The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference
By Nancy Hendrickson
You’ll love this book if:
• You want to better understand the eras in which your ancestors lived
• You need a quick reference of historic events that might have impacted your ancestors’ lives
• You enjoy history-related trivia and fast facts
• You’re a student or teacher focusing on American history
Understanding the historic events of your ancestors’ eras can unlock many additional records in your family history research. This convenient pocket reference covers the major political, military and social events in the United States from the colonial era through 1940. It also includes immigration trends and census dates to help you narrow your research focus and find genealogy records faster.
Inside you’ll find:
• Timelines, charts, quick lists and maps
• Popular foods, songs and books of each era
• Timelines of wars and other military events
• Dates for federal, state and special censuses
• Immigration data including major ports and countries of origin
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fascinating facts you’ll find in The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference:
• By the Civil War, more than 350,000 people traveled the Oregon Trail, either to Oregon or California. Of those, some 34,000 died along the way, about 17 deaths per mile. The migrant wagons carved 5-foot-deep ruts in the sandstone, which are still visible in Southern Wyoming.
• By the end of the Civil War, approximately half of the Regular Army soldiers were foreign-born, with the Irish comprising more than 20 percent.
• In 1870, the majority of the labor force was engaged in agriculture; by 1910 labor had shifted to industry and non-agricultural jobs. By 1900, women made up more than one-quarter of the non-farm labor force.
Contents of The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference
Chapter 1: Colonial America to 1763
Chapter 2: Revolutionary America 1763 to 1783
Chapter 3: An Expanding Nation 1783 to 1830
Chapter 4: Growth, War & Reconstruction 1830 to 1870
Chapter 5: Industrial Revolution, War and Depression 1870 to 1933
Chapter 6: New Deal and World War II 1933 to 1945