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Simmons Historical Publishing Records From Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee Now Online

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Researchers of Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee families should be pleased when they see the resulting 756 titles from the Simmons Historical Publishing Collection online at Originally announced in December 2007, the collection will be completely online next week.

Currently the collection contains holdings from the following counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee:

Kentucky: Calloway, Christian, Graves (large holdings), Marshall, McCracken, Montgomery, Todd, Trigg (large holdings), Warren, and Webster counties.

North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Chatham, Craven, Mecklenburg, Northampton, Orange, Pasquotank, and Warren counties.

Tennessee: Benton, Claiborne, Davidson, Dickson, Hardeman, Henry, Hickman, Lincoln, Lyon, Maury, Montgomery, Obion, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, and Weakley counties.

The collection varies as the counties vary. From early eighteenth century documents such as wills to funeral home records of the twentieth century, the collection grabs information from early times in these states along with records that date more pertinently to relatives where genealogy starts, at the present.

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.

Wonderbase of the Week: 48 New Databases From Simmons Historical Society

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This week’s Wonderbase of the Week at is a compilation of 48 databases provided by Simmons Historical Publications. These databases are excellent resources for people researching Kentucky, particularly the counties of Calloway, Graves, Marshall, McCracken, Montgomery, Obion, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Todd, Trigg, and Warren.

These databases include court records, newspaper abstracts, wills, deed books, and marriage records.
The largest collection launched today is Incidents from the Farm Account Books of James Beard Crutcher 1857-1893.

As always, these resources are fully indexed, searchable and free for ten days.

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Wonderbase of the Week: 100 Databases From Simmons Historical Publications

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

This week’s Wonderbase of the Week comes from the Simmons Historical Publications collection. The databases include a series of records from Graves County, Kentucky. Located in Western Kentucky, Graves County was formed in 1824 from Hickman County. Early settlers came primarily from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Click here to view the records.

The Simmons collection for Graves County is quite substantial. It includes indexes to the federal census for several years, county deed books, funeral home records from the 1920s, county cemetery extracts, various church records, tax lists from 1824, newspaper abstracts beginning in 1876 and a variety of other valuable records.

All of these records are transcribed from the originals and contain excellent genealogical data. Anyone who has researched families from the American South knows how difficult it can be to find records for that region of the country. Fortunately these Graves County records are abundant and are now available on World Vital Records and will be free for 10 days (until January 10, 2008).

Wonderbase of the Week: Simmons Historical Publications Brings More than 765 Books To World Vital Records, Inc. Through Its Recent Partnership

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

PROVO, UT, December 3, 2007Simmons Historical Publications has recently partnered with World Vital Records, Inc. to make more than 765 of its valuable genealogical books accessible online for the first time.

“I have personally transcribed nearly 600 of these books from this collection. These are books that normally one would have to travel to a courthouse to read a microfilm to view. Through this transcription work and our partnership with World Vital Records, we have made these records much easier to access and are excited to have them available online for the first time at World Vital Records,” said Laura Willis, Co-owner, Simmons Historical Publications.

The Simmons Historical Publications collection contains valuable genealogical information such as vital records, census records, deeds, wills, newspaper abstracts, court records, tax lists, maps, and much more.

“The fun part of my job is finding data such as the Simmons Historical Publication collection where one can see how consistent extraction work performed over a number of years has resulted in a large, valuable database,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc. “Simmons Historical Publications’ many years of discipline and hard work brings greater access to these records.”

The first launch of the Simmons Historical Publications data will include a collection of more than 30 books containing records from Western Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

“I think this partnership is going to wonderful. It will be a great way to share some of our information in an online format,” said Sherry Adams, Co-owner, Simmons Historical Publications.


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Coming Soon: 700 Genealogical Books From Simmons Historical Society

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, World Vital Records, Inc. sent Amy Rhoads, Director of Community Building, cross country to Kentucky to pick up books from the Simmons Historical Publication Library.

Simmons Historical Publications recently partnered with to make more than 700 of its valuable genealogical books accessible online for the first time. These databases will be coming online within the coming weeks!

Shown above: Books from Simmons Historical Publications

This collection contains rich, genealogical information, such as vital records, census records, deeds, wills, newspaper abstracts, court records, tax lists, maps, and much more.

These records are from Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Illinois. wishes to thank Laura Willis and Sherry Adams from Simmons Historical Publications.