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RELEASE DATE: MARCH 25, 2007



KINSEARCHING

by

Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825
kinsearching@gmail.com
 

     Millions of American researchers continue to rejoice over the publication of the revised and expanded version of the highly esteemed classic ADVENTURERS OF PURSE AND PERSON VIRGINIA, 1607 - 1624/5, edited by renowned Virginia genealogical authority John Frederick Dorman. Sponsored by the distinguished Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607 - 1624/5, the new fourth edition commemorates the 400th anniversary of the establishing of Jamestown as the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States. The culmination of more than twenty-five years of research by Dorman, the three volume set is indeed a monumental compendium of genealogies of the founders of Virginia during the formative period 1607 - 1625.

     Containing material on fifty-two families, VOLUME ONE, FAMILIES A-F of the three piece set rolled off the press in 2004. Becoming available in 2005, VOLUME TWO, FAMILIES G-P dealt with another fifty-one families. Now the year 2007 sees the completion of the set with the publication of VOLUME THREE, FAMILIES R-Z.

     The third volume contains information on an additional forty-six families:
REYNOLDS, ROBINS, ROLFE, ROOKINGS, ROYALL, ST. LEGER, SALTER-WELD, SAVAGE, SCARBURGH, SHARP, SHARP-BAUGH, SHEPPEY, SLAUGHTER, Arthur SMITH, Richard SMITH, Roger SMITH, SOUTHEY-HARMAR-LITTLETON, SPENCER, STEPHENS, STRACHEY, SWANN, TATUM, TAYLOR-CARY, THOROWGOOD, TOOKE, TOWNSHEND, TRUSSELL, UTIE, UTIE-BENNETT, VASSALL, WATERS, WEST, ANTHONY WEST, WHITING, WILKINS, WILLIAMS, WILLOUGHBY, WOOD, WOODHOUSE, WOODLIFFE, WOODSON, WOODWARD, WROUGHTON, WYATT, YEARDLEY, and ZOUCHE.

     By building on the investigations of many respected researchers, the current work corrects, revises, and supplements the best genealogical scholarship of the past fifty years. Earlier editions usually carried descent through the fourth generation. Dorman's compilation extends the lines of thirty-six families through the sixth generation and opens up possibilities for research into later generations. Sometimes recent discoveries, newly available data, and a further reevaluation of evidence pertaining to previously accepted relationships have resulted, in some instances, in complete changes in the genealogies. Family researchers who base their ancestry on earlier versions of this book should see these latest findings to see if their lineage remains the same.

     Inexperienced researchers who are not familiar with this excellent reference need to know the book identifies lines of descent from the approximately 150 people who are recognized either as

     1) Adventurers of Purse (stockholders in the Virginia Company of London) who either came to Virginia in the 1607-1625 period and had offspring or who remained in England and had grandchildren who resided in the Old Dominion;

or

     (2) Adventurers of Person (immigrants to Virginia) during the years 1607 - 1625, who left descendants.

     Most scholars acknowledge that the total population of Jamestown prior to 1625 was approximately 7,000. When the "Muster" (essentially a census) of the Virginia settlements was taken in January/February of 1624/25, only about one-seventh of the colonists had survived the brutal conditions of the New World. Descendants of some of these early settlers can claim a unique ancestry in American history because their forebears had been residing in Virginia for several years before the Mayflower passengers set foot on the American shore.

     This new volume identifies more than 6,500 descendants, many of whom later moved to other colonies or states. Every genealogical library collection should have a copy of the fourth edition of Dorman's ADVENTURERS OF PURSE AND PERSON VIRGINIA, 1607 - 1624/5, VOLUME THREE, FAMILIES R-Z.

     The 1,089 page hardback has a map on the inside covers, a foreword, a preface, a chart of the formation of early counties, an explanation of the material's arrangement, a key to the abbreviations of sources, and copious footnotes. The index furnishes approximately numerous listings for places and subjects as well as the full names of people. To the book's price of $89.50, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one book and $2.00 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #1498) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website www.genealogical.com).


     On April 21, 2007, the Midland Genealogical Society will present its annual spring seminar at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 800 West Texas in Midland. Registration will begin at 8:30 a. m. The seminar will take place between 9:00 a. m. and 4:00 p. m.

     By popular request, nationally known speaker John Sellers will return as featured speaker. His main topics will pertain to research in court records, internet census searches, myths and misconceptions about burned courthouses and how to utilize supplemental records, and helpful methods and strategies for researching female lines.

     The $25 pre-registration fee ($30 at the door) includes lunch as well as morning and afternoon snacks. Checks may be sent to mailed to MGS Seminar, 301 W. Missouri, Midland, TX 79701.