We have some great news for Virginia researchers! Colonial Roots has acquired The Antient Press, publisher of genealogy books for many Virginia counties. The Antient Press was founded by Ruth Trickey Sparacio and her husband, Sam Sparacio. Ruth and Sam spent many years visiting courthouses in Virginia counties and abstracting records from will books, deed books, record books, order books, tax books, and other miscellaneous records.
These publications cover Virginia counties:
- King George
- King William
- Old Rappahannock
- Prince William
In addition, books are also available for the cities of Fredericksburg, Petersburg, and Richmond.
Over 500 titles have been added to the Colonial Roots stable of publications, and all titles are now available on the Colonial Roots website.
If you have ancestors in any of the above Virginia cities and counties, you will want to be sure to check out the new books of abstracted court records. Will books containing abstracted wills can definitely help identify parent-child relationships. Don’t overlook the others named in the will, including witnesses. Deed books contain more than just deeds—you may find marriage contracts, slave manumissions, bills of sale, and other interesting documents. Order books contain court orders which can include cases dealing with probate, land, guardianship, and other issues.
Tax record books are helpful in determining land ownership and sometimes land transfers. Tithable lists are helpful in determining age and other characteristics of your ancestors. Minute books are similar to court order books and can be very helpful in your search for ancestors. There are other assorted record books that will aid you in your Virginia research.
Colonial Roots is proud to carry on the work of The Antient Press and its founders, Ruth and Sam Sparacio.