JC Halbrooks 1940-1999

F. RESEARCH EFFORTS.

Research on the Holbrook family genealogy started in 1966 and has continued since at a high activity rate. Listed below are some of the sources of information and searching activities.

F-1. DIRECTORY LISTINGS.

Australia, 101; New Zealand, 24; Republic of South Africa, 6; England, 550; Germany, 3. All have been written letters of inquiry and hundreds of replies have been received.

The largest number of Holbrook live in the US and an ongoing project to write them all has been proceeding with the help of Wayne Holbrook of Ohio.

F-2. DOCUMENTS.

All found wills and administrations (plus other documents) of England prior to about 1850 have been obtained. There are over 500 documents in all and most have been typed into a standard format. About 30 documents and those in Latin remain to be done.

An American Documentation File has been started. This was started due to the results of the English document collection. Approximately 200 wills, administrations, and other documents that show a relationship have been collected so far. They are being typed into a standard format. The intention is to scour the country record offices to see what other documents can be found and obtained. The MA Town Vital Records, all Holbrook entries (over 4,000) have been obtained and computerized.

F-3. LIBRARIES.

Personal visits to the following State libraries and Archives have been made by myself: ME, NH, VT, RI, CT, NY, MD, VA, IN, plus New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, the New York City Library, NY Historical Society in Cooperstown, American Antiquarian Library in Worcester, MA.

F-4. CENSUS.

Many census have been checked. After the 1910 census is done, the earlier census are going to be throughly checked using the census indexes that have recently become available.

The 1900 Census Soundex has been done for the entire country. The 1910 Census Soundex Is being done.

F-5. NATIONAL ARCHIVES.

All pension or bounty land applications have been obtained for Holbrook in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, and for all other service prior to 1840. The next action is to obtain the ca. 550 Civil War pension applications. All items will be abstracted and the information typed into a standard format, to become part of the American Documentation File.

F-6. COMPUTERIZATION.

A computer program has been developed that provides spaces for references made to all data. A routine was written that will automatically collect these references and print a report, giving the full reference citation.

Each person in the genealogy is assigned an identification number, with each major family line given numbers within a block of 10,000 numbers. Several small lines share one block. The intent is that when optical storage devices are available, estimated about 1991-2, then these multiple files can be combined into a single large file.

The immediate project is to start getting the reference numbers assigned and entered into the database, and to extend the lines with all known information. Several of the lines are only entered down to the 1800s.

All data on the computer system is backed up by printing each family file onto a 3x5 card. These are kept in alphabetical order and work as an index. These cards, if placed in one pile, would be about 9, tall.

F-7. RESEARCHERS.

Several have been working in England. This has been going on for about 8 years. Currently records searchers are working in the following areas:

Isle of Wight,

London (at Society of Genealogists and Chancery Court entries).

#2 In London (abstracting all vital record index entries at St. Catherines House, the central registry of Birth, Marriage, and Death events since 1837) Bristol, Cheshire, Derby; all locations where a concentration of Holbrook is found or where centralized records are located.

PLEASE PLEASE

If you know any Holbrook interested people, get them to contact me!

If you have any additional Holbrook information, even those stray references send them. They are all parts to this large puzzle.

JC Halbrooks RFD Box 106B
Sterling, CT 06377 USA.


This Holbrook Report is published and distributed by myself I am married, with four children, so my resources that can be put into this project are necessarily limited. It costs money to continue searching in England a well as to reproduce and mail this Report plus the color picture of John (1430). If you feel like contributing toward the effort, it would be appreciated. All received monies are used for English Research. Thank you.

If you have any comments about the Report, they would be welcome. Unless I get feedback, I really have no method of learning if it is written so it can be understood; it you feel it covers the subject; if you feel any subject has been excluded.

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