By far, one of the best books for researching Abaco genealogy is The Genealogy of Wyannie Malone: American Loyalist and Early Settler of Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas, by Jinny McAleer.
In 1785, British Loyalist Wyannie Malone, widowed in the Revolutionary War, fled the United States for the Bahamas, where she and her children settled Hope Town in the Abaco Cays. Many Abaco residents, especially on the cays, are Wyannie descendants — including three of my four maternal great-grandparents.
Every time I use this book, I marvel at the skill and dedication it took to put it together. Thousands of people over twelve generations — from 1785 until the mid-1990s — are documented, and the information is well-organized and easy to understand.
Unfortunately, The Genealogy of Wyannie Malone is no longer in print, and it’s virtually impossible to find a copy. I searched for years before finding mine in 2013.
So, when I noticed this one currently listed on Amazon.com, I had to share it. At $125, it’s certainly not cheap — that’s more than twice the original price. But for anyone who’s serious about researching their Abaco ancestry, it really is a must-have. (Between us, it’s been listed on Amazon for a while, so it’s worth exploring whether price is negotiable.)
I understand that an updated edition of the book is in the works. If you’re a Wyannie descendant and can provide information about your branch of the family tree — particularly the more recent generations — email email@example.com or visit the Wyannie Malone Museum or Wyannie Malone Descendants Facebook pages.
For the record, I don’t know the seller of this book, nor do I have any knowledge about its condition. I just noticed the listing and thought I’d pass it along in case anyone’s interested.
UPDATE (Feb 27, 2015): Looks like the book has sold. Congratulations to the lucky buyer. If you’ve got a copy of The Genealogy of Wyannie Malone you’d like to sell, let me know and I’ll include that information here.
7 thoughts on “Rare Copy of Wyannie Malone Genealogy Book Listed on Amazon”
Fascinating, Amanda – the history, your history, and the Amazon listing. Amongst other things I do rare / antiquarian book (re)searches – I must check if there are any others listed. RH
I sincerely hope that the updated version will be made available as an eBook as well. When I’m working, and especially if I’m visiting genealogy libraries to do so, I don’t like lugging around multiple books to look things up. I try to keep as many things on my Kindle as possible. Fingers crossed!
Amanda, I had the privilege to meet and correspond with the compilers, Mac & Jinny McAleer, deceased. Upon his military retirement and hers from teaching nursing, they visited Hope Town, loved the people, adopted all of us as family, then gave the rest of their lives to collect and document Abaco family histories. A great gift from them to us!
Greetings! I am descended from the Adams – Malone line through the Roberts (my maiden name). Found you through a Google search. Very curious about this book and any other work done to connect relatives. Blessings!
Hi, Wendy. Thanks for reaching out. Are you a member of the Bahamas Genealogy Group? If not, I suggest you join – there are a number of Wyannie descendants in that group, and they can no doubt help you with your genealogical research.
Is this book still available? I lost mine in Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and would love to purchase this.
Hi, Cheryl. The Wyannie Malone Museum was working on an updated version pre-Dorian, but of course, after the storm, everything was set back. I’ll check with them and post an update. In the short term, best option is to search Ebay, Amazon and Abebooks.com for a used one.