Pembertons of Early Virginia

The article now before you arose from the presentation of the same title by Dixie Ann Pemberton, the Vice President of the Pemberton Family World Wide association at the 2012 PFWW reunion.This will provide background, context and elaborative information associated with her presentation. The presentation can be downloaded, both the PowerPoint presentation and the audio recording made at the time from the record of the reunion located here. There is also an article in the Pemberton Post, Vol. 1, Number 2, by James Lloyd entitled “Mr. Washington’s Order” which deals with the fact that George Washington paid for the Pemberton property in Virginia. The relevant issue of the newsletter can be downloaded here.

One of the interruptions from the floor during Dixie’s talk came when she mentioned the Huguenots in the Virginia Colony. It was Jack Pemberton (your present author) who mentioned that the Pemberton DNA Project had only recently received its second sample from descendents of a Huguenot line of the Pemberton family in Manakintown, Virginia.

During the presentation, Dixie refers to four disks or CD’s which were purchased from in February, 2010. These are described in detail here:

The following is clipped from an email directed to this author on 17 Feb 2010, from advertising the four CD’s that were soon purchased and searched by Dixie and then mentioned in her presentation. This is included here as an elaboration of the sources that were used in her study and that my still be available to other Pemberton researchers.

Incredible Value–Virginia Periodicals CD Bundle (Contains Four CDs)
familyArchivesGenealogicalDotComFor many years, three Virginia historical magazines devoted a substantial amount of space to genealogy. These magazines, with their dates of genealogical coverage, are The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (1893-1977), The William and Mary College Quarterly (1892-1943), and the now-defunct Tyler’s Quarterly (1919-1952). These periodicals published thousands upon thousands of birth, marriage, and death records, wills, land records, military records, and census records and similar enumeration lists. The three great Virginia periodicals also featured linked family histories (most of them spanning several centuries) of thousands of allied families. The majority of these family history articles were written and edited by leading authorities on Virginia genealogy. When GPC reprinted the genealogical content of the leading Virginia periodicals in the 1980s, it filled twenty large volumes (fourteen volumes of indexed genealogies and six volumes of indexed source records) that retailed for nearly $900.00.

Today, this veritable library of Virginia genealogy is available at a fraction of the cost–and shelf space–of either the original magazines or the twenty-volume set of books. The entire collection has been reduced to four fully indexed CDs. There is a CD corresponding to each of the three periodicals and a fourth CD, Virginia Vital Records, devoted to six volumes of source records.

As a bonus, the CD Genealogies of Virginia Families from ‘The William and Mary College Quarterly also includes Lothrop Withington’s book, Virginia Gleanings in England; and the Tyler’s Quarterly CD contains Beverley Fleet’s incomparable collection of Tidewater genealogy sources, Virginia Colonial Abstracts.

In short, the four CDs in the Virginia Periodicals CD Bundle comprise the single greatest collection of published Virginia family histories and source records in existence–a collection you can hold in the palm of your hand. Bought individually, each of these terrific products sells for $39.99, or just under $160.00 for all four. Now, however, you can purchase the complete collection of CDs for $89.99–a savings of $70.00. If you have Virginia ancestors, especially forebears whose origins go back to the 17th or 18th century, don’t miss out on Virginia Periodicals CD Bundle, a terrific money- and time-saving value.

For more information about the component CDs in our new bundle, please read the following:

Genealogies of Virginia Families from The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
This CD contains all five volumes of Genealogies of Virginia Families from The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, originally published by GPC in 1981. The five volumes together contain all the family history articles that appeared in VMHB from its inception in 1893 up to 1977.

Genealogies of Virginia Families from The William and Mary College Quarterly
This CD contains all five volumes of Genealogies of Virginia Families from The William and Mary College Quarterly and the single volume Virginia Gleanings, which originally had been published serially in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

Genealogies of Virginia Families from Tylers Quarterly
This Family Archive CD contains all four volumes of Genealogies of Virginia Families from Tyler’s Quarterly and the multi-volume Virginia Colonial Abstracts by Beverley Fleet.

Virginia Vital Records, 1600s-1800s
This Family Archive CD contains images of the pages of the following six books, originally published by GPC: (1) Virginia Vital Records, (2) Virginia Marriage Records, (3) Virginia Will Records, (4) Virginia Land Records, (5) Virginia Military Records, and (6) Virginia Tax Records. Altogether, the articles in these books refer to 130,000 individuals.

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