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Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures

By Christine Rose

CR Publications
Paperback (237 pages)

Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures
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Finally--the only guidebook devoted exclusively to research in America's courthouses. Full of essentials starting with preparation, interacting with the clerks, using the indexes, and what to expect to find in each courthoiuse office. But it doesn't stop there. Evaluating the records and using them to solve genealogical problems are included. For those who can't travel to the courthouse personally, use of the Internet, microfilm, and published books of abstracts are discussed.

Tips galore from an author who has researched in more than 500 courthouses.

The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire

By Andrew Wheatcroft

imusti
Released: 1997-05-01
Paperback (416 pages)

The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire
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The Habsburgs have been described at one extreme as demons – responsible for a ‘long history of atrocities’; and, at the other, as dodos – living fossils unable to adapt to the modern world. In reality, the flamboyant royal family appear, in many ways, to have behaved much like most other monarchies. Their story, however, is none the less enthralling for that. It is populated by such unforgettable figures as mad Queen Juana, progressing through Spain with her husband’s decaying body; the ‘heroically fertile’ Maria Theresa, and the quixotic Maximilian, ‘Emperor’ of Mexico.

Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia: A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (4 Volume Set)

By Andrew Jensen

Greg Kofford Books Inc
Hardcover (820 pages)

Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia: A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (4 Volume Set)
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In the Preface to the first volume Jenson writes, “On the rolls of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are found the names of a host of men and women of worth—heroes and heroines of a higher type—who have been and are willing to sacrifice fortune and life for the sake of their religion. It is for the purpose of perpetuating the memory of these, and to place on record deeds worthy of imitation, that [this set] makes its appearance.” With over 5,000 biographical entries of “heroes and heroines” complete with more than 2,000 photographs, the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia is an essential reference for the study of early Church history. Nearly anyone with pioneer heritage will find exciting and interesting history about ancestors in these volumes.

Finding Your People

By Sandra L. Jamison

Perigee Trade
Released: 1999-02-01
Mass Market Paperback (176 pages)

Finding Your People
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A comprehensive guide to public records, alternative sources, and other documents, this handbook offers exciting new ways to unveil the past. Includes locating lineage and pedigree documents.

The House of Mitford

By Jonathan Guinness

Phoenix
Paperback (624 pages)

The House of Mitford
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The classic story of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary families.

Among the six daughters and one son born to David, second Lord Redesdale, and his wife Sydney were Nancy, the novelist and historian; Diana, who married fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, friend of Hitler; Jessica, who became a communist and then an investigative journalist; and Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire and mistress of Chatsworth.

'The Mitford Girls,' as John Betjeman called them, were one of the twentieth century's most controversial families; said to be always either in shrieks of laughter or floods of tears, they were glamorous, romantic and - especially in politics - extreme. Yet the teasing, often bordering on cruelty, the flamboyant contrasts and the violent disagreements, hid a powerful affection, subtle likenesses in character, and a powerful underlying unity.

Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity

By Dee Parmer Woodtor Ph.D.

Random House Reference
Released: 1999-02-09
Hardcover (464 pages)

Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity
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"I teach the kings of their ancestors so that the lives of the ancients might serve them as an example, for the world is old but the future springs from the past."
Mamadou Kouyate "Sundiata", An Epic of Old Mali, a.d. 1217-1257

Two major questions of the ages are: Who am I? and Where am I going? From the moment the first African slaves were dragged onto these shores, these questions have become increasingly harder for African-Americans to answer. To find the answers, you first must discover where you have been, you must go back to your family tree--but you must dig through rocky layers of lost information, of slavery--to find your roots.

During the Great Migration in the 1940s, when African-Americans fled the strangling hands of Jim Crow for the relative freedoms of the North, many tossed away or buried the painful memories of their past. As we approach the new millennium, African-Americans are reaching back to uncover where we have been, to help us determine where we are going.

Finding a Place Called Home is a comprehensive guide to finding your African-American roots and tracing your family tree. Written in a clear, conversational, and accessible style, this book shows you, step-by-step, how to find out who your family was and where they came from.

Beginning with your immediate family, Dr. Dee Parmer Woodtor gives you all the necessary tools to dig up your past: how to interview family members; how to research your past using census reports, slave schedules, property deeds, and courthouse records; and how to find these records. Using the Internet for genealogical research is also discussed in this timely and necessary book.

Finding a Place Called Home helps you find your family tree, and helps place it in the context of the garden of African-American people. As you learn how to find your own history, you learn the history of all Africans in the Americas, including the Caribbean, and how to benefit from a new understanding of your family's history, and your people's.

Finding a Place Called Home also discusses the growing family reunion movement and other ways to clebrate newly discovered family history.

Tomorrow will always lie ahead of us if we don't forget yesterday. Finding a Place Called Home shows how to retrieve yesterday to free you for all of your tomorrows.

Finding a Place Called Home:  An African-American Guide to Genealogy and Historical Identity takes us back, step-by-step, including: Methods of searching and interpreting records, such as marriage, birth, and death certificates, census reports, slave schedules, church records, and Freedmen's Bureau information.

  Interviewing and taking inventory of family members
  Using the Internet for genealogical purposes
  Information on tracing Caribbean ancestry

The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family

By Mai Elliott

Oxford University Press
Paperback (544 pages)

The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family
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A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Duong Van Mai Elliott's The Sacred Willow illuminates recent Vietnamese history by weaving together the stories of the lives of four generations of her family. Beginning with her great-grandfather, who rose from rural poverty to become an influential landowner, and continuing to the present, Mai Elliott traces her family's journey through an era of tumultuous change. She tells us of childhood hours in her grandmother's silk shop, and of hiding while French troops torched her village, watching while blossoms torn by fire from the trees flutter "like hundreds of butterflies" overhead. She makes clear the agonizing choices that split Vietnamese families: her eldest sister left her staunchly anti-communist home to join the Viet Minh, and spent months sleeping in jungle camps with her infant son, fearing air raids by day and tigers by night. And she follows several family members through the last, desperate hours of the fall of Saigon-including one nephew who tried to escape by grabbing the skid of a departing American helicopter. Based on family papers, dozens of interviews, and a wealth of other research, this is not only a memorable family saga but a record of how the Vietnamese themselves have experienced their times.

Flags of the Third Reich (1): Wehrmacht (Men-at-Arms)

By Brian L Davis

Osprey Publishing
Released: 1994-03-31
Paperback (48 pages)

Flags of the Third Reich (1): Wehrmacht (Men-at-Arms)
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The decision to reintroduce unit Colours for the armed forces of the new Wehrmacht involved many problems. No unit flags and standards had been produced since before 1914. Paul Casberg, the well-known master painter and illustrator, was commissioned to design the new Army Colours, a commission which, in his own words, he considered to be 'the most beautiful order I have ever received'. Packed with numerous contemporary photographs, and eight full page colour plates by Malcolm McGregor, Brian L. Davis's text examines the flags of the Wehrmacht, in this first of three volumes concerning flags of the Third Reich.

Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families (Royal Ancestry)

By Douglas Richardson

Genealogical Publishing Company
Hardcover (945 pages)

Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And  Medieval Families (Royal Ancestry)
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This book provides detailed information about descents from the Plantagenet Kings of England for over 185 individuals who emigrated from the British Isles to the North American colonies in the seventeenth century. It combines research in original documents with the use of published literature and features new ancestral lines for virtually all American colonists who possess royal ancestry, with many corrections to existing lines. Plantagenet Ancestry treats all known descents, both legitimate and illegitimate, for seventeenth-century colonists from Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (died 1151), founder of the Plantagenet dynasty which ruled England from 1154 to 1485. It features hundreds of biographical sketches as well as over 14,000 citations to published materials, making it the most documented source book of its kind. In addition, the book includes a massive 75-page bibliography - probably the most exhaustive listing of royal and noble genealogy ever published - a special study of "king's kinsfolk," and an index of over 10,000 entries.

More Marylanders to Kentucky, 1778-1828

By Henry C. Peden Jr.

Heritage Books Inc
Released: 2006-09-06
Paperback (270 pages)

More Marylanders to Kentucky, 1778-1828
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Mr. Peden reveals additional Marylanders who migrated to Kentucky as derived from a variety of sources, including probate records, military pensions, county histories, census records, tax lists, land records, newspaper articles, genealogical magazines, qu


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