Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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For this inventory clearance sale, we have dropped prices on ten books by at least 66%, and in some cases by 75% or more. Coverage spans Connecticut, Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, colonial and Revolutionary wars, Scottish emigrants, oral history, royal and noble ancestry, and more. Since seeing is believing, please scroll down so you can take advantage of these terrific buys. Sale prices expire tomorrow, March 11, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

In the absence of extant early Georgia censuses, this work is a godsend. In all, this work refers to 25,000 Georgia taxpayers and adjoining property owners. The counties for which tax records are provided, with their years of coverage, are as follows: Camden 1794 and 1809; Chatham 1806; Glynn 1790 and 1794; Hancock 1812; Lincoln 1818; Montgomery 1797, 1798, 1805, and 1806; Pulaski 1818; Richmond 1818; Warren 1794, 1805, and 1818; and Wilkes 1792, 1793, and 1794. Each tax list generally gives the name of the taxpayer, the name of the adjoining property owner, and the name of the original grantee of land.
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Based on county court minutes and orders, bounty land applications and warrants, records of courts martial, county militia rosters, Hening's Statutes at Large, the Draper manuscripts, and manuscripts in the Public Record Office (The National Archives) in London, Mr. Lloyd Bockstruck has produced an authoritative register of Virginia's colonial soldiers. And it is not merely a dry catalog of names and dates, for included are the military's "size" rolls, which routinely give the soldier's place of birth, age, residence, occupation, and physical description.
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In 1818 the government of the Alabama Territory authorized that a census for its 29 counties be taken in 1820. The federal census of 1820 for Alabama was completely destroyed by fire, but the returns for eight of the twenty-nine counties are on file in the Alabama State Archives. This publication, based on the information found in the Archives, sets forth the only extant record of the 1820 census. It contains the returns for the counties of Baldwin, Conecuh, Dallas, Franklin, Limestone, Shelby, St. Clair, and Wilcox. About 4,000 heads of families are listed by county.
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These land causes, or chancery suits, for dower, division of lands, and ejectment proceedings for the period 1727 to 1826 give the declaration of the plaintiff, the answer of the defendants, the verdict of the jury, and depositions, which, in many cases, give the dates of birth, marriage, and death of the parties concerned in the suit. The records include those of the district court as well as the county court, and they name about 4,000 individuals.
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It is believed that as many as 5,000 Scots settled temporarily or permanently in the Caribbean before the Act of Union in 1707. Many of the colonists used the islands as a stopping-off point before continuing on to the mainland of America, where they then settled. Alexander Hamilton and Theodore Roosevelt are numbered among those who descend from Scots who initially settled in the Caribbean. This supplement contains data that expands on some of the information found in David Dobson's earlier book The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783. It also contains completely new information gleaned from recent research.
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As he did for volumes one and two in this series, Marston Watson combed scores of colonial and 19th-century newspapers, vital records, journal articles, and compiled genealogies to assemble what amounts to the most comprehensive treatment of the Appleton line ever undertaken. Anyone hoping to establish a royal/noble connection through Samuel and Judith Appleton must begin with this book.
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Meticulously edited by Donald Lines Jacobus and abstracted by Kate S. Curry, this book contains abstracts of pension records that were originally on file at the old Pension Bureau in Washington, D.C., including soldiers' and widows' applications, bounty land warrants, and rejected pension applications. The abstracts include some or all of the following data: name of pension applicant, place and date of birth, age, dates of enlistment and discharge, service record (sometimes very detailed but always interesting), place of residence before and after service, distinguishing characteristics, name of spouse, date of marriage, names of children, and names of parents and other family members.
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With this oral history handbook as a guide, you will be able to record your life experiences on tape simply by answering questions that will lead you, step-by-step, through the precious moments of your life. When finished, you will have completed the oral history of your life and times--a treasure for yourself and a gift of love for your family and its future generations.
"Anyone wishing to prepare a written or oral history of a family would benefit from the ideas and techniques presented in [this book]."--The American Genealogist, Vol. 63, No.4 (October 1988).
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This source book contains official records of the early settlers of Upper Canada, or Ontario. The core of the work consists of two provisioning, or ration, lists for 1784 and 1786, which provide the name of the head of household, place of settlement, and statistical details of the family. Most of the settlers named in the records were from the American colonies, and a very substantial proportion were from New York, especially from the Albany area and the Mohawk Valley.
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This "second census" of Kentucky is an alphabetical list of 32,000 taxpayers and is based on original tax lists on file in the Kentucky Historical Society. Information given includes the county of residence and the date of the tax list in which the individual is listed.
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"The Germans and Germany," by Angus Baxter (Part One)  

[This article is condensed from the chapter by the same name in the brand new 5th edition of Mr. Baxter's classic how-to book, In Search of Your German Roots. Readers should note that, in the interest of brevity, a number of tables in the book that describe the migration and distribution of the German population and the contemporary archival holdings of other nations related to German genealogy have been omitted from this excerpt.]

The development and coalescence of the German nation took many centuries. The word "Deutsch" (German) was first used in the eighth century, but it only referred to the spoken language of the area known as eastern Franconia. This empire reached its height of importance under the Emperor Charlemagne (Karl der Grosse), and after his death in 814 it disintegrated. The western section eventually became the area we now know as France. The eastern section varied in area over the centuries, but the main area--the heartland--became known as the Deutschland (the land of the Germans). By 911 the Duke of Franconia was elected King of the Franks, and later King of the Romans. By the 11th century the area became known as the Roman Empire, and by the 13th the Holy Roman Empire. In the 15th century the words "German nation" were added.

Angus Baxter & Ernest Thode: One-Two-Three Punch for German Researchers

German Roots
Hopefully, the foregoing excerpt from Angus Baxter's In Search of Your German Roots. Fifth Edition has whetted your appetite for an excellent, reader-friendly introduction to German genealogy. Other equally informative chapters cover German genealogy website, German-Jewish records, the German records of the LDS Church, the archives of Germanic genealogy, the Germans in the U.S. and Canada, record holdings in Germany, and much more--all information completely updated for 2015!

If you have German ancestors, it's only a matter of time before you will have to contend with documents written in German and, if you go back prior to 1945, the German fraktur style of writing. You won't find all the thousands of specialized terms that arise in German genealogical source documents in a standard German-English dictionary. You WILL find them in Ernest Thode's masterful German-English Genealogical Dictionary. Since 1992, Mr. Thode's Dictionary ranks as the most valuable desktop tool for translating German genealogical documents.

And most recently, Ernest Thode has given us an invaluable new resource for German genealogists: Historic German Newspapers Online, a resource to over 2,000 German-language newspapers published all over the world and each of them at least fifty years old. Researchers will be amazed at the range of information available to them online in German-language newspapers. Even better, they not only contain clues relating to the whereabouts of your forebears, they also provide context for their life and times.

Scroll down to learn more about the best one-two-three punch for Germanic genealogy available in print.

This guide is designed to help you trace your German ancestry not only in Germany but in all the German-speaking areas of Europe. The new fifth edition highlights all of the recent developments--new facilities, new websites, newly available records--that have made German family history research immeasurably easier. Completely revised and updated, this edition of In Search of Your German Roots is now the most current and comprehensive guide to German roots available.

German-English Genealogical Dictionary
Ernest Thode's Dictionary is designed for the family researcher who has little or no knowledge of German but who nevertheless needs to make a translation of German-language documents. The Dictionary covers thousands of German terms and defines them in single words or brief phrases. Among the many categories of entries included are family relationships, days of the week, map terms, legal terms, signs of the zodiac, coins, place names, historical territories, geographical terms, occupations, titles, military ranks, types of taxes, illnesses, calendar days, male and female given names, heraldry, abbreviations, and common genealogical words from Danish, Dutch, French, Latin, and Polish. In conjunction with a standard German-English dictionary, the user of this work should be able to make a word-by-word translation of any German document and understand it.
Most of the papers cited in this work are from Germany and the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, though there are papers included from as far afield as China and Oklahoma. A single site hosted by the Austrian National Library, for example, has digitized millions of pages in hundreds of titles from Austro-Hungary, with the years 1700-1875 now almost fully digitized, as are World War I newspapers from 1914-1918. Hundreds of other websites are hosted by libraries, universities, museums, and institutions, many with English language interfaces. The genealogical information you can find in these newspapers is almost limitless. It includes notices of births, marriages, and deaths from civil registrations; baptisms and wedding announcements from churches; intentions to emigrate; trade news; lists of pupils; appointments to office; promotions; transfers; retirements; estate sales; lists of hotel guests; and a multitude of everyday notices. You'll be amazed at the range of information available to you online in German-language newspapers.

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