Notes on the families of Chamberlain and Harben
by Joseph Austen Chamberlain, privately published in 1915. Only 50 copies were produced and this eBook is of copy number four.
A surprisingly intimate look into the personal and family lives of Joseph Austen Chamberlain's grand-parents and ancestors. It is not clear why he should chose to be so open and frank. Possibly the combination of his father's death the year before, his young family (Joseph then aged 7 and Beatrice only 3), and he himself aged 52 must have been factors. Joseph Austen Chamberlain says in the preface:
"I have put together these notes in order to preserve for my children and for other members of the family in my own or the younger generation such memories as I can recall, or have been able to collect, of my grandparents and their ancestors."
Descendants of these branches of the Chamberlain and Harben families will be fascinated by "Notes on the families of Chamberlain and Harben". However, with a print run of only 50 individually numbered copies it would be very difficult for descendants to now obtain or even read this work. Which is why it is now available from austenfamily.org as an eBook. Before purchasing readers are advised to read the Brochure (PDF, 204k) and check the eBook's Index (PDF, 170k) to ensure their ancestors are mentioned.
The eBook uses Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) which means the eBook can be read on almost any computer system. While the PDF reader software is not included with the eBook it is free (and freely available) and can be found here. Both the Brochure and Index are in the same PDF format as the eBook.
The "Notes of the families of Chamberlain and Harben" eBook is supplied on CD-Rom and contains two PDF files, the first is a relatively small file that has been transcribed by hand and the second is a much larger file that contains images of each actual page. If requested, the transcribed version (PDF, 800k) can be emailed on confirmation of payment.
Posted anywhere in the world for £11.50.
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Last update January 2008.
Note, the picture of Joseph Austen Chamberlain on this page is from August 1900 and is not in the eBook.