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=== New Data CDs from the U.S. ==============
The following new data CDs from the U.S. are now available from ArchiveCDBooksUSA.com:
Edward E. Atwater, ed., HISTORY OF THE CITY OF NEW HAVEN TO THE PRESENT TIME … WITH BIOGRAPHIES, PORTRAITS AND ILLUSTRATIONS, (1887) 2008.
Atwater and his collaborators have compiled a comprehensive history of the town and city of New Haven in its first two-and-a-half centuries, incorporating a narrative of municipal history along with topical coverage of all aspects of New Haven society, and about two hundred biographical sketches. (more...)
John F. Watson, ANNALS AND OCCURRENCES OF NEW YORK CITY AND STATE, IN THE OLDEN TIME; BEING A COLLECTION OF MEMOIRS, ANECDOTES, AND INCIDENTS CONCERNING THE CITY, COUNTRY, AND INHABITANTS..., (1846) 2008.
Watson has brought together in one place a wide range of information of different sorts on the earliest years of the state and city of New York, covering the periods of discovery and settlement, with information on the Dutch and English settlers, as well as on the indigenous Native Americans. The author divides the volume into "Book First" covering the state and "Book Second" for the city. In the section on the state, he describes the period of discovery and also has separate sections on each of the earliest settlements, including Manhattan, Albany, Schenectady, and Brooklyn, as well as a number of the Mohawk Valley towns, such as Rome, Schoharie and Canojoharie. (more...)
Lockwood R. Doty, HISTORY OF THE GENESEE COUNTRY (WESTERN NEW YORK) COMPRISING THE COUNTIES OF ALLEGANY, CATTARAUGUS, CHAUTAUQUA, CHEMUNG, ERIE, GENESEE, LIVINGSTON, MONROE, NIAGARA, ONTARIO, ORLEANS, SCHUYLER, STEUBEN, WAYNE, WYOMING, AND YATES, (1925) 2008.
Western New York drew settlers from New England, Pennsylvania and even as far as Virginia, as well as eastern New York. This 1400-plus page history of the area, liberally sprinkled with illustrations including maps, exquisitely detailed, is fully searchable, giving researchers access to the wealth information linked to the many personal and place names mentioned in its pages. The Genesee country, described as all of New York west of Seneca Lake, includes the present counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. In more ancient terms it is described as that territory included in the original Phelps and Gorham Purchase. (more...)
THE PENNSYLVANIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, V1-5, (1877-1881) 2008.
The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, one of the earliest quarterly serial publications of this type, was first published by the Pennsylvania Historical Society in 1877. The first five volumes are reproduced here with fully-searchable text. The bulk of the material in each volume focuses on the colonial and Revolutionary War period. A number of journals and letters are reproduced including the diary of Robert Morton (Philadelphia, 1777), letters from Ephriam Douglass (Uniontown, 1780s), journal of William Black (1744), diary of the Moravian congregation (New York City, 1776), Spangenberg's notes of travel to Onondaga (1745), John Penn's journal of a visit to Reading, Harrisburg, Carlisle, and Lancaster (1788), various letters (Pennsylvania, 1691), journal of Miss Sarah Eve (Philadelphia, 1772–73), and travels through Berks County (1783).
Not only do these entries provide background material and a sense of the "flavor" of the time, they frequently mention numerous individuals the writers interacted with in the course of the events they describe. (more...)
=== New Downloadable Products from the U.S. ====
The following digitized products are among our most popular data CDs and are now alternatively available as a download, thereby saving the cost of shipping:
James R. Pringle, HISTORY OF THE TOWN AND CITY OF GLOUCESTER, CAPE ANN, MASSACHUSETTS (DOWNLOAD).
In the best traditions of nineteenth-century local history, this volume provides both a narrative and a topical history of an important early Massachusetts maritime community. The history is interspersed with biographical compilations of early settlers, soldiers and sailors, and businessmen. (more..)
J.H. Temple, HISTORY OF NORTH BROOKFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (DOWNLOAD).
This volume is more than just a history of the town of North Brookfield. Temple has also included extensive extracts from the town records of Brookfield, the parent town, and has compiled genealogical accounts of most of the earliest families of the town. North Brookfield was not set off from Brookfield as a separate town until 1812. Had Temple chosen to cover just the history of this town, he would have had only seventy-five years in the nineteenth century to write about. Fortunately, he decided to dig back into the history of the parent town, thus taking the story back into the middle of the seventeenth century. (more...)
RECORDS AND FILES OF THE QUARTERLY COURTS OF ESSEX COUNTY MASSACHUSETTS, 1636-1683 (DOWNLOAD), 1911-1921.
These volumes contain transcripts or extracts from the record books and loose papers of all courts that operated in the area that is now Essex County, Massachusetts, from 1636 to 1683. Nearly every person who resided for any length of time in Essex County in this period will be found in this set. In 1636 the Massachusetts Bay General Court established quarterly courts to be held at several places in the colony, including Salem and Ipswich. In 1643 the General Court erected four counties in the colony: Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex and Norfolk. (more...)
J.H. Temple, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF PALMER, MASSACHUSETTS (DOWNLOAD), 1889 (2005).
This volume is more than just a history of the town of Palmer. Temple has also included extensive extracts from the town records of Palmer, and has compiled genealogical accounts of most of the earliest families of the town. Palmer was established as a district in 1752, having previously existed as a plantation known as "The Elbows." It was then made a town in 1775. Palmer has written a narrative history of Palmer, interwoven with extensive extracts from the records of the plantation, district and town. These are not just town orders about ringing the swine and electing the constable. There are also militia lists, tax lists, petitions and other documents that include information on town inhabitants at all social levels. (more...)
Sidney Perley, THE HISTORY OF SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS (DOWNLOAD), (1924, 1926, 1928) 2007.
Perley has compiled an extremely detailed account of the first ninety years of the history of Salem, Massachusetts, incorporating the contents of many original documents. Perley takes note of when each resident first arrived in town, and at that point inserts a genealogical summary of the family. (more...)
Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, RECORDS OF THE GOVERNOR AND COMPANY OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY IN NEW ENGLAND, 1628- 1686 (DOWNLOAD), 1853-1854.
This massive series of volumes documents the development of the Massachusetts Bay Company into Massachusetts Bay Colony, providing a dense chronological record of the colony's civil, criminal and administrative court proceedings. Thousands of early New England colonists pass through these pages. The bulk of the records in these volumes are the proceedings of the General Court or the Court of Assistants of Massachusetts Bay Colony, which had jurisdiction over the whole colony. Interspersed through these records are also the minutes from some of the meetings of the Suffolk Quarter Court, covering the area that would become Suffolk County. (more...)
BOSTON BIRTHS, BAPTISMS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS, 1630-1699 AND BOSTON BIRTHS, 1700-1800 (DOWNLOAD), (1883 & 1894) 2007.
The first of these volumes collects in one place all surviving vital records for the original town of Boston in the seventeenth century, along with the baptisms from the First Church of Boston. The second volume continues with all surviving Boston birth records for the entire eighteenth century. The Ninth Report of the Boston Record Commissioners, which comprises nearly fifteen thousand events gathered from a variety of sources and is arranged by year of the event, is essential for research in Boston families of the first half of the colonial period. (more...)
Charles Edward Banks, THE PLANTERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH: A STUDY OF THE EMIGRANTS AND EMIGRATION IN COLONIAL TIMES: TO WHICH ARE ADDED LISTS OF PASSENGERS TO BOSTON AND TO THE BAY COLONY; THE SHIPS WHICH BROUGHT THEM; THEIR ENGLISH HOMES, ... (DOWNLOAD), (1930) 2007.
Banks has compiled all the information available to him by 1930 on passengers from England to New England during the two decades between 1620 and 1640, supplementing the surviving passenger lists with some details of his own knowledge and conclusions on their residences before and after the voyage. (more...)
James H. Stark, THE LOYALISTS OF MASSACHUSETTS AND THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (DOWNLOAD), (1910) 2006.
The author, sympathetic to the Loyalists, presents a history of the American Revolution in Massachusetts, from the perspective of the Loyalists. To this he appends about a hundred biographical and genealogical sketches of Massachusetts Loyalists, tracing their lives into England and Nova Scotia. Stark was a strong Anglophile, and the historical section begins with the settlement of Massachusetts, presents much background to the Revolution, and then, after a lengthy section on the revolutionary period itself, goes on to apply his antirevolutionary themes to the War of 1812 and to the Civil War. (more...)
Chandler Robbins, HISTORY OF THE SECOND CHURCH, OR OLD NORTH, IN BOSTON. TO WHICH IS ADDED, A HISTORY OF THE NEW BRICK CHURCH (DOWNLOAD), (1852) 2007.
Robbins has compiled a history of two centuries of the Second Church of Boston, which was founded in 1650, along with a history of the New Brick Church, which merged with the Second Church in 1779. The author focuses on the ministers of each church, and includes records of admission and baptism. The Second Church in Boston was founded in 1650, as the burgeoning population of the town made the First Church, which had been formed in 1630, inadequate to serve the population. (more...)
Hamilton Andrews Hill, HISTORY OF THE OLD SOUTH CHURCH (THIRD CHURCH) BOSTON, 1669-1884, 2 VOLUMES (DOWNLOAD), 1890.
Hamilton Hill utilized and printed a large number of contemporaneous documents in preparing this comprehensive history of the Third or Old South Church of Boston during its first two centuries. The account of the serious controversies surrounding the formation of this church is especially complete. In this strictly chronological treatment of the history of the Old South Church, Hill includes throughout the two volumes hundreds of verbatim extracts from the surviving records of the church. During the years when they exist and are relevant, he also quotes extensively from private and public letters and petitions, from Samuel Sewall's Diary and from Boston newspapers. (more...)
Hamilton Andrews Hill and George Frederick Bigelow, AN HISTORICAL CATALOGUE OF THE OLD SOUTH CHURCH (THIRD CHURCH) BOSTON, 1669-1882 (DOWNLOAD), 1883.
The compilers of this volume have presented complete lists of those admitted to full communion and those who subscribed to the covenant of the Old South Church for the full span of years stated in the title and have added biographical sketches of members admitted to full communion from 1669 to 1719. By the middle of the seventeenth century, Congregational churches provided two paths to membership. Anyone willing to go through a rigorous examination of their experience of saving grace, and receiving the approval of other church members, could be a member in full communion, and receive all the benefits of church membership. Anyone who did not wish to submit to the examination of their experience of saving grace, but willing to subscribe to the church covenant, could be accepted to a lesser form of membership which would permit them to have their children baptized. (more...)
Rev. Elias Nason, M.A., A GAZETTEER OF THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS (DOWNLOAD), (1874) 2007.
The author, Rev. Elias Nason, M.A., has compiled "a clear and concise topographical description, together with a brief historical and statistical notice, of the several counties, cities, towns, and villages of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." The book offers much more than that to a family historian, however. In addition to the typical physical description and history of each town, the author devotes much of his attention to the people of the area, including the native inhabitants and biographical sketches of the earliest white settlers and prominent citizens. Early businesses, churches, and schools are also described. (more...)
THE PROBATE RECORDS OF ESSEX COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS, VOLUME I, 1635-1664 (SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1916), VOLUME II, 1665-1674 (SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1917), VOLUME III, 1675-1681 (SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1920).
These three volumes have collected in one place all probate records for the towns that constitute Essex County. Wills and inventories are provided in full transcription, while all other documents, including letters of administration, estate settlements and the like, appear in full or in abstract. For the period covered by these volumes, there was no separate probate court, and most of the documents included here were entered in volumes devoted to a variety of other legal matters, such as colony and county court minutes, town and county deed volumes, and even town meeting minutes. (more...)
Charles Henry Pope, THE PIONEERS OF MASSACHUSETTS (DOWNLOAD), (1900) 2006.
Pope has entries for more than five thousand persons found in the records of Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony between 1620 and 1650. The author follows each resident of these colonies until death, utilizing many sources not employed by Savage and others who had covered the same period. Pope squeezes into his entries information from ship passenger lists, lists of freemen, church records, town records, deeds and wills. Of especial importance, the author included data from the Massachusetts Archives papers, from the Middlesex County Court Files and from the notarial records of Thomas Lechford and William Aspinwall, sources not mined by previous compilers of similar compendia. (more...)
Orestes E. Doe, ed., THE RECORD OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS IN THE TOWN OF FRANKLIN, FROM 1778 TO 1872 (DOWNLOAD), (1898) 2007.
The editor of this volume, who was town clerk of Franklin, has transcribed all vital records for the town from its organization in 1778 until 1872. Prior to 1778 Franklin had been part of the town of Wrentham, so most of the families seen in the early years of these records had roots in Wrentham. Unlike so many of the published Massachusetts town vital records, this volume goes well beyond 1850, and so much further into the period of centralized recording. (more...)
Daniel S. Lamson, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF WESTON, MASSACHUSETTTS, 1630-1890 (DOWNLOAD), (1913) 2007.
Lamson has compiled a comprehensive, topical history of the first two and a half centuries of Weston, Massachusetts. He devotes special attention to matters of ecclesiastical and military history, and also treats of such subjects as town records, taverns, schools, railroads, businesses and doctors. (more...)
George Wingate Chase, HISTORY OF HAVERHILL, MASSACHUSETTS, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1640, TO THE YEAR 1860 (DOWNLOAD), (1861) 2007.
The author covers the first two-hundred-and-twenty years of the history of the town of Haverhill, Massachusetts, using extensive extracts from the town, county and colony records. Along the way he includes biographical sketches of many of the early settlers, and closes with a genealogical section. Haverhill was established in 1640, at the end of the Great Migration, one of several settlements necessitated by the great increase in Massachusetts population at the end of a decade of heavy immigration. As with the neighboring town of Salisbury, many of the first settlers of Haverhill had earlier resided in Newbury and Ipswich. (more...)
Nathaniel Goodwin, GENEALOGICAL NOTES, OR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FAMILY HISTORY OF SOME OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF CONNECTICUT AND MASSACHUSETTS (DOWNLOAD), (1856) 2006.
Nathaniel Goodwin's career as probate clerk and judge prepared him well for the compilation of the earliest published, well-documented accounts of thousands of descendants (representing hundreds of surnames) of thirty-seven early New England families, most from Wethersfield, Hartford and Windsor in Connecticut, but some from Massachuetts Bay as well. As a result of his extensive experience with Connecticut probate records, Goodwin was able to provide extensive documentation for the immigrant generation in most of these thirty-seven families. He often provided complete transcripts of the wills of the immigrants, as well as material from the deed registers, in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Unlike so many other authors of the same and even later periods, Goodwin provided volume and page citations for these records. (more...)
John Warner Barber, CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS, CONTAINING A GENERAL COLLECTION OF INTERESTING FACTS, TRADITIONS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, ANECDOTES, &C., RELATING TO THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF EVERY TOWN IN CONNECTICUT, WITH GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTIONS (DOWNLOAD), (1836) 2007.
Barber has gathered a wide range of information on each county and town of Connecticut as of 1836, arranging the entries by county, followed by an account of the leading settlement in each county, and then the remaining towns in that county in alphabetical order, with many illustrations included. For the older and larger towns especially, the compiler has embellished the historical account of the town with extracts from the town records and, in later years, lengthy passages from the leading newspapers. Also for the earlier towns, Barber has included lists of the earliest proprietors. (more...)
Richard Anson Wheeler, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF STONINGTON, COUNTY OF NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT, FROM THE FIRST SETTLEMENT IN 1649 TO 1900, WITH A GENEALOGICAL REGISTER OF STONINGTON FAMILIES WITH A GENEALOGICAL REGISTER OF STONINGTON FAMILIES (DOWNLOAD), (1900) 2007.
Wheeler has combined a topical history of the first two-and-a-half centuries of the town of Stonington, Connecticut, with extensive genealogical accounts of the town's families, placing special emphasis on several of the founding families and carrying many lines well into the nineteenth century. The historical section, comprising the first third of the volume, includes chapters on churches, schools, business activities and the participation of Stonington's residents in the country's wars. Especially for the early years, extensive verbatim transcripts from contemporary records are included. The author included in this part of the book comprehensive lists of those individuals from the town who performed military duty and of those who held town offices. (more...)
Charles William Manwaring, compiler, A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS, HARTFORD DISTRICT, 1635-1750, 3 VOLUMES (DOWNLOAD), (1904-6) 2008.
This essential tool for colonial Connecticut research contains abstracts and extracts of the estate papers of about three thousand individuals who died in Connecticut between 1635 and 1750. The records include wills, inventories, distributions and other probate documents from all available sources. During the earliest years covered by these volumes, Hartford jurisdiction covered a large part of the colony. As the number of towns and the population of the colony grew, Hartford probate district was carved up into more and smaller units. The first volume contains a section which details the division of Connecticut into probate districts.
John C. Pease and John M. Niles, GAZETTEER OF THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND (DOWNLOAD), (1819) 2007.
In this very early gazetteer, the authors compiled an exhaustive description of Connecticut and Rhode Island as of 1819, including the topography, history, and statistics of each county, town, city, burrough, and village in the State. Of special interest to genealogists, the authors include frequent biographies of the town founders, early settlers, ministers, and other prominent citizens. (more...)
P.J. Hannifan and Co., ROAD AND COUNTY MAP OF CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND AND GAZETTEER... AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY (DOWNLOAD), (1898) 2007.
The title of this book is misleading because, although it does contain a detailed color map of Connecticut and Rhode Island, the bulk of the book is designed as a business directory and advisor. It is fascinating in its own right, having been written "With Historical, Biographical, Political, Law, and Other Valuable Information Useful for the Office, Store, and Home." With the business owner principally in mind, it includes a dictionary of business terms and summary of laws relating to contracts, trademarks, naturalization, and suffrage, among others. (more...)
Zadock Thompson, HISTORY OF VERMONT, NATURAL, CIVIL, AND STATISTICAL IN THREE PARTS, WITH A NEW MAP OF THE STATE, AND 200 ENGRAVINGS (DOWNLOAD), (1842, 1853) 2007.
This original 1842 publication includes a detailed description and physical geography of the State of Vermont as well as elaborate descriptions (and more than 200 original engravings) of its animals and plants, including their history, description, and general characteristics. Individual chapters describe the quadupeds, birds, reptiles, fishes, invertebrates, and botany of the State. In addition, however, this publication includes an "appendix" of 1853 which, with more than 300 pages, is larger than the original publication. (more...)
Hamilton Child, GAZETTEER OF ORANGE COUNTY, VERMONT, 1768-1888 (DOWNLOAD), (1888) 2007.
This 19th-century "Gazetteer or Towns" in Orange County, Vermont devotes at least several pages to each town in the county, most of which is devoted to a detailed account of the first settlers, prominent early citizens, businesses, and churches. Within each section is a description of each village, hamlet, and post office. Of course, the descriptions in most cases also include the town's history, physical description, boundaries, population, and topography. (more...)
Geo. J. Varney, GAZETTEER OF THE STATE OF MAINE; WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS (DOWNLOAD), (1886) 2007.
This early gazetteer of about 630 pages is principally an alphabetical description of "every town, plantation, mountain, lake, and bay" within the State of Maine along with its topography, boundaries, history, and statistics. In most cases, the author also details the original settlers, early churches and ministers, and other prominent citizens of each town. (more...)
Mary Pelham Hill, ed., VITAL RECORDS OF TOPSHAM, MAINE, TO THE YEAR 1892, 2 VOLUMES (DOWNLOAD), (1929-30) 2007.
Topsham, Maine, a town in Sagadahoc County, not far from Bath, was organized in 1717 and incorporated in 1764. The editor of this volume has collected town, church, cemetery and private records (such as Bible entries) from the earliest years and combined them into a single alphabetic sequence. Although this volume is organized much like the official series of published Massachusetts vital records, it differs from those volumes by carrying the records through to 1892, rather than stopping at 1850. The first volume contains birth records, while the second includes marriages and deaths. The second volume, however, begins with a section of additional birth records that were not gathered in time to appear in the first volume. (more...)
Sybil Noyes, Charles T. Libby, and Walter G. Davis, GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE (DOWNLOAD), (1928-1939) 2006.
This compilation by three leading authorities treats all immigrants to northern New England prior to 1700, and their descendants to the third generation. By analyzing all available seventeenth century documents, the authors have made this the source of first resort for early Maine and New Hampshire. (more...)
Wilbur D. Spencer, PIONEERS ON MAINE RIVERS WITH LISTS TO 1651 (DOWNLOAD), (1930) 2006.
Most of the early settlers of what is now the state of Maine were fishermen or fur traders, who tended to settle at the mouths of the many rivers in that region. Spencer has systematically surveyed the early settlers of these rivers, providing an essential insight into the lives of these pioneers. Spencer has produced a narrative of the early events at each of the bays and rivers that he studied, gathering together the details of the earliest settlements in each location, as well as telling of the unusual or critical events occurring there. (more....)
Alonzo J. Fogg, THE STATISTICS AND GAZETTEER OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE; CONTAINING DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL OF THE COUNTIES, TOWNS AND VILLLAGES; ALSO BOUNDARIES AND AREA OF THE STATE AND ITS NATURAL RESOURCES (DOWNLOAD), (1874) 2007.
The bulk of this volume contains a detailed description of every city, town, and county within the State of New Hampshire, including a description of each with respect to its geographic position, population, and its "mountains, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, its summer resorts, villages, and manufactories, resources, churches, public schools, libraries, hotels, railroads, &c." Of particular interest to genealogists, however, will be the author's focus on the history of the State, including details about the first settlers in each town, the first ministers, etc. (more...)
Albert Stillman Batchellor et al., eds., PROBATE RECORDS OF THE PROVINCE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1635-1771 (9 VOLUMES) (DOWNLOAD), (1907-1941) 2007.
These nine volumes gather in one place all known probate records for the Province of New Hampshire from its earliest settlement until the establishment of counties in 1771. Transcripts or abstracts are provided for all documents, which have been collected from several colonial probate jurisdictions. Prior to 1641, the four towns of Portsmouth, Dover, Hampton and Exeter, which later formed the Province of New Hampshire, were independent settlements. Between 1641 and 1643, these towns came under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts Bay Colony, where they remained until 1679. In that year the Province of New Hampshire was formed, and all probate records were recorded at the province level until 1771, when the five original counties (Rockingham, Hillsborough, Strafford, Cheshire and Grafton) were erected. (more...)
John Farmer and Jacob B. Moore, A GAZETTEER OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE (DOWNLOAD), (1823) 2007.
This very early gazetteer of New Hampshire offers many references for researchers of the area. The preface provides a thorough description of its contents in three parts (more...)
Thomas Williams Bicknell, A HISTORY OF BARRINGTON, RHODE ISLAND (DOWNLOAD), (1898) 2006.
Bicknell has written a history of the town of Barrington, Rhode Island, from 1621 to 1898, that combines the chronological and the topical arrangements, and incorporates extensive material from original sources, providing detailed information on town officers, church membership and military service. The area that became the town of Barrington was part of a larger region known by the Indian name of Sowams. This included the home of Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoag tribe. The early settlers at Plymouth made frequent trips to Sowams to deal with Massasoit and his people. (more...)
John Hayward, THE NEW ENGLAND GAZETTEER; CONTAINING DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL THE STATES, COUNTIES AND TOWNS IN NEW ENGLAND: ALSO DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL THE STATES, COUNTIES, AND TOWNS IN NEW ENGLAND AND FASHIONABLE RESORTS WITHIN THAT TERRITORY... (DOWNLOAD), (1839) 2007.
This volume combines in one alphabetical listing an exhaustive survey of the political divisions, from town to state, and the physiographic features of all six New England states. The entries range from a paragraph to several pages, covering location, population, history and commercial activities. This reference work describes New England at an important transition point in its economic history. (more...)
John Farmer, A GENEALOGICAL REGISTER OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND (DOWNLOAD), (1829) 2006.
In this volume John Farmer produced the first attempt to survey systematically the earliest immigrants to New England. Working at a time when published sources were vanishingly few, Farmer compiled a nearly complete catalog of the immigrant generation and laid the basis for similar future compendia. Farmer's goal was to include in his work all those who had come to New England by 1643, as well as ministers and magistrates before 1692 and graduates of Harvard College, members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and Massachusetts Bay freemen before 1662. (more...)
Lyman P. Powell, ed., HISTORIC TOWNS OF NEW ENGLAND (DOWNLOAD), (1899) 2007.
Powell conceived the idea of a historical tour of old New England towns, with a lecture on each town by a local authority. This volume, the first in a series of such tours, collects those lectures for about a dozen early towns, including Plymouth, Boston, Hartford, New Haven, Newport and Deerfield. Powell was able to arrange for some of the leading historians and antiquarians of the late nineteenth century to prepare lectures for his tour group, scholars such as George Sheldon, Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Edward Everett Hale. As a result, this volume presents an excellent picture of the state of local historical research of a century ago. Also, by utilizing different experts for each town, we hear a different voice in each chapter, and see these towns in a variety of ways. (more...)
Charles Edward Banks, THE WINTHROP FLEET OF 1630: AN ACCOUNT OF THE VESSELS, THE VOYAGE, THE PASSENGERS AND THEIR ENGLISH HOMES FROM ORIGINAL AUTHORITIES (DOWNLOAD), (1930) 2007.
Banks has compiled extensive information on the passengers who sailed from England to New England in 1630, members of the so-called Winthrop Fleet. He attempted to identify each person or family who participated in that migration and added data on their English origin and activities in New England. In 1630 the Massachusetts Bay Company organized and financed the migration to New England of nearly a thousand English men, women and children, under the command of Governor John Winthrop, and the vessels which carried these emigrants have been called the Winthrop Fleet.
TERCENTENARY OF NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES, 1620-1920: A RECORD OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF HER PEOPLE IN THE MAKING OF COMMONWEALTHS AND THE FOUNDING OF A NATION (DOWNLOAD), (1919) 2007.
This commemorative volume gathers together information on several dozen seventeenth-century immigrants to New England along with lines of descent to individuals living at the time of publication of the volume, frequently with details of the families of the individuals in the intervening generations. (more...)
Lorenzo Sabine, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF LOYALISTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, WITH AN HISTORICAL ESSAY (DOWNLOAD), 1864.
Sabine has gathered in one place biographical accounts of thousands of Loyalists of the American Revolution, from all thirteen of the rebellious colonies. He has outlined the activities which defined them as Loyalists, and has traced many of them to the Maritime Provinces of Canada and to England. (more...)
David Franks, et. al., THE NEW YORK DIRECTORY FOR 1786 (DOWNLOAD), (1786, 1905) 2007.
This is the first directory of its kind for New York City (1786). This directory itemizes the leading businessmen of the time to which was added separate lists of State and City officials, notary publics, lawyers, bankers as well as the members of some notable societies, including the Cincinnati, St. Andrew's, the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, and the Society of Peruke Makers and Hair Dressers. (more...)
Thomas F. Gordon, THE HISTORY OF NEW JERSEY; FROM ITS DISCOVERY BY EUROPEANS TO THE ADOPTION OF THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION (DOWNLOAD), (1834) 2008.
This two-volume set should be a part of any New Jersey researcher's library. Gordon's history of New Jersey presents a detailed description of the colonial New Jersey history and government describing the various government entities and jurisdictions and presenting a chronological description of both those governing the various parts of the colony and the impact this had on the settlement of the area. Citations to other histories and documents present opportunities for further study. This volume serves both the reader new to New Jersey history as well as those interested in specific information about an event. While the first volume is useful it is the second that is the real jewel of the collection. (more...)
Jacob Piatt Dunn, INDIANA AND INDIANANS: A HISTORY OF ABORIGINAL AND TERRITORIAL INDIANA AND THE CENTURY OF STATEHOOD (DOWNLOAD), (1919) 2007.
Frequently cited in biographies of the Indianans, Dunn's five-volume history of Indiana is both thorough and readable. Beginning with prehistoric times, the writer carries the reader through each era from Indian settlement to the 1900s. Reachers stopping to read a particular entry are likely to find themselves completing the chapter before moving on to the next item of interest. (more...)
Sherman Day, HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA (DOWNLOAD), (1843) 2008.
Written in 1843 not as a general history of the state but as individual histories of each county, this volume serves both as a history and gazetteer and provides interesting anecdotes tidbits of information. Perhaps no better explanation of the contents of Day's work can be found than in the writer's own description of the source of much of his material: "the compiler has been compelled to undertake personally the tour of the entire state; spending much time in each county, examining ancient newspapers and musty manuscripts; conversing with the aged pioneers, and collecting from them, orally, many interesting facts never before published, which otherwise would probably not have been preserved." (more...)
Gilbert Adam Hays, UNDER THE RED PATCH; STORY OF THE SIXTY THIRD REGIMENT PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS 1861-1864 (DOWNLOAD), (1908) 2008.
Under the Red Patch is the story of the 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. Published in 1908 it draws upon an interesting series of personal reminiscences of army life in the 63rd, published in the Wilmerding News by William A. Murrow, a member of the 63rd's Company A. The list of the members of the 63rd who were originally recruited from Braddock, Etna, McKeesport, New Brighton, Pittsburgh, Sharpsburg, Turtle Creek Valley and Allegheny, Armstrong, Clarion, and Venango counties, provides details of their service and often their death and burial (more...)
DULANY'S HISTORY OF MARYLAND FROM 1632 TO 1882 PREPARED FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS IN THE STATE (DOWNLOAD), (1881) 2007.
Written by an unidentified author and published as a history book for Maryland students in 1881 this is not a detailed history-rather it provides a brief outline of events sprinkled with details intended to interest the student. The author states that "nothing of interest to the general reader has been omitted"- words of wisdom having "been gathered from preambles to her laws, old and new; from her ancient and modern records, her Indian treaties, and her revolutionary constitution." The text begins with a biographical sketch of Lord Baltimore, founder of the province, and includes references to leading events in almost every year from 1633 to 1881. Two-thirds of the text is devoted to the early history of the colony through the Revolutionary War. The War of 1812, education and the expansion of public transportation including canals, railroads and turnpikes are the focus of the final third. (more...)
VIRGINIA REVOLUTIONARY CLAIMS -- BOUNTY LAND AND COMMUTATION PAY (DOWNLOAD), (1840) 2008.
Over fifty years after the end of the Revolution, claims were still being made to the federal government for commutation pay and bounty land for service in the Revolutionary War. On 24 April 1840 the Committee on Revolutionary Claims presented a report to the House of Representatives. This report provides a detailed history of various awards and the process followed in the awarding of claims for the service of officers in the Virginia Continental and State Line and navy. Record loss has made it difficult to reconstruct the service of many individuals who served in the war. Consequently, of most interest to researchers, will be the references to various lists of officers who served or were declared supernumerary during the war. The location (in 1840) of most of these lists is noted as well. (more...)
Wm. C. Pendleton, HISTORY OF TAZEWELL COUNTY AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, 1748-1920 (DOWNLOAD), (1920) 2007.
Pendleton tells the history of Tazewell County by placing it firmly in the larger context of the migrations into southwest Virginia, and then focusing in detail on the settlement of Tazewell County itself. The author pays special attention to the Indian conflicts and the resulting losses of life. (more...)
David E. Johnston, A HISTORY OF MIDDLE NEW RIVER SETTLEMENTS AND CONTIGUOUS TERRITORY (DOWNLOAD), (1906) 2007.
Johnston traces the exploration and settlement of the New River in southwestern Virginia, with emphasis on the area that was set off in 1837 as Mercer County, and is now in southern West Virginia. Several appendices list various county officials and present biographical sketches of early families. The author attempts to identify the earliest settlers at various stages of the settlement along the New River. (more...)
Rev. A.B. Cristy, ed., CLEVELAND CONGREGATIONALISTS 1895: HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF OUR TWENTY-FIVE CHURCHES AND MISSIONS (DOWNLOAD), (1896) 2007.
Cristy has collected articles on the history and organization of Congregationalism in Cleveland in the nineteenth century, followed by accounts of each of the twenty-five congregations existing in Cleveland and vicinity. The section on each congregation concludes with a complete list of members. The section on each of the twenty-five churches or missions begins with a brief history of its organization, usually with a list of the founding members. (more...)
William Chapin, REFERENCE GAZETTEER OF THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA; CONTAINING A GENERAL VIEW OF THE UNITED STATES, AND OF EACH STATE AND TERRITORY, AND A NOTICE OF THE VARIOUS CANALS, RAILROADS, AND INTERNAL IMPROVEMENTS, (DOWNLOAD), (1839) 2007.
Chapin has captured an immense amount of data depicting the topographical organization of the United States at a critical point in its history, when the Industrial Revolution was transforming the countryside. There is information on physical features, political divisions and transportation networks. There are lengthy entries for each state, substantial accounts of the larger cities, and lesser accounts for smaller towns and villages, right down to the smallest of rural post offices. Population figures are included where available. (more...)
DIGESTED SUMMARY AND ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PRIVATE CLAIMS WHICH HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (DOWNLOAD), (1853-1882) 2007.
Historically almost half of the laws passed by Congress have been private acts applying to a single person or a specified group of people from entrepreneurs to destitute soldiers and widows. Beginning with 10 claims in 1789 the petitions escalated to a high of over 6000 in 1905/6. Most frequently initiated by an individual (or a group of his heirs) these petitions ranged from requests to provide pensions for service in military engagements beginning with the Revolution and continuing through the Indian engagements to the present; restitution for property lost, damaged or destroyed due to government actions (or inaction); bounty land; land titles; patent extensions; payment for services rendered; and a myriad of other personal items that its citizens wanted the government to fix. (more...)
UNITED STATES OFFICIAL POSTAL GUIDE; AN ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ALL THE POST OFFICES IN THE UNITED STATES WITH COUNTY AND STATE; A LIST BY STATES; A LIST OF STATES AND COUNTIES; LISTS OF MONEY-ORDER OFFICES; DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL; ... (DOWNLOAD), (1882) 2007.
Did you know there were 25 Washington counties in the U.S. in 1881? The father of our country came out on top, but he was closely followed by Jefferson and Franklin, each with 23. Even if we know the name of the place our ancestors came from, finding it can sometimes be difficult. Extinct place names and multiple copies of the same name can both cause problems. This post office directory contains an alphabetical list of every post office (with its county) in existence in the U.S. in 1881. Do you immediately think New York when you hear Albany? What about the other 18 Albanys scattered throughout the U.S.? Your ancestor was born in Barn, Virginia? Can't find it? Try West Virginia. Not sure of the spelling? You can skip directly to an alphabetical list by state. But that's just the beginning. There's also a list of military posts, garrisons and stations with their post office address. (more...)
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