The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox – 2nd Edition – now on Sale Thru Monday, March 28

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I have used Lisa Louise Cooke’s 2011 first edition of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox regularly in the last several years, and found it extremely helpful. This new edition is even more so. When it comes to tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done. In The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Lisa helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You’ll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google. A lot has changed since the first edition was published in 2011 (see list at the bottom of this post), and it’s all documented step-by-step in this new edition.

FRPC has again made a special purchase of this volume and is making it available for 15% off at the website – now through Monday, March 28, 2016. Regularly $25, it’s just $21.25. Get yours today. Click on the links or on the illustration to order.

Following is a list of the chapters found in the volume:

  • Introduction, Getting Ready to build Your Family Tree Fast
  • Chapter 1: Search Tools
  • Chapter 2: Basic & Advanced Search
  • Chapter 3: Search Strategies for High-Quality Results
  • Chapter 4: Site Search & Resurrecting Websites
  • Chapter 5: Image Search
  • Chapter 6: Common Surname Searches
  • Chapter 7: Google Alerts
  • Chapter 8: Gmail
  • Chapter 9: Google Books
  • Chapter 10: Google News Archive
  • Chapter 11: Google scholar
  • Chapter 12: Google Patents
  • Chapter 13: Google Translate
  • Chapter 14: YouTube
  • Chapter 15: Google Earth: An Overview
  • Chapter 16: Google Earth: Ancestral Homes & Locations
  • Chapter 17: Google Earth: Organizing & Sharing
  • Chapter 18: Google Earth: Historic Images & Maps
  • Chapter 19: Google Earth: Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead
  • Chapter 20: Google Earth: Adding Family History Content
  • Chapter 21: Google Earth: Family History Tour Maps
  • Appendix: Find it Quick: The “How To” Index

I love this guidebook, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get more use of the online “tools” available to them. Check out the items that are new, expanded or updated in this edition.

  • Google Search: Put an end to fruitless searches forever – UPDATED!
  • Searching Common Surnames – NEW!
  • Google Alerts: Your personal genealogy research assistant – UPDATED!
  • Gmail: Never lose another email – EXPANDED!
  • Google Books: The world’s history at your fingertips – UPDATED!
  • Google News Archives: Free digitized historic newspapers – UPDATED!
  • Google Patents: Research the inventor in your family – NEW!
  • Google Scholar: Explore the world’s most scholarly sources – NEW!
  • Google Translate: Explore foreign language websites – UPDATED!
  • YouTube: Build your own genealogy channel – NEW!
  • Google Earth: Rock Your Ancestor’s World – EXPANDED!

The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 2nd Edition, Revised & Updated; by Lisa Louise Cooke; 2015, Soft Cover; 203 pp; 8.5×11; ISBN: 9780984522903; Item #LU18

Genealogy At A Glance: War of 1812 Research

“Over 250,000 men served in the War of 1812, some for as little as a month. Their service records are found mostly in the National Archives but also in various other archives and repositories, and therefore in order to use the War of 1812 records effectively the researcher needs a guide to the location of the records and a description of their contents, which is precisely what this At a Glance guide is designed to do.

The vast majority of War of 1812 records consist of (1) pension records, (2) compiled military service records, and (3) bounty land warrant application files. There are other records, of course, but these are the three main entry points in genealogical research. The purpose of this guide is to show you where these records are located, what they contain, and whether they are indexed, microfilmed, digitized, or found online.

These records have great genealogical value and generally the researcher can expect to find some or all of the following information:

  • Soldier’s name, rank, unit, and period of service
  • Amount of pension or rejection of pension application
  • Name of widow and marriage date and place
  • Birth year and place
  • Places of residence
  • Description of disability
  • Signatures
  • Names of relatives, friends, and neighbors”

Like all the Genealogy At A Glance sheets, this guide is a four-page, full-color laminated brochure, meant to be easily stored and sized to take with you when conducting related research.

Contents for this guide:

Quick Facts

Finding a War of 1812 Soldier

Preserving the Pensions

What is a Pension?

Genealogical Value of Military Pensions

The War of 1812 Preserve the Pension Project

Original NARA Record Sources Not Online

Compiled Military Service Records

Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files

Regular Army Records

Navy Records

Prisoner of War Records

Other Records Sources

Lineage Societies

State Records

National Parks and Battlegrounds

The More You Know

Online Resources

Research Checklist for Militiamen

 

Genealogy at a Glance: The War of 1812 Research is available from Family Roots Publishing.

Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research – 10% Off Extended thru March 28!

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Finally – we have a great new guide for those of us who use mobile devices! This book takes the place of Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, written by Lisa Louise Cooke in 2012. The iPad volume was becoming dated, and mobile devices of all kinds have sprung up since the publication of that book. Not only are folks using iPads & iPhones for genealogy, but many of us are using devices that run Android operating systems. I never felt the need for an iPad, but I’ve been using the iPhone and Android smart phones for years. I’m currently using a Samsung Android smart phone that I’m very pleased with. I use it for all kinds of genealogy applications.

Mobile Genealogy‘s coverage of Android as well as Apple, makes this book twice as valuable a guide as Lisa’s previous book. Think iOS as well as Android. And Lisa’s use of step-by-step instructions (for us computer tech dummies!), as well as a myriad of high-quality illustrations make the book an educational delight. I can honestly say that this volume is changing the way I use my devices, allowing me to find more ancestors, and other relatives – and it’s saving me TIME – something I have begun to value at my age. (grin)

Extended through March 28, 2016, Family Roots Publishing is again offering Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research for 10% off. We have a new batch in stock, ready to ship immediately. Order Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research; by Lisa Louise Cooke; iv+170 pp; Paper; 6×9, Published: 2016; ISBN: 5800114346248 Item # LU20. Regular: $19.95; On Sale for just $17.96 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on the links to order.

Access the Computer On Your Desk at Home!
Chapter 15 covers using your mobile device to access your home computer. I’ll bet most of you never even considered connecting to your PC with your smart phone. Yes – it’s possible, and Lisa gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that too! So – whether you are using a tablet, or a smart phone, you can access stuff that’s 1000 miles away – or maybe just around the corner.

Screen Capture on my Smart Phone?!
Chapter 4 really gets into the nitty-gritty of better browsing with your mobile device. Although covered in Lisa’s 2012 iPad book, this chapter takes the subject to a whole new level. Her section on mobile web-clipping and screen capture was a great help to me. I’ve always had problems with screen capture and had basically given up on it. Now I know what to do!

Translation Strategies
Lisa’s section on translation strategies in Chapter 10 just opened up a world of new data for me – and it can for you. She explains how the Google Translate App from the App Store or Google Play can be used for capturing data on your ancestor from foreign-language books – translated into English so you can actually read it! Yes – we all know the shortcomings of translation programs, but I am happy to accept anything dealing with my ancestors, and the towns they lived in, even if the English is a bit messy. Think Google Books here folks – loaded with stuff on our ancestors, much of which we can’t read! You can even use your phone’s camera to capture, OCR, and translate any words or phrases! Lisa takes the reader step-by step through how to use the marvelous technology that’s resting in your hand!

Following is an expanded Table of Contents for the volume.

INTRODUCTION

  • A Few Tips for Using the Book

PART ONE: GETTING STARTED

  • Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset
    • Tablet Mindset Guidelines
    • App Consolidation
  • Chapter Two: Genealogy Task Wish List

PART TWO: APPS

  • Chapter 3: There’s An App for That!
    • App Store
    • Google Play Store
    • Staying Up to Date – App Resources
  • Chapter 4: Browsing
    • Safari
    • Chrome
    • Google
    • Dolphin
  • Chapter 5: Note Taking
    • Evernote
    • Notes
    • Pages
    • Microsoft Word
    • Google Docs
  • Chapter 6: File Storage & Management
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • iCloud
  • Chapter 7: Audio
    • Memos
    • Evernote
  • Chapter 8: Photos
    • Capturing Photos
    • Photomyne Pro – Album Scanner
    • Storing and Organizing Photos
    • iCloud Photo Library
    • Google Photos
    • Working with Photos
    • Adobe Photoshop Express
    • Color Splash for iPad
    • Android Alternative to Color Splash for iPad: Color Splash FX
    • Retype
    • Pocketbooth
  • Chapter 9: Reading
    • Reading Content from the Web
    • Flipboard
    • Feedly
    • Reading eBooks and Documents
    • GoodReader
    • Play Books
    • iBooks
  • Chapter 10: Collaboration & Communication
    • Facebook
    • Skype
    • FaceTime
    • Google Translate
  • Chapter 11: Travel
  • Chapter 12: Genealogy
    • Ancestry
    • MyHeritage
    • Reunion for iPad
    • RootsMagic
    • Families
    • Family Tree
    • FamilySearch Memories
  • Chapter 13: Education & Information
    • Podcasts (Audio)
    • Genealogy Gems
    • Video
  • Chapter 14: Captivating Non-Genealogists
    • Pic Collage
    • Google Earth
    • Pinterest
    • THIS DAY in My Family History
    • Little Family Tree

PART THREE: BECOME A POWER USER

  • Chapter 15: Power Boost Your Tablet: Remote Access
    • Chrome Remote Desktop
  • Chapter 16: Mobile Tips & Tricks
    • New Features
    • Keyboard and Gesture Tips and Tricks
    • Navigation Tips and Tricks
    • Voice Command
    • Functionality Tips and Tricks
    • App Related Tips and Tricks

PART FOUR: CONCLUSION

  • Chapter 17: Mobile Genealogy Means Adventurous Genealogy
  • About the Author

Through March 28, 2016, Family Roots Publishing is again offering Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research for 10% off. Order Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research; by Lisa Louise Cooke; iv+170 pp; Paper; 6×9, Published: 2016; ISBN: 5800114346248 Item # LU20. Regular: $19.95; On Sale for just $17.96 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on the links to order.

New! Genetic Genealogy Basics – 10% off – or 15% off in a DNA Laminate Bundle thru March 14

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I recently received a copy of a new laminated Genealogy at a Glance, on the topic of DNA. This one’s titled Genealogy at a Glance: Genetic Genealogy Basics and was written by Angie Bush.

Contrary to popular belief, DNA testing is not the final word in determining your ancestry, but it is extremely helpful. It is most effective when it’s used to confirm that documentation concerning your family relationships is accurate. It is also used to test hypotheses about ancestors for whom little or no documentary evidence exists. Equally important, DNA testing can be used as “cousin bait” to identify previously unknown cousins who may be able to add information to your genealogical research and/or confirm your ancestral connections.

In this handy four-page guide, author Angie Bush gives you the simple facts about (a) DNA testing, (b) DNA testing companies, and (c) DNA testing results. She provides a simple overview of the three types of DNA tests: Y-DNA, mtDNA, and atDNA, or autosomal DNA, the most popular type of testing for genealogists. She goes on to explain which test is right for you and then launches into a description of the testing companies and what you can expect from them. The companies featured in this At a Glance guide were chosen because they are the only companies that provide a list of “genetic cousin” matches based on DNA analysis.

Most crucially, DNA test results give information about where your most ancient ancestor originated and his ethnicity. But equally important for resolving questions of a genealogical nature is the list of genetic cousins that the companies provide as matches. Proper evaluation of match lists within the context of how that particular type of DNA was inherited is key to using DNA as a genealogical record. In the end, the author cautions, DNA testing does not provide proof of relationship without genealogical research to support the findings, but knowing your ethnicity, place of origin, and previously unknown cousins is a very good place to start.

The following contents are found in Genetic Genealogy Basics:
Quick Facts

Overview

  • Confirming Relationships
  • Fishing for Cousins

Types of DNA Tests

  • Y-DNA Test (paternal lineage)
  • mtDNA Test (maternal lineage)
  • Autosomal DNA Test (all ancestors)

DNA Testing Companies

  • Family Tree DNA
  • 23andMe
  • AncestryDNA

DNA Testing Results

  • DNA Raw Data
  • Haplogroup and Ethnicity Estimates
  • DNA Cousin Match Lists

Tip for Getting the Most from DNA Testing

Genealogy at a Glance: Genetic Genealogy Basics; by Angie Bush; 4 pp., folded; Laminated; 8.5×11; Published: 2016; ISBN: 9780806320342; Item # GPC846 – 10% off Thru March 14, 2016, or buy as a bundle for 15% off thru the same date.

New! “History For Genealogists” – Revised 2016 Edition – Now 15% Off thru March 8.

One of my favorite books has been Judy Jacobson’s History For Genealogists – Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors. I have found myself constantly returning to the 2009-published volume for guidance in historical information that has the potential of adding increased data, and often generations, to my family history. Beside that, it’s just a VERY GOOD READ!

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The book has just been published in a new, larger-format, revised edition. This book is easier to read than the earlier edition, in that it’s in a larger format – excellent for those of us with tired eyes… Denise Larson spent many hours making editorial corrections to the volume, making it more accurate than the previous book. Two new sections have been added in the 2016 addendum. They are 1907-1947/48 Homefront and Fashion and Leisure. I got copies of the new book on Wednesday, and Family Roots Publishing is now shipping. Family Roots Publishing got in another shipment of this book and is again offering it at 15% off – through Midnight PST, Tuesday, March 8..

Any experienced genealogist knows that it’s imperative that we understand the historical context within which our ancestors’ lived. However, that’s a tall order. You could spend every moment of your life reading history – both online and off – and still not have the facts that will help you understand why your ancestors did what they did. This is where History for Genealogists comes to the rescue.

History for Genealogists highlights and dates events that played into the lives of our ancestors. Consider the following illustrations: If you have lost track of your 1880 ancestor in Iowa, have you considered that he might have moved there during the Economic Panic of 1873? Your forebears were living in Texas in the 1840s, but did you know that they might have come from Kentucky as part of the “Peters Colony?” Did you know that you can learn a great deal about your ancestors if they belonged to a labor or fraternal organization like the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, or the Catholic Family Life Insurance Society?

As Mrs. Jacobson puts it, “The average person might define historical research as the study of the human past and genealogical research as the study of a human’s past. History lays the foundation to understand a group of people. Genealogy lays the foundation to understand a person or family using tangible evidence. Yet history also lays the foundation to understand why individuals and societies behave the way they do. It provides the building materials needed to understand the human condition and provide an identity, be it for an individual or a group or an institution.”

The initial chapters of History for Genealogists explain the value of historical time lines. Here the reader learns the clues that time lines can suggest about hidden aspects of our ancestors’ lives. Mrs. Jacobson illustrates the virtues of time lines with several case studies.

The bulk of the book consists of specific historical time lines that answer fundamental questions about our forebears. For example, if you are trying to learn when your ancestors left one place for another, it would be helpful to ask the question, “Why did they leave?” Did it have to do with a military conflict, social injustice, religion, disease, economic hardship, a natural disaster? No matter what the explanation, Mrs. Jacobson has a historical time line that could lead to the explanation. For example, your ancestor’s departure may have coincided with the outbreak of the Crimean War, a virulent epidemic, an earthquake, or a religious war.

Other chapters pose answers to other crucial questions, such as “How did they go?” and “What route did they take?” For these conundrums, Mrs. Jacobson uses time lines to lay out the history of the transportation revolutions in America (roads, rails, canals, and air travel), as well as the history of the great western trails our ancestors followed in crossing the country.

The author dissects the past into scores of time lines. There is a time line of the Industrial Revolution, American immigration, and the Labor Movement. Researchers can also make use of a time line for the history of each of the 50 states, and, in brief, for the rest of North America, Europe, and more.

History for Genealogists concludes with a helpful bibliography and an index of people and places, wars and battles. As an example of how to use the index – I do a lot of research on ancestors who lived or migrated through Nebraska. In checking the index for Nebraska, I found ten entries: pages 25, 39, 60, 70, 85, 113, 154, 180, 181, and 204. This led me to the following information about Nebraska:

  • Page 25 – The 1882 Omaha Labor Riots – found in a chronological listing of Uncivil Disobedience dating from 1641 until 1949.
  • Page 39 – The 1802 Smallpox outbreak killing Omaha Indians – found in a chronological listing of disease epidemics in America dating from 1657 until 1931.
  • Page 60 – Information of the rapid settlement of Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas – found in a chronological listing of Railroad advances dating from 1779 until 1935.
  • Page 70 – Information that many Czechs went to Wisconsin, Texas and Nebraska – found in a chapter on Coming to America and Who Went Where?
  • Page 85 – The Western Trail ran from Ogallala, Nebraska to Central Texas, and connected to the Oregon Trail. – from a sub-chapter section on Western Trail and Roads, from a chapter section on America’s historic migrations, found in the Coming to America chapter and Who Went Where? This chapter alone is absolutely amazing in its variety and depth of information.
  • Page 113 – The top ten destinations for Orphan Train children was New York, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey, Kansas, Indiana, and Nebraska – found in a subsection on orphan trains in a chapter on “Even Harder to Find Missing Persons.”
  • Page 154 – Wyoming wasn’t even a territory in 1860, but neighboring Nebraska was and that unorganized section of Nebraska Territory contained census information for what would become Wyoming – found in the introduction to the comprehensive State-by-State chapter.
  • Page 180 – Montana was included in Nebraska Territory – found in the Montana section of State-by-State chapter.
  • Page 181 – The Nebraska section of the State by State chapter contains 25 entries starting with the 1763 Treaty of Paris granting land west of the Mississippi River to Spain and concluding with the 1944 Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Project enacted for flood control, dams, reservoirs, and hydroelectric plants.
  • Page 204 – The 1860 Census of Wyoming was included with the census taken for Nebraska – found in the Wyoming section of the State-by-State chapter, made up of 34 entries.

The following is from the Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Seeing Ancestors in Historical Context
The Long Range

Chapter 2. Creating a Timeline
Why?
How?
Case Studies Using Timelines
Thomas Pound – Tracking an Individual
Thomas Richley – Designing to Find Mathematical Problems

Chapter 3. Why Did They Leave?
Military
American Military Actions
Major Revolutionary War Events and Battles
Major Civil War Events and Battles
Major Spanish-American War Events and Battles
International Skirmishes Involving the United States
Foreign Military and Armed Engagements
Racism, Injustices and Political Unrest
Uncivil Disobedience
Political Motives
Religion
Escape and Banishment
Genocide
Disease
Epidemics in America
Important International Medical Events Influencing Populations and Migrations
Economics
Events Having a Major Impact on Financial Stability in the U.S.A.
Natural and Unnatural Disasters
International Disasters
Disasters in the United States

Chapter 4. How Did They Go?
By Road
By Rail
By Water
By Air

Chapter 5. Coming to America
Who Went Where?
To Canada and Back
America’s Historic Migration Patterns
The East – Eastern Trails and Roads
The Mountains – Appalachian Trails and Roads
The South – Southern Trails and Roads
The Midwest – Midwestern Trails and Roads
The West – Western Trails and Roads
Long Distances – Long Distance Trails and Roads
Trail of Tears
The Religious Factor

Chapter 6. Myths, Confusions, Secrets and Lies
Myths
Confusion
Secrets
Lies

Chapter 7. Even Harder to Find Missing Persons
Name Changes – Legal or Not
Females
Slaves
Isolated Societies
Orphan Trains
No Public Records At All
Places That Changed Their Names
Ghost Towns
Three Lost States – Franklin, Transylvania, and Westmoreland
Meandering Boundaries
Historical Maps

Chapter 8. Society History and Community Genealogy
Immigration
The American Industrial Revolution
Associations, Brotherhoods, Societies and Unions
The Rise of the Labor Unions
Genealogical Information Found in Books
Local Histories
Social History Books
Diaries and Journals
Other Sources
Oral History Projects
Keeping it All in the Family
Do It Yourself

9. State by State
Colonial Differences
State Timelines – Alabama to Wyoming – 49 pages

Chapter 10. And Region by Region
The Melding of Nationalities
Just One City
International Timelines
The Rest of North America
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
British Isles
The Rest of Europe
Africa
Russia and the Rest of the Former Soviet Union
Middle East
Asia
Oceania – Australia and Island Nations

Bibliography

Index to People and Places, War and Battles

Addendum 2016 Edition
Fashion and Leisure
1907-1947/48 Homefront

Sources and References

To order your copy, click on the following link: History for Genealogists, Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors – Revised Edition with 2016 Addendum; by Judy Jacobson; 320pp; Paper; Item # CF8250.

From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes – Now on Sale for 55% Off thru Feb. 9, 2016

Food makes up, and takes up, a considerable portion of our human existence. A large portion of our time goes to earning an income, from which a significant portion goes to food. Hours can be spent each day preparing the daily meals. Major significance is given to the customs, habits, and manners surrounding food. Food can tell us about who we are, where we live, and in what time period we exist. The same is true for those who have gone on before us.  Food, often overlooked, should be a significant part of ones genealogical research. Learning about our food heritage and even those secret family recipes is made easier using From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes, by Gena Philibert-Ortega.

The book looks like a blast-from-the-past, hardbound, family recipe book. However, inside this creative little book one can find historical recipes, food traditions and clues to one’s family food past. Here are just a few things covered in this book:

  • “Methods for gathering family recipes
  • Interview questions to help loved ones record their food memories
  • Places to search for historical recipes
  • An explanation of how immigrants influenced the American diet
  • A look at how technology changed the way people eat
  • A glossary of historical cooking terms
  • Actual recipes from late nineteenth–and early twentieth-century cookbooks”

The author suggests you are now thinking,”What does food have to do with genealogy?” Her response, “For me, the real question is why doesn’t everyone include food traditions in their family history? I grew up in Southern California. Mexican dishes from tamales to burritos and tacos to quesadillas have always been a common factor in my life. But, I remember when finding a taco stand in other states was nearly impossible. I remember hearing of family friends who moved back east and could only find tortillas in a can. Now, it seems Mexican dishes are nearly a mainstay of the average American home. This book walks the reader through understanding and preserving one’s own food heritage as well as researching and evaluating one’s ancestral dietary connections.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART A: DISCOVER YOUR FAMILY’S FOOD HERITAGE

Chapter 1 Food Heritage

Genealogy is more than names and dates. Studying social history will help you better understand how your ancestors lived.

Chapter 2 They Brought Their Food With Them

Immigrants brought recipes, raw ingredients, and even seeds from their homelands. How did these food traditions meld into our ancestors’ diet?

Chapter 3 Oysters, Peacocks, and Green Jell-O

Food traditions vary by region, state, county, city, and even neighborhood. This chapter explores the impact of climate, ethnic and religious groups, and industry on our food.

Chapter 4 Food Throughout Time

The foods your ancestors ate were often influenced or dictated by technology, location, and social and political events such as economic depression and war.

Chapter 5 Cookbooks and Menus

This chapter explores the evolution of cookbooks since the eighteenth century and explores menus from nineteenth-century restaurants.

Chapter 6 How to Find your  Ancestor’s Recipes

The best place to find family recipes is in your own home. You can also interview relatives and research local cookbooks to learn more about your ancestors’ diets.

PART 2: A LOOK BACK AT HISTORICAL RECIPES

Chapter 7 Decipher Old Cooking Terms

Having trouble understanding an old recipe? This chapter includes a vintage glossary of cooking terms, measuring charts, and cooking times.

Chapter 8 The Arts of Dining and Cleaning

Cookbooks are more than just recipes. Read vintage advice on menu planning, table setting and decorating, and proper cleaning techniques.

Chapter 9 Historical Recipes

This chapter contains recipes from both community cookbooks and cooking school cookbooks and from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

PART 3: RECIPE JOURNAL

Record you own family recipes in this journal section

Bibliography and Resources

Index

 

Delve into your own culinary heritage in From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes, available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPO01, NOW ON SALE FOR 55% OFF! Just $12.60; Reg. Price: $27.99.

NGS Research in the States Series: Maryland

“and then on the 3 of March came into Chesapeake bay, at the mouth of the Patomecke, this baye is the most delightfull water I ever saw, between two seet lande, with a channel, 4:5:6:7: and 8 fathoms deepe, some 10 leagues broad, at time of yeare full of fish, yet it doth yeild to Patomecke, which we have made St. Gregories; this is teh sweetest and greatest river have seene, so that the Thames is but a little finder to it, there are noe marshes or swampes about it, but solid firme ground.” — Father Andrew White, S.J.

ngs04This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: Maryland; written by Patricia O’Brien Shawker.

“The Chesapeake Bay described by Father White dominates Maryland… At the time of Maryland’s founding, it was increadibly rich in fish and shellfish, a magnet attracting the Europeans…

“Knowledge of the history of Maryland and the nature of the record keeping is essential when conducting genealogical research. As one of the original thirteen colonies, Maryland had 140 years of colonial history and has one of the most complete collections of colonial records.”

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives.  For example, under the heading Women of Maryland, you will find the following:

“The Maryland State Archives has three online research aids for women. One is the Women Legislators of Maryland, another is the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, and the third is Maryland Women Citizen; Women’s History at the Maryland State Archives. All three of these have biographical and genealogical information about women in Maryland. There are more than one hundred items useful for researching women in the Archives’ special collections including the records of women’s clubs in Maryland (minutes and reports) and the records of the Young Women’s Christian Association (directories, minutes, and reports). Other useful records are city directories (which usually list them as a widow), wills, marriage, divorce, church, land, and military pension records. The Maryland Room at the Hornbake Library of the University of Maryland has a resource guide for women, which includes the Female Writer’s of Maryland, Biographies of Women from Maryland, and Maryland Women’s History.”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Authors

Patricia O’Brien Shawker is a professional genealogist and lecturer. She served as the Director of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) and has served as the treasurer for the National Genealogical Society.

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with the abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

History and Settlements

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Maryland Genealogical Society
  • Maryland Historical Society
  • Maryland State Archives
  • Maryland State Law Library
  • National Archives — College Park
  • Other Facilities
  • Other Libraries and Societies

Major Resources

  • Aids to Research
  • Archives of Maryland
  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Biographical Directories
  • Business Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
    • Colonial Census
    • Federal Census
  • City and County Directories
  • County Records
  • Court Records
    • Colonial
    • Post-Colonial
    • After 1851
  • Ethnic Records
    • African American
    • Germans American
    • Irish American
    • Jewish American
    • Native American
  • Land Records
    • Colonial Land Grants
    • State Land Grants
    • Subsequent Land Records Transactions – County and Baltimore City Land Records
  • Military Records and Benefits
    • Colonial Wars
    • American Revolution
    • War of 1812
    • Mexican War
    • Civil War
    • Spanish American War
    • World War I
    • World War II
  • Naturalization and Immigration Records
  • Newspapers
  • Religious Records
  • State Records
  • Tax Records
    • Colonial Tax Records
    • Later Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Adoption Records
    • Birth and Death Records
    • Marriage and Divorce Records
  • Voter Registration
  • Women of Maryland
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Maryland, are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

NGS Research in the States Series: Colorado

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“’Gold! Gold!! Gold!!! Gold!!!! Hard to Get and Heavy to Hold. Come to Kansas!’ read the headlines in 1858 when gold was discovered at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in the region later to be named Colorado. Thousands of adventurous souls reacted to such headlines by crossing the plains in wagons inscribed ‘Pikes Peak or Bust!’”

This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: Colorado; written by Kathleen W. Hinckley.

“Men and women of commerce, gamblers, outlaws, runaway slaves, fancy ladies, and speculators followed closely behind the argonauts—the gold seekers. They organized settlements that included assayer offices, legal services, general stores, stables, saloons, and inns. These fledgling communities vied for the argonauts’ business and attracted morticians, journalists, doctors, and ministers—as well as government clerks who began the record and sources cherished by genealogists.” These are your Colorado ancestors

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives.  For example, under the heading Ethnic Records, you will find the following:

“Germans were the largest group of early immigrants to Colorado, followed by Irish, English, Scandinavians (Swedish, Danes, and Norwegians), Scots, and Italians. Numerous printed sources offer histories of particular ethnic groups represented among the settlers of Colorado. The Colorado Magazine, for example, has published articles on African Americans, Chinese, Hispanics, Indians, German-Russians, Irish, Italians, Poles, and Swedes. The Helen Karrer Guide to the Colorado Magazine directs researchers to the appropriate articles.

“A unique way to get a glimpse of ethnic groups in Colorado in the early twentieth century is to study the index of…”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Authors

“Kathleen W. Hinckley, Certified Genealogist, is past president and honorary life member of the Colorado Genealogical Society.”  Currently, she is the executive director of the Association of Professional Genealogists and business manager of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. She has served in several key roles in many major societies and organizations, and has written at least two additional guides/books on genealogical research topics.

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with the abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

Early History and Settlements

  • Early History
  • Settlement
  • Migration

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Black American West Museum
  • Boulder Genealogical Society
  • Carnegie Branch, Boulder Public Library
  • Colorado Genealogical Society
  • Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy
  • Colorado Sate Archives
  • Denver Public Library Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
  • Denver Public Library Western History & Genealogy Department
  • Lloyd Files Research Library–Museum of Western Colorado
  • Norlin Library–University of Colorado
  • National Archives–Rocky Mountain Region
  • Olibama Lopez-Tushar Hispanic Legacy Research Center
  • Penrose Library, Pikes Peak Library District
  • Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, Pueblo  City-County Library District
  • Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society
  • Stephen H. Hart Library, Colorado Historical Society

Major Resources

  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Biographical Guides
  • Cemetery Records
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
    • 1860 Territorial Censuses
    • 1861 Territorial Election Records
    • 1866 Territorial Enumeration
    • 1870 and 1880 Federal Censuses–Auxiliary or Non-Population Schedules
  • City and County Directories
  • Court Records
  • Ethnic Records
    • African American
    • Chinese from California
    • Germans from Russia
    • Hispanic
    • Japanese
    • Jewish
    • Native American
  • Land Records
    • Spanish and Mexican Land Grants
    • Mexican Land Records
    • Federal Land Records
    • County-Level Land Records
  • Military Records and Benefits
    • Federal Level Military Records
    • State Level Military Records
    • Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Records
    • Colorado Veterans’ Grave Registration, 1862-1949
    • 10th Mountain Division Collection (WWII)
  • Naturalization Records
  • Newspapers
    • Colorado Obituary Project
    • Denver (Denver County)
    • Colorado Springs (El Paso County)
    • Longmont (Boulder County)
    • Mesa County
    • Pueblo (Pueblo County)
    • Weld County
  • Probate Records
    • Denver City and County
    • El Paso County
    • Pueblo County
  • Railroad Employee Records
  • Religious Records
    • Catholic (Roman)
    • Episcopalian
    • Methodist
  • Tax Records
  • Territorial Records
  • Vital Records
    • Birth and Death Certificates
    • Marriage and Divorce Records
  • Women of Colorado
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Colorado, are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

NGS Research in the States Series: Georgia

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“Georgia, the thirteenth colony, was established in 1733. The state had frontier land until almost the beginning of the Civil War and extinguished the last Indian title within its boundaries in 1835. This continual push to open new land characterizes the first on hundred years of state history and is crucial to understanding the movements of people across the state. The records they created document the lives and relationships sought by their descendants today. To help researchers better document Georgia families, this guide outlines the types of records available, identifies repositories where they might be found, and lists the most useful finding aids and published record indexes.”

This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: Georgia; written by Linda Woodward Geiger and Paul K. Graham.

Home to several Indian tribes, including Creek, Yamassee, Apalache, and Cherokee, the lands to become Georgia was given to a company chartered to establish a colony between the Carolinas and Spanish controlled land. King George II gave authority in 1732 to 21 trustees. Along with the first English settlers, there were 42 Salzburger families and some Highland Scots, who after taking oaths as British Citizens, joined the newly started colony. As with all the colonies, from there things grew and immigrants came from many places.

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives.  For example, under the heading Historic Sites, a section not found in most of the guides, you will find the following:

“Although Georgia’s historic sites are not ‘libraries,’ they frequently possess materials that are of value to genealogists. Among the most useful for research are Andersonville National Historic Sites, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park,…”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Authors

Linda Woodward Geiger is “a principal and instructor for Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance. She specializes in Georgia records, records held by the National Archives at Atlanta, and Cherokee heritage documentation. Her area of personal interest lies with records of Cherokee and Creek removal.

Paul K. Graham specializes in Southern families research. He holds a masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. He has published several books, written for the NGS Quarterly, and the Georgia Genealogical Society’s Quarterly, with Georgia and Georgia land use being key topics.

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with the abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

Early History and Settlements

  • Jurisdictional Changes

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Georgia Archives
    • Collections
    • Published Guides
    • Online Finding Aids, Catalogs, and Other Sources
    • Online Searchable Databases and Documents
  • National Archives at Atlanta (Southeast Region)
  • University Libraries
  • Other Georgia Libraries
  • Historic Sites
  • Libraries outside Georgia with Major Georgia Holdings
  • State and Local Genealogical and Historical Societies
  • Local Societies Archives and Museums

Major Resources

  • Aids to Research
  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
    • Statewide Maps
    • Local Maps
    • Map Collections
    • Gazetters
  • Biographical Sources
  • Cemetery Records
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
    • Federal Populations Statewide
    • State Census Records
  • City Records
  • County Research
  • Courts and Court Records
    • Colonial Court Records
    • Federal Court Records (NARA RG 21), 1685-1991
    • Records of the U.S. Court of Claims (NARA RG 123), 1835-1966
    • State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
    • County Court Records, 1777-Present
    • State Courts
    • Superior Courts
    • Probate (Formerly Called Ordinary Courts)
    • Magistrate Courts
    • Municipal Courts
    • Criminal Records
  • Ethnic Records
    • African American
    • Europeans
    • Native American
  • Land Records
  • Military Records
    • Colonial Period
    • American Revolution (1775-1783)
    • Georgia Militia
    • War of 1812
    • Indian Wars
    • Cherokee Removal
    • Civil War (1861-1865)
    • Spanish American War and World Wars
  • Naturalization and Immigration Records
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals
  • Probate Records
  • Reconstruction Records
    • Religious Records
    • Baptists
    • Catholic (Roman)
    • Episcopal
    • Jewish
    • Indian Missions
    • Lutheran
    • Methodist
    • Quaker (Society of Friends)
    • Presbyterian
    • State Research
  • Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Adoption Records
    • Birth and Death Records 1919-1939; 1939 to Present
    • Marriage and Divorce Records
    • Bible Records
  • Women of Georgia
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Georgia, are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

NGS Research in the States Series: Michigan

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“Throughout Michigan’s varied and fascinating history, its people have been leaders. They have led the nation in the production of automobiles, iron and copper, lumber, and many agricultural products. Of even greater importance, Michigan citizens have been leaders in the movements for equitable working conditions, civil rights, and a clean environment. Perhaps, to paraphrase William Faulkner, Michigan will be a leader in helping humans to not merely survive, but prevail over our common problems.”

This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: Michigan; written by Shirley M. DeBoer.

Michigan’s European settlers began with the French and British, with some others mixed in. “Later Italians and Scandinavians were miners and lumberjacks.” Quality farm land attracted many Dutch, Germans, and Irish. Of course, before the European settlers were the Native Americans, predominately the Chippewa (Ojibwa) and Potawatomi.

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives.  For example, under the heading Prison Records, a section not found in most of the guides, you will find the following:

“Michigan has three historic state prisons: Jackson (1837) and Ionia (1877) in the Lower Peninsula and Marquette (1889) in the Upper Peninsula. Information from comprehensive card indexes for individuals who served time in state facilities in available upon request at the archives. In addition to the card files, three Archival Circulars are helpful. ‘Correctional Facilities’ contains records from the three major correctional institutions; ‘Pardons, Paroles, Warrants, and Extraditions;’ and ‘Youths, Records Relating To’ is for adoptees or children who had problems adjusting to society. The latter restricted-access records are available with permission from outside the archives.

“Historically the state has had two federal prisons. …”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Author

Shirley M. De Boer is “a minister’s wife and high school teacher,” with a masters degree in teaching. She developed an early interest in genealogy, leading her to certification and becoming an instructor of genealogy. She specializes in New England migration through New York to the west. Shirley is a member of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, where she has served in many key positions.  She was the Society’s 2004 recipient of the Ken Gackler Award “For Outstanding Contributions toward the Advancement and Promotion of Family History.”

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with the abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

History and Settlements

  • Early History
  • Settlement
  • Migration
  • Economy

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Michigan Library and Historical Center
  • Archives of Michigan
  • Archives of Michigan Regional Depositories
  • Library of Michigan
  • Other Libraries
  • Michigan Genealogical Council
  • Michigan Historical Society
  • Local Societies and Historical Organizations
  • National Archives-Great Lakes Region

Major Resources

  • Aids to Research
  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Biographical Guides
  • Business Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
    • Pre-Statehood Census
    • Federal Census
    • State Census
    • Special Census
  • City and County Directories
  • City Records and Research
  • County and Township Records and Research
  • Court Records
    • Territorial Courts
    • Federal Courts
    • State Courts
    • Court Reporters
  • Ethnic Records
  • Land Records
  • Maritime Records
  • Military Records and Benefits
    • Veterans Benefits and Soldiers’ Homes
  • Naturalization and Immigration
  • Newspapers
  • Prison Records
  • Religious Records
  • School Records, Youths and Orphans, Sanitoria and Infirmed
  • Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Adoption Records
    • Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records
  • Voter Rolls
  • Women of Michigan
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Michigan are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

NGS Research in the States Series: New Jersey

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“Our concern is with the beginnings of settlement within teh area that we know today as the State of New Jersey. Here, between the Hudson and the Delaware, people of many nationalities came together, at times in jarring conflict, but for the most part in peaceful harmony, to lay the foundations of a colony whose distinguishing mark was to be its heterogeneity. Unlike New England, where the Puritan townsman typified the whole population, or the South, where the tidewater English planter was equally predominant, New Jersey presented a picture of infinite variety. Its founders spoke many tongues, belonged to many religious denominations, practices their arts and crafts in many different ways. Each distinctive group had its own contributions to make, and each was to leave a lasting inheritance to future generations.”

This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: New Jersey; written by Claire Keenan Agthe.

Like most states, New Jersey has its own unique diversity and history. Today, New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S. and yet has a strong agricultural base, which helped it get its nickname the ‘Garden State.’ Its earliest settlers included the Dutch, Swedes, Finns, English, Scots, Scots-Irish, Germans, and French and generally welcomed people of many religions.

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives.  For example, under the heading Military Records and Benefits, you will find the following:

“New Jersey is fortunate in that no battles since the American Revolution have taken place on its soil, although many of its citizens have served in the armed services in both peacetime and wartime. Early military personnel records are scarce, but those that do exist can be valuable sources of information. The State Archives holds most state military records prior to World War I, while most subsequent state records are at the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. …”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

As an interesting side note, New Jersey has see no wartime battles since the American Revolution; yet, since “its position between British-held New York and rebel-held Philadelphia made New Jersey home to 296 engagements during the Revolutionary War.”

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Author

Claire Keenan Agthe is a professional genealogist, is president of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, and is a trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, where she lives. Claire lectures on copyright and Irish genealogy, and professionally conducts client research.

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with the abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

History and Settlements

  • Early History
  • Settlement
  • Migration
  • Economy
  • Jurisdictional Changes

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Genealogical Society of New Jersey
  • New Jersey Historical Society
  • New Jersey State Archives
  • New Jersey State Library
  • Rugers University: Alexander Library
  • Other Libraries
  • National Archives Regional Facility

Major Resources

  • Aids to Research
  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Biographical Guides
  • Business Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
    • Early Censuses and Substitutes
    • Federal Censuses and Substitutes
    • State Censuses
  • City and County Directories
  • City-Level Research
  • Court Records
    • Federal Courts
  • Decedents’ Estates
    • Probate and Estate Records
    • Partitions and Divisions of Estates
  • Ethnic Records
    • African American
    • German
    • Native American
    • Scots and Scots-Irish
  • Immigration
  • Land Records
    • Deeds
    • Mortgages
  • Military Records and Benefits
    • Militia and National Guard
    • Colonial Wars (pre-1775)
    • American Revolution
    • Wars of 1791-1815
    • Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
    • Civil War (1861-1865)
    • Spanish-American War (1898)
    • World War I (1914-1918)
    • World War II (1941-1945)
    • Korean War (1950-1953) and Vietnam War (1959-1975)
  • Name Changes
  • Naturalization Records
    • Naturalizations in County and State Courts
    • Naturalizations in Federal Court
  • Newspapers
  • Religious Records
    • Catholic (Roman)
    • Jewish
    • Presbyterian
    • Protestant Episcopal
    • Reformed Church in America (Dutch Reformed)
    • Society of Friends (Quakers)
    • Unitarian Universalist Association
    • United Church of Christ (UCC)
    • United Methodist
  • School and Institutional Records
  • Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Adoption Records
    • Colonial and County Vital Records
    • State Vital Records
    • Inquisitions on the Dead (Coroner Reports)
    • Divorce Records
  • Voter Rolls
  • Women of New Jersey
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: New Jersey are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

The First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut

ne39The First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut in a New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) publication. The book is a reprint of A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut; with the Time of Their Arrival in the Colony, and Their Standing in Society, Together with Their Place of Residence, as far as can be Discovered by the Records; originally published in 1846. Gratefully, the NEHGS shortened the title for their reprint. The reprint contains a foreward by Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press.

This book was compiled by Royal R. Hinman, who served as the Secretary of the State of Connecticut between 1835 and 1842. His primary focus in records gathering was on seventeenth century settlers who arrived before the Union of the Colonies of New Haven and Connecticut in 1665.

Several New England states have had “genealogical dictionaries” created to represent their earliest settlers. Hinman followed that style in part, but really produced something more akin to a variety of lists with other items. The majority of this book is represented in two lists, “First Settlers of the Colony,” running pages 12 to 109 in alphabetical order, with pages 110 to 159 containing additions and corrections. The second list is a continuation of settlers, listed alphabetical by surname, running through page 247. There are a variety of smaller lists that follow, bringing the page count to 336, not including the index.

This book as great value to researcher of early colonial settlers, as described in Child’s own words:

“The volume reprinted here serves as a very useful reference, in conjunction with primary sources. The overview of early Connecticut genealogy and history makes First Puritan Settlers a good first stop for anyone with Nutmeg State ancestry.”

 

Copies of The First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut can be obtained from Family Roots Publishing.

 

Complete Surname List (as found in the Index):

  • Abbe
  • Abbernatha
  • Abby
  • Abbott
  • Abel
  • Abell
  • Acerly
  • Ackley

Continue reading “The First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut”

NGS Research in the States Series: Illinois

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“Illinois has had a longer and more interesting history than any other state west of the Alleghenies. It was not accidental that the white settlement of the mid-continent began on the east bank of the Mississippi River and that the largest non-coastal city took root and flourished at the southwestern corner of Lake Michigan. As geographical and geological heritages, the flat prairie has soil of unusual fertility, convenient water routes, and readily available mineral resources. Because of them, the settler came early, in increasing number, over several routes, and from varied national and racial backgrounds.”

 

This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: Illinois; written by Diane Renner Walsh.

Illinois grew up from the beginnings of pioneers of diverse nationalities, including former African slaves. “The land they found was mostly prairie and likely appeared inhospitable at first to those more familiar with the rolling hills and valleys of the eastern states. Nevertheless, they soon found the land was fertile and crops flourished. Rivers, and later canals and railroads, facilitated movement within the state and led to settlement of large population areas.”

Extensive records exist, including online indexes and valuable search aids, to help researchers find their Illinois descendants. This guide is meant to help.

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives. For example, in this volume under the heading Directories you will find the following:

“Residential directories are available for Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield and smaller cities. Chicago residents and registered voters are listed in a special 1937 directory. Some other locations have periodic county directories. Business directories were published between 1847 and 1860 by various publishers. Newberry Library and Chicago Historical Society have excellent collections; Family History Library has some directories on fiche or film.”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Author

Diane Renner Walsh is a certified genealogist, and more importantly, is consider to be an expert on Illinois research. She has won awards and recognition for her articles and her volunteer work. Her articles have appeared in publications including St. Clair County, Illinois Research and Resources: A Genealogist’s Guide as well as in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with teh abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

History and Settlements

  • American Period

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Online Sources
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
  • Chicago Historical Society
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Illinois Digital Archives
  • Illinois Historical Survey
  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository
  • Illinois State Archives
  • Illinois State Genealogical Society
  • Illinois State Library
  • National Archives — Great Lakes Region
  • Other Libraries

Major Resources

  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
    • Place Names
    • County Plats and Landownership Maps
    • Transportation Guides
    • Federal Township Plats
  • Biographical Sources
  • Business Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
    • French and Territorial Enumeration
    • State Censuses
    • Military Census
    • Federal Schedules
  • Church Records
  • Court and Other Legal Records
    • General Assembly
    • Supreme Court and Appellate Courts
    • Justice of the Peace Courts
    • County Courts
    • Circuit Courts
    • Laws
  • Directories
  • Ethnic Records
  • Land Records
    • County Land Records
    • Public Land Sales
    • Land Granted before 1814
    • Internal Improvements
    • Military Tract
  • Military and Veteran Records
    • Eighteenth-Century Troops
    • State Militia in Indian Wars and the National Guard
    • Mexican War
    • Civil War
    • Spanish-American War
    • World War and Later
    • Soldier’s and Sailors’ Home
  • Naturalization Records
  • Newspapers
  • Prison Records
  • Religious Records
  • School Records
  • Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Adoption Records
    • Birth and Death Records
    • Marriage Records
    • Divorce Records
  • Women of Illinois
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Illinois are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

In Search of Your GERMAN ROOTS: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe

gpc396In the United States, more people can trace their ancestry to Germanic roots than any other national or ethnic background. However, having a German ancestor does not mean that ancestor came from what constitutes modern day Germany. Throughout history, German speaking people lived throughout Europe, “from the Baltic to the Crimea, from the Czech Republic to Belgium.” Over time, identifying and researching archives and resources has become easier, but guidance and insight is always welcome.

Helping other search their own German ancestors, is why Angus Baxter wrote In Search of Your GERMAN ROOTS: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe. Since its first printing in 1987, this guide has tried to facilitate the research process by identifying archives and resources and helping researchers correspond with the managing organizations.

In the introduction, the author made this comment in describing the purpose of this book: “As you turn the pages of this book you will learn about the history of the German people; yo will find out what resources are available; and you will find out where to locate these sources of information.” Stated plainly, this should be the purpose of any genealogical research guide. In authoring In search of Your GERMAN ROOTS, Baxter keeps focus on this purpose, not wasting words or pages, but imparting highly valuable guidance in only 125 pages.

Now in its fifth edition, and with the increased access to research via the Internet, this guide takes a strong roll in guiding readers to finding resources online, handles easily from home. Correspondence and research requests are still key to success, but today email is more common than letters or phone call, and online accessible databases reduce the amount of leg work involved in finding and identifying records.

“This edition of the book highlights all of the recent developments—new facilities, new websites, newly available records—that have made German family history research immeasurably easier.”

Here are just a few of the ‘developments’ in recent years that are covered inside this book:

  • Kirchenbuchportal, a new Internet portal to German church records
  • Availability of online Jewish records from Landesarchiv Daden-Wuerttemerg (previously only available by visiting the archive in Stuttgard)
  • Online access to approximately 2,000 historic German-language newspapers
  • Easier access to vital records in Germany due to a change in privacy laws
  • and so much more…

Angus Baxter authored this book and made all the changes to its second and third editions. After passing in 2005, his daughter Susan Baxter updated the book for its forth edition. This new completely updated and revised fifth edition was by Marian Hofffman. To this fifth edition Susan Baxter added this heartfelt dedication to her father, indirectly acknowledging what we can all feel in reward to dedicated family history research:

“All my life I have known exactly where I come from; not just the town of my birth, but the roots and lives of my ancestors. I know the roads they walked, the fields they farmed, and the sheep they sold at market. I have even seen the houses where some of them lived This is entirely because of my father, Angus Baxter, and his passion for genealogy. The contentment it has brought me is beyond measure. I am so lucky to have had the parents I did. My father loved life and he loved his family. My mother, my daughter, and I all basked in this love. Thank you, Daddy. I miss you.”

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Starting the Search

Chapter 2: The Germans and Germany

Chapter 3: The Records of FamiliySearch

Chapter 4: Jewish Records

Chapter 5: Church Records

Chapter 6: Immigration

Chapter 7: Vital and Other Records

Chapter 8: Archives in Germany

Chapter 9: Genealogical Associations in Germany

Chapter 10: German Genealogical Associations in North America

Chapter 11: Online Resources

Chapter 12: Continuation

Bibliography

Index

 

In Search of Your GERMAN ROOTS: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe is available from Family Roots Publishing (just click the book title to order)

 

Comments made about previous editions of this book:

“The book contains numerous lists: lists of churches, dates and lists of time periods for people who migrated to Russia, state, city, and parish archives (Protestant and Catholic), and in addition to the associations in North America, Mr. Baxter has provided a list of genealogical societies in Europe. . . . In Search of Your German Roots will most definitely provide you with a very comprehensive guide to locating your German ancestor. It is an orderly description and you need to use it in an orderly manner to gain the greatest benefit.”

German Genealogical Society of America (Jan/Feb 1996)

“This edition is an update of the original edition published in 1985, and it therefore includes details of changes brought about by the reunification of Germany. It contains German addresses with the new five-digit postal code and covers changes in local government, the locations of record offices, and record-keeping practices. Baxter’s work is recommended for public library collections as well as genealogy collections in academic libraries.”

American Reference Books Annual, 1995

 

NGS Research in the States Series: Oregon

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“Oregon’s ‘healthful’ climate and fertile soil…appealed to desperate families from older states suffering the economic effects of the Panic of 1837. [By 1850] nearly sixty percent of teh territory’s pioneer families were from the states that lined the Ohio and Upper Mississippi rivers”

 

This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: Oregon; written by Connie Miller Lenzen.

 

Despite political and territorial interest in the area, migrants weren’t easily convinced to leave the east and make the 2,000 mile journey to the north west coast. Not until the mid-to-late 1840s did people begin to migrate in recognizable numbers. Most of the states pioneering families came from the upper Mississippi and Ohio river areas. Many came in wagon trains following the famous Oregon trail. More early history information is available in the guide.

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives.  For example, under the heading Probate Records, you will find the following:

“Oregon’s first court was established in 1841 to probate Ewing Young’s estate. Young died without a will, and his large land and property holdings required a legal process for distribution.

“Probate records were usually kept from the beginning of each county, and many records and indexes are still in the county courthouses. Over the years, jurisdiction passed from the County Court to the Circuit Court, with some exceptions. Most old records are in offsite storage and need to be requested in advance. Some records have been moved to the Oregon State Archives. The Archives’ Oregon Historical County Records Guide lists probate records for each county and where they are located.”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Author

Connie Miller Lenzen specializes in Oregon research as is the author of Oregon Guide to Genealogical Resources. She currently serves as Director for the National Genealogical Society, where she has volunteered since 1990. Connie is a board certified genealogist.

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with teh abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

History and Settlements

  • The Missionaries
  • Wagon Trains
  • Early Government

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Oregon Historical Society Library
  • Oregon State Archives
  • Oregon State Library
  • Genealogical Forum of Oregon Library
  • Knight Library
  • Multnomath County Library

Major Resources

  • Aids to Research
  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Biographical Guides
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
    • Territorial Censuses
    • State Censuses
    • Federal Census — Auxiliary Schedules
  • City and County Directories
  • City-Level Research
  • Court Records
    • County and State-Districts Level
    • State Appeals Level
    • Federal Courts
  • Ethnic Records
    • Native American
    • Chinese
    • African Americans
  • Genealogical and Historical Periodicals
  • Land and Property Records
    • Provisional-government Records
    • Federal Level
    • County Level
  • Military Records
    • Territorial and State Level
    • Federal Level
  • Naturalization and Immigration Records
    • Immigration Records
  • Newspapers
  • Probate Records
  • Religious Records
  • Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Birth Records
    • Death Records
    • Marriage Records
    • Divorce Records
  • Voter Records
  • Women of Oregon
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Oregon are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):