For Genealogical Societies and Libraries
We are well aware that you, as a genealogy librarian, must
spend most of your funds on local resources, but it has been estimated that
more than 17% of those who are researching their family history across the
U.S. have ancestors who came through Pennsylvania. As you know, families from
eastern Pennsylvania migrated to western PA and from there fanned westward.
They crossed into Ohio and kept on going, or they floated down the Ohio River
into Kentucky and also went west. Ancestor Tracks is filling a niche of interest
to your patrons: we are publishing resources documenting early Pennsylvania
landowners which will allow many of them to follow their roots to their immigrant
Some of our most valuable
resources, in terms of research, are CDs. For example, one of our CDs contains
all of the original Warrant Registers in the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg,
an invaluable source for researching early Pennsylvania landowners; another
one contains the Patent Register Indexes; and a third holds all of the Tract
Name Indexes for land that was patented in the colony or state. We know you
want to service your patrons who are researching their ancestors who migrated
through Pennsylvania or stayed there, but many librarians are reluctant to
purchase CDs because they are difficult to control and often "walk
that reason, we offer the following possibilities:
- Each .pdf file can be saved onto the hard drive of a single computer
so that it is available on demand. For example, you might put all of the
Warrant Registers on one computer, all of the Patent Register Indexes on
a different computer; and all of the Tract Name Indexes on a third computer
(or all 3 on the same computer if that works better for you). The Berks,
Fayette, Greene, and Washington County map images on CD could likewise be
saved, as long as each file is only saved onto one computer.
- If you would prefer to use the files across your library,
or throughout your district, we offer site licenses which allow you to
load the CDs onto your LAN or server. Please
Each site-license is reasonable, based on the number of your library
patrons, and is a one-time purchase (renewals not required).
- If you prefer not to save the files onto your computers, you could check
out computer disks the same way the DAR Library in Washington, D.C. does:
keep the CDs behind the desk and ask to hold the patron's Drivers
License until she or he returns the disk. There is no special
software required to view the files--they can all be read using Adobe Acrobat
or any photo processing software. If an image will not open
because it says "The image is
too large (too many bytes)," simply right-click on the name of the image,
hover the mouse over "Open with" and then click on "Windows
Picture Viewer" or any other picture viewer on the computer. Alternately,
right-click the name of the image and open it with "Internet Explorer." A
small image will appear which can be enlarged by hovering over the image
and clicking on the "enlarge" button in the lower right-hand corner
of the image.
- Needless to say, while some CDs are stand-alone products, our map CDs
are designed to complement, not replace, our Early Landowners of Pennsylvania:
Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of *** County series of books.
The CDs do not contain the contents of the atlases. To date, we have
published atlases which show the tracts in metes and bounds of the early
landowners of Berks, Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties. We chose
these counties because of the preponderance of families who migrated
west--they were decidedly part of the westward migration pattern. We
are attempting to add two new county atlases per year, so please
check our website (www.ancestortracks.com)
from time to time for future volumes.
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