Thursday, December 30, 2010

My gene-presents from Christmas

My Christmas wish list this year was full of gene-books and boy did Santa deliver. Well, not so much Santa as my family but they did a great job. I got several books that I've wanted for quite some time and just haven't been able to spring for. Here's what I got:

The Great Wagon Road by Parke Rouse

Lord Dunmore's Little War of 1774 by Warren Skidmore

North Carolina Research by Helen Leary (If you haven't checked this out yet, you really need to do so. It's not just an NC book. The info it contains holds true for just about every locality so it really works as a general reference and information manual rather than just a locality specific reference.)

Old Title Deeds by N.W. Alcock

Monongalia County (Virginia) publick claims by Janice Abercrombie

Map Guide to American Migration Routes by William Dollarhide

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses by William Thorndale

Whew! That's a long list and I'm so so so happy to be able to dive into these titles whenever I want now. Some of them, like the books by Thorndale and Dollarhide and Leary and Skidmore, have been on my wishlist for a looooong time. So now it's time to cross them off the list and start looking for new ones! :)


  1. Hi, sure did hit the jackpot! One book in particular was interesting to me....Monongalia County book....that is where my Burgess family came from. My great grandfather was born there in Stewartstown....would love to talk about this book with you one day! Sandy

  2. I bought the Helen Leary book this summer and it is just excellent! I agree, it needs to be on every genealogist's shelf (I actually keep mine on the coffee table, because I refer to it so often.)

  3. Sandy, the Burgess name sounds familiar to me. If your family was in Monongalia prior to 1800 I may have stumbled across them. Not sure if they're in the publick claims book, possibly the Core books and/or the records I've seen. If you haven't seen the Core books, let me know and I'll check them for you.

  4. I'm interested also in what you find in the Monongalia County book. This year's genealogy trip will be to the Cumberland Gap genealogy jamboree, which means I'll be focusing on Mom's relatives in preparation. But next year - back to the Bromagem puzzle!

  5. Don't get too excited about the Publick Claims book, Nan. No Bromagems are listed. It's only about 16 pages, but includes claims registered from the Revolutionary period so I thought it may be useful to general research in the area. I did find a claim for a Troy though, one of the intermarried relations, as well as several familiar names including Capt Scott, under whom Elias served.