Saturday, November 22, 2008

Research Sources - Indexes

32. United States. Census Office. 6th Census, 1840. A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services : With Their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshals of the Several Judicial District under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census : Pennsylvania Edited by Bob Closson and Mary Closson. Apollo, Pa.: Closson, 1986.

Index taken from special 1840 census. Includes name, age, and place of residence as well as name of family whom pensioner resided with as of June 1, 1840. Does NOT include actual information from the census microfilm readings. The information contained in this publication was originally published in 1841 by authority of an Act of Congress, under the direction of the Secretary of State.

33. Watkins, Linda Tinker, and Daughters of the American Revolution. DAR Patriot Index Baltimore, MD Gateway Press 2003.

This index lists people that have been recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution as qualified to be Revolutionary Patriots. It is organized alphabetically by surname and contains birth date and location, death date and location, name of spouse, rank and state served. Good starting place for people researching Revolutionary ancestors.

34. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Family Genealogies in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Oakland, Pennsylvania) : Holdings as of March 1, 1993. Edited by Bob Closson and Mary Closson. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1993.

An index to a collection of over 2,000 family genealogies accumulated by the Carnegie Library in Oakland, Pennsylvania since its founding. Includes family name, author, publication date, and number of pages for most books or records. Listings are national in scope, but primarily cover PA heritage

35. Hoffman, Marian. Genealogical & Local History Books in Print 4vols: Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co,, 1996.

This book provides a list of vendors, general reference sources, world resources, family histories, US sources and resources for each state. It provides the name of the sources, a brief description, vendor and cost.

36. Genealogical Periodical Annual Index : Key to the Genealogical Literature Edited by Karen T. Ackermann and Laird C. Towle. 40 vols. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc, 2001.

According to the introduction in this book, "this is the only comprehensive surname, locality, topical and book review index to English-language genealogical periodical literature available today". It provides a list of periodicals, publishers, and contact information for genealogical periodicals.

37. Index to Pennsylvania's Colonial Records Series. Compiled by Dr. Mary Dunn. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1992.

This is a 16 volume set that brings together Pennsylvania Colonial records which include William Penn's charter and rules of government, chronological minutes of Pennsylvania's governing bodies from the time of its founding until the State's constitution in 1790. It includes executive minutes, church , military, land and tax records, listings of names of prominent people. It provides a list of books for further reading and research. There is an index of names with volume and page numbers referenced.

38. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536 - 1910. Edited by F.S.A. Sir Arthur Vicars. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1897 - reprinted in 1997.

There were a large number of immigrants that came from Ireland that ended up in Southwestern PA. Early records from Ireland are sometimes hard to find because of a large fire that destroyed many of them. In Genealogy research, wills are considered very valuable tools. This book list, alphabetically by last name, the prerogative wills that can be found. Along with the name, is the date of the will, residence of the deceased and occupation (when available)

39. Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. A List of Immigrants Who Applied for Naturalization Papers in the District Courts of Allegheny County, Pa. 7 vols. Pittsburgh, PA: Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, 1978.

Seven Volume set that lists names, data and place of naturalization, date born, date first intentions were filed, occupation, emigrated from, arrival, county, township, sponsor, witness. After you find this information, it is sometimes possible to go to the county and obtain copies of the actual papers filed for naturalization.

40. Iscrupe, William L. Naturalization Records 1802-1852, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania 2vols. Laughlintown, Pa: Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services, 1978.

Contains information on early naturalization requirements, index of naturalization records for 1802 - 1852, sponsor index, county maps for England, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland)

41. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of About 500,000 Passengers Who Came to the United States and Canada in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. . Edited by P. William Filby and Mary K. Meyer. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Co., 1981-2007.

This source lists of sources indexed, name of passenger listed alphabetically, age, place of arrival, year of arrival, source book code and page. Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library, maintains copies of all works indexed in Filby's. Contact the library for current policy on obtaining photocopies of the pages.

42. Sons of the American Revolution Society. Pennsylvania. Patriots Index : Members and Ancestors, 1893-1993 Monongahela, PA Sons of the American Revolution. Pennsylvania Society., 1995.

Provides alphabetical listing of ancestor with birth and death dates, name of wife, rank and state served, along with name of descendant and membership number. There is also a reverse listing alphabetically by name of member. Both DAR and SAR records are good sources of quality, verified information as their standards for membership are strict.

43. Washington County Pennsylvania Marriages 1780 - 1857. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1993.

This index is divided in two sections. The first lists marriages alphabetically by groom's name and the second by bride's name. Marriage records from this time period in Washington Co are very scarce so this is a good place to start. A note of caution however. It only contains 350 marriages and the original source is unknown. The information came from a Dr. Whisker and all he knew about the information was that it came from the Helen Greenberg collection. I am guessing that these were abstracts taken from newspaper announcements or from minister's records. The introduction to this source states "While better documentation would enhance the value of these records, we hope it will somehow help you in your genealogical endeavors.

44. Lloyd, Mark Frazier, Jefferson M. Moak, and Sons of the Revolution. Pennsylvania Society. Centennial Register, 1888-1988 Philadelphia The Society, 1990.

This book lists all of the SAR member names and their Revolutionary ancestor. It gives information on the Society itself such as the object of the society, qualifications for membership, charter, by-laws, the first 100 year history, monuments, collections and preservation activities. The member list gives the state society number, general society number, name of member, name of ancestor, year of birth of both, year of admission of member. The DAR and SAR resources compliment each other as one is for men and the other for women. This gives a wider collection of Rev War ancestors.

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