Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The National Archives

Rummaging around my stack of references, the following was found among the shelves. 

Well worn and frequently check, it was first published in 1964.  Guides are always helpful, and this source outlines the various records held in The National Archives felt to be of interest to the genealogist.  Thought it might still be helpful to outline these materials as contained in this guide.

The following materials are given in outline form:
      I.    Population and mortality census schedule...for yrs. 1790 - 1890.
      II.   Passenger arrival lists...for cities- Baltimore, Boston, Mobile, New Bedford,
                 New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia
      III.   United State military records from Revolutionary War
      IV.   United States naval and marine records
      V.    Records of veterans' benefits
      VI.  Records concerning the Confederate States of America
      VII. Land-entry records for the public-land States
      VIII.Other records of genealogical value...including Lists relating to Indian removal.

Wow...lots of stuff here.  I am sure there must be a more up to date publication.  Will next try to list those references involving the JONES surname in the next series of posts.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Q & A

With a surname like JONES, the genealogical questions are many.  Who, what, when, where, and why are a few good ones to start.  Anyway, after many years of tree climbing, I have asked a few questions along the way. [ See blog: http://thebrickwallprotocol.blogspot.com ]  Thoughts are that there may be those still tree climbing who might have a few questions of their own. 

This post seeks to offer any support that this old tree climber might still have floating around the cobwebs.  The "comment" section offers a place where a question can be ask.  Then anyone can place their suggestions [or answers] to the question one comment at a time.  If any thoughts come my way, I will try to answer each question.  I thought it might be of interest to those who have been reading the blogs over the last six or so years.  This "Q & A" post might lead to some interesting questions...and answers!  Any tree climbers facing questions out there?  Fire away.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Jones Surname Occurrence by English Monarchs

The chronological appearance of the JONES surname 1485-1714 is shown in the figure below.  The table is organized by 1) the reigning Monarch, 2) the total years of their reign, 3) the number of those with the surname JONES appearing in the legal records of England [Public Records Office] during each reign, and 4) a ratio calculated for each Monarch =  # Jones/yrs. of reign.  An interesting table it is.

Starting with Henry VII [1st Welsh Y-chromosome to English Throne] produced a ration < 1 per year for his 24 years of reign.  Henry VIII brought the Act of Union 1536-1542 which almost tripled those involved in the legal records of his day.  From Edward VI to the end of the Tudor reign under Elizabeth I showed a fairly constant increase reaching its apex at roughly 9 cases per year during the long reign of Elizabeth.  Under the Stuarts [starting James I] the ratio continues from 4 cases to a high of almost 9 cases per year under William III.  It would seem that those with the JONES surname could not stay out of trouble.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Other Surnames

As one seeks to climb out their JONES surname family tree, it quickly becomes evident that this is not going to be a easy task.  Nowadays, many folks have turned to that DNA stuff that is supposed to clarify all that JONES surname confusion.  In some cases it certainly helps, but in many others it adds another layer of brick walls.  Very often, one finds that those with other surnames are a closer Y-DNA match than all those other JONES.  Say what!

The following table gives a list of surnames that have matched to those seeking their Y-DNA.  This is for the R1b1a2  haplogroup which is my personal Y-chromosome marker. [male descent]  Roughly 75 % of us with JONES surname carry the R1b haplogroup marker, and one would expect that your Y-DNA would match other JONES.   For my personal Y-chromosome these other surname folks share this same match.

"Phonetic not genetic" I have come to recognize.  A product of languages through the pages of history.  Scroll back to the beginning of this blog to read the story.  For those who might like more on the JONES surname DNA, go to https://thejonessurnamedna.blogspot.com .  Say hello to these folks with other surnames that may actually be closer to your JONES family Y-DNA then those other JONES.

The posts discussing this can be found "Phonetic not Genetic"; Monday, June 6, 2011 and "Genetic Bowel of Spaghtti"; Friday, June 20, 2011.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Anglo-Saxon Word

The following is a passage taken from the "Hand-Book of Anglo-Saxon and Early English" by Hiram Corson, published 1873.  [page 3 of JOHN I ]  It shows the word for JOHN as used in the Anglo-Saxon.

In the middle of the figure is the word "Iohanne".   It is similar to the Greek spelling, and becomes the word JOHN in the English.

The front page of the Anglo-Saxon reference is shown:

What a deal!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Greek Word

Generally regarded as one of the first to conceive the ideal of  a "One World",   Alexander the
Great brought the Greek language to the existing world. [reigned from 336 to 323 B.C.]  "Hellenistic Culture" became the term to describe much of the activity of the day.  In Egypt, a city name, of course, Alexandria became a focal point of this new world.  Here, scholars of the day tried to tie the Greek and Near Eastern thought together.  Jewish scholars [285 - 247 B.C.] translated the Hebrew canon into a Greek translation called "The Septuagint".  The Hebrew word for "John" [shown last post] became translated into the Greek shown above.

The actual text where this translation occurs is shown below.  The Greek word is underlined.

The Hebrew to Greek before the Roman world came into existence.  What a deal it is.

My copy is from: The Septuagint with Apocrypha, by Charles Lee Brenton.  It was first published in London in 1851.  My edition is by Hendrickson Publishers, Eighth Printing December 1999, p. 563.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Hebrew Word

After all this chronology surrounding the surname JONES [see last post], I thought there might be those who would like to see the words [for John] as they appear in the original languages.  The earliest, is the Hebrew word.  The English translation is given underneath.  Let it speak for itself:

This is taken from: The Interlinear Bible, Hebrew English, Vol II, I Sam - Ps 55, by Baker, p.1123.  Jay P. Green, Sr. was the general editor and translator.  Published by Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1976.