Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Was One of Your Relatives a Snobber, Pigman or Ludimagister?

If you aren't sure what these are, we have just the book for you!  Ancestry's Concise Genealogical Dictionary (R GEN 929.103 HAR) has the answer to what these occupations are and more.  You will find this book a useful and entertaining reference. The authors spent years collecting, researching, and verifying definitions of terms they discovered while researching cemetery, probate, court, medical, and other records. Much of the mysteries of terms and abbreviations that researchers deal with have been solved with this source.

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

A Message from Michael V. Bassett, CCGS President:

As announced at November 9’s Collin County Genealogical Society (CCGS) business meeting, the digitized and searchable Collin County newspapers from the 1880s-1930s are beginning to appear on the Portal to Texas History Web site. In fact, the bulk of the issues are already there -- way ahead of schedule!
The Collin County Genealogical Society partnered with The University of North Texas' (UNT) "Texas Digital Newspaper Program" in digitizing these newspapers from the best available microfilm copies obtainable. This project has been primarily funded by a $4,000 grant from the Collin County Historical Commission with the remainder coming from the Collin County Genealogical Society.
There are twelve newspaper titles:
The Democrat, The McKinney Gazette, The McKinney Examiner, The Daily Courier, The Daily Gazette, The Collin County Mercury, The Lion Roar, The Semi Weekly Courier, The McKinney Weekly Democrat-Gazette, The McKinney Advocate, The Southern Jerseyite, and The Weekly Democrat-Gazette.

How can you help us digitize more older Collin County newspapers quicker?
Send a check donation to:
CCGS - Digitization Project
Attn: Treasurer
PO Box 865052
Plano TX 75086-5052
Please write: Digitization Project on your check.
CCGS is a 501(c)(3) corporation.  Your donations are tax deductible.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

New Items for October & Upcoming Events

New Items for October:
  • Richard Dungan Master Plasterer of London in Shakespeare’s Time: A Continuing Quest for Origins
  • Secrets to African American Roots: A Guide for Researching American Records
  • American Prisoners of War Held at Quebec during the War of 1812: 8 June 1813 – 11 December 1814
  • Ancestral History of Rebecca Anne Dunning
  • Family History for the Older and Wiser (this item may be checked out)
  • The Troubleshooter’s Guide to Do–It–Yourself Genealogy (this item may be checked out)
  • Forensic Genealogy (this item may be checked out)
  • Writing Family History Made Very Easy (this item may be checked out)
  • The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox (this item may be checked out)
  • The Guide to FamilySearch Online (this item may be checked out)
  • Index to the 1850 Census of Delaware
  • Marriages, Births, Deaths and Removals of New Castle County, Delaware
  • Legacy of Kin Hamilton County, Illinois: Volume I 1859 – 1957, Volume II 1958 – 1992
  • The Illinois Gazette: Volume I September 25, 1819 – December 20, 1823 and Volume II January 10, 1824 – December 18, 1830
  • Gleanings from Maryland Newspapers, 1786 – 1790
  • Index of Baltimore County, Maryland Wills 1659 – 1850
  • Abstracts from the Port Tobacco Times and Charles County Advertiser: Volume 2 1855 – 1869
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Baltimore, Maryland Baptisms 1825 – 1871
  • Marriages and Deaths from Baltimore Newspapers 1817 – 1824
  • Harford County, Maryland Marriage References and Family relationships 1774 – 1824
  • Early Landowners of Maryland – Volume 8: Talbot County 1650 – 1710
  • An Index of Source Records of Maryland
  • Abstracts of the Testamentary Proceedings of the Prerogative Court of Maryland – Volume XXIX: 1775 – 1758 Libers: 36 (pp. 208 – end), 37 (pp. 1 – 144), Volume XXX: 1758 – 1761 Libers: 37 (pp. 145 – end), 38 (pp. 1 – 106), Volume XXXI: 1761 – 1762 Libers: 38 (pp. 107 – end), 39 (pp. 1 – 160)
  • Talbot County, Maryland Marriage References 1662 – 1800
  • Mississippi 1890 Census Index of Civil War Veterans or their Widows
  • Missouri 1890 Census Index of Civil War Veterans or their Widows
  • Atchison County Missouri Marriages 1863 – 1869
New Jersey:
  • State of New Jersey Index of Wills, Inventories, Etc. in the Office of the Secretary of State Prior to 1901: Volumes I, II, and III
  • Early Union County, New Jersey Church Records 1750 – 1800
  • The Burlington Court Book: A Record of Quaker Jurisprudence in West New Jersey 1680 – 1709
New York:
  • New York State Censuses & Substitutions
  • Genealogical Data from Colonial New York Newspapers: A Consolidation of Articles from The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
North Carolina:
  • Abstracts of Letters of Resignation of Military Officers in North Carolina 1779 – 1840
  • Currituck County, North Carolina Eighteenth Century Tax & Militia Records
  • Annotated Transcriptions of Colonial Currituck County, North Carolina Wills
  • Divorces and Separations from Petitions to the North Carolina General Assembly 1779 – 1837
  • Cherokee Citizenship Commission Dockets: Volume V 1880 – 1884 and 1887 – 1889
  • Northampton County, Pennsylvania Marriage References and Family Relationships 1752 – 1800
  • Runaway Servants, Convicts, and Apprentices Advertised in the Pennsylvania Gazette 1728 – 1796
  • Early Church Records of Chester County, Pennsylvania – Volume 1: Bradford Monthly Meeting
  • Biographical and Genealogical Sketches from Central Pennsylvania
  • Early Church records of the First Reformed Church of Philadelphia: Volume 1 1748 – 1780
South Carolina:
  • Laurens & Newberry Counties, S.C.: Saluda and Little river Settlements 1749 – 1775
  • Minutes of the Vestry of St. Helena’s Parish South Carolina 1726 – 1812
  • Tennessee 1850 Agricultural Census Volume 1 and 4
  • Marriages of Roane County, Tennessee 1801 – 1838
  • History of Rover and the 10th District of Bedford County
  • McKinney Courier – Gazette Microfilm: 4/1/2010 – 6/30/2010, 7/1/2010 – 9/30/2010, 10/1/2010 – 12/31/2010, 1/2/2011 – 3/31/2011
  • Collin County Historical Markers Book: State and County Markers 2011 (this book was donated by the Collin county Historical Commission)
  • From Blackland Prairie to Blacktop: A History of Collin County (two copies – one is available for checkout)
  • Vignettes of Parker County: Oral Histories of Days Past and Hopes for the Future
  • Pioneer Days in the Southwest from 1850 – 1879
  • Guide and Index to the Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836 – 1935: Volumes 1 and 2
  • Guide and Index to the Republic of Texas Donation Voucher Files 1879 – 1887 and Confederate Scrip Voucher Files 1881 – 1883 in the Texas General Land Office
  • Guide and Indexes to the Conserved and Microfilmed Harris County, Texas Records of Oaths and Allegiance, Declarations of Intent, and Final Naturalizations 1886 – 1906
  • Texas Land Survey Maps for McLennan County
  • Texas Land Survey Maps for Lamar County
  • Ima Hogg: First Lady of Texas Reminiscences and Recollections of Family and Friends
  • James Stephen Hogg March 24, 1851 – March 3, 1906
  • Virginia 1860 agricultural Census: Volume 3
  • Middlesex County, Virginia Land Records 1767 – 1785
  • Bible Records of Caroline County, Virginia Families
  • Prince William County, Virginia Bond Book: August 1753 – 1782
  • Virginia 1890 Census Index of Civil War Veterans or their Widows
  • Richmond Virginia Lost Souls Restored: African-American Interments as Listed in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Register 1875 – 1908
  • Lancaster County, Virginia Abstracts of Wills, Administrations, Deeds, Inventories, Etc. 1726 – 1735
West Virginia:
  • Wills of Jefferson County, West Virginia and Other Estate Documents: An Index 1801 – 1988
  • West Virginia 1890 Census Index of Civil War Veterans or their Widows
Upcoming Events:
Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library: The North Collin County Genealogical Society will host Paula Perkins, a Professional Genealogical Consultant, Lecturer, and Instructor of genealogy classes.  Ms. Perkins will present Secular, Denominational, Ethnic & Trade Newspapers: Location of the papers, records to be found and how to retrieve these under-used sources locally.  This program is free and open to all.

Saturday, November 19 at 10:15 - 11:45 am in the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library:  If you or someone you know has wanted to start tracing their family tree, but don’t know quite how to get started, then our FREE Genealogy 101 Workshop is for them.  If you are an experienced Genealogist, please let your beginning genealogy friends know about this program.  We will discuss the different forms to be used, what resources can help with the start of a family tree and a tour of the Genealogy section of the Library.  For more information, contact Susan at or 972.547.7343