Category Archives: GeneaGems

New GeneaGem: Linkpendium

Linkpendium has been around forever, although I haven’t seen it mentioned in years. In spite of that, there was a major clean up of the website in 2023 to eliminate dead links and there are tons of great records to be found here.

What is Linkpendium? From it’s self-description:

Linkpendium is a 10,000,000+ resource directory to everything on the Web about families worldwide and genealogically-relevant information about U.S. states and counties. We cover both free and subscription sites, with a strong emphasis upon free resources provided by libraries, other government agencies, genealogical and historical societies, and individuals. We are particularly proud of our unique indexes to online biographies.

There are two categories of genealogy records – Localities and a database of over 9,000,000 surnames worldwide.

Since I’ve been delving into my husband’s Nation and Dulworth families lately, let’s see what can be found. The family left the Kentucky-Tennessee homeland first and settled in Greer County, Oklahoma.

A very lengthy page for Greer County came up:

The image was too long to crop the entire list, but it continues with links to Cemeteries, Census, Court Records,History, Land Records, Libraries, Museums & Archives, Mailing Lists and Message Boards (which often contain EXCELLENT clues), Maps & Gazetteers, Military Records, Miscellaneous, Newspapers, Obituaries & Funeral Home Records, Photos, Postcards & Historical Images, School Records & Histories, Surnames, Tax Lists, Vital Records and Wiki.

Every single one of those categories contains links! That’s quite impressive.

Dulworth is not a very common surname – it’s German in origin, probably from Dulwit – so I was a bit surprised to find it in the Linkpendium surname list:

Clicking on Dulworth brought up 15 categories where the surname appears, all great clues to follow up:

Notice that the last entry is about Jacob Dulworth, from a county history. Jacob is the brother of my husband’s ancestor and this county history provides their mother’s maiden name, which isn’t found in any extant documents!

I highly recommend taking some time to browse through Linkpendium to learn more about all that it offers. Although the Localities section is U.S. based (with the U.K. and Ireland in beta testing), the surnames are worldwide as can be seen by the small sampling in the D names that I clipped in the above image.

I really like that Linkpendium includes the old Mailing Lists and Message Boards, which used to be extremely popular. Although new messages can’t be posted, it’s probably possible to locate current contact info for some of those who posted 20 years ago.

Linkpendium remains a GeneaGem!

GeneaGem: The Home Lots of the Early Settlers of the Providence Plantations by Charles Wyman Hopkins

Today’s GeneaGem is more location-specific than most of the GeneaGems about which I spotlight. However, if you have early Rhode Island ancestors, you should definitely take a look at this book, which can be found in digital format online both at Internet Archive and the FamilySearch Library.

Published way back in 1886, the book is in the public domain and, although it is definitely an oldie, it is very much a goodie! The Table of Contents makes it simple to determine whether you have an ancestors covered in this 120-page book:

The book provides a concise history of both the purchase of Rhode Island lands from the Native Americans and the early settlement of the area. John Sweet, one of my ancestors, wasn’t long in Providence, but here is his entry:

My favorite parts of this book are the historical maps, which show the location of the lots received by each person. No, I’m not going to include the maps! I am hoping that anybody interested will use one of the links I’ve provided above to click and open the book to read for him/herself.

Mr. Hopkins did an excellent job compiling this information and, if you look at the bottom of my John Sweet entry, just above, you’ll see short footnotes, all relating to Providence records, which can then be viewed as primary documents.

This is a fabulous resource for anyone descended from any of the fifty-two individuals listed in the Table of Contents.

New GeneaGem: Mamie McCubbins Collection, Rowan Public Library, North Carolina

Do you have ancestors who lived in Rowan County, North Carolina? Rowan County was home to thousands of 18th century ancestors who migrated westward into Tennessee and Kentucky.

Many of those early residents were Scots-Irish or Germans who first settled in Pennsylvania and Maryland, so Rowan County is a vital link connecting early families with descendants who moved on.

My husband has several ancestral links who, at one time, lived in Rowan County, so I’ve spent a fair amount of time trudging through county records.

Rowan County was formed in 1753 from the northern portion of Anson County. However, it was much larger in area back then than it is today. All, or portions, of the present-day counties of Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Madison, Mitchell, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, Yancey fell within its bounds at that time – which is most of western North Carolina!

Birth and death records weren’t kept until the 20th century, but Rowan County is nevertheless rich in early records as it has had only one courthouse fire in 1865, in which some records were lost.

Today’s GeneaGem is a terrific collection of records compiled by Mamie McCubbins and housed at the Rowan Public Library since 1954.

The best part of this collection is that not only has it been digitized and is accessible for free online, but family information has been organized with a Surname Index. It makes searching a simple task!

Some of the Rowan County names in my hubby’s family tree include Douthit, Thompson, Jarvis, Roland and Stoehr (Starr). I even have one tie to the South, through my Loyalist Dutch ancestor Philip Crouse, who can be placed in Rowan County in the 1770s.

Every one of those surnames has a folder in the McCubbin collection and has been save in PDF format.

Information varies from surname to surname. One might find correspondence with family information, handwritten index cards, typed abstracts of deeds and even war information.

The Lopp folder contained a list of Rowan County males who didn’t sign the Oath of Allegiance in 1778. Most of the images are quite legible, although my 1778 list shows faded ink.

However, my Philip “Crose” is easily read in the third column.

If you have ancestors who lived in, or even passed through Rowan County, North Carolina, the Mamie McCubbins Collection should be in your online genealogy toolbox!