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Suggested Reading List – Week 1: June 24 - 28 Dig Your Memory: Record Your Life
(All books are in the Adult Nonfiction area, 2nd floor unless otherwise stated.)
Turning Memories into Memoirs: A Handbook for Writing Lifestories by Denis Ledoux  808.06692 LED
One Memory at a Time: Inspiration and Advice For Writing Your Family Story by D.G. Fulford  808 FUL
Living Legacies: How to Write, Illustrate, and Share Your Life Stories by Duane Elgin and Coleen Ledrew 808 ELG
Your Life As Story: Discovering the “New Autobiography” and Writing Memoir As Literature by Tristine Rainer  808.06692 RAI
Writing Personal Essays: How to Shape Your Life Experiences for the Page by Sheila Bender  808.042 Ben
Writing About Your Life: A Journey Into the Past by William Zinsser  808.06 ZIN
To Our Children’s Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come by Bob Greene  920.02 GRE
Legacy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Personal History by Linda Spence  808 SPE
The Legacy Guide: Capturing the Facts, Memories, and Meaning of Your Life by Carol Franco 929 FRA
My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History by Paula Stallings Yost  929 YOS
Telling the Stories of Life Through Guided Autobiography Groups by James E. Birren  615.8 BIR
Moments to Remember: The Art of Creating Scrapbook Memories by Jo Packham  771.46 PAC
How to Write Your Personal or Family History (If You Don’t Do It, Who Will?) by Katie Wiebe 929 WIE
Stories From Things: How to Write Your Memoir in 10 Steps by Sultan Somjee 306.4 SOM
It’s All About the Memories: Preserving Your Precious Memories For the Future by Gretchen Fatouros 745.593 FAT
Scrapbooking: Everything You Need to Know to Preserve Your Memories edited by Carol Field Dahlstrom 771.46 SCR
Simple Scrapbooks: 25 Fun & Meaningful Memory Books You Can Make in a Weekend by Stacy Julian with Gayle Humpherys  745.593 JUL  and  J 745.593 JUL (Youth Services Area)
Picture Yourself Creating Digital Scrapbooks by Lori J. Davis 745.5930285 DAV
Cynthia Hart’s Scrapbook Workshop by Cynthia Hart 771.46 Har
Scrapbooking, Preserving Your Memories For Life: 96 Fun, Practical, and Easy To-Do Tips To Help You Plan and Design A Scrapbook That Will Really Stand Out and Be Worth Remembering by Patricia W. Larue 745.593 LAR
Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future by Marilu Henner 153.1 HEN

Suggested Reading List – Week 2: July 8-12– Dig their memories: capturing oral history
Doing Oral History by Donald A. Ritchie 907.2 Rit
The Oral History Workshop: Collect and Celebrate the Life Stories of Your Family and Friends by Cynthia Hart 907.2 HAR
Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History by Donna M. DeBlasio 907.2 DEB
Curating Oral Histories: From Interview to Archive by Nancy Mackay 025.2 MAC
Using Oral History in Community History Projects by Laurie Mercier 907 MER
Oral History Projects in Your Classroom by Linda P. Wood 907 WOO
Keeping Family Stories Alive: Discovering and Recording the Stories and Reflections of a Lifetime by Vera Rosenbluth 929.1 Ros
My Folks Don’t Want Me to Talk About Slavery: Twenty-One Oral Histories of Former North Carolina Slaves J 920 My
Women’s Voices: The Rocky Mount AAUW Oral History Interviews 1988-1990 edited by David A. Jones LH 920.727 (noncheckout)
The “Good Old Days” Remembered by the 8th Grade Students of Martin Middle School (compilation of oral history interviews) LH 037.91 P359g (noncheckout)
“We Recollect”: An Anecdotal History of Nash County by 7th &8th grade, Southern Nash Junior High LH 929.397 N069 (noncheckout)
A Grateful Nation Remembers by the Independent Study World War II History Class, Northern Nash High School (compilation of oral history interviews) LH 973.917 N874g (noncheckout)
Edgecombe County Genealogical Society Oral History Project edited by Minnie Jo Gay LH 975.646 EDG (noncheckout)
Nash County Cultural Center Oral History Project edited by Mary Lewis Deans LH 975.647 NAS (noncheckout)
Flooded: Reflections of Hurricane Floyd by the Friends of Braswell Memorial Library (oral history project; also available for purchase at the library, $15.00) 551.489 FLO
Ellis Island Interviews: In Their Own Words by Peter M. Coan 304.8 Coa
Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South edited by William H. Chafe 305.896 REM
Oral History by Lee Smith
“Family Oral History Using Digital Tools”
“Oral History Projects” Tar Heel Junior Historian, Spring 2009
“Oral History Interviewing Advice” Michigan Oral History Association, Summer 2006
“Guide to Collecting Oral Family History” Silicon Valley Past Finder. San Jose CA: May 2005. Vol. 16 Iss. 5
“Step by Step Guide to Collecting Oral History” by Judith Moyer
“The Southern Oral History Program” by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Center for the Study of the American South
“Oral History in the Digital Age” by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Electronic Books
Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle by Michael Keith Honey (Available through NCLive’s NetLibrary, accessible on the BML website:
With Only the Will to Live: Accounts of Americans in Japanese Prison Camps, 1941-1945 edited by Robert S. La Forte (Topically arranged excerpts from interviews conducted from 1970 to 1989 by the University of North Texas Oral History Program; available through NCLive’s NetLibrary, accessible on the BML website:

North Carolina Narratives by the WPA Federal Writer’s Projec t(Reprint of transcriptions of narratives prepared by the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-38, first published 1941; available through NCLive’s NetLibrary, accessible on the BML website:

Suggested Reading List – Week 3: July 15 -19– Dig your roots: beginning genealogy
Where Do I Start?: Hints and Tips for Beginning Genealogists by Donna Causey 929 CAU
Genealogy for the First Time: Research Your Family History by Laura Best 929.1 BES
First Steps in Genealogy: A Beginner’s Guide to Researching Your Family History by Desmond Allen  929.1 All
The Short, Short Course in the use of North Carolina's Early County-Level Records by Margaret M. Hofmann 929 HOF
The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy by Val Greenwood 929.1072 G
The Genealogy Handbook: The Complete Guide to Tracing Your Family Tree by Ellen Galford 929 GAL
The Everything Family Tree Book: Finding, Charting, and Preserving Your Family History by William Hartley 929 HAR
The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy by Kimberly Powell  929 POW
Track Down Your Ancestors: Draw Up Your Family Tree by Estelle Catlett (large print) LTE 929.1 Catlett
Crash Course in Genealogy by David R. Dowell 929 DOW
Ancestors: Beginner’s Guide to Family History and Genealogy by Jim Willard 929.1 WIL
North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History by Helen Leary  929.1072756 LEA
Rooting Out Your Ancestory: A Primer for Beginning Genealogy by Vikki Cleveland 929 CLE
Finding Oprah’s Roots: Finding Your Own by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 929 GAT
How to Trace Your African-American Roots: Discovering Your Unique History by Barbara Thompson Howell 929.1 How
Family Pride: The Complete Guide to Tracing African-American Genealogy by Donna Beasley 929 Bea
Black Genealogy by Charles L. Blockson 929.1 Blo
Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Off-line Genealogy For Kids by Ira Wolfman FP 929.1 WOL
The Kids’ Family Tree Book by Caroline Leavitt J 929 LEA
Where Did You Get Those Eyes? : A Guide to Discovering Your Family History by Kay Cooper J 929.1 Coo
Somerset Homecoming: Recovering a Lost Heritage by Dorothy Redford 975.6 Red & FP 975.6 RED
Unpuzzling Your Past: A Basic Guide to Genealogy by Emily Anne Croom LH 929.1 CRO (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree by Tony Burroughs LH 929.1 B972b (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy by James M. Rose LH 929.1 R795b (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity by Dee Woodtor LH 929.1 W899f (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Finding Your People: An African-American Guide to Discovering Your Roots by Sandra Jamison LH 929.1 Jam (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
How to Start Tracing Your Family Tree by Mary Curtis LH 929.1 CUR (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
A Brief Guide to Beginning Genealogical Research by the North Carolina Library Association LH 929.1072756 N864b (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
North Carolina Genealogical Reference: A Research Guide for all Genealogists Both Amateur and Professional by Wallace Draughon LH 929.1072756 D768n (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Handbook of American Genealogy by Frederick Virkus LH 929.2373 V818h (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Finding Your Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy by Action for Independent Maturity LH 929.1 FIN (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy by Christine Rose (Electronic book; available through NCLive’s NetLibrary, accessible on the BML website:
Online Articles & Blogs Learning Center: Research Wiki: “ 10 Genealogy Blogs Worth Reading” Beginning Genealogy lessons:

Research Websites
Ancestry Library Edition (Library version of; available free at BML)
Heritage Quest (Available through NCLive, accessible on the BML website: (Free) (Free) (Free)
North Carolina Family Records Online (Free)
A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond  FIC Belmond
Family Skeletons by Rett McPhearson  FIC MacPherson
Thicker Than Water by Rett McPhearson  FIC MacPherson
In-Sheep’s Clothing by Rett McPhearson  FIC MacPherson
Comedy of Heirs by Rett McPhearson  FIC MacPherson
The 39 Clues by Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, and others (Children/YA)  J Thirty
Jackpot Blood by Jimmy Fox FIC Fox
Deadly Pedigree by Jimmy Fox FIC Fox
Artifact by Mary Anna Evans  FIC Evans
Murder at Monticello by Rita Mae Brown  Fic Brown
The Famous DAR Murder Mystery by Graham Landrum PBK Landrum
The Songcatcher by Sharyn McCrumb FIC McCrumb
The Heir Hunter by Chris Larsgaard FIC Larsgaard
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon  Fic Gabaldon (Also available as electronic book through e-iNC Library, )
Hanging Katherine Garret by Abigail Davis FIC Davis
Legacy by Danielle Steel  Fic Steel (Also available as electronic book through e-iNC Library, )

Suggested Reading List – Week 4: July 22 - 26–Dig your history: exploring local history
North Carolina: The History of a Southern State by Hugh Lefler and Albert Newsome 975.6 LEF
North Carolina: A Study in English Colonial Government by Charles Lee Raper 320.975 RAP
Amazing North Carolina: Fascinating Facts, Entertaining Tales, Bizarre Happenings, and Historical Oddities From the Tarheel State by Theresa Lacey 975.6 LAC
Society in Colonial North Carolina by Alan D. Watson 975.602 Wat
The Black Experience in Revolutionary North Carolina by Jeffrey Crow 975.6 CRO
The American Indian in North Carolina by Douglas Rights 970.756 Rig
Discovering North Carolina: A Tar Heel Reader by Jack Claiborne 975.6 DIS
North Carolina Through Four Centuries by William S. Powell  975.6 POW
The Way We Lived in North Carolina by Elizabeth Fenn 975.6 FEN
North Carolina Barbecue: Flavored by Time 641.76 Gar
The North Carolina Experience: An Interpretive and Documentary History by Lindley Butler 975.6 Nor
A Treasury of Carolina Tales by Webb Garrison 975.6 Gar
The Lost Colonists: Their Fortune and Probable Fate by David Quinn 975.612 Qui
Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony by Lee Miller 975.6 MIL
Tar Heels: How North Carolinians Got Their Nicknames by Michael W. Taylor 975.6 TAY
It Happened in North Carolina: Remarkable Events That Shaped History by Scotti Cohn 975.6 COH
The Elegant Tarpaper Shack and Other Down Home Tales From the “Good Old Days” in the Heartland of Carolina by Bob Lasley 975.65 ELE
Sharecroppers: The Way We Really Were by Roy Taylor 975.6 TAY
Rocky Mount, North Carolina Centennial Commemorative Book, 1867-1967 by Michael O’Quinlivan LH 929.397 N069 ROCKY MOUNT (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Nash County Historical Notes: A Bicentennial Tribute by T.E. Ricks, et. al. LH 929.397 N069 (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Images of America: Rocky Mount and Nash County by Monika Fleming LH 929.397 N069 (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Rocky Mount: A Pictorial History by Bugs Barringer LH 929.397 N069 ROCKY MOUNT (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
The Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme Fic Ducharme
Cape Fear Rising by Philip Gerard  FIC Gerard
Nowhere Else on Earth by Josephine Humphreys  FIC Humphreys
Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein (Young Adult) FIC Klein
Dominion by Calvin Baker FIC Baker
Letters From a Slave Girl: the Story of Harriet Jacobs by Mary Lyons (Children) J LYONS
The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharon McCrumb FIC McCrumb
On Agate Hill by Lee Smith FIC Smith
The Sands of Pride by William R. Trotter  FIC Trotter
Crow by Barbara Wright (Children/Young Adult) J WRIGHT
The Anchor: P. Moore Proprietor by Blonnie Wyche (Young Adult) YA Wyche
Websites & Blogs
History For All the People: State Archives of North Carolina Blog
About Rocky Mount (City website’s historic photo galleries and slideshows)
Nash County, NC GenWeb

Suggested Reading List – Week 5: July 29- August 2– Dig deeper: growing the family tree
Long-Distance Genealogy by Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer 929 CRA
Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient and Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research by Sharon Carmack 929.1 CAR
Locating Lost Family Members & Friends: Modern Genealogical Research Techniques For Locating the People of Your Past and Present by Kathleen Hinckley 929 HIN
Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History by Katherine Sturdevant 929 STU
The Weekend Genealogist: Timesaving Techniques for Effective Research by Marcia Melnyk 929 MEL
An Intermediate Short, Short Course in the use of some North Carolina  Records  by Margaret M. Hofmann 929 HOF
Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques by George Morgan and Drew Smith (please ask staff for call # and location)
Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case by Christine Rose (please ask staff for call #)
Collecting Dead Relatives: An Irreverant Romp Through the Field of Genealogy by Laverne Galeener-Moore 929.102 G
Unlocking Your Genetic History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering Your Family’s Medical and Genetic Heritage by Thomas Shawker 616.042 SHA
DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the 21st Century by Debbie Kennett 929 KEN
Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA by Richard Hill 929 HILL
The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy: Advanced Techniques for Overcoming Obstacles, Removing Roadblocks, and Unlocking Your Family History!  by W. Daniel Quillen 929 QUI
Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs by Maureen Taylor 929 TAY
Creating Family Newsletters: 123 Ideas For Sharing Memorable Moments With Family and Friends by Elaine Floyd 646.78 FLO
Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Your Precious Family Images by Maureen Taylor 771 TAY
Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills 907.2 MIL
Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills LH 929.1 M657e (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
500 Brickwall Solutions to Genealogy Problems by Family Chronicle Magazine LH 929.1072 F198b (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
More Brickwall Solutions to Genealogy Problems by  Marc Skulnick LH 929.1072 F198m (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians by Elizabeth Shown Mills LH 929.1 P962g (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas Jones 929 JON
House Histories: A Guide to Tracing the Genealogy of Your Home by Sally Light LH 728.028 LIG (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood by Betsy J. Green LH 907.2 G795d (Kornegay Room; noncheckout)
Faces of America (genealogy and genetics) by PBS  DVD 325 FAC
The North Carolina Genealogical Society
ProGenealogists (educational articles)
Rootsweb Guides
National Institute for Genealogical Studies
Association of Professional Genealogists
About Genetic Genealogy
DNA Explain
Facts & Genes Newsletter
 “Sense About Genealogical DNA Testing” Sense About Science blog



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