Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The Texas Institute of Genealogical Research will hold its annual conference on 9-14 June 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Austin in Austin, Texas. Several noted genealogists will hold week-long classes covering two specific topics. Course One will focus on Texas research essentials, while Course Two will pertain to advanced Southern research techniques. For information on schedules, costs, Early Bird Registration (deadline April 30), tours, and other details, go to the website at

     It is not too early to start making plans to attend large genealogical meetings scheduled for the fall. The Texas State Genealogical Society has slated its annual Family History Conference for 11-13 October 2019 in Houston, Texas. For details, go to

     The New World is composed of many immigrants and their descendants who made significant contributions to all facets of American society. A sampling of useful reminders exemplifying those facts can be found in George J. Hill’s FOUR FAMILIES: A TETRALOGY READER’S GUIDE TO WESTERN PILGRIMS, QUAKERS AND PURITANS, FUNDY TO CHESAPEAKE, AND AMERICAN DREAMS.

     Hill’s volume is a guide to the four above-named books about the genealogy of the American families of George J. HILL and Jesse F. STOCKWELL, William T. SHOEMAKER and Mabel WARREN, William H. THOMPSON and Sarah D. RUNDALL, and John ZIMMERMAN and Eva K. KELLENBENZ. The book also serves as a synopsis of the Northern European immigrants and first known American ancestors of the four families. In alphabetical order, the author supplies brief biographical sketches of all the individuals, who range from Pilgrims to Quakers to German immigrants. In addition, the book provides the families’ descent from the various immigrants.

     Interestingly, a few members of the four families have identical European ancestors. In order to make sense of the complex web formed by those specific social relationships, the author unites the overlapping genealogies so they can be more easily understood. He also furnishes corrections and additions to material in the four mentioned publications.

     Dealing primarily with men and women who resided in New England and the Mid-Atlantic States, Hill’s information on lineal descents often spans more than two and a half centuries. Because it concerns 481 immigrants or first known American ancestors, FOUR FAMILIES: A TETRALOGY READER’S GUIDE TO WESTERN PILGRIMS, QUAKERS AND PURITANS, FUNDY TO CHESAPEAKE, AND AMERICAN DREAMS will be of interest to a multitude of genealogists.

     The soft-bound work has 153 pages, an interesting map on the front cover, a foreword, a dedication, a preface, an introduction, acknowledgements, illustrations, appendices, a bibliography, and two full-name indexes. To the book’s price of $26.50, buyers should add shipping charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $7.00 for one book and $2.50 for each additional book. The slim volume may be purchased by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express from Heritage Books, Inc., 5810 Ruatan Street, Berwyn Heights, Maryland 20740. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-876-6103; fax 410-558-6574; e-mail; website

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