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Books > History > History of specific subjects > Genealogy, heraldry, names and honours

Almanach de Gotha 2013 - Volume II Part III (Hardcover, 189): John James Almanach de Gotha 2013 - Volume II Part III (Hardcover, 189)
John James
R1,407 R1,193 Discovery Miles 11 930 Save R214 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With the Almanach de Gotha's return in 1998, after a hiatus of more than 50 years, Sir Stephen Runciman wrote in the Spectator "In this present age, which we are often told sees the twilight of royalty, it is comforting to be able to welcome the reappearance of the most distinguished of genealogical almanacs." The 250th Anniversary 2013 edition follows the successful format of previous editions with family listings including births, marriages and deaths of all living members. Volume II lists the non-sovereign Princely and Ducal Houses of Europe and has been fully updated to include additional families and to note those houses that are now extinct. A number of houses are included for the first time. This is the official and authorised publication. The most comprehensive listing of its kind, with an impeccable pedigree, the book remains an essential reference for genealogists, libraries and scholars. There is and never has been a comparable source, a book once described as "the second most important ever published."

Tangled Roots (Hardcover, Main): Marcia Talley Tangled Roots (Hardcover, Main)
Marcia Talley
R580 R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Save R119 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Keeping Chronicles (Paperback): Rosemary Sassoon Keeping Chronicles (Paperback)
Rosemary Sassoon
R279 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R47 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Keeping Chronicles is the latest book by Rosemary Sassoon. It intends to show the many ways handwritten and other documents from family archives and other sources are so valuable, not only to the family concerned, but to local as well as national museums. The many examples within the book illustrate different categories such as letters, diaries, travel records, business and legal ones, personal scrapbooks, school books and cookery books etc. Also included is practical advice from professionals in the field about how to preserve such items and present them for safekeeping to museums. Rosemary discusses her own memorabilia collection and shows how she has preserved these historical items. After giving talks on the matter of preserving written items, Rosemary was saddened to hear that so many people discarded such memorabilia, destroying family history in a minute, because they were unsure of how to preserve these items to keep. This book will inspire readers to start their own memorabilia collection.

The Crossing - Searching for My Baltic German Ancestry and Discovering Latvia (Paperback): Charles Maddaus The Crossing - Searching for My Baltic German Ancestry and Discovering Latvia (Paperback)
Charles Maddaus
R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Nicholas & Alexandra - Nicholas & Alexandra (Paperback, Indigo Paperback Ed): Robert K. Massie Nicholas & Alexandra - Nicholas & Alexandra (Paperback, Indigo Paperback Ed)
Robert K. Massie
R351 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R63 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The tragic, compelling story of the last Tsar and his family Nicholas & Alexandra is the internationally famous biography from Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Massie. Massie shows conclusively how the personal curse of the young heir's haemophilia, and the decisive influence it brought Rasputin, became fatally linked with the collapse of Imperial Russia. As an engrossing account of one of the century's most dramatic episodes - and an intimate portrait of two people caught at the centre of a maelstrom - Nicholas & Alexandra is unlikely ever to be surpassed. 'The story of the last Tsar has probably never been so powerfully - and so accurately - told' Guardian

Anderson Families (Paperback): M.A. Anderson Anderson Families (Paperback)
M.A. Anderson
R534 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R117 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Several Anderson families appear to share the same origins in the north-east of Scotland. In a wide-ranging study that explores the roots of Andersons in Banff and Aberdeenshire, their pedigrees are traced, through branches in Perth, Fife, Edinburgh, England and Ireland, from the early 16th century through to the present descendants. Anderson relationships through marriage with a number of other families are explained. The Lindsay family, for example, with a pedigree from the 11th century, is mentioned as well as some 200 other related families.

The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George 2nd edition (Hardcover): Peter Galloway The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George 2nd edition (Hardcover)
Peter Galloway
R3,273 R2,652 Discovery Miles 26 520 Save R621 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 2018, the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George celebrated the 200th anniversary of its foundation. Originally instituted to recognise service in the Mediterranean region, principally in Malta and the Ionian Islands, the scope of the Order has been extended on a number of occasions, and is now the main United Kingdom honour for service overseas to British interests. The first full-length history of the Order was published in 2000, and this newly revised and updated edition is published to commemorate the bicentenary of the Order's foundation. Fifteen chapters cover its historical development, from it use in Britain's Mediterranean empire, its extension to the wider British Empire, its uses by the Diplomatic Service and the armed forces in, and now for overseas service generally. The book includes a chapter on the work of Bishop Henry Montgomery (father of Field Marshal Montgomery) in creating a chapel for the Order in St Paul's Cathedral in 1904, and another on the changing styles of the robes and insignia. The Order of St Michael and St George is one of the lesser-known British honours, but this well-illustrated volume helps to shed a light on the Order and tells its fascinating story.

Surry County, North Carolina, Court Minutes, 1768-1789, Vols. 1-2. (Paperback): W. O Absher Surry County, North Carolina, Court Minutes, 1768-1789, Vols. 1-2. (Paperback)
W. O Absher
R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tartans: Frederickton to MacNeil (Paperback): William H. Johnston Tartans: Frederickton to MacNeil (Paperback)
William H. Johnston
R635 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R149 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rich in history and valor, the multicolored woven art known as "tartan" is centuries old but has been codified only since the late eighteenth century. Conjuring images of kilted warriors and lively bagpipes, tartan has survived hundreds of years to become the very fabric of the Scottish nation--as popular today as in years past. "All Scots are color coded," it is said, and in this third of three alphabetically arranged volumes you will find over 400 examples of vividly striped tartans covering the names MacNichol to Yukon. "What are my colors?" is the most frequently asked question of the International Association of Tartan Studies, and chances are you will find them in this beautifully illustrated book. Compiled from the nearly 5,000 tartans in the Association's database and selected by two leading authorities, this outstanding assortment ranges from the simplest to the most complex. Includes brief historical background, definitions of related terms, and thread counts for the tartan weaver. An invaluable resource for families, clubs, historians, and designers.

The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide - How to Find, Record, and Preserve Your Ancestor's Grave (Paperback): Joy Neighbors The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide - How to Find, Record, and Preserve Your Ancestor's Grave (Paperback)
Joy Neighbors
R512 R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Save R41 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Not all research can be done from home--sometimes you have to head into the field. Cemeteries are crucial for any genealogist's search, and this book will show you how to search for and analyze your ancestors' graves. Discover tools for locating tombstones, tips for traipsing through cemeteries, an at-a-glance guide to frequently used gravestone icons, and practical strategies for on-the-ground research. And once you've returned home, learn how to incorporate gravestone information into your research, as well as how to upload grave locations to BillionGraves and record your findings in memorial pages on Find A Grave. Detailed step-by-step guides to finding ancestors' cemeteries using websites like Find A Grave, plus how to record and preserve death and burial information Tips and strategies for navigating cemeteries and finding individual tombstones in the field, plus an at-a-glance guide to tombstone symbols and iconography Resources and techniques for discovering other death records and incorporating information from cemeteries into genealogical research

Marks of Excellence - The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks (Hardcover, Revised edition): Per Mollerup Marks of Excellence - The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Per Mollerup
R1,531 R941 Discovery Miles 9 410 Save R590 (39%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The core of this book is a full classification of hundreds of trade marks: covering pictures, names and abbreviations. The author analyses and describes the history of trademarks and shows how they have transcended barriers of language and time.

The American Flag - A Handbook of History & Etiquette (Hardcover): Applewood Books The American Flag - A Handbook of History & Etiquette (Hardcover)
Applewood Books
R197 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R38 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The newest addition to Applewood's "Books of American Wisdom" series is this handsome guide to the American flag, a concise collection of the history and etiquette of the U.S. flag. The book, bound in hardcover in a distinctive blue leatherette with gold stamping, includes details of the laws relating to the U.S. flag, as described in the United States Code; information about the Pledge of Allegiance and Flag Day; a guide to flag presentation and care; and a timeline of flags, noting the date each state was added to the union. It makes the perfect gift for anyone who cherishes the flag and the republic for which it stands.

Deep Breaths - The New Mom's Handbook to Your Baby's First Year (Paperback): Michelle Pearson Deep Breaths - The New Mom's Handbook to Your Baby's First Year (Paperback)
Michelle Pearson
R339 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R65 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Millennial Moms. You've Survived Pregnancy and Now You Have a Newborn Baby. What's next? Deep Breaths: The New Mom's Handbook to Your Baby's First Year is Michelle Pearson's debut book. In her newborn baby book, this YouTube mom of 5 details: What to expect during pregnancy What to expect during the first year The importance of finding your mother tribe How to embrace motherhood with all of its ups and downs How to continue managing your career How to continue your social life Millennial moms: This isn't your grandma's parenting book. YouTube parenting vlogger, Michelle Pearson, brings her inspiring and motivating parenting stories, tips and tricks for the modern millennial mom. From what to expect as the pregnancy develops to the milestones within the first 12 months, Michelle knows that the journey will have highs, lows and the occasional unexpected surprise. Starting a family and caring for your new baby: "Reading Michelle's journey as both a mom and a millennial woman, with hopes and admirations of her own, I couldn't help but feel like I was sitting down to coffee with a close friend, sharing some of our hardest and most beautiful struggles. Michelle's depiction of both the blessings and the challenges that every millennial mom faces is raw, refreshing, and shows truly how unique the millennial generation is. Sharing her high moments, as well as the low, you get an intimate look into her life as both a young woman and also a mom who is passionate about everything she does. Millennials have both the advantage and the curse of social media, and Michelle so candidly speaks life and hope into a generation of moms who just want someone to tell them they're doing it "right". Jaimie Kight, YouTube Vlogger. If you liked reading books like The Sh!t No One Tells You or What to Expect the First Year, you will love Michelle Pearson's Deep Breaths.

Kinship in Ancient Athens - An Anthropological Analysis (Multiple copy pack): S.C. Humphreys Kinship in Ancient Athens - An Anthropological Analysis (Multiple copy pack)
S.C. Humphreys
R6,397 Discovery Miles 63 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The concept of kinship is at the heart of understanding not only the structure and development of a society, but also the day-to-day interactions of its citizens. Kinship in Ancient Athens aims to illuminate both of these issues by providing a comprehensive account of the structures and perceptions of kinship in Athenian society, covering the archaic and classical periods from Drakon and Solon up to Menander. Drawing on decades of research into a wide range of epigraphic, literary, and archaeological sources, and on S. C. Humphreys' expertise in the intersections between ancient history and anthropology, it not only puts a wealth of data at readers' fingertips, but subjects it to rigorous analysis. By utilizing an anthropological approach to reconstruct patterns of behaviour it is able to offer us an ethnographic 'thick description' of ancient Athenians' interaction with their kin that offers insights into a range of social contexts, from family life, rituals, and economic interactions, to legal matters, politics, warfare, and more. The work is arranged into two volumes, both utilizing the same anthropological approach to ancient sources. Volume I explores interactions and conflicts shaped by legal and economic constraints (adoption, guardianship, marriage, inheritance, property), as well as more optional relationships in the field of ritual (naming, rites de passage, funerals and commemoration, dedications, cultic associations) and political relationships, both formal (Assembly, Council) and informal (hetaireiai). Among several important and novel topics discussed are the sociological analysis of names and nicknames, the features of kin structure that advantaged or disadvantaged women in legal disputes, and the economic relations of dependence and independence between fathers and sons. Volume II deals with corporate groups recruited by patrifiliation and explores the role of kinship in these subdivisions of the citizen body: tribes and trittyes (both pre-Kleisthenic and Kleisthenic), phratries, gene, and demes. The section on the demes stresses variety rather than common features, and provides comprehensive information on location and prosopography in a tribally organized catalogue.

199 Flags (Hardcover): Orith Kolodny 199 Flags (Hardcover)
Orith Kolodny
R516 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R95 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Journey around the world through 199 flags! This striking visual book explores the shapes, figures, and colors of flag design. Whether a national flag features vertical stripes or horizontal ones, two colors or more, symbols drawn from nature or from history-each detail of its design is intentional and loaded with meaning. Graphic designer Orith Kolodny demystifies the recurring colors and visual components of national flags. Through the study of flag design, this book shows that countries with vastly different climates and cultures often have more in common than one might expect. This book is: * Organized by design rather than geography * Divided into categories such as stripes, diagonal lines, triangles, circles, crosses, and natural forms (like suns, moons, stars, and trees) * A stylish introduction to the iconography of independence 199 Flags explores the meaning behind each flag in an entertaining and accessible way. Through a captivating combination of design theory and world history, you'll learn how to decode the symbols and interpret shapes of flags through a designer's eye. * A perfect gift for dads, designers, travelers, geography nerds, and history buffs * Learn about our world in a unique way that prioritizes design and meaning over rote memorization. * Great for fans of Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities by David Airey, The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman, Flags of the World by Sylvie Bednar, and Draplin Design Co. by Aaron James Draplin

The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers - 3rd edition (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition): C Humphery-Smith The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers - 3rd edition (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition)
C Humphery-Smith
R1,330 R973 Discovery Miles 9 730 Save R357 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Parish registers are a vast, important but widely scattered archive. They are essential to the family historian, providing the only written record of the vast majority of our ancestors who left but three brief mentions - a baptism, a marriage and a burial. This guide to parish registers, now in its third edition, and covering England, Scotland and Wales, is a vital, time-saving tool that has become universally known as 'the genealogist's bible'. The Atlas includes the famous county 'parish' maps, which show pre-1832 parochial boundaries, colour-coded probate jurisdictions, starting dates of surviving registers, and churches and chapels, where relevant. Topographical maps face each 'parish' map, and show the contemporary road system and other local features, to help deduce the likely movement of people beyond the searcher's starting point. The Index lists the parishes, with grid references to the county maps. It indicates the present whereabouts of original registers and copies, and whether a parish is included in other indexes. It also gives registration districts and census information. Thus in this invaluable guide, the user may quickly find answers to such questions as: Have the registers been deposited? Where may they be found? What outside dates do they cover? Have they been copied or indexed, and by whom?

Tracing Your Family History How to Get Started (Paperback): Chater Kathy Tracing Your Family History How to Get Started (Paperback)
Chater Kathy
R148 R123 Discovery Miles 1 230 Save R25 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Babies' Names (Paperback, New edition): Justine Roberts Babies' Names (Paperback, New edition)
Justine Roberts; Introduction by Maryanna Korwitts; Compiled by Dawn Laker 1
R282 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R47 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Choosing your baby's name is one of the most joyful yet difficult and important tasks faced by parents-to-be. This invaluable guide will come to the aid of even the most stumped. First, read useful tips on what to bear in mind, including surname compatibility, abbreviations, nicknames, initials, naming twins and the psychology of names (how your choice might affect your child's life). You can then browse through the clear and simple A-Z lists of over 3,000 classic and contemporary girls' and boy's names (those that are gender-neutral are pointed out as such), accompanied by brief information on abbreviations, diminutives, origin and meaning. Attractively illustrated with over 200 ultra-cute photographs and with a fresh design, this makes an ideal gift for those expecting.

Evidence! - Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian (Hardcover): Elizabeth S Mills Evidence! - Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian (Hardcover)
Elizabeth S Mills
R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Genealogy and the Politics of Representation in the High and Late Middle Ages (Hardcover): Joan A. Holladay Genealogy and the Politics of Representation in the High and Late Middle Ages (Hardcover)
Joan A. Holladay
R2,295 R2,129 Discovery Miles 21 290 Save R166 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Images and image cycles with genealogical content were everywhere in the high and later Middle Ages. They represent families related by blood as well as successive office holders and appear as family trees and lineages of single figures in manuscripts, on walls and in stained glass, and in sculpture and metalwork. Yet art historians have hardly remarked on the frequency of these images. Considering the physical contexts and functions of these works alongside the goals of their patrons, this volume examines groups of figural genealogies ranging across northern Europe and dating from the mid-twelfth to the mid-fourteenth century. Joan A. Holladay considers how they were used to legitimize rulers and support their political and territorial goals, to reinforce archbishops' rights to crown kings, to cement relationships between families of founders and their monastic foundations, and to commemorate the dead. The flexibility and legibility of this genre was key to its widespread use.

Capture the Flag - The Stars and Stripes in American History (Hardcover): Arnaldo Testi Capture the Flag - The Stars and Stripes in American History (Hardcover)
Arnaldo Testi
R541 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R79 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

You see it everywhere: on bumper stickers, tee shirts, lapel pins, in shop windows, and in front of nearly every school or government building. Yet while the American flag is ubiquitous, as a symbol it is both heavily freighted and misunderstood.

Now an acclaimed European professor of American history brings a fresh perspective to the American flag, exploring its political, social, and cultural significance across the broad swath of its history. Mining a rich vein of materials from history, literature, music, and popular culture, Arnaldo Testi analyzes the symbolic importance of the flag to the national consciousness of this "nation of immigrants" and sees in it the very contradictions that make up our history: secularism and sacredness, freedom and empire, inclusiveness and aggressive self-confidence.

Using sources as diverse as Walt Whitman and Jimi Hendrix, and events as divergent as the American Revolution, the moon landing, and the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Testi reveals the central importance of the flag to the creation of our nation, the evolution of our national character, and the spread of American culture and power across the globe, while illustrating the varied and often conflicting meanings different Americans ascribe to it.

Whether you worship the flag or revile it, respect it or ignore it, Capture the Flag offers the reader a colorful and compelling exploration of the sway it holds on the American imagination.

Family History Digital Libraries (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): William Sims Bainbridge Family History Digital Libraries (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
William Sims Bainbridge
R3,269 R2,488 Discovery Miles 24 880 Save R781 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the modern era, every family and local community can cultivate its own history, endowing living people with meanings inherited from the people of the past, by means of today's computer-based information and communication technologies. A new profession is emerging, family historians, serving the wider public by assisting in collection and analysis of fascinating data, by teaching talented amateur historians, and by producing complete narratives. Essential are the skills and technologies required to preserve and connect photos, movies, videos, diaries, memoirs, correspondence, artefacts and even architecture such as homes. Online genealogical services are well established sources of official government records, but usually not for recent decades, and not covering the valuable records of legal, medical, and religious organizations. Information can be shared and interpreted by family members through oral history interviews, social media, and online private archives such as wikis and shared file depositories. This book explores a wide variety of online information sources and achieves coherence by documenting and interpreting the history of a particular extended American family on the basis of 9 decades of movies and videos, 17 decades of photographs, and centuries of documents. Starting now, any family may begin to preserve their current experiences for the historians of the future, but this will require social as well as technical innovations. This book is the essential resource, providing the fundamental principles, effective methods, and fascinating questions required to make our past live again.

10,000 Baby Names - How to choose the best name for your baby (Paperback): Holly Ivins 10,000 Baby Names - How to choose the best name for your baby (Paperback)
Holly Ivins 1
R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

So you're expecting a baby - congratulations! Now comes one of the most enjoyable, yet difficult, decisions you'll have to make as new parents: choosing a name for your baby. We guide you through what you need to consider when making this important decision, as well as a generous helping of funny and unfortunate real names, so you know what NOT to name your baby. If your surname is WHITE don't call your child ISLA; Check that your baby's initials don't spell GBH or RAT; What are the top 10 boys and girls names? With over 10,000 names, their origin and meaning, we'll provide the inspiration and advice you need to make a choice you and your baby are happy with for life.

Families Directly Descended from All the Royal Families in Europe (495 to 1932) & Mayflower Descendants (Paperback): Elizabeth... Families Directly Descended from All the Royal Families in Europe (495 to 1932) & Mayflower Descendants (Paperback)
Elizabeth M. Rixford
R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Badass Baby Names (Paperback): Marvella Nomine Badass Baby Names (Paperback)
Marvella Nomine 1
R327 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R64 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Growing a baby? Got to name it? No sweat. Take naming inspiration from the ultimate, most kick ass men and women in history.

This baby name book is an A-Z of total badasses, explains what gives them serious swagger and the reasons why they are worthy of being your future son or daughter's moniker. From the world-changers and fearless adventurers, to the whip-smart inventors and scientists of the last five centuries, why not name your little bundle after humans to admire, celebrate and love?

Take name ideas from those who kicked Fascist ass to the kings and queens taking bravery to another level, or from a doctor with so much badassitude he saved his own life blindly removing his appendix in the middle of the Antarctic.

This is the book for every parent-to-be looking for inspirational name ideas for their future badass baby.

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