From Scotland to Australia 1766 – 2013
This story is a fascinating account of one family’s role in the building of the New South Wales Colony and shaping of the Australian Nation. Five generations of the Dibbs family from Scotland to Australia – from Soldier to Shoemaker, Mariner, Convict, Merchant, Accountant, Banker and Politician in a historic timeline. Affectionate family myths dispelled and a sad truth uncovered following many hours of research from the Soldier’s Fourth Great Granddaughter.
The story gives insight into Australian Cultural, Political, Social and Historic events, whilst providing a wonderful and knowledgeable study for researchers of Dibbs history.
- Author: Joanne Gwynn nee Dibbs
- Publisher: Publish Nation – June 2013
- Formats: Kindle – $2.99
Note: This book is available as part of the Kindle Owners Lending Library program.
Brought to you by ScotClans.com, Scotland’s largest clan and family resource site, The Scottish Clans gathers together short histories of over 300 Scottish Clans and families.
Read about the origins of your clan and the people who shaped your history.
In The Scottish Clans each clan features an original illustration of your clan crest and a short history of the clan from its origins to the present day.
- Author: Rodger Moffet
- Publisher: Rodger Moffet – September 2011
- Formats: PDF – $3.49, Kindle – $3.49, NOOK – $3.49
Where do I come from?
That question sets Ryan Littrell on a journey that crosses centuries and many miles. An anonymous letter, found at the bottom of a box of black-and-white pictures, reveals the first clues about his grandmother’s family story, and soon those clues lead him to a country graveyard and a long-lost cousin.
Then faded names in old books, along with a DNA surprise, unearth one more generation, and yet another. And as one hint leads to the next, from the 19th century back into the 18th, he discovers his family’s place in a people’s tragic struggle–a tale of heartbreak, betrayal, and unfailing strength.
A real-life account, Reunion shows how our ancestors just might still be a part of us, and how our story began long before we were even born.
- Author: Ryan Littrell
- Publisher: Ryan Littrell – October 2012
- Formats: Print – $8.99, Kindle – $2.99, NOOK – $3.99, Kobo – $3.99, iBooks – $3.99
Julia’s Story is based on many beautiful handwritten letters, lovingly penned by her daughters shortly after the death of their mother. The heroine of this story, Julia, descends from the notorious Caperton family, who were counted among some of the toughest and most resourceful leaders of the original pioneer settlers along the New River and Virginia frontier. It is a story of strength, courage and resiliency, not only describing the lives of Julia and her family, but also providing the reader with a glimpse into the lives of many families who carved out a living in the beautifully majestic yet harsh Appalachian region of West Virginia.
In 1884, the notorious Mrs. Dr. Rebecca J. Keck sent her daughter to Vassar to raise the family’s social status; Cora Keck’s unexpected educational opportunity opens a window to a turbulent era that greatly resembles our own. Raised in the gritty Mississippi River town of Davenport, Iowa, she could have walked straight out of a Susan Glaspell story, except everything in this amazing tale is true. In 2007, Cora’s great-granddaughter discovered a trove of diaries and photos that reveal the inner life of a spirited heroine who ultimately faced a stark life and death crisis that would force her to re-examine her doubts about her mother’s medical integrity.
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes’s Emmy Award-winning PBS show, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.
Much like her Masterpiece Classic counterpart Lady Cora Crawley, Lady Almina was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Alfred de Rothschild, who married his daughter off at a young age, her dowry serving as the crucial link in the effort to preserve the Earl of Carnarvon’s ancestral home. Throwing open the doors of Highclere Castle to tend to the wounded of World War I, Lady Almina distinguished herself as a brave and remarkable woman.
This rich tale contrasts the splendor of Edwardian life in a great house against the backdrop of the First World War and offers an inspiring and revealing picture of the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle.
- Author: Lady Fiona Carnarvon
- Publisher: Broadway – December 2011
- Formats: Print – $8.78, Kindle – $8.34, NOOK – $9.99, iBooks – $9.99
The Bringiers were among Louisiana’s most prominent families during most of the 19th century. Though bits and pieces about the family and their many plantations frequently appear in studies on antebellum Louisiana and the Old South, Creole Genesis: The Bringier Family and Antebellum Life in Louisiana tells–for the first time–the story of three generations of the Bringiers, from their rise to prominence during Spanish regime until their fall after the Civil War.
- Author: Craig A. Bauer
- Publisher: University of Louisiana at Lafayette – September 2010
- Formats: Print – $15.60
Lydia Mary Gaulthair gave birth to 13 children. One at a time or in pairs, she abandoned all of them. To make matters worse, all of the adults in the lives of these children withheld the truth. Some 50 years later, Gary wanted to find his brothers and sisters. Where do you start looking? This is the search for the Gaulthair children.
The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America
In 1743, sitting quietly with pen in hand, Sarah Osborn pondered how to tell the story of her life, how to make sense of both her spiritual awakening and the sudden destitution of her family. Remarkably, the memoir she created that year survives today, as do more than two thousand additional pages she composed over the following three decades. Sarah Osborn’s World is the first book to mine this remarkable woman’s prolific personal and spiritual record. Catherine Brekus recovers the largely forgotten story of Sarah Osborn’s life as one of the most charismatic female religious leaders of her time, while also connecting her captivating story to the rising evangelical movement in eighteenth-century America.
A schoolteacher in Rhode Island, a wife, and a mother, Sarah Osborn led a remarkable revival in the 1760s that brought hundreds of people, including many slaves, to her house each week. Her extensive written record—encompassing issues ranging from the desire to be “born again” to a suspicion of capitalism—provides a unique vantage point from which to view the emergence of evangelicalism. Brekus sets Sarah Osborn’s experience in the context of her revivalist era and expands our understanding of the birth of the evangelical movement—a movement that transformed Protestantism in the decades before the American Revolution.
- Author: Catherine A. Brekus
- Publisher: Yale University Press – December 2012
- Formats: Print – $21.97, Kindle – $19.27
A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change
Are we responsible for, and to, those forces that have formed us—our families, friends, and communities? Where do we leave off and others begin? In The Tribal Knot, Rebecca McClanahan looks for answers in the history of her family. Poring over letters, artifacts, and documents that span more than a century, she discovers a tribe of hardscrabble Midwest farmers, hunters, trappers, and laborers struggling to hold tight to the ties that bind them, through poverty, war, political upheavals, illness and accident, filicide and suicide, economic depressions, personal crises, and global disasters. Like the practitioners of Victorian “hair art” who wove strands of family members’ hair into a single design, McClanahan braids her ancestors’ stories into a single intimate narrative of her search to understand herself and her place in the family’s complex past.
- Author: Rebecca McClanahan
- Publisher: Indiana University Press – March 2013
- Formats: Print – $13.44, Kindle – $9.99, iBooks – $17.99