Life and Customs

Resources describing the social life and customs of a region or time period can be useful in understanding the daily lives of your ancestors. These sources add “color” to y0ur understanding of your ancestors’ lives. This information will be particulary useful if you are writing your family history.

Finding life and custom books in libraries

Title browse:

  • daily life
  • day by day
  • everyday life
  • Writer’s Guide to Everyday

Search by series title:

  • Daily Life through History
  • Everyday Life in America

Examples  — Encyclopedic sources

American Decades: 1900 – 1999. By Victor Bondi. Vols. 1-10. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995-2001.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library – Reference E 169.1 .A441x 1996 to E 169.12 .A444x 2001.

Day by Day, the Fifties. By Jeffrey D. Merritt and Steven L. Goulden. New York: Facts on File, 1979.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library – Reference D842.5 .M47 1979
For other decades, browse by title or search keywords in title: day by day the.

This Fabulous Century. By Time-Life Books. Vols. 1-8. New York: 1969-70.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E 161 .T55 1969 and Reference E 161 .T55 1969
Covers 1900 to 1970 by decades.

Examples

Advances and Innovations in American Daily Life, 1600s-1930s. By Ernie Gross. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2002.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E161 .G76 2002.

As Various as their Land: The Everyday Lives of Eighteenth Century Americans. By Stephanie Grauman Wolf. Everyday Life in America. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E162 .W83 1993.

Daily Life Along the Mississippi. By George S. Pabis. Greenwood Press Daily Life through History. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2007.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library F351 .P22 2007.

Daily Life in Civil War America. By Dorothy Denneen Volo and James M. Volo. Greenwood Press Daily Life through History. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E 468.9 .V6 1998.

Daily Life in Colonial New England. By Claudia D. Johnson. Greenwood Press Daily Life through History. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library F7 .J59 2002.

Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1870-1920. By June Granatir Alexander. Greenwood Press Daily Life through History. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2007.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library JV6453 .A55 2007.

Daily Life in the Industrial United States, 1870-1900. By Julie Husband and Jim O’Loughlin. Greenwood Press Daily Life through History. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E168 .H965 2004.

Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940: How Americans Lived through the “Roaring Twenties” and the Great Depression. By David E. Kyvig. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2004.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E169 .K985 2004.

Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Early America: From the Colonial Era to the Civil War. By David Stephen Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler. Greenwood Press Daily Life through History. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2007.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E181 .D23 2007.

Everyday Life in Early America. By David Freeman Hawke. Everyday Life in America. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E 162 .H3 1988.

Expansion of Everyday Life, 1860-1876. By Daniel E. Sutherland. Everyday Life in America. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E168 .S957 1989.

Good Old Days — they were Terrible! By Otto Bettmann. New York: Random House, 1974.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E169.1 .B493 1974.

Home Life in Colonial Days. By Alice Morse Earle. New York; London: Macmillan & Co., 1919.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E162 .E18 1919
“Written by Alice Morse Earle in the year MDCCCXCVIII, illustrated by photographs, gathered by the author, of real things, works, and happenings of olden times.”.

To Live and Die in the West: The American Indian Wars, 1860-90. By Jason Hook and Martin Pegler. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E83.866 .H66 2001.

Two Centuries of Costume in America, 1620-1820. By Alice Morse Earle. Vols. 1-2. Williamstown, Mass.: Corner House, 1903, 1974.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library GT605 .E2 1974
In library catalogs, the subject term for historical fashions is “costume.”.

Uncertainty of Everyday Life, 1915-1945. By Harvey Green. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E169 .G83 1992.

Value of a Dollar: Colonial Era to the Civil War, 1600-1865. By Scott Derks and Tony Smith. Millerton, N.Y.: Grey House Pub., 2005.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library – Reference HB235.U6 V358x 2005.

Value of a Dollar: Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860-2004. By Scott Derks. Millerton, NY: Grey House Pub., 2004.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library – Reference HB235.U6 V35 2004.

What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection. By Linda Baumgarten and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Williamsburg, Va.: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in association with Yale University Press, New Haven, 2002.
University of Delaware Library Annex Folio GT607 .B38 2002
Describes the Colonial Williamsburg Collection.

Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life from Prohibition through World War II. By Marc McCutcheon. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1995.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E 169 .M45 1995.

Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Colonial America. By Dale Taylor. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1997.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E 162 .T26 1997.

Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s. By Marc McCutcheon. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1993.
University of Delaware (Morris) Library E 165 .M5 1993.

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