Kinsearching October 30, 2011




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

     Another new item in the set of the popular “Genealogy at a Glance” handy guides is Immigration Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. Using the same format as the other publications in the series, Immigration Research provides in a condensed manner an overview of the basics for tracing immigrant ancestors and offers quick suggestions for locating and utilizing critical resources.

     Divided into nine parts, Carmack’s guide furnishes a wealth of data compacted into the space allotted. The short “quick facts” segment supplies the dates of several American immigration milestones, such as the first permanent Spanish and English settlements, the arrival of the first African slaves, the “Great Migration” to New England, the passage of the first citizenship and quota laws, and the establishment of Castle Garden and Ellis Island as receiving centers. In two sections concerning immigration history, the author explains the factors pertaining to migration, the ebb and flow of immigration from the colonial to the modern period, chain migration, and the major ports of arrival in various eras. She then tells researchers the facts they need to know in order to begin their investigation.

     In the remaining segments, the compiler discusses topics and major record sources in more detail. For example, she describes the federal census records from 1850 through 1950 and tells how they can help to determine an ancestor’s time of arrival. She also briefly analyses passenger arrival lists pre-1820, 1820 to about 1891, online, and microfilmed. Since the majority of immigrants eventually became citizens, the last section pertains to naturalization records. The titles of books and addresses of websites for further reference at the end of each segment complete the work.

     Since the material is published in the form of a folder, the four-page laminated template can be stood up or lain down for convenient use at your home computer or at the library. Because of to the lamination, the material remains clean and intact after much handling over a long period of time. As a result, Carmack’s Immigration Research is a nice addition to the “Genealogy at a Glance” series.

     To the guide's price of $8.95, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one item and $2.50 for each additional copy; for FedEx ground service, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional item. The guide (item order 884) may be purchased by check, money order, MasterCard, or Visa from Genealogical Publishing 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

     Below is a continuation of the list of names of “ordinary” members of the Texas State Medical Association in 1892 found in the publication, TRANSACTIONS OF THE TEXAS STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION HELD AT TYLER, TEXAS, APRIL 26, 27, AND 28, 1892 (Galveston: J. W. Burson Co., Printers and Publishers, 1892). The roster furnishes the person’s name, post office, county or state, and usually the year elected to the association.

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LETCHER, J. S., Dallas, Dallas, 1884

LEWRIGHT, J. O., Austin, Travis, 1887

LINK, E. W., Palestine, Anderson, 1889

LITTEN, Frank, Austin, Travis, 1889

LITTEN, J. M., Austin, Travis, no date

LOGGINS, J. C., Ennis, Ellis, 1882

LUCKETT, H. P., Bastrop, Bastrop, 1889

LYNCH, M. C., Carroll’s Prairie, Hopkins, 1892

(To be continued)

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