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                                              (Recommended Reading from Earl Ross)

         You will find some of the books listed here are accompanied by a graphic, present on this page with the book title. Those titles also provide a short "read" of the book content.

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A CURIOUS MAN:
    The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert, Believe-It-Or-Not, Ripley
  — By Neal Thompson LeRoy
28-Apr-2014
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ISBN:  13: 9780770436209

            Robert Ripley became rich as a Depression era Cartoonist and radio personality, then turned his bizarre fascinations into the, Believe-it-or-Not, brand.  This biography tells the story of Ripley s life and the obsession with oddities that made him a household name.

Hardcover - 434 pages    Published 2013 (Crown Archetype)
Cost: at this date — $19.53
Available from Barnes & Noble




MOONRAKER AT PEACE AND WAR
   
  — By Brooke Broadbent
14-Apr-2014
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ISBN:  978-1-55323-576-7

            Navigating between fact and fiction and constantly seeking to uncover truth, Moonrakers recounts the story of immigrants from Wiltshire, England  to Canada and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries as they encounter the forces governing their lives whether they are religious, economic, legal  or social.

Hardcover - 185 pages    Published in the Algonquin College Print shop
Cost: at this date — $25.00
Available from Telling Family Tales




MY OLD CONFEDERATE HOME:
    A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans
  — By Rusty William
07-Apr-2014
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ISBN:  978 081-31-2582-4

            The author frames the history of the Kentucky Confederate Home through stories of those who built, managed and inhabited it:   a daring cavalry man turned bank-robber, a small-town clergyman whose concern for the veterans cost him his pastorate, a senile ship's captain, wealthy benefactors with a scandalous secret and others.  Based on the Kentucky Confederate Home s operational documents, contemporary accounts, published letters, family stories, and other valuable resources, reveals an unwritten chapter of Kentucky Civil War History.

Hardcover - 144 pages    Published by the University Press of Kentucky 2010
Cost: at this date — $34.95
Available from Barnes & Noble




TRACING YOUR IRISH FAMILY HISTORY ON THE INTERNET:
    A Guide for Family Historians
  — By Chris Paton
31-Mar-2014
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ISBN:  978-1-78159-4-0

            This is a concise guide  and offers information  on many of the key repositories online that can help you with family history research, to provide tips on their  linage and where possible, a few pointers on how to save on costs.

Softcover - 158 pages    Published by Pen & Sword Books Limited
Cost: at this date — $19.95
Available from Global Genealogy.com




THE NAME IS THE GAME:
    Onomatology and the Genealogist
  — By Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck
24-Mar-2014
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ISBN:  9780071816502

            Names, like people, have lives of their own, which is why Lloyd Bockstruck's new book about the serendipity and life's choices that can alter our family names is must-reading for every researcher. Mr. Bockstruck, one of America's foremost genealogists and the former genealogy librarian at the Dallas Public Library, has distilled the wisdom of a lifetime about the vagaries of names into this work. Eminently readable, The Name IS the Game is a collection of illustrations and cautionary tales that can help family historians surmount the obstacles or avert the pitfalls associated with naming practices throughout the centuries.

Softcover - 88 pages    Published in 2013
Cost: at this date — $16.95
Available from Genealogical.com




ADVANCED GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
   
  — By George G. Morgan and Drew Smith
17-Mar-2014
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ISBN:  9780071816502

            An aid for genealogists as they move beyond their toughest Brick Walls.  Along with proven methods that help you understand the records you find. The authors cover the specialized tools and techniques taking you to the next level of your research.

Softcover - 224 pages    Published by McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Cost: at this date — $18.26
Available from FindBookOnline




EMIGRANTS IN CHAINS -
    A Social History of Forced Emigration to the Americas, of Felons, Destitute Children,
    Political and Religious Non Conformists, Vagabonds, Beggars and Other Undesirables
    1607-1776

  — By Peter Wilson Coldham
10-Mar-2014
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ISBN:  9780806317786

            Few colonizing powers can have relied so heavily and consistently on the wholesale deportation their prison population as did England through two-and-a-half centuries of imperial expansion. By the time America made her Declaration of Independence in 1776, the prisons of England disgorged some 50,000 of their inmates to the colonies with most of them destined to survive and, with their descendants, to populate the land of their exile.

Softcover - 196 pages    Published in 1992 and reprinted in 2007
Cost: at this date — $21.00
Available from Genealogy.com




TRACING YOUR ARISTOCRATIC ANCESTORS:
    A Guide for Family Historians
  — By Anthony Adolph
03-Mar-2014
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ISBN:  978-1-78159-164-2

            A comprehensive guide for researching and interpreting historic records, with sections on how to find out about and prove aristocratic ancestry, who is blue-blooded, and describes at the source that researchers can use to explore the fascinating subject.

Softcover - 208 pages    Published: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Cost: at this date — $29.95
Author's website




THE RICHMOND THEATER FIRE OF 1811:
    Early America s First Great Disaster
  — By Henne Baker
24-Feb-2014
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ISBN:  978 080 714 3742

            Richmond Virginia was a vibrant city until Dec. 26, 1811. Then a devastating fire consumed the playhouse killing the governor and almost 100 citizens.  The author explores this forgotten catastrophe and its impact on Richmond society through survivor accounts, diaries, letters and other documents. 

Hardcover - 368 pages    Published by Louisiana State University Press 2012
Cost: at this date — $35.96
Author's website




THE WILLS OF OUR ANCESTORS:
    A Guide for Family & Local Historians
  — By Stuart Raymond
17-Feb-2014
Bookseller's listing
ISBN:  9781848847859

            The essential guide to understanding the documents used for exploring the lives of our ancestors, their circumstances and the world they knew.  The author traces  the history and purpose of probate records and guides readers through the many pitfalls and possibilities these fascinating documents present.  He describes the process of  probate  gives a detailed account of the content of the various different types of records and advises readers on how they can be used to throw light onto the past.

Softcover - 208 pages    Published by Pen & Sword Family History 2012
Cost: at this date — $35.00
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TRESPASSERS IN TIME:
    Genealogists and Microhistorians
  — By Anne Patterson Rodda
10-Feb-2014
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ISBN:  9781475143126

            The author studies the history of history.  She concludes that microhistory, the study of everyday people in specific localities and time periods, is the historical research method best suited to genealogists.  Her specialty in Irish genealogy males the examples an added benefit to Irish family researchers.

Softcover - 210 pages    Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform 2012
Cost: at this date — $14.39
Available from Amazon.com




OUT OF STYLE:
    A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved
  — By Betty Kreisel Shubert
20-Jan-2014
Bookseller's listing
ISBN:  978-0983576198

            This book is for genealogists, costume designers, theater companies, social historians, vintage collectors and fashionistas.  Hundreds of the author s charming sequential illustrations reveal the style clues that time date  the clothes worn by men, women and children in the 19th through 20th centuries and beyond.

Hard or Softcover - 370 pages    Flashback Publishing (2013)
Cost: at this date — $37.99 or $16.29
Available from Amazon.com




THE FAMILY TREE GUIDEBOOK TO EUROPE:
    Genealogy How-to for 13 Countries and Regions
  — By Allison Dolan
13-Jan-2014
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ISBN:  978-14400333477

            Chart your research course to  find your European ancestors with the how-to instructions in this book.  This one-of-a-kind collection provides invaluable information about more than 35 countries in a single source.  Each of the 14 chapters is devoted to a specific country or region of Europe and includes all the essential records and resources for filling your family tree.

Softcover - 272 pages    Published by Family Roots Publishing Co.
Cost: at this date — $19.51
Available from Genealogy insiders




FULL STEAM AHEAD 
    Reflections on the impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River 1811-2011
  — by Stephen Lally
06-Jan-2014
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ISBN:  978-087-1952936

            Full steam ahead: reflections on the impact of the first steamboat on the Ohio River 1811-2011 celebrates the epic voyage of the steamboat New Orleans, which departed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October 1811.  Onboard were Captain Nicholas Roosevelt, his crew and his pregnant wife, their toddler and their young maid.  The New Orleans steamed to Louisville, Kentucky, and then back up to Cincinnati, Ohio astounding the passengers it had taken aboard, for it was the first steamboat capable of travelling upriver as well as downriver.

Softcover - 240 pages    Published by the Indiana Historical Society Press, 2011
Cost: at this date — $17.10
Available from Barnes & Noble




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