Burke's Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland by John Burke and John Bernard Burke. 2nd ed. 1841 reprinted 1999 by Clearfield Company, 200 E. Eager Street, Baltimore MD 21202. 648 pp. Softcover. $47.50 plus $3.50 p&h.

King James I instituted the order of the Baronet in 1611. Between 1611 and the writing of this book in 1841 nearly 1,000 Baronetcies became extinct or dormant. This book presents in alphabetical order of the Baronet information on the family lines up to the time of extinction of the royal patent.

Each listing begins with an image of the armorial bearings, gives the dates of creation and extinction of the royal patent, and then continues with the lineage. The lineage begins with the first known representative and continues through the generations with information on births, marriages and deaths. Additional biographical information is added when known.

This book is great when you know that your ancestors connect with one of the Baronetcies. However, this does not included an index to the 35,000 plus named individuals. Women are often given scant treatment. For example, I connect tangentially through a marriage into the Worsley of Appuldercombe line. It states that James Worsley had four daughters and two sons. The two sons are named with their professional military ranks, but the daughters are not even mentioned by name. It is through one of these daughters I connect with the line.

This book can be a great asset taking you back a number of generations. However, it is likely to be other sources that will lead you to this volume.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.7 no.2, 2000