Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best Sellers of 2016

Hoping that everyone had a lovely holiday weekend....we turn to what we feel are the best of the best in history and genealogy research books from our vendor, Genealogical Publishing Company.

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Genealogy at a Glance: Genetic Genealogy Basics, by Angie Bush, 2016

Angie Bush gives you the simple facts about (a) DNA testing, (b) DNA testing companies, and (c) DNA testing results.

History for Genealogists. Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors. Revised Edition with 2016 Addendum, by Judy Jacobson, 2016

The 2016 edition of History for Genealogists has been completely revised and edited, and it contains two entirely new chapters. Readers of the original 2009 edition will enjoy the new time lines concerning (1) life on the homefront during America’s 20th-century wars; and (2) fashion and leisure in America from its beginnings through the middle of the 20th century.

Genealogy at a Glance: War of 1812 Research, The War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Fund

This guide also covers regular army and navy records, prisoner of war records, lineage societies, state records, and published sources, ending with a list of online sources and a handy checklist for finding militiamen.

Genealogy at a Glance: Evernote, by Drew Smith, 2015

Evernote is an amazing tool for genealogists and you can learn all about it in this handy 4-page laminated guide by Drew Smith, author of the popular Social Networking for Genealogists. As Mr. Smith explains in this easy-to-use guide, Evernote may be the most useful tool in your research kit.

Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Third Edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, 2015

Evidence Explained, the third edition explains citation principles for both traditional and nontraditional sources; includes more than 1,000 citation models for virtually every source type; and shows readers where to go to find their sources and how to describe and evaluate them.

The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania, by Wayland F. Dunaway, 1944, 2007 reprint

The best history of the Scotch-Irish of colonial Pennsylvania ever written, Dunaway's classic is indispensable to the genealogist because it outlines the circumstances behind the settlement of Lowland Scots in Ulster, their life in that Province for two or three generations, and the reasons for their emigration to America, further tracing the important migratory movements of the Scotch-Irish from Northern Ireland to Pennsylvania, and from Pennsylvania down the foothills of the Appalachians through the Great Valley of Virginia to the Carolinas and Georgia.

Genealogy at a Glance: Ancestry.com Research, by George G. Morgan, 2013

 George G. Morgan offers tips and insights to help you get the most out of your time online with Ancestry.com. Under his guidance you’ll learn how to search all the databases at once, search a category of collections, or search within a single database. You’ll learn first steps and next steps, how to find exact matches and how to use wildcards, how to get the most out of the massive collection of genealogical records, how to add facts and narratives to the tens of thousands of existing family trees, and how to build your own family history.

Quicksheet: The Historical Biographer's Guide to Cluster Research (the Fan Principle) by Elizabeth Shown Mills, 2012

Elizabeth Mills introduces us to the concept of “Cluster Research” based on the FAN principle, the idea being that to prove identity, origin, and parentage individuals must be studied in the context of their FAN club--family, associates, and neighbors. Historical information, she says, is like real estate: the true value of any piece of information is unknown until it is put into community context.

Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants, by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1996, 2006 reprint

 With this work by Lloyd Bockstruck we now have a master index to state bounty land records--a Revolutionary War resource unparalleled for freshness, originality, and research potential.

In Search of Your German Roots. 5th Edition, by Angus Baxter, 2015

The fifth edition of the book highlights all of the recent developments--new facilities, new websites, newly available records--that have made German family history research immeasurably easier. Completely revised and updated, this edition of In Search of Your German Roots is now the most current and comprehensive guide to German roots available.

The Winthrop Fleet of 1630, by Charles Edward Banks, 1930, 2009 reprint

This is an authoritative list of the 700 passengers who are believed to have come to New England with John Winthrop in 1630. Based on research undertaken in England and America, it provides as much data as could be verified on each passenger--name; place of departure; places of residence in England and America; occupation; church affiliation; dates of birth, marriage, and death; and relationships to other passengers. It also has indexes of names, places, and subjects as well as appendixes listing the passengers on the Mary and John and the Lyon which sailed contemporaneously with the Winthrop Fleet.

Jamestowne Ancestors, 1607-1699, by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis, 2006

Jamestowne Ancestors 1607-1699, by noted Virginia genealogist Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis, reveals the names of the very people who established the colony, first under the auspices of the Virginia Company of London and then under King James I and the later Stuart kings of England.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

World War II : Free Access on Fold3.com

Jennifer Holik, writer, researcher, speaker

World War II
Where to Find the Facts

This weekend is the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Fold 3.com has graciously allowed the public to view their World War II Collection of records

And to round out your understanding of the events that took place during that time, we feature the wonderful books written by Jennifer Holik.

Jennifer Holik, writer, researcher, speaker

This is the time....don't wait

If you have family members who were living during World War II, interview them, NOW.
Their stories may surprise you.  Their stories may frighten you. Their stories are real.

Find the Facts....Research

If you don't have any living relatives who experienced the horrors of World War II, do the research to find out what they lived through.  Jennifer Holik can help you take your research to the limits, and beyond.  Never let anyone tell you that there are no records of your veteran family members.  

The Loss of Life Was Staggering

Circumstances of the deaths of those serving in the United States Armed Forces are available.  Service records, morning reports, individual death files, unit histories, ship logs...are all available. You just need to know where to look.  

AncestorStuff has never endorsed anyone for World War II research.....but now we have Jennifer Holik.  We highly recommend her expertise to aid in your discoveries about World War II.


Friday, December 2, 2016

What to Give to the OLD FOLKS for This Year at Christmas

somebody's grandma
If you are like most of us, you have begun that long, arduous task of shopping for the perfect things to give to our family members and special friends for holiday gifts.  Well, how is that going for you?

It takes time and a lot of thought to buy just the right thing.  You don't want to overspend, but then money isn't really the issue, is it?  You want to make sure that the recipient of your gift is happy, surprised, delighted, all of the above and more.  So, where do you begin? More to worry about...what do you get that grandparent, elderly aunt and uncle, or other "seasoned" person that seems to have everything that they need?

In a recent "Gift Giving Ideas" section of a prominent newspaper, there was an article with a focus on gift ideas for senior citizens.  I was delighted when I saw the first suggestion on the list....BOOKS.  According to surveys, seniors have read at least a few books in the past year, more than likely, more than just a few. Most of these seniors admitted that they prefer the old style books that you hold in your hand and flip pages as they read.  Most of these seniors commented that they did not prefer e-books because it just did not give that comfortable, familiar feeling that they had from holding the hardback/paperback books.  It's the smell of the paper, the feel of the cover, the sound of the pages that makes a book more desirable among these seniors.

So what's a shopper to do?  Well, you could buy a gym membership for Grandma, or give Grandpa some of your airline miles. or ....give them the gift of time....YOUR time...and a good book to read together, snuggled under a warm blanket in front of the fireplace.  Read with your elder relatives and friends.  You will probably get more out of it than you thought.  And, Grandpa will remember your time together.

Stumped on what books to get?  Look at what makes Grandma smile, see what Grandpa does with his spare time, observe what Aunt Lilly likes to watch on television, and learn about Uncle Fred's favorite hobby.  Find books that make them feel happy and comfortable, and share your time with them as they turn the pages.
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