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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Social Issues/Poetry – America Under Mind Control

America Under Mind ControlAmerica Under Mind Control
By Jamell Crouthers
Published: March 2017
ISBN: 978-1543198508
ASIN: B06WD2JBGB
Genre: Social Issues, Poetry
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What happens when society takes control of your mind and how you think? This book speaks on all of the issues going on in today’s society and how the rich, wealthy and elite do everything in their power to keep the American people under mind control. There are different tactics and ways they use to make sure we as a people don’t strive for greatness in life. It starts from when you’re a child in the education system and how we’re taught to be obedient and to respect authority all the way into Corporate America. Our minds are programmed on a daily basis and whether we realize it or not, we don’t take the time to see the bigger picture of how the world is run. From the music we listen to, to the television we watch, the politics they control and infiltrate, this book deals head on with how we the American people are controlled by so many messages on a daily basis. It’s a book that speaks truth into how this country and the world is in shambles and how we need to come together as a nation and as a people and do better.

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Memoir – The Year I Turned 25

The Year I Turned 25The Year I Turned 25
By Raquel Fletcher
Publisher: FriesenPress
Published: January 2017
ISBN: 978-1525501173
ASIN: B01MUF1OW4
Genre: Memoir
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“I always thought twenty-five was the year I’d finally be grown up, the year the world would finally start taking me seriously, the year I would finally know what I wanted. And yet…”

The Year I Turned 25 catalogues the ups and downs of a TV reporter in her mid-twenties, who takes on the added challenge of training an adorable, but misbehaving puppy. Sometimes melancholic and other times hilarious, this brave and thought-provoking memoir approaches dating, sexual assault and mental health in a personal, but relatable way. This book is for every woman who ever asked herself if something was wrong with her and for every dog lover who discovered true love in a puppy.

“This project isn’t about – and was never about – figuring out who I am. It’s about figuring out how to figure out who I am.”

 

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Non-Fiction – The Gnostic Notebook

The Gnostic NotebookThe Gnostic Notebook
By Timothy James Lambert
ISBN: 978-1511516495
ASIN: B00TGC9OAA
Genre: Non-Fiction
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If the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are nothing more than written records of oral folk tales, how is it that some contain sophisticated forms of encryption?

Why were some fairy tales constructed in accordance with the Ad Herennium, an ancient Latin text containing the earliest recorded instructions for the creation of memory systems?

How does one explain the fact that the Ad Herennium’s instructions mirror one of the key images from the synoptic Gospels, the scourging of Jesus?

Could it be that the Gospels’ authors were actually skilled practitioners of the Art of Memory, who utilized that system within the Gospels for the secret encryption and storage of information?

And how is all of this connected to the millennia-old conflict between the two oldest traditions of Gnostic Christianity, those of John and Thomas?

The Gnostic Notebook is a fresh examination of several classic texts in a search for hidden layers of meaning. The meanings are unlocked through a series of easy to follow steps, using a variety of steganographic and cryptographic techniques. The messages decrypted are not the usual esoteric or Freudian interpretations; rather they contain actual, undeniable information encoded into the texts ages ago. Their existence challenges everything we thought we knew about these texts, including our basic understanding of the Bible itself!

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Writing – Creating Stories

Creating StoriesCreating Stories
By Hank Quense
Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing
Release Date: April 1, 2017
ISBN: 978-0997822403
ASIN: B01MZ6E3EM
Pages: 105
Genre: Non-Fiction, Writing, Publishing
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Do you want to write fiction, but don’t know how to go about it? Puzzled by creating characters and creating plots? Creating Stories has the answers. Hank Quense, an author of more than twenty books, tells you how to do it. He demystifies fiction writing. Quense believes that stories come from the melding of three creating stories processes: getting ideas, story design and story-telling. Ideas have to come from the author. Creating Stories covers story design and story-telling

The book concentrates on developing characters including such rarely discussed requirements such as a dominant reader emotion and the character’s biography.

Plots are also covered in depth and a number of graphics are included to illustrate complex points. Another topic discusses subplots and how to utilize them and how to nest them within the main plot.

A separate chapter discusses the relationship between the plot and the emotional arcs.

Other topics covered are: character arcs, scene design, point-of-view, writing voice and writing humor.

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Spirituality – Expect the Extraordinary

expect-the-extraordinaryExpect the Extraordinary
Angelic Messages, Spiritual Encounters and the Soul of Skye
By Sue Pighini
Publisher: Livin’ the Dream Media
Published: May 2016
ISBN:  978-0997163803
ASIN: B01M0X3FM5
Genre: Spirituality
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As a young mother of two very young children, Sue thought she was dead when she was struck by lightning in an Arizona rainstorm. But, she was saved by the voice of an angel who told her exactly what to do to keep the lightning from reaching her heart. This was only the first of three extraordinary experiences in which she received life-saving angelic messages. Sue shares not only her amazing stories but also, those of an Air Force Special Operator Pararescueman and a renown Master Herbalist/Nutritionist, also a Franciscan monk, whose stories are equally riveting and inspiring.

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