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Genealogy Books

bookHow to Do Everything with Your Genealogy (Paperback) by George G. Morgan
George G. Morgan is the internationally recognized author of the award-winning weekly online column, “Along Those Lines…”, for Ancestry.com, and the author of several genealogy books and countless articles about genealogy in publications around the world. He is president of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), and operates Aha! Seminars, Inc., which conducts seminars for librarians and genealogical researchers.

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.

Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (March 18, 2004)
ISBN: 007223170X
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches

book500 Brickwall Solutions to Genealogy Problems (Paperback)
This collection of 500 brickwall solutions shows how genealogists and family historians have found ways around their research problems, using the latest technology or tried and true research techniques, combined with logic and perseverance, to overcome their genealogy brickwalls.

Paperback: 406 pages

Publisher: Moorshead Magazines Ltd (June 1, 2003)

ISBN: 0973130318

 


 

bookThe Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall by Marsha Hoffman Rising

Complications arising from incomplete or missing records, census irregularities and individuals of the same name occur more often than non-genealogists might think. The author, a respected genealogist, helps intermediate to advanced researchers break through these "brick walls" by breaking down each researcher's common problem into a chapter with straightforward solutions.

Readers will: Go straight to the answers they need without wading through theory or irrelevant records overviews; Find explanations and case studies easily understood and useful for intermediate or advanced genealogists; Learn what NOT to do in research to avoid hitting brick walls in the future. The result is the best and most accessible book on the market about overcoming obstacles, from Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree Books, the sources of genealogy's most popular publications.

Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Family Tree Books (January 2005)
ISBN: 1558706852
Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches

bookEverything Family Tree Book: Research and Preserve Your Family History by Kimberly Powell

Completely updated for today's search tactics and blockades, The Everything Family Tree Book has even more insight for the stumped! Whether you're searching in a grandparent's attic or through the most cryptic archiving systems, this book has brand-new chapters on what readers have been asking for: Genetics, DNA, and medical information Surname origins and naming Appendix on major genealogical repositories, libraries, and archives Systems for filing and organizing The latest computer software Land, probate, and estate records Chock-full of tips the competitors don't have, this is the one-stop resource for successful sleuthing!

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation; 2nd edition (February 2006)
ISBN: 1593373953
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.1 x 0.8 inches

bookGenealogy Online for Dummies (Paperback) by Matthew Helm, April Leigh Helm
Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm manage several leading online genealogical resources, including FamilyToolbox.net and OnlineGenealogy.com

The Helms have put together an excellent introductory guide to doing genealogical research online. They've avoided the usual trap of organizing their book by resources, which may be easy for the author but makes it harder on the user. So instead of devoting this chapter to useful Web sites, that chapter to valuable newsgroups, and so forth, they've organized the book in a way closer to the way you'd organize good family research.

They begin with a series of chapters on preparation, including doing initial groundwork, developing a plan, picking the names to begin researching, and locating ancestors geographically. Next, they deal with the means for finding valuable records and then delve into getting the most from your resources. Chapter 8, for example, discusses organizing and presenting your findings, while chapter 9 deals with cooperating with other researchers so that you can all be more effective (and probably make some new friends in the bargain).

As is always the case with a Dummies series book, the Helms present a "Part of Tens" section, in this case four chapters each covering 10 top online genealogical sites, tips for designing your genealogical Web page, sites for beginners, and general tips for "smooth sailing." An enclosed CD-ROM contains nine genealogy programs plus a wide assortment of Internet tools and utilities. --Elizabeth Lewis

bookThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy, Second Edition If you want to learn more about your family, now's the time to start. With the advent of the Internet, there's more information available than ever before, and it's easier to access now than in the good old days of musty libraries and records halls. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy by Rhonda McClure will have you wired and digging up dirt (or gold) in just an hour or two. Even the most ardent computer-hater will have to admit that the search is simpler, and McClure makes the case clearly. Her charming prose is well complemented by online images and hint boxes scattered liberally on each page. Specific sites are mentioned as well as general means of searching for family data, so even if one site disappears you can still get what you need. The book covers the basics of both gathering family data and online searches, so if you're not quite up to speed on one or the other, you can quickly figure it out. After you've browsed a bit and started collecting information, the later chapters help you to communicate with other researchers, mining government records, and even publishing your own results online. It's not hard to learn plenty about your family's history; whether you want to get in touch with your roots, glean medical information to improve your own health, or give your kids something to think about, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy is for you. --Rob Lightner

From the Back Cover
You're no idiot, of course. You know that back in the "old country", wherever that may be, there are probably ancient parchments listing your ancestors--and if you could go back, you could trace your lineage to its source. But when it comes to setting off on your personal expedition, time and finances keep you "rooted" in the here and now. Don't give up on discovering where you came from! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy is a fun, easy-to-follow guide to sleuthing around cyberspace to learn about your past--a cost-effective alternative to packing a trunk and setting sail.

bookComplete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy by Christine Rose, Kay Germain Ingalls
Christine Rose is a full-time professional genealogist. She was elected a fellow of the American society of Genealogists in 1988, an honor bestowed on only 50 living genealogists at any time.
Kay Germain Ingalls is a certified genealogist and is past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

More than 100 million Americans have started tracing their family roots. Here's the book that will help them unlock the mysteries of their past. Features the basic techniques needed to conduct a search, including how to gather names, dates, places, relationships, and family documents. Also contains the best places to find informationfrom interviews with mom and dad, to census reports, church records, the Internet, and more. Readers will also learn valuable tips on keeping track of records, including using computer programs.

Features family tree charts, interview sheets, sample census forms, and a state-by-state list of libraries and archives. Christine Rose, CC, CGL, FASG, is a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, and currently the Vice President of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Ms. Rose has written numerous books, booklets, and articles on the subject. She lives in San Jose, California. Kay Ingalls is the president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and author of Getting Started with Roots III, a user-friendly introduction to a popular genealogy computer

bookWalking With Your Ancestors: A Genealogist's Guide To Using Maps And Geography

by Melinda Kashuba

From locating an ancestor's homesite and where records might be kept to determining which route and roads forebears took when migrating from one area to another, maps are common tools in tracing family history. This book expands the reader's awareness of how maps and other geographic resources, such as atlases, gazetteers, and global positioning systems, will help them find their elusive ancestors.
Readers will learn how to: -Find historic maps that will help them in their search

-Locate obscure towns and villages

-Determine shifting boundary changes that can affect their research

-Use maps and other geographic tools to find cemeteries and ancestral homesites

In addition, this book is filled with practical examples for using maps in genealogy. It's packed with map reproductions, giving readers easy-to-follow instruction on getting the most out of maps to aid them in the search for their ancestors.

bookWhat Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms, Old and New

by Paul Drake

The family historian must seek out the records of the merchants, courts, legislators, and churches, as well as the everyday expressions of the common men and women, all the while striving to remain aware that just as we have created words like television, computer, microwave oven, automobile, space station, gigabyte, and airplane, and set aside words as ticking and icebox, stadle, and squabpie, our ancestors had to do the same.

They made up the likes of telegraph, railroad, and telescope, and assimilated German words like hex, sauerkraut, fresh, hoodlum, and kindergarten; Spanish words such as barbeque, chocolate, and tornado; French sounds like bayou, levee, depot, and chowder; and Indian words such as hickory, pecan, hominy, moccasin, and raccoon.

Though they invented the likes of popcorn, sweet potato, eggplant, bullfrog, and backwoodsman, they left behind them terms no longer needed in their daily lives. Gone were the likes of moxa (Indian moss burned on an area of the body, thought to cure gout), hautboy (oboe), gruntling (young hog), muchwhat (nearly), revelrout (a ruckus), and, from most regions of the U.S., the long "a" sounds of old England (fahst for fast, dahnce for dance, and hoff, meaning half.)

Mr. Drake, retired lawyer and teacher, and veteran genealogist, writes with a pleasing style that is entertaining and educational. He is the author of the popular guide, Genealogy: How to Find Your Ancestors, and You Ought to Write All That Down, both available from Heritage Books

bookThe Organized Family Historian : How to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and Heirlooms

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

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press; Book & CD edition (March 3, 2004)
ISBN: 1401601294
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 10.2 inches

bookUnpuzzling Your Past: The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy (Paperback)

by Emily Anne Crooml
Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy (Paperback)

by Emily Anne Croom

If you've ever thought of find your roots, Emily Anne Croom's is the genealogy guide to get you going. She's got sensible chapters on how to get started, the meaning of names, the difference between a family history of dates and a family history of stories, how to gather sources, who to interview, and how to fit it all together.

Croom breaks the process into bite-sized pieces to turn it into a fun project that takes shape and grows with each new family scrap.

Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Betterway Books; 4th edition (July 2001)
Language: English
ISBN: 1558705562
Product Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches

bookTeach Yourself Family History

by Stella Colwell
Teach Yourself Tracing Your Family History guides readers through the process of researching and recording their family backgrounds. It includes tips on planning the necessary research, interviewing relatives effectively, and drawing up a family tree. The author also provides suggestions on where to find and how to use the different sources available to anyone, such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, censuses, and wills. This new edition also gives advice on how to use the Internet to its full potential.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 11, 1997)
ISBN: 0844237906

bookThe Dictionary of Genealogy book

bookby Terrick V. H. Fitzhugh, Susan Lumas
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: A&C Black; 5th edition (July 1, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN: 0713648597
Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 0.9 inches

The Genealogist's Companion and Sourcebook: Guide to the Resources You Need for Unpuzzling Your Past (Genealogist's Companion & Sourcebook)

bookThis completely revised classic provides researchers with an in-depth look at public sources for genealogical research in the United States. Its primary goals are to introduce readers to many different kinds of public sources and encourage them to branch out and investigate sources they may be unfamiliar with.
The text gives examples of the genealogical information in many kinds of sources along with tips for using or interpreting these sources. Mini-case studies provide readers with real-life research examples of just how these sources can be used.

About the Author: Emily Croom is the author of Unpuzzling Your Past, 4th edition, Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook, The Sleuth Book for Genealogists, and co-author of A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors. She frequently teaches and lectures about genealogy. She lives in Bellaire, Texas.

Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family's History and Heritage

bookA recent Maritz Poll reported that 60% of Americans are interested in their family history. And with good reason. Through genealogy, you can go back into history to meet people who have had more influence on your life than any others -- your ancestors. And the better you get to know your ancestors, the better you will get to know yourself: the who's and what's and why's of you.

Barbara Renick, a nationally-known lecturer on genealogy, tells the uninitiated researcher the steps needed to find out who their ancestors really were, and brings together for even the more experienced genealogical researchers the important principles and practices. She covers such topics as the importance of staying organized and how to go about it; where and how to look for information in libraries, historical societies, and on the internet; recognizing that just because something is in print doesn't mean it's right; and how to prepare to visit the home where your ancestors lived.

Genealogy 101 is the first book to read when you want to discover who your ancestors were, where they lived, and what they did.

You Can Write Your Family History

bookThere's no reason a fully documented family history can't read like a page-turning novel. In this concise and accessible book, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack shows genealogists, history buffs, and writers at all levels exactly how to record the fascinating tales of their ancestors. Based on her own extensive experience writing family histories, the author shares her best methods for:
* Conducting historical and thematic research
* Organizing materials
* Outlining and plotting a story Illustrating with pictures and charts
* Making money writing the histories of other families

The advice, inspiration and instruction in You Can Write Your Family History makes it possible for anyone-even those who've never written a single page-to successfully chronicle the lives of near or distant relatives. It's the next best thing to having a personal instructor by your side.
 

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