The Book of Names

Especially Relating to the Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the Mohawk Valley


Author: MacWethy, Lou D.
Publication Date: 1933
Reprint Date: 2007
Pages: vi 209 pp.
ISBN: 9780806302317


When originally published in 1933, this classic work listed for the first time the names of the early Palatines of New York State, the original settlers of the Mohawk Valley, known as the “Gateway to the West.” The estimated 20,000 names are classified, combined, and otherwise arranged to enable the researcher to identify Palatine immigrants in relation to specific categories of records. Among the important lists of names are the following: (1) The Kocherthal records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, 1708-1719; (2) Palatine heads of families, from Gov. Hunter’s Ration Lists, 1710-1714; (3) Lists of Palatines in 1709 (the four London lists of emigrants from Germany, most of whom emigrated to America); (4) Palatines remaining and newly arrived in New York, from the colonial census of 1710; (5) Names of Palatine children apprenticed by Gov. Hunter, 1710-1714; and (6) Various lists of Palatines in the colonial militia of New York.

“In few other listings will readers find such attention to detail. A very good addition to most libraries.”–RQ, Reference Services Division, American Library Association (Winter 1969).

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