William Henry Roll

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Documenting your family history is a lifelong pursuit, a task of pleasure and research that is never completely finished.

Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se

The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown

St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."


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Free Digital Texts
A Sampling of Digital Archives Online

Have you ever coveted the precious volumes of E. B. O'Callaghan's The Documentary History of the State of New-York, Vol. I, or perhaps David Thomas Valentine's History of the City of New York, Vol. 14 for your own personal library? Well, they are already yours without the expense of purchasing them.

Thousands of digitized books, journals and monographs are online waiting for you to browse. These texts are open to the general public free of charge, and are well worth looking at.

Presented here is only a small numer of samples of online digital texts useful to the study of the genealogy of the Roll and allied families.

Some major collections

Family History Books, Family Search is a collection of more than 150,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. The valuable resources included in Family History Books come from the following partner institutions:

Cornell University Library Windows on the Past is a grouping of selected digital collections of historical significance.

Making of America Collection, Cornell presents primary sources for American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. They are not the same texts available in the University of Michigan collections.

New York State Historical Literature Collection contains scanned copies of the pages of hundreds of historical texts useful to the genealogist.

Making of America Collection, University of Michigan This digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction is located at the University of Michigan. They are not the same texts available in the Cornell University collections.

Collections, University of Arizona serves the University of Arizona Libraries as the holder of primary research materials chiefly in the fields of Literature, Arizona and Southwestern History, and the Sciences. Gathered here too are important and substantial collections relating to the lands and peoples of Arizona, New Mexico and Sonora, Mexico. Established in 1958, Special Collections includes rare books, literature, printed materials, manuscript collections, photographs and maps that contribute to the interdisciplinary investigations of researchers, scholars and citizens from Arizona and beyond.

Haithi Trust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.

Internet Archive is building a digital library of books, other publications, manuscripts, web sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.

Schenectady Digital History Archive is a service of the Schenectady County Public Library dedicated to making information about Schenectady's heritage more accessible to researchers around the world.

A sampling from digital archives online


Roll, Martha and Kennedy, Thelma Lynn, Genealogy of the New Jersey Rolls, Manuscript, 1984. 595 pp. Second digital edition, updated by Hansel Haycox, 1999. 911 pp.

City Histories

Stiles, Henry Reed, A History of the City of Brooklyn. Brooklyn, N. Y., Pub. by subscription, 1867-70. 3 v. fronts., illus., plates, ports., plans. 25 cm.

Riker, James, Harlem (City of New York) : its origin and early annals, prefaced by home scenes in the fatherlands, or, notices of its founders before emigration ; also, sketches of numerous families, and the recovered history of the land-titles New York, 1881.

Valentine, David Thomas, History of the City of New-York, New York: G. P. Putnam & Company, 1853. vi, 404 p., front., plates, plans, maps. 22 cm. These are beautiful and desirable books in several volumes.

Pearson, Jonathan, Contributions to the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Patent and City of Schenectady, from 1662 to 1800, (1873).

County Histories

Winfield, Charles Hardenburg, History of the County of Hudson, New Jersey, From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, New York: Kennard & Hay, 1874. vii, 568 p. front., illus., plates, ports. 24 cm.

Teunis G. Bergen, Register in Alphabetical Order, of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, N. Y. : from its First Settlement by Europeans to 1700 : with contributions to their biographies and genealogies, compiled from various sources, New York City: S. W. Green's Son Publication, 1881 City: New York. 454 page images.

Yates, Austin A., Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century, New York History Company, 1902.

State Histories

O'Callaghan, E. B., The Documentary History of the State of New-York, Albany: Weed, Parsons & Co., Public Printers, 1850-51. 4 v. ill., maps, ports., 30 cm.