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October 18th, 2011:

New Additions: Family History Research

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New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

Census Substitutes and State Census Records: an annotated bibliography of published name lists for all 50 U.S. states and state censuses for 37 states, v. 1, Eastern States, by William Dollarhide.

The author identifies census substitutes, which are name lists derived from tax lists, directories, military lists, land ownership maps, voter registrations and other compilations of names from state and local sources. Often taken between federal decennnial census years, these records frequently contain unique information.

Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, v. 4, by Frances Carey, Barry Miles and Moody Miles.

This work focuses on the ancestral families of William Taylor White (1837-1852) a resident of Accomack County, Virginia. In April, 2005, William’s sealed coffin was discovered by construction workers digging beneath a gas line in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was turned over to the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of Natural Science.

District of Columbia Original Land Owners, 1791-1800, by Wesley Pippenger.

This extensive and thorough examination of Washington land ownership makes the Washington Embryo and the United States Senate Federal Land Documents accessible and user friendly. Also included are land records for Hamburgh and Carrollsburgh.


Free Blacks in Harford, Somerset and Talbot Counties, Maryland, 1832, by Mary Meyer.

In 1831, Maryland’s General Assembly enacted an order to affect the removal of free blacks to Liberia or other places. Section 9 of the law provided for a head count of all free blacks in each county by name, age and sex and identification of any willing to relocate. All of these censuses were lost except for Talbot and Harford counties; subsequently, Somerset county records were discovered by chance in a county deed book and all have been included in this book.

Runaways of Colonial New Jersey: Indentured Servants, Slaves, Deserters, and Prisoners, 1720-1781, by Richard Marrin.

Two thirds of all white,  and all black immigrants to the American colonies south of New England arrived under some type of servitude. This work presents condensed information about those who became runaways and were  reported in colonial newspapers. Nearly 1,500 New Jersey related ads over a period of 60 years are presented which mention the names of runaways, their masters, in many cases their places of origin, occupations, health histories, appearance, and even personalities.

These items will be available to researchers at the Government and Heritage Library or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.


Blue Ribbon Memories on WRAL- TV

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Blue Ribbon Memories was featured on WRAL’s 6:00 news on Monday, October 17th. In cased you missed it you can view it below or at the link here, .  Have you shared your own state fair memory yet?


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