BJ's Genealogy Resources

My family roots go back to Germany (Beck, Fahnestock, Swartz, Wünch), England (Antrim, Garwood, Hanson, Hance, Roller), Ireland (McConnell, Patton, Stewart), and France (Corneau, Beaupied). We are also supposed to have Indian ancestors (my great-great grandfather and a distant grandmother). 

Census Bureau Genealogy Page
Everton Publishers
Genealogy (Camden County Library)
The Genealogy Home Page
National Archives and Records Administration
National Genealogical Society
WWW genealogy databases
Yahoo: Genealogy

England & Ireland

GENUKI: UK & Ireland Genealogy
GENUKI: Yorkshire Genealogy


American-French Genealogical Society
French Genealogy Resources
Genealogy Resources on the Internet - WWW/France


Native American Ancestry

American Indian Genealogy Resources on the Internet
Genealogical Research for Native Americans (Encyclopedia Smithsonian)

Some Family History Notes

Thomas & Margaret Garwood came from England probably to Evesham Twp. NJ about 1690.

The Hance & Hanson families moved from Dover NH to Monmouth Co. NJ in the late 1660's.

From: The Fahnestock Genealogy: Ancestry and Descendents of Johann Diedrich Fahnestock, by H. Minot Pitman (privately printed, 1945, Pages 10-11)
Tradition states that Johann Diedrich Fahnestock came to America to avoid conscription, fearing that on account of his size and strength he might be forced to join the guards of Frederick Wilhelm of Prussia, all of whom were of gigantic stature. While this may have been true, he was also undoubtedly influenced in his decision by the fact that his older brother Johann Heinrich would (and did) inherit the Halten Farm. About the last of June 1726 he set sail from Holland forAmerica, via England, arriving at New York on St. Michael's Day, September 29th...

He probably earned his living at first a a weaver since he brought with him a weaver's shuttle and writes that it was a "necessary occupation". Two years after his arival in New York he was settled on the Raritan River, near Amwell, N.J., "close to the Evangelical Church", where he lived for many years in association with the Dunkards... 

The Civil War

Several of my ancestors served in the Civil War. Most moving of all the stories is that of Peter Schwartz, who was captured at Gettysburg and died at Andersonville Prison. I visited the National Historic Site in 1976 - probably the first visit from a relative in over a century. There, in the sea of gravesites, was Peter's tombstone with a small flower growing in front of it. I stood there and wept for him.

References to Pennsylvania in the Civil War

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BJ Swartz
Updated November 25, 2007