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  1. Book Notes – A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America

    Book Notes – A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America

    A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America. By Aimee E. Newell. (2014. Pp. 312. $29.95. Paperback. Athens: Ohio University Press. 215 Columbus Rd., Suite 101, Athens OH 45701-1373. http://www.ohioswallow.com/) ISBN: 978-0-8214-2052-2. After years of research, it is customary to become frustrated over the lack of female presence among the records. As the researcher moves back in time, this void becomes even greater, and we struggle to see our female ancestors at all, let alone understand their struggles and passions. This new book by Aimee Newell takes a small window of time (1820-1860) and uses physical objects...

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  2. Book Notes – The Historic Kentucky Kitchen

    Book Notes – The Historic Kentucky Kitchen

    The Historic Kentucky Kitchen. By Deirdre A. Scaggs and Andrew W. McGraw. (2013. Pp. 163. $29.95. Hardcover. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-4249-4. When the Holidays roll around, we are so quick to whip out the traditional family recipes to make our festivities special. And, while I wouldn’t trade those traditional family recipes for anything, I love using the Holidays as an excuse to experiment with recipes from the past. In many cases, the recipes found in archives and libraries represent family traditions from branches that are no longer around to...

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  3. Book Notes – Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact From Fiction in Family Legends

    Book Notes – Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact From Fiction in Family Legends

    Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact From Fiction in Family Legends. By Richard Hite. (2013. Pp. 126. $18.95. Softcover. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore MD 21211-1953. www.genealogical.com) ISBN: 978-0-8063-1982-7. Richard Hite has penned a dense treatise on the pitfalls and obstacles we hit when relying on family traditions to guide our research directions. I say ‘dense’ simply because the page count may be small, but the text is also small, and packed tight with stories of successes and failures when following the tale trail. There are no pages taken up with charts, images, or even...

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  4. Book Notes – Slaves Identified in Kenton County, 1840-1865

    Book Notes – Slaves Identified in Kenton County, 1840-1865

    Slaves Identified in Kenton County, Kentucky Clerk’s and Kenton County Vital Statistic Records, 1840-1865. By Arnold Taylor.  (2014.  Pp. 58.  Spiral Softcover. Lexington: www.slavelawsuits.com)  This new title by Arnold Taylor was recently accepted into the library holdings here at KHS. As a transcribed collection of enslaved individuals listed in Kenton County, the potential for usefulness is very high. The author describes this list as an “…attempt to ascertain as many names as possible of persons held in bondage in Kenton County, Kentucky, from the formation of the county out of Campbell County until passage of the Thirteenth Amendment….The records used...

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