05 January 2015

Santa Brought Me Books!

Santa, aka my husband Kirk, knows me well and knows what will make me happy when it comes to gifts.  He did not disappoint this year.  He gave me one of the Great Migration bundles from New England Historic Genealogical Society(NEHGS) as a gift.  I could not have been happier.  Anyone who has read my blog knows how much I love books.  Books and Genealogy go together well in my opinion.

The books I received are The Pilgrim Migration, The Great Migration Begins, 3 Volumes, and The Great Migration 7 Volumes.  I have used these numerous times at the library, but to have my own set to refer to is heaven especially since the books at my local library are for reference use only and not available for check out.

The book gift giving didn't stop there.  My parents gave me The Planters of the Commonwealth by Charles Edward Banks and Our Daily Bread: German Village Life, 1500-1850 by Teva J. Scheer. Lastly, I treated myself to a book, The History and Antiquities of Every Town in Massachusetts by John Warner Barber.

Needless to say the NEHGS Books + Gifts catalog got a good workout this Christmas.  I get the same excitement looking at that as I did as a child looking at the Sears Christmas catalog.  The only difference now is that I use sticky notes to mark what I would like.  Santa was so good to me that I only have three sticky notes left.  They are:

  • Elements of Genealogical Analysis by Robert Charles Anderson.  Does anyone have this book?  What do you think?  I read one review and it made me think maybe I don't need it.
  • The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1640 A Concise Compendium by Robert Charles Anderson.  This one is being published in 2015.  I will wait and see about this as I don't know if it duplicates the information in my Great Migration books or not.
  • A Guide to Massachusetts Public Records: Parishes, Towns and Counties by Carroll D. Wright. This book will be used to help in my preparation for a future New England trip.  

Getting books for Christmas prompted me to clean my office and find a space for them.  I decided not to put them on my bookshelf yet because I plan to spend most of my January looking through them and adding facts to my Roots Magic software.

Did you get a genealogy related gift for the holidays?  Please share in the comments section.  If it is a book, I may need to add it to my wish list.


  1. Yes! I received a different NEHGS bundle from my wish list: Elements of Genealogical Analysis (I can't tell you yet what I think of it) and Guide to Genealogical Writing. AND...I got one of your recommendations, I'll See You Again, Lady Liberty. I purchased Our Daily Bread for myself not long ago and it led me to Germany and the Emigration, 1816-1885, by Mack Walker. My son borrowed it for me from his university library and I liked it so much I purchased a used copy from a book dealer (it's out of print). So many books, so little time! Luanne

  2. It sounds like Santa was good to you too. I would be interested to hear what you think of Elements of Genealogical Analysis. Our genealogical society is having the author, Ernst Floeter , of I'll See You Again, Lady Liberty speak in February. I am looking forward to that. Thanks for the German resource recommendation. I will see if I can find a copy.