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Midwest Pioneers, 1600s-1800s
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Midwest Pioneers, 1600s-1800s
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The twelve books reproduced on this data collection focus primarily on families in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri. The records range from military and land to census schedules and family histories from a variety of states, which makes it an especially valuable resource.

 Sources for Midwest Pioneers, 1600s-1800s:
  • An Index of Pioneers from Massachusetts to the West, Especially the State of Michigan
    This work consists of an alphabetical list of more than 5,000 persons who moved from Massachusetts to New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the Midwest. The purpose throughout is to supply name, date and town of birth, date of removal, and state in which the pioneer settled. Additional information given includes name of spouse and date of marriage.
  • Detroit River Connections: Historical and Biographical Sketches of the Eastern Great Lakes Border Region
    Here the author examines the history of the area along Lake Erie encompassed by Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. Genealogists will find most valuable the collection of sketches spanning the 18th and 19th centuries on the following border families: Askins, Barthe, Baudry, Bondy, Brush, Burns, Campeau, Cassidy, Chapoton, Donovan, Elliott, Fields, Jacob, Landon, McKee, May, Navarre, Pattinson, Reddick, Richardson, Robertson, and Viller/Villier.
  • Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Illinois
    This work contains notices of about 700 Revolutionary War soldiers who were buried in Illinois. Most of the patriots are identified according to where and when they served, date and place of birth, place of residence in Illinois, date of death, whether pensioned or not, and miscellaneous biographical information. The soldiers' names are arranged by county and alphabetically thereunder. A complete alphabetical list of all the Revolutionary veterans follows at the end of the volume.
  • Illinois Census Returns, 1810 and 1818
    The 1818 census makes up the bulk of this work, listing over 4,000 heads of families. For each household is shown the number of free white males over the age of 21, all other white inhabitants, free persons of color, and servants or slaves. What has survived from the 1810 census is given here in full — some 1,310 heads of families, with similar particulars on their households. In all this work touches on 27,000 inhabitants of the Illinois Territory.
  • Illinois Census Returns, 1820
    This work is devoted principally to the 1820 state census of Illinois. It contains notes comparing all discrepancies between names in the 1818 territorial, the 1820 state, and the 1820 federal censuses. The arrangement of the text is by counties, and there are 11,547 heads of families listed, representing over 50,000 individuals.
  • Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Indiana (with Supplement)
    The basic sourcebook on Revolutionary veterans provides service records and extensive genealogical and biographical data for approximately 785 soldiers who were buried in Indiana, but were not residents. It also contains information on a further 352 soldiers who had lived in Indiana and either moved to or died in other states. Published as two volumes in one, both the original volume and the 1954 supplement are arranged alphabetically, and each is followed by a full index at the back. Mrs. Waters' compilation augments Roster of Soldiers and Patriots Buried in Indiana, edited by Mrs. Roscoe C. O'Byrne and published under the auspices of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution in 1938. Among the sources consulted by Mrs. Waters was the Veterans' Graves Registration, an Indiana American Legion project which attempted to list the burial place of every veteran in Indiana as of 1940 as derived from soldiers' burial claims, section lists, cemetery record books, county rosters, undertakers' records, flags, and government markers.
  • Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana
    This publication contains the records of Revolutionary service of 1,394 soldiers and patriots who were buried in Indiana. The roster is arranged alphabetically, and after the soldier's full name appears his place of residence, date and place of birth, record of service (with reference made to the source), and if pensioned, the number of the claim, date and place of death, name of wife or wives, date of marriage, names of children, their dates of birth, and so on. In addition, the roster contains a list of 54 Revolutionary Soldiers Who Were Pensioned in Indiana and Later Transferred to Other States and a List of Indiana Pensioners in Other Wars, identifying 78 soldiers of the War of 1812 and the Indian Wars, and showing the name of the Indiana county where they were pensioned.
    "This is one of the most substantial, thorough and useful of these collections..." — The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. LXX, No. 2.
  • Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860
    If your ancestor migrated westward from one of the aforementioned states prior to the Civil War, this may be the book you've been looking for. Based on a unique W.P.A. index to the 1860 Kansas territorial census, it lists 9,358 Kansans identified as having been born in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina. Information given on each person includes name, age, sex, occupation, and the volume and page number of the original census schedule, as well as an indication of the county, township, and post office of residence in Kansas.
  • Michigan Military Records
    The major portion of this valuable source is devoted to a listing of Revolutionary soldiers buried in Michigan, giving for each soldier: his full name, date of birth, and date and place of death and burial; parents' names; names of wife and her parents and the wife's date and place of birth and death; names of children and their dates of birth; a record of Revolutionary War service; and a variety of biographical information. The section devoted to Michigan pensioners includes such information as the pensioner's rank, when placed on the pension roll, service, commencement of pension, allowances and sums received, applicable pension act, important editorial notes referring to biographical and genealogical data, and so on.
  • A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri
    Besides the narrative sketches and anecdotes devoted to the settlement of Missouri, over half of this volume consists of genealogical histories of more than 800 families from the five early Missouri counties of St. Charles, Montgomery, Warren, Audrain, and Callaway. The genealogies typically commence with the parents or grandparents of the original Missouri settler and continue in lineal progression through several generations.
  • Missouri Marriages Before 1840
    This compilation contains the records of 16,000 marriages from fifty-one Missouri counties formed before 1840. It is now the chief means of identifying settlers who were in Missouri prior to the first and second censuses of 1830 and 1840. All Missouri counties with marriage records before 1840 are included except St. Louis County and City, which have been adequately covered elsewhere. Most of the marriage records came from the original marriage books on file in the various county courthouses, and these are identified in the "List of Sources" at the beginning of the book. Other records came from previously published compilations, some from both. The marriages listed are arranged alphabetically by grooms' surnames, and each includes the name of the bride, the marriage date, and the name of the county in which the full record is located. The researcher can write to the county recorder's office to obtain a copy of the record needed. The book ends with an index of brides' names that includes all of the 16,000 women mentioned in the text.
  • Pioneer Families of the Midwest
    This important, albeit scarce, three-volume collection of family histories pertaining to persons who migrated to the Midwest during the last quarter of the eighteenth or first quarter of the nineteenth century is now available in a consolidated edition. Mrs. Walden, who privately published these genealogies between 1939 and 1941, has here bridged the earliest known records pertaining to each family so that future researchers might be able to trace their lines with less difficulty. Although the Clearfield edition lacks an index to the work as a whole, a complete name index to Volumes 1 and 2 can be found at the end of the second volume. In all, the reader will find about 150 allied families and some 7,500 Midwestern pioneers treated within these pages. Listed below are the main families covered by Mrs. Walden together with the states in which they settled: Harper of OH, PA, MO, and MI; Rainey of OH, IN, IL, MI, MO, KS; Boal of OH, IA, MI, MN, IN, IL, and WI; Hope of VA, OH, MO, WI, OR, WV, and IN; Dewees of DE, PA, OH, IN, IL, and IA; Francis of OH, NY, IA, and OK; Smith of NJ, OH, IN, IL, IA, and CA; Dorr of CT, OH, IN, IL, KS, NE, and CA; Coe of CT, OH, IN, and IA; Fuller of CT, OH, IN, and MO; Allen of CT, OH, KS, and IL; Pratt of CT and OH; Davis of NH, ME, OH, IN, and IA; True of NH, OH, IA, and MO; Argo of DE, OH, IL, and IA; and Plumly of PA, OH, and IA.
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