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Genealogy Book Descriptions.

Some Books of General Interest

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GatheringofZion.jpg (280312 bytes) The Gathering of Zion

By Wallace Stegner

Wallace Stegner has written the best single volume to appear on the Mormon migration westward. His sensitivity to human beings and his ability to understand the spirit motivating the oft-persecuted Latter Day Saints allow him insights missed by earlier writers. [Stegner draws on] scores of printed and unprinted diaries kept by the Saints, and has used these very personal documents to pinpoint events that take on new meaning when viewed thru the eyes of ordinary mortals. Soft cover. 332 pages. Indexed. $16.95.
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MormonCountry.jpg (246740 bytes) Mormon Country

By Wallace Stegner

Where others saw only sage, a salt lake, and a great desert, the mormons saw their "lovely Deseret", a land of lilacs, honey-combs, poplars, and fruit trees. Unwelcome in Illinois and Missouri, they migrated to the desert lands between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada to establish Mormon Country, a wasteland made green. Like the land they settled, the mormons' habits stood in stark contrast to the frenzied recklessness of the American West. Opposed to the often rugged individualism of the west, the Mormons lived in closely knit - some say ironclad - communities. The story of Mormon Country is one of self-sacrifice and labor spent in the search for an ideal in the most forbidding territory in the American West. Soft Cover. Indexed. 360 pages. $15.00.
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Orphan Trains to Missouri

By Michael D. Patrick and Evelyn Goodrich Trickel. In 1853 a man by the name of Charlees Loring Brace, along with other well-to-do men in New York City, founded The Children's Aid Society. The society planned to give food, lodging, and clothing to homeless children and provide educational and trade opportunities for them, but, the numbers grew so large they were unable to care for them. Brace developed a plan to send many of the children to the Midwest by train. It is estimated that as many as 100,000 came to Missouri. This book documents the history of these children. Their struggles, their successes, and their failures. Touching stories of volunteers who oversaw the placement of the orphans, as well as stories of the orphans themselves, make this a rich record of American and Midwestern history.  SC    $11.95

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The Orphan Trains - Placing Out In America

By Marilyn Irvin Holt. "From 1850 to 1930 America witnessed a unique immigration and resettlement of at least 200,000 children and several thousand adults, primarily from the East coast to the West. This 'placing out', an attempt to find homes for the poor, was best known by the 'Orphan Trains' that carried the children. Holt carefully analyzes the system, initially instituted by The New York Children's Aid Society in 1853, tracking it's imitators as well as the reason for it's creation and demise.This well-written volume sheds new light on the multifaceted experience of children's migration, changing concepts of welfare, and Western expansion. It is good scholarly social history." Library Journal.     SC     $12.00

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OzarkTales.jpg (382990 bytes) Ozark Tales and Superstitions.

By Phillip W. Steele.

In 'Ozark Tales and Superstions' Phillip Steele has collected 26 stories in an attempt to preserve the rich lore indigenous to the Ozark region. Here are tales of the supernatural, including "Lady of the Valley" and "Monster of Peter Bottom Cave", Indian legends such as "Legend of War Eagle' and "Legend of Virgin's Bluff", treasure tales, outlaw stories, nature lore, plus a collection of superstitions, moon signs, and regional cures and remedies. Really a great read!!! Soft Cover. 96 pages. $8.95

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Boone County Marriage Records 1821-1849

Includes: All listed.     $12.00

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Boone County Marriage Records 1850-1872

Includes: All listed.     $11.00

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Boone County Marriages 1872-1881

Includes: All Listed.     $9.50

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Boone County Wills and Administrations

Note: Very Detailed 1835-1850     $10.00

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Boone County Wills and Administrations2

Note: Very detailed. 1851-1861.     $10.00

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Boone County Early Estate Files Volume I

Note: Excellant heavy detail. Volume I.     $23.50

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Boone County Early Estate Files Volume II

Note: Excellant heavy detail. Volume I.     $23.50

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Boone County Circuit Court Records

Note: Heavy detailing of records. 1821-1831.     $11.00

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Boone County Early Recorded Deed Index

Note: Earliest thru 1840: grantor and grantee.     $17.50

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Callaway County Marriage Records (1820-1840)

Includes: 1820-1840     $9.00

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Callaway County Marriage Records (includes 1821-1836)

Includes: 1821-1836     $9.00

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Callaway County Marriage Records (1836-1855)

Includes: 1836-1855     $9.00

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Callaway County Probate Records

Includes: 1821-1850, Detailed entries.     $10.00

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Callaway County Minors and Guardians

Includes: 1833-1870, 3 parts, now a single book/ index.     $11.50

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Chariton County Marriage Records

Includes: 1821-1852     $10.00

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Cooper County Marriage Records

Includes: The New Publication now includes all 3 volumes w/index sold as one book.     $17.50

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Crawford County Marriage Records

Includes: 1826-1847     $8.50

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Gasconade Marriage Records 1841-1864

Marriage Records 1841-1864     $10.00

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Howard County Marriage Records 1816-1834

Includes: 1816-1834     $10.00

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Howard County Marriage Records 1834-1844

Includes: 1834-1844     $10.00

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Howard County Marriage Records 1845-1864

Includes: 1845-1864     $10.00

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Howard County Wills and Administrations  1818-1840

Heavy in detail, 1818-1840     $10.00

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Howard County Wills and Administrations  1837-1847

Includes: Abstracted Information 1837-1847     $10.00

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Howard County Wills and Administrations  1839-1848

Very Heavy in detail-1839-1848     $10.00

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Madison County Marriage records

Includes: 1821-1835     $10.00

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Morgan County Marriage Records  1833-1860

Includes: 1833-1860     $10.00

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Morgan County Marriage Records 1860-1870

Includes: 1860-1870     $10.00

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Morgan County Wills

Includes: 1835-1870 ( Very detailed,)     $10.00
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New Madrid - The New Madrid Earthquakes (Revised Edition)

By James Lal Penick. Since it's publication in a cloth edition in 1976, Penick's book has met with enormous regional appeal, as well as critical acclaim. A foreword by Otto W. Nuttli and a new preface written by the author are included in this paper edition. New material in the final chapter reports on the scientific inquiries into the New Madrid quakes since 1979. SC         $16.95

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New Madrid - On Shaky Ground

By Norma Hayes Bagnall. Although most Americans associate earthquakes with California, the tremors that shook the Mississippi valley in Southeast Missouri from Dec. 16th, 1811 thru Feb. 7th, 1812 are among the most violent quakes to ever hit the North American continent in recorded history. Collectively known as the New Madrid Quakes, they affected more than a million square miles. By comparison, the 1906 earthquake that hit San Francisco, affected only 60,000 square miles, less than a sixteenth of the area of the New Madrid quakes. Providing eyewitness accounts from people, both on the land and on the river, captures the fears of the residents, through their their tales about the smells and dark vapors that filled the air, the cries of the people, the bawling of the animals, and the constant roar of the river and it's collapsing banks. Informative, clearly written, and well-illustrated, this book is of interest to all readers, especially those interested in quakes and/or Missouri history. SC    $9.95

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St. Charles County Early Probate Records

Includes: 1827-1836. Very detailed.     $14.50

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St. Charles County Early Court Records

Includes: Circuit Court type records - 1804-1815.     $9.50

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St. Claire County Circuit Court Records

Includes: Estates, etc. 1841-1861.     $11.00

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St. Genevieve County Marriage Records 1804-1826

Includes: 1804-1826     $9.00

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St. Genevieve Marriage Records 1837-1841

Includes: 1837-1841     $9.00

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St. Genevieve County Marriage Records 1848-1882

Includes: 1848-1882     $11.00

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St. Genevieve Marriage Records 1882-1896

Includes: 1882-1896     $11.00

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St. Genevieve Wills

Includes: Thru 1840. Very detailed.     $13.00

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The Story of Old Ste. Genevieve

includes: An Account of an Old French Town in Upper Louisiana: It's People and Their Homes.By Gregory M. Franzwa.     $11.00

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Colonial Ste. Genevieve

By Carl J. Ekberg.William E. Foley, Professor of History at Central Missouri State University says of the book: "This is one of the most exciting studies I have read in a long time. It is history at it's best. Not only has Dr. Ekberg fashioned the definitive account of Missouri's earliest permanent settlement, but he has also given us the first truly comprehensive portrait of daily life in colonial Missouri." A good read!     $17.00

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Ste. Genevieve - Louis Bolduc-His Family and his House

By Carl J. Ekberg. The Bolduc house in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, is the most outstanding example of the restoration of a French Colonial house in the world. While the structure is well-known by historic preservationists, until Dr. Carl J. Ekberg prepared this monograph, little was known of it's builder, Louis Bolduc. In typical Ekberg style, the work is easy to read (at times downright exciting) and a model of careful historic research. SC     $16.95 

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