Unpuzzling Your Past

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Writer's Digest Books, Jul 10, 2001 - Reference - 278 pages
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Best-selling genealogy author Emily Croom presents a new and expanded version of her best-selling guide to genealogy. It provides readers with all the tools and information they need to jump into this great American hobby by focusing on fundamental strategies for success, questions to ask, places for research, and interesting examples of each step along the way. Throughout, readers will find techniques and suggestions for: * tapping family documents, oral tradition, and memories * exploring the vast array of U.S. public records, from newspapers and tombstones to censuses and land records * getting the most from names, dates, and handwriting of the past * developing a first-rate and meaningful family history Well-organized, well written, and comprehensive, this guide also offers readers charts, illustrations, reference sidebars, bibliographies, a glossary, and useful, reproducible forms. Each chapter is capped with a list of Things To Do Now to encourage readers or students to apply what they have learned. Recent polls show that 60% of the U.S. population is interested in researching their family history! Emily Croom is an active researcher, teacher, and lecturer in genealogy. She holds a master's degree in history and contributes articles to several genealogy periodicals. Her other books include the companion volume, the Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook, the widely-acclaimed the Genealogist's Companion & Sourcebook, and the exciting the Sleuth Book for Genealogists.
  

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Contents

In the Beginning
3
Charting Your Course
10
Strategies for Winning in Genealogy
23
Whats in a Name?
35
Begin Solving the Puzzle With Interviews
45
HandMeDowns Family Traditions
55
Life History Beginning to End
60
History as the Family Lived It
68
Beyond the Family Local Sources
128
Beyond the Family Additional Federal Sources
146
Where Do I Look for That?
172
Whats in a Date?
189
Read It Right Handwriting of the Past
196
Fitting the Pieces Together A Case Study
206
Sharing Your Family History
227
Bibliography
270

Family Sources and Beyond
76
Beyond the Family Federal Census Records
91
Beyond the Family County and State Sources
108

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Page 273 - Federal Land Series: A Calendar of Archival Materials on the Land Patents Issued by the United States Government with Subject, Tract, and Name Indexes, Volume 4, Part I: Grants in the Virginia Military District of Ohio.

About the author (2001)

Croom is a popular lecturer for societies and community groups and teaches genealogy at the Houston (Texas) Community College. She holds a masters degree in history, writes articles for several genealogy periodicals, and is an active researcher.

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