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Weekend-Only-Sale on Mugbooks

Prices Reduced by up to 20% Until 11:59 PM EST, February 25, 2019



From the waning years of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th, thousands of mugbooks were published in the U.S. The term "mugbook" refers to a single or multi-volume collection of genealogies/biographies of accomplished individuals from a particular city, county, state, or region. Each essay is usually accompanied by a photograph of its principal subject, hence the term "mugbook." Mugbooks differ from local histories in that they are generally unconcerned with political, social, or institutional history--except as those subjects had a place in the personal essays.

The creation of a mugbook was usually a subscription affair; in other words, the central figure of each sketch agreed to pay for the privilege of being included in the volume and, in turn, received a copy of the published work. The book's publisher assigned an editor (often a respected genealogist from the area) to the project whose job was to compile/edit the essays, many of which the subjects had submitted themselves.

By the end of World War I, publishers had released hundreds, and possibly thousands, of mugbooks, many of them from the local history publisher, Lewis Publishing Company (now defunct). Most, but not all, mugbooks are collections of family histories, containing an enormous number of potential clues for researchers. One must proceed cautiously, however, because the genealogies have some age on them and because the submissions sometimes went unchecked.

While the majority of mugbooks are no longer in print--which means you need to find a library or used/rare book dealer in order to use them--we have reprinted a number of the most sought-after mugbooks within this vast literature. (We will add additional mugbooks to our collection, thanks to the wonders of print on demand technology, in the months and years ahead.)

Following are thirteen mugbooks (most of them multi-volume works), pertaining to New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, and Georgis genealogy. Each is chockfull of family histories on its subjects and, you will be happy to learn, each has been reduced in price by up to 20% until 11:59 PM EDT, Monday night, February 25, 2019!

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