New Book – Bridging Atlantic Waters

John Carrick Green writes –

Triumphant Explorations Limited of St. John’s, Newfoundland announces the publication of a book on genealogy and commercial history of England and Newfoundland And Labrador as follows:

John Carrick Greene, Bridging Atlantic Waters: A Commercial and Genealogical History of the Henleys of Devon and Newfoundland and Labrador 1538-2008 (St. John’s: Triumphant Explorations Limited, 2008); 235 pages; 5 ½ x 8 ½; $22.95; ISBN: 978-0-9732059-1-6

Further inquiries can be addressed to the author and publisher at: 34 Parliament St, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. A1A2Y8 or to carrick.greene@nf.sympatico.ca (use CTRL + click)or by visiting the following web site: http://www.trexplim.com/ (Use CTRL + click)

NB: Bridging Atlantic Waters contains an extensive Henley family tree covering the period from 1538 to the present. Throughout that 500-year period Greene identifies numerous Henleys who emigrated from Devon and many American Henleys will be able to discover their missing ancestors amongst those appearing on the English tree.

Vital Records of Wayne, Maine

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 56 is now available! The Vital Records of Wayne, Maine has been compiled by Marlene A. Grove.

The town of Wayne is located in Kennebec County and is about fifteen miles west of Augusta, the county seat and state capitol. the first settler was Job Fuller who arrived about 1773 from Sandwich, Massachusetts. He was soon followed by others and the region was called New Sandwich. The town was incorporated on February 12, 1798 as the 113th town and the name was changed to Wayne in honor of General Anthony Wayne, a Revolutionary War hero.

304 pages, hard cover, 10,286 entry Every Name Index. 2008.

The book sells for $39.95, but MGS members pay only $35.95! For more information or to place an order, please visit Picton Press, official publisher of Maine Genealogical Society Special Publications at http://www.pictonpress.com.

To learn about other MGS special publications, visit our website at http://maineroots.org/special-publications/.

Membership number required to receive the MGS member discount.

Vital Records of Canaan, Maine

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 55 will be available in mid-July 2008! The Vital Records of Canaan, Maine has been compiled by Sally Furber Nelson.

Canaan is a small town in Somerset County, about eight miles east of Skowhegan. The town was settled in 1770 and incorporated on June 18, 1788. At that time it included all of what is now Skowhegan. Thus, many of the early records include families important not only to Canaan but to Skowhegan. These records contain all the births, marriage intentions, marriages and deaths recorded in the town record books prior to 1892. All records have been transcribed verbatim with no attempt made to correct obvious misspellings.

528 pages, 21, 865 entry Every Name Index, hard cover. 2008.

The book sells for $60.95, but MGS members pay only $50.95! For more info or to place an order, please visit Picton Press, official publisher of Maine Genealogical Society Special Publications at http://www.pictonpress.com/.

Membership number required to receive the MGS member discount.

Index to the Maine Seine and the Maine Genealogist

A second edition of the every-name Index to the Maine Seine and the Maine Genealogist has been produced on CD. The first edition, published in book form in 1999, covered volumes 1-20 of the journal. This second edition covers volumes 1-29 and includes over 96,000 index entries, bringing all of the names in all of the articles to the researcher’s fingertips.

The MGS member price of the CD is $28.50 – a $6.00 reduction from the retail price – and may be ordered from Picton Press.

For more information, visit our website at www.rootsweb.com/~megs.

Vital Records of Waldoboro, Maine

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 54 is now available! The Vital Records of Waldoboro, Maine has been compiled and edited by Marlene A. Groves.

The town of Waldoboro was settled around the mid-1700s with families from the Pemaquid area as well as German families induced to the area by General Waldo. Later, more settlers arrived from the Massachusetts area. Although there are vital records in the original town record books, there appears to be a definite lack of early births in relation to the proportion. Because of this, it was decided to add in an addendum to this book as many other primary source records as possible to fill these gaps. Consequently, included in this book are several pages from family Bibles as well as early church records for the Waldoboro Congregational Church, the First Baptist Church and the Waldoboro Methodist Church.

If you are researching ancestors in this region, this book should be in your library.

672 pages, 26,937 entry Every Name Index, hard cover. 2008. The book sells for $67.50, but MGS members pay only $57.50!

For more info and price, or to place an order, please click the following link: http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3350.

Membership number required to receive the MGS member discount.

Town of Atkinson Vital Records

Wassebec Genealogical Society announces that it has copies of “Vital Records and Cemetery Records Prior to 1892, Town of Atkinson, Maine” for sale. The book is edited by Ronald J. Fortier from research done by Charlotte A. (Edgerly) Nicely (copyright 2004). Copies can be obtained for $10.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling.

For ordering and more information, please visit www.rootsweb.com/~mewgs.

Diary of Martha Ballard 1785-1812

Not all of Maine Genealogical Society’s special publications are transcribed town vital records, as I was recently reminded of by Sherry LeBlanc.

Sherry wrote that she “can only say that the work done on this woman’s diary is incredible! What a life! You are all to be commended on an outstanding body of work. Imagine her life. I’ve noted on several occasions her comments about falling from her horse. I do believe the woman fell of from exhaustion. The “Story” was so interesting I invested in the 900 page book (#10).”

For those not familiar with this diary, Martha Ballard made almost ten thousand daily entries during her three decades as a midwife. She reported on all 814 deliveries she attended in the Kennebec River Valley towns of Hallowell, Augusta, and vicinity; on numerous marriages and deaths; on the multitude of daily joys and cares, gossip and crops, meetings with strangers and acquaintances; and the activities of her large extended family. This is one of the few 18th century diaries by an American woman, and one of the most interesting diaries ever. If you are interested in colonial Maine, in colonial women, in diaries in general, or in women’s rights and activities in particular, this book is for you! The story of Martha Ballard has been chronicled on television through the PBS stations. If you have seen this movie, you will surely want to read the diary.

The diary was transcribed by Robert R. McCausland and Cynthia MacAlman McCausland. Introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. It is available on CD, complete with an every name index. For more information, visit www.pictonpress.com/store/show/1107.

“This diary is probably the only record which will rescue from oblivion many of the early inhabitants of this city when our principal street was a wood road and when the larger part of the city [Augusta] was an unbroken forest.”—Charles Nash, author of The History of Augusta, Maine, writing in 1901.

Thank you Sherry (Descendant of Daniel LeBlanc (Acadia pre 1650) and Francoise Gaudet).

Vital Records of Hudson, Maine

Picton Press announces that Vital Records of Hudson, Maine (by Charity Delana) is now available!

Hudson is located in Penobscot County, fifteen miles north of the county seat of Bangor. The vital records in this book were compiled from the original early town clerk record books for Hudson prior to 1892 as well as from marriage returns recorded in the Penobscot County Court House. Also included in this book are census mortality schedules and military service records.

120 pages, 6″x9″ paperback. 3,025 entry Every Name Index, 2007.

For more info and price, or to place an order, please click the following link taking you to their website: http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3331.

Flemish DNA and Ancestry

An email was received from Guido Deboeck announcing that a book on the above subject has just been released by Dokus Publishing in Arlington, Virginia.

This new book is about the history of three Flemish families over five centuries. The research for this book was based on conventional genealogy complimented with an innovative part on genetic genealogy. The conventional genealogy part shows how to find and document family history given the vast resources made available on the web and in Family History Centers. After an introduction to genetic genealogy this book includes concrete DNA results of several of the three family histories described in this book. It also discusses the deep ancestry of Flemish people, hence anyone with Belgian or Flemish roots can find out where their oldest ancestors came from. The scope of this book also includes elements of war, business and immigration history, which Professor van der Wee, a well known historian called “very informative, even fascinating”.

You can preview or take a tour of this book at https://www.amazon.com/Flemish-Dna-Ancestry-Centuries-Conventional/dp/0972552677. Copies of this book can be ordered via the order form on the above website or the form enclosed.