The Family Nibbles stories are available as books. You can enhance your personal library, and give a gift to a family member.
Check out the books below, and how to get them.
Family Nibbles – Volume 1
Stories of Our Teply Ancestors 1600-1865
Follow the Teply families as they deal with life in the Bohemian highlands on the Moravian border. Learn how they were affected by life in a cluster of remote villages.
They were also affected by global events like religious reformation, Austro-Hungarian rule, military conscription, and overpopulation.
Understand how these factors culminated in their emigration from Bohemia to America.
Family Nibbles – Volume 2
Stories of Our Teply Ancestors 1865-1925
Follow the Teply families as they deal with pioneer life in northeast Kansas in the 19th century. Learn how they were affected by agrarian and small town life in an America of immigrants.
Delve into their lifestyles – social life, farming, recreation, and health. See how the advance of technology and global affairs affected them, and how they dealt with World War I.
Family Nibbles – Volume 3
Stories of Our Jarvis English Heritage
Join our journey as we search for an elusive ancestor, Elizabeth Jervis. We believe she’s a widow and a Quaker, and left England for Pennsylvania around 1682. How in the world is it possible to find her in England?
We get help along the way from a great genealogist and historian. And a DNA match pulls another Jervis family into the story. With this help, we begin to piece together the story of the Jervis families at the confluence of Staffordshire, Shropshire, and Cheshire. We discover some Jervis gentry families in this area, and learn that Jervises were here back in the 13th century.
Using our DNA, we learn how our families migrated from Scandinavia. We study Quakers and Quaker meeting records. Piece by piece, our search builds a story of people, hopes and troubles, hardships and charity. In the end we find Elizabeth Jervis, but the journey has been the fun part.
Family Nibbles – Volume 4
Stories of Our Jarvis Ancestors 1680-1800
In fall of 1683, Elizabeth Jervis and her two children disembarked their ship at Chester, Pennsylvania. That’s the moment that our Jarvis ancestors first arrived in America.
This volume begins the story of our Jarvis family in America. We’ve been here for a long time. We’ll follow the first three generations of our family as they experienced America from 1680 to 1800.
These were common folk. They had successes and troubles. They had legal scrapes. Just when it seemed like they’d made it, some setback would knock them down.
And when each generation suffered an economic hardship that made their lifestyle unsustainable, they chose the risk of moving west into frontier lands.
Family Nibbles – Volume 5
Stories of Our Jarvis Ancestors 1800-1865
This volume begins after the Revolutionary War and follows our Jarvis family until the end of the Civil War. Between those two conflicts, our Jarvis grandparents uprooted their families, left their parents and hometowns, and went west. They found opportunities and hardships and met successes and failures.
In 1792, William and Margaret Jarvis left Maryland for the new state of Kentucky. Most of their children migrated west again to Indiana in the 1820s.
They went from self-sufficiency on the Kentucky frontier to shopping in general stores that sold window glass, canned food, and factory-made clothing. They experienced technological miracles – the telegraph, steamboat, railroad, and steel plow.
We have their census records, deeds, and death notices. We can view their lives through the prism of citations and history and current events of their times. But we can’t know their thoughts or dreams or fears. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to meet them in person and experience their lives for a while.
Family Nibbles – Volume 6
Stories of Our Jarvis Ancestors – 1865-1920
This volume begins after the Civil War and follows our Jarvis families through the end of World War I. In 1865 the Civil War was over. Three generations of Jarvises lived in southeast Indiana – Harvey and Sarah, Joseph and Martha, and Newton. By the early 1910s, these generations had died out.
There remained Jarvis families in Indiana, but our next generation, Ralph Jarvis, came west to Kansas. By the end of World War I, Ralph would marry and set down roots in Kansas.
This volume is also dedicated to two technological wonders of this era.
- This is the first volume in which we have photographs of our grandparents! That adds a wonderful new dimension to our memories of them.
- The electric light illuminated homes and lives! Our grandparent Ralph Jarvis worked in this new industry, and it brought him to Kansas and his future wife.
Family Nibbles – Volume 7
Stories of Our Jarvis Ancestors – 1920-1938
This book is about the lives of Ralph and Chleo Jarvis and their family. They were in their prime in the 1920s and 1930s. They got married, worked, and raised a family.
The book is also about Nathan L. Jones, the visionary mentor to Ralph Jarvis. Jones provided Jarvis with opportunities, and Ralph Jarvis took advantage of them.
This book is about the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression. These two decades saw the best of times and the worst of times.
Finally, this book is about the modernization of American life. It was the age of the automobile, radio, and telephone. Perhaps most important, it was the age of electricity, bringing light and electric appliances into the homes of ordinary people.
Family Nibbles – Volume 8
Stories of Our Pensa and Riley Ancestors
This volume is about the lives of our Pensa, Gardella, and Riley ancestors.
We were lucky to find references to the Pensa and Gardella families in Italy dating to the 1500s. The families had lived in the mountain village of Roccatagliata for generations when Antonio and Rosa Pensa departed for America in 1869. With few belongings and no English-language skills, they made a life in St. Louis.
John and Ann Riley left Ireland in the late 1840s to escape The Great Famine. They tried coal mining in Pennsylvania, farming in Indiana and Iowa, and were one of the early families to settle in Pettis County, Missouri in 1859.
These families left a lasting legacy. We’re the evidence. Without their pluck and perseverance and a bit of luck, we wouldn’t be reading this today.
Family Nibbles – Volume 9
Stories of Our Large and Gallagher Ancestors
This volume is about the lives of our Large, Dugan, and Gallagher ancestors.
Our Gallagher family is from farming clachans of County Donegal. Our Large ancestors had a different background in the coal fields of County Kilkenny. During The Great Famine in Ireland, our ancestors left Ireland for America. They lived and worked in the Pennsylvania coal patch.
In the 1860s, the Patrick and Ellen Gallagher left coal country for railroad work in Missouri. They bought a farm in Barton County and raised a family. Mike Gallagher married Ellen Dugan, herself an immigrant from County Donegal. Their children provide stories of yet another generation.
All of us have immigrant ancestors. I hope our family stories help us appreciate the hope and struggles of every immigrant family.
Three ways to get the books
You can get the books any of three ways: Amazon paperback, Google eBook, or Kindle eBook.
You can get the paperback books at Amazon. Search for ‘Family Nibbles’ or ‘Family Nibbles book.’
The price for each volume is $30. They’re worth every penny!
You can find the ebooks on Google Books or Google Play. They’re free!
They’re best read on your iPad or tablet using Google Play Reader app.
You can find the ebooks on Amazon or Kindle Store. The price is $2.99 per book.
You can read this version on any Kindle reader or Kindle app on your iPad.