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NEW for 2019 – The Census Book – 15% off

2019. július 8. 2:39:57

Following a 20-year hiatus, William Dollarhide has again written the definitive guide to the United States Census. Written specifically for genealogists and family historians, this book details all the census schedules for 1790 through 1950. The first, and highly acclaimed Census Book was written in 1999. This all-new volume covers a lot of new ground that the earlier volume could not do. Read on for details.

Section 1 – Census Facts, Historical U.S. Censuses. This section includes many historical facts dealing with the United States Census. See the Table of Contents (below) to get a full overview of the section.

Section 2 – Population Schedules. Includes links to 630 websites, providing instant access to over 600 million indexed census records/names online. A table for each census year includes the starting FHL film roll number for each state’s population schedules, providing links to 580 FHL catalog webpages. It is the searchable roll number that gives a researcher quick access to the digital images of any census year, state, county, or town. Census substitutes have been added where available; U.S. maps of each census year are included; 1885; 1940 and 1950 census chapters are included in this edition.

Section 3 – Non-Population Schedules. This section identifies all non-population categories, with all-new statewide tables, Alabama to Wyoming, to 1935. URL links to 560 online databases. The location of the original Non-Population schedules is given, and the locations of microfilm copies features many direct links to a Family History Library online catalog webpage, in particular, those with digital images available.

Section 4 – Census Samples & Worksheets. The Census Book has 57 Samples and 42 Worksheets, including an 1890 Short Form; the 1940 Census; and the 1820, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1885 Manufactures Schedules.

The book is available as a soft-bound volume (now shipping); hard-bound volume (shipping by July 29 & most likely before that) and PDF eBook. FRPC is currently offering the book (in all forms) at 15% off at the FRPC website. Note that the hard-bound book is at the bindery and will ship by July 29 (and most likely before that); However, the download access is immediate. Click on the links to order.

The Census Book: Facts, Schedules & Worksheets for the U.S. Federal Censuses;William Dollarhide, 2019, 245 pages; Color printing throughout; Tables; Website links.

See the “Inside the Book” pdf pages at the end of this post.

The following is extracted from the Table of Contents:

Growth of the U.S. Federal Census
Section 1 – Census Facts

  • Historical U.S. Censuses
  • Early Census Takers
  • Censuses in U.S. Territories
  • Compensation to the Census Takers
  • The Census Day
  • Table 1: Census Year/Day/Time Allowed
  • Census Counting Machine
  • Early Census Losses
  • Table 2 – Statewide Census Losses
  • Census Copies, 1790-1820
  • Census Copies, 1830-1840
  • Census Copies, 1850-1870
  • Census Copies, 1880
  • 1880 Short Form
  • Census Copies, 1890
  • 1890 Short Form
  • 1890 Veterans Schedule
  • Copies/Microfilm/Digitizing, 1900-1940
  • Soundex Indexes, 1880-1930
  • Soundex Code
  • Personal Census Search
  • County Boundary Changes
  • Table 3: Statistics, 1790-1940 Censuses
  • References

Section 2 – Population Schedules
Contents – Section 2
Table 4: Availability of U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1950

  • First Census of the U.S. – 1790
  • Second Census of the U.S. – 1800
  • Third Census of the U.S. – 1810
  • Fourth Census of the U.S. – 1820
  • Fifth Census of the U.S. – 1830
  • Sixth Census of the U.S. – 1840
  • Seventh Census of the U.S. – 1850
  • Eighth Census of the U.S. – 1860
  • Ninth Census of the U.S. – 1870
  • Tenth Census of the U.S. – 1880
  • State Censuses Taken in 1885
  • Eleventh Census of the U.S. – 1890
  • Table 5 – 1884-1896 State Censuses
  • Twelfth Census of the U.S. – 1900
  • Thirteenth Census of the U.S. – 1910
  • Fourteenth Census of the U.S. – 1920
  • Fifteenth Census of the U.S. – 1930
  • Sixteenth Census of the U.S. – 1940
  • Seventeenth Census of the U.S. – 1950

Section 3 – Non-Population Schedules Contents – Section 3
Table 6: Availability of Non-Population Schedules
Descriptions of the Non-Population Schedules, 1820-1935
State Availability Tables:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Dakota Territory (1861-1889)
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota (1889-1935)
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota (1889-1935)
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virgin Islands of the U.S.
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Section 4 – Census Samples & Worksheets
Contents – Section 4
Population Schedules:

  • 1790 Federal Census
  • 1800 Federal Census
  • 1810 Federal Census
  • 1820 Federal Census
  • 1830 Federal Census
  • 1840 Federal Census
  • 1850 Federal Census
  • 1860 Federal Census
  • 1870 Federal Census
  • 1880 Federal Census
  • 1880 Short Form
  • 1885 State Census – 5 states
  • 1890 Short Form
  • 1890 Veterans Schedule
  • 1900 Federal Census
  • 1910 Federal Census
  • 1920 Federal Census
  • 1930 Federal Census
  • 1940 Federal Census
  • 1950 Federal Census

Industry/Manufactures Schedules:

  • 1820 Manufactures
  • 1850 Products of Industry
  • 1860 Products of Industry
  • 1870 Products of Industry
  • 1880 Manufactures-Products of Industry
  • 1880 Manufactures-Boots, Shoes
  • 1880 Manufactures-Flour & Grist Mills
  • 1880 Manufactures-Lumber Mills
  • 1880 Manufactures-Agri. Implements
  • 1885 Manufactures Schedule

Agriculture Schedules:

  • 1850 Agriculture
  • 1860 Agriculture
  • 1870 Agriculture
  • 1880 Agriculture
  • 1885 Agriculture

Mortality Schedules:

  • 1850 Mortality Schedule
  • 1860 Mortality Schedule
  • 1870 Mortality Schedule
  • 1880 Mortality Schedule
  • 1885 Mortality Schedule

Slave Schedules:

  • 1850 Slave Schedule
  • 1860 Slave Schedule

Social Statistics Schedules:

  • 1850, 1860, 1870 Social Statistics
  • 1880 Defective, Dependent & Delinquent Classes:
  • 1880 Insane Inhabitants & Idiots
  • 1880 Deaf-Mutes & Blind Inhabitants
  • 1880 Homeless Children & Prisoners
  • 1880 Pauper & Indigent Inhabitants

Soundex Extraction Forms:
Soundex Indexes Description & Contents

  • 1880 Soundex
  • 1900 Soundex
  • 1910 Soundex/Miracode
  • 1920 Soundex
  • 1930 Soundex

Census Comparison Sheets:

  • 1790-1840 Census Worksheet
  • Census Comparisons Sheet

In 1999, the first Census Book was published. The full title was The Census Book: A Genealogist’s Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes, by William Dollarhide (Publ. Heritage Quest, Bountiful, Utah, 182 pages). The original Census Book has been out of print for several years, but is still cited frequently at many genealogical websites.

In 2019, an all new Census Book was published. The full title: The Census Book: Facts, Schedules & Worksheets for the U.S. Federal Censuses, by William Dollarhide (Publ. Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC, Orting, WA, 245 pages). The many references to CD-ROM publications were replaced with many more direct links to Internet databases. There are a total of 1,770 links to Internet websites, giving access to over one billion census records/names. The references to printed countywide census indexes were removed, replaced by links to census databases and substitute publications. Specific changes in each Section were as follows:

Comparison of Section 1 – Census Facts, Historical U.S. Censuses. The original concept and layout was enhanced with extensive editing and added features.

Comparison of Section 2 – Population Schedules. The 1999 edition had no references to the Internet for census population schedules – the 2019 edition has links to 630 websites, providing instant access to over 600 million indexed census records/names online. In the first Census Book, each census year had a table showing CD-ROM indexes and any printed book indexes available. In the new Census Book, a table for each census year now includes the starting FHL film roll number for each state’s population schedules, providing links to 580 FHL catalog webpages. It is the searchable roll number that gives a researcher quick access to the digital images of any census year, state, county, or town. Census substitutes were added where available; better U.S. maps of each census year were included; and 1940 and 1950 census chapters were added. Also, a new census chapter was inserted for 1885, when 14 states took state censuses – they are good substitutes for the lost 1890 census.

Comparison of Section 3 – Non-Population Schedules. This section identifies all non-population categories, adding those after 1900. All new statewide tables, Alabama to Wyoming, were expanded to 1935, and reorganized for appearance and adding URL links to 560 more online databases. The location of the original Non-Population schedules is given, and the locations of microfilm copies now features many direct links to a Family History Library online catalog webpage, in particular, those with digital images available.

Comparison of Section 4 – Census Samples & Worksheets. The 1999 Census Book had no Samples and 34 Census Worksheets; the new 2019 Census Book has 57 Samples and 42 Worksheets. New worksheets were added for the 1890 Short Form; the 1940 Census; and the 1820, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1885 Manufactures Schedules.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of the classic Map Guide to the U.S.Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, a book of 393 census-year maps, and one of the best selling books ever published in the field of genealogy. He released the first edition of The Census Book in 1999, a book that is still cited frequently at many genealogical websites. He has also written numerous Censuses & Substitutes guidebooks for genealogical research; e.g., a 3-volume regional set; and a 52-volume set (for each U.S. state, DC, and U.S. Territories). His other works include New York State Censuses & Substitutes, referred to as “the definitive guide,” by the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society; Managing a Genealogical Project, a manual for organizing genealogical documents; Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815, a review of the U.S. wagon roads in place before steam engines; and Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era, a review of Military and Civilian name lists; and several other publications.

“Bill Dollarhide is the authority on U.S. federal censuses. The first edition of The Census Book was the bellwether for census research and has remained the go-to reference. The new edition is updated to include Internet resources and contains a wealth of insightful information, graphics of the schedules, and essential worksheets to help your federal census analyses. This book should be on every genealogist’s bookshelf and in every genealogical library collection. Bravo!” – George C. Morgan, co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, lecturer, and genealogy writer.

Following are a few pages from “Inside the Book” (Click on the links, then on the thumbnail image to view the PDF page):

The Census Book – Page 9 The Growth of the US Census – RS
The Census Book – Page 25 Co Boundary & Statistics – RS
The Census Book – Page 26 Co Boundaries & Statistics – RS
The Census Book – Page 39 1810 Census – RS
The Census Book – Page 108 NonPopulation_Schdules_Table – RS
The Census Book – Page 109 Non-population Schedules Description – RS
The Census Book – Page 128 Michigan Non-population Schedules – RS
The Census Book – Page 147 Census Samples and Forms_Contents – RS

The Census Book: Facts, Schedules & Worksheets for the U.S. Federal Censuses; William Dollarhide, 2019, 245 pages; Color printing throughout; Tables; Website links – Click on the following links to order:

New! Who Gave Me My X DNA? Ancestral Guide – Just $4.90 at the FRPC Website

2019. június 1. 5:04:42

New Guide! Who Gave Me My X DNA? Ancestral Guide; by Regina Negrycz

This 4-Page Ancestral Guide shows in visual format how you inherited your X Chromosome.

  • Page one is made up of a 5 Generational Male X Chromosome Inheritance Chart.
  • Page two and three is a 5 Generational Female X Chromosome Inheritance Chart.
  • Page four gives details for Female Inheritance, Male Inheritance, Unidentical Siblings With the same Mother, and a box showing The X-Chromosome and Testing Companies (with info on availability of Raw Data and Chromosome Browser for each of the five major testing firms.

Click on the illustration or the links to order.

Who Gave Me My X DNA? Ancestral Guide; by Regina Negrycz; an Ancestral Beginnings Guide; 2019; 8.5×11; Folded; Glossy Card Stock; 4 pp; ISBN 978-1-62859-269-6; Item #: FR0800.

British (England, Ireland & Scotland) Research Guides Written By Chris Patton – on Sale at 15% Off – Now Printed in the USA

2019. június 1. 4:42:20

Family Roots Publishing recently received the rights to print the Chris Patton tiles from Unlock the Past in Australia. Until now, these volumes were printed in Australia, making the shipping costs very high. Now also printed in the USA, we’ve been able to get the prices down for sales to genealogical researchers in America.

The following nine titles are now available and on sale for 15% off. This sale runs through June 12, 2019. During the sale, p&h within the USA for these nine titles is just $4.50 for the first book, and 50 cents for each thereafter.

Click on the links for more information and/or to order.


A Beginner’s Guide to British and Irish Genealogy; by Chris Paton; 2016; 72 pp; Reg. $13.95 – On sale for $11.86.

British and Irish Newspapers; by Chris Paton; 2014; 56 pp; Reg. $12.95 – On sale for just $11.01.


Irish Family History Resources Online, 2nd ed.; by Chris Paton; 2015; 64 pp; Reg. $13.95 – On sale for just $11.86.

A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923; by Chris Paton; 2016; 60 pp; Reg. $12.95 – On sale for just $11.01.

Discover Irish Land Records; by Chris Paton; 2015; 68 pp; Reg. $13.95 – On sale for just $11.86.


Discover Scottish Church Records, 2nd ed.; by Chris Paton; 2016; 92 pp: Reg. $19.95 – On sale for just $16.96.

Discover Scottish Land Records, 2nd ed.; by Chris Paton; 2017; 64 pp; Reg. $13.95 – On sale for just $11.86.

Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records; by Chris Paton; 2013; 52 pp; Reg. $12.95 – On sale for just $11.01.

Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis; by Chris Paton; 2015; 56 pp; Reg. $12.95 – On sale for just $11.01.

Substitutes for the Lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census – 20% Off

2019. június 1. 0:02:37

Substitutes for the Lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census is the first comprehensive guide to substitutes for the lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census ever compiled. Written by researcher and author, William Dollarhide, this volume pulls together a listing of mostly online and quickly accessible sources to overcome the hurdle of the “gap” between the 1880 and 1910 U.S. Federal Censuses.

The book is currently shipping and available for 20% off at the Family Roots Publishing website. MSRP is $25.95, but is 20% off if you purchase now – making it $20.76 (plus $5.50 p&h).

All 1,203 database source titles listed in this book were extracted from the series of state books, Censuses & Substitute Name Lists. The sources identified are in the form of databases mostly found on the Internet. This volume adds the number of records covering the years 1885-1895 into the description of each database whenever possible, making the guide invaluable to the researcher. Any substitute name lists not digitized yet are noted with a link a reference to a state book wherein more information is available.

Substitutes for the Lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census; by William Dollarhide, 2019; 101 pp; 8.5×11; softbound; ISBN: 978-1-62895-245-2; Item #: FR0426

National Name Lists. 65 major U.S. databases identified in the National Name Lists section came from one of the following categories:

National Vital Records Lists. Includes major databases such as burials, obituary listings, and birth, marriage, and death records from multiple states.

Immigration Lists. Includes records of ships manifests, customs reports, and lists of aliens arriving at U.S. ports of call.

U.S. Military Lists. Includes rosters of soldiers, sailors, and Marines; and draft registrations.

Veterans and Pensioners Lists. Includes databases from national organizations, and U.S. Pension Lists.

State Name Lists – 1,138 statewide databases in the State Name Lists section came from one of the following categories:

State & Territory Census Records. Between 1884 and 1896, thirty-two censuses were conducted by twenty different states/territories, all separate from the federal censuses They were taken for the years 1884 (1), 1885 (14), 1890 (3), 1891 (1), 1892 (1), 1894 (1), 1895 (10), and 1896 (1). See Table 1 (page 2) for the list of states/territories involved.

State and County Court Records. Includes naturalizations, probates, estates, wills, and real estate records, in particular, those with a substantial number of records dated 1885-1895.

Directories. For the period 1885-1895, city/county directories provide a good substitute for the lost 1890 census. The basic name/date/place elements are always recorded in a directory.

State Militia Lists. Includes rosters of soldiers at the regimental level, those having a substantial number of records dated 1885-1895.

Tax Lists. Includes name/date/place lists for an entire state, or for larger counties within a state, and covering the period 1885-1895.

Vital Records. Lists of statewide births, marriages, divorces, obituaries, deaths, and burials are included in the State Name Lists section, those with a large number of 1885-1895 events.

Substitutes for the Lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census; by William Dollarhide, 2019; 101 pp; 8.5×11; softbound; ISBN: 978-1-62895-245-2; Item #: FR0426

Boston’s Mayflower Commemoration Opened by American Ancestors with Tributes to Pilgrims & the Wampanoag Nation

2019. május 17. 20:41:29

This announcement was made some time ago by NEHGS, but I seem to have failed to upload it. I think it’s better late than never in this case… enjoy…

April 17, 2019—Boston, Massachusetts—American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)—the oldest and largest genealogical society in America—today held the first of a series of events in the U.S. commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower with a festive ceremony at their headquarters on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

An imposing replica of the Mayflower, the ship that carried the Pilgrims to the new world in 1620, was christened the Boston Mayflower and placed in the organization’s front courtyard to commemorate the significance of the event in the nation’s history. Unveiled adjacent to it was an artistic tribute to the people and culture of the Wampanoag Nation, the Native Americans who met the Pilgrims after their arrival in Plymouth harbor.
“The sailing of the Mayflower stands as an icon in American history. The Mayflower Compact was formative to our democracy. And we are just as committed to telling the Native American story,” said D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society.
“As the largest nonprofit involved in the commemoration—with more than 260,000 members and millions of online users—we have a responsibility to educate people everywhere about this historic occasion,” Simons said. “We will carry out our work in many different ways—through events, tours, published scholarship, exhibitions, educational opportunities, and online research resources. We have had an important stake in telling this story since our founding in 1845 and we are dedicated to helping our members and the public connect to this important moment in American history,” he added.
The Boston Mayflower is a large replica of the iconic, square-rigged, 17th century vessel, measuring 10 ft. long x 10 ft. 10 in. high, and was crafted by marine artist Terrance “Terry” Geaghan of Bath, Maine. Anchored at the main entrance to American Ancestors on Newbury Street—one of Boston’s most-traveled pedestrian streets—it is constructed of eastern white pine. The replica was christened by Nancy S. Maulsby, of Greenwich, Conn., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society.

In tribute to the Wampanoag people, an installation was unveiled by American Ancestors of a young Patuxet mother and child. Created by Steven Peters, creative director at SmokeSygnals, a Native American consultancy located in Mashpee, Mass., the piece depicts the tradition in which the Wampanoag people shared stories of family through the creation of intricately woven, beaded wampum belts. These belts included symbols that informed a narrative, recorded a treaty, or represented a legacy. Usually a collaboration of many tribal artisans, these most sacred belts were held by elders, spiritual leaders, and sachems and were often left unfinished for the story to continue.

At the ceremonies on Wednesday, a new exhibit, Origins and Legacy of the Mayflower, was opened in the first floor gallery of American Ancestors. It explores the origins of the Mayflower migration and its lasting legacy and presents the story of the Mayflower—the quintessential American story—across four centuries, expressed through items drawn from New England Historic Genealogical Society. The exhibit complements the two art installations in honoring and learning from the enduring legacies of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag.  The art installations and the exhibit will be on view at the American Ancestors headquarters building through the end of the 2020 commemorative year.
Individuals around the world can trace their genealogical ties to one of the 26 Pilgrim families known to have left descendants. It is estimated that there are more than 35 million people today who are descended from a Pilgrim. American Ancestors offers its expertise in researching and documenting that lineage through its website at and through specialized Mayflower products and services. A guest membership in American Ancestors is free and allows the member to research their family history online and to explore their own connection to the Mayflower story. 

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), with its national headquarters located in Boston’s Back Bay, is the oldest and largest genealogical society in America. NEHGS and its American Ancestors brand serve more than 260,000 members and millions of online users engaged in family history nationally and around the world. It is home to a world-class research library and archive, and an expert staff. NEHGS offers an award-winning genealogical research website at with more than 1.4 billion records and maintains a publishing division which produces original genealogical research, scholarship, and educational materials, including the Mayflower Descendant, a quarterly journal of Pilgrim genealogy and history.

Family History Library to Add Sunday Hours 1 to 5 PM & Monday Hours to 9 PM to Schedule – Begins June 2, 2019

2019. május 17. 20:30:37

The following news release is from FamilySearch.
May 08, 2019: The FamilySearch Family History Library, one of Salt Lake City’s top attractions and the world’s largest genealogy library, will extend its hours of operation beginning Sunday, June 2, 2019. For the first time, the main floor of the library, including the FamilySearch Discovery Experiences, will be open on Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and extended to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays. Regular library hours will be Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The library is free to the public.

The addition of Sunday hours and extended Monday hours will allow more individuals and families to take advantage of the library’s rich, fun, and interactive discovery activities. On Sundays, services will be limited to the main floor of the library, with its immersive, interactive discovery experiences and 68 computers that provide free access to premium family history websites and digital collections. Guest support will be provided by a research specialist and local consultants. On Monday through Saturday, the library will be fully staffed and will continue to offer full services on all floors.

“Family history is a family activity,” explained David Rencher, the director of the Family History Library. “We are excited to extend our hours so that families can better connect, discover, and gather their families—both living and dead.”

Through fun, hands-on activities, the 10,000 square feet of discovery experiences at the Family History Library provide people of all ages a personal way to explore and experience their heritage. The attraction offers more than 100 custom iPads, 44 touch-screen monitors, and 42 computers. Six recording studios enable guests to create free, high-definition audio and video recordings of family members and preserve treasured memories for future generations.

The library serves hundreds of thousands of guests yearly from all parts of the world. They come specifically seeking elusive ancestors in the family tree or are merely curious to see what they can discover about themselves while passing through Salt Lake City. In addition to free access to the world’s historical genealogical records, the library also offers free family history classes and webinars on various topics and accommodates field trips, bus tours, and group events.

“We are always looking at ways to make our amazing resources more accessible to our guests and to make their visit to the library more inviting and welcoming,” said Lynn Turner, a manager at the Family History Library.

The Family History Library is located at 35 North West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City, west of Historic Temple Square. The phone number is 1-801-240-6996.

Dollarhide’s Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides Series – 30% Off Thru July 16, 2019

2019. május 17. 19:02:59

For 18 months in 2017 & 2018, Bill Dollarhide went about compiling a series of Censuses & Substitute Names Lists volumes. There are now 52 books – each from 75 to 120 pages in length. The volumes running alphabetically from Alabama through Michigan are all second editions, as the first edition books were written from 2013 through 2015. The Second Edition books have all expanded by 10 to 30 pages each). All 52 books are very current in their information, as they were all written in 2017 and 2018.

FRPC has decided to offer the print edition books at 30% off through July 16, 2019. By the way, for a limited time, buy the printed volume and get the PDF eBook as an immediate download – and start researching instantly! The Printed Books (with free PDF eBook) are just $13.27 each. This is the lowest price we’ve ever offered on these popular volumes. Again – this offer is only good through July 16, 2019- so order today!

To go to the Secure FRPC website and browse the list of all 52 Printed books, click here.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Censuses & Substitute Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what censuses and substitute name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Censuses & substitute name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Censuses & Substitute Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only does each volume give a detailed bibliography of censuses & substitute name lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

The following guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co.:

MyHeritageDNA Autosomal Tests – Just $69 – Buy 2, get free shipping – Through the Easter Weekend

2019. április 20. 2:59:26

MyHeritage is currently running a $69 Easter Weekend sale on their autosomal DNA tests. Buy two, and get free shipping. As I have mentioned before, I took the test at RootsTech 2017 and currently have 6,265 matches, starting with first cousins.

The DNA process at MyHeritage works as follows:

  • Their technicians inspect the sample and make sure it’s intact.
  • The DNA is extracted from the cells in the vial and amplified. In other words, they make copies of the DNA in order to make sure we have enough of it to analyze.
  • The DNA is placed on a custom-made DNA genotyping chip and heated to a high temperature so the DNA can attach itself to the chip (hybridization).
  • A computer reads the hybridized chips, producing the DNA data.
  • The DNA data goes through a rigorous review to ensure it meets our high quality standards.
  • The DNA data is uploaded to the MyHeritage website, where it is analyzed and matched, and the results are served to you!

Click here or on the image to purchase your copies. The sale runs through Easter weekend 2019.

Note that I have an affiliate relationship with MyHeritage and MyHeritageDNA. I receive a small percentage of any sale made by clicking on any of the above links. Thanks for your support.

AncestryDNA National DNA Day Sale – 30% Off – Just $69.95

2019. április 20. 2:01:32

The AncestryDNA National DNA Day 2019 Sale is now is now running, making the Autosomal Test kit just $69 – that’s 30% off! This promotion runs through Thursday, April 25. This is a great buy. I’ve purchased numerous tests from AncestryDNA – both for myself, and various relatives – and have been thrilled with the results. My (adopted) niece found her birth family through the use of an AncestryDNA kit we bought her. Finding her sisters was quite a thrill. We’d been searching for her family the old fashioned way since about 1983. For my own part, I currently have 1,900 close matches with relatives, as well as 54,100 distant matches by taking the test!

AncestryDNA’s website is comprehensive, allowing easy access to your Matches, ThruLines, and Ethnicity Estimates, as well as their New Ancestor Discoveries feature. Purchase an AncestryDNA kit during the Ancestry National DNA Day sale for yourself or a special someone at a great price! Clip on the following illustration or links to order.

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National DNA Day 2019 Sales at Family Roots Publishing – 20 to 50% Off Selected Items

2019. április 20. 0:16:26

Family Roots Publishing is celebrating National DNA Day 2019 by offering some of the most popular genealogy-related DNA Guides for huge discounts. Choose from any of the following guides, and click on the links for detailed information and/or to order.

Genetic Genealogy in Practice; by Blaine T. Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne. Reg. $29.95 – Just $23.96 (20% Off).

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy; by Blaine T. Bettinger. Reg. $29.99 – Just $20.99 (30% Off).

The Adoptees’ Guide to DNA Testing: How to Use Genetic Genealogy to Discover Your Long-Lost Family; by Tamar Weinberg. Reg. $29.99 – Just $23.99 (20% Off).

Tracing Your Ancestors – DNA & Your Genealogy; by Dr. Maurice Gleeson. Reg. $9.95 – Just $5.97 (40% Off).

DNA for Genealogists (4th edition); by Kerry Farmer. Reg. $12.95 – Just $9.71 (25% Off).

Flemish DNA & Ancestry: History of Three Families over Five Centuries Using Conventional and Genetic Genealogy; by Guido J. Deboeck. Reg. $28.45 – Just $14.23 (50% Off)

Bundle of 5 DNA-Related Handy Guides. Reg. $25 – Just $16.25 (35% Off).

All sale items subject to stock on hand. Sale ends at Midnight Thursday, April 25, 2019.

New – African American Research: A Practical Guide – 20% Off

2019. április 19. 21:25:16

Moorshead Magazines Ltd has just published a new addition to their Tracing Your Ancestors series. This guide is a concise easy-to-read and understand manual to African American genealogy research. Following the same pattern as previous Tracing Your Ancestors guides, the booklet promises to be a valuable addition to the collection of anyone undertaking the research of African American ancestors.

Family Roots Publishing has purchased a quantity of this publication is is currently offering it at a 20% discount. Regularly $9.95, it’s just $7.96 during the sale period. Click on the links to order.

Titled Tracing Your Ancestors – African American Research: A Practical Guide, the 66-page booklet is written by Diane L Richard. The following is from the Table of Contents:

Introduction: A brief overview of the focus, language and terminology covered in this issue

Digital Library on American Slavery: A great resource for researching North Carolina, as well as all 15 slave states, including Washington D.C.

Bills of Sale: A valuable resource when documenting the movements of enslaved persons from place to place

1867 Voter Registrations: We show you what you can learn from extant voter registrations

Freedman’s Bank Records: Records that can provide another piece in the puzzle when researching those previously enslaved

Manumission: A look at how an enslaved ancestor may have finally been granted freedom

Pre-Civil War Church Records: How to locate the relevant records that may reveal your ancestor’s religious affiliations

Free People of Color: We show you why it’s important to understand the laws of the time and the locale you are researching

19th Century Newspaper Research: Locating escaped slave advertisements and finding lost relatives

Mapping: Mapping resources help us visualize African American history

Fraternal Organizations: Many African Americans belonged to fraternal organizations, but locating records can be a challenge

Education History: We review the history and where you might find valuable records for your ancestor’s schools

The Green Book: A travel guide for the 20th century African American ancestors looking for welcoming destinations

Funeral Programs: A source for genealogical information and a better understanding of your ancestor’s community

Photographic Collections: Image do speak a thousand words

Manuscripts: Manuscripts are a valuable source for information when researching African American ancestors

Tracing Your Ancestors – African American Research: A Practical Guide; Diane L. Richard; 2019; from Moorshead Magazines Ltd; 66 pp; Soft Cover; Saddle Stapled; ISBN: 978-1-926510-11-8; Item #: MM031

About the Author:
Diane L. Richard has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has been doing genealogy since 1987, and since 204, professionally focused on the records of North Carolina and the Southern States. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.
Since 2006, she has authored over 300 articles on genealogy topics for numerous periodicals. From 2018-2017 she was the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society. Diane is currently the editor of the NCGS Journal for the North Carolina Genealogical Society.
She has frequently researched, written on and spoken about topics specific to African American research.
Diane is the co-leader of Tar Heel Discoveries,, which offers guided North Carolina genealogical research programs providing participants targeted, focused, research assistance leading to new family discoveries. Learn more about Dian at MosiacRPM,

Tracing Your Ancestors – African American Research: A Practical Guide; Diane L. Richard; 2019; from Moorshead Magazines Ltd; 66 pp; Soft Cover; Saddle Stapled; ISBN: 978-1-926510-11-8; Item #: MM031

Irish Research Bundle of 3 Top Irish Genealogy Books – 50% Off Thru April 25

2019. április 19. 19:01:24

Family Roots Publishing again assembled an Irish Research Bundle for the celebration of Easter, as well as DNA-Day. This sale ends Thursday, April 25 at midnight PDT. Regularly $73.40, the bundle of three items is discounted 50%, selling for just $36.70 (plus $8 p&h) It is made up of the following three Irish Research Guides:

Purchase the Irish Research Bundle of three items for 50% off during the sale period. Reg. $73.40, it’s just $36.70 through Thursday, April 25, 2019. Click on the links to order.

We believe these books are currently the most useful Irish guides for most genealogists in America for searching for their Irish ancestors. Tracing Your Ancestors: Irish Research – A Practical Guide is new and contains the latest in information. Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 4th Edition is considered the “Bible of Irish genealogy guides. And according to data from the 1890 census, Irish immigration to New York was about 483,000 individuals. Of these, 190,000 were in New York City. In 1855, the Irish made up 25 to 50% of the population in sixteen of the city’s twenty-two wards, and over 25% of the population in both Manhattan and Brooklyn had been born in Ireland – making Buggy’s Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City an ideal volume for the bundle.

Click on the links to the read about each of these books. Return to this page to order the bundle. Don’t need the entire bundle? Order any of the volumes during the sale period for 30% off by itself. Remember, the sale only runs through April 25, or while supplies last – whichever comes first.

Three German Genealogy Research Guides by Eric Kopittke – Now Printing in the USA

2019. március 29. 1:01:01

Family Roots Publishing recently began publishing the following three German research guides in the USA. The books are currently available at the FRPC website at 15% off. Each of the books retails for $12.95. They are just $11.01 at the website during the sale. The books are:

Following is a description of each title. Click on the links to purchase.

Researching in German Civil and Church Records; by Eric Kopittke; 2015; 44 pp; 5.75×8.25; paper; b&w & color photos, maps, bibliog, appendix, index; ISBN: 9781925323085; Item #: RUTP0202

Researching in German civil and church records’ answers the question ‘How can I obtain a birth or marriage certificate from Germany for an immigrant ancestor?’ What the new researcher may not realize is that in Germany the system of births, marriage and deaths by civil authorities, and the issue of associated certificates, has some significant differences to the system that the researcher may be used to.

Prior to the introduction of civil registration, churches kept registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, and such church records may allow the researcher to follow the family back for several hundred years.

This book is a practical guide that, with the aid of many illustrations, will allow the reader to become familiar with the types of information available on German civil certificates of birth, marriage and death and church records of baptism, marriage and burial. The book then explains how to access these records and build on the information given in the companion volume ‘Locating your German ancestor’s place of origin’.


  • Introduction
    • Background
  • Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths
    • Background to civil records
    • Identifying the appropriate ‘Standesamt’
    • Civil registration certificates
    • Obtaining the certificate
  • Church records of baptsms, marriages and burials
    • Background to the German religious scene
    • Identifying the appropriate parish
    • Church registers (Baptism records, Marriage records, Burial records, Confirmation)
    • Family registers
    • Accessing the church registers
  • An introduction to German handwriting
    • Confusing letters
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
    • Websites
    • Books
  • Appendix: Keywords found in civil and church records
  • Index


Locating Your German Ancestor’s Place of Origin; by Eric Kopittke; 2011; 48 pp; 5.75×8.25; paper; Indexed; ISBN: 9780980874648; Item #: RUTP0201

Due to the large number of people emigrating from Germany, many of the current generation are now seeking to find out more about their German heritage.

A primary goal when researching people from Germany is to locate the places from which they originated. This is important because specific locations are needed in order to proceed further: to obtain civil or church records of births or baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials, for example.

Unlike the British situation where births, deaths and marriages were recorded centrally, in Germany they were recorded and stored locally at the local Standesamt (civil registry office).

This book guides you through finding various records which will help in locating your ancestor’s place of origin.


  • Introduction
  • Birth, death and marriage certificates
  • Emigration records
    • Hamburg Auswandererlisten (Emigrant lists)
    • Württemberg Emigration Index
    • Baden Emigration Emigration Index
    • Danish Emigration Database
    • Swiss Overseas Emigration 1910-1953
  • Immigration records
  • Naturalisation records
  • Other records
    • Obituaries
    • Biographies
    • Cemetery records
    • Family bible
  • Resolving difficulties
  • Gazetteers
    • Meyers Orts- und Verkekrs-lexicon des Deutschen Reichs
    • Gemeinde Lexikon für das Königreich Preußen
    • Gemeinde Lexicon für den Freistaat Preussen
    • Deutsches Ortsvuerzeichnis
    • Kartenmeister
    • ProGenealogists
    • GOV – Das genealogische Ortsverzeichnis
  • Maps
  • Bibliography
  • Index


Introduction to German Family History Research for Australians; by Eric Kopittke; 2017; 68 pp; 5.75×8.25; paper; Indexed; ISBN: 9781925323733; Item #: RUTP0203

Perhaps the biggest hurdle for Australians in researching their family history from Germany, or a German speaking area, is knowing where and how to start. But once you’ve started you often find that the amount of detail that is available in German records exceeds that of comparable English records.

It goes without saying that some understanding of the history of the region helps the researcher better understand the lives of their ancestors (the same goes for any region), and this book helps with that.

It also takes the reader through the issues surrounding names of people and places that tend to confuse the beginner, and it points to records that can be accessed from within Australia as well as those overseas from Australia that are able to provide the foundation upon which research into our German ancestors can be built.

An increasing variety of material, including maps, gazetteers, census records, newspapers, passenger lists and some civil records of birth, marriage and death, and church records of baptisms, marriage burial have been digitized and indexed and are being made available online. This book gives guidance as to how to access these.

But it’s not all online by any stretch of the imagination, and the reader is reminded of the value of being part of a family history, genealogy or local history organization, both locally and overseas. Of course the German records are written in German, usually in old German script, but a range of tools exist that will help you to make sense of these … and there’s more than like a number of more experienced researchers in local societies who would be happy to help as well.


  • Introduction
  • A brief overview of German history
    • Holy Roman Empire
    • Reformation
    • Thirty Years War
    • Prussia
    • French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
    • Zollverein – Customs Union
    • Schleswig-Holstein
    • German Empire 1871-1919
    • Between the wars
    • Following World War II
  • Getting started
  • Identifying the immigrant ancestor
  • German spelling and pronunciation
  • What’s in a name?
    • Surnames
    • Given names
    • Traps with names from German language records
  • German place names
    • Geogen
    • Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs- Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs
    • Kartenmeister
  • Maps
    • Historical maps of Middle Europe
    • Ravenstein Atlas des deutschen reichs 1883
    • Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB)
    • Third military mapping survey of Austria-Hungary
    • GeoGRIEF – Griefswald
    • Mapster
    • Google Street View
  • German migration to Australia
    • Early Germans in Australia
    • Germans in South Australia
    • Germans in Queensland
    • Germans in New South Wales
    • Germans in Victoria
    • Gold rushes and other mining
  • Passenger lists
    • Departure lists
    • Arrival lists
  • Birth, marriage and death certificates from Germany
    • Accessing German birth, marriage and death certificates
    • The former German Eastern Territories
  • Church records of baptism, marriage and burial
    • Baptism records
    • Marriage records
    • Burial records
    • Confirmation records
  • Local family books (Ortsfamilienbücher)
  • German census records
    • Elsaß-Lothringer (alsace-Lorraine)
    • Hannover
    • Lübeck
    • Mecklenburg-Schwerin
    • Schaumburg-Lippe
    • Schleswig-Holstein
    • Westfalen
  • Cemeteries
  • Directories
  • Military
  • Newspapers
  • Genealogical and family histories societies
    • In Australia
    • In Germany
  • Conclusion
  • Index

Two Books Now Printing in the USA – On the Facebook Generation & Google – for Genealogists

2019. március 28. 1:08:05

Family Roots Publishing recently picked up the printing rights to two popular guides, and FRPC currently has an Internet-site promotion on them at 15% off.

The titles are:

Harnessing the Facebook Generation, by Janet Few
Google – the Genealogist’s Friend, by Helen V. Smith

Following are details on each book:

Google: The Genealogist’s Friend; by Helen V. Smith; 2016; 52 pp; 5.75×8.25; index; paperback; ISBN: 9781925323450; Item #: RUTP0182

Everyone knows Google as the most used search engine in the world, but for genealogists it can do so much more to further their family history research.

Finding an image of the ship on which your ancestor went to war, using Street view to walk the streets of your ancestral area, translating that document, finding that distant cousin who has the photos of family bible, mapping their migration path – these are just some of the ways you can use Google in your family history.


  • Just Google it!
  • Google search
    • Automatic AND
    • OR
    • Quotation marks
    • Wildcard (*)
    • Excluding terms
    • Tilde
    • Search for specific file types
    • AROUND ()
    • Number range
    • Other operators
    • Use Google’s Advanced Search form
    • Cached sites
  • Google Alerts
  • Google Images
    • Reverse image search
  • Google Accounts
    • Gmail
    • Google Keep
    • Google Calendar
    • Google Drive
    • Google Docs
    • Google Sheets
    • Google Slides
    • Google Drawings
    • Google Forms
  • Google Translate
    • Translate text
    • Translate documents
    • Translate web sites to any language
    • Finding documents
  • Google Hangouts
  • Google Groups
  • YouTube: more than cat videos
  • Google Books
    • Searching the database
    • My library
  • Google News
  • Google Scholar
  • Google Blogs: Blogger
  • Google Patents
  • Picasa
    • Web Albums
    • Facial recognition
    • Backups
  • Google Photos
  • Google Maps
    • Panoramio
    • My Maps
  • Google Earth
  • Index

Harnessing the Facebook Generation: Ideas for Involving Young People in Family History and Heritage; by Janet Few; 2016; 48 pp; 5.75×8.25; b&w photos, index, paperback; ISBN: 9781925323320; Item #: RUTP0263

Despite its title, this book is not about how to set up a Facebook page, how to Tweet, or how to create a website. Instead, it is about ensuring a future for our research. It is about why we should be concerned about doing this and how we can go about making sure that our family’s history is not only preserved, but enhanced when we are no longer able to be its custodian. It is about presenting our hobby in a way that is attractive to all age groups. This is a book for grown-ups who want to inspire their descendants and other young people, with a love of history and heritage.

It is a thought-provoking look at how we can encourage the next generation of family historians and why we might want to do so. Suggestions cover activities, outings, toys, games, books and ways of exploiting the internet in order to motivate and enthuse young people, even toddlers.


  • Introduction
  • Meet the Facebook generation
  • Overcoming barriers to involving young people
    • The children in my family live too far away
    • I have no children in my family
    • The children in my family are too young
    • The children in my family aren’t interested
  • Books, magazine, films and websites
    • Books aimed at the under 5s
    • Books aimed at the 5-7 year olds
    • Books aimed at the 8-11 year olds
    • Books aimed at young people from the age of 12
  • Toys and games
  • Exploiting technology and the world of social media
  • Visits, re-enactments and reunions
  • Children like to do and touch
  • Other activities
  • Ideas for the under fives
  • Books and websites
  • Index

New – The Cowkeeper’s Wish – A Genealogical Journey

2019. március 27. 21:52:41

The Cowkeeper’s Wish is, by far, one of the best-written family histories I have seen. The vast majority of family histories are written by folks with good intentions, but lacking in the skills to make the story broadly interesting to anyone other than the descendants and relatives. This is not the case with The Cowkeeper’s Wish. The volume is written by Tracy Kasaboski & Kristen Den Hartog. The authors are sisters, and both have written award-winning books in the past. The 448-page book is family history at its best. The story of the family is interwoven with the social history of the places and times in which the characters lived. It starts out in the 1840s, with the young cowkeeper, Benjamin Jones, and his wife, Margaret Davies, walking from their rural home in coastal Wales to the city of London, England – herding their cows the entire way. They settled in on Red Cross Street in the Borough of Southwerk. This was a miserable slum, a “black hole,” made up of the very worst of housing, bleak workhouses, and insane asylums. Crime, as well as notorious & enticing pubs were everywhere. The family was caught in the worst of situations, living and dying in wretched poverty – with some spending much of their lives in the workhouses and asylums. Sickness and death was a common occurrence in the Borough – often touching the family. But in spite of the grinding poverty, over time family members clawed their way out and escaped.

The Cowkeeper’s Wish goes on to follow the family through history – Victorian, and Edwardian England, World War I, and the depression. It is told in a wonderfully written narrative covering nearly one hundred years – and follows the family from London, England to London, Ontario, Canada.

Starting with yellowed photographs and family trees, the sisters searched archives, newspapers, and histories. They tracked down the long-forgotten London streets, pubs and factories that had such an affect on their ancestor’s lives. Then they pieced it all together with the wider history – the social history, telling a compelling story that is of interest to far more than just “family.”

Those interested in history will find The Cowkeeper’s Wish to be of great interest. It’s a “good read.” The book is also one of the best examples I’ve seen of how to write a compelling family history. I was impressed with the “Notes” portion of the book, found at the end. It goes on for many pages of fine print – listing the sources used in the writing. Good genealogists love sources!

The Cowkeeper’s Wish – A Genealogical Journey, by Tracy Kasaboski & Kristen Den Hartog; 2019; Published by Douglas & McIntrye; Distributed in USA by Publishers Group West; Cloth Volume with Jacket; 448 pp; 30 B&W photographs; ISBM 978-1-77162-202-8; $32.95 USD; Available at Amazon with Prime free shipping.