A Most Dreadful Earthquake -- A First-Hand Account of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire -- with Glimpses into the Lives of the Phillips-Jones Letter Writers

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This unique book, based on the previously unpublished correspondence of a young San Francisco woman describing the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, graphically describes the sights of the city and gives details of everyday life in the chaos of those first days. Sarah Phillips' letters tell of walking a circuitous route of several miles in search of her mail, cooking in the streets for fear of fire, and sleeping outside for fear of aftershocks. In the second half of the book, Cgs member Dorothy Fowler leads the reader through an investigation using classic genealogy methods to identify the relatives and friends Sarah identified only by their initials. This book is not only an exciting "you are there" account, it is also, as one reviewer wrote, "a Baedeker to genealogy research."

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This unique book by California Genealogical Society member and long-time volunteer, Dorothy Fowler, is based on the previously unpublished correspondence of a young San Francisco woman during the summer of 1906. Sarah Phillips speaks for herself in letters to her sweetheart back east, describing the devastation in the city which she bravely goes out to explore. Dorothy Fowler uses classic genealogy methods to identify all the mysterious relatives and friends Sarah identified only by their initials.

Founded in February 1898 in San Francisco, California Genealogical Society and Library, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that seeks to aid, educate and encourageresearch in family history, is presently located in Oakland, California.

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DOROTHY FOWLER is a researcher and volunteer at the California Genealogical Society

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