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  • Notes on the Manuscript Collection Vol. 2 No. 4

    John B. Carney

    Published Date : August 1985

    Mss 15, 5 linear feet

    The Bischof collection contains compiled genealogies of the families of Swan’s Island, Maine, prepared by Mrs. Grace S. Bischof, 1922-1980, a long-time summer resident of the island.  Most of the material was generated between 1962 and 1978.  Since she had intended at least some limited publication, and had nearly completed the work before her death, her alphabetical arrangement has been kept intact during processing.

    In all, 154 families are represented through compiled genealogies, research notes, a bibliography file, correspondence, and transcriptions of vital records.  The latter are particularly useful because they include an index of married females’ maiden names.  In addition to officially recorded materials, the collection also includes files of tombstone inscriptions from the Harbor Island, Hock Head, Irish Point-Seal Cove, Stockbridge Hill, Old North, and Atlantic burial grounds.

    The material has been arranged in two subgroups.  The first contains genealogical papers of Swan’s Island families, 1623-1978.  Where a compiled genealogy and research notes existed for a family, they have been filed in consecutive folders under the family name.  This section includes correspondence and notes, genealogies, charts, vital records, and bibliography.

    The second sub-group contains photographic negatives of tombstones of some Swan’s Island families.


    Mss 52, 2 linear feet

    The Blackstone Papers contain the results of research by Nathaniel B. Blackstone (1911- ).  He began his study with his own line but extended his interest to all Blackstones, regardless of spelling.  His main tool for research was a family form which he circulated at every opportunity, and which he used to record his own research as well.  Most of the work was done between 1955 and 1979.

    The material is arranged in five groups.  The first group, “People Named Blackstone,” included 912 holders of the name, including variant spellings.  Beginning in 1082, this section carries Blackstones by centuries through 1977, with an index for each century.  The second section lists Blackstones geographically in England, Canada, and each of the United States.  The third section contains given Blackstone names.  The fourth section contains compiled family forms of 881 Blackstone in-laws, arranged by century, each period preceded by an index.  The final section contains notes on Blaichestun Manor in England, and the founding of the Blakeston School in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1973.

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