1. John Gallop, England, 1630
Today, you dont have to travel to a large genealogy library to find published genealogies such as this onein fact, digitized versions of this very genealogy are online at multiple locations, including Google Book Search,
Internet Archive, HeritageQuest Online (accessible through subscribing libraries), Ancestry.com ($155.40 a year), World Vital Records ($39.96 a year) <worldvitalrecords.com> and the Brigham Young University Family History Archive. All of these sites let you view the books online, save them to your computer and print pages.
2. Leonard Slip, Germany, 1766
If youre stuck on a place name in your own search, try the JRC Gazetteer, which lists 7 million place names and automatically does a phonetic searchuseful if youre not sure how to spell the name.
Back in 1994, using CompuServes Roots Foruma forerunner of todays GenForum and RootsWeb mailing lists and message boardsI got in touch with a researcher who had found a handwritten manuscript of unknown origin that offers a different place of birth for Leonard Slip. According to this account, he wasnt born in Germany, but in Amsterdam, Holland:
[He clashed with his stepmother, and] signed articles with a sea Captain to serve three years on the condition that at the end of that time he would be landed in New York. At the end of two and one half years, being in the port of New York and the Captain about to depart on a long voyage, Slipp was allowed to have his indenture transferred to a potash maker in New York whom he worked [for during] the remaining six months. The year was 1767. While in New York, Slipp was noted for his great strength of body. He could do what only two others of one hundred able men could dohe could place three barrels of potash one on top of the other.
3. Morgan Family, Wales, 1819
With this tool, I discovered that the State Library of Pennsylvania has The Athens Gleaner from 1870 to 1873 on microfilm. The library doesnt make this particular microfilm available on interlibrary loan, so I bought my own copy.
My IGI searches for the baptisms in Wales of Thomas and Joan Morgans children, Ann, born June 15, 1815, and Thomas, born Jan. 4, 1818, turned up nothing promising. I couldnt find the parents marriage in 1813 or 1814, either.
4. Bernard Clark and Margaret McDonnell, Ireland, 1840s
One of them, Bernard Clark, spent most of his adult life in the heavily Irish community of Shieldsville, Minn. Meet Shieldsville: the Story of St. Patricks Parish, Shieldsville, Minnesota, a compilation of old-timers recollections published in 1940 and now digitized on World Vital Records, includes the following piece:
Barnie Clark was one of the early settlers of Erin and from all accounts he kept his neighbors on their toes while his health was good. Where you find the Irish you will find laughter and pranks and in the midst of it characters like Barnie Clark. Bless his memory, he helped the pioneers keep up their courage and laugh at misfortune. He loved his horses and they loved him. He talked to them like they had human intelligence
Based on his age in census records from 1850 to 1900, Barney could have been born anytime between 1819 and 1835. The 1870 census says he was a citizen and the 1900 census says he immigrated in 1847.
NEHGS paid-access database of the Missing Friends ads covers more years (1831 to 1920) than Boston Colleges free version, and includes complete transcriptions. Searching for Barney Clark in the ads on the NEHGS site, I hit the jackpot with this discovery:
30 March 1867 BRIDGET CLARK [IN SEARCH] OF BRIDGET and JAMES CLARK, from the town of Belinaa, parish of Killmore, county Cavan. Bridget is 46 years of age, and James 40 years of age; when last heard from, about twelve years ago, they were in the city of New York. They also had a brother and sister at that time in New York, named Rosy and Philip. Any information of their whereabouts will be thankfully received by their brother, Barney Clark, Northfield, Rice county, State of Minnesota.
This one newspaper ad revealed Barneys Irish hometown, his siblings names, and places of residence and approximate birth years for a couple of them. Most important, I now had the key piece of informationa specific