The Wonderbase of the Week consists of 100 databases from the Quintin Publications Collection. The databases will be free to access until January 24, 2008. Click here to access the records.
The majority of the databases that comprise the Wonderbase are family histories, with most of the histories about families with surnames beginning with V, Y or W.
Most of the histories include several thousand names. The largest database this week is The Wentworth Genealogy: Comprising the Origin of the Name, the Family in England, and a Particular Account of Elder William Wentworth, the Emigrant which contains more than 135,000 names. Other large databases include History of the Descendants of John Whitman with more than 95,000 names; Byberry Waltons: An Account of our Four English Brothers Nathaniel & Thomas & Daniel & William Walton, with more than 94,000 names; and Genealogy of the Waldo Family: A Record of Descendants of Cornelius Waldo, which is a two-volume set containing more than 77,000 names.
Many of these titles date back to the seventeenth century or earlier. Some of these titles are as follows: Genealogy of the Yardley Family, 1402-1881; Viele Records, 1613-1913; The Van Norden Family: Three Hundred Years in America, 1623-1923; and The Wight Family: Memoir of Thomas Wight of Dedham, Massachusetts, with Genealogical Notices of His Descendants, from 1637 to 1670.
As you navigate your way through these 100 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, searchable and free for ten days, which means that if your ancestor is in one of these volumes, you are likely to find him with a few simple clicks.