Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Compendium of New England Gazetteers

New Tools for New England Family History Researchers

NOTE: The following was just received from Bob Velke. All inquiries should be addressed to Elizabeth Vinci of Archive CD Books USA, as indicated below:

30 May 2006 -- Archive CD Books USA is proud to announce the release of a major new tool for researchers of early New England families.

The Compendium of New England Gazetteers makes all of the classic New England gazetteers available on a single CD-ROM. This comprehensive collection includes 10 rare books, more than 4600 pages, and the names and descriptions of thousands of places, many of which are no longer known by the same name.

Historical gazetteers hold a prominent place on any experienced researcher’s bookshelf, but not just because they help to decipher many of the earliest place names that would otherwise be lost to history. “They are a valuable source of a different kind of information that is often missed by novice researchers,” said Bob Velke, President of Archive CD Books USA. “Gazetteers frequently also offer the names, biographies, and anecdotes about the earliest settlers, ministers, and prominent citizens of those areas.”

For the first time, this collection combines very early regional and state gazetteers with “FastFind” indexing, making it easy to search for people or place names across all of early New England at the same time, using AND, OR, phrase, and word-proximity searches. The CD includes high-resolution images of every page and six early maps that were included in the original publications.

The new CD was first introduced to the public at the recent National Genealogical Society conference in Richmond, Virginia. It is the perfect companion to the popular Compendium of New England Pioneers, a collection of 14 classic reference works detailing thousands of families of early New England settlers through several generations. That CD was released last year by Archive CD Books USA to rave reviews.

"Many of the individual gazetteers have been very popular on our web store," said Velke, "and we haven't forgotten those loyal customers." The Compendium is priced at just $59.95, which is 66% off the combined regular prices of those individual books ($177.50). Those who have bought one or more of the individual titles have been extended full credit for those purchases when upgrading to the Compendium of New England Gazetteers.

For details about the Compendium of New England Gazetteers, please visit

About the company: Archive CD Books USA was founded in 2005 in order to make digital reproductions of old books available to family historians, to donate original publications to libraries and other institutions, and to cooperate with these repositories to preserve their existing collections for future generations. It is a member of the international Archive CD Books Project, whose other affiliated companies digitize books from Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, and Australia.

Elizabeth Vinci
Archive CD Books USA
Voice: (410)715-2260 x132
Fax: (410)730-9734

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