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Index to the Second Edition
    The Index to Blackledges in America consists of 238 pages of triple column entries, providing page numbers for the more than 7,000 unique surnames in the Second Edition, from AAMODT through ZYZNOWSKI.

    To assist researchers in determining if their ancestors are included, a PDF file of the Index (the same Index file as on the CD) is provided here.  

     The primary surnames in the book are, of course, BLACKLEDGE and BLACKLIDGE.   Additionally, there are more than 100 entries each for CLARK, DAVIS, HALEY, HODGE, HOLIFIELD, JACKSON, JONES, MILLER, NELSON, RHYASON, SELLERS, SMITH, WALLACE, and WALTERS.  (WALTERS could be considered another primary surname, with more than 300 entries).  


Second Edition (Hard Copy)
    “Blackledges in America”, Second Edition, Hard Copy version (ISBN 978-0-9722704-2-7), was published as a special limited edition (32 sets).  Anundsen Publications, Decorah, Iowa, printed the pages and Roswell Bookbinding, Phoenix, AZ, completed the binding process (Navy Blue Buckram, gold stamping, 3 volumes). The size of the Second Edition is 3,420 pages, and the hard copy publication consist of three volumes of 1,140 pages each.  The publication includes 20 color pages.  

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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.
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  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).   In 2014, 32 hard copy versions were created and distributed.  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.

   The hardcopies were expensive to create but were sold out within a few months. CDs were available from 2013 - 2021. They were purchased by 100 individuals.  Some libraries have acquired the Second Edition hardcopy and a few have a copy of the CD as shown on the Libraries tab.  The compilers are grateful for the support and assistance in accomplishing 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 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.

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