The Wonderbase of the Week at WorldVitalRecords.com consists of 50 databases from the Quintin Publications Collection. The databases will be free to access until January 31, 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 W.
Many of the histories include several thousand names. The largest database this week is The Whitney Family of Connecticut and its Affiliations Being an Attempt to Trace the Descendants in the Female and Male Lines of Henry Whitney from 1649 to 1878 that contains more than 257,000 names. Other large databases include The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family in America with more than 90,000 names; History of Torrington, CT, From Its First Settlement in 1737, with Biographies and Genealogies with more than 76,000 names; History and Genealogy of the Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut with more than 70,000 names; and Andrew Warde and His Descendants, 1597 – 1910: Being a Compilation of Facts Relating to One of the Oldest New England Families with more than 55,000 names.
These titles date between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. Some of the earlier titles include: Genealogy of the Wright Family from 1639 – 1901; Ward Family: Descendants of William Ward, Who Settled in Sudbury, Massachusetts, in 1639; and A Wiswall Line: Ten Generations in Descent from Elder Thomas Wiswall of Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1635.
As you navigate your way through these 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/her with a few simple clicks.