27 April 2012

Abundant Genealogy: Historical Books

So I am not quite on any schedule yet with when I want to routinely post to this new blog. As some of you may or may not know I also write the blog for my husband's business The WoodArt Studio (so be sure to stop by there and start to follow us there also). I really try to post there once a week and I am thinking that is what I would like to do here also but commitment is the real thing. Can I really make an honest to goodness appointment with myself once a week to post? And if so what day of the week is good? (Any suggestions?) The WoodArt Studio gets posted on Friday so maybe a day earlier in the week for Genealogical Appointments. But then again even though an appointment is usually for a set time doesn't that give me a little posting license?

So with that in mind on to today's post, which has nothing to do with scheduling. With so much to write in the beginning of one's genealogical blogging life it is hard to pin down what to write first. Subsequently I dashed over to Geneabloggers for some prompting. And there it was: 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, Week 18: Historical Books. (Actually the article says that this prompt is for April 29th through May 5th so I am a bit early). Now I am not really sure if we could call this a historical book just yet as it was only published in 2010 but for me it just filled what I needed when I moved down here to the Shenandoah Valley. You see I had just moved out of NY, away from one of the best genealogy groups on Long Island (Patchogue Medford LibraryGenealogy Group), down to this wonderfully rich area of Virginia history and I was eager to get back into genealogy and also learn a bit about the area that I planned to spend the rest of my life in. So I headed over to our local library and asked them to recommend something for me. Eureka did they hand me a winner; Judy Yoder's, Vera's Journey. This 707 page book not only gave me the personal history of a Mennonite woman who passed away in 2008 it enlightened me to the area that we now moved into. I couldn't put it down and look forward in time to visiting the various areas that Vera in her 102 years of life walked through. I find that if you are searching around for information about the Shenandoah Valley area and life as a Mennonite woman this should be the book that you pick up next. It is a keeper. If your local library doesn't carry the book, recommend it of course or better yet you can purchase your own via Amazon.com.  You can also read a quick post at Harvspot.
So until the next genealogical appointment…read on my friend.


  1. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
    "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"
    The Heritage Tourist at In-Depth Genealogist: http://www.indepthgenealogist.com/

    1. Dear Dr. Bill,
      To you and all my other followers and well wishers Thank you so very much. Glad to be part of the Genalogical Blogging Community.
      Debbie F

  2. Welcome to Geneabloggers. I love reading historical books from where my ancestor came from. Even if they are not mentioned it gives a context for the town in which they lived.

    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

  3. I know what you mean about finding an enlightening book like that. For me it was More Palatine Families, by Henry Z. Jones about 20 years ago. I found so much history in it relevant to my own family (the German side, not the Irish) that I've had the genealogy bug ever since!

    Best of luck with your blog!

  4. You'll find many great ideas for future posts at geneabloggers and all the associated genealogy blogs. And not only for posts but for researching your family history.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)