Second Edition on CD
Orders: After a gestation
period of eleven years, we proudly announce the arrival of Blackledges in America, Second Edition
(ISBN 978-0-9722704-1-0). This Second Edition far
surpasses the First Edition (published Nov 2002) in number of
descendants, facts and events, and embedded
photographs. The book is produced as PDF
files on a Compact Disc (CD), allowing zoom viewing, color, and full
As of 9 June 2013, the Second
Edition is in its final review process, and the CDs are expected to be
produced and shipped at the end of the month. The first run of
number 150, and we have already received orders from as far afield as
to Frisco, TX.
We are currently accepting orders for this Second Edition (CD).
Ordering information is available on this Form
If you have questions, please contact the Editor: Mike@Blackledge.com
CD status as of 9 June 2013.
America: From the 1620
arrival of John Blackleach in
Boston to the present, Blackledges
and their descendants have participated in every major facet of
American history. Blackledges served in local militias protecting
the expanding colonial settlements, fought in the War for Independence,
War of 1812, on both sides of the Civil War, and in every 20th century
call to arms. The Nation’s westward expansion can be traced by
examining the lives of individuals representing the various roots and
branches of Blackledge family trees.
Today there are some 1200 Blackledge and 150 Blacklidge
families in the United States alone, found in forty-six different
states and the District of Columbia, in addition to those found in
Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and scattered elsewhere
throughout the world. The trades and professions represented run
the gamut from doctors, educators, clergymen, appointed and elected
officials, judges and lawyers, farmers and ranchers, industrialists and
small-businessmen, tradesmen and craftsmen to the new vocations meeting
the needs of this rapidly changing technological and electronic era.
In 1996, three
long-time researchers of the Blackledge/Blacklidge surname met in
Gathersburg, MD and agreed to take on the challenge of combining their
individual genealogical research, requesting the assistance of other
contributors and family members, and ultimately publishing the
resulting collection in a hard copy format available to all. Six
later, they accomplished this goal.
(2002): The resulting
in America (ISBN 0-9722704-0-X ) is a genealogy of
Blackledge/Blacklidge descendants with family roots in the United
States of America. This First Edition was the most extensive
genealogy and history
ever of the Blackledge/Blacklidge family in the USA. The book
represented over 30 years of research captured in 900 pages: some
9000 descendants, most with genealogical narratives.
This work represented the compilers’ collaboration with numerous
contributors, both genealogists and descendants. The reader will
find bibliographical notations throughout to support and authenticate
the research. The work includes derivation of the name and
English roots to include Blythe Hall – the John Blackleach ancestral
home. Numerous family stories of interest have been provided by
Placements: To make this
genealogical information available to as many as possible, the
compilers placed a copy of the book in many of the nation's
leading genealogical libraries, to include the Family History Center in
Salt Lake City, UT, the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, IN,
the Mid-Continent Library in Springfield, MI, the Library of Congress
in Washington, D.C., and (with many Blackledges residing in
Mississippi) the Jones County Public Library in Jones County, MS.
A complete list of libraries holding a copy of the book is found here.
Many researchers requested their own copy of the "Blackledge Book" (as Blackledges in
America is referred to
within the community). The compilers published some 260
copies and genealogists purchased most of them. Libraries hold other copies. After March
2011, no additional copies of this First Edition were
available. No additional printings of
the First Edition will occur.
Within a two years after the distribution of the First Editions,
the compilers commenced work on a Second
Edition to incorporate additions and corrections.
|Second Edition (2013):
The Second Edition of
in America (ISBN 0-9722704-1-8 ) is being published in
collection of Portable
Document Format (PDF) files on Compact Disc (CD). The Second
adds over 4000 descendants to those listed in the First Edition,
and is more than 3000 pages, tripling the page count of
the First Edition. The Second Edition
will include many of the photos displayed on these Photo Pages.
Orders are now being taken for the Second Edition;
orders will be shipped in late June 2013. Please print and
mail this Order Form
(PDF file). The compilers
support and patience, and thank you for
your assistance in this ambitious project.
This world-wide group established under FamilyTreeDNA.com is
for those desiring to supplement their
genealogy research with a simple DNA test for the surname Blackledge,
Blacklidge, or Blackleach,
in order to overcome seemingly insurmountable brick
walls. For the goals of our DNA test, we prefer males to be
tested, however anyone can become a member of the project. The goal is
to link some English Blackledge families with Blackledges in
America. DNA testing is easy, a simple swab on the inside of the
cheek and mail it in for your results. However, you
do not have to participate in DNA testing to be a member. This project
was launched on 25 Oct 2010, and descendants are encouraged to
join. Click here
for the web site for the Blackledge surname project.
DNA links Phillip
Blacklidg to Zachariah Blackledge lineage
Blackledge/Blacklidge/ Blackleach Project was established on
We currently have seven (7) members of this Project.
In "Blackledges in America," a genealogy of 'all'
Blackledge descendants in the United States, we have three large
chapters: Chapter 4 has Phillip Blacklidg as progenitor and Chapter 6
Zachariah Blackledge as progenitor. In mid-2012, one of our
received results of his y-DNA tests indicating
that South Carolina's 1st Zachariah Blackledge was, indeed, the son of
Phillip Blacklidge, thus linking the two lines of Chapter 4 and Chapter
6. This is exciting news! We will reference this in the 2nd
Edition, however we will not combine the two chapters, as more research
We request and encourage more male descendants of Phillip and Zachariah
to take the y-DNA 37-marker test (or if you can
afford it, the 67-marker test) at Family Tree DNA
and join the Blackledge surname project in order to validate this
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