Second Edition:  Hard Copy and on CD
Second Edition in Hard Copy:
We are now taking orders for the Second Edition of "Blackledges in America" in Hard Copy format.  This will be a most limited edition (about 20 sets) and thus we need to hear from you if you wish to purchase this format.  

The final numbers will be based on how many copies we actually order, but our estimate at this time is that the hard copy version will cost $250 plus $15 shipping to any address in the US.

The size of the Second Edition is 3,420 pages, and the hard copy publication will consist of three volumes of over 1,100 pages each.  We tried to keep costs down by limiting color pages to 20 total (unlike the CD, where color and even number of pages makes no difference in production cost.)

We need two things from you if you want a hard copy:  a response by phone or  email, and a check for $100 as down payment for your book set.  The printer requires us to pay one-half of the total cost to begin production, and the other one-half upon completion.  We will bill you for the remainder of your cost upon receipt of the books.  The compilers are not making money on this, rather we are sharing the production costs we incur.

As with the CD, please make your check out to "Blackledge Books" and send it to:  M. A. Blackledge, 14321 Stalgren Ct NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123-2209.  We hope to have the books available for shipping about 4 weeks after starting production.

Any questions, please let us know by replying to, or at 505-294-6030.

Second Edition on CD
Eleven years in the making!  We began shipping Blackledges in America, Second Edition (ISBN 978-0-9722704-1-0) in July 2013.   This Second Edition far surpasses the First Edition (published in Nov 2002) in number of descendants, facts and events, and embedded photographs.  (for example, the First Edition was 950 pages, and the Second Edition is 3300 pages!)  The large book is available as PDF files on a Compact Disc (CD), allowing zoom viewing, color images, and full text search.

Ordering information is available on this Form (PDF file).  Alternatively, if you are interested in obtaining this book in a (three volume) hard copy format, please indicate on your order form.  (We currently have orders for 25 hard copy versions of the Second Edition and are in negotiations with our publisher to make this happen in Spring 2014).

   If you are ordering more than one CD, please indicate your discount price on the order form for multiple CDs shipped to the same address in the US:

  • CD #1:  $20 (shipping and handling included)
  • after CD #1:  $15 for each additional (sent to same  address)

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Blackledge/Blacklidge surname
Blackledges in America:   From the late 1620s 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.
James M. and Phoebe J. Blacklidge
Blackledges in America Blackledge Book:   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 years later, they accomplished this goal.

First Edition (2002)The resulting book Blackledges 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.  First Editions were available from 2002 through 2011.

  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 descendants.
Library PlacementsTo 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 two years after the distribution of the First Editions, the compilers commenced work on a Second Edition to incorporate additions and corrections.
Map - Genealogy Libraries
  Second Edition (2013)The Second Edition of Blackledges in America (ISBN 978-0-9722704-1-0) was published July 2013 as a collection of Portable Document Format (PDF) files on Compact Disc (CD).  The Second Edition 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 includes many of the photos displayed on these Photo Pages.

    Please print and mail this Order Form (PDF file).  The compilers appreciate your support and patience, and thank you for your assistance in this ambitious project.  
Blackledge DNA Projectjust swab the inside of your cheek:  This world-wide group established under  is for those desiring to supplement their  Family Tree DNA 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  New

The 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 has Zachariah Blackledge as progenitor.  In mid-2012, one of our project members 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 is required.

DNA Challenge:  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 finding. web page last updated on 30 January 2014                                             To home page of Editor, "Blackledges in America"
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