Notes on Sources

Biographies and Diaries

Census Records

I've used all the Federal Censuses from 1790 to 1930, including some early tax lists in lieu of actual censuses. I've also used names from the 1793 Militia Census of New Jersey. These Census records have been very helpful in linking families and in locating hard-to-locate people (especially in the years with good indexes). The states I've searched in the most are Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia/West Virginia.

Family Histories and Genealogies

Family Records

I was lucky to have a good set of family records passed down to me from my Great-Uncle Charlie, who was the family historian in his day. These records were compiled from Bible records, family recollections, and current births, deaths, and marriages. These records began with Benjamin Hopkins (b. 22-Dec-1685 d. 1-Sep-1730), who was the father of Ebenezer, the first Hopkins to come to this country. I have a copy of the family data from Barclay and Mary Ann Hopkins' Bible, and hand-written copies from earlier Bible records. I also have a sizable collection of letters, post cards, photographs, negatives, and family memorabelia that Charlie and my father collected and saved. I'm trying to preserve these family artifacts for future generations to see and appreciate.

General Histories

Historical Novels

Because of the painstaking research he does for all his novels, I'm including James Michener's Chesapeake on this list. Reading this book gave me a much better appreciation for what life was like in that region in the early days of settlement. In particular, it brought home how important the rivers and the Bay were for getting around. That was true for all the early settlements on the East Coast.

Internet Resources

I've used extensively, as well as RootsWeb/ and Heritage Quest Online. I've also found a great deal of information using search engines, mainly Google, and by joining listservs for the localities I've been researching. I've also been a member of the Boone-L listserve, which has been a very useful resource.

Some other resources I've used on the Web:

Local Histories

I've scanned a number of local histories, searching for information about particular people or about the locality in general. Some of these are:




New Jersey



Virginia/West Virginia

Parish Records



Quaker Meeting Records

I've used Quaker meeting records extensively in my research. I'm lucky that some of my ancestors were Quaker, since they kept excellent records of their members. Here are some of the meetings whose records I've used:

Quaker Record Indexes

I've also used the two leading published indexes to Quaker meeting records, those of Hinshaw and Heiss, for these monthly meetings:

Quaker Record Publications

Maryland Pennsylvania

Vital Records

Wills and Estate Documents

This file was last updated on 7/9/2019.

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