Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The JPL Genealogy Blog Has Moved

We've moved the location of the JPL Genealogy Blog to


Friday, January 9, 2009

New Civil War Database

This month, the Florida Electronic Library added Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War to their online database collection. This database consists of approximately 450 primary source documents selected for their relevance to the study of the Civil War. The collection includes information on:
  • military history
  • diplomatic history
  • cultural history
  • legal history
  • area specialties including southern history, African-American history, health care and medical history, and the history of technology

The Florida Electronic Library's databases and services are available free of charge to any Florida resident with a public library card, and can be accessed from any home, workplace, public school, or public library in Florida, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can access the Florida Electronic Library's databases at

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Books!

As we recieve new material, we'll be posting the titles and call numbers to the blog. That way, our customers can see immediately what is new.

Fuller Surname U.S. Census Index GEN 929.2 F965Fu.

Nicholas Robbins Family GEN 929.2 R635Ro

Italians to America GEN 929.308951 I88 v.25 & v.26

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Mayflower Society - General Society of Mayflower Descendants

In continuing our look at lineage societies, the next one on the list is “The Mayflower Society - the General Society of the Mayflower Descendants”.

“More than one hundred years ago, a group of descendants of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, saw the need for a national society to honor their memory. The intention was to remember these Pilgrims who established Plymouth Colony, in what was then called the northern part of Virginia. Today there are tens-of-millions of individuals descended from these brave souls. It is the goal of The Mayflower Society to join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.” Source:

Established in 1897 in Plymouth Massachusetts, the Society strives to educate interested parties regarding the history of the Pilgrims. In addition, they endeavor to reveal the Pilgrims roles and contributions which helped shape the history of the United States of America. The Society is one of the three largest hereditary organizations in the U.S.

In regards to genealogical resources pertaining to the Society, the Jacksonville Public Library holds the following material:

Mayflower index, compiled and edited for the General society of Mayflower descendants by William Alexander McAuslan, historian general.
GEN 929.373 M117m

This resource gives the names of men who married daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughters of Mayflower Pilgrims. Part One provides (1) the names of persons descended from the Mayflower pilgrims in alpha order numbered consecutively, (2) the name of their spouse, (3) and the parent’s number which corresponds to the parents’ names. Part Two contains the names of husbands and wives included in the list of descendants.

Mayflower families through five generations : descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620.
GEN 929.2 A1M468

This is a 20 volume set. Each volume in this series contains detailed information on individual families, genealogies, histories, vital records, and much more.

Mayflower marriages: from the files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.
GEN 929.3 R816m

Source provides information regarding 10,000 marriages spanning five centuries, with names, dates, and sources. It shows the line of descent within each marriage, as found in the Bowman files. Inter-marriage among Mayflower descendants is also shown with descent of the partner. Also included are names of partners who had a child together but were not married. All name index.
GEN 973.22 h555h

This item provides in-depth pedigree material on the Mayflower planters, and "first comers" to Plymouth and Cape Cod. Based largely on the genealogy of Mayflower planter Stephen Hopkins, includes both male and female lines through a number of generations.

The Mayflower Reader: a selection of articles from The Mayflower descendant.
GEN 929.374 M4682Bo

A comprehensive selection of articles from the first seven volumes of The Mayflower Descendant, an authoritative journal devoted to Pilgrim genealogy and history, discontinued in 1937. Includes transcriptions of wills, inventories, passenger lists, memoirs, genealogies and historical sketches

Mayflower source records : primary data concerning southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard: from the New England historical and genealogical register.
GEN 929.37448 R644m

Sixty articles from more than 150 issues of the Register. It identifies 25,000 persons of Mayflower descent and consists of church records, vital records, cemetery inscriptions and probate records - all referencing numerous offspring of the original Pilgrim fathers.

The May-flower & her log, July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621.
GEN 974.48202 A513m

This resource discusses the May-Flower's charter and information about the ship itself as well as the May-Flower's consort, the Speedwell. Also provides insight into the officers and crew, passengers, quarters, food and cooking. Appendix includes the agreement of the merchant adventurers and planters, many letters written by Robert Cushman and the May-Flower compact. Preface and index are new additions to original edition.

The English ancestry and homes of the Pilgrim Fathers: who came to Plymouth on the "Mayflower" in 1620, the "Fortune" in 1621, and the "Anne" and the "Little James" in 1623.
GEN 929.374482 B218e

This gives biographical sketches of 112 passengers who sailed on the first four ships to New England, including origins, family connections, and later histories. Passengers presented in alphabetical order by ship.

Mayflower increasings (for three generations).
GEN 929.3744 R816m

Based on a 37 page booklet published in 1922, this has revised and expanded the descent of the Mayflower passengers to three generations. Well documented sources. It is indexed by family name.
GEN 929.3744 R816m

Compilation of birth and death records from the Bowman files, the largest manuscript resource on Mayflower genealogy in existence. It encompasses all vital records with references to 50,000 Mayflower relations. Also includes references to burial location, cause of death, and address at death gleaned from land and will records, court and church records, transcripts of personal letters, and more. Each volume separately indexed.

Mayflower deeds & probates: from the files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.
GEN 929.3744 R816m

This is a compilation of deeds and probate records extracted and transcribed from the Bowman Files. Several thousand deed abstracts provide such information as name, occupation and residence, date, sale, price, acreage, and location of the land, witnesses, date of recording and much more. This index contains 25,000 entries.

The Mayflower Quarterly
First published in 1935, this quarterly publication contains societal news, events, and updates as well as articles regarding Mayflower genealogies. Although the Jacksonville Public Library does not have a current subscription, it does have issues between 1976 and 2006.

In short, the above resources are prime tools to begin searching your pilgrim connection. To learn more about the Mayflower Society and their resources, please visit their webpage at

“Family History – Past, Present, and Future”

Monday, December 29, 2008

New Materials: Maryland Source Records

Last month, we received a sizable donation of source records pertaining to Maryland. They are now on the shelves and ready for you to use. Below are some of the new titles:
  • Maryland Calendar of Wills, 1744-1749
  • Roster of the Soldiers and Sailors Who Served in Organizations from Maryland during the Spanish-American War
  • Baltimore County Atlas, 1877
  • Inhabitants of Baltimore County, 1763-1774
  • Settlers of Maryland
  • Anne Arundel County, Maryland Marriage Records, 1777-1877
  • Early Catholic Church Records in Baltimore, Maryland, 1782 through 1800
  • The Maryland Militia in the Revolutionary War
  • History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5
  • Sketches of Citizens of Baltimore City and Baltimore County
  • Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • Index to the Roster of the Maryland Volunteers, 1861-1865
  • Gleanings from Maryland Newspapers
  • Index to Marriages in the Baltimore Sun, 1851-1860
  • Index of Obituaries and Marriages in the Baltimore Sun, 1861-1865
  • Maryland Mortalities, 1876-1915, from the Baltimore Sun Almanac
  • Departed this Life: Death Notices from the Baltimore Sun, 1851-1860
  • Index to Marriages and Deaths in the Baltimore County Advocate, 1850-1864
  • Revolutionary Patriots of Harford County, Maryland, 1775-1783
  • Historic Long Green Valley, Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Baltimore Directory of 1799: Containing the Names, Occupations and Places of Abode of the Citizens
  • The Particular Assessment Lists for Baltimore and Carroll Counties, 1798
  • Signers of the Oath of Fidelity to Maryland during the Revolution
  • Letter from the Secretary of War Transmitting a Report of the Names, Rank, and Line of Every Person Placed on the Pension List, in Pursuance of the Act of the 18th March, 1818
  • A Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland: Comprising 8,680 Entries Correcting Omissions and Errors in Gust Skordas 'The Early Settlers of Maryland'

Thanks to Nina Searcy for this donation!

Friday, December 12, 2008

JPL Adds 33,000 Names to Online 1945 Florida Census Index

In accordance with the 1838 Constitution, Florida state censuses were conducted in 1845 and every ten years after until the state census was abolished in 1949. Although 10 state censuses were conducted, the only schedules that exist today are the 1885, 1935, and 1945 censuses. A printed index exists for 1885 but no index is available for 1935 or 1945.

Jacksonville Public Library is making the 1945 Florida State Census more accessible by digitizing and indexing each of the 90 Duval County precincts. The schedule includes the following information: name, address (whether inside or outside city limits), age, sex, race, relation to family, place of birth, degree of education, whether home owner or renter, and occupation.

Today we added 33,000 names to our online census index. We now have a total of 63,000 names indexed. You can access the census online at

Indexing the 1945 Florida State Census would not be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers. The following people have worked hard to complete the portion that is now available on our website: Patricia McCullough, Rae Oliver, Bryan Batty, Pamela Gibson, Bertha Powe, Betty Lee, Marta Metcalf, Norma Guthrie, Jill Ross, Holly Timm, Renee Wilson, Wanda Hutton and Jennifer Workman.

This indexing project is still in progress. If you would like to participate, you can learn more at

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

"Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database" launched Friday in conjunction with a conference at Emory University marking the bicentennial of the official end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in 1808. Emory spearheaded the two-year interactive project, which is free to the public, accessible online at The database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages between the 16th and 19th centuries. It also includes an African Names database which identifies over 67,000 Africans aboard slave ships, using name, age, gender, origin, and place of embarkation.

Click here to view the press release.

The image above is of a map of West Africa published in William Snelgraves’ “A New Account of Guinea” in 1754. Snelgrave was captain of several slave vessels that sailed to the coast of West Africa in the first half of the eighteenth century. The map shows some of the major slave trading ports along the coast between the River Senegal and Cape Lopez as well as details about the peoples, cities and states located in the interior of West Africa. The image is reproduced courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.