History of Louisiana: From Its First Discovery and Settlement… 50% Off!

We purchased a quantity of History of Louisiana From Its First Discovery and Settlement to the Present Time and are making them available for 50% off thru Christmas 2017!

Regularly $28.50, they are just $14.25 for a few days! Click on the links or illustration to order. Following is a review that we wrote for the blog in 2013:

If I were to summarize what I remember learning about American History in public school, it would go something like this:

  • In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue
  • Then the Pilgrims came to Plymouth Rock
  • People came from Europe, mostly English, to practice free religion and other things.
  • The 13 colonies didn’t like the taxes and the the British ruled them so they dumped the Tea into the Boston Harbor and then went to war for freedom
  • The 13 colonies became the first states
  • People moved to territories which became states
  • The U.S. bought Louisiana and other land from France in the Louisiana purchase and Alaska from the Russians

Granted, I have filled in a few blanks since grade and high school. But, like most U.S. Citizens, I don’t know near enough about early settlers in North America outside the 13 colonies. I have only the vaguest sense of proper Canadian history or the history of the southern states like Florida and the areas encompassed in the Louisiana Purchase. Fortunately, there are those out there willing to help fill in my educational gaps without having to return to school. History of Louisiana: From Its First Discovery and Settlement to the Present Time, by E. Bunner, is just such a gap filler.

The book starts out with early explorers, most French in this case, and the connection between Louisiana, the Mississippi River, and Canada. Filled within the pages are details of land transfers between countries. The presence of both Spain and France in the Gulf Coast region and the treaties and wars alike with the Native population. The historical involvement of France and Spain in the Revolutionary War is covered, including the position of French citizens in Louisiana who “rejoiced at the opportunity thus presented of avenging the injuries of the last war.”

Other areas covered include Penal laws, slavery laws or the “Black Code,” laws upon husbands and wives; plus, involvement in the War of 1812 and other settlers to the area. It must be noted, that though the title of the book states “to the Present Time,” the present time at the printing of this book was 1842. This book was reprinted in 2008. Despite, or perhaps because of, the date or original printing, this book provides a great historical reference to state of Louisiana and the surrounding areas.

Did you know that Hurricane Katrina was not the first storm to nearly wipe out the city of New Orleans? Quoting from the book:

“1723 – This year the colony suffered greatly from a dreadful hurricane, which lasted from the 11th to the 16th of September, nearly destroying New-Orleans just as it was beginning to assume the appearance of a town.”

History of Louisiana reads like a story, making it easier to follow than many modern history books. So, if you are like myself, and lack a proper education into parts of the modern U.S. but were not part of the 13 colonies, here is a chance to learn more about a very important segment of American’s past.



Chapter I Discovery of Canada

Chapter II Discovery of the Mississippi

Chapter III Settlement of Florida

Chapter IV Expedition of Joliet and Marquette—Hennein—La Salle

Chapter V Expedition of Iberville—Mississippi Company—Foundation of New-Orleans by Bienville

Chapter VI Indian Tribes

Chapter VII War of the Natchez

Chapter VIII Surrender of the Charter of the Mississippi Company—War of the Chickasaws—Interior affairs

Chapter IX Difference between France and England—General Washington—Nova Scotia—Fort Duquesne—Loss of Canada—Suppression of the Order of Jesuits

Chapter X Louisiana ceded to Spain

Chapter XI Conduct of O’Reilly—Villere—Acts of the Spanish Government

Chapter XII Galvez—War with England—Mira—St. Domnigo

Chapter XIII Carondelet—Fortification of New Orleans—Sugar Manufactory—French Emigrants—Treaty between the United States and Spain—Gayoso de Lemos

Chapter XIV Transfer of Louisiana to the United States

Chapter XV Territorial Government of Louisiana—Laws

Chapter XVI Spain–Conspiracy of Burr—General Wilkinson—Refugees from Cuba—Taking of Baton Rouge—Louisiana made a State—Constitution—Steamboats

Chapter XVII War with England—Battle of New Orleans

Chapter XVIII Prosperity of Louisianan—Bank of Louisianan—Laws—Florida—Mouth of the Mississippi—Lafayette—General Jackson elected President—National Bank—Cholera

Chapter XIX Tariff—Speculation—Lotteries—Banks—Madame Lalaurie—New Orleans Divided—Stoppage of Specie Payments

Chapter XX Project of Albert Hoa—Appropriations—Great Flood—Improvements in Louisiana—State of Society—Conclusion

Order History of Louisiana: From Its First Discovery and Settlement to the Present Time [1842] from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HBB2275, Reg. Price: $28.50.

Map Guide to German Parish Registers Vol. 1 thru 57 – On Sale for 25% Off thru Christmas!


To celebrate the Christmas 2017 Season, Family Roots Publishing Co. is offering all individual soft cover German Map Guide books, Volumes 1 through 57 at 25% off! That makes them just $26.21 per book (reg. $34.95). This sale runs through December 25, 2017.


Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volumes were principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in this series – some with as little population as one person! These places are as of about 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop.

The online description of each book includes an index listing every town found in that book. To search across the entire database for any particular German town, Click here, enter the name of the town in the Search Box, click on “Description Only,” and then click Search. Note that many town names can be found in multiple books, as there are often multiple towns by any paricular name.

Each volume of the series does the following:


  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the FHL microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions. 

If you know the name of your town, but do not know where it might be in Germany, you may use the search engine at the FRPC website to locate which book it might be found in. The Product Search box is found in the upper left-hand corner. Don’t use the “Advanced Search,” just use the Product Search box on the home page. Enter the name of the town, and click on GO. Some town names are found in more than one place in Germany – and will be listed in multiple books – so knowing the German State of origin is helpful.

Books covering the following old German states are now available:


Family Roots Publishing Co. is offering all soft cover volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Volumes 1 through 57 at 25% off! That makes them just $26.21 per book (reg. $34.95). This sale ends at midnight PST December 25, 2017.

FRPC Christmas 2017 Blow-Out Sale: Genealogy Books @ 60-95% Off

Family Roots Publishing has a number of overstock items that we wish to blow out during the Christmas Season – dirt cheap…

Click on the links below to learn more and/or to order.

Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector – 60% Off – Reg. $11. On Sale for only $4.40!

Owner Unknown: Your Guide to Real Estate Treasure Hunting – 95% Off – Reg. $20. On Sale for only $1!

America’s Best Genealogy Resource Centers, by William Dollarhide & Ron Bremer – 60% Off – Reg. $15.95. On Sale for only $6.38!

Heritage Quest Magazine, 1985-1999 on CD-ROM – 70% Off – Reg. $69.95. On Sale for only $13.99!

Family Associations – 4th Edition – 70% Off – Reg. $34.95. On Sale for only $10.49!

Your Life and Times: How to Put a Life Story on Tape – An Oral History Handbook – 60% Off – Reg. $8.95. On Sale for only $3.58!

From the Family Kitchen, Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes – 70% Off – Reg. $27.99. On Sale for only$8.40!

On Teaching Genealogy – 70% Off – Reg. $9.95. On Sale for only $2.99!

The Protestation Returns, 1641-1642, & Other Contemporary Listings – 60% Off – Reg. $10. On Sale for only $4.00!

Bishops’ Transcripts and Marriage Licenses, Bonds and Allegations, a Guide to Their Location and Indexes, Fourth Edition – 60% Off – Reg. $7.50. On Sale for only $3.00!

[British] Air Force Records: A Guide For Family Historians, 2nd Edition – 65% Off – $24.95. On Sale for only $8.73!

[British] Army Records: A Guide for Family Historians – 65% Off – Reg. $24.95. On Sale for only $8.73!

Family History In The Wars, How Your Ancestors Served Their Country – 60% Off – Reg. $8. On Sale for only $3.20!

Family History On The Move, Where Your Ancestors Went and Why – 60% Off – Reg. $8. On Sale for only $3.20!

House History Starter Pack, All You Need to Become Your Own House Detective – 70% Off – Reg. $18.95. On Sale for only $5.69!

The Famine Immigrants [Vol. V], Lists of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York, October 1849-May 1850 – 70% Off – Reg. $55. On Sale for only $16.50!

Scottish-American Court Records, 1733-1783 – 60% Off – Reg. $18. On Sale for only $7.20!


Indiana in Stereo: Three-Dimensional Views of the Heartland – 90% Off – Reg. $34.95. On Sale for only $3.50!

Remembrance, Faith, and Fancy: Outdoor Public Sculpture in Indiana – 90% Off – Reg. $39.95. On Sale for only $4.00!

Otto Ping: Photographer of Brown County, Indiana, 1900–1940 – 90% Off – Re. $29.95. On Sale for only $3.00!

The Photography of Ben Winans of Brookville, Indiana, 1902-1926 – 95% Off – Reg. $24.95. On Sale for only $1.25.

Twilight in Arcadia, Tobacco Farming in Indiana – 95% Off – Reg. $12.95. On Sale for only 65 Cents!

Massachusetts & Maine
Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966), A Reprinting, in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-Ancestor Compendia (plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants) compiled by Maine’s Foremost Genealogist, 1916-1963. 3 vols. – 60% Off – Reg. $135. On Sale for only $54.00!

Missouri Heartlands, Family Records, Volume one; Counties Pulaski, Phelps, Laclede, Webster, Wright, Texas, Osage, Maries, Camden & Miller – 80% Off – Reg. $19.95. On Sale for only $3.99!

New York Colonial Muster Rolls, 1664-1775. Reprinted in Two Volumes; Report of the State Historian of the State of New York – 60% Off – Reg. $85. On Sale for only $34.00!

Cape Vincent [New York] and Its History – 60% Off – Reg. $15. On Sale for only $6.00!

Land Causes, Accomack County, Virginia, 1727-1826 – 70% Off – Reg. $28.50. On Sale for only $8.55!

1890 Virginia Census Index of Civil War Veterans or Their Widows – 60% Off – Reg. $8.95. On Sale for only $3.58!

The Center – A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area – 60% Off – Reg. $19.95. On Sale for only $7.98!

Six Generation Descendancy Wall Chart – 60% Off – Reg. $9.95. On Sale for only $3.18!

The Best From American Canals bundle – 60% Off – Just $12.72 thru Christmas 2017

Canals played a vital role in American migration during 19th century. FRPC has a number of very informative publications dealing with the history of these important transportation modes.

We’ve bundled four of them, and are offering them at 60% off – making the entire bundle just $12.72! Click here or on the illustration to order the bundle.

Click on the following links to see each publication. Use your back arrow to come back to this page.

Don’t want all four? You may order them individually at 50% off at their respective sites.

The Best from American Canals, Vol. V – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.
The Best from American Canals, Vol. VI – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.
The Best from American Canals, Vol. VII – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.
The Best from American Canals, Vol. VIII – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.

20,000 Vital Records of Early Western & Central New York – 60% Off thru Dec. 25, 2017

Family Roots Publishing is offering two of the best hard-back early New York vital records books at 60% off as a bundle thru Christmas 2017.

Click on this link to order the bundle at 60% Off. On sale for $30.80 Reg. $77.

Click on this link to read a full review of 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York 1809-1850, by the late Fred Q. Bowman.

Click on this link to read a full review of 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York 1813-1850, by the late Fred Q. Bowman. 40% off alone ($23.10) or 60% off as a bundle with the Western New York volume.

10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850 – on sale for 40-60% Off

10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850, includes 5,275 marriage and 4,781 death (for an actual total of 10,056) records. While births were not covered in these early newspapers, often birth dates and birthplaces and parents names were listed in these notices. Western New York covers 17 counties, with records pulled from publications in five towns; Batavia, Bath, Geneva, Jamestown, and Palmyra. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1824–1850 appear in the Central New York volume.

Records are listed alphabetically, either by bridegroom or the name of the deceased. Despite being listed alphabetically, there is an index, which may be easier to skim when browsing for a name. An appendix lists an abstract of names of Marriage Officials. These officials are listed alphabetically, with their religious affiliation (when available), the town in which they live, a date span of ceremonies they performed; and the number of ceremonies performed.

Like any source of extracted information from published records, this book makes a great addition to all family history and genealogical society libraries, as well as for individuals researching the New York area during the first half of the 1800s.

Order a copy of 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850 from Family Roots Publishing; Item #GPC643. On Sale for 40% Off through December 25, 2017 – or as a bundle with the Central New York volume at an even better price of 60% off thru Christmas, 2017!

10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850 – on sale for 40-60% Off!

In my review of 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809-1850, I stated:

“When someone has a real passion for genealogy, it will sometimes drive them to perform marvelous, if somewhat crazy, feats. I must assume it was passion that drove the late Fred Q. Bowman to abstract individual vital information for over 10,000, 19th century New Yorkers from early 19th century newspapers. After doing just that, Bowman did so twice more. The good news is, you don’t have to repeat the research process to enjoy the results of Bowman’s work.”

Like his book, 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850,  10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850 is collection of records taken from the marriage and death columns from New York newspapers before 1850.

10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850, includes 5,124 marriage and 4,897 death (for an actual total of 10,021) records in Central New York. While births were not covered in these early newspapers, often birth dates and birthplaces and parents names were listed in these notices. Central New York covers 15 counties, with records pulled from publications in nine towns; Baldwinsville, Binghamton, Chittenango, Corning, Elmira, Geneva, Norwich, Oxford, and Utica. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1809–1829 appear in the Western New York volume. Records for Geneva from 1830 to 1850 appear in this volume.

Central New York, like Western and Eastern New York, lists all records alphabetically, either by bridegroom or the deceased. Marriage officials are listed in the appendix; otherwise, all mentioned names appear in the index. These officials are listed alphabetically, with their religious affiliation (when available), the town in which they live, a date span of ceremonies they performed; and the number of ceremonies performed.

Like any source of extracted information from published records, this book makes a great addition to all family history and genealogical society libraries, as well as for individuals researching the New York area during the first half of the 1800s.

Order a copy of 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850 from Family Roots Publishing; Item #GPC641. On Sale for 40% Off through December 25, 2017($23.10) – or bundle with the Western New York volume at an even better price of 60% off thru Christmas, 2017!

Dollarhide Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides AL-KS 80% Off! – NEW AL & KY-WY Guides 25% Off! With FREE Downloads!

FRPC ran a sale on these books last June, and we’re again running a deep-discount sale for Christmas 2017 – bumping up the discount on the new volumes published since 2015 to 25% – with the older 2013 and 2014 discounted at 80% during the sale.

Bill Dollarhide started a series of what he called “Name List” guides in the Summer of 2013. He wrote steadily on them until sometime in 2015, when life caught up with him, and he had to put the project aside. Well, he went back at it in 2017, and completed new guides for all the rest of the states, alphabetically Minnesota through Wyoming. He also wrote a full book on the U.S. Territories. Finally, Bill went back and updated an earlier volume – choosing Indiana – to test whether enough changes had taken place to make it worthwhile to do Second Editions. Bill found that a number of URL addresses had changed, which he expected, and he found additional data that expanded the volume by another 10 pages. Since that time, Bill also produced a Second Edition for Alabama.

Bill has also released 37 NEW volumes from 2015 through 2017 – Alabama and Minnesota through Wyoming, plus U.S. Territories and Indiana Second Edition.

To celebrate the Christmas season, we’re pricing all of the 2015 to 2017 print volumes at 25% off, making them $14.21. They cover Kentucky through Wyoming, as well as an Alabama volume, an Indiana volume, and one on the U.S. Territories. As before, we’re throwing in a FREE instantly downloadable PDF eBook version with any paperback book being purchased. See my Super-Saver shipping note below.

To clear out the earlier printed books (Alabama through Kansas), those written in 2013 and 2014, FRPC has discounted the price 80%! That makes them only $3.79 each! We will most likely do Second Editions for those volumes sometime in the 2018.

To make this offer even more attractive, we’re offering Super-Saver (USA Only) USPS shipping on all 53 printed books. That’s $4.50 for the first book, and only 50 cents for each thereafter.

With the completion of this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists, censuses, and census substitutes are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Censuses & Substitute Name Lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only do these this volumes give a detailed bibliography of Censuses and Substitute Names Lists available for each state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

The following Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co. Click on the appropriate links to purchase.

Research in Germany Bundle – 30% Off Through Christmas 2017

Family Roots Publishing commissioned a special print-run of Researching in Germany, and bundled it with Tracing Your Ancestors: Heritage Travel – Tips, Tricks & Strategies. Then we discounted the price by 30%! Click here to order the Research in Germany Bundle.

The two popular travel guides for genealogists are:

Researching in Germany, A Handbook for You Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors, by Roger P. Minert, Shirley J. Riemer, and Susan E. Sirrine


Tracing Your Ancestors: Heritage Travel – Tips, Tricks & Strategies, by Lisa A. Alzo & Christine Woodcock

Don’t need both? Purchase the individual books for 20% off at their respective sites.

Researching in Germany, Second Edition – 20% Off Thru Christmas 2017

Are you considering a research trip to Germany? Or any of the German language speaking countries, for that matter… If so, this book is for you! Written primarily by Shirley J. Riemer, with the assistance of Roger Minert and Susan Sirrine, Researching in Germany, A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors, Second Edition is the genealogist’s guide to German research travel. The book is loaded with the information that you need for a successful trip.

FRPC cut a deal with the publisher to have a special print run for Christmas 2017 sales – allowing us to run a reduced price sale for the first time ever! The books are 20% off. Regularly $19, they are just $15.20 through Christmas, December 25, 2017. Better yet – buy the Research in Germany Bundle of this volume, bundled with Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies – and get 30% Off! Reg. $28.95, the Research in Germany Bundle is on sale for just $20.27! (+$5.50 p&h) Click here to order. This offer only runs through Christmas, so order now.

The first edition was printed on September 11, 2001, and was very popular. The second edition, published in 2013, covers topics that travelers today find useful – including technology advances, and can help the 21st-century researcher in many ways. Collectively, the authors have made more than 30 trips to Germany – even living there for a while.

The book is nicely laid out, with many illustrations, tables, lists, and maps. If you’re even thinking of going to Germany, you must have this book!

The following is from the Table of Contents:

Chapter One: Preparing for your visit to the land of your ancestors
Reasons and goals for the trip
Identifying the ancestral home
Locating the records you need
Gaining access to the records you need
Hiring a local expert to assist you
Deciding when to make your research trip to Germany
Acquiring a Passport
Making your travel plans
… Air Travel
… Car rentals for travel in Germany
… Trains
Documents, literature, and equipment needed for conducting family history research in Germany
… Documents and printed materials to prepare for the trip.
… Computer preparations
Non-researching materials to collect and organize before leaving home.
… The log
… Letter of Introduction
German Handshake Packet
Preparing to use your debit card in Europe
Preparing to enter a German-language environment
Gifts to take along
Luggage selection
Packing Your Suitcase

Chapter Two: Getting around the land of your ancestors
Landing at the airport in Germany
You and your money in Germany
… Need cash?
… Credit Cards
… Traveler’s Checks
… Hints for Handling money in Germany
Living between time zones
Rental cars
… Picking up your rental car
… Pointers on driving in Germany
… Driving on the Autobahn
… Other driving pointers
… Driving regulations in European countries
… Parking your rental car
… Bicycles
Traveling by rail in Germany
… The German railroad “alphabet game”
… Train information
… Train reservations
… Validating a rail pass
… Handling luggage
… Conveniences on board
… Which is your stop>
… Before leaving the train station
Taking a taxi
Using other public transportation
Tourist information
… Finding a room
… Gathering local information
… Checking out Antiquariat
Sleeping accommodations in Germany
… Rooms in private houses
… The Gasthaus, the Gasthof, and the Pension
… Vacation Apartments
… Hotels
Restaurants in Germany
… Water: A problem for Americans
Telling time in Europe
Post office services in Germany
… Basic services and products
… Shipping extra items
… Filling out postal forms
Telecommunication in Germany
… Public telephones
… Private telephones
… Other communication options
Dealing with emergencies

Chapter Three: Conducting family history research in the land of your ancestors
Research at specific locations in Germany
… The parish church
… Regional church archives
… Other church-owned research venues
… Civil record venues
… City archives
… County archives
… State and national archives
… Family History Societies
… Family history centers
Private researchers
Other research venues
Visiting relatives
The Heimatmuseum
Research in other German-language regions of Europe
… Alsace-Lorriane, France (Elsass-Lothringen)
… Austria (Österreich)
… Bohemia and Moravia, Czech Republic (Böhmen und Mähren)
… Liechtenstein
… Luxembourg
… Poland
… Slovenia (Slowenien, Slovenija)
… Switzerland (Schweiz)
Research facilities in Europe: seven examples
… Estorf, Germany: Estorf Lutheran Church
… Hannover, Germany: Landskirchenamt, kirchenbuchamt
… Basel, Switzerland: Staatsarchiv des Kantons Basel-Stadt
… Vienna, Austria: Zur Allerheiligsten Dreifaltigkelt
… Graz, Austria: Diözesanarchiv
… Plzen, Czech Republic: Statni Oblastni Archiv
… Ljubljana, Slovenia: Nadskofiiski Archiv
Record-keeping and documentation

Chapter Four: Enjoying yourself in the land of your ancestors

Where to go and what to do
Taking pictures in Germany
Shopping in Germany

Chapter Five: After the trip
Returning home
Annotated Bibliography

A. English-German vocabulary
B. German-English vocabulary
C. Vital records vocabulary
D. Reading German handwritten documents
E. Letters to Germany in preparation for your trip
F. Computer translations
G. Archives games

Useful Addresses

Researching in Germany, A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors, 2nd Edition; by Roger P. Minert, Shirley J. Riemer, and Susan E. Sirrine; Published 2013; x+271 pp; Soft Cover; Item # M0028; Reg. $19; On sale for $15.20 thru December 25, 2017. Click on the link to order.

Get 30% off by purchasing the Research in Germany Bundle. Reg. $28.95, the bundle is on sale for just $20.27! (+$5.50 p&h) Click here to order.

Heritage Travel: Tips, Tricks & Strategies – 20% Off Thru Dec 25

A short time ago, Lisa A. Alzo and Christine Woodcock wrote a new booklet for Moorshead Magazines entitled: Tracing Your Ancestors – Heritage Travel: Tips, Tricks & Strategies. After reading a PDF review copy, I purchased 10 cases of them to offer to my readers. All genealogists travel at one point or another – some of us more than others. This guide will assist anyone who wishes to plan a trip. Whether doing a genealogy road trip stateside or a trip abroad to your ancestral homeland, this booklet will help you in planning the perfect journey. Written by two experienced genealogy professionals, writers, and travelers, you’re sure to get ideas and tips that you hadn’t even thought about before.

The following is from the Table of Contents, and will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the book:

  • Ten Things to know Before You Go: Lisa offer ten suggestions to make the most of your ancestral journey.
  • Awesome Apps for Travelers!: Lisa gives an overview of 17 useful heritage travel tools and apps.
  • Preparing For a Genealogy Trip: Christine says being prepared is the key to a successful journey.
  • Preparation Checklist: Christine recommends a comprehensive list of to-dos to consider before you depart on your journey
  • Preparation Checklist: Christine Woodcock Says being prepared is the key to a successful journey.
  • Speaking Your Ancestor’s Language: Lisa A. Alzo offer tips for conquering colloquialisms and communicating with cousins during a heritage trip.
  • Build An Itinerary in Trello!: Lisa A. Alzo discusses how Trello can help you organize your genealogy and writing projects.
  • Journal Your Journey: Christine Woodcock recommends keeping a journal of your genealogical travel experiences.
  • Meeting Family – Making Memories: Lisa A. Alzo share how to find and make the most of chance encounters with newly found relatives.
  • Immersion Genealogy: Lisa A. Alzo share her thoughts on a more complete way to explore your ancestry.
  • Social History Museums: Christine Woodcock shows how to put your ancestors’ lives into perspective.
  • Expert Guidance: Lisa A. Alzo offers tips on how to hire a tour guide for your trip.
  • Food, Family and Folklore: Lisa A. Alzo shares tips for planning a dream trip to your ancestral homeland.
  • Visiting Cemeteries: Christine Woodcock offers guidance on how to prepare for a visit to your ancestor’s gravesite.
  • After the Tour: Christine Woodcock shares tips on what to do with all that information you collect while on your trip to your ancestral homeland.

Order Tracing Your Ancestors – Heritage Travel: Tips, Tricks & Strategies; by Lisa A. Alzo and Christine Woodcock by clicking on the link. Printed 2017; 66 pp; Soft Cover, Saddle Stapled; ISBN: 978-1-926510-07-1; Item #: MM027; Reg. $9.95 – on sale for $7.96 (+ $4.50 p&h) through December 25.

Genealogy Giants: Comparing the Four Major Websites

“Which genealogy website should I use?” It’s one of the most-asked questions in genealogy — and this quick reference guide answers it!

Use this jammed-packed cheat sheet to quickly and easily compare all of the most important features of the four biggest international genealogy websites: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com. Then consult it every time your research budget, needs or goals change. Tables, bulleted lists and graphics make this guide as easy to use as it is informative.

Family Roots Publishing purchased a large quantity of these guides, and is making them available at 15% off for Christmas 2017. The sale runs through December 25, 2017. Click on this link to order.

This comprehensive quick reference guide explains:

  • How knowing about all four websites can improve your family history research
  • How the sites stack up when it comes to the numbers of historical records, names in trees, DNA profiles, site users, site languages and subscription costs
  • Unique strengths of each website and cautions for using each
  • What to keep in mind as you evaluate record content between sites
  • Geographic record strengths: A unique table has an at-a-glance comparison for 30+ countries
  • How to see what kinds of records are on each site without subscribing
  • How family trees are structured differently at these websites — and why it matters
  • Privacy, collaboration and security options at each site
  • How DNA testing features differ at the two websites that offer it
  • What you can do with free guest accounts at each website
  • Subscription and free access options

Click on the following link to order:
Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites QuickGuide, by Sunny Morton; Editor: Lisa Louise Cooke; 8.5×11; 4 pp, 10 mil, tear resistant, water resistant synthetic – folded; 2017; QuickGuide; Item #: Lu27

Sunny Morton is a genealogy writer whose work is read by thousands in magazines and online. As a Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, she frequently posts on the news, but also loves to share quick research tips, reveal little-known resources or take genealogists for an exhilarating dive into deeper research topics and techniques. She’s also the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories.

Genealogical Resources in English Repositories – 648 page hardback for 1 Cent – Just pay $8 p&h


We’ve still got several large cases of Moulton’s Genealogical Resources in English Repositories on hand. We ran a big promo on these last year, but still need to move what we have left to make warehouse space for new titles. For this reason, we’ve decided to sell them for just 1 cent. USA buyers, just pick up the p&h of $8.00. So – for $8.01 USA purchasers can have what is most likely the best overall list of British resources in print. The book initially sold for $45. If printed today, it would more than likely be $75 or more. The book is now over 20 years old, and the PRO in England has had many changes in where you’ll find their resources. So you might have to use Google to search for the exact location of any particular PRO resource (A tiny minority of overall resources). The book will tells what resources are available – and it’s worth a lot more than the p&h cost…


Following is a review written several years ago:
While the information so nicely gathered into this single book, Genealogical Resources in English Repositories, can be found in many other locations; sometimes, it is nice to have this type of information in one place, as a quick and easy reference. This book represents an exhaustive listing of available genealogical resources available in Britain. Listed in these pages are major national archives and libraries, repositories in the greater London area, and county by county listings. This book is also the winner of the National Genealogical Society’s 1993 Book Award for Excellence in Genealogical Methods and Sources.

Genealogical Resources was designed to provide “genealogists and historians with…information on resources in the key repositories in England. It categorizes manuscript records, as well as printed, transcribed and microfilm materials, with respect to their contents, and in most instances, lists covering dates.” Originally intended to help Americans find ancestral information.

County listings represent the bulk of the information. Each county opens with a short review of local geographical and political/administrative boundary changes made over the years. The listing of each library, archive, records office, or other repository is complete with address (mostly likely not changed over the years), phone number (possibly changed over the years), and holdings of genealogical value (which most likely have only expanded over the years). Publications of possible interest are also listed.

Please note that there have been significant changes in the PRO over the years, and it might be necessary to use Google to locate the exact location of some records listed within this volume.

While this book predates web usage as we know it today (including Google), is still serves as a great one-stop listing for finding genealogically important holding in England. Think of running a search at Google for English repositories, then reducing the results to an accurate, non-repeating listing of resources and then printing those results with a listing of holdings at each repository. That pretty well describes Genealogical Resources in English Repositories.

Each book comes with a 1992 and 1996 update supplement. Just having the names of the various repositories gives the reader the name to search for when using the Internet.
Get a copy of Genealogical Resources in English Repositories for yourself or your favorite society’s library.


List of Abbreviations
List of Symbols

Part I: Greater London Repositories

Baptist Church House
British Library, Department of Manuscripts
British Library, India Office Library and Records
British Library Newspaper Library
College of Arms
Corporation of London Record Office
Guildhall Library
House of Lords Record Office
Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Lambeth Palace Library
LDS Hyde Park Family History Centre
National Army Museum
National Maritime Museum
Principal Registry of the Family Division, Somerset House
Public Record Office, Chancery Lane
Public Record Office, Kew
Public Record Office, Portugal Street
Religious Society of Friends
Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
Society of Genealogists
Unitarian Historical Society
Untied Reformed Church History Society
United Synagogue, Archives of
Wesley Historical Society Library
Westminster, Diocesan Archives
Dr. Williams’ Library

Part II: County Repositories (summarized)


Each county listing includes:

  • Record Office(s)
  • Other Repositories
  • Genealogical and Family History Societies

A few counties and metropolitan areas include sections for:

  • Metropolitan District Archives and Local History Libraries, OR
  • District Archives and Libraries

Counties are listed alphabetically as follows:

  • Avon
  • Befordshire
  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Cheshire
  • Cleveland
  • Cornwall
  • Cumberland
  • Cumbria
  • Derbyshire
  • Devon(shire)
  • Dorset
  • Durham
  • Essex
  • Gloucestershire
  • Hampshire
  • Hereford and Worcester
  • Hereforshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Humberside
  • Huntingdonshiore
  • Kent
  • Lancashire
  • Leicstershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • London, County of Manchester, Greater
  • Meseyside
  • Middlesex
  • Midlands, West
  • Norfolk
  • Northamptonshire
  • Northumberland
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Rutland
  • Shropshire
  • Somerset
  • Staffordshire
  • Suffolk
  • Suffolk, East
  • Suffolk, West
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Sussex, East
  • Sussex, West
  • Tyne and Wear
  • Warwickshire
  • Westmorland
  • Wight, Isle of
  • Wiltshire
  • Worcestershire
  • Yorkshire, East Riding
  • Yorkshire, North Riding
  • Yorkshire, West Riding
  • Yorkshire, North
  • Yorkshire, South
  • Yorkshire, West

Part III: London Borough Repositories

Greater London

Barking and Dagenham

  • Valence Reference Library
  • Barking Central Library


  • Local History Library
  • Chipping Barnet Library
  • Church End (Finchley) Library


  • Bexley Libraries and Museum Department


  • Grange Museum of Local History


  • Bromley Central Library


  • Swiss Cottage Library
  • Holborn Library


  • Croydon Public Libraries


  • Local History Library


  • Local History Unit


  • Greenwich Local History and Archives Centre


  • Hackney Archives and Local History Department

Hammersmith and Fulham

  • Hammersmith and Fulham Archives


  • Haringey Libraries


  • Harrow Civic Centre Library


  • Havering Central Library


  • Hillingdon Local History Collection


  • Chiswick Public Library
  • Brentford Public Library
  • Hounslow Public Library
  • Feltham Public Library


  • Islington Central Library
  • Finsbury Library

Kensington and Chelsea, Royal Borough of

  • Kensington Central Library
  • Chelsea Library

Kingston upon Thames, Royal Borough of

  • Kingston upon Thames Heritage Service


  • Lambeth Archives Department


  • Lewisham Library Service


  • Mitcham Library
  • Morden Library
  • Wembledon Reference Library


  • Local Studies Library


  • Redbridge Central Library

Richmond upon Thames

  • Richmond upon Thames Central Reference Library
  • Twickenham Reference Library


  • Southwark Local Studies Library


  • Sutton Central Library

Tower Hamlets

  • Tower Hamlets Central Library

Waltham Forest

  • Vestry House Museum


  • Battersea District Library

City of Westminster

  • Westminster City Archives Department
  • Marylebone Library Archives Department

Other Repositories

  • LDS Family History Centre (Staines)

Genealogical and Family History Societies

  • Central Middlesex Family History Society
  • North Middlesex Family History Society
  • West Middlesex Family History Society
  • Waltham Forest Family History Society
  • Woolwich and District Family History Society


Appendix: Useful Addresses


Maps (enlarged)

  • Pre-1974 Counties of England
  • Post-1974 Counties of England
  • Post-1965 London Boroughs


  • Supplement to Genealogical Resources in English Repositories (1992)
  • 1996 Supplement Update: Genealogical Resources in English Repositories

Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans – only 1 Cent – Just pay $8 P&H – USA Sales

Family Roots Publishing still has several cases of these books in stock, and want to blow them out. We’re making them just 1 cent thru Christmas, December 25, 2017 – or while supplies last, whichever comes first. USA buyers need just pay the $8 p&h.

Following is a review:

In his History of New Hampshire, historian Everett Schermerhorn Stackpole attempts to answer the question, “What makes a man prominent?” In his words:

“Whoever has helped notably in the great march of human progress deserves credit therefor in the popular estimation. Abilities, character and achievement make men prominent. Learning and money may be helpful, but they are not enough; without character they may the sooner sink one into oblivion.”

This seems to me as good as any definition. By whatever scale of prominence men have chosen to use, historians has provided us with tales, biographies, and accounts of men deemed important in their own right. Histories are written of events from those that changed the world to the deeds of men known only in their own communities. Either way, research can help uncover these men and their deeds. Family historians should take note that many of these histories contain vital genealogical data about not only individuals of prominence, but also their families, their acquaintances, and those with whom they interact, fixing these individual in time and place.

Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, by William S. Speer, is a prime example of a selective history of men in Tennessee. By whatever right the Honorable William Speer thought these men important, he has immortalized their names through the written word. First published in 1888, Speer selected 259 men from 19th century Tennessee for his historical record. “It is this kind of unique first-hand biographical information that makes Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans unequaled in the canon of Tennessee genealogical literature. Not only did compiler William S. Speer have the unparalleled opportunity to interview a number of the featured Tennesseans himself, he also was able to garner–and include in this book–thousands and thousands of names of their family members, friends, and colleagues.” Republished in 2008, this type of book is a treasure to both those interested in Tennessean history as well as to genealogists.

As would be hoped, these sketches include many details about the lives of these men and their families. Speer offers, often extraordinary, insight into the personal, professional, and sometimes even physical characteristics that made each of these men a success. A complete list of names, or even surnames, would be too lengthy to list here. However, below is a list of surnames of those men highlighted in this book.


Pick up a copy of Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans from Family Roots Publishing; Regular Price: $45. One penny thru Christmas 2017. – Just pay the $8 P&H.


Surnames featured in the book:

  • Anderson
  • Arrington
  • Atkins
  • Atlee
  • Baptist
  • Barrett
  • Bartlett
  • Bate
  • Baxter
  • Bearden
  • Bibb
  • Black
  • Blankenship
  • Boynton
  • Bradford
  • Briggs
  • Brockway
  • Brown
  • Buchanan
  • Buist
  • Burney
  • Burns
  • Burrus
  • Butler
  • Callender
  • Campbell
  • Chester
  • Childress
  • Clapp
  • Clift
  • Coldwell
  • Cole
  • Conner
  • Cooper
  • Cowan
  • Craft
  • Cullom
  • Dake
  • Dashiell
  • Deaderick
  • DeWitt
  • Dibrell
  • Dickens
  • Dodd
  • East
  • Elder
  • Elliott
  • Erskine
  • Estes
  • Evans
  • Eve
  • Ewing
  • Fain
  • Fentress
  • Ferriss
  • Fleming
  • Folsom
  • Foote
  • Foster
  • Frayser
  • Freeman
  • Frierson
  • Frizzell
  • Fulkerson
  • Gantt
  • Gaines
  • Gallaway
  • Gardenhire
  • Gaut
  • Gibson
  • Glass
  • Godwin
  • Golliday
  • Goodbar
  • Grant
  • Graves
  • Green
  • Greer
  • Hadden
  • Hall
  • Haller
  • Harding
  • Hardwick
  • Harrell
  • Harris
  • Harrison
  • Haynes
  • Heiskell
  • Henderson
  • Henning
  • Hill
  • Holman
  • Holmes
  • Houk
  • House
  • Howell
  • Hughes
  • Humes
  • Ingersoll
  • Jackson
  • Jones
  • Jordan
  • Keating
  • Kennedy
  • Key
  • Killebrew
  • King
  • Kyle
  • Larkin
  • Latta
  • Lea
  • Ledgerwood
  • Lidsley
  • Lipscomb
  • Livingston
  • Looney
  • Long
  • McAdoo
  • McBride
  • McConnell
  • McDowell
  • McFarland
  • McFerrin
  • McGuire
  • McMurray
  • McNeal
  • McTyeire
  • McWhirter
  • Maddin
  • Marchbanks
  • Marks
  • Martin
  • Mathes
  • Maruy
  • Meek
  • Menees
  • Mitchell
  • Morgan
  • Moore
  • Mumford
  • Muse
  • Neal
  • Neely
  • Neilson
  • Nelson
  • Netherland
  • Nichol
  • Nichols
  • Nicholson
  • Overton
  • Paine
  • Palmer
  • Patterson
  • Pettibone
  • Phillips
  • Pitman
  • Plunket
  • Porter
  • Quarles
  • Rambaut
  • Randolph
  • Reid
  • Richardson
  • Roberts
  • Robison
  • Rodgers
  • Rose
  • Safford
  • Sanford
  • Saunders
  • Scobey
  • Sears
  • Senter
  • Shearer
  • Sheppard
  • Shields
  • Simonton
  • Smith
  • Smitheal
  • Smithson
  • Staley
  • Stark
  • Stephens
  • Stewart
  • Stockell
  • Stokes
  • Tarver
  • Taylor
  • Temple
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Thornburgh
  • Thornton
  • Thurman
  • Tinnon
  • Trewhitt
  • Trousdale
  • Turley
  • Turney
  • Ussery
  • Vance
  • Van Deman
  • Van Dyke
  • Vertrees
  • Wade
  • Ward
  • Warder
  • Watson
  • White
  • Whitthorne
  • Wilder
  • Williamson
  • Wilson
  • Wood
  • Woods
  • Wright
  • Young

Getting Started Bundle of 5 items – 55% Off!

Family Roots Publishing has packaged five popular items from 4 publishers into a “Getting Starting in Genealogy” bundle – and placed them on sale at 55% off for Christmas 2017 sales.
Click here to order the bundle. Click on the links to check out each item. Click on your back arrow to come back to this page and order.

Tracing Your Ancestors: Beginner’s Guide
Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy
Portrait of My Family
Recording Your Family History
5-Generation Primary Families Wall Chart.

Don’t need all five items? Buy them individually for 40% off. Click on the links to order.

Regularly $46.75, we’re making it just $21.04. Sale price ends December 25, 2017 – or while supplies last, whichever comes first.