Kinsearching August 3, 2008




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

     Genealogists with family roots in the early days of the Keystone State will not want to overlook the latest reprint of the classic RECORD OF PENNSYLVANIA MARRIAGES PRIOR TO 1810, VOLUME I and VOLUME II compiled by John B. Linn and William H. Egle. Gathered primarily from church registers, the information covers the years 1685 to 1810.

     Containing approximately 60,000 entries, the material usually provides the names of the couple, the date of marriage, and the church where the event took place. Most entries appear alphabetically under the name of both the bride and the groom. When records are not alphabetical, they are arranged chronologically.

     A large portion of the first volume is devoted to the marriage records of Christ Church (1709 - 1806) and Swedes' Church (1750 - 1810) of Philadelphia. The rest of the data pertains to marriages performed in the First Presbyterian Church (1785 - 1812) of Carlisle, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (1704 - 1733) in Chester, the Reformed Church (1748 - 1800) in Falkner Swamp, the Lutheran Church (1745 - 1809) in New Hanover, the German Reformed Church (1748 - 1802) in Philadelphia, the First Baptist Church (1761 - 1803) in Philadelphia, and churches (1741 - 1810) in Derry and Paxtang. Some information also comes from records of the Registrar General of the Province (1685 - 1693).

     The second volume is comprised of marriage records from the First, Second, and Third Presbyterian churches of Philadelphia; Moravian churches in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Litiz, Philadelphia, and Emmaus; Quaker Monthly Meetings in Philadelphia, Middletown, Falls, Buckingham, Quakertown, Wrightstown, and Richland; Neshaminy Presbyterian Church in Hartsville; St. James' Episcopal Church in Perkiomen; Abington Presbyterian Church in Montgomery County; and the Presbyterian Church in Churchville. Also included are records from St. Michael's and Zion Lutheran Church (1745 - 1800) and St. Paul's, P. E., Church (1759 - 1806), both in Philadelphia.

     As experienced genealogists know, information from old church registers can often be hard to find. Once they are located, the writing may be difficult to read. Family researchers, therefore, can appreciate the easy accessibility to the invaluable material published in RECORD OF PENNSYLVANIA MARRIAGES PRIOR TO 1810,  VOLUME I and VOLUME II.

     VOLUME I contains 790 pages while VOLUME II has 601 pages. The paperback set is not indexed. To the set's price of $105.00, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.00 for one book or the first volume of a set and $2.50 for each additional copy or each additional volume of a set; for UPS, the cost is $7.00 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The set (item order #3400) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

     Were some of your ancestors early settlers of the Grand Canyon State? If they were, you may be interested in the new issue of The Journal of Arizona History, Vol. 49, no. 2 (Summer 2008). The article "To Win, Hold, and Lose the Land: The Families of Santa Cruz and the San Rafael de la Zanja Land Grant" by James M. Wood and Thomas A. Wood appears on pages 119-158. Appendices to the article furnish names of owners of the land grant listed on the 1886 tax rolls of Pima County and a list of probable original "parcioneros" of the grant in 1822.

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