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British Isles Records Highlighting American Immigrants Now Online at

Monday, July 7th, 2008

This week’s Major Collection at consists of a total of more than 350 databases from Genealogical Publishing Company and Simmons Historical Publications containing immigrant records from the British Isles. Approximately 100 databases will be launched today (Monday), and the rest will be launched throughout the week.

A number of these databases will be included in the World Collection, and are focused primarily on people from the British Isles. A few of these titles include: a couple of volumes of The Famine Immigrants: Lists of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York, 1846-1851; The Early Germans of New Jersey; The Moravians of North Carolina; The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands; Scots Heraldry; Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867, Volume 2; Directory of Scots in the Carolinas, 1680-1830, Volume 1; The Register of New Netherland, 1626-1674; and Colonists from Scotland: Emigration to North America, 1707-1783.

Many of the databases from Genealogical Publishing Company highlight American immigrants and should be particularly helpful for researchers trying to trace their relatives “across the pond.”

The databases from Simmons Historical Publications focus primarily on Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. Some of the databases include: several volumes of Graves County, Kentucky Newspaper Genealogical Abstracts and numerous other databases from Graves County; four volumes of Christian County, Kentucky Newspaper Abstracts; Davidson County, Tennessee Deeds, Volumes 1-6; and Northampton County Wills, Volumes 3-4. There are a large variety of records covered from various counties in those three states. These records are transcriptions and should be very helpful in tracking down primary sources to further your research.

In addition to all these databases, there are many more databases for both the U.S. Collection and the World Collection. As usual, the databases for the U.S. Collection will be free for ten days.

New Genealogical Publishing Company Collection Highlights Revolutionary, Colonial Records

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

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, 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, 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)

395 titles from Genealogical Publishing Company and the Godfrey Memorial Library

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

The Major Collection for this week includes 395 titles from Genealogical Publishing Company and the Godfrey Memorial Library. These databases will be launched throughout the week, and will be available free for 10 days.

The databases include books in the categories of local histories, family histories and genealogies, biographies, memoirs, autobiographies, diaries and extracts from diaries, and transcripts and indexes of public records.

The amount of transcripts and indexes of public records is especially of note this week as they frequently lead to original records, which are crucial to doing family history. A few of these titles include: all three volumes of Marriages of Some Virginia Residents, 1607-1800; Names in Stone: 75,000 Cemetery Inscriptions from Frederick County, Maryland, Volume 2; all three volumes of Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia; Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790 for the states of New York, Maryland, South Carolina, Vermont, and Connecticut.

A few of the surnames listed include: Hutchinson, Hawley, Kingman, Martin, Miller, Peck, Rice, Robinson, Ruffin, Selleck, Stimpson, Stanley, Stowell, Tinker, Torrey, Upham and Van Lennep.

There are also a large number of local histories. A few titles include: two volumes of History of Kentucky; two volumes of History of Western Maryland; Mississippi Territory in the War of 1812; History of Spartanburg County, South Carolina; The Story of Wilkes County, Georgia; A History of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; and Ohio County, Kentucky, in the Olden Days.

Wonderbase of the Week: 87 Databases From Genealogical Publishing Company

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Colonial Families of the United States of America

This week’s Wonderbase is a compilation of 87 databases provided by the Genealogical Publishing Company. These databases are excellent resources for people researching immigrants who came to America during its early colonial days and its infancy as a nation. There are also a number of resources for Ireland, Canada, Barbados, Germany and England.

One of the highlights of today’s Wonderbase is a seven-volume series titled Colonial Families of the United States of America. This series is an excellent resource for people researching families with roots in colonial America. The volumes list prominent colonial families and outlines details including dates and places for births, marriages and deaths as well as derivative family lines. The information included in these volumes can be particularly useful because it can give clues to more primary sources that might be available.

The Wonderbase also includes a three-volume series titled Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. These volumes are particularly interesting because they are a record of the day-to-day happenings of a certain area in Virginia where many Scotch-Irish settled. Within these commonplace occurrences are an extraordinary amount of names that might not be found elsewhere.

Barbados, West Indies

Another excellent series of databases included in the Wonderbase is Barbados Records. These six volumes cover baptisms, marriages, and wills and administrations from as early as 1637 up to 1800. These records are typed extractions from the originals and are immensely useful for anybody with ancestors who participated in the colonization of Barbados.

In addition to these three excellent series are numerous other volumes with thousands upon thousands of names. As always, these resources are fully indexed and searchable.

Genealogical Publishing Company Partners With, Inc.

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

PROVO, UT, March 3, 2008Genealogical Publishing Company, the world’s largest publisher of immigration records in book form, has partnered with, Inc, to make its databases available on

“We are looking to work with others who will provide the bridge from today back to the period where our books come into play.’s services provide the link from 2008 back to our 17th Century material,” said Mike Tepper, Managing Editor, Genealogical Publishing Company. “There are companies that are really great with technology, but fall short with writing. Other companies are really skilled with words and writing, but not in creating virtual communities. It is a great opportunity to work with, a company that can provide that combination of technology and writing, as well as a virtual genealogy community.”

Genealogical Publishing Company is one of our key partners in our new World Collection,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition,, Inc. “We are happy to work with one of the oldest and most established publishers of genealogical records in the industry.”

Genealogical Publishing Company has 2,000 titles featuring content from early Colonial America to the Civil War. Some of these titles include Donald Lines Jacobus’ Families of Ancient New Haven, a three-volume work that covers every family in pre-Revolutionary New Haven, Connecticut, and Robert Barnes’s British Roots of Maryland Families, which establishes the origins of hundreds of pre-eighteenth-century Maryland families.

“The great thing about our books is that they are definitive works provided by the leading scholars of our time,” said Barry Chodak, President of, Inc., parent of Genealogical Publishing Company.

“Our publications cover a wide range of topics with particular emphasis on colonial American immigration, royal ancestry, and county and local history. Our collection of guide books and how to books numbers more than 250, including the most widely used text Val Greenwood’s Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy and the three titles we call the Evidence Collection: Evidence, The Quick Sheet, and Evidence Explained, all by Elizabeth Shown Mills, the leading authority on the subject.”

“While many of our books contain genealogical source records, a considerable number contain lineage records and other linked material. These titles combined include about 15 million people. The descendants of these 15 million people number in the hundreds of millions today. Our partnership with FamilyLink will enable many, many Americans to go back and trace their family to some of these early immigrants,” Chodak said.

More than 600 databases from Genealogical Publishing Company will be launched periodically over the next few months at

“We have been publishing for the last 55 years and look forward to working with to expand our genealogical content into new territories,” Tepper said.


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About Genealogical Publishing Company and, Inc.
Through its well-known imprints, Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company, publishes genealogy books and CDs. Whether you are just beginning to explore your family tree or are an experienced researcher looking for in-depth genealogy data, can provide you with the resources you need. has published over 2,000 titles featuring colonial genealogy, Irish genealogy, immigration, royal ancestry, family history, and genealogy methods and sources. is also the online home of Gateway Press, its self-publishing arm which has published over 2,000 volumes of family histories for its author clients.

About, Inc., Inc. is a family of services that includes,, and the We’re Related application on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original team,, Inc. provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors. The site registers 9.4 million monthly pages views and has more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases–including birth, death, military, census, and parish records– makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

Wonderbase of the Week: Early American Records

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

The Wonderbase of the Week consists of twelve books from 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, and will be free for 10 days.