New For 2018!

The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide,

Search for your ancestors in historical newspapers with the tips and techniques in this guide, brought to you by author James M. Beidler, who was uniquely qualified to write the book as a first-career newspaper copy editor – he has seen “how the sausage was made!” Inside, you’ll learn how to use, GenealogyBank and other online newspaper databases to discover your family history and learn about your ancestor’s life and times. In addition, you’ll learn more about offline historical newspaper resources, too, and benefit from the research flow chart included in the book. When it comes to newspapers, obituaries should be the research starting point – not the ending point! You can build biographies of your ancestors one sentence at a time through newspapers!

Now Available!

Trace Your German Roots Online .

Explore your Germanic heritage from the comfort of your own computer. This informative publication highlights important German resources on popular genealogy websites including,, and With this guide’s helpful illustrated step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn how to use each site to its fullest potential for German genealogy.

Published July 2017

The Best of Roots & Branches Fifth Edition, Edited by Terri J. Bridgwater.

A compilation of the best columns published over 20 years, James M. Beidler’s The Best of Roots & Branches, is a must-have from a nationally known family history expert. The book offers practical information regarding methodology, case studies, websites, record groups, DNA, newspapers, and more. It’s organized by category—perfect for small snippets of reading time or a cover-to-cover binge.

Legacy QuickGuide™

Legacy QuickGuide™: German Genealogy

This handy 6-pg PDF guide contains useful information including a timeline of important events, terminology, migration patterns, record types and how to access those records.

Published May 2015

The Best of Roots & Branches Fourth Edition.

Articles from Pennsylvania's only syndicated family history newspaper column. Includes an index. Revised and enlarged. Edited by Terri J. Bridgwater.

Published 2014

The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide

Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Württemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and enclaves across Eastern Europe.

Published 2012

The Best of Roots & Branches Third Edition.

It contains a selection of columns from Beidler’s award-winning newspaper column (currently published in the Altoona Mirror), which is the only syndicated newspaper column on genealogy in Pennsylvania. Edited by Terri J. Bridgwater.

Jim has launched a line of three new products called From the Penns to the Present. The products enable property owners to learn the history of their land in the form of a book, album or frame. The book and album include a narrative (along with images of key documents and maps produced with DeedMapper software) tracing a property in Beidler’s home base of Pennsylvania from the Penn family in Colonial times to current day, while the framed product puts together a photograph of an early land record with a simplified deed chain surrounded by a frame and matting with an antique look.

From the Penns to the Present
From the Penns to the Present

From the Penns to the Present

Deluxe Property History
Coffee Table Book

When a guest asks So what do you know about your property? … well, there’s no better answer than It’s all in the book on the coffee table. This volume gives the most-minute details on the history of the property and each of its occupants, all wrapped up in a handsome hardbound package designed to stand the test of time!

Custom Property Album cover
Custom Property Album opened

From the Penns to the Present

Custom Propery Album

For those who want to know every link in the chain of their land’s ownership, this product fills the bill with the details of that deed chain as well as a narrative about each of the owners as well as photographs and graphics of documents relating to the history of the property and the people who owned it! Makes a wonderful gift for either new or curious long-time property owners!

Framed Property Certificate - Style A
Style A
Framed Property Certificate - Style C
Style C

From the Penns to the Present

Framed Property Certificate

This product, framed with quality materials that give it an antique look, combines a photograph of an early land record relating to your property with a simplified chain of ownership and/or short narrative about the original owner of the property … a wall hanging that every visitor to your house will ask you about! An excellent gift for owners of new properties!

From the Penns to the Present

Framed Property Certificate

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    Style B
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