Bundle of Two Popular Genealogy Atlases & a U.S. County Wall Map- on Sale for 35% off thru Wed, Aug 31


Family Roots Publishing has a pretty good stock of the Family Tree Atlases, as well U.S. County Wall Maps – so we decided to bundle them together and off the package at 35% off – just $60.40 for all three items, plus $8 USA postage.

Click here or on the illustration to order.

If you already have one or more of these items and would just like to order 1 or 2, we also discounted the U.S. Atlas and the County Wall Map by 28% purchased individually. The Europe atlas can be purchased individually for 33% off. Click on the links to purchase. Use your back arrow to return to this page and order as a bundle.

Note that detailed reviews of each of the 3 items are also available. Click on the “See Review” links below the items to read the review. Click on your back arrow to return to this page.

This Map Bundle is made up of 3 popular Genealogy-related map and atlas products. They are:

Click on each of the links to see the item at its own page. Use your back arrow to return to this page and purchase as a bundle.

The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History 1790-1900


Since Family Roots Publishing recently began marketing The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History 1790-1900, I figured it was about time to write a more detailed review of the book than I’ve been able to locate elsewhere. It’s easy to say that there are maps from all 50 states, in alphabetical order, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

First off, the book is printed in full color, with a color hard cover (no dust jacket). It’s 8.5 x 11 x 3/4 inches in size, and is 223 pages in length. It was printed in 2014. I’ve had a copy since the book came out and often refer to it. The volume lists my friend, Allison Dolan as the publisher/editorial director, Jacqueline Musser as editor, Christy Cotterman as designer, and Debbie Thomas as the production coordinator.

The maps are historic in nature, coming from the famed David Rumsey collection. Since the book is only 8.5 x 11 in size, with many pages having two or more maps on a page, quite a number of the colorful maps had to be shrunk tremendously to fit them on the page. In some cases this caused the town names to be so tiny that they are nearly illegible. If this is the case, I recommend that the user let the map drive them to the David Rumsey collection online to view the map there. In many cases the type in the book is legible however, even though you might have to use your magnifying glass to read the print!

The volume includes:

  • Full-color historical maps of the United States from each decade of the nineteenth century.
  • Detailed, full-color historical maps of all 50 states
  • Charming nineteenth-century panoramic maps of key cities
  • Special-interest maps, which provide intriguing peeks into American society from average family sizes to taxation per capita to regional industries
  • Timelines for each of the states

Family Roots Publishing is currently running a promotion on the volume, discounting it 28% off the normal MSRP, making the price just $25.19. Click here or on the illustration to order.

The following is an expanded Table of Contents, with the maps and illustrations listed in the same order as found within the volume:

America 1755
United States 1783
United States 1805
United States 1816
United States 1832
United States 1839
United States 1846
United States 1852
United States 1862
United States 1867
United States 1876
United States 1885
United States 1899
Alabama 1831
Alabama 1845
Alabama 1852
Alabama Birmingham Panoramic
Alabama 1866
Alabama 1909
Alaska 1898
Arizona 1865
Arizona 1877
Arizona Phoenix 1885 Panoramic
Arizona 1890
Arizona 1909
Arkansas 1826
Arkansas Little Rock 1871 Panoramic
Arkansas 1835
Arkansas 1838
California 1846
California Sacramento 1890 Panoramic
California 1856
California 1867
California 1909
Colorado 1864
Colorado Denver 1908 Panoramic
Colorado 1865
Colorado 1871
Colorado 1885
Colorado 1889
Colorado 1909
Connecticut 1795
Connecticut New Have 1879 Panoramic
Connecticut 1826
Connecticut 1832
Connecticut 1845
Connecticut 1867
Connecticut 1889
Connecticut 1903
Delaware 1795 Continue reading “The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History 1790-1900”

The New York Journal Collection 1896-1899 – Posted Online at the Library of Congress Website.

The following description is found at the site:


The New York Journal Collection consists of The Journal (1896-01-01 to 1896-07-18) and subsequent titles, New York Journal (1896-07-16 to 1897-04-01) and New York Journal and Advertiser (1897-04-02 to 1899-12-31) . In 1895, William Randolph Hearst purchased the paper to compete with Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. The New York Journal is an example of “Yellow Journalism,” where the newspapers competed for readers through bold headlines, illustrations, and activist journalism. The paper infamously reported on and influenced events like the Spanish-American War. The Sunday editions contained additional supplements: American Women’s Home Journal, American Magazine, and the American Humorist, which included the “Yellow Kid” comic strip. These supplements featured colorful layouts and covered sporting events, pseudoscience, and popular culture, such as the bicycle craze of 1896.

Check it out.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe – A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s


I’ve had a personal copy of The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe – A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s since 2015, and find it a terrific reference and visual research tool. Family Roots Publishing began marketing the book a while back, and I’ve decided that I really need to do a review of the volume, as the promotional materials currently available really don’t get into the detail that’s needed.

First off – the 223 page volume is hardback with a very attractive color cover (no dust jacket on this volume). The book is large (measuring 10 3/4 x 12 x 3/4 inches), as you’d expect in an atlas wherein a lot of data is condensed on each page. The clarity of the color printing is great, with almost all city names, no matter how small the type, legible. There are a few exceptions, but not many. In some cases, you’ll have to use a magnifying glass, as there’s much on the page!

Allison Dolan is listed as the Publisher/Community Leader of the volume, with the help of editor Kelsea Daulton, Researcher Andrew Koch, Designer Kelly Pace, and Production Coordinator Debbie Thomas. Most of the maps come from the David Rumsey collection of historic maps.

The maps are grouped for easy reference, and the chapters laid out so that geographic areas near each other are also near in the book. To make understanding the maps easier, the volume includes a country-by country listing of administrative divisions.

Family Roots Publishing is currently running a promotion on the volume, with the price being just $26.79, 33% off the normal MSRP. The offer is for a limited period and subject to supplies on hand. Click here or on the illustration to order.

The following is an expanded Table of Contents – in the same order as will be found in the book:

Europe 1736
Europe 1811
Europe 1823
Europe 1835
Europe 1842
Europe 1856
Europe 1873
Europe 1903
Europe 1921
Europe Ethnology 1922
Europe 1948
Ireland 1736
Ireland 1823
Ireland 1831
Ireland 1856
Ireland Galway 1872
Ireland 1865
Ireland 1883
Ireland Dublin 1883
Ireland Belfast 1872
Ireland 1925
Scotland 1836
Scotland 1811
Scotland Glasgow 1872
Scotland 1823
Scotland 1831
Scotland Troon, Ardrossan and Irvine 1872
Scotland 1856
Scotland Orkney Isles 1856
Scotland Shetland Isles 1856
Scotland Edinburgh 1883
Scotland 1922
England & Wales 1736
England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland 1799
England Bristol 1872
England Cardiff 1872
England, Wales & Scotland 1801
England & Wales 1823
England Liverpool 1883
England & Wales 1856
England & Wales 1873
England & Wales 1883
England & Wales 1925
England London 1883
Spain & Portugal 1736 Continue reading “The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe – A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s”

The United States Genealogical County Map

Large maps are fun and useful, if just for the details they can show. The Genealogical County Map is a large format, 27″ by 39″, map of the United States. This map shows rivers, lakes, state capitals and every county by name. Maybe its the genealogical geek in me, but an over-sized map of state counties is just cool.

The Genealogical County Map is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: EV0014, Price: $17.95. FRPC has a limited number of the maps on hand, and is currently running a sale on them at 28% off, making them just $12.92.

Exhibit Space May Now be Ordered for the NGS Conference, Raleigh, NC May 10-13 2017

I just got the following announcement from Erin at the National Genealogical Society.


NGS invites you to exhibit at its annual Family History Conference which will be held in Raleigh, NC from 10−13 May 2017.

The benefits of exhibiting at NGS conferences are endless!

  • Dedicated exhibit hall hours when attendees are not in session
  • » Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • » Wednesday through Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Connect with as many as 2,000 conference attendees with a specific interest in genealogy
  • Free promotional opportunities in the conference program, conference website, mobile app, and conference blog
  • Free Wi-Fi for exhibitor and attendee use within the exhibit hall (hard wire connections are recommended for mission critical tasks)
  • One free conference registration with booth purchase
  • More than 30 hours of exhibit time in four days
  • Traffic builders in the exhibit hall, including concession and Wi-Fi areas
  • Exhibitor lounge featuring free Wi-Fi

10’x10’ exhibit booths are only $310 for a business or non-profit and $250 for a society/association. The Exhibit hall will be located at the Raleigh Convention Center. For booth availability please see the floor plan at http://goo.gl/yIQBR6.

For more information on exhibiting and to reserve a booth please visit the website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/exhibit/.

More States Give Adult Adoptees Access to Their Original Birth Records

The following excerpt is from an article posted August 15, 2016 at stltoday.com.


For many years, adults adopted as children who wanted to find out who their birth parents were ran up against a brick wall because they had no legal right to simply get a copy of their original birth certificate in most states.

But that’s been changing, as a growing number of states, including Missouri, have been giving adult adoptees more — and in some cases, unrestricted — access to those records.

The shift reflects a move toward more openness in the adoption process itself, as well as the growing influence of adoptee rights groups, which have grown in number and become more vocal, putting pressure on legislators to act.

Read the full article.

Reburying the Dead in Flood-Ravaged Louisiana

The following excerpts are from an article August 20, 2016 at the chieftain.com website.

ST. AMANT, La. — Louisiana continues to dig itself out from devastating floods, with search parties going door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding so powerful in some cases it disturbed the dead and sent caskets floating from cemeteries.

In a uniquely Louisiana problem, some families are also trying to rebury relatives whose caskets were unearthed by the floods.

At least 15 cemeteries across seven parishes have had disruptions, the Louisiana Dept. of Health reported, although they don’t yet have an estimate of how many graves, tombs, and vaults have been damaged.

Read the full article.

Texas Genealogical College Seeking Nominations of Outstanding Genealogists

The following teaser is from the August 20, 2016 edition of the Victoria Advocate.

For the first time, Texas individuals will be recognized in the 2016 class of the Texas Genealogical Hall of Fame.

The Texas Genealogical College is seeking nominations of outstanding genealogists, said spokesman Judge Ed Butler. This category of genealogists includes those who have been certified for a specific type of genealogy, those who have served as leaders of lineage societies on a state and national level, librarians who work exclusively in the genealogy department, authors of family history and genealogy books, and those who speak at genealogy seminars.

Up to six nominees can be honored. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 15.

The winners will be announced at a banquet Oct. 21 at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio.

Read the full article.

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is Moving to 2100 Byberry Road in N.E. Philadelphia

The following is from a Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania Facebook page.


For quite some time, the Officers and Board of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania have envisioned moving to an office with more space. A suburban setting with train and bus access and ample parking for those who would drive.

As luck would have it, we have been propelled into living our dream. A few weeks ago we were notified that the building we have been in for the past several years, 2207 Chestnut Street, has been sold and will be demolished. All tenants need to vacate by September 14th, 2016. That has stimulated a flurry of excited activity – considering and looking at a variety of possibilities while adhering to the mandate of our charter, which is, that we remain within the bounds of Philadelphia.

We are pleased to announce that we have secured a suite of offices at 2100 Byberry Road in Northeast Philadelphia.

While we are in the midst of moving we will be continuing business as usual. As you may expect, there may be delays in the next few weeks in responding to your e-mails and phone calls, but we will reply and continue to answer your questions and provide information on resources helpful to your research.

Once established we look forward to and welcome your visit. We are excited to say the new offices provide room for additional research resources on site, in addition to a meeting room. Keep an eye out for notice of our new office hours. Our website and email addresses will remain the same.

New mailing address…
The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
2100 Byberry Road Suite 111
Philadelphia PA 19116

Thanks to Dick Eastman for the heads-up.

Heroes’ Memorials Demanded for Czech Assassins of Holocaust Chief

The following teaser is from an article posted August 21, 2016 at theguardian.com:


The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich is recognised as one of the most audacious operations of the second world war. But Ján Kubiš and Josef Gabcík, the two British-trained Czechoslovak paratroopers credited with killing one of Hitler’s most fanatical henchmen and chief mastermind of the Holocaust, are believed to be buried in Prague in an unmarked grave.

Now campaigners are calling on the Czech Republic to rescue their remains from obscurity and give them the burial they deserve. The pair are believed to lie in Ďáblice cemetery in Prague in a common plot also used to bury executed Nazis and wartime collaborators. The spot is close to where thousands of political prisoners killed under Czechoslovakia’s former communist regime are thought to be buried.

Read the full article.

The Louisiana State Archives Has Posted Tips For Saving Flood Damaged Documents & Photos

The following excerpt is from an August 17, 2016 article posted at TheAdvocate.com:


The [Louisiana] State Archives has offered several tips for Louisiana residents trying to save flooded documents and photographs.

Wide-spread flooding has left thousands of homes with damage across south Louisiana. Already, more than 65,000 disaster assistance claims have been filed with FEMA.

The State Archives, under the direction of the Secretary of State’s Office, says there are several steps people can take to try to save water-logged documents and photographs as they try to salvage items from flooded homes and other buildings.

Read the full article – which includes some greats ideas on what to do now!

New Jersey Newspapers to be Digitized & Posted at Chronicling America

The following teaser was posted sugust 18, 2016 at the news.rutgers.edu website.


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is a collaboration of Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives and the New Jersey State Library that will make the history of New Jersey known to its citizens and the world. The plan, according to project director and Rutgers University digital archivist Caryn Radick, is to scan existing microfilm from the New Jersey State Archives and to make searchable digital files available through the Library of Congress website Chronicling America. Over a two-year period, the project will digitize and catalog at least 100,000 newspaper pages, originally published between 1836 and 1922 and not currently available in digital format.

“Our goals are ambitious,” explains Radick. “We are meeting with the advisory board in September to identify the newspapers that are in greatest need of digitization and hope to have the first batch, encompassing about 25,000 pages, completed by October 2017. We will focus on influential newspapers and historically important news or themes to maximize the benefit to users of Chronicling America.”

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Curt Witcher Honored

The following excerpt is from the August 20, 2016 edition of News-Sentinel.com:


Curt Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, was honored Friday with a Hoosier Hospital Award from the office of Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The Genealogy Center generally draws more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Witcher was honored for taking exceptional steps to make Fort Wayne’s genealogy tourists feel welcome. A press release announcing the award recounted this example: “On one occasion, a group of visitors was planning to be in Fort Wayne for only a short period of time. Witcher’s nominator said he took their information before they arrived and began doing the background research for them. When the visitors arrived and found that several pieces of their family history had been assembled, they were moved by Witcher’s generosity.”

Read the full article.

Databases Added at The Original Record

The following databases were added at The Original Record this week:

The Original Record

1664- Suffolk Archdeaconry Marriage Licences
Marriage licence bonds in the Suffolk Archdeaconry Registry at Ipswich, abstracted and printed by Frederick Arthur Crisp

1845-1850 – Consistory Court of London Divorce Cases
The list of causes of divorce determined in the Consistory Court of London gives the title of the cause; whether opposed or unopposed; whether promoted by husband or wife; whether for adultery and cruelty, or which; when commenced; when concluded; whether appealed or not; whether carried to the House of Lords.

1850 – Masters and Mates in the Merchant Service
Masters and mates in the Merchant Service who voluntarily passed an examination and obtained certificates of qualification under the regulations issued by the Board of Trade, from 28 February to 11 April 1850.

1868 – Art School Teachers
The Science and Art Department of the Committee of Council on Education produced this list of persons certificated as competent to act as teachers of art schools, revised to March 1868. The list gives name (surname first); school where previously taught; and certificates obtained (1 elementary drawing and colouring; 2 painting; 3 the figure drawn and painted; 4 modelling ornament; 5 modelling the figure; 6a mechanical drawing; 6b architectural drawing).

1876 – Members of the Society of Biblical Archaeology
This membership list of the Society of Biblical Archaeology is corrected to January 1876; it gives names and addresses, asterisks indicating members of the society’s council.

1882-1887 – Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders Died in Egypt and Sudan
The roll of officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 79th Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders who were killed in action or died of wounds and disease in Egypt and the S(o)udan 1882 to 1887, compiled from the orderly room records by Captain T. A. Mackenzie and Lieutenant C. Findlay: giving rank, full name, and where or how died.

1909-1910 – Durham University Matriculation Examination
The lists of students who satisfied the examiners, September 1909 and March 1910: surnames are given, with initials.

Surname Source Books – 13,830 Surnames Available
Collections of entries for individual surnames from historical records from the British Isles and colonies from the 11th to the 20th centuries, hand indexed and extracted by surname, and available as ebook (£75) or DVD (£90). Each ebook contains the full set of descriptions and matching scans for the particular surname from the 10 million and more records hand indexed by Theoriginalrecord.com. All scans are in PDF format.

Each Surname Source Book contains the records relating to the surname in question, gathered from the archives of theoriginalrecord.com as of the time of purchase. These archives contain over 10 million surname-indexed items from the British Isles and the colonies, dating from the time of the first heritable surnames in the 11th century, through to 1958.