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American Wars Research Bundle on Sale for 30% Off Thru Memorial Day!

To celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, Family Roots Publishing is offering a bundle of three popular American war-related research guides from the publishers of History Magazine. FRPC is discounting them 30% through Memorial Day, May 26, 2014. Regularly 29.85, the bundle is just $20.95 (plus only $5.50 p&h!) The guides are as follows: Life During […]

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Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766

Fred Anderson’s Crucible of War is probably my favorite history book ever written. The book is about the Seven-Years War, otherwise known as the French and Indian War – a war that led directly to the American Revolution. If there hadn’t been a French and Indian War, there may very well not have ever been […]

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Stage-Coach and Tavern Days

Growing up I read my share of novels. Many of these included fantasy stories where taverns often play a major role as meeting place, rest stop, and center of information. Then there were the stories of the “wild west” where gun fights and town business seem to always center around shady activities and entertainment found […]

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Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors

Created as a “200th Anniversary Research Special, Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors, covers resources for the United States, Canada, and British research. Moorshead Magazines, publishers of Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine, have published this special volume in memory of, and to provide assistance in researching, the War of 1812. This 82 page […]

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The History of Railroads

Like so many kids, I loved trains growing up. I never minded waiting for a train when riding in a car, I couldn’t wait to ride the train at Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm when we went as a family. I loved taking my own kids to the see the large collection of trains at […]

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Medical Miscellany

What did your ancestors die of? What exactly is that condition mentioned on my ancestor’s records? These are the questions Dr. Jeanette L. Jerger asked herself while researching her great-grandfather’s pension record. Dr. Jerger discovered her Civil War great-grandfather was “salivated” during the war. A 30 year experience nurse and she had no idea what […]

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The Germans in Colonial Times

Germans are the second largest ethnic group in the United States. Only those of English descent are more numerous. Even so, both groups represent generations of families living in America. These days, around a million people each year legally immigrate to the U.S. Countless more people immigrate illegally into the country hoping for a better […]

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The Compendium of American Genealogy

I have used such words as massive, voluminous, gigantic, thorough, exhaustive, and enormous to describe books before. However, these words may not do just for The Compendium of American Genealogy, a seven volume set. This massive work may not compare to the Encyclopedia Britanica, Wikipedia and online references, or the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy […]

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Records Of Plymouth Colony: Births, Deaths, Burials, And Other Records, 1633-1689; 20% OFF for the Next FEW Days!

Records Of Plymouth Colony: Births, Deaths, Burials, And Other Records, 1633-1689, edited by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, is a reprint of a work originally published as Volume Eight of Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England: Miscellaneous Records 1633-1689. This renamed eighth volume also contains a reprint of Plymouth Colony Vital Records a […]

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The Document Behind “12 Years a Slave”

The following easer is from an excellent article by Michel E. Ruane, published in the February 27, 2014 edition of the Washington Post. The slave manifest for the brig Orleans, bound from Richmond that Tuesday in 1841, included one Plat Hamilton — male, age 26, height 5 feet 7 inches, color “yellow.” He was one of […]

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The following teaser is from the February 11, 2014 edition of WASHINGTON, DC – African Ancestry, Inc. (, the Black-owned company that pioneered genetics ancestry tracing for people of African descent, has helped more than 150,000 people across the world discover their true African roots. During Black History Month, African Ancestry is turning its […]

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NGS Research in the States Series: New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later issued as special publications. The latest version of the series contains revised guides, plus additional states not included in the previous releases. Now, new for 2013, NGS has provided a slight […]

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Jamestown People To 1800: Landowners, Public Officials, Minorities, And Native Leaders

2013′s newborns become teenagers in 2026. That same year the United States will celebrate its Sestercentennial birthday. To a child twelve more years may seem a lifetime, to us adults, such years come with increasing speed. Yet, even with our nation’s 250th year in sight, the first, permanent English settlement established on this continent is […]

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An Atlas of German Migration and America

Family Roots Publishing carries a great collections of Atlases. One particularly interesting series are those produced by Carrie Eldridge. These unique map books show the migration and population spread of early colonists and their descendant from the colonial days through the California Gold Rush years. Each focuses on trail groups and assoiciated settlements. In one […]

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Full Steam Ahead

The start of the new year gives me a chance to sit back and reflect on all the books, magazines, and CDs (including eBooks and captured webinars) I have reviewed over the past year.  While every book, article, or disc summarized and reviewed on this site cover genealogical pertinent information, the specific nature varies widely. […]

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