recently added to the St. Louis Public Librarys collections that may be of interest
1. Our first new arrival is a big one. We have made a huge addition to
our collection of 1870 U. S. Federal Census indexes. These are the ones published
by Precision Indexing, and they are wonderful. For each entry, they include the
persons name, age, sex, race, place of birth, county, township or locale, microfilm
roll number, and page. The added features make it much easier to find the right entry. The
following are completely new to us: California, Dakota Territory, Florida, District of
Columbia, Indiana (long-awaited by everyone), Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, New York, Ohio,
Oregon, Nevada, Washington, and Wisconsin. Others including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana,
Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee were available in other editions. Were
really glad to see these, and were sure you will be too! Central HG Call numbers
2. Moebs, Thomas Truxtun. Black Soldiers Black Sailors
Black Ink: Research Guide on African-Americans in U. S. Military History, 1526
1900. Chesapeake Bay, MD: Moebs Publishing Co., 1994.
Although this book is directed at historians, it includes an extensive
bibliography of writings by African-American veterans of all wars and lists
African-American officers, graduates of military academies, medal winners, and other
materials. It should prove very helpful to those researching the military careers of
Central HG 355.008996
And Some Venerated Ancestors
1. Adventurers of Purse and Per-son Virginia, 1607 1624/5.
Ed. by Virginia M. Meyer & John Frederick Dorman. 3rd ed. Richmond, VA: Order of First
Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5. Central HG 929.3755
This venerable work, revised and reissued as new material surfaces,
includes brief genealogies of early Virginians. Adventurers of purse are those who may or
may not have lived in Virginia, but who had financial stakes in the colony and had
grandchildren who settled there. Adventurers of person were those who immigrated to
Virginia. This group consists of 132 persons, whose genealogies are traced through three
generations. A must-see for those with very early Virginia ancestors.
2. Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in
Virginia: Extracted From the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745 1800.
3 vols. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1965. Central 975.5
Augusta County at one time consisted of all the area of the Colony of
Virginia west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This area was heavily settled by the
Scotch-Irish, one of the major immigrant groups in Virginia. Court records are valuable
sources for any genealogist; these abstracts from the court records of Augusta County
chronicle the lives and history of the Scotch-Irish in Virginia.
3. Dorman, John Frederick, ed. Virginia Revolutionary Pension
Applications. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: J. F. Dorman, 1958 -. Central 975.5
This series thoroughly abstracts applications from Continental line
veterans from the state of Virginia. It is an excellent source of information on Virginia
Revolutionary veterans, including information on the veterans ser-vice, place of
birth, age, spouse and children, and statements by witnesses to much of this information.
It is a very valuable resource for those with Revolutionary veterans.
4. Genealogies of Virginia Families: From the Virginia Magazine of
History & Biography. Indexed by Thomas L. Hollowak. 3 vols. Baltimore: Genealogical
Publishing Co., 1981. Central 929.3755
5. Genealogies of Virginia Families: From Tylers Quarterly
Historical & Genealogical Magazine. 3 vols. Indexed by Judith McGhan.
Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. Central 929.3755
6. Genealogies of Virginia Families: From the William and Mary
Quarterly Historical Magazine. 3 vols. Indexed by Gary Parks. Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982. Central 929.3755
These three sets reprint genealogies originally published in important
family history journals. They are a useful and handy way to access articles on many
7. Greer, George Cabell. Early Virginia Immigrants.
Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co., 1960. Central 975.5
This work includes more than 25,000 immigrants to Virginia between 1623
and 1666. It includes the name of the immigrant, date, location, and patentee. Because it
provides not only the names of landowners, but also headright immigrants, it is an
important source for Virginia genealogy.
8. Nugent, Nell Marion, ed. Cavaliers & Pioneers: Abstracts of
Virginia Land Patents & Grants. 7 vols. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing
Co., 1963 - . Central 929.3755
This series includes abstracts of Virginia land patents covering the
years 1623-1776. The information for each patent includes the name of the patentee, date
that the land was patented, how much land is included and where it is located, and
sometimes additional information such as fee rents or biographical information,
immigration, headrights, and other items. It is another very valuable resource for
9. Swem, E. G., ed. Virginia Historical Index. 4 vols.
Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1965. Central 979.5
This index may be feeling its age a bit, but it is still a useful source
of Virginia information. The index covers materials that appeared in the Calendar of
Virginia State Papers, Henings Statutes at Large, Tylers Quarterly, and
the Virginia Magazine of History & Biography. Thousands of names are included
in the index, many from the earliest days of Virginia history. It is one more
"must-check" for those with Virginia roots.
10. Virginia. Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other
Manuscripts, 1652 1781, Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond. 1875. New
York: Kraus Reprint Corp., 1968.
State papers provide an invaluable source of information for
genealogists. Our ancestors interacted with state or colonial governments on a regular
basis. These records can show a side of our ancestors that we otherwise might never find.
11. Wardell, Patrick G. War of 1812: Virginia Bounty Land &
Pension Applicants. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1987. Central 973.52455
This series provides brief abstracts of files of War of 1812 veterans
who received bounty lands or pensions and who resided in Virginia or West Virginia. They
may include residence, name of spouse, date of marriage, place of marriage, date of death,
date of death of spouse, or other information. Although there are not as many veterans of
the War of 1812 as there are from the Revolutionary War, this is still a valuable source.