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Knots Untied: or Ways and By-Ways in the Hidden Life of American Detectives
Knots Untied: or Ways and By-Ways in the Hidden Life of American Detectives
Product Code: US0383
Number of CDs: 1
Author: George S. McWatters
Pages: 666
Pub. Date: (1871) 2008
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Witches, horse thieves, bank robbers, charlatans-skeletons in the closet of our family tree! Most of us enjoy the occasional "odd" ancestor if they're far enough back in the family tree. But can we document them. Family stories are often questioned and autobiographies no less so. And then there are the fake inheritances (and family trees) that make up those genealogical swindles. McWaters autobiography is filled with fodder for family trees. Whether or not all the events in McWaters's life are as they are described herein, some things can be documented. A 14 July 1880 New York Times news story notes his appearance at a reunion of the survivors of the 26th Precinct Police Station who were involved in the 1863 draft riot at the Tribune building. An introductory essay cites a number of stories in the Tribune which can easily be verified. Laura Keene and Lola Montez are well known in the entertainment field; the details of McWaters association with them is not so widespread. However, it is in the encounters with a variety of lesser known and sometimes shady individuals from genealogical swindlers to greedy lawyers that the researcher may find details that will help flesh out family stories or at the very least provide entertaining reading.

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This electronic book includes high-quality images of every page as originally published (not just a transcript) and is fully searchable using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 4 or later recommended) on any Windows, Macintosh, or Unix computer. The data files are completely self-contained, and require no installation.

Knots Untied: or Ways and By-Ways in the Hidden Life of American Detectives
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