Books

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Local History and Genealogy Books are Available Online

The Kelowna and District Genealogical Society Cemetery Recording Committee has been busy! Members of the committee have written and published 15 books about Kelowna local history and genealogy and then published a 16th book that is an index to the other 15. The index book lists more than 9,000 names.

The printed books have sold out. However, all of them are also available online at no charge.

Book Review: Professional Genealogy – Preparation, Practice & Standards

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Professional Genealogy
Preparation, Practice & Standards
Edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Published by Genealogical Publishing Co. 2018. 678 pages.

I recently attended a morning meeting with my local genealogy group. As we were filing into the room, someone set out the new edition of Professional Genealogy for people to look at.

My colleague Sara saw the book and announced, “My dog ate my Progen.” We all chuckled, appreciating a weak attempt at humor so early in the morning. Then we heard a more insistent tone, “No, really, my dog ate Progen!” Now she’s got our attention. What kind of dog would eat Progen?

(+) Obtain an ISBN Number for Your Genealogy Book

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

“ISBN” stands for “International Standard Book Number.” An ISBN number is an ISO standard and normally is found in all books published in the United States since 1970 and on many books published in other countries as well. Technically, an ISBN number is not a requirement for any book; you may publish books without such a number. However, experience has shown that an ISBN number is required if you want the book to be listed in the many indexing and cataloging systems available. Also, an ISBN number is required for all books that are to be sold by Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most any other major bookseller. These booksellers use the ISBN numbers to order, inventory, and track books. If your book or ebook includes an ISBN number, it will also be listed in Bowker Books in Print®, which is used by all the major search engines and most bookstores and libraries.

Only the smallest self-published and self-marketed books can survive without ISBN numbers.

Now It’s Easy to Publish Your Family History in an Electronic Book with Gedcom Publisher

John Cardinal is well-known for the excellent software products and services he has created, including the genealogy hosting service, Family History Hosting, and his products that produce web pages for personal genealogy web sites: Second Site and GedSite. Now he has a new product that produces electronic books (ebooks) containing the results of your family history research. These ebooks can be read on most ebook readers, such as an iPad, as well as on Windows and Macintosh computers. Here is the announcement:

Narragansett, RI – July 25, 2018 – Family History Hosting, LLC is pleased to announce Gedcom Publisher.

Gedcom Publisher is a ground-breaking application that creates an electronic book in EPUB format by combining text and images you enter with information taken from your GEDCOM file. Gedcom Publisher knows the ins and outs of constructing a book in EPUB format, and it knows how to read your genealogy data. That means you can focus on the content of your family history book.

“Digital publishing is very popular,” said John Cardinal, CEO and Founder of Family History Hosting, “and it’s likely that when our grandchildren mature, most if not all their reading will be e-books, not paper books. That’s why we should create family histories using electronic books.”

Book Reviews: Some Lesser-known Resources

The following book reviews were written by Bobbi King:

Below are some resources that may be useful to genealogists.

Guide to Cuban Genealogical Research

By Peter E. Carr. Genealogical Publ. Co. 1991, reprinted 2001. 103 pages.

This small volume is several years old, but the content offers historical perspective on Cuba and its inhabitants that could be useful to the researcher looking into Cuban records and sources. A few examples of chapter content are information about land records, census records, newspaper records, consular records, along with a list of genealogical societies and social clubs. There is a list of references for further reading, and an index.

Cuban Census Records of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries; Censos, Padrones y Matrículas de la Población de Cuba Siglos 16, 17 y 18

Journeys: An American Story

A new book about the American immigration experience is about to be released. It looks like it should be a good read. Even Warren Buffet wrote, “It’s no secret that immigration has been a major reason behind America’s 242 (and counting) years of success. The stories that [authors] Andrew and Mary share illustrate the positive and powerful impact that immigration has had in weaving the fabric of America. Journeys is inspiring — I encourage you to read.”

Quoting from the book’s web site:

Scan and Digitize Your Books for $1 Each

I have been scanning genealogy books for several reasons. Finding information in digitized books is much easier and faster than manually searching through thousands of printed pages. However, the biggest reason is for a word that still gives me shivers. It is a word dreaded by almost every soon-to-be retiree:

DOWNSIZING

A few years ago, I became a “snowbird.” That is, I go south every winter and north every summer, following many of the birds. I now spend my winters in Florida where the weather is much more pleasant than where I have lived most of my life in the “snowbelt.” However, I still spend summers “up north.”

Having two homes has several obvious advantages but also more than a few disadvantages. First of all, it seems like every time I want to use something, such as a book full of genealogy information, it is always in “the other place.” That is a serious disadvantage for any genealogist!

Next, I downsized. My new home in the south is considerably smaller than where I spend my summers.

So here are the quandaries:

(+) EPUB: An Ebook Standard

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

Would you like to have your genealogy book or your society’s newsletter available as an ebook publication? There is a huge reading audience that is taking advantage of the many convenient mobile reading devices on the market now. The popularity of these devices for reading books, newspapers, and magazines continues to explode. The reading public seems to love them, and the people who publish the ebooks definitely love the low cost of publishing this way. You could be one of those publishers.

Of course, you can also continue to publish in whatever format you already use: DOC, TXT, HTML, PDF, or even the old-fashioned way: printed on paper. You can use EPUB files as a second publishing method, allowing your readers to choose the format they prefer.

Put into the right format, your genealogy book or your society’s newsletter can easily be read on any of the many available ebook readers, including iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and many other ebook readers. The “secret” is to publish the document in EPUB format. With the tools described in this article, that is easy to do.

Internet Archive’s Book Scanning Robot

This is the way to digitize old books! The Internet Archive’s version of the Kirtas APT 1200 book scanning system in Toronto, Ontario, is shown in this video. Simply insert a (bound) book, press a button or two, and let the robotic scanner turn the pages automatically, saving a digital image of each and every page as it operates.
The first section of the video shows an operator working with the robot on every page turn. Later there is a section in this 10-minute video where the robot runs without being touched.

Two Book Reviews in One: The Wicked Trade and also The Suffragette’s Secret

The following book reviews were written by Dina Carson, a Colorado genealogist, author, and publisher:

The Wicked Trade
by Nathan Dylan Goodwin. Self-published. 2018. 357 pages.

Morton Farrier, forensic genealogist, is back with a new case from the descendants of Ann Fothergill. They left behind a mysterious letter implying Ann’s association with the notorious Aldington Gang—a group of smugglers thought responsible for the murder of Quartermaster Richard Morgan.

They had been rounded up and hanged.

At least some of them were. How did the leader of the gang escape the gallows? And how did Ann make her way from “the tiny, filthy houses rife with poverty, larceny and prostitution” to own not one but several Inns and Public Houses?

Could she have been the key to the smugglers’ success and the gold they supposedly abandoned evading capture by the Preventative Officers—a ruthless group of King’s agents who had the power to order the execution of anyone caught smuggling. Was she the real ring leader, or merely caught up in the wicked trade? And which descendant is about to get caught up in the greed that often follows a tale of long lost gold? Only Morton Farrier can put together the clues to solve a nearly 200-year-old mystery.

A Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan Released

The following announcement was written by Jennifer Alford, Publisher of The In-Depth Genealogist

The fifth in a series of guides to popular research destinations

The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to present their newest book in the research series by writer, Katherine R. Willson entitled “A Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan”. The book is a great resource for genealogists who plan on researching in this geographic area. This guide offers information for genealogists regarding the top libraries, archives, and museums in Grand Rapids, as well as the surrounding areas. These repositories offer abundant treasures for the researcher of all levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Also highlighted in this guide are a wealth of non-genealogical options for urban adventurers, art aficionados, beer connoisseurs, nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and the universal tourist. One could easily spend a week in this area and only sample a small portion of what this part of Michigan has to offer: stunning scenery, fantastic food, and unique attractions.

Work is Underway at NYG&B on a Guide to New York’s State Archives

The following announcement was written by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:

NEW YORK CITY – April 27, 2018 – The NYG&B, New York’s oldest and largest genealogical organization, is spearheading the key publication.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has begun work on a guide to the New York State Archives, designed specifically for genealogists, local historians, and other researchers. The groundbreaking publication is being produced in cooperation with the New York State Archives and will be authored by professional genealogist Jane E. Wilcox.

The publication will feature more than 20 chapters outlining numerous materials from the New York State Archives collections key for tracing New York families. Ms. Wilcox, a member of the New York State Archives Advisory Committee and the NYG&B Family History Advisory Committee, brings a wealth of experience to the project. A full-time professional genealogist and the founder of Forget-Me-Not Ancestry, Ms. Wilcox focuses on colonial and early national New York and area research.

COSLA: eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries

Libraries everywhere are struggling as the world switches from printed books and magazines to e-publishing. Where do libraries fit into this brave new world?

A study by the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) suggests that libraries can grow and thrive by focusing on eBooks. The study suggests that libraries need to anticipate this shift and become part of the eBook story. The study isn’t new, being published in 2010. However, I believe the information in the study hasn’t changed appreciably since then.

Specifically, the study states that libraries must:

Book Reviews: 6 Books by Joseph Lee Boyle

The following was written by Bobbi King, EOGN.com’s Book Review Editor:

Delaware Runaways, 1720-1783, “Very impudent when drunk or sober”

White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1763-1768, “much given to Liquor, and chewing Tobacco”

White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1769-1772, “much addicted to strong drink and swearing”

White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1773-1775, “much given to strong liquor, and low company”

White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1776-1783, “she snuffs, drinks and smokes”

By Joseph Lee Boyle. Published by the Genealogical Publishing Company.

Thousands of white Europeans did not come to the American colonies as free men and women. They were transported from Britain as indentured servants, political exiles, or convicts. In every colony, enslaved white persons preceded the engagement of black slaves long before the blacks arrived. Some were abducted to the colonies, some were runaways from impoverished homes selling themselves as servants, and some were exiles and vagabonds. White bound labor remained significant until the American Revolution.

Book Review: American Settlements and Migrations: A Primer for Genealogists and Family Historians

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

American Settlements and Migrations: A Primer for Genealogists and Family Historians
by Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck. Published by Genealogical Publishing Company. 2017. 108 pages.

This is a smallish book, indeed a primer, “any book of elementary principles.” This book reviews the population movements of the New England states and colonies as well as the western states and Pacific coast areas.

Primer is an easy read, but full of information. Chapters overview the settlements of:

Book Review: History for Genealogists

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

History for Genealogists
By Judy Jacobson. Published by Genealogical Publishing Co. 2016. 310 pages.

This is a timeline style of book.

Understanding the social setting of our historical families sets the stage for appreciating why they moved, why they married those particular people, and why they undertook those particular occupations and endeavors of their lives.

History covers chronologically the events for military battles and wars, disease epidemics, economic events, migration trails, politics, disasters, and other momentous happenings.

Book Review: The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide
by James M. Beidler. Published by Family Tree Books, Cincinnati, OH. 2018. 239 pages.

This new Historical Newspapers Guide covers research in traditional newspapers and online newspaper sources.

Part One includes chapters on the history of newspapers, and information you’d expect to find:

  • The Historical Role of Newspapers
  • Records in Newspapers
  • Vital Records and Events in Newspapers
  • Obituaries and Other Death Notices
  • Understanding Newspaper Media

Book Review: The Acadian Miracle

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

The Acadian Miracle
by Dudley J. Le Blanc, revised and edited by M.M. Le Blanc. Published by BizEntine Press. 2016. 392 pages.

Dudley Joseph Le Blanc (1894-1971), who continued to speak his ethnic Cajun French language for all his life, was a patent oil salesman (made him wealthy), an elected Louisiana state legislator and congressional U.S. senator, staunch advocate and defender of Acadian culture and history, and author, whose books celebrated the life of Acadian peoples and memorialized the forced Acadian Exile via his extensive personal research and publication of Acadian history.

The Acadian Miracle was published 50 years ago, in 1966. (An earlier book, The True Story of the Acadians, was previously reviewed in this newsletter). His granddaughter, M.M. Le Blanc, has taken the original manuscript and improved upon it, while maintaining original text, source material, and tone. This 50th Anniversary edition contains new content, added tables and charts, and appendices reorganized and revised. There are simple pencil drawings of people and events that illustrate the text, some maps, and tables with names.

A Personal Library Without Books

The subject of printed books and electronic books (or e-books) has been featured in numerous past articles in this newsletter. Therefore, I was interested today to see an online Associated Press article and video at https://yhoo.it/2C9Pg9d about numerous universities that are purging many printed books from their shelves. In many cases, the libraries simply don’t have the room for all the old books, and the idea of expanding libraries is subject to budget constraints. If they want to purchase new books, even printed publications, the libraries have to free up shelf space. Also, according to one 2009 study of libraries, between staffing, utility costs, and other expenses, it costs about $4 to keep a book on the shelf for a year.

Click here to see a video about universities purging dusty volumes

In one example at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, (yes, there really is an Indiana University of Pennsylvania, see https://www.iup.edu/ for details), nearly half of the university’s collection remained uncirculated for 20 years or more. Unused books obviously do no one any good.

An In-Brief Guide to New York Genealogy

A new research guide is now available as a PDF file. The following announcement was written by the folks at the In-Depth Genealogist Store:

IDG INTRODUCES THEIR NEWEST IN-BRIEF RESEARCH GUIDE:
“AN IN-BRIEF GUIDE TO NEW YORK GENEALOGY” BY LARRY NAUKAM

The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to present their newest in-brief research guide in the research series by writer, Larry Naukam, entitled “An In-Brief Guide to New York Genealogy”. Larry writes the column “Doing it Ourselves” for The In-Depth Genealogist’s digital magazine, Going In-Depth. Larry holds degrees in Geography, Library Science, and Divinity. For more than 30 years he has worked in libraries and information centers, using various techniques and technologies to enhance access to historical materials. As technologies have developed he has used them to make collections more accessible for students and researchers.