Genealogy – The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 4th Edition

The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. 4th EditionThe Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 4th Edition
By Val D. Greenwood
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company
Published: October 2017
ISBN: 978-0806320663
Genre: Genealogy
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When it was originally published in 1973, The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, by Val Greenwood, revolutionized its field. It was the first true textbook ever published about American genealogy. Combining how-to guidance, case study examples, and an extremely detailed discussion of genealogical records, The Researcher’s Guide was both an instant success and the go-to source for its users during each stage of their research. Following the publication of Alex Haley’s Roots and the TV miniseries that book spawned, sales of Mr. Greenwood’s book soared, assuring its reputation as the best book in American genealogy ever published.

Between 1973 and 2000, two additional editions of The Researcher’s Guide were released, primarily in response to the use of the personal computer for compiling, organizing, and publishing genealogical information. By 2000, the early stages of digitizing genealogy data, mostly on CD-ROM , were also in evidence.

Since the publication of the 3rd Edition of The Researcher’s Guide in 2000, the genealogy landscape has changed dramatically. Almost everyone now uses a computer for research. Thanks to the Internet, with a click of the mouse, genealogists have access to more data they could ever dream of studying; data they would have had to travel far and wide to come by in the past. Much of this information is free, or moderately priced through commercial subion services. To cite one crucial example, the entire U.S. federal census, from 1790 through 1940, is available online and completely indexed, from several providers. DNA has also become an important tool in genealogy in recent years. Whether or not they know where their immigrant ancestors came from, with a mere sputum sample, Americans can discover their ethnic origins in just a matter of weeks. This technology can help fill gaps in the family tree by, among other things, putting one in touch with others possessing a similar genetic make-up.

The 4th Edition of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy both embraces the changes of the last seventeen years and yet transcends them. Mr. Greenwood has re-written every chapter and added two chapters about technology as it relates to family history research–one dealing with significant concepts and definitions and the other with specific resources and applications, including major family history websites and Internet resources. In addition, virtually every chapter provides information on Internet websites pertinent to the subject discussed in that chapter. Greenwood covers all the major changes in the field, including DNA research. The final result is a 4th Edition that is 25% longer than its predecessor. Given the unprecedented amount of information on the Internet, today’s researcher is able to reach beyond the vital statistics to a new world of understanding, both of his ancestors and of himself. Accordingly the author shows the reader how to build a family history about actual people, not just names and dates, from the myriad available sources. Mr. Greenwood also recognizes that not all sources researchers are seeking can be found online today—some never will be—that much information on the web is faulty or unsourced, and that researchers invariably enter dead ends or hit brick walls. Good instructional guidance, consequently, is critical to the success of family history research, and this is where The Researcher’s Guide is unsurpassed. It is both a textbook and an all-purpose reference book, designed to help the present generation of family history researchers better understand the methods and principles of family history research, and learn how to utilize all available resources. In short, this new 4th edition provides a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of American genealogy—no sound genealogical project is complete without it.

“Recommended as the most comprehensive how-to book on American genealogical and local history research.”—Library Journal

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Crime Thriller – PREDICTABLE VIOLENCE

PREDICTABLE VIOLENCEPREDICTABLE VIOLENCE
By Gillean Campbell
Published: August 2017
ISBN: 978-1549542886
ASIN: B0747NSC6K
Genre: Crime Thriller / Detective / Mystery / Psychological Thriller
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The plot of Predictable Violence is intelligent and full of twists, with a reveal of whodunit that will shock. If you love gripping detective thrillers with a jaw-dropping ending, this book is a must for you!

Mackenzie Anderson’s husband and two-year old daughter were shot and killed when Mack was only nineteen years old. When the police stopped trying to find the murderer, Mack began working with a private investigator. But, the murderer was a ghost. Mack had no way of knowing then that in a fluke of life she would come face-to-face with the murderer six years later. Now, she must decide if she will risk everything for vengeance.

As a homicide detective with the Idaho State Police, Mack lives her life being a champion for the dead. When she’s called in to lead the investigation of a triple homicide with no physical evidence and a nine-year old witness, the case seems impossible. Who could carry out such brutality? And why?

The debut novel from Gillean Campbell, Predictable Violence, is a new addition to the great police procedural tradition of Robert Bryndza, Robert Dugoni, Patricia Gibney, and Angela Marsons.

What customers are saying about Predictable Violence

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! WOW!! Just — WOW! Amazing murder mystery! WordsAPlanty – Charla White on Oct 27, 2017
I enjoy mysteries and thrillers, but Campbell has created a complex, likable, respected and realistic character. I started this book and had it finished in two days because I could NOT put it down! It is not a book that one can read whenever – it’s just not possible! You CANNOT put it down once you get started!!!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Ann Purdy on Oct 23, 2017
“Great book! I enjoyed the strong female protagonist, the pace, and the character development. A little romance thrown in didn’t hurt. Great lead up to the surprising ending. Definitely recommend this–had a tough time putting it down.”

5.0 out of 5 stars It was amazing Jessyca Garcia on Oct 18, 2017
“I really enjoyed reading “Predictable Violence” by Gillean Campbell. I loved the characters of Mack and Sigurd. It has been a while since I read a book that I did not want to put down. This book made me lose sleep but it was well worth it. I hope Campbell continues to write because she definitely has talent. So, if you like a good murder mystery, then this is the book for you!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Wonderful!!!! Rebecca Hawkins on Oct 11, 2017
“I could not put this book down. I am finishing up at 2 AM. The story has many twist and turns but are easy to follow because the writer lays things out clearly and believably. The ending is a real shocker. Did not see it coming. I love this book. Wish it could become a series. Not ready for it to end.”

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Fantasy – The War Ender’s Apprentice

The War Ender's ApprenticeThe War Ender’s Apprentice
By Elizabeth Guizzetti
Publisher: ZB Publications
Published: October 2017
ISBN: 978-0999559802
ASIN: B076Y2FSSK
Genre: Fantasy
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In the chaotic universe, many intelligent species are on the brink of war, but the Guild holds the violence at bay to foster peaceful trade. The most renowned War Ender is Lady Alana of House Eyreid. Alana hopes to train her nephew Roark, in her vocation.

It was supposed to be a simple training mission aboard an Interrealm slave ship. However, when Alana find her people enslaved, she murders the crew and rescues every slave—whether criminal, dishonored, or stolen. A fleeting vision tells her to offer the newly freed Eohan a War Ender’s education.

For her vision to come true, Alana must rescue Eohan’s young brother who was sold in the last port and lost somewhere in the Realms, but first, they have a war to end.

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Military Thriller – The Chief and His Marine

The Chief and His MarineThe Chief and His Marine
By B.A. Sherman
ISBN: 978-1532355103
ASIN: B0776HBM3M
Genre: Military Thriller
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Too many fathers and mothers know the feeling of pride but also the dread that follows a son or daughter going off to war. And along with dread, when the worst you can imagine happens, there is sorrow … and anger. Sometimes there is more.

Based on true events, join author B.A. Sherman at his most stirring and shocking best as he imagines the horror of war from a parent’s view. This is a story of love, hatred and revenge so gripping and so true to life, it’s hard to tell where reality ends and frightening fantasy takes over. Told in both the quiet streets of the U.S. and the explosive sands of Afghanistan, the Chief and His Marine goes where few have gone…and written about the experience.

But war is real and likely here to stay, he will tell you. Worth thinking about, and deciding what you might do if it were your son or daughter out there. Or you.

These are the thoughts to grapple with in this story. They will make you hug your child a little tighter today, as you follow the Chief and Nick his Marine—just out of school and so proud to be serving his country—into the killing fields of hell.

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Women’s Fiction/Humor – Single Chicas

Single ChicasSingle Chicas
By Sandra C. Lopez
ISBN: 978-1540893420
ASIN: B01KG85F1Y
Genre:Women’s Fiction, Humor, Chick Lit
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Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she’s never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.

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Sci-fi Space Opera – The Devil’s Dragon

The Devil's DragonThe Devil’s Dragon
By Jason F Boggs
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc.
Published: January 2017
ISBN: 978-1635054811
ASIN: B01N34P7D6
Genre: Sci-fi Space Opera
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When the battle for Earth begins, whose side will you be on?

An epic Sci Fi/fantasy drama set eighty years in the future, told surrounding the development and ultimately the outcome of the Aesini war as seen intimately through the eyes of Nelson Jones, a young and gifted military cadet whose rise through the ranks in the fascist new world order known as the “New Era” reveals to him through his experiences the true nature of humanity, both good and evil. Nelson is on a journey of self discovery and is forced to confront his values and his world view to make difficult choices. The story is also intimately told from the perspective of multiple players on both sides of the conflict. This is the first book of a story driven trilogy in a universe that’s as rich and compelling as other major franchises.

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