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Ancestry Library

Author: Ancestry Library Edition by ProQuest

The Ancestry Library Database permits Willard Library patrons to search for, print, and save census, birth, marriage, death, and immigration records; historical newspaper documents; maps; and much more. The database is only able to be accessed while in Willard Library, either on a public access terminal or on your personal wireless device (free WiFi is available at Willard Library).

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Celebration of Our Heritage 2008 Weinzaepflen/ Weinzapfel

Author: 2008 Reunion Committee

A family History of the Weinzapfel Family

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The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation

Author: John F. Baker Jr
Publication Date: 2009-02-04

A descendant of Wes­syngton slaves, John F. Baker Jr., has written the most accessible and ex­citing work of African American history since Roots.

This fruit of more than thirty years of archival and field research and DNA testing spans 250 years. Baker has not only written his own family’s story but also includes the history of hundreds of slaves and their descendants, now numbering in the thousands throughout the United States. More than 100 rare photographs and portraits of African Americans who were slaves on the plantation bring this compelling American history to life.

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African American Genealogical Sourcebook

Author: Paula K. Byers
Publication Date: 2005-01-01

RFH REF 929 Afri

As with all genealogical research, African American research begins with one’s self and works back one generation at a time. Back to a certain point, however, research becomes more focused on sources uniquely related to the African American experience, particularly in the 1800s. Beginners should start with page 15, “Basic Genealogical Research Methods and Their Application to African Americans” and then go to page 3, “Background Material—Things to Know Before You Begin.” These two chapters should provide a good foundation for a beginner in African American genealogy research.

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program.

Author: Clifford, Karen
Publication Date: 2001-01-01

RFH REF 929.1 Clif

For the beginning genealogist interested in Internet research, this is an excellent book to start with. It is generously illustrated, with an excellent first chapter full of good information on how the beginner can use strategies and resources to successfully achieve his/her goal. This book stresses the use of the computer for genealogy research and may be somewhat outdated; it refers to the floppy disk for storing data rather than the writeable CD, which is now the disk of choice.

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Tracing Your Roots

Author: Consumer Guide
Publication Date: 1977-01-01

RFH REF 929.1 Trac

Amply supplied with photographs and charts that can be photocopied, this is a concise book offering basic information on beginning research, filling charts, and using resources. A quick read.

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The How Book for Genealogists

Author: Everton, George B
Publication Date: 1964-01-01

RFH REF 929 How

A pocket-sized book with excellent information on getting started, especially the first chapter, “How to Begin.” In spite of its age, information on basic research is still valid and is never out of date.

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The Genesis of Your Genealogy: A Simplified “Step-by-Step” Instruction Book for the Beginner in Genealogy

Author: Nichols, Elizabeth L
Publication Date: 1973-01-01

RFH REF 929.1 Nich

Think of this as a simplified self-help course in beginning genealogy, explaining terminology and demonstrating how to fill out charts, in a fun format

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How to Trace Your Family Tree: A Complete and Easy to Understand Guide for the Beginner

Author: American Genealogical Research Institute
Publication Date: 1973-01-01

REF REF 929 Amer

A good overview for the beginning genealogist on the hows and whys of genealogical research. Shows charts and group sheets, and explains heraldry.

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Human Blend

Author: Human Blend
Publication Date: 2010-06-10

Human Blend is the perfect book for anyone between 12 and 18 years old who likes books about folklore. Laney has mysterious special abilities that keep her running away from men who want to harm her. She hides from them by changing her appearance and starts to live a normal life. She makes new friends and begins falling in love with a local boy, but her new friends are harboring secrets of their own that put her and the boy in danger.
~Hannah Ganote~

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Scaredy Squirrel – Mélanie Watt

Author: Mélanie Watt
Publication Date: 2008-03-01

The best thing about this book is the humor. Mélanie Watt writes this book with such humor that every one who reads it can’t help but laugh out loud. The story is about a squirrel who is afraid of the unknown, among other things, and does not ever leave his tree. One day, his whole routine is turned upside down in one fell swoop. His routine will be forever changed because he learns something new. This book is full of fun details to hold your child’s attention and it also teaches a lesson about trying new things. This book is best for kids ages 7 through 14. Mélanie Watt also has a number of other books, including a couple more about Scaredy Squirrel.

~Hannah Ganote~

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The Pigeon Wants a Puppy

Author: Mo Willems
Publication Date: 2008-04-01

If your child has ever begged you for a puppy, this is an awesome book to read them. It won’t necessarily deter them from continuing to ask you for one, but it might make them rethink their request. This pigeon claims she wants a puppy and that she will water it once a month and take puppyback rides on it, but once she sees what she’s getting into, she rethinks getting a puppy. This is a great book for children ages 6 through 12. Mo Willem has more books about Pigeon and a number of books starring a pig and an elephant. Any of his books are great for kids who have just learned how to read.

~Hannah Ganote~

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Author: Gary Paulsen
Publication Date: 2000-05-01

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his was in a tiny airplane to visit his father after his parents’ recent divorce. The airplane is carrying only Brian and the pilot, and during the flight, the pilot has a heart attack and dies. Brian crashes the plane into a lake and is injured and stranded, but believes he will be rescued. All he has to survive is his hatchet and a will to live. He attempts to find berries and other things to eat, but he is not always successful. He eventually becomes better at using his hatchet to find food, but also has some encounters with wild animals. Physically surviving is not his only concern. He must go through some very emotionally trying times. This book is awesome, but there is violence and at times some very scary incidents. I recommend reading this book with your child if there are under the age of 10. Otherwise, this book would be best for kids ages 11 through 16.

~Hannah Ganote~

Judy Moody Series

Author: Megan McDonald

Judy Moody is a spunky adventurous young girl. She loves to try new things! There are 8 books in the series and in each one, she tries something new (and sometimes wild) and learns something about herself as well. Some of the book titles are Judy Moody Saves the World, Judy Moody Declares Independence, and Doctor Judy Moody. Any young girl would enjoy these books and they are great for children ages 6 through 10

Hannah Ganote

Levi Strauss Get a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants

Author: Tony Johnston
Publication Date: 2011-09-13

Johnston’s “fairly fabricated” story of the invention of blue jeans is humorous, educational, and very cleverly illustrated by Stacy Innerst. The book is intended to be read by children ages 4 and up, but it is truly an entertaining book for adults as well. It begins by sharing a particular concern of individuals who came to California during the Gold Rush: disintegrating pants. Their pants are torn apart by the hard work. Many have to mine in rags, and some even have to mine naked (or “in the vanilla,” as Johnston hilariously puts it). This is when Levi Strauss appears with his nearly indestructible tent fabric that eventually becomes the fabric for blue jeans. The illustrations for the book are particularly unique; Innerst uses old Levi’s for her canvas, driving home the blue jeans theme on every page. The end of the book even provides a brief, more accurate telling of the invention of blue jeans for any curious readers. This book is inventive, hilarious, educational, and highly recommended.

Carc Schuster ~

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Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: Things About Me

Author: Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp
Publication Date: 2011-11-01

Though this book may appeal more to those who have seen the YouTube videos in which Marcel made his debut, Marcel himself is so wonderfully quirky that even those unfamiliar with the videos are bound to love this adorable little shell. The book is simple—nothing more than a walking, talking shell taking his readers through a day in his strange life. But being such a small shell in such a big world provides Marcel with challenges that most readers might not consider. For example, where does such a small individual sleep? Why, between two pieces of bread—his “breadroom,” as he hilariously refers to it. What does he do for fun? Sometimes, he climbs a sandal wearing a pistachio for a helmet. The book is filled with funny little quips like these that delight readers and make Marcel undeniably lovable. Nothing is lost in translation from videos to book; the paintings on each page have all of the liveliness of their YouTube counterparts. The book is recommended for ages 5-8, but it can certainly be appreciated by older and perhaps even younger readers, particularly if they have seen the YouTube videos, which are also highly recommended.

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Proof of Guilt

Author: Charles Todd
Publication Date: 2013-01-29

When the clues in a hit-and-run investigation lead him to two families famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge is pitted against his new supervisor, who has his own suspect.

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Author: Joseph Finder
Publication Date: 2014-05-27

Unable to afford the private school his daughter adores, single father Danny Goodman reluctantly accepts a loan from a wealthy man only to be forced to choose between false drug charges and an undercover DEA assignment targeting his best friend.

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The One & Only

Author: Emily Giffin
Publication Date: 2014-05-20

Centering her life on the successful Walker family, into which she plans to marry, Shea struggles to end her affair with a less-than-stellar boyfriend only to have her entire existence placed in question by the death of the family's mother.

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Skin Game

Author: Jim Butcher
Publication Date: 2014-05-27

Chicago wizard Harry Dresden must help a hated enemy, Nicodemus Archleone, break into a high security vault to steal something belonging to the Lord of the Underworld

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Ghost Ship

Author: Clive Cussler
Publication Date: 2014-05-27

Waking with conflicted memories after an injury sustained while trying to rescue passengers from a sinking yacht, Kurt Austin searches for answers from a state-sponsored cybercrime ring that takes him from Monaco to North Korea.

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