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United States Genealogy Books


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The Dukes of Durham, 1865-1929

By Robert F. Durden

Duke University Press Books
Released: 1987-01-06
Paperback (295 pages)

The Dukes of Durham, 1865-1929
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This is the history of Washington Duke and two of his sons, Benjamin Newton Duke and James Buchanan Duke. Although numerous other members of the family play their parts in the story it focuses primarily on the three men who were at the center of the economic and philanthropic activities which made the Dukes of Durham one of America's famous families. The Dukes operated closely and constantly as a family, and only in that context is their full story told.

In the years after the Civil War, Washington Duke proved to be an unusually able industrialist and a conscientious, Methodist philanthropist. He was, in fact, a major Southern pioneer in both industry and philanthropy. His two sons by a second marriage were remarkably devoted to each other as well as to their father. Both sons also reflected traits of thier father. While Benjamin N. Duke and James B. Duke had life-long involvement with the business world—first in tobacco, then textiles, and finally electric power—as well as with philanthropy, they actually developed complementary specializations. Benjamin N. Duke, the older of the two, served as the family's primary agent for philanthropy from his early manhood in the late 1800's until he gradually became semi-invalid after 1915. James B. Duke, on the other hand, early displayed a marked talent, even a genius, for business. Toward the end of his life, with the establishment of The Duke Endowment late in 1924, he emerged as one of the nation's major philanthropists, ranking alongside Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. A central theme of this book is, however, that the Endowment, despite its magnitude and far-reaching scope, was essentially the institutionalization and culmination of a pattern of family philanthropy that emerged in the 1890's and for which the older brother, Benjamin N. Duke, had always been the primary agent. Thus, the story of James B. Duke, who was and has remained much the more well-known of the two brothers, cannot properly be told out of the family context from which he emerged and in which occurred most of the important phases of his life.

Washington Duke, as a small, land-owning yeoman farmer, was typical of the great majority class not only in antebellum North Carolina but in the South as a whole. Only after the war, when he and his sons emerged as large-scale industrialists and philanthropists, did the Dukes become atypical. Their story is, then, both agricultural and industrial, both Southern and national. Born North Carolinians, they moved onto a national, even global, stage. Yet all the while they kept deep roots, as well as vast investments of capital, in the Old North State, and they poured many millions into philanthropy, largely in the two Carolinas. Based largely on manuscript sources, many of them hitherto unused, this is the first study of the Duke family. The "New South," as recent historians have told us, may not have been so new—but it was certainly different in important ways, and the Dukes loomed large among those who helped to make it so.

Chronicle of the Russian Tsars: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Russia

By David Warnes

Thames & Hudson
Hardcover (224 pages)

Chronicle of the Russian Tsars: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Russia
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This new Chronicle documents the lives of tsars famous and infamous in a lively series of biographical portraits stretching from the late fifteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

Discover the facts behind the reputations of rulers such as Ivan the Terrible, whose reign of terror was unparalleled in Russian history until Stalin; Peter the Great, dynamic reformer and dedicated Westernizer; Catherine the Great, the determined young German princess who usurped power and is remembered for her interest in the Enlightenment and for her colorful private life; and the last tsar, Nicholas II, vainly endeavoring to cope in a period of devastating change. Here too are the less familiar but equally intriguing personalities who occupied Russia's imperial throne: the pious but feeble Feodor I, the warm-hearted and irascible Alexei Mikhailovich, and the Empress Anna, with her taste for cruel practical jokes. Chronicle of the Russian Tsars also introduces the key debates of Russian history. How did a small principality centered on Moscow develop into a vast empire stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific? What part did the Orthodox Church play in the rise of tsarism? Why did Russia develop political and social institutions so different from those of the West? With its comprehensive timelines, data files, quotations, and stunning illustrations, Chronicle of the Russian Tsars is at once an absorbing narrative history and an essential work of reference that brings to life a powerful empire and distinctive civilization whose impact on the history of Europe and the world is immeasurable.

Henry VII

By S. B. Chrimes

University of California Press
Hardcover (373 pages)

Henry VII
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Founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry VII was a crucial figure in English history. In this acclaimed study of the king’s life and reign, the distinguished historian S. B. Chrimes explores the circumstances surrounding Henry’s acquisition of the throne, examines the personnel and machinery of government, and surveys the king’s social, political, and economic policies, law enforcement, and foreign strategy. This edition of the book includes a new critical introduction and bibliographical updating by George Bernard.

The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Mortimer-Percy Volume

By The Marquis of Ruvigny and Ranieval

Melville Henry Massue Ruvigny et Raineval
Paperback (654 pages)

The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Mortimer-Percy Volume
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  • The Plantagenet roll of the blood royal Being a complete table of all the descendants now living of Edward III King of England
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The present volume treats the descendants of Lady Elizabeth Mortimer, wife first of Henry, Lord Percy, K.G., called "Hotspur," and secondly, of Thomas, Lord Camoys, K.G. The plan followed is identical with that adopted in the Clarence and Exeter volumes. The lines from Lady Elizabeth are traced out in a series of tables until about the beginning of the nineteenth century; then in the body of the book the descendants of the various persons last named in the tables are set out in the order of primogeniture. The full dates of birth, marriage, and death are given, and in the cases of married persons the names of the husband and wife. Lady Elizabeth Mortimer was the elder daughter of Edmund (Mortimer), 3rd Earl of March, by his wife the Lady Philippa, only child and heir of Lionel (of Antwerp), Duke of Clarence, the eldest of the four sons of King Edward III of whom issue now survives. With this part is included a supplement containing some further descendants of the Duchess of Exeter and the Countess of Essex, which the compiler has since succeeded in tracing. The supplement and text each contain separate indices. This is a must for anyone researching royal bloodlines!

A City of Palaces: Bath Through the Eyes of Fanny Burney

By Maggie Lane

Millstream Books
Paperback (96 pages)

A City of Palaces: Bath Through the Eyes of Fanny Burney
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The Black Prince

By Henry D Sedgwick

Barnes Noble
Hardcover (325 pages)

The Black Prince
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A book about the Black Prince.

The Plantagenet ancestry;: Being tables showing over 7,000 of the ancestors of Elizabeth (daughter of Edward IV and wife of Henry VII) the heiress of the Plantagenets

By William Harry Turton

Genealogical Pub. Co
Hardcover (274 pages)

The Plantagenet ancestry;: Being tables showing over 7,000 of the ancestors of Elizabeth (daughter of Edward IV and wife of Henry VII) the heiress of the Plantagenets
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Scotland: Scotland of Old Clan Names (Collins British Isles and Ireland Maps)

By Collins

Collins
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Scotland: Scotland of Old Clan Names (Collins British Isles and Ireland Maps)
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Pictorial map showing the arms, official insignia of the Scottish clan chiefs, and their crests, which are encircled with each chief's motto or slogan.

A Genealogical Gazetteer of England. An Alphabetical Dictionary of Places With Their Location, Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Population, and the Date of the Earliest Entry in the Registers of Every Ancient Parish in England

By Frank Smith

Brand: Genealogical Publishing Company
Paperback (599 pages)

A Genealogical Gazetteer of England. An Alphabetical Dictionary of Places With Their Location, Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Population, and the Date of the Earliest Entry in the Registers of Every Ancient Parish in England
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The only book of its kind, this indispensable reference tool with its 17,000 entries is designed to facilitate research by giving the names and descriptions of places in England as they existed prior to 1831. Included are the location, ecclesiastical jurisdiction, population, and the date of the earliest entry in the registers of every ancient parish; in other words, genealogical information hitherto impossible to find in any but the rarest sources.

The Story of Domesday Book (None)

By Rwh Erskine

Brand: Phillimore Co Ltd
Paperback (288 pages)

The Story of Domesday Book (None)
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Domesday Book, first published in 1086, has attracted intense scrutiny particularly since the ninth centenary celebrations and the publication of new editions and modern translations by both Alecto Historical Editions and Phillimore. Facsimiles, translations, maps, and apparatus are now readily available on CD. Never before has it been possible to explore the intricacies of this infinitely detailed text so deeply, nor to extract from it such a wealth of information about medieval England.


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