The Bookshelf

Below are the titles of some books pertaining to genealogy, genetics and the Titus family. As is typical in the genealogical field, some of these references were printed in limited editions and could be out of print.

Charles In the Isle of Wight. by George Hillier. London, Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1852.

This 332 page book describes the imprisonment of King Charles I in Carisbrook Castle and the attempts by Silas Titus to help him escape. A transcription of the letters between Charles I and Silas are included in the Articles, above.

Titus Family In America. by Dorothy and Percy H. Titus. Boston, MA. 1943.

This book outlines eleven generations in direct descendancy from Robert Titus. It also contains genealogical information on the Bigelow, Carpenter, Daggett, and Gould families.

Saga of Two North American Families: Andrews – Titus. by John Alva Titus. Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore. 1987.

This book contains data on the descendants of John Titus, son of Robert, who remained in MA when Robert and the rest of his family moved to NY.

Good Ole Bob ! by Ben Humboldt Titus. ADR Inc., 326 Wabash, Wichita, Kansas. 1989.

“A Compilation of Genealogy Fragments of the Titus, Bowen, Starr, Hickox, Hoffman, Lesley, Aquino, Hall and Huelskamp Families” Good Ole Bob, of course, refers to Robert Titus, the sire of the English Titus line in America.

Captain Isaac Titus of Trout Cove, Nova Scotia. by Jerry Titus. Sentinel Printing Ltd., Yarmouth, NS. 1997.

The descendants of Isaac Titus, a Loyalist, who arrived in Digby County, NS in 1783. Isaac was a descendant of Edmond Titus, son of Robert.

Titus: A North American Family. by Leo J. Titus, Jr. Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore. 2004.

This is an excellent outline of the male descendants of Robert Titus, the most comprehensive description of the line produced to date.

The Double Helix. by James D. Watson. Simon & Schuster, Inc., Rockefeller Center, NY. 1968.

The exciting story of the discovery of the shape of the DNA molecule, written by the co-discoverer and Nobel Prize winner. James Watson is, by the way, a Titus cousin by marriage, the husband of Elizabeth Lewis, who is in turn the descendant of Abigail Titus (born 1652) and her husband, John Fuller.

The Seven Daughters of Eve. by Bryan Sykes. W. W. Norton & Company, New York and London. 2001.

The story contained in this book is described on the back cover as follows: “In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy for over 5000 years – the Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes Science News, was his ‘ability to directly link that DNA to Europeans today.’ In this groundbreaking book, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times – to seven primeval women, the ‘seven daughters of Eve.'”

Genetics For Dummies. by Tara Rodden Robinson, PhD. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN. 2005.

A good text for those with little or no knowledge of genetics to get up to speed with the science behind the role of DNA in genealogy.

Deep Ancestry. by Spencer Wells. National Geographic. Washington, DC. 2007.

Comment on the book by Meave Leakey: “By deciphering the texts we each carry in our genes, we can now trace in extraordinary detail when and how our ancestors moved out of Africa to inhabit all corners of the globe. In this elegantly and lucidly written book, Spencer Wells offers fresh insights into our distant past.”

Some Family. by Donald Harman Akenson. McGill-Queen’s University Press. Montreal. 2007.

Subtitled “The Mormons and How Humanity Keeps Track of Itself.” This book provides a relatively objective view of the founding and subsequent history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including an explanation of the Church’s interest in genealogy. Appendix E, Genetics as Genealogical Evidence provides a good overview of the current role of DNA in genealogical research.

DNA & Genealogy. by Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick & Andrew Yeiser. Rice Book Press. Fountain Valley, CA. 2005.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is a consulting genealogist for the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and is known for her work on the crash of Northwest Airlines flight 4422, and also for identifying the remains of an unknown child in the sinking of the Titanic. This book provides understandable explanations of the way things work in DNA and genetics.

Forensic Genealogy. by Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick. Rice Book Press. Fountain Valley, CA. 2005.

Dr. Fitzpatrick received her BA in physics from Rice University, and her MA and PhD in nuclear physics from Duke University. She has 25 years experience in high resolution optical measurement techniques. She writes for most of the major genealogical publications. This book is a summation and explanation of her investigative techniques.

The Abiel Titus 1752-1839 Project. Bob DeMartino’s Website. 2009.

This website was activated on Nov. 16, 2009 and contains information on Abiel Titus, son of Robert Titus of the English line. Readers are encouraged to submit information to help fill in gaps in Abiel’s family tree.

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