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To Our Children’s Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come

A warm, accessible, step-by-step guide to creating precious personal histories from the memories of older people, by the best-selling author of Hang Time and his sister, journalist D. G. Fulford.

Reunion: A Search for Ancestors

Where do I come from? That question sets Ryan Littrell on a journey that crosses centuries, and leads to an ancestral homeland.

An anonymous letter reveals the first clues about his family's origins, and soon those clues take him to country graveyards, long-lost cousins, and a shocking DNA discovery. And as one hint follows the next, he uncovers the story of his Scottish ancestors–a tale of heartbreak, betrayal, and unfailing strength.
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Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, Third Edition

No scholarly reference library is complete without a copy of Ancestry's Red Book. In it, you will find both general and specific information essential to researchers of American records. This revised 3rd edition provides updated county and town listings within the same overall state-by-state organization. Whether you are looking for your ancestors in the northeastern states, the South, the West, or somewhere in the middle, "Ancestry's Red Book has information on records and holdings for every county in the United States, as well as excellent maps from renowned mapmaker William Dollarhide. In short, the "Red Book is simply the book that no genealogist can afford not to have. The availability of census records such as federal, state, and territorial census reports is covered in detail. Unlike the federal census, state and territorial census were taken at different times and different questions were asked. Vital records are also discussed, including when and where they were kept and how"

Its in the Genes

Liz Carter is forensic scientist, the only daughter of Philip Carter, a linguist, and Alexandra, a nurse. One day Liz’s parents are killed in a car crash and she finds herself alone in the world without any family

As Liz searches for her dead parents birth certificates she un covers a mystery and to her amazement discovers that her mother had been married before to a scientist and had had two children.
What secrets were her parents taking to their graves? Why had she never been told the truth? I desperation she sets out to find her missing brother and sister. An intriguing plot, with coincidences tumbling out of the enigma. Will Liz ever find her real family?

The Birth of Tragedy & The Genealogy of Morals

Skillful, sophisticated translations of two of Nietzsche's essential works about the conflict between the moral and aesthetic approaches to life, the impact of Christianity on human values, the meaning of science, the contrast between the Apollonian and Dionysian spirits, and other themes central to his thinking.

Genealogy QuickSteps

Step-by-Step, Full-Color Graphics!
Get started researching your family tree right away—the QuickSteps way. Color screenshots and images with clear instructions show you how. Discover the fascinating story of your ancestors using a wide array of resources, including websites, private and public archives, military records, blogs, social media networks, computer programs, and more. You’ll also get advice on getting around roadblocks, collaborating with family members and fellow researchers, and organizing, personalizing, and publishing your family tree history.
Use these handy guideposts: Shortcuts for accomplishing common tasks Need-to-know facts in concise narrative Helpful reminders or alternate ways of doing things Bonus information related to the topic being covered Errors and pitfalls to avoid
Screenshots with callouts show and explain exactly what you’ll see on your computer screen while you’re doing a task

The unique, landscape-oriented layout of the QuickSteps series mimics your computer screen, displays graphics and explanations side by side, and lays flat so you can easily refer to the book while working on your computer.

Highland Roots

HIGHLAND ROOTS is the real story of one Highland cottage through Scotland’s turbulent history.

It is a blend of history, archaeology, estate records, literature and legend too. It includes a lot of original quotes that give a genuine flavour of the times. But it also tries to get beneath the skin of history, to imagine how it would feel if we were transported back to these times. Sitting in the remains of the Iron Age homestead on a glorious summer evening or a wet winter day, 2000-year-old ghosts can still send shivers down your spine.
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Genealogy at a Glance: African American Genealogy Research

Nothing will get you going faster in African American genealogical research than this Genealogy at a Glance& publication. In just four pages, Michael Hait, author of the popular CD The Family History Research Toolkit, lays out the basic elements of African American research, boiling the subject down to its essence and allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of African American research at a glance.

Hait explains that there are three imperatives in African American genealogical research: (1) you must begin with interviews of family members; (2) you must check records of birth, marriage, and death; and (3) you must check federal census records, especially the crucial 1870 census, which was the first census to include information on former slaves.

A Genealogy of Literary Multiculturalism

As an anthropology student studying with Franz Boas, Zora Neale Hurston recorded African American folklore in rural central Florida, studied hoodoo in New Orleans and voodoo in Haiti, talked with the last ex-slave to survive the Middle Passage, and collected music from Jamaica. Her ethnographic work would serve as the basis for her novels and other writings in which she shaped a vision of African American Southern rural folk culture articulated through an antiracist concept of culture championed by Boas: culture as plural, relative, and long-lived. Meanwhile, a very different antiracist model of culture learned from Robert Park's sociology allowed Richard Wright to imagine African American culture in terms of severed traditions, marginal consciousness, and generation gaps.

In A Genealogy of Literary Multiculturalism, Christopher Douglas uncovers the largely unacknowledged role played by ideas from sociology and anthropology in nourishing the politics and forms of minority writers from diverse backgrounds. Douglas divides the history of multicultural writing in the United States into three periods. The first, which spans the 1920s and 1930s, features minority writers such as Hurston and D'Arcy McNickle, who were indebted to the work of Boas and his attempts to detach culture from race.
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How to Use FindAGrave.com for Genealogy Research

Using grave websites, such as Findagrave.com, can help you further your genealogy research. You will find information that you may not have seen before, having a hard time finding, and find more ancestors.