Irish Pioneers in Kentucky: a series of articles published in the Gaelic American...

May 30, 2015 by

Irish Pioneers in Kentucky: a series of articles published in the Gaelic American was originally published in 1916. Here’s a fascinating tidbit I just learned from this book: “The True Discoverer of Kentucky. Not Daniel Boone, as is Generally Supposed, but an Irish Pioneer named James McBride. Testimony of Impartial Historians. Our Irish-American literary and historical associations could do no better work than turn the searchlight on the early records of Kentucky. Of all the original Thirteen Colonies, none present a wider, more prolific or more interesting field for historical research than that portion of the Colony of Virginia, originally called Fincastle County, and which, in 1779, was formed into the State of Kentucky. It may be said that the early history of Kentucky is contemporary with that of Virginia and the Carolinas. It...

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Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Glasgow Vol. 1 (1887-1891)...

May 28, 2015 by

Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Glasgow Vol. 1 (1887-1891) by the Gaelic Society of Glasgow was originally published in 1887. Incredible piece of history for those interested in 19th century Scotland, specifically Glasgow. A few of the contents to give you a better feel for the contents of this interesting book: GiUemhuiij Aotrom, by Mr. Neil Macleod Donald Macleod, the Skye — his life and songs Sketches of Kintyre, by Mr. Duncan Reid Gaelic Language, by Mr. Dugald MacFarlane The Feeling for Nature in Gaelic Poetry, by Mr. W. Jolly Some Ancient Celtic Customs, by Mr. Henry Whyte Notes on Ancient Gaelic Medicine, by Dr. A. Clerk Life in the; Highlands a hundred years ago, by Mr. J. G. Mackay Some Rare Gaelic Books Celticism — its influence on English Literature, by Mr....

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Early Settlers of Alabama

May 21, 2015 by

Early Settlers of Alabama by Col. James Edmonds Saunders (with notes and genealogies by his granddaughter Elizabeth Saunders Blair Stubbs)  was originally published in 1899 and is chock full of interesting tidbits and history of Alabama. If you are from Alabama, or have relatives or ancestors from the great state of Alabama, this book will likely be of interest to you! A small taste from the PREFACE: “Colonel Saunders began in the April numbers of the “Moulton Advertiser,” 1880 (his county paper), a series of “letters” relating to the “Early Settlers of Lawrence  County” (Ala.) and the Tennessee Valley. These articles, increasing, year after year, in scope and valuable material, soon overran their limit, exacting tributary data from neighboring counties, the State, ad- joining States, and only to pause in that dear “Mother of...

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Early History of Middle Tennessee...

Sep 16, 2014 by

Early History of Middle Tennessee by Edward Albright originally published in 1909 is a must have resource for anyone whose family is originally from Tennessee, or for anyone with a passion for Tennessee history. Mr. Albright’s own words from his preface: “The history of Tennessee, and especially that of our own section of the State, was long sadly neglected, and it is now with the greatest difficulty that many of the isolated facts of tradition may be woven into a continuous thread of history. The failure of preceding generations to gather and record, first-handed, many of the stirring events of early times in the Cumberland Valley from those who participated in them, has increased the task of the historical writer of today. Only one other attempt has been made to write a history of...

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Civil War Household Tips

Sep 6, 2014 by

Every once in a while, in everyone’s life, there comes a time for a strange remedy. You know what I mean – an out-of-the-box answer to a question you find yourself pondering for days. Modern medicine just doesn’t seem to be fixing it – so what do you do? This, my friends, just might be the book to answer all your questions. Imagine…it’s the mid 19th century, 1860’s to be precise. Please keep in mind penicillin was not discovered by Alexander Fleming until 1928.  We take it all for granted now don’t we? we take for granted…small infections that disappear as soon as the doctor prescribes antibiotic cream, or perhaps you have some… shall we say “un-named” infection that is causing a blip in your regular day. You simply run to the doctor or...

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Scotland and Her Memories

Mar 6, 2014 by

Scotland and Her Memories by  George Ross was an address delivered at Montreal on Hallowe’en, October 31st, 1890. This is reproduction of the original book sold with the speech. Previously hard to come by – and very interesting!! A few of his opening lines to give you a feel for his delivery: “I am not a little depressed tonight by the thought that in inviting me to address you the committee was under the impression I was a native of Scotland, and so, fully accredited to speak for the land “of brown heath and shaggy wood.” I  may as well confess, therefore, at the outset, that I have not that high honor. Years before I was born, my parents bade adieu to their native glens in Rossshire, took ship at Cromarty, tossed for nine...

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The New York Banker & Broker’s Manual of the New York Stock,Produce,Mining,Cotton,Petroleum Exchanges...

Mar 6, 2014 by

The New York Banker & Broker’s Manual of the New York Stock,Produce,Mining,Cotton,Petroleum Exchanges for 1880-81 was originally published in 1881 and though this is a scanned reproduction of not the best quality I think because of the original quality of the book scanned? Anyway, this is definitely a book to check out if the history of Wall Street and the New York Bankers and Brokers are of interest to you. ahhhh…to be a time traveler… Here is an example of a listing from this fascinating glimpse into the late 19th century Wall Street: CANADA SOUTHERN. Miles of main line owned 230 Miles of branches owned 170 Total 400 Stock, (par value $100 per share) $15,000,000 Bonded debt 13,497,311 Interest on the bonded debt, at the rate of 3 per cent, per annum, is guaranteed...

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Opium Eating: An Autobiographical Sketch...

Mar 6, 2014 by

Opium Eating: An Autobiographical Sketch by an Habituate was originally published in 1876 and offers a unique and glaring window into opiate addiction. During the 19th century opium addiction captured many and this anonymous account comes across as very honest. The author tells us a little about his life, his first experience with opium and his life as an addict.  It is a cautionary tale about drug addiction as valid today as it was back in 1876. To give you an idea of the author’s style, here are a few paragraphs on the Habituate’s inability to get clean. Probably a good book for kids to read in school… “I have not for a number of years made an effort to renounce opium. I know that my unaided efforts would prove fruitless. My constitution would...

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Ancient Ships

Dec 19, 2013 by

Ancient Ships by Cecil Torr was originally published in 1895 and I found it an interesting read even though ships are not at the top of my reading list. Here are a few of the opening paragraphs about the earliest ships with oars  to give you a feel for this book: “The Mediterranean is a sea where a vessel with sails may lie becalmed for days together, while a vessel with oars could easily be traversing the smooth waters, with coasts and islands everywhere at hand to give her shelter in case of storm. In that sea, therefore, oars became the characteristic instruments of navigatio ; and the arrangement of oars, the chief problem in shipbuilding. And so long as the Mediterranean nations dominated Western Europe, vessels of the southern type were built upon...

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Recollections of the Civil War: From A Child’s Point of View...

Nov 22, 2013 by

Recollections of the Civil War: From a Child’s Point of View by Maud E. Morrow was originally published in 1901 and is a must have for those interested in the U.S. Civil War. Written from a child’s point of view by a woman whose mother worked in a hospital during the civil war.  The author as a child was at the hospital as well – here is the introduction to give you an idea of the content: “PREFACE OR APOLOGY When one writes a book, a preface is in order. Mine shall be by way of explanation. The only apology I have to offer for writing- this little personal story is the very simple one that it is true. It has been said that “we never talk so well as when talking of ourselves.”...

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The Negro Trail Blazers of California...

Oct 31, 2013 by

The Negro Trail Blazers of California; a compilation of records from the California Archives in the Bancroft Library at the University of California by Delilah Beasley was originally published in 1919. From the book’s introduction: “This is a compilation of records from the California Archives in the Bancroft Library at the University of California, in Berkeley; and from the Diaries, Old Papers and Conversations of Old Pioneers in the State of California. It is a True Record of Facts, as They Pertain to the History of the Pioneer and Present Day Negroes of California.” and from the Foreword: “The author’s reason for presenting a book of this kind to the public at this time is not due to the fact that she is not cognizant of the fact that, within the past fifty-four years,...

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Primitive Culture

Oct 30, 2013 by

Primitive Culture, Researches into the Development of mythology, philosophy, religion, language, art and custom by Edward Tyler was originally published in 1889. A few lines from the introduction: “In discussing problems so complex as those of the development of civilization, it is not enough to put forward theories accompanied by a few illustrative examples. The statement of the facts must form the staple of the argument, and the limit of needful detail is only reached when each group so displays its general law, that fresh cases come to range themselves in their proper niches as new instances of an already established rule. Should it seem to any readers that my attempt to reach this limit sometimes leads to the heaping up of too cumbrous detail, I would point out that the theoretical novelty as...

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