In no special order:
by Elise Lathrop
TUDOR PUBLISHING CO
NEW YORK MCMXXVII
This page has a photo of Retire Becket's house in Salem,
which is now located in the courtyard of the museum of
The House of Seven Gables. See below for more about
Retire Becket, a member of my family tree.
I have also seen plates inside this book of the Fairbanks
and Whipple houses, both built by my ancestors.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF
EDITED BY LEONARD W. LARABEE
RALPH L. KETCHAM, HELEN C. BOATFIELD
AND HELENE H. FINEMAN
YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1964
New Haven & London
I've always enjoyed this book by Benjamin Franklin because he and I share ancestors. His mother, Abiah Folger Franklin, and my 7th great grandmother, Bethshua Folger Pope, were sisters. In his autobiography he explores his genealogy, and even describes a trip to England to trace his Franklin roots. I love reading his notes about Peter Folger and Mary Morrill (his grandparents and my ancestors), who lived on the island of Nantucket. This is a very nice edition of his autobiography, with a lovely slip cover.
New England Stonecarving and its Symbols
1650 - 1815
by ALLAN I. LUDWIG
WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRESS, MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT
A Guide to Massachusetts Public Records: Parishes Towns and Counties
by Caroll D. Wright, originally 1889
a reprint by NEHGS 2014
The Stranger in My Genes
by Bill Griffeth, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2016
I missed seeing Bill Griffeth speak about this new book at several NEHGS events this past fall. This book topped my list for Santa.
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens who made England
by Dan Jones, Penguin Books, 2012
I've been reading quite a few books on the Plantagenets. I have several "Royal Lineages" from Puritan immigrant ancestors that go back to the Plantagenets, including Richard Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Santa got me a subscription to The Mayflower Descendant, which is published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. This is not the same journal as The Mayflower Quarterly.
Santa Claus was very sneaky with these two books from a used book store in Massachusetts called "Manchester by the Book". My distant relative, Retire Becket, of Salem, built this impressive yacht Cleopatra's Barge in 1816 for America's first millionaire, George Crowinshield, Jr. Later the yacht was sold to King Kamehameha II of the Kingdom of Hawaii. So much of the history of this ship touches American history, and my own family history!
The first book (white cover): Cleopatra's Barge: The Crowninshield Story, by David L. Ferguson, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1976.
The second book: George Crowninshield's Yacht Cleopatra's Barge by Walter Muir Whitehill and a Catalogue of the Francis B. Crowninshield Gallery, published by the Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusetts 1959.
This tiny book is smaller than a stick of lip balm. My mother-in-law from Spain gifted it to me for Christmas. She remembers her mother and her grandmother both reading prayers from this book.
PARA EL SANTO SACRIFICIO
DE LA MISA:
PARA LA CONFESSION Y COMUNION.
Su author Pablo Minguet
POR MIGUEL Y TOMAS GASPAR
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Christmas Books from Santa 2016!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 30, 2016, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-books-from-santa-2016.html: accessed [access date]).