New Genealogical Publishing Company Collection Highlights Revolutionary, Colonial Records

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This week’s Major Collection consists of 389 databases from Genealogical Publishing Company. One hundred of the databases were launched on Monday (June 23), and the rest will be launched throughout the week.

There are a variety of types of records in this Major Collection including transcriptions of original records, local histories, and histories of prominent families in certain areas.

Many of the databases that are part of the Major Collection are transcriptions of original records, which all genealogists know can be extremely useful. Some of the titles included in this category are: Federal Land Series, Volumes 1-4; Frederick County, Virginia, Wills and Administrations, 1795-1816; The Pension Roll of 1835, Volumes 1-4; Tennessee Records: Bible Records and Marriage Bonds; Marriage Bonds of Bedford County, Virginia, 1755-1800, Bedford County, Virginia: Index of Wills, 1754-1830; Early Marriages, Wills, and Some Revolutionary War Records: Botetourt County, Virginia; and fifteen volumes from The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records.

Some of the local histories include: Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, Volumes 1-II; A History of Orange County, Virginia; History of Scituate, Massachusetts; History of Patrick and Henry Counties, Virginia.

Local histories often include names of many prominent residents. Even if your ancestors are not mentioned in a volume, the history can still be useful in providing you with details about the history of the place where your ancestor lived.

Among the databases today are also a large number of histories of prominent families in various geographic areas. Unlike family histories, these histories highlight a series of families in a certain area. Usually these histories focus on the earliest settlers of a place or otherwise prominent families in a given location. A few of the titles in this category include: Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey; Families of Ancient Wetherfield, Connecticut; Early Settlers of Alabama; Southside Virginia Families, Volumes 1-2; and Colonial Families of the Southern States of America: A History and Genealogy of Colonial Families Who Settle in the Colonies Prior to the Revolution.

In addition to all these types of records, there are many more. As usual, all U.S. databases in the collection will be free for ten days from the date they were launched. (International databases are not offered for a free trial.)

This past week Barry Chodak, CEO, Genealogical Publishing Company, and Joe Garonzic, Marketing Director, Genealogical Publishing Company came to visit us at FamilyLink.com, Inc in Provo, Utah. While they were here, Joe Garonzic commented on some of the records in their collection, which are now online.

“Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina From the Colonial Period To About 1820 (2 volumes) is the best book ever written on African genealogy because the research is absolutely comprehensive, and based on about 25 years of exact standards of research. It traces forward the genealogy of hundreds of African American families that were free before 1790 and 1810 from these three states and colonies. It is an exquisite piece.”

Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina From the Colonial Period To About 1820, Volume 1 (Free for 7 more days)
Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina From the Colonial Period To About 1820, Volume 2 (Free for 7 more days)

“The Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly contains all the compiled genealogies ever published in the most prestigious magazine of Virginia genealogy,” Garonzic said. “Read it online at WorldVitalRecords.com, and save hundreds of dollars.”

The Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly volumes can be accessed below:

Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly, Volume 1 (Free for 7 more days)
Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly, Volume 3 (Free for 7 more days)
Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly, Volume 4 (Free for 7 more days)
Genealogies of Virginia Families from the William and Mary College Quarterly, Volume 5 (Free for 7 more days)

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