Kinsearching April 23, 2006




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Available again is WARWICK COUNTY, VIRGINIA: COLONIAL COURT RECORDS IN TRANSCRIPTION, REVISED EDITION edited by Richard Dunn for the Jones House Association, Inc., of Williamsburg, VA. Dunn and his colleagues gleaned information from original documents, copies of original documents, and various resources in unexpected places.

     This meticulously transcribed volume purports to gather up as much as possible the crumbling documents of colonial Warwick County, created in 1634 as one of Virginia's original shires. The compilers made prodigious efforts to scour a wide variety of institutions for information. They examined materials in the Library of Virginia, the Huntington Library, the Virginia War Museum, the Virginia Historical Society, the College of William and Mary, the New York Public Library, the Rosenback Museum and Library, and county archives throughout Virginia. In this revised edition of their work, they include supplemental data obtained from the New York Historical Society and the Library of Virginia.

     Ranging in date from the 1640s to the 1760s, the information derives from court order books, minutes, record books, cattle accounts, and an assortment of miscellaneous material. Characteristic of court records in general, Warwick County's documents include a multitude of contemporary affairs such as estate settlements, petitions, appointments of local officials, orphan and bastardy cases, issuance of licenses, payments of debts, petty criminal matters, surveys, and boundary disputes. Names of more than 10,000 people appear in the records. WARWICK COUNTY, VIRGINIA: COLONIAL COURT RECORDS IN TRANSCRIPTION, REVISED EDITION makes accessible an enormous amount of scattered material with the turn of a page.

     Arranging data by the repository where it is located and thereunder chronologically within stated categories, the paperback has 696 pages. Two full name indexes guide researchers to persons listed in the main material and in the supplementary information. To the book's price of $49.95, 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 #9384) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 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

     The annual Orphan Train Heritage Society of America (OTHSA) reunion is scheduled for June 9-11, 2006 in Concordia, KS. Admission fee to attend all events and meals will be $60 per person. Registration deadline is June 2. Checks, payable to NOTC (the National Orphan Train Complex, which is located in Concordia), may be mailed to Orphan Train Reunion, P. O. Box 322, Concordia, KS 66901. For more details call 785-243-4417 or e-mail