Book Review: Hinrich, Annals of an Immigrant Family, 1866-1913

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Hinrich_bookHinrich, Annals of an Immigrant Family, 1866-1913
by David Schlichting. Memoir Books. 2015. 292 pages.

Mr. Schlichting consulted a wide variety of German migration references, and it shows in the background information he provides as he relates his family history within the larger context of the social times of their residencies in Europe and America. He notably brings to life the course of events his research uncovered.

The Hinrich Schlichtings immigrated in 1869 from northern Germany, passing through the American cities of Cincinnati and Milwaukee, finally making their homes in the farming areas of Wabasha County, Minnesota. Some families traveled farther west into Oregon.

Mr. Schlichting nicely transforms fact into story, such as when he describes an early Minnesota settlement:

NEHGS Announces Publication of The Great Migration Directory by Award-Winning Genealogist Robert Charles Anderson

The following announcement was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS):

The Latest Work in a Series of Early American Genealogical Resources by Anderson Is One of the Most Important to Be Published on New England

Study Estimates 95% of All People in New England Enumerated in First U.S. Census Trace Their Ancestry to Great Migration Immigrants

September 22, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has announced the publication and release of the latest work by Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Directory, Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640: A Concise Compendium. A nationally celebrated scholar of early American immigration, history, and genealogy, Anderson has served as Director of NEHGS’s Great Migration Study Project since its beginning in 1985.


How to Make a Book Available to Everyone

oldbookDo you own an out-of-copyright genealogy or family history book? Perhaps your local library or genealogy society owns such books? If so, would you like to make the books available to everyone?

A newsletter reader sent an email message to me and described a genealogy book she had found in a collection of items inherited from a recently-deceased relative. She wanted to make the book available to a member of the family described in the book but wasn’t sure how to find an interested descendent of that family. My suggestion: Don’t give the book to just one person who might read it and then put it on the shelf, hidden from all the other descendants. Instead, give it to everyone.

You can find a number of organizations that accept book collections and digitize them. However, the majority of these organizations are set up to accept dozens, if not hundreds, of books at one time. The receipt of a single book is not practical when the scanning process is geared for accepting, cataloging, and scanning large numbers of books at once. is an exception.

Really Cheap e-book Deals

FiftyShadesI have written often about the advantages of e-books. It used to be frustrating when e-books cost as much as printed books despite the obvious facts that publishing costs for e-books are significantly lower than the costs of  publishing traditional books. Luckily, that is now changing.

Writing in the Cheapskate Blog, Rick Broida writes that Google Play has a huge, limited-time e-book sale going on right now. This isn’t one or two high-profile books accompanied by a bunch you’ve never heard of; the selection includes one bestseller after another. Most of them can be purchased for $1.99 or $2.99 with a very few at higher prices. The highest-priced e-book I see on the list sells for $4.99, still a fraction of the price of the same book printed on paper. You can read the books on Windows, Macintosh, iPad, or Android devices.

eBook: Sources for Genealogical Research at the Austrian War Archives in Vienna (Kriegsarchiv Wien)

The 20-page booklet, Sources for Genealogical Research at the Austrian War Archives in Vienna (Kriegsarchiv Wien) by Christoph Tepperberg, Director of the Kriegsarchiv, is available online free of charge. Best of all, the booklet is published in English.

Here is the table of contents:

Book Review: Evidence Explained

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

EvidenceExplainedEvidence Explained
Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace
by Elizabeth Shown Mills
892 pages. Published by Genealogical Publishing Co. 2015.

Boy, is it ever tough to bear the genealogist who slaps online family genealogies into his or her genealogy program and calls it good. Thank goodness I have Evidence Explained to come home to. Not just for the citation models, but for the reasoning, the rationale, and the script when I have the opportunity to discuss (stay calm, stay calm) the merits of citations to my Download The Genealogy friends.

Ms. Mills’ first citational guide, Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian is 124 pages long, published in 1997. Next came Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 884 pages and first published in 2007. Now we have the Third Edition, 892 pages long, and Ms. Mills should finally be able to take a well-earned rest.

Book Review: Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City
By Joseph Buggy
Genealogical Publishing Co. 2014. 165 pages.

This manual describes the resources available to the researcher looking for Irish ancestors in the five boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. The time period is from the beginning of the 1800s to the early 1900s.

First chapters describe the history of, and contents of, the collections of city records, censuses, vital records, and what the author calls “underutilized records”:

  • Almshouse records: New York City provided assistance to the destitute and homeless at various almshouses located throughout the city; the Almshouse Collection begins with records in 1758.
  • Potter’s Field burials: also known as City Cemetery; records since 1869.
  • Public sector employment records: records of public sector employees, many of them Irish as a result of Tammany Society politics, from 1883 to 1968.
  • List of newspapers published for Irish Americans and Catholics in the 1800s.

Book Review: Wood – A Family of Kent

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

A Family of Kent
by Charles Wood.
Ian Hodgkins & Co Ltd., United Kingdom. 2015. 172 pages.

In his introduction, Mr. Wood acknowledges the fragility of his evidence before the eighteenth century.

I admire a genealogist who uses the words “probably,” and “likely,” acknowledging what we all know but might refuse to admit: ersatz family history lurks around every repository corner. Mr. Wood discusses not only what he found, but what he couldn’t find, and the implications of both to his family history.

I especially like his phrasing “…with reasonable confidence [emphasis mine] Richard Wood (1655-1704/5) can be identified as a direct ancestor of a family group of Minster and Milton.” This is a researcher you can trust.

“The People Who Made Me,” an Illustrated Children’s Book with a Genealogy Connection

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It may be a children’s book but The People Who Made Me also is a genealogy book. It tells a young child about “the people who made me,” focusing on the child’s ancestry. It describes “Those people, who made the people, who made the people, who made me.” It also describes the adventures and sometimes hardships that many of these ancestors endured so the child could be given the gift of life.

Author Troy Hallewell is raising money on Kickstarter to fund the printing and promotion needed for this new book. He writes, “I’ve really been trying to get this project in front of the eyeballs of people interested in genealogy and I’ve had some success so far.” He also stated, “I’ve raised over $600 in pre sales, but I need to raise another $1400 in order to fully fund the project. I know this project might go unfunded and I can live with that. But I don’t want roll over and give up until I have done everything I can to promote the book.”

Book Review: Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders

by James Pylant. Jacobus Books, 2015. 246 pages.

From the back cover of the book:

In 1925 Texans were stunned when a teenager’s severed head was found in an abandoned farmhouse near the town of Stephenville. An investigation led to ex-convict F.M. Snow and the mysterious disappearances of his wife and mother-in-law.

But this shocking, bloody saga began 50 years earlier.

Book Review: Korzenie Polskie, Polish Roots

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Korzenie Polskie, Polish Roots
by Rosemary A. Chorzempa. Genealogical Publishing Co., 2014. 270 pages.

This second edition of Rosemary Chorzempa’s book is a welcome update of what is simply the best Polish genealogy book out there. With several sections of new material particularly focused on online research, Polish Roots re-asserts its place as a singular and essential Polish research guide.

Part One: Research in America covers the American documents we can pursue: the trunk in the attic, ciocia kasia (talking to your family), church records such as parish anniversary books, cemetery, gravestone, and funeral records, obituaries, fraternal societies, alien and draft registration records, the U.S. Passport Office, and other resources. She writes excellent instructions for using the records of the Family History Library and Centers, she describes the Polish Museum of America Archives and Library in Chicago as well as several (American) Polish genealogical societies, and offers a list of local and regional repositories with Polish collections.

Book Review: How to Do Everything: Genealogy

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Fourth Edition
by George G. Morgan. Published by McGraw Hill. 2015. 490 pages.

Does George Morgan ever sleep? With several already-published genealogy research guides available, he sure hasn’t slowed down much. This newest book appears to be his most substantial work so far.

This latest book is jam-packed with genealogy research information, with very few blank pages among the total count of 490+. Even the inside pages of the covers have text: The inside front cover summarizes What You’ll Do in This Book and the inside back cover lists the Best Starting Points on the Internet for Your Research. Not much wasted space here.

Book Review: The People of Ireland 1600-1699, Part Four

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

The People of Ireland 1600-1699, Part Four
by David Dobson
Printed for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Publishing Co., 2014. 114 pages.

Mr. Dobson gathered the 17th-century names of “ordinary people” whose roots were native to Ireland, or who were immigrant English, with a few names of Huguenot and Dutch immigrants. These collected names can be used to identify locations of families during the 1600s. Those persons of Scottish origin are collected in Mr. Dobson’s Scots-Irish Links, 1575-1725, and are not included in the People of Ireland works.

Mr. Dobson writes that there are few church baptism, marriage, and burial records from the Irish Catholic parishes before the mid-1750s. Presbyterian church records date from the 1670s, and the Quakers maintained records from the 1650s. As the predominant religion, the missing Catholic records represent a significant amount of missing data. Mr. Dobson accessed a considerable amount of material not available to the ordinary researcher, along with primary sources such as governmental records and references found in Irish, British, and European sources.

NGS Introduces Four New Research in the States Books: California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska

The National Genealogical Society has introduced four new books for genealogists. I noticed that one of them (Nebraska) was written by Bobbi King who writes most of the book reviews that are published in this newsletter. (Hey, Bobbi. Can I write the review of YOUR book?)

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 MAY 2015—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the publication of four, new books as part of its Research in the States series, which now covers research in more than twenty-two states. The newest volumes are Research in California by Sheila Benedict; Research in Missouri, 3rd edition, by Ann Carter Fleming, cgSM, cglSM, fngs; Research in Oklahoma by Kathy Huber, MLS; and Research in Nebraska by Roberta “Bobbi” King. The books are now available in the NGS store in both PDF and print versions. The print versions will ship after 31 May.

Book Reviews: Manitoba Scrip 2nd Edition and Northwest Half-Breed Scrip – 1885

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Manitoba Scrip 2nd Edition
Compiled by Gail Morin
Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., 2015. 330 pages

Northwest Half-Breed Scrip – 1885
Compiled by Gail Morin
Reprint by Genealogical Publishing Co., [1997] 2015. 287 pages.

Ms. Morin has compiled a massive number of names of Canadian Half-Breed scrip recipients, those persons of mixed white and Indian blood.

Manitoba Scrip contains the names of scrip recipients who were Mètis, as well as recipients who were Half-Breeds. Original white settlers also were entitled to land or cash scrip if they had settled in Manitoba between 1813 and 1835.

Northwest Half-Breed Scrip contains names of residents of the Northwest territories who were Half-Breed heads of family or Half-Breed children who received land and money scrip.

Book Review: Genealogy and The Law

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Genealogy and The Law
A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian

by Kay Haviland Freilich & William B. Freilich
Published by the National Genealogical Society. 2014. 119 pages.

The law and its application to genealogy have become more and more a topic of interest to genealogists. Credit Judy Russell and The Legal Genealogist with her “Oh-My-Gosh-Isn’t-This-The-Most-Interesting-Law” blog accounts that draw us into her world of making sense of applying law to genealogy situations, both explanatory and amusing.

Genealogy and The Law is the latest in the Special Topics Series of books published by NGS. The authors, Kay Freilich has taught the Law Library course at the Samford Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, and William Freilich holds his JD from Villanova University and is retired from corporate law practice. The two authors have written a very nice introductory, and also useful for the experienced researcher, particularly the Citing Your Sources chapter, book that covers the whys and where-fors for considering the aspects of law in your research.

Book Review: Historic German Newspapers Online

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Historic German Newspapers Online
Compiled by Ernest Thode
Genealogical Publishing Co., 2014. 223 pages.

Ernest Thode is a name readily recognized in the German-researching community. His big, red, softbound German-English Genealogical Dictionary is likely on every German researcher’s bookshelf. I took it to Salt Lake City one year to help me transcribe microfilmed German church records, and it was a great help.

In German Newspapers Online, in the introductory pages, Mr. Thode writes, “…I contend that any search for a German or Eastern European ancestor is incomplete without looking in German-language newspapers for that area….There are now thousands of titles online, many scanned with OCR software, some full-text searchable, and others viewable by going chronologically and page by page (like the olden days of cranking a microfilm reader).” Newspapers of 50 years or older are the subject of his book, with some more current editions noted for their genealogical value.

NEHGS announces the Publication of Deborah Child’s, Soldier, Engraver, Forger: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic

The following announcement was written by the folks at the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

April 23, 2015 – Boston, Massachusetts – New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announces the publication of the latest work by Deborah Child.

In this richly illustrated biography, the author follows in the footsteps of Richard Brunton, a British grenadier who fought in the American Revolution before deserting in 1779. A trained engraver and diesinker, his primitive but charming works include some of the earliest pre-printed family registers in America. Despite his many talents and efforts, he was never able to make an honest living from his craft. Instead, he spent years living on the fringes of society, forging and counterfeiting currency, until his death in a New England almshouse in 1832.

Book Review: Elements of Genealogical Analysis

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Elements of Genealogical Analysis
By Robert Charles Anderson
New England Historic Genealogical Society. 2014. 168 pages.

Robert Charles Anderson secured his place in the pantheon of genealogical greats when he became Director of the Great Migration Study Project. Supported by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the published volumes titled the Great Migration Series represent a set of colonial biographies that anchors New England research. His Santa-Claus beard belies a suffers-no-fools independence and an intellect that his admirers immediately pronounce as “genius.” The American Society of Genealogists, limited to a lifetime membership of fifty Fellows, received Mr. Anderson as one of its own in 1978.

Mr. Anderson discovered his own New England roots some forty years ago. His investigations broadened beyond his own family to encompass the biographies of the New England colonists. The Migration Project subsequently issued:

Guinness confirms Confucius Family Tree as World’s Largest

The genealogical line of the ancient Chinese sage Confucius has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest family tree in history, containing the names of more than 2 million descendants, according to the latest edition of the Confucius genealogy book published in 2009.

According to those who have looked at the book (in Chinese), the Confucius Genealogy appears to contain many source citations and supporting documentation.


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