Gathering information from sources that can't be visited personally is a problem for all genealogists. Long-Distance Genealogy is designed to help armchair researchers overcome this unavoidable problem. Readers will begin by addressing the basics of starting a long-distance search. Next they'll learn what types of records and publications can be accessed from a distance, problems associated with the process, how to network, how to use computer resources and special last resort options. In doing so, they'll discover that just because information is far away, doesn't mean it's out of reach. Selling points: Large percentage of genealogists are armchair researchers; Shows how to utilize a broad range of sources including family correspondence, depository records, records published on CD-ROM or available via the Internet.
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I have used this book many times. It is a good reference for beginners and veterans alike. Not only does it give you some ideas where to write, but it also gives a sample letter in each section. This was a real help to me since I sometimes have a hard time starting a letter.
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Aimed specifically at beginners and those who may be limited to "armchair" research, this book starts by covering the basic principles of genealogical research and the various types of records to be searched. Using the same familiar icons as in other Betterway genealogical publications (e.g., Kathleen Hinckley's Locating Lost Family Members & Friends, LJ 10/1/99), Crawford-Oppenheimer offers tips on how and where to gather data. After discussing the basics of letter/e-mail writing and phone call/e-mail etiquette, she provides sample letters for requesting the many types of records. The successful use of the local library and of interlibrary loan is discussed, along with how and when to contact other libraries and archives and how to hire a professional researcher. How to build a personal genealogy library, find and contact other researchers, and use the Internet, CD-ROMs, microfilm, and periodicals are also covered. Ironically, the book does include a chapter on taking a research trip. Much of the beginning information is more thoroughly covered in works such as Desmond Walls Allen's First Steps in Genealogy (Betterway, 1998), but the geographically confined will appreciate the tips for reaching out to faraway sources. Recommended for public libraries.DElaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN ...