Source:Virkus, Frederick Adams. Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy : First Families of America: A Genealogical Encyclopedia of the United States

Watchers
Source The abridged compendium of American genealogy
first families of America: a genealogical encyclopedia of the United States
Author Virkus, Frederick Adams
Coverage
Place United States
Subject Family tree
Publication information
Type Book
Publisher A. N. Marquis
Date issued 1925-1942
Place issued Chicago
Citation
Virkus, Frederick Adams. The abridged compendium of American genealogy: first families of America: a genealogical encyclopedia of the United States. (Chicago: A. N. Marquis, 1925-1942).
Repositories
Family History Centerhttp://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatal..Family history center
HathiTrust Digital Libraryhttp://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.390150..Free website

Details

Published in 7 volumes. Only the first volume used the title Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy; the others used Compendium of American Genealogy. Several different subtitles were used for various volumes.

Reprint: Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968. (Reprinted again, 1987)

Usage Tips

Be forewarned: the work is very uneven. Respected genealogist Donald Lines Jacobus says of it:

As no references are given, users of the Compendium cannot determine how authentic any specific statement is, and because of the high proportion of known errors, conscientious genealogists do not use statements made in this work without verification. It is often a useful reference work for those who know how to employ it properly and who do not trust its statements too implicitly. (Genealogy as Pastime and Profession, 2nd ed., p.53)


May be ordered through the nearest Family History Center.

There are actually 7 volumes and some indicated as limited seem pretty much full view.
  • Full view v.1 (original from University of Michigan)
  • Full view v.2 (original from University of Michigan)
  • Limited (search only) v.3 (original from University of Michigan)
  • Limited (search only) v.4 (original from University of Michigan)
  • Limited (search only) v.5 (original from University of Michigan)
  • Full view v.6 (original from University of Michigan)
  • Limited (search only) v.7 (original from University of Michigan)


FHL film numbers

  • 2087
  • 2088
  • 483691
  • 485951
  • 564372 Item 1
  • 1033565 Item 3
  • 1033567 Item 1