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The BFHS Library

Below are a series of "Flip Books" created by Doug Burgum of the Burgum Family History Society. (Please note - some are written by other authors and, with their permission, have been published on this website).

These books are highly illustrated and can be read just like a normal book or magazine where you simply read and turn the pages. Some of the books contain stories about individuals in the Burgum (and Burgham) family. Later others will be added to include a genealogy guide, a book list of obituaries, and a "Did You Know?" book about unusual facts of history.

Click on the book illustration to read it. There are a series of buttons below on each book to control your experience. The library collection will be added to over time, creating a new way of enjoying your family history.

This book show photographs of my family, the AA family tree. They include pictures of my parents, grandparents and my great-grandfather, as well as a few from the other branches of my family including the Brazilian Burgums.
A.T. Burgum began a dynasty. He was born at Weston-under-Penyard, close to the Forest of Dean. In 1871 he and his wife Ann emigrated to the USA with their children. They first settled in Iowa, where Ann tragicly died in child birth. A.T. later moved to Arthur, North Dakota, where a large family gradually grew and spread across the USA. The rest, they say, is history!
This biography is of Harry Hubert Burgum (1884-1957), who was my Great-great-uncle, half brother to my Great-great-grandfather Frederick Burgum and part of the "AA" family tree. His first wife died tragically young and he also suffered poor health, having had measles and then later tuberculosis. He married again, had a daughter and moved to Swanage, in Dorset, for the fresh air. You can read his story and that of his family by clicking on the image.
This is the story of Henry Burgum (1739-1789), a successful pewterer living in Bristol, who allowed himself to be duped by the poet Thomas Chatterton. Driven by vanity, Henry purchased a pedigree from Chatterton, and so began a spiral into humiliation, disgrace, ruin and eventual imprisonment in the Fleet Prison.
Henry Elkin was from Birmingham, England, and married Jane Burgum, the sister of John Burgum the chief decorator of the famous Concord Stagecoaches. They settled in Cuba where Henry worked as a "maquinista." He managed the machinery on a sugar plantation, but he and and Jane could never imagine what was going to happen next!
John Burgum (1826-1907) was an ornamental painter hired by the Abbot-Downing Company to decorate the famous Concord Stagecoaches. This is the story of his life.
More about John Burgum (1826-1907) the ornamental painter hired by the Abbot-Downing Company to decorate the famous Concord Stagecoaches. Merri Ferrell was Curator at Stony Brook, on Long Island for many years, home of John Burgum's "Grace Darling" Omnibus. She has recently written this article about John and his art work.
Linda Slaughter was truly a remarkable women. She married Dr Benjamin Slaughter and found herself living in an army fort where the weather was harsh and fort frequently attacked by Indians. Later they moved to Camp Hancock, living in a tent, where she set up a Sunday School. She wrote articles about the West, which were published "back East". First post mistress, first Superintendent of Schools and so much more!
One source for the Burgham family was thought to be Brougham Hall or Brougham Castle, in Westmorland, England. One of our members, Dick Burgham, wrote to me in the 1990's and told about an article he had read stating that Brougham had come from the original name Burgham. He asserted that the Burghams had originally come from the area and might also have been the source for Burgum. Were there Burghams in Westmorland? Might this be the source of our family names? Well, you will have to decide for yourself.
More books will appear here soon!