Maryland Genealogies, in Two Volumes — 15% OFF

cf3735Maryland Genealogies, a two volume set, contains all the family history articles published in the Maryland Historical Magazine from its inception through 1976. The magazine was produced by the Maryland Historical Society. The families found in these articles “arrived, for the most part, in the early colonial period,” but are not limited to just British families. There are also know German and French families, along with some Jewish families.

“Most of the articles begin with the first member of the family in Maryland and trace descendants in the male line down to the early eighteenth century. “While most of the articles reprinted here are family lineages, tracing all lines of descent in the male line from a common ancestor, there are other types of articles as well. For example, there are Bible records…A few articles discuss in great detail the various theories concerning the origin of the immigrant ancestor…A third type of article deals with families from the same locality who are closely related through a series of marriages.”

According to Robert Barnes, author of the introduction, “since they have been largely inaccessible to the researcher, we have excerpted these articles in entirety and rearranged them in this comprehensive two-volume work, adding an introduction by a noted Maryland genealogist and personal name indexes.”

The consolidated articles–nearly 100 in number–now form a reference work of a type long needed in Maryland genealogy, with the range and scholarly authority demanded by the researcher. Based on the index, the names listed below are just some of the surnames found in the books, with an estimated 14,000 total names listed.


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Following is a list of the families named in the titles to the various articles:

  • Abington
  • Auld
  • Ball
  • Bartlett
  • Belt
  • Berry
  • Bladen
  • Blakistone
  • Bonvile
  • Brengle
  • Briscoe
  • Brooke
  • Caile
  • Calvert
  • Chew
  • Christison
  • Churchill
  • Clements
  • Cohen
  • Coplestone
  • Croker
  • Cromwell
  • Dent
  • Dixon
  • Dorsey
  • Dunn
  • Egerton
  • Ellicot
  • Elliott
  • Emory
  • Fairfax
  • Faris
  • Fox
  • Foxworthy
  • Frisby
  • Fritchie
  • Frith
  • Gary
  • Gerard
  • Gist
  • Goldsborough
  • Gordon
  • Gough-Carroll
  • Hall
  • Harrison
  • Harwood
  • Haskins
  • Hausil
  • Hawley-Halley
  • Highland
  • Hollyday
  • Hungerford
  • Hynson
  • Jones
  • Kemp
  • Key
  • Lambdin
  • Lane
  • LeCompte
  • Lee
  • Levis
  • Linthicum
  • Lloyd
  • Loockerman
  • Lowe
  • Lowndes
  • MacKeeles
  • Marsh
  • Merryman
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Murdock
  • Neale
  • Owens-Owings
  • Pearce-Levy
  • Pennock
  • Plater
  • Poe
  • Price
  • Pritchett
  • Randall
  • Ridgely
  • Rigbie
  • Rockhold
  • Sewall
  • Sharpe
  • Skinner
  • Smallwood
  • Smith
  • Snead
  • Sparrow
  • Sprigg
  • Stansbury
  • Stevens
  • Stewart
  • Sweetser
  • Tasker
  • Taylor
  • Tilghman
  • Todd
  • Webb
  • Weems
  • West
  • Winchester-Owens-Owings-Price
  • Wise
  • Wrightson
  •  Young-Woodward-Hesselius

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

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

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

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

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Contents/List of Aritcles


Atkinson Families of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, by Oliver Hough

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

William Biles, by Miles White, Jr.

Boone Genealogy

Carpenter Genealogical Notes

Chandler Genealogy

Genealogical Note of the Chapman Family of Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Claypoole Genealogy, by J. Rutgers LeRoy

Three Generations of the Clymer Family

Captain William Crispin, by M. Jackson Crispin

Jacob Dubs, of Milford, by Joseph Henry Dubbs

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

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

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

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

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

The Franks Family, by Charles Henry Hart

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

Records of the Descendants of James and Phebe Gillingham

The Gilpin Ancestry, by Alfred Rudulph Justice

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

Graham Family Records

Records of the Hall Family of Bristol, Pensylvania


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

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

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

Hill Records

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

Hudson Family Records, by Howard Williams Lloyd

Husband-Price-Haines Families, by Thomas Maxwell Potts

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

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

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

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

Ancestry of Children of Isaac Lea

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

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

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

Delaware, Bible Records [Marshall]

Sketch of Colonel Ephraim Martin of the New Jersey Continental Line

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

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

Morton of Calcon Hook, by Thomas Allen Glenn

Owen of Merion, by Thomas Allen Glenn

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

Family Records Contained in the Bible of Jonathan Platts

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

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

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

Rohrer Records

Descendants of John Rush

Genealogical Records Copied from the Bible of Thomas Say

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

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

Records from the Taylor Family Bible

Catharine Tennent, by A. D. S.

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

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

The Wharton Family, by Anne H. Wharton

The Williams Family

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

Wiltbank Family Records

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

Zane Family

Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies — 50% OFF thru January 15

gpc1780Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies is a two volume set printed in one binding, and represents an authoritative work on Swiss emigration to the Carolinas and Pennsylvania in the 18th century. Volume I identifies approximately 2,000 emigrants from the Canton of Zurich during the period 1734-1744, most references comprising such useful data as age, date of birth or baptism, trade, name of wife, names of children, and place of origin and destination. Volume II extends the scope of investigation to Bern (1706-1795) and Basel (1734-1794) and surpasses Volume I in the quantity and variety of assembled data.

Volume I was actually discovered by the editor, and author of the introduction, Albert Bernhard Faust, while he researched at the State Archives in Zürich. Faust describes the listings as, “the most valuable single document relating to America contained in the Swiss archives, being quite as important for its historical as for its genealogical and statistical materials. The whole history of Swiss emigration in the eighteenth century is epitomized in this valuable document.” In addition, Faust wrote a 25 page introduction providing a significant insight into the history of Swiss emigration to America.

Volume II was the result of the success of volume I. Coming at the request of many researchers who found volume I so appetizing in their research, Faust returned with co-editor Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh to painstakingly extract a similar manuscript on emigrants from Bern and Basel. Under the direction of the state archivist, the team hired assistants and spent 12 months extracting, verifying, and organizing the contents of this second volume. This second volume also includes significant additional writings and history contributed by the state archivist G. Kruz. There is also an Introduction to the State Archives of Basel section by A. Gerber, PhD.

These books were first published in 1920 and 1925, then combined and published in 1976 with added “Notes on Lists of Swiss Emigrants,” as excerpted form the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (March 1972). Latest printing was in 2007.

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Table of Contents

Volume I

Preface, by Albert B. Faust

Introduction: Swiss Emigration to the American Colonies in the Eighteenth Century. Reprinted from the American Historical Review, by Albert B. Faust

The Manuscript: Zürich to Carolina and Pennsylvania, 1734-1744

Appendix: Movements of Swiss Emigrants in the American Colonies, by Gaius M. Brumbaugh


Volume II

  1. Preface, by Albert B. Faust

State Archives of Bern

  1. Special Investigation, by G Kruz, state archivist
    1. The First Bernese Emigrants to America
    2. The Bernese Colonists of New Bern
    3. Bernese Soldiers in America
    4. From the Years of the Rabies Carolinae
    5. Newspaper Reports, 1735
  2. Lists of Emigrant Families, from Various Districts, 1733-1793
  3. Names of about 200 Emigrant Families, with numerous items of information concerning them, 1706-1795

State Archives of Basel

  1. Preface, by A. Gerber
  2. Introduction: The Canton of Basel and the Conditions of its Inhabitants in the Country Districts, by A. Gerber
  3. Lists of Swiss Emigrants from the Canton of Basel in Chronological Order, 1734-1794, and
  4. Emigrants of Uncertain Dates, by A. Gerber
  5. Index, prepared by Gaius M. Brumbaugh

In Search of Your European Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in Every Country in Europe — 50% OFF

What genealogical records are available?

Where are the records located?

How can each records repository be accessed and used?

gpc395Searching for specific records for your ancestors is work enough. There is no need to first spending significant time finding record repositories to begin with; especially, when there are guides available to point the researcher in the right direction. This includes guides like, In Search of Your European Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in Every Country in Europe This book has been around a while, but it’s still loaded with valuable information on researching ancestors in Europe.

When it comes to European records, this book lists it all. What repositories are available. The types and nature of the records held in each. Where these repositories are held. You also get a little bit of history and key information in understanding and using the available records. This book is one of the few guides that provides the depth of details to prepare the researcher for searching each records set.

Inside this book you will find the archival resources of each country from the national to the local level; the location of church records and census returns; the systems of civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths; and how to find and use such records as certificates of domicile, orphan lists, emigration registers, guild records, internal passports, confirmation records, and even vaccination lists.

The third edition of this book added as many URLs (addresses) to as many associative websites as possible. However, the information in this book is by and large unchanged from its first edition, and invaluable compared to the contact information, like websites. The history and location of records is virtually unchanged and of the greatest worth. Besides, any websites or contact information changed since this book was last printed is easily obtained by searching online. By knowing, what is available, what each repository hold, with its history, any researcher can get online and search for online copies of documents or get current contact information for those repositories not yet indexed or copied online.

Never underestimate the value of a book like In Search of Your European Roots. The information is invaluable to researchers looking to find their European ancestors. Equally important, few books every try to cover the whole of a continent in the way this book has covered Europe. See below for a complete list of countries included in this book.

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Countries included in this book:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia
  • Bularia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Herzegovina
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • Yugoslavia

FamilySearch Adds Over 125.4 Million Indexed Records & Images to the USA #Genealogy

The following is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch Logo 2014

FamilySearch has added more than 125.4 million indexed records and images to collections from the United States. Notable collection updates include the 124,060,301 indexed records from the Find A Grave Index collection; the 830,416 indexed records and images from the US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 collection; and the 497,490 images from the US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Find A Grave Index – 124,060,301 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 – 761,569 – 68,847 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, Montana, Lake County Records, 1857–2010 – 11,217 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866–2010 – 5,416 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Tennessee, White County Records, 1809–1975 – 0 – 124 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887–1938 – 0 – 92,654 – New browsable image collection.

US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 – 0 – 497,490 – Added images to an existing collection.

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is Going Strong! #Genealogy

The 30th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour is now mid-stream, so to speak. Seventy-five enthused genealogists, old-timers as well as beginners, are here at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel – all knee-deep in chasing down their ancestors. The folks seem to be having a wonderful time. I’ve heard some great success stories, and we’re only 1/2 way through the week.

Besides working with a dozen professional genealogists, hired specifically to work with the attendees, many of the group are attending one of several dozen classes specifically aimed at helping them overcome their research problems. Thomas MacEntee is with us again this year, speaking 10 times on technology-related topics.

I should have the registration-form posted at the site by the weekend. If you want to attend in December 2015, sign up early, as this year we sold out early-on. (Did anyone notice I quit saying anything about the tour?)

MyHeritage Launches Instant Discoveries™ For The Mass #Genealogy Market

Earlier this evening, Mark Olsen dropped by the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, where we are staying this week in support of the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour. Mark works for MyHeritage (lucky guy!). Within the first minute or so, he asked, “Did you see our announcement this morning.” I replied in the affirmative, and just now got time to post about it.

Brian Kilmeade, with Fox News, got some very cool news about his family tree this morning, in the process of the announcement on live television. Click here to see it. Pretty cool…

To demonstrate the mainstream appeal of genealogy, MyHeritage tested the Instant Discoveries™ experience on passers-by throughout varying locations in New York City, such as Times Square and Grand Central Terminal. The reactions of the people who participated, as captured on video prove that family history can be an emotionally rewarding experience for complete beginners. Click on the link to see the 66 second video.

Following is the news release:

With Instant Discoveries™ it takes only seconds to discover ancestors and create an online family tree populated with many relatives

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah – December 10, 2014: MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, today unveiled Instant Discoveries™, a revolutionary new experience for people interested in exploring their family’s past. Delivering information about one’s ancestors and relatives during the signup process, Instant Discoveries™ provides a free, fun and immediately gratifying introduction to the fascinating world of family history.

Ideal for people who know little about their family history, MyHeritage asks first-time users to provide very basic information about 7 family members: themselves, their parents and grandparents, as they sign up for the service. Powerful technology then automatically searches for information about their family in MyHeritage’s vast databases containing billions of records. Within seconds, users are then presented with an Instant Discovery™, showing a person likely to be their ancestor, together with a wealth of related information including the entire family branch, names, facts, photos and documents. Users can then apply it all to their family tree in a click.

“We’re very excited about Instant Discoveries™”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Indulging first-time users with immediate information about their family fulfills our vision to make family history accessible and enjoyable to the mass market. We are firmly committed to creating disruptive technologies that reinvent the way people explore their family history.”

To demonstrate its mainstream appeal, the Instant Discoveries™ experience was successfully tested by passers-by throughout various locations in New York City, such as Times Square and Grand Central Terminal. The reactions of the people who participated, as captured on video prove that family history can be an emotionally rewarding experience for complete beginners.

Instant Discoveries™ are powered by new technology that builds on and enhances MyHeritage’s acclaimed Smart Matching™ and Record Matching technologies, providing highly accurate results. It respects the privacy of other users and excludes information about living people.

Mike Mallin, Chief Product Officer at MyHeritage added: “Millions of people want to better understand themselves and their roots, and we’re committed to making that a magical and easy process. Until now, family exploration has been burdensome and time consuming. Through our new Instant Discoveries ™, users can meet the generations who made them within moments of signing up.”

The success rate of Instant Discoveries™ depends on several factors, such as countries of origin and the level of detail of initial information entered. In some countries it is as high as 35%. With approximately 1 million new family tree profiles and 5 million historical records added to MyHeritage every day, the hit rate for discoveries will constantly rise over time. In the next few months, this new technology will be made available also to existing users of MyHeritage, who will be able to take advantage of it to enhance their family trees with new branches and new information in one click.

With the launch of Instant Discoveries™ and the recent news announcing integration of MyHeritage’s technologies by leading companies such as 23andMe and FamilySearch and other partners around the world, MyHeritage is securing its position as the technology leader in the family history market.
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Providence College (Providence, RI) Posts the Student Newspaper #Genealogy

Providence College, of Providence, Rhode Island, has digitized and posted “The Cowl.” The issues currently available on the website run from 1935 through 1979.

The following is from

Providence College’s student newspaper, The Cowl, began publication on November 16th, 1935. It has been published continuously each academic year since then, with the exception of two years in the 1940’s during World War II.

This digitization project began in 2009. Initial issues uploaded are from the 1960’s and 1970’s, as well as the newspaper’s inaugural year of 1935-1936. Each individual issue is fully text-searchable. In addition, you can search all issues via the search box located on the left side of this page. (To get to the “advanced search” option, just click on the SEARCH button, at left).

The project will continue until all issues have been processed and uploaded. Please continue to check back often to see additional material!

Look for your ancestors in The Cowl.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

American Place Names Of Long Ago — 50% OFF


A Family Roots Publishing Holiday Special: 50% OFF American Place Names Of Long Ago


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gpc225George Cram’s Unrivaled Atlas of the World contains an index of over 100,000 place names of “every county, city, town, village, and post-office in the United States and shows the population of the same according to the Census of 1890.American Place Names Of Long Ago is a republication of the Index to Cram’s Unrivaled Atlas of the World, as Based on the Census of 1890. Assembled and with an Introduction by Gilbert S. Bahn, Ph.D.

So why an index, a list, of places names from over 120 years ago? Well, when you consider how many nineteenth-century place names have changed or disappeared in the intervening years, and that 45 percent of the places listed in this index were too small or obscure to have their population counts listed by the census taker, the importance of such a work is self-evident. Indeed, there may be no official record of many of these places, and Cram’s index may be the only tool to guide you from an obscure location to the correct county courthouse.

Bahn further explains the value and purpose of this index:

“There are a variety of reasons why a place name that served its purpose well enough long ago may not be found in a modern finding tool. When one is looking for persons—one’s own ancestors or someone else’s—the story behind the disappearance of a place name is immaterial. Just finding where on a map that place was, in order to search for records, is the objective. Moreover, as I believe always to be the case in American genealogy, the test is to place the locality within the correct county where the appropriate records may be expected to reside—if they were indeed created and if they survived over time.”

Cram had the benefit of working with the 1890 census before it was destroyed. According to Gilbert Bahn, census enumerators listed all place names on their tabulation sheets, even when the population counts were too small to warrant recording. Thus, Cram was able to compile an extremely detailed list of place names–and an accurate list, at that, because the names were recorded by local enumerators and automatically tied in to their respective counties! It is fair to say that the compilation of such a list would have been impossible without the 1890 census.

The original index as published in the 1898 edition of Cram’s Unrivaled Atlas occupied 106 pages, each with six columns. For purposes of this reprint edition, the six columns have been rearranged into three; otherwise there has been no change to the original text. Each entry, in alphabetical order within states, gives the place name, the county in which the place is located, and the population of the place at the time of the census. State capitals and large cities are in caps, county seats are in boldface, post offices are in roman type, and places that are not post offices are rendered in italics. Places that were too small for a population count are indicated by an X.

This index is an unexpectedly rich source of information, and thanks to Dr. Bahn we are now able to place it before an appreciative audience.


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ScotlandsPeople Adds the 1925 Valuation Rolls

Scotlands People

The folks at have announced that the Valuation Rolls for 1925 have just been added to the ScotlandsPeople website.

The following is from their announcement:

The new records, which are FREE to search, comprise 2,103,648 indexed names and 76,512 digital images. The Rolls cover every kind of property in Scotland that was assessed in 1925 as having a rateable value, and provide a fascinating snapshot of Scotland in the aftermath of the First World War.

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PBS Genealogy Roadshow Season 2 Premieres January 13

The following news release is from Nisa Kiang at


ARLINGTON, VA; DECEMBER 9, 2014 – From descendants of the infamous pirate Blackbeard to heroes of the Holocaust, PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers family secrets in the series’ second season, which premieres Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs every Tuesday through February 24 (check local listings). Part detective story, part emotional journey, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans in and around St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Each individual’s story links to a larger community (and in some cases, national) history, to become part of America’s rich cultural tapestry.

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW stars genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco and features participants with unique claims and storylines, including a woman seeking to find out if she is descended from the infamous pirate Blackbeard; a pair of sisters exploring connections to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; a man hoping to recover essential family history that washed away in Hurricane Katrina; and a man learns that the event that drove his family to the City of Brotherly Love changed the course of history.

Over the course of the series, Berry, Taylor and Tedesco work with participants’ anecdotal clues, documents and family heirlooms to unite them with histories and people they never knew existed, as well as to reveal surprising turns and incredible histories.

“In three great and complex American cities we find engaging stories, dark mysteries, emotional reveals and more” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS. “In each episode, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW reaches out to help Americans who are interested in their family heritage and their community history. It proves that no matter one’s culture and background, everyone is part of the American story.”

St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Orleans were chosen as representative of America’s fascinating crossroads of culture, diversity, industry and history, as well as for their deep pools of riveting stories. GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s hosts and experts add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes part of solving the mystery.

Below are episode descriptions for each of GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s six episodes:

New Orleans – Cabildo
Premieres, January 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the famous Cabildo, home of the Louisiana State Museum. A couple whose ancestors hail from the same small Italian town explore the chance they may be related; a woman is desperate to find out who committed a gruesome murder in her ancestor’s past; a home held by one family for more than a century renders a fascinating story; and a woman discovers the difficult journey her ancestor took on the path to freedom from slavery.

St. Louis – Central Library
Premieres, January 20, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

At Saint Louis’ historic central library, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri’s famous gateway city. A mystery writer discovers her mother has hidden a life-changing secret; a woman finds out if she is descended from the infamous pirate Blackbeard; a mother and daughter seek connections to a famous author; and a young man seeks connection to the Mali tribe in Africa.

Philadelphia – Franklin Institute
Premieres, January 27, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

At Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories. A man learns that the event that drove his family to the City of Brotherly Love changed the course of history; a man may be a Viking descendant; another’s family could have part of one of history’s biggest scams; a young man hopes to confirm his relation to a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and two sisters learn their ancestors were part of the great Irish migration.

New Orleans – Board of Trade
Premieres, February 3, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the New Orleans Board of Trade. A local man seeks to recover essential history washed away in Hurricane Katrina; a woman discovers she has links to both sides of the Civil War; another unravels the mystery behind her grandfather’s adoption; and one man explores a link to the famous New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

St. Louis – Union Station
Premieres, February 10, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.

Philadelphia – Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Premieres, February 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and, with the help of DNA testing, gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.

PBS LearningMedia, PBS’ destination for educators and students, offers a range of curriculum-targeted resources that support lessons on genealogy, immigration, and identity and delve into the personal histories of well-known icons and everyday Americans. Through discussion questions, worksheets, and videos, PBS LearningMedia helps teachers to promote inquiry in their classrooms and strengthen their student’s personal connection to history. For more information on the latest digital resources for GENEALOGY ROADSHOW classroom instruction, please visit

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is produced by Krasnow Productions. President and owner Stuart Krasnow is a longtime television industry veteran, having worked for all of the country’s top broadcasters in news and entertainment, as well as at numerous cable networks as a creator and executive producer. The series is also executive produced by TV veteran Carlos Ortiz, who has produced mega-hits for almost every major network on television. He brings 20 years of development and producing experience to the table and returns to PBS for his second season on the series.

About Big Mountain Productions
Big Mountain originated the GENEALOGY ROADSHOW format, and recently aired its second hit season in Ireland on RTE Television. Run by husband-and-wife team Jane Kelly and Philip McGovern — who are former BBC/RTE executive producers — Big Mountain originates and produces television shows for national broadcasters, specializing in hybrid shows that combine great content and entertainment value, including The Tenements, Life in the Big House, Craftmaster, Living the Eviction and the music-mentoring show Jam. For more information:

About Krasnow Productions
Krasnow Productions is named for its founder and president, Stuart Krasnow, a 30-year veteran television producer. Under his banner, Krasnow has developed and produced series in almost every genre of unscripted television for broadcast and cable networks, including The Weakest Link, Average Joe, Dog Eat Dog and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Krasnow Productions also sold and produced Searching For…, one of the first original series to be produced for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Additionally, Krasnow Productions has sold and produced original projects for NBC, A&E, TBS, GSN, MTV, HGTV, E! and Fremantlemedia.

About PBS
PBS, with its more than 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices.

Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans — 50% OFF


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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 considered prominent with in their state. By whatever right the Honorable William Speer thought 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.

“I had a native ambition to rise from obscurity and make myself useful in the world, to shine and be distinguished.” ~ The  Hon. Neil S. Brown, one of the 259 prominent 19th-century Tennesseans profiled in this extraordinary book.

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.


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Surnames featured in the book:

  • Anderson
  • Arrington
  • Atkins
  • Atlee

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Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian

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Life in the past, the life your ancestors lived, was different from our own. They still had to meet their basic requirements of work, food, shelter, family, and religion. People were born, they were christened, they married and had families, they worked and they died. They lived their lives. Some ran businesses or worked for others. Some lived in cities and other in the country. These things don’t change. However, the means in which people conducted their daily lives, and the records that document those lives vary from place to place and by cultural and religion. Some vital records are kept by churches, many by governments. No matter where a person lived, one thing is for sure, they lived under the laws that governed their homelands.

As a unique textbook, Genealogy and the Law guides readers through the variety of legal sources that genealogists need in order to explain many of the events that occurred in their ancestors’ lives. Land ownership, estate administration, and taxation are a few of the many aspects of life that cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the law in effect at the time.

The authors, Kay Haviland Freilich and William B. Freilich, an award-winning genealogist and an attorney, both with long service in their professions, bring the perspectives of genealogy and the law together in a book that covers the language of the law, how to find pertinent laws, the kinds of sources available, where they can be found, citation of legal works, and how to apply legal research to genealogical problems.



Chapter 1 — Understanding the Law

  • Creating a Law
  • Government Checks and Balances
  • The Changing Law
  • Law and the Courts
  • The Importance of time and Place
  • Quiz – Chapter 1: Understanding the Law

Chapter 2 — Understanding the Terminology

  • Origin of Terms
  • Dictionaries – Black and Bouvier; Legal Dictionaries, Print and Online; Genealogical Dictionaries
  • Quiz 2 – Chapter 2: Understanding the Terminology

Chapter 3 — Types of Law

  • Jurisprudence
  • Historical Background
  • Origin of Laws – Stautory Law – Case Law
  • Public and Private Laws
  • Laws of Time and Place
  • Subjects and Actions – Civil Actions – Criminal Actions
  • Equity
  • Bankruptcy

Chapter 4 — Finding the Pertinent Law

  • Legislative History
  • Genealogy of a Law – with Examples of a 1783 Division of Real Estate and an 1847 Naturalization Requirements law.
  • Quiz – Chapter 4: Finding the Pertinent Law

Chapter 5 — Sources to Use

  • Codes
  • Session Laws
  • Case Reporters and Digests
  • Law Review Articles
  • Treatises
  • Legal Databases
  • State “Blue Books”
  • Biographical Materials
  • Directories
  • Quiz – Chapter 5: Sources to Use

Chapter 6 — Where to Research

  • Law Libraries
  • Law Library of Congress
  • State Law Libraries
  • County Law Libraries
  • Law Schools Libraries
  • Other Libraries
  • Genealogical Libraries
  • Online Sources
  • Quiz – Chapter 6 – Where to Research

Chapter 7 — Citing Legal Sources

  • Codes
  • Reporters and Digests
  • Unpublished Cases
  • Statutes
  • Law Review Articles
  • Treatises
  • Citation Guides
  • Quiz – Chapter 7: Citing Legal Sources

Chapter 8 — Applying the Law to Ancestral Events

  • Laws and Everyday Life
  • Case Studies
  • Quiz – Chapter 8: Applying the Law to Ancestral Events

Appendix 1 — Vocabulary of the Law

Appendix 2 — Selected Bibliography

Appendix 3 — Answers to Quizzes

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Bundle of 2 Popular New York Vital Records Books – 55% Off

West and Central New York VR Book Bundle

Andy earlier posted two reviews for 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York 1813-1850 and 10,000 Vital Records for Western New York 1809-1850 – two classic hard-back vital records volumes written by the late Fred Q. Bowman.

Central New York covers 15 counties, with records pulled from publications in nine towns; Baldwinsville, Binghamton, Chittenango, Corning, Elmira, Geneva, Norwich, Oxford, and Utica. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1809–1829 appear in the Western New York volume. Records for Geneva from 1830 to 1850 appear in this volume.

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.

Family Roots Publishing made a special purchase of the volumes to offer for Christmas 2014 sales. They bundled the two books, and are offering them at 55% off the publisher’s MRSP. Regularly $77.00 for the two volumes, they are on sale for just $34.65 through Christmas Eve, 2014. Click here or on the illustration to purchase.

This bundle is made up of the two volumes:

10,000 Vital Records of Western New York 1809-1850

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10,000 Vital Records Records of Central New York 1813-1850

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10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850 – on sale for 20-55% Off!

In my review of 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809-1850, I stated:

“When someone has a real passion for genealogy, it will sometimes drive them to perform marvelous, if somewhat crazy, feats. I must assume it was passion that drove the late Fred Q. Bowman to abstract individual vital information for over 10,000, 19th century New Yorkers from early 19th century newspapers. After doing just that, Bowman did so twice more. The good news is, you don’t have to repeat the research process to enjoy the results of Bowman’s work.”

Like his book, 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York: 1809–1850,  10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850 is collection of records taken from the marriage and death columns from New York newspapers before 1850.

10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1813–1850, includes 5,124 marriage and 4,897 death (for an actual total of 10,021) records in Central New York. While births were not covered in these early newspapers, often birth dates and birthplaces and parents names were listed in these notices. Central New York covers 15 counties, with records pulled from publications in nine towns; Baldwinsville, Binghamton, Chittenango, Corning, Elmira, Geneva, Norwich, Oxford, and Utica. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1809–1829 appear in the Western New York volume. Records for Geneva from 1830 to 1850 appear in this volume.

Central New York, like Western and Eastern New York, lists all records alphabetically, either by bridegroom or the deceased. Marriage officials are listed in the appendix; otherwise, all mentioned names appear in the index. 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 Central New York: 1813–1850 from Family Roots Publishing; Item #GPC641. On Sale for 20% Off through December 17, 2016 – or bundle with the Western New York volume at an even better price of 55% off!