The Barbara S. Wampler Books and Newsletters
Last update: 02/05/'04
2. List of Library and Private Copies of the BSW publications
3. List of the Publications in my Collection (with links to Tables of Contents and Indices)
4. Cummulative Tables of Contents for the BSW Books and Newsletters, sorted alphabetically
5. Cummulative Index to Surnames and Given Names in the BSW publications (FILE SIZE: 1 Mb)
Section 1.8.b.1Between 1976 and 1979, Barbara S. Wampler collected the names of Wampler family members in America, solicited family information from them and began publishing a set of collections of the information provided by her correspondents. The early publications were called the "Wampler Ancestors and Descendents in America" Books and were referred to by Barbara as Journals. Later, as the volume of information for each issue became smaller, they were called newsletters.
These publications were mailed to people on her mailing list and various collections of them have found there way to several genealogical libraries around the country. In many cased, the collections in these libraries are incomplete, missing one or more of these publications. Indeed, the first Book refers to a previous newsletter on page 31 which I do not have in my collection. This reference may be to one of Barbara's early letters which were mailed between September 1976 and the publication of the first book (January 1977). These letters gave updates to her correspondents on the progress of the research and solicted more information for her files. While I do have several of these letters, none of them makes the reference to John and Magdalena Garber Wampler discussed on page 31 of Book 1.
By the publication of the final newsletter in December of 1979, she indicates that her files include over 2050 families. Barbara who lived in Joliet IL, also made several contributions to the Wampler genealogy reported in the Brethren Encyclopedia (). Much of her work and that to which she refers can be found in the Brethren Library and Archives, Elgin, IL.
Readers of the newsletters are given a valuable set of information collected from a very wide range of participants. This web site rests in large part on the work of researchers who used Barbara's books and newsletters to bootstrap their own work. For the most part, the information in these publications was given in the order it was provided. Sometimes contradictions or corrections to earlier material were pointed out when it appeared in the later publications, but this was not always the case. Indeed, the subsequent work of many other genealogists has further refined and corrected various parts of the material. Never-the-less, the scope of the material in these publications is greater than that of any of the other published books on various Wampler families that I have seen and they still represent an extremely valuable resource for Wampler genealogy.
When I receive an e-mail request for information on someone who isn't in my database,
Barbara's publications are the first place I look. To facilitate that, I have been
indexing this material and made up tables of contents for the newsletters (each of the books
has a Table of Contents provided by the author which I have rearranged slightly for a consistent
format). Several genealogists that I know also have indices to this material, but none of them have been available for posting here. Those of you who have done so, I would appreciate any corrections to these postings if you find errors in them.
I have found the following copies of the BSW publications in Libraries. In addition I have also listed individuals who have copies in their personal libraries (see note below):
Arnoldsville, Georgia, John E. Wampler (personal copy): Books 1-4, Newsletters 1-9NOTE: If you know of additional holdings of these important resources, please let me know so that I can add to this list.
Cherryville, North Carolina, Terry L. Wampler (personal copy): Books 1-4, Newsletters 1-9
Elgin, Illinois, The Brethern Library and Archives: Book 1 and possibly other material
Frederick, Maryland, Historical Society Genealogy Library: Books 1-4, Newsletters 1, 4, 6-9
Madison, Wisconsin, The University of Wisconsin Library, in its Historical Society Library Pamphlet Collection: Books 3 and 4, Newsletters 3-9
New York City, New York The New York Public Library, Humanities-History & Genealogy Section: Books 1 and 4, Newsletters 1 and 5
The chronological list of the publications in my collection is given below (click on "Contents" to see the Table of Contents for that publication; click on "Index" to see an index of surnames and given names):
Book or Newsletter Pub. Date
a. Wampler Ancestors and Descendents in America, Book 1
b. Wampler Ancestors and Descendents in America, Book 2
c. Wampler Ancestors and Descendents in America, Book 3
d. Wampler Ancesters and Descendents in America, Book 4
e. Wampler Ancesters and Descendents in America, Newsletter 1
f. Wampler Ancestors and Descendents in America, Newsletter 2
g. Wampler's... Ancestors and Descendents in America, Newsletter 3
h. Wampler...Ancestors and Descendents in America, Newsletter 4
i. Wampler's Ancestors....and Descendents in America, Newsletter 5
j. Wampler-Ancestors and Descendents in America...., Newsletter 6
k. Wampler...Ancestors and Descendents.. in America, Newsletter 7
l. Wampler...Ancestors and Descendents in America, Number 8
m. Wampler - Ancestors and Descendents in America, Final Issue, Number 9