Written by veteran genealogist John Humphrey, this Genealogy at a Glance publication provides an overview of topics that are essential to Pennsylvania genealogy, from settlement background and record sources to Internet sites and libraries. In just four pages of text–specially laminated for heavy use–Mr. Humphrey manages to encapsulate 300 years of Pennsylvania genealogy by striking all the right notes, building on his formidable experience as an expert on family history in the Keystone State.
This is no small feat since there are several things about Pennsylvania genealogy that are radically different from other states. First, with respect to religion and ethnicity, Pennsylvania was the most diverse colony in British North America; second, in 1790 it was the most populous state in the country; and third, it was the second most populous state in the United States for more than a century–all of which bring an unexpected level of difficulty to the task.
But this is the very thing the Genealogy at a Glance series was designed for–to bring a large subject down to size, distilling key ingredients so the subject can be understood at a glance; in effect, boiling it down to its essence to make it manageable. Essentially, Genealogy at a Glance provides all the basic instruction you need, focusing on key record sources and materials for further reference and finishing with a summing up of the best record repositories and websites. For Pennsylvania genealogy, in particular, these may be the best four pages you’ll ever use.