This week’s Wonderbase comes from the Quintin Publications Collection. The Wonderbase contains 215 titles, 100 will be launched today, and the remainder will be launched throughout the rest of the week. The Wonderbase will be free to access until December 20, 2007. Click here to access the Quintin Publications Collection. The majority of the databases that comprise the Wonderbase are family histories written about families with surnames beginning with U, V, W or Z.
Because of the nature of languages, two of these letters, V and Z have linguistic commonalities. For instance, many of the V genealogies deal with surnames with the prefix “Van,” which means that most of the surnames are of Dutch origin. Among the V surnames are Van Deursen, Van Gelder, Van Brunt, Van Voorhees, Van Horne, and many others. The Z surnames tend to be of German and Eastern European origin. Some examples include Zink, Zabriskie, Ziegler, and Zimmerman.
Unlike the two other letters highlighted today, the W Y surnames don’t have a distinct ethnic pattern, but there are many of them. Some W surnames include Willard, Winters, Willis, Winslow, Weikert and Woodruff. A few Y names include Yale, Yeardly, Yandes and Yerkes.
As you navigate your way through these 215 titles, it is important to remember that even if the surname in the title is not one that is in your tree, one of your ancestors may be mentioned in the volume anyway. As always, these Quintin databases are completely indexed and searchable, which means that if your ancestor is in one of these volumes, you are likely to find him with a few simple clicks.