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Visitation of England and Wales, Vols. 1-21 (1894-1921), and Notes, Vols. 1-14 (1896-1921) ed. by Joseph Jackson Howard, LL.D., Maltgravers Herald Extrodinary and Frederick Arthur Crisp. Heritage Books, Inc. 1540-E Pointer Ridge Pl., Suite 300, Bowie MD 20716. Price per volume varies. Visa / Mastercard / Checks/ Money Orders accepted. $4.00 p&h.

This series contain a vast wealth of information on English and Welsh pedigrees with supporting documentation. This series presents genealogical information in the form of pedigrees starting in the mid-18th century. These should not be confused with the Heralds visitations of earlier centuries. Pedigrees start with the grandparents of the principal person, and provide detailed information on all descendants, often covering 5 generations. The pedigrees are very specific, thus some surnames will be repeated in different volumes. Each volume contains at least one family from each shire.

P. William Filby in his bibliography American and British Genealogy and Heraldry states that this series has a high degree of accuracy. The book cover states that this series is indexed in Whitmore's Genealogical Guide (1953). Indeed, this series is listed as one of the sources in Whitmore. However, random testing of principal surnames from volume one showed none of them could have been found using Whitmore. Therefore, this reviewer suggests that Whitmore is not an accurate way of accessing this resource. Each volume has a comprehensive everyname index and this should be checked for any surnames you are seeking. This is a very useful series if you have landed or titled family connections.

Vol. 1. $40.00. reprinted 1995. Principal names: Amphlett, Armytage, Assheton, Attree, Bacchus, Bagshawe, Bainbrigge, Bartlett, Barton, Bentley, Blaydes, Bloom, Boddington, Bradney, Bree, Brooke, Brown, Bushe, Byrth, Cass, Cavendish, Clay, Colby, Cole, Collier, Conder, Crowfoot, Cullum, Curtois, Dew, Dicker. Dickinson, Du Moulin Browne, Eales, Edwards, Emeris, Eshelby, Ewen, Faber, Flavel, Flory, Foljambe, Gale, Grubbe, Guile, Hales, Harvey, Hesketh, Hext, Hoblyn, Hooper, Howard, Howe, James, Jodrell, Johnson, Jones, Leeveson Gower, Littledale, Mant, Methold, Milner Gibson, Minet, Molyneux, Olive, Oliver, Parker, Paull, Perrott, Platt-Higgins, Pl;umer, Pilkington, Porter, Prentice, Prior, pritchett, Ricketts, Roots, Ryland, Rylands, Schomberg, Shann, Smith-Bosanquet, Sparrow, St. George, Sterry, Stone, Swann, Tempest, Tolhurst, Tudbery Turner, Watney, Wickham, Williams, Wilson, and Worthington.

Vol. 9. $32.00. reprinted 1996. principal names: Allen, Allgood, Ansell, Beebee, Blumer, Branford, Brocklebank, Burrell, Bury, Cave-Browne, Clippingdale, Collyer, Colman, Cookson, Cremer, D'Arcy, Freeman, Gerard, Gibbons, Hart-Davis, Heberden, Jessel, Lawson, Lillingston, Locock, Longden, Mair, Middleton, Normanby, Pellatt, Peren, Powell-Cotton, Royds, Spencer, Stanford, Strickland, Thornton-Duesbery, Waller, Ward, Webb, Wheler and Wood.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.2, 1996