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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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KINGSTON PARISH REGISTER 
    Mathews, Gloucester and Middlesex Counties, Virginia
   

  — By Martha W. McCartney
25-Aug-2014
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ISBN:  978-0-8063-1984-1

            The boundaries of Mathew's county, formed in 1791, embraced virtually all of ancient Kingston Parish, formed between 1651 and 1657.  Mathews County also included some acreage to the south and west, within neighboring Ware Parish. Fortunately for family history researchers , social historians, and other scholars, substantial portions of Kingston Parish's parish register (1746-1827) which contains parishioners vital records, also includes the dates which their slaves were both and baptized.  Some instances, a slave's date of death is recorded.
          All of this important information is being published for the first time.  Researchers should note that throughout the antebellum period, birth records were important documents because slaves, and personal property, became taxable when they attained a certain age.   Occasionally slave holders from nearby Ware Parish and Christ Church Parish in Middlesex County had their slaves baptized in Kingston Parish.

Softcover - 166 pages    Published by Genealogical Publishing, 1963, Reprinted 2004
Cost: at this date — $23.00
Available from Genealogical.com




THE NAME IS THE GAME
    Onomatology and the Genealogist
   

  — By Lloyd Witt Bookstuck
18-Aug-2014
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ISBN:  978-0-8063-5627-3

            A collection of illustrations and cautionary tales that can help family historians surmount the obstacles or avert pitfalls associated with naming practices throughout the centuries.

Softcover - 88 pages    Published by Genealogical Publishing, 2013
Cost: at this date — $16.95
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NORTH AMERICA'S MERITIME FUNNEL
    The Ships that Brought the Irish, 1749-1852
   

  — By Terrence Punch
04-Aug-2014
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ISBN:  978-0-8063-1965-0

            The author provides a chronological list of the documented 1,050 voyages between Ireland and the Maritimes, giving the names of the vessels, their port of arrival and indicates the number of passengers and sometimes their names and destination.  Only 123 passenger lists of 1,050 voyages survive, but by din of groundbreaking research the author has managed to fill in many of the gaps.

Softcover - 171 pages    Published by Genealogical Publishing, 2014
Cost: at this date — $59.00
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NORTHERN NECK WILLS. INVENTORIES & OTHER RECORDS, 1800-1825
    Probate, Estate, Guardianship & Chancery Records for the Virginia Counties of Westmoreland,
    Richmond, Northumberland & Lancaster

  — By Robert Headley, Jr.
28-Jul-2014
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ISBN:  9780806319858

            The abstracts are organized alphabetically by the name of the deceased followed by the date the record was written or ordered, the date of the document was probated or recorded, and the abstract of the record which might include name and relationships of family members, or heirs and beneficiaries.  About 20,000 persons are named in these abstracts, which illuminate family relationships with a higher degree of accuracy than any comparable reference.

Softcover - 654 pages    Published by Genealogical Publishing, 2014
Cost: at this date — $59.00
Available from Genealogical.com




INDEX OF THE ROLLS OF HONOR (ANCESTOR S INDEX)
    In the Lineage Books of the National Society of the D.A.R.(4 vols. in 2)
  — By Daughters of the American Revolution
21-Jul-2014
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ISBN:  97808080630597

            Since the founding of the Daughters of American Revolution (D.A.R.) in 1890, the National Society has published Lineage containing abstracts the pedigree of heir members. By the year 1940, some 160 volumes of Lineage Books each containing one thousand lineages; had been published.   Nevertheless it was necessary to consult as many as 160 separate indexes in order to exact completed data on a Revolutionary ancestor and his descendants.  Recognizing the need for a more convenient key to the lineages, the therefore the DAR, between 1916 and 1940, condensed the names of 50,000 Revolutionary ancestors appearing in the various Rolls of Honor and the volume and page references concerning their 150,000 Daughters  into a  comprehensive volume index.  With over 200,000 references, this index (now reprinted in two large volumes), contains the greatest potential yield of Revolutionary ancestral information available in book form.

Softcover - 1734 pages    Published 1916-1940 and reprinted in 1988
Cost: at this date — $160.00
Available from Genealogical.com




TRACING YOUR ARMY ANCESTORS:
    A Guide for Family Historians
  — By Simon Fowler
14-Jul-2014
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ISBN:  978-1-78159-086-1

            This second edition of the best-selling guide to researching the British Army, allowing family historians to trace the careers of individual soldiers from 1760 to the 1960s.  Fully revised and updated, the author includes all the latest online resources and information on the major archives and museums.

Softcover - 192 pages    Published in 2006 by Pen & Sword Books, Limited
Cost: at this date — $20.12
Available from Amazon.com




WITHOUT INDENTURES:
    index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records
  — By Richard Phillips
07-Jul-2014
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ISBN:  978080319717

            In this groundbreaking book, the authors, collected the names of more than 5,000 children kidnapped from Ireland, Scotland, England and New England, and sold into slavery in Maryland, Virginia1660-1720.  These names were pulled from the Court Order Books.  The introduction describes the history and conditions of which servitude in colonial Maryland and Virginia, along with annotated list of the sources consulted.

Softcover - 322 pages    Published 2013
Cost: at this date — $29.95
Available from Genealogical.com




ENCOUNTER ON THE GREAT PLAINS:
    Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians 1890-1930
  — By Karen V. Hansen
30-Jun-2014
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ISBN:  13:978-0199545681

            The first Scandinavia settlers moved onto North Dakota's Spirit Lake Dakota Indian\Reservation in 1904; by 1929 they owned more acreage than the Dakota.  In this book the author draws on 15 years research and 130 oral histories.  She offers details of every day life and community events, mingling the stories of the Dakota and the immigrants.

Hardcover - 380 pages    Published by Oxford Press, 2013
Cost: at this date — $31.50
Available from Amazon.com




O'SULLIVAN, The Earliest Irish Royal family:
    History and Genealogy
  — By William Randolph McCreight
16-Jun-2014
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ISBN:  9780806356471

            O'Sullivan may be the oldest documented Royal family on record.  The book explores the history of O'Sullivan from the time the Gaelic Celts immigrated to Ireland. It examines the archaeologic, linguistic DNA evidence to verify the ancient Irish annals. This book traces six O'Sullivan lines from the first person called Sullivan, who led to France, Spain and America.

Softcover - 194 pages    Pubished by Clearfield, 2013
Cost: at this date — $28.45
Available from Amazon.com




TRACING YOUR ARISTOCRATIC ANCESTORS:
    A Guide for Family Historians
  — By Anthony Adolph
09-Jun-2014
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ISBN:  978-1-7815-964-2

            This book explains how to decode family stories, to find the truth and prove your descendant from blue-blooded forebears. The author shows you how to expand your aristocratic pedigree sideways and backwards, incorporating heraldic records and printed pedigree such as those in Burke's Peerage.

Softcover - 224 pages    3rd edition, Published by Pen & Sword Books Limited
Cost: at this date — $24.95
Available from Amazon.com




TRACING YOUR FIRST WORLD WAR ANCESTORS:
    A Guide for Family Historians
  — By Simon Fowler
02-Jun-2014
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ISBN:  1781590370

            This essential handbook to researching the soldiers, sailors and airmen who risked their lives in the First World War.   A timely guide to use as the centenary of the outbreak of the  First World War approaches.  It describes the key sources the National Archives and regimental museums and includes resources available online.

Softcover - 224 pages    Published by Pen  & Sword Books Limited
Cost: at this date — $22.46
Available from Amazon.com




DISTANCERS:
    An American Memoir
  — By Anthony Adolph
28-May-2014
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ISBN:  978-0345806765

            An award winning journal and essayist explores seven generations of joy and heartaches in this book.   From his 19th century German immigrant farming ancestors to his childhood summers in Illinois, the author enters the story around his great-aunts and uncles to reveal the history of his family.

Softcover - 224 pages    Published by Pen  & Sword Books Limited
Cost: at this date — $10.03
Available from Barnes & Noble




TRACING YOUR ARISTOCRATIC ANCESTORS
    A Guide for Family Historians
  — By Anthony Adolph
21-May-2014
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ISBN:  978-1-7815-964-2

            This book explains how to decode family stories, to find the truth and prove your descendant from blue-blooded forebears.  This book shows you how to expand your aristocratic pedigree sideways and backwards, incorporating heraldic records and printed pedigree such as those in Burke s Peerage.

Softcover - 224 pages, 40 illustrations    Published by Pen  & Sword Books Limited
Cost: at this date — $24.95
Available from Amazon.com




HOW OUR ANCESTORS DIED
    A Guide for Family Historians
  — By Simon Wills
19-May-2014
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ISBN:  978-1-78159-038-6

            What were the principal causes of death in the past? Could your ancestor have been affected? How was disease investigated and treated and what did our ancestors think about the illnesses and the accidents that might befall them? Simon Wills fascinating survey of the diseases that had an impact on their lives seeks to answer these questions. His graphic, detailed account offers an unusual and informative view of the threats that our ancestors lived with and died of.

Softcover - 224 pages    Published by Pen  & Sword Books Limited
Cost: at this date — $23.01
Available from Amazon.com




JEWISH LIVES:br>     Britain 1750-1950
  — By Melody Amsel-Ariell
12-May-2014
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ISBN:  978-1-848-84-411-7

            The author presents the life-stories  between 1750 and 1950 , based genealogical research.  Their life-stories, enriched by a variety of sources, reflect the experiences of all Jewish immigrants as they settled in their adopted land.

Softcover - 192 pages    Published by Pen  & Sword Books Limited
Cost: at this date — $22.95
Available from Boomerang Books.com




MARJORIE:
    Too afraid to cry  A Home Child Experience
  — By Patricia Skidmore
05-May-2014
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ISBN:  978-1459703391

            The story is the the account of the author's mother.  Marjorie  Armson was once was one  of thousands of children removed from their families, communities, and country and placed in a British Colony  or commonwealth to provide "white stock" and cheap labour.  She was sent to Prince of Wales Fairbridge Family School, just north of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1937. The author was angered that her mother wouldn't talk about the past.  It took many years to discover why  it wasn t because she was keeping a dark secret, but because she had lost her childhood.

Softcover - 304 pages    Published by Dundurn, 2013
Cost: at this date — $30.00
Available from Dundurn




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