Wednesday, March 19, 2014

TRACING YOUR IRISH ANCESTORS

Yes, we've got lots of books to help you trace your Irish ancestors, including this one:



More books about researching Irish ancestors

YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Is it about time to publish the results of your family research? SLPL has books that can help, including this one:



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CANCER: RISKS, INTERVENTION, & PREVENTION

Persons who have done extensive family research know better than most just how devastating an illness cancer can be, both for the afflicted person and for that person's family and close friends:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

It doesn't matter who you are or where you live--everybody took a hit during the Great Depression, especially the Joad family:

THE PRICE IS RIGHT!

Everybody likes free stuff--and genealogists are no exception:

MY FAMILY IS AMERICA

We are pleased to be serving as venue for the keynote lecture in the upcoming U.S. Grant Symposium Series:



More info on the U.S. Grant Symposium Series

Monday, March 17, 2014

THE GREAT BLIZZARD OF 1888

INTRODUCTION

Think we’ve got it bad this year? It’s true—it has snowed quite a few times this winter, but we haven’t really had a monster snowstorm as yet. Our ancestors did in 1888, though…

The Great Blizzard of 1888 (March 11 – March 14, 1888) was a blizzard to remember. Snowfalls of 20–60 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, while sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour produced snowdrifts up to 50 feet in height. Railroads and other modes of transport were shut down and people confined to their houses for a week or more (hope they stocked up on milk and eggs, the way St. Louis people do when the forecast calls for 2 or 3 inches of the white stuff)…

Wikipedia—Great Blizzard of 1888:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blizzard_of_1888

LIBRARY LOCATIONS

HG: History, Geography, & Travel Room (Central Library)
BGL: Business, Government, & Law Room (Central Library)
ST: Stacks (Central Library)

DA: Julia Davis Branch
KI: Kingshighway Branch

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Title: Adventures, blizzards, and coastal calamities.
Author/Compiler: Snow, Edward Rowe.
Local Call Number: ST—974
Publication Date: 1978.
Format: Books.

Title: The blizzard of '88.
Author/Compiler: Werstein, Irving.
Local Call Number: ST—974.71
Publication Date: 1960.
Format: Books.

Title: Disaster! a history of earthquakes, floods, plagues, and other catastrophes.
Author/Compiler: Withington, John.
Local Call Number: KI—909
Publication Date: 2010.
Format: Books.

Title: The everything weather book: from daily forecasts to blizzards, hurricanes, and tornadoes: all you need to know to be your own weatherman.
Author/Compiler: Cantrell, Mark.
Local Call Number: DA, KI—551.6
Publication Date: 2002.
Format: Books.

Title: The great blizzard of 1888.
Author/Compiler: Strong, Samuel Meredith and Marion Overton.
Local Call Number: ST—974.71
Publication Date: 1938.
Format: Books.

Title: Killer weather: stories of great disasters.
Author/Compiler: Smith, Howard Everett.
Local Call Number: ST—973
Publication Date: 1982.
Format: Books.

Title: New York in the blizzard, March, 1888.
Author/Compiler: Jennings, N. A.
Local Call Number: ST—974.71
Publication Date: 1888.
Format: Books.

Title: Weather; practical, dramatic and spectacular facts about a little studied subject.
Free, Edward Elway, and Travis Hoke.
Local Call Number: ST—551.5
Publication Date: 1928.
Format: Books.

Title: When nature strikes: weather disasters and the law.
Author/Compiler: Baum, Marsha L.
Local Call Number: BGL—344.73
Publication Date: 2007.
Format: Books.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

THE 1918 FLU PANDEMIC: A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

INTRODUCTION

The 1918 flu pandemic (January 1918–December 1920) was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus (the second being the 2009 flu pandemic). It infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and killed 50 to 100 million of them—three to five percent of the world's population —making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.

The pandemic surfaced at Fort Riley, Kansas in early 1918. By mid-March, more than 500 soldiers there were exhibiting flu symptoms:

Wikipedia article: 1918 Flu Pandemic:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic

LIBRARY LOCATIONS

HG: History, Geography, & Travel Room (Central Library)
S-TECH: Science & Technology Room (Central Library)
ST: Stacks (Central Library)

BU: Buder Branch
CP: Carpenter Branch
SC: Schlafly Branch

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Title: America's forgotten pandemic: the influenza of 1918.
Author/Compiler: Crosby, Alfred W.
Local Call Number: ST—614.518
Publication Date: 1989.
Format: Books.

Title: American pandemic: the lost worlds of the 1918 influenza epidemic .
Author/Compiler: Bristow, Nancy K.
Local Call Number: S-TECH—614.5180973
Publication Date: 2012.
Format: Books.

Title: The burdens of disease: epidemics and human response in Western history.
Author/Compiler: Hays, J. N.
Local Call Number: ST—614.49
Publication Date: 1998.
Format: Books.

Title: The devil's flu: the world's deadliest influenza epidemic and the scientific hunt for the virus that caused it.
Author/Compiler: Davies, Pete.
Local Call Number: ST—614.5180904
Publication Date: 2000.
Format: Books.

Title: Dread: how fear and fantasy have fueled epidemics from the Black Death to avian flu.
Author/Compiler: Alcabes, Philip.
Local Call Number: BU—614.4
Publication Date: 2009.
Format: Books.

Title: Flu: the story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918 and the search for the virus that caused it.
Author/Compiler: Kolata, Gina Bari.
Local Call Number: SC—614.5180904
Publication Date: 2001.
Format: Books.

Title: The great influenza: the epic story of the deadliest plague in history.
Author/Compiler: Barry, John M.
Local Call Number: S-TECH—614.5180904
Publication Date: 2004.
Format: Books.

Title: Influenza 1918: the worst epidemic in American history / foreword by David McCullough.
Author/Compiler: Iezzoni, Lynette.
Local Call Number: S-TECH—614.518
Publication Date: 1999.
Format: Books.

Title: Man and microbes: disease and plagues in history and modern times.
Author/Compiler: Karlen, Arno.
Local Call Number: HG—614.409
Publication Date: 1995.
Format: Books.

Title: Plagues in world history.
Author/Compiler: Aberth, John.
Local Call Number: S-TECH—614.4
Publication Date: 2011.
Format: Books.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

THE BATTLE OF THE ALAMO: A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

INTRODUCTION

The Battle of the Alamo began on February 23, 1836, when Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas). The siege ended on March 6, 1836, when Mexican troops captured the mission and all the Texian defenders were killed. The massacre of the survivors inspired many Texas settlers—and some adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Their resolve hardened by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

Battle of the Alamo—Wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Alamo

LIBRARY LOCATIONS

HG: History, Geography, & Travel Room (Central Library)
ELB: Entertainment, Literature, & Biography Room (Central Library)
ST: Stacks (Central Library)

MA: Machacek Branch

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Title: 13 days to glory: the siege of the Alamo.
Series Title: Southwest landmark; no. 2.
Author/Compiler: Tinkle, Lon.
Local Call Number: ST—976.403
Publication Date: 1985.
Format: Books.

Title: The Alamo.
Author/Compiler: Myers, John Myers.
Local Call Number: ST—976.4
Publication Date: 1948.
Format: Books.

Title: The Alamo.
Author/Compiler: Tinkle, Lon.
Local Call Number: ST—976.4
Publication Date: 1958.
Format: Books.

Title: Alamo almanac & book of lists.
Author/Compiler: Chemerka, William R.
Local Call Number: ST—976.403
Publication Date: 1997.
Format: Books.

Title: The Alamo: a cultural history.
Author/Compiler: Thompson, Frank T.
Local Call Number: HG—976.403
Publication Date: 2001.
Format: Books.

Title: Alamo legacy: Alamo descendants remember the Alamo.
Author/Compiler: Jackson, Ron.
Local Call Number: ST—976.403
Publication Date: 1997.
Format: Books.

Title: American legend: the real-life adventures of David Crockett.
Author/Compiler: Levy, Buddy.
Local Call Number: ST—B CROCKETT DAVY
Publication Date: 2005.
Format: Books.

Title: The blood of heroes: the 13-day struggle for the Alamo-- and the sacrifice that forged a nation.
Author/Compiler: Donovan, Jim.
Local Call Number HG—976.403
Publication Date 2012.
Format: Books.

Title: David Crockett: hero of the common man.
Author/Compiler: Groneman, Bill.
Local Call Number: ELB—B CROCKETT DAVY
Publication Date: 2005.
Format: Books.

Title: Duel of eagles: the Mexican and U.S. fight for the Alamo.
Author/Compiler: Long, Jeff.
Local Call Number: ST—976.403
Publication Date: 1990.
Format: Books.

Title: Encyclopedia of the Alamo and the Texas revolution.
Author/Compiler: Hatch, Thom.
Local Call Number: HG—976.403
Publication Date: 1999.
Format: Books.

Title: Exodus from the Alamo: the anatomy of the last stand myth.
Author/Compiler: Tucker, Phillip Thomas.
Local Call Number: HG—976.403
Publication Date: 2010.
Format: Books.

Title: Eyewitness to the Alamo.
Author/Compiler: Groneman, Bill.
Local Call Number: ST--976.403
Publication Date: 1996.
Format: Books.

Title: Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's last stand and other mysteries of the Texas Revolution.
Series Title: New narratives in American history.
Author/Compiler: Crisp, James E.
Local Call Number: ST—976.403
Publication Date: 2005.
Format: Books.

Title: A time to stand / by Walter Lord.
Author/Compiler: Lord, Walter.
Local Call Number: ST,MA—976.403
Publication Date: 1978.
Format: Books