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French and Indians in the Heart of North America, 1630-1815
Call Number: H 977.01 F8732
In the past thirty years, the study of French-Indian relations in the center of North America has emerged as an important field for examining the complex relationships that defined a vast geographical area, including the Great Lakes region, the Illinois Country, the Missouri River Valley, and Upper and Lower Louisiana. This collection of essays brings together new and established scholars from the United States, Canada, and France, to move beyond the paradigms of the middle ground and metissage. At the same time it seeks to demonstrate the rich variety of encounters that defined French and Indians in the heart of North America from 1630 to 1815. Capturing the complexity and nuance of these relations, the authors examine a number of thematic areas that provide a broader assessment of the historical bridge-building process, including ritual interactions, transatlantic connections, diplomatic relations, and post-New France French-Indian relations.
Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors
Quillen, W. Daniel
Call Number: H 929.1 Q67 2014
This new 7th edition is an easy-to-read guide to beginning genealogy. Quillen teaches the basics of getting started and guides readers through the tricks and techniques of professional genealogists, and best of all the book is filled with real-life examples from Dan's own searches over the years. Readers are pointed to the most current web sites and government records where information can be gleaned. Overlooked resources - such as military, family and church records - are identified and instructions for procuring and using them are included. Readers will also be treated to detailed suggestions on how to write an effective and interesting life history that will be treasured by the budding genealogist's descendants. This revised edition has a new section on the Soundex system; new topics in Internet research, including new web sites; and more on immigration, naturalization, census and military records.
Out of the Darkness and Into the Blue: Surprising Secrets, Tactics, and Training Concepts: A Memoir from One of Kalamazoo's Top Cops
Christensen, Robert T.
Call Number: H 363.2092 C5548
Out of the Darkness and into the Blue recounts the most significant encounters in Christensen's career, but is more than the exciting memoirs of a veteran police officer. Christensen follows each chapter with a thorough analysis, discussing tactics and training concepts relevant to his experiences.
The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History, 1790-1900
Call Number: H 911.73 D659
Envision your ancestors' world--as your ancestors knew it--through hundreds of beautiful full-color reproductions of useful eighteenth and nineteenth century maps. The maps illustrate the historical boundaries of each of the U.S. states as they progressed from territories to statehood and show the shifting of county boundaries and names within states over the years.
A Brief of Wills & Marriages in Montgomery & Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1733-1831
Worrell, Anne Lowry
Call Number: H 929.37557 W929
The marriage records from ministers' returns, marriage bonds, and miscellaneous sources name about 6,000 newlyweds, with the date and names of parents or sureties. The will abstracts give the name of the testator, the date of the instrument or probate, and the names of the heirs.
Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City
Call Number: H 929.3415 B9314
A comprehensive overview for anyone wishing to trace their Irish ancestors within the five boroughs of New York City. It is especially beneficial for those researching ancestors from the beginning of the 19th century to the early 20th. The Irish immigrant ancestor who arrived in New York offers researchers a good chance of finding the place of origin in Ireland, whether he or she settled in the city for generations or moved soon after arrival. Helping you find that place of origin is one of the central objectives of this book. To assist you in your search, detailed information about records, resources, and strategies are provided" -- Introduction, p. 11.
Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut
Cutter, William Richard
Call Number: H 929.3746 G3261
Inlcudes four volumes in a record of the achievements of the state of Connecticut and her people. The editors and compilers of the data had a threefold objective in compiling this work. The first objective was to present a concise history of Connecticut families of the Colonial Days. The second objective was to preserve a record of the prominent people of the state. Finally, the editors and compilers hoped to present personal sketches of those prominent families who had widespread influence in the state of Connecticut. Researchers can expect to find valuable information such as names of individuals, dates of vital events, and historical sketches.
A German Pioneer Family in Michigan
Curtis, Bruce E.
Call Number: H 929.2 F7917G
From originally hand-penciled memoirs, A German Pioneer Family in Michigan is a first-hand account of nineteenth century frontier life in Michigan's northwestern lower peninsula.
History of Ann Arbor's Co. A 31st Michigan Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish American War 1898-1899
Marsh, Nicholas A.
Call Number: H 973.89 M366
This is a brief history of Ann Arbor's forgotten boys of "98" and their role in the Spanish American War. It covers the active duty service of the 113 men in Co. A.
Kingston Parish Register: Mathews, Gloucester, and Middlesex Counties, Virginia : Slaves and Slaveholders, 1746-1827
McCartney, Martha W.
Call Number: H 929.37553 M4788
Fortunately for family history researchers and social historians, substantial portions of Kingston Parish’s early parish register (1746-1827), which contains parishioners’ vital records, also includes the dates on which their slaves were born and baptized. In some instances, a slave’s date of death is recorded. All of this important information is published here.Generally, each of the 1,860 entries includes the name of the slave (usually the first name only), name of the slaveholder, date of birth, date of baptism, and the page number in the Kingston Parish Register where the information can be found. Although slaves are listed only by their first name in connection with the name of the owner, the dates of birth and baptism, plus the full name of the owner, provide indispensable clues for family history research.
Virginia Ancestors and Adventurers
Hamlin, Charles Hughes,
Call Number: H 929.3755 H223.1
All data originates from records in the public domain and includes materials drawn from wills, deeds, court orders, census records, tax records, birth, death, and marriage records, church records, military records, powers of attorney, and estate records. Accurate and reliable citations to sources and authorities are given for each item found in the public records. In addition to the above-mentioned records, this work draws on Revolutionary War Size Rolls and the old Virginia Gazette. The specific task of the records is to provide documentary evidence of the migration of individuals and families to Virginia or from Virginia to other states, countries, or territories.
Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends
Hite, Richard W.
Call Number: H 929.1 H675
Genealogy is about gathering information and working backward in time based on what you know. But what happens when what you think you know is actually a loose interpretation of the truth, or completely wrong? And how can you tell? Using candid, detailed examples from his own family research, Hite, a genealogist and state records coordinator at the Rhode Island State Archives, reveals how critically to evaluate sources from Grandma's stories to state-issued death certificates and avoid common missteps and false leads.
So We See: Historic Schoolcraft
Call Number: H 977.417 S6759
Information and images of historic houses and buildings in Schoolcraft.
Scots on the Chesapeake, 1621-1776
Call Number: H 929.3411 D635.21
Tracing the Scottish element in Virginia and Maryland, and alphabetical listing of family names.
Northern Neck Wills, Inventories & Other Records, 1800-1825
Headley, Robert K.
Call Number: H 929.37552 H433.1
This book contains abstracts of wills, inventories, estates, guardianships, and chancery court records for the four Northern Neck counties of Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland, and Lancaster in northeastern Virginia. The abstracts are organized alphabetically by the name of the deceased followed by the date the record was written or ordered, the date the document was probated or recorded, and the abstract of the record, which might include names and relationships of family members, names of heirs and beneficiaries, witnesses, bequests, inventories of estates, and court cases involving money, land, or slaves.
Michigan Boys in Blue, Andersonville: Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice: Plus the Veterans' Colony at Fitzgerald, Georgia
Call Number: H 973.7 M6236
Listing of Michigan soldiers who were buried in the Andersonville National Cemetery.
Marriages of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 1806-1830
Williams, Kathleen Booth
Call Number: H 929.3755665 W7247
The sources from which this material derives include original marriage bonds, ministers' returns, and the marriage register at Chatham, Virginia, which in each case was checked for accuracy against the bonds and returns.The marriages are arranged throughout in alphabetical order by the surname of the groom, and each entry gives, besides the name of the bride, the date of the bond, the date of the marriage, the names of sureties and persons giving consent (usually fathers of brides), and the name of the person performing the marriage ceremony. Two indexes, one to brides and the other to sureties, furnish the researcher with a handy key to the text.
The Marriage License Bonds of Lancaster County, Virginia from 1701 to 1848
Call Number: H 929.375522 N921
This collection of the oldest recorded Lancaster County marriage bonds furnishes, in each instance, the name of the groom, the maiden name of the bride, and the name of the surety (often a relative). The nearly 2,000 bonds are arranged alphabetically according to the surname of the groom, and a bride's index at the back of the volume makes for even greater convenience.
The Porches of Schoolcraft
Call Number: H 977.417 S9725
Photographs of porches on homes in Schoolcraft, Michigan.
Migration From the Russian Empire: Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports
Call Number: H 929.347 M6362
Compiled from original customs passenger lists & immigration passenger lists held by the Temple-Balch Center for Immigration Research, information in these inaugural volumes corresponds to the information given in the passenger lists-name of passenger, his age, sex, occupation, country of origin, place of residence, & destination; additionally, each passenger list is headed by the name of the ship, the port of embarkation, the port of arrival, & the date of arrival.
Mayflower Families Through Five Generations
Call Number: H 929.374 M468
Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620. Continuation of series - Volume 11, pt. 3; Volume 16, pts. 2 and 3; and Volume 23, pt. 2.
Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley
Call Number: H 929.3747 G3255
A copiously illustrated collection of 500 essays devoted to distinguished families resident in the southern portion of New York State. Most of the essays begin with an explanation of the geographical origin or derivation of the family's surname, with many of them going back to the 16th or 17th century. Reynolds then traces the line forward from the oldest known ancestor to the principal subject of the essay. This is followed by a detailed biography of that person, often with his photo, as well as an enumeration of collateral lines related to the principal subject. The index at the back of the volume identifies some 3,500 descendants of the main families listed in the volumes.
Genealogical and Memorial Encyclopedia of the State of Maryland
Call Number: H 929.3752 G3261
This work treats hundreds of luminaries of Maryland law, politics, commerce, industry, and the professions. Each sketch concerns a Marylander who had either descended from an early settler of the colony or had, by 1919, risen to prominence. In all cases Spencer furnishes birth, marriage and death information on the principal subject of the essay and full-blown genealogies on many of them.
Hidden Gems and Towering tales: A Hancock, Michigan Anthology
Call Number: H 977.4993 H6325
Stories from Hancock, Michigan.
The Indian Tribes of North America
Call Number: H 970.00497 S9729
This features four large fold-out maps that divide North America into four major sections and list the Indian tribes that lived within each, dating back to 1650. Supplementary information also covers Central American natives.
International Vital Records Handbook
Call Number: H 929.1 K32 2013
This new edition (6)of the International Vital Records Handbook provides the latest contact information, reproducible forms, and application instructions needed to request birth, marriage, and death certificates and more from all the countries in the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
Marriage Bonds of Franklin County, Virginia 1786-1858
Call Number: H 929.375568 W771
Approximately 9,500 brides and grooms listed. Franklin County was originally formed in 1786 from adjoining lands of Bedford and Henry counties. The bonds documented in this work begin shortly after the county formation in 1786, and are arranged alphabetically by the prospective groom's surname. Information included with each entry is the name of the prospective groom, the name of the bride-to-be, the date of the bond, and, when available, the names of parents, sureties, and officiating ministers.
The Origin and History of Irish Names of Places
Joyce, P. W
Call Number: H 914.15 J895
This is the landmark work on Irish place names and a boon to genealogists. In Volumes I and II Mr. Joyce set about classifying the circumstances that gave origin to Irish place names, to explain the phonetic laws under which these names were anglicized, and to illustrate those patterns by bringing in as many examples as possible. In this context the author discusses the Irish local name system, names of historical and legendary origin, names commemorating artificial structures (fortresses, churches, towns, roads, and so on), and names descriptive of physical features (mountains, islands, rivers, animals, and the like). Volume III incorporates the author's findings during the forty-year hiatus since Volume II and includes a dictionary of some 10,000 Irish place names, from Abartagh to Woteraghy, not included in the earlier books.
A Purse of Her Own: Occupations of Women in the Nineteenth Century
Call Number: H 331.4 N437
History of Women's work and employment in Washtenaw County, MI in the 1900s. Told through stories of women who endured the many challenges of a male-dominated society to pioneer their work. Thoroughly researched, well-organized material with a wide cast of notable characters makes for a fascinating read. Extensive bibliography and index included.
Their Faith Lives On: Saint Mary's Visitation Parish Histories, New Salem, Michigan
Call Number: H 282.77414 T377
Contains three Catholic parish histories: St. Mary's, New Salem; Visitation, North Dorr; and the combined parish of St. Mary's Visitation, located in New Salem, Michigan. This tells the story of German Catholic immigrant families who pioneered in Allegan, Kent, and Ottawa Counties of West Michigan. Family stories, a Civil War diary, hundreds of photos, and two music compositions are included.
Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II
Call Number: H 338.476292 H993.1
Throughout World War II, Detroit's automobile manufacturers accounted for one-fifth of the dollar value of the nation's total war production, and this amazing output from "the arsenal of democracy" directly contributed to the allied victory. In fact, automobile makers achieved such production miracles that many of their methods were adopted by other defense industries, particularly the aircraft industry. In Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II, award-winning historian Charles K. Hyde details the industry's transition to a wartime production powerhouse and some of its notable achievements along the way.
31 days: Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon, and a Government in Crisis
Call Number: H 973.925 W499
Acclaimed historian Barry Werth takes readers inside the White House during the tumultuous days of August 1974, following Richard Nixon's resignation and the swearing-in of America's "accidental president," Gerald Ford. The Watergate scandal had torn the country apart. In a dramatic, day-by-day account of the new administration’s inner workings, Werth shows how Ford, caught between political expedience, the country’s demands for justice, and his own moral compass, struggled valiantly to restore the nation’s tarnished faith in its leadership.
The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy
Quillen, W. Daniel
Call Number: H 929.1 Q67.1 2014
Quillen shows do-it yourself genealogists who have progressed past his beginning steps exactly how to find their ancestors with more advanced methods of researching those hard-to-find ancestors. Quillen tells readers how to overcome those difficult roadblocks that frequently crop up. Investigative techniques, research insights and new websites are highlighted to assist with more advanced genealogical research. Areas covered include in-depth census research; mortality schedules; extensive section on military records; US region-by-region research assistance; global research tips; and when to engage the services of a professional genealogist and what you can expect.
Danes and Icelanders in Michigan
Nicholson, Howard L.
Call Number: H 977.4004 N625
Immigration of Danes and Icelanders to Michigan began in the 1850s and continued well into the twentieth century. Beginning with their origins, this book takes a detailed look at their arrival and settlement in Michigan, answering some key questions: What brought Danes and Icelanders to Michigan? What challenges did they face? How did they adjust and survive here? Where did they settle? What kind of lasting impact have they had on Michigan's economic and cultural landscape?
Images of Midwestern Architecture: Michigan
Schmitt, Ronald E.
Call Number: H 720.9774 S3555
The author's color photographs record important and representative works of architecture in Michigan - including a section on Kalamazoo.
Lessons Learned on the Farm: A Step Back in Time When Life was Simpler and Family was Celebrated
Call Number: H 630 D664
This family memoir is set in rural Michigan, where the family farm supplies the backdrop for hard work, innovation and overcoming tragedy. Filled with nostalgia from the 50 s and 60 s, enjoy a step back in time when life was simpler and family was celebrated.
Agricultural Fairs in America: Tradition, Education, Celebration
Avery, Julie Ann
Call Number: H 394.6 A2784
Little is known of the significant role America's agricultural fairs played in developing communities when agriculture was a national industry and strengthening "domestic manufacture" the avenue to national self-reliance. In 1810, the Berkshire Agricultural Society (Massachusetts), led by Elkanah Watson, sponsored an exhibition considered the first of the new fairs in America. This prototype continues today with competitive displays, informal learning opportunities, demonstrations, lectures, parades, and celebrations. Agricultural Fairs in America includes thirteen historical and contemporary articles exploring the agriculture fair in America.
MSU Campus-- Buildings, Places, Spaces: Architecture and the Campus Park of Michigan State University
Call Number: H 378.774 S7858
Since its founding in 1855, Michigan State University has emerged from its modest "oak opening" in the wilderness to become a large campus park. This story reflects the commitment of campus leaders since the nineteenth century to develop MSU as a beautiful and educational public resource, as well as a demonstration model, befitting the premier land-grant institution in the United States.
The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe
Beidler, James M.
Call Number: H 929.343 B4221
Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Wurttemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and enclaves across Eastern Europe.
College to University: The Hannah Years at Michigan State, 1935-1969
Dressel, Paul L.
Call Number: H 378.774 D7736
The Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, which appointed John Alfred Hannah as board secretary in 1935 and president in 1941, was a very different institution from the Michigan State University from which he retired in 1969, after serving twenty-eight years as president. During Hannah's tenure, overall enrollment increased from 4,401 to 40,820, while graduate student numbers went from below 200 to more than 10,000. The number of departments also grew from 44 in 1935 to 104 in 1969. Hannah's expansion of academic courses went far beyond the original agricultural and applied sciences, as was reflected in the two changes of name for the college: In 1955, the college became Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science, and in 1964 it was renamed Michigan State University.
Simply Rich: Life and Lessons from the Cofounder of Amway: A Memoir
DeVos, Richard M.
Call Number: H 921 D512
In this definitive autobiography, Rich DeVos reflects on work, faith, family, and the core values he's held on to, from his humble, Christian upbringing through his enormous success as cofounder of one of the world's largest businesses: Amway.
Right in Michigan's Grassroots: From the KKK to the Michigan Militia
Call Number: H 322.42 V794
Throughout the 20th century, Michigan became home to nearly every political movement in America that emerged from the grassroots. Citizens organized on behalf of concerns on the “left,” on the “right,” and in the “middle of the road.” Right in Michigan’s Grassroots: From the KKK to Today's Militia is about the people who supported movements that others, then and later, would denounce as disgraceful—members of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s, the followers of Father Charles Coughlin in the 1930s, anti-Communists and the John Birch Society in the post–World War II era, and the members of the Michigan Militia who first appeared in the 1990s.
Michigan: A History of Explorers, Entrepreneurs, and Everyday People
Rosentreter, Roger L.
Call Number: H 977.4 R8159
The history of Michigan is a fascinating story of breathtaking geography enriched by an abundant water supply, of bold fur traders and missionaries who developed settlements that grew into major cities, of ingenious entrepreneurs who established thriving industries, and of celebrated cultural icons like the Motown sound. It is also the story of the exploitation of Native Americans, racial discord that resulted in a devastating riot, and ongoing tensions between employers and unions. Michigan: A History of Explorers, Entrepreneurs, and Everyday People recounts this colorful past and the significant role the state has played in shaping the United States.
Images from the Arsenal of Democracy
Hyde, Charles K.
Call Number: H 338.476292 H993
While researching his previous study, Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II (Wayne State University Press, 2013), award-winning automotive historian Charles K. Hyde discovered the many remarkable photos that were part of the era's historical documentation. In Images from the Arsenal of Democracy, Hyde presents a selection of nearly three hundred of these documentary photos in striking black and white, with brief captions. Taken together, the images create a captivating portrait of this crucial moment in American business, military, and cultural history.
Finding Your Roots: Easy-To-Do Genealogy and Family History
Call Number: H 929.1 S3874
A librarian and authority on genealogical research offers advice and encouragement to those who are eager to uncover their family history in this guidebook. Getting started, research techniques, interviewing tips, and effective use of the library and internet are all discussed in detail in this book that is ideal for beginners and novices.
Fish For All: An Oral History of Multiple Claims and Divided Sentiment on Lake Michigan
Chiarappa, Michael J.
Call Number: H 338.3727 C5326
The contentious claims of groups seeking to use Lake Michigan's fisheries resources were at the center of modern America's emerging environmental politics in the middle of the twentieth century. Inheriting the environmental abuse, political oversights, and cultural inclinations of an earlier era, Lake Michigan's later twentieth century fisheries stakeholders found themselves relentlessly divided by a series of disputes arising from the promotion of sport fishing over commercial fishing, policy-making positions of state government, the ecological changes wrought by nonindigenous species, and the reclamation of treaty-rights fishing by Native Americans. Going beyond the chronicling of past events, Fish for All contextualizes the shared experiences that shape each group's collective memory and presents their historical narratives as discourse that legitimizes their current claims to the resource.
25 Brave Men: Tales From an Arctic Journey
Call Number: H 998 U77
In 1881, twenty-five volunteers traveled north beyond Greenland to establish a meteorological outpost in an uninhabited land. They were supposed to receive fresh supplies the following year, but poor planning, ice, and weather kept the relief vessels from reaching them. On August 8, 1883, the men set out for Littleton Island to meet a rescue party. They journeyed more than four hundred miles by boat and another hundred on foot to find that nobody was waiting for them. When the rescuers finally arrived in June of 1884, only seven survivors remained; one died on the journey home. 25 Brave Men tells the story of every member of the Lady Franklin Bay expedition. With detailed accounts of their lives and deeds, James Urness pays tribute to the courage it takes to keep moving forward in the face of great personal risk.--Backcover.
Saturday Eves' Book Club: Women Who-- Read, Inspire, Lead, Encourage, Motivate, Assist, Teach, Inform
Call Number: H 367 S254
Memories and reflections of members of the Saturday Eves' Book Club.
Geology of the Lake Superior Region
Call Number: H 557.74 L117
Full of examples, photographs, maps, and diagrams, "Geology of the Lake Superior Region" integrates a discussion of basic physical geology into a chronological view of the geological processes that formed the Upper Midwest around Lake Superior. In clear, concise, jargon-free prose, Gene LaBerge has written the most accurate, complete, and current book on geology and landforms of the Upper Midwest.
Pirates of the Great Lakes
Call Number: H 977 H1453
This 65 page book details the tales of over 10 pirate legends on the Great Lakes. Equipped with graphics, maps of their voyages, portraits and historical stories.
The Early History of a Mining Town: Ishpeming, Michigan, 1852-1920
Call Number: H 977.496 D6357.1
A history of the iron mining town of Ishpeming, Michigan, Marquette County, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, including surrounding area.--from the cover
Kalamazoo Architectural Tours
Call Number: H CD-ROM 720.9774 S9211
Tour includes sections of East and West Michigan, North Rose, City Center churches, Burdick and the Kalamazoo Mall, West South Street and government buildings.
Call Number: H 977.492 M4788
Lawless Mackinac fills in gaps in the history of the Michilimackinac region, detailing life in the area from 1648 to 1715.
The Great Lake Sturgeon
Call Number: H 338.3727 G78688
The first book of its kind to explore this magnificent creature, this collected volume captures many aspects of the remarkable Great Lakes sturgeon, from the mythical to the critically real. Lake sturgeon are sacred to some, impressive to many, and endangered in the Great Lakes. A fish whose ancestry reaches back millions of years and that can live over a century and grow to six feet or more, the Great Lakes lake sturgeon was once considered useless, then overfished nearly to extinction. Though the fish is slowly making a comeback thanks to the awareness-raising efforts of Native Americans, biologists, and sturgeon supporters, it remains to be seen if conservation and stewardship will continue to the degree this remarkable animal deserves.
Ironwood, Michigan, and Surrounding Area: Like it Usta Was
Call Number: H 977.4983 I716
The book covers the great Gogebic Iron Mining Region, which in the beginning was separately called the Gogebic Mining Range in Michigan and the Penokee Mining Range in Wisconsin. It includes local information and pictures, documents, mementoes, and articles.
Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide
Call Number: H 305.896 D216
During the summer of 1967, simmering tensions between blacks and whites in Detroit boiled over. The days of civil disorder left an enduring mark on the city's psyche, in addition to tens of millions of dollars in property damage. This meticulously researched book seeks to examine what brought on this major historical event and its effects 40 years later.
Ghosts of Grand Rapids
Call Number: H 133.1 B8272.2
Come nose around in the creepier corners of the Grand Rapids of yesteryear. Discover why Hell's Bridge persists as such an oft-told urban legend and what horrific history earned Heritage Hill the title of Michigan's most haunted neighborhood. Mingle with the spooky inhabitants of the Phillips Mansion, Holmdene Manor, San Chez Restaurant and St. Cecilia Music Center. Meet the guests who never quite checked out of the Amway Grand. Read the true stories behind the Michigan Bell Building and the Ada Witch Legend.
Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick
Call Number: H 364.1523 P226.1
On a bitterly cold morning in January 1963, Daisy Zick was brutally murdered in her Battle Creek home. No fewer than three witnesses caught a glimpse of the killer, yet today, it remains one of Michigan’s most sensational unsolved crimes. The act of pure savagery rocked not only the community but also the Kellogg Company, where she worked. Here, Blaine Pardoe artfully takes the reader into this true crime thriller. Utilizing long-sealed police files and interviews with the surviving investigators,the true story of the investigation can finally be told. Who were the key suspects? What evidence does the police still have on this five-decades-old cold case? Just how close did this murder come to being solved? Is the killer still alive? These questions and more are masterfully brought to the forefront for true crime fans and armchair detectives.
Poetry in Michigan, Michigan in Poetry
Call Number: H 811 P7443
This anthology gathers an intriguing range of poets and artists, their visions and voices, exploring the variances in Michigan landscape; shoreline; lives lived in the city, town, and countryside; our uncommon diversity of cultures, points of view, concerns, celebrations, losses, and histories.
Beyond Pontiac's Shadow: Michilimackinac and the Anglo-Indian War of 1763
Call Number: H 973.27 W638
Although this book delivers amply on its promise to offer a fresh look at events at Fort Michilimackinac during Pontiac's War (1763-66), it also offers an uncommon abundance of related content (visual, documentary, and bibliographic) that truly enhances the reader's ability to grasp the significance of the war, the locale, and the people involved. The culmination of Widder's three-decade career as curator of history for Mackinac State Historic Parks, the volume leaves no stone unturned. It brings together scrupulous documentary research, beautiful illustrations, and clear prose narration to tell anew the story of cross-cultural encounters at this vital, albeit frequently overlooked, node of early North American empires.
Pioneer Escanaba, Michigan, 1863-1883
Call Number: H 977.494 L7476
In this history the author discusses how this pioneer lakeport of Escanaba, behind the leadership of the dynamic Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, gradually grew in the pioneer era into one of the leading shippers of iron ore in the entire world.--from the cover.
A Pictorial History of Montmorency County
Call Number: H 977.483 P6113
Two volume set of historical photos of Montmorency County buildings, sites and residents.
A Billion Years of Copper Country History
Call Number: H 977.499 L629
History of the Keweenaw peninsula including geology, mining, logging and native populations.
A Family Fun Affair: Celebrating 100 Saginaw County Fairs, 1914 to 2013
Call Number: H 977.446 E22.10
Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed the Saginaw County Fair since its first agricultural four-day fair in 1914. During its heyday the eight-day fair was the "largest county fair in America, east of the Rockies." Then, declining attendance almost brought the demise to the downsized four-day fair. But a dedicated corps of volunteers renovated the century-old fair into a renewed Chesaning agricultural exhibition.
Farming in Northeast Lower Michigan, 1910-1960: The Way We Used To Do It
Call Number: H 630.9774 M6483
This book tells what it was like to live and work on a farm between 1910 and 1960. It describes Atlanta (MI) and some of its people as the author knew them in the late 1930s. It describes what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse, followed by riding a bus to high school in Atlanta. The problems and changes in cars during this period of rapid development are described because they were important to the way of life.--from the cover.
A Dowagiac Collection
Call Number: H 977.412 V229
A collection of Dowagiac stories, gathered from old newspapers, old time residents now gone, and research of the author through over 45 years on the news staff of the Dowagiac Daily News.
November's Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913
Call Number: H 977 S3924.1
The ultimate story of man versus nature, November's Fury recounts the dramatic events that unfolded over those four days in 1913, as captains eager--or at times forced--to finish the season tried to outrun the massive storm that sank, stranded, or demolished dozens of boats and claimed the lives of more than 250 sailors. This is an account of incredible seamanship under impossible conditions, of inexplicable blunders, heroic rescue efforts, and the sad aftermath of recovering bodies washed ashore and paying tribute to those lost at sea. It is a tragedy made all the more real by the voices of men--now long deceased--who sailed through and survived the storm, and by a remarkable array of photographs documenting the phenomenal damage this not-so-perfect storm wreaked.
Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City
Call Number: H 307.3416 Y725
Skillfully blending personal memoir, historical inquiry, and interviews with Flint residents, Young constructs a vibrant tale of a once-thriving city still fighting;despite overwhelming odds;to rise from the ashes. He befriends a rag-tag collection of urban homesteaders and die-hard locals who refuse to give up as they try to transform Flint into a smaller, greener town that offers lessons for cities all over the world. Hard-hitting, insightful, and often painfully funny, Teardown reminds us that cities are ultimately defined by people, not politics or economics.
Best Dearborn Stories: Voices from Henry Ford's Hometown
Call Number: H 977.433 B5611
Three volume series.
The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych
Call Number: H 921 F445W
The first biography of the eccentric pitcher, rookie All-Star starter, 70s pop icon, and first athlete on the cover of Rolling Stone.
The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works
Riekki, R. A.
Call Number: H 810.8 W3574
A stunning collection of previously unpublished works that provide snapshots of life in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy
Call Number: H 929.10285 P8848
Use online tools to discover your family's history! Thanks to the overwhelming number of genealogical records available online today, it's never been easier to trace your family history and find your roots. But where do you begin? With all that information, it can be impossible to know where to start! In The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd Edition, genealogy expert Kimberly Powell guides you through the process of finding your ancestors.
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