Books

Because of the CoronaVirus, Genealogical.com is Making 750 eBooks Available Online

Quoting from an announcement by Genealogical.com:

“Subscribe now to access our entire collection of ePubs for 3 months for only $49.95

“3 Months – 750 ePub titles

“While so many of us are in our homes looking for ways to make good use of the time, Genealogical.com is making an unprecedented offer. You can access our entire eBook collection with a three-month subscription. Subscribe today and acquire access to a collection of some of the best publications in genealogy.”

Here is another quote from the details of the three-month subscription:

Announcing a National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public

This probably contains quite a few digitized genealogy books. Indeed, Archive.org has always contained lots of older genealogy books. The following article was written by Chris Freeland, the Director of Open Libraries at Internet Archive:

To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.

During the waitlist suspension, users will be able to borrow books from the National Emergency Library without joining a waitlist, ensuring that students will have access to assigned readings and library materials that the Internet Archive has digitized for the remainder of the US academic calendar, and that people who cannot physically access their local libraries because of closure or self-quarantine can continue to read and thrive during this time of crisis, keeping themselves and others safe.

Book Scanning Service Provided FREE of Charge by FamilySearch at RootsTech

Are you going to the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City? If so, do you also have a family history or local history book that you would like to have digitized?

The FamilySearch Book Scanning booth (#1635) will scan your family history or local history scanned for free!

You can have your books digitized, processed into full-text searchable files, and then published online in the digital library! For items you have authored or have permission to scan, please bring this signed permission form when you bring your items.

See you at RootsTech!

Book Review: Strange, Amazing, and Funny Events that Happened during the Revolutionary War

The following Book Reviews were written by Bobbi King:

Strange, Amazing, and Funny Events that Happened during the Revolutionary War
By Jack Darrell Crowder. Genealogical Publ. Co. 2019. 145 pages.

The First 24 Hours of the American Revolution
An Hour by Hour Account of the Battles of Lexington, Concord, and the British Retreat on Battle Road
By Jack Darrell Crowder. Genealogical Publ. Co. 2018. 129 pages.

Jack Darrell Crowder taught school. And I’m guessing he taught history. And I’m guessing he jump-started a love of history for a lot of students who discovered a new excitement for history, because if he enriched his classes with such stories as he’s written into his books, then his teaching has left a personal legacy.

Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s New Book: The Sterling Affair

Nathan Dylan Goodwin is a prolific author of the Forensic Genealogist series of books, best described as “genealogical crime mysteries.” Nathan’s works are very popular amongst genealogists. You can read more about Nathan, including reviews of several of his novels, by starting at http://bit.ly/37CKPEM.

Nathan has now released a new novel. Here is the announcement:

The Sterling Affair

Book Reviews: Derry, Ireland Publications written by Brian Mitchell

The following book reviews were written by Bobbi King:

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Brian Mitchell

Brian Mitchell is an extraordinarily talented Irish genealogist, both as a member of the Accredited Genealogists Ireland (M.A.G.I.) and the energetic author and compiler of Londonderry/Derry records. He is the genealogist with the Derry City and Strabane District Council, from where he offers anyone wishing to trace their roots in North West Ireland his most skilled advice. He graciously shares his work with online search links and responds to queries from the web page http://www.rootsireland.ie/derry-genealogy.

Here are some of his Derry publications, all published by the Genealogical Publishing Company:

Derry – Londonderry: Gateway to a New World
2014. 32 pages.
A small book that summarizes the importance of Derry as a port of emigration for Irish emigrants. There is a 1910 map of the network of railways running out of Derry illustrating the rail paths of travelers coming from the inland to Derry. There are a couple passenger lists, photos of sea and river ships, and a general overview of 17th, 18th, and 19th century emigration out of Derry.

Men Plead Guilty in Pittsburgh Carnegie Library Rare Books Theft

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

From an article by Paula Reed Ward in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“The two men accused of taking more than $8 million worth of rare books and parts of books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and then selling them to collectors pleaded guilty Monday to theft.

How to Convert PDF Files to Printable Booklets Using BookletCreator

Genealogists seem to read and/or collect books… lots of books. Books come from many sources but the places to always check first are Archive.org, Google Books, Project Gutenberg , and several other sources of FREE digital books. You might want to read my earlier article, Where to Download Thousands of Free eBooks, available at: https://blog.eogn.com/2017/11/27/where-to-download-thousands-of-free-ebooks.

I try to never print anything on paper. Instead, I normally read anything downloaded on a Kindle or on most any computer that can run Kindle software, including laptop computers, desktop computers, tablet computers, iPads, Android tablets, and anything else with a good sized screen. However, I also recognize that many people prefer to read from good, old-fashioned paper. If you also prefer paper, you might want to download and install a simple software tool that lets you instantly turn any PDF document into a printable booklet.

Yes, you can print a PDF file directly without any additional softare but the available options are limited. However, BookletCreator allows you to perform several actions not available in most PDF viewers.

Quoting from an article by Shianne Edelmayer in the MakeUseOf web site:

Why the Library (Usually) Doesn’t Want Your Used Books

Do you plan on donating your genealogy books to a local library? Chances are, the library will refuse the donation. An article by Nick Douglas in the LifeHacker web site at http://bit.ly/2rR2Ej3 describes several reasons why.

I already knew some of the information in Nick Douglas’s article but I did learn some new information:

“Here’s What to Do With All Those Books

“Well, the library probably told you where else to donate them. You could make money (or store credit) by selling them to a used bookstore. Or, and this will shock you, you’re allowed to throw them out. ‘It’s part of the book circle of life!’ says Anderson.

Book Review: Natchitoches Colonials

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Natchitoches Colonials
A Source Book: Censuses, Military Rolls & Tax Lists 1722-1803 (Volume 5, Cane River Creole Series)
By Elizabeth Shown Mills and Ellie Lennon. Genealogical Publishing Co. 2017. 233 pages

Natchitoches, pronounced Nak’-i-tush, also known as St. Jean Baptiste (under French rule) and San Juan Bautista (under Spanish rule), is a Louisiana settlement that claims itself as the oldest settlement of the great Louisiana Purchase. Located on the northwest border of Louisiana and Texas, and built by France, the post was a trading center for the Southwestern Indians and an entry point for pioneers after 1776 seeking new adventures and lands.

Ms. Mills and Ms. Lennon have put together censuses, military rolls, and tax lists, as well as a few obscure records, spanning 1722-1803, with data from some sources never before published.
This 2017 edition includes the civil and ecclesiastical records from the 1981 edition, with an additional 60+ documents, some of which include:

Enter Your Family History Book Now for the Alexander Henderson and Don Grant Awards

The following announcement was written by Family History Connections:

Family History Connections (a business name of the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies) presents these two prestigious Awards annually. The Alexander Henderson Award is for ‘the best Australian Family History’ and the Don Grant Award is for ‘the best Australian historical biography with a family history focus’ submitted for the awards in that year.

If you have published a family history book and would like more information about the criteria for the judging of the Awards and an entry form, visit the FHC web site http://www.familyhistoryconnections.org.au. Entries close for the 2019 Awards on 30 November.

The National Library of Israel and Google Together Will Digitize 120,000 Historic Books and Place Them Online

I suspect that at least some of these books will provide names and other information about families, especially those families that have been dispersed by the Holocaust.

The National Library of Israel (NLI) and Google have announced that 120,000 books from the library’s collection will be uploaded to Google Books for the first time as part of their collaboration.

The books that are expected to be uploaded will, according to NLI, include all of the library’s out-of-copyright, royalty-free books which have not yet been digitized. Around 45% of the books are written in Hebrew script, in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and other languages of the Jewish world. The rest of the works are in a variety of languages, including Latin, German, French, Arabic and Russian.

Book Review: Who Was Ann Gregg?

NOTE: This article was updated on November 6, 2019 to include author David Cooper Holmes’ suggestion on where to purchase the book.

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Who Was Ann Gregg?

by David Cooper Holmes.
Published by P3 Publications (Carlisle, Cumbria).
2019. 216 pages.

The author recounts the story of his fifth-great-grandmother Ann Gregg, purportedly to be Cumberland, England’s, if not the entirety of the country of England’s, most notorious female criminal of the latter 1700s, and her brothers, sisters, husbands, and children. He tells the story well, with sympathy and veneration for his eighteenth-century ancestral unfortunates born and mired in the cruel times of severe class distinction and the intractable brutishness of the penal codes.

A short version of this extraordinarily free spirited, or perhaps eccentrically misfitted, ancestor Ann Gregg would cover:

  • Her birth in 1756 in Cumberland, a northernmost English territory, into the sect of the Picts, a belligerent society that ferociously resisted the Romans’ incursions into their territories (the Romans gave up and retreated three hundred years later, the Picts stayed put);
  • Her membership, and possible leadership, of a gang of faws, in Northumberland;
  • Her death sentence in 1777 for stealing handkerchiefs;
  • Her sentence for transport in 1794 and 1824;
  • Her incarcerations and escapes from gaols across several counties;
  • Her many aliases (fourteen at last count by the author);
  • Her thirteen children, some born in gaols, who themselves earned transport sentences, one of whom started a brothel on a convict ship, and a grandchild who during transport initiated an uprising on the ship; and
  • Her one friend who shared Ann’s time in gaol as a prostitute who dressed as a man.

University of Georgia Partners with Google Books for Digital Access including City Directories

Here is an extract from the University of Georgia web site at: https://news.uga.edu/uga-partners-with-google-books-for-digital-access/:

“Through a new partnership with Google, about 120,000 of the Libraries’ 4.5 million volumes will be digitized, allowing further access to literary, historic, scientific and reference books and journals through UGA’s library catalog as well as one of the largest digital book collections in the world.

Genealogy Online Becomes Partner of Patronomia for Creating and Printing On-Demand Family History Books

The following announcement was written by PATRONOMIA and GENEALOGY ONLINE:

Paris, October 10, 2019 – PATRONOMIA and GENEALOGY ONLINE announced on Thursday their partnership and offer now an innovative service for creating and printing on-demand family history books.

This service will be presented from October 24 to 26 in London at the international genealogy conference RootsTech, where both PATRONOMIA and GENEALOGY ONLINE will have an exhibition stand.

Anyone who traced back his or her ancestors may combine both text and photos in an easy-to-read book, and have it printed in several copies in order to deal them around to family members.

Family histories are automatically written down in any of the languages handled by PATRONOMIA, and family trees are clearly laid out.

calibre 4.0 is Released with New E-Book Viewer and New Server Capabilities

I have written a number of times about calibre (start at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+Calibre&t=brave&ia=web to find the past articles). calibre (always spelled with a lower-case “c”) is a popular and FREE app for reading and even editing ebooks. It does for electronic books just what iTunes does for music, allowing you to manage your digital book collection while offering excellent support for converting books to different formats and editing their metadata.

With calibre you can take an e-book in one file format and convert it to another that is supported by your e-book reading device and, if you’re not happy with the result, you can tweak the conversion settings and even manually edit the book’s contents and formatting. For instance, you can convert a PDF file to ePub format or to any of a number of other file formats. The result can be read on a Kindle, an iPad, on Windows or Macintosh or on most any other computer that has a screen large enough for reading ebooks. The calibre software is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

As described on the calibre web site at https://calibre-ebook.com/about#history:

Libraries and Archivists are Scanning and Uploading Books that are Secretly in the Public Domain

I wrote earlier (at https://tinyurl.com/y25bkuyk) that many books published between 1923 to 1964 are now in the public domain. An article by Karl Bode in the Vice.com web site provides an update to a project to make the books available to the public at no charge:

“A coalition of archivists, activists, and libraries are working overtime to make it easier to identify the many books that are secretly in the public domain, digitize them, and make them freely available online to everyone. The people behind the effort are now hoping to upload these books to the Internet Archive, one of the largest digital archives on the internet.”

I hope this includes a number of genealogy books. You can read the updated article at: https://tinyurl.com/yy2xh7gq.

Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain

Genealogists are usually told that books published prior to 1924 are in the public domain and can be freely copied. Indeed, that is true. However, we also have been told to be cautious about copying large amounts of data published in books published in 1924 or later because those books might be under copyright. However, there are millions of exceptions.

Indeed, many books published between 1924 and 1964 MAY have fallen out of copyright. The problem is that determining the copyright status of a 1924 or later book has always been almost impossible. However, thanks to the New York Public Library, we can now determine copyright status easily.

According to an article by Matthew Gault in the Motherboard web site:

Death of the Blue Bloods ‘Red Book’ As Debrett’s Moves Online Only

For 250 years it has graced the shelves of manor houses and stately homes, its pages offering comfort and confirmation to the families of the landed gentry as to their rightful place in society.

Should any parvenu cast aspersions on their status and pedigree it was a simple matter of leafing through the leather bound pages of ‘the Red book’ and confirming that it was indeed blue blood which coursed through their veins.

Debrett’s is to stop publishing the printed version of The Peerage and Baronetage, which will now be produced in digital form only. The high cost of printing and distributing the 3,000 page tome has forced the publisher to abandon the print edition of the longstanding reference book.

Index the Contents of Your Entire Book Collection With Evernote

Rob Nightingale has written about the method he uses to index all the contents of the books in his personal library. He can later search his physical books for passages about climate change, but only in books about business. Or articles about the Himalaya in travel magazines that you have stored in a box. While Nightingale doesn’t mention genealogy books, I have to believe the same process will work well for all sorts of books, including genealogy, local history, and related topics.

He writes, “I’ve started creating notes in my Evernote library that act as indexes for the books, magazines, and reports I read.”