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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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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publication Date: 2012-02-21

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz



This book will keep pleasantly surprising you. Aristotle and Dante are two Mexican-American high schoolers who meet at the start of summer at a swimming pool, and from there the novel follows them through friendship together during summer months and apart during the school year. I expected a coming-of-age defined plot, and I got a lyrical novel more about the back and forth than too many defined events, and that was just fine. This is a good read for ages 12 and up.

Saenz has a way of talking about what we don’t talk about: loneliness, friendships, love, parents, dreams, sexuality. Even being Mexican-American but not feeling either way either Mexican or American. And it’s so beautifully written. While the beginning can feel a bit melodramatic, it’s because you’re inside Ari’s head and he thinks a lot more than he ever says. And the more you read in Ari’s head, the more you like it. He has such a lovely way of observing the people around him and of seeing the universe, while at the same time having such an anger about the world.The contrast and similarities between Ari, who feels a lot but expresses almost nothing, and Dante, who also feels a lot but expresses it all with an astounding openness, take each of them to heights of humanity (or, the secrets of the universe) in ways they could not without done each other. They loved each other as best friends, and then they fell in love as more than best friends.

Structurally, the lyrical novel has such a nice symmetry with summers. You can feel the boys growing up just from one summer to the next, from reading about their experiences, moods, and feelings. The chapters can be super short, but it’s refreshing. This book is recommended for those who enjoy poetic coming-of-age stories.



~Olivia Tooker, Willard Library Student Intern and Caffeine-addicted Bibliophile

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Publication Date: 2012-05-08

This is the kind of book you want to read aloud, so you don’t miss one single word. It’s charming. It’s fun. It’s quirky. All the characters you meet are a delightful mix of well-known and completely original. You want to hear all the sounds September hears, taste everything, see it all, and feel it all. While the plot-line is a familiar to all those classics (down-the-rabbit-hole, follow the yellow brick road, etc.), it brings in a modern voice and modern aspects.

September is the heroine and main character, and she is delightfully frank like many 12-year-old children. She acquires companions throughout the novel, like the Wizard of Oz, but are like none I’ve ever read: an almost-dragon who is also a third of a library and an almost-genie who is sad and shy and eats salt and stone.

My only complaint is that the chapters began to feel repetitive halfway through the novel. While the descriptions were completely different and the characters engaging, I felt the structure was not changing and neither were the outcomes. Girl meets Fairyland creature. Someone explains the creature. Something sad is discovered about the way Fairyland is run. Girl figures out one more thing about the Marquees that makes her dislike her a little more. But as soon as I got almost tired of it, September made the mistake of partaking in a fairy feast and began transforming into a tree, and things got vastly more interesting.

And, for the most part, there is enough mystery to keep you going throughout. When will the Key become important? Will we ever meet Queen Mallow? How will September get home to Nebraska? Will the Wyvern ever be unchained and able to fly again? These questions, and more, which I won’t spoil for you, drive the story through even if you can sense how the plot goes. Overall, an excellent modern fairy tale with rebellions, colorful characters, magic, and more. A good book for any middle school and above readers. It might even be a good chapter book to read at night, for each chapter is its own wonderful tale and then each word can be properly admired.

~Olivia Tooker, Willard Library Student Intern and Caffeine-addicted Bibliophile

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Amnesia

Author: Peter Carey
Publication Date: 2015-01-22

Peter Carey has won the Booker prize twice for his ventures into historical fiction, True History of the Kelly Gang and Oscar and Lucinda. Now the acclaimed Australian author is set to address a rather more contemporary situation.

Amnesia is a thrilling and witty journey to the place where the cyber underworld of radicals and hackers collides with international power politics.

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A Small Indescretion

Author: Jan Ellison
Publication Date: 2015-01-22

At nineteen, Annie Black abandons California for a London winter of drinking to oblivion and looking for love in the wrong places. Twenty years later, she is a happily married mother of three living in San Francisco. Then one morning, a photograph arrives in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened.


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If I Fall, If I Die

Author: Michael Christie
Publication Date: 2015-01-22

Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door.

But Will's thirst for adventure can't be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside. With the help of an artistic loner who introduces Will to the high-flying freedom of skateboarding, Will is pulled far from the confines of his closed-off world and thrust headfirst into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers.

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Vanessa & Her Sister

Author: Priya Parmar
Publication Date: 2015-01-22

London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer.

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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands

Author: Katherine Roy
Publication Date: 2014-09-30

I want to put this book into all the young boys and girls who think art is lame but sharks are cool. This nonfiction picture book about sharks combines proper narrative, bloody watercolor, and an interesting flow of facts to create a really comprehensive book.

In terms of art, the watercolor is so cool. I turn into an excited 10-year-old when I think about these paintings on every page, which utilize dramatic suspense and some awesome blood. (Disclaimer: not real blood, it’s just some impressive use of red watercolor). And in-between the gory pages are some super-informative ones, with diagrams about the bodies of sharks and their favorite meal, the seal. The interesting biological portrait illustrated with words and wonderful pictures really bring it together. My favorite image is a diagram that compares a shark’s body with an airplane — which pretty much blew my mind. It even goes on to describe the great white shark’s habitat in the Farallon Islands and its food chain from top to bottom.

In short, it’s beautiful, informative, and dark — a perfect fit for any kid that loves sharks, which is many. The suggested reader age range is between 7 and 11 years old, but I’m 22 years old and in love with this book, so don’t let numbers stop you.


~ Olivia Tooker, Willard Library Student Intern and ​Current Shark-Enthusiast

The Glass Demon: A Novel

Author: Helen Grant
Publication Date: 2011-06-14

The Glass Demon follows seventeen-year-old Lin Fox as her dysfunctional family moves from England to Germany. Her father, after failing to gain professorship at his prestigious English university, now seeks to earn fame and academic distinction by finding a missing priceless medieval treasure – the Allerheiligen glass. The family immediately becomes village outcasts, as none of the townsfolk want the stained glass to be found. Why? This masterpiece has a bad reputation – allegedly, it is possessed by a demon.
The story is told from Lin’s perspective looking back in time, retelling the events after they have transgressed. What is meant to be the most dramatic casualty, the death of Lin’s sister, Polly, is given away at the very beginning of the novel. The mystery unfolds slowly, as one cryptic death follows another, but our determined protagonist stops at nothing to get to the bottom of the secrets of the Allerheiligen glass and protect her family. Though she has the best intentions in mind, she is often reckless, selfish and sometimes plain unlikeable. The characters are underdeveloped for the majority of the book, which makes the relationships seem unrealistic. Thrill-seeking readers may not mind the dark themes in this book, but this story of ritualistic-style murders and religious fanatics is not appropriate for children under thirteen.

Paula Nowaczyk~
University of Evansville Student
Willard Library Intern

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