New Genealogy Books

Author Vernon Skinner, Jr. has added to his long list of publications, marking him as among the most prolific writing for us. Mr. Skinner has prepared three new titles in his series of abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland, in this case covering Anne Arundel County. Please read on for details of these excellent new books.

Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of MARYLAND:


Volume I – Calvert Papers: 1750; Liber 1: 1753, 1754, 1755, 1756; Liber 2A: 1757; Liber 2: 1758, 1759

Volume II – Liber 2: 1760, 1761, 1762, 1763; Liber 3: 1764, 1765, 1766

Volume III – Liber 3: 1767, 1768; Liber 4: 1769, 1770, 1771, 1774

By Vernon L. Skinner, Jr.

The Provincial Land Office of Maryland was responsible for distributing land from 1634 to 1777 on behalf of the Lord Proprietor. The Lord Proprietor’s rent rolls and debt books–the means by which the Lord Proprietor kept track of the rents due him–both commence in 1715 (though some are no longer extant). The surviving rent rolls consist of entries for each tract of land patented, the name of the person for whom the land was originally surveyed, the present owner, acreage, and rent. The debt books’ great value is that they enable the researcher to track land ownership over various years in cases of intestate estates, land inherited by women, and land that is not specified in a will.  Mr. Skinner’s three new volumes pertaining to the  Anne Arundel County Debt Books span the period 1750-1774, with a break in records for 1751-1752. The compiler presents the contents of the Debt Books in tabular form: liber and folio citation, with any pertinent date; name of the person paying the taxes; and name of the tract of land and amount of acreage.


Also available . . .

The very popular treasury of bot mots and wise words from Elizabeth Shown Mills and Ruth Brossette Lennon, Tips & Quips for the Family Historian, is back into stock this month.

TIPS & QUIPS For the Family Historian

By Elizabeth Shown Mills & Ruth Brossette Lennon

Tips and Quips is a treasury of bon mots and wise words for everyone who pursues genealogy. The sayings and writings found in Tips and Quips are divided up into no fewer than 86 categories relevant to genealogists. Categories from Analysis, Ethnic Research and Genetic Genealogy, to the Internet, Land and Names; and from Photographs, Plagiarism and Proof, to Research, Sources and Tax Records. It’s easy to find just the quip you need from the book’s detailed table of contents, or you can search the author index or consult the glossary of terms at the back of the volume.

Truth is, Tips and Quips is entertaining, inspiring, and informative, making it that rarity among genealogy books—bedside reading.  Here are some illustrations, arranged by category to whet your appetite:

Ancestors.“To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.—Chinese Proverb.

Documentation. “In God we trust, All others must show sources.”—David Woody.

Ethnic Research.“Researching your ancestors during slavery becomes researching the owners of your ancestors.”—Nancy Richey.

Genealogy.“Genealogy is not fatal—but it’s a grave disease.”—AnonymousGenealogy.  “None of us can harbor prejudice against another group of people when we realize that, with the very next document we find, we could be a part of them.”—Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Genetic Genealogy.  “People lie. DNA doesn’t.”—Angie Bush

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