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A LEGACY OF MADNESS:
    Recovering My Family from Generations of Mental Illness
  — By Tom Davis
26-Aug-2013
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ISBN:  978-1616491215

            Mental illness in a family tree isn't anything unusual but tracing back four generations with certainty is no easy feat.  The author interviews relatives and uncovers records as he tries to determine how a legacy of mental illness might affect his present family.

Softcover - 288 pages    Published 2011, Hazelden
Cost: at this date — $14.95
Available from Hazelden




THE CIVIL WAR ANNIVERSARY QUILT:
    150 Blocks to Commemorate 150 Years
  — By Rosemary Youngs
19-Aug-2013
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ISBN:  978-1440218712

            Explore Civil War history while making a replica from the author's book.  She includes diary entries, letters and 150 quilt blocks along with clear sewing instructions and templates. You can combine the blocksinto your own design or make the three quilts featured in the book.

Softcover - 288 pages    Published 2012, Krause Publications
Cost: at this date — $21.98
Available from Barnes & Noble




THE AGE OF GOLD:
    The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
  — By H. W. Brands
12-Aug-2013
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ISBN:  9780385720885

            "I have found it". These words, uttered by the man who first discovered gold on the American River in 1848, triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens side by side with prospectors, soldiers, and scoundrels. He imparts a visceral sense of the distances they traveled, the suffering they endured, and the fortunes they made and lost.

Softcover - 592 pages    Published Anchor (October 14, 2003)
Cost: at this date — $16.13
Available from Amazon.com




THE PHILADELPHIA NATIVIST RIOTS
    Irish Kensington Erupts
  — By Kenneth Milano
05-Aug-2013
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ISBN:  9781626190191

            The outskirts  of Philadelphia seethed with tension in the Spring of 1844 .  By May 6th, the situation  between the newly arrived  Irish Catholics and members of the anti-immigrant Nativist Party took an  explosively violent turn.  When the Irish asked to have their children excused from reading and the Protestant version of the Bible in public schools, the Nativists held a protest.  The Irish first had the upper hand, they pushed back. For three days, riots scorched the streets of Kensington. Though the immigrants first had the upper hand, the nativists soon put the community to the torch. Those who fled  were shot.  Two Catholic Churches were burned to the ground, along with several blocks of houses, stores, a nunnery and a Catholic School.

Softcover - 160 pages    Published 2013, The History Press
Cost: at this date — $16.50
Available from Barnes & Noble




THE TRIBAL KNOT:
    A Memoir of Family Community and a Century of Change
  — By Rebecca McClanahan
29-Jul-2013
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ISBN:  978-0253008596

            The legend of Victorian hair art  piece made from the author's forebears locks inspired the title for this book. The author uses family letters, artifact and other and other documents to weave together more than a century of her Midwest family's story and ponder philosophical questions.

Softcover - 140 pages    Published the Indiana University Press
Cost: at this date — $15.92
Available from Amazon.com




NANA, TELL US YOUR STORY
    Memoirs & Musings of Victorian Artisan in the 21st Century
  — By Marie Arndt Skinner, Ric Skinner with Marilee (Skinner) Hollister
22-Jul-2013
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ISBN:  978-1475052114

            This is homage to Maria Arndt Skinner from her two children, Ric and Marilee, the co-authors. The three of them put together a remarkable narrative of Mrs. Skinner's 95 years so far on this earth. The entire text is her voice, just as if she s talking to you. It appears her two children have transcribed quite a large collection of reminisces presented in over 100 pages, requiring a lot of effort, dedication, and considerable time. The three of them have created a significant account following one person s lifetime of events and memories.

Softcover - 140 pages    Published 2012 by 2012 CreativeSpace Independent Platform
Cost: at this date — $24.21
Available from Amazon.com




AUNT PIG OF PUGLIA:     Ricordi de la Familia Ferri
  — By Patricia Catto
15-Jul-2013
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ISBN:  0982077548

            "We come", the author's mother says, "from a long line of pigs". In the poignant and humorous book. The author shares tales of or Italian immigrant grandparents and other relatives.  The collection of stories is an inspiring model for recording the family legends that put a sparkle on every family tree.

Softcover - 150 pages    Published 2009 by Jaded Ibis Press
Cost: at this date — $12.00
Available from Amazon.com




ON YOUR OWN:
    How to Design and Construct a Family History Book to Inform and Captivate Readers
  — By Elayne & Stephen Denker
08-Jul-2013
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ISBN:  061753566

            The book discusses what they encountered and what typical family history authors might find useful.  An overall coverage is provided then provide insight into how to create image collages.  It includes lots of examples to stimulate the new author.  It provides a step by step procedure to get started on Microsoft Word.

Softcover - 85 pages    Published 2013 by Share Your Stories
Cost: at this date — $21.52
Available from Amazon.com




A HISTORY OF SPIRITUALISM AND THE OCCULT IN SALEM:
    The Rise of Witch City
  — By Maggi Smith-Dalton
01-Jul-2013
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ISBN:  9781609495510

            Old Salem takes on a new dimension with this author.  Spiritualism, a little known religion that is still active today, had its heyday in the mid-to-late 19th century.  Salem was fertile ground for this faith, drawing mediums, psychics, and healers to connect with the spirit world.

Softcover - 280 pages    Publisher: Quincy S. Abbot 2013
Cost: at this date — $19.99
Available from Amazon.com




FROM SCHOOLBOY TO SOLDIER    
  — By Quincy S. Abbot
24-Jun-2013
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ISBN:  0988210905

            The correspondence and journals of Edward Stanley Abbot 1853-1863 reveals the short but meaningful life of a mid-19th century soldier.  From age 12-21 Stanley Abbot faithfully wrote entries in his journal and letters to family members , describing  his daily life, sharing his thoughts about work at a  Boston wholesale druggist, days at Phillips Academy and Harvard, and also as an Officer in the Union Army.

Softcover - 144 pages    Published in 2012 by The History Press
Cost: at this date — $18.92
Available from Barnes & Noble




THE RESEARCHER'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN GENEALOGY     Third edition
  — By Val D. Greenwood
17-Jun-2013
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ISBN:  978-0806316215

            Greenwood's guide has long been regarded as the best of its kind, a text and reference work anyone who is doing American genealogical research beyond the beginner's level.  Purchase of Greenwood s guide is recommended to any serious genealogist and every genealogical library should have this latest editing on its shelves.

Softcover - 662 pages    Published 2000 by Genealogical Publishing Company
Cost: at this date — $37.60
Available from Barnes & Noble




ANDERDON    
  — By Mark Warren
20-May-2013
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ISBN:  967-0-987845-801

            The author tells of this pioneer town history of Anderdon township in 1790-1920 .  This is history, as well as genealogy, Anderdon had been a First National Reserve, so its gradual demise  and the enfranchisement of its band members receive special treatment.  The War of 1812 is covered, along with the Patriot Rebellions War.  74 emigrant families are traced in detail, and hundreds  of surnames are mentioned in the text.  The Appendices contain official government documents, personal letters, accounts of land auctions, a list of homesteaders, crown patents that were issued and census information.

Hardcover - 429 pages    Published and printed in Canada
Cost: at this date — $53.00 Canadian
Available from Genealogy Canada




IRISH NATIONALISTS AND THE MAKING OF THE IRISH RACE    
  — By Bruce Nelson
13-May-2013
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ISBN:  978 0641153124

            This book is about how Irish Nationalists developed their own conception of the Irish race. The author begins an exploration of the discourse of race from the 19th century belief that race is everything  to the more recent argument that there are no races. The men and women who are the heart of Irish nationhood stand for freedom everywhere.

Hardcover - 348 pages    Published by Princeton University Press 2012
Cost: at this date — $45.00
Available from Amazon.com




THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS    
  — By Dawn Raffel
06-May-2013
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ISBN:  978-193 754 3037

            What do your things about you say? "That is what the author wonders", as she sipped coffee from a mug that had been her Mother's this book.  She shares the stories of things that don't mean anything to anyone else but are filled with memories. Her essays are examples for writing about your own possessions.

Softcover - 160 pages    Jaded Ibis Productions 2012
Cost: at this date — $12.52
Available from Jaded Ibis productions




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