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Newsletter Subtitle: John's new seminar list, Crazy Crate JP73 and Pat's

Pluperfect Weekend in Greenup County, Kentucky.  

Month Day Year:  April 12, 2011.

CRAZY CRATE JP 73 - APRIL 12, 2011.


Here's a revised list of John's upcoming genealogy conferences.  He's looking forward to seeing you at some of these!


April 16, 2011

Quad Cities Genealogical Society Conference

Viking Club, East Moline, Illinois   


April 30, 2011

Milwaukee County Genealogical Society

Biennial Workshop, Serb Memorial Hall

5101 West Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, WI


May 21, 2011

Red Black Genealogy Conference

EiteljorgMuseum, Indianapolis, IN


June 10th and 11th, 2011

Indiana GenFest, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Kokomo, IN


July 9, 2011

German Interest Group, HamiltonCenter,

Whitewater, Wisconsin


September 24, 2011

Fox Valley, Illinois Genealogical Society Conference,  

Grace United Methodist Church

300 East Gartner Road, Naperville, IL


October 8, 2011

Dane County, Wisconsin Genealogy Conference

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

4505 Regent Street, Madison, Wisconsin


October 15, 2011

Louisville Genealogical Society Conference

BearGrassCreekChurch, Louisville, KY


November 5, 2011

Western Michigan Genealogical Society

PrinceCenter, Grand Rapids, MI



Hello Everyone,


Well, we're back with another crate of mixed materials.  Hopefully, we have something that you just can't live without.  Call Pat at 1-800-419-0200 as soon as you find it.  We hate to disappoint anyone, but these are all one-of-a-kind books and we can't sell the same book twice!  That's not legal and it's not nice!  So, we don't do it unless we have two!


CRAZY CRATE JP 73  BOOK 1;  FIRST LADIES.  By Margaret Truman.  New York:  Random House.  1995.  368 pages.  Hardcover.  The women who occupy the White House with their husbands are  varied, interesting, often an enigmatic group.  Amid constant comment and the relentless glare of the media and public, the First Lady's role has been interpreted colorfully and widely throughout our history.  Margaret Truman, whose own role as "First Daughter" is already a beloved part of American history, has known First Ladies from Frances Cleveland to Edith Wilson and Eleanor Roosevelt.  For this book she has interviewed Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter, Barbara Bush, and Hillary Clinton.  Pat Nixon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are warmly recalled.  From the past come familiar names - Dolley Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln, Julia Tyler; and ingenious pairings - Julia Grant with Mamie Eisenhower. The result is a remarkable group portrait of the women who have more than merely resided in the house on Pennsylvania Avenue - a generous, candid, informed, and vastly entertaining book, written with a sense of humor and fairness and illuminated by shrewd observation.  Simultaneously, this book is a penetrating look at marriage under pressure.  It may well cause a reader to think:  "I've been there, too."   Twenty-six photographs enhance the text.   The twelve- page index covers over 900 entries.  Price:  $7.50


CRAZY CRATE JP 73  BOOK 2 A Taste of the West from Coors.  Des Moines. IA: Meredith Corporation.  1981.   96 pages.  Hardcover.  With over a hundred photographs showing the mouth-watering results of these recipes, this book presents time-honored recipes gathered from a number of sources.  The recipes are arranged by category:  Meat and Game;   Fish, Poultry and Eggs;  Soups and Stews, Salads, Vegetables and Breads, and Beverages, Snacks and Desserts.   Along with the various chapters on recipes, you will find chapters on the History of Coors, Mountains and Pioneers, Rivers, Prairies, Deserts and Coastlines.  Sidebars discuss food on cattle drives, the chuck wagon, authentic Texas barbecue, western saloons, Native Americans, soddies, bronc-busters, the importance of salt for food preservation, chili, barbed wire,  Death Valley Scotty, Boot Hill, sourdough, High Country cooking, desert camels, coffee and tea, jerky and pemmican, serving beer, and beer types.  Price:  $5.00


CRAZY CRATE JP 73  BOOK 3:  Mapping the World.  An Illustrated History of Cartography.  Washington,  

D. C.:  National Geographic Society.  2006.    256 pages.  Hardcover. Note:  the bottom outer corner is slightly bumped.  The dust jacket has a three inch crease near the top and shows signs of much handling.    The map is one of humankind's most basic and essential tools.  The oldest to survive is a 4,300-year-old road map inscribed on a clay tablet - the most modern are marvels of technical accomplishment that are viewed on a computer screen and chart everything from nearby towns to craters of the moon on Mars.  The story of their evolution is an engrossing, revealing exploration of how we have understood and represented our world throughout history.  This magnificent book highlights more than a hundred maps from every era and every part of the world.  Organized chronologically, they display an astonishing variety of cartographic styles and techniques.  They range from priceless artistic masterworks like the 1507 Waldseemuller world map, the first to use the name "America", to such practical artifacts as a Polynesian stick chart, a creation of bent twigs, seashells, and coconut palms that was nevertheless capable of guiding an outrigger canoe safely across thousands of miles of trackless and seemingly endless ocean.  Sea charts, of the Age of Discovery, were closely guarded state secrets that shaped the rise and fall of empires.  The running commentary on the maps in this book places each map in historical context, identifying the great cartographers and scientists and explaining how major developments such as the invention and perfection of the magnetic compass and the chronometer, and later the computer, revolutionized the science of mapmaking.  Featuring scores of superb cartographic art culled from the finest collections in the world, this authoritative and breathtaking volume more than lives up to the National Geographic Society's long tradition of cartographic expertise as it spans centuries and continents to dazzle everyone with an interest in maps and mapmaking.   Price:  $25.00.


OK - CRAZY CRATE JP 73  BOOK 4:  Oklahoma Place Names.  By George H. Shirk.  Norman, OK:  University of Oklahoma Press.  2nd edition, revised and enlarged, 1974.  First paperback printing 1987.  268 pages.  Softcover.  This is a very good directory of place names in the state of Oklahoma, with short descriptive comments about each name.  The main body of the text is alphabetical by names.  Each entry locates the place, gives dates when there was a post office, and gives the source of the name.  There is a list of contributors, who responded to newspaper appeals for information, and a useful bibliography.  There are five outline maps which show the history of the formation of the state from Indian Territory days to the modern county system.  Price  $10.00


VA - CRAZY CRATE JP 73 BOOK 5: Historic Churches of Fredericksburg, VA:   Houses of the Holy.  By Michael Aubrecht.  Charleston, SC:  The History Press.  2008.  123 pages.  Softcover.  This book recalls stories of rebellion, racism and reconstruction as experienced by Secessionists, Unionists and the African American population in Fredericksburg's landmark churches during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.  Using a wide variety of materials compiled from the local National Park archives, this book presents multiple perspectives from local believers and non -believers who witnessed the country's "Great Divide."  Learn about the importance of faith in old Fredericksburg through the recollections of local clergy such as Reverend Tucker Lacy; excerpts from slave narratives as recorded by Joseph F. Walker, impressions of military commanders such as Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson; and stories of the conflict over African-Americans. Eighty photographs and drawings enhance the text.  Price:  $19.99


NJ - CRAZY CRATE JP 73  BOOK 6: Historic Churches of SomersetCounty, New Jersey.  By Frank L Greenagel.  Charleston, SC:  The History Press.  2006.  191 pages.  Softcover.  In this richly illustrated guide to all of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century churches and meetinghouses in Somerset County, New Jersey, this book delves into the history of Somerset's religious buildings.  In order to preserve the unique story of the structures, some of which are in danger of being forgotten, the author spent more than eight years in fieldwork and research, logging countless hours on the road, in the library and in the darkroom.  All of the fifty-nine surviving churches from the county's early history are visited, with special attention paid to their founding, construction and architecture.  A singular perspective on eighteenth-and nineteenth-century life emerges as it becomes clear that religious buildings provided structure, meaning and identity to the rural and village landscapes of the area more than a century ago.  From the sophisticated Gothic Revival designs erected in stone by leading architects to the simple wooden-frame meetinghouses built by hand by members of the congregation, the book offers an  engaging account, illustrated by stunning photographs, of the visual and material presence of Somerset's religious buildings.  One hundred and thirty four photographs enhance the text.  The three-page index covers nearly 150 entries.  Price:  $24.99


MN - CRAZY CRATE JP 73 BOOK 7: Under a Flaming Sky.  The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894.  By Daniel James Brown.  Guilford, CT:  The Lyons Press.  2006.  256 pages.  Hardcover.  On September 1, 1894, two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley Minnesota, trapping over two thousand people.  This book recounts the events surrounding the fire, providing the most gripping and comprehensive chronicle of how the dramatic story unfolded.  The Hinckley fire burned its first 350,000 acres in only five hours.  The fire created its own weather, including hurricane-strength winds, bubbles of plasma-like glowing gas, and 200-foot-tall flames.  In some instances, "fire whirls," or tornadoes of fire, danced out from the main body of the fire, knocking down buildings and carrying flaming debris high into the sky.  Temperature reached 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit - the melting point of steel.  As the fire surrounded the town, two railroads became the only means of escape.  Both trains ran the gauntlet of fire.  One train caught on fire from one end to the other.  A heroic young African-American porter ran up and down the length of the train, reassuring the passengers even as the flames tore at their clothes.  On the other train, the engineer refused to back out of town until the last possible minute of escape.  In all, more than four hundred people died, leading to a revolution in forestry management practices and the birth of federal agencies that monitor and fight wildfires today.    Twenty-three photographs and one hand drawn map enhance the text. The twelve-page index covers nearly 600 entries.  Price:  $15.00  


NY - CRAZY CRATE JP 73  BOOK 8: Southold Reminiscences.  Rural America at the Turn of the Century.  By Joseph Nelson Hallock.  Edited by Geoffrey K. Fleming.  Charleston, SC:  The History Press.  2008 pages.  Softcover.  Joseph Nelson Hallock spent most of his life in the public eye of Southold, New York, including three terms in the state legislature, decades as a trustee and president of the Southold Board of Education and Southold Savings Bank and twenty-five years as Southold town clerk.  Furthermore, his career was in publishing, including thirty-eight years as the head of the country newspaper, the Long Island Traveler.  When the primary value of bay-front property was the privilege of harvesting seaweed, state legislator and Southold newspaperman Joseph Nelson Hallock was stealing watermelon from "Peter Gils' Well's patch and fighting for the privilege to "pass the water" at Southold Academy.  In the sprit of Mary Ellen Chase's turn-of -the-century account of life in rural New England, Hallock offers his firsthand impressions of the difficulties and pleasures of North Fork life one hundred years ago.  Written in 1937,  Hallock recalls his birth, his parents, school life, meetings, farm work, working out the road tax, camp meetings, entertainment, the Fourth of July, Christmas, the county fair, his wedding, and much more.  39 photographs enhance the text.  The nine-page index covers over 640 entries for people, places and businesses.  Price:  $19.99


NY - CRAZY CRATE JP 73 BOOK 9: Remembering Fishkill.  By Willa Skinner.  Charleston, SC.  The History Press.  2008.  123 pages.  Softcover.  From criminal bandits along the Hudson River to the signing of New York's first constitution, Remembering Fishkill offers a comprehensive look into a community sprung from hope, innovation and revolution.  In this collection of historical vignettes, beloved local historian Willa Skinner provides accounts of Fishkill from its earliest Dutch settling to today.  Incorporating memories of harvesting ice on the Hudson River during pre-refrigeration days and replacing a lawn mower with Nanny the goat to keep the grass cut in a meadow now filled with condominiums, Skinner offers a charming personal account of life in Fishkill as only she can.   Chapters cover:  Fishkill People, Names Across the Land, Spirits and Legends of the Valley, Fishkill Life:  Then and Now, Mid-Hudson Happenings, Musings on Nature Vestiges, and Photo Album.  Fifty-two  photographs enhance the text.    Price:  $19.99


NY - CRAZY CRATE JP 73 BOOK 10: Lewisboro Ghosts.  Strange Tales and Scary Sightings.  By Maureen Koehl.  Charleston, SC:  Haunted America, a division of The History Press.  2007.  128 pages.  Softcover.   On the easternmost edge of Westchester County, New York among the quiet communities nestled against the Connecticut state line, memories of eerie incidents and haunted happenings flow through the generations like the currents of the nearby Hudson River.  the old-timers of South Salem and Waccabuc still recall the legendary "LeatherMan." an itinerant vagabond who rambled mysteriously through the region in the late 1800s.  Over in Goldens Bridge they whisper of "The Christmas Soldier," an apparition of a Revolutionary-era Patriot who stalks the Highway 22 corridor.  And beneath Long Pond Mountain the locals listen attentively for the "Wail of the Wind," the sorrowful moan attributed to two ghostly parents lamenting their son's drowning.  Read this book to discover the spooky stores and supernatural sightings that linger in this tucked-away corner of the lower Hudson Valley, Lewisboro Hamlet, ThreeLakes Area, the Salem, Mystery Mansions, Legends, and A Selection of Lewisboro Epitaphs.  41 photographs enhance the text.    Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE 73  BOOK 11: Ghosts of the Ohio River - From Pittsburgh to Cincinnati.  By Bruce Carlson.  Wever, Iowa.  Quixote Press 2005.  150 pages.  Softcover.  The reader will find in this book, a collection of tales about ghosts along the Pittsburgh to Cincinnati stretch of the Ohio River.  The events described in this volume cover the period from the 1870s to 1988.  They are, however, not in chronological or any other order.  Each story is a separate chapter, unrelated to any of the others.  Whenever possible, diligent effort was made to confirm these stories by getting information from other sources.  Readers must appreciate the fact that, with only a couple of exceptions, none of these  twenty-four stories have ever been published before.   140 line drawings accompany the text.  Price  $9.95


NY - CRAZY CRATE JP 73  BOOK 12: Jewish New York.  Notable Neighborhoods and memorable Moments.  By Ira Wolfman.  New York:  Universe Publishing.  2003.  93 pages.  Hardcover.  The first Jews arrived in New York City in 1654, when it was a tiny outpost called New Amsterdam.  Over the next 350 years, Jewish New Yorkers helped finance the construction of Trinity Church, fought in the Revolutionary War, sold $200 million in bonds to help the Union pay for the Civil War and underwrote much of the building of the American railroad industry.   Today the Jews of New York City make up the largest, richest, most creative Jewish community in the world.  Yet little more than a hundred years ago, most of them were desperately poor, living in teeming immigrant neighborhoods.  How these Jews - through struggle, education, and determination - transformed themselves and their city is a great American success story.  Using more than 100 postcards, photographs, illustrations, posters and other documents, the author shows the diversity of the Jews in New York.   Price:  $20.00


CRAZY CRATE JP 73  BOOK 12:   The Great Lakes.  By Harlan Hatcher.  London, New York, Toronto:  Oxford University Press.  Second Printing, October 1944.    384 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  this is an original book, not a reprint.  On inside front flyieaf written in pencil  "Edna Spoki Fairgrove, Mich"  The binding is tight and the pages are clean, but beginning to yellow due to the quality of paper used to print the book. The corners of the covers are rounded.    The five interconnecting lakes lying in the heart of the North American continent are descriptively, if not imaginatively, called simply the Great Lakes.  They re not so much a region as an area; they are not local but international.   The book is divided into four historical sections covering the pre-historic shorelines up to World War II .  Part I;  Discovery  (13 chapters),  Part II:  Conflict  ( 6 chapters),  Part III:  Possession (10 chapters), and Development (8 chapters).   Seventeen illustrations and four maps enhance the text.  The eight chapters cover nearly 700 entries. Price:  $10.00



Just a note from Pat:  I do wish you had been with us last Friday and Saturday for the seminar held in Greenup County, KY, in their beautiful Lodge in the GreenboState Park Resort. 


When you get there they do everything in their power to make you feel as if you had just "Come back to Grandpa and Grandma's house for the weekend." And look at all the cousins they have brought in to make you feel welcome.  It's not ten minutes before you feel like family.


Oh, by the way, getting there was easy for us.  We took I-65 from Indianapolis down to and over the bridge into Louisville, then switched to I-64 all the way to KY 1 and then we just followed the signs to the GREENBO State Park Resort.  The Lodge is just about 11 miles of two-lane winding road into the park, that's all!!


 But, it is another world down there!  A calmer, quieter, more peaceful place where you can relax and enjoy however many hours you can spend there.


There is a quiet, peaceful feeling even in the air.  You put down the windows and you breathe in the cool, fresh air, cleaned and cleared by all those trees, your breathing slows and you sit there feeling your blood pressure sink back toward normal.


There is a lot of beautiful countryside to see on the way down there.  We drove through a part of the Daniel Boone National Forest on I-64.  He would surely feel at home, if he were ever to come back, when he saw that pretty stretch of road and all those TREES!  But whatever would he think of that road! 


The setting for the Lodge is beautiful, so rustic in its natural stone and stained wood trim.  The copper clad fireplace facade is so impressive and 18' tall!


I love the flowering trees, redbud trees lace the  rim of the forests with deep lavender trim, the fruit trees are flowering in white pink and red, and the Bradford Pear trees with their conical shape on an "ice-cream-stick-trunk make me think of an Easter Egg on a stick that has been dusted with white powdered sugar.  The daffodils and the forsythia were flowering so abundantly they made you think there was sunshine coming up out of the ground!


You should see the fish they drag out of that lake!  They are bigger than my full-grown cat.  By the way the dining room is known for their famous catfish.  One gentleman in the dinng room was heard to say, he drives over fifty miles to eat their catfish.  Their fried chicken was really good, too.   


I did not lose one ounce while I was there, but I don't regret it.  Breakfast was perfect with everything I like.  Lunch was served, as all meals are, buffet style; but you can order off a Menu if you don't want to be tempted to "take a little taste of everything, because it all looks so good!"  That huge pan of banana pudding with 2" tall meringue was almost too pretty to eat, but I made the supreme sacrifice and ate it anyway!  But I was a good girl!  I didn't eat any of the chocolate cream pie!  So there!! 


We made it almost down there before the rain started.  Those three men the ladies had assembled, (wiling husbands?) to help us two ladies unload our books brought all of our sixty boxes and crates in through the back door between the raindrops!  Nothing got wet!  They even stayed for the seminar and they helped us  pack up and start the 500.16 mile drive back home, and we were home by 11:30 on Saturday!


On Friday night their speaker came in dressed as Simon Kenton and related stories which Simon himself would have told about what he found when he got to this place in  

"Kaintuck" and what he had done about it to help it grow!


They have a wonderful musical group that plays beautiful instrumental olde-time, familiar country MUSIC with a bass, guitars, and banjoes on Friday evening after the speaker finishes, the attendees shop a little, and there is coffee, water and huge platters of cookies.  All that ended the evening on a high note, and I don't think there was a single person there who wanted them to stop and go home even when they did.


Kandi Adkinson from the KY Secretary of States' Office explained how to go about getting early Kentucky land records, because there are four major steps to be taken:  1.)Check the Warrants, 2.) Check the Entries, 3.) Check the Surveys, 4.)Check the Deeds in that order.  The information given was very helpful [but it is in one of those 50 some tubs, I haven't unloaded yet, so there will be more on that in a later Crazy Crate  She is the best there is at what she does!  And she knows KY LAND RECORDS!


My new driver Amy Wilson, really liked the music on Friday night, and she really liked Prof. Earnest Tucker's presentation on "My Mother's Songs."  Amy said she really liked this one, but that was the only time I could have my lunch, so I missed it.  But I know better than to miss a lunch.  It is a long time between a 7:00 a.m. breakfast and an 8:00 p.m. supper!


People love to find out more about the KY Department for Libraries and Archives.  Walter Bowman is just the man who can tell them what they need to know!  Been there a dozen times or more, and if I become a ghost when I die, that is the library facility I want to Haunt! 


A sudden very dramatic lightning and thunder storm with heavy rain broke out in the mid- afternoon, so the conference staff moved the last speech up, so people would be free to go home about four hours earlier than the program called for. 


Ms. Lori Shafer, the Librarian in Lawrence County, Ohio's County Library gave a very nice lecture and handouts in what we all need to do better - Organizing Your Genealogy Records.


Well, It is Monday evening and I am still a little tired from our very pleasant weekend, so I am going to take this newsletter to Constant Contact and "put it to bed" so you can have it when you wake up in the morning.  Then I am going to the same with me!  Pat from YOGS



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