The Isaac Gilbert Book Update project is an effort to update the 1981 publication Isaac Gilbert: United Empire Loyalist, 1742-1822 written by Harriet Walker. When I "discovered" this wonderful compilation in 1990 I was immediately enthralled and awed at the work that had gone into it.
A few years later I had the pleasure of meeting Harriet's daughter Winnie. During our conversation we came up with the idea of an update to her mother's 1981 publication. Winnie granted permission to use her mother's information and this book update project was born.
With this update it is hoped that the book will cover all descendants of Isaac Gilbert and wife Mary Rowland up to present day. It will encompass Harriet Walker's 1981 publication as well as all the new additions. As you can imagine this is a huge undertaking that will produce a rather large publication.
This is why help is desperately needed to update all lines to present day. If you descend from Isaac & Mary please contact the project and see if your line needs updating (if any births, marriages or deaths have happened in your family since 1981 it's quite likely your line does need updating!). Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
If you are not sure if you descend from Isaac & Mary, PLEASE visit Rootsweb's WorldConnect project and search our gedcom to see if you're related.
When will the book be complete?
When it's done. At that time it'll be announced here, on this website, and in the Facebook group.
Why is it taking so long?
My personal goal since beginning this project was to do it right, this is not something that can, nor should, be rushed. Quality takes time, and I'm sure everyone wants a book they can be proud to be a part of.
There's also the logistics of the project: Isaac Gilbert was born over 260 years ago, he had 13 children and 83 grandchildren. Including his wife that’s 98 people in just three generations! Considering that there are now more than 12 generations involved we’re talking about thousands of people. Each person's birth, marriage and death needs to be checked, new information needs to be added, (there are an estimated several thousand more descendants that have not yet been ‘found’)... it’s a long process that takes time.
Is there an end in sight?
That depends... how far can you see? I've been getting a lot of grief about when the book will be complete, seems you lot are chomping at the bit to get your hands on it. The short answer is that yes, there is an end in sight. But no, I haven't yet set a date. So until further notice - The book is in compilation mode, all submissions are welcome, and I will update this website with a date when one is set.
Will I be in the book?
Only if you've given written permission.
How can I get a copy of the book?
Those interested in a copy of the book can follow the project on Facebook, or sign up for the notification list. Once the book is complete you will get an e-mail. Full details about purchase information will be available on this website.
How can I get a copy of Harriet's book?
It’s no longer in print and you will have to seek out second hand resources (Abe Books and eBay are two choices).
If I'm on the book notification list do I have to buy the book?
No, there's no obligation to purchase.
What will be in the book?
As much as I can fit! If you’re asking about the scope of the project, both Isaac & Mary's ancestry will be briefly outlined but it has not yet been decided if more information about their ancestry will be included. It's dependent upon information available as the publication deadline approaches and if there will be room in the book for its inclusion.
It also depends on what is found with research and what is submitted. There are things that can only be included if they are submitted – stories about yourself or other family members, photographs, information about births, marriages, deaths that have taken place the past few years. If you're a descendant, or related to a descendant, please take a moment to see if you can help with this massive project.
Due to privacy concerns, information about living persons will not be included in the book without prior written consent.
To be 100% clear - if permission is not received, your name will NOT be in the book, even if your name has been published elsewhere!