The Natural Waterways of
Ireland a book you would enjoy
The Natural Waterways of
Ireland, A Traveler's Guide to Rental Boating, by Michael and Laura
Murphy, ISSBN 1-55656-381-X, paperback $15.00 ($20.00 in Canada) is to be
published June 1, 2001 by Interlink Publishing Group, Inc. and will
contain 174 pages with maps and black & white photos.
From Limerick to Belleek,
the three-hundred-mile long Shannon-Erne Waterway offers independent
travelers remarkable views of the heart of Ireland-its forests and hills,
rivers and lakes, its wildlife, its towns, its ancient abbeys and castles.
The Shannon-Erne Waterway,
the grandest of Europe's natural waterways, can now be explored by
boat-comfortable live-aboard cabin cruisers, rented by the week and
self-skippered by anyone old enough to drive a car. Imagine being at the
helm of a magnificent forty-foot boat, cruising down an expansive
waterland of lakes and rivers, past fortresses and windmills, remote
wildlife sanctuaries, monastic ruins, then mooring at a waterside pub for
a leisurely lunch and a stroll through the village.
Michael and Laura Murphy show that anyone can easily and affordably enjoy
the natural waterways of Ireland by boat.
Are you from Lexington County?
Carolinian Scrivener &
Antiquities, 1453 Corley Mill Road, Lexington, SC 29072 has published
Lexington Remembered, Volume I, by Claudette Holliday, which is a
collection of Lexington Yesterday as published in the The Lexington County
Chronicle and other stories.
If history were sold on the
stock market, the DOW would be rising. History is much more than forgotten
stories and dry old bones. It tells us who we are. Like politics, all
history is local. It begins with individuals, and tells their story. It
spins, it weaves, it hums like elevator music to the here and now.
The people of Lexington County have a story to tell. From the first Back
Country settlers who arrived in 1734 to the building of Lake Murray, the
people of Lexington have been a courageous and enterprising mix of people.
They have managed to maintain a strong sense of old country tradition,
while growing and nurturing a uniquely American life-style.
Claudette Holliday has been
writing about Lexington History for over four years for The Lexington
County Chronicle. Now she has published a collection of her first years'
articles in Lexington Remembered, Volume I, ISBN 0-9705337-0-5, paperback,
165 pages; and you may order your copy by check to Claudette Holliday,
1453 Corley Mill Road, Lexington, SC 29072. The price is $14.95 plus $3.50
shipping and handling.
Here's help for Irish root-hunters!
A Genealogist's Guide to
Discovering Your Irish Ancestors by Dwight A. Radford and Kyle J. Betit,
published by Betterway Books, ISBN 1-55870-577-5, paperback, 296 pages, US
$19.99 is available at most bookstores.
Now you can find your way
back home to Ireland and the origins of your family! Maybe you seek a
greater sense of self by learning more about your family roots. Or maybe
you simply want to explore the special mysteries that wait to be
discovered about your family. Whatever your motivation, genealogy is a
A Genealogist's Guide to
Discovering Your Irish Ancestors helps you define the challenges of Irish
family research, then provides strategies to overcome them. You'll learn
how to investigate the various generations of your family, the events that
shaped their lives, the details about how they lived, and the story of
There's a wealth of
information inside and everything that you need to get started! The
authors, Dwight A. Radford and Kyle J. Betit are widely respected in the
field of genealogy as Irish researchers. For the past six years, they have
built their reputations through articles in their highly acclaimed
journal, The Irish at Home and Abroad, as well as in other genealogical
publications. They speak internationally on the subject of Irish research
and live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Here's a way to learn about our ancestors' lives
Everyday Life in the 1800s
is part of Writer's Digest's Everyday Life series, which helps writers,
students and researchers save valuable time and bring richness and
historical accuracy to their work. Each guide describes the food, clothes,
customs, slang, occupations, religions, politics and other historical
details that are so often difficult to find.
Other titles include:
Everyday Life During the Civil War, Everyday Life in the Middle Ages, The
Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Colonial America, The Writer's Guide to
Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England, as well as Everyday Life
Among the American Indians.
F & W. Publications is the
leading publisher of books for writers, artists, and genealogists. Founded
in 1920, F & W. Publications, Inc. may be contacted at 1707 Dana Avenue,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207.
Here's a guide to the 1912 History of Walworth County
Reading almost 1,500 pages
in a two-volume history of Walworth County, Wisconsin, has for many years
been the onerous task for anyone attempting to do genealogical research. A
year ago three local researchers decided that there must be an easier way
to look up family names in the largest printed account of the early
settlers in the county. Therefore, they painstakingly compiled a Guide to
use with the voluminous 1912 History of Walworth County by Albert
A Guide to the History of
Walworth County, Wisconsin by Albert Beckwith was written by Charlotte L.
Gates, William A. Gates and Doris M. Reinke. The Gates' and Reinke listed
over 35,000 names found in Beckwith's two-volume History of Walworth
County, which included nearly everyone who held office from the 1830s one,
as well as biographical sketches of farmers and merchants, and much more
in 1500 pages.
Now the Guide has been
produced, research in the two-volume history becomes more accessible
because names are alphabetical, with women cross-referenced by both
married and maiden names.
The 205-page Guide is available from Doris M. Reinke, 516 N. Wisconsin
Ave., Elkhorn, WI 53121. The price is $24.95 plus $3.00 shipping and
handling (Wisconsin residents add $1.37).
Here's an interesting book for Scots
Highland Heritage, Scottish
Americans in the American South, by Celeste Ray, 288 pages, $16.95
paperback, $29.95 hardcover has been published by The University of North
Carolina Press, PO Box 2288, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27515-2288.
What does being Scottish,
or Scottish American mean? What draws tens of thousands of people to
Scottish Highland Games and Gatherings across the nation? Why do
kilt-wearing event participants compete in athletics, Highland Dancing,
and bagpiping, while others join clan societies in celebration of a
Highland Games, like Civil
War reenactments, are a unique mix of old and new, of "truth" and
performance, of the fading practices of past generations and the claiming
of ethnic "roots". Some participants at the Games speak of their longing
for Scotland though they have never been there, or don the tartan of a
clan without any firm knowledge of having Scottish ancestors. Others,
however, can trace their Scottish bloodlines back two centuries or more.
In this, the only study of
Scottish Americans beyond books on immigration history, Celeste Ray
reveals how Highland themes and lore merged with Southern myths to produce
a complex sense of identity for Scottish Americans in the South. She also
challenges the idea that celebrations of ethnicity by European Americans
are celebrations of "whiteness". Affirmations of Scottish American
heritage, she shows, are far more than a contemporary response to
multiculturalism. Celeste Ray is assistant professor of anthropology at
the University of the South.
Studying Alabama during The Civil War?
The Flags of Civil War
Alabama by Glenn Dedmondt, is available in paperback for $19.95, 160 pages
with 105 color illustrations and 14 color photos, ISBN: 1-56554-840-X.
Flying high above us and
waving in the wind, flags are reminders of what we stand for. They stir
the most patriotic emotions within the human heart, and the battle flag
often evokes those as strong today as during the War for Southern
Every flag has a unique
story. Those that survived the war are featured in this book with color
illustrations and a brief history of their units. They are presented
chronologically, and each flag is shown in its original design. Cavalry,
infantry, artillery and naval flags are included, along with those that
did not belong to any particular unit. There are photographs showing
patterns of wear, damage, or artwork associated with each. Those that did
not survive are illustrated-recreated from the thorough description that
is left of them.
Glenn Dedmondt, a lifelong
resident of the Carolinas and member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans,
shares his passion for the past as a teacher of South Carolina history. He
hold a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, is published in
Confederate Veteran magazine, and is the author of The Flags of Civil War
South Carolina, also published by Pelican Publishing Company.
What was life like during The Civil War?
Yankees on the Doorstep:
The Story of Sarah Morgan, by Debra West Smith, 176 pages, paperback,
ISBN: 1-56554-872-8, $10.95 is published by Pelican Publishing Company, PO
Box 3110 Gretna, LA 70054.
The Civil War is rarely
shown through a young southern woman's perspective. Many of these women
were displaced from their homes and lived their lives on the run from
Northern shellfire. They witnessed war firsthand without ever going to
battle. Sarah Morgan was one of those women.
In this young adult novel,
Debra West Smith uses Sarah Morgan's diaries to tell this generation her
story of courage and survival during the war that divided the nation.
Sarah was forced to move from place to place and suffered a debilitating
injury during her experience, but she persevered through it all. She faced
issues that many people never consider when thinking about the Civil War.
There was a dilemma over what to do with her pet bird as the Yankees
approached, and the decision about accepting much-needed food from Yankee
soldiers at the risk of being branded a traitor by the Southerners.
Sarah Morgan poured her
heart and soul into her diaries as a way to cope with her situations, and
Smith uses many of Sarah's own words to bring this story alive for today's
Debra West Smith is the
author of Pelican's, as well as three other books in that series. She is
also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.
Call Pelican at 504-368-1175 or
http://www.pelicanpub.com to order.