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Laura Bush and Daughter Jenna to Keynote RootsTech 2015

Former First Lady Laura Bush and Daughter Jenna Bush Hager to headline RootsTech, see the details in this press release:


Laura Bush and Daughter Jenna to Keynote RootsTech 2015

Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager

RootsTech 2015 attendees will get to hear firsthand how one of the nation’s most famous families celebrates their family across generations. RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced today that former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager will be the keynote speakers during the Friday morning general session on February 13, 2015.

The former First Lady will talk about life in the White House and the importance of family during those eight years, as well as reflect on the difficult days following September 11th. Jenna Bush Hager will join her mother onstage for a fireside chat where they will share family stories as a new mother and grandmother.

FamilySearch CEO, Dennis Brimhall, is excited to welcome the Bush family. As we celebrate families across generations this year, I can’t think of more fitting guests to have join us. This will be quite memorable.” FamilySearch is the sponsoring organization for RootsTech.

Hager currently works as a contributor for NBC’s The Today Show and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her daughter, Margaret Laura “Mila” Hager.

In addition to being a loving mother and grandmother, Mrs. Bush is a best-selling author, founder of the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. and Chair of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Laura Bush served as First Lady while her husband, George W. Bush was President of the United States from 2001-2009. Her father-in-law,George H.W. Bush was President of the United States from 1989-1993.

Visit and reserve your seat to hear Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager. Passes start at just $19.

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Findmypast release the 1890 US census, over 31 million England and Wales marriages, over 71,000 Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers and new additions to their collection of British Newspapers

This press release was recently issues by Find My Past:

Findmypast release the 1890 US census, over 31 million England and Wales marriages, over 71,000 Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers and new additions to their collection of British Newspapers

Every Friday, thousands of new records are released on our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to explore over the weekend. This week’s new additions also include over 31 million English Marriages, over 131,000 Welsh Marriages, the final instalment of our collection of Irish Petty Session Court Registers, the 1890 US census and new additions to our collection of historic British Newspapers.

In 1921, a fire destroyed nearly all of the records and materials from the US 1890 census that were stored in the basement of the Commerce Building in Washington D.C. Almost all of the original data from the 1890 census is no longer available. About 1,000 pages and fragments survived the fire. These include some records from specific counties in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas. It is these pages and fragments that make up this collection.

The 1890 census forms provided information about every individual in the house including their name, age, gender, relationship to the head of the household, occupation, marital status, place of birth, parent’s place of birth, level of literacy, number of years spent in the US and whether or not they were a civil war veteran or widow.

Over 31 million International Genealogical Index (IGI) England Marriages 1538-1973 have been added to our collection of UK Marriage records. Spanning the 435 years between 1538 and 1975, each record consists of a transcript of the original document. Each record consists of a transcript of the original document. The amount of information contained varies although the records usually list the couple’s names, place of marriage, date of marriage and the names of the groom’s parents.

Over 131,000 International Genealogical Index (IGI) Wales, Marriages 1541-1900. Each record consists of a transcript of the original document. The amount of information contained varies although the records usually list the couple’s names, place of marriage, date of marriage and the names of the groom’s parents.

Over 710,000 records have been added to complete our collection of Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912. Petty Sessions handled the bulk of lesser criminal and civil legal proceedings. These were presided over by Justices of the Peace, who were unpaid and often lacked any formal legal training. Justices were usually prominent landowners or gentlemen. Justice was pronounced summarily at these courts – i.e. without a jury. Petty Sessions sat daily, weekly or monthly, depending on the volume of cases, and often saw controversial judgements. Every court had a clerk, whose job it was to record the details of each case in the registers.

Now the largest collection of Irish court & prison records available anywhere online, there over 22 million records in the collection. They include details of victims, witnesses and the accused, such as address, date in court, details of the offence, details of the verdict and the sentence.

Over 800,000 new articles have been added to our collection of British Newspapers. Two new titles have also been added, the Aberdeen Weekly Journal, County Chronicle and the Surrey Herald & Weekly Advertiser for Kent.  Substantial updates to existing titles include over 112,000 additional articles from the Sheffield Independent and over 110,000 additional articles from the Western Daily Press. The full collection now stands at over 100 million articles.

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Registration Opens for the 2015 CSI-Genealogy

The following letter was sent out to announce registration for the 2015 event:


Fellow genealogists:

Carl Sandburg College is excited to announce that registration for the 2015 CSI-Genealogy is continuing in our four classes taught by Cyndi Ingle, Debbie Mieszala, Michael John Neill, and Teresa Steinkamp McMillin.

We’d love it if you could share information about this exciting upcoming educational opportunity with your readers.

CSI-G consists of four separate tracks of lectures including online/digital research, intermediate and advanced methodology, and German research.

There’s more information on CSI-Genealogy on our blog at

Our Facebook presence is at:

A copy of our flyer can be downloaded here:

If you have any questions about CSI-Genealogy, I’d be happy to answer them.



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German Studies part of Pre-Conference day of events

Press release from NGS:


German Studies: Understanding German Records and Methodology will be held on Tuesday, 12 May 2015, during the Pre-Conference day of events.

More Americans claim German ancestry than any other nationality. If you are one of those researchers with German ancestry, do not miss this singular opportunity to expand your knowledge and research capabilities. This German Studies seminar features three nationally known German speakers, Warren Bittner, CG, Baerbel Johnson, AG, and Carol Whitton, CG, discussing topics to help further your German research.

History affected an ancestor’s decision to leave Germany.  Learn key historical facts for various time periods and the events in which your ancestor may have participated.  You will want to attend if you need assistance with:

  • Finding an ancestor’s village of origin
  • Breaking through a brick wall
  • Learning about German administrative organizations
  • Locating maps
  • Understanding territorial changes
  • Contacting  German Archives
  • Thinking-outside-the-box suggestions

8:00    Doors open
8:30    “Finding a Town of Origin” (Baerbel Johnson)
9:45    “German Historical Maps and Territories” (Warren Bittner)
11:00    “Finding the Correct German Archives” (Carol Whitton)
12:00     Lunch
1:00    “Strategies for Solving German Research Problems” (Baerbel Johnson)
2:15    “German History Makes a Difference” (Warren Bittner)

Price is $110, and includes lunch.
To register, go to 
Registration is limited so register early!

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Nathan Furr, Ph.D., Author of The Innovator’s Method, to Headline RootsTech Innovator Summit

The following press release was sent out by FamilySearch:


RootsTech - February 12-14, 2015
RootsTech – February 12-14, 2015
Nathan Furr, Ph.D., Author of The Innovator’s Method, to Headline RootsTech Innovator Summit
Nathan Furr at Innovator Summit One of the world’s leading authors and recognized experts in innovation and entrepreneurship will be part of the largest family history conference in the world. Nathan Furr, Ph.D., will be joining RootsTech as a keynote speaker on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Innovator Summit. His keynote address, titled “How to Apply the Innovator’s Method to Increase Your Success and Decrease Your Risk,” will zero in on how to capture new opportunities, how to balance the need for execution and flexibility, how startups develop innovative business models, and the impact of learning on new market success.
Nathan Furr is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University and has a Ph.D. from Stanford University. His new book, The Innovator’s Method (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2014) combines the two, bringing the radical “lean start-up” approach to innovation into established organizations. His previous book, Nail It Then Scale It (NISI Institute, 2011), underscores that the seeds to entrepreneurial success are sown before you build anything.

Nathan Furr is just one of the many exciting and inspiring speakers at RootsTech Innovator Summit. The Innovator Summit offers developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs access to the latest content and resources that provide insight on family history data, services, and inspiration for current and future projects. A full lineup of classes are offered on Wednesday, February 11, with additional classes offered on Thursday and Friday. The Wednesday event includes Furr’s keynote address, a lunch combined with the semifinal round of the RootsTech Innovator Challenge, an evening mingle, and a late-night hack-a-thon event. If you are a developer, business leader, or entrepreneur, you won’t want to miss this event.

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The Georgia Frontier; Three Volume Set — 15% OFF

cf9873The Georgia Frontier; Three Volume Set, by Jeannette Holland Austin

Volume I: Colonial Families to the Revolutionary War

Volume II: Revolutionary War Families to the Mid-1880

Volume III: Descendents of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina Families

Following General James Oglethorpe’s initial settling of Europeans from England, Scotland, and the Palatine to the Georgia Colony and the dissolution of the Georgia trustees’ charter, the British Crown offered substantial land grants to entice other colonists to settle and work the Georgia countryside.

As early as 1752, colonists from New England, Virginia, and the Carolinas poured into Georgia, bringing with them their families, servants, and sometimes entire religious communities. By 1775, these “frontier” settlements had established extensive coastal cotton and rice plantations. After the Revolution, Patriot veterans established homesteads by taking up land grants for their war services. During the early 1800s, Georgia employed a series of land lotteries to attract even more settlers. Once the federal government had “removed” Georgia’s Cherokee and Creek populations during the late 1820s, the stage was set for a climactic state lottery of middle and western Georgia lands in 1832.

Set against the history of Georgia’s advancing frontier, this unprecedented three-volume work, the outgrowth of one genealogist’s professional lifetime of tracing Georgia family histories, sets forth the genealogies of 591 families, referencing tens of thousands of Georgia settlers. The families are divided into three convenient groupings: (1) those who settled prior to 1775, (2) families who first entered Georgia between the Revolution and before the Civil War, and (3) families that migrated to Georgia from Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina during various periods.

It is impossible to praise this new compendium of family histories too highly. Mrs. Austin’s work is destined to be regarded as a landmark in Georgia genealogy. Scan the surnames of the main families covered, below, to learn if your Georgia ancestors are those who pioneered the Georgia frontier.


The Georgia Frontier; Three Volume Set, by Jeannette Holland Austin is now available from Family Roots Publishing for 15% OFF for a Limited Time.


Surnames listed in each of the volumes:

Volume I:
Adams, Adkerson/Adkinson/Atkinson, Akens/Akins, Alfriend, Allen, Allison, Anderson, Andrew/Andrews, Armor/Armour, Arnett, Arnsdorff, Askin/Askins, Atwell, Austin, Aycock, Ayres, Bacon, Baillie, Baker, Baldwin, Ball, Banks, Barnard, Barnett, Barron, Battle, Baxley, Bazemore, Bechtle, Beddingfield, Bedell, Berkner, Berry, Biddenback, Bignon (du bignon), Billingslea, Bird, Blackstone, Blount, Blow, Blue, Bohannon, Bohrman, Bolzius, Bond, Bostick/Bostwick, Bowen, Bowling, Boykin, Braddy, Bradley, Bradshaw, Bradwell, Brandner, Branham, Brannon, Brantley, Braswell, Breedlove, Brewer, Brincefield, Broach, Browning, Bryan, Bryant, Buckner, Bulloch, Buntz, Burford, Burgholder (Bourghalter), Burnley, Butler, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Candler, Carlton, Carr, Carter, Cassells, Castleberry, Castlin, Chaffin, Chapman, Chappell, Chattin, Cheney, Childs, Choate, Clarke, Clay, Clements, Cleaveland/Cleveland, Cleveland, Clower, Cocke, Cofer, Cole, Collier, Collins, Comer, Congleton, Conner, Cook, Cooper, Corneck, Cornwell, Cotton, Cowan, Cox, Crenshaw, Cross, Crutchfield, Cuthbert, Damour, Darden, Darsey, Davis, Dawson, Delegal, Delk, Dent, Dewberry, Dickson, Dozier, Drawhorn, Dregors, Driggers, Driver, Dukes, Dumas, Dunn, Durden, Durham, Dwight, Dyson, Early, Earnest, Easterling, Edge, Edwards, Elliott, Ellis, Emerson, English, Epps, Etheridge, Evans, Fambrough, Feagin, Feaster, Few, Finney, Fisher, Fletcher, Flewellen, Fraser, Freeman, Fryer, Fullilove, Futch, Gafford, Gardner, Gates, Gay, Gee, Germain, Germany, Gibbons, Gibbs, Gibson, Gilbert, Gilder, Gilmer, Giovanoli, Glascock, Gober, Godfrey, Goggans, Golden/Golding, Goldwire, Goodall, Goodman, Goodwin, Gordon, Graham, Gray, Greer, Grier, Griminger, Gronau, Guerry, Gunter, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hammond, Hancock, Hansford, Hanson, Hardeman/Harman, Harmon, Harper, Harrell, Harris, Harrison, Hart, Hatcher, Hatchett, Hawkins, Haygood, Healy, Helfenstein, Henderson, Hendricks, Hendry, Henry, Herron, Hickman, Hicks, Hiers, Hill, Hillhouse, Hines, Hird, Hodges, Hodges, Hogan, Holcombe, Holland, Hollis, Holt, Hood, Hooper, Horne, Horton, Houstoun, Howard, Howard, Huckaby, Hudson, Huffstetler, Hughes, Huguley, Humphrey, Hutchings, Hutchings, Ingram, Irby, Irwin, Jackson, James, Jarrard, Jay, Jemison, Jewett, Johnson, Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Jordan, Justice, Kelly, Kennedy, Kennon, Kibbee, Kieffer, Kilgo/Kilgore, Kimbrough, King, Knighton, Lamar, Lane, Lanham, Lanier, Lasseter, Lastinger, Lavender, Layfield, Lee, Lester, Lester, LeSueur, Letson, Lewis, Lightner, Loggins, Long, Love, Lowe, Loyd, Mabry, MacBean, Macintosh, Mackay, Madison, Mallard, Malone, Mann, Marbury, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Massey, Maxey, Maxwell, May, McCall, McClendon, McCord, McCormick, McCorquodale, McCoy, McDonald, McGinty, McKee, McKey, McLean, McMichael, McRight, Means, Melson, Mercer, Merriman, Merritt, Messer, Middlebrooks, Milledge, Miller, Mills, Minis, Mitchell, Money/Mooney, Montgomery, Moon, Moore, Morel, Morgan, Morris, Morton, Moss, Mullins, Murphy, Napier, Naylor, Nesmith, Norman, Norris, Odingsell, Oglethorpe, Oliver, Orr, Ortman, Osgood, Overton, Owen, Oxford, Padgett, Parker, Parr, Paterson, Paulk, Payne, Peacock, Pearson, Peek, Peeler, Pendley, Penrose, Perdue, Perkins, Perry, Perryman, Phifer, Phillips, Pike, Pitts, Polhill, Pope, Potts, Prather, Prince, Proctor, Pye, Quarterman, Radford, Rae, Rahn, Ramsey, Ray, Redding, Reeves, Reid, Remshart, Rich, Richardson, Roberts, Robinson, Rogers, Roquemore, Rountree, Rouvier, Rumble, Russell, Sappington, Satterwhite, Scarborough, Schaeffer, Schweighofer, Scott, Searcy, Seckinger, Shannon, Shattles, Shepherd, Sheppard, Shiflet, Shirey, Shockley, Sikes/Sykes, Simmons, Singleton, Sisk, Skinner, Slaughter, Slocumb, Smith, Smylie, Stallings, Stallsworth, Standley, Starr, Stewart, Stocks, Strickland, Stripling, Struthers, Stubbs, Sumner, Surrency, Tankersley, Taylor, Tekell/Teakell, Tennille, Thomas, Thornton, Todd, Tomlin, Treadway, Trotman, Upton, Ussery, Valentine, Vanderplank, Vanzant, Veazey, Vernon, Wade, Waldhauer, Warnell, Warren, Watkins, Watson, Way, Welch, Wells, Wereat, Wheelis/Wheeless/Wheelus, Whitefield, Wilcher, Wilder, Williams, Williamson, Wilson, Wimberly, Winn, Wright, Young, Zant, Zellner, Zettler, Ziegler, Zipperer, Zitterauer, Zorn, and Zouberbuhler.

Volume II:
Aaron, Adams, Albritton, Aldredge, Alexander, Alston, Anglin, Ansley, Ash/Ashe, Atkinson, Avera, Avery/Avary, Baldree, Baldwin, Bankston, Barfield, Barksdale, Barnett, Barnwell, Bartlett, Battle, Bell, Berry, Biddy, Bingham, Blackstock, Blackwell, Blair, Blandford, Bond, Bonnell, Bonner, Borders, Bostick, Bowen, Braselton, Brooks, Brunson, Bullock, Burgess, Burney, Butler, Butner, Buttrill, Caldwell, Campbell, Candler, Cannon, Carithers, Carlton, Carmichael, Carnes, Caruth, Castlin, Causey, Cauthern, Chalker, Chamlee, Childs, Cline, Cloud, Clower, Cochran, Coggins, Colbert, Collins, Comer, Conner, Cooper, Cordle, Crawford, Creel, Creighton, Crisson, Crosson, Crowley, Cunningham, Curls, Day, Deason, Denson, Dobbs, Dooly, Dover, Dowdy, Drawhorn/Draughton, Dyer, Easley, Eberhart, Evans, Eve, Fitzpatrick, Fleming, Flewellen, Fountain, Franklin, Freeman, Garrard, Gilmer, Gober, Golden, Goodson, Goss, Greer, Guess, Gunnells, Guthrie, Guyton, Hammock, Hargis, Hargrove, Harris, Harrison, Haygood, Haynes, Heard, Heath/Heeth, Henderson, Hicks, Hill, Hilley, Hodge, Holt, Hooper, Hopkins, House, Howard, Howell, Hubert, Huff, Human, Hume, Humphrey/Humphries, Hurt, Inman, Irby, Irwin, Jeffers, Jolley, Jones, Keaton, Kemp, Kendrick, Key, Kirk, Kiser, Kitchens, Knox, Kontz, Lamkin, Ledbetter, Lee, Lemon, Lester, Lewis, Liddell, Lindley, Little, Lockett, Lockhart, Long, Lord, Lovelace, Lowry, Lyon, Mangum, Matthews, Mayes, McCall, McCardle, McClure, McCurdy, McGuire, McRee, Meeks, Merritt, Miller, Millican, Moone, Moore, Morris, Moseley, Mullins, Mundy, Neal, Nephew, Newsom, Nicholson, Nunnalee, Ogletree, Oliver, Orr, Parker, Parris, Peace, Pentecost, Perdue, Perkins, Peters, Phinizy, Powell, Power, Preston, Pullen, Quillian, Ragsdale, Raiford, Redding, Redman, Renfroe, Rollestone, Rouse, Rucker, Rumph, Russell, Rutherford, Ryals, Satterfield, Sanford, Scroggins, Selman, Sewell, Shackleford, Shankle, Shannon, Sheffield, Sheftall, Sheppard, Simmons, Sims, Siniard, Smith, Stansel, Stapler, Steed, Steele, Stephens, Stephenson, Stevens, Stokes, Stovall, Strickland, Strong, Stroud, Stubbs, Summerhill, Swift, Swinney, Talley, Tatom, Taylor, Tibbitts, Tidwell, Todd, Tomlin, Townsend, Trammell, Trotman, Trout, Tucker, Tuggle, Turk, Turner, Upton, Varnedoe, Veal, Vickers, Wadsworth, Wakefield, Waldrep/Waldrop/Waldroup, Waldrop, Walker, Wall, Waller, Walraven, Walton, Watkins, Watts, Wellbourne, Whatley, Wheeless, Whelchel, Whisenhunt, White, Whitehead, Whitehurst, Wigley, Wilburn, Wilkins, Wills, Wilson, Wimberly, Wimpy, Wisener, Wommack, Woolfolk, Wootten, Worley, Wortham, Wyche, Wylie, York, Zellers, and Zuber.

Volume III:
Ables, Adair, Austin, Baxter, Beckham, Bell, Bird, Bittick, Bivins, Bone, Bradley, Brent, Brooks, Brown, Bulloch, Calloway, Camp, Carlton, Carnes, Carter, Chambless/Chambliss, Cheatham, Clements, Cliatt, Cobbs, Coles, Collins, Conger, Cook, Craton/Crayton, Danielly, Davis, Dean, Delk, Dent, Dixon, Drew, Durham, Edmondson, Edwards, Elsberry, Ethridge, Evans, Fambrough, Finch, Foote, Forsyth, Franklin, Gamel/Gammell, Gann, Gideon, Greene, Gruber, Hagan/Hagin, Hamilton, Hargett/Hugett, Harris, Hill, Hitchcock, Hogan, Holland, Howard, Howell, Huckaby, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Kalcher, Keaten, Kilpatrick (Patrick), Lane, Lee, Leverett, Littleton, Matthews, McGarity, McGee, McKenney/McKinney, Mercer, Miles, Monfort/Montford/Munford, Moody, Moon, Noland, O’Neal, Parker, Parris, Perkins, Ponder, Power, Pye, Ragsdale, Roberts, Roguemore, Sailors, Salter, Sanders, Singleton, Skedsvold, Smith, Sorrells, Sparks, Spiers/Spears, Spinks, Starling, Stegall, Sullivan, Tapley, Tolbert, Wade, Waldron, Williams, Williamson, Wilson, Woodall, York, Young, and Youngblood.


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Maryland Genealogies, in Two Volumes — 15% OFF

cf3735Maryland Genealogies, a two volume set, contains all the family history articles published in the Maryland Historical Magazine from its inception through 1976. The magazine was produced by the Maryland Historical Society. The families found in these articles “arrived, for the most part, in the early colonial period,” but are not limited to just British families. There are also know German and French families, along with some Jewish families.

“Most of the articles begin with the first member of the family in Maryland and trace descendants in the male line down to the early eighteenth century. “While most of the articles reprinted here are family lineages, tracing all lines of descent in the male line from a common ancestor, there are other types of articles as well. For example, there are Bible records…A few articles discuss in great detail the various theories concerning the origin of the immigrant ancestor…A third type of article deals with families from the same locality who are closely related through a series of marriages.”

According to Robert Barnes, author of the introduction, “since they have been largely inaccessible to the researcher, we have excerpted these articles in entirety and rearranged them in this comprehensive two-volume work, adding an introduction by a noted Maryland genealogist and personal name indexes.”

The consolidated articles–nearly 100 in number–now form a reference work of a type long needed in Maryland genealogy, with the range and scholarly authority demanded by the researcher. Based on the index, the names listed below are just some of the surnames found in the books, with an estimated 14,000 total names listed.


Copies of this two volume set, Maryland Genealogies, are available from Family Roots Publishing. Now, 15% OFF for a Limited Time


Following is a list of the families named in the titles to the various articles:

  • Abington
  • Auld
  • Ball
  • Bartlett
  • Belt
  • Berry
  • Bladen
  • Blakistone
  • Bonvile
  • Brengle
  • Briscoe
  • Brooke
  • Caile
  • Calvert
  • Chew
  • Christison
  • Churchill
  • Clements
  • Cohen
  • Coplestone
  • Croker
  • Cromwell
  • Dent
  • Dixon
  • Dorsey
  • Dunn
  • Egerton
  • Ellicot
  • Elliott
  • Emory
  • Fairfax
  • Faris
  • Fox
  • Foxworthy
  • Frisby
  • Fritchie
  • Frith
  • Gary
  • Gerard
  • Gist
  • Goldsborough
  • Gordon
  • Gough-Carroll
  • Hall
  • Harrison
  • Harwood
  • Haskins
  • Hausil
  • Hawley-Halley
  • Highland
  • Hollyday
  • Hungerford
  • Hynson
  • Jones
  • Kemp
  • Key
  • Lambdin
  • Lane
  • LeCompte
  • Lee
  • Levis
  • Linthicum
  • Lloyd
  • Loockerman
  • Lowe
  • Lowndes
  • MacKeeles
  • Marsh
  • Merryman
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Murdock
  • Neale
  • Owens-Owings
  • Pearce-Levy
  • Pennock
  • Plater
  • Poe
  • Price
  • Pritchett
  • Randall
  • Ridgely
  • Rigbie
  • Rockhold
  • Sewall
  • Sharpe
  • Skinner
  • Smallwood
  • Smith
  • Snead
  • Sparrow
  • Sprigg
  • Stansbury
  • Stevens
  • Stewart
  • Sweetser
  • Tasker
  • Taylor
  • Tilghman
  • Todd
  • Webb
  • Weems
  • West
  • Winchester-Owens-Owings-Price
  • Wise
  • Wrightson
  •  Young-Woodward-Hesselius

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Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families from The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography — 15% OFF

cf4570The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) was founded in 1877 by The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The magazine has been a “gold mine of information relating to the history and biography of the Keystone State and neighboring areas.” The magazine contained a plethora of information on compiled family histories, Bible records, censuses, passenger lists, etc. Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families is a collection of some 200 family history articles culled from the first 56 volumes of PMHB.

This compilation contains all but one of the family history articles that were in the Magazine up to 1935 when genealogical contributions were discontinued. The one missing article appeared as a book in 1913. This collection also has every Bible record and genealogical fragment known to have been published in the Magazine. In all, this consolidation refers to some 20,000 individuals having some connection with the families listed in the contents below.

The book was published in 1981 with an Introduction by Milton Rubincam.

Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families from The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography is available at Family Roots Publishing; Item #: CF4570. Now 15% OFF for a Limited Time.


Contents/List of Aritcles


Atkinson Families of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, by Oliver Hough

Bedant-Robbins-Lake Bible Records, copied by Sarah A. Risley

William Biles, by Miles White, Jr.

Boone Genealogy

Carpenter Genealogical Notes

Chandler Genealogy

Genealogical Note of the Chapman Family of Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Claypoole Genealogy, by J. Rutgers LeRoy

Three Generations of the Clymer Family

Captain William Crispin, by M. Jackson Crispin

Jacob Dubs, of Milford, by Joseph Henry Dubbs

Pedigree of Rowland Ellis, of Bryn-Mawr, From His Own Manuscript, 1697, by Thomas Allen Glenn

Parentage of Major John Fenwick, Founder of Salem, New Jersey, by Edwin Jaquett Sellers

Captain Gerlach Paul Flick, Pennsylvania Pioneer, by Alexander C. Flick

The Foulke Family of Gwynedd, PA, by Howard M. Jenkins

Old Records of the Foulke, Skirm, Taylor, Coalman, Woolley and Gaskill Families

The Franks Family, by Charles Henry Hart

Delaware Bible Records [Futcher], by C. H. B. Turner

Records of the Descendants of James and Phebe Gillingham

The Gilpin Ancestry, by Alfred Rudulph Justice

Genealogical Notes Regarding the Family of Glen, or Glenn, by Thomas Allen Glenn

Graham Family Records

Records of the Hall Family of Bristol, Pensylvania


Genealogical Sketch of General W. S. Hancock, by Howard M. Jenkins

English Ancestry of Samuel Hedge, Son-In-Law of Major John Fenwick of Salem Colony, New Jersey, by A. H. Hord

Records of the Hill Family of Massachusetts, by Charles Austin Robinson

Hill Records

The Descendants of Sarah Holme, Daughter of Thomas Holme, by Richmond C. Holcomb

Hudson Family Records, by Howard Williams Lloyd

Husband-Price-Haines Families, by Thomas Maxwell Potts

Hutton, Plumsted and Devereux Families, by Gregory B. Keen

The Jones Family of Bethlehem Township, by J. H. Dubbs

Genealogical Records of the Jones Family of Wales and Pennsylvania, Lewis Jones Levick

The Wife and Children of Sir William Keith, by Charles P. Keith

Ancestry of Children of Isaac Lea

Some of the Descendants of Evan Robert Lewis of Fron Goch, Wales

Genealogical Records [Manlove, Master, mason, Bibbe, Broxson, Kellam, Burroughs, Polk, Shaw, Chipman, and Brown], by C. H. B. Turner

Genealogical Records of the Marshal Family of Lewes, Delaware, 1737-1839, by by C. H. B. Turner

Delaware, Bible Records [Marshall]

Sketch of Colonel Ephraim Martin of the New Jersey Continental Line

Some Additional Information Concerning Ephraim Martin Esquire Colonel of the Fourth New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Line, by Edmund J. James

James Miles and Some of His Descendants, by Thomas Allen Glen

Morton of Calcon Hook, by Thomas Allen Glenn

Owen of Merion, by Thomas Allen Glenn

Genealogical Gleanings, Contributory to a History of the Family of Penn, by J. Henry Lea

Family Records Contained in the Bible of Jonathan Platts

Porter Families of Chester County and York County, Pennsylvania, by Porter Farquharson Cope

A Sketch of Some of the Descendants of Owen Richards, Who Emigrated to Pennsylvania Previous to 1718, by Louis Richards

A Record of the Richards Family From an Old Welsh Bible, by Howard Williams Lloyd

Rohrer Records

Descendants of John Rush

Genealogical Records Copied from the Bible of Thomas Say

The English Ancestors of the Shippen Family and Edward Shippen, of Philidelphia, by Thomas Willing Balch

Notes on the Steelman Family of Cinnaminson Township in Burlington County and Greenwich Township in Gloucester County, New Jersey, by Authur Adams

Records from the Taylor Family Bible

Catharine Tennent, by A. D. S.

The Washington Pedigree: Corrigenda and Addenda, by Charles H. Browning

The Washington Pedigree, by G. Andrews Moriarty, Jr.

The Wharton Family, by Anne H. Wharton

The Williams Family

Genealogical Gleanings of the Wilson, or Willsons, of Ulster, by Thomas Allen Glenn

Wiltbank Family Records

Notes on the Woods Family in Bedford, Pennsylvania, by Joseph L. Delafield

Zane Family

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Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies — 50% OFF

gpc1780Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies is a two volume set printed in one binding, and represents an authoritative work on Swiss emigration to the Carolinas and Pennsylvania in the 18th century. Volume I identifies approximately 2,000 emigrants from the Canton of Zurich during the period 1734-1744, most references comprising such useful data as age, date of birth or baptism, trade, name of wife, names of children, and place of origin and destination. Volume II extends the scope of investigation to Bern (1706-1795) and Basel (1734-1794) and surpasses Volume I in the quantity and variety of assembled data.

Volume I was actually discovered by the editor, and author of the introduction, Albert Bernhard Faust, while he researched at the State Archives in Zürich. Faust describes the listings as, “the most valuable single document relating to America contained in the Swiss archives, being quite as important for its historical as for its genealogical and statistical materials. The whole history of Swiss emigration in the eighteenth century is epitomized in this valuable document.” In addition, Faust wrote a 25 page introduction providing a significant insight into the history of Swiss emigration to America.

Volume II was the result of the success of volume I. Coming at the request of many researchers who found volume I so appetizing in their research, Faust returned with co-editor Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh to painstakingly extract a similar manuscript on emigrants from Bern and Basel. Under the direction of the state archivist, the team hired assistants and spent 12 months extracting, verifying, and organizing the contents of this second volume. This second volume also includes significant additional writings and history contributed by the state archivist G. Kruz. There is also an Introduction to the State Archives of Basel section by A. Gerber, PhD.

These books were first published in 1920 and 1925, then combined and published in 1976 with added “Notes on Lists of Swiss Emigrants,” as excerpted form the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (March 1972). Latest printing was in 2007.

Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies is currently available from Family Roots Publishing on Holiday Special: 50% OFF until Christmas Eve.


Table of Contents

Volume I

Preface, by Albert B. Faust

Introduction: Swiss Emigration to the American Colonies in the Eighteenth Century. Reprinted from the American Historical Review, by Albert B. Faust

The Manuscript: Zürich to Carolina and Pennsylvania, 1734-1744

Appendix: Movements of Swiss Emigrants in the American Colonies, by Gaius M. Brumbaugh


Volume II

  1. Preface, by Albert B. Faust

State Archives of Bern

  1. Special Investigation, by G Kruz, state archivist
    1. The First Bernese Emigrants to America
    2. The Bernese Colonists of New Bern
    3. Bernese Soldiers in America
    4. From the Years of the Rabies Carolinae
    5. Newspaper Reports, 1735
  2. Lists of Emigrant Families, from Various Districts, 1733-1793
  3. Names of about 200 Emigrant Families, with numerous items of information concerning them, 1706-1795

State Archives of Basel

  1. Preface, by A. Gerber
  2. Introduction: The Canton of Basel and the Conditions of its Inhabitants in the Country Districts, by A. Gerber
  3. Lists of Swiss Emigrants from the Canton of Basel in Chronological Order, 1734-1794, and
  4. Emigrants of Uncertain Dates, by A. Gerber
  5. Index, prepared by Gaius M. Brumbaugh

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Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania — 50% OFF

gpc1700History is the key to our future. You have heard this before. However, history is also the key to our past. You have probably heard this before as well.

Understanding at least some of the general history; including government, laws, religion, economy, along with specific events; of where your ancestors came from is necessary to finding records for your ancestors, but also critical to understanding your ancestor and the lives they led. You probably already know this as well.

So, for those of you with German and Swiss ancestors in early America, who can appreciate the value of history, here is a history book worthy of your time: Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and of Their Remote Ancestors.

Compiled originally in 1917 by H. Frank Eshleman, this book examines “an authentic history, from original sources,” the leading events during “several centuries before and especially during the two centuries following the Protestant Reformation,” as these relate to the lives of early Swill and Palatine Mennonites and other Germans of eastern Pennsylvania, and particularly of Lancaster County.

Annals in this book are presented chronologically, beginning as early as 1009 with “Earliest Authentic Appearance of the Herrs” and progressing forward through 1782. These pages document the lives and the migrations of thousands seeking religious freedom and salvation from persecution throughout Europe, and ultimately the drive west across the ocean to settle in mass in the areas of the Susquehanna and Schuylkill valleys and outward from there.

There are two indices in this book. The first serves is an index of items which servers as something of a non-chronological, but alphabetical table of contents. The second is an index of personal names. There are 19 1/2 pages of names listed for an estimated 1800+ surnames for individuals and families.

If your family history includes colonial period German and/or Swiss ancestry, then Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and of Their Remote Ancestors may very well be the book you need to read. Available from Family Roots Publishing. Now on Holiday Special, 50% OFF until Christmas Eve




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In Search of Your European Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in Every Country in Europe — 50% OFF

What genealogical records are available?

Where are the records located?

How can each records repository be accessed and used?

gpc395Searching for specific records for your ancestors is work enough. There is no need to first spending significant time finding record repositories to begin with; especially, when there are guides available to point the researcher in the right direction. This includes guides like, In Search of Your European Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in Every Country in Europe.

When it comes to European records, this book lists it all. What repositories are available. The types and nature of the records held in each. Where these repositories are held. You also get a little bit of history and key information in understanding and using the available records. This book is one of the few guides that provides the depth of details to prepare the researcher for searching each records set.

Inside this book you will find the archival resources of each country from the national to the local level; the location of church records and census returns; the systems of civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths; and how to find and use such records as certificates of domicile, orphan lists, emigration registers, guild records, internal passports, confirmation records, and even vaccination lists.

The third edition of this book added as many URLs (addresses) to as many associative websites as possible. However, the information in this book is by and large unchanged from its first edition, and invaluable compared to the contact information, like websites. The history and location of records is virtually unchanged and of the greatest worth. Besides, any websites or contact information changed since this book was last printed is easily obtained by searching online. By knowing, what is available, what each repository hold, with its history, any researcher can get online and search for online copies of documents or get current contact information for those repositories not yet indexed or copied online.

Never underestimate the value of a book like In Search of Your European Roots. The information is invaluable to researchers looking to find their European ancestors. Equally important, few books every try to cover the whole of a continent in the way this book has covered Europe. See below for a complete list of countries included in this book.

Get a copy of In Search of Your European Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in Every Country in Europe from Family Roots Publishing currently on Holiday Special for 50% OFF

Countries included in this book:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia
  • Bularia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Herzegovina
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • Yugoslavia

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FamilySearch Adds Over 125.4 Million Indexed Records & Images to the USA #Genealogy

The following is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch Logo 2014

FamilySearch has added more than 125.4 million indexed records and images to collections from the United States. Notable collection updates include the 124,060,301 indexed records from the Find A Grave Index collection; the 830,416 indexed records and images from the US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 collection; and the 497,490 images from the US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Find A Grave Index – 124,060,301 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 – 761,569 – 68,847 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, Montana, Lake County Records, 1857–2010 – 11,217 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866–2010 – 5,416 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Tennessee, White County Records, 1809–1975 – 0 – 124 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887–1938 – 0 – 92,654 – New browsable image collection.

US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 – 0 – 497,490 – Added images to an existing collection.

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The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is Going Strong! #Genealogy

The 30th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour is now mid-stream, so to speak. Seventy-five enthused genealogists, old-timers as well as beginners, are here at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel – all knee-deep in chasing down their ancestors. The folks seem to be having a wonderful time. I’ve heard some great success stories, and we’re only 1/2 way through the week.

Besides working with a dozen professional genealogists, hired specifically to work with the attendees, many of the group are attending one of several dozen classes specifically aimed at helping them overcome their research problems. Thomas MacEntee is with us again this year, speaking 10 times on technology-related topics.

I should have the registration-form posted at the site by the weekend. If you want to attend in December 2015, sign up early, as this year we sold out early-on. (Did anyone notice I quit saying anything about the tour?)

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MyHeritage Launches Instant Discoveries™ For The Mass #Genealogy Market

Earlier this evening, Mark Olsen dropped by the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, where we are staying this week in support of the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour. Mark works for MyHeritage (lucky guy!). Within the first minute or so, he asked, “Did you see our announcement this morning.” I replied in the affirmative, and just now got time to post about it.

Brian Kilmeade, with Fox News, got some very cool news about his family tree this morning, in the process of the announcement on live television. Click here to see it. Pretty cool…

To demonstrate the mainstream appeal of genealogy, MyHeritage tested the Instant Discoveries™ experience on passers-by throughout varying locations in New York City, such as Times Square and Grand Central Terminal. The reactions of the people who participated, as captured on video prove that family history can be an emotionally rewarding experience for complete beginners. Click on the link to see the 66 second video.

Following is the news release:

With Instant Discoveries™ it takes only seconds to discover ancestors and create an online family tree populated with many relatives

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah – December 10, 2014: MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, today unveiled Instant Discoveries™, a revolutionary new experience for people interested in exploring their family’s past. Delivering information about one’s ancestors and relatives during the signup process, Instant Discoveries™ provides a free, fun and immediately gratifying introduction to the fascinating world of family history.

Ideal for people who know little about their family history, MyHeritage asks first-time users to provide very basic information about 7 family members: themselves, their parents and grandparents, as they sign up for the service. Powerful technology then automatically searches for information about their family in MyHeritage’s vast databases containing billions of records. Within seconds, users are then presented with an Instant Discovery™, showing a person likely to be their ancestor, together with a wealth of related information including the entire family branch, names, facts, photos and documents. Users can then apply it all to their family tree in a click.

“We’re very excited about Instant Discoveries™”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Indulging first-time users with immediate information about their family fulfills our vision to make family history accessible and enjoyable to the mass market. We are firmly committed to creating disruptive technologies that reinvent the way people explore their family history.”

To demonstrate its mainstream appeal, the Instant Discoveries™ experience was successfully tested by passers-by throughout various locations in New York City, such as Times Square and Grand Central Terminal. The reactions of the people who participated, as captured on video prove that family history can be an emotionally rewarding experience for complete beginners.

Instant Discoveries™ are powered by new technology that builds on and enhances MyHeritage’s acclaimed Smart Matching™ and Record Matching technologies, providing highly accurate results. It respects the privacy of other users and excludes information about living people.

Mike Mallin, Chief Product Officer at MyHeritage added: “Millions of people want to better understand themselves and their roots, and we’re committed to making that a magical and easy process. Until now, family exploration has been burdensome and time consuming. Through our new Instant Discoveries ™, users can meet the generations who made them within moments of signing up.”

The success rate of Instant Discoveries™ depends on several factors, such as countries of origin and the level of detail of initial information entered. In some countries it is as high as 35%. With approximately 1 million new family tree profiles and 5 million historical records added to MyHeritage every day, the hit rate for discoveries will constantly rise over time. In the next few months, this new technology will be made available also to existing users of MyHeritage, who will be able to take advantage of it to enhance their family trees with new branches and new information in one click.

With the launch of Instant Discoveries™ and the recent news announcing integration of MyHeritage’s technologies by leading companies such as 23andMe and FamilySearch and other partners around the world, MyHeritage is securing its position as the technology leader in the family history market.
To experience Instant Discoveries™ for yourself, go to and sign up for free.

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MyHeritage is the leading destination for discovering, sharing and preserving family history. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive database of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage is trusted by millions of families and provides them an easy way to share their story, past and present, and treasure it for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 40 languages.

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Providence College (Providence, RI) Posts the Student Newspaper #Genealogy

Providence College, of Providence, Rhode Island, has digitized and posted “The Cowl.” The issues currently available on the website run from 1935 through 1979.

The following is from

Providence College’s student newspaper, The Cowl, began publication on November 16th, 1935. It has been published continuously each academic year since then, with the exception of two years in the 1940’s during World War II.

This digitization project began in 2009. Initial issues uploaded are from the 1960’s and 1970’s, as well as the newspaper’s inaugural year of 1935-1936. Each individual issue is fully text-searchable. In addition, you can search all issues via the search box located on the left side of this page. (To get to the “advanced search” option, just click on the SEARCH button, at left).

The project will continue until all issues have been processed and uploaded. Please continue to check back often to see additional material!

Look for your ancestors in The Cowl.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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