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  1. Book Notes – On a Burning Deck. The Road to Akron & Return to Akron

    Book Notes – On a Burning Deck. The Road to Akron & Return to Akron

    On a Burning Deck. The Road to Akron. An Oral History of the Great Migration vol. 1. & On a Burning Deck: Return to Akron. By Tom Jones. (2017. Pp. 298. $18.95. Paperback. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform: http://www.onaburningdeck.com/) ISBN: 978-1-5440-2537-7 & 978-1545565766. Akron, Ohio native Tom Jones presents a fascinating story of the early twentieth century Great Migration in his book On a Burning Deck. The Road to Akron. An Oral History of the Great Migration vol. 1. Jones asserts that of the hundreds of thousands of people who made the trek from Appalachia in order to work in the rubber...

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  2. Book Notes – Before Abolition: African-Americans in early Clark County, Kentucky

    Book Notes – Before Abolition: African-Americans in early Clark County, Kentucky

    Before Abolition: African-Americans in early Clark County, Kentucky. By Lyndon Comstock. (2017. Pp. 812. $26.95. Paperback. Lexington: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.) ISBN: 978-1-9740-9411-0. The rising interest in genealogy can’t be understated. It’s the second most popular hobby in the United States, the second most visited type of website, and is the subject of countless television shows, books, blogs, and web-series. There is a wealth of resources available for both novice and professional aficionados, but African-Americans face unique problems when researching their genealogies, ones which stem from gaps in history, whether hidden from or lost to those who seek to find...

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  3. Collections Corner: The Green Hill Cemetery Research Collection

    Collections Corner: The Green Hill Cemetery Research Collection

    Collections Corner: Greenhill Cemetery Research Collection – MSS 247 Kentucky is a state with a rich and complex past, and Greenhill Cemetery plays an important part in commemorating that history. The cemetery, located in Frankfort, was established in 1865 and has since been the burial place for much of Franklin County’s African-American community. Greenhill is also home to the Kentucky African-American Civil War Memorial, which is one of only four monuments dedicated to African-American troops in the country. The memorial lists 142 names inscribed in a limestone pillar with the dedication: “In Memory of the Colored Soldiers Franklin County, Kentucky Who...

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  4. Book Notes – Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front

    Book Notes – Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front

    Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front. By David J. Bettez. (2016. Pp. 428. $45.00. Hardback. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky. 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-6801-2. Hot off the presses from the University of Kentucky Press comes a wonderful new resource about the First World War and its impact on Kentuckians. We can never emphasize enough the importance of placing your ancestors’ lives into context. Even though most of us have run across a WWI draft card for several of our male ancestors, I don’t think we understand the full impact...

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