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From the Desk of the Library Director

New Addition to the SAR Library


“The Founders: Portraits of Persons Born Abroad Who Came to the Colonies in North America Before the Year 1701” 

This three-volume paperback edition (1103 pages) was compiled by Charles Knowles Bolton (1867-1950) and originally published by the Boston Athenaeum in 1919 and 1926. This reprint edition was published in 2016 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 

The publication shows engravings and portraits of many prominent immigrants who arrived here during the 17th century, including some works by Rembrandt and Van Dyck. Each portrait is accompanied by a biographical commentary, and the entire work is organized by region and includes an alphabetical list of the subjects and an index.

Available from

NEHGS Bookstore

99-101 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02116

“Georgia Free Persons of Color” by Michael A. Ports


In 1818, the Inferior Court of the Georgia State Legislature required all free persons of color to register through their county of residence. Each person was required to report the following information:
(1) Name
(2) Age
(3) Place of nativity
(4) Place of residence
(5) When they entered the state of Georgia
(6) Occupation

In this four-volume set, Michael Ports has transcribed the above information for 19 of the 21 counties for which the information survives. A review of the Georgia laws relating to manumissions and the registration of free persons of color is presented, and each volume
contains an every-name index.

Purchased with a gift from the Georgia Society, SAR.

May be purchased from:
The Clearfield Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
Paperback cost (4-volumes) - $101.85 + $13.00 S & H
Each volume may also be purchased separately.

New Addition: The History of the American Revolution


This two-volume set is an 1811 edition of the original 1789 publication.  

The author, David Ramsay (1749-1815), having received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1773, served in the South Carolina Militia as a field surgeon during the Revolutionary War.  He was also a well known Federalist and a member of the Continental Congress from South Carolina.  

Therefore, an important aspect of this particular work is that it was written only six years after the end of the American Revolution by an actual participant in many of the events of the current times.  

This is a major work relating to the Revolutionary Period by an author who is considered to be one of that era’s first major historians.  

New Addition to the SAR Library

New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.
This 840-page, softcover publication was compiled by over 100 contributors considered to be experts relating to research in local and regional resources for the state of New York.
This monumental work will be of benefit as a comprehensive guide to the resources available to research the family history of those who have New York ancestors.
It includes:
Chapters on major record groups and research resources.
Information relating to sixteen major ethnic groups and twelve major religious groups that have lived in New York. 
Gazetteers, maps, and research guides to each of New York’s 62 counties. 
More than 100 separate, special topic bibliographies. 
Timelines of key events in New York history that relate to genealogical research.
An index of over 11,000 place names.
Published in 2014 and available from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
Retail Price = $85+ $10 shipping 

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