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Elizabeth Saunders
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I found my ancestor – Not There!
For the past year or so, I've been poring through texts about the American Civil War, especially the Battle of Gettysburg, as research for a book about my ancestor Thomas Maness. Modern books about the Twenty-Sixth North Carolina Regiment, antique books fro...

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Books of 2012
I didn't have much of a reading plan for 2012. Research reading included large portions of Life in Seventeenth Century Ireland and The Diary of Samuel Pepys . I mostly read books for enjoyment. Griffin & Sabine (trilogy) — Hint: if you don't like the ending...

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Books of 2016 - and a Giveaway
Books for Business and Life Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant To Do - I enjoyed reading an advanced copy of  Chris Guillebeau's  latest book, and I'm ready to read it again. You don't have to be a full-time entrepreneur to enjoy it; tips an...

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Tombstone Tuesday – Nancy Maness
My great-great-grandfather's third wife, Nancy Pool Maness , had a bit of mystery about her. Her son-in-law, the informant on her death certificate, didn't know her date of birth and she's missing in the 1900 and 1910 censuses. Despite her dramatic death — ...

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Nancy Pool Maness – part 2
Since finding my great-great-grandfather's third wife, Nancy Pool Maness , who had a daughter (Fannie B. Maness Sifford) and later died in a tragic accident, I wanted to know more about her life. I don't find Nancy until the 1920 census, which leaves a huge...

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Searching for wife number three – part 1
In trying to fill in the life of my colorful ancestor, Thomas Swain Maness , I found out his third marriage was in Virginia, to Nancy Pool in 1876. They married in Giles County, which is right next to Pulaski County, which seemed to confirm our family's ora...

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Civil War illustrations from Harper's Weekly
Several single-page illustrations from Harper's Weekly have arrived in the bookshop. These pages, over 150 years old, depict events just a few weeks after they happened. From the June 7, 1862 issue: General McClellan's Army on the March Through the Woods fr...

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Happy 50 Years of Star Trek!
50 Years of Star Trek Today (Sept. 8) is the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Star Trek: "The Man Trap." The sixth episode filmed (including two pilots), the story of the salt-hungry shape-shifter was the first one aired as a "sneak preview" of the ...

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Shirley Deane — entertainer, world traveler, world changer
I got to meet Shirley Deane! Who is Shirley Deane? — you ask. I didn't know until a couple of years ago. Her book,  An Unreasonable Woman : In Search of Meaning Around the Globe , sat on a shelf in my bookshop for at least a year. The title was intriguing, ...

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Happy Birthday, Gene Roddenberry!
One of the items in the Star Trek collection is an envelope of Gene Roddenberry's birth records. He would have been 95 years old today! These are copies printed around 2002 and signed by the county clerk of El Paso, Texas. The map shows the 1921 location of...
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