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bookThe Source : A Guidebook of American Genealogy (Hardcover) by Loretto Dennis Szucs (Editor), Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Editor)

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.

bookThe Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, Third Edition (Hardcover) by Val D. Greenwood

In every field of study there is one book that rises above the rest in stature and authority and becomes the standard work in the field. In genealogy that book is Val Greenwood's Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. Arguably the best book ever written on American genealogy, it is the text of choice in colleges and universities or wherever courses in American genealogy are taught. Of the dozens of textbooks, manuals, and how-to books that have appeared over the past twenty-five years, it is the one book that is consistently praised for setting a standard of excellence. In a word, The Researcher's Guide has become a classic. While it instructs the researcher in the timeless principles of genealogical research, it also identifies the various classes of records employed in that research, groups them in convenient tables and charts, gives their location, explains their uses, and evaluates each of them in the context of the research process.

Designed to answer practically all the researcher's needs, it is both a textbook and an all-purpose reference book. And it is this singular combination that makes The Researcher's Guide the book of choice in any genealogical investigation. It is also the reason why if you can afford to buy only one book on American genealogy in a lifetime, this has to be it. This new 3rd edition incorporates the latest thinking on genealogy and computers, specifically the relationship between computer technology (the Internet and CD-ROM) and the timeless principles of good genealogical research. It also includes a new chapter on the property rights of women, a revised chapter on the evaluation of genealogical evidence, and updated information on the 1920 census. Little else has changed, or needs to be changed, because the basics of genealogy remain timeless and immutable. This 3rd edition of The Researcher's Guide, then, is a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of the methods and aims of American genealogy--an essential text for the present generation of researchers--and no sound genealogical project is complete without it.

bookFamily Tree Resource Book for Genealogists: The Essential Guide to American County and Town Sources (Paperback) by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Editor)

In one authoritative reference, Family Tree Big Book provides all genealogists with the information they need to trace their American roots, including:
* Research summaries, with maps and timelines, for every U.S. state
* Detailed county-level data, essential for unlocking the door to the bulk of genealogical records
* Contact information, including Web sites, for libraries, archives, genealogical societies and historical societies

This is the one book every genealogist must have. Researchers will love having this wealth of trusted information at their fingertips, and at a very attractive price!

Paperback: 789 pages
Publisher: Family Tree Books (December 2004)

bookThey Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins (Paperback) by Loretto Dennis Szucs

Slash research time, costs, and hassles using today's published genealogy resources!
"...a must-have" companion volume to The Source...invaluable to all those seeking to improve their effectiveness in genealogy.

Every day valuable new resources for family historians are published. But such ""printed sources"" can help you only if you know where to find them and what they contain. Printed Sources is the most comprehensive and up-to-date directory to everything from "how-to" tutorials to "where-to" guides plus published original recordsindexes and more.

These convenient and very affordable published resources can save you enormous amounts of time and money that you might otherwise spend to find and view original documents in some distantdusty archive. Printed Sources will make your research easier by helping you identify and understandwhich frequently contain biographical information on inhabitants that can't be gleaned from statistical records alone. Published indexes and how they can direct you to priceless ancestral information in a wide variety of record sources. Other types of printed sources that can lead you to your ancestors.

Printed Sources discusses all types of sources including recent electronic CDs. Full descriptions of genealogical publications include both benefits and shortcomings. You'll also learn how and why sources were created how to use them and of course where to find them.

bookCourthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures (Paperback) by Christine Rose

Christine Rose, Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, and Fellow, American Society of Genealogists, has spent years researching in more than 500 of America's courthouses. She is a national lecturer, author, and professional genealogist. She was the recipient of the prestigious Donald Lines Jacobus award for two published genealogies. Her specialities include onsite research, military records, and federal land records. Her guidebooks are widely used among genealogists and family historians.

Finally--the only guidebook devoted exclusively to research in America's courthouses. Full of essentials starting with preparation, interacting with the clerks, using the indexes, and what to expect to find in each courthoiuse office. But it doesn't stop there. Evaluating the records and using them to solve genealogical problems are included. For those who can't travel to the courthouse personally, use of the Internet, microfilm, and published books of abstracts are discussed.

Tips galore from an author who has researched in more than 500 courthouses.

bookFinding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginners Guide To Family History In The City Of Chicago (Paperback) by Grace Dumelle

For almost 175 years, a great metropolis on the shores of a freshwater sea has sent a siren call to immigrants internal and external, giving most Americans some kind of link to the City of Big Shoulders. Whether your people came west from New England in the early days of settlement, or north from Mississippi in the Great Migration; whether they sailed from Sweden and Sicily, or flew from Budapest and Prague; whether they settled here permanently or temporarily, this easy-to-use reference guide will help you document them.

Family historian Grace DuMelle provides the means to trace your Chicago connections like a pro. She shows you not just what to research, but how to research. Without wading through lots of preliminaries, choose any of the self-contained chapters that focus on the questions beginners most want answered and jump right in!

Where do I start?
When and where was my ancestor born?
When did my ancestor come to America?
What did my ancestor do for a living?
Where did my ancestor live?
Where is my ancestor buried?

Other chapters cover the nuts and bolts of the mechanics that are the key to making your family's past come alive, with highlights summarizing important points:

Examples of documents such as death certificates, church registers and U.S. census entries.
Chicago-area research facilities: what they have and how to access it.
Researching using newspapers, machines and catalogs.
Sources for specific ethnic research.
Sources for long-distance research.

In finding your Chicago ancestors, you will not only better understand your and your family's history, but also your and your family's involvement in the history of a great American city.

The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America (10th Edition)

The highly anticipated 10th edition of Everton's Handybook for Genealogists is one of the most valuable genealogy bibliography collections currently available. It is an indispensable resource for any genealogist attempting to trace their heritage using the county record system of the United States.
The Handybook contains: well-researched histories of each state, state capital and the territories
* descriptions and addresses for each state's major record collections and protocol for requesting vital records
* information on researching records for nineteen foreign countries
* complete contact information for libraries, repositories, and historical/genealogical societies
* detailed county maps and over 120 migration trail maps

The Handybook also incorporates an in-depth tracking system for every county in each state, including counties that no longer exist, to help genealogists determine which county records to research. This timesaving feature makes this volume the most comprehensive resource for county information in the United States available today.

Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 2nd Edition

American State, County, and Town Sources Here's the book that will quickly guide you to the most useful genealogical resources in each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
Discover where to go to locate the information you need to fill in the gaps in your family tree and avoid the disappointments of endless dead ends.

The Red Book lists repositories of information in counties and towns across America. Organized by state, the book easily directs you to information-rich resources in each area including:
- Vital Records - Census Records - Background Sources - Maps by William Dollarhide - Land Records
- Probate Records - Court Records - Tax Records - Cemetery Records - Church Records - Military Records
- Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections - Archives, Libraries, and Societies

The result of the collective effort of renowned professional researchers and state archivists, this book sets the standard for resource identification and is a must for anyone serious about tracing their roots.

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