyd Roberts, who now retired was then working as the Director of Special Research Projects at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Roberts writes glowingly about Davis’ life long dedication to genealogy and his contributions to the practice. Boyd refers to Davis as “the third pillar of two triads of genealogists that revolutionized both local (i.e. northern New England) antiquarian studies and national genealogical standards overall.”

    The original 17 volume set covered Davis’ sixteen great-great-grandparents, plus the inclusion of Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendents. This reprint consolidates these seventeen volume into three, indexes the whole set, and  rearranges the contents into alphabetical order. The sixteen g-g-grandparents for whom Davis focused each original volume where:

    • Nicholas Davis, 1753-1832, of Limington, Maine
    • Charity Haley, 1755-1800, wife of Nicholas Davis
    • Joseph Waterhouse, 1754-1837, of Standish, Maine
    • Lydia Harmon, 1755-1836, wife of Joseph Waterhouse
    • Joseph Neal, 1769-c. 1835, of Litchfield, Maine
    • Sarah Johnson, 1755-1824, wife of Joseph Neal
    • Annis Spear, 1755-1858, of Litchfield, Maine
    • Sarah Hildreth, 1773-1857, wife of Annis Spear
    • Dudley Wildes, 1759-1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts
    • Bethia Harris, 1748-1833, wife of Dudley Wildes
    • Abel Lunt, 1769-1806, of Newbury, Massachusetts
    • Phoebe Tilton, 1775-1847, wife of Abel Lunt
    • James Patten, 1747?-1817, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine
    • Sarah Stone, wife of James Patten
    • Lieut. Amos Towne, 1737-1793, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine
    • Sarah Miller, 1755-1840, wife of Lieut. Amos Towne

    Each volume has an index for that individual book; though, the book itself is arranged by surname of each ancestor. There are pedigrees charts for each of the 16 g-g-grandparents on the first few pages. This will help the reader identify where each individual actually falls in the family with one quick glance. Volume I covers the surnames Allanson to French. Volume II covers Gardner to Moses, and the third Neal to Wright.

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