Genealogist's question and answer book
The Genealogist's Question & Answer Book provides beginning and experienced researchers with clear, concise answers to more than 260 commonly-asked questions regarding genealogical records and genealogy research. Melnyk groups information by record type so that finding an answer is quick and easy. She also includes insights from reference librarians, lecturers, and instructors. This book is helpful to more than just researchers, however. Instructors and speakers can use its convenient format during both classes and lectures. Marcia Melnyk has been teaching genealogy at community colleges, historical and genealogical societies, and regional and national genealogical conferences for ten years. She is a professional genealogist and former reference librarian at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. Marcia is also the author of the Weekend Genealogist. She lives in Rowley, Massachusetts.
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Genealogists Question and Answer Book: Solutions and Advice for Maximizing Your Research ResultsUser Review - Book Verdict
What is a collective naturalization? Why is there no 1890 federal census? These questions are symptomatic of the biggest problem in genealogical research: too often, genealogy newbies overlook valuable data or fail to optimize their research time because they have not yet learned the proper terms or numerous informational tidbits that can expedite research. In the form of answers and suggestions to 260 frequently asked questions, Melnyk (The Weekend Genealogist) covers not just the basic whats and wheres of genealogical records but, more importantly, the whysDwhy certain records were created and why they are important to researchers. Beginning with a chapter on general genealogy topics, Melnyk looks at how to begin research. She follows with discussions on various sources, including oral histories, vital and church records, naturalization and land records, computer databases, and cemetery records. Sources often overlooked, such as coroners' records and military hospital records, are covered in detail. Melnyk also documents sources and the reliability of records and provides a chapter of terms encountered during research. Throughout, readers will find record examples, charts of data, and bibliographies for further reading. Although many beginning genealogy guides are available (e.g., Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer's Long-Distance Genealogy, LJ 8/00), this book has a novel format, and the basic know-how it affords will help readers save time while thoroughly gathering data. Even researchers (and librarians) with considerable experience may encounter facts here that refresh or enlighten. Highly recommended for public and genealogy library collections. (Index not seen.)DElaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN ...
General Genealogical Questions
Oral History and Home Sources
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