Wonderbase of the Week: Early American Records

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The Wonderbase of the Week consists of twelve books from Genealogical.com which focus primarily on the early American period. Click here to view the databases. These databases, most of which contain more than 30,000 names each, are extremely valuable for people searching for ancestors who settled in America during its earliest days.

One of the most important series of databases included in this week’s Wonderbase is The Maryland Calendar of Wills, Volumes 1-8. In total, these volumes contain more than 183,000 names. These volumes are of particular importance because wills can be so valuable in genealogical research. Having an index of these wills makes them more accessible to researchers.

Included as part of these 12 databases are a number of books about some of America’s first settlers. One volume, Chronicle of the First Planters of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, 1623-1636, contains more than 45,000 names. A similar volume, Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers of the Colony of Plymouth, 1602-1625, contains more than 43,000 names.

A couple of the books included in today’s Wonderbase are important records from early colonial churches. One book, Early Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages in Southeastern Pennsylvania, which contains nearly 13,000 names and The Annals and parish Register of St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish in South Carolina, 1680-1884, which contains more than 9,000 names.

All of these databases are fully indexed and searchable on WorldVitalRecords.com, and will be free for 10 days.

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