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Alderson roots & branches

  • San Francisco, California : D. Fridley, 1989-1997
  • El Cajon, California : J.A. Cross, 1997, 2001-
v. : ill., facsims., maps, ports.
Vol. 1 no. 1 (1989) - [vol. 13 no. 4 (2005)]


For back issues and other information, see the web site: (viewed 30 March 2018).

Quarterly, with some irregularities.

Editor: David Fridley (1989-winter 1997); James Allison Cross (winter 1997, 2001- ).

Two issues were published in winter 1997, vol. 8 no. 4 by David Fridley, and vol. 8 no. 5 by Jim A. Cross.

Publication was suspended for 1998-2000.

The Alderson Cousins was formed by David Fridley in 1989. The family association's initial focus was on descendents of Rev. John Alderson Sr. (1699-1780), their immigrant ancestor. It later expanded to include Richard Alderson, Sr. (d. ca. 1698) of the Northern Neck of Virginia, and other Alderson familis lines throughout North America, and their ancestors. For more information, see their web site.

Newsletter for the interchange of genealogical data and history of the Alderson (and variant spellings) families who came mainly from England (especially Yorkshire), Ireland, Scotland, and Sweden. The Alderson family probably originated from Aldoue de Bolton, a vassall of William de Vesoy, sheriff of Lancaster in the 12th Century England. His son, William Aldouesson had two sons, Richard and William Alderson. Some Aldersons immigrated to Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia in the 1600-1700s. Richard Alderson lived in Lancaster County, Virginia. Some focus is on (but not limited to) family of John Alderson, Sr. (1699-1780) and the family of Richard Alderson (died ca. 1698) who settled the Northern Neck of Virginia. Rev. John Alderson, Sr. left from Yorkshire County, England and settled in New Jersey ca. 1719. He married Mary Curtis, had three sons, and one daughter. One of his sons was Rev. John Alderson Jr., who established the Greenbrier Baptist Church in 1781, and died in Botetourt County, Virginia. During the 1800s, some Aldersons moved to British Columbia and Ontario (Canada), and to Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, Washington D.C., Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Later descendants also lived throughout Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. Some have African American bloodlines. Some have Choctaw Indian bloodlines. Information about adopted persons are included.

Not yet available in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) at this time. (3 Nov. 2005)

Includes some bibliographic references.

Includes Abershamson, Aldouesson, and Anderson as variant spellings.

Also includes Allison, Beaulieu, Beury, Boothe, Bowyer, Bragg, Brown, Burdett (Burdette, Burdit), Cales, Curtis, Dehart, Dooley, Hamilton, Johnson, Kincaid, Light, Lively, McClung, Painturff, Poff, Risenhoover, Scott, Sims, Smailes, Smithson, Swope, Tackitt, Toney, Treadway, Upton, Webb, Williams, Withrow, Woltz, Wooldridge, Wyant, Zickafoose, and other related families.

Library lacks: Vols. 1-6.

Description based on: Vol. 7 no. 1 (Mar 1996).



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