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Coming Soon--2020

Two new genealogy books for 2020

I am currently working on a revised third edition of my first book, Roots for Kids: A Genealogy Guide for Young People. And it is now going to have a companion book for people who want to begin genealogy just by collecting their family stories (hopefully leading them to want more!) This new book is Roots for Kids: Finding your family stories and both will be available from Genealogical Publishing later this year!

Hannah's War


Fourteen year old Hannah Scholten has a problem. The problem is her father who refuses to recognize she is growing up. Yes, she is afraid of everything. Yes, she couldn't even stay in the room when her baby brother was born and help the midwife. But Papa is the problem, and with her older brother off at war, he is punishing her by making her do all the farm chores. But then the family gets a telegram. Hannah's brother, Jacob, has been shot in a battle right here in Pennsylvania, at Gettysburg. Of course Mama and Papa will want to go care for Jacob and she will be able to prove how mature she is by handling the farm. But it is too soon for Mama to travel. And Papa is cruel in his comments: "Do you think I'd trust you to take care of the farm while I was gone?"


In a moment of anger, Hannah finds her courage and runs away from home to care for her older brother. Arriving at Gettysburg, that courage deserts her when she confronts the stench of rotting, unburied horses on the battlefield, the scavengers picking over the bodies and the horrible smells of the hospital tents. But she manages to control her stomach (most of the time) and take care of her brother. Circumstances finally force her to grow up when she meets a wounded Confederate soldier and becomes his friend. Hannah is changing in spite of herself, learning that the world is more complicated than she had thought. But will that be enough to make her face Papa?

The Buckle

Will is no longer the happy young man he was, in spite of his dad's great gift of a metal detector. His parents' divorce is putting him on the divorce merry-go-round. The solution will come from the most unlikely event when he discovers a Civil War artifact while metal detecting. How can a Civil War buckle help him deal with his very modern problem? Solving the buckle's riddle will give him back his dad.