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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. 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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  4. Book Notes – Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners

    Book Notes – Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners

    Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners. By Katherine J. Black. (2015. Pp. 221. $24.95. Paperback. Athens: Ohio University Press: A Swallow Press Book. 31 S. Court St., Suite 143, Athens, OH 45701-2979. www.ohioswallow.com) ISBN: 978-0-8040-1162-4. Gardening, by nature, is often a solitary endeavor. We commune with the plants, soil, and weather…only later, sometimes sharing our spoils with others. In Kentucky, gardening has always been a dominant presence. Most of our Kentucky ancestors had some connection to growth, either by farming, or tending the garden to feed the family. Today, the gardening process is still going strong due to a heritage of...

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