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United Kingdom Genealogy Books


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The Dukes of Durham, 1865-1929

By Robert F. Durden

Duke University Press Books
Released: 1987-01-06
Paperback (295 pages)

The Dukes of Durham, 1865-1929
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This is the history of Washington Duke and two of his sons, Benjamin Newton Duke and James Buchanan Duke. Although numerous other members of the family play their parts in the story it focuses primarily on the three men who were at the center of the economic and philanthropic activities which made the Dukes of Durham one of America's famous families. The Dukes operated closely and constantly as a family, and only in that context is their full story told.

In the years after the Civil War, Washington Duke proved to be an unusually able industrialist and a conscientious, Methodist philanthropist. He was, in fact, a major Southern pioneer in both industry and philanthropy. His two sons by a second marriage were remarkably devoted to each other as well as to their father. Both sons also reflected traits of thier father. While Benjamin N. Duke and James B. Duke had life-long involvement with the business world—first in tobacco, then textiles, and finally electric power—as well as with philanthropy, they actually developed complementary specializations. Benjamin N. Duke, the older of the two, served as the family's primary agent for philanthropy from his early manhood in the late 1800's until he gradually became semi-invalid after 1915. James B. Duke, on the other hand, early displayed a marked talent, even a genius, for business. Toward the end of his life, with the establishment of The Duke Endowment late in 1924, he emerged as one of the nation's major philanthropists, ranking alongside Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. A central theme of this book is, however, that the Endowment, despite its magnitude and far-reaching scope, was essentially the institutionalization and culmination of a pattern of family philanthropy that emerged in the 1890's and for which the older brother, Benjamin N. Duke, had always been the primary agent. Thus, the story of James B. Duke, who was and has remained much the more well-known of the two brothers, cannot properly be told out of the family context from which he emerged and in which occurred most of the important phases of his life.

Washington Duke, as a small, land-owning yeoman farmer, was typical of the great majority class not only in antebellum North Carolina but in the South as a whole. Only after the war, when he and his sons emerged as large-scale industrialists and philanthropists, did the Dukes become atypical. Their story is, then, both agricultural and industrial, both Southern and national. Born North Carolinians, they moved onto a national, even global, stage. Yet all the while they kept deep roots, as well as vast investments of capital, in the Old North State, and they poured many millions into philanthropy, largely in the two Carolinas. Based largely on manuscript sources, many of them hitherto unused, this is the first study of the Duke family. The "New South," as recent historians have told us, may not have been so new—but it was certainly different in important ways, and the Dukes loomed large among those who helped to make it so.

The Plantagenet ancestry;: Being tables showing over 7,000 of the ancestors of Elizabeth (daughter of Edward IV and wife of Henry VII) the heiress of the Plantagenets

By William Harry Turton

Genealogical Pub. Co
Hardcover (274 pages)

The Plantagenet ancestry;: Being tables showing over 7,000 of the ancestors of Elizabeth (daughter of Edward IV and wife of Henry VII) the heiress of the Plantagenets
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Chronicle of the Russian Tsars: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Russia

By David Warnes

Thames & Hudson
Hardcover (224 pages)

Chronicle of the Russian Tsars: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Russia
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This new Chronicle documents the lives of tsars famous and infamous in a lively series of biographical portraits stretching from the late fifteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

Discover the facts behind the reputations of rulers such as Ivan the Terrible, whose reign of terror was unparalleled in Russian history until Stalin; Peter the Great, dynamic reformer and dedicated Westernizer; Catherine the Great, the determined young German princess who usurped power and is remembered for her interest in the Enlightenment and for her colorful private life; and the last tsar, Nicholas II, vainly endeavoring to cope in a period of devastating change. Here too are the less familiar but equally intriguing personalities who occupied Russia's imperial throne: the pious but feeble Feodor I, the warm-hearted and irascible Alexei Mikhailovich, and the Empress Anna, with her taste for cruel practical jokes. Chronicle of the Russian Tsars also introduces the key debates of Russian history. How did a small principality centered on Moscow develop into a vast empire stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific? What part did the Orthodox Church play in the rise of tsarism? Why did Russia develop political and social institutions so different from those of the West? With its comprehensive timelines, data files, quotations, and stunning illustrations, Chronicle of the Russian Tsars is at once an absorbing narrative history and an essential work of reference that brings to life a powerful empire and distinctive civilization whose impact on the history of Europe and the world is immeasurable.

Who Do You Think You Are?

By Dan Waddell

BBC Books
Paperback (192 pages)

Who Do You Think You Are?
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Published against a big multimedia TV event, this book is a jargon-free idiot's guide to tracing your family history. Light in tone, sometimes funny, often moving, and aimed at absolutely everyone, the book combines both stats and pub facts, with very real emotions as people discover the heroes and villains in their family's past. Rather than a dry 'how to' guide though, this book is inclusive, non-patronising and lively, and emphasises the human and emotional side to this popular pastime. Every family has their own history and secrets: the black sheep, the Great-Uncle who fought in the First World War, an ancestor who came to Britain from abroad, the lost family fortune or the shamed family member whose name is only ever whispered. We are all fascinated by the lives of our ancestors. The ground-breaking "BBC2" series "Who Do You Think You Are?" took ten TV personalities - from Vic Reeves to Jeremy Clarkson - on an emotional journey to trace their family history. Now the "Who Do You Think You Are?" jargon-free guide can help you go on your own journey into the past - showing you how to find out your own family history. And you never know what you might find. A whiff of scandal becomes a quest that can lead to the most astonishing revelations. Be warned: this is a compulsive hobby, and you may find yourself thinking of nothing else. No prior knowledge is needed. "Who Do You Think You Are?" equips you with the basic tools to start and maintain your quest as well as including all the celebrity stories. There is information on everything from where to find census information and how to order a birth certificate, to tracking down immigration documents and finding out if your navy officer great-great-uncle ever committed a disciplinary offence. And there's even a short section on good books and websites to go to if you want to get stuck in. With the amazing technology and excellent resources available to us today, it has never been easier to find out more about our ancestors.

Whitby Jet (Shire Library)

By Helen Muller

Shire Publications
Released: 2009-09-22
Paperback (56 pages)

Whitby Jet (Shire Library)
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Jet, a hard, black, shiny gem closely related to coal, has been fashioned into jewelry and trinkets for generations. During the Victorian period, when the ritual surrounding death and the long mourning of Queen Victoria made black fashionable, jet became hugely popular. Although jet is found elsewhere in the world, it is the jet from Whitby that excites collectors to such an extent that even jet jewelry manufactured elsewhere is often called Whitby Jet. This book traces the history of jet and the Whitby jet industry, examining different types and styles of jet jewelry, and pictures the work of some of the best-known Whitby craftsmen.

Scotland: Scotland of Old Clan Names (Collins British Isles and Ireland Maps)

By Collins

Collins
Map

Scotland: Scotland of Old Clan Names (Collins British Isles and Ireland Maps)
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Pictorial map showing the arms, official insignia of the Scottish clan chiefs, and their crests, which are encircled with each chief's motto or slogan.

A Tale of Two Cathedrals: Old Sarum - New Salisbury

By Peter Brimacombe

Brand: English Heritage
Paperback (48 pages)

A Tale of Two Cathedrals: Old Sarum - New Salisbury
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A brief guide to the 900 year history of Salisbury's cathedral. It explores the historical context of the construction of the original Romanesque building at Old Sarum soon after the Norman Conquest, and its move to the city of Salisbury in the 13th century. Interspersed with interesting 'asides' on important characters in the history of the cathedral, as well as features on the art and architecture of the building and its environs. Plentiful colour illustrations make this an enjoyable interpretation of one of England's great religious sites.

The Black Douglases: War and Lordship in Late Medieval Scotland, 1300-1455

By Michael Brown

Brand: Tuckwell Press Ltd
Paperback (256 pages)

The Black Douglases: War and Lordship in Late Medieval Scotland, 1300-1455
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This volume charts the rise and fall of the Black Douglas dynasty and the impact of great magnates on the late-medieval Scottish kingdom's survival and development. It demonstrates the link between the semi-permanent state of war with England and the exercise of authority inside the kingdom.

Photographs of the Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, 1868-1877 (Eighteen Sixty-Eight to Eighteen Seventy)

By Thomas Annan

Dover Pubns
Paperback (72 pages)

Photographs of the Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, 1868-1877 (Eighteen Sixty-Eight to Eighteen Seventy)
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  • large book of photographs of the Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow 1868-1877
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First Edition, 1977, first printing, a like-new, unread,, unworn, unopened, unmarked, oversized trade softcover, from Dover. By Thomas Anan. 55 plates in black and white. 9" X 12" X 1/8" ISBN 0-486-23442-8.

Henry VII

By S. B. Chrimes

University of California Press
Hardcover (373 pages)

Henry VII
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Founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry VII was a crucial figure in English history. In this acclaimed study of the king’s life and reign, the distinguished historian S. B. Chrimes explores the circumstances surrounding Henry’s acquisition of the throne, examines the personnel and machinery of government, and surveys the king’s social, political, and economic policies, law enforcement, and foreign strategy. This edition of the book includes a new critical introduction and bibliographical updating by George Bernard.


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