DNA & Your Genealogy – A Great New Resource! – 20% off Thru Feb 16, 2018

I got copies of the new Tracing Your Ancestors: DNA & Your Genealogy over a month ago, but have been so busy I’ve not had time to review the book until now. Published in a saddle-stapled format by Moorshead Magazines, this 66-page guide to DNA research is the one of the most readable and easy-to-understand of all the DNA-related guides that I’ve seen. When I finally got some time to read, I found that I read the entire publication, and understood most of what I was reading! Which is saying something… DNA has become key to our research, and whether we like it or not, we’d better all get on board with it, as it’s become the key to unlock brick walls that we may have thought we’d never overcome.

Written by Dr. Maurice Gleeson MB, the book is written about the science – for those of use who thought we’d just stick with the humanities! I can’t recommend a guide more – especially if you are just getting into using DNA in your research. The guide is inexpensive, while giving you the knowledge that you need to be off and running with your DNA genealogy research. Dr. Gleeson was born in Dublin where he trained as a medical doctor. He is currently a psychiatrist, a pharmaceutical physician, a part-time actor and a genetic genealogist. That said, he’s also a great writer!

This 66-page DNA guide is the most easy-to understand DNA Guide published to date. Heavily illustrated, this guide is for the rest of us!

FRPC is offering this guide at 20% off – making it just $7.96 – as a Valentine’s Day Special. The sale price is good through Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Buy it at 30% off by purchasing as a bundle with Moorshead’s Organizing and Travel publications during the same sale period.

The following is from the Table of Contents:


  • Preamble
  • What’s in you closet?
  • Why turn to DNA?
  • What Companies offer DNA tests?
  • What can you get from a DNA test?
  • The three main DNA tests (and what they can do for you)
  • Which DNA test is best for me?

Some Basic Science

  • A closer look at chromosomes
  • The two different types of DNA Marker
  • The Human Evolutionary Tree

Y-DNA – Tracing Your Direct Male Line

  • The types of Y-DNA test
  • Understanding your Y-DNA results
  • Your Place on the Tree of Mankind
  • Why join a Surname Project
  • Anatomy of a Surname Project
  • Further study & resources

Mitochondrial DNA- Tracing Your Direct Female Line

  • Some more basic science
  • Applying mtDNA to your genealogy

Autosomal DNA – Some More Basic Science

  • What is asDNA?
  • The mechanics of atDNA transmission and inheritance
  • Recombination (Crossing Over) – shuffling the pack
  • Independent Assortment – random sorting of chromosomes
  • How much DNA do I share with my relatives?
  • Genetic Population Admixture Estimates (“ethnic makeup”)

Autosomal DNA – connecting with Genetic Cousins

  • Secrets of Success
  • Analyzing Autosomal DNA Matches
  • Step 1 – Where does the common ancestor sit on your tree?
  • Step 2 – Is the common ancestor obvious?
  • Step 3 – Generating a shortlist of possible candidates
  • Step 3.1 – Maternal or Paternal ancestor?
  • Step 3.2 – A match on the X?
  • Step 3.3 – Eliminating lines of unlikely ethnicity or nationality
  • Step 3.4 – Using phasing to eliminate ancestral lines
  • Step 3.5 – Other techniques to eliminate non-contenders
  • Step 4 – Working with Triangulation
  • Triangulation with 23andMe
  • Triangulation with FTDNA
  • Triangulation with Ancestry
  • Triangulation in practice

Using DNA to Help Adoptees

Additional Online Information

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Tracing Your Ancestors – DNA & Your Genealogy; by Dr. Maurice Gleeson MB; 2018; 66 pp; Soft Cover, Saddle Stapled; ISBN: 978-1-926510-08-8; Item #: MM028 FRPC is offering this guide at 20% off – making it just $7.96 – as a Valentine’s Special. The sale price is good through Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Buy it at 30% off by purchasing as a bundle with Moorshead’s Organizing and Travel publications during the same sale period.

Researching in Germany, Second Edition – 20% Off

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

FRPC cut a deal with the publisher to have a special print run made last December – allowing us to run a reduced price sale for the first time ever! we’ve still got copies left, so once again we’re running a promo. The books are 20% off. Regularly $19, they are just $15.20! Better yet – buy the Research in Germany Bundle of this volume, bundled with Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies – and get 30% Off! Reg. $28.95, the Research in Germany Bundle is on sale for just $20.27! (+$5.50 p&h) Click here to order.

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

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

The following is from the Table of Contents:

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

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

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

Chapter Four: Enjoying yourself in the land of your ancestors

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

Chapter Five: After the trip
Returning home
Annotated Bibliography

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

Useful Addresses

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

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

German Genealogy Research in Pomerania – 15% Off

Donna Schilling wrote a delightful full-color book this last year, entitled: German Genealogy Research in Pomerania – With Specific Examples of Kreis Schlawe Research.

Family Roots Publishing is discounting it by 15%. Normally $27.95, FRPC is is offering it for just $23.76 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on the link or illustration to order.

Were your ancestors from Pomerania? Pommern was part of Germany prior to World War II. Today, the area lies in two countries. This book is written to help guide researchers who wish to research their ancestors who lived in what is now Northeastern Germany and Northwestern Poland. Suggestions on how to access the records of the area are given. Genealogical research in this area can be a most difficult task, but nevertheless fascinating and rewarding, just as it has been for the author and her family.

The author’s family was from Kreis Schlawe, located at the Northeastern tip of what was Pomerania, close to Danzig on the beautiful Baltic Sea. Kreis Schlawe serves as an example of how to find more family history information on this part of what was Germany. Although much of the information is specific to Kreis Schlawe, the same research concepts and the guidelines found within the book apply to any research done within this area.

Found within this volume:

  • Detailed information about location, cities, climate, demographics & infrastructure of Kreis Schlawe.
  • History of Pomerania – including detailed timelines, World War II, and the expulsion of the Germanic Pomeranians.
  • Culture and customs of Pomerania.
  • Kreis Schlawe’s cities, towns, churches and historic sites.
  • Research in the U.S.A., leading to finding your Pomeranian ancestors.
  • Specific guidelines and aids for researching Kreis Schlawe records.
  • Detailed bibliography.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

Dedication Statement


Maps Found in This Volume

Pictures Found in This Volume

Chapter 1 Kreise (County) of Schlawe -Pomerania

  • Location of Schlawe, Pomerania, now in Northern Poland
  • Kreis Schlawe’s Major Cities
  • Kreis Schlawe’s Climate and Topography
  • Demographics of Pomerania
  • Present Day Infrastructure in Kreis Schlawe

Chapter 2 History of Pomerania

  • Early Historical Events in Pomerania and Kreis Schlawe (with*)
  • Rapid Growth of Pomerania after 1181 A.D.
  • Immigration to America and the Napoleonic Era
  • Review of Division in Pomerania 1155-1815, Dukes and Duchies
  • First partition 1155-1264
  • Second partition 1295-1368
  • Third partition 1368-1376
  • Fourth partition 1376/1377 – 1478
  • Fifth partition 1531-1569
  • Sixth partition 1569-1625
  • Province of Pomerania 1815-1945
  • World War I
  • The Economy in Pomerania and Nazism
  • Pomeranian Administrative Divisions Before World War II
  • Farther (or Hinter, Eastern) Pomerania-Barth
  • Vorpommern (Western Pomerania)
  • Posen-West Prussian Government Region
  • Northwest Government region of Stralsund Neuvorpommern
  • World War II in Pomerania and its Aftermath
  • Three Trips to Berlin – Before, During and After “the Wall”
  • Prisoners of War in America and in Germany
  • Camp Algona System in Iowa, an Example
  • Life in an American Prisoner of War Camp
  • Life in a Prisoner of War Camp in Germany, a Comparison
  • A Lasting Legacy to America from Algona POWs
  • Expulsion of Pomeranians

Chapter 3 Culture and Customs of Pomerania

  • Everyday Customs of Pomerania
  • Municipal Codes in Treptow in 1683
  • Farm Life Before and After 1930
  • Guilds in Pomerania
  • Pomeranian Food and Drink
  • Pomeranian Clothing (Tracht)
  • Buildings in Pomerania
  • Pomeranian Names
  • Annual Celebrations and Traditions
  • Easter
  • Erntefest (Harvest Festival)
  • Advent and Christmas in Pomerania
  • Special Events
  • Weddings in Pomerania
  • Christening Celebrations
  • Confirmations
  • Reflections of East German Life in the 1980s

Chapter 4 More About Kreis Schlawe’s Four Major Cities

  • Town of Schlawe and Alt Schlawe (Slawno and Slawko)
  • Location of Alt Schlawe and Stadt Schlawe
  • Brief History of Stadt Schlawe and Alt Schlawe
  • Notable People from Stadt Alt Schlawe or Schlawe
  • Attractions of Stadt Schlawe
  • Rügenwalde (now Darlowo, Poland) The Royal City of Darlowo
  • Location of Rügenwalde
  • Short History of Rügenwalde
  • Eight Main Sites and Attractions
  • Castle of King Eric
  • Saint Mary’s Church
  • Saint Gertrude’s Church
  • Saint Georges Chapel
  • The Town Hall
  • The Fountain—a Fisherman’s Monument
  • Stone Gate—known as High
  • Lighthouse
  • Zanow (now Sianów, Poland)
  • Location of Zanow
  • Historical Fact for Zanow
  • Attractions
  • Pollnow (now Polanow, Poland)
  • Location of Pollnow
  • History of City of Pollnow
  • Main Attractions
  • Notable People from Pollnow

Chapter 5 First Research in the U.S.A.

  • Church Records in the U.S.
  • County Records in America
  • State Historical and Other State Department Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Funeral Parlor Records
  • Court and Courthouse Records in the U.S
  • DNA
  • Online sites about German Culture and Genealogy
  • Networking Online
  • Importance of Sources of Information Found
  • Primary Sources
  • Secondary Sources

Chapter 6 Specific Guidelines for Kreis Schlawe

  • Learning, Practicing and Reading Old German Records
  • Catholic Records in Germany
  • Lutheran Church Records in No. Poland; Formerly Schlawe, Pomerania
  • Standesamt in Kreis Schlawe, now in Northern Poland; (Registry Offices for Civil records less than 100 years old)
  • Amtsbezirk also in Kreis Schlawe Northern Poland; (District Offices with records over 100 years old)
  • Amtsgericht in Schlawe (Court records for Kreis Schlawe)
  • Sources on the Internet for German Genealogy & Kreis Schlawe specifically
  • Practicing different German scripts, e.g. Sutterlin
  • Hints for Traveling to Kreis Schlawe (This is the most thrilling part!)


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German Genealogy Research in Pomerania – With Specific Examples of Kreis Schlawe Research; By Donna Schilling; May 2017, 156 pages; 8.5×11; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; ISBN: 978-1-62859-094-4; Item #: FR0720; MSRP: $27.95; On sale for just $23.76.

10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850 – on sale 20% Off

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

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

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

Order a copy of 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850 from Family Roots Publishing; Item #GPC643. On Sale for 20% Off.

Brave & Funny Memories of WWII – By A P-38 Fighter Pilot – by Lynn Shubert

I just finished reading Brave & Funny Memories of WWII – By A P-38 Fighter Pilot. What a great read! It’s not often that I read a book cover-to-cover without a break, but this one I did. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The book was compiled by my friend, Betty Kreisel Shubert. It was written by her husband, Lynn Shubert, now 96 and dealing with Alzheimer’s. Compiled from notes written with pen and paper – with the addition of many personal WWII photos, it tells a very personal story of heroism, and high jinks, all the while making the reader laugh.

The book includes stories of air-to-air combat, as well as more mundane items – like the time Lynn was ordered to immediately travel to Cannes where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. However, he was given the orders while AWOL in Rome with a USO dancer!

Betty knows how to put a book together, having written OUT-OF-STYLE: A Modern Perspective of HOW, WHY and WHEN Vintage Fashions Evolved. She used her talents with Lynn’s book to produce a real page-turner.

If you’re interested in the true story of a P-38 pilot flying out of Italy and over Germany during 1944 to 1945 as told in the words of the guy who did it, get a copy of the book for yourself by clicking on the cover illustration above.

New! 20th Century Photographs Kwik Guide – 10% Off Thru Aug. 28

I was just informed that Gary Clark had a new photograph I.D. book come into print last November. Upon review of the book, I decided that FRPC should add this book to the four books we already stock of Gary’s. To get sales off and running, we’ve discounted the new book, as well as the four earlier volumes, by 10% through August 28.

20th Century Photographs Kwik Guide – A Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Vintage Photos from 1900 to 1950 is a detailed and clear source of identification tips and photo dating information for those photos taken from 1900 on…

This is an indispensable reference tool for genealogists, family historians, and photo collectors who are conducting research on vintage 20th century photographs.

Date Your 20th Century Photographs

  • Studio Photos to Snapshot Fever
  • Tinted Formal Photos and Folders
  • Gibson Girl Fashion and Flappers
  • Black-Page Albums
  • Automobile Gallery, Postcards, and much more…

From the Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Inside this Book
  • Chapter 1 – 19th Century Review: Mounting Board Required; Cabinet Cards & CDVs Fade Away; Carry Over to the 20th Century
  • Chapter 2 – Turn of the Century Changes: Notable Changes
  • Chapter 3 – 1900-1909: Evolution of Old Styles; Women’s Fashion and Style; Men’s Fashion; Children’s Looks; 1900-1909 Review
  • Chapter 4 – 1910-1919: Studio Photographs; Amateur Snapshots; Great War Photographs; Folders; Women’s Fashion; Young Women; Photograph Sizes & Cameras; 1910-1919 Review
  • Chapter 5 – 1920-1929: Studio Photographs; Snapshots by the Millions; Friends and Family Photos; Eastman Kodak Influence; Formats & Sizes; Women’s Fashion; Hairstyles; Hats; Men’s Fashion; 1920-1929 Review
  • Chapter 6 – 1930-1939: Studio Photographs; Snapshot Photographs; Artistic Borders & Ragged Edges; Women’s Fashion; Return of Feminine Looks; Men’s Style, Photobooth Pictures; 1930-1939 Review
  • Chapter 7 – 1940-1949: World War II Era Photographs; Paper Styles – Borders, Ragged Edges; Fashion & Style; Rosie at Work; Color Film – Kodacolor; Restoring Kodacolor Prints; Kodachrome Color Slides; 1940-1949 Review

  • Appendix A – 20th Century Cars
  • Appendix B – Photograph Albums
  • Appendix C – Real Photo Postcards
  • Index

20th Century Photographs Kwik Guide – A Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Vintage Photos from 1900 to 1950; by Gary W Clark; 104 pp; Paperback; 8.5×11; Published: 2016; Full Color; ISBN# 9780900761532; Item # GC09

Gary’s Other Photograph-Related Books (at 10% Off thru August 28) are:

Georgia Genealogy Research – Genealogy at a glance – New and On Sale for 10% Off

Michael A. Ports – author of the groundbreaking series Georgia Free Persons of Color as well as numerous volumes of transcribed records from Baldwin, Elbert, and especially Jefferson County, Georgia – has applied his expertise in Georgia genealogy research to a “Genealogy at a Glance” guide. Like the other publications in the series, Genealogy at a Glance: Georgia Genealogy Research is a four-page laminated folder that gives you all the useful information you’ll need to begin and proceed successfully with your research.

Family Roots Publishing has purchased a quantity of this laminate, and discounted it 10%, making it $8.06 (Regular $8.95). This sale runs through April 4, 2017. Click here to purchase.

Ports begins with a discussion of Georgia’s settlement background, beginning in 1732 when King George II granted a charter for the new colony – named in his honor – to James Oglethorpe and twenty other proprietors. County formation began in 1777 with the creation of Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond, and Wilkes counties, and ended in 1924 with the creation of Peach County. Many of the records most useful to genealogists are located at the county level. Therefore a general rule of thumb, Ports states, is to begin your research at the Georgia Archives, which houses original and microfilm copies of most county records, and he details the most critical of these records – marriage and divorce, birth and death, probate, and land lottery records.

Ports also gives an overview of two significant supplementary sources – land grant records and tax records – and identifies the major repositories and online resources with useful information for your Georgia family research. Along the way you’ll find research tips and references to key publications, making Genealogy at a Glance: Georgia Genealogy Research the most helpful four pages you’ll ever read on Georgia genealogy.

The following is an annotated Table of Contents of my creation:

  • Quick Facts – A timeline from 1732 through 1870 dealing with ten important Georgia events.
  • Settlement Background – A history of Georgia from 1732 through 1805, important to Georgia researchers – includes two important further references.
  • Record Sources – An introduction, and two items for further reference – followed by sections on Marriage and Divorce Records; Birth and Death Records; Probate Records, and Land Lottery Records – includes several important internet links and eight further references, all to important lottery-related books.
  • Supplemental Sources – Includes sections on Land Grant Records (with an internet link), as well as Tax Records with one book listed as an important further reference.
  • Major Repositories – a listing of five repositories, with full addresses and contact information.
  • Online Resources – a listing of seven websites invaluable for those with Georgia ancestry.

Georgia Genealogy Research – Genealogy at a glance; by Michael A. Ports; 2017; 4 pp; laminated; ISBN: 978-0-8063-2039-7; Item #: GPC4668

As noted above, Family Roots Publishing has purchased a quantity of this laminate, and discounted it 10%, making it $8.06 (Regular $8.95). This sale runs through April 4, 2017. Click here to purchase.

American Settlements and Migrations: A Primer for Genealogists and Family Historians

GPC recently released a new guide from Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck. This softbound book is titled American Settlements and Migrations: A Primer for Genealogists and Family Historians.

The book provides a synopsis of the original patterns of settlement and migration for the United States. Mr. Bockstruck discusses each of the 50 states, however, his emphasis is on the states and territories that were established between the colonial period and the middle of the nineteenth century. For each state the author examines pioneers’ places of origin, reasons for settlement, specific places of settlement in America, names of pioneering families, migrations within and between states, and more. Equally important, throughout the volume he names the key sources for further research.

The study of migration is inextricably intertwined with family history. By combining a knowledge of history and geography, therefore, the family historian can extend the family pedigree across the country. Every detail represents a potential clue to an elusive ancestor, from the name of a shipping line, port of embarkation, and clusters of fellow passengers, to the nature of soil available to the colonist, church membership, and status of roadways.

Some members of the family may not have ventured away from the ancestral home. Others went westward but did not continue as far as some of their kinfolk. They may have generated the records further inland that would enable the family historian to bridge an ancestral geographical gap. Finding earlier places of residence could enable one to determine the place of nativity of an ancestor. Following such paths could enable one to locate relatives who remained in the East or dropped off earlier along the migration route, thereby identifying the immigrant or colonist who founded the family in the New World and perhaps the ancestral home in the Old World as well.

The study of migration/immigration follows several principles. Firstly, one must understand the local history of one’s ancestral homes. For example, as late as 1950, the state possessing greatest percentage of residents of British descent was Utah. Why? Utah was settled by Mormons, and this relatively new religious group was mostly composed of New England Puritan stock. Moreover, that church’s first missionary efforts abroad were in conducted in the British Isles, and those converts joined them in Utah.

Secondly, migrations are also tied to similar climatic belts. Colonists and immigrants often sought out lands that were capable of growing the crops with which they were familiar, as in the case of Scandinavian settlement in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Thirdly, migration rests upon forces that draw immigrants to a new home. It may also apply to those forces that drove them away from their home. In some instances both aspects may apply. For instance, more than 150,000 natives of Virginia were living in the states of the Old Northwest Territory in 1850—an area accessible to them and possessing terrain and soils with which they were familiar.

Still other factors impinging on migration and settlement include available modes of transportation, religious preference or ethnicity, economic factors such as famines and floods, and foreign wars, revolutions, and other aspects of statecraft. Bockstruck contrasts colonial migrations, for example, with those following American Independence. During the colonial period, individuals and groups moved from the southern colonies to the northern colonies, and vice versa. Until the 1750s, colonists utilized sailing ships as the primary mode of transportation between colonies. They did not move from the East to the West until after the French and Indian War, when the Braddock and Forbes roads were built to enable the military forces to go into the interior to challenge the French in the Ohio River Valley. Such roads were necessary to move heavy military equipment, such as canons, and materiel to the war front.

American Settlements and Migrations is arranged by region and thereunder by state. Each chapter outlines not only the events, persons, and forces that contributed to a state’s settlement but also offers untold clues to the reader’s own ancestors. Might an 18th-century South Carolina forebear have been part of the British expulsion of the French from Nova Scotia? Was your Welsh ancestor part of the Pennsylvania migration to work in the Knoxville, Tennessee mining industry? Your Irish Famine-era ancestor was living in Boston in 1860, but is the gap in his genealogy attributable to the fact that he might have entered North America through the Canadian Port of St. John, Newfoundland. These are just some of hundreds of possibilities Mr. Bockstruck gets you to consider. His new primer may be just the clue finder you have been looking for.

In my review of the volume, I found that virtually hundreds of resources are found within the text – all with full titles, and authors. This makes it easy for the genealogist to find the item with the publishers, or a nearby library genealogy collection. By the way, you can find books in libraries near you within seconds by typing the title into the search engine at http://www.worldcat.org/. Find the book, and click on it. Enter your location zip code (under Find a Copy in a Library). Bingo!

The only issue I have with the volume is that the font is a bit small for my old and tired eyes. But reading the volume in bright lighting made my reading pleasurable – and I learned many things that I didn’t know previously.

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American Settlements and Migrations; A Primer for Genealogists and Family Historians; by Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck; 2017; 108 pp; 6×9; paperback; ISBN: 9780806358314; Item #:CF8125D

The following is from the Table of Contents – the abbreviations are mine:

  • Chapter One: American Settlements and Migrations in America
  • Chapter Two. New England – MA, CT, RI, Providence Plantations, VT, ME
  • Chapter Three. West Indies
  • Chapter Four. The Middle Colonies – NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD
  • Chapter Five. The Southern Colonies – VA, WV, NC, SC, GA
  • Chapter Six. The Impact of the Revolutionary War
  • Chapter Seven. Post Revolutionary War Settlements – FL, KY, TN
  • Chapter Eight. The Old Northwest – OH, IN, IL, MI, WI, MN
  • Chapter Nine. The Old Southwest – AL, MI, LA
  • Chapter Ten. The Trans-Mississippi West – IA, MO, AR
  • Chapter Eleven. The West – TX, KS, NE, OK, UT, NM. AZ, NV, CO, ND, SD, WY, ID
  • Chapter Twelve. The Pacific Coast – OR, WA, CA
  • Chapter Thirteen. Alaska, Hawaii and Canadian Settlements – AL, HI, QC, NS, ON

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American Settlements and Migrations; A Primer for Genealogists and Family Historians; by Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck; 2017; 108 pp; 6×9; paperback; ISBN: 9780806358314; Item #:CF8125D

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

“From trade directories, petty sessions, and DNA to Currency, Ships and even Irish-American Soldiers in the US Civil War, we’ll show you the resources you need to find your Irish ancestors!”

That is the splash on the front cover of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. Moorshead Magazines is the publisher of Your Genealogy Today, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine. Every so often the company collects the best articles on a particular subject from each of the three magazines and combines them into a special edition. Like the recently reviewed Tracing You English & Scottish Ancestors, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is one Moorshead’s special genealogical releases.

Produced in 2012, this 66-page special edition features 12 articles relevant to Irish research (a complete article list is provided below). As the cover text states, articles cover a wide variety of topics. Many article are printed with images and sample to get a better feel for the topic. Alan Stewart’s article on Internet-based Irish research covers over 50 websites, with full URLs and a brief summary of each. Page by page, the reader is taken through the various topics covered by each author’s area of expertise.

Family Roots Publishing is offering this publication at 10% off through March 21, 2017.

Even though each article appeared previously in one of Moorshead’s three magazines, before publication articles were updated to ensure source materials and online references were up to date. While some references may change with time, having the source names can help researches find any altered sites usually with some ease.

Whether the research lives in Ireland or is the descendant of an Irish immigrant, the information from these articles is highly relevant. With modern communications, the world seems to shrink more each year. The cost of communicating and accessing documents and records located around the world is faster and cheaper than ever before.



Can You Get a Certificate of Irish Heritage

Hilda McGauley looks at a fun, and informative, way to recognize your Irish heritage

Your Irish Ancestry Online: A Definitive Guide

Alan Stewart goes online in search of the top Internet-based Irish research resources

Online Irish Family History Resources

From Ireland’s local governments and libraries, David A. Norris looks at what is on the ‘Net

The Court of Petty Sessions

David A. Norris looks at Irish court records that might contain many ancestors names

City and Trade Directories

David A. Norris looks at an important resource for researching your Irish roots

Locating the Exact Origin of Your Irish Ancestor

Marie Daly looks at some important resources for researching your Irish ancestor

Six Steps to Research Success: Irish Style!

Brian Michell documents the six crucial steps necessary to reach your online research goal

Ancestors, Ships and the Sea

David A. Norris looks at the online resources available if your Irish ancestor was a sea rover

Ireland’s Money and Your Genealogy

David A. Norris looks at the local currency your Irish ancestor would’ve used

Finding Help With Your Scots-Irish Line

Cindy Thomas looks at the resources available to assist you with your Scots-Irish research

Surnames and Genetics in Ireland

Anthony Adolph explains how ancient surnames and modern genetics make perfect partners

Civil War Soldiers

David A. Norris looks at the resources available if your Irish ancestor fought in the Civil War


Order copies of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors from Family Roots Publishing.

Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research – 20% Off Thru February 28


We are expecting a new stock of Mobile Genealogy this next Tuesday or Wednesday – and are extending our offer to our readers for just $15.96. That’s now 20% off, and matches the lowest price we’ve offered on the popular volume. The sale now runs through February 28, 2017. Click on the links to order. The following review was written earlier, and modified with the new sale prices and dates.

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)

Now through February 14, 1017, Family Roots Publishing is offering Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research for 20% off – the lowest price we’ve ever offered. We have a new batch in stock, ready to ship immediately. Order Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research; by Lisa Louise Cooke; iv+170 pp; Paper; 6×9, Published: 2016; ISBN: 5800114346248 Item # LU20. Regular: $19.95; On Sale for just $15.96 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on the links to order.

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

Through Tuesday, February 14, 2017, Family Roots Publishing is offering Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research for 20% off. Order Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research; by Lisa Louise Cooke; iv+170 pp; Paper; 6×9, Published: 2016; ISBN: 5800114346248 Item # LU20. Regular: $19.95; On Sale for just $15.96 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on the links to order.

The FT Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy – by Blaine T. Bettinger – 38% off thru Feb 28

We’re again running a promo on Blaine Bettinger’s The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. We made a special purchase and are making it available for 38% off thru Tuesday, Feb. 28 – or whenever we run out of the current stock if before then. See my review below.


Finally! We now have a terrific new book to help us with genetic genealogy. The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger is what we needed. There have been several books printed, but it seems to me most have have been either way too scientific, or far too limited in scope for the average genealogist. Blaine T. Bettinger has written a colorful 239 page volume for the genealogical community that I recommend to everyone! It’s brand new, with information that is sure to help anyone interested in using DNA to find ancestors.

The Following is from the Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part One: Getting Started
  • Chapter 1: Genetic Genealogy Basics
  • Kick-start your genetic research. This chapter features a brief history of DNA testing and breaks down DNA and the four popular genetic tests, plus how to identify your genetic family tree.

  • Chapter 2: Common Misconceptions
  • Debunk your DNA myths. This chapter addresses eleven common misunderstandings about DNA to set you straight as you begin your genetic research.

  • Chapter 3: Ethics and Genetic Genealogy
  • Conduct conscientious and responsible studies. This chapter explores some of the ethical issues involved in DNA testing for family research and how to account for them.

  • Part Two: Selecting a Test
  • Chapter 4: Mitochondrial-DNA (mtDNA) Testing
  • Discover Your female maternal ancestors and answer research questions about them with this guide to the oldest DNA test.

  • Chapter 5: Y-Chromosomal (Y-DNA) Testing
  • Find your paternal male ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use Y-DNA to track your male-line descendants and solve genealogical problems.

  • Chapter 6: Autosomal-DNA (atDNA) Testing
  • Explore your whole genetic family tree with this chapter’s guide to the atDNA test, the most popular and (arguably) most useful DNA Analysis.

  • Chapter 7: X-Chromosomal (X-DNA) Testing
  • Pinpoint your genetic ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use X-DNA and its inheritance patterns to grow your family tree.

  • Part Three: Analyzing and Applying Test Results
  • Chapter 8: Third-Party Autosomal-DNA Tools
  • Broaden your DNA analysis with this chapter’s tips for using software, online tools, and other third-party programs to analyze atDNA results.

  • Chapter 9: Ethnicity Estimates
  • Unpack the estimate provided by DNA testing companies. This chapter shows what you can use – and can’t – learn about your ancestry from ethnicity estimates.

  • Chapter 10: Analyzing Complex Questions with DNA
  • Dig deeper into your DNA research with these tips and strategies for using your DNA results to break through brick walls and answer challenging research questions.

  • Chapter 11: Genetic Testing for Adoptees
  • Uncover your hidden past. This chapter provides strategies for adoptees and other individuals who may face an extra hurdle when researching ancestors.

  • Chapter 12: The Future of Genetic Genealogy
  • Gaze into DNA’s future with these predictions about the field’s trajectory and what you can hope to achieve as genetic technology advances.

  • Glossary – 5 pages of terminology for the rest of us!
  • Appendices
  • Appendix A: Comparison Guides
  • Appendix B: Research Forms
  • Appendix C: More Resources
  • Index

About The Author
blaine_bettinger_125pw_author-of-dna-guideBlaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D. (biochemistry), J.D. is an intellectual property attorney in Syracuse, New York, by day, and a genealogy educator and blogger by night. In 2007, he created The Genetic Genealogist, one of the first blogs devoted to genetic genealogy and personal genomics.

Blaine has written numerous DNA-related articles for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Family Tree Magazine, and other publications. He has been an instructor at the inaugural genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, Family Tree University, and Excelsior College (Albany, NY). He is a former editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy, and a co-coordinator of the ad hoc Genetic Genealogy Standards Committee. In 2015, he became an alumnus of ProGen Study Group 21 and was elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees.

Blaine was born and raised in Ellisburg, NY, where his ancestors have lived for more than two hundred years, and is the father of two boys. You can find Blaine on his website and on Twitter (@blaine_5).

Order The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger for 38% off – just $18.59 (plus $5.50 p&h) thru the sale period. Order Now by clicking here.

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790–1920 – On Sale for 25% Off Thru December 17

Since the Civil War Era volume is selling so well this season, we’ve decided to run Dollarhide’s Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 on sale for 25% off thru December 17. That’s the best price FRPC has ever offered on the volume I believe.

Click here to order the Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 – at 25% off – just $44.96 (Reg. $59.95).

Following is a review of the volume.

The county has always been used as the basic Federal census unit. Genealogical research in the census, therefore, begins with identifying the correct county jurisdictions. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790–1920 shows county outline maps across the United States at ten-year intervals. Effectively, a map of each state’s county lines at the time of each Federal census through 1920.

This work (one of the top-five best selling genealogy books) shows all U.S. county boundaries from 1790 to 1920. The books starts with an introduction to the Federal censuses, the records, and basic facts for each enumeration. Page xxvi provides a sample map, explanation, and legend as used on the nearly 400 maps in the book. Key elements include the following:

  • Each map shows modern counties and states with a white outline
  • Black outlines show the counties as they existed at the time of the relevant census
  • modern lines which match the old boundaries also appear in black (the black overlaying the while)
  • Defunct counties appear in the index in italics
  • Dashed lines indicate boundaries through water, uncertain boundaries, etc. (sometimes noted in the “notes” section on the page)

With each map there is data on boundary changes, notes about the census, and locality finding keys. There also are inset maps that clarify territorial lines, a state-by-state bibliography of sources, and an appendix outlining pitfalls in mapping county boundaries. Other details such as major Indian treaty lines are also covered.

The volume includes an index listing all present-day counties, plus nearly all defunct counties or counties later re-named. Maps in the book are shown in chronological order, alphabetically by state.




Introduction • Federal Censuses

  • History
  • Records
  • Completeness

Sample Map

U.S. Maps, 1790–1920

State Maps

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Loisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming


  • Pitfalls in Mapping Boundaries


  • National Projects
  • General Sources
  • State Sources

County Index, by State


Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790–1920 is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC5786.

Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era — by Bill Dollarhide; 35% Off Thru December 17

For Day 8 of the 2016 FRPC 12 Days of Christmas sale, FRPC is offering Bill Dollarhide’s Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era at 35% off, making it just $21.42. Click on this link to order.

civil-war-era-350pw-75resMost genealogical records during the decade of the Civil War are related to the soldiers and regiments of the Union and Confederate military. However, there are numerous records relating to the entire population as well. Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era, by William Dollarhide, identifies the places to look and documents to be found for ancestors during the decade, 1861-1869, as well as post-war veterans. The book is laid out first by nation-wide name lists and then by state listings in alphabetical order.

The following broad categories, as well as others, are identified within this book:

National Resources:

  • Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
  • The American Civil War Research Database
  • Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
  • General and Organizational Indexes to Pension Files, 1861-1934
  • 1883 List of U.S. Pensioners on the Roll
  • 1890 Federal Census of Union Veterans
  • Roll of Honor & Veteran Burials
  • 1865-1867 Confederate Amnesty Papers
  • Consolidated Lists of Confederate Soldiers & United Confederate Veterans Association
  • Index to Compiled Service Records

Statewide Resources:

  • Compiled Service Records (by state)
  • Index to Compiled Service Records (by state)
  • 1861-1869 State Censuses
  • 1861-1869 Statewide Name Lists
  • 1862-1869 Internal Revenue Assessment Lists
  • Statewide Militia Lists
  • Confederate Pension Applications
  • Pensioner Name Lists and censuses of Confederate Veterans
  • Indexes to Statewide Records
  • Lists of Veteran Burials; State Adjutant General Reports & state-sponsored histories

The Best Civil War Resource Centers for Local & County Research

    • Online Resources
    • Libraries & Archives

Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era – Online and Published Military or Civilian Name Lists, 1861-1869 & Post-Civil War Veteran Lists; by William Dollarhide; 2009; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; 8.5×11; 203 pp., Reg. $32.95 – 35% Off Through December 17, 2016 – just $21.42 (plus $5.50 p&h).

Graveyards of Chicago, Second Edition – 30% Off Thru December 17 – Only $11.87


We’ve got a good stock of Graveyards of Chicago, The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries in the FRPC warehouse – so we’re making them the featured item for day 7 of of the 2016 FRPC 12 Days of Christmas sale. The book was written by Matt Hucke and Ursula Biekski and is a second edition of a much smaller volume that was published in 1999. In fact, at 428 pages, it’s about twice the size of the extremely popular 1999 book.

The book is on sale for 30% off thru December 17, 2016. Regular $16.95, it’s just $11.87! Click here to order.

The publication of this volume was extremely exciting for me, as I have Cook County ancestry, and many ancestors and relatives buried in Chicago area cemeteries. If you follow GenealogyBlog, you probably already know this, as I’ve blogged about it a number of times. I now have a book detailing the history and other information on the burial places of my folks. The book stresses the history, art and notable people buried in the cemeteries. It also lists the address or cross streets, as well as the establishment dates for each cemetery location. If they have a website, this is given. Near the back is an index that, being subject oriented, includes the names of all people mentioned in the book, as well a cemeteries and other subjects. I’ve found it difficult to lay this book aside, as the volume has so much new information of interest to me.

The authors identify a number of classifications of cemeteries, with detailed descriptions of each. Following the list, in alphabetical order:

  • Churchyards
  • City Cemeteries
  • Frontier Graves
  • Homestead Graveyards
  • Independent Mausoleums or Columbaria
  • Institutional Cemeteries
  • Lawn-park Cemeteries
  • Memorial Parks
  • Military Cemeteries
  • Native American Burial Grounds
  • Potters Fields
  • Rural Cemeteries
  • To see his monument look around you Graves

The following is an expanded Table of Contents:


by Matt Hucke

by Ursula Bielski


City North

Chicago City Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery

Jewish Graceland and Hebrew Benevolent Cemeteries

Wunders Cemetery

St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery

Rosehill Cemetery

St. Henry Catholic Cemetery

Bohemian National Cemetery

St. Luke Cemetery

Montrose Cemetery

City West

All Saints Polish National Catholic Cemetery

Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery

St. Johannes Cemetery (Removed 2001)

Rest Haven Cemetery

Robinson Woods Indian Burial Ground

Read-Dunning Memorial Park

Irving Park Cemetery

Acacia Park Cemetery

Westlawn Cemetery

Mount Olive Cemetery

Union Ridge Cemetery

Zion Gardens Cemetery

City South

Oakwoods Cemetery

Zirngibl Grave

Mount Greenwood Cemetery

Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery

St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery


Metro North

Calvary Catholic Cemetery

Church of The Holy Comforter

Fort Sheridan Post Cemetery

New Light Cemetery

Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum

St. Adelbert Catholic Cemetery

Sunset Memorial Gardens

All Saints Catholic Cemetery

Shalom Memorial Park and Randhill Park Cemetery

Metro West

Eden Memorial Park

St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleums

Elmwood Cemetery and Mausoleum

Forest Home Cemetery (including German Waldheim)

Waldheim Cemetery

Forest Home:West

Forest Home:East

Waldheim Jewish Cemeteries

Woodlawn Memorial Park

Concordia Cemetery

Altenheim Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Emblem Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery

Elm Lawn Memorial Park

Oakridge Glen Cemeteries

Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery

Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery

Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery

Hinsdale Animal Cemetery and Crematory

Illinois Pet Cemetery

Bluff City Cemetery

Metro South

Resurrection Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleums

Bethania Cemetery

Lithuanian National Cemetery

Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens, West

Evergreen Cemetery

St. Mary Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleums

Cedar Park Cemetery

Lincoln Cemetery

Beverly Cemetery

Oak Hill Cemetery

Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum

Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery

Restvale Cemetery

Hazelgreen Cemetery

Burr Oak Cemetery

St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery

Bachelors Grove Cemetery

St. James Catholic Cemetery

Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleums








Scattered through the book are sidebar pages dealing with a number of cemetery and burial topics. I found all them them to be very interesting. Following a a list of titles for these pages:

  • The Cemetery Lady (Helen Sclair 1930-2009)
  • After the Fire: The Trouble With Cremains
  • St. Henry Catholic Cemetery
  • Jumpin that Train: Lincolns Last, Long Haul
  • Together Forever: The Many Ties That Bind
  • Material Considerations
  • The Remains of the Day: the Crash Site of Flight 191
  • 50 (Thousand) Ways to Leave Your Loved Ones: Burial Customs To Die For
  • Strong and Silent: The Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago
  • Modern Woodmen Of America
  • Freeze! A Chilling Alternative to Checking Out
  • Ceme-Prairies: The Silver Lining of Abandonment

Order Graveyards of Chicago at the Family Roots Publishing website.

If you have Cook County Ancestry, you might be interested in the following titles also:

Finding Your Chicago Ancestors

A Guide to Chicago and Midwestern Polish-American Genealogy

Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy: Record & Preserve Your Family’s History – 40% Off Tuesday & Wed.

Family Roots Publishing is offering Jeff Bockman’s Give a Gift That Money Can’t Buy for 40% off (Just $5.37) Tuesday & Wednesday only, November 22 & 23, 2016.

Gift of GenealogyAfter more than five years, Jeffrey A. Bockman, has published a major update to his popular book, Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy: Record & Preserve Your Family’s History. Now in its fifth edition, this fantastic primer covers all the basics needed for the novice to get started with family history research. Sometimes genealogists forget an important part of family history research, leaving their own story behind. Bockman created this book to guide and inspire anyone with an inkling of interest into their own past, to help search it out and leave both it and their own stories behind for future genealogists.

In this book Bockman covers all the basics, for example:

  • Forms to record the basic facts
  • Saving  documents future researchers will need
  • Identifying people in photographs
  • Preservation
  • Finding and telling family stories
  • Conducting your own research

This fifth edition is a major revision, adding over five additional years of experience and new resources. New for the fifth edition:

  • More family stories and photographs
  • Newer sources
  • More online resources
  • A new section on searching techniques
  • Comments about genealogy travel with examples
  • Mini case study (to give hope to those who have a relative that disappeared)

The book is organized for easy reading with plenty of examples to help the beginner get started. If you know someone looking to get started with family history or  hoping to help someone develop and interest in their families stories, then this book would help them in the process.

Not only is this book one of the best primers available, it is priced affordably. Family Roots Publishing has Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy: Record & Preserve Your Family’s History, 5th Edition, for only $5.37.


Table of Contents


  • About the author
  • Introduction

Family Facts

  • Identify family members and key events
  • Recording information on standardized forms
    • Family Group Sheet
    • Ancestor Chart

Home Sources

  • Supporting documents that help to provide the necessary proof
  • List of what to use, keep, and preserve
  • Important home sources
  • Bockman family home sources


  • Help turn names and dates into real people
  • Identify the people, the time, and the place


  • Saving items for future generations
  • Paper & document preservation
  • Photo preservation

Family Stories

  • Can only be told by someone who was a part of it
  • Timeline of events
  • Bockman family history

Organizing It All

  • Assembling all of the information

Family History Research

  • How to start researching your family
    • Vital records
    • Wills & probate records
    • Cemetery records
    • Newspapers/obituaries
    • Census records
    • Other records
    • Immigrants
    • Didn’t find it in the index
    • Genealogy travel
    • Case Study: Finding Alvar a not so great dane

Our Family

  • Title page
  • Guidelines for filling in your forms
    • Three family group sheets
    • One ancestor charts
    • Two timeline pages
    • Notes page