Georgia loyalists’ claims now in digital book

Mary Bondurant Warren recently completed her transcription of the loyalist claims filed with the British government by 254 Georgians in the 1780s after the American Revolution.

Her work, “British Georgia, Loyalists’ Claims — Kindle Edition,” is now available at and can be downloaded easily to your Kindle reader, your personal computer, or to other devices. Because of the massive amount of material covered, this type of publication was the best alternative.

The material was transcribed over several visits to the British National Archives at Kew in London and shows the meticulous efforts of Warren in capturing the important elements of each claim.

In reading the claims, you can understand more about the turmoil in the lives of those who supported the British and returned to England or other domains in the aftermath of the Revolution.

As with any work, it helps to read the introduction, the list of abbreviations, and to learn how to use the various search capacities to make the best use of the book.

The great advantage of a digital book is you can search for any term, place name, etc. that you are interested in. Take Ebenezer, for instance, the Salzburger stronghold in Georgia; there are numerous references to it in claims filed.

Overall, the book contains details about plantations and expenses, and much about the lives of the men and women and what happened to them. It gives us a detailed look at this long ignored segment of our history. These documents certainly have never before been this accessible before.

The cost is $9.95. The book can be obtained from using the free Kindle app.

Ports of entry

Besides New York City, U.S. ports of entry for the period 1821 to 1914, when immigration slowed, included Boston; Baltimore; Philadelphia; Charleston, S.C.; San Francisco; New Orleans; Galveston, Texas; and Seattle.

So don’t forget to check places other than New York, always by far the largest port of entry.

Avoid dating cousins

If you think genealogy cannot be current, a new app has been created in Iceland to help people there avoid dating their cousins.

The 324,000 residents of Iceland are all kin to some degree. So the Islendiga-App created by students at the University of Iceland could be very useful for those who live there.

Other places might consider creating something similar.

Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr. at P.O. Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031 or

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