Monday, March 23, 2009

Genealogy Offerings

Genealogy as a hobby often crosses the line very quickly into a relentless master. For those on a the trail of an illusive ancestor, military records and county histories can often give flesh to the bare bones of history. These offerings on Amazon1 can do just that.

The Civil War in Fauquier County (Virginia) by Eugene M. Scheel is a paperback published in 1985. It details what happened, especially surrounding the First and Second Battles of Manassas (Bull Run). Fauquier County was the area to march across to get to the battles and was the area to fall back to after the battles. The impact on the families living there was severe. This book is $26 at Amazon1 and appears never to have been used. It is a first edition, signed by the author, and includes a map of the county, surveyed and drawn by the author.

Here's one from the North, Better a Patriot Soldier's Grave. This book, by William G. Burnett, is a history of the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. Published in 1982, it details the original unit's history during the Civil War. This unit served at the Second Battle of Manassas and Gettysburg and many points in between. At one point the unit was under the command of Custer. Today the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry is a very active reenactors group. This book is $50 at Amazon1.

Moving into the 20th century, this book of Young American Patriots: The Youth of Virginia in World War II is a yearbook style compilation of the Virginians who served in WWII. It includes photos and brief biographical information. Although the cover is soiled and shelf-worn, the interior of the book is tight and unmarked. It is $135 on Amazon1.

These books are just a drop in the bucket of what's available at our Semi-Annual Used Book Sale. It's coming soon, beginning Thursday, April 23 at 6 pm with Friends Night. That is the day of the sale in which a membership is required. Those are available for purchase at the door. The rest of the sale, Friday April 24-Sunday April 26, is open to the general public.

Membership Cost:
$5 Senior
$15 General
$50 Good Friend
$100 Best Friend
$250 Special Friend

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