Whitman County Genealogical Society Library Excess Books

Greetings from Whitman County Genealogical Society,

    Over the summer many books from the WCGS library have been sent out but we still have some left.  As promised I have compiled a list of what is left that we would like to find homes for.  If you see any book/books you would like for your home library or organization’s library please reply to: whitmancgs@gmail.com  with your choices to see if still available. Books are free and shipping costs are negotiable depending on how many books you want.  Looking forward to hearing from you all!  

Janet Damm, Whitman County Genealogical Society Librarian

Catalog #TitleAuthor/Editor
16.929 scGenealogical & Local History Books in Print V.1Schreiner-Yantis, Netti
16.929 scGenealogical & Local History Books in Print V.2Schreiner-Yantis, Netti
929 amGenealogical Research Methods and SourcesAmer. Soc. of Gen.
929 baSearching on location: Planning a Research TripBalhuizen, Anne Ross
929 buResearch Guide to Loyalist AncestorsBunnell, Paul J.
929 crGenealogist’s Companion & Sourcebook (The)Croom, Emily Anne
929 eaHow to Trace your Pedigree LadiesEakle, Arlene H.
929 eiRed Book (The)Eichholz, Alice
929 evHandy Book for Genealogists 7th Ed.Everton
929 evHandy Book for Genealogists 9th Ed.Everton
929 hoCyndi’s ListHowells, Cyndi
929 keInternational Vital Records BookKemp, Thomas Jay
929 kiHandwriting of American Records for 300 YearsKirkham, E. Kay
929 laCite Your Sources: A Manual for Documenting Fam. Hist.Lackey, Richard S.
929 naGuide to Gen. Res. in the Nat. ArchivesNatiional Archives
929 neCirculation Library Catalog Vol.1NEHGS
929 neCirculation Library Catalog Vol.2NEHGS
929 stGenealogical EvidenceStevenson, Noel C.
929 stSearch & Research: The Researcher’s HandbookStevenson, Noel C.
929 weTracing Your Norwegian RootsWellauer, Maralyn A.
929.107 ngNGS 1991 Conf.NGS
929.107 soSouth King Co. Surname Book 1983South King Co. Gen. Soc.
929.11 smImmigrants to America Appearing in English RecordsSmith, Frank
929.11 yaMarr. of Some Amer. Residents & Guide to Documents Vol.1Yates Publishing Company
929.11 yaMarr. of Some Amer. Residents & Guide to Documents Vol.2Yates Publishing Company
929.11 yaMarr. of Some Amer. Residents & Guide to Documents Vol.3Yates Publishing Company
929.11 yaMarr. of Some Amer. Residents & Guide to Documents Vol.4Yates Publishing Company
929.11 yaMarr. of Some Amer. Residents & Guide to Documents Vol.5Yates Publishing Company
929.6 puDictionary of Heraldry & Related Subjects (A)Puttock, A.G.
940.3 neUncle, We Are Ready!Newman, John J.
940.3 scGreat War (The)Schaefer, Christina K.
942 smLives & Times of our English Ancestors (The)Smith, Frank
943Happy Days in Germany 1987
973US MilitaryNeagles, James
973 mePrinted Sources: A Guide to Publ. Gen. Rec.Meyerink, Kory L.
973.2 coComplete Book of Emigrants (The)Coldham, Peter Wilson
974 saSupplemental to Torrey’s, NE Marr. Prior to 1700Sanborn, Melinde
974.8 laIndex to some Philadelphia Marr. 1745-1806
974.802 myQuaker Arrivals at Philadelphia 1682-1750Myers, Albert Cook
975.5 whEarly Quaker Rec. of VAWhite, Miles Jr.
977 inPathways to the Old NorthwestIndiana Historical Society
977.101Ohio Valley GenealogiesHanna, Charles A.
977.2 arDocumentary Hist. of the IN Decade of the Harmony Soc. V.1Arndt, Karl J. R.
977.2 arDocumentary Hist. of the IN Decade of the Harmony Soc. V.2Arndt, Karl J. R.
977.2 daMarion Co. IN, Records MiscellaneaDarlington, Jane E.
977.2 maIndiana Way (The): A State HistoryMadison, James H.
977.8 moGuide to Co. & Municipal Rec. in MicrofilmMO State Archives
977.8Death Records of MO Women 1850-53
978.1 anKS Newspapers: A Directory of Newsp. Holdings in KSAnderson, Aileen
978.1 baDiggin” Up Bones: Obits of Lakin & Harland Cem. V.1Barnes, Betty
978.1 baDiggin” Up Bones: Obits of Lakin & Harland Cem. V.2Barnes, Betty
978.1 olFt. Scott, KSOliva, Leo E.
978.7Wyoming Lynching of Cattle Kate 1889 (The)Hufsmith, George W.
979.4 baCalifornia Pioneer Register and IndexBancroft, Hubert Howe
979.4 baCalifornia Rancho DaysBauer, Helen
979.4 baRiverside Co. CA Local History
979.5 laLane Co. (OR) Historian 1982, 1983 Spring & SummerQuarterly

French Canadian and New England Books for Sale

The French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut (FCGSC) is a small society that operates a genealogical research library focused primarily, though not exclusively, on French Canadian and New England ancestry.  During the past several years they have received a large number of donated books, many of which either duplicate current holdings or do not fit into the scope of their collections. With limited storage space in their 200-year-old building, they are offering these excess books for sale. Most are used, many out of print and difficult to obtain. The majority are library copies that have been on their shelves or in donors’ collections, though some are new and unused.

A list that is being updated frequently can be found on their website at  https://www.fcgsc.org/books-for-sale. Please contact then at info@fcgsc.org, ATTN: Library Director for additional information.

Book Launch Pioneering Life of Peter Kirk

Book Launch–August 4, 2021

The Pioneering Life of Peter Kirk—From Derbyshire to the Pacific Northwest

Paperback, ISBN 978-1-09837-091-6, LOC 2021912014, 318 pages, cover price $19.95 US

Steel tycoon. Visionary. Town-builder. Peter Kirk was raised in his family’s 100-year old iron business during the heady Victorian years of rail expansion. He invented his way out of market slumps with new products and machines that made his iron works more efficient. But the American steel industry was a run-away train that threatened his bottom line. Instead of fighting it, he decided to join in by establishing a large-scale foundry in the Pacific Northwest frontier.

He carved a town out of the old growth forests and imported 5600 tons of machinery. To Peter Kirk, “It was a small price to pay to launch so rosy a project.”

He met with hostile immigrant sentiment and feuding railroads. It was an uphill battle to build a steel mill from the ground up, rivaled only by the rugged Cascade Mountains the company had to penetrate to get the ore. The great Financial Panic of 1893 pushed Kirk and his dream to a precipice as his “hope was buried in the womb of the future.”

The Pioneering Life of Peter Kirk is a comprehensive biography compiled from his business papers, family letters, accounts by his business partners, newspapers, and other archived material in England and Washington. It traces his family back to the Industrial Revolution in Chapel-en-le-Frith, England and explains how he was poised for success in the Second Industrial Revolution in Queen Victoria’s reign with the explosion of innovations. This book details Kirk’s success with his Moss Bay Hematite Iron & Steel Company in Workington before traveling 7000 miles to launch a sister mill in the town he helped found–Kirkland, Washington.

Saundra Middleton received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alaska. She has published dozens of articles for Alaska Business Monthly, Alaska Magazine, and other publications. After studying her family history for decades, she knew Peter Kirk’s unique immigration story had to be shared.

Contact Saundra Middleton, (253-306-3702) for more information or to schedule an event:

Email: saundramiddleton1@gmail.com; Website: www.saundramiddleton.com

Buy books at Bookbaby Bookshop: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/the-pioneering-life-of-peter-kirk, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s and other major distributors.

In the United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, Waterstones, and Bookshop.org

Snowbound Stagecoach

The people involved in this account came from the following families;  Stephens, Miller, Allphin, McClain, Scott, Mulkey, Riddle, Davis, Glover, Nichols, McDonald, Niles, Jeffries, Moody, Gay, Jagger, Graham, Irvin, James, Wellington, Bolton, Wilson, Thompson, Hogg, Hunter, Stocking, Johnson and others.”Snowbound Stagecoach” is available from the publisher, Moonglade Press, or from Amazon.

Book Review: Hardship to Homeland: Pacific Northwest Volga Germans

Review by Brian Charles Clark. Reprinted with permission, Washington State Magazine, Summer 2019. To purchase this book, visit WSU Press.

By Richard D Scheuerman and
Clifford E. Trafzer. WSU Press, 2018

When the Prussian Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst deposed (and possibly murdered) her husband, the Russian Emperor Peter III, she became Empress Catherine the Great. Catherine ruled from 1762 to 1796. She ushered in a golden age for the empire. She had herself inoculated against smallpox and her advocacy and example saved millions of lives. She expanded the Russian empire into Poland in the west, and into Alaska in the east. And to shore up her western border, she invited German peasants to settle along the Volga River.

By paying their way and allowing the settlers to retain their languages and cultures, she enabled 27,000 migrants to settle. For 100 years, the Volga Germans prospered and made good use of die Kaisarina Katarina’s gift of land. Dick Scheuerman grew up in eastern Washington listening to his elder tell the tales of the “historic trek” from Germany to Russia—and the great betrayal that forced the descendants of those settlers to embark on another great trek.

By 1871, the Russian Senate had reneged on the deal that brought the settlers to the banks of the Volga. Faced with poverty, and being drafted into the Russian army, some 100,000 Volga Germans immigrated to North America.

As Scheuerman points out, place names throughout the Pacific Northwest reveal their Russian origins. Moscow, Idaho, and Odessa, Washington, “and smaller rural hamlets like Tiflis and Batum” are part of the story of a great Russian-German immigration to the United States in the late nineteenth century.

In 1881, the first wave of Volga Germans traveled from Kansas to San Francisco by rail, and then on to Portland by steamship. The following year, some families crossed the Cascades “by wagon…to establish homes in eastern Washington Territory’s fertile Palouse Country.”

Some immigrants came to Ritzville, an area around the Big Bend of the Columbia River. The land there had been thought to be uncultivable, but Phillip Ritz, a few others, and the new immigrants proved that wrong. “The loam was dark and rich in the area, but without lumber they had to live in sod houses or dugouts and use sagebrush and cow dung for fuel. Through efficient methods of tillage and fallowing, the industrious farmers achieved remarkable success.” Soon, the new farmers were “a distinctive island in the semi-arid pioneer landscapes of Adams County.”

The immigrants brought seed with them, hardy wheat varieties like Saxonia and Turkey Red. They brought names, too, like Weyerhaeuser and others that still figure prominently in Northwest culture and economics. And they brought stories, which Scheuerman and his wife, Lois, have been collecting since the 1970s.

The stories the kolonisty brought with them, and that the Scheuermans preserve here, tell of ties to the great czarina, a gift of a blue teapot that saved lives, and a moving story about a family, pushed by discrimination out of their Volga River home, who relocate to the American West. Respectful of the Native American families living nearby, they made a new home in the hills of the Palouse.

Hardship to Homeland is a fascinating read. First published in 1980, and revised and expanded for this new 2018 edition, the book is not only a detailed history of one of the largest ethnic migrations in the history of the United States, it is also a valuable resource for folklorists, as the authors painstakingly collected numerous stories handed down within Volga German families. It is also a testament to the value immigrants bring in terms of new political, religious, and social ideas, as well as economically important innovations now ingrained in Pacific Northwest farming and forestry methods.

Tri-City Genealogical Society Civil War Books

Please be advised that the Richland Family History Center now has a 130 volume set of  “The War of the Rebellion Official Record of the Union and Confederate Armies”.
This set of books is in the basement of the Richland Family History Center and will only be there for a limited time. So, please take the opportunity to research these books as soon as you can.
Hours of operation:
Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Telephone: 946-6637

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society

Early Stillaguamish Valley Schools

by Sue Walde, Helen Eliason and Joanne Wetmore
The story of the humble beginnings of Arlington’s rural schools in 1882 to the advent of the modern era. Despite the struggles to survive in an unforgiving wilderness, early settlers sacrificed to build the first schools and fulfill dreams of a better education for their children. Discover the mysteries of Arlington’s 44 rural schools, woven with local history and old-time stories. Enjoy numerous maps and over 150 photographs with many pictures of school children. View a 40+-page, easy-to-use index, cross-referenced with over 5,000 names. Perhaps you will find your ancestors in this unique book about Arlington’s early rural schools. Cost $30.00 Now available on the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, www.stillygen.org/store and at the upcoming N.W. Genealogy Conference in Arlington.

Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable Book Presentation

September 21, 2017

The Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable will sponsor a distinctly different event Thursday, September 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the Bellevue Library (1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue (425) 450-1765). The presenter will be author, Joanne Rajoppi who will be discussing her book, Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War: The Wives and Daughters of the Brunswick Boys. Some of the characters Ms. Rajoppi’s will talk about have very strong ties to Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

This will be the first in a series of lectures called Behind the Lines that is concerned with how 19th century women struggled to survive as their men returned broken, weary and depressed. Its a tribute to their fortitude for continuing to raise their children, work their farms and keep their families together in the face of death and uncertainty.

Click on FLYER to review the material prepared by the King County Library System. If you have any questions, please contact the Bellevue Library or Mike Movius, President of the Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable.

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