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Lori (thornton37814) Reads with Her Fur Boys in 2019 - Thread 2

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Feb 7, 8:53pm Top

Welcome to my 2nd thread for the year!

I'm Lori, a professional genealogist and academic librarian who is owned by three male cats. I read 302 books in 2018. I suspect the book-reading will slow down as I endeavor to tame not only book piles but also periodical piles in 2019.

I also participate in the Category Challenge, and since I always include the Category in this thread, I will introduce you to my theme and categories for the year.

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!

So happy 2019 reading to everyone! I'll recap reading to the point the thread begins at the top of each thread throughout the year. That way all books and articles appear on the final thread! (I must confess that it gives me a quick way to search to see if I read something that year or another one!

Edited: Feb 7, 9:04pm Top

Books 1-10:

1. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote - completed 1 Jan 2019
2. The Dry by Jane Harper - completed 4 Jan 2019
3. Glass Houses by Louise Penny - completed 4 Jan 2019
4. The Chosen by Chaim Potok - completed 5 Jan 2019
5. 365 Meditations from George MacDonald's Fiction by George MacDonald; edited by David Scott Wilson-Okamura - completed 6 Jan 2019
6. The Outrun by Amy Liptrot - completed 8 Jan 2019
7. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro - completed 8 Jan 2019
8. The Shortest History of Germany by James Hawes - completed 10 Jan 2019
9. Breaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total Surrender by Beth Moore - completed 11 Jan 2019
10. As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner - completed 12 Jan 2019

Edited: Feb 7, 9:09pm Top

Books 11-20:

11. Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs - completed 15 Jan 2019
12. Book, Line, and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay - completed 17 Jan 2019
13. Harvest of Secrets by Ellen Crosby - completed 18 Jan 2019
14. Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo - completed 20 Jan 2019
15. The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson - completed 22 Jan 2019
16. Welcome to the Isles of Mull, Iona, Staffa by John Brooks - completed 23 Jan 2019
17. Nerve by Dick Francis - completed 23 Jan 2019
18. The British Isles: A Picture Book to Remember Her By designed by David Gibbon; produced by Ted Smart - completed 24 Jan 2019
19. Eight Lights: The Story of Chanukah by William F. Rosenblum and Robert J. Rosenblum; illustrated by Shraga Weil - completed 24 Jan 2019
20. The Life of Charlemagne by Einhard; translated by Samuel Epes Turner - completed 24 Jan 2019

Edited: Feb 7, 9:05pm Top

Articles Read through February 7:

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,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 105.3 (September 2017): 219-228. (10 pp.) - completed 3 Jan 2019
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. Worth Shipley Anderson, JD, "John Stanfield 'as he is cald in this country': An Illegitimate Descent in Eastern Tennessee," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106.2 (June 2018): 85-101. (17 pp.) - completed 8 Jan 2019
7. Harold A. Henderson, CG. "Fannie Fern Crandall and Her Three-Timing Darling Husband," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 106.1 (March 2018): 35-48. (14 pp.) - completed 12 Jan 2019
8. 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

Next is yours

Feb 7, 8:57pm Top

I am last and first!!! Happy new thread, Lori. : )

Feb 7, 9:00pm Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 7, 9:05pm Top

Lori, happy new thread!

Feb 7, 9:16pm Top

New thread benisons.

Edited: Feb 7, 9:19pm Top

>6 Berly: Congratulations! You win the catnip!

>7 figsfromthistle: Thank you!

>8 quondame: Thanks for dropping in!

Feb 7, 9:20pm Top

>10 thornton37814: Thanks, Richard!

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.

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!

Feb 7, 10:43pm Top

By the way, I just love your categories. What a great list of bands! And what a clever way to use them to define your reading categories. Very fun.

Feb 8, 7:17am Top

Happy new thread, Lori!

I like your decision to list articles and may start doing something similar with shorter works that I read in longer collections if I don't intend to read the whole collection start to finish at once.

Have a good trip!

Feb 8, 7:27am Top

I hope you have a wonderful trip, Lori, and can manage to get some reading in too! Having been on several youth choir trips, I know what a challenge that may be.

Feb 8, 8:16am Top

>14 EBT1002: Thanks. I just include them at the top of all my threads since some of you may ask "What does she mean by this category?" otherwise.

>15 harrygbutler: That's a brilliant idea. I will probably just put those in my "Other Articles" category this year, but it gives me an idea for next year. I did really good at reading articles the first half of January, but not so well since. I'll be taking advantage of the bus ride to read a few more.

>16 alcottacre: Well, we are going to rehearse with them some on the way over there. I'm thinking the cross stitch will mainly be for while I'm not actively involved in a rehearsal. I'll probably be helping in the sectionals tonight, but I'm hoping I can get some stitching done during the other. Well, I need to stop and get gas and stop at the bank. By the time I get those tasks done, it will be time to head to church to load the bus. I need to be one of the ones to get there earlier as I get really sick if I ride on a bus or van at the back. Besides I need to help get the stuff out of the music room, and we like to get that loaded first.

Edited: Feb 8, 8:51am Top

>17 thornton37814: Thanks! I found myself looking at The Collected Dialogues of Plato and thinking I'd like to read a dialogue or two, but I don't want to commit to the whole volume, and then not starting because of that, and I face the same issue with some large volumes of poetry, where I'm certain I don't care to read all the poems one after another for hundreds of pages, and with sets like the Ante-Nicene Fathers or Luther's Works, where I might read something but am unlikely to read whole volumes cover to cover at one go.

Feb 8, 8:37am Top

Happy new thread, Lori!

Feb 8, 8:49am Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 8, 12:31pm Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 9, 12:50am Top

Happy New Thread, Lori.

I love your galloping pace through the books, and the variety in what you read. Perfect time to read Mary Oliver's Devotions; I hope lots of folks are doing that.

Feb 10, 2:03am Top

Happy new thread, Lori. I hope your chaperoning is going smoothly.

Feb 10, 2:57pm Top

>18 harrygbutler: Sounds like you need a category for selections! You could just go ahead and list those reads this year and make it an official category next!

>19 karenmarie: >20 foggidawn: >21 drneutron: Thank you all for dropping by!

>22 jnwelch: "Variety is the spice of life." Devotions was already on my agenda to read this year, but Oliver's death prompted me to get to it sooner.

>23 Familyhistorian: It went quite smoothly. We had a great group of youth going--the really involved ones who love music!

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.

Feb 10, 4:02pm Top

Happy new thread Lori my dear, hope you are having a good weekend dear friend.

Feb 10, 5:31pm Top

Happy nw thread, Lori!
Sorry for the headache, I hope it clears soon.

Feb 11, 8:09am Top

>26 johnsimpson: Thanks, John. It was okay. I managed to read a few articles, but I really didn't get much reading done. Buses with youth are too noisy to concentrate.

>27 FAMeulstee: It's better. I don't think it is completely gone yet, but it's eased a lot overnight.

Feb 11, 9:49am Top

Eased is better than exacerbated. Here's to hoping the sinus crud will dissipate soon.

Feb 11, 12:19pm Top

Happy New Thread, Lori!

>24 thornton37814: "We had a great group of youth going--the really involved ones who love music!" Perfect!

Feb 11, 1:18pm Top

>29 richardderus: The weather seems to be in this up and down pattern with a lot of rain thrown in to aggravate it with mold issues!

>30 streamsong: Thanks! It was a nice weekend.

Feb 11, 1:54pm Top

Hi, Lori! I'm glad you had a good weekend trip with the youth choir. Sorry to hear about the headache but glad to hear you're on the mend.

Feb 11, 3:34pm Top

I do believe that birthday wishes are in order! Happy Birthday, Lori!!

Feb 11, 4:15pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori and happy birthday, too!!

Feb 11, 8:29pm Top

>32 harrygbutler: Yes. The headache is improving. I'll take some headache medicine before I drift off to sleep tonight, but it's not as bad as it was yesterday.

>33 ronincats: Yes. Thank you for the wishes!

>34 Carmenere: Thank you. The cats were quite loving until I had to leave for work. I hope they are in a cuddly mood this evening when I get home.

Feb 11, 9:18pm Top

Happy personal new year, Lori!

Feb 11, 9:29pm Top

Happy New thread, Lori, and Happy Birthday! Oh, sorry to hear about your headache. I'm glad it is improving. Take care.

Feb 11, 9:33pm Top

>36 richardderus: That's one way of looking at it. It's funny how much my birthday makes me miss my mom, but it really does. The fur boys have been showing me they love me though.

>37 vancouverdeb: I'm glad I didn't have to put up with a horrible headache on my birthday. This one is just barely present, but I can tell. I'm hoping tonight's dose of ibuprofen along with the nasal mist causes it to completely dissipate.

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.

Feb 11, 10:20pm Top

Happy birthday!!!

Feb 11, 10:27pm Top

Feb 11, 10:32pm Top

Happy birthday, Lori!

Feb 12, 7:16am Top

>39 thornton37814: Sounds like one I can safely ignore.

Sending my birthday wishes along too!

Feb 12, 8:05am Top

>42 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry!

>43 alcottacre: Thanks for the birthday wishes. I debated requesting that one. I ended up deciding I could probably tolerate ten poems even if it ended up being dreadful. It ended up being dreadful, but I managed to slog through it. The first poem is the longest (and one of the worst). I was thankful for the one that was eight lines or less. Another one was really short also.

Feb 12, 11:07am Top

Happy belated wishes!

Hope your head is some better, at least.

Feb 12, 1:05pm Top

>45 fuzzi: It's better, but I suspect we will have to get past this "soggy spell" before the headache completely goes away.

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.

Feb 12, 1:44pm Top

Feb 12, 2:11pm Top

>48 richardderus: Agreed. The poetry was awful. The Welsh history was nice!

Feb 12, 4:24pm Top

Happy belated birthday Lori my dear.

Feb 12, 5:08pm Top

Belated Happy Birthday, Lori! I hope you had tons o' fun yesterday.

Hmm. A short history of Wales. I'm intrigued. From my name, you can tell I have some ancestors there. We're hoping to visit for the first time this fall.

Feb 12, 6:34pm Top

>50 johnsimpson: Thanks, John!

>51 jnwelch: Hope you enjoy it. I didn't look to see how many libraries own copies. I'm actually putting it in the library's book sale rather than hanging onto it. However, I had to read it first.

Feb 12, 6:34pm 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.

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.

Feb 13, 8:07am Top

Hi Lori! I'm sorry to hear about your sinus headache - they are absolutely no fun for sure.

Happy Belated Birthday.

1 to 5 star reads, what a roller coaster ride.

Feb 13, 10:06am Top

>54 thornton37814: I fear I couldn't read that series even if you'd warbled a full five-star joyous paean. The mother's named after a grapefruit-flavored soft drink. Just...no.

Feb 13, 12:43pm Top

>55 karenmarie: Definitely a roller coaster on the ratings.

>56 richardderus: LOL. I kept picturing those old green-colored bottles with that mostly clear with a yellowish-tinge drink every time I read her name. Her name was definitely memorable. I don't recall seeing the mom's name in any blurb I'd read. I probably would have avoided it too.

Feb 13, 12:56pm Top

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feb 13, 1:16pm 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.

Feb 13, 1:19pm 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.

Edited: Feb 13, 1:24pm 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.

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.

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.

Feb 13, 2:41pm Top

>59 thornton37814: I see that even authors of genealogy articles can't resist a pun.

Feb 13, 2:54pm Top

Pity the Poor Pfuhl - ha!

Feb 13, 3:26pm Top

>67 foggidawn: Everyone loves it!

>68 jnwelch: At least you guys love the title.

I should have posted these before some of the books, but since the overall counts for articles and books is done separately, I figured I could get away with it. Actual read dates are still attached to both.

Feb 14, 1:41pm Top

Happy Valentine's Day!! ❤️💚💗💙

Feb 14, 6:56pm Top

>70 ChelleBearss: Thanks. I have 3 furry Valentines who showered me with love.

Feb 14, 7:45pm Top

>59 thornton37814: *snort*

"The Westchester Petitioners of 1656" made me wrinkle my brow in confusion as I didn't think anyone lived in that part of New York at that time.

Feb 14, 9:09pm Top

>72 richardderus: If you Google, you'll find several references to it including photos of a version of the petition.

Feb 14, 9:19pm Top

It was quite an education to do so. I lived seven years in Hempstead, here on Long Island, founded in 1643; I had assumed (wrongly) that the Dutch didn't settle Westchester, given its name. Of course it was New Netherland then!

Feb 15, 9:41am Top

>74 richardderus: Glad my article reading brought a new piece of information to you!

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.

Feb 16, 7:28am Top

Just a quick hello and best wishes for a great weekend Lori!

Feb 16, 5:17pm Top

>77 karenmarie: Thanks! Last night I went to a performance of Smoke on the Mountain by a local theatre group. Three friends were in starring roles. Today wasn't too bad. I headed to Knoxville to research for a client only to find out I couldn't access the manuscript collection I needed today. To be honest, I knew the archivist with whom we'd been corresponding and knew she was usually present on Saturday so I didn't worry about access. What I didn't know is that she'd changed positions to officially become the archivist so she is no longer working Saturdays. It's okay though because I really didn't have all the client's paperwork and was jumping on it early because of next week's weather forecast. I'll just hope the flooding (and potholes) won't be too much of a factor next week. I then hit Panera for my free birthday pastry, the 70% off sale at Vera Bradley (Sevierville), PetsMart (Sevierville), and Walmart before coming home.

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!

Feb 16, 7:17pm Top

>78 thornton37814: Vera Bradley...ah...

Feb 16, 10:37pm Top

>80 fuzzi: I have a weakness for Vera! When I got that 70% off storewide email and I was already heading to PetsMart over there, I knew I was stopping!

Feb 17, 8:56am Top

>77 karenmarie: Oh that *is* disappointing! It's not as if there isn't a thriving and easy-to-detect genealogy community. Research ought not to be considered optional when addressing such a passionate audience.

Feb 17, 1:20pm Top

>81 thornton37814: me too. I wanted something to carry to work daily, but the retail prices were too high. I found a like-new VB backpack on Ebay for about $30.

Feb 17, 7:13pm Top

Lori, I wanted to thank you again for the copy of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein. I just read it and it was so well done. If I had kids, I'd read it to them to help unlock any creative tendencies they might have!

Feb 17, 7:47pm Top

For a while we were drowning in Vera Bradley. Now we’re on to 31 Bags... 😂

Edited: Feb 17, 9:06pm Top

>82 richardderus: I think she may have done some sort of beginning genealogy workshop or something, but it's clear she hasn't done serious research.

>83 fuzzi: Glad you found something affordable.

>84 EBT1002: I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'd seen good reviews of it when reviewing library materials for purchase so when I saw it on your list I had to order it for you!

>85 drneutron: I'd prefer to own 31 Veras! LOL

Edited: Feb 17, 9:20pm Top

Anyone out there with MP3 CD expertise? I won an audiobook in an ER giveaway that came in this format. I want to listen to it in my car. I copied it into iTunes, but I find I can only start at the beginning of a section and that there is no way to start in the middle of a track where I left off. I don't think it can go into Overdrive because of the way Overdrive works. I think my car stereo system is too old to play MP3 CDs. (I normally play audiobook through Overdrive on an iPhone.)

Feb 17, 10:03pm Top

>87 thornton37814: Not me but I hope someone can help you out!

Feb 17, 10:30pm Top

>88 EBT1002: I really don't want to be stuck listening to it on a real computer. Home time is time I can read instead of listen and/or watch TV (if there's anything I want to view). I'm not even sure it can be paused and resumed within the same track, although I think it's more likely than in iTunes.

Feb 18, 3:00am Top

Belated happy new thread, Lori. Sending sunny greetings from Davos.

Feb 18, 9:05am Top

>90 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara!

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.

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.

Feb 19, 8:21am Top

I didn't remember that you were the one who strongly recommended Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, Lori. My wife and I really enjoyed it.

Feb 19, 1:07pm Top

>94 jnwelch: I don't know that I was the one who recommended it here on LT. I got it for Ellen for Santa Swap. It was on her wish list, and I'd seen good reviews of it in library literature reviews.

Feb 19, 10:04pm 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.

Feb 20, 11:36am Top

>96 thornton37814: Good gracious! How perfect that you'd see a notice like that. It gives me hope that humanity will somehow survive our fragmenting, fulminating present with some sort of community intact.

Feb 20, 1:42pm Top

>60 thornton37814: 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.

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.

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