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12 July 2011

books with a genealogy theme


One of the goals for my genealogical road trip from Georgia to Lockport, Illinois is research time at the Lockport Branch of the DesPlaines Valley Public Library District. In the past, many hours have been spent reading newspapers on microfilm and looking for area history. This year I have been sidetracked. Walking into the library, the room is decorated in medieval castle d├ęcor. “A Midsummer Knight’s Read” is the theme of the summer reading program with adult prizes for adult readers. As I already wanted to read the book Call Me, Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber made into a Hallmark movie, joining the program was an easy decision.

In my searches, I found:
Legacy by Danielle Steel is a well written genealogical fiction book. The author explores the question of how in 1784 does a daughter of the Sioux Indian chief marry a French nobleman?
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron offers relaxation and historical information about Spencer, Iowa in the 1980’s. Dewey Readmore Books brought the town people together during difficult times.
Pit Pony is a book, movie and DVD centered on life in Nova Scotia cir. 1900.
Fly Boys is a DVD on the life of the first volunteer pilots from the U.S. during World War I in the Escadrille.

In the Lockport Public Library, located at 121 E. 8th St, Lockport, IL 60411, newspaper microfilm rolls and the original cir. 1890’s city directories are waiting patiently to be explored.

For more information on genealogical road trips see metro Atlanta genealogy on www.examiner.com specific articles include Back to the family roots genealogy trip tips from Vicki Evans, Genealogy road trip tips and Plan a genealogy road trip.

For more information on the World War I research American Eagles and Lafayette Escadrille by Narayan Sengupta and check out the World War I aviation website at www.usaww1.com.