Books by Members

Books by Melody Amsel-Arieli:
Between Galicia and Hungary: The Jews of Stropkov, Avotaynu, 2002. A yizkor (Holocaust memorial) book, written in English/Hebrew mirror images, that presents a history of the Jews of Stropkov, a village in the Slovak Republic, from their first presence about 1640 to 1945. Particular emphasis is on life just before and during the Holocaust. Although this book does not feature a necrology–a list of those who perished– it includes a 64 page list of more than 2000 Jews of Stropkov (and neighboring communities), identifying the 162 survivors in bold face. A middle section features more than 100 pictures of the Jews of Stropkov, including ones taken during the 1942 deportations by a Christian photographer.

Jewish Lives: Britain 1750-1950, Pen & Sword, 2013. Presents the life-stories of ten individual Jews who immigrated to Britain between 1750 and 1950, based on actual genealogical research. Their life-stories, enriched by a variety of sources, reflect the experiences of all Jewish immigrants as they settled in their adopted lands. In addition to exploring their work, pastimes, families, daily chores, food and celebrations, Jewish Lives, through social, economic and historical records, explores these immigrants’ backgrounds, places of origin, motives for immigration, arrivals in the UK and experiences as they adjusted to their new surroundings.

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Books by Ron Arons:
Mind Maps for Genealogy discusses how to use mind maps (radial outlining tools) for research planning, logging research, performing amazing data correlations and analyses, and creating final reports. Mind maps are used by corporations for brainstorming, by attorneys, in education, and by writers to create their stories. They excel at laying out your ideas and data to improve your creative thinking skills. They work exceedingly well with unstructured data (which various different types of genealogical documents provide). Mind maps allow you to consolidate and visualize your genealogical data in a more crystallized, understandable way. They help break down brick walls!

–Have a criminal in your past? If yes, then WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records is for you! This reference book shows where you can find a myriad of historical criminal records across the nation, including prison admissions, court trial transcripts, FBI and other investigative files, pardon & parole records, and more. The book also includes a “how to” chapter, based on the author’s extensive experience in researching historical criminals.

–And you thought Jews did not commit crimes. Wrong! The Jews of Sing Sing is a set of mini-biographies about a dozen Jewish criminals who committed crimes in the New York City area and served time ‘up the river’ at the nation’s most infamous prison. They committed every type of crime you can imagine. Arons uses a genealogical approach to piecing together the lives of these men, using documentation from a wide variety of sources, including interviews with descendants. A true crime book, yes, but so much more. The Jews of Sing Sing truly demonstrates how genealogical research can be done.

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Books by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson:
– A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina, and Selected Finding Aids, July 2016. This book focuses on a single county in South Carolina, but it provides background information applicable to all SC counties, guidance relevant to developing and executing a research plan anywhere in the historical Slave South, and an understanding of the universal applicability of the “Genealogical Proof Standard” and how that standard can be met in the case of African-ancestored American families that came out of slavery.

Books by Paul Gorry:
– Seven Signatories – Tracing the Family Histories of the Men who Signed the Proclamation, published by Merrion Press, 2016. This is a genealogical study that uncovers the disparate lives that came together through the signing of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in 1916. Thomas Clarke and James Connolly were born overseas of Irish parents and lived for a time in the USA, while Thomas MacDonagh and Patrick Pearse had immediate English forebears. The seven families were not uniformly republican. Some signatories had close relatives in the Royal Irish Constabulary and the British Army. Likewise, some of the families were of mixed religions. However, from the extreme poverty of Connolly to the privileged upbringing of Joseph Plunkett, a strong nationalist passion was the common bond. The family histories reveal the diversity of Irish society in the nineteenth century. The records used in researching them illustrate the range of sources for Irish genealogical research, and in which instances they may be relevant.

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Books by Michael Hait:
The Family History Research Toolkit (CD-ROM). This CD contains 20+ forms for use in genealogical research in PDF format, that can be completed and saved online using the free Adobe Reader program. Forms contain the standards (Pedigree Chart, Family Group Record, etc.) as well as several designed by the author (Household Tracker, Census Neighbors, Metes & Bounds). All forms contain space for full source citation in the style recommended by Mills’s EVIDENCE!

Books by Alice L. Luckhardt:
Legends – Family Stories and Myths. A collection of family tales and the methods of genealogical research which were used to uncover the actual truth in each of the 30 cases.

The Invincible Alice. The truth and details in this woman’s extraordinary life and that of her family. Several family secrets are revealed and the actual events described.

O. B. Padgett – A Florida Son. The revealing tale behind the young man who went from the youngest Chief of Police in Florida in the 1920s to a convicted murderer to earning a full and complete pardon.

Books by Brenda Dougall Merriman, CG:
United Empire Loyalists: A Guide to Researching Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada. Winner of the 2008 NGS Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources, this book published by Global Heritage Press is a long-needed guide to the records and context for researching Loyalist ancestors in the province that became Ontario. It not only assists the beginner, but also those who encounter stumbling blocks as they assemble applications to the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada. Merriman explains what a Loyalist is, then goes on to discuss the background and the contemporary sources it produced. A chapter of case studies provides examples of methodology and problem-solving. This is an essential guide for everyone researching Loyalist heritage.

Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records, 4th edition. This valuable volume from the Ontario Genealogical Society has been rewritten for the twenty-first century, with new references and websites. The beginners’ section has been revised and expanded for research basics and Internet use. Merriman gives details of source material in archives and libraries, in municipal and federal collections, in religious institutions and military fonds. She explains where to find the records, the context for their creation and how to use the finding aids. Also included are discussions of the diversity of land records, court documentation, educational sources, native and ethnic interests, occupations and immigration through the years, among other subjects. Reviewers agree that Genealogy in Ontario is required reading for family historians studying Upper Canada, Canada West and Ontario.

About Genealogical Standards of Evidence, 3rd edition. Genealogical evidence, drawn from sources and the information therein, helps us to identify an individual or the relationship between individuals. In describing how we establish or argue points of identification through the use of various sources, we often use such words as “evidence,” “proof” or “documentation.” This book, also from the Ontario Genealogical Society, summarizes how the genealogical community developed its standards and the Genealogical Proof Standard in particular. Learn how to apply these to your own work. Included are suggestions for skills improvement, educational opportunities and turning research notes into writing.

Books by Sunny McClellan Morton:
My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories, published by Family Tree Books. This guided journal helps you capture your own life story or that of a loved one. Introductory text is packed with advice and exercises to help reconstruct long-dormant memories. Gorgeously-designed fill-in pages have thought-provoking prompts to capture key moments and favorite memories from childhood to adulthood. Interactive pages let family and friends add their stories to your own. The unique binder format and a bonus CD with printable extra pages let you customize the book (add, remove, or rearrange pages) to fit your unique life experiences.

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Books by Kimberly Ormsby Nagy, MD:
Associated Daughters of Early American Witches Roll of Ancestors, published by Family Heritage Publishing in 2012. This book contains information on over 300 people who were accused, tried or convicted of witchcraft in 17th century American colonies. Three generations of genealogical information is included for many of these ancestors.

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Books by Marianne Perry:
The Inheritance, published by iUniverse in 2012. The Inheritance is a historical fiction inspired by the author’s genealogical research to solve mysteries about her Italian ancestry. It is an imagined account of her grandmother’s early years in Calabria, a region in southern Italy. Authenticity is important to Marianne Perry and prior to publishing the book, she travelled to Calabria, visited the mountain village where her grandmother was born in 1889, obtained valuable documents on family history plus explored the coastal area where her novel is set. In addition, she took the photograph of the crumbling stone cottage featured on the book cover while there. The image is integral to the story plus symbolic of her grandmother’s life.
The Inheritance tells the story of Caterina, an atypical woman who rejects social norms, a priest seeking redemption and a family disintegrating from conflicting loyalties. Set in Calabria from 1897 to 1913, it chronicles Caterina’s life from birth to sixteen. During this period, the region was subject to earthquakes, the land harsh and poverty the norm. Superstition clashed with religion and a class system ruled the people. Caterina refuses to allow gender and those in power stand in her way to become the woman she imagines. Her decisions fuel a chain of events that result in dire consequences for all whose path she crosses.
At the end of The Inheritance, the author has included a map, book club questions and a resource section to assist readers with genealogical research.

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Books by Dawn Thurston, MA:
Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will WANT to Read, published by Signature Books in 2007, is an indispensable resource for family history writers of all levels. Too many family histories read like pedigree charts arranged into sentences. Breathe Life shows how to craft an engaging narrative, one that illuminates the lives of the people in the story and hooks readers’ attention. This book explores literary techniques used by acclaimed memoir writers like Maya Angelou, Frank, McCourt, Russell Baker, and others, to create their best-sellers-techniques like “showing” rather than just “telling”; creating interesting, believable characters and settings; writing at the gut level; alternating scene and narrative; beginning with a bang; generating tension; telling the truth, and more. Dozens of “Learn by Doing” exercises help readers practice and acquire the skills necessary to breathe life into their own stories.

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Books by Tammy Tipler-Priolo, BASc, PLCGS:
The Ancestor Whisperer, Stories that will enlighten, inspire and encourage you to gather together your family’s history – with various useful charts and some old family recipes as well.
The Ancestor Whisperer Attic Treasures, Stories that will enlighten, inspire and encourage you to be your family’s history keeper – you will find various useful charts too.

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