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Welcome to Picton Press

Picton Press has been a publisher for over 45 years, specializing in genealogical and historical research material of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. We have earned the reputation for being the highest quality genealogical publisher, a reputation we intend to keep.

There have been many changes on the genealogical scene over the past years; available sources have expanded greatly, standards of scholarship have improved, and American's interest in their ancestry has expanded greatly. But the importance of the highest standards of research and the need for intellectual honesty remain unchanged.

We will continue to bring you both quality and honesty in the future as we have in the past.

We have a new web site under construction, which will be on line at our same address some time in February 2015. Also, effective 1 January 2015 we have converted to shipping entirely by Priority Mail (at the same Priority Mail rates as in the past), with Tracking and insurance. The new web site will NOT require you to set up an account with the usual easily-forgotten user name and password hassles. Instead you will be able to check out as GUEST. Much easier. Many other features will be much much better - after all, our old web site which you are reading right now is over 15 years old and long slated for retirement.

In last six months of 2014 Picton Press has been quite busy, with another dozen books published or about to be (on top of the two dozen published in the past 18 months) - some titles are entirely new and some are reprints. A number of important genealogical series have now been completed; we have published several entirely new vital records books; we have brought back into print more than a half-dozen Maine vital records books which have been Out of Print for more than ten years; and have also published several major new genealogies.

Here are some highlights: * Volume 16 of German Immigrants in American Church Records is now In Print, as is our Consolidated Index to Volumes 1-14 also is In Print; while Volume 17 is at the printers and will be published in March 2015. * The Vital Records of Sidney, Maine, our newest vital record book in our Maine series, is now available In Print. * The Unionists and the Civil War Experience in the Shenandoah Valley series is now complete, with all six massive volumes available. See the six different volumes listed under Virginia, which are available at a large discount if purchased as a set. * The German Immigrants in American Church Records series is now up to 17 complete volumes, see the listings under IA, IL, IN, MI, NE, and WI. * John Howland of the Mayflower: all four volumes in Betty White's seminal series on this Mayflower pioneer are once again available. * Both Johann Georg Rohrbach 1732 of Berks County, Pennsylvania and Johannes Rohrbach 1710 of New York are now In Print. The review by Henry Z Jones, Jr., FASG, FGBS says it all: "Superbly documented. A magnificent family history that should serve as a model for anyone chronicling their own ancestral line. I recommend it highly." * Ingham Genealogy: The Descendants of Joseph Ingham (c1630-1710) of Saybrook, Connecticut by Norman W. Ingham documents for the first time some twelve generations of this early Connecticut family. * The wonderful Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series has just been joined by a Second Edition of Volume 2 (New York). All seven volumes of this important series now are In Print. In addition we have released a CD containing all 128,798 names in the entire series, making it easier for researchers to determine which volume they need to check. See the individual volume listings under CT, DE, GA, MA, MD, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, and VA, which together document the descendants of all 56 Signers, in most cases for between nine and 11 generations. * We have brought back the formerly Out of Print volumes (Vol 2, 13-14, 15, and 16) of Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants who Settled in America back In Print, thus making all 18 volumes of this major series on colonial Georgia again available in its wonderful entirety.

Some Notes to Libraries: First, all of the more than 1,000 Picton Press CDs and DVDs in our catalog are in Adobe Acrobat format - not in one of those proprietary software formats which have eventually rendered so many CDs useless over the years. Picton Press has used Adobe Acrobat from the beginning of our CDs 15 years ago. [Almost all NEHGS CDs have been deleted from this catalog; the few still listed here work with Windows XP or Windows 7, as noted.] Second, we finally are free to sell our Bernese Church Book and other CDs and DVDs to any library which does not circulate them but allows them to be used at the library under normal restrictions. Third, we continue to publish far more Swiss material than any other American publisher. Almost two million pages of the original records of Canton Bern are available from us, as are a large number of Swiss books. Canton Bern is the origin of some 80% of all Swiss immigrants to America. We look forward to helping as many libraries with Swiss-descended patrons as possible.

This old web site sometimes does not operate properly. If you have problems, either EMAIL US at or call us at 239.970.2442 and leave a brief message and phone number. We will get right back to you (have your credit card ready). Or you can email us either at: or

Remember to go to our website at for much more complete descriptions on all listings in this catalog.

Lewis Bunker Rohrbach Marco Island, FL and Worb, Switzerland January 2015

Our 2015 MASTER CATALOG with over two thousand titles is available: download and print it out from the Catalog button on the bar above. If you have any problems in ordering please contact us either by EMAILING us at [or] or if absolutely necessary by calling us at 239.970.2442. Lewis Bunker Rohrbach, president, Picton Press