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Genealogy Resources

Diaries, Journals and Letters

  • Arksey, Laura, Nancy Pries, and Marcia Reed. American Diaries: An Annotated Bibliography of Published American Diaries and Journals. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1987.
     
  • Matthews, William, compiler. American Diaries in Manuscript, 1580-1954: A Descriptive Bibliography. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1974.

  • Past Voices: Letters. Past Voices gives our ancestors a voice - and these voices from the past come alive in their letters. Letter writing has long been an important mode of interpersonal and official communication. As long ago as 3500 BC, Sumerians sent "letters" written on cuneiform tablets in clay "envelopes". Letter writing flourished in the seventeenth century in Europe and it was an extremely important form of communication. As public postal services were established letter-writing increased even more dramatically. Many letters on Past Voices are from soldiers far from home.

  • Smith, Philip C.F., editor. Bowen, Ashley, the Journals of, 1728-1813, of Marblehead [Massachusetts], vol. I: 1728-1772. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 1973.

  • Wagnerova, Alena and Julie Winter. In 1945 They Were Children: Flight and Expulsion in the Life of a Generation. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2008. Puts human faces on the millions of German expellees of 1945-48, women, children, old and young men -- an entire population "ethnically cleansed" just because they were German.

  • War Letters. The Legacy Project preserves soldiers' letters from wars historical and modern.