Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans – only 1 Penny – Just pay $8 P&H – USA Sales – Nov 22 & 23, 2016 Only

Family Roots Publishing has found that we have several cases of these books in stock, and want to blow them out. We’re making them just 1 cent Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29 and 30, 2016. Buyers need just pay the $8 p&h.

Following is a review:

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

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

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

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

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


Pick up a copy of Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans from Family Roots Publishing; Regular Price: $45. Just 1 penny November 22 and 23 – Just pay the $8 P&H.


Surnames featured in the book:

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

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

The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How To Trace Your Germanic Ancestry In Europe – 30% Off Thru Nov 10, 2016

Family Roots Publishing recently purchase a good stock of Jim Beidler’s The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide. We’re discounting it 30%, making it just $17.49 – through November 10, or while supplies last – whichever comes first. Following is a review of the book:

fnw11As a publisher, I really appreciate reviewing books first capture my eye with clean and clear page design (typesetting). When simple clean fonts are chosen with structured and organized page elements meeting basic design guidelines. When photos, charts, samples, and images stand out on a page as independent elements, but don’t overwhelm the page making it difficult to continue reading, this marks a respect for the reader, making the learning process easier. This clear type of design seems to be a standard at Family Tree Books. Their titles The Family Tree Guidebook To Europe: Your Essential Guide To Trace Your Genealogy In Europe, 2nd Ed. and The Family Tree Problem Solver : Tried And True Tactics For Tracing Elusive Ancestors are great examples. There is a third book published by this group, which we have not previously reviewed but is worth a look, that continues this simple but elegant design model, The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How To Trace Your Germanic Ancestry In Europe. Of course, its not all just about the layout. The content matters, and to that we give credit on this new German book to its author, James M. Beidler.

The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How To Trace Your Germanic Ancestry In Europeis your standard guide to research German ancestry. According to the cover, this book teaches you how to:

  • “Retrace you German immigrant ancestors’ voyage from Europe to America
  • Pinpoint the precise place in Europe your ancestors came from
  • Uncover birth, marriage, death, church, census, court, military,and other records documenting your ancestors’ lives
  • Access German records of your family from your own hometown
  • Decipher German-language records, including unfamiliar German script
  • Understand German names and naming patterns that offer research clues”

The concepts taught and examples given in this book aren’t necessarily new. However, these ideas, lessons, and tips are relatively thorough and well thought out. Putting this guide into practice in your own Germanic research would be easy, and you are very likely going to find some ideas as new to you. Plus, as a new book, all the resource lists will be fresh and up to date, including any websites.

German research has many unique challenges, which you probably already know. Taking advice from experienced researchers, such as author James M. Beidler, can only help your progress. So, whether you are new to German research, or seasoned in your own right, you may just find something new and useful in The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How To Trace Your Germanic Ancestry In Europe.




Part I Linking Your Family Tree to German-Speaking Nations

Chapter 1 Your German-Speaking Heritage

Chapter 2 Identifying the German-Speaking Immigrant

Chapter 3 Pinpointing the Place of Origin

Chapter 4 The history of Germanic Lands

Part 2 Getting to Know the Old Country

Chapter 5 Understanding Germany’s Geography

Chapter 6 Language, Surnames, Given Names

Part 3 Tracing Your Family in German-Speaking Nations

Chapter 7 Civil Registration in Germany

Chapter 8 German Church Records

Chapter 9 German Census and Court Records

Chapter 10 German Military Records

Chapter 11 Printed Records

Chapter 12 German-Speaking Peoples Outside of Germany

Part 4 Advanced Sources and Strategies

Chapter 13 Putting it all Together

Chapter 14 What to Do When You Get Stuck


Understanding German Script

Sample Letters to Request Records

Civil Record Archives in Europe

Church Archives in Germany

U.S. Genealogy Archives and Libraries

Societies: German, Genealogical, & Historical

Publications and Websites



Your own copy of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How To Trace Your Germanic Ancestry In Europe awaits from Family Roots Publishing.

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


It’s now near the end of October, and FRPC must take inventory on December 26. We’ve still got several large cases of Moulton’s Genealogical Resources in English Repositories on hand. We need to unload them and make warehouse space for new titles. For this reason, we’ve decided to sell them for just 1 Cent. Just pick up the p&h of $8.00. So – for $8.01 you can have what is most likely the best overall list of British resources in print. The book initially sold for $45. If printed today, it would more than likely be $75 or more. The book is now over 20 years old, and the PRO in England has had many changes in where you’ll find their resources. So you might have to use Google to search for the exact location of any particular PRO resource (A tiny minority of overall resources). The book will tells what resources are available – and it’s worth a lot more than the p&h cost…


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

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

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

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

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

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


List of Abbreviations
List of Symbols

Part I: Greater London Repositories

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

Part II: County Repositories (summarized)


Each county listing includes:

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

A few counties and metropolitan areas include sections for:

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

Counties are listed alphabetically as follows:

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

Part III: London Borough Repositories

Greater London

Barking and Dagenham

  • Valence Reference Library
  • Barking Central Library


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


  • Bexley Libraries and Museum Department


  • Grange Museum of Local History


  • Bromley Central Library


  • Swiss Cottage Library
  • Holborn Library


  • Croydon Public Libraries


  • Local History Library


  • Local History Unit


  • Greenwich Local History and Archives Centre


  • Hackney Archives and Local History Department

Hammersmith and Fulham

  • Hammersmith and Fulham Archives


  • Haringey Libraries


  • Harrow Civic Centre Library


  • Havering Central Library


  • Hillingdon Local History Collection


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


  • Islington Central Library
  • Finsbury Library

Kensington and Chelsea, Royal Borough of

  • Kensington Central Library
  • Chelsea Library

Kingston upon Thames, Royal Borough of

  • Kingston upon Thames Heritage Service


  • Lambeth Archives Department


  • Lewisham Library Service


  • Mitcham Library
  • Morden Library
  • Wembledon Reference Library


  • Local Studies Library


  • Redbridge Central Library

Richmond upon Thames

  • Richmond upon Thames Central Reference Library
  • Twickenham Reference Library


  • Southwark Local Studies Library


  • Sutton Central Library

Tower Hamlets

  • Tower Hamlets Central Library

Waltham Forest

  • Vestry House Museum


  • Battersea District Library

City of Westminster

  • Westminster City Archives Department
  • Marylebone Library Archives Department

Other Repositories

  • LDS Family History Centre (Staines)

Genealogical and Family History Societies

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


Appendix: Useful Addresses


Maps (enlarged)

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


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

The FT Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy – by Blaine T. Bettinger – 28% off thru October 31

I understand that the publisher is currently out of stock of Blaine Bettinger’s new DNA volume. However, we still have copies – and are continuing our 28% off MSRP sale through the end of the month (October 31, 2016), or until we run out of stock – whichever comes first. 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.

FRPC purchased a full pallet of these books, which we can ship immediately. And we’ve reduced the price for this promotion by 28% off MSRP through October 31. Regularly $29.99, it’s just $21.59 (plus $5.50 p&h). Order NOW to take advantage of not only the latest information, but a great price!.

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 28% off – just $21.59 (plus $5.50 p&h) thru the sale period. Order Now by clicking here.

Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research – 20% Off Thru Sept 22


We got a new stock of Mobile Genealogy – and are offering it to our readers for just $15.96. That’s now 20% off, and the lowest price we’ve offered on the popular volume. The sale now runs through September 22, 2016. 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 September 22, 2016, 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 Thursday, September 22, 2016, 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 Genealogist’s Google Toolbox – 2nd Edition – Sale Extended Thru Wednesday, Sept 7, 2016


It was early in the spring that FRPC last ran a promotion on Lisa Cooke’s The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox. Since it’s nearly fall, we decided to do it again. This time it’s a full 20% off! This is an excellent book, and can be of help to anyone doing online research.

Following is the review (with modified sale information) that I wrote a while back.

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

FRPC has again made a special purchase of this volume and is making it available for 20% off at the website – now through Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Regularly $25, it’s just $20.00. Get yours today. Click on the links or on the illustration to order.

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

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

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

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

The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 2nd Edition, Revised & Updated; by Lisa Louise Cooke; 2015, Soft Cover; 203 pp; 8.5×11; ISBN: 9780984522903; Item #LU18

The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History 1790-1900


Since Family Roots Publishing recently began marketing The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History 1790-1900, I figured it was about time to write a more detailed review of the book than I’ve been able to locate elsewhere. It’s easy to say that there are maps from all 50 states, in alphabetical order, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

First off, the book is printed in full color, with a color hard cover (no dust jacket). It’s 8.5 x 11 x 3/4 inches in size, and is 223 pages in length. It was printed in 2014. I’ve had a copy since the book came out and often refer to it. The volume lists my friend, Allison Dolan as the publisher/editorial director, Jacqueline Musser as editor, Christy Cotterman as designer, and Debbie Thomas as the production coordinator.

The maps are historic in nature, coming from the famed David Rumsey collection. Since the book is only 8.5 x 11 in size, with many pages having two or more maps on a page, quite a number of the colorful maps had to be shrunk tremendously to fit them on the page. In some cases this caused the town names to be so tiny that they are nearly illegible. If this is the case, I recommend that the user let the map drive them to the David Rumsey collection online to view the map there. In many cases the type in the book is legible however, even though you might have to use your magnifying glass to read the print!

The volume includes:

  • Full-color historical maps of the United States from each decade of the nineteenth century.
  • Detailed, full-color historical maps of all 50 states
  • Charming nineteenth-century panoramic maps of key cities
  • Special-interest maps, which provide intriguing peeks into American society from average family sizes to taxation per capita to regional industries
  • Timelines for each of the states

Family Roots Publishing is currently running a promotion on the volume, discounting it 28% off the normal MSRP, making the price just $25.19. Click here or on the illustration to order.

The following is an expanded Table of Contents, with the maps and illustrations listed in the same order as found within the volume:

America 1755
United States 1783
United States 1805
United States 1816
United States 1832
United States 1839
United States 1846
United States 1852
United States 1862
United States 1867
United States 1876
United States 1885
United States 1899
Alabama 1831
Alabama 1845
Alabama 1852
Alabama Birmingham Panoramic
Alabama 1866
Alabama 1909
Alaska 1898
Arizona 1865
Arizona 1877
Arizona Phoenix 1885 Panoramic
Arizona 1890
Arizona 1909
Arkansas 1826
Arkansas Little Rock 1871 Panoramic
Arkansas 1835
Arkansas 1838
California 1846
California Sacramento 1890 Panoramic
California 1856
California 1867
California 1909
Colorado 1864
Colorado Denver 1908 Panoramic
Colorado 1865
Colorado 1871
Colorado 1885
Colorado 1889
Colorado 1909
Connecticut 1795
Connecticut New Have 1879 Panoramic
Connecticut 1826
Connecticut 1832
Connecticut 1845
Connecticut 1867
Connecticut 1889
Connecticut 1903
Delaware 1795 Continue reading “The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History 1790-1900”

The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe – A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s


I’ve had a personal copy of The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe – A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s since 2015, and find it a terrific reference and visual research tool. Family Roots Publishing began marketing the book a while back, and I’ve decided that I really need to do a review of the volume, as the promotional materials currently available really don’t get into the detail that’s needed.

First off – the 223 page volume is hardback with a very attractive color cover (no dust jacket on this volume). The book is large (measuring 10 3/4 x 12 x 3/4 inches), as you’d expect in an atlas wherein a lot of data is condensed on each page. The clarity of the color printing is great, with almost all city names, no matter how small the type, legible. There are a few exceptions, but not many. In some cases, you’ll have to use a magnifying glass, as there’s much on the page!

Allison Dolan is listed as the Publisher/Community Leader of the volume, with the help of editor Kelsea Daulton, Researcher Andrew Koch, Designer Kelly Pace, and Production Coordinator Debbie Thomas. Most of the maps come from the David Rumsey collection of historic maps.

The maps are grouped for easy reference, and the chapters laid out so that geographic areas near each other are also near in the book. To make understanding the maps easier, the volume includes a country-by country listing of administrative divisions.

Family Roots Publishing is currently running a promotion on the volume, with the price being just $26.79, 33% off the normal MSRP. The offer is for a limited period and subject to supplies on hand. Click here or on the illustration to order.

The following is an expanded Table of Contents – in the same order as will be found in the book:

Europe 1736
Europe 1811
Europe 1823
Europe 1835
Europe 1842
Europe 1856
Europe 1873
Europe 1903
Europe 1921
Europe Ethnology 1922
Europe 1948
Ireland 1736
Ireland 1823
Ireland 1831
Ireland 1856
Ireland Galway 1872
Ireland 1865
Ireland 1883
Ireland Dublin 1883
Ireland Belfast 1872
Ireland 1925
Scotland 1836
Scotland 1811
Scotland Glasgow 1872
Scotland 1823
Scotland 1831
Scotland Troon, Ardrossan and Irvine 1872
Scotland 1856
Scotland Orkney Isles 1856
Scotland Shetland Isles 1856
Scotland Edinburgh 1883
Scotland 1922
England & Wales 1736
England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland 1799
England Bristol 1872
England Cardiff 1872
England, Wales & Scotland 1801
England & Wales 1823
England Liverpool 1883
England & Wales 1856
England & Wales 1873
England & Wales 1883
England & Wales 1925
England London 1883
Spain & Portugal 1736 Continue reading “The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe – A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s”

The United States Genealogical County Map

Large maps are fun and useful, if just for the details they can show. The Genealogical County Map is a large format, 27″ by 39″, map of the United States. This map shows rivers, lakes, state capitals and every county by name. Maybe its the genealogical geek in me, but an over-sized map of state counties is just cool.

The Genealogical County Map is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: EV0014, Price: $17.95. FRPC has a limited number of the maps on hand, and is currently running a sale on them at 28% off, making them just $12.92.

Genealogy At A Glance: War of 1812 Research

“Over 250,000 men served in the War of 1812, some for as little as a month. Their service records are found mostly in the National Archives but also in various other archives and repositories, and therefore in order to use the War of 1812 records effectively the researcher needs a guide to the location of the records and a description of their contents, which is precisely what this At a Glance guide is designed to do.

The vast majority of War of 1812 records consist of (1) pension records, (2) compiled military service records, and (3) bounty land warrant application files. There are other records, of course, but these are the three main entry points in genealogical research. The purpose of this guide is to show you where these records are located, what they contain, and whether they are indexed, microfilmed, digitized, or found online.

These records have great genealogical value and generally the researcher can expect to find some or all of the following information:

  • Soldier’s name, rank, unit, and period of service
  • Amount of pension or rejection of pension application
  • Name of widow and marriage date and place
  • Birth year and place
  • Places of residence
  • Description of disability
  • Signatures
  • Names of relatives, friends, and neighbors”

Like all the Genealogy At A Glance sheets, this guide is a four-page, full-color laminated brochure, meant to be easily stored and sized to take with you when conducting related research.

Contents for this guide:

Quick Facts

Finding a War of 1812 Soldier

Preserving the Pensions

What is a Pension?

Genealogical Value of Military Pensions

The War of 1812 Preserve the Pension Project

Original NARA Record Sources Not Online

Compiled Military Service Records

Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files

Regular Army Records

Navy Records

Prisoner of War Records

Other Records Sources

Lineage Societies

State Records

National Parks and Battlegrounds

The More You Know

Online Resources

Research Checklist for Militiamen


Genealogy at a Glance: The War of 1812 Research is available from Family Roots Publishing.

New! Genetic Genealogy Basics – 10% off – or 15% off in a DNA Laminate Bundle thru March 14


I recently received a copy of a new laminated Genealogy at a Glance, on the topic of DNA. This one’s titled Genealogy at a Glance: Genetic Genealogy Basics and was written by Angie Bush.

Contrary to popular belief, DNA testing is not the final word in determining your ancestry, but it is extremely helpful. It is most effective when it’s used to confirm that documentation concerning your family relationships is accurate. It is also used to test hypotheses about ancestors for whom little or no documentary evidence exists. Equally important, DNA testing can be used as “cousin bait” to identify previously unknown cousins who may be able to add information to your genealogical research and/or confirm your ancestral connections.

In this handy four-page guide, author Angie Bush gives you the simple facts about (a) DNA testing, (b) DNA testing companies, and (c) DNA testing results. She provides a simple overview of the three types of DNA tests: Y-DNA, mtDNA, and atDNA, or autosomal DNA, the most popular type of testing for genealogists. She goes on to explain which test is right for you and then launches into a description of the testing companies and what you can expect from them. The companies featured in this At a Glance guide were chosen because they are the only companies that provide a list of “genetic cousin” matches based on DNA analysis.

Most crucially, DNA test results give information about where your most ancient ancestor originated and his ethnicity. But equally important for resolving questions of a genealogical nature is the list of genetic cousins that the companies provide as matches. Proper evaluation of match lists within the context of how that particular type of DNA was inherited is key to using DNA as a genealogical record. In the end, the author cautions, DNA testing does not provide proof of relationship without genealogical research to support the findings, but knowing your ethnicity, place of origin, and previously unknown cousins is a very good place to start.

The following contents are found in Genetic Genealogy Basics:
Quick Facts


  • Confirming Relationships
  • Fishing for Cousins

Types of DNA Tests

  • Y-DNA Test (paternal lineage)
  • mtDNA Test (maternal lineage)
  • Autosomal DNA Test (all ancestors)

DNA Testing Companies

  • Family Tree DNA
  • 23andMe
  • AncestryDNA

DNA Testing Results

  • DNA Raw Data
  • Haplogroup and Ethnicity Estimates
  • DNA Cousin Match Lists

Tip for Getting the Most from DNA Testing

Genealogy at a Glance: Genetic Genealogy Basics; by Angie Bush; 4 pp., folded; Laminated; 8.5×11; Published: 2016; ISBN: 9780806320342; Item # GPC846 – 10% off Thru March 14, 2016, or buy as a bundle for 15% off thru the same date.

New! “History For Genealogists” – Revised 2016 Edition – Now 15% Off thru March 8.

One of my favorite books has been Judy Jacobson’s History For Genealogists – Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors. I have found myself constantly returning to the 2009-published volume for guidance in historical information that has the potential of adding increased data, and often generations, to my family history. Beside that, it’s just a VERY GOOD READ!


The book has just been published in a new, larger-format, revised edition. This book is easier to read than the earlier edition, in that it’s in a larger format – excellent for those of us with tired eyes… Denise Larson spent many hours making editorial corrections to the volume, making it more accurate than the previous book. Two new sections have been added in the 2016 addendum. They are 1907-1947/48 Homefront and Fashion and Leisure. I got copies of the new book on Wednesday, and Family Roots Publishing is now shipping. Family Roots Publishing got in another shipment of this book and is again offering it at 15% off – through Midnight PST, Tuesday, March 8..

Any experienced genealogist knows that it’s imperative that we understand the historical context within which our ancestors’ lived. However, that’s a tall order. You could spend every moment of your life reading history – both online and off – and still not have the facts that will help you understand why your ancestors did what they did. This is where History for Genealogists comes to the rescue.

History for Genealogists highlights and dates events that played into the lives of our ancestors. Consider the following illustrations: If you have lost track of your 1880 ancestor in Iowa, have you considered that he might have moved there during the Economic Panic of 1873? Your forebears were living in Texas in the 1840s, but did you know that they might have come from Kentucky as part of the “Peters Colony?” Did you know that you can learn a great deal about your ancestors if they belonged to a labor or fraternal organization like the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, or the Catholic Family Life Insurance Society?

As Mrs. Jacobson puts it, “The average person might define historical research as the study of the human past and genealogical research as the study of a human’s past. History lays the foundation to understand a group of people. Genealogy lays the foundation to understand a person or family using tangible evidence. Yet history also lays the foundation to understand why individuals and societies behave the way they do. It provides the building materials needed to understand the human condition and provide an identity, be it for an individual or a group or an institution.”

The initial chapters of History for Genealogists explain the value of historical time lines. Here the reader learns the clues that time lines can suggest about hidden aspects of our ancestors’ lives. Mrs. Jacobson illustrates the virtues of time lines with several case studies.

The bulk of the book consists of specific historical time lines that answer fundamental questions about our forebears. For example, if you are trying to learn when your ancestors left one place for another, it would be helpful to ask the question, “Why did they leave?” Did it have to do with a military conflict, social injustice, religion, disease, economic hardship, a natural disaster? No matter what the explanation, Mrs. Jacobson has a historical time line that could lead to the explanation. For example, your ancestor’s departure may have coincided with the outbreak of the Crimean War, a virulent epidemic, an earthquake, or a religious war.

Other chapters pose answers to other crucial questions, such as “How did they go?” and “What route did they take?” For these conundrums, Mrs. Jacobson uses time lines to lay out the history of the transportation revolutions in America (roads, rails, canals, and air travel), as well as the history of the great western trails our ancestors followed in crossing the country.

The author dissects the past into scores of time lines. There is a time line of the Industrial Revolution, American immigration, and the Labor Movement. Researchers can also make use of a time line for the history of each of the 50 states, and, in brief, for the rest of North America, Europe, and more.

History for Genealogists concludes with a helpful bibliography and an index of people and places, wars and battles. As an example of how to use the index – I do a lot of research on ancestors who lived or migrated through Nebraska. In checking the index for Nebraska, I found ten entries: pages 25, 39, 60, 70, 85, 113, 154, 180, 181, and 204. This led me to the following information about Nebraska:

  • Page 25 – The 1882 Omaha Labor Riots – found in a chronological listing of Uncivil Disobedience dating from 1641 until 1949.
  • Page 39 – The 1802 Smallpox outbreak killing Omaha Indians – found in a chronological listing of disease epidemics in America dating from 1657 until 1931.
  • Page 60 – Information of the rapid settlement of Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas – found in a chronological listing of Railroad advances dating from 1779 until 1935.
  • Page 70 – Information that many Czechs went to Wisconsin, Texas and Nebraska – found in a chapter on Coming to America and Who Went Where?
  • Page 85 – The Western Trail ran from Ogallala, Nebraska to Central Texas, and connected to the Oregon Trail. – from a sub-chapter section on Western Trail and Roads, from a chapter section on America’s historic migrations, found in the Coming to America chapter and Who Went Where? This chapter alone is absolutely amazing in its variety and depth of information.
  • Page 113 – The top ten destinations for Orphan Train children was New York, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey, Kansas, Indiana, and Nebraska – found in a subsection on orphan trains in a chapter on “Even Harder to Find Missing Persons.”
  • Page 154 – Wyoming wasn’t even a territory in 1860, but neighboring Nebraska was and that unorganized section of Nebraska Territory contained census information for what would become Wyoming – found in the introduction to the comprehensive State-by-State chapter.
  • Page 180 – Montana was included in Nebraska Territory – found in the Montana section of State-by-State chapter.
  • Page 181 – The Nebraska section of the State by State chapter contains 25 entries starting with the 1763 Treaty of Paris granting land west of the Mississippi River to Spain and concluding with the 1944 Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Project enacted for flood control, dams, reservoirs, and hydroelectric plants.
  • Page 204 – The 1860 Census of Wyoming was included with the census taken for Nebraska – found in the Wyoming section of the State-by-State chapter, made up of 34 entries.

The following is from the Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Seeing Ancestors in Historical Context
The Long Range

Chapter 2. Creating a Timeline
Case Studies Using Timelines
Thomas Pound – Tracking an Individual
Thomas Richley – Designing to Find Mathematical Problems

Chapter 3. Why Did They Leave?
American Military Actions
Major Revolutionary War Events and Battles
Major Civil War Events and Battles
Major Spanish-American War Events and Battles
International Skirmishes Involving the United States
Foreign Military and Armed Engagements
Racism, Injustices and Political Unrest
Uncivil Disobedience
Political Motives
Escape and Banishment
Epidemics in America
Important International Medical Events Influencing Populations and Migrations
Events Having a Major Impact on Financial Stability in the U.S.A.
Natural and Unnatural Disasters
International Disasters
Disasters in the United States

Chapter 4. How Did They Go?
By Road
By Rail
By Water
By Air

Chapter 5. Coming to America
Who Went Where?
To Canada and Back
America’s Historic Migration Patterns
The East – Eastern Trails and Roads
The Mountains – Appalachian Trails and Roads
The South – Southern Trails and Roads
The Midwest – Midwestern Trails and Roads
The West – Western Trails and Roads
Long Distances – Long Distance Trails and Roads
Trail of Tears
The Religious Factor

Chapter 6. Myths, Confusions, Secrets and Lies

Chapter 7. Even Harder to Find Missing Persons
Name Changes – Legal or Not
Isolated Societies
Orphan Trains
No Public Records At All
Places That Changed Their Names
Ghost Towns
Three Lost States – Franklin, Transylvania, and Westmoreland
Meandering Boundaries
Historical Maps

Chapter 8. Society History and Community Genealogy
The American Industrial Revolution
Associations, Brotherhoods, Societies and Unions
The Rise of the Labor Unions
Genealogical Information Found in Books
Local Histories
Social History Books
Diaries and Journals
Other Sources
Oral History Projects
Keeping it All in the Family
Do It Yourself

9. State by State
Colonial Differences
State Timelines – Alabama to Wyoming – 49 pages

Chapter 10. And Region by Region
The Melding of Nationalities
Just One City
International Timelines
The Rest of North America
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
British Isles
The Rest of Europe
Russia and the Rest of the Former Soviet Union
Middle East
Oceania – Australia and Island Nations


Index to People and Places, War and Battles

Addendum 2016 Edition
Fashion and Leisure
1907-1947/48 Homefront

Sources and References

To order your copy, click on the following link: History for Genealogists, Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors – Revised Edition with 2016 Addendum; by Judy Jacobson; 320pp; Paper; Item # CF8250.

From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes – Now on Sale for 55% Off thru Feb. 9, 2016

Food makes up, and takes up, a considerable portion of our human existence. A large portion of our time goes to earning an income, from which a significant portion goes to food. Hours can be spent each day preparing the daily meals. Major significance is given to the customs, habits, and manners surrounding food. Food can tell us about who we are, where we live, and in what time period we exist. The same is true for those who have gone on before us.  Food, often overlooked, should be a significant part of ones genealogical research. Learning about our food heritage and even those secret family recipes is made easier using From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes, by Gena Philibert-Ortega.

The book looks like a blast-from-the-past, hardbound, family recipe book. However, inside this creative little book one can find historical recipes, food traditions and clues to one’s family food past. Here are just a few things covered in this book:

  • “Methods for gathering family recipes
  • Interview questions to help loved ones record their food memories
  • Places to search for historical recipes
  • An explanation of how immigrants influenced the American diet
  • A look at how technology changed the way people eat
  • A glossary of historical cooking terms
  • Actual recipes from late nineteenth–and early twentieth-century cookbooks”

The author suggests you are now thinking,”What does food have to do with genealogy?” Her response, “For me, the real question is why doesn’t everyone include food traditions in their family history? I grew up in Southern California. Mexican dishes from tamales to burritos and tacos to quesadillas have always been a common factor in my life. But, I remember when finding a taco stand in other states was nearly impossible. I remember hearing of family friends who moved back east and could only find tortillas in a can. Now, it seems Mexican dishes are nearly a mainstay of the average American home. This book walks the reader through understanding and preserving one’s own food heritage as well as researching and evaluating one’s ancestral dietary connections.


Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Food Heritage

Genealogy is more than names and dates. Studying social history will help you better understand how your ancestors lived.

Chapter 2 They Brought Their Food With Them

Immigrants brought recipes, raw ingredients, and even seeds from their homelands. How did these food traditions meld into our ancestors’ diet?

Chapter 3 Oysters, Peacocks, and Green Jell-O

Food traditions vary by region, state, county, city, and even neighborhood. This chapter explores the impact of climate, ethnic and religious groups, and industry on our food.

Chapter 4 Food Throughout Time

The foods your ancestors ate were often influenced or dictated by technology, location, and social and political events such as economic depression and war.

Chapter 5 Cookbooks and Menus

This chapter explores the evolution of cookbooks since the eighteenth century and explores menus from nineteenth-century restaurants.

Chapter 6 How to Find your  Ancestor’s Recipes

The best place to find family recipes is in your own home. You can also interview relatives and research local cookbooks to learn more about your ancestors’ diets.


Chapter 7 Decipher Old Cooking Terms

Having trouble understanding an old recipe? This chapter includes a vintage glossary of cooking terms, measuring charts, and cooking times.

Chapter 8 The Arts of Dining and Cleaning

Cookbooks are more than just recipes. Read vintage advice on menu planning, table setting and decorating, and proper cleaning techniques.

Chapter 9 Historical Recipes

This chapter contains recipes from both community cookbooks and cooking school cookbooks and from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Record you own family recipes in this journal section

Bibliography and Resources



Delve into your own culinary heritage in From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes, available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPO01, NOW ON SALE FOR 55% OFF! Just $12.60; Reg. Price: $27.99.

NGS Research in the States Series: Maryland

“and then on the 3 of March came into Chesapeake bay, at the mouth of the Patomecke, this baye is the most delightfull water I ever saw, between two seet lande, with a channel, 4:5:6:7: and 8 fathoms deepe, some 10 leagues broad, at time of yeare full of fish, yet it doth yeild to Patomecke, which we have made St. Gregories; this is teh sweetest and greatest river have seene, so that the Thames is but a little finder to it, there are noe marshes or swampes about it, but solid firme ground.” — Father Andrew White, S.J.

ngs04This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: Maryland; written by Patricia O’Brien Shawker.

“The Chesapeake Bay described by Father White dominates Maryland… At the time of Maryland’s founding, it was increadibly rich in fish and shellfish, a magnet attracting the Europeans…

“Knowledge of the history of Maryland and the nature of the record keeping is essential when conducting genealogical research. As one of the original thirteen colonies, Maryland had 140 years of colonial history and has one of the most complete collections of colonial records.”

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives.  For example, under the heading Women of Maryland, you will find the following:

“The Maryland State Archives has three online research aids for women. One is the Women Legislators of Maryland, another is the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, and the third is Maryland Women Citizen; Women’s History at the Maryland State Archives. All three of these have biographical and genealogical information about women in Maryland. There are more than one hundred items useful for researching women in the Archives’ special collections including the records of women’s clubs in Maryland (minutes and reports) and the records of the Young Women’s Christian Association (directories, minutes, and reports). Other useful records are city directories (which usually list them as a widow), wills, marriage, divorce, church, land, and military pension records. The Maryland Room at the Hornbake Library of the University of Maryland has a resource guide for women, which includes the Female Writer’s of Maryland, Biographies of Women from Maryland, and Maryland Women’s History.”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Authors

Patricia O’Brien Shawker is a professional genealogist and lecturer. She served as the Director of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) and has served as the treasurer for the National Genealogical Society.

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with the abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

History and Settlements

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Maryland Genealogical Society
  • Maryland Historical Society
  • Maryland State Archives
  • Maryland State Law Library
  • National Archives — College Park
  • Other Facilities
  • Other Libraries and Societies

Major Resources

  • Aids to Research
  • Archives of Maryland
  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Biographical Directories
  • Business Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
    • Colonial Census
    • Federal Census
  • City and County Directories
  • County Records
  • Court Records
    • Colonial
    • Post-Colonial
    • After 1851
  • Ethnic Records
    • African American
    • Germans American
    • Irish American
    • Jewish American
    • Native American
  • Land Records
    • Colonial Land Grants
    • State Land Grants
    • Subsequent Land Records Transactions – County and Baltimore City Land Records
  • Military Records and Benefits
    • Colonial Wars
    • American Revolution
    • War of 1812
    • Mexican War
    • Civil War
    • Spanish American War
    • World War I
    • World War II
  • Naturalization and Immigration Records
  • Newspapers
  • Religious Records
  • State Records
  • Tax Records
    • Colonial Tax Records
    • Later Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Adoption Records
    • Birth and Death Records
    • Marriage and Divorce Records
  • Voter Registration
  • Women of Maryland
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Maryland, are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):