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Date: Thu, 02 Sep 1999 10:01:43 -0400 (EDT)


Subject: Lyman Chalkley's Scotch-Irish Settlement VA Online FREE!


Cc: finleyc@SONOMA.EDU,


Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia Online


I nearly fell out of my chair last evening when Myra Vanderpool Gormley announced on the Generations: Find Your Roots webcast that the 1,600 pages of Chalkley's Chronicles of Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia (Augusta County, 1745-1800) are online at:

Those of us with Augusta County, VA ancestry have known that more than just Scotch-Irish are listed in Chalkley's work! From the web site:

"How Did Chalkley Become Available Online?

The Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia: 1745 to 1800 by Lyman Chalkley is really the best starting place for anyone researching ancestors in Augusta County during this time period. This three volume series contains most of the abstracts of court records in Augusta County between those dates.

With Chalkley now out of print, the most recent publisher, Genealogical Publishing Company of Baltimore, has stated this material is now in the public domain which permits the USGenWeb project to copy any or all of it and make it available on the Internet.

Chalkley is not without its problems, as Daphne Gentry of the Publications and Educational Division of the Library of Virginia has pointed out. Not all documents are included. There are not only errors of omission, but errors of transcription have also been documented. This simply means that the careful researcher should send for a copy of the original document, as with any secondary source, and should not assume that because it doesn't appear in Chalkley it does not exist."

BRAVO to the volunteer transcribers at USGenWeb for taking on this massive project. As always, USGenWeb is devoted to providing data without cost to internet genealogy researchers.

For this reason I am awarding a special mid-week Best of the Internet for Genealogists Award to the Chalkley project for showing the rest of us that it CAN be done! This project is sure to inspire others to band together to transcribe out-of-print major works to benefit those who will follow.

Myrt :)


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