The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy

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Penguin, 2005 - Reference - 357 pages
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It s often easier to know where you re going in life when you ve figured out where you ve come from. The Complete Idiot s Guide to Genealogy, Second Edition offers readers an opportunity to understand the craft of genealogy, explore their roots, construct family trees, and begin to discover their true identity all in one user-friendly volume.
Originally published prior to the boom in online genealogy, this new edition is the most complete guide for beginners, advising readers on the craft of genealogical research both its skills and its traps and moving online after that. Once they know how and where to start digging, they can perform online research with confidence, choosing the best the Internet has to offer and avoiding the dross that can be hawked there as "family trees."
  

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Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

Despite the distasteful name of this series, this was a good basic guidebook for those interested in exploring their family roots. Read full review

Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy

User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

Got a lot of good ideas that have panned out for tracing my family. Read full review

Contents

Who Are You?
1
Start with Mom and Dad
13
Youre Hooked Now What?
27
Dating Problems
33
It Says What?
39
Keeping Track of What You Find
43
Drop Chart
50
Finding the Trail
55
In Your AncestorsFootsteps
157
Gateway to the Past
171
A Picnic in the Cemetery
189
More Than News in the Newspaper
201
Making Sense of it All
231
Doing It Right
245
Gaining Historical Perspective
255
Resolving Discrepancies
269

How to Find Them
67
A Rose by Any Other Name
79
Naming Patterns
85
Not Always Bound
93
Your Familys Hometown
101
Following the Trail
113
Following the Trail
115
Making Sense of the Census
127
Corresponding Effectively
145
IZ Corresponding Effectively
146
Expanding Your Horizon
281
Expanding Your Horizon
284
DNAWhy the Hype?
291
Discovering LesserUsed Sources
303
Appendixes
315
B Worksheets
321
Census Forms
329
Index
343
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

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.

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