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New Guide to Welsh Research (and more new releases)

New Guide to Welsh Research

Do you have Welsh ancestry?  If so, can you answer the following questions: Which centuries marked the greatest waves of emigration from Wales? What were the dominant religious denominations in Wales prior to 1900? Why is knowledge of a Welsh ancestor’s maiden name helpful in pinpointing a family’s location in Wales? When did civil registration of vital records commence?

If you cannot answer one or more of the above questions, you should get your hands on—or download– Genealogy at a Glance: Welsh Genealogy Research, by John Rowlands and Beryl Evans, the two leading authorities on Welsh family history. Mr. Rowlands and Ms. Evans are the authors of definitive textbooks on Welsh genealogy, and in just a few pages they boil down the basics of that subject for the novice, or someone seeking a quick refresher course. In merely four laminated pages—the equivalent of a 10-page journal article—the authors cover the historical background to Welsh genealogy, the crucial importance of Welsh names and naming practices, the country’s major religious denominations, emigration, and the key genealogical sources. The latter topic, of course, is the focal point of the publication, and here the authors drill down into parish registers, bishop’s transcripts, marriage bonds, census records, probate records, tithe maps (showing the payments charged on land users), and newspapers. A separate section covers the key online sources for Welsh genealogy.

The authors offer special tips throughout the text that readers can follow to get the maximum benefit from each of the cited sources. Readers will also find references to the best books and online sources in the field. In short, Genealogy at a Glance: Welsh Genealogy Research provides the genealogist with the elements of a Welsh research strategy at his fingertips. It represents undoubtedly the best four pages on Welsh family history ever published.


More New Releases and Reissues

In addition to Our Quaker Ancestors and our handy new guide to Welsh genealogy, our summer releases include two more contributions from David Dobson that identify Scottish folks living between 1800 and 1850, the concluding volume in Joseph Lee Boyle’s series of New England runaways, and the reissue of four long out-of-print titles. Please read on for details.

The People of South West Scotland at Home and Abroad, 1800-1850

This work identifies people in or from the neighboring counties of Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, Dumfries-shire, Kirkcudbrightshire, and Wigtownshire between 1800 and 1850. South West Scotland originally contained about 150 parishes, some of which subsequently merged. The main burghs were Renfrew, Greenock, Largs, Kilmarnock, Paisley, Ardrossan, Troon, Ayr, Stranraer, Wigtown, Kirkcudbright, Sanquhar, Dumfries, and Annan. View Book Details


The People of Glasgow and Clydesdale at Home and Abroad, 1800-1850

This book identifies the people resident in Glasgow and in neighboring Clydesdale (alias Lanarkshire), as well as persons abroad who originated in these locations, during the first half of the 19th century. The information derives from a wide range of sources such as court records, contemporary newspapers and journals, monumental inscriptions, and documents found in archives. The entries bring together emigrants, their origins, and destinations—especially in North America, the West Indies, and Australasia—with their kin who remained in Scotland. View Book Details


“Wasteing my Substance by Riotous living”: NEW ENGLAND RUNAWAYS, 1778-1783

Here is the concluding volume in Joseph Lee Boyle’s series of colonial/Revolutionary New England runaways, as identified in contemporary newspaper ads. (The first four volumes covered the period 1704-1754, 1755-1768,1769-1773, and 1774-1777, respectively.) The majority of the individuals in this compilation are runaway servants and slaves, but a number are runaway apprentices–both men and women—and military deserters, with horse thieves, counterfeiters, burglars, jail breakers, an occasional murderer, and other lowlifes represented, as well as quite a few allegedly errant spouses. This book also contains ads for runaways who did not originate in New England, but who had connections there. A number of the runaways were skilled, including butchers, bakers, coopers, carpenters, joiners, farriers, shoemakers and tailors, no doubt reflecting New England’s more settled society.


Each ad in this series conveys a number of details about the runaway and his/her master, including names and aliases of the runaway, physical description, personality quirks if any, location in New England (including the future states of Vermont and Maine), and where to contact the advertiser. In all, the final volume contains about 1,000 ads and names nearly 2,000 persons with connections to Revolutionary War New England. View Book Details


Register of Seamen’s Protection Certificates from the Providence, Rhode Island Custom District, 1796-1870

In 1796 Congress passed an Act for the Relief and Protection of American Seamen, requiring customs collectors to maintain a record of all United States citizens serving on United States vessels. Each registered seaman was given a Seaman’s Protection Certificate.  The Rhode Island Historical Society has six volumes of “Register of Protections Granted to American Seamen” from 1796 to 1870. These registers are part of the United States Custom House Papers housed in the Manuscript Division of the Rhode Island Historical Society Library in Providence, R.I.

This transcription is in alphabetical order by surname and includes the date of certification, age, complexion, place of birth, and the book and page number of the original volume in which the information appears. View Book Details


Pensioners of the United States, 1818

This work is a reprint of the Report from the Secretary of War, John C. Calhoun, to President James Monroe, March 28, 1818, listing “all the pensioners of the United States, the sum annually paid to each, and the states or territories in which the said pensioners are respectively paid.”

Document A includes the names of 3,814 disabled pensioners, as well as half-pay pensioners (who relinquished bounty land) along with names of guardians and heirs. Document B contains the names of 2,086 additional deceased pensioners, with their rank, monthly and annual stipend, starting dates of the pension, notation of widows or orphans, and occasional added remarks. View Book Details


The History of Cape May County, New Jersey, from the Aboriginal Times to the Present Day

This book is an account of the earliest known narratives of the native peoples, the Dutch in Delaware Bay, the earliest European settlement of the county and the growth of the villages, the county’s role in the American Revolution and its patriots, the establishment of the new state government, the War of 1812, the soldiers of the Civil War, and the progress of the county and its most prominent citizens up to the end of the 19th century. The information was obtained from the collections of the New York Historical Society, the New Jersey Historical Society, and the Pennsylvania Historical Society. View Book Details


First Ownership of Ohio Lands

This work identifies the 1,000 associates of the Ohio Company who purchased lands on the Muskingum River from 1788 to 1792. Arranged in tubular form, the work gives such information as residence, selling agency, and number of shares owned. View Book Details


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