Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 4, 2010 - Reference - 224 pages
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The companion how-to guide to the hit TV series-with advice for anyone starting their own genealogical search.

In the groundbreaking NBC series Who Do You Think You Are? seven celebrities-Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, and Spike Lee-went on an emotional journey to trace their family history and discover who they really are, and millions of viewers caught the genealogy bug. With the official companion guide, anyone can learn how to chart their family's unique path. Featuring step-by-step instructions from Megan Smolenyak2, one of America's top genealogical researchers, this book offers everything readers need to know to start the journey into their past, from digging through old photos, to finding the best online resources.


  

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Review: Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History

User Review  - Stephanie Downard - Goodreads

This is a really great source on how to do genealogy. Especially in using Ancestry and touching on other really good websites. It's also an easy read. The chapters are not to long and have fascinating ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greta Nettleton - Goodreads

A really fun introduction to searching for your family roots; filled with entertaining examples of what can go wrong, as well as useful, common sense ways to look for information. It's fun to read ... Read full review

Contents

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?
START WITH WHAT YOU KNOW
GO ON A TREASURE HUNT
LIVING LIBRARIES
CHART YOUR WAY
DONT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR
THE NAME GAME
SURROUND AND CONQUER
MARRIAGE RECORDS
DEATH RECORDS
SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX SSDI
OBTAINING VITAL RECORDS
IS THERE A SHORTCUT?
VITAL VITALS
MILITARY RESEARCH
TYPES OF RECORDS

LEAVE A TRAIL OF BREAD CRUMBS
TELL DONT DWELL
GENEALOGY
ANCESTRYCOM
FAMILYSEARCHORG
CYNDISLISTCOM
USGENWEB AND ROOTSWEB
GENEALOGYBANKCOM
ELLISISLANDORG AND CASTLEGARDENORG
GOVERNMENT
GOOGLE
LIBRARIES ARCHIVES AND SOCIETIES
ETHNIC
MAGAZINES
ISOGGORG
FINDAGRAVECOM
DEATHINDEXESCOM
DEADFREDCOM
RANDOM ACTS OF GENEALOGICAL KINDNESS RAOGKORG
SOCIAL NETWORKING
HAPPY SURFING
TALKING CENSUS
DECADE BY DECADE
FOR CENSUS JUNKIES
SEARCHING THE CENSUS
DODGING POTENTIAL PITFALLS
CENSUSWHACKING
WHEN VITALS BEGAN
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF VITALS
BIRTH RECORDS
FORWARD MARCH
IMMIGRATION RESEARCH
PRACTICE FLEXIBILITY
WHO IMMIGRATED?
IMMIGRATION RECORDS
NATURALIZATION RECORDS
ANCESTRYCOMS IMMIGRATION EMIGRATION RECORDS COLLECTION
FOOTNOTE AND FAMILYSEARCH
MORE IDEAS FOR FINDING THE HOMETOWN
OLD COUNTRY RESEARCH
BON VOYAGE
RELIGIOUS RECORDS
NEWSPAPERS
COURT RECORDS
CEMETERIES
DNA TESTING
SORTING OUT RELATIONSHIPS
SHIFTING GEARS
THE QUEST FOR OBAMAS IRISH ROOTS
FINDING THE REAL ANNIE MOORE OF ELLIS ISLAND
FAMILY HISTORY BOOKS
FAMILY DOCUMENTARIES
REACH OUT VIRTUALLY
PHOTO FORWARD
BACKUP PLANS
GENETIC TRACES
A SENSE OF PLACE
INTERVIEW GUIDES AND QUESTIONS
SOURCE CITATION HELP
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About the author (2010)

Megan Smolenyak has been an avid genealogist for more than three decades and is an expert at family history research. The lead researcher for the PBS A"ncestors" series, she is a contributing editor for "Heritage Quest" and the author of "Honoring Our Ancestors, In Search of Our Ancestors, "and "They Came to America," She currently resides in Williamsburg, VA.
Ann Turner was hooked on genealogy when she learned that her parents' ancestors had arrived in the United States on the same ship yet went their separate ways until her parents met 300 years later. She works at home, writing computer software and composing messages for the popular "Genealogy-DNA" mailing list. She currently resides in Menlo Park, California.

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