Sara and Jean talk about games, both in the current day and back when our ancestors had to devise their own entertainment. A brief overview includes some etymology, some experiences, and a few hints for research. The second (premium) half details more about game history and why it is important to consider games played by forebears when compiling a family history or research one's genealogy. Below is a comprehensive list of resources.
Sara also discusses the new courses that will be offered by Genealogy Journeys and the related discounts. For a clearer, more involved explanation, please refer to:
Botkin, B. A. (Ed.). A Treasury of American Folklore: Stories, Ballads, and Traditions of the People. New York: Crown Publishers, 1944.
Carlisle, Rodney P. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Play in Today’s Society, Vols. 1 & 2, Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2009.
Cotton, Charles. The Compleat Gamester. London: the West End of St. Paul’s Church, 1709.
Garrison, Webb. Why You Say It: The Fascinating Stories Behind Over 700 Words and Phrases. New York: Abingdon Press, 1955.
Kirkell, Miriam H. & Irma K. Schaffnit. Partners All – Places All. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1962.
McCutcheon, Marc. Everyday Life in the 1800s: A Guide for Writers, Students & Historians. Cincinnati, OH: Writer’s Digest Books, 1993.
Mitchell, Sally. Daily Life in Victorian England. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996. (See chapter 10 on “Leisure and Pleasure: Holidays, Sports, and Recreation”)
Morehead, Albert H. & Geoffrey Mott-Smith. Hoyle’s Rules of Games, New York: Signet Books, (My copy; much more recent versions are available and preferred)
Nelson, Esther. Dancing Games for Children of All Ages. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 1973.
Parlett, David. A History of Card Games. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1991.
Shaw, Lloyd. Cowboy Dances. Caldwell, ID: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1948.
Taylor, Dale. The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Colonial America: From 1607-1783. Cincinnati, OH: Writer’s Digest Books, 1997. (See chapter 8 on “Marriage & Family,” sections on Play and Recreation; and Games, Toys and Amusements)
Whitehall, Bruce. “Game inventors in the U.S.A.” from a presentation in Germany, 5 June 2006; on-line, 2016, at The Big Game Hunter, http://thebiggamehunter.com/inventors/game-designers/game-authors-in-the-u-s-a/.
Wood, Clement & Gloria Goddard. The Complete Book of Games. New York: Doubleday & Co., 1940.