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Editor's Note: Each month we feature books and other projects completed by readers of The Kentucky Explorer. These materials are for sale. Please contact the address given with each book or item. (Again, we truly thank all who have sent additions for our Kentucky Explorer library.) Review copies are appreciated.

First Woman Sheriff

America's First Woman Sheriff Captures Kentucky's Barefoot Desperado, by Diane L. Griffith, is now available. In the quest for information on the details of Lawrence Griffith's story, it was found that his story involved the first woman sheriff in Kentucky and the United States. The true facts of his story remained silent for over 68 years and only gossip has been told. The only way to do it is just to do it and hope the readers of this book will understand that Lawrence's family can now hold their heads up proudly, now that the truth has been told. The story of Lawrence shows that he had the ultimate injustice done to him by his wife's family and the court system of Mayfield, Kentucky; the taking of his very life. This book has 140 pages, and costs $24.95, plus state tax in either Florida or Kentucky, plus $6.95 S/H. To order, contact: America's First Woman Sheriff, c/o Diane L. Griffin, 711 Bowden Road, Clewiston, FL 33440; or 1815 State Route 97, Mayfield, KY 42066; or call: 863/983-8425.

At Rest Among Thorns

At Rest Among Thorns: The Story Of Captain Bill Strong, As Told By Strong Family Descendants, by Sam Strong, Jr., and David W. Strong, is now available in limited quantity (only 100 books in first printing). Written by his great-grandson and great-great-grandson, respectively, this book features several historical photos, documents, and family history stories about the legendary Civil War/feudal chieftain of "Bloody Breathitt" County. 200 pages, soft cover, $20.00 (includes shipping & handling). For more information, or to place your order, write to: David W. Strong, 76 Beattyville Road, Lot 6, Jackson, KY 41339, e-mail: [email protected].

Flat Lick Baptist Church

Flat Lick Baptist Church, Its Place In History, 1799-1999, by Murrell P. Stewart, deacon and historian, is now available. This church is considered the "mother church" of Pulaski County. The book contains the history of the church with biographies of pastors and their families. It talks about the Baptist faith. Listed are early Baptist churches and dates that they were established in Kentucky. This book contains 241 pages with 60 photos. To order, send $15, plus $3 S/H to: Flat Lick Baptist Church, 133 Flat Lick Road, Somerset, KY 42503.

Books By Justice

The following books by Marie R. Justice are now available: One Mullins Family, contains 179 pages, is indexed, and comes in soft-cover. Price is $20, includes postage; This Land, Pike County, contains 157 pages, soft-cover, and costs $16, plus $1.25; and Chloe Creek Poems contains 42 poems, soft-cover, and costs $6, plus $1. Poems are about people that Mrs. Justice knew; times she lived through; the green valley where she lived; and the wide, wonderful world into which she has traveled from time to time. To order, contact: Marie R. Justice, 822 Chloe Road, Pikeville, KY 41501.

Genealogy Tips

Shirley Hornbeck's new how-to-book is the culmination of her 25 years of experience as a genealogist. This and That Genealogy Tips is a handbook for what to look for and what to avoid when doing research. In this sense it is the perfect companion volume to virtually any genealogy textbook, because it homes in on the most crucial aspects of any given subject, such as the recent impressive strides made in African-American genealogical research, while also highlighting its nuances; such as how to get more from census research than meets the eye. This book promises expert advice and consultation to anyone seeking it on just about any topic. The book is 8 1/2" X 11," has 249 pages, and comes in paperback form. Cost is $35. To order, contact: Clearfield Company, Inc., 200 E. Eager Street, Baltimore, MD 21202; call: 410/625-9004; or visit their website at:

First Christian Church

The History of the Sebree First Christian Church, by Vonette J. Curtis, is a hardback book with lots of photos of people connected to the Sebree Christian Church. It contains over 200 pages. The church was established in 1870 in Sebree, Webster County, Kentucky. The county was formed in 1860. Cost of this book is $30, includes shipping and handling. To order, contact: Vonette J. Curtis, P. O. Box 66, Poole, KY 42444; or e-mail: [email protected]

Pendleton County Book

Pioneers of Pendleton County, Kentucky, 1798-1810, is now available. This brand new 347-page volume chronicles a number of the early pioneer families of Pendleton County, Kentucky, who lived within the boundaries of the county from its inception in 1798 up through 1810. The book, printed in 10-point Times New Roman, discusses each family, from the pioneer oftentimes down to his grandchildren. The book contains a surname index in the rear, which enables the reader to locate family names throughout the text. This volume is a culmination of about three years of data collection, assembly, editing, and word-processing entry. The book is stitched and hardbound in water-resistant covers, which will stand the test of time on a library shelf. Cost of this book is $50. To order, contact: Pendleton County Historical and Genealogical Society, Clarita E. Stephens, Secretary, P. O. Box 130, Falmouth, KY 41040.

Boone County Book

Copies of the book Boone County: From Mastodons to the Millennium, by Jennifer Warner, are now available from the Boone County Historical Society. This hardbound library-quality volume is full of fascinating stories and pictures of Boone County, Kentucky's history. This book costs $30, plus $6.50 for shipping. To order, contact: The Boone County Historical Society, P. O. Box 23, Florence, KY 41022.