This week’s Wonderbase of the Week comes from the Quintin Publications Collection and contains 50 databases. The majority of the databases that comprise the Wonderbase are family histories, with most of the histories about families with surnames beginning with W. Click here to view the databases, which will be free until January 17, 2008.
Most of the histories include several thousand names. The largest database this week is The Washington Ancestry: and Records of the McClain, Johnson, and Forty Other Colonial American Families which contains nearly 215,000 names. Other large databases this week Genealogy of Wilkinson and Kindred Families with more than 46,000 names; The Wannamaker, Salley, Mackay, and Bellinger Families: Genealogies and Memoirs with more than 35,000; and The Walcott Book: History and Genealogy of the American Family of Walcott and Notes of English Walcotts with more than 30,000 names.
Shown above: South Front of Washington Manor House, Sulgrave, Northamptonshire, England
Many of these titles date back to the seventeenth century or earlier. Some of these titles are as follows: Col. John Wise of England and Virgina (1617-1695): His Ancestors and Descendants; Genealogy of Two Branches of the Whittier Family, from 1620-1873; Genealogy of the Woodward Family, 1584-1926; and The Wanderer-Wander Family of Bohemia, Germany and America, 1450-195.
As you navigate your way through these 50 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.