The Extraordinary Story of America’s Immigrant Hospital
A century ago, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, one of the world’s greatest public hospitals was built. Massive and modern, the hospital’s twenty-two state-of-the-art buildings were crammed onto two small islands, man-made from the rock and dirt excavated during the building of the New York subway. As America’s first line of defense against immigrant-borne disease, the hospital was where the germs of the world converged.
The Ellis Island hospital was at once welcoming and foreboding—a fateful crossroad for hundreds of thousands of hopeful immigrants. Those nursed to health were allowed entry to America. Those deemed feeble of body or mind were deported.
Three short decades after it opened, the Ellis Island hospital was all but abandoned. As America after World War I began shutting its border to all but a favored few, the hospital fell into disuse and decay, its medical wards left open only to the salt air of the New York Harbor.
With many never-before-published photographs and compelling, sometimes heartbreaking stories of patients (a few of whom are still alive today) and medical staff, Forgotten Ellis Island is the first book about this extraordinary institution. It is a powerful tribute to the best and worst of America’s dealings with its new citizens-to-be.
- Author: Lorie Conway
- Publisher: Smithsonian – October 2007
- Formats: Print – $20.50, Kindle – $9.99, NOOK – $14.99, Kobo – $14.99, iBooks – $9.99
Creative Blogging shows you how to start blogging for the very first time to express your creativity, reach out and be heard—and even how to make money with your blog!
You’ll start at the right place: The beginning! Learn answers to the most important and popular questions: What is a blog? Do I need a blog? How do I get started? What do I blog about? How do I blog? Creative Blogging then takes you through the how-to aspects of blogging, so you can quickly learn the terminology and get started. You’ll then be able to choose the right blogging tool for you!
Soon, you’ll be prepared to unleash your creativity! Like a good author, you’ll learn how to find information to blog about, and how to express yourself in your blog in the ways that you want. Your creativity is what will make your blog successful, but every artist needs an audience. Creative Blogging reveals how to draw people to your site!
You’ll also discover how to work with images and video, how to integrate your blog with Twitter and Facebook, and even how to make money with your blog! Let your creativity bring your audience to you and your blog with Creative Blogging.
This book is for beginners looking to start a new blog and let their creativity find their audience within the blogosphere. You’ll learn the basics of how to blog,how to show your creative self on your blog, and how to find your audience.
What you’ll learn:
- What a blog is—everything you need to know!
- How to choose the best blog tool for YOU!
- How to set up and organize your blog
- How to be creative in your blog’s design and layout
- How to work with images to create a beautiful blog
- More advanced blog techniques and strategies
- Tools to promote your blog, increase visits, and make money!
- How to connect with popular social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook
- Where to find help, tools, tips and tricks
- Author: Heather Wright-Porto
- Publisher: Apress – April 2011
- Formats: Print – $23.30, Kindle – $15.39, NOOK – $18.19, iBooks – $34.99
A wonderful companion to the best-selling To Our Children’s Children, One Memory at a Time offers indispensable guidance and encouragement on writing family and personal histories.
Family history isn’t hard. We do it every day without thinking about it. Our minds travel in that direction. Our minds are always going home. Family stories are our points of reference in every situation. They are involuntary responses, like sneezes. We see a hat worn by a man on an old movie channel and our minds jump to grandfather; his hat, his chair, his Scottie on his lap. We roll our cart by the butcher case at the grocery store and a passing glimpse at cubes of stew beef transports us momentarily to mother’s kitchen, where she reaches for her blue-speckled roasting pan, the one with the lid.
When you give your stories, you are giving yourself. You are giving your parents, your grandparents, your great-grandparents to future generations. You are allowing the past and the present to shake hands with one another.
Your family history is not meant to be painted in broad brush strokes, summing up the meaning of the millennium. It is a description of your living room, of your grandmother’s living room-your life.
- Author: D. G. Fulford
- Publisher: Doubleday – October 2000
- Formats: Print – $6.25
Evidentia is the genealogy software that supports your research by guiding you through the Genealogical Proof Standard, the standard by which acceptable genealogical conclusions are judged.
- Professional looking Genealogy Proof Report with full citations!
- All evidence presented on a single screen for analysis!
- Customizable Citation Templates for citing your sources!
- Reports provided in HTML, PDF, or RTF
- Provides tools YOU need follow the Genealogical Proof Standard
- Publisher: ed4becky
- Formats: Win & Mac – $24.99
Genealogists and local historians have probably seen every birth, marriage, death, and census record available, and are adept at using the internet for research. However, once they have learned everything they can from them, the next step is reading and understanding older documents. These can be hard to find, as not many are online, and they are often written in challenging handwriting and use legal and other unfamiliar terms. Some will be in Latin, antiquated English, or Scots. Readers need to be able to understand the nature and intent of a range of documents as well as the palaeography (the handwriting) and orthography (the “shape” of the contents). Wills, testaments, contracts, indentures, charters, land records, personal letters, official records, church records, and others, mainly from the period 1560 to 1800, are covered here as are dates, numbers, calendars, measurements and money, abbreviations, transcription conventions, letter-forms, and glossaries. It also includes a Latin primer.
- Author: Bruce Durie
- Publisher: The History Press – May 2013
- Formats: Print – $25.30
This is the first volume, which spans the long period from the sixteenth century through the Civil War era, is remarkable for the religious, racial, ethnic, and class diversity of the women it features. Essays on plantation mistresses, overseers’ wives, nonslaveholding women from the upcountry, slave women, and free black women in antebellum Charleston are certain to challenge notions about the slave South and about the significance of women to the state’s economy. South Carolina’s unusual history of religious tolerance is explored through the experiences of women of various faiths, and accounts of women from Europe, the West Indies, and other colonies reflect the diverse origins of the state’s immigrants.
The volume begins with a profile of the Lady of Cofitachequi, who sat at the head of an Indian chiefdom and led her people in encounters with Spanish explorers. The essays that follow look at well-known women such as Eliza Lucas Pinckney, who managed several indigo plantations; the abolitionist Angelina Grimke; and Civil War diarist Mary Boykin Chesnut. Also included, however, are essays on the much-less-documented lives of poor white farming women (the Neves family of Mush Creek), free African American women (Margaret Bettingall and her daughters), and slave women, the latter based on interviews and their own letters. The essays in volume 1 demonstrate that many women in this most conservative of states, with its strong emphasis on traditional gender roles, carved out far richer public lives than historians have often attributed to antebellum southern women.
- Editors: Marjorie Julian Spruill, Valinda W. Littlefield, Joan Marie Johnson
- Publisher: University of Georgia Press – May 2009
- Formats: Print – $22.23, Kindle – $21.12
When the early colonists came to America, they were braving a new world, with new wonders and difficulties. Family historians beginning the search for their ancestors from this period run into a similar adventure, as research in the colonial period presents a number of exciting challenges that genealogists may not have experienced before. This book is the key to facing those challenges. This new book, Researching Your Colonial New England Ancestors, leads genealogists to a time when their forebears were under the rule of the English crown, blazing their way in that uncharted territory. Patricia Law Hatcher, FASG, provides a rich image of the world in which those ancestors lived and details the records they left behind. With this book in hand, family historians will be ready to embark on a journey of their own, into the unexplored lines of their colonial past.
- Author: Patricia Law Hatcher
- Publisher: Ancestry Publishing – October 2006
- Formats: Print – $12.37
Old Parramore was a riverboat town that grew in Jackson County, Florida, during the late 1800s. Founded by Confederate veterans, the town’s life was short but colorful. From a prosperous community with stores, plants and mills, Parramore has all but faded away today, becoming a true Florida ghost town. In his acclaimed style, writer and historian Dale Cox explores the rich history of this remarkable community and its people. From true stories of riverboats, lynchings, tornadoes and more to actual photographs of alleged Parramore ghosts, this book is a loving tribute to a forgotten town and its citizens.
Paper Trees is a unique collection of hand-drawn family trees and charts which you can fill in and color by yourself. All of these beautiful designs are original, and they are available as clip-art for use as cards, announcements, book covers, section dividers, reunion T-shirts and mugs, newsletter designs, research aids, or for any of a thousand other things.
Filled in by hand, calligraphy, or type, and hand-colored in pen or paint, each of these family trees is guaranteed to be unique, and each illustration–whether elegant, whimsical, or just plain folksy–is a joyful celebration of your family. Uses for it are limited only by your imagination. You can photo-reduce the family trees for use as note cards and stationery, or you can enlarge them to show family detail at its optimum. Remember that each of these family trees is an ancestral tree. The tree starts with you, and each generation back doubles in size, showing two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, etc. You’ll have a great time with these illustrations, and you can pass them on finished or unfinished, to be treasured as keepsakes or to be embellished and completed by others.
- Author: Tony Matthews
- Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company – January 1999
- Formats: Print – $21.00