Strutting our Colonial Stuff: Census Records Before 1790

It’s a simple fact that the vast majority of genealogical data on the Internet pertains to 19th and 20th-century ancestors. Why? Most of this data is easier to come by than the genealogy of the colonial period because (1) much of it is within the recall or possession of living relatives; (2) the records (particularly federal census records from 1850 onward) have survived and are detailed; and (3) the records are relatively simple to read and transcribe.

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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.


North America’s Maritime Funnel: The Ships that Brought the Irish, 1749-1852

The Maritime Provinces of Canada – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island – were a convenient destination for tens of thousands of Irish immigrants between 1749 and 1852. Functioning as the narrow end of a funnel through which thousands dispersed widely across the North American continent, the Maritimes offered easy access and cheap fares, beckoning emigrants from Ireland’s catchment areas along the waterways of Dublin, Londonderry, and Cork.

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Battle of King’s Mountain & Its Heroes

The Battle of King’s Mountain is today an important part of Revolutionary War history and genealogy. Fought on October 7, 1780, an estimated 500,000 tourists visit the battlefield every year. A number of the battle’s participants would become civilian leaders of the young nation. For example, Colonels John Sevier and Isaac Shelby would go on to become governors of their native Tennessee and Kentucky respectively. Towns and roads in Western North Carolina are today named after other heroes of the conflict such as Charles McDowell (McDowell County) and Morganton, county seat of Burke County, named after Daniel Morgan.

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American Genealogy

Arguably the best book ever written on American genealogy, Val Greenwood’s “Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy,” is the text of choice in colleges and universities or wherever courses in American genealogy are taught. Of the dozens of textbooks, manuals, and how-to books that have appeared over the past twenty-five years, it is the one book that is consistently praised for setting a standard of excellence.

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