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Lori's (thornton37814) 2019 Classic Bands Challenge - Thread 2

This is a continuation of the topic Lori's (thornton37814) 2019 Classic Bands Challenge.

2019 Category Challenge

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1thornton37814
Feb 7, 8:38pm Top



Welcome to my 2nd 2019 thread.

My 2019 reading plan involves a lot of reading from my own bookshelves, from e-books I've purchased or downloaded and not read, from my TBR list, and from the professional journals piling up.

I chose classic bands--mostly from the 1960s and 1970s with a few from the 1980s thrown in--to be categories for my theme. I chose twenty bands--fifteen for book categories, four for articles, and one for abandoned books. I am not setting specific targets for the number of books or articles in each category.

I will keep separate totals for books and articles. I think including articles in the reading plan will help me cut down on my reading backlog. The time I spend reading and studying many of these also can be included in my genealogy education plan for my Association of Professional Genealogists membership.

My categories are:
1. The Police - Police procedurals and true crime. I love the British mysteries featuring DCIs, etc., so I suspect this category will see quite a few books.
2. The Who - Other mysteries (cozies, private investigators, thrillers, etc.). Since mystery is my favorite genre, this one will see quite a bit of action, especially from series I wish to continue.
3. Herman's Hermits - Historical fiction. I read a lot of historical mysteries which could be included here or in one of the above categories, but I also enjoy fiction set in different times and places. Several Holocaust stories have captured my attention. Earlier today another genealogist posted a link to a two-volume fiction series based on the Northkill Amish which is important to my own family history. I expect I'll read several volumes that fit here.
4. Beatles - Literary Classics. A little Shakespeare? Dickens? Alcott? Hawthorne? etc.
5. Foreigner - Fiction with a non-US, non-UK, or non-Canadian setting. I'm not eliminating all English-speaking countries or the Caribbean from this one. I'm just trying to diversify my settings a bit.
6. Beach Boys - Miscellaneous Fiction. Some of these will be classic "beach read" type books. This is basically a "catch-all" fiction category.
7. New Kids on the Block - Children's & Young Adult (YA) Books. I'm certain this category will see lots of action at certain times of the year. I may also place some children's and YA books in other categories.
8. Air Supply - Poetry. I've got a couple of larger poetry collections I want to read, but I've found I really enjoy reading poetry. I'm giving it its own category so I'll read more!
9. Four Seasons - Nature/Weather/Gardening Books. Although this is primarily a non-fiction category, I might include a fiction book where some of these topics play a major role.
10. Bread - Food and Cooking. I have lots of cookbooks, books on food habit, and books on culinary history unread. It's time to knock a few of these out! Most of the cookbooks were at least glanced at, but it's time to pay more attention to them and review them.
11. Temptations - Religion. I suspect most of the books I read will be related to Christianity or Judaism. The books do not necessarily need to be theological in nature or on the history of religions. I suspect some of these will be books on "Christian life" or devotional in nature.
12. America - History. It probably seems a bit strange to make "America" the category for a book which is almost certain to include a fair amount of European history as well as American history, but it's the band I chose for the category.
13. Journey - Travel. I enjoy well-written travel narratives. However, I'm using the "travel" term in a broader sense, so if I think it fits, it probably goes here.
14. Mamas & the Papas - Genealogy. These will mostly be books on genealogy as a profession, using certain types of records, and other books marketed primarily to the genealogical community. However, I may include some other things I'm reading primarily because of my genealogical interest. Think of this as my "professional development" category.
15. Eagles - Other Non-Fiction. This is the catch-all category for non-fiction. I used Eagles because a book on birds would fit here!
16. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) articles. I need to read these case studies that demonstrate problem-solving approaches. I suspect this will be the one with the most articles read of the categories dedicated to a specific journal.
17. Boston - New England Historic & Genealogical Register ("The Register") articles. Since NEHGS is headquartered in Boston, the category seems appropriate.
18. Chicago - The American Genealogist (TAG) articles. I don't have as large of stash of these, and the frequency isn't as great so this one will be a smaller than the previous two. TAG is not published in Chicago and really has more of a New England/Mid-Atlantic focus, but since Chicago is an American city, I used it.
19. Bee Gees - Other articles. Many of these will be articles I found through bibliographies, in databases, or through social media posts that capture my attention, are relevant for my research, or just need to be read. Most will be history or genealogy related.
20. 5th Dimension - Abandoned reads. Let's hope for a small number here!

2thornton37814
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Category #1: The Police - Police Procedurals and True Crime

1. Glass Houses by Louise Penny - completed 4 Jan 2019
2. Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo - completed 20 Jan 2019

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Category #2: The Who - Other Mysteries

1. Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs - completed 15 Jan 2019
2. Book, Line, and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay - completed 17 Jan 2019
3. Harvest of Secrets by Ellen Crosby - completed 18 Jan 2019
4. Nerve by Dick Francis - completed 23 Jan 2019
5. Death al Dente by Leslie Budewitz - completed 12 Feb 2019
6. Murder Once Removed by S. C. Perkins - completed 15 Feb 2019
7. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley - completed 16 Feb 2019
8. One Potato, Two Potato, Dead by Lynn Cahoon - completed 20 Feb 2019

4thornton37814
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Category #3: Herman's Hermits - Historical Fiction

1. As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner - completed 12 Jan 2019
2. Seneca Falls Inheritance by Miriam Grace Monfredo - completed 31 Jan 2019
3. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn - completed 4 Feb 2019

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Category #4: The Beatles - Literary Classics

1. The Chosen by Chaim Potok - completed 5 Jan 2019
2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - completed 5 Feb 2019

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Category #5: Foreigner - Fiction with non-US, non-UK, or non-Canadian setting

1. The Dry by Jane Harper - completed 4 Jan 2019

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Category #6: Beach Boys - Miscellaneous Fiction

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Category #7: New Kids on the Block - Children's and Young Adult (YA) Books

1. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote - completed 1 Jan 2019
2. The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson - completed 22 Jan 2019
3. My DNA Diary: All About YOU (Genetics for Kids) by Lisa Mullan; illustrated by Neil Chapman - completed 2 Feb 2019
4. Miss Mink: Life Lessons for a Cat Countess by Janet Hill - completed 12 Feb 2019

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Category #8: Air Supply - Poetry

1. Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver - completed 2 Feb 2019
2. Dying Runs in My Family by Guy Conner - completed 11 Feb 2019

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Category #9: Four Seasons - Nature/Weather/Gardening

1. The Outrun by Amy Liptrot - completed 8 Jan 2019

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Category #10: Bread - Food and Cooking

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Category #11: The Temptations - Religion

1. 365 Meditations from George MacDonald's Fiction by George MacDonald; edited by David Scott Wilson-Okamura - completed 6 Jan 2019
2. Breaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total Surrender by Beth Moore - completed 11 Jan 2019
3. Eight Lights: The Story of Chanukah by William F. Rosenblum and Robert J. Rosenblum; illustrated by Shraga Weil - completed 24 Jan 2019

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Category #12: America - History

1. The Shortest History of Germany by James Hawes - completed 10 Jan 2019
2. The Life of Charlemagne by Einhard; translated by Samuel Epes Turner - completed 24 Jan 2019
3. Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston; edited by Deborah G. Plant - completed 26 Jan 2019
4. The ABC's of Crime and Punishment in Puritan New England by Donna B. Gawell - completed 2 Feb 2019
5. The Scottish Borders (with Galloway) to 1603 by W. R. Kermack - completed 5 Feb 2019
6. The Story of Wales by Rhys Davies - completed 12 Feb 2019
7. The Cornish in the Caribbean : From the 17th to the 19th Centuries by Sue Appleby - completed 18 Feb 2019

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Category #14: The Mamas & the Papas - Genealogy

1. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro - completed 8 Jan 2018

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Category #15: The Eagles - Other Non-Fiction

1. Whimsical Cross-Stitch: More than 130 Designs from Trendy to Traditional by Cari Buziak - completed 18 Feb 2019

17thornton37814
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Category #16: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) articles

1. Pam Prascer Andersen, "Indirectly Identifying Relatives of Michael Kerns of Blair County and Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania," NGSQ 105.2 (June 2017): 85-91. (7 pp.) - completed 2 Jan 2019
2. Claire E. Ammon, CG, “Parents for John Perkins (1788-1852) of Granby, Connecticut,” NGSQ 105.3 (September 2017): 219-228. (10 pp.) - completed 3 Jan 2019
3. Worth Shipley Anderson, JD, "John Stanfield 'as he is cald in this country': An Illegitimate Descent in Eastern Tennessee," NGSQ 106.2 (June 2018): 85-101. (17 pp.) - completed 8 Jan 2019
4. Harold A. Henderson, CG. "Fannie Fern Crandall and Her Three-Timing Darling Husband," NGSQ 106.1 (March 2018): 35-48. (14 pp.) - completed 12 Jan 2019
5. Claire Ammon, CG. "Which Amos Lockwood of Fairfield County, Connecticut, Was Gilbert's Son, and Where Did He Go?" NGSQ 106.1 (March 2018): 5-17. (13 pp.) - completed 8 Feb 2019
6. F. Warren Bittner, CG. "Pity the Poor Pfuhl: The Bavarian Origin of Lorenz Full of Lake County, Indiana." NGSQ 106.1 (March 2018): 19-34. (16 pp.) - completed 8 Feb 2019
7. Cheryl Storton, CG. "Finding Family in Tennessee's Wild Frontier--Catharine Grissom's Kin." NGSQ 106.1 (March 2018): 49-60. (12 pp.) - completed 8 Feb 2019
8. Rebecca I. M. Walch. "The Westchester Petitioners of 1656." NGSQ 106.1 (March 2018): 61-77. (17 pp.) - completed 8 Feb 2019
9. Frederick C. Hart, Jr., CG, FASG. "Weed Ancestry of Pioneer American Photographer Charles Leander Weed (1824-1903)." NGSQ 106.2 (June 2018): 103-110. (8 pp.) - completed 9 Feb 2019
10. Ronald A. Hill, PhD, CG Emeritus, FASG. "Forest A. Fisher a.k.a. Waltz: Given Away at Birth." NGSQ 106.2 (June 2018): 111-121. (11 pp.) - completed 9 Feb 2019

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Category #17: Boston - New England Historic and Genealogical Register ("The Register") articles

1. John M. Freund, “The Parents of Sarah Kelton, Wife of James Bowen of Rehoboth, Massachusetts,” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register: The Journal of American Genealogy 171.681 (Winter 2017): 30-31. (2 pp.) - completed 6 Jan 2019
2. Nancy R. Stevens, “Amasa Coburn (1753-1815) of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont,” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register: The Journal of American Genealogy 171.681 (Winter 2017): 57-62. (6 pp.) - completed 6 Jan 2019

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Category #18: Chicago - The American Genealogist (TAG) articles

1. Sue Allan, Caleb Johnson, and Simon Neal, “The Origin of Mayflower Passenger Susanna (Jackson) (White) Winslow,” The American Genealogist 89.4 (October 2017): 241-264. (24 pp.) - completed 4 Jan 2019
2. Nathan W. Murphy, AG, FASG, "Captain Abraham Read and Emelia (Cary) (Read) Gressingham of Virginia and London: More on the Seafaring Kin of the Byrds of Westover, Virginia," The American Genealogist 89.4 (October 2017): 265-271. (7 pp.) - completed 12 Jan 2019
3. Leslie Mahler, FASG. "The Hinton and Woodbridge Ancestry of Abigail Hinton, Wife of William Averill of Ipswich, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist 89.4 (October 2017): 283-288. (6 pp.) - completed 9 Feb 2019
4. Eben W. Graves. "William Denison of Pullin Point (Boston) and Milton, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist 89.4 (October 2017): 299-302. (4 pp.) - completed 9 Feb 2019
5. Hal Bradley. "Gleanings: Addenda to the Origin of Several Colonial Families." The American Genealogist 89.4 (October 2017): 303-312. (10 pp.) - completed 9 Feb 2019

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Category #19: Bee Gees - Other articles.

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Abandoned Reads Category: 5th Dimension

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The next post is yours!

22thornton37814
Feb 7, 9:35pm Top



Book 31. The Scott Country by John Geddie; paintings by E. W. Haslehust

Date Completed: 6 Feb 2019

Category: Journey

Rating: 3 stars

Review: This short book leads the reader through the Scotland depicted by Sir Walter Scott. John Geddie peppers his descriptions with Scott's poetry. Paintings by E. W. Haslehust adds an interesting dimension, making the slender volume a treat for those who love the arts.

23thornton37814
Feb 7, 10:36pm Top

I may be quiet for the next few days. I'll have my iPad with me tomorrow and Saturday as I chaperone the youth choir trip. However, it's going to be a busy schedule. I am taking reading materials--iPad and 3 journal issues that are partially read. I'm taking cross stitch also. Hopefully those things will keep me occupied. I would like to take the latch hook rug, but it's awkward for traveling. The cross stitch works much better!

24JayneCM
Feb 8, 1:16am Top

>22 thornton37814: That looks wonderful! Looks like an older book? Hope I can find it.

25thornton37814
Feb 8, 8:08am Top

>24 JayneCM: It was. There apparently is a series of them called "Beautiful Scotland." This one covers areas Sir Walter Scott haunted. It was in a gift collection given to us by a retired professor whose specialty was European History. He'd done quite a bit of traveling so we often found travel guides and this type of book. He also apparently loved the arts because he also owned books on art and music. Of course, some may have been purchased for his wife, but I'm sure he probably enjoyed them just based on some of the places I found his notes.

26mstrust
Feb 8, 10:47am Top

Happy new thread!
And have a good trip too!

27DeltaQueen50
Feb 8, 2:06pm Top

>23 thornton37814: Travelling with teenagers - that will either keep you young or age you! Have a good trip and weekend, Lori. :)

28mstrust
Feb 8, 6:41pm Top

Does your choir trip happen to be in Louisville?

29lkernagh
Feb 8, 9:23pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori and well done on your reading so far this year. 31 books!

30JayneCM
Feb 9, 6:40am Top

>25 thornton37814: What a wonderful gift! I love older travel books.

31thornton37814
Feb 10, 2:49pm Top

>26 mstrust: Thanks!

>27 DeltaQueen50: I hope it kept me young? We had a good group of teens!

>28 mstrust: Our choir trip was to Jackson, Tennessee. That is where this year's Youth Project was held.

32thornton37814
Feb 10, 2:52pm Top

>29 lkernagh: A lot of those were shorter, mostly prompted by the gift collection we received. I did set aside a few others that caught my attention--both longer volumes for which we had duplicates and some shorter ones. I'm not in a rush to get to them.

>30 JayneCM: This gift collection was especially rich in European history. The professor had traveled to many of these countries. He had several other travel guides I may peruse "just because they are available."

33thornton37814
Feb 10, 3:22pm Top

No book completions over the weekend, but I read several articles that I'll list later. I'm suffering a sinus headache today. I'm going to head to youth choir rehearsal in an hour or so. When I come home, I may rest. I'll get things listed eventually.

34thornton37814
Feb 11, 10:17pm Top



Book 32. Dying Runs in My Family by Guy Conner

Date Completed: 11 Feb 2019

Category: Air Supply

Rating: 1 star

Review: This small poetry book's theme is death, specifically death as it pertains to members of the poet's family--or his own thoughts. Its only redeeming quality is its brevity. The poem's lack lyrical beauty and seem too blunt. The author's agnosticism means he lacks the hope of a Christian facing death. I won the book in a GoodReads giveaway with hopes, although not a requirement, a review would be written.

35thornton37814
Feb 12, 1:38pm Top



Book 33. The Story of Wales by Rhys Davies

Date Completed: 12 Feb 2019

Category: America

Rating: 4 stars

Review: While documentation is lacking, this short history of Wales' strength lies in the accompanying photographs, paintings, and other illustrations which help illuminate the country's story. As I read about an early 20th century miners strike, the scenes portrayed in Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley came back to me. This book's brief depiction summarized some of the novel's action. The Welsh church's Puritan-like nature played out in this volume as well as Llewellyn's novel. It's an enjoyable illustrated condensation of Welsh history for a lay mid-twentieth century audience. However, today's readers willing to recognize color photo processing was not as developed at the time of publication will appreciate it.

36thornton37814
Feb 12, 6:35pm Top



Book 34. Miss Mink: Life Lessons for a Cat Countess by Janet Hill

Date Completed: 12 Feb 2019

Category: New Kids on the Block

Rating: 5 stars

Review: This book's illustrations delight the eye. The colorful paintings show cats as they demonstrate lessons humans should follow such as grooming and napping. Miss Marcella Mink took her cats to the high seas, establishing her own cruise line, when she could not find a ship willing to welcome her furry friends. Cat lovers will appreciate owning a copy of this volume! I received the book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers program with the expectation of an honest review.

37thornton37814
Feb 12, 9:12pm Top



Book 35. Death al Dente by Leslie Budewitz

Date Completed: 12 Feb 2019

Category: The Who

Rating: 2 stars

Review: Erin Murphy returned home to run the family mercantile with her mother Fresca. People accuse Fresca of stealing Claudette's recipes, and when Claudette turns up murdered, Erin's one-time friend employed now as the town detective suspects Fresca of the crime. The mystery did not hold together well. The narrative seemed scattered. Shallow characterization contributed to a disconnect with the story. I struggled with the decision to keep reading or abandon it. I decided to see if it improved. I think it came together enough at the end, but readers still wonder how it got there. I doubt I'll read any more of the series.

38thornton37814
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Article 9. Claire Ammon, CG. "Which Amos Lockwood of Fairfield County, Connecticut, Was Gilbert's Son, and Where Did He Go?" National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106.1 (March 2018): 5-17.(13 pp.)

Date Completed: 8 Feb 2019

Category: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Comments: Sorts out identity issues with Amos Lockwood and traces him to New York, Nova Scotia, and Virginia. Examines records in England,Louisiana, and Texas also.

39LittleTaiko
Feb 13, 12:56pm Top

>37 thornton37814: - I liked that one slightly better than you but haven't felt compelled to pick up any more in the series. It's one of those books that if there wasn't evidence on LT or GR that I had read it, I don't think I'd remember that I had.

40thornton37814
Feb 13, 12:59pm Top



Article 10. F. Warren Bittner, CG. "Pity the Poor Pfuhl: The Bavarian Origin of Lorenz Full of Lake County, Indiana." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106.1 (March 2018): 19-34. (16 pp.)

Date Completed: 8 Feb 2019

Category: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Comments: Uses the FAN principle, reasonably exhaustive research, and church records.

41thornton37814
Feb 13, 1:00pm Top

>39 LittleTaiko: I don't think it will stick with me long either.

42thornton37814
Feb 13, 1:02pm Top



Article 11. Cheryl Storton, CG. "Finding Family in Tennessee's Wild Frontier--Catharine Grissom's Kin." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106.1 (March 2018): 49-60. (12 pp.)

Date Completed: 8 Feb 2019

Category: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Comments: Demonstrates use of indirect evidence in problem resolution.

43thornton37814
Feb 13, 1:05pm Top



Article 12. Rebecca I. M. Walch. "The Westchester Petitioners of 1656." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106.1 (March 2018): 61-77. (17 pp.)

Date Completed: 8 Feb 2019

Category: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Comments: Examines multiple copies of the petition and its transcriptions to compare differences.

44RidgewayGirl
Feb 13, 1:10pm Top

>40 thornton37814: F. Warren Bittner wins as the best at titles. I hope this inspires the other genealogists to step up their game.

45thornton37814
Feb 13, 1:14pm Top



Article 13. Leslie Mahler, FASG. "The Hinton and Woodbridge Ancestry of Abigail Hinton, Wife of William Averill of Ipswich, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist 89.4 (October 2017): 283-288. (6 pp.)

Date Completed: 9 Feb 2019

Category: Chicago

Comments: Corrects a published genealogy by Walter Goodwin Davis.

46thornton37814
Feb 13, 1:16pm Top

>44 RidgewayGirl: Warren is one of my favorite genealogical lecturers--and definitely my favorite on Germanic genealogy.

47thornton37814
Feb 13, 1:18pm Top



Article 14. Eben W. Graves. "William Denison of Pullin Point (Boston) and Milton, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist 89.4 (October 2017): 299-302. (4 pp.)

Date Completed: 9 Feb 2019

Category: Chicago

Comments: Mostly a genealogical summary.

48thornton37814
Feb 13, 1:22pm Top



Article 15. Hal Bradley. "Gleanings: Addenda to the Origin of Several Colonial Families." The American Genealogist 89.4 (October 2017): 303-312. (10 pp.)

Date Completed: 9 Feb 2019

Category: Chicago

Comments: Provides additional details or expands upon the research of several colonists.

49thornton37814
Feb 13, 1:29pm Top



Article 16. Frederick C. Hart, Jr., CG, FASG. "Weed Ancestry of Pioneer American Photographer Charles Leander Weed (1824-1903)." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106.2 (June 2018): 103-110. (8 pp.)

Date Completed: 9 Feb 2019

Category: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Comments: Identifies and summarizes ancestors of the photography.

50thornton37814
Feb 13, 1:35pm Top



Article 17. Ronald A. Hill, PhD, CG Emeritus, FASG. "Forest A. Fisher a.k.a. Waltz: Given Away at Birth." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106.2 (June 2018): 111-121. (11 pp.)

Date Completed: 9 Feb 2019

Category: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Comments: Examines the origins of a woman whose was born a Fisher and reared by a Waltz family. Examines records in Michigan and several Ohio counties.

51thornton37814
Feb 15, 2:35pm Top



Book 36. Murder Once Removed by S. C. Perkins

Date Completed: 15 Feb 2019

Category: The Who

Rating: 2.5 stars

Review: Lucy Lancaster, a professional genealogist, researches the family of Gus Halloran, uncovering a mystery surrounding the mid-19th century death of Seth Halloran. A photographer's journal states he was murdered by C.A. and then the scene was tampered to make it look as though he were trampled by horses. Lucy finds two candidates for C.A., but since enmity runs deep between the Applewhite and Halloran families, Gus focuses on that solution when he tells his family's story in a press conference. A page, possibly revealing the identity of C.A., was missing from the journal. As Lucy investigates, she runs into an FBI agent moonlighting as a history professor and into danger. I enjoyed the historic mystery; however, several things bothered me about the book. Lucy discusses research several times in very vague terms, making me wonder how familiar the author was with genealogical research. At one point Lucy tells another character about her flat rate package for researching "first family" Texas ancestry. Very few professional genealogists offer flat rate packages these days because it is nearly impossible to predict how long it will take to make a genealogically sound connection to a qualifying individual. Those who do offer such a package generally work for a larger firm rather than for themselves. Most charge an hourly rate plus expenses with a retainer collected up front. The balance is usually due before the final report is sent. The biggest error concerned census research. Lucy found results in the 1890 census. That census was mostly destroyed by fire. For the state in question, fragments of three enumeration districts in two counties exist as well as the Union Veterans schedule, which was small in a Confederate state. In the extent schedules, six families appear in one county; in the other county, four families appear in one enumeration district fragment and ninety-two families in the other district. Nowhere did Lucy mention the county to which the family moved and nowhere did she mention luck at finding the family. In fact the two counties were unlikely places for the family to reside based on comments about the family's life in the state. While widows of Union veterans were sometimes heads of household in these schedules, the information supposedly gleaned from the census makes it impossible the veterans schedule was what she consulted. While the mystery held great potential, the author's unfamiliarity with genealogical research hampered its effectiveness. If the series continues, I hope the author gets a professional genealogist to read the book to find errors in record availability and in practice. The other irritating flaw in the book was the author's unprofessional conduct in several instances. No instance's activity served to advance the plot in a way that could not be achieved through ethical means. The author needs to read Genealogy Standards by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the Association of Professional Genealogist's Code of Ethics before writing additional installments. This review reflects the text appearing in an advance electronic copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.

52rabbitprincess
Feb 16, 9:35am Top

>51 thornton37814: Thumbs up for an excellently thorough review! You were an ideal reviewer for this book. I think the author should get you to fact-check any other books in the series, if they are written.

53thornton37814
Feb 16, 5:18pm Top

>52 rabbitprincess: I really think she needs a Texas-based researcher. I could suggest a few for her!

54thornton37814
Feb 16, 5:53pm Top



Book 37. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley

Date Completed: 16 Feb 2019

Category: The Who

Rating: 4 stars

Review: 12-year-old Flavia and her family boat to a town where three parishioners met their death after taking the sacrament. The canon's conviction brought his death by capital punishment. As they boat into town, Flavia "snags" a catch with her bare hand which turns out to be the corpse of the canon's son. At first glance, it appears to be accidental drowning, but Flavia and Dogger spot a bruise. Flavia, of course, conducts her own investigation. The reader learns much more about Dogger in this installment, and he and Flavia "team up" a bit. Flavia matures somewhat in this installment, finally seeing some value in both sisters. It's an enjoyable installment in the series. Jayne Entwistle's narration is superb!

55thornton37814
Feb 18, 7:44pm Top



Book 38. The Cornish in the Caribbean : From the 17th to the 19th Centuries by Sue Appleby

Date Completed: 18 Feb 2019

Category: America

Rating: 4 stars

Review: This well-documented historical work focuses on the Cornish immigration to the Caribbean in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Appleby provides insight into conditions drawing men to the islands. Mining became the chief occupation of those who settled. Because of Methodism's prevalence in Cornwall, missionaries populated the islands reaching out to the English and native inhabitants. The main text presents the lives of the men residing in the islands while the appendices provide brief histories of the islands and of Methodism's rise in Cornwall. With over 750 endnotes and an extensive bibliography, Appleby provides readers with resources for further research. I received an electronic copy from the publisher through NetGalley with expectations of an honest review. In the protected ePub version I downloaded, the illustrations were distorted. It was especially annoying with maps and elongated single portraits/sketches of individuals. I do not know if the problem extends to the Kindle version and certainly hope the problem was not in the print edition.

56thornton37814
Feb 18, 8:21pm Top



Book 39. Whimsical Cross-Stitch: More than 130 Designs from Trendy to Traditional by Cari Buziak

Date Completed: 18 Feb 2019

Category: The Eagles

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Most projects in this collection can be completed in a short amount of time. Many designs are similar to freebies found on various manufacturer, designer, and shop sites on the Internet. I found only a handful of patterns that interested me enough to stitch. The best audience for this may be a child just learning to stitch as several designs are quick to stitch, colorful, don't require a lot of fabric, and can provide a quick sense of accomplishment. For the nearly $20 purchase price, I will not be purchasing a copy for myself. Stitchers probably want to browse a copy in a bookstore or cross stitch shop before purchasing it to make sure it interests them enough. This review is based on an electronic copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley with expectations of an honest review.

57thornton37814
Feb 19, 10:03pm Top

My hometown paper arrived in today's mail. I had not yet had time to read through the prior week's either. I don't really know what made me read the legal notices, perhaps it was the genealogist in me, but imagine my surprise when I saw that the "unknown descendants" of my paternal grandmother were named as defendants in an easement case. I immediately took a photo of the notice and sent it to my brother. I'm calling the chancery court in that county tomorrow for additional information to see if we just need to sign some paper. I'm working on a forensic genealogy "heirs at law" report (which may need to come from a fellow genealogist instead of me since I'm one of the heirs, but I can get one to submit it, if needed). It's just odd to see something like that 45 years after her death. I'm guessing the easement mentioned the heirs of Pappaw, but not Grandmother, and the property was jointly held until her death, at which time it became Pappaw's, but you know how the legal system must cross every "t" and dot every "i" and one of those apparently was overlooked. If we actually need to make a court appearance, I'll be spending my spring break (in winter) in Mississippi.

58VivienneR
Feb 20, 2:04am Top

>57 thornton37814: What serendipity! Although I realize that's why those notices exist.

I may have said it before but I love your opening graphic!

59thornton37814
Feb 20, 8:05am Top

>58 VivienneR: That photo was just too cute to not share. I really think that attorney is lazy. Finding heirs for my grandmother should be easy given how much I've posted about the family online.

60mstrust
Feb 20, 11:17am Top

>57 thornton37814: You were meant to see it! I hope it works out okay for you. Maybe you'll get to meet some long lost relatives too.

61thornton37814
Feb 20, 1:42pm Top

>60 mstrust: Well, turns out, this was a different person of the same name. The lawyer's office and I marveled at the parallels in names, but the individual whose land this was died in 1977 instead of 1974, and was male and of another ethnicity. He was approximately 20 years younger than my grandmother. The land was purchased in 1944 and lies in a different part of the county than where she resided.

62thornton37814
Feb 20, 1:49pm Top



Book 40. One Potato, Two Potato, Dead by Lynn Cahoon

Date Completed: 20 Feb 2019

Category: The Who

Rating: 3 stars

Review: A man posing as a chef and teaching in a local culinary school is murdered, and one of Angie's employees becomes a suspect because she went to the man's home. Angie discovers the man appears to have no past and is unable to validate what they'd been told about the man's prior life. Although I lacked familiarity with the characters someone who read the series from book one would possess, I did not find it that difficult to distinguish identities. The Idaho setting is a nice change from other cozy series. I really did not get a good feel for the official police investigators in the series. I would prefer to see a stronger presence of officials. The few times we do see them, they are simply eating in the restaurant. We get no sense of the official investigation nor the way the cozy sleuth's investigation interferes. I doubt this will ever be my favorite series, but it's more readable than some newer cozy series. I received an electronic copy via a GoodReads giveaway. Although a review is desired and welcome in exchange for the giveaway, one was not required.

63VivienneR
Feb 20, 1:51pm Top

>61 thornton37814: Still, that is quite a coincidence!

64thornton37814
Feb 20, 1:56pm Top

>63 VivienneR: Definitely. She really had an unusual name so to think another person in the same county had the same name is astonishing. I really think I ran across the 1940 census entry years ago, but I'd forgotten about it.

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