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1. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy
by Sandra H. Luebking
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Asin: 0916489671
Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
Publisher: Ancestry.com
Sales Rank: 92552
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Introduction to Family History Online Text Bundle includes an award-winning best-seller, a practical guide to novice genealogists, and three sets of important forms to begin your family history. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy Author: Loretto Dennis Szucs & Sandra Hargreaves Leubking

Named Best Reference Book by the American Library Association. As it's name suggests, it is the industry's most comprehensive guide to the full spectrum of genealogical resources in America!

Whether you're a brand new genealogist trying to figure out where to begin, or a seasoned expert who's hit the proverbial brick wall The Source has the answers. Not only will it help you effectively use every imaginable type of genealogical record found in America, but you'll also learn how to take advantage of time-tested and cutting-edge research techniques, as well as ways to use your existing data as a springboard to more ancestral discoveries.

Learn where to find and how to use vital resources like:

- Databases, indexes, directories and other finding aids
- Birth, death and cemetery records
- Marriage and divorce records
- Census records Church records
- Court records Land & Tax records
- Military records Business and employment records
- And more!

Additional chapters focus on tracking ethnic origins using immigration records and other resources for Native American, African American, Hispanic, and Jewish-American research. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars complete
Tons of info, easy to use, very useful. I'm not saying it's the best out there (I haven't seen them all), but this has an awful lot of useful info. Nicely organized, easy to use, good stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good place to start
This is truly a GUIDEBOOK. It will guide you through your genealogical experience. When you get frustrated, "hit a brick wall," this is a good place to go for ideas. This will tell you where and how to look up all sorts of neat stuff. Essential stuff like what are the goodies of each census, who, where and what you can find info on all the soldiers from the wars. It DOESN'T have addresses to all the places you should be writing to---it is not that detailed. This just guides you. There are other books out there that can help you with courthouse recorder, deeds, phone #'s etc. Its got completely useless chapters TO ME on urban ancestry, all minorities ancestry is covered, phone directories, yearbooks, etc. How monstrous ship records and immigration records can be! This is just a book to help you with the basics. Its a good thing to have around; if you have an exceptional memory and can remember where you can find everything and what you can get from all those sources, you probably will never need this book. But its a good thing to have around.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book about American Genealogy Period!
I went through a lot of genealogy books looking for the right one to help me along on my search for my ancestors.When I hit the book THE SOURCE A GUIDEBOOK OF AMERICAN GENEALOGY, I hit paydirt. It is my bible to my geneological research. It covers every conceiveable catagory and helps the beginner as well as the pro on where to search out answers, where to get information on vital records, tracking through lineage organizations and individual chapters on select ethnic groups.One of the best chapters is on Tracking Urban Ancestors for those of us who are tracking relations who lived in big cities. This book should be on every family historians home library shelf

5-0 out of 5 stars What an informative book.
For anyone into Genealogy, this is a "must have" book. This book will give you a place to look for just about any record to be researched as well as other books that follow on the same line of research. A definite thumbs up.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "MUST have" for family historians!!!
FROM THE BOOKSHELF: THE SOURCE: A Guidebook of American Genealogy

DearREADERS, One of the most useful books for those of us starting (and continuing) to pursue our American pedigrees was revised and republished by Ancestry Publishing Company in 191997. THE SOURCE is just that, an invaluable source, referencing:

Major record sources: family, vital, census, church, court, land, tax, military, institution and business

Published genealogical sources: city directories, newspapers, genealogy indexes and compiled biographies

Special resources: tracking immigrants, urban ancestors, Native American, Spanish/Southwest, Black, Asian, Jewish-American, computers and heredity & lineage societies)

Appendices include: addresses of regional Federal Archives, state historical archives, historical societies, research libraries, "Where to Write for Vital Records..", genealogy societies and genealogy book publishers

Lou and Sandra have written some of the chapters, and have called upon other well-respected genealogy experts to compose the other chapters. This book is so big, it can be used like an encyclopedia! However, I especially like to curl up and read it when I get stuck in a rut using just one or two types of records. This book reminds me to broaden my scope of research!

Regards, Myrt ... Read more


2. The Story of a Lifetime: A Keepsake of Personal Memoirs
by Stephen Pavuk, Pamela Pavuk
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Asin: 0970062680
Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: Triangel
Sales Rank: 13028
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A True Heirloom
After receiving this book from my adult daughter, I began filling in the pages. So many wonderul memories were relived with each question that I answered. I began thinking, this book would make a true heirloom if given as college graduation gifts. The graduates are at a turning point in their lives. They have lived most of their youth and they have experienced a great many trials and tribulations. What better time then now to enscribe them in this wonderful thought provoking book. Yet, they have so many good years ahead of them that they can record not only yesterday's memories, but today's and then tomorrows. In essence this is a running account of their lives.

What a fantastic gift to pass on to one's children.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best gift I've ever given (from my mother-in-law!).
I got this book for my mother-in-law and she loves it. The first day she had it, she spent almost the entire day writing. She's told all of her friends and they are now wanting the book for themselves and their parents who may still be living. What better way to tell someone you care than to let them know you want to know all about their lives and want your children to know as well, so it will never be forgotten how wonderful they are. Now the only problem is, which grandchild gets the book when she's done!

2-0 out of 5 stars I believed all the reviews here
I bought this as a gift, directly from Amazon, without having seen the book. The recipient, an avid scrapbooker and saver of poems and all things written, photographic, and sentimental (she uses large books herself, and is a devoted mom and teacher), didn't respond in the favorable way I'd anticipated based on the reviews here, combined with her personality and interests. I don't think she'll be using this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a list of what to ask.
I received this book for Christmas - my friend knows I have kept a journal since I was 12 - so it was a "just perfect" gift for me. What I like about it is that it lists all the questions you would like to ask, but have never got around to asking of anyone precious in your life. I am going to send a copy to my 89-year old godmother - because there is so much I would like for her to tell us. We're also going to use it as a tool for the video we are making of her - the questions and segments are perfect for a project like that. In a future edition, I would recommend more questions or segments for those with non-traditional lives - multiple marriages, foster families, gay relationships, etc. But this is definitely a start in the right direction and there are plenty of blank pages to fill in your own unique events, life experiences, and thoughts.

3-0 out of 5 stars Capacious, exhaustive, but badly organized
I was impressed by the thickness of this volume; I wasn't expecting anything quite this big. And each page has lots of lines on it. But each question is given a relatively small space for the answer to fit in, and there is absolutely no way to find a particular question, or a particular topic, without reading the entire book and putting post-it notes in as bookmarks. I would have loved an index at the end, or a table of contents to the sections. Also, parts of it are really excessively sentimental - not everyone who's filling out one of these reads Simple Abundance compulsively, and the authors don't seem to realize that. ... Read more


3. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
by Frank McCourt
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Asin: 068484267X
Catlog: Book (1999-05-25)
Publisher: Scribner
Sales Rank: 5116
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."

So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy -- exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling -- does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies.

Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors -- yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.

Angela's Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Depressing but Excellent
5 Stars- Depressing but excellent

Frank Mc Court's memoirs "Angela's Ashes" takes us back to the 1940s where he tells us of his childhood and the poverty that his family lived though. This book can be very depressing at times which brought me to tears, but this is an excellent memoirs worthy of a 5 star rating.

The book starts out in New York, the Mc Court family lives in one of the most impoverished areas of Brooklyn and father, Malachy Mc Court has a hard time keeping a job and a drinking problem. After the death of baby Margaret, the family moves back to Ireland where times are harder and life is poorer. The family relies on help from Saint Vincent, DE Paul Society and they are forced to go on relief. The father drinks whatever money he makes and has a hard time finding or keeping a job. Frank has a dream of returning to America, where he feels that he can make life better for himself.

I watched the movie right after reading the book and was amazed at how many part were left out. I advise everyone to read the book to get the true story of the Mc Court Family and I look forward to reading the second part, Tis.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Well-Deserved Pulitzer
McCourt speaks to the reader through his childhood voice in this splendid, moving, and thought-provoking autobiography. McCourt begins the story as a four-year-old living in New York City with his parents and three younger brothers. The poverty stricken Irish family is unable to make ends meet in America and so they head back to Ireland in hopes of survival.

They settle in Limerick where McCourt's mother Angela grew up. Malachy McCourt, the father in the story, claims that he will find work and support the family. However, Malachy's love of alcohol prevents him from finding or keeping any gainful employment. When he does work, he takes his wages and goes to the bars and drinks until all the money is gone. Meanwhile, the family is hungry, the children are wearing shoes with holes, and Angela sinks into a deep depression but remains obedient to her husband because of her Catholic faith. The family moves around Limerick frequently, renting dirty rooms with flea infested bedding, living on the floors in small houses owned by relatives, and even renting a house in which the bottom floor is constantly being flooded with neighborhood sewage. The family comes face to face with illness, death, starvation, and ridicule. The low point strikes when Angela must resort to begging on the streets to help her family survive.

All the while, McCourt has the reader grow with him through the ages of four to nineteen. He shares the Irish tales he grew up with, the feelings he had toward his dyfunctional parents, his opinion of the Catholic Church, and the good and bad lessons he learned from his harsh schoolmasters. Never does McCourt wallow in self-pity, rather he presents the facts of his life in an honest, poignant manner. Despite the despair, it seems that McCourt has no regrets about his upbringing, for he was a child and had no control of the situation. As he grew, however, he came to the realization that he could begin to change things for the better. Unlike his father, he became eager to work. He struggled to support his mother and younger siblings in his teen years with after school jobs. He educated himself through reading and observation. He set goals and priorities and didn't give up until he reached them.

McCourt takes what is tragic and presents it in a beautiful, descriptive language that leaves the reader spellbound. His story is obviously written unselfishly and is told to show that triumph can be the end result of tragedy. Each individual has the power to rise above and make his or her life meaningful. This is the essence of McCourt's message. A message you will not forget after reading Angela's Ashes.

5-0 out of 5 stars a memoir of myself?
This book is simply incredible and the inclusion of the patriotic and doleful poems of the Irish make it simply the best and stand out from the rest. Frank Mc Court has retold the story in a perspective of a child and I wonder how could he retell each and everything so clearly and touchingly.... so hands up for him... Mc Court is one of the greatest Irish writer ever.... This book has broken my heart, made me laugh, brought tears in my eyes and has made me obsessed with Little Frankie and his sore eyes....I never wanted to finish Angela's Ashes and wish I could continue reading it forever and ever.... If you are keen about Frankie's life then Tis' is a must read book...

I wish I could invite Frankie during Christmas so that he didnt have to eat the pig's head....

5-0 out of 5 stars ANGELA'S ASHES
THIS BOOK LEFT SUCH A MEMORABLE IMPRESSION ON ME. IT HELPS ME TO UNDERSTAND HOW SOME PEOPLE IN AMERICA, DURING THE DEPRESSION YEARS, MUST HAVE LIVED. THE WAY THE STORY IS WRITTEN MAKES YOU FEEL AS IF YOU ENDURED SOME OF THE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES FELT BY THE WRITER. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO REMEMBER THIS STORY IN TIMES WHEN THE SIMPLICITY AND BASIC JOYS IN LIFE ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED.

1-0 out of 5 stars P.U.!!
Stinkaroo! Thank god I borrowed this work of maudlin stereotypical crap from the library so I didn't actually fork over any cash for it. Jeez, if I was Irish I would be completely insulted by the authors' ludicrous, stereotypical portrayal of the anguished poor Irish Catholic family. "Aw no da's drunk agin! Aw no, ma's bein' shagged! Aw, I wish ere lived in Ameriki!" Blah blah blah! These characters aren't even as well developed as the guy on the Lucky Charms box. Has McCourt ever been to Ireland?

I couldn't even finish it. It just plodded and sobbed and whined on and on and on. In fact, before I took it back to the library I inscribed in one of the early chapters, "WARNING: MORE CRAP AHEAD". I didn't consider that defacing library property, I considered it a public service. ... Read more


4. Land and Property Research in the United States
by E. Wade Hone
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Asin: 091648968X
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: Ancestry.com
Sales Rank: 566805
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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"...an indispensable tool!" Land records are among the oldest and best-preserved records in the U.S. Researchers often overlook the importance of land records as a source for genealogical information. But significant and often hidden clues can be found in land and property records. Written evidence of people's entitlement to land and property goes back in time further and apply to more people than any other genealogical record in the United States. However, they can often be difficult to fully understand and use.

Enter Land & Property Research in the United States, by author Wade Hone. This virtual encyclopedia of American genealogy will guide you through the "how to use" and "where to find" of land & property records. Additionally, LPR will instruct you on the nature of land and property records. Of course, all this information would be of little use without an understanding of how to use it in genealogical research. Therefore, the significance of genealogical information is tied into each record group and chapter.

Land & Property Research in the United States is the most comprehensive and useful review of land and property research to date. Nowhere else will a researcher find the information on these important records so easily accessible. A "must have" for genealogists, title companies, law libraries, county government offices, and federal government employees. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful. Saved me a lot of time.
I ran into this book by accident. I've been working on revising a book I wrote back in 1990 (still for sale on this website for some reason) about Davy Crockett. Knowing nothing about genealogy, I found this book to be quite impressive.

This book covers just about everything a researcher could want regarding old land and property records in the United States. I've had great difficulty pinning down Tennessee records from the 1820s and 1830s, yet now that I have this book, it's a breeze. That alone has saved me hours and money.

Basically, this book is divided into several parts listing each state with the location of records. There is a wealth of information on just about everything regarding property and land records dating back centuries. One of the key features of this book is it gives many cross references and sources for more information. Subsequently, I find myself adding more and more books to my personal reference library based on the references cited in this book. As an author and a publisher myself, I commend the author and publisher of this book on a fine, fine reference work.

I'm giving this book 5 stars hands down. This is just one heck of a resource. If you are an amateur or advanced genealogist, this book is a must for your library. I've never been interested in genealogy, but as a researcher and publisher of historical books, I found this book to be of immense research value. This is not a book that you "read" in the traditional sense. It's a reference book to be consulted. I used the index quite a lot, and the references at the end of each chapter gave me more leads for further information. ... Read more


5. The Organized Family Historian : How to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and Heirlooms (National Genealogical Society Guides)
by Ann Carter Fleming, ANN FLEMING
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Asin: 1401601294
Catlog: Book (2004-03-03)
Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press
Sales Rank: 15399
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It can take hours to research family history and it is easy to become inundated with stuff – paper records, recordings, photographs, notes, artifacts, and more information than one would imagine could ever exist. The usefulness of the collection is in the organization – using computers, archival boxes, files, and forms to help you put your hands on what you need when you need it. Also included, in this book, are instructions on the best ways to store and preserve one-of-a-kind family relics.

Fifth in the National Genealogical Society’s Guide series, The Organized Family Historian will follow the same user-friendly format that makes the other books helpful at any level of genealogical experience. The NGS offers readers 100 years of research and experience.

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6. Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family's History and Heritage With the Power of the Internet
by Pamela Boyer Porter, National Genealogical Society, Amy Johnson Crow
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Asin: 1401600212
Catlog: Book (2003-04-23)
Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press
Sales Rank: 12349
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Researching family history is the second most popular topic on the Internet (after sex). In Online Roots, Pamela Boyer Porter, a Certified Genealogical Records Specialist, explains how to search effectively on the Internet, how to assess the value of what you find, and the best way to make full use of the resources of the Internet to trace your family's history and heritage.

Topics covered include:

  • Judging your sources
  • Checking modern lists and resources
  • Finding clues to primary sources
  • Researching military records
  • When an ancestor has a criminal record
  • Locating photographs on the web

Researching on the Internet can be fun and challenging. Online Roots makes your search more effective and creative.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Online Genealogy PLUS Great Techniques
This work is one of the first that seems to approach the use of the internet as a great tool, while still supporting and instructing standard research techniques. Easy to follow and loads of examples make this book a useful helper with my own family research.
The variety of online sites is enhanced with actual case studies and sample screens for beginners. I would recommend this book for a novice or experienced researcher. ... Read more


7. Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical, & Other Records in Family History Research
by Trafford R. Cole
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Asin: 0916489582
Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
Publisher: Ancestry.com
Sales Rank: 201312
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Searching for Italian ancestors?Italian Records is the book for you!

This comprehensive reference covers Italian records in wonderfully extensive detail!Author Trafford Cole has been a professional researcher of Italian genealogy for over eighteen years!His reference is designed to be an essential component of Italian family history research.Along with a detailed history of Italian record keeping, this book will instruct you on the Italian records themselves--civil, ecclesiastical, notary, military and more!

Featuring more than one hundred illustrations, this volume is rich in reproductions of typical records found in repositories throughout Italy!Each record includes a complete English translation and thorough explanation.Learn the significance of Italian surnames or noble families!The author even offers advice on how to approach Italian repositories!Once you've learned the ropes, use the sample letters provided to help you obtain records through correspondence from a variety of sources!

265 pages, 8 1/2 by 11, hardbound ISBN 0-916489-58-2 ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This Is It!
For those of you in search of your Italian heritage need look no further. Everything you need is right here in this relatively cheap book written by, get this, a non-Italian! Whether you just want to get your grandparents birth records from the 1890's or go all the way back to the 1700's to get your 5th great grandparents marriage record, this book will tell you how, in easy step by step instructions. Can't read or write in Italian? Mr. Cole's book does that for you, too. Don't know your Italian history? Guess what? Mr. Cole does, and he shares it with you in his book.
There are many illustrations of actual Italian records from the 1800's to going back almost 1000 years, and he explains what each is and what the records say. This author covers the history of surnames as well.
With the information in this book, it would be virtually impossible for someone who's ancestors were Italian not to discover their heritage.
I strongly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
This is a truly outstanding work. Well-written, fcat filled, concise, orderly. Dr. Cole covers all the important topics very well. If you buy just one book on Italian genealogy, this is the one.

Using just this book, a subscription to POINT journal, an Italian dictionary, and a Latin dictionary I was able to go through the LDS films of my grandfather's ancestral town and in a few months easily trace most of his lines back to the 1500s.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very helpful for first time researchers. Detailed information and understandable. I recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book has everything any person performing Italian genealogy research would want to know. I consider it my primary reference. ... Read more


8. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian
by Elizabeth Shown Mills
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Catlog: Book (2000-01)
Publisher: Regional Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 29324
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good advice on documentation methodology; lacking in egs.
Mills deserves the admiration and respect she has earned from her years of dedication to the field of genealogy. Her contributions are invaluable. And her knowledge of documentation methodology is exemplary. I wish genealogists were required to read this book before they start their endeavour. But her citation examples leave me dissappointed. I was looking forward to getting this book for the examples. They're not exactly what one would call comprehensive. And many of them, like the late Mr. Lackey's book, are superfluous. I don't know if the publisher pressed her for space or what, but I would like to see several examples for each type of source--given genealogical sources' uniqueness, it's a must. And more, I'm dissappointed at her deviations from long-standing citation practices in the field of history. It is this type of practice that still bars historians from accepting genealogists into their realm of study. As an avid genealogist and recent college graduate in history, I can attest to this personally. Documentation methods in the field of history are long-established and practiced in history departments the world over, as evidenced in the books and writings of scholars and in the many historical journals produced in this country. When will genealogy join the academic community on this matter? I can promise you it won't be on the part of scholars. Anyway, I'm most dissappointed at the lack of comprehensive examples. It is too delicate a matter for the genealogist to have to substitute their own source data into one example, when they probably obtained the info. in quite a different matter, and therefore has to guess what to put. And she sways way off base in regard to established historical practice in her use of semicolons within a single source--how is she going to account for another source for the same note? Every historian knows the semicolon, in documentation, seperates two or more sources within a single note. Things like that leave me hoping for the ultimate, comprehensive, yet unwritten documentation guide for genealogists, that will marry formats unique to genealogy to those of history, and that will include as many variations of citing a source as the researcher may need. But don't let this discourage you. Mills gives many excellent examples, and I commend her for it. I would buy the book again. At this point, with the scarcity of quality bibliographic and documentation manuals for genealogists, it's a must. I still reccommend it for every genealogist.

4-0 out of 5 stars Comment on Evidence! by Elizabeth Shown Mills
I keep Ms. Mills's book next to me when documenting family history. As a person who has not done formal research, I did find some of the examples confusing, although there was a pattern to most of them as I tried to follow each type of cite. Not all situations are addressed; however, I was usually able to create a citation for each source. More examples addressing different situations and more samples of electronic citations would be most helpful. Also, consistent typesetting would be helpful (different types of print in different headings in some areas of the book). I appreciate the time and work Ms. Mills has put into the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Falls short of expectations
This book is one of the better genealogy citation books on the market. I bought the book merely for examples, especially for help with new databases online. The examples that Ms. Mills gave are often hard to understand and few cover sources found on the internet.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must have
If you're a family historian/genealogist, this is a MUST HAVE book. As all serious genealogist know, citing your sources is one the most important aspects of giving your research the validity it deserves! This book makes it easy by giving clear and precise examples of citing sources from books, other family histories, information found on CD's, birth/death/marriage and other court records as well as citing internet sources.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
I have carried this book with me everywhere I've gone to do genealogical research. Taking the time to properly cite my sources as I gather them has saved me tons of time when going back over my notes. This book is well written, and the appendix with its clear examples is what I use most. ... Read more


9. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England 3rd Edition 4 vols.
by James Savage
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Asin: 0806307595
Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 985320
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This is the basic genealogical dictionary of early New England settlers, giving thename of every settler who arrived in New England before 1692 regardless of their station, rank,or fortune. Alphabetically arranged for each it gives the dates of his marriage and death, dates ofbirth, marriage and death of his children, and birthdates and names of the grandchildren.According to the author, "nineteen twentieths of the people of these New England colonies in1775 were descendants of those found here in 1692, and probably seven-eighths of them wereoffspring of the settlers before 1642." ... Read more


10. Your Swedish Roots: A Step By Step Handbook
by PER CLEMENSSON, KJELL ANDERSSON
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11. Genealogy Online for Dummies
by Matthew L.Helm, April LeighHelm
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-23)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Researching our roots has become a top national pastime, and with the advent of the Internet, it’s also become much faster and easier than before. Rather than hop in the car and hope you can find the courthouse of the county where your great-grandmother grew up before it closes, you can relax and research in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience. The only problem is where—and how—do you start?

Genealogy Online For Dummies, 4th Edition is a great starting point. Written by genealogists who manage and maintain several online genealogy services, this guide helps you make sense of the vast array of resources on the Web. It shows you how to

  • Search online databases
  • Explore genealogical societies
  • Use geographic tools
  • Research ethnic roots
  • Validate your findings
  • Share your research

So you don’t waste time and effort wandering all over the Web, Genealogy Online For Dummies, 4th Edition shows you how to set up your own personal database first, using information you already have from family members. Then it helps you make your search productive by

  • Choosing the right government resources to help locate your ancestors
  • Fleshing out the statistics with personal information from geographical, ethnic, and religious sources
  • Cooperating with other researchers, sharing information, and coordinating efforts with societies and research groups
  • Providing proven tips, reminders, suggestions, and lists of online databases
  • Offering suggestions for developing your own genealogical Web site, and more

To get you started in style, the bonus CD-ROM includes the full version of Family TreeMaker and Legacy Family Tree freeware, a tryout version of Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 2.0 for preserving treasured family photos, and lots of other valuable techno-tools. And it all comes with a warning: genealogical research can become addictive! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Genealogy Online for Dummies, 4th edition,
Genealogy Online for Dummies is a handy how-to, where-to, what-to, who-to, and why-to book. Matthew L. Helm, one of the authors, is executive vice president and chief technology officer of FamilyToolbox.net, Inc. With a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in library and information science, he created and he maintains the Helm's various genealogy websites. April Leigh Helm, the other author, is the company president. She has degrees in journalism and higher education administration. They are no dummies, and anyone who reads this book will be no dummy about genealogy online.

The book has 16 chapters organized in five major sections, also three appendices, an index, a genealogy Internet directory, and a tear-out "cheat sheet." The text covers in part one doing the groundwork, in part two focusing the online research effort, in part three expanding research online, and in part four using the computer and web to organize and share information. In summary, part five lists ten handy databases, ten things to remember when designing your genealogical website, ten sites that offer help, and ten tips for "smooth sailing."

Throughout the text are addresses of useful websites, research tips, definitions of genealogical terms, step-by-step instructions, and warnings. Examples of warnings are "don't violate any copyright laws by sending large portions of written works through email" (p. 215), and don't post on your website "any information that could land you in the doghouse with any of your relatives - close or distant" (p. 246). The text features sidebar discussions of issues like copyright (p. 250) and privacy (p. 248), and even a "mandatory lecture on privacy" (234). But the tone and message are generally positive: You can do genealogy online. The text explains not only the software, the search engines, the online resources (websites), but also the hardware appropriate for different tasks, and the basics of HyperText Markup Language (html) needed to create a website.

One appendix provides the basics of going online, for anyone not already connected to the Internet. A second appendix defines genealogical terms. The third appendix provides a long list of software available on the CD inserted in the back of the book, mostly demo software for Windows; but the CD itself contains only the demonstration software for Reunion 8, and a very useful list of genealogy-related urls. The index is detailed. At the center of the book is a 30-page genealogy Internet directory, organized into clear categories and fully annotated. The cheat sheet provides instructions for using the Helm's Genealogy Toolbox at www.genealogytoolbox.com/, as well as the addresses for 14 websites.

The final chapter's "ten tips for genealogical smooth sailing" take the reader back to the big picture: (1) start with what you know, (2) get organized, (3) always get proof, (4) always cite your sources, (5) focus, focus, focus; (6) share your information, (7) join a society or research group, (8) attend a conference or workshop, (9) attend a family reunion, and (10) don't give up. Before the reader gets here, the text has provided clear, detailed guidelines for thoroughly researching, organizing, and presenting genealogical information.

The organization and layout of this 332-page book are great. I found it easy to locate specific information, and I found the information clear enough for the beginner and yet substantive enough for the advanced genealogist. The graphics clearly illustrate the text, and the text is easy to read. The occasional 5th Wave cartoons are appropriate and humorous. I am adding this manual to my desktop reference collection of books that I want within arms reach.

4-0 out of 5 stars review of Genealogy Online for Dummies
Pros: Covers lots of topics and is a very valuable source for beginners with great, well written, summaries of many skills and sources needed for doing family history
Cons:

No real cons. I was a bit surprised, however, not to read more about the incredible land patent database of the former General Land Office offered through the Bureau of Land Management's Eastern State Office. There is no mention that people can actually download from the office's site copies of early land patents of ancestors after discovering how and where they received federal land. Yet, this only points out that one book, though great, cannot cover everything.

I was interested to review this book since I do a lot of genealogical research and wanted to see what more I could learn. I wasn't disappointed. There's plenty to be discovered through the great information supplied by this fine book. Though one of the "For Dummies" series for beginners, there is much here for people who aren't dummies but are advanced in their genealogical studies. The authors have their own website, "Helm's Genealogy Toolbox" at www.geneaologytoobox.com, and that is featured as well as other web sites and links.
The book also contains a CD with three items: 1) a trial version of "Family Tree Maker," a popular genealogy database, 2) an evaluation copy of "Homesite 5.5," a popular HTML editor, and 3) a gazetteer designed for genealogists,"World Place Finder." This CD runs on Mac OS system software 7.55 or later, which is useful if you haven't yet stepped up to OS X.
This book is indeed a fine source for all genealogists, covering not only what can be found on the web (an incredible amount), but also great tips for basic "how to do" skills. There is even information in one of three appendixes for the real beginner without many computer skills, such as getting set up with a service provider. The other appendixes include terms and more information on using the CD.
As to its organization, the book begins with the needed first steps about recording easily available information needed to "ground" what you later discover. Progressively you also learn about preserving notes and photos, organizing your records, and many other valuable tips to get started. Later chapters (a total of 16 in the book) continue with planning genealogical research trips and strategies, plus lots of great information about the almost countless sources that have developed on the Web to aid family history buffs. This includes some information even on foreign sources and archives.
The book also covers the increasing availability of various source records, such as census and vital statistics posted on the Web, plus the value of using comprehensive genealogical indexes, surname forums, and the incredible national GenWeb project which coordinates state and county records. And that's only a sample of what this useful book covers! The helpful index allows you to easy find the variety of specific topics in this great "how-to" book,.
Overall, its easy-to-follow style, like other "for Dummies" books, makes this a real winner for both the beginner and advanced genealogist. It is well worth the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Full of Helpful Information
This is a very helpful book. I have been doing genealogy research for years, and found all of the tips I would give someone who has just started research within its pages. I also found things that I hadn't previously thought of that I was able to use and I accomplished a lot. This is a perfect handbook for those who are interested in using the internet to further their research.

2-0 out of 5 stars Yawn
I've been researching my genealogy on the web for about a year now, and I'd already found everything included in this book. If you're a basic web surfer, and can use a search engine, don't bother with this book. I also found that it was very difficult to reference, and jumbled together both the excellent resource sites, as well as the ones that are pretty much useless. Spend your money on "The Source" it will be worth the extra investment.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent intro to Web genealogical resources
The best review I can give of this book is that it directed me to about 6 Web sites I hadn't heard of which should give me a lot of useful information in researching my family tree. Unlike a lot of Dummies books, this one isn't padded with filler; every page conveys useful information, discussing numerous internet resources and making suggestions for organizing research. The book also contains lengthy sections on African-American, Native American, and Hispanic genealogical Web sites, and apparently has more information on these sites than many other books.

The reasons I didn't rate the book five stars are two-fold: there are dead links in addition to the live ones, and the book was published before the LDS database (maintained by the Mormon Church) was made available online. That suggests that this book is ripe for a 3rd Edition. ... Read more


12. Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, Third Edition
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Catlog: Book (2004-09)
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Red Book is the culmination of several years' worth of research on the part of scholars, historians and professional genealogists. Arguably the finest reference ever compiled on United States research, Red Book consistently ranks high on the "must-have" lists of several well-known genealogy publications. Now, in celebration of an impressive 15 years in print, Ancestry.com is unveiling a new third edition, marking the first revision of this seminal work since 1992.

In celebration of Red Book's 15th year in print, Ancestry.com is unveiling a new third edition. Sporting more than just a new cover, the third edition effectively builds on the hallmarks of the original -- namely thoughtful organization as well as in-depth coverage of the best libraries and archives in the United States. Red Book also promises to take genealogy into the 21st century through updated text devoted to the wealth of information now available from the internet. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Another Essential Genealogy Reference
I purchased this book by accident, actually. I already had the Handybook for Genealogists and considered the two to be too close in content to justify the expenditure. I received an offer for the purchase of the Red Book at a discount and jumped on it, only to realize later what I had done. I thought about returning it, once it arrived.

However, after sitting down and doing a side-by-side comparison of the two books, I realized that there is some very different information between the two. Both are quite useful, and if I ever question information in one (come on, that's what we DO) I have a second source to confirm the first. I find myself reaching for this book time after time, and not just to confirm info from the Handybook. There are certain things I find easier to understand in the Red Book, not to mention the different perspective offered.

This book is, simply put, indispensible!

5-0 out of 5 stars The RED BOOK Bible
Genealogists receive initial contact addresses for records in all 50 states and an idea of what information is kept where! I have used mine to pieces. However it's due for an update to include emails and websites.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ancestry's Red Book
The best genealogy source book I have found. Took it with me on vacation and it was great.

5-0 out of 5 stars The RED BOOK has the answers when searching a new locality!
So you're making a little progress in your family history research, having interviewed most of your older relatives. NOW you need to begin looking at the records created in the localities where your ancestors once lived! For US researchers, the RED BOOK is an essential reference book!

NEED TO KNOW -- WHEN a county was created? WHERE the probate records are kept? WHAT the migration patterns were? IF there are surviving church records of christening, marriage and burial? HOW the county boundaries changed over the years?

The RED BOOK has the answers! I always turn to it when helping someone at our local LDS Family History Center. The RED BOOK gets you quickly up to speed on what to expect when researching a particular state.

This one is on my "A" list!!! Myrt ... Read more


13. To Our Children's Children Book
by BOB GREENE
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Catlog: Book (1993-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK TO GUIDE YOU IN WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
I tell everyone I see, that is interested in preserving their family history to BUY this book. I like structure and a helping hand. To me, this is the greatest book to help a person, tell their story. I am still working my way through Bob Greene's book and typing in the answers in my computer. I call my results a "Work in Progress." I wish I would have had this guide when some of my relatives were still alive. Once again, this book is great guide, to fill out "your story" and the story of your relatives. I have give my "Work in Progress", to my two daughters, and they both cried. I was surprised by their response. Their response encourages me to continue "My Work in Progress."

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book but....
This is a great book with wonderful, thought provoking questions, but beware, there is no space in this book to write responses. Ideal if you will be writing in a separate journal or tape recording answers. I was disappointed with the layout, as I wanted the receipient to be able to write directly into the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice jumpstart for journaling your story
This is a great little book for jumpstarting your brain. It asks thought-provoking questions that helped me journal about my life, for my children. As you read through the questions, there will be some that really spark a memory for you, and those are the ones I chose to answer. This would also be a good tool for the scrapbooker who wanted to do more than just record events with photos. I would recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A priceless gift
I bought this book for my Father in November for a Christmas gift but gave it to him as soon as I received it. and he got busy right away on his computer and wrote a 13 page history of his life. He passed away December 29th. My gift for him turned into a gift for me, my siblings and others.I can't express my appreciation for this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are really serious about writing your own story...
If you are really serious about writing your own story about your life and are willing to answer the questions in an honest and direct way this book is for you! My Dad and I are both using this book to write a two generation family life story. The questions in this book bring back many memories, some good and some painful but it helps to write it all out. I have not found a book that is as easy to work with. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in remembering the past and preserving it for their children and future family members. ... Read more


14. The Vanderbilts
by Jerry E. Patterson
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Catlog: Book (1989-09-01)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Vanderbuilding with the Vanderbilts
If you are a fan of the Vanderbilts or of the Gilded Era, this book is a must. I have to admitt that I own lots of coffee table books. Usually, I just look at the pictures, read the captions, but never a word of the text. This book caught my attention from the start. It's a wonderful history of the Vanderbilt family, although not too heavily involved. I found that the family tree charts were loads of help while reading the book ... with such a large family it would be easy to forget who's who.
The pictures are exquisite, they bring the Vanderbilts and their fabulous homes to life. There are 291 illustrations, 92 of them are in full color.
I bought this book on a visit to George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate in the mountains of North Carolina. If you live any where near the area, I highly recommend a visit. The house, gardens and winery are out of this world!

5-0 out of 5 stars Splendour Aplenty!
This book serves a myriad of purposes. If you are interested in turn of the century architecture, this book is for you. If you are interested in the social mores of the day, this book is for you. If you are interested in the Vanderbilt familiy in particular, and America's aristocracy in general, this book is for you. With hundreds of wonderful photos and illustrations, and an objective account of the history of one of America's richest families, "The Vanderbilts" takes the reader back to an era of nonchalant decadence. A time when prosperity was the plaything of the gods, and the gods were called Vanderbilt, and were lead by "The Commodore". America today is enriched by the spoils of their success, boasting some of the best in arcitecture and art collections. The family who gave us Grand Central Station, The Metropolitan Opera, and a good deal of the exhibited contents of the Met Museum also provide us with a fascinating tale of the rise and reign (and stumbles and pratfalls along the way) of American royalty.

5-0 out of 5 stars BILTMORE IS NOT THE ONLY CASTLE
LIVING IN THE SHADOW AND SPELL OF BILTMORE, IMAGINE MY SURPRISE AT FINDING BILTMORE BUT ONE OF MANY FINE HOUSES BUILT BY THIS GREEDY FAMILY IN SEARCH OF EXTRAVAGANCE, SAFETY AND MODERN CONVENIENCE. THE INFORMATION PRESENTED SHEDS A WHOLE NEW LIGHT ON THE VANDERBILT FAMILY AND THEIR INDIVIDUAL LIVES, REVEALING NOT ONLY THE INDIVIDUAL STYLES OF THE HOMES BUT OF THEIR CAUSES AND CRUSADES AND UNBELIEVABLE SHENANIGANS. I WORE OUT THE ROAD TO THE LIBRARY AND NEARLY WENT BROKE PAYING FINES UNTIL I LEARNED I COULD OWN THIS BOOK THAT HAS CHANGED MY THOUGHTS ABOUT OUR LOCAL "CASTLE." WE STILL LOVE BILTMORE - WE STILL ABHOR THE GREED OF THIS FAMILY THAT THOUGHT NOTHING OF STRANDING RAILROAD PASSENGERS IN THE SNOW. JUST AS WE CAN'T WAIT TO VISIT ASHEVILLE AGAIN, WE CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS FASCINATING ACCOUNT AGAIN!! ... Read more


15. Digitizing Your Family History
by Rhonda R. McClure
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-19)
Publisher: Family Tree Books
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Family historians know the value of preserving precious family heirlooms--old letters, diaries, photographs, Bible pages. Yet most have limited, if any, knowledge of the technology needed to safely save these items.

Digitizing Your Family History gives readers the tools they need to keep these records permanently. They'll learn to:

* Utilize a scanner to best save photos and documents

* Get maximum results from digital cameras

* Enhance vintage photos through electronic editing

* Work with printers, PDAs, and more to preserve family records

* Organize digital records for easy access in later years

With McClure's instructive guide, genealogists will learn how to better preserve their family memories for future generations. ... Read more


16. The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions
by Carl Marshall, David Marshall
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Publisher: Hyperion
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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Strong is the urge to write one's life story as a keepsake for oneself and one's family. The difficulty is knowing where to start, and then where to go from there. Carl and David Marshall, a grandfather-grandson team, have created a fine and fun do-it-yourself autobiography. The cover of the journal-sized Book of Myself is intended to resemble handmade paper; the inside pages have the yellowed hue of a keepsake found in a musty attic trunk. The book is not especially pretty. But the questions--one per page, divided into early, middle, and late years, and then again into sections concerning family, friends, education, work and responsibilities, and the world--are good enough that it hardly matters. Among the 201 jumping-off points included here are questions concerning childhood toys, crushes, and forbidden exploits; adult embarrassments, betrayals, and achievements; and how one's views change over the years. --Jane Steinberg ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I gave this book to my mother and grandmother, and that has proven to be one of the best things I ever could have done. This book has questions in it like, "One of my most memorable toys was . . ." and "These people were my best friends in my middle years. . ." The book has specific questions for three different periods in life, and all of the questions are revealing. Not only have I learned a lot about my mother and grandmother, but they have learned about themselves. This book makes a thoughtful gift, and I plan to buy several more for Christmas presents. My only complaint about the book is its writing spaces. The lines are too wide, leaving little room to write in detail. Still, I've not found another book of equal quality or depth. A gem!

5-0 out of 5 stars Examining Your Life
I recently received this book as a sweet 16 birthday present. At first I thought it would just be a fun thing to do when I had some spare time. But now I realize, as I've started writing in the "Early Years" section, that this book will serve as the tale of my life -- something I can look back on when I'm older and my children can read with interest. It is not necessary to answer all the questions and you can work as quickly or slowly as you like. I only wish that my parents had written in one of these. Someday when I am in my eighties or so, I hope that I am still writing in it, and still remembering what it was like to be 16 again.

5-0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AUTOBIOGRAPHY!
This is a fabulous book for anyone but it turned out to be especially beneficial to my Mom who is 72 and just had a tumor removed from her head. She was out of commission for 3 months and this book was a wonderful way for her to get her mind functioning even better than before the surgery! She loved it and the questions prompted a lot of memories she hadn't thought about in decades. I highly recommend this book as a gift for anyone but especially for older people and people in the hospital. I plan on giving it to many more people!

5-0 out of 5 stars Create A Family Treasure
I originally purchased this book for myself but found its true value as a family heirloom.

This book is a guided journal for writing an autobiography of your life. It contains 201 questions that are thought provoking and valuable. There are three life sections: Early Years, Middle Years and Later Years so that the journal can be written at any point in your life. Each section contains questions about family, friends, education, work/responsibilities and the world.

Once this book is completed it becomes invaluable. Grandparents can share life lessons, parents can preserve memories, children can start journaling and lovers can share secrets. It becomes a true treasure for the family of someone terminally ill or of someone suffering from memory loss, families can write life stories together and the ill can review a wonderful life. Create your own masterpiece to span the centuries and allow your life to matter long after you are gone.

5-0 out of 5 stars For my father...
I just got The Book of Myself to give to my dad on Father's Day. A friend gave it to his dad for Father's Day last year and said his dad gave it back to him, all filled out, for Christmas. I think that is a great way to appreciate each other! ... Read more


17. Trace Your Roots with DNA : Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree
by Megan Smolenyak, Ann Turner
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Publisher: Rodale Books
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Written by two of the country's top genealogists, this authoritative book is the first to explain how new and groundbreaking genetic testing can help you research your ancestry

According to American Demographics, 113 million Americans have begun to trace their roots, making genealogy the second most popular hobby in the country (after gardening). Enthusiasts clamor for new information from dozens of subscription-based websites, email newsletters, and magazines devoted to the subject. For these eager roots-seekers looking to take their searches to the next level, DNA testing is the answer.

After a brief introduction to genealogy and genetics fundamentals, the authors explain the types of available testing, what kind of information the tests can provide, how to interpret the results, and how the tests work (it doesn't involve digging up your dead relatives). It's in expensive, easy to do, and the results are accurate: It's as simple as swabbing the inside of your cheek and popping a sample in the mail.

Family lore has it that a branch of our family emigrated to Argentina and now I've found some people there with our name. Can testing tell us whether we're from the same family?

My mother was adopted and doesn't know her ethnicity. Are there any tests available to help her learn about her heritage? I just discovered someone else with my highly unusual surname. How can we find out if we have a common ancestor? These are just a few of the types of genealogical scenarios readers can pursue. The authors reveal exactly what is possible-and what is not possible-with genetic testing. They include case studies of both famous historial mysteries and examples of ordinary folks whose exploration of genetic genealogy has enabled them to trace their roots.
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18. How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy
by George G. Morgan
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-18)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Sales Rank: 15049
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Anyone interested in discovering their family genealogy should carry a copy of this book everywhere. Written by internationally recognized expert, George G. Morgan, this book is an irreplaceable resource for beginner to expert knowledge gatherers. Not only does Morgan explain how to get the search started – creating a family tree, locating and evaluating documents, selecting the appropriate hardware and software for the search – he goes steps further and dedicates an entire section to research methods and strategies where he discusses, among other topics, getting past “dead ends,” and organizing possible research travel. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A First Class Reference For All Genealogists
When I first began researching my genealogy in the 1980's, I made sure that I read all the "how-to-do-it" books in print. I had quickly learned that I was becoming involved in something more than looking at a census or filling out a chart. Learning from others with more experience helped me develop my research skills and saved me from a lot of trial and error learning. As genealogy has become one of the most popular pursuits, the need for guidance has grown, too. The number of those "how-to" books has increased, but some offer more than others, especially since technology has come to play such a large role in our research. This book fills a real need.

From beginning with home resources to making use of all the technology available, George gives his readers 472 pages of first class advice and information. The book is intensely readable, and the examples are clear and to the point. Both the beginner and the advanced researcher will benefit from chapters on using the Internet, locating advanced records, and following alternate paths to find the records you need.

One of the best features of the book is the chapter "Plan A Very Successful Genealogical Research Trip". When spending the time, effort, and cash to get to a research locality, we want to be as successful as possible. Planning is the key. George gives step-by-step directions to get prepared and uses practical examples to illustrate just how to do this. I know I will be more successful on my next trip because of things I learned here. ... Read more


19. Planting Your Family Tree Online : How to Create Your Own Family History Web Site (Ngs Guides, 4)
by Cyndi Howells
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-14)
Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Planting Your Family Tree Online is designed to take you step-by-step through the process of creating a genealogy Web site.

When people begin their genealogical adventure, they usually interview elderly members of the family and contact other family members. The next step is usually one of organization of the information collected. The third step is usually to share this information with other family members, traditionally by publishing research in a book. However, a family Web site has numerous advantages:

  • It is interactive so others can contribute their stories and pictures.
  • It will help you find long-lost relatives.
  • It is an ideal way to preserve research for the entire family.
  • It will break down the walls that have stumped you in your research.
  • It recognizes that family research is an ongoing process,

This book is written by Cyndi Howells, owner and webmaster of Cyndi’s List, a Web site of more than 130,000 online genealogical resources. Cyndi points out, “This book is loaded with URLs to Web sites that will give you everything you need to create a beautiful family tree online.” However, Web site URLs change daily and some may no longer work. She has created web pages as part of Cyndi’s List that correspond to the features of the book so that the URLs will be kept up-to-date.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another information-packed, 'not to be missed' reference
So you've used the reference guides to build a substantial family tree, and you've located photos and documents but still have questions: where to next? Use Cyndi Howells' reference Planting Your Family Tree Online to create a family history web site the entire family can enjoy. From locating an appropriate web hosting service to planning and maintaining a family history web site, this provides a core group of tips based on the genealogist author/web site owner's own hard-learned lessons. Another information-packed, 'not to be missed' reference. ... Read more


20. DNA and Family History
by Chris Pomery
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Catlog: Book (2004-10)
Publisher: Dundurn Press
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In the wake of highly-publicized scientific breakthroughs in using genetics to establish family connections, genealogists began to see potential for their own research. Now many are finding that organizing tests is a relatively straightforward matter – and that comparing the DNA signatures of individuals can reveal startling information on families, surnames and origins. Here Chris Pomery explains the practicalities of testing and interpreting the results. He also takes an objective look at the issues. Whether you are simply seeking to stay informed, actively interested in exploiting the technology, or already part of a DNA project, this is the one guide that fully explores the existing possibilities. ... Read more


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