Publications

Our obligation to publish “historical data, including memorials of patriots of that era” has continued to be taken seriously.

 
A Chronicle of War of 1812 Soldiers, Seamen, and Marines
by Dennis F. Blizzard and Thomas Hollowak. Family Line Publications, Baltimore, Maryland, 1993.

The book commemorates the centennial of the incorporation of the Maryland Society of the War of 1812. It contains personal and military data on more than 500 Maryland veterans of the War of 1812.

Indexed, 138 pp., b&w illustrations.

 

 

 

Descendants of War of 1812 Veterans

by Dennis F. Blizzard, The General Society of the War of 1812, Mendenhall, PA., 1994.

This is a commemorative founders’ register (1894-1994), with a supplement to the 1989 roster.

 

 

 

 

The Roster and Register of the General Society of the War of 1812
by Dennis F. Blizzard, Frederick Ira Ordway, Jr., and Robert Glenn Thurtle, compilers and editors.

This two-volume set published by the Clearfield Company incorporates three earlier publications and a new supplement. The first volume is the complete Roster of the General Society of the War of 1812, compiled by Dennis Blizzard in 1989, and subsequently updated.

Volume I contains both the name of the ancestor veteran and the name of the Society member, along with his application file number. Two specially prepared indexes then recast this information in order to maximize its usefulness: the first lists the name of every member of the Society admitted through 15 April 1989 and includes his four-digit filing number; the second lists all veteran ancestors and the filing numbers of those candidates for membership descended from him. All extant application papers have been filed by number and are available on microfilm through LDS family history centers and other major institutions, so the filing number aspect is quite important if further research is required. A 1999 supplement to the 1989 Roster, utilizing a similar format to the original, commences on page 243 of Volume I and furnishes the names and ancestors of the nearly 800 new members admitted to the Society in the last ten years.

Although The Roster itself is of overriding importance to the genealogical researcher, other sections of the book are no less interesting. There is, for instance, an Introduction by John W. W. Loose which is, in effect, a history of the Society. There are also lists of meetings of the Society, lists of founding veteran members, chronicles of state societies (each a mini-history in itself), and a list of archival sources drawn on in the compilation.

The second and larger volume of our consolidated work is the Society’s Register, or lineage book of members, which, of course, has a publishing history of its own. In 1972, the Society of the War of 1812 published a massive register of its living members. Four years later at the time of the American Bicentennial, the Society issued a 1976 Supplement to the 1972 Register (numbered in sequence with the 1972 work). The 1972 Register was reissued with the 1976 Supplement as the second part.

Like the Roster, the Register commences with a brief history of the Society of the War of 1812, followed by a list of all the 1972 officers. (A similar list of officers appears at the beginning of the 1976 Supplement.) Lineages of some 1,500 members as of 1972 are included, followed by the lineages of an additional 200 persons admitted to membership in the Society between 1972 and 1976. Typically, each lineage gives the name, address, date and place of birth, spouse(s), and children of the member, as well as biographical details. The lineage then fills in the pedigree of each member going back at least to the 1812 patriot from whom he is descended. Most of the lines in the pedigree give the names of the male of the line, his wife’s maiden name, their dates of birth and death, and their date of marriage. All the pedigrees have been authenticated by the Society of the War of 1812. Every name found in the sketches can be found in one or the other of the two indexes appearing at the conclusion of the original volumes.

4 vols. in 2, 278 + 865 pp., Indexed. (1972, 1976, 1989), 1999. ISBN 0806348658.