Have a Book to Publish? “Producing a Quality Family History” Can Help

What does it take to put together a family history worth reading? The short answer is time, money, and effort. However, after all the work you have done in researching, collecting documents, gathering pictures, sorting, and recording genealogies and family stories, putting a family history together should seem like a piece of cake. To help researchers preserve their family histories and make the process as streamlined as possible, Patricia Law Hatcher has written the helpful guide, Producing a Quality Family History. Note the the special offer on book of 10% off at the FRPC website is extended through midnight EDT Monday, March 16, 2015.

The obvious follow-up question is, what makes a “quality” family history? As a publisher and book designer, I have developed my own ideas over the years as to what makes a quality book. I have also learned that others have their own idea of what quality means. Hatcher acknowledges personal preferences in choosing how to produce a family history. She recommends researchers start by reviewing family histories at a library. She, also, goes on to suggest there are some basic guideline, or qualities,  which should be followed. The list reads as follows (referring to a quality work):

It presents quality research–research that is thorough, new, and based on a variety of primary sources

  • It is well organized, understandable, and attractively presented
  • It uses a recognized genealogical numbering system
  • It documents each fact and relationship fully
  • It expresses information accurately, indicating the likelihood of conclusions
  • It goes beyond records, placing people in context
  • It included illustrations such as maps, charts, and photographs
  • It has a thoughtful and thorough index

Producing a Quality Family History can help the reader create a manuscript, and final publishing, to meet and exceed these criteria. Not only is content reviewed, but layout and design, font selection, editing, and developing a print ready history are all covered. This book is meant to help you avoid mistakes before you even start writing. However, even if you are almost ready to print your book, this guide can help you feel confident you have produced a quality history, before you go to print.

Patricia Hatcher is a technical writer, instructor and certified genealogists. Having written and edited numerous books and articles, she is well versed in the subject. This guide is easy to follow, and equally easy to implement in your own writing. As Hatcher notes in the book, nonfiction writing is to inform, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be, or even shouldn’t be, interesting. Genealogies reproduce facts, family histories, when properly written, give life to your ancestors. Through this guide, your family history can find the life and quality you always dreamed about.



Publishing Family History in the 1990s

What to Write; When to Write It

You Must Have Style


Understanding Type and Fonts

Book Design

Page Layout and Formatting

Organizing and Presenting Family Information

How Do You Know?

Turning Paper into People

Illustrations, Charts, and Photographs

Opening the Door to Your Book

Developing an Editorial Eye

Preparing Camera-Ready Art

Turning Camera-Ready Art into Books

Options from Technology





Producing a Quality Family History is available from Family Roots Publishing in a beautiful hardback edition – 10% off extended throughthrough Monday, March 16, 2015. Click on the link for more information.

Over 40,000 Digital #Genealogy Books Searchable & Downloadable for Free at GenGophers.com

Most genealogists know that FamilySearch has lots of genealogy/local history books online and downloadable through their website. FamilySearch offers a search of the books, allowing the user to search for a name and locate a book or books with that name in it. However, the search is limited, in that you can’t go directly to any particular page with your ancestor’s name on it. Other websites have similar issues. Now my good friend, Dallan Quass, has a new site where genealogy books can be searched for a particular name and place, with the search results coming back as a snippet, with direct access to the book upon clicking on the snippet link.

This is really cool. Better yet – it’s entirely FREE. To fund the site, Dallan has come across a survey company whose surveys pop up on the screen. The user answers a few easy questions by clicking, taking just seconds to complete. They then have access to the data for a day. This is one of the most innovative methods of funding that I’ve seen. Dallan only gets pennies when the surveys are completed, but pennies can easily add up to dollars, making this wonderful resource available to everyone – not just folks that can afford another subscription.

Note that 40,000 genealogy-relevant books are currently being searched – with thousands more to come. The books being searched are currently from FamilySearch, Allen County Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library and several others. To see what I might find, I did a search for Henry Canfield of Michigan. That’s my great-grandfather, whom I’ve researched extensively. I got seven hits – not all for Henry, but for names like H. Canfield, etc. The second hit was from a book titled “Official Army register of the volunteer force of the United States Army for the years 1861, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65, vol. 5.” I’ve never seen this book before now. According to the site, the original is located at Mid-Continent Public Library. And this book has information about my great-grandfather in it! Note that the advanced search technology allows searches for people, as well as the names, dates, places, and relatives associated with them, not just words.


Options include downloading a PDF of the book, or reading the page in full-screen mode.

The website just launched and is in beta. Over the coming months Dallan will be continue to improve the search algorithms and add another 60,000 genealogy-relevant books.

Following is the Genealogy Gophers Press Release:

A new website enables genealogists for the first time to have free, easy, and precise searching of family history books

SALT LAKE CITY – Researching family histories online is an activity that has begun to come of age. Thousands of family history books and magazines are available to be searched directly from multiple websites. But searching through these websites and combing through the jumble of information they return can be a frustrating, costly, and fruitless process. The newly launched family history website, GenGophers.com, solves these problems by providing precise and free access to the industry’s most effective online search tools and a growing library of more than 40,000 downloadable family and personal histories, local histories, and genealogy newsletters.

Many searchable book websites, like Google Books and archive.org, make it difficult to restrict their searches to genealogy-related books. The result is that online searches for names, dates, and places return lists of thousands of potential books completely unrelated to genealogy.

GenGophers.com is the only website that – completely for free – returns genealogy book results only. Results include the publication name and a snippet from the page showing the highlighted search terms:


The pages and publications returned in a search are then downloadable for free by users. “In addition to focusing our searches only on genealogy books, our search engine also employs a completely different approach than those used by other book-searching websites”, said Dallan Quass, founder of GenGophers.com. “While other websites can only search for specific words contained in books, our engine uses artificial intelligence to first identify and index all people mentioned in a publication and then allows specific searches for names, dates, and places associated with them. This approach significantly increases the chance of discovering extended family connections, stories about the lives of ancestors, and bringing family histories to life.”

GenGophers.com is financially supported by ads and Google Consumer Surveys, which asks users a few market research questions once per day to view the free books.

Genealogy Gophers has the most easily searched and retrieved family history books on the Web. Search tools based on artificial intelligence algorithms significantly increase the chances of finding relevant search term matches compared to typical word search engines. Relevant pages and books can be downloaded for free from the GenGophers.com website.

Check out Genealogy Gophers. I was impressed (especially since I found a book I hadn’t seen before!), and plan to use the site a lot.

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

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

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

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

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


Contents/List of Aritcles


Atkinson Families of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, by Oliver Hough

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

William Biles, by Miles White, Jr.

Boone Genealogy

Carpenter Genealogical Notes

Chandler Genealogy

Genealogical Note of the Chapman Family of Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Claypoole Genealogy, by J. Rutgers LeRoy

Three Generations of the Clymer Family

Captain William Crispin, by M. Jackson Crispin

Jacob Dubs, of Milford, by Joseph Henry Dubbs

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

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

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

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

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

The Franks Family, by Charles Henry Hart

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

Records of the Descendants of James and Phebe Gillingham

The Gilpin Ancestry, by Alfred Rudulph Justice

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

Graham Family Records

Records of the Hall Family of Bristol, Pensylvania


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

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

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

Hill Records

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

Hudson Family Records, by Howard Williams Lloyd

Husband-Price-Haines Families, by Thomas Maxwell Potts

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

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

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

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

Ancestry of Children of Isaac Lea

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

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

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

Delaware, Bible Records [Marshall]

Sketch of Colonel Ephraim Martin of the New Jersey Continental Line

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

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

Morton of Calcon Hook, by Thomas Allen Glenn

Owen of Merion, by Thomas Allen Glenn

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

Family Records Contained in the Bible of Jonathan Platts

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

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

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

Rohrer Records

Descendants of John Rush

Genealogical Records Copied from the Bible of Thomas Say

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

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

Records from the Taylor Family Bible

Catharine Tennent, by A. D. S.

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

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

The Wharton Family, by Anne H. Wharton

The Williams Family

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

Wiltbank Family Records

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

Zane Family

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I just heard from an old friend of mine this morning. I got a note from Bill Lee, whose genealogy books I have reviewed during my tenure as a magazine editor. Bill and his wife, LaVonne, spent a number of years tracking down family on-site. They would go from county to county, gathering all the information they could on their various family surnames. This project led to a number of useful surname volumes used by researchrs today.

Bill’s other specialty is the post-baseball lives and deaths of over 7,600 Major League players and others. He wrote a fascinating book on the subject called The Baseball Necrology.

Bill tells me that his wife, LaVonne (FODGE) Lee’s genealogy is now available on her personal website, FODGERelations.com . I checked it out this morning, and it’s a truly amazing site. There are more than 11,000 names on the website with Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets for each of the 11,000 names. I found a lot of useful biographical data on the site also. The most common surnames are AUGHINBAUGH, FODGE, HAPNER, HOSHAW, HOUSE, JUDAY, KNOOP, METHOD, OTT and ROOKSTOOL. Bill tells me that his own genealogy will be on line sometime this year. It’s now at 19,000 names and growing…

Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis

cf1400dI couldn’t tell you why, but lately I keep coming across books worthy of serious attention but have titles that would make most think these treasure in disguise are not for them. Massachusetts and Maine Families: In the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis is just such a book. The title would have been just fine without all that “in the ancestry of” stuff. Why? Well, “almost anyone with considerable New England ancestry—and probably 100 million contemporary Americans, about 40 percent of the population, have some colonial New England forebears—will descend from one or more, often a dozen or more, of the 180 families herein.”

Massachusetts and Maine Families is a reprint, into three volumes, of an original seventeen volume twentieth-century genealogy. The work was created by Walter Goodwin Davis as a compendium of his ancestry, plus the inclusion of Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendents. There are 2,300 pages, plus an index. In all, there are 180 families covered, plus 19 English families in the “immediate ancestry of American immigrants.” Most of the families lived in Massachusetts, 114, with 29 in Maine and 18 in New Hampshire.

The introduction to the 1996 reprint was written by Gary Boyd Roberts, who now retired was then working as the Director of Special Research Projects at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Roberts writes glowingly about Davis’ life long dedication to genealogy and his contributions to the practice. Boyd refers to Davis as “the third pillar of two triads of genealogists that revolutionized both local (i.e. northern New England) antiquarian studies and national genealogical standards overall.”

The original 17 volume set covered Davis’ sixteen great-great-grandparents, plus the inclusion of Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendents. This reprint consolidates these seventeen volume into three, indexes the whole set, and  rearranges the contents into alphabetical order. The sixteen g-g-grandparents for whom Davis focused each original volume where:

  • Nicholas Davis, 1753-1832, of Limington, Maine
  • Charity Haley, 1755-1800, wife of Nicholas Davis
  • Joseph Waterhouse, 1754-1837, of Standish, Maine
  • Lydia Harmon, 1755-1836, wife of Joseph Waterhouse
  • Joseph Neal, 1769-c. 1835, of Litchfield, Maine
  • Sarah Johnson, 1755-1824, wife of Joseph Neal
  • Annis Spear, 1755-1858, of Litchfield, Maine
  • Sarah Hildreth, 1773-1857, wife of Annis Spear
  • Dudley Wildes, 1759-1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts
  • Bethia Harris, 1748-1833, wife of Dudley Wildes
  • Abel Lunt, 1769-1806, of Newbury, Massachusetts
  • Phoebe Tilton, 1775-1847, wife of Abel Lunt
  • James Patten, 1747?-1817, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine
  • Sarah Stone, wife of James Patten
  • Lieut. Amos Towne, 1737-1793, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine
  • Sarah Miller, 1755-1840, wife of Lieut. Amos Towne

Each volume has an index for that individual book; though, the book itself is arranged by surname of each ancestor. There are pedigrees charts for each of the 16 g-g-grandparents on the first few pages. This will help the reader identify where each individual actually falls in the family with one quick glance. Volume I covers the surnames Allanson to French. Volume II covers Gardner to Moses, and the third Neal to Wright.

Copies of the three volume set of Massachusetts and Maine Families: In the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis are available from Family Roots Publishing – now at 50% off the original MSRP!

The Pocket Genealogist: Building A Genealogical Sketch

ne28Last week I commented on the fact there has been a recent rush in the genealogy publishing market to produce two to four page laminated guides. These guides have proven very popular as they typically provide a high density of basic information on a single topic. Guides reviewed on this site cover everything from researching a specific ethnic group or nationality to areas of specific research, like Ellis Island records or U.S. Census Records, and even dating specific types of photographs. Now the New England Historic Genealogical Society has jumped on the bandwagon, and is producing a series of laminated guides called The Pocket Genealogist.

With all this help in researching and organizing your family history, it won’t be long before you need The Pocket Genealogist: Building A Genealogical Sketch. Maybe you are already there, ready to put your family history to pen and paper, to publish your work.

When genealogists set out to tell stories, the author or publisher may take a certain amount of creative leeway in page design. However, when creating a genealogical sketch, effectively a descendancy or ahnentafel report, there are some basic formatting guidelines useful for producing a clean and easy to read book. This pocket guide provides all the details needed to construct a full genealogical sketch, parents and children, generation by generation. Learn numbering and name styling, generational numbering, using lineage lines, and other key stylization and formatting techniques.

Covered are both Descendancy Format as well as Ancestor or Ahnentafel tables. There is also a list of common abbreviations used in sketches. Like other pocket guides, this one is a four-page, three-color, laminated print, prepunched for easy insertion into a binder. The Pocket Genealogist Series is produced by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.




Examples of Genealogical Formats

Descendancy Format (Register Style)

  • Main entry
  • Children’s List

Ancestor Table (Ahnentafel)

Recommended Resources


Order The Pocket Genealogist: Building A Genealogical Sketch from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $6.81.

Click here to see a full list of laminated guides.

Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633

Pilrim Migration coverEvery American learns about Plymouth Rock and the Plymouth Colony from their earliest childhood. After all, we all have to learn about that first Thanksgiving, even if we tend to forget the real facts at times, over a plate of selectively bred turkey with a side of American football. Despite a plethora of information about this historic colony and what led these Separatists to leave their European homeland for the unknown dangers of the New World, there are few books histories that focus directly on individuals and their families. Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633 takes this very approach. Instead of the stories of a colony, this book focuses directly on information pertaining to each and every colonists, their marriages, their children, their holdings and other genealogically pertinent data. Information was garnered from a variety of sources which had to meet a set of three criteria:

  • appearance in a record generated prior to 14 May 1633—includes records generated by or within the Colony or elsewhere and related directly to the colony
  • direct or indirect implication of arrival by the end of 1633 included in a record of later date—in other words, generated after 14 May 1633 but directly names individuals who would have been in the Colony before that date. Often these records came from colonists asked to relate or describe their lives and Colony events during the prescribed period. Land grants and other documents also have provided additional information
  • appearance as a member of the immediate family of a person know to have arrived by 1633—unless specifically indicated as otherwise, it is assumed any married man arriving before 1633 brought with him his wife and any children

Building on existing records and life sketches of know colonists up to and around the early 1990s, the researchers for this book scoured all available new resources produced in the later part of the twentieth century relating to the Plymouth Colony. Updating and adding to existing individual accounts, this book provides a history of the Plymouth Colony through the life details and records of the individuals themselves who lived there. Key information provided in these life sketches includes such information as:

Origin – last know place of residence in Holland or England

Migration Date and Ship

First Residence

Removes – where a colonist moved to if resided in more than one New England settlement

Return Trips – any temporary or permanent move back to England, to the Caribbean, or other non-New England colony

Church Membership

Freeman – records of admission to freemanship as entered into court minutes

Offices – any know civil or military service at town, county or colony level

Education – attendance at any university in England, namely Cambridge or Oxford, and mostly found among ministers

Estate – predominately from land and/or probate records

Birth and Death

Marriages and Children

Associations – sketch information related to other subject by marriage or blood to other New England immigrants prior to 1643, and when the relationship existed prior to migration

Comments – any information not fitting other categories, such as court records, activities of trade, listing of errors or discrepancies, evidence and arguments for specific genealogical conclusions, and/or suggestions for further reading

Biographical Notes – for families with sufficient published information to require separate discussion. Especially true where 19th century genealogies are corrected by more recent published genealogies.

The categories covered and amount of information each naturally varies by individual. Finding information for this book was no small task. Hundreds of sources were examined. Those covered in the section of sources in the book are only those of broad application to the study of the inhabitants. In other words, while data was gleamed from hundreds of sources, the book includes a section with descriptions of those broad-sweeping sources likely to be of interest to the genealogical practioner, as broken down into the following categories:

  • Passengers lists
  • Town records
  • Vital records
  • Probate records
  • Land records
  • Church records
  • Journals and letters
    • Bradford’s History of Plymouth
    • Bradford Letterbook
    • Pamphlets of Edward Winslow
    • Winthrop Journal
    • Winthrop Letters

Ultimately, this book is a collection of genealogical and relative life facts for those colonists who migrated to the Plymouth Colony prior to 14 May 1633. The sketches cover individual males with their wife and children listed under the father’s name. There are over 200 sketches covering some three thousand individuals who lived in this early American colony.


Learn more about these early immigrants and possible ancestors, order a copy of Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633 from Family Root Publishing; Price: $29.35.

New Zealand “A Genealogy of the Jennings” Found in Attic of House on Waiheke Island

The following teaser is from an article in the 21 August 2012 edition of Voxt.co.nz:

Auckland Libraries has a large and detailed piece of family history that it desperately wants to reunite with its owner.

The family tree, which has been intricately documented on an A2 (large poster-sized) sheet of paper, was found in the attic of a house on Waiheke Island and given to the local library for safekeeping.

Family history librarian Seonaid Lewis, from Auckland Libraries’ Central Auckland Research Centre, says the find is a remarkable example of genealogical research that someone has spent considerable time preparing.

“You might expect to find such a comprehensive family tree in England so it is ‘pure gold’ to find a piece of work like this in an attic in New Zealand,” says Ms Lewis.

“It is titled ‘A Genealogy of the Jennings’ and covers the family history of David Jennings who emigrated from England to Nelson in 1849.

“The overall research goes back some 500 years and includes photographs of significant family members,” she says.

After being turned in to Waiheke Library, the document has been restored and preserved by library preservation experts.

“It had been rolled up for some time which affected the photographs and caused some damage to the paper. We have flattened the document, restored the damaged sections and put it in a protective sleeve,” says Ms Lewis.

Auckland Libraries would like to reunite this family tree with its creator or, given that it is 43 years old, a descendent.

Read the full article.

Colorado’s Century Chest

In 1901 the citizens of Colorado Springs placed essays, photographs, a wax recording cylinder, and more into a time capsule for 100 years. The large steel-riveted box stood sealed until opened during a ceremony January 1, 2001. The contents were dedicated to the descendant of those early city inhabitants. One brief letter exemplifies the hopes shared by many of the boxes contributors:

My dear descendants,

You are verily dear to me, and over the span of a century my love goes out to you.

In the pressure of my engagements I was compelled to dictate the body of my letter to you, but I want to add a few words on a subject too sacred to admit of dictation to a stranger ear. When I returned from Europe in the fall of 1870 and entered the store of Ehrich & Co. I found a girl of fifteen seated in the cashier’s desk; petite but of perfect figure, eyes large and dark, of beautiful face, strong mind[?], expressive mouth, fine teeth, and with two long braids of hair. This is your ancestress. Her father, having lost whatever money he had, had moved from Newbern, N.C. to New York, and after failure in the running of a dyeing-establishment, had accepted employment with some relatives. Henrietta was too proud to remain at home inactive, and had accordingly accepted the position of cashier, receiving six dollars a week as salary. We soon developed a fondness for another, gradually ripening into love, into an engagement in 1872, and into marriage in 1874. Henrietta was born in New York City, August 16, 1856. Our married life has been immensely happy and blessed. The terrible strain which overtook us with the coming of my illness in 1878 and which threatened to wreck all our hopes, happily passed away. The violent death of our beautiful, noble first-born, which took place when the ocean separated us, left a sear in our lives, — more especially in the hear of his mother, who grieved bitterly for him for many years. Time has assuaged the sorrow, and has brought so many consolations in the fine growth and development of our other children. Our home-life has always been fine and sweet. Our hospitality is wide, and valued guests are often seated at our table. Our acquaintance embraces the best Americans of our time. Our lives, based on deepest mutual love and respect, have been singularly joyful.

May all possible blessings rest on each one of you! May each of you set his or her life on so high a plane that, in spirit, I shall be proud of you! May you cherish a loving memory of Henrietta and

Louis R. Ehrich

Immediately after opening the box, historians and librarians began scanning and indexing the contents. Transcripts and copies are available through the special collections department of the Colorado College’s Tutt Library. The entire contents of this historical collections can be found on the library’s websites.

Contributors included both town leaders and local citizens. In a addition, there is a letter from visiting dignitary, then Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt. Here is a copy of his brief, yet poignant letter:

Colorado Springs
Aug 4th 1901

I have come here partly to speak at the quarter centennial of Colorado as a state, partly to meet the men of my old regiment, the 1st USV cavalry, or Roughriders, at whose head I fought in the Spanish War. They are a splendid set of men, these grim hunters and miners of the mountains, these wild riders of the plains; with many and grave faults, but essentially men; fearless, steeled to the endurance of fatigue and hardship, resolute and hardy, loyal, and for all their ferocity in fight, yet gentle to women and children. I hope that a century hence their descendants, though gaining in all humanizing ways, though gentler and more refined, will not lose the whipcord fibre, the iron strength and courage of these pioneers and sons of pioneers. We cannot in the long run afford to have our people less than men; nor yet can we afford to have them other than good men.

I have with me the Memoirs of Marbot, the Saga of Burnt Njal, and Longfellow’s poems; and I am about to start with the grayhounds for a wolf hunt. May you who chance to read this enjoy life as much as I have enjoyed it; and work as hard!

Theodore Roosevelt
Vice President USA

President Roosevelt was inspired by courage. He hoped for a future of quiet courage, a “gentler” time. The citizens of Colorado Springs had their own hopes, dreams, and memories which they put into pictures and writings for their descendents. In celebration and dedication to their efforts, the same steel box was carefully resealed on April 20, 2001 with the memories and personalities of a new generation. CDROMs, DVDs, letters, pictures, and other items were placed into the time capsule and resealed for another 100 years. The people of 1901 wished their descendants to open the box in a new, stronger, happy world. I am sure the citizens of Colorado Springs hope the same for their descendant in 2101.

Visit the Colorado Century Chest website and enjoy a look into the lives and dreams of some of our forefathers. Maybe you will find the story of one of your ancestors in the mix.

Allen County Public Library — A Genealogical Treasure

Across the country there are a number of well-known genealogical libraries. Each year, thousands of genealogists will travel to these libraries to spend a precious few days conducting research. Library visits are so popular genealogical societies and organizations will often combine a conference like educational event with genealogical library visits into a single, fully-planned, week-long trip. This year’s 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour is a perfect example.

But, what about local libraries? Do any of them have significant resources for the genealogist?

Public libraries don’t always have the funding, or local interest, to establish and purchase such resources. There is one, however, that stands out among its peers, the Allen County Public Library in Indiana. The Allen County public library system has established the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne. Many experienced researchers know of the library as the creator of the PERiodical Source Index, a.k.a. PERSI.

Among its many resources, the Genealogy Center is home to the world’s largest collection of English-Language genealogy and local history periodicals. The library holds more than 6,200 current subscriptions and over 10,000 titles. Just the newspaper collection alone is impressive. These periodicals are available to any visitor of the library or through PERSI, accessible at HeritageQuestOnline.com (a paid service).

Periodicals aren’t the only resource the library offers. The library contains tens of thousands of family histories, family bible records, African American records, millions of vital records and documents on microfilm and microfiche. For a brief outline of all the library offers, read their brochure (pdf file).

The library also offers access to many fee-bases Internet databases. These service include:

  • Ancestry.com
  • AmericanAncestors.org
  • HeritageQuestOnline.com
  • Paper of Record: Historical Newspaper (paperofrecords.com)
  • African American Heritage (africanamericanheritage.proquest.com)
  • Fold3.com
  • Origins Network: British, Irish, & Scots (originsnetwork.com)
  • World Vital Records (worldvitalrecords.com)

Some of the libraries services available to the public from the Genealogy Center’s website include:

  • A variety of free databases, including the:
    • Microtext Catalog
    • African American Gateway
    • Allen County, Indiana Resources
    • Family Bible Records
    • Family Resources
    • Genealogy Center Surname File
    • Indiana Resources
    • Other States Resources
    • Our Military Heritage
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Online database services have made it easier for genealogist to find links to their ancestors without ever leaving home. These services can also help better prepare researchers for a trip to a genealogical library. Libraries will always offer one great advantage missing from online services, the knowledgeable librarian. The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center has a fantastic staff of trained professionals ready to help you with your research. You can ever review short bios for the librarians on the Center’s website.

Those lucky genealogist living in Allen County should appreciate having such a fantastic local library. Few others have such a resource within driving distance of home. For those of you considering a trip to one of the big genealogical libraries, take a look at the Genealogy Center. The library may just have the records you need, and they may be a little closer to home.

Genealogy Record Books Used as Evidence at Jessop Trial

Book of Remembrance

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Jurors leaned in to peer at sacred forms in the case of Merril Leroy Jessop.

Jessop, 35, a member of a polygamous sect, is on trial, charged with sexual assault of a child in connection with allegations he illegally married an underage girl.

Rebecca Musser, a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, testified to a dozen of those forms being family records, birth records, marriage records and priesthood records, all of them with special spiritual significance to the FLDS, she said.

She was shown a collection of such forms bound in a cover and called, “The Book of Remembrance.”

Read the full article in the March 15, 2010 edition of the GoSanAngelo.com website.

Confucius’ Family Tree Finished in 80 Books With Over 2M People Included

They say it’s the world’s biggest family tree. With over 2 million of Confucius’ descendants included at a cost of 1.46 million U.S. dollars, it had better be.

Following is a teaser for a much longer article in the The Daily Mail.

JINAN—China celebrated the ending of the latest revision of its ancient philosopher Confucius’ family tree in 72 years at his birthplace Qufu City, east China’s Shandong Province Thursday, three days before his 2560th birthday.

About 1,000 people, including Confucius’ descendants worldwide, government officials and scholars, attended the celebration ceremony at the Confucian Temple in Qufu Thursday morning.

Kong Deyong, a 77th-generation descendant of the revered Chinese philosopher, disclosed the family tree covered with red silk at 9 a.m.

Kong then presented the family tree to the National Library of China, Taipei’s “National Central Library” and the Qufu municipal government.

Kong said, “Confucius’ family tree is a national treasure.” The family tree has 43,000 pages and is bound in 80 books. It records all the 83 generations of Confucius’ offspring of more than 2 million people and is believed to be the biggest family tree in the world, Kong said.

The latest revision, or the fifth revision, took 10 years to complete and cost the philosopher’s offspring more than 10 million yuan (1.46 million U.S. dollars), he said.

The new list, which includes minorities, overseas and female descendants for the first time, added more than 1.4 million names than the previous revision in 1937, said Kong Dewei, head of the family tree editorial office.

Read the full article in The Daily Mail.