1895 Biographical Sketches of Connecticut General Assembly Members

Published annually, this volume contains biographical sketches of General Assembly Members in the state of Connecticut.  

Other volumes are also available. Check the Miscellaneous page for more.

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1886 Biographical Sketches of Connecticut General Assembly Members

Published annually, this volume contains biographical sketches of General Assembly Members in the state of Connecticut. There is even a seating chart so you can know exactly where everyone sat.

Other volumes are also available. Check the Miscellaneous page for more.

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Christian Family Companion (1866)

The Christian Family Companion newspaper was published by the Church of the Brethren.  According to the record details on the Internet Archive, it began, as a weekly paper Jan. 3, 1865, edited and published by Henry R. Holsinger at Tyrone, PA. The paper was purchased by James Quinter and merged with The Gospel Visitor and on Jan. 1876 to became The Primitive Christian.

This volume includes papers from 1866. An index to obituaries from the Christian Family Companion is available online at <http://www.rothweb.com/publications/>

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$100 & a Few Years Later…..

In 1896 Myron A. Munson published the first volume of his family history research, titled 1637-1887, the Munson record, a genealogical and biographical account of Captain Thomas Munson, a pioneer of Hartford and New Haven, and his descendants.

I can’t always keep up with all of the individual family histories added to the Internet Archive, but when there are clear geographical designations such as indicated here, I do add them.  In 1882 the author, Myron was given $100 by his siblings to do their family history research and he states in the introduction that within 3 weeks he had traced the family back to the pioneer, and this was 4 more generations than Myron’s grandfather had provided.   Do you know how much research I could get done for that kind of money???!!  I’m not sure exactly how much that would have been, but $100 several years later in 1913 is more than $2200 today.

Volume 1 of the book has been added to the families pages — even if you aren’t related to one of the 87,000+ descendants in the book, there is still much to marvel over — portraits, tombstone photos, maps, wills, signatures, land plats, etc.  You can access the book here.

Volume 2 can also be found online via Google Books.




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Need a Dentist? Find One From the First Dental School

How timely this collection is for me; my stepson is telling us his teeth are bothering him, so this week I’m scheduling a dental appointment for him.

And interestingly enough, I finally got around to adding the yearbooks of the first dental school in the world, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. These were added to the Internet Archive a few of weeks ago by the University of Maryland’s Health Sciences and Human Services Library (a place which I’ve been to in my professional capacity as a medical librarian – beautiful building!).

Class of 1901 Officers

The class of 1901 had 85 graduates from more than 20 states, Canada, Turkey, Puerto Rico, & Germany.  Sounds like an interesting group.  Currently, yearbooks from about 1901-1989 are available.

Fortunately, the library team made good use of the subject keywords to list each year, so I don’t have to link to each volume individually.  These have been added to Yearbooks page.

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name?

I used to love watching Cheers when I was younger.  I found all the characters quite entertaining.  Many of the actors too are still quite active  – Kirstie Alley is currently on Dancing with the Stars, Ted Danson recently starred in one of my fav shows of late, Damages; and Woody Harrelson is always making himself known.

John Ratzenburger, who played Cliff Clavin on the show, and does voices in all of Pixar’s movies such as Toy Story.  He is a native of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut and I wonder if in his hometown did they all know each other’s names :-)

A history of the Black Rock community of Bridgeport that spans 1644-1955 is now online. This book is filled with great history, photos, information and more.  Just a quick browse through it revealed pictures of gorgeous homes, an interview with a 94 year-old woman who was once keeper of the Black Rock lighthouse, a listing of schools in the community, info about the oldest house in 1955 which was built in 1720 and so much more.

the oldest house in Black Rock

It has been added to the History pages.  If you’re researching this area, after going through these 200 pages, you’re sure to know almost everyone’s names too.

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Alumni News from Millsaps College

Several publications from Millsaps College (Hinds County, MS) are being added to the Internet Archive.   Recent additions include some of the Alumni News material – namely, Major Notes.  Alumni publications can provide many genealogically interesting details that can aid you in your research.  For example, the 1955 issue of Major Notes lists almost 40 couples who recently wed.

wedding notifications from 1955

Other examples include birth notices – such as this picture of Susan Taylor Patterson, daughter of Ken & Marlene (Bradley) Patterson, graduates of the school from 1949 and 1953 respectively.

To date,  publications from 1955-1970 are included.  Visit the Schools page for links.

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Benedictine College Yearbooks Online

Benedictine College Library. Image from the 1931 yearbook.

Between these walls of silent thought

To gain some knowledge clear we sought

And many hours o’er books we spent

With downcast eye and head low bent

The library of Benedictine College.  Yearbooks from 1931-1980s are online at the Internet Archive.  Visit the Yearbooks page to see which issues are linked. The list will be updated as more are added.


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Yearbooks, Yearbooks & More Yearbooks

One of the pages on this site that I add to most frequently is the Yearbooks page.  To date, there are yearbooks from more than 60 schools and about 20 schools.  I have a passion for yearbooks, so perhaps that explains why I add here most often :-)

A special highlight for Tennessee yearbooks – recent additions to the Internet Archive include those from:

  • Bryan College (Rhea County)
  • Cumberland University (Wilson County)
  • Harpeth Hall High School (Davidson County)
  • Maryville College (Blount County)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (Rutherford County)
  • Milligan College (Carter County)
  • Sewanee – the University of the South (Franklin County)
  • Tennessee Wesleyan College (McMinn County)

Visit the Yearbooks page to view them.


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Bookshelf Introduction

Welcome to the Genealogy Digital Bookshelf website.   As I state on the front page, I present this site in hopes that others find it of use.    The site is designed to organize books that I locate at the Internet Archive – a collection of electronic texts,  music & other audio, and moving images.   New books are constantly being added, many with genealogical value.

This site is organized into major topic categories.  Within each category, links to e-texts are categorized by state and then county.   The only state not represented here is North Carolina for I started a separate Digital Bookshelf for the NCGenWeb project that you may find here.

My inspiration for this overall approach for this site came from two sources:

  • Jennifer Regan’s Google Books Genealogy Index or GooBooGeni – Jennifer organizes full-text books located at the Google Books website
  • Joe Beine’s Death Indexes – Joe organizes links to online death indexes across the country

I am always open to suggestions and contributions so please contact me (check links on the sidebar) if you have resources to share!

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