Our August new releases include Joseph Lee Boyle’s latest collection of transcribed runaway servant newspaper ads, and our first “Genealogy at a Glance” publication to cover a Scandinavian nation. Please read on for details.
“Fond of liquor, dancing and gaming.” New-York Runaways, 1769-1783, by Joseph Lee Boyle
This work marks the second and concluding volume of New Yorker runaway servant ads compiled from contemporary newspapers by Joseph Lee Boyle. (“Stiles himself a Prize fighter”: New-York Runaways, 1706-1768 was published earlier in 2020.)
Mr. Boyle assembled this list of New York runaways for the period 1769-1783 from The New-York Gazette, The New-York Weekly Journal, The New-York Chronicle, The New York Mercury, The New York Morning Post, The New York Packet and American Advertiser, and 40 other papers published from New England south through Maryland. Each of the roughly 1,400 ads gives the name and aliases of the runaway, physical description, personality quirks if any, location in New York, and where to contact the advertiser. The author has also included a few ads for military deserters, horse thieves, counterfeiters, burglars, jail breakers, an occasional murderer, and enemies of the United States, in this collection. VIEW BOOK DETAILS
Genealogy at a Glance: Swedish Genealogy Research, by Robert Johnson
The vast majority of Swedes immigrated during the period of the Great Migration, 1850 through 1930, and by the time the 2000 U.S. federal census was taken, there were 4 million Americans claiming Swedish roots. In just four laminated pages, this “at a glance” guide by Robert Johnson, JD, CG, gives you all the information you’ll ever need to begin tracing your Swedish ancestors. After a discussion of Swedish immigration and migration, Johnson offers details about the Swedish language and Swedish surnames that will help you unlock your Swedish family history. He then goes on to highlight the major record sources, repositories, and online resources. Sprinkled throughout are tips and additional references for you to consult. In all, this is a veritable smorgasbord for the beginning Swedish genealogist. VIEW BOOK DETAILS