A Little Bit of Literary Leisure
||This is the
genealogy and family history of 19th century Dobberstein
immigrants from Prussia and their offspring in America.
It traces the history of 15 Dobberstein families who
emigrated from socially repressive, war torn Prussia in
the mid and late 1800s and came to start a new life in
the United States, most in the rural Midwest.
I'll have more information here in the near future, citing
many of the better publications, books, magazines, and other
written material that I value, find interest in, or have used as
reference in my history and genealogy research. (Books I own in
my personal library are identified by asterisk.)
- Civil War
- I'm an avid fan of Civil War history, not only because my
great grandfather John Schoennauer (also spelled Shonour)
was a participant in some of the major battles of the
war, but because this time period was pivotal in American
history. (I've developed a web site
commemorating his life and participation in the war.) The "art" of warfare developed during
the Civil War would change the methods of warfare for all time.
The catastrophic numbers of wounded and killed reached unparallel proportions to the total numbers involved.
The Civil War years are a fascinating and tragic time in
United States history, and it is amazing the amount of
literature written about this era. The new invention of
photography first made its mark during this timeframe,
and helped frame much of the memory of this period.
- The History of
the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers.
John D. Vautier. Philadelphia, PA; 1894.*
- Chronological Tracking of the
American Civil War. Ronald A. Mosocco. Williamsburg,
the Sewer: Thomas J.
Craughwell's "Alligators in the Sewer and 222
Other Urban Legends," is an amusing yet
disturbing comprehensive collection of urban legends,
absolutely true stories that happened to a friend...of a
friend...of a friend. It makes for excellent reading. An
interview with the author can be obtained on tape from
Public Radio Store; show 1021E (1999).*
- Whereas many people view family history and genealogy as
one and the same, I want to differentiate between the two
here. As far as I'm concerned, family history is the art,
and genealogy is the science. Family history is personal
and genealogy is general. And most importantly, family
history is the story and genealogy is the statistical
- Black Sheep
& Kissing Cousins: How Our Family Stories
Shape Us. Elizabeth Stone. Times Books; 1988.*
- You Can Go Home
Again: Reconnecting With Your Family.
Monica McGoldrick. W.W. Norton & Co; 1997.*
- Writing Family
Histories and Memoirs. Kirk
Polking. Betterway Books; 1995.*
- Secrets of Your
Family Tree: Healing for Adult Children of
Dysfunctional Families. Dave
Carder. Moody Press; 1991.*
|Barnes and Noble
Bookstore: Based on my
experience, this on-line bookstore has the absolute best
in prices and best in availability in all varieties of
books, including popular best-sellers and out-of-prints.
No kidding! Besides flea markets and on-line auctions, this
Barnes and Noble Internet site is where I purchase almost all my
books. They also have a good selection of music, computer
software, gameware and videos.
- As mentioned above in the Family History section, the
study of genealogical methods is the core of effective
and efficient family history research. Many Internets
site today concentrate on name collection, and not on the
foundation of the in-depth study, preservation and
presentation of genealogical and historical facts. I'll
admit I was a collector of names in years past, but with
more reading and study of the art of genealogy, I have
developed the desire to place the names and facts in an
historical context. When I input new information in my
genealogical database I try to cite every statistical and
dated event with a source or bibliographical reference.
My genealogy program also allows me to rate the
reliability of the sources cited. I think the books below
will help you change your hobby into a science, like they
have for me.
Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical
Records. Edited by Kory L.
Meyerink. Ancestry, 1998.*
Genealogy: A guide to Worldwide Sources and
Migration Patterns. Edward R.
Brandt, et.al. Germanic Genealogy Society, 1995.*
- When Your Ox is
in the Ditch: Genealogical How-to Letters.
Vera McDowell. Genealogical Publishing Co, 1995.*
- In Search of
Your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing
Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe.
Angus Baxter. Genealogical Publishing Co, 1987.*
- Managing a
Genealogical Project. William
Dollarhide. Genealogical Publishing Co, 1991.
- Becoming an
Accredited Genealogist. Karen
Clifford. Ancestry, 1998.
Service Records: A Select Catalog of National
Archives Microfilm Publications.
National Archives Trust Fund, 1985.*
- Unpuzzling Your
Past: A Basic Guide to Genealogy.
Emily Anne Croom. Betterway Books, 1989.*
German-Americans: An Ethnic Experience.
Willi Paul Adams. Indiana University, 1993.*
- History of Prussia
- Prussia is the kingdom of origin for most of my family's
ancestors. It has a fascinating background, both
empirical and democratic at different times in its
history, as well as progressive and archaic when compared
with its European neighbors. I feel one can hardly
comprehend the lives of their Prussian ancestors and the impetus which drove them away from their European homes
to new lives in America without knowing a little about
the empire from whence they came. In preparing the
opening chapter to the Dobberstein Registry I used a
number of resources to summarize the history of Prussia.
Some of the books I read as reference material are
- A History of
Prussia. H.W. Koch, Barnes &
Noble Books, 1993.*
Atlas of East Central Europe. Paul
Robert Magocsi. University of Washington Press,
- A History of
Europe from the Reformation to the Present Day.
Ferdinand Schvill. Horcourt, Brace and Company,
- Brief Look at
German/Prussian History. Pamphlet
published by Origins, 1994.*
- Frederick The
Great and the Rise of Prussia. W.F.
Reddaway. Putnam, 1904.*
- The Unification
of Germany 1848-1871. Edited by
Otto Pflanze. Robert E. Krueger Publishing Co,
- The Rise of
Brandenburg-Prussia to 1786. Sidney
B. Fay. Krieger Publishing Company, 1981.*
- The Vanished
Kingdom: Travels Through the History of Prussia.
James Charles Roy. Westview Press, 1999.*
- The Rise of
Brandenburg Prussia. Margaret
Shennan. Routledge, 1995.*
- A History of
Europe: Modern Europe 1789-1989.
Asa Briggs & Patricia Clavin. Longman, 1997.*
- The Poles.
Stewart Steven. Macmillan Publishing Co, 1982.*
- Passenger Ships & Immigration
- If you know anything about the conditions our ancestors
had to endure on their voyages to the new world in the
18th and 19th centuries, it's amazing any of us are even
alive. Would we today have the courage and stamina to
survive such a voyage given the conditions they had to
put up with? The below listed reference books are one
that give a picture of the voyage, and give
bibliographical reference to other sources of immigrant
names and ship voyages.
- They Came In
Ships: A guide to Finding Your Immigrant
Ancestor's Arrival Record. John P.
Colletta. Ancestry, 1993.*
- Immigrant &
Passenger Arrivals: A Select Catalog of National
Archives Microfilm Publications.
National Archives Trust Fund Board, 1983.*
- Going to
America. Terry Coleman. Pantheon
- Voyage: A Novel
of 1896. Sterling Hayden. G.P.
Putnam's Sons, 1976.*
- Ellis Island.
Fred Mustard Stewart. William Morrow & Co,
- The First Great
Ocean Liners in Photographs.
William H. Miller, Jr. Dover publications, 1984.*
- Railroads have fascinated me since I was a child, both
the full-sized and the scale-sized. Possibly is was
because of the train trips taken cross county during the
60s and 70s. It seems I spent a lot of time as a kid on
trains, and received the only broken bone I ever
experienced as a result of a misguided train adventure
(we won't go into that here).
- U.S. Regional History
- This geographical interest is actually an outgrowth of
the historical and genealogical interests detailed above.
But even as an otherwise mediocre high school student, I
found my niche in geography; and while other classmates
were bored with the subject, I found it fascinating. In
the military I excelled in land navigation and map
reading subjects, and my wife says I have an uncanny
sense of direction.
- Place Names in
the United States. Henry Gannett.
Genealogical Publishing Co, 1977.*
- Our Great
Heritage...From the Beginning (Vol 1): The First
Settlers to 1762. Edited by Richard
Skolnik. Consolidated Book Publishers, 1975.*
- Other Interests
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