Passenger Lists Rescued by Clifford Neal Smith

An expert on 19th-century emigration from Germany, Clifford Neal Smith was keenly aware that a large percentage of German passenger lists (for the port of Bremen in particular) had perished during World War II. Intent upon making the surviving records available to researchers, he set himself the task of transcribing and publishing passenger records from “hidden” sources. Smith derived many of his passenger records from “buried” secondary works–including historical monographs written in German–books that even the conscientious genealogist was unlikely to discover. Smith compiled scores of books consisting of obscure German (and to a lesser extent English and French) ships’ passenger lists. The records found in his books CANNOT BE FOUND in any other publication: not in print, nor in electronic format.

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Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records

The “Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records,” consists of county-by-county lists of parishes within the Province of Quebec. All known Catholic parishes are listed to 1900. Each list gives the names of all the parishes within that county, arranged in order of formation, with the date of the oldest records for that parish. A reference letter and name after the parish indicate the compiler and publisher of a marriage register for that parish, or whether the marriages for that parish may be found in the important Loiselles Marriage Index.

Image credit: Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Parish, Westmount, Montreal, via Wikimedia Commons.

John Winthrop, Massachusetts, Charles Banks

Genealogist, Charles Banks

Master Works of Charles Edward Banks: A Great Great Man and a Gifted Genealogist

Students of New England genealogy recognize Charles E. Banks (1854-1931) as one of the patriarchs of genealogical scholarship. During his lifetime, he was widely acknowledged to be one of the leading authorities on northern New England families. His two-volume History of York, Maine (a third volume was in preparation at the time of his death) is still the starting point on its subject. Though removed from his primary geographical area of expertise, Dr. Banks’ three-volume history of Martha’s Vineyard is also a model local history.

Notwithstanding his fame as a genealogist, Banks’ first calling was as a physician and surgeon. A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, Charles Banks enjoyed a distinguished 40-year career in the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Banks was involved in many activities, including early efforts to thwart polio and to enforce sanitary laws. He achieved the position of assistant surgeon-general of the USPHS, retiring with the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Besides his interests in genealogy and history, Banks was a skillful artist. His drawings adorn several of his publications. He is also reckoned to have been gracious, kindly, and un-self-serving. He was never reluctant to share the fruits of his research with friends and colleagues. Continue reading…

Royal ancestors

Do you have Royal Ancestors?

If you are just getting started in your search on royal lineage, please check out our post How to Trace Royal Lineage – Basics for Your Research. However, if you are in hot pursuit of your royal ancestry, or are looking for additional resources that detail royal ancestors in America, the following post contains detailed information that may help you.

If you have discovered you have royal ancestors, have you wondered how they came to America?

The system of primogeniture, the medieval practice of passing down a title and its holdings to one’s eldest son or daughter, accounts for the fact that many Americans have royal or noble ancestors. For example, the millions of descendants of the 650 immigrant ancestors discussed in the 2006 edition of Gary Boyd Roberts’ book, Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants (“RD 600”), share royal ancestry because of a pattern of social leveling common to most Western European nations. Second and subsequent sons or daughters of kings became or married nobles. Younger sons or daughters of the nobility became or married “gentry:” knights, manorial lords, gentlemen with coats-of-arms, baronets, lairds, and seigneurs. The younger children of the gentry became or married merchants, clergymen, Puritan or Huguenot leaders, university fellows, bureaucrats or professional soldiers. Left with few alternatives on the social ladder, members of these last groups, or their younger sons and daughters, immigrated to the American colonies and later to the U.S. Continue reading…

Metis people, Metis genealogy

Principal Families of The Metis People

Principal Families of the Metis People Specified

Gail Morin’s series tracing the children of intermarriage between early French fur traders and Canadian Native Americans, known as Métis or Métis People, has now reached four volumes. Mrs. Morin has now given us a list of the primary families who figure in each volume, so researchers can make an educated guess about their potential family connections in each book. Brief descriptions of each volume and lists of which principal families each book contains follow below.

Please note that this is a very list heavy post, but hopefully you’ll find your family name in one or more of the volumes and be able to identify it as a resource.

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