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TO FREE A FAMILY:
    The Journey of Mary Walker
  — By Sydney Nathans
16-Dec-2013
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ISBN:  9780674062122

            Slave Mary Walker courageously fled her North Carolina in 1848.  Then, over the next 17 years Walker tried to reunite her family. The author tells the former slave s remarkable tale using letters and diaries from the slaveholder family and from the northern family with whom Walker took refuge.

Hardcover, 360 Pages    Published by Harvard University Press  2012
Cost: at this date — $29.95
Available from Harvard University Press




INHERITANCE IN ONTARIO
   
  — By Jane E. MacNamara
09-Dec-2013
Bookseller's listing
ISBN:  978-1-4597-0587-7

            The author will help you to determine if your relative's will was proved in the Court of Probate, Surrogate's courts', or another court, and navigate the finding aids to locate surviving estate files.  Whether your ancestors left hundreds acres of land or a few modest belongings the records created when those legacies were distributed can provide valuable clues to family connections, relationships and just how your ancestors lived.

Softcover, 144 Pages    Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2013
Cost: at this date — $19.95
Available from GlobalGenealogy.com




IT'S ALL RELATIVE
   
  — By Jackie Smith Arnold
02-Dec-2013
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ISBN:  9780806319537

            This book explains everything there is to know about kinship:  about agnate and cognate kinship, collateral and fictive kinship, the kinship connection of orphans, foundlings, foster children, and adopted children.  The new enlarged edition with a unique chapter on the role of same-sex marriage as it impacts genealogy and family history, placing same-sex marriage in the context of history, law, religion, and changing culture of the modern family.

Softcover, 123 Pages    Published in 1996, 2000 and reprinted 2008
Cost: at this date — $14.95
Available from Genealogical.com




MRS. ROBINSON'S DISGRACE:
    The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
  — By Kate Summerscale
18-Nov-2013
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ISBN:  9781606199136

            In 1858 Isabella Walker Robinson s worst fears were realized when her husband found her Diary and petitioned for divorce over her perceived infidelity expressed in her penned imagings.  The Diary was read in court as evidence. In the book we learn about a restless middle-classVictorian wife.

Hardcover, 304 Pages    Published in 2012, Bloomsbury
Cost: at this date — $17.59
Available from GoodReads




BLOOD FEUD:
    Hatfields and the McCoys, The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance
  — By Lisa Alther
11-Nov-2013
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ISBN:  0762779187

            The most notorious feud in American history was between the Hatfields and McCoys.  The author investigates the feud sparked in 1865 when a Confederate relative of "Devil Arise" Hatfield murdered Union Soldier Harmon McCoy.

Hardcover, 304 Pages    Published in 2012 by Lyons Press
Cost: at this date — $9.98
Available from WatCat




UNCOVERING IDENTITY IN MORTUARY ANALYSIS:
    Community-Sensitive Methods for Identifying Goup Affiliation in Historical Cemeteries
  — By Michael P.  Hellen (Editor)
04-Nov-2013
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ISBN:  978-1611321845

            Left Coast Press chronicles the extensive excavation of more than 1,000 19th century burials in Tucson, Arizona.  The Alameda-Stone Cemetery relocation provides the rare opportunity for analysis-and reveals much about the people buried there.

Softcover, 311 Pages    Published in 2012 by Left Coast Research, Inc.
Cost: at this date — $39.93
Available from Left Coast Press, Inc.




CONSIDER THE FORK:
    A History of How We Cook and Eat
  — By Bee Wilson
28-Oct-2013
Bookseller's listing
ISBN:  978-0465021765

            The author takes the reader on a witty, evolutionary journey of culinary tools and gadgets, sharing for example, that it took centuries for the fork to be accepted.  She covers traditions, passing fancies and the history of everyday objects.

Softcover, 352 Pages    Published in 2012 by Basic Books
Cost: at this date — $13.82
Available from Amazon.com




WOMEN'S LIVES:
    Researching Women's Social History 1800-1939
  — By Jennifer Newby
21-Oct-2013
Bookseller's listing
ISBN:  978-184843682

            In her book, Ms. Newby offers a useful handbook for learning more about British women from all walks of life.  The author also gives advice on where to start your social history research and provides a wealth of sources.

Softcover, 224 Pages    Published 2011 Barnsley:  Pen & Sword Family History
Cost: at this date — $19.32
Available from Amazon.com




THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE
   
  — By Andriana Trigiani
14-Oct-2013
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ISBN:  978-006-1257109

            This book is based on the author s grandparents.  It is an historical epic about love, war, family and the Italian-American immigrant experience. The author wanted the reader to have the experience she had when stories were told to her by the woman who lived them.

Softcover, 496 Pages    Published by Harper Paperback 2012
Cost: at this date — $5.27
Available from hotbooksale




SCOTS ON THE CHESAPEAKE, 1621-1776
   
  — By David Dobson
07-Oct-2013
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ISBN:  978-0-8063-5697-S

            This substantially expanded edition (one third larger than the original).  The references are over whelming taken from primary sources such as probate or testamentary records, court records, indenture agreement, jail registers, register of deeds, contemporary newspapers and journals.

Softcover, 204 Pages    Published 1992 Genealogical Publishing Company
Cost: at this date — $20.50
Available from Genealogical Publishing




GENEALOGY AT A GLANCE:
    CIVIL WAR GENEALOGY RESEARCH
  — by Nancy Hendrickson
30-Sep-2013
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ISBN:  9780806319728

            In addition to combat and personnel records they left, they also left behind a vast body of records that can be mined for search information, such as dates and places of birth , names of family members. and places of internment.  The key to these records  is knowing what they are and where they can be found.  The author shows how to determine if an ancestor participated in the war.

Laminated, 4 Page folder    Published 2013, Genealogical Publishing
Cost: at this date — $8.95
Available from Genealogical Publishing




EVIDENCE EXPLAINED:
    Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace
  — by Elizabeth Shown Mills
09-Sep-2013
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ISBN:  9780806317

            History is not just a collection of documents  and all records are not created equally.  To analyze and decide what to believe,  we also need certain facts about the records themselves.

Hardcover - 885 pages    Published by Genealogical Publishing, 2009
Cost: at this date — $17.39
Available from Amazon.com




THE LEAVING OF LOUGHREA:
    An Irsh  Family in the Great Famine
  — by Stephen Lally
02-Sep-2013
Bookseller's listing
ISBN:  9781481788250

            There were a great number of Irish families in the Great Famine.  The author brings this nearly incomprehensible national tragedy down to a personal level when he recounts his ancestors'  dark times and toilsome efforts to escape their grim life.

Softcover - 885 pages    Published by Authorhouse, 2013
Cost: at this date — $59.95
Available from Barnes & Noble




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