Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: A Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere (Google eBook)

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Genealogical Publishing Com, 1998 - Reference - 814 pages
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Until the publication of this remarkable new work, no single source could be used to identify & locate the records of the various countries of the Western Hemisphere. Given the extent & diversity of the records, this is hardly surprising; & yet the creation of such a source is precisely the task Christina Schaefer set herself. The immense body of records of the colonial period in the Western Hemisphere presents a serious challenge to the researcher-in some cases even a stumbling block-& therefore in this work Ms. Schaefer has undertaken a systematic examination of the records to show the researcher where to find the most important genealogical records of the period & how to access them, all within the framework of a single encyclopedic volume. Equally important, she has defined the various classes of records in each country, identified as many of them as is practicable in a book of this size, provided historical background & brief sketches of the records themselves, added a description of the principal holdings of the major repositories of each country, & has interwoven selected reading lists throughout. The reader will appreciate, of course, that the subject matter is vast, covering the colonial records of all the Americas, from Latin America to the Caribbean, from the original Thirteen Colonies to Canada & New France, so of necessity the author has been at pains to be as comprehensive as possible. In the end, she has put together a magnificent reference work, one that will guide all researchers, beginners & professionals alike, to the most direct & reliable route to the colonial records of the Western Hemisphere. The scope of the work covers the period of colonial history from the beginning of European colonization in the Western Hemisphere up to the time of the American Revolution, & the records described are the primary records used in genealogical research. However, the time line has been extended to provide more complete information in the following instances: * U.S. states other than the Thirteen Colonies with records that begin prior to the Revolutionary War, until such time as they became part of the U.S. (possession, territory, state) * Latin American countries, which did not declare their independence from Spain & Portugal until 1808 & later * Canada through about 1841 * Caribbean countries & dependencies to about 1810 * The subject of slavery up to the abolition of the slave trade While the best sources of information regarding an immigrant ancestor can usually be found in the country to which he immigrated, there are, nevertheless, many important records still to be found in the country of origin-records which had either remained in the mother country or had been returned to the mother country: church records, for example, emigration & trade company records, indenture agreements, military records, missionary society records, probate records & wills, provincial land grants, & tax records. Thus the last section of this book provides information regarding the location of colonial records in such countries as Denmark, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, & Switzerland, & at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The range of the book is so remarkable that even the most seasoned researcher will find it breathtaking. What follows is a listing of the contents of the seven distinct parts that make up the whole. From this itemization the reader can draw his own conclusions about the value of the work as an indispensable desk reference.
  

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Contents

Pennsylvania
423
Maryland
457
Virginia
475
North Carolina
517
South Carolina
537
Georgia
549
Other US States with settlements prior to the American Revolution
557
Alabama
559

Costa Rica
59
Ecuador
61
El Salvador
65
Guatemala
67
Honduras
73
Mexico
77
Nicaragua
85
Panama
87
Paraguay
89
Peru
91
Uruguay
97
Venezuela
101
Brazil
105
The Guianas
113
BelizeBritish Honduras
117
The Falkland Islands
121
The Caribbean
123
Colonial Records of the Caribbean
125
The Bahama Islands
131
Barbados
135
Bermuda
139
The British Leeward Islands
143
The British Windward Islands
147
Cuba
151
The French Antilles
155
The Dominican Republic and Haiti
159
Jamaica
163
The Netherlands Antilles
167
Puerto Rico
171
Trinidad and Tobago
175
The Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos
177
The Thirteen Colonies Maine and Vermont
181
An Overview
183
Connecticut
201
Maine
227
Massachusetts
243
New Hampshire
289
Rhode Island
313
Vermont
331
Delaware
353
New Jersey
365
New York
393
Arizona
561
Arkansas
565
California
567
Florida
573
Illinois
579
Indiana
583
Kentucky
585
Louisiana
589
Michigan
599
Minnesota
601
Mississippi
603
Missouri
607
New Mexico
609
Ohio
615
Tennessee
617
Texas
621
Wisconsin
625
New France
629
Quebec
643
Ontario
655
Acadia
671
Nova Scotia
675
New Brunswick
683
Prince Edward Island
685
SaintPierreetMiquelon
689
Newfoundland and Labrador
691
Ruperts Land
697
Resources for further research
701
Religious Groups in the New World
703
Africa and the New World
715
Colonial Sources in Denmark
743
Colonial Sources in France
745
Colonial Sources in Great Britain
753
Colonial Sources in Germany
775
Colonial Sources in The Netherlands
781
Colonial Sources in Portugal
785
Colonial Sources in Spain
787
Colonial Sources in Sweden
793
Colonial Sources in Switzerland
797
Foreign Records at the Library of Congress
799
Index
803
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