Carolyn B. Leonard shares her passion for family history with her husband as they explore historic places, photograph interesting tombstones and rummage through old courthouse
records. As a descendant of original Low Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam, for the past 14 years she has coordinated the biennial nationwide Dutch Cousins Gathering and oversees projects that include preserving a 200-year-old meetinghouse in Mercer County, Kentucky.
WHO'S YOUR DADDY? is a basic guide for the “rest of us,” those who are more interested in learning about their heritage than about creating a philosophical tome. Who’s Your Daddy? encourages you to have fun with your new hobby while reminding you to follow the rules of recording sources so you don’t wind up with egg on your face. Who’s Your Daddy? shows you how to research at home, on the Internet, in county court houses, in libraries, in cemeteries, in church records, and—best of all, on the road to visit the places where your ancestors lived, loved, and died. (Note: Genealogy provides a great excuse to travel!) Who’s Your Daddy? explores basic rules of genealogical evidence, evaluation of source materials, research methods, and includes extensive guidance on web-based research and DNA study. Plenty of “True Story” examples and clear illustrations are included to show you the way. This second edition updates and expands material in the first edition now out of print. A companion book, EVERY TEN YEARS, is coming soon to cover Federal Census and political situations your ancestors would have known.
TO ISRAEL, WITH LOVE, Second Edition, in the style of best-selling Lonely Planet or Fodor's books, is now available in large print color format (only $39.95, as well as 6x9 black and white $17.95). This is a perfect gift for someone who plans to go to Israel, or will travel vicariously.
More than 200 stunning color photos and easy-reading text will lead a reader to explore the heart of the Middle Eastern mysteries, such as the Dead Sea region—one of the world’s oldest natural spas. Nazareth, Jericho, Masada, Galilee, and Bethlehem are covered in day trips from both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Written in the spirit of Rick Steve's travel, you will join the search for the location of the holy Ark of the Covenant, and learn secrets and see photos of holy sites for three of the world’s major religions.
One Amazon customer review states: "In the tradition of V.S. Naipul, Carolyn Leonard brings us "To Israel, With Love." For anyone seeking a guide book to Israel as a preporatory guide, Leonard has written "that book." Dually, she brings us in Naipul's tradition, a literary guide with historical insight rendered as that of a historian of this ancient Land. Even if you are an avowed homebody, this is a fascinating read and a book I could not put down."
As contributor to the best-seller “In Their Name,” a state-endorsed book on the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City, and a commissioned writer many years for Persimmon Hill, the award-winning magazine of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, her life is all about writing. Formerly a rural newspaper editor and general manager, and later the editor of a national award-winning employee magazine, she can't stop hitting the computer keys. She says that hobbies of flower gardening, photography, genealogy, travel, computer networking, writers meetings, friends, and family sometimes interfere - but the writing bug keeps on biting.