Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lounsbury Tree -- almost done

Bill Mac Donald has scanned all the Lounsbury Trees he has and I have copied over from Jim Jurista's site (with his permission) all the Trees he had there (he plans not to continue to host that site, alas). We have the complete series now posted, except for three issues (15, 38, 39). If anyone can supply these, the series would be complete.

A huge Thank You to Bill for all the work in scanning all the past issues and to previous editors for all the work they put into this great labor.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Issues 22 through 27 and HELP NEEDED!

Editor Bill Mac Donald has been busy scanning back issues of the Lounsbury Tree once again, this time Issues 22 through 27.

HELP!! Bill is missing three issues of the Lounsbury Tree and needs a loan or gift of the hard copy (or a scan) so that we can mount it on this blog. If you have any of the following issues -- 15, 38, 39 -- would you contact Bill or leave a comment on this entry so arrangements can be made.


-bob fraser

Friday, November 30, 2007

Issue 21 and a note about orientation

Editor Bill Mac Donald has scanned another back issue of the Lounsbury Tree, No. 21, and I have added it to the list in the right column.

A word about orientation. Some of the Lounsbury Trees were published in landscape orientation and some portrait. If you are printing them out to read, it makes no difference. But you could get a kink in your neck if you tried to read a landscape-orientation Tree on your computer. However, the Adobe Acrobat Reader has an icon that looks like a curved arrow which allows you to change the orientation of an Adobe document. And you can enlarge the print as well.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Something old, something new

Newsletter editor Bill Mac Donald has scanned issues 17-20 and has completed the latest issue, number 45. All are available and linked in the right column.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Obituaries: Burwell and Agnes Lounsbury

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Obituary: Morley Lounsbury

Morley Lounsbury
Morley Lounsbury passed away in Westminister Hospital, London, (Ontario), on Monday, January 18th, where he had been a patient for some years.
Mr. Lounsbury was born in Wheatley on December 23, 1884, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Burwell Lounsbury, and lived in Wheatley and district in his earlier days.
Survivors are an aunt, Mrs. Howard Rymal of Leamnington and several neices and nephews.
Funeral services were held today (Thursday) at 2p.m. from the Smith Funeral Home, Leamington, with interment in Lakeview Cemetery, Leamington.

Sent to Bill Mac Donald by
Ialeen Colwell of Calgary.

Obituary: Carlos Lounsbury

Carlos Lounsbury
Carlos Lounsbury, 72, of 3420 West 189th st., Torrance, California passed away at his home on Thursday, August 1st
The funeral was held from the McMillen Funeral Home, Gardenia, California, on Monday, August 5th.
Mr. Lounsbury was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Burl Lounsbury and was a resident of Wheatley several years ago.
He is survived by his wife; two step-children, and a brother, Morl;ey, in Westminster Hospital, London.

Sent to Bill Mac Donald by Ialeen Colwell of Calgary.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Jim Jurista's FAQ

[Jim Jurista is about to move his web site and parts will disappear. One of the elements of his site is this F.A.Q.: Parts are dated, but much useful information.]

Lounsbery Frequently-Asked Questions

I've found that there are many questions that come up frequently when researching the Lounsbery family. Hopefully, this page will help answer some of your questions, too.

Without further ado, here are the FAQs and answers:

  1. My name is spelled Lounsbury (or Lounsberry,). Is that the same thing?

  2. In all probability, yes. The general consensus is that all the variant spellings are derived from Lounsberry; and that all Lounsberys in America are descended from Richard Lounsberry and Elizabeth Pennoyer. There are even those with names like Lansbury and Lainspeary that may be members of this extended family.
  3. Where does my branch of the family fit into the larger tree?

  4. There are several ways to determine this; one of the best is to use the information in John Freund's book, or other references.

    I frequently get e-mail telling me that someone is not in the on-line family tree. In most cases, an entire branch is seemingly missing. Please remember that the on-line tree is a small subset of the known family history, perhaps only 15-20%. I have spent some time lobbying John Freund (see next section) to provide me with his computer copies of the tree, so that I may publish them on the web. But, as I have indicated elsewhere in this site, John is quite serious about his work and does not wish to see duplication errors arise, and he also is concerned about researchers using information that is incomplete.

  5. What references exist for locating Lounsbery/Lounsbury/Lounsberry information?

  6. There are several options available. Besides traditional genealogical research methods, the following Lounsbury-specific resources exist.
    • Some Descendants of Richard Lounsberry of Rye, NY. This is a book by John Freund of Victor, NY; it contains the most comprehensive structure and descriptions available pertaining to the descendants of Richard. Unfortunately, the book is now out of print and copies are no longer available from any source I know of.
    • The Lounsbury Tree. This is a twice-yearly newsletter, edited and published by Al Lounsbury of Saratoga Springs, NY. It contains lots of information about reunions, queries, obituaries, and historical events related to the Lounsbury clan.
    • Lounsbury : origin, meaning, and significance, with emphasis on the evidence and conclusions concerning the relationship of the Lounsbury family to royalty in the Middle Ages. This is a book by Raymond H. Lounsbury; here are some relevant details from the U.S. Library of Congress' search site:
      • PUBLISHED: Bridport, Vt. : Lounsbury, 1976.
        DESCRIPTION: viii, 31 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
        NOTES: Includes bibliographical references.
        SUBJECTS: Lounsberry family. England--Genealogy.
        LC CALL NO.: CS439.L8371976
        DEWEY CLASS NO.: 929/.2/0942
        FORMAT: Book
        LCCN: 76-371948
    • On-Line Databases.I had maintained a set of HTML files, generated from genealogical software, that were accessible on my web site. For various reasons - primarily the inclusion of living persons - I have decided to remove these files.
    There are other family trees on the web that contain Lounsbury information. There are also several other books of significance to Lounsbury researchers.
  7. What is the "Pennoyer Scholarship"?

  8. The Pennoyer Scholarship is an endowment held for tuition assistance to students at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. It is intended to be used by descendants of Robert Pennoyer. Pennoyer's brother was a somewhat wealthy London businessman who also happened to be childless, so he left an endowment for his brother Robert's descendants.

    One of Robert's children was Elizabeth Pennoyer, who married Richard Lounsberry. Because Richard is considered the forefather of all Lounsberrys in the U.S., anyone with that surname or descended from someone with that surname is probably eligible for the scholarship. Of course, you'll need to get in to Harvard first.

  9. How can I learn more about genealogy in general? There are many excellent resources available on the Internet. Check out some of the links on the right side of the blog.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Making comments, adding entries

If you wish to make a comment on any entry, just click on the work "comments" below each entry. If it is the type of comment that needs to become an entry, I will move it into the main entry column. Comments are moderated; I see them before they are posted. I will cheerfully delete any spam. If you wish to send a larger entry by email, leave that as a comment with your e-mail address. I will delete the comment as soon as I see it and write to you directly.


Issues 1-14 and 16 of Lounsbury Tree added

Bill Mac Donald has been working assiduously to scan early issues of the Lounsbury Tree and has now completed the first fourteen issues and the sixteenth issue, linked at the right. Thank you, Bill.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Early Lounsbury Trees added

Bill Mac Donald has been very busy scanning early issues. You will notice four issues added: 1, 2, 3, and 5! Thanks, Bill.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lounsbury Tree Issue 32 added

Bill Mac Donald has scanned issue 32 and it is now available (see Lounsbury Tree list to the right).


Fall 2007 Issue of L-Tree

If you have information for the Fall issue of the L-Tree, please send it ASAP to Bill Mac Donald as an attachment. His address (substitute an "@" for the "at" and no spaces) is wmacdonald at Bill plans to have the issue out in November.


Three latest L-Trees added

Bill Mac Donald has sent the three most recent issues of the L-Tree, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, and Spring 2007, and I have added them to the list at the right. Note that the latest issue is much larger than the others at over 6 MB.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Olive Tree Genealogy

Added Olive Tree Genealogy to the general resource list. This is a listing of free genealogy records and claims links to over 1,700 databases. Thanks to Bill Mac Donald for pointing this one out.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Books for Lounsbury Research

Three very useful books for Lounsbury family research are:
1) Lounsbury, Origin, Meaning and Significance; by Raymond H. Lounsbury, 1976
2) Pennoyer Brothers, Colonization, Commerce, Charity in the Seventeenth Century; by Raymond H. Lounsbury, 1971, published by Dorrance & Company, Philadelphia, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 72-151059
3) The North American Descendants of William & Grace Elizabeth (Gray) Lounsbury of North River, New Brunswick by Jack H. Lounsbury, privately published November 1985

Bill Mac Donald

Monday, August 20, 2007


Jim Jurista and Bill Mac Donald have been excellent editors of the Lounsbury Tree, a newsletter dedicated to promulgating genealogical information about the family name of Lounsbury with all its spellings, such as Loundsbury, Lounsbery, and Lonsbury, to name the more common. You are welcome to post questions and comments here to be read by others interested in Lounsbury genealogy. SPAM will be cheerfully deleted. Links for issues of the Lounsbury Tree will be available on this site.

-bob fraser