Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Blue Jarvis-DeFriez Book: Exciting News from FamilySearch Family Books

If you're not familiar with FamilySearch Family History Books, you may want to familiarize yourself with this amazing resource. Family History Books.

As my father noted yesterday, FamilySearch now has more than 100,000 family history books and collections available in this digital collection. Many Americans who have ancestry in America going back at least a few generations should be able to find resources on at least one family line: diaries, family history books, local histories, collections of letters. The collection is extensive and amazing.

One item of particular interest that FamilySearch just added is Grandma Margaret Overson's blue Jarvis-DeFriez history. My father inherited the original copyright, so he signed a copyright release, and now anyone can download all 710 pages of family stories and pictures. Here is a link to the downloadable pdf:
Overson, Margaret Godfrey Jarvis. George Jarvis And Joseph George De Friez Genealogy. Mesa, Arizona: Margaret J. Overson, 1957.
Note, 9/2/13: the link doesn't seem to work. Go to the link for Family History Books and type in "Margaret Overson" to see or download the book.


  1. I can't believe it! I had no idea and just posted on the original information about the book, and here it is! I'll download immediately! best wishes to all, and I do have the information about Mark Jarvis if anyone is interested - contact me through google.

  2. Great! I was just answering your question on the previous post, so I'm glad you found this. Happy day. There's some interesting information about the Mark Jarvis family in the book, and we would all be very interested if you would like to share any of of your findings here, or if you have your own blog or family website we'd be happy to add a link to the sidebar here.

  3. I was unaware of this. Thank you for sharing!!

  4. Yep, lots of great family and community history resources there. Some of the copyright-restricted materials are only available if you use the computers at a Family History library, so I've had to go in to the local FHL to access some of the books, a history of Pine Valley, for example, but that's a small inconvenience for having access to all these amazing materials.