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United States 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.

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.

A Genealogical Gazetteer of England. An Alphabetical Dictionary of Places With Their Location, Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Population, and the Date of the Earliest Entry in the Registers of Every Ancient Parish in England

By Frank Smith

Brand: Genealogical Publishing Company
Paperback (599 pages)

A Genealogical Gazetteer of England. An Alphabetical Dictionary of Places With Their Location, Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Population, and the Date of the Earliest Entry in the Registers of Every Ancient Parish in England
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The only book of its kind, this indispensable reference tool with its 17,000 entries is designed to facilitate research by giving the names and descriptions of places in England as they existed prior to 1831. Included are the location, ecclesiastical jurisdiction, population, and the date of the earliest entry in the registers of every ancient parish; in other words, genealogical information hitherto impossible to find in any but the rarest sources.

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.

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.

A bird on the wing: Bonnie Prince Charlie's flight from Culloden retraced (Fiction - General)

By John Ure

Constable
Hardcover (224 pages)

A bird on the wing: Bonnie Prince Charlie s flight from Culloden retraced (Fiction - General)
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FIRST BRITISH EDITION. 1992 Constable hardcover, John Ure (Shooting Leave: Spying out Central Asia in the Great Game). Retracing the steps of the fugitive Prince Charles Edward Stuart - Bonnie Prince Charlie - after his defeat at Culloden, this book offers insights into highland life and clan history. The author walked the hillsides and glens of the Highlands and sailed to Skye and the Outer Hebrides in following the route of the Prince's five-month flight, which was characterized by narrow escapes, hunger, fatigue and dependence on the loyalty of strangers. - Amazon

Maidstone (Victorian Ordnance Survey) (No. 80)

By David & Charles Publishers

David & Charles Publishers
Map

Maidstone (Victorian Ordnance Survey) (No. 80)
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This series offers reprints of the first edition of the one-inch Ordnance Survey maps of England and Wales, dating from 1805 to 1900. Detail includes villages, hamlets, farms, county boundaries, roads and railways.

Bourton-On-The-Water (Towns and Villages of England)

By Tony Wray

Sutton Pub Ltd
Hardcover (96 pages)

Bourton-On-The-Water (Towns and Villages of England)
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Derby at War (Britain in Old Photographs)

By Clive Hardy

Sutton Publishing Ltd
Paperback (128 pages)

Derby at War (Britain in Old Photographs)
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A collection of over 200 images supported by informative captions portray the experiences of the people of Derby during World War II. Rather than a definitive account of the War ears, this is an attempt to recapture the atmosphere during one of the most important periods in Britain's recent history - a time when the nation's towns and villages fought for their very survival against a determined enemy, in a war that touched the lives of everyone. These images offer a glimpse into past times. Names and dates are provided where possible, revealing historical and anecdotal detail that gives life to the scenes and personalitys captured through the camera lens.

Harold the Last Anglo Saxon King

By Ian W Walker

Wrens Park
Hardcover (288 pages)

Harold the Last Anglo Saxon King
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Harold Godwinsson, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, rose from relative obscurity to ascend the throne, and his death ushered in the Norman Conquest. This full length biography is a valuable resource for those interested in the Saxons or Normans.


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