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New Summer Publications (Part One)

New genealogy books summer 2023

Summer 2023 promises to be a busy one for new publications at We’ve already spoken about the Third Edition of Genealogical Research in Ohio, by Kip Sperry. Starting today and continuing over the next few weeks, you will learn about new titles concerning Irish emigrants to North America, Ulster surnames, Irish and Scottish soldiers, the Revolutionary War Battle of Yorktown, and more. Here’s our first installment of new releases; click on the appropriate buttons/links for more details.

Genealogical Research in Ohio. 3rd Edition
Kip Sperry

Genealogical Research in Ohio. New 3rd Edition

Ohio has an abundance of resources available for genealogical and historical research–statewide indexes and personal name finding aids, biographies, local histories, vital and church records, probate and court records, census and military records, land records, newspapers, naturalization records, gravestones, genealogical manuscript collections, and many others. In addition, numerous Ohio records have been published by genealogical and historical organizations, and many records and indexes are available on the Internet, in printed form, and other resources.

These sources and many others are described in detail in this new Third Edition of Genealogical Research in Ohio, by noted genealogical scholar and former Brigham Young University family history professor Kip Sperry. This new edition includes the following enhancements:

  • New Ohio content regarding, including a listing of FamilySearch Centers and FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries in Ohio.
  • Expanded and updated information for the Ohio Genealogical Society, 
  • Revised information regarding major libraries in Ohio, 
  • Up-to-date genealogy websites for Ohio and other researchers.
  • Almost 100 pages of expanded Bibliography.

The People of the Grampian Highlands, 1600-1699
David Dobson

The Grampian Highlands lie in north-east Scotland and stretch from Aberdeenshire, through Kincardineshire, the Braes of Angus, to eastern Perthshire. In the seventeenth century the Grampian Highlands were mostly controlled by landowners such as the Earl of Aboyne or the Earl of Airlie, or heads of families or clans such as Forbes, Gordon, Farquharson, Burnett, Irvine, Douglas, Lindsay, Carnegie, Ogilvie, Spalding, Stewart, and Robertson. These families were generally Royalist and supporters of the House of Stuart, notably in the Jacobite Wars of 1689, 1715, and 1745. 

This work identifies about 1,500 inhabitants of the Grampian Highlands by name, date, more specific location, and occupation or activity.  In many cases, however, we are privy to additional information such as age, name of spouse, children, and/or parents, reason for traveling, or more.

Irish Soldiers in Colonial America, ca. 1650-1825
David Dobson

This volume attempts to identify many of the Irish soldiers in the British colonies in North America and the Caribbean from around 1650 until 1825. Irish settlers in colonial America were recruited into local militias. During the American Revolution people of Irish origin could be found in both Loyalist and Patriot units, including the “Volunteers of Ireland”.  In the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo the British government settled substantial numbers of demobilised soldiers, including Irishmen, in Canada. From about 1780 onwards the British regiments enlisted at least one-third of their recruits in Ireland; this increased to about 40% by the early 19th century.

The following entry is representative of the nearly 1,500 named in this work: 

CONNELL, HUGH, emigrated from Ireland to America in 1772,
settled in Cherry Valley, New York, a Loyalist soldier in Sir John
Johnston’s Regiment, [King’s Royal Regiment of New York]
afterwards settled at the Bay of Quinte, Canada, by 1788.