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Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective on How, Why, and When Vintage Fashions Evolved

Many of the books that I have reviewed have much to offer not just to genealogist but also historians, scientists, professionals and people from all walks of life. However, most of the books don’t point out their potential value to these other groups. Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective on How, Why, and When Vintage Fashions Evolved […]

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Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration: A British Government Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores

Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration: A British Government Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores is a scholarly book, full of details and amassed facts in an effort to explain the mass migrations from the war torn Rhine Valley in the early 1700s.  The Palatines were driven from their homes, into the British Empire, by circumstance […]

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Stage-Coach and Tavern Days

Growing up I read my share of novels. Many of these included fantasy stories where taverns often play a major role as meeting place, rest stop, and center of information. Then there were the stories of the “wild west” where gun fights and town business seem to always center around shady activities and entertainment found […]

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Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition – On Sale for 15% Off Thru Thursday, March 6

The Board for Certification of Genealogists [BCG] has just released a major upgrade to its book, Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition. For the record, that is 50 years of the BCG. The guidebook is 14 years old. The Standards were first released in 2000 after a three year initiative to create a combined and clear […]

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Evidence Explained – Citing History Sources From Artifacts To Cyberspace – Second Edition

When I first picked up Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, I read the Foreword and Acknowledgemen,t then skimmed a few pages. I immediately shut the book and said something to the effect of, “this is too academic.” Then I thought about it. My friend and the author, Elizabeth Shown Mills, is […]

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Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian

Many years ago, when Google was still an Internet infant and AltaVista ruled the search world, I wrote a guide book to using search engines and maximizing the quality of search results. I included a chapter called the SAR Loop. SAR stands for search, analyze and revise. The idea was to help researchers understand and […]

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Across the Atalantic and Beyond: The Migration of German and Swiss Immigrants to America

There are a number of books which examine the history behind some of the mass German migrations to the Americas. There are some books which cover the valuable input so many of these German immigrants made to and for their new country. Across the Atlantic and Beyond: The Migration of German and Swiss Immigrants to […]

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Genealogy at a Glance: Maryland Genealogy Research

The new guide,Genealogy at a Glance: Maryland Genealogy Research, by Michael A. Ports offers a lengthy background compared with many similar guides. Lengthy, of course, is relative. Here it means four paragraphs and just less than half a page. Small as it is, the background still provides great information and insight on who settled this […]

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What Did They Mean By That? Now at an New Low Price.

What Did They Mean By That? Is now available at the reduced price of only $19.60, down from $36. What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New has long been the most popular historical dictionary carried by Family Roots Publishing. This book provides an understanding, in modern […]

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The Germans in Colonial Times

Germans are the second largest ethnic group in the United States. Only those of English descent are more numerous. Even so, both groups represent generations of families living in America. These days, around a million people each year legally immigrate to the U.S. Countless more people immigrate illegally into the country hoping for a better […]

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Full Steam Ahead

Steamboats on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers changed this young country in dramatic ways, transforming the Ohio-Mississippi River Basin almost overnight. The steamboat brought commerce, quickened immigrations, and began a building frenzy as new town sprung up all along the frontier. Growth was rapid and the economy of the area boomed and it all began […]

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Kansas Name Lists Published and Online Censuses and Substitutes 1854–2012, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

According to Leland K. Meitzler: “Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local […]

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Genealogy at a Glance: Scots-Irish Genealogy Research

“The term Scots-Irish refers to people who originated in Scotland and settled in the 17th century in Ireland in the nine northern counties of Ulster. Claiming economic hardship, 250,000 Scots-Irish immigrated to North America between 1717 and 1776, principally to the port of Philadelphia, then west into the Appalachian region where they became the intrepid […]

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Producing a Quality Family History — Now in Hardcover

Last year I reviewed Producing a Quality Family History, which I have copied below. This helpful guide is now available in hardcover from Family Roots Publishing. The hardcover looks just like the softcover, with the same four-color printed cover, only laminated and bound as a hardback. If you missed picking up a copy of this […]

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Atlas of the Great Irish Famine

There are many theories behind the actual cause of the Great Irish Famine of 1845 to 1849. Some focus on specific topics of population density, crop production, politics, the prevalent owner-tenant land system of the day, etc. Of course, history teaches that there is rarely one simple culprit and one simple answer. It is clear, […]

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