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Notable British Families, 1600s-1900s
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Notable British Families, 1600s-1900s
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Notable British Families, 1600s-1900s, features approximately 429,000 names in English and American family trees.

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A collection of authoritative works on British genealogy, this data set contains page images of eleven volumes of pedigrees and lineage records by the British publishing house Burke's Peerage. Burke's pedigrees are easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to understand. These volumes contain detailed lineages of prominent British families (often with connections to the United States). Produced in collaboration with the Genealogical Publishing Company, this data collection references approximately 429,000 individuals.

Few names are as highly regarded in English genealogy as Burke's. Not only did the Burkes compile authoritative works on English genealogy, they also created a unique genealogical style, specifically, a method of laying out pedigrees in narrative form. In general, each genealogical study begins with a brief biographical sketch followed by information about that person's lineage. Often, you'll learn details of education, service, occupation, honors, collateral families, places of birth, residence, death, and descriptions of arms. Also among the volumes is the single best reference work ever published on British heraldry, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, along with other volumes of equal quality and value.

While most of the volumes included here deal with British lineages, two of the volumes detail the lineages of American families.

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  • Burke's American Families with British Ancestry
    by Sir John Bernard Burke
    This work ranks as the most authoritative ever published on the subject of notable American families with British ancestry. Documenting hundreds of direct line pedigrees, it provides an honor roll of births, marriages, and deaths in successive generations.

  • A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire
    Sir John Bernard Burke
    This work describes the lineages of nearly 2,000 peerages — Dukes, Marquesses, Earls, Viscounts, and Barons — that are now extinct. Each article begins with the exact date of the peerage's creation and lists all known representatives of that line up to the time of the title's extinction. Each lineage provides details on births, marriages, and deaths but also includes a wealth of incidental detail (such as references to military and official service, estates, occupations, and honors).

  • A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland
    by John Burke and John Bernard Burke
    This work gives the lineages of nearly 1,000 holders of the order of Baronet whose titles were dormant or extinct by 1841. Combined with an illustration of the Baronet's armorial bearings, each article follows the Baronet's lineage from its beginning to its extinction. Arranged in narrative style the lineages also provide details of education, service, occupation, honors, collateral families, places of birth, residence, death, and descriptions of arms.

  • Burke's Family Records
    by Ashworth P. Burke
    This work traces the descent of some 300 junior houses of the British nobility. For those families for which clear official authority was forthcoming, coats-of-arms were provided along with details of lineage.

  • A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Colonial Gentry
    by John Bernard Burke and Ashworth P. Burke
    This two-volume set gives the lineages of many of the leading colonial families of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, South Africa, and other parts of the British Empire. Among the Canadian families covered are a number of American Loyalist families, including the Stocktons of New Jersey, Macnab and Robinson of Virginia, Bayard of New York, and Coffin and Jones of Massachusetts.

  • The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales
    by John Bernard Burke
    Perhaps the supreme reference work in British heraldry, the range of this work is encyclopedic. Alphabetically arranged by family name, it contains approximately 70,000 descriptions of British coats-of-arms. In addition, it includes sections illustrating Royal heraldry and the British orders of knighthood, a dictionary of terms, an illustrated glossary, and an extensive list of mottoes.

  • A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland
    by John Bernard Burke (reprinted with George Ormerod's "Index to Pedigrees in Burke's Commoners")
    For some time, this four-volume work has been the standard genealogical guide to families in Great Britain and Ireland who held territory or official rank, but who did not hold heritable honors. In the narrative style characteristic of a Burke publication, each genealogical study begins with a brief biographical sketch followed by information about that person's immediate family. From there, the lineage continues, commencing with the earliest ancestor of record and proceeding through successive generations, noting births, marriages, deaths, and other details relevant to the pedigree.

  • The Prominent Families of the United States of America
    by Arthur Meredyth Burke
    Like other works produced by Burke's, this volume lists the descent of historically prominent American families. Thought to be one of the most authoritative volumes of its kind, it includes hundreds of pedigrees.
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