These are not books that I necessarily own, but books that I have used, referenced, or checked out of the library. Just because I do not find something useful does not mean you will not!

I hope I will update this as I find new sources…but that seems unlikely. A list of books can be found on my WorldCat list here, but all commentary will be on this page.

Roll, Claude R. 1991. Manuel illustré pour la généalogie et l’histoire familiale en Alsace. [Illkirch, Graffenstaden]: Le Verger.

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This is an incredible book. I think the most useful parts are the diagrams showing example of records and handwriting. Also includes the types of records that exist during what time periods, which is extremely helpful. A TON of information, basically a textbook. A great reference for those researching their ancestors from Alsace. French.

Perkins, Hilda Neff. 1967. From the Alps to the Appalachians; a brief history including some of the Neff families of Switzerland, Germany, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and statistics on the descendants of Michael H. Neff, 1833-1922, of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Arlington, Va: Beatty.

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Not very useful to me. The useful bits are included in Neff’s Neff-Näf Family. Mentions my Neff ancestor in passing, but focuses mainly on the Neffs who settled in the Shenandoah Valley. All other information is in pages 1-30, and most of that is general PA descriptions and migrations.

Wesner, Doris. 1995. Alsatian connections. Apollo, PA: Closson Press.

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This is a great book, and Wesner does a great job with the records. However, it can be confusing with all the duplicates. She does the ancestry of emigrants from Butten, Dehlingen, Diemeringen, Ratzwiller, and Waldhambach, and it would have been nice if there had been some cross-referencing, other than the index. The “Revolution Calendar” is very useful for figuring out dates. Does not feature my family prominently, but they are scattered throughout the records.

Bell, Raymond Martin, Brendan R. Wehrung, and Raymond Martin Bell. 1994. Ensminger of Alsace and Pennsylvania. Washington, Pa: R.M. Bell.

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Very good book, most helpful to me on my Ensmingers. Of most interest to me most are the additions by Wehrung. I haven’t found any information that I have confirmed to be made up or in error. If I was going to nitpick, it would be the changing of spelling so much of the name Ensminger. He says it’s because he is reflecting how they are spelled in the parish records, but 99.9% of the time, it’s been spelt “Enßminger” in the records.

New York (State), and Verplanck Colvin. 1884. Report on the Adirondack and State land surveys to the year 1884, with a description of the location of the boundaries of the great land patents and an account of the variation of the magnetic needle in northern New York. Albany: Weed, Parsons and Co., printers.

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This book wasn’t very helpful to me because I was hoping that it would be a report on all land surveys in the state, but it was land surveys of land owned by the state. Here are the contents:

  1. Jerseyfield patent (Grant to Henry Glen & others 1768-1769, North Boundary, Fulton, Hamilton, and Herkimer Counties
  2. Clinton County
  3. Lewis & Herkimer Counties
  4. Hamilton County & portions of Saratoga & Warren counties and Fulton County
  5. Palmer’s Purchase: Hamilton, Saratoga, and Warren counties
  6. Totten & Corssfield’s Purchase and Moose Rive Tracts, West Canada Lakes
  7. Essex County
  8. Franklin County: Macomb’s purchase & the northwest boundary of the old military tract
  9. St Lawrence County: Macomb’s purchase; townships of Granshue, Hollywood, Kildare, Oakham, Sherwood, and Emilyville
  10. Warren County: State lands at Lake George, etc
  11. Triangulation: Connection of the boundary lines with the surveys of the interior
  12. Elevations
  13. Conclusion

Burgert, Annette K. 1983. Eighteenth century emigrants from German-speaking lands to North America. Breinigsville, Pa: Pennsylvania German Society.

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I have only referenced “The Northern Kraichgau” volume. I did not expect this book to be as helpful as it was. This is where I found the parentage of Anna Maria Mueller, confirmed that she was the wife of Johann Michael Neff, and found other information about these families. I also found out that I had seen my 7x great uncle’s former residence many times in the Philadelphia Art Museum. But anyway, if you’re not researching a family related to mine, it is still very useful. The format is very helpful: Burgert presents the records (and provides adequate citations!) related to emigrants and their families, and lets you draw your own conclusions. I really like this style. If they are not stated in primary source documentation as being related (children/parents/wives/etc), she does not assign relationships. She arranges them where it is, in many cases, obvious the conclusion she has drawn about their relationships, but leaves it open to interpretation. I like that a lot.

Caldwell, John Alexander. 1880. History of Indiana County, 1745-1880.

Find it on WorldCat. This is a bit strangely cataloged, and has been reprinted a lot. I’m not sure exactly which reprinting I have viewed. This is a very extensive book that is great for the early settlers of Indiana County. Has good info regarding my Thompson, Neff, and Davis lines.

Edmond Hawes of Yarmouth, Massachusetts by James William Hawes

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“Pemberton” referenced so frequently is “Solihull and Its Church” by Robert Pemberton (1905).


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