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The Flagon and Trencher Society: Descendants of Colonial Tavern Keepers has begun a record extraction project to identify all qualifying operators of colonial taverns, inns or ordinaries. The time period of interest is from the first settling of the area that later became the original 13 States up to 4 July 1776.

The Society has collected information on over a thousand colonial tavern keepers through the membership application process. And we have published thirteen small volumes of taverner's biographies.

But certainly there were many, many, more taverners who are yet unknown. Our goal is to identify all these. Then we will publish the information in book form for distribution to libraries and individuals. Whether you are a member or not you can assist us in this project. Genealogists, local historians and others can contribute to success of this project. Submittal can be either via paper copies or electronic transmission. Contributors will be acknowledged in the book.

As of 24 August 2006 we have records extracted on 1,235 taverners, most of whom were new to us. That is, no one had joined the Society using their service.

For further information please click on the link to download the guidelines for the project. You have a choice between Rich Text Format (.rtf) which most word processing programs can handle or plain text (.txt) format for text editors.

Click below to download The Project Guidelines as either

Rich Text Format for most Word Processors
13 KB .rtf file
Text Format for Simple Editors
 4 KB .txt file
And then save the file in your own computer.

Additional information on the chosen record format and a tip for simplifying data entry is available for downloading.

Click below to download some helpful tips as either

Rich Text Format for most Word Processors
5 KB .rtf file
Text Format for Simple Editors
2 KB .txt file

We look forward to receiving your contribution to our project!

Updated 22 January 2012.