Saturday, October 29, 2016

Genealogical dictionary of Rhode Island : featured library resource for November 2016

We have received a gift of one of the most important volumes on the colonial settlers of Rhode Island, called Genealogical dictionary of Rhode Island.  Arranged by family name, it follows nearly 500 families of early settlers for three or four generations.  The families are those "who came before 1690."

Originally published in 1887, this work has been updated with corrections and additions and reprinted in 1995.  The author John Osborne Austin was a native Rhode Islander, and writer of many books relating to Rhode Island history.

In addition to the alphabetical sequence of names, there is an index to other appearances of the covered family names within the volume, an index to other family names appearing in the volume, a reprinted article giving corrections and additions, the author's own updates, two brief introductions, and a list of abbreviations used.

This volume replaces one which was in our collection and turned up missing in the inventory done a few years ago.  I'm delighted that we have it available once again.

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