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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Most Hilarious History Book Ever!

If you know me at all, you know I have never been a big fan of history as a subject of study. It was my worst subject in school, by far. I hated the huge, heavy textbook and every boring word in it. Did I ever actually complete any of the assigned reading? I can't imagine that I did. I can clearly remember, though, the agony of trying to force myself through line after line of mind-numbing text... well, never mind. There's no point wallowing in the memory of that misery, is there!

Knowing that one had ancestors aboard a famous boat, however, or bumping knuckles with Cromwell or whatever... that does tend to pique one's curiosity a little. And since I started looking up my ancestors at Google Books, I've read quite a bit more history than I ever did in all my school years combined.

It might have been a different story, those miserable school years, if the history books had been more like the one in which I recently found my ancestor, Rev. Samuel Stone. He's in quite a few history books, actually, but none more entertaining than Hartford in the Olden Times: Its First Thirty Years. In fact, he's almost incidental in this book, and yet I had to keep laughing... um, I mean reading. Click to enlarge the image below... it's sort of an appetizer...

I've left Hartford in the Olden Times on the table for you at my library blog, My Ancestors in Books, where you will not be shushed for laughing out loud.


Greta Koehl said...

I think history textbooks ruin history for a lot of people. I was one of them until my husband (a history geek if ever there was one) started recommending more interesting history books, then getting into genealogy further whetted my appetite. I look forward to checking out Hartford in the Olden Times!

Joan said...

What fun. Thanks for sharing.

Leslie Ann Ballou said...

Love it!

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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