The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania


Several years ago, I bought the remaining hard cover copies of a Pennsylvania families book entitled The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania: Who Held Office Between 1733 and 1776 AND Those Earlier Councillors Who Where Some Time Chief Magistrates of the Province, and Their Descendants. The book is in print with the publisher, but only as a print-on-demand paperback at a cost of $49.50. I still have copies of the hard-back edition in the Family Roots Publishing warehouse.

To make it easier for our readers, we have here included a Surname Index to the majority of the names found in the volume. I say majority, since we made up this index using the Table of Contents, the Principal Name Index, and the Subject Index of the book. There are many other people found in the volume, and not included in the following index, but those names are considered secondary, as they are not councillors, their descendants, descendants spouses, or a person with a biographical sketch.

Following is a review written a while back by Andy Pomeroy. We have added a surname index at the end.

Charles P. Keith authored a tremendous historical and genealogical work when he comprised The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania: Who Held Office Between 1733 and 1776 AND Those Earlier Councillors Who Where Some Time Chief Magistrates of the Province, and Their Descendants.

This book belongs in every American genealogical library because it covers many of the leading families of the mid-Atlantic region and includes the entire progeny of the councillors–including daughters of daughters of daughters, sons of sons of sons, cadet branches who moved west, and English, French, German and other foreign descendants. Treated especially well are the full progenies then known of several royally descended founders of the Province–the Welsh Deputy Governor Thomas and Mary (Jones) Lloyd, plus John Cadwalader, and the Scottish James Logan (plus the mostly Pennsylvania progeny of James Tilghman, son of the immigrant Richard of Maryland). Also covered are all descendants of Edward Shippen (mostly Winthrop descendants via Grosses of Boston), who include the family of traitor Benedict Arnold and the also royally descended Burds of Philadelphia, plus Willings, Binghams, Clymers, Francises, Bayards of Delaware, and Byrds of Virginia. Lloyd descendants include many of the leading Quaker and Episcopal families of Philadelphia–Moores, Whartons, Pembertons, Morrises, plus (under son-in-law Samuel Preston) Carpenters, Ellets, and Wistars. Logan descendants include Fishers, Wisters, Drinkers, and Biddles.

First published in 1883, The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania “gives, with biographical sketches, more or less extended, a complete list of the descendants, as far as has been ascertained from public records and correspondence with representatives of the families, Burke’s Peerage, howerver, being depended upon as to the foreign branches set for therein, and Lanman’s Biograph. Annals or Benton’s Thirty Year’s View furnishing the material for notices of American public men since the Revolution. The earliest laws of Pennsylvania having ordered a division among all the children, the descent of land is the chief source of genealogy…These genealogies are arranged according to branches instead of generations, all the posterity of any man being given before the children of his younger brother.” Read the “Explanation” for full details.


Table of Contents



Corrigenda and Addenda

Early Councillors who were Chief Magistrates of the Province:

  • William Markham
  • Thomas Lloyd
  • Edward Shippen

Councillors from 1733 to 1776

  • James Logan
  • William Logan
  • Isaac Norris
  • Samuel Preston
  • Anthony Palmer
  • Andrew Hamilton
  • James Hamilton
  • Andrew Allen
  • Henry Brooke
  • Thomas Graeme
  • Clement Plumsted
  • Thomas Griffitts
  • Charles Read
  • William Till
  • Robert Strettell
  • Samuel Hasell
  • Abraham Taylor
  • Joseph Turner
  • Lawrence Growdon
  • Richard Peters
  • Benjamin Shoemaker
  • Thomas Hopkinson
  • Ralph Assheton
  • John Penn
  • Lynford Lardner
  • Benjamin Chew
  • John Mifflin
  • Thomas Cadwalader
  • James Tilghman
  • John Moland
  • Richard Penn
  • Thomas Lawrence
  • Edward Shippen
  • William Hicks

Get your copy of The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania from Family Roots Publishing, sale extended for 60% off through midnight Christmas Eve., December 24, 2014.

Following is a Surname Index of principal subjects (pr) found in the volume who are descendants of Councillors or of whom a biographical sketch is given, and the husbands of the female descendants. Also found in the following Surname Index are the names from the Subject Index of the book (sbj). Finally, the Councillors themselves (see above) are listed from the Table of Contents (toc).

Abbrev Key:
pr=from principle surname index
sbj=from subject index
toc=Table of Contents

  • Abbot pr
  • Abbott pr
  • Acosta pr
  • Acton pr
  • Adain pr
  • Adams pr
  • Agnew pr
  • Albree pr
  • Alison pr
  • Allaire pr
  • Allen pr
  • Alleyne pr
  • Allinson pr
  • Ambler pr
  • Amory pr
  • Archer pr
  • Armstrong pr
  • Arnell pr
  • Arnold pr
  • Arrach pr
  • Ashburton pr
  • Assheton toc
  • Aubsbury pr
  • Auchmuty pr
  • Auld pr
  • Bache pr
  • Bailey pr
  • Baird pr
  • Baker pr
  • Balch pr
  • Ball pr
  • Barbé-Marbois pr
  • Baring pr
  • Barker pr
  • Barnard pr
  • Barnes pr
  • Barrett-Leonard pr
  • Barrow pr
  • Barstow pr
  • Barton pr
  • Bateman pr
  • Bath pr
  • Baumgarten pr
  • Bayard pr
  • Beadel pr
  • Beatty pr
  • Beaver pr
  • Beck pr
  • Beckett pr
  • Beers pr
  • Bell pr
  • Benezet pr
  • Bennett pr
  • Bentley pr
  • Berkeley pr
  • Berrett pr
  • Beste pr
  • Bettarina pr
  • Betton pr
  • Bickley pr
  • Biddle pr
  • Biddle sbj
  • Biles sbj
  • Bingham pr
  • Binney sbj
  • Bisland pr
  • Bispham pr
  • Bisset pr
  • Black pr
  • Blackwell, John [Lt Gov] sbj
  • Blair pr
  • Blaisell pr
  • Bloodgood pr
  • Bogle pr
  • Bois-Guilbert pr
  • Bolling pr
  • Bond pr
  • Bond sbj
  • Bonsall pr
  • Booth pr
  • Borden pr
  • Borden sbj
  • Börs pr
  • Boude pr
  • Bowdoin pr
  • Bowen pr
  • Bowie pr
  • Boyd pr
  • Bradford pr
  • Bradley pr
  • Branck pr
  • Branson sbj
  • Brantingham pr
  • Bridgeman-Simpson pr
  • Briggs pr
  • Brinton pr
  • Briscoe pr
  • Brock pr
  • Brooke pr
  • Brooke Rawle pr
  • Brower pr
  • Brown pr
  • Brown sbj
  • Browne pr
  • Brownell pr
  • Brownson pr
  • Bruce pr
  • Bruen pr
  • Brune pr
  • Bryan pr
  • Buchanan pr
  • Buckley pr
  • Buckner pr
  • Budd sbj
  • Bulkwhey pr
  • Bunker pr
  • Burd pr
  • Burge pr
  • Burgess pr
  • Burleigh pr
  • Burnaby pr
  • Burroughs pr
  • Burton pr
  • Burwell pr
  • Byrd pr
  • Cabell pr
  • Cable sbj
  • Cade pr
  • Continue Reading “The Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania”

What’s Up With Leland & Patty… And a Bit of Orting History

I haven’t blogged a lot since last fall, as we’ve been totally distracted with getting our “new” old building into shape for the next decade or more of living, working and yes… even gardening.

You may remember that on the first of September, Patty and I bought the old Heritage Quest building in Orting.

After our purchase, Patty and I moved into the attached apartment, set up office spaces, remodeled storage areas, and roofed the patio along the side with fiberglass for a greenhouse. We repainted the entire exterior of the building. We then built raised garden beds along the side. Since it was fall, a good crop to put in was garlic – so we’ve now got hundreds of garlic plants growing beautifully next to the business (we like garlic!).

Finally, we laid a new subfloor, and vinyl throughout the entire front area of the building. This allowed us to upgrade our shelved stockroom area, as well as the purchase of another color digital printing press. We needed the upgraded floor to handle the massive amounts of weight from the print shop equipment, as well as the thousands of books ready for sale. By having two presses, we’re hedging against downtime when the machine is requiring service. The new press is also less costly to maintain – so we win all the way around.

A Bit of History of the “old Heritage Quest” Building.
The building was a Seventh-day Adventist church from 1912 through about 1986. The front portion was the church itself. About 1913, another building was brought in and set adjacent to the back, with the roof modified to slope away from the church. This area was used as a church school for a while. Along about 1955, a 20×30 building was built out back near the end of the lot. This was used for Sabbath School classes. About 1965, a 30×30 addition was added to that building as a fellowship hall, and about 1969 the structures were all tied together with one final addition.

As I remember it, the church typically had 30 to 40 folks in attendance each week. Patty and I started going there to church even before we were married in 1968, and were members there until the church closed its doors. It wasn’t that attendance was down or finances were an issue that the church closed. About that time, the Bonney Lake congregation nearby had grown to the point they wanted to build their own church. By combining the two groups, there would be enough people to undertake that project. So the Orting church closed its doors, and a new church was built in Bonney Lake. Patty and I moved our membership to Bonney Lake, as did most everyone else. By the way, the Church Clerk’s records for the Orting S.D.A. Church are held by the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Federal Way, Washington.

My brother, Steve, and I had started Heritage Quest five miles outside of Orting in 1985. Patty continued to work as a nurse at Enumclaw Community Memorial Hospital, essentially financing our family while we threw all available cash at Heritage Quest to get it started. A year or two later, we moved the business into town, setting up our editorial offices, print shop, and library on Washington Avenue (Tim’s Kitchen is there today) . The old church sat empty for a while. Eventually, I made the church an offer, which they accepted, and we moved the editorial offices and library into the old church building. That was the point that it became what’s now known as the “old Heritage Quest” building. The library really took off. Patty’s father, Home Daffern, built over 1000 feet of book shelving in the front portion to handle the influx of donated and book review books. That library operated there until the latter part of the 1990s, when it moved to Sumner. It continues to operate very successfully today as the nonprofit Heritage Quest Research Library (HQRL).

Heritage Quest was sold to American Genealogical Lending Library (Bountiful, Utah) about 1992 – and the building went along with the sale. They later sold the building to my brother, Steve Meitzler, who moved his printshop operations into it. Steve remodeled the entire facility, upgrading it from the ground up. The front area became the print shop, and the back areas became an apartment and rental offices. In 2014, Steve again made huge changes to the back, turning the offices and apartment into one 3-bedroom apartment of nearly 2000 square ft.

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

Family Roots Publishing is once again running a deep-discount sale of Bill Dollarhide’s PRINTED Census & Substitute Name Lists books – 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 Winter 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 for 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. Note – the sale is for the PRINTED books – which come with the instantly available PDF download as a FREEBIE!

Again – To continue clearing 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 or 2019. 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.

Census Substitutes & State Census Records- 2nd Edition – 25% Off + Free USA Shipping Thru February 16


About a year ago, Family Roots Publishing released a new Second Edition of Bill Dollarhide’s popular 2008 Census Substitutes and State Census Records set. The series is in three books, all over 270 pages each, Eastern States, Central States, and Western States. So many changes have taken place since the 2008 edition was printed that we were compelled to finally do a complete update of what was a 2-volume set. The use of colonial, territorial and state census records is mandatory if doing United States family research. Thirty-eight states took these censuses. Al states have what we’d call census substitutes – tax lists, voter registrations, land record indexes, directories, military lists, land ownership maps, and on and on… Mr. Dollarhide has compiled the best descriptive listing, complete with call numbers and internet links, that has ever been produced. It’s sure to help you find more ancestors and cousins than ever before.

We’ve decided to run a promo on the Second Edition books. We’re making the 3 volume set 25% off – and throwing in free USA shipping from now through the February 23, 2018 (Sorry, we can’t afford to ship these out-of-the-country at this price). Get these fabulous research aids today! The set of three books sells for $99.95. Taking off 25% makes them just $74.96 for all three volumes. Also save $8 in postage by purchasing during this sale. Click on the links to purchase.

Note that the books are available as paperback books, PDF eBooks, or a combination thereof. All options are at sale prices. See the links at the bottom of this entry.

In this Second Edition, William Dollarhide identifies Census Substitutes, as well as State Census Records for the Eastern, Central and Western portion of the United States of America. The substitutes are those name lists derived from tax lists, directories, military lists, land ownership maps, voter registrations, and other compilations of names of residents for an entire state, one or more counties of a state or one or more towns in a county. Thirty-eight states conducted colonial, territorial, or state censuses that are extant and available for research today. Often taken between Federal Decennial Census years, these records may contain unique information, and may even shed light on the lives of your ancestors that might have been on-the-move.

The Second Edition includes numerous online sources that have been posted on the Internet since the First Edition was published in 2008. This reflects the ongoing efforts of both public and private companies to digitize relevant records. Although the series is by region, and then by state, there have been numerous nationwide census and census substitute sources that have been developed in the last decade, with most posted online. For this reason, we have included a Nationwide Censuses & Substitutes chapter within Volume 3. The First Edition was printed in two volumes (Eastern & Western), while the Second Edition is now in three.

The 1st volume covers 22 eastern states, organized with these regions: Old Southwest (AL, FL, GA, &; MS); New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, & VT): Mid-Atlantic States (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, & PA); and The Old South (KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV).

This 2nd volume covers 16 central states of The Old Northwest (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, & WI); The Central Plains IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, & SD); and the more Central Southern states of (TX, OK, LA, & AR).

This 3rd volume covers 13 western states of CA, NV, AK, & HI; Nuevo Mexico (NM & AZ); The Mountain West (CO, UT, & WY); and The Oregon Country (OR, WA, ID, & MT). Also included is a full chapter on Federal Censuses and Nationwide Substitute Name Lists.


Chapter 1 – The Old Southwest
● Timeline – The Old Southwest
● Alabama
● Florida
● Georgia
● Mississippi

Chapter 2 – New England
● Timeline – New England
● New England Name Indexes
● Connecticut
● Maine
● Massachusetts
● New Hampshire
● Rhode Island
● Vermont

Chapter 3 – Mid-Atlantic States
● Timeline – Mid-Atlantic States
● Middle Colonies Name Indexes & Guides
● Delaware
● District of Columbia
● Maryland
● New Jersey
● New York
● Pennsylvania

Chapter 4 – The Old South
● Timeline – The Old South
● Kentucky
● North Carolina
● South Carolina
● Tennessee
● Virginia
● West Virginia


Chapter 1 – The Old Northwest
● Timeline – The Old Northwest
● Illinois
● Indiana
● Michigan
● Minnesota
● Ohio
● Wisconsin

Chapter 2 – The Central Plains
● Timeline – The Central Plains
● Iowa
● Kansas
● Missouri
● Nebraska
● Dakota Territory
● North Dakota
● South Dakota

Chapter 3 – Central Southern
● Arkansas
● Louisiana
● Oklahoma
● Texas


Chapter 1 – Sierra Pacific & Alaska
● California
● Nevada
● Hawaii
● Alaska

Chapter 2 – Nuevo Mexico
● Timeline – Arizona & New Mexico
● Arizona
● New Mexico

Chapter 3 – The Mountain West
● Colorado
● Utah
● Wyoming

Chapter 4 – The Oregon Country
● Timeline – ID/MT/OR/WA
● Idaho
● Montana
● Oregon
● Washington

Chapter 5 – Nationwide
● Federal Censuses
● National Census Substitutes

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Volume 1 – Eastern States; Volume 2 – Central States; Volume 3 – Western States & National: Substitute Name Lists for all 50 States and State Censuses for 38 States, Second Edition; by William Dollarhide; 2016; 3 volumes; 822 pages; Item FR0195

Also available as a PDF ebook bundle of the three books, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – FR0196.

Also available as a super-bundle with Volumes 2 & 3, as well as PDF ebooks of all three volumes – FR0197.


Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 1 – Eastern States – FR0419

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 2 – Central States – FR0421

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 3 – Western States & National – FR0423


Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 1 – Eastern States – FR0419-PDF

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 2 – Central States – FR0421-PDF

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 3 – Western States & National – FR0423-PDF


Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 1 – Eastern States – FR0419-PRINTED-PDF

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 2 – Central States – FR0421-PRINTED-PDF

Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Second Edition, Vol. 3 – Western States & National – FR0423-PRINTED-PDF


William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author of the Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, acclaimed a top-5 best-selling title in genealogy. He has also authored The Census Book: A Genealogist’s Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules, and Indexes; New York State Censuses & Substitutes; Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815; and Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era, as well as dozens of other titles related to genealogical research. William Dollarhide was born and raised in Seattle, lived near Salt Lake City for two decades, and now lives in Mount Vernon, Washington.

Two Lisa Louise Cooke Titles Bundled & Reduced by 15% – Google Toolbox & Mobile Genealogy

FRPC has again purchased a special shipment of Lisa Louise Cooke’s two most popular titles, and bundled them at 15% off for Christmas sales.

Can’t use both? The books are discounted 10% at their respective sites. Click on the links to order.

The books are:

Click on the links to view full descriptions of either book, or to purchase just the one item. Return to this page and click on this link or the illustration to order the bundle.

Following is the review of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox that I wrote a while back.

I have used Lisa Louise Cooke’s 2011 first edition of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox regularly in the last several years, and found it extremely helpful. The Second Edition is even more so. When it comes to tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done. In The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Lisa helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You’ll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google. A lot has changed since the first edition was published in 2011 (see list at the bottom of this post), and it’s all documented step-by-step in this second Edition.

Following is a list of the chapters found in the volume:

  • Introduction, Getting Ready to build Your Family Tree Fast
  • Chapter 1: Search Tools
  • Chapter 2: Basic & Advanced Search
  • Chapter 3: Search Strategies for High-Quality Results
  • Chapter 4: Site Search & Resurrecting Websites
  • Chapter 5: Image Search
  • Chapter 6: Common Surname Searches
  • Chapter 7: Google Alerts
  • Chapter 8: Gmail
  • Chapter 9: Google Books
  • Chapter 10: Google News Archive
  • Chapter 11: Google scholar
  • Chapter 12: Google Patents
  • Chapter 13: Google Translate
  • Chapter 14: YouTube
  • Chapter 15: Google Earth: An Overview
  • Chapter 16: Google Earth: Ancestral Homes & Locations
  • Chapter 17: Google Earth: Organizing & Sharing
  • Chapter 18: Google Earth: Historic Images & Maps
  • Chapter 19: Google Earth: Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead
  • Chapter 20: Google Earth: Adding Family History Content
  • Chapter 21: Google Earth: Family History Tour Maps
  • Appendix: Find it Quick: The “How To” Index

I love this guidebook, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get more use of the online “tools” available to them. Check out the items that are new, expanded or updated in the Second Edition.

  • Google Search: Put an end to fruitless searches forever – UPDATED!
  • Searching Common Surnames – NEW!
  • Google Alerts: Your personal genealogy research assistant – UPDATED!
  • Gmail: Never lose another email – EXPANDED!
  • Google Books: The world’s history at your fingertips – UPDATED!
  • Google News Archives: Free digitized historic newspapers – UPDATED!
  • Google Patents: Research the inventor in your family – NEW!
  • Google Scholar: Explore the world’s most scholarly sources – NEW!
  • Google Translate: Explore foreign language websites – UPDATED!
  • YouTube: Build your own genealogy channel – NEW!
  • Google Earth: Rock Your Ancestor’s World – EXPANDED!

Following is a review of Mobile Genealogy, written some time ago…

Finally – we have a great new guide for those of us who use mobile devices! This book takes the place of Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, written by Lisa Louise Cooke in 2012. The iPad volume was becoming dated, and mobile devices of all kinds have sprung up since the publication of that book. Not only are folks using iPads & iPhones for genealogy, but many of us are using devices that run Android operating systems. I never felt the need for an iPad, but I’ve been using the iPhone and Android smart phones for years. I’m currently using a Samsung Android smart phone that I’m very pleased with. I use it for all kinds of genealogy applications.

Mobile Genealogy’s coverage of Android as well as Apple, makes this book twice as valuable a guide as Lisa’s previous book. Think iOS as well as Android. And Lisa’s use of step-by-step instructions (for us computer tech dummies!), as well as a myriad of high-quality illustrations make the book an educational delight. I can honestly say that this volume is changing the way I use my devices, allowing me to find more ancestors, and other relatives – and it’s saving me TIME – something I have begun to value at my age. (grin)

Access the Computer On Your Desk at Home!
Chapter 15 covers using your mobile device to access your home computer. I’ll bet most of you never even considered connecting to your PC with your smart phone. Yes – it’s possible, and Lisa gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that too! So – whether you are using a tablet, or a smart phone, you can access stuff that’s 1000 miles away – or maybe just around the corner.

Screen Capture on my Smart Phone?!
Chapter 4 really gets into the nitty-gritty of better browsing with your mobile device. Although covered in Lisa’s 2012 iPad book, this chapter takes the subject to a whole new level. Her section on mobile web-clipping and screen capture was a great help to me. I’ve always had problems with screen capture and had basically given up on it. Now I know what to do!

Translation Strategies
Lisa’s section on translation strategies in Chapter 10 just opened up a world of new data for me – and it can for you. She explains how the Google Translate App from the App Store or Google Play can be used for capturing data on your ancestor from foreign-language books – translated into English so you can actually read it! Yes – we all know the shortcomings of translation programs, but I am happy to accept anything dealing with my ancestors, and the towns they lived in, even if the English is a bit messy. Think Google Books here folks – loaded with stuff on our ancestors, much of which we can’t read! You can even use your phone’s camera to capture, OCR, and translate any words or phrases! Lisa takes the reader step-by step through how to use the marvelous technology that’s resting in your hand!

Following is an expanded Table of Contents for the volume.


  • A Few Tips for Using the Book


  • Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset
    • Tablet Mindset Guidelines
    • App Consolidation
  • Chapter Two: Genealogy Task Wish List


  • Chapter 3: There’s An App for That!
    • App Store
    • Google Play Store
    • Staying Up to Date – App Resources
  • Chapter 4: Browsing
    • Safari
    • Chrome
    • Google
    • Dolphin
  • Chapter 5: Note Taking
    • Evernote
    • Notes
    • Pages
    • Microsoft Word
    • Google Docs
  • Chapter 6: File Storage & Management
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • iCloud
  • Chapter 7: Audio
    • Memos
    • Evernote
  • Chapter 8: Photos
    • Capturing Photos
    • Photomyne Pro – Album Scanner
    • Storing and Organizing Photos
    • iCloud Photo Library
    • Google Photos
    • Working with Photos
    • Adobe Photoshop Express
    • Color Splash for iPad
    • Android Alternative to Color Splash for iPad: Color Splash FX
    • Retype
    • Pocketbooth
  • Chapter 9: Reading
    • Reading Content from the Web
    • Flipboard
    • Feedly
    • Reading eBooks and Documents
    • GoodReader
    • Play Books
    • iBooks
  • Chapter 10: Collaboration & Communication
    • Facebook
    • Skype
    • FaceTime
    • Google Translate
  • Chapter 11: Travel
  • Chapter 12: Genealogy
    • Ancestry
    • MyHeritage
    • Reunion for iPad
    • RootsMagic
    • Families
    • Family Tree
    • FamilySearch Memories
  • Chapter 13: Education & Information
    • Podcasts (Audio)
    • Genealogy Gems
    • Video
  • Chapter 14: Captivating Non-Genealogists
    • Pic Collage
    • Google Earth
    • Pinterest
    • THIS DAY in My Family History
    • Little Family Tree


  • Chapter 15: Power Boost Your Tablet: Remote Access
    • Chrome Remote Desktop
  • Chapter 16: Mobile Tips & Tricks
    • New Features
    • Keyboard and Gesture Tips and Tricks
    • Navigation Tips and Tricks
    • Voice Command
    • Functionality Tips and Tricks
    • App Related Tips and Tricks


  • Chapter 17: Mobile Genealogy Means Adventurous Genealogy
  • About the Author

Getting Started Bundle of 5 items – 40% 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 40% off.
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Tracing Your Ancestors: Beginner’s Guide
Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy
Portrait of My Family
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5-Generation Primary Families Wall Chart.

Dollarhide American Migration Routes Bundle – 30% Off

For many years, Bill Dollarhide’s Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815 has been the go-to book for understanding migration in early America. Bill actually has three migration routes products. The book, and two Insta-Guides.

Family Routes Publishing is once again bundling the 3 items and discounting the price by 30%. Regularly $35.85, the price is just $25.10 for all three items (plus $5.50 p&h)

Click here to order the bundle.

Following are descriptions of the three separate guides.

MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide; 8.5×11; perfect bound; b&w; Item # A0140
Family researchers need to locate and understand the early American migration routes their ancestors may have traveled. In this book, acclaimed author, William Dollarhide, shows these early roadways with well-researched and consistently drawn maps. Dollarhide’s guide begins with the King’s Highway of 1735 from Boston to Charleston and ends with the roads that resulted from the War of 1812 in the Old Southwest. These maps provide critical information for researchers trying to locate the passages of early migration in America.

The Following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • Colonial Roads to 1750
  • The Boston Post Road and the King’s Highway
  • The Lancaster Road
  • The Fall Line Road
  • The Great Valley Road
  • The Pioneer’s Road
  • The Upper Road
  • Colonial Roads, 1750-1775
  • Braddock’s Road
  • Forbes’ Road
  • The Wilderness Road
  • New York Migrations
  • Roads to the Ohio Country
  • Zane’s Trace
  • The Nashville Road
  • The National Road
  • Roads to the Old Southwest
  • The Natchez Trace
  • The Federal Horse Path
  • The Ways South After 1815
  • Notes and References
  • Index

Maps and Illustrations

  • The King’s Highway
  • Colonial Roads to 1750
  • Braddock’s Road and Forbes’ Road, 1775-1758
  • The Way West, 1775-1795
  • New York Migrations
  • State Land Cessions
  • Ohio River Flatboat
  • The Ohio Country 1787-1800
  • The National Road, 1818-1838
  • Principal Lines of the Old Southwest, 1797-1822
  • New Orleans – Washington, 1806
  • Indian Cession Dates in the Old Southwest
  • The Ways South After 1815

These maps can be used as a method of understanding the places where ancestors may have passed or settled in route to their final destination, giving certain clues to where family records are kept today.

This book is invaluable for anyone doing colonial historical or genealogical research – and one that I would not be without!

It often began with a road.

“Genealogists need to know the places their ancestors lived before they will have any success in finding records for a person. Most documents naming a person are still located near the place the person lived, e.g. In a county courthouse, church, cemetery, or local funeral home. A big event in genealogical research is finding the county of residence for a person. To find the right county often means a researcher must understand the history of the area, when the county was first settled, and what roads were available for migrating families moving into the area.”

Not so surprising, many of today’s highways and byways follow the same path they did when first established, often as little more than a horse trail or wagon road. In Colonial Wagon Roads to 1750, author William Dollarhide provides a brief history of colonial roads that still exist today. This information is nicely packaged in the first Genealogists’ Insta-Guide™­­ from Family Root Publishing.

This Insta-Guide begins with a brief introduction along nice a table showing the colonial roads covered in this guide alongside their current highway designations. The bulk of the guide is broken into two sections. The first is the King’s Highway, broken into the five major section as it existed in 1750. The second group of roads comes under the banner Scots-Irish Influence on Road Building in Colonial America. There is another brief background followed by information on nine more major colonial roads. The guide is completed with a nearly full page map of these 1750 Colonial roads and a section for print and online references.

Like other quick sheets, and “at a glance” guides, the new Genealogists’ Insta-Guide series features four-page, laminated, colored guides which fit nicely into three-ringed binders and portfolios. By this design, these guides are easy to take along for sharing or going to the library for research; not to mention, they are easy to store. The Insta-Guide comes pre-punched for three-ringed insertion.




Highway Table

King’s Highway

  • 1750 King’s Highway – Boston to New York
  • 1750 King’s Highway – New York to Philadelphia
  • 1750 King’s Highway – Philadelphia to Alexandria
  • 1750 King’s Highway – Alexandria to Norfolk
  • 1750 King’s Highway – Norfolk to Charles Town

Scots-Irish Influence on Road Building in Colonial America

  • Upper Post Road
  • Hudson River Road
  • Mohawk Road
  • Lancaster Road
  • Fall Line Road
  • Great Valley Road
  • Philadelphia Road
  • Pioneer’s Road
  • Upper Road

Map of 1750 Colonial Wagon Roads

Print References

Online References


Order Colonial Wagon Roads to 1750 from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $7.95.


American Migration Routes, 1750-1800 picks up where Colonial Roads to 1750 left off. As Colonial Roads indicated, many of today’s highways and byways follow the same path they did when first established, often as little more than a horse trail or wagon road. Much of the genealogical information family historians seek will be found in the towns and counties that lie along these roads. Travel in the 18th century, by today’s standards, was extremely slow. In many ways, people continued normal daily routines as they moved. It took time to cross territories. During this time children were born, illness and death happened, sometime people stopped to work or repair wagons, etc. Vital records were recorded and preserved in county courthouses, local churches, local cemeteries and funeral homes. These are the records genealogists seek. Knowing the roads and migration patterns will greatly help historians identify possible locations of these key vital records

This new Insta-Guide begins with a brief introduction along nice a table showing the various roads covered in this guide alongside their current highway designations. This guide is broken into four main sections: Roads to War, Proclamation Line of 1763, Manifest Destiny Begins, and Horse Paths to Turnpikes. Roads, policies, and historical insights provide a picture of these early byways. Dollarhide summarizes the best of his knowledge into a concise guide, which is as easy to read as it is insightful.

Like other quick sheets, and “at a glance” guides, the new Genealogists’ Insta-Guide series features four-page, laminated, colored guides which fit nicely into three-ringed binders and portfolios. By this design, these guides are easy to take along for sharing or going to the library for research; not to mention, they are easy to store. The Insta-Guide comes pre-punched for three-ringed insertion.




Roads of War

  • Braddock’s Road
  • Forbes’ Road

Proclamation Line of 1763

Manifest Destiny Begins

Horse Paths to Turnpikes

  • Wilderness road
  • Ohio River (via Flatboats)
  • Avery’s Trace & Nashville Road
  • Cumberland Road
  • Gist’s Trace
  • Zane’s Trace
  • Lancaster Pike
  • Mohawk Turnpike
  • Great Genesee Road
  • Seneca Turnpike

Print References

Online References


Order A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide: American Migration Routes, 1750-1800 from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $7.95.

Click here to order the bundle.

Bundle of Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors & German Census Records 1816-1916 – on Sale for 30% Off thru Oct. 31


A short time back I wrote a booklet for Moorshead Magazines, titled Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors. It has sold very well. FRPC published and has been shipping Dr. Roger Minert’s new German Census Records 1816-1916 since June of 2016, and have good stocks of the volume in both soft and hard bindings.

To celebrate the German tradition of Octoberfest, Family Roots Publishing has again created a bundle of our two best-selling German research publications, and discounted the bundle a full 30%. The bundle is valued at $44.90, but is on sale for only $31.43 (+$5.50 p&h) – Now through October 31, 2017. P&h would normally be $10 if purchased separately, but is only $5.50 as a bundle for this promotion! AND – put the word “Heritage” in the “Order Notes” box (NOT the OFFER CODE) at Checkout, and we’ll throw in a totally FREE copy of the new Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies booklet (valued at $9.95). It won’t be listed on your Order Confirmation, but you’ll get it. Again, click on the link – or the illustration – to order.

You may also purchase either of the publications separately at 15% off during the promotional period. Click on their individual links to purchase.

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors, by Leland K Meitzler
German Census Records 1816-1916, by Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.

Would you like more information on these books?

Click on the following links to read in-depth info on each of them, including their Table of Contents, and other details.

German Census Records Blog Post – July 28, 2016

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors Blog Post – July 28, 2016

Tracing Your Ancestors, Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies Blog Post – October 17, 2017.

Click on this link or on the illustration to order the bundle of the two new books.

Family Roots Publishing Website Server Upgrade

For the last year I’ve complained about the Family Roots Publishing website having a case of the “slows.” Not all the time, but every once in a while I found that I could leave the room and get a bite to eat while waiting for a page to open. I’d call the customer support number at my web hosting service and inevitably the page would open about the time I got a support person on the phone – and I was always assured that nothing was wrong… Yeh… Right…

Several weeks ago the site went down. I found out that my hosting service had done a php upgrade and didn’t tell me ahead of time. For a number of days we fought to fix code that was broken during the upgrade. We finally got everything working properly last week. Then I got a call from a salesman. He explained that although the service techs wouldn’t admit it, my “slows” problem was all being caused by my having my site hosted on a shared server. I suspected this in the past, but no one at the hosting service would admit it. It comes down to the fact that if most companies using a shared server have little business, then site access is fine. But – if one of the companies takes off and has lots of traffic, server access slows down. If several companies sharing the server have lots of traffic, access can slow even further – and nearly stop. It seems that was what happened with the server was using.

The fix was easy… I just paid more money, and upgraded my server to to a VPS – or Virtual Private Server. So – I’m still sharing a server, but there’s only a couple companies doing it, and not hundreds. Access is great. There’s no more waiting for pages to open. I’m happy and I’m sure the customers will be also. Check it out.

Update on Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers – Now Shipping Canton Bern & Zürich Volumes – Soft & Hard

This is an update to let everyone know that we now have both the soft and hardbound versions of the first three volumes of Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers now shipping. This project actually started last May, so, we’ve been at it for a year now.

The Community Indexes for Canton Bern (in two volumes), Canton Zürich, Canton Fribourg, and Canton Aargau are included in the description of each book – and can be found at their respective pages at the Family Roots Publishing website. Click on their respective links above to find your communities within those Cantons.

The Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers series is an out-growth of the very popular Map Guide to German Parish Registers project, which is still in process, but nearing completion. Over the years, we’ve been asked by numerous parties to extend the project to cover other German-speaking European countries. We did that with the publication of Map Guide to Luxembourg Parish Registers in 2016. There are 26 current cantons in Switzerland. Many of them are small, so we plan to publish guides to multiple cantons in a number of the books. For this reason, we expect the entire series to be under 20 volumes.

Unlike American genealogical research, where the place to search is usually a civil registration (city, county, and state), European research is usually related to an ecclesiastical jurisdiction. In 18th and 19th century Switzerland, one must search the parish registers for births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. The historic boundaries for the Swiss cantons and amtsbezirke are quite well defined, and this volume lays them out in map form. Listings are given for both Catholic and Protestant parishes, along with what records are available and where to access them. Contact information, and the municipalities covered by each parish is found, making your Swiss research much easier to accomplish.

Each of the Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers does the following:

  • Includes an index of all the communities found within the Canton.
  • Identifies the major online resources for Swiss genealogical research.
  • Identifies each canton with amtsbezirke (districts), and the municipalities, bauerten (farming coalitions), and subsidiary locations.
  • Visually identifies church parishes within each amtsbezirk (district).
  • Provides an overview of Swiss genealogical records.
  • Identifies neighboring parishes, just in case your ancestor may have gone to an alternate parish.
  • Aids in conducting area searches, particularly across district and canton borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for your family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Identifies important gazetteers and online dictionaries available to researchers.
  • To see the full list (both hard and soft bound) of the first five volumes, click here.

Bundle of 3 Early American Research Guides – 40% Off thru Feb. 28

Family Roots Publishing has bundled 3 popular research guides, all dealing with early American history and genealogy.

This bundle of 3 items is made of the following:

Tracing Your Colonial American Ancestors

Tracing Your Revolutionary War Ancestors

Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors

Following is a partial description of each. Click on the links to see the table of contents for each item. Come back to this page and click here or on the illustration to purchase at 40% off. Just $17.91, plus $5.50 p&h – Normally $29.85 plus $5.50 p&h.

Don’t need all three? Purchase them individually for 30% off at their respective sites. This offer is good through Feb. 28, 2017.

Tracing Your Colonial American Ancestors; by David A. Norris, from the Publishers of “Family Chronicle” and “Internet Genealogy” & “History Magazine”; 2013; paper; 82 pp; 8.5×11; Item #: MM015
Discover Your Colonial Roots

  • Vital Records Sources
  • Revolutionary War Records
  • Militia Records
  • Tax Rolls
  • Colonial Court Records
  • Poll Books
  • Colonial Maps
  • Ship Passenger Lists
  • Land & Probate Records
  • And Much More!

Click here to go to the page for this item, and see the full Table of Contents. Return to this page to order as a bundle.


Tracing Your Revolutionary War Ancestors; Compiled by author David A. Norris: from the Publishers of History Magazine; 68pp; Paper; saddle-stapled; Full Color; 8.5×11; Item # MM022
Start Your Revolutionary War Research!
Locate Your Ancestors In:

  • Military Service Files
  • Navy and Privateer Records
  • Stat Rosters
  • Pensions
  • Cemetery & Death Records
  • Political & Government Records
  • Bounty Land Warrants
  • Loyalist Records
  • And More!

Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors; Compiled by David A. Norris; 68 pps; Paper; saddle-stapled; Full Color; 8.5×11; Item # MM012
Resources for USA, Canadian and British Research!

  • Army & Navy Records
  • Bounty Land Warrants
  • Newspapers & Maps
  • Government Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Pension Records
  • Militia Service
  • Impressment
  • US Marines
  • Prisoners of War
  • And More!

Click here to go to the page for this item, and see the full Table of Contents. Return to this page to order as a bundle.

Click here or on the illustration to purchase the Early American Research Bundle at 40% off. Only $17.91, plus $5.50 p&h – Normally $29.85 plus $5.50 p&h.

Don’t need all three? Purchase them individually for 30% off at their respective sites. This offer is good through Feb. 28, 2017.

We’ve Been Away for a While – Here’s what Leland & Patty are up to…

It’s time I get back to blogging. I’ve not done any since early December, and I’m feeling guilty.

To bring my readers up to date on what’s happened during the two months I’ve been away…

First – We finished the FRPC big project of 2016, that being getting a Second Edition of Bill Dollarhide’s Census Substitutes & State Census Records finished and into print. The books really needed an update, as they were last printed in 2008. The new Second Edition boosts the number of instantly available internet database links containing census substitutes or state censuses to 3,391 – most of which weren’t even available in 2008! Also included are another 577 URL’s with a link to a catalog or an online resources page. The set went from 2 volumes to 3, with a lot more pages per volume.

Second – We spent about 10 days in Salt Lake City with our annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour. Eighty-eight researching attendees and a few spouses joined us and our team to break some brick walls at the Family History Library.

Third – We celebrated a delightful Hanukkah & Christmas with our family here in Orting, Washington.

Fourth – We bought a car. Last October, we were unfortunate enough to get “hit” by a young lady who didn’t seem to see us coming. Thankfully, none of us were hurt. After unsuccessfully attempting to repair it, the lady’s insurance company gave up, totaled our car, and sent us a nice check. On Christmas day, we bought another car – of the same year, make and model as our earlier one. Not a new car, but it only had 32,000 miles on it, so it still looks and feels new! The catcher was that it was located in Pompana Beach, Florida. We live in Washington State. It looked like it was time for a vacation – of sorts. In early January, Patty and I, along with our grandson, Robby (age 8), flew to Fort Lauderdale (the day prior to the airport shooting there), and got our car. After spending the weekend in the Everglades and Monday at the Magic Kingdom, we drove home – putting another 3800 miles on the car. We had a wonderful time – great trip.

Fourth – We’ve been editing, and preparing for publication a new African American Genealogy Research textbook by our good friend, Jeanette Daniels. Jeanette teaches at Heritage Genealogical College in Salt Lake City, and has been working on this new book for years. It’s an amazing text and guidebook, and anyone interested in tracing their African American ancestors will be able to do so after studying its 42 chapters. This is the most in-depth guide on the subject that I’ve ever seen. We plan to have the two-volume work in print this Spring.

Fifth – We finished another project for Dr. Roger Minert – that is the publication of the latest volume of the Germans Immigrants in American Church Records series. Previously printed by Picton Press, Family Roots Publishing took on the publication of the series starting with Volume 19 – which deals with German immigrants found in the church records of Missouri churches. We expect to print a couple books a year for another decade or so – with the series eventually reaching 40 or more volumes. Libraries, individuals and societies wishing a standing order with FRPC for upcoming volumes may do so by contacting me. A 15% discount is available for standing-order patrons.

Sixth – I have been working for several years with Bill Dollarhide on a series of state-oriented volumes covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The series is “Census & Substitute Names Lists.” We started the project in 2013 with Alabama. After completion of his Second Edition of Census Substitutes & State Census Records set of three volumes in December, Bill was able to quickly finish out the series of “Name List” books, as much of the information in the state books was already researched for the Second Edition of Census Substitutes & State Census Records. These latest volumes, running alphabetically from Minnesota through Wyoming, plus a new Second Edition of the Indiana volume are now at the bindery. Bill is now writing a guide in the same vein on the U.S. Territories & Possessions.

Seventh – FRPC is about to publish a new book entitled German Genealogy Research in Pomerania. Written by Donna Schilling, this book deals with many aspects of Pomeranian research, and I believe will be a great asset to anyone wishing to trace their Pomerania ancestors. Donna’s people come from Kreis Schlawe, and most of her research examples are from that area.

Eighth – Kevan Hansen continues his research and compilation of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series. He has just submitted Volume 57 to us for editing. This is another “big city” volume, this time covering Bremen, Lübeck, and Kiel. It should be in print sometime this month.

Ninth – Speaking of Kevan Hansen, he is now contracted with FRPC to write a Swiss Map Guide series. Patty is currently editing the first two volumes – the two fully covering the Canton of Bern. Watch this blog and the Genealogy Newsline for further information on the new series. We started with Bern, because it’s huge – and had a lot of emigration to America. Most of the twenty-six Cantons are smaller, so we’re pretty sure we can publish the series in about 20 volumes.

Tenth – We are now editing a series entitled Guide to the Genealogical Resources of Italy. We started this project many years ago, and just got one book out – that was for Sicily. Then The author, George Ott, got busy with other things, and so did Patty and I. Of course, that initial book has been out-of-print for years. A while back, George approached me with the idea of taking up the project again. His wife, Sandy, had retired from teaching, and is now available to help with the research. So – we’re back at it. The first volume is a Second Edition on Sicily. We’re editing it now. The second covers Reggio Calabria, which is just about ready to edit also.

Eleventh – We’re about to publish a Second Edition of John Hudick’s Finding Your Ancestral Village in Slovakia, Czecky, Ukraine, Galacia and Hungary. Our friend, Lisa Alzo, is currently bringing the book up-to-date with many additions and corrections (reflecting ongoing changes). This is exciting, as we’ve had the rights to the volume for over a year – with too many things going on to get it back into print. We will be supporting the book, and Slavic research in general on the website The site, as well as the book will be available in the Spring.

Twelfth – FRPC is about to publish a book entitled MÜLLER/MUELLER Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective. Written by Frederick Siler, the full-color book brings together German heraldry and genealogy – dealing specifically with the Müller surname. Unlike British heraldry, which requires that coats-of-arms be passed down from eldest son to eldest son, Germanic heraldry is geographic in nature, with far less restriction.

Okay – that covers a few of the things we’ve been doing. There’s been little time for blogging, Facebook, or even Twitter… But I will attempt to do what I can in the coming days.

Owner Unknown: Your Guide to Real Estate Treasure Hunting- 1 Cent- Just pay 5.50 USA p&h

Here’s another book we have overstocks of and must move out of the warehouse.

Owner Unknown: Your Guide to Real Estate Treasure Hunting ; by Jay D. Segel; Published: 1991, Reprinted: 1992; Hardcover; 129 pp; 6×9; ISBN 9780806312958; Item CF5290

$20 normaL MSRP – we’re making it just 1 cent. USA sales only. Just pay $5.50 postage (or only $2.50 postage as a second book with any other book purchased at the same time.)

Click Here or on the illustration to order.

This book shows you how to discover and take possession of unclaimed real estate. Parcels of untitled, untaxed land, of unknown ownership, exist in many states and are ripe for the taking. With the aid of public records, particularly tax records and probate files, it’s very possible to find a parcel of owner-unknown land, identify a previous owner, determine the last known owner, trace the heirs, and acquire deeds to the tract from these heirs. Your skills, diligence, and commitment to project resolution can pay dividends in pleasure and profit.

Click Here or on the illustration to order.

Evernote Guide Bundles on Sale for 30% off MSRP

Family Roots Publishing recently purchased quantities of four popular Evernote guides, and has made bundles of three items for both Windows and Mac users. Since many genealogists find Evernote to be essential to research, we’re sure that our readers will be interested in these offerings.


First – We are offering a bundle for those genealogists who are using the Windows operating system. The sale price is just $30.72 per bundle (plus $5.50 p&h – a savings of $5 in postage when purchased in this bundle).

This bundle is made up of three popular Evernote guides. They are:

Click on the links to see each item. Use your back arrow to return to this page and order the bundle.


Secondly – We are also offering a bundle for those genealogists who are using the Mac operating system. This bundle is also made up of three popular Evernote guides. They are:

Click on the links to see each item. Use your back arrow to return to this page and order the bundle.

Following are descriptions of the four individual items:

How to Use Evernote for Genealogy, A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize Your Research and Boost Your Genealogy Productivity; by Kerry Scott; 240 pg; Paperback; 7×9.125; Published: 2015; ISBN: 9781440343834; Item # FNW19; Available at 25% off individually during the sale period – or at 30% off in the bundle.

This comprehensive user guide will teach family history buffs how to harness the powerful, time-saving organization features of Evernote’s free software and mobile apps to manage their genealogy research.

Features step-by-step instructions for managing different types of genealogy information, from research notes to document images, plus templates and cheat sheets to streamline note-taking.

This is only Evernote book on the market geared specifically to genealogists’ needs, with tricks to speed up research tasks as well as real-life examples showing how to put the strategies into action.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Getting Acquainted With Evernote
  • Chapter 2: Getting Started in Evernote
  • Chapter 3: Organizing in Evernote
  • Chapter 4: Finding Data in Evernote
  • Chapter 5: Taking Advantage of Tags
  • Chapter 6: Using Different Types of Data
  • Chapter 7: Sharing and Collaborating
  • Chapter 8: Putting it All Together
  • Chapter 9: Syncing and Securing Your Evernote Data on Mobile Devices
  • Chapter 10: Enhancing Evernote With External Tools
  • Chapter 11: Protecting Your Evernote files
  • Chapter 12: Troubleshooting
  • Appendix A: Evernote Quick Reference Guide
  • Appendix B: Census Extraction Templates
  • Appendix C: Genealogy Conference Planner
  • Appendix D: Research Worksheets and Templates

Genealogy at a Glance: Evernote; by Drew Smith; 4 pp., folded; Laminated; 8.5×11; ISBN: 9780806320182; Published: 2015; Item # GPC5448; Available at 15% off individually during the sale period, or at 30% off in the bundle.

Evernote is an amazing tool for genealogists and you can learn all about it in this handy 4-page laminated guide by Drew Smith, author of the popular Social Networking for Genealogists. As Mr. Smith explains in this easy-to-use guide, Evernote may be the most useful tool in your research kit.

What is Evernote? It is a free online service designed to capture and store nearly all kinds of digital information, including typed notes, handwritten notes, audio files, photos, documents, web pages, and e-mail. Synchronized across all your devices, including tablet, smartphone or smartwatch, it organizes everything from notes and files to blogs and Internet articles.

You can type notes using your device’s keyboard; create handwritten notes on a mobile device that supports a stylus; record an audio note using your device’s microphone; create a note from a photo taken with your tablet’s or smartphone’s built-in camera or with a desktop/laptop webcam, or from a photo that was taken earlier; create a note by capturing all or part of a web page in your browser; or make a note that originated as an e-mail you wrote or was sent to you.

In this clearly written guide Drew Smith shows you how to do all this and more, including how to share information with family members and how to publish individual notes on social media sites. While nearly all genealogists use a database program or an online family tree, Evernote provides a unique way to capture, organize, and search all kinds of supporting information.

Evernote for Windows for Genealogists; by Lisa L. Cooke; 4 pp.; Laminated, folded sheet; 8.5×11; Published: 2013; Item #: LU07; Available at 15% off individually during the sale period, or at 30% off in the bundle.

Evernote is the fastest-growing note-taking technology out there, so it is no wonder that it is incredibly popular with genealogists. You’ll want to keep this handy cheat sheet close at hand so that you can take advantage of all of Evernote’s powerful capabilities. Lisa has designed this genealogy reference guide to be easy to use and chock full of ways to maximize your research note-taking.

  • In this Quick Reference guide you’ll get:

    • Getting Started Checklist
    • Quick Key Break Out Boxes – packed with keystrokes to speed up your use of Evernote
    • Specialized Note-taking Actions
    • How to Get the Most Out of Clipping
    • Tips for Maneuvering the Desktop Client
    • Genealogical Organization Recommendations
    • Little Known Search Strategies
    • Specialized Genealogy Focused Techniques such as Source Citation Tips, Clipping Recommendations, and Using Reminders
    • Evernote Premium vs. Free Comparison

Evernote for Mac for Genealogists; by Lisa L. Cooke; 4 pp.; Laminated, folded sheet; 8.5×11; Published: 2014; Item #: LU08; Available at 15% off individually during the sale period, or at 30% off in the bundle.

Evernote is the fastest-growing note-taking technology out there, so it is no wonder that it is incredibly popular with genealogists. You’ll want to keep this handy cheat sheet close at hand so that you can take advantage of all of Evernote’s powerful capabilities. Lisa has designed this genealogy reference guide to be easy to use and chock full of ways to maximize your research note-taking.

In this Quick Reference guide you’ll get:

  • Getting Started Checklist
  • Quick Key Break Out Boxes – packed with Mac keystrokes to speed up your use of Evernote
  • Specialized Note-taking Actions
  • How to Get the Most Out of Clipping
  • Tips for Maneuvering the Desktop Client
  • Genealogical Organization Recommendations
  • Little Known Search Strategies
  • Specialized Genealogy Focused Techniques such as Source Citation Tips, Clipping Recommendations, and Using Reminders
  • Evernote Premium vs. Free Comparison

How To Use the Web Store – Pt. 4

In Pt. 1, I wrote about how the Categories are laid out at the Family Roots Publishing website. In Pt. 2, I described what the categories “Africa” through “Computer” contain. In Pt. 3, I described what the categories “Ethnic” through “How-to Guides” contain.
In this post, I would like to describe the categories ” Mexico ” through “~Damaged.”

Categories – Mexico to ~Damaged

The Mexico section needs more products. If there were more books available and written in English, we would sell more on this area.

This section covers all of the wars the U.S. has been involved in, including obscure ones like: Bacon’s Rebellion. Also products covering other countries like: British Military.

PDF EBooks
This is the section for our Ebooks. Currently, we only carry PDFs. We carry all of Moorshead Magazines’ Ebooks. including back issues of their magazines (though most have yet to be posted); most of Lisa Louise Cooke‘s Ebooks, Diahan Southard’s DNA Guides and many of our own products by authors like William Dollarhide, Roger P. Minert and Leland Meitzler

This is our Periodicals section. Here we have placed both paper and PDF copies of the popular Periodicals that we carry, as well as books about Periodicals.
Many of the Paper and PDF back issues that we have, have yet to be posted.

This category is for the amazing SHOTBOX, portable tabletop photo light studio.

South America
South America
This category is for South America. If there where more books written in English, we would sell more on this area.

This category is where we have Forms, and Wall Charts.

USA - By State
USA – By State
In this category we have broken the U.S.A. down by State. By clicking on the state of your choice, you can go to the county level. We have also included U.S. Territories and Former U.S. Possessions.

USA - General
USA – General
This section is for Categories covering the entire U.S.A.


All items are brand new, never read, but time on a warehouse shelf or at a conference has not been good to them. They may have some damage to the cover; scuff marks mostly, but integrity is still intact. There are no missing pages or anything that would compromise the readability, legibility, or understanding of the text. They may have minimal dings on the top or bottom of some pages.

And that covers it. I hope this helps in your use of the Family Roots Publishing website.