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Author: Chalkley, Lyman
Date:1912
Title:Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County 1745-1800
Publisher:DAR
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Electronic Source:Chalkley, 1912
Commentary: See: From the Library of Virginia,
Chalkley's Chronicles (VA-NOTES)
, a summation of which is given below.


Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia' is a useful work since it provides a substantial compilation of extracts of original records. Chalkley approached the DAR to publish this massive work. The DAR subsequently commissioned genealogist and historian Thomas Forsythe Nelson to assess the typewritten manuscript. Nelson noted an abundance of "transcription errors, erroneous dates, misspelled names, material omissions, and other serious mistakes". In addition, he noted that Chalkley had focused on persons and families in which he was personally interested. This implies that the abstracts are neither completely accurate, nor comprehensive. This may lead a casual reader into misinterpretations of their family history. For example, the fact that Chalkley does not note any records for a particular individual does not mean a) that there were no such records, much less that b) the person was not present in the area. The individual may have been in the area, and there may have been records for him, but Chalkley failed to include them in his abstracts.

Despite Nelson's criticism the DAR choose to publish this work anyway. Apparently the rationale was simply "better than nothing".


Chalkley's Chronicles can be a valuable resource if it is used as a first finding aid for citations but not as a correct reproduction or representation of the full rich entries in the county court's original manuscript records. Quote from Daphne Gentry, Publications and Education Services Division, The Library of Virginia

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