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Also check out our new collection of old books which are freely available and may be helpful when conducting genealogy research.
1906 Rolls of certain Indian tribes in Oregon and Washington – Issued by the US Department of the Interior in 1906 it contains details for Clatsop Indians of Oregon and Washington, Tillamook Indians of Oregon, Lower band of Chinook Indians of Washington, and Kathlamet band of Chinook Indians of the State of Oregon, or their heirs, who were identified as belonging to the tribes at the time of certain agreements in 1851.
Colonial Dames of America – We have gathered links to over 170 books published by The Colonial Dames of America and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. Most of the books were published from the 1890′s to the 1920′s and cover a wide range of topics including annual reports and research conducted on their behalf. The books are freely available.
Maryland Records Colonial Revolutionary County and Church – These two volumes published in 1915 contain a variety of colonial and revolutionary records of Marlyland.
1909 Maine Genealogical and family history – This four volume set published in 1909 has over 2,000 pages of genealogical and family history information for the state of Maine.
General society of Mayflower Descendants – The first three records books published between 1896 and 1901 have been added. The volumes include lists of the officers and members.
Rhode Island Society of Mayflower Descendants – The first three record books published between 1904 and 1911 have been added. Each of these volumes include lists of the officers and members.
Genealogical Research Methods – This 450 page book published in 1960 by the American Society of Genealogists has chapters covering General Considerations, Materials For Research, Genealogical Research, Regional Genealogy and Pre-American Ancestry.
Practical suggestions in genealogy – This short book written in 1899 covers many topics still relevant today.
Heads of families first census in 1790 – This 12 volume set originally published in 1907 is based on information obtained in the first ever Federal census.
Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly – This 15 volume series was published between 1898 and 1912 and has over 3,800 pages covering a wide range of topics relevant for those conducting genealogical research.
Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America 1898 – This 188 page volume, Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America was published in 1898 by Henry Whittemore and related to the Spirit of 76.
Mayflower descendants two generations – published in 1922, the Mayflower descendants and their marriages for two generations after the landing is a short book and concise listing of the names.
Mayflower descendants four generations -published in 1920, this short book includes a record of the names of the passengers on the good ship “Mayflower” and the 1,069 names of the descendants through the fourth generation.
Royal naval biographies published 1823 to 1833 – is a set of 12 books that includes memoirs of the services of all the flag-officers, superannuated rear-admirals, retired-captains, post-captains and commanders, whose names appeared on the Admiralty list of sea officers at the commencement of the year, or who have since been promoted; illustrated by a series of historical and explanatory notes.
Magazine of New England history – Published 1891 to 1893 the magazine of New England history is filled with interesting facts helpful to genealogy research. Each of the 300 page volumes has an alphabetical name index at the end.
From Great Britain to the American Plantations 1600 to 1700 – Published 1874 this 616 page book includes the original lists of persons of quality; emigrants; religious exiles; political rebels; serving men sold for a term of years; apprentices; children stolen; maidens pressed; and others who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 with their ages and the names of the ships in which they embarked, and other interesting particulars; from manuscripts preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty’s Public Record Office, England.
Mayflower Pilgrim descendants in Cape May County New Jersey – memorial of the three hundredth anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, 1620-1920; a record of the Pilgrim descendants who early in its history settled in Cape May County, and some of their children throughout the several states of the union at the present time by Rev. Paul Sturtevant Howe. Published 1921.
1809 Thanksgiving Sermon Littleton Mass – on the 30th of November, 1809 being the day of annual thanksgiving. This includes comments about the early formation of the government.
Thanksgiving Day address 1795 – A sermon on the freedom and happiness of America, preached at Cambridge, February 19, 1795, the day appointed by the president of the United States for a national thanksgiving by Abiel Holmes
Genealogical notes of New York and New England families – Published 1883 this 750 page book covers a large number of families born in 1600′s to 1800′s in New York and New England compiled by S V Talcott. The book includes and alphabetical index of names and an index of marriages.
Huron and Wyandot mythology – Published in 1915 this 475 page book covers a wide range of topics including traditions, beliefs and folktales of the Huron and Wyandot. There is an appendix containing earlier published records and a small number of photos at the end.
Cherokee Indian history, legends and folklore published 1921 – This 680 page volume covers the Cherokee origin, religion, characteristics, union between Eastern and Western Cherokees and treaty of 1846 and 1866. At the end of the book is a partial listing of families.
First settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts published 1856 – This 410 page book is filled with genealogical notes and family history of some of the first settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts. For many of the early settlers this text details six to seven generations of their descendants.
Founders of New England gathered from British Archives published 1860 – Published in 1860, this 140 page book is the result of research among the British archives for information relative to the founders of New England.
Founding of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Revolution -Published in 1901, this authentic and authorized history is the first that has been given regarding the foundation of the Alpha Society of Patriotic Women which was organized October ii, 1890, and known as “Daughters of the American Revolution.”
Whitmore genealogy – The Whitmore genealogy published in 1907 is a nine generation record of the descendents of Francis Whitmore of Cambridge, Massachusetts (1625-1685). The book details insightful information including birth, marriage and locations.
West Point – Register of cadets admitted into the United States military academy, West Point, N.Y., from its establishment till 1880: with tables exhibiting the results of the examinations for admission and the corps to which the graduates have been promoted.
Civil War Black Brigade of Cincinnati – During the Civil War Cincinnati was threatened with invasion by Confederate forces and organized the Black Brigade. The Black Brigade was the first dedicated organization of African American soldiers in the North employed for military purposes. This book published in 1868 details the brigade including the muster roll of its members.
Genealogical notes of Cape Cod families – This is a 50 volume handwritten compilation of genealogical records, including birth, death, and marriage information from a variety of published and unpublished sources created by Lydia B Brownson, Doris V. Norton, and Grace V. Held in 1966. The books are in last name order and cover information from the 1700’s and 1800’s.
Battle of Lake Erie 1813 – The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie is in September 2013 and we have gathered a large collection of links to old books that cover the battle in detail that are not available in modern texts. These old books written between 1831 and 1950 are freely available and provide a glimpse to the past. Many of the items cover the 100th anniversary.
The Story of the Battle of Lake Erie: We have created another page designed to allow our readers to explore the Battle of Lake Erie at their own pace. The editors McConnell/Schilling have gathered snippets from old books that tell the story of the Battle of Lake Erie.
Each section is directly linked to a source document which allows the reader to explore any particular topic in greater detail.
Names Changed in Massachusetts 1780 to 1883 -Name changes pose special challenges when doing genealogy research. It was nice to come across a text like this which may help clarify a documented name change. Published in 1885, this 400+ page volume list names which were legally changed in Massachusetts between 1780-1883.
Richard Ellis – was born in Dublin Ireland in 1704 and was an early settler of Ashfield, Mass. The book covered his descendants for six generations.
Descendants of Moses and Hannah (Foster) Peabody – Francis Peabody was a settler from England who arrived in 1635 on the ship Planter. Written in 1904, genealogy of the descendants of Moses and Hannah (Foster) Peabody provides the line of descent from his arrival in 1635 to the eleventh generation.
The history of the Brigham family – a record of several thousand descendants of Thomas Brigham the emigrant 1603 to1653 an early settler of New England. This two volume set has over 1,100 pages of details on 9 generations of descendants. The end of each volume has an alphabetical appendix of names.
Vital records of Rehoboth 1642 to 1896 – includes Marriages, intentions, births, and deaths. This over 900 page book also has information on early settlers, freemen, and soldiers servicng in Philip’s War and the Revolution. The book is freely available and searchable.
Town records of Derby Connecticut 1665-1710 – has a variety of information from land transaction to church records noting baptisms. There is an alphabetical index at the end of the book.
Civil War Andersonville Prison – We identified over 80 books written between 1865 and 1921 that cover Andersonville Prison. These cover a wide range of topics including details about life in the prison, lists of the soldiers who died and personal narratives.
New Jersey in the Revolutionary War – Official register of the officers and men of New Jersey in the revolutionary war was published in 1872 and is filled with details including the names, rank and battalion.
New Jersey in the Civil War – Records of officers and men of New Jersey in the Civil War war was published in 1876 and is filled with details including the names, rank and battalion.
Women’s Rights – We have included links to a wide variety of old books that touch on equal rights and women’s rights that were published between 1792 and 1922. The books are freely available and cover significant events and women who influenced the movement.
Memorial biographies 1845 to 1897 New England Historic Genealogical Society – Published in 1880, this nine volume series is devoted to the biographies of deceased members of the New England Historic Genealogical Society covering 1845 to 1897. Each person is covered in detail including many genealogical facts.
Military Company of Massachusetts 1637 to 1888 – This four volume set published 1895 covers the history of the Military Company of Massachusetts from 1637 to 1888 which is also know as the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. Each of the books are arranged by date and are filled with many details about the soldiers.
War of 1812 military bounty land warrants – We included 14 rolls of hand written records from the War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrents.
Land records Hartford CT 1639 to 1879 – We have included links to four books published in the late 1800′s that contain land records for Hartford from 1639 1879.
1727-1775 Oath of allegiance to state of Pennsylvania – Published in 1892 this book details the names of those age 16 and older who took the oath of allegiance to the state of Pennsylvania between 1727 and 1775.
Royal Air Force Monthly List of Officers 1919 to 1945 – We have included links to 68 issues of the Royal Air Force monthly list of officers covering 1919 to 1945. Each volume has hundreds of pages detailing officers names, rank and unit.
C Hart Merriam papers with California Indians 1898 to 1938 – We have included links to over 135 volumes of the field notes and printed matter relating to Merriam’s work with California and other Indian tribes (1898-1938).
Fiftieth anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg – We have included links to 9 books published between 1912 and 1916 which cover the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburgh including some reunions of soldiers.
Vital records of New Haven 1649 to 1850 – is a two volume set with over 1,300 pages of details on births, marriages and deaths.
London marriage licences – published in 1887 has over 850 pages covering 1521-1869.
Pioneer mothers of America – a three volume set published in 1912 is a record of the more notable women of the early days of the country, and particularly of the colonial and revolutionary periods.
A review of the military operations in North America – published in 1757 covers the commencement of the French hostilities on the frontiers of Virginia in 1753, to the surrender of Oswego in 1756.
Lessons in genealogy – published in 1915 Lessons in genealogy by the Genealogical Society of Utah may give you an interesting perspective on genealogy research long ago.
History of the Nineteenth regiment of Maine – volunteer infantry 1862-1865 was published in 1909. The book is freely available and searchable.
Appendix “D” – of the Annual report of the adjutant general of the state of Maine, December 31, 1861 is filled with names, age, home town of the volunteers of the civil war. The book is freely available and searchable.
County Directory of Scotland 1862 to 1904 – We have included links to nine volumes of the County Directory of Scotland covering 1862 to 1904. Freely available and searchable.
Obituary notices of Eminent Persons 1857 to 1858 – is a two volume set written by Natan Crobsy.
Genealogy of fourteen families of the early settlers of New England – Written in 1835, this is a genealogy of fourteen families of the early settlers of New-England, of the names of Alden, Adams, Arnold, Bass, Billings, Capen, Copeland, French, Hobart, Jackson, Paine, Thayer, Wales and White. All these families are more or less connected by marriage, and most of them of late generations, the descendants of John Alden. Part II. Genealogy of Ephraim and Sarah Thayer, with their fourteen children.
Record of medals of honor issued 1862-1923 – This is a record of the enlisted men who have shed luster upon the service by upholding the honor of the flag in storm and battle, by their devotion to the country and to each other, and by their unselfishness in risking their own lives to save others.
Records of the Colony of New Plymouth – is a 12 volume series covering 1620 to 1692 which was published in 1857. These volumes cover a range of topics including court records and land records, as well as marriage, birth and death records.
South Carolina historical and genealogical magazine – We have included links to 20 editions of the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical magazine issued between 1900 and 1923. Each volume is a series of articles covering a wide range of genealogical and historical nature.
Register of the Department of State – Register the Department of State contains a list of persons employed in the department and in the diplomatic, consular and territorial service of the United States. These 38 volumes cover 1870 to 1950 showing the names and salaries of the staff of the Department of State.
Official Register of the United States – We have included over 90 volumes of the Official Register of the United States spanning the years of 1816 to 1959. These books include the names and salaries of all civil servants and in some cases members of the military as well.
Sons of the Revolution Society – We have included links to 150 books published between 1884 and 1923 which are filled with insightful details about the membership of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution. The books are freely available and searchable. The books include the National Society as well as many State level societies.
Sons of the American Revolution – We have included links to over 130 books published between 1889 and 1930 which are filled with insightful details about the membership of the Sons of the American Revolution. The books are freely available and searchable. The books include the National Society as well as many State level societies.
The New Hampshire genealogical record – is a seven volume magazine devoted to genealogy, history, and biography published between 1904 and 1910. This was an official document of the New Hampshire Genealogical Society.
First settlers of New England by James Savage – A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer’s Register. These four volumes are filled with names and dates associated with the early settlers. The books are arranged in alphabetical order but fortunately there also is a cross index.
Index to the Daughters of the American Revolution Volumes 1 to 40 – contains the records of service of thousands of men and women who achieved American Independence and the names of their descendants who were admitted to membership in the Society between 1890 and 1915. The Index is in alphabetical order and for each name shows the volume and page number reference.
Eastern Cherokee applications US Court of Claims 1906-1909 – We have included links the the 348 rolls from 1906 which are part of the Guion Miller Enrollment records for the Eastern Cherokee applications to the U.S. Court of Claims. The first reel includes (beginning on page 5) an alphabetical index which aides in locating the correct reel and application.
1943 to 1949 Victory Discs (music) – Between 1943 and 1949 the government produced and distributed a series of 78 RPM records called Victory Discs to our troops who were in harm’s way. I hope you enjoy listening to these freely available 9 discs which are filled with terrific music from that era.
1903 Confederate Soldier Records – We have links to the hand written card index of the compiled service records of the Confederate soldiers. Each card indicates the soldiers name, his rank and unit and in some cases includes a cross-reference for names that appear under more than one spelling. A small portion of cards have additional information about their service. In all there are 535 rolls which are in alphabetical order and cover all states.
1779 to 1900 list of Army officers United States – We have included several books published by William H Powell including list of Army Officers 1779 to 1900, record of living officers 1890, and Officers of the army and navy who served in the civil war.
Old International Cookbooks – We have selected a variety of old international cook books from as early as 1775 to as recent as 1936. Most are in English but some are in the native language, but not to worry a link to the Google translator has been included.
Official Army Register for the United States – We have included links to over 100 volumes of the United States Army register covering a wide range of dates from as early as 1813 to 1969. Most years are fully searchable, and some have alphabetical listings directly within the book.
1767 to 1831 List of the general and field officers Great Britain – These 4 volumes cover soldiers of Great Britain and Ireland from 1767 to 1831 and contain names, ranks, regiments and in some cases dates of service.
Manual for the genealogist 1861 Great Britain – In 1861 Richard Sims wrote the manual for the genealogist which provides some potential sources you may not have considered.
The peerage of Ireland – is a nine volume series published in 1789 covering the genealogical history of the nobility of the kingdom of Ireland. We also included books that cover peerage of Scotland and England.
Pilgrim notes and queries – was a monthly publication (1913 to 1917) of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and is filled with genealogical information. This 680 page volume has each monthly publication in the series. Be sure to check out the Index of Persons which is included at the end of each year.
Cork and Ross Ireland Marriage 1623-1750 – We have include links to the 275 page volume of the Index to the marriage licence bonds of the diocese of Cork and Ross, Ireland for the years from 1623-1750. The book is searchable and freely available.
Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine – We have included 29 volumes of the DAR Magazine spanning 30 years (1893 to 1923). The magazines are searchable and freely available.
Mayflower Descendant Magazine – We have included 24 volumes of the Mayflower Descendants Magazine published between 1899 and 1923. They are searchable and freely available.
Society of Colonial Wars – We have included links to over 85 books covering the officers and members of the Society of Colonial Wars written between 1893 and 1921. They books include both National membership level and State level.
Index of Wills Canterbury England 1383 to 1700 – We have included links to all 10 volumes of the Index of Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury England spanning 1383 to 1700.
Directory of Daughters of the American Revolution – We have links to six volumes of the DAR National Directory covering years 1896 to 1911. These books contain the names, addresses and national member numbers for over 50,000 DAR members and each volume is fully searchable and freely available.
United States Revolution Military Pensions – We have gathered an interesting collection of books covering the Revolutionary War Military Pension lists and property rights for soldiers. The books are fully searchable and freely available at no cost.
Pennsylvania Families – We have included links to 3 out of 4 volumes of Colonial and revolutionary families of Pennsylvania with genealogical and personal memoirs by John Jordan. All are freely available at no cost. We are still looking for volume 3 if anyone has any tips please let me know.
DAR Lineage Books – We provide links to the first 60 volumes of the DAR Lineage Books. The books are fully searchable, most are from Archive.org and others from Google books. All are freely available at no cost.
American Ancestry pre 1776 – In 1887 Thomas P. Hughes produced a 12 volume series American Ancestry giving the name and descent, in the male line, of Americans whose ancestors settled in the United States previous to 1776. We have provided links to all 12 volumes both in digital and text versions which are fully searchable and freely available at no cost.
Titanic – We have provided links to a few interesting Titanic books including the detailed hearings before the US Senate and some stories told by the survivors. We also have several links to Titanic related genealogy resources.
Organize your research using Trello – Trello is a free web based product that can be easily tailored to organize your research. Think of Trello like you would with a set of paper index cards. On paper index cards you can write important notes that you want to remember and you can then organize the cards into particular groups. Think of Trello in that same way although the cards are digital. With each digital card you can add a written note or more importantly you can attach a photo, a copy of an email, a screen shot of a web page, a web link, a PDF or whatever document you need.
Passport Applications 1795-1905 – We have collected links to all 694 reels of Passport Application covering 1795 to 1905. The reels are organized in date order and unfortunately do not contain an alphabetical index. Even though they lack an alphabetical index we present a two-step process you can use to find a particular application from home for free.
1907-1933 Veteran Pension Payment Cards – We have included links to all 2,539 rolls of Veterans Administration pension payment cards covering 1907-1933. The books are organized alphabetically so you can easily find the correct roll and then flip to the appropriate page.
War of 1812 Muster Rolls – We have identified several books that contain Muster rolls for the war of 1812-1814 and some include pay rolls.
1838 Genealogy of Commoners Great Britain and Ireland – We have included freely available copies of John Burke’s book, a genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland printed in 1838.
Civil War Documents via Internet Archive – Internet Archive has an organized list of books covering the Civil War which are freely available. The site is organized by Civil War topic and geographic location. In our example we show how to quickly locate Civil War documents related to Ohio.
Kitchen & Garden – For an interesting diversion from research, we have provided links to over 60 books covering kitchen gardening and cooking which were published between 1735 and 1918.
Civil War Colored Troops – We have gathered over 800 books related to Civil War Colored Troop military records. While the books do not support text search, they are organized by branch of service and then alphabetically by name so you can flip to the appropriate section.
We have included links to all 102 volumes of the 1812 Pension Applications. The books are in alphabetical order so you can relatively easily flip to the appropriate section.
In 1876, John O’Hart published a popular book on Irish Pedigrees that is available in many different editions with the last published in 1923. While there are some limitations and issues with his research approach and certain conclusions I find the books to be of interest. We have provided links to freely available digital copies and text copies which you can search.
We also added the book “Irish Marriages 1771 to 1812” which is an index to the marriages that were published in Walker’s Hibernian magazine.
The most current update on the site is the addition of visual access to Ireland Genealogy and Historical Socities. Happy Saint Patricks Day
Welcome to our web site which is designed to serve several purposes.
The primary purpose is to help folks get started doing genealogy research at no cost from home in a clear manner without noise from banner ads and with transparency. There are no hidden re-directions to pay-for-service sites. We will, however, suggest several pay-for-service websites to aid in your search but we will clearly note when that occurs. Examples are provided for Obituary, Census, Death, and Immigration records as well as links to State level resources.
The second purpose is to provide visual access to information not otherwise available in such an easy-to-access format. We stand alone as the only site offering a Google map interface to mapped historical books from the Library of Congress, digital historic newspapers, libraries, and Genealogy & Historical societies.
The third purpose is to share the challenges we have faced and offer suggestions, lessons learned and techniques we have used to overcome hurdles. We will talk about challenges such as multiple name changes, missing information, inconsistent information and the ways we addressed these issues.
Our Site Index has a full listing of every category and allows you to jump directly to any portion on the website.
Temporarily the visual access to digital historic books is limited to 25 states including Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio during our website development. Other states will be added shortly.
Our site has visual access to links for Genealogy Societies, Historical Societies, Libraries and City / County Offices covering all 50 states.
Native American – We just added a page with information about the Five Civilized Tribes – Dawes Commission. That page has links to free online digital books which include detailed information for each person accepted between 1898 and 1914 by the Dawes Commission as members of these five Indian tribes: Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole.
For an interesting diversion from genealogy research you may enjoy seeing some old cook books which also give you a glimpse into what daily life was like. With the current news focused on the presidential election thought it would be interesting to explore the political conventions of our past. We also have a page with several books covering the 1913 floods which affected several states including Ohio.
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