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     Family researchers will be glad to know that the useful INDEX TO MAIN FAMILIES, PERSONS, PLACES, AND SUBJECTS IN EGLE’S NOTES AND QUERIES has recently been reprinted. Experienced genealogists who have traced ancestors in the Keystone State are familiar with the multi-volume series, NOTES AND QUERIES: HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, AND GENEALOGICAL RELATING CHIEFLY TO INTERIOR PENNSYLVANIA by William H. Egle. Usually shortened to NOTES AND QUERIES, the twelve-volume set encompasses a wealth of data that concern many of the early English, German, and Scots-Irish settlers in central Pennsylvania.

     Mentioned in the material are the names of thousands of ordinary citizens, people who may not have been prominent, but who still deserve to be remembered. The genealogical, biographical, and historical articles were contributed by some of the best writers and researchers of Pennsylvania history from the years 1875 to 1900. Also contained in the series is miscellaneous information like church records, tax lists, wills, and rosters of names of soldiers in various wars.

     Originally appearing in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, newspaper, the wide assortment of items was compiled and edited by William Egle. In order to access the material more readily, the Pennsylvania State Library decided to publish the index, which is based on the master manuscript index to the series. Some surnames that occur several times include ALLISON, ARMSTRONG, BOWMAN, BOYD, BURD, CHAMBERS, CULBERTSON, FINDLAY/FINDLEY/FINLEY, HAMILTON, HENRY, IRWIN, MCCALMONT/MCCAMANT/MCCAMMANT/MCCAMMON, MONTGOMERY, PATTERSON, READ, RUTHERFORD, SIMPSON, STEWART, THOMPSON/THOMSON, and ZIEGLER.

     While the index does not list every name in the books, it does provide multiple references, the majority of which pertain to families or individuals. Containing approximately 4,000 entries, the INDEX TO MAIN FAMILIES, PERSONS, PLACES, AND SUBJECTS IN EGLE’S NOTES AND QUERIES is a real asset to genealogical holdings focusing on Pennsylvania.

     The 81-page paperback has an introduction, which explains the comprehensive bibliography. Its index includes names of both people and places. To the book's price of $18.00, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #1613) 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 ).

     Since most of the 1890 census was destroyed, it can be difficult to find people between 1880 and 1900, especially if you do not know where they lived during those years. Perhaps this list of honorary members of the Texas State Medical Association in 1893 will be helpful to some genealogists. The roster of names appears on an unnumbered page, which follows the list of new members in the publication, TRANSACTIONS OF THE TEXAS STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION HELD AT GALVESTON, TEXAS, MAY 2, 3, 4, AND 5, 1893 (Galveston: Knapp Bros., Printers and Publishers, 1893). The roster gives the name of the individual, his post office, and his county of residence.

BOZEMAN, Nathan, New York, New York

CALDWELL, John c., Boylston & Exeter Sts., Boston, Massachusetts

HEARD, T. J., Galveston, Texas

KELLER, Jas. M., Hot Springs, Arkansas

LITTEN, J. M., Austin, Texas

(To be continued)

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