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Palatine Families of New York (2 Volume Set) [Hardcover]

by Henry Z. Jones
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January 1, 2001 096138882X 978-0961388829 First Edition
2 vol; 684pp & 690pp. 45 illus. 30,000 entry Every Name index plus German place name index. 2010 (2001) (1995)(1985). Now in its fourth printing, this classic two volume set is a mainstay of all New York Germanic research, as well as much of New Jersey's! In the decade since winning the prestigious Jacobus Award the author has spoken before many societies and conferences, and is widely known and admired for his work on German immigrants to colonial America. Hank Jones' massive two volumes fully document the account of all 847 Palatine families who came to colonial New York from Germany in 1710. The volumes trace the American descendants of many of them down to the American Revolution. Also included is the German ancestry, often back into the 17th century, for over 500 of the 847 families! Much of the German research was done by the late Carla Mittelstaedt-Kubaseck, working from the original records in Germany which have never been microfilmed. Any student of the great Germanic migrations needs this large and meticulously compiled two-volume set.

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Editorial Reviews


Extraordinary! ... The most important study ever taken of this group ... An essential work for both historians and genealogists. --The American Genealogist

Genealogy as it should be done! ... The results are unbelievable, and one can only stand in awe! --Der Reggeboge, Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society

One of the most awaited books in the history of modern genealogy ... truly a masterpiece ... a monument to the modern 'scientific approach' and must be ranked with the classics! --The Canadian Genealogist

About the Author

Henry Z (Hank) Jones, Jr., F.A.S.G., has been actively climbing the family tree since he was eight years old. After his graduation from Stanford University, Hank had a twenty-year career first as a recording artist on RCA Records, then as an actor, appearing in eight Walt Disney films and many television shows that still come back to haunt him today via cable tv. His years of work pursuing and documenting 18th century German Palatine emigrants have resulted in several books, including The Palatine Families of New York - 1710 (Jacobus Award winner as Best Genealogical Book of the Year), The Palatine Familes of Ireland, More Palatine Families, Westerwald To America, the three-volume Even More Palatine Families, and his best-selling Psychic Roots: Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy (featured on NBC-TV's Unsolved Mysteries) and its new sequel More Psychic Roots: Further Adventures in Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy. He has served both as a Director of the Genealogical Speakers' Guild and as a Trustee of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Hank recently received the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society in recognition of distinguished work in genealogy. In 1986 he was honored to have been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, of whom there are only fifty in the world.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 673 pages
  • Publisher: Picton Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096138882X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961388829
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henry Z "Hank"Jones, Jr., F.A.S.G.)

Henry Z ("Hank") Jones, Jr. has been actively climbing family trees since the age of eight, and, since his graduation from Stanford, has specialized in tracing 18th century German emigrants. His books on the subject include The Palatine Families of Ireland, the two-volume The Palatine Families of New York - 1710 (winner of the Donald Lines Jacobus Award as "Best Genealogical Work of the Year"), More Palatine Families, Westerwald To America, and his brand new three volume set Even More Palatine Families. Hank has written many articles over the years that have appeared in The American Genealogist, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New York Genealogical & Biographical Record and other major publications. He recently received the NGS Award of Merit for "Distinguished Work in Genealogy" and has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, of whom there are only fifty in the world. Hank has served on the national board of the Genealogical Speaker's Guild and as a Trustee of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

As to his "other life" apart from genealogical research, Hank Jones was a film actor for twenty-five years. He appeared in many movies, among them eight films for Walt Disney studios (such as "Blackbeard's Ghost," in which he costarred with Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, & Suzanne Pleshette). He was a familiar face on nearly 500 national tv commercials and has been featured on over 300 network tv shows such as "My Three Sons," "Family Affair," "Petticoat Junction, " "Mod Squad," "The Patty Duke Show," "Mork & Mindy," "The Jeffersons," and "Love Boat" which still come back to haunt him on cable tv today. His new book Memories - The Show-Biz Part Of My Life tells of some of his off-the-wall experiences working with major stars such as Henry Fonda, Ron Howard, Robin Williams, Patsy Cline, Bob Hope, Minnie Pearl, Ringo Starr, and Elvis Presley. Hank also was active as a singer, co-starring on ABC-TV's Tennessee Ernie Ford Show and recording albums on RCA and Capitol Records. His newest CDs are currently released on Epitomé Records.

Hank's best seller, Psychic Roots: Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy, a study of how intuitive nudges and serendipitous events sometimes influence our genealogical searches, is now in its 9th printing. It was dramatized on NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" program to good response from inside and outside the genealogical community and continues to be rebroadcast on cable tv to this day. Its sequel, More Psychic Roots: Further Adventures in Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy", drawn from his own experiences and those of over 200 other family historians from around the world, has just been published by Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore.

TIME Magazine recently had a cover-story devoted to genealogy in the new millennium and chose to close the article and tie things together with a quote from - Hank Jones.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hank Jones and the Palatines July 7, 2001
One of the most useful books for genealogist who have Palatine ancestors in New York. Can't praise it enough.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By D. Luce
If you have German ancestors in the Hudson River Valley prior to 1800 this is one of the most detailed and comprehensive books available. Over 800 familes included often with 3-4 generations of information including orgins back in German often with 2-3 more generations of information. One of the best sourced books available. Henry Jones is to be commendend for this important work. I have at least 12 family groups listed in this book and was lucky to have it provide in two volumes a huge amount of information directly to related to me. Others may not have so many connections here but if you believe you have even one or two this book will most certainly provide you much information. It also is a valuable read just for the introduction which provide many good tips on researching German famlies in the area and in Pennsylvania.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I was Looking for December 2, 2010
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I have waited many years for someone to write a comprehensive book on the New York State Palatines. I not only found my Palatine ancestors I knew about, but many I did not...its great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough. May 25, 2012
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Very meticulously researched by renowned genealogical author and lecturer. Covers the German/Palatine immigrants before the American Revolution. Presented under family surnames. Much more informative than non-indexed lists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I had been struggling to find accurate and detailed information regarding a large part of my family tree. Through record searches (and plenty of soul searching), I happened upon this book (books, actually.) They have been invaluable to my Palatine families research and discovery, as well as explaining the variations and usage of first and last names.

Hank Z. Jones, Jr. thoroughly explains where all of his information is derived, and provides a complete list of resources, people, circumstances and stories regarding his sources. He is an impressive genealogist. These books are one of the Few resources I feel comfortable relying on in my pursuit of my family's Palatine history.

In the first book, Jones provides some stories and letters which really provide context and a sense of reality to what many of the New York (and other) Palatines experienced and why. I found it to be as interesting as the genealogical information I was searching for in the first place.

By the way, for those who may be looking to buy just volume one or two instead of purchasing the two volume set...Don't! It seems that it was written as a single volume which would not fit into a single binding. Meaning, there is detailed historical information in the beginning of volume one, and the only index of names (which you will want) is only at the end of the second volume. To purchase only one of the books will be doing yourself a disservice.

I purchased the books directly from Hank Z. Jone's personal site. He is really quick to respond in mailing the books, and to any email you send to him. Impressive purchase all around!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks October 2, 2013
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Thank you for your rapid shipment of this book. I was able to find the informatiton I was looking for. I plan keep this book in my genealogy collection.
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