Thursday, June 12, 2008


Great Christmas present for hard-core genealogists, or donate a set to your favorite genealogy library!

SAVE $$ on Your Own "Library of Congress" Genealogy Collection
(Sale prices in effect until 11:59 PM, EDT, Monday, June 16, 2008)

In the past two centuries, genealogists have published tens of thousands of family histories. In fact, since the middle of the 19th-century, the Library of Congress (LC), as we noted above, has served as the repository for some 50,000 of them. As any genealogist should know, the place to start your research--after examining and evaluating the records in your own family's possession--is by learning if someone else has done research on your family. Having access to a list of published family histories, therefore, can prove to be invaluable.

Recognizing the importance of such a list inspired author Marion Kaminkow to set herself the task of combing through the card catalogue of the LC for family histories. In 1972, Mrs. Kaminkow published GENEALOGIES IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: A Bibliography. This two-volume work provides bibliographical details of all the family histories deposited at the Library from its establishment through 1972. In 1977 and again in 1986, Mrs. Kaminkow produced two SUPPLEMENTS to the base work, extending the coverage by another 14 years. Recognizing that not every genealogist had sent his/her family history to the LC, she canvassed the collections of 24 additional libraries around the U.S. (e.g. the famed Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana). Her COMPLEMENT TO GENEALOGIES IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS identifies a staggering 20,000 genealogies not in the collection of our national library. In all, Mrs. Kaminkow produced a bibliography, in five volumes, of well over 50,000 genealogies prepared through 1986.

Since the publication of GENEALOGIES IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, a number of U.S. libraries have acquired copies of this remarkable compilation. However, the price ($430.00 for all five volumes when purchased separately; $395.00 for the five-volume set) has put them out of the reach of the average researcher. Although we have already reduced the individual prices on these precious reference volumes, we have decided to cut the prices even further on these oversized, hardcover books to bring them within the reach of a large percentage of our subscribers. For seven days only, readers of "Genealogy Pointers" can purchase one or all of the components of GENEALOGIES IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS at a savings of 60% or more off the retail price.

Imagine having at your fingertips the titles and full bibliographical details of the vast majority of genealogies ever published through 1986! In many cases, the book citations refer to collateral family names, spelling variations, and, sometimes, cross-references to other works--including foreign titles. Here is one example:

GRIM. History of the Grim family of Pennsylvania and its associated families including the following: Merkle, Greenawalt, Fertig, Zechman, Schaeffer, Smith, Felver Schreiner, Creher, Kircher and Moyer families. Published by Mabel Estella Grim Smith, Jennie Lucretia Grim Long, Harry Heber, Compiled and edited by William Gabriel Long (Huntington, W. Va., Printed by Huntington publishing company) 1934. v. 166 pp. illus (incl. ports., maps, facsim., coat of arms) 23 cm. 35-14616. CS71. G86 1934.

As you can see, GENEALOGIES IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS is more than a booklist; rather, it contains clues that may disclose the next phase of your research. Moreover, since you know where copies of these genealogies are housed, you may even be able to acquire a facsimile copy (e.g., the LC will print copies of its public domain genealogies on demand for a stated fee).

We are pleased to extend this unprecedented offer to own these marvelous books at dramatic savings. Remember, however, these special prices will end at 11:59 PM, EDT, Monday, June 16, 2008.

Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to bring this massive bibliography of family histories from the LC into your own home!


This is the complete five-volume set, consisting of the two-volume base set of GENEALOGIES, the two SUPPLEMENTS, and the COMPLEMENT.
Was $395.00/set Sale Price: $149.95/set

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