Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial America
by Christina Schaefer
Until the publication of this remarkable new work, no single source could be used to identify and locate the records of the various countries of the Western Hemisphere.
Schaefer has defined the various classes of records in each country, identified as many of them as is practicable in a book of this size, provided historical background and brief sketches of the records themselves, added a description of the principal holdings of the major repositories of each country, and has interwoven selected reading lists throughout.
Readers will appreciate that the subject matter is vast, covering the Colonial records of al the Americas, from Latin America to the Caribbean, from the original 13 Colonies to Canada and New France. So, of necessity, the author went to great pains to be as comprehensive as possible. In the end, Schaefer put together a magnificent reference work: one that will guide all researchers--beginners, and professionals alike--to the most direct and reliable route to the colonial records of the Western Hemisphere. 829 pp., hardcover, 1998, ISBN 0-8063-1576-8
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