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BMC Durfee High School, Fall River Yearbooks Online for Free

BMC Durfee High School, Fall River Yearbooks Online for Free

I’ve been trying to find photographs of my relatives so that I can make photo charts.  RootsMagic has the capability to make photo descendant charts and I want to fill in as many faces as I can.  I think it’s easier to grasp the family tree when you can associate a face with the name. This week I made a wonderful find.  The B.M.C. Durfee High School yearbooks (Fall River, Bristol Co., MA) are online for free at the Keeley…

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Lost Kingdom By Julia Flynn Siler: A Hawaiian History Book Recommendation

Lost Kingdom By Julia Flynn Siler: A Hawaiian History Book Recommendation

This is my review of Julia Flynn Siler’s “Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, The Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Venture”. One of the latest entries in the Hawaiian history genre, tell the story from Queen Liliʻuokalani’s perspective.  It is a book I wholeheartedly recommend! I am always on the lookout for Hawaiian history books, especially those that look at things from a different perspective.  I’ve read Takaki’s Pau Hana which covers the sugar plantations and their laborers.  I’ve also read…

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Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco

Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco

It is the 109th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.  There are just two survivors left from that terrible day.  Some day soon, there won’t be any and we will have to rely on published accounts and the stories passed down in families. If you’re interesting in learning more about the disaster, William Bronson’s “The Earth Shook and the Sky Burned” is an excellent read. It is somewhat difficult to find, but well worth reading.  I got…

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Friday Free Ebook: Postcards from Kauai

Friday Free Ebook: Postcards from Kauai

This find comes  a day late, but I think people will enjoy it none-the-less. I was searching Google Books today and came across this gem:  Kauai: 100 Years in Postcards, By Stormy Cazad, published in 2011.  It is part of the Postcard History Series of Acadia Publishing. The book is full of postcards going back to the early part of the 1900s.  It has many views of agriculture and historic buildings, as well as postcards showing people. Though the book…

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Friday Free Ebook: Labor Conditions in Hawaii

Friday Free Ebook: Labor Conditions in Hawaii

This book should be of interest to those who had relatives working on the sugar plantations in Hawaii.  “Labor Conditions in Hawaii:  a Letter from the  Secretary of Labor transmitting the fifth annual report of the Commission of Labor Statistics on Labor Conditions in the Territory of Hawaii for the Year 1915”.  Washington : Government Printing Office, 1916. This is a report from the Labor Department on conditions at Hawaii’s plantations.  It has some pretty interesting information of work conditions. …

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