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A collection of electronic databases that provides access to over 4,000 individual databases, primary source document images, and a variety of genealogical research features. This information is available through an easy to navigate Web interface, which includes custom designed viewers to make viewing census and other records easier. Ancestry Library Edition is available only to users in the library.
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Provides users with a unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Discover the amazing history of you with an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s.
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) (Access to users only at the Lakes Region Library)
The NEHGS has been collecting information about families in America for over 165 years. Their collections are international in scope and contain significant materials for Canada and Europe. Our 25,000 members access information through their library and website. NEHGS is donated by the Citrus County Genealogical Society.
If you are doing family research, sooner or later you will need to use courthouse records for the rich information and helpful leads they contain. Answers to your genealogical questions are waiting to be discovered in the vast array of written records that resulted from the laws, the times, and the personal activities of your ancestors. This book prepares you for visiting courthouses in person, or for distant research using published books, microfilm, or the Internet. Locate your ancestor’s records in the maze of documents and learn how to utilize the tantalizing clues you uncover.
Family History 101: A Beginner's Guide to Finding your Ancestors
Have you always wanted to find out more about your family and where you came from, but never knew where to begin? Look no further. Family History 101 will teach you proven techniques to help you uncover the names, dates, and stories that lie in your past. Newcomers to genealogy, schoolteachers, and anyone interested in uncovering the fascinating roots of their family tree will appreciate the reliable, step-by-step instruction and dependable approach to the basics provided by Family History 101. Start learning about the past and your family's place in it today!
The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried-and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors
Has your family history research hit a brick wall? Marsha Hoffman Rising's best-selling book The Family Tree Problem Solver has the solutions to help you find the answers you seek. This revised edition also includes new information about online research techniques and a look at the role of DNA research. Plus you'll find a glossary of genealogy terms and more than a dozen templates for charts and logs to help you organize and record your research.
|Google Your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Google
by Daniel M Lynch
Google is the most powerful tool available worldwide for online research! With over 36 billion pages in Google's index of the Web, it's likely that some of them contain clues about your ancestors. Finding these pages, however, requires an understanding of filtering and other techniques that have never been explained to many computer users until now! Written by a genealogist for other genealogists, the contents will help you understand and use dozens of specialized commands to dramatically improve your search skills. The great news is that most techniques are easy to master and perfectly suited for finding people, places, and events. A special command even lets you narrow results by date range to filter results more quickly.
How to Do Everything. Genealogy
Unearth your family's past by mining the global wealth of digital and print ancestry records! Award-winning researcher and genealogy writer George G. Morgan shows you how to start and continue your family history research using traditional records and techniques, as well as the full array of online databases, digitized records, social networks, and other tools. Learn how to organize and create your family tree; find documents about your family; research census documents, military service records, and land and property rolls; plan a successful genealogy research trip; evaluate sources; and other vital skills to help you uncover and illuminate your family's story.
It can take hours to research family history and it is easy to become inundated with stuff - paper records, recordings, photographs, notes, artifacts, and more information than one would imagine could ever exist. The usefulness of the collection is in the organization - using computers, archival boxes, files, and forms to help you put your hands on what you need when you need it. Also included, in this book, are instructions on the best ways to store and preserve one-of-a-kind family relics. Fifth in the National Genealogical Society's Guide (NGS) series, The Organized Family Historian will follow the same user-friendly format that makes the other books helpful at any level of genealogical experience. The NGS offers readers 100 years of research and experience.
Organizing & Preserving Your Heirloom Documents
Genealogists and non-genealogists alike inherit diaries, memoirs, letters, papers, or memorabilia from their relatives and ancestors. This book shows readers how to safely collect, preserve, and even publish some of these treasured heirlooms. Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents is filled with practical, readable, guidelines, useful tips, and ideas on how to: locate, organize, and transcribe family documents; care for fragile, older papers; annotate and illustrate documents; conduct historical research; construct a documentary volume; publish heirloom documents. Katherine Scott Sturdevant is an historian, historical editor, and college history professor.
Reading Early American Handwriting
Paleography, the study of early handwriting, or the rules of reading old handwriting, is an essential element in genealogical and historical research. Paleography also refers to the study of the history of early scripts and the analysis of handwriting and inscriptions; it can be used to date early documents. This guidebook focuses on how to read and understand early American handwriting. Also covered are techniques for reading early American documents, the illustration of alphabets and letter forms, definitions and terminology, interpreting terms and abbreviations, and tips and suggestions for reading early American handwriting. Included are examples of various documents such as town, church, court, land, and probate records. Transcriptions are included for each document. Included in this work is an annotated bibliography of articles and books for further research.
|Social Networking for Genealogists
by Drew Smith
Author Smith seeks to answer this question: Why should a genealogist use a social networking site? The key points are that social networking sites should make it easier to share research, see a photo of a historical building or relative, or find a useful genealogy video. The book is divided into fourteen chapters that cover blogs and wikis, collaborative editing, photo and video sharing, bookmarking, podcasting, and more. The final chapter discusses sites that are specifically for genealogy. This book is oriented to genealogists who may not have ventured into the realm of social networking.
They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record
Chances are excellent that your ancestors came to America from somewhere - England, Spain, Germany, China, Africa. Can you imagine how they felt as they left their homes, what they left behind? Do you want to know? Would you know where to even start looking for the details? Author and genealogist John P. Colletta prepares you to undertake the search. He tells you not only what fundamental facts you need to know about your immigrant ancestor before beginning, but suggests where you may find that information as well.
The truth about genealogy is that, although you might believe it has something to do with history, it actually has something more to do with geography. Though of course the names and dates on your family tree are the bread and butter of genealogy, the location of the records is what reveals them. And how better to learn about location than with maps! Maps are a crucial tool in learning about your family history. They can show you how to find a courthouse, where a grave is located, or where an ancestral homestead might be. But maps are much more than that - they can reveal intimate details about the lives of your ancestors. Walk the roads that your forefathers walked with maps!
Your Guide to Cemetery Research
Your Guide to Cemetery Research is a comprehensive, in-depth resource that's perfect for genealogists, researchers and historians. It covers everything from cemetery and death-related terminology to clues offered by headstone art, and cemeteries' role in our culture and history. This guide also examines the funeral customs of various ethnic groups and includes a social history of death that reveals both the usual and unusual ways in which readers' ancestors coped with and celebrated death.
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history.
Rootsweb remains the oldest and largest free genealogy site, funded and supported by Ancestry.com and their loyal RootsWeb community.
The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access!
USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
The Find A Grave mission is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience.
DAR Genealogical Research System is a free resource provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process.
Olive Tree Genealogy has more than 1,900 pages of free genealogy records to help you find your brick-wall ancestors and build your family tree.
Webpages by Stephen P. Morse, San Francisco is a one-step portal for online genealogy.
The Italian Genealogical Group website includes a database of all the surnames and areas of Italy that its members (past and present) are researching. This database, accessible only by a password, is updated frequently.
Genealogy Resources, by State from USA.Gov contains an A to Z list of states' genealogy resources.
The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild provides 12,000+ Passenger Manifests in 13 Volumes plus numerous other passengers listed in Special Projects.
101 Best Websites for 2012: Find and Share Family Tree Data Online and bring good fortune to your family history search with their 13th annual collection of the 101 Best Websites for genealogy.
What cracker is this same that deafs our ears with this abundance of superfluous breath? –William Shakespeare, King John, Act II, Scene 1, 1594
This is not just another cookbook…it’s a charming, irresistible celebration of family, storytelling, and good old-fashioned eating. With 150 recipes from over twenty different seasonal menus, The Cracker Kitchen offers a full year's worth of eating and rejoicing: from spring's Easter Dinner to summer's Fish Frys, fall's Tailgate Parties, and winter's In Celebration of Soul, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Before you leave, be sure to try the Cracklin’ Cornbread!
This wonderful story collection brings together the reminiscences of two pioneers who came of age in antebellum Florida's Columbia County and the nearby Suwannee River Valley. Though they held markedly different positions in society, they shared the adventure, thrill, hardship, and tragedy that characterized Florida's Pioneer era. With sensitivity, poignancy, and humor, Keen and Williams record anecdotes and memories that touch upon important themes of frontier life and reveal the remarkable diversity of Florida's settlers.
Cracker: The Cracker Culture in Florida History
Dana Ste. Claire offers an entertaining, informative look at a slice of old Florida culture. Cracker is a generously illustrated account of Cracker heritage, its rich history, and its disappearance as today’s fast-paced society reaches even into the remote backwoods of the state. From the language they spoke to the houses they built, from clandestine moonshine stills and cow hunting to “grits and gravy,” Dana Ste. Claire offers a colorful and revealing tour of Crackerdom.
J. T. Glisson, a gifted artist and writer, lives in Evingston, FL, a small town near Cross Creek. As a young man, J. T. was a confidante and protégé of his neighbor, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who encouraged him to write and draw. J. T. was profoundly influenced by his family and Rawlings. Glisson has captured his childhood adventures in his first book, The Creek, an intimate view of a special place in America.
Transport yourself to Cross Creek, a bend in a country road, by land, and the flowing of Lochloosa Lake into Orange Lake, by water. Cross Creek offers a certain remoteness from urban confusion and offers it with beauty and grace. Here is the story of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's experiences in the remote Florida hamlet of Cross Creek, where she lived for thirteen years. Cross Creek is one of the finest memoirs ever written!
Cross Creek Cookery
First published in 1942, this cookbook was compiled by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the request of readers who wanted to recreate the luscious meals described in her memoir, Cross Creek. This cookbook is chock full of menus and recipes, all spiced with delightful anecdotes and lore. Anyone who longs for food—and writing—that warms the heart will find ample portions of both in this classic cookbook. Be sure to try the camp dinner swamp cabbage and corn pone!
Guns of the Palmetto Plains: A Cracker Western
Rick Tonyan tells the story of the last agonizing years of the Civil War. Cattle from the Florida plains are needed to save a desperate South from starvation. Tree Hooker, a Confederate soldier takes on the job of driving the herds. Union Major Dan Greenley pledges to stop the cattle drives no matter what it takes. Doris Brava, a young widow surviving on her own in Yankee-occupied St. Augustine, finds hope and love. Lots of crackling action and authentic historical details!
Homegrown in Florida
During a recent reunion, writers Bill McKeen, Tim Dorsey, and Jeff Klinkenberg found themselves lamenting that so many of their childhood memories were fading away. For them, and for many, Florida is not just a place people go to; it’s where they come from. That can mean many things to many people, as the stellar cast of writers, journalists, and musicians eloquently reveal in Homegrown in Florida. This utterly satisfying and powerful anthology aims at the heart of the glories of childhood and the pain of growing up. This book features contributions from Carl Hiaasen, Tom Petty, Zora Neale Hurston, Michael Connelly, and many more and is a book for every child of old Florida and every child at heart.
A Land Remembered
Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family battling the hardships of the frontier. Step back in time to 1858 and get ready to be swept into a story rich in Florida history with a cast of memorable characters battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation, hurricanes, and freezes to carve a kingdom out the Florida swamp. As you follow the MacIvey generations, you will see our state as it was then and understand better how it came to be as we know it today.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: and the Florida Crackers
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was fascinated by the "Crackers" living near her home in north central Florida. She wrote and told wonderful stories and helped people around the world know Cross Creek, the Big Scrub, and the Florida Crackers. The writings of Rawlings celebrate the lives of the fascinating people she met in Florida.
Wild beasts and poisonous reptiles are not the only predators Peek Tillman must face as he herds cattle across the Florida wilderness. There are also human predators-- a young married woman, her archeologist husband, both from the northeast and greedy outlaws. Joined by Chekita Joe, Tillman sets out to rescue the Yankees from what he believes is a doomed expedition. Ninety-Mile Prairie is part of the series, Cracker Westerns, by Lee Gramling.
|Tellable Cracker Tales
by Annette J. Bruce
In this collection of stories from Florida’s rich folklore heritage, Annette Bruce carries on the tradition of storytellers throughout the ages. The stories will entertain as well as instruct, and all are chock-full of colorful characters. Open this book anywhere for a delicious storytelling snack that will be appreciated by any listener.
|Tropic of Cracker
by Al Burt
In his years of roving the state as a Miami Herald columnist, Al Burt mapped Florida’s Tropic of Cracker, not with lines of latitude and longitude but with stories. The Crackers Burt tells of are men and women from Apalachicola to the Everglades, from Tallahassee to the Keys who lived in the late 1800s. For anyone who loves the old Florida and still has hope for the new one, Tropic of Cracker is the state’s truest road map and Al Burt its most eloquent cartographer.
|Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales
by Kristin G Congdon
This collection represents a cross-section of Florida’s ethnic diversity. It captures the way Florida has been shaped by its unique environment and inhabitants. In these tales Florida is a world full of magic, humor, and adventure. Kitty Kitson Petterson’s fascinating pen-and-ink drawings illustrate each narrative.
Wiregrass Country: A Florida Pioneer Story
It is 1835 in the rugged frontier of the Florida Territory - known as "wiregrass country" from the wild grass found there. Treff Ballowe and his adopted family, the Dovers, are struggling to keep Three Springs Ranch thriving under threat of rustlers and renegade Indians. Ace and Amaly Dover moved to Florida in 1816 and managed to withstand the subtropical weather, insects, and wild animals to accumulate a large herd of beef cattle. Now the family is being further tested as another Seminole War is brewing, and outlaws are on the rise.
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