New titles added in our Genealogy and Local History research collection:


African American Historic Burial Grounds and Gravesites of New England, by Glenn A. Knoblock

“This unique work covers the burial sites of African Americans–both enslaved and free–in each of the New England states, and uncovers how they came to their final resting places. The author’s examination of burial sites and grave markers reveals clues that help document the lives of black New Englanders from the 1640s to the early 1900s”– Provided by publisher.

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The African Burial Ground in New York City: Memory, Spirituality, and Space by Andrea E. Frohne

“‘This book is of real importance. Frohne has drawn together all of the information about the African American burial ground in one place and analyzed it within the context of the history of enslaved Africans in New York”–Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, director and Distinguished Professor, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta; ‘A timely addition to the scant literature about a well-known but understudied aspect of African American history in early New York City”–Graham Hodges, professor of history and Africana and Latin American studies, Colgate University”–publisher’s website.



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The Essential Civil War: A Handbook to the Battles, Armies, Navies and Commanders by Jayne E. Blair

This skillfully arranged and accessible chronology makes finding basic facts on battles, leaders, and armies easy for users with little or no knowledge of the Civil War. As author Blair says in the introduction, she was motivated by her own search for information: “I just wanted the basic information, not to be bogged down in the strategy that played out on the field. In essence, I just wanted the essential facts, plain and simple.”

Essential information is what a reader gets, the chronology being less than comprehensive. The first five chapters, which are arranged topically, provide brief overviews of the armies, the battles, the officers, the men, and the war itself. These are followed by five chapters arranged chronologically from 1861 to 1865 and providing useful, if not exhaustive, coverage of significant military actions. The average entry describes the action, victor, commanders, and casualties in 100-200 words. No analysis is done. Appendixes provide a glossary as well as lists of the U.S and Confederate armies, ships, and commanders. The short bibliography includes Internet sites.  –From BookList




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Jamestown People to 1800: Landowners, Public Officials, Minorities, and Native Leaders by Martha McCartney

“A detailed look at the people associated with Jamestown from its founding in 1607 to 1800. Based on government records and private archives, it provides historical biographies of several distinct groups of people: Jamestown Island landowners, public officials, Native-American leaders, and African Americans associated with Jamestown. It also covers more than a thousand people who did not own land on Jamestown Island but whose activities brought them to Virginia’s capital city.”–Page 4 of cover.