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Weights, Money and Other Measures Used By Our Ancestors
Call Number: H 389.15 C4662
Written for researchers who come across unfamiliar units of weights and measurements. How can we possibly appreciate the ancient manorial system without an understanding of oxgangs and hides? How can we come to grips with early population listings without knowing about virgates and farthingales? We now know, for instance, that a firkin of soap weighs 64 pounds, that a hogshead of claret contains 46 gallons, that a faggot of firewood is 36 inches in length, that a chest of Indian tea weighs 126 pounds, and if that isn't enough you'll also learn that in the year 1650 you could have a tooth extracted for about one shilling!
Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America
Call Number: H 929.3411 B6943
Originally published in 1910, Scotch Irish Pioneers offers a systematic treatment of the emigration of the Scotch and English from the north of Ireland to the New World in the early eighteenth century.
Envisioning Hope College
Van Raalte, Albertus
Call Number: H 378.774 V274
Letters written by Albertus C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps, Jr., 1857 to 1875.
Call Number: H 597.9638 V575
Facts, history and status of Michigan's sole venomous serpent.
Genealogical Records: Manuscript Entries of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Taken From Family Bibles, 1581-1917
Call Number: H 929.373 G3261
In 1917, The Colonial Dames of the State of New York, published this volume, which was the result of an effort that had been underway for over four years. This work represents ninety genealogical records found in old family Bibles of Dutch and English New York families, Bibles, which, at the time of publication, were fast disappearing and with them were lost the missing links sought by genealogists and family historians. With more than 3,000 names in the index, there is a treasure of genealogical information, most of which is listed in chronological order, and includes marriages, births and deaths.
"When drunk is very bold" : White Maryland Runaways, 1763-1769
Call Number: H 929.3752 W5672
As Mr. Boyle has written, "The runaway ads provide a first-hand view of history, as well as valuable demographic information with the age, sex, height, place of origin, clothing, occupation, speech, as well as physical imperfections, etc. They often display attitudes of the owners, and personality traits of the runaway, such as a common affection for alcohol. Some ads give extensive vignettes of individuals with their perceived idiosyncrasies. They provide a bonanza of information for the social historian. Those interested in tracking their ancestors will also find a goldmine of details."
Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration, 1725-1775: The People of Inverness-shire. Volume 2
Call Number: H 929.3411 D635.20
This book is the second volume of Highlanders from the county of Inverness (see also The People of Inverness-shire, Volume 1), a location from which many of the pioneer emigrants who settled in colonial Georgia, Pennsylvania, upper New York, Jamaica, and the Canadian Maritimes originated. Inverness-shire is also the county where the Fraser's Highlanders regiment--which played a prominent part in the French and Indian War and in the settlement of Canada--was raised. Emigration from Inverness was also significant during and after the Highland Clearances of the 19th century. This volume (drawing on fresh sources like the Mackintosh Muniments, 1442-1820 and the Letter Book of bailie John Stewart of Inverness, 1714-1752) identifies about 1,500 additional Inverness Highlanders by name, a place within Inverness-shire (birth, residence, employment, etc.), a date, and the source. In some cases we also learn the identities of relatives, the individual's employment, vessel traveled on, and so forth.
Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names: Onomastics and Genealogy
Call Number: H 929.4 P5865
Each of the thousands of entries in the Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names contains two parts. The first of these is onomastic in nature, providing the etymology of the surname and any Americanized variants from which they stem. The second part contains some or all of the following information: the name of the first French-Canadian bearer of the name, the name of his parents, his place of origin in France, the name of his spouse and the names of her parents, and the place of his marriage. In addition to the Introduction and the dictionary itself, readers will find a brief list of abbreviations used throughout the text and a detailed bibliography of sources.
Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary
Call Number: H 929.4 H3194
This is a comprehensive and reliable dictionary of about 25,000 surnames found in the British Isles, arranged in a single alphabet for ready reference, giving meanings, language of origin, and original and variant forms of the names. In many cases, the source or sources where the name was found is cited and/or quoted.
"Drinks Hard, and Swears Much" : White Maryland Runaways, 1770-1774
Call Number: H 929.3752 D7813
In all, Mr. Boyle identifies more than 2,000 individuals in these indexed runaway notices. He has transcribed this otherwise inaccessible data by combing through a number of colonial newspapers, including the Maryland Gazette, Maryland Journal and Baltimore Advertiser, Pennsylvania Gazette, Pennsylvania Packet and General Advertiser, Pennsylvania Chronicle, and New York Gazette and Weekly Magazine. While the overwhelming majority of the runaways named were from Maryland, the author includes out-of-state fugitives when the papers refer to them.
Call Number: H 929.3752 P5628
Index to white slave children in colonial court records [Maryland and Virginia].
Passengers Who Arrived in the United States, September 1821 - December 1823
Call Number: H 929.373 P287
The passenger records found in this scarce volume were transcribed from State Department copies of passenger lists submitted by foreign ships' captains upon arrival at American ports between 1821 and 1823.Most of the immigrants found here embarked from the British Isles; however, researchers will find more than 100 cities or countries listed as places of origin at the front of the book. Similarly, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, and New Orleans were the principal ports of arrival, but nearly 40 ports of entry accommodated the newcomers as a whole. The records themselves are arranged by calendar quarter and thereunder by port and vessel. Each passenger is identified by name, age, sex, occupation, country to which he/she belongs, and country of intended habitation.
"Given to Drinking and Whoring" : White Maryland Runaways, 1720-1762
Call Number: H 929.3752 G5393
The work at hand covers the period prior to that covered in Joseph Boyle’s previous volumes of colonial Maryland runaway servant records: "Drinks hard, and swears much," White Maryland Runaways, 1770-1774, published in 2010, and "When drunk, is very bold," White Maryland Runaways, 1763-1769, published in 2011. Almost twice the size of either of the aforementioined books, "Given to drinking and whoring," White Maryland Runaways, 1720-1762 incorporates between 1,500 and 2,000 Maryland runaway servant advertisements--naming 4,000 persons in all--that appeared in nineteen colonial newspapers published in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
Eight Great Dreidel Stories
Call Number: H FICTION GAL
Stories written by Kalamazoo storyteller, Martin Gal.
Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design
Call Number: H 709.2 I117J
The first biography of the influential modernist artist and sculptor. Iannelli designed the Fountain of the Pioneers in Bronson Park.
Michigan Boys in Blue
Call Number: H 973.7 M6235 V.6
A compendium of Michigan's contribution to the Union in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865. Volume 6, Kalamazoo area including St. Joseph County
Fatal Crossing: The Mysterious Disappearance of NWA Flight 2501 and the Quest for Answers: A True Story
van Heest, Valerie
Call Number: H 363.12465 H459
As a furious squall swept down Lake Michigan on June 23, 1950, a DC-4 with 58 souls on board flew from New York toward Minnesota. Minutes after midnight Captain Robert Lind requested a lower altitude as he began crossing the lake, but Air Traffic Control did not comply. That was the last communication with Northwest Airlines Flight 2501. V. O. van Heest paints a captivating portrait of the victims, vividly recreates the last few hours of Flight 2501, and reveals that the answers are sometimes found in unexpected places.
Call Number: H 977.455 S337
One of the first settlers to build a mill on the Rogue River was Smith Lapham. The village that developed by the millpond was called Laphamville. After the Civil War, the town's name was changed to Rockford. The picturesque Rogue River and the city are symbiotic entities. The river was first dammed to provide power for lumber mills and gristmills. Later it supplied electricity for families, commerce, and manufacturing. For many years, Rockford has been known as the home of shoe manufacturer Wolverine World Wide. The sad-eyed canine logo for Hush Puppies footwear is instantly recognizable throughout the world. Many residents continue to be employed there.
Railroads for Michigan
Call Number: H 385 M514.8
This large, very readable, well-documented volume is a thorough, comprehensive history of railroads in Michigan to the year 2000. Historian Meints begins with a brief review of the first real influx of settlers into the region in the early 1800s, and continues with the plans and proposals to improve access to the area, whether by canal, road, or the newly developed mode of transportation--the railroad. The book then proceeds chronologically; each of the seven chapters focuses on a period a few decades long, during which there were particular social, political, economic, and technological factors that influenced the growth, decline, and eventual resurgence of the rail industry.
Marines Saving Lives in WWII: semper Fi
Call Number: H 940.54 M4788
Here is a special story of a Marine pilot, now in retirement, who served in World War Two and the Korean War. His change of orders from flying a B-25 twin-engine bomber to an R5C (C-46) twin-engine Marine transport in 1944 was a huge disappointment that turned out to be a special blessing for Bud McDonnell.
The Rockets' Red Glare: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812
Call Number: H 973.52 H6282.1
This engagingly told and richly illustrated history invites readers to travel back in time and imagine what it would have been like to live through the War of 1812, America’s forgotten conflict.
"Old Slow Town": Detroit During the Civil War
Call Number: H 977.434 T2451
Though it was located far away from Southern battlefields, Detroit churned with unrest during the American Civil War. The city's population, including a large German and Irish immigrant community, mostly aligned with anti-war Democrats while the rest of the state stood with the pro-Lincoln Republicans. The virulently anti-Lincoln and anti-Black Detroit Free Press fanned the city's flames with provocative coverage of events. In "Old Slow Town": Detroit during the Civil War, award-winning author Paul Taylor contends that the anger within Detroit's diverse political and ethnic communities over questions about the war's purpose and its conduct nearly tore the city in two.
Family trees: A History of Genealogy in America
Call Number: H 929.1 W4222
The quest for roots has been an enduring American preoccupation. Over the centuries, generations have sketched coats of arms, embroidered family trees, established local genealogical societies, and carefully filled in the blanks in their bibles, all in pursuit of self-knowledge and status through kinship ties. This long and varied history of Americans' search for identity illuminates the story of America itself, according to Francois Weil, as fixations with social standing, racial purity, and national belonging gave way in the twentieth century to an embrace of diverse ethnicity and heritage.
187 Things You Should Know About the War of 1812
Call Number: H 973.52 H6282
Long overshadowed by the American Revolution and the Civil War, the War of 1812 remains a largely forgotten conflict. Its origins as part of the larger Napoleonic wars layered complex issues that to this day make the conflict difficult to understand. With an engaging question-and-answer format, this book offers a concise and informative introduction to the War of 1812, clearing much of the fog that surrounds it.
Summer of '68: The Season that Changed Baseball--and America--Forever
Call Number: H 796.357 W469.1
Tim Wendel takes us on a wild ride through a season that saw such legends as Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, Don Drysdale, and Luis Tiant set new standards for excellence on the mound, each chasing perfection against the backdrop of one of the most divisive and turbulent years in American history. For some players, baseball would become an insular retreat from the turmoil encircling them that season, but for a select few, including Gibson and the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals, the conflicts of '68 would spur their performances to incredible heights and set the stage for their own run at history.
Rumble Seats and Lumber Camps: Tales From the Good Old Days in Northern Michigan
Call Number: H 977.4 R936
A treasury of 20th century memories of residents of Northern Michigan.
Mound Builders and Monument Makers of the Northern Great Lakes, 1200-1600
Call Number: H 977 H8599
Rising above the northern Michigan landscape, prehistoric burial mounds and impressive circular earthen enclosures bear witness to the deep history of the region's ancient indigenous peoples. These mounds and earthworks have long been treated as isolated finds and have never been connected to the social dynamics of the time in which they were constructed, a period called Late Prehistory.In Mound Builders and Monument Makers of the Northern Great Lakes, 1200-1600, Meghan C. L. Howey uses archaeology to make this connection. She shows how indigenous communities of the northern Great Lakes used earthen structures as gathering places for ritual and social interaction, which maintained connected egalitarian societies in the process.
Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography
Call Number: H 778.94 C728
No one captured the mid-century modernism of the Mad Men era better than Balthazar Korab. As one of the period's most prolific and celebrated architecture photographers, Korab captured images as graceful and elegant as his subjects. In this riveting illustrated biography, the first dedicated solely to his life and career, author John Comazzi traces Korab's circuitous path to a career in photography.
Reveal Your Detroit: An Intimate Look at a Great American City
Call Number: H 977.434 R449
Through a unique partnership model with forty-five community organizations, the Detroit Institute of Arts' 2012 community photography project Reveal Your Detroit offered Detroit residents the chance to respond to the Museum's contemporary photography exhibition Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010. Using disposable cameras, each participant captured people, places, and things that make their lives in Detroit distinctive, inspired by the questions "what does your Detroit look like?" and "how do you want others to see it?". In the final display, over 2,300 images rotated across 60 digital photo frames, from a selection of over 10,000 submitted. For this volume, author Bradford Frost selected 192 images from the exhibit to showcase the perspectives of hundreds of residents and the places they presented, from the gritty to the sublime.
Call Number: H 977 O45.6
Factual Accounts of Obscure Great Lakes Shipwrecks.
Pirates, Crooks & Killers: The Dark Side of the Great Lakes
Call Number: H 364.164 S8815
While the Great Lakes never had swashbuckling pirates like those that swept the Caribbean Seas, there were low-lifes willing to rob and pillage when the opportunity presented itself. Others were not above “moon cussing” or showing false lights to lure ships to wreck on inshore reefs where they pillaged the cargos and murdered the crews. When the economy “went south” some ship owners were not above purposely wrecking or sinking their own ships to collect the insurance money. Whether the crew survived was not a critical consideration. Even while ashore sailors were not safe from the clutches of evil doers. Unknown crewmen were “slipped a Mickey” in a waterfront bar and once out cold, were robbed then dropped through a trap door in the floor into the river or harbor. Local papers usually didn’t even mention it when their bodies were eventually found. This presentation focuses on a fascinating aspect of Great Lakes maritime history little explored.
Great Lakes Cold Case Files: Unsolved Murders of the Great Lakes Region
Kadar, Wayne Louis
Call Number: H 363.259523 K115
This book includes examination and thorough research into many "cold" cases throughout the Great Lakes region. Crimes of all kinds; murders, rapes, robberies and other such heinous acts. Each chapter contains the details of a murder that remains unsolved.
Clara: Mrs. Henry Ford
Call Number: H 921 F6983B
Clara's unwavering support of Henry's pursuits and her patient tolerance of the quirks and obsessions that accompanied her husband's genius made it possible for him to change the world. In telling the story of Clara Ford, author Ford Bryan also charts the course of the growing automobile industry and the life of the enigmatic man at its helm. But the book's heart is Clara herself-daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother; cook, gardener, and dancer; modest philanthropist and quiet role model. Clara is newly revealed in accounts and documents gleaned from personal papers, oral histories, and archival material never made public until now. These include receipts and recipes, diaries and genealogies, and 175 photographs.
Census of the Inhabitants of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 1774
Call Number: H 929.3745 C3968
Census lists head of household and number of males and females above and below the age of sixteen, and the number of Indian and black inhabitants.
Great Migration Newsletter.
Call Number: H 929.374 A549.2
Volumes 16-20 (2007-2011)
Henderson Castle: Kalamazoo's Legacy, 1895-2013
Call Number: H 977.417 M9386
History of the Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo.
Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York
Call Number: H 929.374733 D655
An historical and genealogical study of all the 18th century settlers in the patent - Volume 11, Rood to Sly.
The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England, 1629-1630
Call Number: H 974.4 A5494
This volume describes the organization of the Winthrop Migration and the Winthrop Fleet in some detail, and provides detailed genealogical and biographic information on each of the more than two hundred families and individuals who came to New England in 1629 and 1630 as part of this movement. Each sketch begins with information on the English origin of the immigrant, when known, and the evidence for his or her arrival in 1629 or 1630. This is followed by biographical data, on education, officeholding and the like, and genealogical data, including birth, death, marriage and children. The sketches often include information on the place of each immigrant in the migration process, whether as master or servant, and of unusual and interesting features of their lives.
Calcite and the Bradley Boats: aA Pictorial History, 1912-2012
Call Number: H 977.482 M6254.1
The history of Michigan Limestone and Chemical Company's Calcite Quarry in Rogers City, Michigan.
Remembering Delhi Mills: Ninety Years of Forgotten History, 1827-1917
Call Number: H 977.435 M366
History of Delhi Mills, Michigan in Washtenaw County.
We're Going to the 1845 Jackson Mine, Negaunee, Michigan
Call Number: H 977.496 D6357.1
This is the history of the U. P. of Michigan's first Iron Ore Mine from its beginning in 1845 to the present time. Many photos and maps of what can be seen and visited.
Storms & Sand: A Story of Shipwrecks and the Big Sable Point Coast Guard Station
Call Number: H 363.286 T867
Big Sable Point Coast Guard Station was located on land that is now part of Ludington State Park. Stoms and Sand tells the history of the station; including the sacrifices by the life-savers and Coast Guardsmen, and their struggles to rescue Lake Michigan shipwreck victims. Storms and Sand also chronicles lesser-known events in the lives of the men, their families, and the Big Sable Point lighthouse keepers.--from the cover
Going Full Circle: A 1,555-mile Walk Around the World's Largest Lake
Call Number: H 796.51 L7564
Walk along with husband-wife team Mike Link and Kate Crowley as they set off on a unique 1,555-mile, shore-hugging journey around the world's largest freshwater lake. As naturalists, travel writers and grandparents, they chronicle an epic five-month Lake Superior hike through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario in this account of their life-altering experience. In Going Full Circle, Mike and Kate share Lake Superior's water, shore, plants, animals and people as no one else has.
Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm
Call Number: H 630.92 L7563
Poignant, irreverent, and hilarious: the memoir of a mother who, after ending her 19-year marriage, staves off a perpetually empty bank account and, with the help of her three young sons, saves her century-old farmhouse from foreclosure and reclaims her life.
Cemeteries of Berrien County, Michigan. North Shore Memory Gardens
Call Number: H 977.411 C3944NORT
Cemetery maps and tombstone transcriptions for North Shore Cemetery in Hagar Township, Berrien County, Michigan.
The Civil War Letters of Harrison Harmon Carson, Corporal, 3rd Michigan Cavalry, Company G
Carson, Harrison Harmon
Call Number: H 921 C3193
The authentic letters found in this book chronicle the Civil War in a most realistic way. From the words of a man to his wife and family we can see the hardships that he faced, the battles he fought, and the unbearableness of war in a whole new light.--from the cover
The Ghost in the Tower: Sketches of Lost Jacobia
Call Number: H 977.41 R3238
Earl H. Reed (1863-1931) was a Chicago area writer and artist who had a special passion for the dunes along the eastern and southern shores of Lake Michigan, authoring and illustrating several books like The Dune Country (1916), Sketches in Duneland (1918) and The Silver Arrow and Other Indian Romances of the Dune Country (1926). Reed's two small booklets on Jacobia, the estate of his friend Henry W. Jacobs in southwestern Michigan, were published privately as Sketches in Jacobia (1919) and The Ghost in the Tower: An Episode in Jacobia (1921). The former is a short descriptive narrative while the latter is an intriguing ghost story with particular resonances to modern culture. Both rare booklets are here reprinted for the first time, and represent the only literary artifacts concerning Jacobia, a small but intriguing chapter in the history of southwestern Michigan.
AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture
Call Number: H 720.977434 H6458
With its sleek look and easy-to-use layout, this guide to Detroit architecture provides a fresh, in-depth look at the city of Detroit itself as well as a number of distinctive environments outside the city proper. Its 369 entries and more than 400 photographs-many by renowned architectural photographer Balthazar Korab, who served as principal photographer for the project--show off Detroit's significant architectural history.
Fishtown: Leland, Michigan's Historic Fishery
Call Number: H 639.2 S6977
This book sheds light on a Fishtown that few but the fishermen and ferry captains have seen. It provides a deeper understanding of a historic and endangered way of life that has profoundly shaped shoreline communities in Michigan. Sommers also shares the story of a community determined not to lose this historic and picturesque attraction, and the triumphant efforts of a non-profit organization to purchase and care for a key portion of Fishtown. Above all, the book’s stories and images underscore why Fishtown matters and why it is important that it continues as a living legacy of Michigan’s maritime history.
Irish vital records from The Scots magazine, 1739 -1826
Call Number: H 929.3415 D635.3
This work assembles the complete collection of birth, marriage, and death records from The Scots Magazine between the years 1739 and 1826. Alphabetically arranged by surname, each "vital record" transcription gives the subject's full name; date and place of birth, marriage, or death; and a citation to the appropriate volume and page number of The Scots Magazine.
The Name is the Game: Onomatology and the Genealogist
Call Number: H 929.4 B6658
A collection of illustrations and cautionary tales that can help family historians surmount the obstacles or avert the pitfalls associated with naming practices throughout the centuries.
Call Number: H 647.95 Y955
A thorough history of and ode to the Detroit coney island hotdog.
Hidden History of Ypsilanti
Call Number: H 977.435 B5881.1
From the tale of a fiery nineteenth-century male suffragette to the forgotten founder of long-distance telephony, local author Laura Bien reveals the bizarre, baffling and oft-overlooked tales of Ypsilanti history.
A Genealogist's Refresher Course
Call Number: H 929.1 J165.1
A Genealogist's Refresher Course is less a how-to book than a collection of first-hand experiences, do's and don'ts, and privileged information. The author emphasized the importance of verifying our findings against the original (primary) sources, and not relying on secondary, or published, accounts as the foundation for our genealogies.
Legendary Locals of Mount Clemens, Michigan
Call Number: H 977.439 L3342
Judge Christian Clemens founded Mount Clemens in 1818 and established it as the seat of justice for Macomb County when Michigan was yet a territory. While the town prospered on the strength of its strategic location on the Clinton River and proximity to Lake St. Clair, it was the mineral water beneath the citizens' feet that would propel Mount Clemens to national prominence as a health resort. As it grew, the "Bath City of America" attracted the likes of stage actress Sadie Hasson, the Nelson family of circus performers, and baseball all-star Vic Wertz. Numerous visitors who came seeking a cure--or to find work in the hospitality industry--stayed to call Mount Clemens home, adding their own peculiar brand of warp and weft to the town's rich historical tapestry.
The Political Activities of Detroit Clubwomen in the 1920s: A Challenge and a Promise
Call Number: H 324.3 M8756
In the early 1900s, Detroit's clubwomen successfully lobbied for issues like creating playgrounds for children, building public baths, raising the age for child workers, and reforming the school board and city charter. But when they won the vote in 1918, Detroit's clubwomen, both black and white, were eager to incite even greater change. In this fascinating volume, author Jayne Morris-Crowther examines the unique civic engagement of these women who considered their commitment to the city of Detroit both a challenge and a promise.
Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade
Call Number: H 305.8927 A6582
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Detroit's large and nationally prominent Arab and Muslim communities have faced heightened prejudice, government surveillance, and political scapegoating, yet they have also enjoyed unexpected gains in economic, political, and cultural influence. Museums, festivals, and cultural events flourish alongside the construction of new mosques and churches, and more Arabs are being elected and appointed to public office. Detroit's Arab population is growing even as the city's non-Arab sectors, and the state of Michigan as a whole, have steadily lost population. Editors Nabeel Abraham, Sally Howell, and Andrew Shryock present accounts of how life in post-9/11 Detroit has changed over the last ten years.
A Sailor's Logbook: A Season Aboard Great Lakes Freighters
Call Number: H 386.544 T474
In this firsthand account of the life aboard the ships of the Great Lakes, Mark Thompson weaves together the threads of a story that relives a centuries-old tradition. The logbooks that crewmembers kept date back long before Christopher Columbus made his crossing of the Atlantic in 1492. These logbooks detailed everything from weather conditions, ports of call, and landmarks to the daily instruction of the crewmembers.
Untold Tales, Unsung Heroes: An Oral History of Detroit's African American Community, 1918-1967
Call Number: H 977.434 M8182
Using Detroit as her focus and oral history as her methodology, Moon attempts to personalize the experience of African Americans, some of whom participated in the northern migration. The book is divided into five sections covering the decades between 1918 and 1967. Each of the 110 narratives includes a short biography of the narrator.
Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland
Skinner, V. L.
Call Number: H 929.3752 S6285.1
The great value of the Provincial Land Office Debt Books is that they enable the genealogist to track land ownership over various years in cases of intestate estates, land inherited by women, and land that is not specified in a will. Volumes 1-3.
Michigan Boys in Blue, a Compendium of Michigan's Contribution to the Union in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865
Call Number: H 973.7 M6235
Volume 4, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, Volume 5, Niles and Cass County Area, and Index volume for Berrien County
The Eagle Returns: The Legal History of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Call Number: H 977.464 F613
Hailing from northwest Lower Michigan, the Grand Traverse Band has become a well-known national leader in advancing Indian treaty rights, gaming, and land rights, while simultaneously creating and developing a nationally honored indigenous tribal justice system. This book will serve as a valuable reference for policymakers, lawyers, and Indian people who want to explore how federal Indian law and policy drove an Anishinaabe community to the brink of legal extinction, how non-Indian economic and political interests conspired to eradicate the community’s self-sufficiency, and how Indian people fought to preserve their culture, laws, traditions, governance, and language.
In Search of your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe
Call Number: H 929.343 B355 2008
Updated fourth edition. This book is designed to aid beginners in finding ancestors in areas that now are or once were part of Germany. It excludes other Germanic areas like historic Austria and Switzerland. Readers will find addresses of archives and libraries, descriptions of key sources, and advice about how to find relatives in Germany today.
The Geoarchaeology of Lake Michigan Coastal Dunes
Call Number: H 977.4 L9119
Complex sets of environmental factors have interacted over the past 5,000 years to affect how changes in climate, temperature, relative precipitation, and the levels of Lake Michigan influence the preservation of archaeological sites in coastal sand dunes along Lake Michigan. As a collaboration between earth scientists, archaeologists, and geoarchaeologists, this study draws on a wealth of research and multidisciplinary insights to explore the conditions necessary to safeguard ancient human settlements in these landscapes.
Gathered Threads: A Tapestry of Lives, Times, and Places
Vander Ven, Joanne
Call Number: H 921 V2287
Memoir of Bloomingdale, Michigan native, Joanne Warren VanderVen.
Among the Enemy: A Michigan Soldier's Civil War Journal
Call Number: H 973.78 K497
Though many Union soldiers wrote about their experiences in the American Civil War, few had the vantage point of William Horton Kimball, a member of the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics. Civil War historian Mark Hoffman introduces Kimball's writings and provides some background on Kimball's life as a soldier. He accompanies the journal entries with illustrations and maps.
Scots-Irish links, 1575-1725
Call Number: H 929.3411 D635.10
Part nine of a continuing series compiled by Mr. Dobson to identify the Lowland Scots who migrated to Ulster between 1575 and 1725--many of whose progeny may have emigrated to America.
Young Jerry Ford: Athlete and Citizen
Call Number: H 921 F6989B
In this biography Hendrik Booraem traces the early life of Gerald Ford in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to his high school graduation in 1931, showing how he developed the outlook and ideals that he brought to the White House. Ford's childhood offers telling glimpses of family and school, sports and recreation, and Western Michigan life in the Jazz Age and the Depression. Amply illustrated with photos from the 1920s and '30s, "Young Jerry Ford" shows the 38th President of the United States in a new and colorful light.
Blackbird's Song: Andrew J. Blackbird and the Odawa People
Call Number: H 921 B6281K
This stirring account reflects on the lived experience of the Odawa people and the work of one of their greatest advocates.
Atlas of the Great Irish Famine
Call Number: H 941.5 A8816
The Atlas places the devastating Irish Famine in greater historic context than has been attempted before, by including over 150 original maps of population decline, analysis and examples of poetry, contemporary art, written and oral accounts, numerous illustrations, and photography, all of which help to paint a fuller picture of the event and to trace its impact and legacy.
Tales of Michigan
Call Number: H 977.4 J55
Chosen to give the reader an insight into Michigan's rich and varied historical heritage, each of these tales relates a different aspect of the state's past.
I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford
Call Number: H 921 F699SN
From an acclaimed popular historian comes a fresh, meticulous, and entertaining account of Henry Ford and his invention of the Model-T--the machine that defined the dawning age in America.
Anointed With Oil
Miller, C. John
Call Number: H 921 M6473
In the own folksy, friendly manner that is his hallmark, C. John Miller, America's most honored spokesman for the United States petroleum independents, guides us through his adventures as an oilman and as spokesman for the U.S. independent oil and natural gas exploration industry during the times of the nation's worst energy crisis to date, in the 1970s .... with cautionary words about our energy future.
Michigan Legends: Folktales and Lore from the Great Lakes State
Call Number: H 398.209774 J291
Set in a range of historical time periods and locales as well as featuring a collage of ethnic traditions—including Native American, French, English, African American, and Finnish—these tales are a vivid sample of the state’s rich cultural heritage.
Monday Night Live. Keith Roe interviews S. B. Siegel [videorecording] : 4-1-13
Call Number: H DVD 709.2 S5716M
An interview with artist Suzanne B. Siegel about her art education, her process of painting, and the role of an artist.
Walter C. Wood in the Michigan Sixth, a Wood Family History: One Hundred Fifty Year Anniversary of the Siege of Port Hudson
Call Number: H 973.781 B128
This book is the story of Walter C Wood of Allegan Michigan who enlisted as a volunteer in the Sixth Michigan Infantry at the start of the American Civil War. The events that are cited, happened, I filled in the details with fiction as close as I could to the reality of the time. The Sixth Michigan Regiment is historically significant in that it participated in the siege of the last remaining fort controlled by the Confederacy that blocked the Mississippi River to north south traffic. The regiment also provided support and leadership for the first charge on an enemy stronghold by a regiment containing an all colored troop.--from amazon.com.
Michigan's Haunted Legends and Lore
Call Number: H 133.1 R656.1
Journey across the State of Michigan, rich in history, to read over 40 tales of the strange, the unusual, and the haunted of centuries past.
Border Crossings: The Detroit River Region in the War of 1812
Call Number: H 973.52 B728
Collected essays about the Detroit River region before, during and after the War of 1812.
Neighborhood Statistics 1990, City of Kalamazoo, Michigan
Call Number: H 304.6 M6241 1990 CPH-K-1
Neighborhood statistics compiled by Community Information System, Western Michigan University using Census Bureau data.
Women's Resource Directory
Call Number: H 362.83 W87272 1999
A county-by-county directory of federal, state, county, and city agencies that assist Michigan women in many and various ways.
Uniform crime report
Call Number: H 364 U5811 2003
Crime data for Michigan - broken down by county, agency, month, etc.
Michigan Boys in Blue, A Compendium of Michigan's Contribution to the Union War Effort in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865, Grand Rapids Area
Call Number: H 973.7 M6235 V.3
Lists soldiers who served in the Civil War from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.
Ganges Township, Allegan County, Michigan: History, Legends and Memories
Call Number: H 977.414 H187.1
History of the township including many historic photos.
Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit
Call Number: H 977.434 A9355
Over the years, many of Detroit's most beautiful buildings--packed with marble, ornate metalwork, painted ceilings and glitz and glamour--have been reduced to dust. From the hallowed halls of Old City Hall to the floating majesty of steamships to the birthplace of the automotive industry, Dan Austin, author of Lost Detroit and creator of HistoricDetroit.org, recaptures stories and memories of a forgotten Detroit, giving readers a glimpse into some of the most stunning buildings this city has ever known.
Abstracts of the Testamentary Proceedings of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, Vol. 42
Skinner, V. L.
Call Number: H 929.3752 S6285
Volume 42, the conclusion to this prodigious series, refers to nearly 5,000 colonial inhabitants of the Province of Maryland. As with the previous books, for the most part, the transcriptions state the names of the principals (testators, heirs, guardians, witnesses, and so forth), details of bequests, names of slaves, appraisers, and more.
Michigan Boys in Blue, A Compendium of Michigan's Contribution to the Union War Effort in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865, Decatur Area
Call Number: H 973.7 M6235 V.2
Lists soldiers who served in the Civil War from Decatur, Mi and the surrounding area.
Michigan Boys in Blue, A Compendium of Michigan's Contribution to the Union War Effort in the Civil War 1861-1865, Buchanan Area
Call Number: H 973.7 M6235 V.1 ED.2
Lists soldiers who served in the Civil War from Bertrand, Buchanan, Galien and Weesaw Townships in Berrien County, Michigan.
Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women & Gibson's "Banner" Guitars of WWII
Call Number: H 787.8719 T4584
Some seventy women sit in four rows in front of the Gibson Guitar factory in the mid-1940s. Conventional wisdom and company lore had it that Gibson had ceased guitar production during World War II, with only “seasoned craftsmen” too old for war doing repairs and completing the few instruments already in progress. What were these women doing there? The image so bedeviled Thomas that he eventually set out to find at least one of the women in the photograph. He found a dozen. Along the way he would discover that despite denials that endured into the 1990s, Gibson employed a nearly all female workforce to build thousands of wartime guitars, each marked with a small, golden “banner” containing the slogan “Only a Gibson is Good Enough.”
Genealogy : essential research methods
Call Number: H 929.1 O813
This book is the ideal companion for anybody researching their family tree. It provides advice and inspiration on methods and problem-solving and helps the amateur family historian understand what successful professionals do to get results, and why we should copy them.
Chippewa Lake: A Community in Search of an Identity
Call Number: H 977.452 H9132
Hull (anthropology, Grand Valley State U.) offers an intimate and complex portrayal of Chippewa Lake and how this Michigan small town has been affected by economic and demographic changes. The chapters in this ethnographic study examine the difficult transformation the area is facing as it shifts from an agriculture-based economy to one relying on wage labor. As a resident for nearly 30 years, Hull focuses on the family as the unit for analysis and gives a comprehensive look at the ways local residents have adapted to new economic structures while having their rural cultural values challenged by newcomers.
The Early Days of Aviation in Grand Rapids
Call Number: H 629.13 B427
Perch next to the first man to fly over Grand Rapids and share the spine-tingling thrills of wing-walker Ormer Locklear. Learn how barnstormer "Fish" Hassell led locals to the sky from the shores of Reeds Lake and paved the way for a new air route to Europe. Be there as helicopters and gliders roll off Grand Rapids assembly lines during World War II. Cheer Charles Lindbergh as he steps out of the Spirit of St. Louis at the old Kent County Airport. Ride from Grand Rapids to Detroit on the country's first passenger airline. With journalist Gordon Beld as your pilot, you're in for a spectacular aerial view of Grand Rapids aviation.
The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics
Call Number: H 921 M412F
In 1831, Stevens T. Mason was named Secretary of the Michigan Territory at the tender age of 19, two years before he could even vote. The youngest presidential appointee in American history, Mason quickly stamped his persona on Michigan life in large letters. After championing the territory's successful push for statehood without congressional authorization, he would defend his new state's border in open defiance of the country's political elite and then orchestrate its expansion through the annexation of the Upper Peninsula---all before his official election as Michigan's first governor at age 24, the youngest chief executive in any state's history.The Boy Governor tells the complete story of this dominant political figure in Michigan's early development.
Etching 1867 Corporation Hall and a Community's Growth
Call Number: H 720.9774 E838
History, events, accounts, scenes & images from the SW1/4 S15 T2S R11W Kalamazoo's 160-acre core downtown: land ownership path to the 1867 Corporation Hall.
A City Within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Call Number: H 323.1196 R665
A City Within a City is a case study of the civil rights era as it happened in smaller cities, focusing specifically on the struggles involving school integration and bureaucratic reforms in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The efforts to dismantle structures of racial inequality had a very different flavour in smaller northern cities than they did in other parts of the north, and Robinson's book should add a new dimension to our understanding of how the civil rights movement operated in a part of the country that has only recently become an object of focus among historians.
Index to the Creek Rolls
Call Number: H 975.004 M6541
This index is alphabetically arranged by surname and includes roll number, census card number, age, sex and degree of blood. Classification categories are: Creek by Blood, Creek by Blood New Born, Creek by Blood Minors, Creek Freedmen, Creek Freedmen New Born and Creek Freedmen Minors.. The book contains approximately 19,000 individual entries, information regarding current enrollment requirements, and background information on the Dawes Commission.
A Guide to Tracing your Clare Ancestors
Call Number: H 929.34193 S6437
This book sets out the records available for research on the history of County Clare families, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect. For each type of record, it describes the background to their compilation, and the categories of people and data included. It also provides background on the social history of County Clare and how this history has affected the keeping and survival of records.
Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries
Call Number: H 929.1 T2444.3
Historical family photos are cherished heirlooms that offer a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. But the images, and the stories behind them, often fade away as decades pass - the who, when, where and why behind the photos are lost. In this book, photo identification expert and genealogist Maureen A. Taylor shows you how to study the clues in your old family photos to put names to faces and recapture their lost stories.
How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers
Call Number: H 929.1 C7729
The author presents information about how to research family history in newspapers, along with her expert advice and tips for both hands-on and online genealogical research in newspapers.
Family Maps of Montmorency County
Call Number: H 912.77483 B7895
Maps of Montmorency County, Michigan including homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, and railroads.
Michigan Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff
Call Number: H 917.74 B947 2012
3rd edition. This definitive collection of the Great Lakes State's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things is filled with quirky photographs throughout and maps for each region. "Michigan ""Curiosities" includes humorous state facts and amusing stories and serves as a combination almanac, off-the-wall travel guide, and wacky news gazette.
The Genealogist's Internet: The Essential Guide to Researching Your Family History Online
Call Number: H 929.10285 C5553 2012
This practical guide identifies the major websites and online sources of data available to family historians. It is ideal for both beginners and more experienced researchers as it explores the most useful sources and helps readers to navigate each one. The Genealogist's Internet features fully updated URLs and all of the recent developments in online genealogy. This includes the expansion in: online census records and wills; civil registration indexes; DNA matching; surname studies; genealogy blogs; and information on digitized historical maps and photographs.This fully updated fifth edition, endorsed by the National Archives, is the comprehensive guide for anyone researching their family history online.
Family Maps of LaGrange County, Indiana
Call Number: H 912.77279 B7895
Maps of LaGrange County, Indiana including homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, and railroads.
Mastering Immigration & Naturalization Records
Quillen, W. Daniel
Call Number: H 929.1 Q67.3
This volume in Cold Spring Press's new "Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy" gets to the heart of what genealogical research is for most Americans: hitting the shores of the Atlantic Ocean looking east to the UK, Ireland, and Europe as they begin their search for their ancestors. Largely a nation populated by European immigrants from the 17th through early 20th centuries, immigration and naturalization records is often just the source needed to locate important genealogical information.
Legendary Locals of Plymouth, Michigan
Call Number: H 977.433 D244
Plymouth, a charming town 40 miles west of Detroit, is rich with history and interesting people. Though the community has undergone many changes and much growth throughout the years, it maintains a small, stylish downtown feel. Much of that can be attributed to the town's residents--dedicated folks who take pride in their community and aim to make it stronger and better, year after year. Whether through industry, education, volunteer work, the arts, or philanthropy, the people in Legendary Locals of Plymouth saw a need and acted on it, helping make Plymouth what it is today.
Preserving Historic Architecture: The Official Guidelines
Call Number: H 720.288 P9336
The National Park Service, a branch of the Department of the Interior, knows preservation. In its hundred-year existence, the service has dealt with just about every problem an old structure can have. Whether it is removing graffiti in Manhattan or rebuilding a barn in Oregon, the National Park Service knows what to do. Here are the official U.S. guidelines, a lively and instructive collection of tried and tested knowledge and reliable techniques, written by the top experts in the field.
Detroit: An American Autopsy
Call Number: H 977.434 L475
LeDuff shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer. Detroit is a dark comedy of the absurdity of American life in the twenty-first century, a deeply human drama of colossal greed and endurance, ignorance and courage.
Project Remember: A National Index of Gravesites of Notable Americans
A categorized index of the gravesites of over 5300 Americans and others who left their marks on our culture, ranging from Columbus (d. 1506) to Ansel Adams (d. 1984).
Glory, Valor & Sacrifice: Michigan Sites Significant to the Civil War
Call Number: H 973.7 I44
Guidebook identifying Michigan markers, monuments, museum exhibits, forts, buildings, landmarks and grave sites connected to the Civil War.
Founders of New England
Call Number: H 929.374 D763
Result of some researches among the British Archives for information relative to the founders of New England: made in the years 1858, 1859, and 1860.
Wildflowers of the Western Great Lakes Region
Call Number: H 582.13 W4546
The western Great Lakes region is home to a diverse assemblage of habitats that offers exceptional opportunities to see numerous interesting wildflowers. In an approach unique to wildflower books, Wildflowers of the Western Great Lakes Region presents more than 270 wildflower species in a full-color, coffee-table format according to the habitats in which they are most commonly found. Within the eleven habitat groupings, the species follow as closely as possible the order in which the flowers bloom in this area.
The Parish Register of Saint Peter's, New Kent County, Virginia, 1680-1787
Call Number: H 929.375543 P233
When New Kent County was formed from New York County in 1654 in also included what is now King William, King and Queen, and Hanover counties. It is not known when St. Peter's Parish was founded, but the vestry book begins in 1682. This volume includes birth, baptism, marriage, and death records as recorded in their original order along with a complete name index. It includes records on both blacks and whites.
Indiana Negro register, 1852-1865
Call Number: H 929.3772 I3974
Indiana Negro Register, 1852-1865 - Coy D. Robbins. This volume is a compilation of fifteen “Registers of Negroes and Mulattoes” maintained by the Clerk of County Courts between 1852 and 1865. They were mandated by “An Act to enforce the thirteenth article of the Constitution approved in 1852.” For the first time these registers have been made available in one publication, fully indexed, with documentation. An important source of African American history during the antebellum era, this book also contains a wealth of genealogical information.
Burials of War of 1812 Veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Call Number: H 929.3755 B958
This publication includes over 4,400 known War of 1812 veteran burials in all Virginia counties and independent cities, including the City of Alexandria which belonged to the District of Columbia during the war period.
The Place Where the Crooked Tree Stood
Call Number: H 977.488 C2675
A history of L'Arbre Croche, focusing on the settlements of Good Hart and Middle Village, from the recollections of those who came this way and stayed a while.
North America's Maritime Funnel: The Ships That Brought the Irish, 1749-1852
Call Number: H 929.3415 P9842.1
The Maritime Provinces of Canada--New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island--were a convenient destination for tens of thousands of Irish immigrants between 1749 and 1852. Functioning as the narrow end of a funnel through which thousands dispersed widely across the North American continent, the Maritimes offered easy access and cheap fares, beckoning emigrants from Ireland’s catchment areas along the waterways of Dublin, Londonderry, and Cork.In all, there is documentation on about 1,050 voyages between Ireland and the Maritimes, and in this book Mr. Punch provides a chronological list of the voyages, gives the names of the vessels, their port and date of departure as well as their port of arrival, indicates the number of passengers and sometimes their names and destination, and adds a great variety of information concerning passengers and crew and the voyages themselves.
Jamestown People to 1800: Landowners, Public Officials, Minorities, and Native Leaders
Call Number: H 929.37554 M4788
Following up on her lauded Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635, McCartney presents a well-researched compilation of biographies on all members on record of our nation's first English settlement society between 1607 and 1800. The introduction sets the stage, describing the roles of geography and events of the day in the formation of counties. Equally helpful, a 28-page synopsis of Jamestown's history precedes the bulk of the book: biographical sketches of its inhabitants. However, it is the inclusion of more than a thousand non-landowners that sets this work apart.
Bonnets and Hats, 1840-1900
Call Number: H 929.1 T2444.2
Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective explores the history of toques and top hats, bowlers, and bonnets to add another dimension to understanding your family photographs.
A guide to tracing your Westmeath ancestors
Call Number: H 929.3415 C75269
Westmeath, often referred to as the ‘Lake County’, is a prosperous midland county whose main towns are Athlone and Mullingar. The major Gaelic families in the county include O’Flanagan, MacAuley, MacGeoghegan, Brennan, O’Coffey, O’Mulleady, O’FInlan, O’Growney, O’Melaghlin and O’Daly. Later Norman arrivals included DeLacy, Plunkett, Nugent, Tuite, Petit, Delamar, and Dalton, and later still English adventurer families to arrive included Ledwich, Dardis and Gaynor. The lives and activities of these various peoples of Westmeath have generated a huge variety of records, many of which can be useful to the family historian. This book explains what records exist and how to use them to best advantage.
Ink Trails: Michigan's Famous and Forgotten Authors
Call Number: H 810.9 D3891
This book about Michigan writers created by two Michigan writers interested in regional history is organized by region within the state; each region contains biographies of three to six writers.
A Guide to Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors
Call Number: H 929.3415 R988.1
Sligo is a maritime county in the Northwest of Ireland, perhaps most famous for its scenery and as the home of the poet W.B. Yeats. Sligo families are a mixture of native Gaelic families, and of some Cromwellian settlers who arrived in the 17th century. Common names include Scanlon, O'Healy, Brennan, Gallagher, O'Hara, O’Gara, O'Dowd, Kelly, Burke, Boland, McDonnell, McDonagh, Conlon, Breheny, Kelly, Feeney, Gallagher, Gilmartin, McGowan, (O)'Hart, Higgins, Connor/ O'Connor, McDonagh, Walsh, Egan and (O)'Crean. The main ‘gentry’ families in the county are Cooper, Crofton, Gore, Nicholson, Ormsby, Parke, Phibbs, Irwin and Wood. It is one of the counties which experienced a high level of emigration to North America and elsewhere, and the port of Sligo was a major port of embarkation during the mass exodus of the famine period. This book sets out the records available for Sligo, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect in tracing Sligo families.
The Marriage License Bonds of Northumberland County, Virginia from 1783 to 1850
Call Number: H 929.375521 N921
Northumberland County had no marriage register before 1850, so these records, gathered from loose papers in the County Clerk's Office, are unique. About 3,000 marriage bonds are listed, giving the names of about 7,500 brides, grooms, parents and sureties, and the bond date. In a good many instances, proof of marriage is shown by the """"consent"""" of either the contracting parties themselves or their parents, in some cases giving the dates of birth and the place of marriage. There is an index of brides' names.
The Flying Farm Boy: a Michigan Memoir
Call Number: H 921 B6724
The joys and challenges of life on a small farm are fast becoming a distant memory in our society, but for author Daniel Boerman, the memories are crystal clear. Through his memoir, The Flying Farm Boy, Boerman enables you, the reader, to appreciate life in a fresh new way by sharing his simple boyhood lifestyle; one he believes represents a rich heritage full of meaning for today.
The people of the Scottish Borders, 1650-1800
Call Number: H 929.3411 D635.19
This book from Dr. David Dobson identifies persons who lived in the counties of Berwickshire, Peebles-shire, Roxburghshire, and Selkirkshire, the region known as the Scottish Borders. Located in southeastern Scotland, mainly along the border with England, the Scottish Borders region was associated from the Middle Ages through the early 17th century with near continuous conflict caused by invading armies and also by raiders who crossed the border to steal goods and rustle livestock. The latter were known as the reivers and were generally composed of members of the same extended family, often bearing the same distinctive surname. The royal union of Scotland and England in 1603 resulted in better law enforcement along the border, breaking the power and influence of the reiving families (e.g., Cranston, Gilchrist, Rutherford, Carruthers, Laidlaw, Moffat, Turner), some of whom either opted to fight in foreign wars or immigrate to Ireland. It was the Agricultural Revolution of the following century, however, that accelerated the out-migration from the Scottish Borders to either the industrial towns of the Scottish Lowlands, England, the Americas, or, later, to Australasia.Drawing upon the resources of the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh, Dr. Dobson here identifies upwards of 3,000 inhabitants of the Scottish Borders who themselves, or whose descendants, took part in this exodus. His sources consist, in the main, of court records, registers of deeds or sasines, burgh records, family and estate papers, published monument inscription lists, and so forth. For each person identified (e.g., George Home who ends up in Nova Scotia in 1649), we are given a date, location, and the source. The majority of entries also provide at least one other piece of identifying information, such as occupation, the kind of document in which the name appears, or relationship to another person (husband, son, etc.). All in all, this is another fine piece of genealogical detective work from David Dobson.
A Guide to Tracing Your Galway Ancestors
Call Number: H 929.3415 O269
This book sets out the records available for research on the history of County Galway families, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect. For each type of record, it describes the background to their compilation, and the categories of people and data included. It also provides background on the social history of County Galway and how this history has affected the keeping and survival of records. Galway was a major emigration county.
The Village Table: A Delicious History of Food in the Saugatuck-Douglas Area
Call Number: H 641.59774 H774
This book celebrates the Saugatuck-Douglas area by exploring its food. It is both an historical survey and a resource for cooks. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the local food scene and concludes with a selection of menus and recipes that feature locally-available ingredients.
Western Massachusetts Families of 1790
Call Number: H 929.3744 W5277
In 1790 Western Massachusetts was a crossroads for New England families heading west into New York or north into Vermont. The transient nature of families living in this area, especially during the post-Revolutionary War years, presents certain genealogical challenges. Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 contains fifty genealogical sketches of heads of households and a listing of their children.
The Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920-1950
Call Number: H 796.35764 A5522
Examines in text and many rare photographs a thiry-year span of Tigers baseball, from 1920 to 1950.
Detroit's Historic Places of Worship
Call Number: H 726 D4836
A vibrantly photographed historical survey of significant Detroit houses of worship.
Faithful Unto Death: A Novel, Based on True Events
Call Number: H MYSTERY THAC
Benzonia, Michigan, 1894: a sleepy Congregationalist community, dedicated to the education of hardworking and virtuous young people of both sexes and all races. Anna Spencer Thacker is the daughter of missionaries, a faithful wife, and mother of five, pious to a fault. She is suddenly stricken with a mysterious ailment that soon proves fatal. Was it truly an unfortunate illness? Or was it murder---or suicide?Taking a true story of a murder in her own family, Becky Thacker has crafted a historical mystery novel whose cast of characters rapidly builds, including William Henry Thacker as deputy sheriff, deacon in his church, a kind man . . . but perhaps just a trifle too fond of the attractive young housekeeper; and Charlotte Spencer, the pretty missionary sister, almost saintly in her efforts to bring Jesus to the Armenians in the mountains of Turkey, though a bit prone to exaggeration. She could be a suspect---or the next target.
Ancestors of American Presidents
Call Number: H 929.2 A538 2012
This revised edition of Gary Boyd Roberts's popular title has been updated to include information about the 44th president, Barack Obama, as well as new information about previous presidents. Building on the comprehensive research conducted for the previous edition, Roberts has exhaustively investigated the most reliable genealogical sources. Includes 160 charts and comprehensive index.
The Search for the Westmoreland: Lake Michigan's Treasure Shipwreck
Call Number: H 977.4 R5249
On December 7, 1854, the Propeller Westmoreland foundered in deep water near Sleeping Bear Dune, killing seventeen of her crew and passengers. Seventeen crew and passengers lived, however, and landed in lifeboats on the shore of Platte Bay. Soon after the passenger steamer's sinking, rumors began circulating of $10,000 in gold coins in her safe and 280 barrels of whiskey in her hold. For the next 150 years the Westmoreland was one of the most sought after shipwrecks in all the Great Lakes, eluding salvagers, wreckhunters and divers alike. The Westmoreland was discovered July 7, 2010 by diver/historian Ross Richardson of Lake Ann, Michigan. An authentic look at treasure hunting and shipwreck diving.
The Expansion of New England: The Spread of New England Settlement and Institutions to the Mississippi River, 1620-1865
Call Number: H 974 R8136
Originally published in 1909, this history of westward expansion provides an important context and framework for anyone researching their early New England and pioneer ancestors.Topics include the socio-economic and religious impetuses for migrating first to New England and then westward, war’s impact on the ever-shifting frontier, the settlers’ relationship with Native Americans, the history of the formation of new states, and more.Nearly 30 detailed maps help illustrate settlement patterns east of the Mississippi River in the 17th and 18th centuries and the population migration shift to Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the Old Northwest Territory during the 19th century.
Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations
Call Number: H 385.314 H6891
A photographic survey of 31 railroad stations around the state of Michigan with architectural observations and short histories of each.
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