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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.

Harold the Last Anglo Saxon King

By Ian W Walker

Sutton Publishing Ltd
Hardcover (288 pages)

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Harold Godwinsson, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, rose from relative obscurity to ascend the throne, and his death ushered in the Norman Conquest. This full length biography is a valuable resource for those interested in the Saxons or Normans.

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.

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

By The Marquis of Ruvigny and Ranieval

Heritage Books Inc.
Paperback (654 pages)

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

The Black Douglases: War and lordship in late Medieval Scotland, 1300-1455

By Michael Brown

Brand: Tuckwell Press Ltd
Paperback (358 pages)

The Black Douglases: War and lordship in late Medieval Scotland, 1300-1455
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This volume charts the rise and fall of the Black Douglas dynasty and the impact of great magnates on the late-medieval Scottish kingdom's survival and development. It demonstrates the link between the semi-permanent state of war with England and the exercise of authority inside the kingdom.

Whitby Jet (Shire Library)

By Helen Muller

Shire Publications
Released: 2009-09-22
Paperback (56 pages)

Whitby Jet (Shire Library)
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Jet, a hard, black, shiny gem closely related to coal, has been fashioned into jewelry and trinkets for generations. During the Victorian period, when the ritual surrounding death and the long mourning of Queen Victoria made black fashionable, jet became hugely popular. Although jet is found elsewhere in the world, it is the jet from Whitby that excites collectors to such an extent that even jet jewelry manufactured elsewhere is often called Whitby Jet. This book traces the history of jet and the Whitby jet industry, examining different types and styles of jet jewelry, and pictures the work of some of the best-known Whitby craftsmen.

Photographs of the Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, 1868-1877 (Eighteen Sixty-Eight to Eighteen Seventy)

By Thomas Annan

Dover Pubns
Paperback (55 pages)

Photographs of the Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, 1868-1877 (Eighteen Sixty-Eight to Eighteen Seventy)
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First Edition, 1977, first printing, a like-new, unread,, unworn, unopened, unmarked, oversized trade softcover, from Dover. By Thomas Anan. 55 plates in black and white. 9" X 12" X 1/8" ISBN 0-486-23442-8.

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.

Who Do You Think You Are? Trace Your Family History Back to the Tudors (Bk. 3)

By Anton Gill

HarperCollins Entertainment
Released: 2006-10-02
Hardcover (224 pages)

Who Do You Think You Are? Trace Your Family History Back to the Tudors (Bk. 3)
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To accompany the third series of the award-winning BBC television series, which moves to BBC 1 having gained viewing figures of over 6 million on BBC 2, this book gives the amateur genealogist all the tools to trace their ancestors back over six centuries, taking them on a fascinating historical journey into the past.

For the first time in a popular genealogy book, author Anton Gill and Who Do You Think You Are? family history expert Nick Barratt have created a wonderfully readable book which takes the reader back through time past the usual family tree landmark of 1837, when birth, marriage and death registration were made mandatory, to allow the reader to trace their ancestors back to Tudor times.

Much more detailed than the previous tie-ins, this book will explore the history which led to the dispersion of the population, it will look at local genealogy and connect the history of Britain with the people who lived during the times and the records they left. Whether your 17th-century ancestor was a merchant seamen listed on the muster rolls, or of a trade registered through the Livery guilds of Newcastle, Yorkshire or London; a midwife licensed by the church from medieval times (in case they had to baptise a sick baby at birth); an alehouse owner (victualler) who was licensed from the 1500s onwards; or an afro-Caribbean immigrant from the 1700s, this book fills the gaps in your family tree and gives you the resources to search out your medieval ancestors.

This book is a guide to tracing your family tree back for six centuries, into the time of Tudor kings and peasant uprisings, through a fascinating array of historical resources.It is also a fascinating social history of the peoples of the United Kingdom and how they were shaped by the events of their times.

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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