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vol. 10 no. 12

Here is the 11th annual December issue of First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane with links to books I've enjoyed this year that provide context for your ancestors' lives.

These titles have something to offer to genealogists, history lovers, and even that person who seems difficult to buy for.

Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, treat yourself to something that will help your genealogy research. 

Mudlarks scavenge along the banks of rivers to find items of value. Along the Thames, mudlarks have been scrounging for treasure since the 18th century.

Through thees rediscovered items, author Lara Maiklem explores the lives of generations of everyday people who lived in London. 

Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames is an fascinating window into the English past. 



Homesteading the Plains reassesses prevailing historical ideas that homesteading was a minor factor settling the west and that most settlers failed to prove their claims.

"Using data instead of anecdotes and focusing mainly on the nineteenth century," Homesteading the Plains provides a closer look and better understanding of what life was like for homesteaders. 


Revolutionary Mothers provides a more complete and engrossing picture of the many roles American women played in the Revolutionary War.

Women were active "writing propaganda, raising funds for the army, ... served as nurses and cooks in the army camps; risked their lives carrying intelligence, participating in reconnaissance missions, or seeking personal freedom from slavery; served as spies, saboteurs, and warriors; and lived with the daily knowledge that their husbands could be hanged as traitors if the revolution did not succeed."


In The Scots: A Genetic Journey, Alistair Moffat "explores the history that is printed on our genes, and in a remarkable new approach, uncovers the detail of where Scots are from, where they have journeyed, and who they are—and in so doing, vividly colors in a DNA map of Scotland."

Moffat has a gift for making the complex not just understandable, but enlightening. 
Do you have relatives who want to record stories from their lives, but need help getting started? Or perhaps you have heard the same stories over and over again from certain relatives 😁 and are hoping to hear something new.

The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions provides questions and prompts to elicit memories, plus a place to record them. If you have a grandchild who loves history, they can talk to their grandparents with the prompts in this book.
Dani Shapiro was already a gifted writer when she took a commercial DNA test. Shapiro’s discovery of her father’s identity is one part of the story.

But the author also explores and writes movingly about identity and the true meaning of family.

Whether you have discovered a non-paternal event in your own family tree or you want to know more about the impact of genetic genealogy, Shapiro's book is a fascinating read.
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Another year of family history research is almost complete. I've heard from many of you that Sassy Jane Genealogy e-Books on research skills and organizing have been helpful to your research. Look for new titles coming this winter and spring.

And a wonderful holiday season to my readers, from summery Australia to wintry Northern Europe. And a peaceful, healthy, and prosperous New Year to us all. 
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