The Register of the Middlebrook Family is a 412 page book of Middlebrook(s)
descendants compiled by Louis Frank Middlebrook, with assistance from his
brother, Robert Brinsmade Middlebrook. To avoid multiple name endings he
elected to refer to all who bore the family surname as Middlebrook. The female
lines of the family were generally not pursued beyond two generations.
It is not known how the information was obtained for the register, but it is
reasonable to assume that it was by word of mouth from relatives close to Louis
and by mail from those in the distant states. Some records remain in the
Connecticut State Library, but they do not yield a master game plan as would be
typical of a project of this magnitude in todayís time. The compilation was
copyrighted and published in 1909, with an initial printing of 252 volumes.
These volumes were sold or given to various family members who assisted in
providing information for the project. Two hundred and thirty two were numbered
and initially distributed to individual family members; the remaining 20 were placed
in libraries for use as reference material or retained by Louis. One of these was
recently found by a member in a Selma, Alabama antique store.
There is an indication that there was a second printing, in possibly the mid 1900s,
as unbound editions have surfaced. It is hoped that with further research in
Connecticut and with the help of Louisís descendants that this will be clarified.
The association has located only a dozen of the original Registers to date. If you
know an original version owner, please ask them to contact us so their name
may be included in the ownership log (MFA Register Update).
Two original issues have been used to make commercially available copies; one is
unnumbered and the other is Register number 193. The unnumbered version
has been used by Family Tree Maker as part of their CD-ROM Disk number 117.
Register number 193 has been used by Higginson Publication for their reprints in
both hard and softbound versions.
This tremendous endeavor of Louis Middlebrook has yielded a wealth of family
information. It is a wonderful reference and excellent starting source to begin
oneís family research, and hopefully most will not be led to use this as a primary
documentation source. Since 1909, many diligent researchers have discovered
inaccuracies in Louis's work, which were surely due to information not available
to Louis at that time. Each Middlebrook/s family researcher is encouraged to
verify the validity of any information used and one of the ongoing Middlebrooks
Family Association projects is to clarify these inconsistencies and to go beyond
two generations of the female line. See Register Corrections for information on
how to contribute corrections, omissions and additions to the original 1909 effort.